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In the "first ever giant robot battle," mammoth machines from MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industry fight for the world title using attack drones and more.

Commentary: Appearing on the Howard Stern Show, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman shares an encounter with the paranormal.

Mobileye proposes a system where self-driving cars could report collisions, with mathematical formulas to determine who, or what, is at fault.

Commentary: No scenes of mayhem, just an appeal to camaraderie. And look at the different characters for different countries.

Despite their fierce patent fight, the two companies have a strong product relationship, Qualcomm's CEO says.

Agencies investigated possible violations of bidding rules for subsidies that help deliver broadband to schools and libraries.

Twitter emails its Trust and Safety Council about how the company will tackle abusive behavior after a protest prompted the CEO to promise change.

Plus: A new quad-core config of Razer's 13-inch ultraportable brings longer battery life.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency believes many Equifax victims had already had their personal information stolen by cybercriminals.

The Commuter smart jacket came out only a few weeks ago, but the tech giant and denim company are already looking to innovate.

With 365 horsepower on tap, you're not going to be left yearning for more power. Maybe.

Step into Cassini's shoes with a dazzling look at Saturn's rings taken before the spacecraft's death.

Visceral, developer of the Dead Space series, will shut down and see its Star Wars game overhauled.

There are some confusing plot points (like that timeline), but who needs clarity? Let's dive into show theories and ask some canon questions.

Price was suspended last week for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a producer.

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As smartphones and tablets become ever more indespensible work tools, enterprise mobility management platforms (EMM) are being used deliver collaboration tools, such as voice and video conferencing, directly to user devices.

With implications for all of IT, a new market survey by tech and services provider CDW found that most companies now view their mobility and collaboration platforms as one digital workspace. Additionally, the survey also found that end-users are playing a larger role in selecting those "digital workspace" platforms.


Microsoft today released the newest Windows 10 feature upgrade, labeled "Fall Creators Update" and numbered 1709, to consumers and commercial customers. The upgrade was the first since Microsoft revamped its Windows 10 servicing model by pledging to deliver two such updates annualVideo conferencingly, and changed the release track nomenclature and support timetable.

As Microsoft pointed out, some practices have changed in its Windows-10-as-a-service concept.

What's in a name?

Today's upgrade carries the label "Semi-Annual Channel," a change in nomenclature from Microsoft's previous Current Branch, the release track offered almost exclusively to consumers. To match the naming convention it created for Office 365, Microsoft dropped its Windows 10 release titles Current Branch and Current Branch for Business, and swapped in Semi-Annual Channel for both.


Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office '-” currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they'-™re available. We'-™re doing for you, so you don'-™t have to.

Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 '-” all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'-™ll add info about new updates as they'-™re rolled out.


Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the" Windows 10 Fall Creators Update" was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 4. As it did with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to" members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 4, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the Windows 10 Creators Update, which are below the builds of Redstone 4.


By now, you probably know everything there is to know about Google's Pixel 2. You've no doubt read the reviews, mulled over the bigger-picture significance, and gotten a pretty good feel for whether the phone's right for you.

Before you shift your attention to the next shiny thing, though, hang on a second: With the basics behind us, I've been working to wrap my noggin around the broader implications surrounding the Pixel 2's launch and Google's ever-expanding hardware efforts. And more than ever, I'm convinced what we're seeing right now is but a tiny sliver of a much bigger story.


Dropbox has launched a new portfolio feature, Showcase, designed to help independent workers and small teams of professionals display and share documents more easily.

The idea is that freelance workers such as architects and designers can store content in Showcase before sharing information with clients. Documents are arranged in a branded portfolio in a '-'secure and polished way,'-" with customizable layouts, said Dropbox director of product, Vishal Kapoor. It is also possible to add text captions to files to introduce content topics to help create a narrative around what'-™s being shared.

Dropbox, which recently rebranded to appeal to '-'creatives,'-" has identified a large target audience: it is estimated that 35% of the U.S. workforce is now freelance, a group that as of 2016 totaled to 55 million people.


For high-end smartphone buyers '-" whether you prefer Google's Android or Apple's iOS '-" this may well be the best of times. The iPhone 8 is out, the X arrives in just a few weeks, and the latest device from Google, the Pixel 2, is available now.

What's an Android-curious iPhone user to do?

pixel 2 xl beauty Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Pixel 2 XL: Google's marriage of hardware to software to machine-learning.


Everyone knows the secret to success '-” personal and business alike '-” is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.(Insider Story)


I'-™m seeing many reports, in various locations, about this month'-™s Windows security patches breaking custom programs that import and export Excel XLS files. Programs that have worked for years are suddenly, mysteriously, turning belly-up. The most common symptom is an error message that says '-'Unexpected error from external database driver'-" followed by a number.


