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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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29-06-2022
FCC commissioner wants Apple, Google to remove TikTok from App Stores

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has written to Apple and Google to request that both companies remove the incredibly popular TikTok app from their stores, citing a threat to national security.Is your data going TikTok? Carr warns the app collects huge quantities of data and cited a recent report that claimed the company has accessed sensitive data collected from Americans. He argues that TikTok’s, "pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. data...puts it out of compliance,” with App Store security and privacy policies.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2022
The Android clipboard enhancement you didn't know you needed

Unless you're an exceptionally quirky creature, your phone's clipboard probably isn't something you spend a ton of time contemplating.And really, why would you? It's just an invisible layer that works quietly in the background and supports a relatively mundane system function.Keep a pinch of your contemplation energy available, though, 'cause my goodness: A teensy bit of attention to your phone's clipboard now can enhance your Android-using experience in some pretty powerful ways. And you'll enjoy those enhancements for months or maybe even years to come.[Get three things to try every Friday with my Android Intelligence newsletter — and three custom bonus tips the second you sign up!] Fittingly enough, Google itself is turning its focus to the Android clipboard in the upcoming Android 13 release. As we discussed in my newsletter on Friday, Android 13 will introduce a slew of genuinely useful clipboard-centric enhancements, all revolving around a new clipboard pop-up that appears anytime you copy something on your phone.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2022
Worried about burnout? Few enterprises are set up to fight the real causes

Employee burnout is often cited as a reason for losing enterprise employees. But a CEO saying that is like the head of a hospital saying death is the prime reason for bad outcomes.Although both statements are obviously true, they are effectively meaningless without addressing their causes. A recent McKinsey report found that “employers have invested unprecedented resources in employee mental health and well-being.” That is a classic way of treating “burnout” as though it is a mental aberration.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2022
14 best practices for Microsoft Teams video meetings

It’s easy to start a video meeting in Microsoft Teams, but there are ways to enhance the experience for you and the other attendees, whether it’s an informal video chat with co-workers, a presentation to a client, or a department-wide quarterly update. Here’s how you can get the most out of video meetings in Teams — best practices for before, during, and after your meeting.This story is primarily for users whose organizations have a subscription to a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 business or enterprise plan. Although Microsoft offers subscriptions tailored for home users, as well as a free version of Teams, these don’t include many of the features covered in this story. Also note that these instructions describe the Teams desktop app; some features are not available in the web or mobile versions.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-06-2022
How Apple is improving single sign-on

Among a slew of announcements at WWDC this year were some important changes to Apple’s support for single sign-on (SSO). Here’s what’s coming when new updates ship this fall.SSO + BYOD = iOS 16, iPadOS 16 Apple first introduced SSO support at WWDC 2019 with Sign in with Apple, which also saw the introduction of extensions to enable this kind of authentication. It allowed a user to access a service or website using their Apple ID, and meant support for identity providers, the use of highly secure token-based signatures and the tools service providers required to implement these systems.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-06-2022
Q&A: Two coding-bootcamp graduates tell their stories

Technology bootcamps are relatively short-term full- or part-time intensive training programs offering skill sets that in many cases can quickly catapult a previously non-technical person into a high-paying tech career. The schools teach students in-demand skills in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and fintech, and in recentyears, the one-and-a-half to six-month long bootcamps have become talent pools for organizations looking for skills-based job seekers. And with the Great Resignation in full swing, more workers are choosing to move into tech for flexible working conditions and high pay.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-06-2022
Time for a mid-year browser security check

We’ve reached the mid-point of 2022 and when it comes to security, I feel like we’re not making much headway. I still see people report they’re getting scammed, ransomed, and attacked on a regular basis — and for many users the browser is becoming the most important part of whatever platform you use. So now is a good time to review your browsers, and any extensions you’ve installed to beef up security.Note, I said browsers —plural. While enterprises might want to standardize on only one browser for better control, for small businesses and individual users, I recommend installing more than one. (I often use three different browsers.)Why is this important? Because attackers (and trackers) go after browsers. In fact, it’s good to think of your browser a separate operating system, and act accordingly to protect it. Though I focus mainly on Windows issues, these guidelines and recommendations apply to Mac OS, Ubunto, Mint, and others.To read this article in full, please click here

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