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Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Windows 10 Build 19045.1865 (KB5015878) for the Release Preview Channel, released on July 28, 2022.

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The story behind Google’s in-house desktop Linux

The best-known Google operating system is Chrome OS, but inside Google itself, the company also uses its own Linux desktop distro — gLinux.

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What is Apple Stage Manager and how is it used?

Coming in iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Stage Manager is Apple's latest attempt to improve multitasking on M1 iPads. What is it and how does it work?

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For SMBs, Microsoft offers a new layer of server protection

Microsoft this month unveiled a preview of server protection aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, bundling the added security with Microsoft Defender for Business.

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Review: Apple’s M2 MacBook Air

The M2 MacBook Air’s fanless design, battery life, and clear bright screen — along with its impressive performance per watt — makes for a machine you’ll use productively for years.

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3 little-known location tricks for Google Assistant on Android

Google Assistant can do some really useful stuff with location, if you know what to ask.

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Apple reads the room, looks to slow hiring in '23

Apple will freeze headcount in some parts of its business as the company prepares for more challenging times.

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How to stay smart about Android app permissions

Android app permissions aren't as easy to identify as they once were, but that doesn't mean you have to be uninformed.

Old PCs can find new life with Google ChromeOS Flex

Do you have Macs and PCs from the last ten years running outdated OSes or gathering dust? Want to use them with a modern, safe operating system? It's time to check out Google ChromeOS Flex.

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Thinking of an in-place Windows upgrade? Here's how to do it.

Not so long ago, IT admins would scorn the use of an in-place upgrade for Windows hardware. But you don't have to do everything from scratch now.

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With a light July Patch Tuesday, it's time to invest in your IT processes

Though this month's Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft deals with more than 86 reported vulnerabilities, the testing and deployment profile for July should be easy to handle. Use your time wisely.

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Mobile convergence accelerates as 'Tap to Pay' dings US retail

Fifteen years since iPhone begat the modern smartphone, mobile now sits at the center of almost every interaction we make.

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The future of work is a tech (and management) challenge

A Corel survey indicates 78% of employees say leadership should do more to boost collaboration, and 27% say their company has invested in the wrong tools for the job.

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Drop, crack, d'oh! My broken Android phone epiphany

Just because your phone is broken doesn't mean your data's out of reach.

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Now’s the time to prep for Microsoft’s Excel macro crackdown

Though Microsoft has backed off earlier plans to block unsafe macros in Excel documents, that change is still coming. Here's what to do now to stay secure.

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Q&A: Marketcircle CEO on leadership in tomorrow's workplace

Alykhan Jetha (AJ), president and CEO at Marketcircle, offered up his views on the leadership qualities the future of work will need.

Apple MDM industry outlook: M&A on the way

At this stage in the evolution of the Apple device management industry, it appears we are on the edge of a mergers and acquisitions frenzy.

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Apple slaps hard against ‘mercenary’ surveillance-as-a-service industry

The company is introducing Lockdown Mode to protect high-risk individuals against corrosive surveillance and attacks, and investing millions to improve protection on its devices.

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Accused of ‘unfair’ practices, Apple faces App Store court battle in UK

Apple is accused of unfair business practices including forcing developers to use its own payment systems and taking up to 30% commission.

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Think twice before deploying Windows’ Controlled Folder Access

The ransomware defense baked into Windows 10 and 11 lets users and admins protect certain folders from “untrusted” apps. But it may block apps you trust, causing frustration and wasted time. Caution is advised.

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