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Heads up: A free, working exploit for BlueKeep just hit

If you haven’t yet installed the May Windows patches (yes, May), your machine just inherited a giant “Kick me” sign.

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Apple exec confirms cryptocurrency is on company radar

After indications earlier this year that Apple might be interested in cryptocurrency, a company exec this week confirmed the company is indeed interested in digital money, as it has "interesting long-term potential."

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Time to install the August Windows patches — but watch out for the bugs

We’re still smarting from a deluge of Win10 version 1903 patch bugs, but with Patch Tuesday coming, now’s a good time to get your updates updated. Most of the problems have workarounds, so if you’re cognizant and cautious, you should...

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Atlassian adds free tiers for Jira and Confluence

The Australian software firm is also adding premium tiers for Jira and Confluence users, part of its plan to entice more customers onto its cloud services.

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Patching behavior in Win10 1903 changes dramatically – for the better

Patching in Windows 10 version 1903 has turned the old “Check for updates” turkey shoot into something manageable, according to a new report by Ed Bott. If true, this will be the second significant reason to upgrade to 1903 (if...

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 user share surges as loafers heed impending deadline

Windows 10's share of all PCs jumped 2.1 percentage points in August as a January end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 draws closer.

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Why hybrid blockchains will dominate ecommerce

By combining a permissioned blockchain with a public blockchain, companies can secure background transactions with business partners while also sharing product information with consumers on an open ledger.

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Top web browsers 2019: Edge edges up

The Microsoft browser has gained some ground during the last six months, but remains in the dust behind Google Chrome.

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A tiny sop to Win10 1903 users bitten by the KB 4512941 Cortana/SearchUI.exe redlining bug

Microsoft has finally acknowledged – by tweet, no less – what many have known since Friday: The “optional, non-security” August patch for Win10 version 1903, KB 4512941, can redline your PC. Thanks, Cortana.

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What's in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 69 thwarts web tracking by default for everyone

Firefox 69 switches on the browser's anti-tracking technology by default for all users.

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Edge embraces Chrome's kill-Flash timetable

The move means Microsoft won't stick to its own timetable for killing off Adobe Flash; instead, it will parallel Google Chrome's plan for eliminating the media player software.

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Microsoft set to close licensing loopholes, leave cloud rivals high and dry

Beginning in October, Microsoft plans to tighten its licensing rules to stop customers from using their own licenses for Windows, Windows Server, SQL Server and other software on rival cloud providers.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

The August 2019 Windows patches aren’t yet complete, as of today, but they’ve been churning in convoluted circles, thanks to a bizarre beta test numbering scheme. Even at this late date, the DejaBlue vs VB/VBA quandary still hangs in...

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A guide to Apple’s Sept. 10 iPhone 11 event

New iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watch are likely at Apple's September event.

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Hedera Hashgraph launches mainnet, hopes to compete with global business networks

Hedera is a distributed ledger that runs on a new protocol that enables higher transactional throughput than bitcoin or Ethereum and is aimed directly at business use.

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Microsoft removes August patch block on Win7/2008R2 systems running Norton, Symantec AV

Symantec and Microsoft have come to an agreement about Symantec/Norton AV problems with the August Win7 and Server 2008 R2 patches. The block is gone, but questions remain. Nothing has changed, so why was it blocked in the first...

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Microsoft: Enterprises have upgraded Windows 10 just once a year from the start

The company's decision to extend support for the fall editions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education reflects an upgrade cadence companies have already been following.

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Google delays Hangouts migration deadline for G Suite customers

The company now plans to start shutting down the classic Hangouts app in June 2020 as customers transition to the Hangouts Chat and Meet tools.

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7 ways Google's Smart Displays could get smarter

With a little fine-tuning, Google's Assistant-powered Smart Displays could turn into indispensable deskside companions.

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Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

While the benefits of blockchain seem straightforward, the nuances around implementing it — including adding business partners to a network, integrating it with legacy systems and navigating uncertain regulatory waters — make its...

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