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Why smart homes are the future of the smart enterprise

It should become almost as easy to set up a smart factory as it is to build a connected home.

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Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Though many Windows 10 users opt for third-party antivirus protection, those who use Microsoft Defender may not be getting all of the protection they could. Here’s how to check your settings and what to change.

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Is Windows 10X a Chromebook killer?

With Windows 10X, Microsoft could deliver a slimmed-down version of Windows that could help the company fend off growing interest in Chromebooks. Or it could make a mess of things, again.

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How mixed reality (and Hololens) boosted productivity at Lockheed Martin

By using Microsoft's Hololens system in manufacturing and assembly, the aerospace firm found ways to save time and money. That bodes well for the use of mixed-reality systems in other industries.

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The work-from-home employee’s bill of rights

In a WFH world, employees are entitled to these seven rights to do their work successfully.

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14 items of office equipment replaced by iPhone

Thanks to software and the iPhone, the office experience now sits in your pocket.

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For Microsoft’s January patches, no all-clear (yet)

In particular, KB4535680 could cause headaches for users running HyperV servers with hosted virtual machines.

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Easing into the new year with a modest January Patch Tuesday

Microsoft started 2021 with a relatively benign update cycle for Windows and Microsoft Office systems, delivering 83 updates for January. There are no Zero-days or “Patch Now” recommendations.

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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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