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The future of work from CES: The headquarters at home

CES 2021 offered insights on what it's like to work from home and how far technology still has to go to make it the office we all need.

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Apple’s mythical AirTags shimmer slowly to release

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Apple seems much closer to actually introducing the near-mythical AirTags.

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Not another Windows interface!

It appears Microsoft wants to give the Windows interface a major overhaul in late 2021. No, for the love of God, no!

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Apple’s social media failure now looks like success

Apple's decision to abandon Ping now looks like a smart move.

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The first Patch Tuesday of '21; time to delay updates

Though most users should be ok with the latest round of patches from Microsoft, it's still prudent to delay installing them for a bit to make sure there are no problems.

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CES to showcase how to get the most from WFH

This year's Consumer Electronics Show will offer content focused on the new work-from-home normal, what works and where we're going.

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Huge App Store sales expose Apple’s massive platform puzzle

Apple just announced its third straight year of record App Store sales. Businesses attempting to survive the current environment must consider what this might mean.

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Enterprise collaboration services creak as world returns to work

For Slack users, 2021 seems to be picking up where 2020 left off. The popular team chat service was sidelined for a while today — just as workers got back to business after the holiday break. A sign of things to come?

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Herewith, some unsolicited advice for Microsoft about Windows

For five years now, Microsoft has been messing around with Windows 10 feature releases and updates and support deadlines. It's time to end the madness.

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The end-of-the-year patching all-clear

As 2020 slips away and '21 comes into view, it's time to get Microsoft's latest patches installed, and maybe do a little DIY upgrades on your hardware.

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The patching conundrum: When is good enough good enough?

Patches and updates are designed to fix problems, not cause them. But sometimes a few users still get bitten. When that happens, what do you do — avoid, delay or dive in anyway?

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5 predictions for the Apple enterprise in 2021

We know Apple will update all its things, but what else should enterprise users watch for from Apple in 2021?

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The dark secret of the ‘New Normal’

Even with the distractions of working from home (and the ongoing pandemic), productivity is up. But that improvement comes with a high cost.

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Thoughts on Apple versus Facebook

Facebook really doesn't like it that Apple is giving users more control over their privacy.

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Apple's COVID-19 response shines light on social responsibility

The world’s leading tech firm becomes a poster child for corporate social responsibility.

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2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

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Microsoft shows a little (more) love for Apple’s Touch Bar (u)

Microsoft is about to introduce contextual Teams for Mac meetings controls for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar - and now offers Office as a Universal app for M1 and Intel Macs.

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Microsoft presents us with a light Patch Tuesday for December

With only 58 reported vulnerabilities, this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday represents a welcome respite from the large and broad updates seen during the past year.

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