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December Patch Tuesday round-up: Winding down for the year

The final Patch Tuesday for 2020 has come and gone, though Microsoft likely isn't quite finished with updates and fixes for the year. Here's where we stand now.

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Cisco’s Webex vs. Arthur Digital and the future of collaboration and communication

Cisco looks to be moving toward video phones; Arthur is focusing on mixed reality. Somewhere in the mix is the future of communication.

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Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Hackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution.

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Apple takes the Mac to the cloud

Though I’ve long thought that tomorrow's desktop will be cloud-based, even I didn't expect the next desktop-as-a-service would be macOS running on the AWS cloud.

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Apple’s People Detection, accessibility, and the voice-first enterprise

Accessibility tools are critical to the development of voice-first computing and Apple is ahead of the curve.

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SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

Multi-Factor Authentication has become so common a security tool that many users assume it must work well to protect data and communications. What it really does is provide false comfort.

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Qualcomm and the smartphone as collaboration platform

Premium phones over the next year or two could become the ideal collaboration platform by making videoconferences easier and better.

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How social media will become the most reliable source of information

Today, social sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook drive the fake news disinformation crisis. Tomorrow they're our best hope for solving it.

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Apple's iPhone slowdown ploy was ridiculous, even by Apple standards

Now that Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle with iPhone users whose smartphone clockspeed was artificially slowed to boost hardware sales, it's worth examining why the move was so colossally stupid.

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On the future of Windows 10’s feature releases

Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates arrive every six months — whether users want them or not. The company needs to do something to make this upgrade process less disruptive and avoid patch fatigue.

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It's December patch prep time

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is coming up. Time to get your hardware ready and delay updates until any issues are worked out.

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Meet Apple’s telepresence robot

A Boston Dynamics robot called Spot is helping Apple and its architects design a new HQ at an iconic location.

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A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

As the US gets ready for Thanksgiving, Windows 10 users can be thankful for one thing: you can go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations.

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3 pandemic-related trends for 2021

With an ongoing focus on remote work, companies will be looking to make work-from-home as easy and secure as sitting in the office. The tech industry has a role to play in what’s coming.

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Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

The pandemic this year forced admins to scramble to keep their Windows systems up and running (and properly patched) at a distance. So it's important to understand what options are available and which work best in different situations....

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Why you need an integrated data lifecycle solution

Data may be the new oil, but do you know how to drill for it? There are many stages in a data lifecycle, which is why you need a way to deal with the entire lifecycle – from drilling to production.

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Microsoft, it's time deliver these four Windows wishes

When is a "major" OS upgrade not really a big deal? And just what would constitute big changes in Windows 10? Herewith, a few thoughts and wishes.

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Why Verizon and Apple think iPhones are good for business

Verizon and Apple will showcase how iPhones and 5G networks can boost enterprise IT at a special event Thursday. What might they say?

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Apple silicon Macs: 9 considerations for IT

Apple’s shift to customized ARM processors in its newest Mac models gives IT several things to consider when planning Mac purchases.

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Browser updates are back for Update Tuesday; testing may be needed for Windows patches

Microsoft this week released 112 updates to its Windows, browser, development and Office platforms. But there were no zero-days or reports of publicly exploited vulnerabilities for November.

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