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  • Fairphone 3 Plus review: sustainability comes with compromises
    by Jon Porter on October 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

    You have to get behind the phone’s mission to face its flaws Continue reading…

  • Behold The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest in all its $350 toy spaceship glory
    by Sean Hollister on October 27, 2020 at 4:03 am

    It might not be the coveted rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure, nor offer quite so many play possibilities as the $800 LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon. But if you’re a fan of The Mandalorian, whose second season starts Friday, Hasbro’s $350 Razor Crest might just be the greatest Star Wars toy in a very long while. At 30 inches long, 20 inches wide and 10.5 inches tall, it’s a big enough to re-enact a whole bunch of the Disney+ show’s iconic scenes inside its cockpit and cargo hold — using standard 3.75-inch figures — and the entire ship is chock-full of details. You’ll find a packed weapons locker, a carbonite freezing chamber and Baby Yoda’s hiding place inside, plus seventeen different panels you can remove to... Continue reading…

  • PSA: Your new iPhone 12 or 12 Pro might need contact tracing re-enabled
    by Ian Carlos Campbell on October 27, 2020 at 1:14 am

    Getting a new phone is exciting, but it can also lead to spending an annoying amount of time adjusting settings, permissions and notifications for all your apps. Cloud backups are supposed to make this process easier, but they don’t always catch everything – for instance, you’ll want to double-check that COVID-19 exposure notifications are still enabled on your new iPhone 12 if you restored from a backup. They might not be, according to BBC News. If you’re concerned you might be affected, you can re-enable exposure notifications in iOS by opening the Settings app, selecting Exposure Notifications, and clicking “Turn On Exposure Notifications.” Users first noticed issues with the official National Health Service (NHS) contact tracing app... Continue reading…

  • Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold adds some of the Z Fold 2’s smartest features for free
    by Jay Peters on October 27, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge One of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s coolest new features was the ability to use the phone’s front display as a viewfinder for the back cameras, which could be really useful for things lining up higher-quality selfies. If you’ve wanted that handy way to take better selfies but have been holding on to the original Galaxy Fold, you’re in luck: Samsung is bringing that selfie functionality and a number of other features from the Z Fold 2 to the first Fold through a software update that’s available starting today. Image: Samsung Samsung will let you use the front screen as a viewfinder for the Fold’s back cameras.The Fold isn’t just getting a new way to take selfies. The update also brings Capture View Mode,... Continue reading…

  • Here are the best AirPods deals you can get right now
    by Cameron Faulkner on October 26, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Apple AirPods are among the most popular headphones on the market. They’re compact, easy to pair with your devices, and they offer reliable connectivity, which can sometimes be a problem with truly wireless earphones. So there’s a chance that you might be looking for a deal on them. Surprisingly, they’re no stranger to the occasional price cut. There are commonly discounts on even the more expensive AirPods Pro, which offer noise cancellation and better sound than the standard second-generation model. We’ll run through all three of the current models below, including the second-generation AirPods, the more expensive second-generation AirPods that include a wireless charging case, and finally, the AirPods Pro. AirPods deals You can... Continue reading…

  • How Do Delivery Robots Work? How They Safely Deliver Your Packages
    by Gavin Phillips on August 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    A distant future involving robotic package deliveries is now very much a reality. Advances in robotics, GPS tracking, automation, and navigation now mean you might not find a delivery person at your door with your package. You might find a delivery robot instead. With semi-autonomous robots beginning to enter the world, here’s a look at how delivery robots work. What Is a Delivery Robot? A delivery robot is an automated robot that brings your delivery directly to your door. These robots aren’t walking and talking humanoids; rather, these robots are cute delivery containers on six wheels, resembling giant (but friendly-looking!)...Read the full article: How Do Delivery Robots Work? How They Safely Deliver Your Packages

  • Step Up Your Pomodoro Productivity With These 6 Methods
    by Lee Nathan on August 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

    If you’ve ever used the Pomodoro Technique, you’ve probably noticed an increase in productivity and focus. But most people aren’t aware that there’s a lot more you can do with it. The way that it breaks up your day can lead to some powerful benefits. Let’s take a look at some less traditional methods to apply the Pomodoro Technique to. If you’re not familiar with it, check out the basics of Pomodoro first. 1. Goal Setting Have you ever finished a day and felt like you didn’t get enough done? Sometimes you might have actually had a productive day, but...Read the full article: Step Up Your Pomodoro Productivity With These 6 Methods

