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Windows 10 shows users what data it collects and phones in

With Windows Insider build 17083, Microsoft responded to criticism about transparency by adding a 'Diagnostic Data Viewer' app to the OS for beta users to try out.

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Why Google partnered with MobileIron – and what they plan to offer

Google will use MobileIron's enterprise mobility management platform and analytics software to create App Store-like instances that can be offered through telecom providers.

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Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Today is the 15th day this month that we’ve seen Windows patches, yanked patches, patches of patches and re-re-re-patches. Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update this month.

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Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

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Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

The venerable, now vulnerable, zipping/unzipping utility 7-Zip needs your attention. Here’s how to see if you have a bad version, and what to do about it.

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Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense

Intel urged customers not to deploy firmware updates aimed at the Spectre and Meltdown flaws because the updates caused system instability; Microsoft reacted with its own release – KB4078130 – on Saturday.

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KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

With the aid of a remarkable new program from @MrBrian, we now have lists of which Microsoft Knowledge Base articles have changed, and when new versions were posted. Many surprises await.

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Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Disabling the disruptive 'Spectre 2' bugs in Intel processors has always been quite straightforward, but on Friday night Microsoft released a download-only patch that also does the job. You probably don’t want it.

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Tech Talk: What's trending for 2018?

The end of passwords may – or may not – be nigh. Blockchain is clearly evolving, as is 'serverless' computing. And our panel remains convinced Apple's HomePod is late to the game.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too.

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WD turns to single app portal to create 'mobile moments' for workers

After acquiring two multi-billion-dollar companies, Western Digital had a choice: continue using disparate methods for corporate application access or rip and replace it all with a single portal. It chose the latter.

Throwback Thursday: Oops!

This company has just completed its project to build a dedicated secure server room, and the building maintenance and IT managers have thought of everything -- almost.

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Mobile privacy policy becoming a truly big deal

Now comes yet another reason to respect the heck out of your privacy policy: The U.S. Supreme Court is considering making it a determining factor for whether your customers have an expectation of privacy.

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Mingis on Tech: 2018 and the Blockchain bubble

After a raft of pilot programs last year, blockchain continues to evolve. It's now seen as the heart of a new global shipping platform that could save companies billions and the underpinnings for a P2P cloud storage endeavor.

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Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey

A lot of Android virus and malware stories are hooey. Skygofree is a prime example.

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Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

The warning, which encompasses just about every Intel processor out there, from all PC manufacturers, takes effect immediately. And there’s no indication when it will get fixed.

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Get 29% Off This 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

This powerful micro-cut shredder turns a letter-sized sheet into 2,235 pieces of confetti, up to 6 sheets at a time. It can also destroy credit cards, rendering them useless.

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FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained

The 'Long-term Servicing Branch' of Windows 1o was initially aimed at enterprises that wanted to avoid Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model and delay frequent feature updates. Here's how it's supposed to work.

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Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

If you thought this month’s Windows/Office/.NET patching debacle couldn’t get any worse, hold my beer.

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