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Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:26:00 -0800

Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

Microsoft numbers Windows 10 releases using a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So the most recent version of Windows is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 20H2, or the October 2020 Update. The next feature update, due in the spring of 2021, will be version 21H1.

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6 secret settings for smarter sharing in Chrome on Android
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 03:00:00 -0800

Oh — hello there. So, you like uncovering awesome advanced powers for your Android phone browser, do ya? You've thoroughly explored all the carefully concealed settings for better browsing in the Chrome Android app from the other day, and you're back for even more already? My, you are a tenacious little monkey.

Well, you've come to the right place, my fellow primate, for I also enjoy unearthing exceptionally interesting out-of-sight settings. And I've been doing an awful lot of digging in the Chrome Android browser as of late — so much, in fact, that I've got a whole other set of easily overlooked treasures to go beyond the browsing-centric batch we already brought into our lives.

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Apple publishes in-depth M1, Mac, and iOS security guide
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:00:00 -0800

Apple has published its annual Apple Platform Security Guide, which includes updated details concerning the security of all its platforms, including the new M1 and A14 chips inside Apple Silicon Macs and current iPhones, respectively.

The first look inside M1 Mac security

The extensive 196-page report explains how Apple continues to develop its core security models along the premise of mutually distrusting security domains. The idea here is that each element in the security chain is independent, gathers little user information, and is built with a zero-trust model that helps boost security resilience.

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If you liked the M1 Macs, you'll love the M1X
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:04:00 -0800

If you were blown away by the performance of Apple’s first generation M1 Macs, get ready to be completely stunned by what’s coming next, as information about what's coming inside the next iteration begins to leak.

All praise the M1X

Now remember, it is early days; the M1X chip may still be in pre-production phase, and the computer(s) Apple plans to make that use it may or may not already be in production. Which means the early data needs to be (a) taken with a pinch of salt and (b) may not reflect the performance we actually see. But the data does suggest the next wave of Apple Silicon Macs will be something to brag about.

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Is Windows 10 a secret Slack slayer?
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800

When Microsoft rolled out Teams, its work collaboration software, in 2017, it took dead aim at Slack, the reigning king of work collaboration tools. The first Teams iteration was not particularly noteworthy, and Slack was clearly superior. One big drawback in those early days was that Teams, surprisingly, didn’t work well with Office.

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Microsoft bucks history, pegs Windows 10 21H1 as 'minor' upgrade
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 14:31:00 -0800

Microsoft will release a spring update for Windows 10, contrary to earlier reports that claimed the company would omit a first-half refresh of the operating system.

In a Feb. 15 post to the WinHEC blog — a message center used to keep Microsoft's hardware partners informed — the Redmond, Wash. developer said that the next upgrade, designated 21H1, will "follow the same [hardware compatibility] guidelines as 20H2," referring to the feature upgrade released last October.

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6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 06:42:00 -0800

Hey. You. Yes, you there — the one with your eyes on the screen. What if I were to tell you that that the browser you rely on for all of your web-based activities on your phone had oodles of extra features — top-secret settings that'd add awesome powers into your Android browsing adventures and make wiggling your way around this wacky ol' web meaningfully easier?

Well, provided you're using Google's Chrome browser for Android, that's as true as true can be. And best of all, it doesn't take much to uncover all of Chrome's carefully concealed treasures — if you know where to look.

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Back to the future: Microsoft moves to push Windows 10 users to the cloud
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 03:00:00 -0800

As the months and years go by, Microsoft keeps steadily moving away from its old model of PC operating systems, which started with buying Seattle Computing Products' 86-DOS, aka Quick and Dirty DOS in July 1981 and renaming it MS-DOS 1.10, toward  Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

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1. Apple is investing in 6G, but it doesn’t matter (yet)

Apple is investing in next-generation 6G technology development. Why? What for? And should we get excited yet?

What is 6G?

With most iPhone users only now making use of 5G, it seems way too early to make much fuss about the next fast wireless standard — particularly as the standard hasn’t been developed and is far from being finalized.

We can’t really say what 6G is, because it hasn’t been removed from the oven. But we can talk about some of the ingredients Apple and others on the 6G standards development bodies are pouring into their network kitchen bowl.

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2. 6 secret settings for smarter sharing in Chrome on Android

Oh — hello there. So, you like uncovering awesome advanced powers for your Android phone browser, do ya? You've thoroughly explored all the carefully concealed settings for better browsing in the Chrome Android app from the other day, and you're back for even more already? My, you are a tenacious little monkey.

Well, you've come to the right place, my fellow primate, for I also enjoy unearthing exceptionally interesting out-of-sight settings. And I've been doing an awful lot of digging in the Chrome Android browser as of late — so much, in fact, that I've got a whole other set of easily overlooked treasures to go beyond the browsing-centric batch we already brought into our lives.

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3. 6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android

Hey. You. Yes, you there — the one with your eyes on the screen. What if I were to tell you that that the browser you rely on for all of your web-based activities on your phone had oodles of extra features — top-secret settings that'd add awesome powers into your Android browsing adventures and make wiggling your way around this wacky ol' web meaningfully easier?

Well, provided you're using Google's Chrome browser for Android, that's as true as true can be. And best of all, it doesn't take much to uncover all of Chrome's carefully concealed treasures — if you know where to look.

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4. iCloud passwords are coming to Chrome for Windows

Apple has updated its iCloud for Windows application, a move that hints at the future introduction of support for an extension that enables the use of iCloud passwords via the Chrome browser on Windows.

Everyone is multi-platform nowadays

The updated app — invaluable for any Windows 10 user — also brings improvements in the Folder Sharing user interface, making it much easier to access and share folders across any supported platform.

iCloud for Windows is a must-have tool for anyone who uses iCloud. That could be any of the millions of recent switchers who own an iPad or iPhone but mainly use a Windows PC, or anyone else using multiple platforms.

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5. What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? New defense against supercookies

Mozilla this week upgraded Firefox to version 85, adding to its overarching emphasis on privacy by isolating supercookies that some sites rely on to track users' movements on the web.

Engineers also patched 13 vulnerabilities, five of which were marked "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label.

Firefox 85 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can simply relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or displays the refresh process.

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6. Why smart homes are the future of the smart enterprise

The first HomeKit-compatible Thread accessories are beginning to appear, and while that’s good news for consumers, it should also be good news for enterprise users.

What the Thread?

Originally designed by Nest, Samsung and ARM, Thread is an IP-based connectivity standard for smart devices. It’s a low-power mesh technology protocol that uses existing standards, such as IPv6, BLE, and others. At its simplest, it means devices from different manufacturers should be able to work together, securely, responsively, and with minimal cost to battery life.

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