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Monday, July 27, 2015

Deep-dive review: Windows 10 -- worth the wait

Computerworld Wrap-Up
July 27, 2015

Deep-dive review: Windows 10 -- worth the wait

With Windows 10, Microsoft undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8. This is a cleanly designed operating system that works equally well on traditional computers and tablets, brings back the much-mourned Start menu and introduces useful features such as the Cortana digital assistant and new Edge browser. READ MORE

 

Issue highlights

1. Microsoft pours out the patches as Windows 10 nears release

2. Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file

3. Andy Cotgreave: Why I ditched my Fitbit and what this means for analytics

4. INSIDER It pays to be CIO: Median pay for 25 Fortune 500 CIOs tops $2.4M

5. IBM launches its data warehouse service into the cloud

6. Leading A.I. researchers, scientists want a ban on autonomous weapons

7. INSIDER Why CIOs can't wait to renegotiate their outsourcing contracts

8. Apple, Nike settle lawsuit over FuelBand inaccuracies

9. Google severs Google+ from some of its sites

10. Jonny Evans: Mac OS: How to uninstall Flash (and why we all should)

11. Darlene Storm: Valve patches huge password reset hole that allowed anyone to hijack Steam accounts

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Microsoft pours out the patches as Windows 10 nears release

Microsoft has pushing out Windows 10 patches almost daily as it preps for this week's launch of the new operating system. READ MORE

Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file

Vulnerabilities in the Android multimedia framework allow attackers to remotely compromise devices with ease, a researcher said. The vulnerabilities affect devices running Android versions 2.2 and higher. READ MORE

Andy Cotgreave: Why I ditched my Fitbit and what this means for analytics

Dashboards that don't evolve don't get used. Here are best practices for delivering successful self-service analytics to your employees. READ MORE

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It pays to be CIO: Median pay for 25 Fortune 500 CIOs tops $2.4M

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IBM launches its data warehouse service into the cloud

The DashDB data warehouse relies on in-memory technology to speed up analysis. READ MORE

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Leading A.I. researchers, scientists want a ban on autonomous weapons

Artificial intelligence and robotics researchers joined more than 1800 people in signing an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous offensive weapons before they start an arms race -- or a war. READ MORE

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Why CIOs can't wait to renegotiate their outsourcing contracts

As business needs — and the new technologies required to support them — evolve ever more rapidly, outsourcing contracts signed just a year or two ago are already stale. READ MORE

Apple, Nike settle lawsuit over FuelBand inaccuracies

Apple and Nike have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging the FuelBand fitness tracker inaccurately tracked workout data like calories burned and steps taken. READ MORE

Google severs Google+ from some of its sites

Google is severing the ties between its social network and its other services, so that users won't need to log in to other sites like YouTube using a Google+ account. READ MORE

Jonny Evans: Mac OS: How to uninstall Flash (and why we all should)

Adobe Flash needs to be put to sleep. It's the only kind thing to do. READ MORE

Darlene Storm: Valve patches huge password reset hole that allowed anyone to hijack Steam accounts

After losing control of their Steam accounts, some gamers and Twitch streamers were definitely steamed. Valve blamed the account takeovers on a "bug," but the vulnerability seemed more like a critical hole – an authentication pit – since anyone could exploit it to hijack an account. READ MORE

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