US grants temporary license for Huawei to support products

A few days after strictly limiting Huawei’s ability to do business with US companies, the US Commerce Department on Monday issued a temporary license to the Chinese firm to keep support for its existing products.  The temporary general license, effective from Monday through August 19, “authorizes engagement in transactions… necessary to maintain and support existing and currently fully operational networks and equipment, including software updates and patches, subject to legally…

May 21, 2019
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What is Wi-Fi 6 and why you’re going to want it

I have, let me see, seven Wi-Fi enabled devices currently running in my home office. That includes a tablet, a smartphone, five laptops, and a Roku streaming the last episode of Game of Thrones. That’s about par. According to Parks Associates, the average home in 2017 had nine Wi-Fi equipped devices. Offices have far more. That means distributing the internet to so much gear has become a real problem. That’s…

May 20, 2019
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How Juniper is moving to an open-source mindset

Last year, a few months after Juniper Networks moved OpenContrail under the auspices of the Linux Foundation, it renamed the open-source software-defined network (SDN) program Tungsten Fabric. The move was more than just a rebranding — it signaled a shift under way at Juniper, from “being a consumer of open source to a provider of open source,” according to Randy Bias, Juniper Networks’ VP of Technology and Open Source Software. …

May 20, 2019
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Google changes how the Escape key is handled in Chrome to fight popup ads

techrepublic cheat sheet Google engineers are planning to change how the Escape key works in the Chrome browser, and it’s all being done as part of a security-focused change meant to make it harder for shady sites to open popups. The feature is expected to ship with Chrome version 76, scheduled for release at the end of July 2019. The general idea is that starting with Chrome 76, pressing the…

May 20, 2019
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Microsoft releases first Chromium-based Edge preview for MacOS

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is making officially available today, May 20, the first preview builds of its Chromium-based Edge for MacOS. The release follows by a month the first officially released Chromium-based Edge Canary and Developer previews for Windows 10. Microsoft’s goal with the new Edge on macOS is to give users a “Mac-like user experience,” officials said in a blog post. That means Edge on MacOS will use Apple conventions…

May 20, 2019
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How to fully protect your Mac against Zombieland bug, and how badly the fix affects performance

Want to protect your Mac against the Zombieland (MDS) bug? According to Apple, becoming fully protected is not as simple as installing a patch. Must read: iOS 12.3: How to keep your iPhone safe from hackers and snoopers Step one, however, is to install the latest updates, which are MacOS 10.14.5 for systems running Mojave, and Security Update 2019-003 High Sierra and Security Update 2019-003 Sierra for Macs running older…

May 20, 2019
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Microsoft Surface Headphones are $105 off at Amazon right now

Microsoft has discounted its Surface Headphones by $105.  The deal is available at Amazon. You will find it at other retailers, including Microsoft’s own online store, though you’ll save $5 more if you get it from Amazon. It’s a temporary cut from $349.99. At 30% off, it’s the best deal we’ve ever seen for Microsoft’s headphones. Microsoft first released Surface Headphones last November. Our sister site, CNET, reviewed them at…

May 20, 2019
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Zebra Technologies buys prescriptive analytics software firm Profitect

Zebra Technologies on Monday announced that it was buying Profitect, makers of a prescriptive analytics platform for the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  As a nearly 50-year-old company, Zebra Technologies started out selling printing devices and over time expanded to supply chain and inventory control technology like barcode and RFID readers, along with kiosks, rugged handhelds, and more recently cloud…

May 20, 2019
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Brazil fares badly in self-driving vehicle readiness

Brazil is the worst prepared market for the development of projects related to autonomous vehicles, according to a report by KPMG. The country occupies the last position of a ranking of 25 nations. This compares to the 17th position held in last year’s index. According to KPMG, the situation in Brazil could have been improved with new incentive programs around vehicle efficiency, safety and research. The country has now been…

May 20, 2019
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You are what you eat: 10 companies Apple gobbled up in the past year

Even though Apple’s market value briefly popped above $1 trillion last year, it has been relatively conservative in terms of the number of companies it’s acquired over the years. According to Crunchbase, Apple has acquired 106 companies since its founding in 1976, or an average of 2.5 per year. Microsoft, by contrast, has acquired an average of five businesses a year (a total of 219) since its founding in 1975….

May 20, 2019
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