  • Portable, Powerful Solar Panel: Maxoak SP120 Review
    by James Bruce on August 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Our verdict of the Maxoak SP120:Weighing less than 7lbs, the Maxoak SP120 outputs a serious amount of power in a convenient and portable package. You're paying a premium for the portability though, so consider if you actually need to carry it around or whether a static panel could do the job. 1010Most portable solar panels are tiny and really only designed to trickle charge a smartphone. If you have a large portable battery pack then finding a suitably powerful and genuinely portable solar panel can be tricky. The Maxoak SP120 is both affordable, portable, and with 120W output, powerful enough...Read the full article: Portable, Powerful Solar Panel: Maxoak SP120 Review

  • How to Access Region Blocked Videos Without a VPN
    by Christian Cawley on August 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Wherever you are in the world there is always a reason to want to bypass region blocking. For example, internet users outside the US might want to access Netflix or Hulu; those in the US might want the UK version of BBC iPlayer. To combat this, VPNs are popular—but they’re not the best solution. Here’s how to watch geo-blocked videos without VPN software. Why VPNs Aren’t Great for Bypassing Region Blocks When you connect to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) your internet traffic is forwarded through the VPN server. So, if you’re in the UK and you connect to a...Read the full article: How to Access Region Blocked Videos Without a VPN

  • 11 Basic Encryption Terms Everyone Should Know by Now
    by Gavin Phillips on August 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Chances are that you’re familiar with the word encryption. You’ve probably heard about how important it is, as well as how vital it is for keeping so much of our hyper-networked lives secure. Use WhatsApp? You’re using encryption. Log into online banking? Same again. Have to ask the barista for a Wi-Fi code? That’s because you’re connecting to a network using encryption—the password is the key. But even though we use encryption in our day-to-day lives, most encryption terminology remains mysterious. Here’s a list of 11 essential encryption terms you need to understand. 1. Plaintext Let’s start with the most...Read the full article: 11 Basic Encryption Terms Everyone Should Know by Now

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  • Apple MDM services are essential for the WFH enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on October 26, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    America’s digital transformation to become a remote-first economy continues to accelerate — and this is driving rapid adoption of Apple technologies, MDM vendor Addigy has confirmed.‘Record-breaking demand’ Demand for mobile device management solutions in the Apple space is surging, the company said, as the pandemic drives forward the transition even as an increasing number of enterprises move to adopt Macs, iPhones and iPads in their business.To read this article in full, please click here