Apple is setting a '-'new bar in terms of corporate responsibility'-" when it comes to green electronics. Meanwhile, Samsung continues to disappoint with its lack of leadership here, said Gary Cook, senior IT campaigner at Greenpeace USA.

Where Apple leads on the green electronics front

Apple'-™s commitment to the environment puts the company far ahead of every other firm, bar Truphone, according to the latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics.

The annual report assesses firms for the sustainable manufacturing and design of IT products. It rates corporate transparency, commitment, performance and advocacy efforts in three critical areas: reduction of greenhouse gases through renewable energy, use of recycled materials, and elimination of hazardous chemicals." 


Here's something you probably didn't know existed. With" SanDisk's iXpand iPhone base, you'll never have to worry about losing your memories again. Every time you charge your iPhone with the iXpand Base, it automatically backs up your photos, videos and contacts." The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top, a sturdy base, and a wrap-around groove to keep your Apple Lightning to USB cable tidy. Its typical list price has been discounted, for now, to $129.99. See this deal on Amazon.


One of the great attractions of Google'-™s Pixel phones is that they are almost iPhone-like in concept: The same company is in full control of the hardware, software and ecosystem. And, often, a new phone is accompanied by a new release of the Android operating system, with the promise that it will get prompt OS updates for at least the next few generations. With other phone manufacturers typically taking weeks or months to roll out Android updates, the Pixel'-™s first-in-line status for new features and security fixes makes it an attractive choice for the enterprise.

The just-released Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Google showcase the brand new Android 8.0 (Oreo) operating system in what could reasonably be called a reference design, with hardly any carrier cruft or manufacturer UI overlay. The hardware is unmistakably made by HTC, as were the earlier Pixels, and if the $1.1 billion that Google splashed out to hire a bunch of HTC engineers means that we can expect more phones like these, it would be money well spent.


IT manager pilot fish gets a call from a user whose PC screen is getting pretty difficult to read, and she wants to make sure she's dealing with the problem correctly.

"She told me she decided it needed to be cleaned, so she got some alcohol wipes to use on it," says fish.

"She was running two terminal emulation sessions on her PC, so she switched to terminal session A and wiped down the screen.

"Then she switched to her second terminal session, and wiped the screen down again..."

Sharky always scrubs the identifying marks from your story. So send me your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You'll score a sharp Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google+ community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.


In the minds of mobile shoppers, where is the line between convenience and personal space/privacy? We now have two retailers '-” Walmart and Amazon, the giants of in-store and online shopping, respectively '-” separately testing programs to deliver purchases directly into your home or your car trunk when the shopper is nowhere near." 

Both efforts rely on mobile devices connecting shoppers to the scene of the delivery, where customers can theoretically watch the delivery in real time. It isn'-™t practical or likely, but that's the idea. Mobile is what justifies these attempts.

Walmart's efforts, focused entirely on shoppers letting the retailer unlock a home's front door and put away the groceries in the shopper's kitchen and refrigerator/freezer, is an idea that" begs for a privacy/security disaster to happen. A prudent executive looks at any cutting-edge plan and asks, "What could go wrong with this and how bad is it for our customers if it does?"


Microsoft today revealed that it quietly patched Windows last week against vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks.

Details of the security update were only published Monday to Microsoft's Security Update Guide, the catalog-like portal that earlier this year replaced the decades-old practice of delivering explanatory bulletins.

All supported versions of Windows received the update, according to the catalog listing, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016.


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BYTE is starting a new series, to bring back the issues you loved in print from 1975 to 1998. Initially we have the first two issues and four others from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Security experts urge companies to implement two-factor authentication, VPNs, and graduated permission levels to better protect customer data from hackers.

Microsoft admits that it doesn't encrypt all server-to-server communications, opening the way for the NSA and others to access the data flow.

Affordable Care Act site has faced a relatively low volume of attacks, compared with other federal websites.

Google's Gmail app for iPad and iPhone gets new features and iOS 7's design language.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announces PostgreSQL database service, new instance types, use of solid state disk to speed I/Os.

As software eclipses hardware, it's dawning on enterprises that they need API programs. Here's where to begin.

Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.

The goal is allow home monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily healthcare providers.

Google's personal assistant software gets upgraded to better manage owners' lives and understand natural language requests.

Android smartphones owners can now pay for goods and services by tapping their device to Isis terminals at 1.3 million locations nationwide.

LinkedIn pushes customized content with the integration of news curation app Pulse for desktop and mobile versions.

Hacker grabbed 860,000 passwords for fun, but promises not to leak or use them to harm people.

VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.

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You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-™t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...



Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)." As the new name suggests, it'-™s just a refinement of last year'-™s Mac OS Sierra. In fact," you" could sum up what's new in an article about as short as" this one.



Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?



Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.



Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...



Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.



Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.



Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.



Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.



Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.



Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.



There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.



More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.



Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.



Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you'-™re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here'-™s what the next few months have in store. '-'Destiny 2'-"



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