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19-05-2022
Apple’s self-repair program is bad for consumers, but might work well for IT

Apple has changed its self-repair program in ways that make a horrible option for consumers, but might make a lot of sense for enterprise IT — especially those wanting to do iOS device repairs, either for company-owned devices or BYOD user devices. It’s worth noting that the need for users to always have their phones coupled with the mass-employee distribution of a remote workforce might make this less attractive. Still, for the non-trivial number of users still in large corporate buildings, it’s an attractive option.Let’s start with the fun part, which is describing how ludicrously bad these changes are for some. MacRumors did a wonderful deep dive into the experience; here are some of my favorite lines.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
RIP, macOS Server

When Apple announced recently that it was discontinuing macOS Server, the move didn’t come as a huge surprise. Apple has been deprecating and removing its core services for a while, and moving others – such as Caching Service – into the macOS itself.But let’s take a moment to say goodbye and contemplate what we will do without it.MacOS Server has a long and storied history. It pre-dated Mac OS X by a year, launching initially in 1999. One of its cardinal features was Open Directory, which launched within Mac OS X Panther Server. It was Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s Active Directory and was a powerful solution for managing Macs, user accounts, and any settings on a Mac bound to it. It also integrated nicely with Active Directory, making it a solution for mixed Mac and Windows environments.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Airtable exec describes building a 'data hub' for the enterprise

Airtable has been lauded for reinventing that mainstay of office productivity software, the spreadsheet. But there’s a lot more to the company's low-code app than replicating spreadsheet functions in the cloud, according to Ilan Frank, who recently left Slack to be vice president of product at Airtable.Airtable combines the functionality of a relational database with an intuitive interface that lets users plan a team project, manage a sales pipeline, and more. Its low-code approach enables a wide range of users to customize workflows to meet their specific needs.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Apple improves enterprise training to meet growing demand

Apple has overhauled the professional training and certifications it offers for IT support and management in an effort to build up the skills a growing number of enterprises now need.Can’t get the staff? Why not train them? We know that more and more companies are deploying Macs, iPhones, and iPads, which is creating a new challenge: demand for Apple-skilled tech support and staff is also growing. (The demand for Macs is growing even as the PC industry shrinks.)To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Miro looks to move beyond the whiteboard and support hybrid work

Miro has unveiled a host of new features and integrations, designed to support hybrid working and move it beyond being predominantly a whiteboarding tool.The collaboration software maker has added several new features this week, include three updated frameworks for its Miro Developer Platform, new integrations with the Google Meet and Webex videoconferencing tools, and improvements to interactive presentations.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Google's potentially pivotal Pixel Tablet curveball

As Google looks toward the future of Android and its platform-wide tablet philosophy, you can't help but be reminded of the past.'Twas a whopping 11 years ago, after all, that Google first turned its focus toward creating an optimal Android tablet experience. Back in the prehistoric era of 2011, Le Googlé launched its initial Android tablet push with the introduction of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb software and an effort to get developers on board with big-screen app interface optimizations.That effort didn't last for long, to say the least. Within about a year, Google — well, y'know, Googled. The company lost its focus, pivoted away from its vision, and ultimately just let the idea of the Android tablet languish without any meaningful movement forward or any real platform-level promotion.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Apple backs off its return-to-work policy, cites virus resurgence

Apple told employees today it will delay a plan to require them to come back to the office a least three days a week amid surging COVID-19 cases.The company had planned to require workers to return to the office thrice weekly by May 23, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg. Apple said the requirement is being delayed for “the time being” and didn’t provide a new implementation date; it still expects workers in the office two days a week.The company also re-instituted a mask mandate for employees at Apple Stores, but is not requiring customers do the same.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Apple’s boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools

What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple’s latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Apple boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools

What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple’s latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
Chromebooks: Desktops you can trust to be there

I’ve been a Chromebook believer for over a decade now. A week ago, I was reminded of one of the fundamental reasons I use them: when a Chromebook fails, you can buy a new one and be back to work in minutes.I was in Myrtle Beach, SC, on a semi-vacation — that is to say, I was only working six hours a day — when my old Chromebook failed. I hoped it wasn’t dead. I thought maybe it was just resting or maybe stunned. So, I tried everything: removing a USB drive, a hard reset, beating on it, and yelling, “’ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o’clock alarm call!”To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep talent through pay hikes, bonuses

Under tremendous pressure to attract and retain talent, Microsoft is boosting worldwide compensation for employees to remain competitive with some of its Big-tech rivals, including Amazon and Meta.The Redmond, WA company plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation by at least 25% for employees at the senior director level and below, according to a GeekWire report.“Specifically, we are nearly doubling the global merit budget,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees in an email Monday morning. “Merit budgets will vary by country, based on local market data, and the most meaningful increases will be focused where the market demands and on early to mid-career levels. We are also increasing Annual Stock ranges by at least 25% for all levels 67 and below.”To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
The future of work: Apple’s heroes-to-zeroes story

You have to be deeply committed to multiple forms of denial to not recognize that the world is changing. And while not every change is positive, one that makes more sense than most is the chance to create distributed. remote workforces at scale that are more flexible, diverse, and resilient than what we had before.It’s time to seize the moment For two years, technology has supported a new era of flexibility. Many employers now recognize that remote work can be just as — and sometimes more — productive than the in-person experience, while employees have enjoyed the flexibility of working when it's most productive to them, reducing risk of burning out.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
Not all patching problems are created equal

It’s the third week of the month — the week we find out whether Microsoft acknowledges any side effects it’s investigating as part of the monthly patch-release process.First, a bit of background. Microsoft has released patches for years. But they haven’t always been released on a schedule. In the early days, Microsoft would release updates any day of the week. Then in October 2003, Microsoft formalized the release of normal security updates on the second Tuesday of the month. Thus was born Patch Tuesday. (Note: depending on where you are in the world, Patch Tuesday may be a Patch Wednesday.) The following day, or in some cases, over the next week, users and admins report issues with updates — and Microsoft finally acknowledges that, yes, there are issues.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-05-2022
Apple is the latest example of how the remote work fight has gone lunatic

The emerging corporate pushback against working from remote locations (otherwise known, unfortunately, as work from home) is nothing shy of self-destructive and bizarre. I say this because it comes at the same time enterprises struggle to attract and retain the talent they need during a major talent shortage.It’s as though C-level execs argued to their boards: “This worker shortage is hurting us badly and it must be fixed. But as long as we’re here, let’s make the shortage much worse by undermining our remote worker policy.”Apple is a terrific example because the nature of its operations are perfectly suited to a distributed workforce and it has seen firsthand all of the benefits — and virtually none of the downsides — during the past two years. And yet, down the “let’s bring our workers back into corporate buildings” rabbit hole it plunged. To read this article in full, please click here

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16-05-2022
No degree? No problem. Tech firms move away from college requirement for new hires

The tech industry has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and the Great Resignation, leaving organizations facing a dearth of qualified job candidates for more than 1 million openings.For all US jobs, the number of openings was at a high of 11.5 million at the end of March, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, in each of the past six months, more than 4 million people have quit their jobs, according to the agency.To read this article in full, please click here

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EventX raised additional US$8M bringing Series B total at US$18M

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