For July, Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update fixes four zero-day flaws
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Microsoft released 132 updates in its July Patch Tuesday update while addressing four zero-days (CVE-2024-35264, CVE-2024-37985, CVE-2024-38080 and CVE-2024-38112) affecting Windows desktop, Microsoft .NET and Visual Studio. This is a very significant patch cycle for Microsoft SQL Server, but there are no updates for Microsoft browsers and a low profile set of patches for Microsoft Office. No major revisions require attention, with testing focused squarely on SQL dependent applications.  The team at Readiness has provided a useful infographic detai ..read more
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EU accuses X/Twitter of breaching the Digital Services Act
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The European Commission has released the preliminary findings from an investigation launched last year into X (formerly Twitter), and said it believes the company is in breach of the Digital Services Act (DSA), which applies to marketplaces, social networks, content-sharing platforms, app stores, and online travel and accommodation platforms. Non-compliance in three areas In a statement, the Commission said X was found non-compliant in three areas:  The “verified account” mechanism is designed and implemented in a way that deceives users and does not correspond to in ..read more
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Open AI has developed a scale to assess how close we are to AGI
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Open AI, the company behind the popular AI ​​chatbot Chat GPT, has now developed an evaluation scale to assess how closely AI models can approach human levels of intelligence, according to a Bloomberg report. The scale has a total of five levels. The higher the level, the closer the AI ​​model is judged to be to human intelligence. Today’s large-scale language models are currently judged to be at level one; that corresponds to basic intelligence, but not a more advanced problem-solving ability. Level two means that the system has a basic problem-solving ability that should be comparable ..read more
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Now Microsoft Copilot can understand your handwriting
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Microsoft will soon enable the company’s AI assistant Copilot to read and analyze handwritten notes, The Verge reports . The function was expected to begin as a beta test at the end of last month. Onenote users can use the function to make handwritten notes with a stylus and then let Copilot, for example, sum them up, generate a to-do list, or ask questions about the notes. The feature can also be used to turn handwritten notes into text that is easier to edit and share. Once live, the feature will only be available to Copilot for Microsoft 365 subscribers and Copilot Pro users ..read more
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Zoom adds workflow automation to save time on routine tasks
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Zoom has added a workflow automation tool to its collaboration app designed to save users time spent on repetitive tasks, the company announced this week.  Available in Zoom’s Workplace app, the Workflow Automation feature (currently in beta) lets users set up automations using a drag-and-drop, no-code interface.  Having made its name selling videoconferencing software, Zoom has expanded its functionality in recent years to cater to a wider range of collaboration scenarios. This includes chat, whiteboard, note taking, and room-booking tools that make up its Workplace ..read more
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Download our Android smartphones enterprise buyer’s guide
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From the editors of Computerworld, this enterprise buyer’s guide helps IT staff understand the various Android smartphone options for business use and how to choose the right solution for where you operate ..read more
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Will Apple stop at Messages via Satellite?
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With Messages via Satellite, iOS 18 shows that Apple is going into space — and as more satellites are put in place, it will expand the capabilities of the services it provides. Introduced at WWDC, Apple Intelligence gorged gargantuan quantities of media attention, but Apple’s plans for outers space are important, too.  Available in the US with iOS 18 on iPhone 14 or later, Messages via satellite allows users to send and receive texts, emoji, and Tap backs over iMessage and SMS when a cellular or Wi-Fi connection is not available. Satellite and iPhone chips Apple is basically broadening t ..read more
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What to do when Windows won’t boot
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When Windows won’t boot up, it can be a disturbing experience. But that moment passes quickly, and you must decide how to get past this (hopefully) temporary hiccup. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to tackle this. They do vary in the time and effort required to implement, and in the severity of their potential impact on your PC. Let’s talk about them, then work through the options and activities involved, along with a strategy for approaching such repair. Throughout, there’s special emphasis on Startup Repair and Boot Recovery tools, facilities and commands available in Windows 10 and ..read more
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Apple agrees to open up Apple Pay in Europe
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As Apple faces continued waves of regulation, Apple Pay is about to open up in Europe, allowing rival payment services to gain access to the NFC chips inside iPhones to enable one-click payments. The motivation behind forcing Apple to open up is to stimulate competition in the mobile payments space. It should enable rival services to offer mobile payments and settles a long-running dispute between Apple and the European Commission.  What this means to Apple Pay Under the arrangements, Apple will allow third-party wallet providers access to the NFC chip inside iOS devices without req ..read more
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With the arrival of AI, Slack adds a new chapter to its story
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It’s been 10 years since Slack launched its popular chat application and ushered in an era of fast-paced and more casual business communications. While the email inbox hasn’t yet been consigned to the past, the effect Slack has had on office work is clear, making it easier (at times, too easy) to share information and interact with colleagues, regardless of where they are.  For the company’s new CEO, Denise Dresser, the introduction of AI-based tools is an opportunity for the company to continue to shape the way work gets done. “I could not be more optimistic about what the future o ..read more
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