  • 20 ways to maximize collaboration with the new Gmail interface
    by JR Raphael on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The inbox sure ain't what it used to be.It's hard to even remember now, but way back in the prehistoric internet era of the early 2000s, an inbox was quite literally just an inbox — a place where your incoming email landed and waited for you to answer (or, perhaps more likely, ignore) it.Now, following Google's recent repositioning of Gmail as a collaboration-friendly productivity hub, email is only one small part of what the inbox represents. The new Gmail setup is a mashup of email, one-on-one messaging, channel-driven team chat, individual and group video meetings, and even multiperson document work. It's a "new home for work," as Google puts it, and there's really no single point of focus — as the website's newly expanded left-of-screen sidebar makes immediately apparent.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
    by Preston Gralla on October 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    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 a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So the most recent version of Windows is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 20H2, or the October 2020 Update. The next feature update, due in the spring of 2021, will be version 21H1.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not
    by Evan Schuman on October 23, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Reviewing all of the material Apple released about its iPhone 12 Pro line, it's clear that Apple has some of the best marketing talent anywhere. But when it comes to whether enterprise IT should consider buying these phones — for those operations where BYOD hasn't already alleviated the need to buy phones — it doesn't make sense.Apple's great at making something irrelevant sound fantastic and a must-have feature. The biggest bogus claim for this year's rollout involves greater network speeds in the form of 5G support. Others have done a wonderful job of debunking that claim. The upshot of the 5G problem is that the 5G infrastructure simply doesn't exist yet in any meaningful way. That means the carriers can't deliver better speeds for almost all interaction points.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Tech event calendar 2020: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos
    by Ken Mingis on October 23, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location Spinnaker Summit (Online Only) This event is geared for users of Spinnaker, the open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes. 2020-10-26 2020-10-28 San Diego, CA API World 2020 API World bills itself as "the world’s largest API & Microservices conference and expo, offering insights and learning on the latest technology and trends in API Platforms, Design, Security, Scalability & Management, Microservices, Service Mesh, Containers, Kubernetes, the business of APIs and more. 2020-10-27 2020-10-29 San Jose, CA Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo APAC (Online only) This event is designed to help CIOs and IT leaders learn how to "shape technology to respond to adversity and discover digital business strategic planning tools and techniques to achieve business continuity" – particularly in light of the ongoing global pandemic. 2020-10-27 2020-10-29 Online, Virtual MWC Americas MWC Americas focuses on how mobile is changing the world, with a look at areas such as innovation, policy, networks, media and entertainment and the coming "Fourth Industrial Revolution." 2020-10-28 2020-10-30 Los Angeles, CA GOTO Berlin 2020 This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2020-10-28 2020-10-30 Berlin, Germany Blockchain Expo The "World's largest Blockchain Conference and Exhibition" focuses on the future of enterprise IT, with two days of information and insights about embracing and developing cutting-edge blockchain technologies. 2020-11-04 2020-11-05 Santa Clara, CA Dreamforce Annual conference for Salesforce customers, featuring keynotes, training, certification opportunities, hands-on demos, and more. 2020-11-09 2020-11-12 San Francisco, CA GOTO Copenhagen 2020 This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2020-11-09 2020-11-13 Copenhagen, Denmark DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas (Online only) DevOps Enterprise Summit is for tech leaders and practitioners at complex organizations who rely on DevOps principles and practices. The event focuses on next-gen operations and infrastructure for large companies. 2020-11-09 2020-11-11 Las Vegas, NV Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo EMEA (Online only) This event is designed to help CIOs and IT leaders learn how to "shape technology to respond to adversity and discover digital business strategic planning tools and techniques to achieve business continuity" – particularly in light of the ongoing global pandemic. 2020-11-09 2020-11-12 Online, Virtual Splash 2020 ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery. At the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. 2020-11-15 2020-11-20 Boston, MA AWS re:Invent (Online only) AWS Re:invent is Amazon's opportunity to update IT and business leaders on the latest features of its cloud service.The event is all-digital this year and will be spread out over several weeks. More details about the agenda will be announced closer to the event start. 2020-11-30 2020-12-18 Las Vegas, NV CSO 50 This event and awards ceremony is designed to showcase innovative IT security solutions and projects across a wide range of industries and companies. 2020-12-07 2020-12-09 Scottsdale, AZ GOTO Amsterdam 2020 This is a software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers and is organized "for developers by developers." 2020-12-07 2020-12-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands SharePoint Conference 2021 SPC 2020 bills itself as an event "where business leaders, IT pros, developers and consultants come together to learn how technology can power teamwork, employee engagement and communications, and organizational effectiveness." 2021-03-23 2021-03-25 Las Vegas, NV To read this article in full, please click here

  • The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) on October 26, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Good morning from Maine where it is still an hour before sunrise as I compose this blog post. Next weekend we'll change the clocks and we'll be back to at least seeing some sunshine before school...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com »             Related StoriesThe Week in Review - Search, Coding, and Microsoft FormsThe Week in Review - A Flashback to 2002!The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts 

  • JotForm Offers an Easy Way to Schedule Meetings
    by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) on October 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Yesterday I wrote a short overview of some tools for scheduling parent-teacher conferences. JotForm was one of the tools featured in that post. One of the things that is great about JotForm's meeting...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com »             Related StoriesTools for Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences and Other MeetingsHow to Simultaneously Caption and Translate PresentationsA Helpful Update to Canva's Image Background Removal Tool 

  • How to Simultaneously Caption and Translate Presentations
    by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) on October 23, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    In this week's episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff Rushton and I addressed a question about improving the accessibility of presentations for ELL students. One of my...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com »             Related StoriesTools for Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences and Other MeetingsA Helpful Update to Canva's Image Background Removal ToolAn Easy Way to Search in Google Classroom 

