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Google 2020 Worry

Google's greatest worry in 2020 isn't what you'd expect

Of all the challenges Google faces this year, one hurdle seems particularly pressing — and problematic.

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Today's Patch Tuesday brings fireworks and — a magic bullet?

The world is expecting a Thor’s thunder clap of a Windows patch later today. Given Microsoft’s track record with flashy hyper-hyped patches, a bit of skepticism is in order. Here’s a bit of history, and an invitation to a ringside...

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Seven high points of Windows 7

What a long ride it's been for Microsoft's popular OS. Support for Windows 7 ends today, making this a good time to look at the highs and lows of its lifetime.

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Apple’s ‘Pro Mode’ is made for Mac professionals

Apple reportedly develops new ‘Pro Mode’ to boost application performance.

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Microsoft targets frontline workers with Teams walkie-talkie feature

A push-to-talk option will be integrated with Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Pro ruggedized handset.

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Google promises to support Chrome on Windows 7 until July 2021

Although Microsoft support for the aging OS ends this week, Google plans to continue updating its popular browser for Windows 7 until July 2021.

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With Patch Tuesday arriving, get Windows Automatic Update under control

If you’re running Win7, 8.1, or Win10 1903 or 1909, putting on a temporary patching pause is quick and easy. Other versions, not so much. Here’s how to run to the sidelines, so you can watch while the pioneers engage in unpaid Windows...

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Apple’s App Store generates $1B a week

We’re more willing than ever to buy digital products, and that’s good for Apple.

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The December 2019 Microsoft patches get the all-clear

There was – and is – no pressing reason to install the December 2019 patches, other than the imminent arrival of January’s Patch Tuesday on Jan. 14. The only major hiccup lies in wait for those who install Win7 patches (or .NET...

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The race to integrate crypto into global banking is real

Public sector projects are driving greater interest to adopt fiat-backed cryptocurrencies by central and regional banks.

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Why — and how — I’m moving Win10 production machines to version 1903

As a card-carrying member of the Ain’t-Broke-Don’t-Fix Society, I’ve been keeping my production machines on Win10 1809. It’s now time to move on — but not all the way to Win10 version 1909, which continues to have a major Search bug.

Google Assistant Superpower

The glaring gap in Google's Assistant advancements

For all of Assistant's progress, there's one big honkin' opportunity for improvement that remains irritatingly unaddressed.

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Coffee industry looks to blockchain to brew a better supply chain

The "Thank My Farmer" mobile app is only the first step in using IBM's blockchain to connect an entire coffee-industry ecosystem on a common data platform.

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Chrome to follow Firefox, stifle site notification appeals in version 80

With the release of Chrome 80 in February, users will see "a new, quieter notification permission UI" that reduces interruptions of notification requests.

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What's in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 72 nixes fingerprinting, obnoxious notification appeals

Firefox 72 expands picture-in-picture video mode to macOS and by default blocks advanced tracking by "fingerprinting."

Android Trends

7 Android trends to watch in 2020

Empty predictions are a dime a dozen — but with mobile tech in particular, long-term trends can tell us a lot about what the future may hold.

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iPhone apps, blockchain and the future of food

Smartphones and blockchain are empowering an evolution in food distribution.

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FAQ: Last-minute answers about Windows 7's post-retirement patches

The end of support for Windows 7 is coming up fast. For those still running the aging OS, here's what you need to know about Microsoft's Extended Security Updates program.

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Top 3 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2020

Look for blockchain to mature, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve cybersecurity, and edge computing to see higher adoption rates. Those are some of the insights gleaned from experts who took part in a recent IDG...

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CES 2020: Lessons for the Apple enterprise

For the first time in 28 years, Apple returns to CES; what does that mean for Apple-centric enterprises?

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