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A Chromebook can increase the protection of air gapped computers

I used to think that the best way to protect a computer hosting sensitive data was by not connecting it to any network. Ah, the good old days. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, we need know that air gapping is insufficient. But all is not...


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FAQ: How to get the macOS ‘High Sierra’ public beta

Apple is expected to release the first public beta of macOS High Sierra, the desktop OS due out this fall, by the end of the week. Here's how to get it.

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Apple's iOS 11 adds macOS-like features for better productivity

iOS 11 brings new features, UI polish and refinements to Apple’s mobile OS. When it's released this fall, productivity should go up -- especially for iPad users in the office.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Get the latest info on Windows 10 updates as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4022716, released on June 27, 2017.

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Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has been disabling its antivirus software in Windows 10. Microsoft replied it was its duty to make sure antivirus protection was ‘always on.’

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Windows Server gets aboard the fast train

Now that Microsoft is talking up a faster Windows Server release schedule, it's going to have to prove it can deliver, says Directions on Microsoft's Jim Gaynor.

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Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy

Worried about possible privacy problems in Windows 10? Now updated for the Windows 10 Anniversary (and Creators) Updates, this story offers some quick and easy ways to protect your data.

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Microsoft: No, it's not an audit

Microsoft thinks enterprise customers have the wrong idea about the asset management investigations its partners tout as a way to save money on software licensing.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 16226, released on June 21, 2017.

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How IT should prep for Apple's public OS betas

With the arrival of Apple's public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, users will be downloading unfinished software to their computers and iDevices. Is your IT shop ready for the aftermath?

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Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers -- so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

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Lenovo's new workstation is 'Tiny' but packs a punch

Windows users working in tight spaces who are looking for a small workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender to check out: the ThinkStation P320 Tiny.

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FAQ: Microsoft drafts new Windows Server upgrade blueprint

Microsoft is changing its upgrade cadence for Windows Server, crafting a schedule that mimics Windows 10 and Office 365 release dates.

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2 handy yet hidden Chromebook security features

Chromebook security gets simpler with these ultra-useful but off-the-beaten-path options.

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The Microsoft security hole at the heart of Russian election hacking

We’re reliving the Visual Basic-spawned bad times of 1999.

Did you know? Mac Office 2011 support conks out on Oct. 10

Companies with employees running Office for Mac 2011 have until Oct. 10 to replace the suite's applications with those from Office for Mac 2016.

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Windows 10 quick tips: 6 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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6 months using Office and a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

I've been using Microsoft Office's Touch Bar integration on a new MacBook Pro for a few months, here's what I've found.

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Flash Player updated just 3 days after an update

Traveling a well-worn route, there is yet another update to Adobe's Flash Player. No critical security flaws.

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