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Yes, you can install the August Windows and Office patches now

There are a few odd problems with the latest Microsoft patches, but they’re sporadic and reasonably-well understood. Go get the outstanding updates installed now, but avoid “optional” patches.

Chrome OS Secret Weapon

The Chromebook's new secret weapon

Chrome OS is getting a super-Googley new superpower — and if we're lucky, Android might soon follow suit.

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Windows by the numbers: No dog days for Windows 10

Windows 10 turned five years old in July, marking the anniversary with something of a pause in its market share growth.

Android 10 Features

5 fantastic Android 10 features you probably forget to use

While you're waiting for Android 11, reintroduce yourself to these helpful but easily overlooked Android 10 gems.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: August 2020

Lenovo warns about Win10 version 2004 patch problems, Win8.1 plays catch-up, and we see the 50th reincarnation of an old “blast away the barnacles” Windows upgrade patch.

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The best ways to run Windows 10 on a Mac

Two business-class virtualization tools, macOS’s own Windows partition feature, and two hobbyist-oriented tools give you plenty of options to have your Windows PC and Mac on one computer.

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14 ways to speed up Windows 10

If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.

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Microsoft adds 6 months support to Windows 10 1803, again cites pandemic

The company extended security support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803 until May 11. The original end-of-support date was to be Nov. 10.

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Is it EOL for IE11? (Not yet.)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which has been around since 1994 and once owned 90% of the browser market, appears to be on its way out for good.

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Did Microsoft just solve a big business iPad problem

One of the most disappointing things about iOS devices as business devices, and one of the things that keeps the iPad from being a true computing solution, is that there is no support for multiple-user accounts. An unlikely ally is...

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10 ways to get more out of your Mac

Here's a short collection of tips to help you get more from your Mac.

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Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to really take advantage of it.

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about.

Android Upgrades

Here's what needs to happen next with Android upgrades

For once, we're seeing a positive change within the realm of Android upgrades — but we aren't out of the woods yet.

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Microsoft sets new support deadlines for IE11 and Edge

With the Chromium-based version of Edge now in place, Microsoft is looking to move on from its older browsers – IE11 and the original Edge.

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A zero-day and testing of key printing features will drive August Windows updates

Though a DNS-spoofing vulnerability in Windows has been rated as a zero-day, the focus for this month’s updates should be on testing key Windows features prior to deployment.

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2020: Apple’s still got a handful of songs to sing

What does Apple plan to introduce to us during the rest of the year? Quite a lot, it appears.

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A guide to migrating off Windows Server 2008

With the OS reaching end of life, it’s time to migrate whatever old servers you have left, and it’s not a trivial job.

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Is Microsoft finally getting its Windows update act together?

Microsoft is reconsolidating its Windows team and maybe, just maybe, we'll finally see Windows patches we can install without praying first.

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10+ WFH tips for Mac users

Here's a useful collection that will help you automate tasks using scheduling and reminder features Apple includes in every Mac.

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