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06-07-2022
Accused of ‘unfair’ practices, Apple faces App Store court battle in UK

Depending how you look at it, Apple is gaining a fresh opportunity to explain why the charges it levies at the App Store are fair, or regulators are getting the chance to decide what the future shape of online business will be by defining what constitutes an acceptable profit margin in digital sales.In either case, these decisions set precedents which can, presumably, be applied against other forms of business and retail. After all, if regulators define acceptable profit margins for one line of business, then they must adopt a consistent approach that can be applied across all industries. Right now, Apple seems to believe that for most transactions, the fair figure is zero or 15%, with those with the broadest shoulders paying more to support others.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-07-2022
European Parliament approves sweeping big tech antitrust laws

The European Commission announced late yesterday that the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) have been voted through, marking a new chapter for how technology companies will be able to operate in the EU. The parliament voted 588 in favor and 11 against for the DMA, while 539 MEPs backed the DSA, with 54 votes against.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-07-2022
Apple (almost) says, ‘If you want to collaborate, stay apart’

Apple has made a decision that should show most enterprises that, when it comes to COVID-19, it’s not over till it’s over. The company has reportedly deferred plans to get staff back in the office three days a week because of increasing infection rates.Living with COVID means taking it seriously A weekend Bloomberg report tells us the full implementation of Apple’s originally mandated three-days-a-week-in-person plan is probably “not imminent.” The report suggests the company is experiencing rising infection rates across its workforce. If Apple is experiencing this, then it is not alone.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-07-2022
Think twice before deploying Windows’ Controlled Folder Access

As ransomware attacks gained steam in the mid-2010s, Microsoft sought to give Windows users and admins tools to protect their PCs from such attacks. With its October 2017 feature update, the company added a feature called Controlled Folder Access to Windows 10.On paper, Controlled Folder Access sounds like a great protection for consumers, home users, and small businesses with limited resources. As defined by Microsoft, “Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. Supported on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022, Windows 10, and Windows 11 clients, controlled folder access can be turned on using the Windows Security App, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, or Intune (for managed devices).”To read this article in full, please click here

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05-07-2022
Yes, you can avoid 2022's business travel miseries

For better or worse, I'm back on the business travel road again. And, friends, let me tell you, it's miserable out there these days.Here are some woes my friends and I have faced — and what you can do to avoid them. First, remember that COVID-19 continues to be a problem. At my last conference, three of the organization's top leaders came down with it immediately after they arrived. Organizationally, they managed to juggle all their duties —  but for a while, I thought I'd end up introducing keynote speakers!(Fortunately for all, it didn't come to that.)To read this article in full, please click here

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05-07-2022
Are banks quietly refusing reimbursements to fraud victims?

There are some scary reports popping up that various major financial institutions no longer credit back all fraudulent transactions, even when victims file a police report. If true, it's a disastrous move that will painfully hurt the institutions.Let’s look a recent New York Times report on the problem:To read this article in full, please click here

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05-07-2022
Tech talent shortage slows reshoring of chip manufacturing in US

As Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and others move ahead with plans for new computer chip development and manufacturing plants in the US, those efforts are running into a new headwind: there aren't enough people with the skills needed to run the facilities.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2022
Cookie conundrum: The loss of third-party trackers could diminish your privacy

Third-party cookies may be going away in 18 months, but will that achieve Google’s stated intentions of creating a “more privacy-first web?”Chris Matty doesn’t think so.In fact, he believes the death of the invasive little trackers could paradoxically make our online identities less secure.And he believes the motivations of Apple and Google, which have advocated for an end to this form of passive surveillance, are motivated by goals that are less altruistic than they may seem.Matty is the founder and chief revenue officer of Versium, a business-to-business omnichannel marketing firm that profiles online visitors without using cookies. Instead, it harvests data from various third-party sources in a process that complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act and then uses deterministic algorithms to make what is essentially an educated guess about the identity of visitors.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2022
10 next-level tricks for your Pixel Clock app

Google's Pixel phones are practically overflowing with useful stuff. And some of the best options of all are things you've probably never even noticed.That's true for the Pixel's core Android software as well as its Google-made apps — everything from the excellent calling-related features in the Pixel Phone app to the expanded array of advanced options in Google Assistant on Pixels.It's even true in apps that seem so basic and utilitarian, you'd never think they had anything interesting lurking in their dusty virtual corners.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2022
Reviewing the latest Apple rumors

On Today in Tech, join Michael Simon and Ken Mingis as they separate the facts from fiction about the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the M2 chip, the M2 MacBook Air, and the latest rumors. To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2022
How to set up and use Focus modes on iOS 16

Focus mode is Apple’s way of helping users get the task at hand done filtering out the noise. It's available in iOS and for iPads and Macs and can be a real productivity boost — if you know how to set it up right.This is how it works.Finding Focus Since iOS 15, Focus has appeared as an option in Control Center, or via Settings>Focus.In iOS 16, due out this fall, it can recommend relevant Lock Screens for the Focus options you provide, such as a data-rich Lock Screen for work.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2022
The evolution (and eventual end) of computer monitors

(Disclosure: All of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.)I met this week with Stefan Engel, Lenovo’s vice president and general manager of visuals business, and we chatted about where monitors are — and where they are going. That prompted me to reflect on why monitors are likely headed toward obsolescence by the end of the decade, and the different approaches Dell, HP, and Lenovo are taking now. Let me start with that last point first. Dell, HP, and Lenovo march to different monitor drummers When it comes to setting up a monitor, most users are also interested in speakers and a webcam — especially in the video-centric world in which we now work. Dell views it monitors as entirely separate items; cameras and speakers (with some exceptions) are usually separate, although Dell does tend to support charging and accessory connections, turning them into USB hubs.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2022
Here comes the 'destination workplace.'

In a market economy, some human spaces are provided as services that compete with other services to attract customers. This is true of hotels, gyms, and shopping malls.But it hasn't been true of workplaces.In the past, the workplace was provided by a monopoly provider — the company you worked for. As a result, offices hadn't been particularly appealing or creative, with industry exceptions like tech, where the nature of employment can be fluid.Once an employer was chosen, individual employees didn't have a choice like customers. Instead, workplace quality was just another factor lumped in with many other factors for how appealing an employer might be.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2022
Gartner predicts PC shipments to fall by 9.5% this year

Global PC shipments are set to decline by 9.5% in 2022, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.“A perfect storm of geopolitics upheaval, high inflation, currency fluctuations and supply chain disruptions have lowered business and consumer demand for devices across the world and is set to impact the PC market the hardest in 2022,” said Ranjit Atwal, senior director analyst at Gartner, in comments published alongside Gartner’s data.In EMEA, this figure is expected to decline further, by around 14%, with a combination of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, price increases, and unavailability of products from China due to ongoing lockdowns all leading to a softening of consumer demand.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2022
Should you start going to business conferences again?

Back in the 2010s, I averaged almost 100,000 miles a year on business travel. I went to endless Linux, open-source, and cloud conferences. When COVID-19 hit, I went from flying around the country and to Europe every few weeks to driving to the grocery store every few weeks. Now, I'm back on the road — and in the air — again. So far, in 2022, I've been to Boston, Valencia, Spain, and Austin for work. I expect to finally make it to Dublin, Ireland, and numerous spots in the US before the year is over.So, do I recommend traveling for business again? Hell, no. It's not safe out there. It really isn't. It only seems safe.To read this article in full, please click here

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