Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Ready For Business.
Slated for a September release, the Fall update is slated to include feature-rich improvements that enterprise users and IT pros should know about. Computerworld covers the business friendly inclusions in detail. Among new or improved features are:
- Better OneDrive file management,
- Ransomware protection,
- Virtual machine protection for Edge,
- One-click communications
- And more.
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At Last – Adobe Flash Is Dead.
Gone. Kaput. Never More!
It has been a long, painful demise, but Flash is finally really, truly dead. The company announced that it will “stop updating and distributing the Flash Player,” with the end of 2020 as its end-of-life date.
Few will miss its cranky, dated, performance, or its exploit-rich security holes. But it’s not over, ’til it’s over.
As Wired notes, ” . . . the removal of support for Flash doesn’t actually remove Flash. That’s up to developers, who have to contend with either updating legacy systems for a Flash-free age, or leaving old sites abandoned by the roadside,”
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Can Robotics & AI Bring Back Manufacturing?
While we now understand that traditional US manufacturing is pretty much a thing of the past, robotics and AI may revive industries that have been largely outsourced overseas.In a move called “reshoring,” sophisticated digital iterations of traditional processes are shining a new light on the future of US manufacturing.A ZDNET article, for instance, illustrates that textile manufacturing can now employ robotics & sophisticated software to drastically reduce cost structures in the here and now – creating an agile, flexible, and cost-conscious environment for companies that might traditionally outsource.While there are substantial concerns about its past history, FOXCONN, the giant electronics contract manufacturing company, has agreed to build a $10bn LCD factory in Wisconsin and promises some 3,000 jobs over six years. The new jobs, however, will require substantially different skill sets and highlight the acute need for traditional workforce retraining and/or the creation of new skill sets very different from those of yore.As one observer said about the digital robotic and AI-assisted manufacturing transformation, Instead of “people on production lines building TVs, it’s going to be a small number of people watching robots build TVs.”In other words, transformative manufacturing will likely mean fewer people working with automation software and hardware – but with higher paying jobs.
New Google SOS Alerts For Crisis Information
Google announces SOS alerts as a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help people during a crisis. According to Google Blog, you might see an SOS alert at the top of search results if you are searching for a crisis incident. Maps, news and – when available – local information such as emergency phone numbers, websites and translation help are included in the results.Google Maps on mobile can also show alerts and will include real-time updates such as road closures, traffic, and transit information.The effort was developed in cooperation with organizations such as the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Phillippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and many others according to the announcement.See More at Google Blog or SlashGear
So Where is iPhone 8?
More Leaks. More Promises. But Where Is It? And When Can Apple Aficionados Get A Taste Of It?
If leaks are to believed, the iPhone 8 promises to be a marvel. But where is it? Delays or possible misfires seem to have significantly extended anticipated release dates.
According to Forbes relying on a reliable source, the highly anticipated phone “will not ship until the first quarter of fiscal 2018 – which for Apple translates as October to November.”
Additionally, it looks as though some key features, like Touch ID, will be dropped!
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