  • Take a Crash Course in Making & Teaching With Video This Weekend
    by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) on October 23, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    How to make instructional videos is far and way the topic that I have received the most questions about over the last six months. That's why I put together a self-paced Practical Ed Tech course on how...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com »             Related StoriesA Self-paced Crash Course in Making & Teaching With VideoA Crash Course in Making & Teaching With VideoTools for Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences and Other Meetings 

  • Tools for Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences and Other Meetings
    by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) on October 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    The end of the first quarter or third of the school year is almost here for many of us. That means it's time for parent-teacher conferences. At my school, we have to schedule those meetings with...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com »             Related Stories13 Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners and Experienced UsersHow to Create Self-grading, Timed Quizzes in Google ClassroomA Helpful Update to Canva's Image Background Removal Tool 

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  • What to expect on Election Day
    by Bobbie Johnson on October 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Just over one week before Election Day, over 60 million Americans have already cast early votes. That dwarfs 2016’s entire early voting total of 47.2 million, and the number is going to keep growing significantly this week. “This is good news!” wrote Michael McDonald, the University of Florida professor who heads up the US Election…

  • Water on the moon should be more accessible than we thought
    by Neel Patel on October 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    If you don’t already know: Yes, there is water on the moon. NASA suggests there’s as much as 600 million metric tons of water ice there, which could someday help lunar colonists survive. It could even be turned into an affordable form of rocket fuel (you just have to split water into oxygen and hydrogen,…

  • The five biggest effects Trump has had on the US space program
    by Neel Patel on October 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The US space program has been a footnote to every presidential administration since Richard Nixon. Nothing, not even the space shuttle or the International Space Station, could define a presidency or an era of American life the way the Apollo program did.  It still won’t define the first (and maybe only) presidential term of Donald…

  • Three places where data is on the ballot this November
    by Eileen Guo on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The 2020 election may be among the most consequential in modern memory, but it’s not just candidates that are on the ballot. Voters in 34 states are deciding on 129 measures, including several that touch on the way we use technology. Among these are three initiatives in California, Massachusetts, and Michigan that could affect access…

  • Drug companies shouldn’t play favorites in granting access to experimental covid-19 treatments
    by Amy Nordrum on October 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

    In the past month, US President Donald Trump and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie were diagnosed with covid-19 and spent time in the hospital, just like tens of thousands of other Americans nearly every day since the pandemic began. But Trump and Christie were special cases. They received experimental covid-19 treatments that are not…

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  • Former Facebook and Pinterest exec Tim Kendall traces “extractive business models” to VCs
    by Connie Loizos on October 27, 2020 at 3:36 am

    Last month, former Facebook and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its product longer every day. He said much the same in the Netflix documentary “The Social

  • Gillmor Gang: Unsuppressed
    by Steve Gillmor on October 26, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Not just the future of civilization is up for grabs this November. In this age of mobile social computing, we’re figuring out how to vote, entertain, teach, learn, and commit to meaningful change. Thanks to the pandemic emergency, our plans for transforming our country and planet are subject to immediate recall. Much of the current

  • Microsoft Office gets mouse and trackpad support for the iPad
    by Brian Heater on October 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    As promised, Microsoft announced that it has added full trackpad and mouse support for the iPadOS version of Microsoft 360. That includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, marking another important step in Apple’s longstanding push to blur the line between tablet and desktop, making iPads more well-rounded productivity machines. Apple laid the foundation back in March,

  • Daily Crunch: Facebook launches cloud gaming service
    by Anthony Ha on October 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Facebook gets into cloud gaming while continuing its public dispute with Apple, Ant Group prepares for a massive IPO and Pinterest embraces iOS widgets. This is your Daily Crunch for October 26, 2020. The big story: Facebook launches cloud gaming service Facebook is launching a cloud gaming service of its very own, although the focus

  • Fragomen, a law firm used by Google, confirms data breach
    by Zack Whittaker on October 26, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has confirmed a data breach involving the personal information of current and former Google employees. The New York-based law firm provides companies with employment verification screening services to determine if employees are eligible and authorized to work in the United States. Every company operating in the