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Android 11 Letdown

Microsoft Windows 7 security patches/updates

How IT can keep remote workers’ Windows 7 PCs safe

Employees connecting to corporate networks via old Windows 7 devices puts businesses at high risk. Here’s how to mitigate the threat.

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Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 19042.508 for the Release Preview Channel, released on Sep. 18, 2020.

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The worst version of Windows ever released

Windows Me was unstable, unloved and unusable. But was it really the worst OS Microsoft ever produced – worse even than Windows 8?

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Apple upgrades Safari on Catalina and Mojave in annual exercise

Safari 14 offers expanded tab management, website Touch ID authentication, a new privacy report and additional customization options for the new tab page.

Google Chrome OS Pivot

Google's Chrome OS pivot matters more than you think

A colossal change is on the way for Chromebooks — and if you're only seeing what's on the surface, you're missing what's most important.

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Windows 10 upgrades are rarely useful, say IT admins

A majority of admins surveyed this summer say Microsoft's oft ballyhooed twice-a-year upgrades for Windows 10 aren't really worth the hassle.

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Microsoft will bundle updates to streamline patching

Microsoft plans to change how it delivers updates to some parts of Windows 10, saying the new bundling tactic will end confusion and streamline the OS's regular refreshes.

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A fat Windows Update for September's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released 129 updates to its Windows ecosystem this month. The good news: we are not dealing with any zero-days or publicly reported vulnerabilities.

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Pro tip: Sock away a clean copy of Windows 10 (2004)

It looks like Microsoft will release the next version of Windows 10 – version 20H2 – sometime in the next couple of weeks. Now would be a good time to squirrel away an official, clean copy of Win10 version 2004, even if you don't ever...

Android 11 Features

How to get Android 11's best features on any phone today

Bring Android 11's most practical touches onto any phone this minute with these crafty and easily implemented workarounds.

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Beaucoup bugs beset this month’s Windows patches

July and August had relatively stable Patch Tuesdays. Not so, this month. Here’s the tip of the iceberg – the bugs that cropped up within a day of release.

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Four operating systems: One device. How the Chromebook will become the universal laptop.

Soon, you'll be able to run not just Chrome OS, Android, and Linux on your Chromebook but Windows applications as well. Here's how and what that will mean for your company's PCs and laptops.

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Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

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Microsoft puts Application Guard for Office into public preview

The defensive technology walls off untrusted Office documents to prevent attack code carried by malicious files from reaching the operating system or its apps.

Android 11

7 smart adjustments to make Android 11 more efficient

Google's Android 11 update is rolling out right now, but not everything about the software is fully optimized out of the box.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4571756, released Sep. 8, 2020.

With Patch Tuesday imminent, get Windows Update locked down

Patch Tuesday’s poised for another turn on the karmic wheel. Now’s a good time to check and make sure you’ve told Windows to pause patching. Wait for the crowdsourced beta testing to kick in. Let other folks take one for the team.

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Yes, you can install the August Windows and Office patches now

There are a few odd problems with the latest Microsoft patches, but they’re sporadic and reasonably-well understood. Go get the outstanding updates installed now, but avoid “optional” patches.

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