By Dwight Silverman Updated 5:00 am CST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 Mookkie, a smart pet feeder which recognizes individual animals, is displayed during a press event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through a wide-angle camera that deploys logic similar to the "face-unlock" feature of modern smartphones, Mookkie records images of the animal for which food is intended, then deploys the trillion operations per second necessary for visual recognition, allowing the product to visually identify the presence of the pet and activate a door opening to allow access to food. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images less Mookkie, a smart pet feeder which recognizes individual animals, is displayed during a press event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through a ... more Photo: ROBYN BECK, … [Read more...] about Forecast for gadgets: sublime to silly
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I've digitally ripped this post up multiple times. Every time I think I've got it down, I have to change something. For the most part, I think I now have it under control. And don't sweat it, my Dreamforce coverage will be coming. I want to get this one out first.Also: Adobe buys Marketo: Who wins, who to watch It all began with a CNBC interview that Brent Leary alerted me to with Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, on Sept. 14, just before the Microsoft Ignite conference (which began on Sept. 24). Shantanu said this: "That's where the Adobe and Microsoft partnership is so valuable, because ... we think we are actually creating a brand-new category and industry, which is all about digital engagement and customer experience management." If this is not just a CNBC sound bite, and I'm pretty sure it isn't, this is a significant comment whether it is meant to be or not -- for two reasons. Both of which I'm going to address in this post. First, because it is a further … [Read more...] about Microsoft-Adobe’s amazing partnership: Creating a new category?
Video: When it comes to malware, Windows 10 is twice as secure as Windows 7If you're running either of the two latest versions of Windows 10, then Microsoft has a bunch of bug fixes to improve the OS for enterprise environments. Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 17134.191 for Windows 10 versions 1803 or the April 2018 Update, as well as Build 16299.579 for Windows 10 users on version 1709 or the Fall Creators Update. The update for 1803, tagged as KB4340917, doesn't introduce new features but does fix a lot of issues that could be causing headaches for admins managing mobile devices. The update includes a fix for devices within Active Directory or Hybrid AADJ++ domains that "unexpectedly unenroll from Microsoft Intune or third-party Mobile Device Management (MDM) services after installing provisioning package updates (PPKG)". And for developers, it also fixes an issue affecting the Universal CRT Ctype family Windows 10 SDK and Tools. Microsoft has been working on a fix … [Read more...] about Windows 10: These two new builds deliver lots of bug fixes
The quality of March’s patches set new lows, even by Windows’ tarnished standards. The Win10 patches flew fast and furious, with new Microsoft-induced bugs introduced and swatted multiple times over the month. The Word 2016 security patch demands that you first install the Word 2016 non-security patch, or Word refuses to open files. That bug hasn’t been fixed. Windows 8.1/Server 2012R2 escaped relatively unscathed. Server 2008 got a fix for its buggy patch, KB 4090450, on April 3. But Windows 7… ah, that’s a dying horse of a completely different color.The fur’s flying so fast and thick that it’s hard to pick an auspicious point in time to get patched up, but now seems as opportune a moment as any. Except for Win7. If you’re still using Win7 — and about half of the Windows world is — you have a difficult choice to make.The Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 nightmareYou can read some of the historic details here, but the short version … [Read more...] about Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7
“Hey, Cortana.” (Pause.) “Is my PC working yet?”It’s getting to the point that patches come flying out of Microsoft on any odd day. On most odd days, for that matter. Yesterday, Thursday, was no exception. On March 22 we saw all of these new patches:Cumulative Updates for Win10All three of the active versions of Win10 got cumulative updates — the second set in the past two weeks: KB 4089848 brings 1709 (Win10 Fall Creators Update) up to Build 16299.334 – seems to have fixed the problem with the January Delta update KB 4088891 brings 1703 (Win10 Creators Update) up to build 15063.994 KB 4088889 brings 1607 (Win10 Anniversary Update) up to build 14393.2155 – this one’s a bit surprising because 1607 is due to go off life support in a couple of weeks. We also got Servicing Stack Updates for two of the three active versions of Win10: KB 4088825, for Win10 1703 KB 4089510, for Win10 1607 I don’t see any Servicing Stack update for … [Read more...] about More Windows patches — and warnings about the Win10 1709 update KB 4089848