Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who don’t want to pay forever for Office 365

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Unfortunately, the actual price of Office 2019 will have to wait. Microsoft would really like you to sign up for one of its productivity subscriptions: Office 365, or better yet, the new Microsoft 365. But for those old fogies who prefer standalone software, Microsoft announced Office 2019 on Tuesday. Office 2019 will ship in the second half of […]

How Will Blockchain Impact the Internet of Things?

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According to Gartner, by 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) installed base, excluding PCs, tablets, and smartphones, will reach 26 billion units, empowering a market worth of $3 trillion. By 2025, the total global worth of IoT technology could be as much as $6.2tr – most from devices in health care ($2.5tr) and manufacturing ($2.3tr). Another analysis estimates that […]

How much will staying patched on Windows 7 cost you?

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Here’s the price list Large businesses not ready to migrate off Windows 7 as of January 2020 and which opt for paid security updates should expect Microsoft’s update pricing to double each year. Microsoft said last Fall that it would offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates on a per-device basis for big customers willing to pay […]

Chevron CIO Says Technology Triggers Faster Human Decisions

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Bill Braun said he never expected to be so involved with certain cutting-edge technology deployments Energy giant Chevron Corporation is among the many companies across industries that are feeling pressure to innovate rapidly. Chief Information Officer Bill Braun says that’s causing the nature of his job to change. In addition to overseeing information technology for the company’s nearly […]

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with Spectre mitigations for Safari

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Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update highlights security improvements and Apple “recommends for all users.” Apple hasn’t disclosed exactly what security issues are addressed by iOS 11.2.2, but we can expect to see details on Apple’s security page shortly. We’ll update when we learn more about the new version. For now, […]

BlackBerry phones are surprisingly, amazingly, still a thing

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Budget phone maker TCL, which licenses the BlackBerry name, says it plans to release at least two new keyboard phones this year. BlackBerry phones are surprisingly, amazingly, still a thing. I miss the resiliency of old-school BlackBerry phones. My old BlackBerry 6220, complete with a track wheel and dorky holster, was built like a tank. I […]

The First 5G Specification Has Been Approved

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The First 5G Specification Has Been Approved. The quest to make 5G a reality has just taken a very important step forward. Members of the 3GPP, the organization that makes cellular standards that carriers and equipment makers around the world need to follow, have ratified a new 5G specification at its meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The […]

Windows 10 support could end early on some Intel systems

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It all depends on what the “supported lifetime” of a system is. By: Peter Bright When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 and its “Windows as a Service” model, the company promised Windows users a steady stream of updates to their machines. The days of being stuck on an old version of Windows would be forgotten; once […]

Microsoft May Soon Replace Internet Explorer

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will debut with an entirely new web browser code-named Spartan, according to a report citing anonymous sources. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that this new browser is a departure from Internet Explorer, the Microsoft browser whose relevance has waned in recent years. According to Foley, it will be a “lightweight” […]

Apple Is Considering Storing Your Fingerprints In iCloud

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Apple is considering storing customers’ biometric data in the cloud to enable next-generation payment methods, according to new patent application found by Apple Insider. The application relates to “finger biometric sensor data synchronisation via a cloud computing device and related methods,” with one potential implementation being to authorise a “financial transaction.” Simply put, this means […]