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The social network'-™s No. 2 executive will visit the nation'-™s capital, as tech giants face the looming threat of regulation.

A website flaw allowed access to a customer's data by guessing their phone number, Motherboard reports.

Apple released a sample of hundreds of new emojis coming soon to iOS devices. Let's break down what to use ASAP (with the public beta) and what to abandon.

AOL Instant Messenger was embarrassing and messy. We CNET staffers wouldn'-™t have missed it for the world.

Some units of the smart speaker are found to activate at random times and transmit the audio to Google's servers.

The Justice Department will get access to data that omits identifying information on third-party users.

The attackers also took more than 145 million Social Security numbers, along with other pieces of personal info.

As quickly as tech advances, products that were once all the rage become obsolete. Check out the tech that's sailed off into the sunset.

The Facebook CEO apologizes to anyone he might've offended when he tried to show how VR could help raise awareness of the hurricane-ravaged island's plight.

Ready to go back to a galaxy far, far away? Here's a photographic guide to the secrets spilled in the latest preview.

Commentary: The Facebook CEO and his social VR leader "teleport" to the hurricane-ravaged island and happen to promote their Oculus conference. Just a little gauche?

With Twitter's bookmarking feature, you can privately track interesting tweets without hitting "like."

The tech giant is going for original programming with a remake of the Spielberg-produced '80s cult anthology TV series.

Don't fret, producers say, over the darker tone and seemingly continuity-bending aspects like lead character Michael Burnham's upbringing.

That modern twist involves moving slightly away from the standard dealer formula.

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Microsoft will release the next major update for Windows 10 on October 17, six months after the last one, the Creators Update. The company has been offering sneak peeks at the upcoming release, named the Fall Creators Update, through its Windows Insider program. We'-™ve been keeping track of the Insider preview builds for the fall release as they'-™ve rolled out.

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Creators Update isn'-™t the end of a process '-” it'-™s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we'-™ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update since the Creators Update, with the most recent on top. For each build, we'-™ve included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft'-™s announcement about it.

It's going to be a banner patching month." I count 151 separate security patches" and 48 Knowledge Base articles," as well as the odd Security Advisory.

The Windows patch Release Notes point to four known bugs:

The cumulative update for Win10 Creators Update, version 1703" '-” which sports dozens of fixes '-” has a couple of problems: Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated, and it may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications.

Apple users have unwittingly discovered a new feature after installing iOS 11 on their mobile devices: when you toggle your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quick settings to "off" those services remain on for Apple services.

For example, Location Services is still enabled, and Handoff and Instant Hotspot stay on, even when iPhones and iPads are put in "Airplane Mode."

The change in iOS 11 has come under criticism because it could expose users to security risks.

Because iOS 10 allowed users to perform a quick swipe in the Control Center to toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fully off, users reasonably believe they had the same capability in iOS 11.

Microsoft today will deliver the final security update for Windows 10's first feature upgrade, the version released in November 2015.

Windows 10 1511 -- Microsoft labels its feature upgrades in a yymm format -- will receive its last security patches, then fall off Microsoft's support list. The company had announced 1511's retirement several times in the past, notably in a support lifecycle fact sheet on Microsoft's website.

Today is also October's "Patch Tuesday," the month's release of security updates for Microsoft's products. The company has tied the end of support for Windows 10's feature upgrades to Patch Tuesdays. The next in line after 1511, last year's 1607 -- aka "Anniversary Update" -- has been tentatively scheduled to drop out of support in March 2018. If true, Microsoft will undoubtedly call it quits on March 13, 2018, another Patch Tuesday.

Riddle me this, dear reader: If you've got a device that looks like a tablet, acts like a tablet, and runs Android apps, what do you call it?

Odds are, your gut answer is "an Android tablet" '-” right? (Either that, or "a parsnip." But seriously, if that's what you thought, seek immediate counseling.)

What I'm actually describing, as you may guessed, is a convertible Chromebook. But for all practical purposes at this point, it essentially is an Android tablet. And all signs suggest it '-” not the traditional Android-based slate '-” is the future of the large-screened "Android" experience. There's an argument to be made, in fact, that you should never buy a traditional Android tablet again. And crazy as it may sound, that seems to be precisely what Google wants.

This easy to install wall outlet features two high speed USB charging ports for smartphones, tablets and other USB devices, and a child-safe tamper-resistant power receptacle. Currently discounted 55% off its list price to just $15.29. See this deal on Amazon. Bundles of 2, 5 and 10 outlets are also discounted as well.

I'-™m still processing the overwhelming number of new features announced at Ignite 2017. Microsoft produced a really amazing event. It was extraordinarily well orchestrated, with key '-'moments'-" highlighting each day of the conference.

The flow of the event went from the general to the specific '-”" with big picture '-'roll up'-" announcements early in the week and deeper dives as the week progressed. The experience capped off with an epic private party at the Universal Orlando theme park.

