WWDC: Apple brings Face ID and Touch ID authentication to Safari
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 06:49:00 -0700

It will soon be possible for enterprise workers, partners and customers to casually access web-based sites and services using biometric ID, with Apple set to enable Face ID and Touch ID authentication in Safari, the company said at WWDC 2020.

Time to toughen up

This move is important because the scourge of online crime is not abating, and traditional passcode-based protection has proved itself insufficient. As we move into a world of quantum computing, breaking password-protection will only get easier, which is why biometric protection adds another layer of access control. We need to toughen up every level of security.

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Mozilla takes first step in pulling Firefox plug on macOS Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:45:00 -0700

Mozilla this week announced it would automatically move users running outdated versions of macOS to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), an edition that provides security updates only.

The move, a first step towards dropping all support, will take place June 30, when Mozilla releases Firefox 78. On that date, users of Firefox still running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan) on their Macs will instead be shunted to the extended channel and given 78.0 ESR. While that and Firefox 78 will be identical, when the latter shifts to version 79 four weeks later, ERS will remain at 78, increased to 78.1 to mark its first security update.

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Save big on popular VPNs & backup solutions today
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:17:00 -0700

Surf the web in complete anonymity and keep your file system safe from hardware failure as well as cybercrime.

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Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update
Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:22:00 -0700

Internecine conflict seems to be a recurring theme at Microsoft, but this one takes it to new levels. Somehow, somebody forgot to test the latest patched version of Outlook with the latest patched version of Windows. The result is an error message that makes Outlook inoperable.

The official announcement appears on the Microsoft 365 support site:

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Mozilla takes first step in pulling Firefox plug on macOS Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:45:00 -0700

Mozilla this week announced it would automatically move users running outdated versions of macOS to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), an edition that provides security updates only.

The move, a first step towards dropping all support, will take place June 30, when Mozilla releases Firefox 78. On that date, users of Firefox still running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan) on their Macs will instead be shunted to the extended channel and given 78.0 ESR. While that and Firefox 78 will be identical, when the latter shifts to version 79 four weeks later, ERS will remain at 78, increased to 78.1 to mark its first security update.

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1. Why AMD’s energy efficiency milestone is important to the emerging cloud desktop

AMD this week announced it had exceeded its goal to increase energy efficiency 25-fold by 2020.  Called the 25x20 goal, it has been a driving force for the company for most of the last decade and explains why cloud providers like Google have begun to favor AMD processors. 

But the real importance will show up as we move to universal VDI or what I call the emergence of the cloud desktop market and products like Virtual Windows, which have been particularly helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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2. Flashback Friday: Color me confounded

This tech’s co-workers dread when he goes on vacation, reports a pilot fish on the scene, because problems always arise when he leaves.

But he does go, and it’s soon noticed that the computer that’s supposed to gather data on all outgoing phone calls doesn’t seem to be creating new records.

Fish and colleagues find that computer standing amid a jungle of cables, and nothing to indicate what they all do.

“After a half-hour of fighting with it,” says fish, “we had to disturb our friend on his vacation.” And he says the solution is simple: Just plug the dark gray cable into the computer.

All they see, though, is a bunch of equally gray cables.

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3. Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”
What happens when you try? fish asks.

“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”

Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.

“Nope, just me,” replies user.

Can you try a couple of things for me?

“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”

Why?

“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”

So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.

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4. The Internet of Things in 2020: More vital than ever
Just when we needed it most, the internet of things is delivering gobs of data and remote device control across almost every industry, from healthcare to agriculture.
5. Flashback Friday: Color me confounded

This tech’s co-workers dread when he goes on vacation, reports a pilot fish on the scene, because problems always arise when he leaves.

But he does go, and it’s soon noticed that the computer that’s supposed to gather data on all outgoing phone calls doesn’t seem to be creating new records.

Fish and colleagues find that computer standing amid a jungle of cables, and nothing to indicate what they all do.

“After a half-hour of fighting with it,” says fish, “we had to disturb our friend on his vacation.” And he says the solution is simple: Just plug the dark gray cable into the computer.

All they see, though, is a bunch of equally gray cables.

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6. Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”
What happens when you try? fish asks.

“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”

Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.

“Nope, just me,” replies user.

Can you try a couple of things for me?

“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”

Why?

“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”

So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.

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