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  • Who will Apple’s M-series Mac Pro be for?

    Who will Apple’s M-series Mac Pro be for?

    Apple’s introduction this week of the M1 Ultra-powered Mac Studio means the company already offers a Mac that delivers more performance than many of its users need. With that in mind, people now are asking, who will the M-powered Mac pro be for? The Mac Pro — not for the rest of us The mainstream […]

  • Microsoft delivers a solid, low-impact Patch Tuesday

    Microsoft delivers a solid, low-impact Patch Tuesday

    March brings us a solid set of updates from Microsoft for Windows, Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Edge (Chromium), but no critical issues requiring a “Patch Now” release schedule (though Microsoft Exchange will require some technical effort this month). We have published some testing guidelines, with a focus on printing, remote desktop over VPN connections, and […]

  • The US is ‘very far’ behind China and others in creating a national digital currency

    The US is ‘very far’ behind China and others in creating a national digital currency

    Even before President Joe Biden’s White House Executive Order (EO) last week, the US had been exploring the creation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). But its efforts have fallen far short of other countries. In the Executive Order, Biden called on several US agencies and regulatory bodies to intensify their exploration of a digital form […]

  • Do you know where your software comes from?

    Do you know where your software comes from?

    Where does your software come from? That’s one of the questions online users at AskWoody.com have asked in recent weeks. Obviously, this comes up as the world sees what’s going on in Ukraine. For many years, one security software vendor in particular was tagged as possibly having Russian ties — and as far back as […]

  • What are the best VPN services for conflict zones?

    What are the best VPN services for conflict zones?

    There has been a rapid spike in demand for VPN services in Russia and Ukraine since the invasion began almost three weeks ago. People in both nations seek online freedoms as offline misery intensifies, and want to see through the fog of conflict. VPN services see rapid growth in Russia A VPN (virtual private network) service […]

  • Apple supplier Foxconn halts production amid COVID-19 outbreak in China

    Apple supplier Foxconn halts production amid COVID-19 outbreak in China

    Some of the world’s largest tech manufacturers have temporarily shuttered operations in China amid government lock downs in multiple provinces and cities meant to stem the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak. As part of its zero-tolerance goal to suppress COVID-19’s spread, the Chinese government ordered lockdowns in several places, including Shanghai and Shenzhen, a major […]

  • Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

    Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

    Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features. Microsoft numbers Windows 10 releases using […]

  • 5 ways to save business bucks on the cloud

    5 ways to save business bucks on the cloud

    I’m on the cloud. You’re on the cloud. We’re all on the cloud. According to Flexera’s State of the Cloud 2022 survey, almost two-thirds of all SMB workloads are now on the cloud. But, as we move more and more of our IT — lock, stock, and two smoking servers — to the cloud, you […]

  • How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

    How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

    Once upon a time, making a choice about how you updated Windows was easy: Let Microsoft decide. The company had a release cycle, and you went along for the ride. Those days seem so quaint now. Today there are multiple “channels” to choose from, with complicated nomenclature. Should you opt for the Windows Insider Dev […]

  • Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

    Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

    Over the past two years, Swedish-English pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has been at the heart of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a vaccine and supplying more than 2.5 billion doses to people in 170 countries. Like most organizations, it was forced to shift rapidly to a remote-work model for many of its 70,000 employees […]