The announcements and new features in SharePoint were impressive as well '-”" especially what will soon arrive to Office 365 lists and libraries. These announcements had this information architect happy dancing in her seat '-”" and I'-™d like to share a few of the key new and upcoming magical capabilities that I think will have a big impact on SharePoint adoption and business outcomes. (For more

Driven in part by Apple'-™s iPhone-inspired mobile revolution, audiences are changing dramatically, and enterprise and marketing execs must think ahead to where the media puck is flying.

iPhone natives are everywhere

You don'-™t have to dig too deep to see how traditional media models have changed. Take a subway journey, and you'-™ll be surrounded by people staring at their iPhones.

When we get home, we are already more likely to watch a streaming channel than to endure the pap provided by broadcast TV. At work, we'-™re as likely to be involved in virtual meetings as we are to be engaged in them face to face.

The inference for most is that Apple'-™s adventures in enterprise technology, augmented reality (AR) and television will inevitably align, and both consumers and enterprise pros need to think hard about what that future holds.

Nvidia is inviting 3D designers aboard its Holodeck, a high-resolution collaborative environment that businesses can use to design, develop and demonstrate their products in virtual reality.

But while Nvidia's move shows its commitment to helping creators of photorealistic VR environments, Nokia is pulling out of a related business, the development of a 360-degree camera that captured immersive video for use in VR.

Nvidia's Holodeck is somewhere between a conferencing suite and a 3D design tool. The company is pushing it as a something enterprises can use to visualize anything from engineering prototypes to finished products or buildings, allowing staff to collaborate remotely in a shared environment.

If you'-™re running Windows, do yourself a favor and put Automatic Update on a temporary hold. Then wait and see if anything comes bursting apart at the seams.

Last month, there was good reason to install specific patches shortly after they were released" '-” at least if you couldn'-™t train yourself to avoid the '-'Enable Editing'-" button in Word. But by and large, if you could avoid that button, there were myriad reasons why waiting a bit before installing the September patches paid off.

Will 2018 be the year Chrome OS devices emerge as mainstream computers in the corporate world?

Not a chance. Microsoft Windows is predicted to represent 85% of worldwide PC shipments next year, with macOS at 8% and Chrome at 6%, according to IDC.

But consider this: In 2017, 5.5% of all PCs sold will be Chrome OS devices, according to IDC analyst Linn Huang. This marks the first time a third operating system has joined Windows and macOS in crossing the 5% threshold in PC shipments since IDC started tracking that data in 1995.

So is it time for your organization to consider Chromebooks, Chromeboxes (desktop computers) or other Chrome OS devices for your workforce? There are several well-known reasons for adding Chrome OS thin clients to your arsenal '-” including tighter security, easier management and greater ease of use for your workforce. (If users know their way around the Chrome browser, they can use a Chromebook.)

Manager at this public library system submits a trouble ticket to complain that his printer has stopped working again, according to a pilot fish on the inside.

"He also said he was sick and tired of having printer problems. We had already replaced his printer once due to a bad fuser," says fish.

"But now he was complaining that nothing was coming out of the printer and he wanted IT to replace it again.

"One of our technicians went to see what the trouble could be this time. He went into the office, looked at the printer and read the screen, which said 'Load Paper Tray 1.'

"He put the paper in the tray and watched the manager's face as all the pages from the past two days came out. Our tech said the manager's face turned pretty red."

To the surprise of few, if any, a Microsoft executive has confirmed the inevitable: The Windows Phone is effectively dead.

While the company will continue to support existing iterations, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows, spelled out in a series of tweets" why it has no plans to release new versions of phone hardware or the Windows Mobile OS.

When asked by a user whether it is "time to leave Windows Mobile platform," Belfiore tweeted back, "Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!"

Microsoft Joe Belfiore Windows Phone Twitter

Belfiore went on to state that Microsoft will continue to service Windows 10 Mobile with bug fixes and software patches, but "building new features/hw aren't the focus." He even disclosed he had personally chosen to switch platforms for the "app/hw diversity."

Facebook has rolled out Windows and Mac desktop apps for its Workspace enterprise chat tool.

Workplace Chat is the business equivalent of the company'-™s popular consumer Messenger app, which has 1.2 billion monthly active users. The chat platform is available as part of the Workplace enterprise social network, which is now used by more than 14,000 organizations; Wal-mart most recently became a customer.

Until now, Workplace Chat was only accessible via mobile app or through a web browser; Facebook launched its enterprise collaboration platform in October 2016, offering features such as voice and video calling.

The beta launch of the desktop client, which TechCrunch reported last week, will make it easier for employees who tend have many browser tabs open at once to view notifications. It is reportedly one of the most requested features from customers, and will be tested with beta users ahead of a wider roll out." 

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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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