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No-Code, Low-Code Development Platforms Help Organizations Meet Growing App Demand

With rising demands on employees to get more done more quickly, enterprises are turning to no-code software creation tools. These tools enable …

Software Development

Those stickers warning that repairs will void your warranty are nonsense, FTC says

If worries about voiding your warranty have ever kept you from trying to repair your own electronics, or from visiting the cheap repair shop on the corner, the government has some good news for you.<p>The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that the warning stickers that say people will void …

Repairs

5 Expert Tips for Selecting the Right Business Intelligence Dashboard Tool

Business Intelligence tools have become the go-to solution when urgent decision-making is required thanks to their ability to provide in-depth data …

Big Data

Azure File Sync

I’ve produced and shared a short video (12:33 minutes) to explain what Azure File Sync is, what it will do for you, and there’s a quick demo at the …

Microsoft Azure

Backup Documents, Desktop and Favorites folder

Creates folder structure at the target backup location and copies Desktop, Documents and Favorities from User's profile. Takes a target variable …

Windows embraces new space-squeezing photo format

Microsoft's PC software is joining Apple's iOS and Google's Android in embracing HEIF, which halves photo sizes compared with JPEG.<p>Microsoft's Windows software will support technology called HEIF to shrink photo sizes -- the third big operating system to embrace the JPEG alternative along with …

Imaging

Meltdown-Spectre: Four things every Windows admin needs to do now

When a major security incident occurs, there's a natural tendency to overreact. My advice: Don't panic. Instead, use these four guidelines to build a …

Information Security

How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

Everything we know so far<p>Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw …

Information Security

How and Why to Use Checklists | The Art of Manliness

In the modern age, we know more than ever before, and the information has never been so readily available.<p>And yet individuals and organizations often …

Microsoft plans to give every Windows app browser-like tabs, and I can't wait

Microsoft will soon be test-driving a feature in Windows 10 that could forever change how you use your PC. It’s also a feature you’ve already been using for years.<p>Say hello to tabs. Or as Microsoft calls them, ‘Sets.’<p>While Microsoft isn’t sure whether that name will stick, the idea is to bring …

AI’s latest application: wasting email scammers’ time

Schadenfreude is one of life's simplest pleasures -- especially when the victim in question is an email scammer. That's the service Netsafe's Re:scam provides. Simply forward your Nigerian prince emails to the service and it'll use machine learning to generate conversations to waste the nefarious …

Outlook.com now knows where you live, and will move your data accordingly

In an effort to improve the responsiveness of Microsoft’s Outlook-branded email service, the company updated the backend to automatically determine …

Software

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features

Microsoft has been testing its latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update over the past six months, and it's now ready to roll out to existing machines today. While Microsoft’s “Creators Update” naming extends to this latest Windows 10 update, a lot of the features are new additions that will be used …

Software

How to download Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

Fall is in the air. The days are shorter, the weather is cooler and a new version of Windows is here.<p>Ready to upgrade your PC to the latest version of Windows 10? All right, let's get to it.<p>First, let me state: Before you install any big OS update, it's a good idea to back up your system in case …

Windows 10

Enterprises should make plans for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now--before it's too late

Microsoft will begin updating Windows 10 PCs again after October 17, 2017, and IT admins had better prepare themselves for the inevitable glitches …

Microsoft offers tool to troubleshoot common errors with Windows update

The troubleshooting tool supports Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.<p>Microsoft has launched a new tool to help users resolve errors that usually crop up during …

The Destructive Mentality that Prevents Good IT Decisions

Consider whether you and your organization view IT as an investment or whether you still see it as an expense.

Business Technology

This is how I'm using OneDrive Files on Demand

If you loved placeholders the way I did, you're going to be happy.<p>I've been outspoken about wanting the OneDrive placeholders feature from Windows …

Software

Announcing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267

Hello Windows Insiders!Today we are pleased to be releasing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267 to Windows Insiders. To obtain the build, …

Windows Server

Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 November Update and Office 2007

Microsoft’s support for Windows 10 November Update (version 1511) ends today. The company’s support for Office 2007 ends today as well.<p>The fact both of these software releases are no longer being supported on the same day isn’t a coincidence. Microsoft releases regular patches on Patch Tuesday, the …

What is Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Everything you need to know about Microsoft's big upgrade

Rolling out from the 17th October, the ​Windows 10 Fall Creators Update promises to deliver new features big and small to Windows desktops.<p>The fourth …

HP Envy

Report: Apple to kill Touch ID on all future iPhones

According to a new report, Apple plans to kill Touch ID — its lightning-fast fingerprint reader — for Face ID, the facial recognition technology giving security analysts nightmares. KGI Securities analyst and rumor magnet Ming-Chi Kuo tonight revealed it’s unlikely Apple will bring back Touch ID in …

Mobile Technology

Change Your Password as Soon as You Read This

In all likelihood, your current jumbled password is easy to crack.<p>The official government guidelines for creating an unhackable password were established in 2003 by a man named Bill Burr. In an 8-page guide, he decreed that passwords should be made from strange mixes of capital and lowercase …

Cybersecurity

How to return the 'Open command window here' option to Windows 10's context menu

On Windows 10, Microsoft continues to fade out Command Prompt in favor of PowerShell. Although you can still use the console, you'll notice that the …

Overcome Resistance to Change with Two Conversations

Across industries and sectors, the track record for organizational change is bleak. Research finds that anywhere from 50%–75% of change efforts fail. And for those that do succeed, many don’t achieve the goals of the original vision. Why is change so hard?<p>Usually, figuring out the right answer is …

Management

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

The first 100 days are usually the honeymoon period for any new CEO to make their mark and get others on board. However, for Airbus CEO Christian Streiff, it was just a brief window before his abrupt departure from the European aircraft company that’s part of the EADS consortium, along with …

Management

The Windows 10 Creators Update is now available for manual upgrading | Ars Technica

Update Assistant tool lets you install the new version without waiting for Windows Update.<p>The "official" release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, …

Windows 10

Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets

Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn't really shut down Windows. That's a great time-saving …

Fun-Da-Mental

New vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup / Restore Walkthroughs

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is full of new and exclusive features. One of which is the native file-based backup and restore. I’m happy to …

Virtualization