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Microsoft releases 15 Office patches for July, but some June bugs still stink

An embarrassing Office 2010 fix—KB 4011042—doesn’t make the main listing in Microsoft's July patches.

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The ancient Microsoft networking protocol at the core of the latest global malware attack

The company is going to kill off SMB1 at long last, but you shouldn’t wait to disable it.

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Toshiba Portege X30 review: The clamshell strikes back

The new Toshiba Portege X30 is a tough, top-performing Windows 10 laptop well-suited to demanding enterprise users.

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June's browser numbers: Microsoft's Edge strategy fails

The percentage of Windows 10 users who ran the Edge fell to 21% last month, as the Microsoft browser continued to lose ground to Google Chrome.

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How we test Windows system performance

A quick rundown of how we assess the performance of Windows computers.

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39% off Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux, Paperback - Deal Alert

The innovators guide to bringing Raspberry Pi to life. This book favors engineering principles over a 'recipe' approach to give you the skills you need to design and build your own projects. You'll understand the fundamental...

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Review: Apple’s 21.5-in., 3.4GHz ‘Kaby Lake’ 2017 iMac

Apple’s 21.5-in., 3.4GHz ‘Kaby Lake’ 2017 iMac has a great display, powerful processor, excellent graphics performance and faster storage.

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The paranoid Mac traveler’s 10-point data protection checklist

Getting stopped at the border while traveling and having authorities go through your iPhone, tablet or laptop is no longer the stuff of spy novels. Here's how to safeguard your data.

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Purism aims to push privacy-centric laptops, tablets and phones to market

A San Francisco-based start-up created a line of laptops -- and is now working on delivering a tablet and smartphone -- designed with hardware and open-source software to guard user privacy.

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A Chromebook can increase the protection of air-gapped computers

Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know air gapping is insufficient. But all is not lost, a Chromebook can pump up the protection of air-gapped computers.

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Apple's iOS 11 adds macOS-like features for better productivity

iOS 11 brings new features, UI polish and refinements to Apple’s mobile OS. When it's released this fall, productivity should go up -- especially for iPad users in the office.

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Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has been disabling its antivirus software in Windows 10. Microsoft replied it was its duty to make sure antivirus protection was ‘always on.’

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Windows Server gets aboard the fast train

Now that Microsoft is talking up a faster Windows Server release schedule, it's going to have to prove it can deliver, says Directions on Microsoft's Jim Gaynor.

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Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy

Worried about possible privacy problems in Windows 10? Now updated for the Windows 10 Anniversary (and Creators) Updates, this story offers some quick and easy ways to protect your data.

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Microsoft: No, it's not an audit

Microsoft thinks enterprise customers have the wrong idea about the asset management investigations its partners tout as a way to save money on software licensing.

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How IT should prep for Apple's public OS betas

With the arrival of Apple's public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, users will be downloading unfinished software to their computers and iDevices. Is your IT shop ready for the aftermath?

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Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers -- so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

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Lenovo's new workstation is 'Tiny' but packs a punch

Windows users working in tight spaces who are looking for a small workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender to check out: the ThinkStation P320 Tiny.

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FAQ: Microsoft drafts new Windows Server upgrade blueprint

Microsoft is changing its upgrade cadence for Windows Server, crafting a schedule that mimics Windows 10 and Office 365 release dates.

Chromebook Security Features

2 handy yet hidden Chromebook security features

Chromebook security gets simpler with these ultra-useful but off-the-beaten-path options.

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