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Using Windows? Update Your Copy Now, Says Microsoft

If you’re using the Microsoft Windows operating system, the folks in Redmond have a message for you: Update your copy of Windows right now.
The tech company issued this warning after security researchers found a serious vulnerability in the operating system’s code.
The vulnerability impacts both Windows 10 as well as the older Windows 7, a version of the operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft nonetheless issued a patch …

Everything You Missed at Apple’s WWDC Event Including Digitized Driver’s Licenses and Better Messaging

All eyes – at least those of Apple aficionados and tech geeks – were on the Apple World Wide Developers Conference Monday.  The annual showcase for Apple’s latest tech was held virtually amidst the backdrop of a pandemic that is easing in the United States but wreaking havoc in many other parts of the world.
Within the span of a two-hour keynote address, Apple unveiledits next mobile operating system, iOS 15, …

Review: How to Travel with Apple’s New AirTags

Apple AirTags, which became available this week from Apple as well as a limited number of retailers, may very well be one of the most useful travel accessories to come to market in recent years.
Simply place the AirTag on or in your wallet, bag, keychain, or another object you wish to track and the Find My app will locate the item when required.
Priced at $29 per tag or $99 for …

With the Release of iOS 14.5, Apple Allows Masked Users to Unlock Their Phones and Gives Siri a Variety of Voice Options

With Apple’s launch of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 on Monday, the Cupertino-based company brought multiple exciting new features to the iPhone and iPad lineup.
Here’s a look at some of what was introduced.
The highly anticipated update of Apple’s mobile operating systems allows a masked iPhone user to unlock his phone using an Apple Watch, and addresses multiple bugs including a mysterious green tint some users saw on iPhone 12 displays.
The …

How to Write a Clear, Concise, and Effective E-Mails that Will Be Read and Answered

Despite the fact that e-mail is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (it was invented by Ray Tomlinson, a pioneering American software developer, in 1971), people continue to struggle with using it.
Many users wrestle with the basics, such as how to write an effective subject line.   The subject line, of course, may very well determine if the e-mail gets opened and read and it’s important to keep it short, concise, …

5 Steps You Can Take to Bring Order to Your Work-From-Home Life by Controlling Notifications

If you’re among the tens of millions of workers working at home during the pandemic, one thing more so than anything else may be driving you crazy: The banners, beeps, and bleats of notifications.
While notifications were always a distraction, telecommuting has created an onslaught that demands attention – in order for you to regain your attention and focus.
Distractions where a notification momentarily interrupts you from something you are working on …

Apple Mac, MacBooks Get Refresh with New Apple-Designed Chips

At the company’s third virtual-only product launch, Apple introduced a new microprocessor for its desktop and laptop computers, reinvigorating the almost 40-year-old product line with several new MacBooks and a Mac Mini.
It took Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives under three-quarters of an hour to introduce all of the new devices during the event, dubbed “One More Thing.”
The event centered on Apple’s introduced of the new M1 chip. The M1 …