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Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3.1 for the iPhone and iPad.

The small update, just under 50MB, brings with it bug fixes and improved security.


Apple didn’t detail specifics in its release notes.

See also: How to get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 10.3

Apple released iOS 10.3 earlier this month, and it most notably included “Find My AirPods,” a new file system, Wi-Fi calling for Verizon customers, and more. As we noted, you’re not alone in the update taking long to install.

Apple earlier made iOS 10.3.2 beta available to developers for testing, with no significant release notes.

The iOS 10.3.1 update is now available as a free download over the air or through iTunes for all iOS 10 users.

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April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

Forerunner 230 is a running watch and activity tracker with smart features. It records steps, even when you’re not running. Tracks distance, pace, time, heart rate and VO2 Max on your runs. And when paired to your phone see incoming email, text messages, call alerts, calendar reminders and more. Right now its $250 list price on Amazon has been reduced 30% down to $175.84. See it now and learn more on Amazon.

This story, “30% off Garmin Forerunner 230 Running and Activity Tracking Watch – Deal Alert” was originally published by TechConnect.

April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

If you want a tech job in the United States, your chances are better living in California.

According to industry analyst group CompTIA in its Cyberstates 2017 report, California still leads the country when it comes to total tech sector employment. But cities in other states also make a good showing. New York City (and New York state in general); Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Boston; Washington, DC; Atlanta; and Chicago are all major hot spots for tech jobs by one measure or another.

What’s more, the overall trend for the U.S. tech job market in 2016 was positive, no matter where you lived.

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The raw numbers for tech workers in the United States remain upbeat. Approximately 4.4 percent of the overall U.S. workforce—6.89 million people—are employed in some manner of tech job. That’s more than are employed in finance/insurance (5.8 million) or construction (6.6 million).

April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

Install OpenShot video editor in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 1

OpenShot is a free and open source video editor. It is cross-platform and offers many powerful video editing features.

Here’s a video preview of OpenShot 2.3’s new features:

LinuxG has helpful instructions on how you can install OpenShot 2.3 in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 18:

In order to successfully install OpenShot on Ubuntu, you have to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the openshot-qt package:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

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5 money managers for Linux

Linux offers tons of great applications for any desktop user, but did you know that you can also get some very useful money managing apps? A writer at MakeTechEasier has a helpful roundup of 5 Linux personal finance applications.

April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

Microsoft is adding new capabilities to one of its cheapest enterprise plans for Office 365, in a push to capture a group of users traditionally underserved by the productivity suite.

New to the Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan (the K stands for Kiosk) now includes 2GB of OneDrive for Business storage, along with access to Microsoft Teams, PowerApps and Flow. Users on the plan also get the ability to send instant messages using Skype for Business and participate in video meetings conducted over Skype Meeting Broadcast.

Expanding the capabilities of this plan is part of Microsoft’s continued push to make Office 365 useful for employees who don’t spend all day in front of a computer. All of these capabilities are designed for people like retail employees and service workers. The K1 plan is also priced at $4 per user per month, drastically lower than the company’s other enterprise subscriptions.

In exchange for that lower price, K1 users are only given access to Office Online, and none of the desktop apps in Microsoft’s productivity suite. They’re also restricted to 2GB of email storage, compared to 50GB of email storage for Office 365 Enterprise E1 subscribers, which is Microsoft’s next-cheapest subscription.

April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

For the first time ever, one of the major web traffic analysis tools has found that Android is more popular than Windows worldwide. At the same time, Windows 10 is continuing to notch tiny monthly usage share gains, while Edge slipped downward in one tally. 

The Irish market measuring firm StatCounter has reported that Android has overtaken Windows for first time worldwide:

Microsoft no longer owns dominant OS. Android now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage… the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s.  It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4 percent of global internet usage share only five years ago.

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Five years ago, StatCounter had a breathless headline stating that Chrome had overtaken Internet Explorer in the browser wars—a heretical view at the time—which foresaw the beginning of a massive shift in browser usage. Back then, the Chrome-beats-IE assertion was hotly contested by both rival market measuring firm Net Applications and Microsoft.

The fact remains, StatCounter foresaw the sea change from IE to Chrome, while Net Applications took years to reflect the uptake in its numbers.

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Imagination currently produces chips for iPhones – but Apple plans to go it alone.

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Apple is planning to develop its own Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) for iPhones, iPads and other devices – ending its reliance on Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer whose products help power Apple’s devices.

Imagination has a long-standing relationship with Apple, but the Cupertino firm has informed its Hertfordshire-based supplier it intends to stop using their technology in new products, starting in 15 months’ to two years’ time.

Instead, Apple is working on its own GPUs, which it has told Imagination are based on a separate, independent graphics design, a move Apple said will help it control its own products and reduce reliance on Imagination.

In signalling the move towards developing its own GPUs, Apple is following a path it has already taken in regard to the CPUs used in its devices. While Apple tweaked the design of the ARM-based A-series SoCs (system-on-a-chip) used in earlier handsets and iPads, from the A6 onwards Apple moved to using fully customised chips, designed in-house.

While Apple’s decision to design its own SoCs was driven by the need for more processing power, there is speculation that its move to have greater control over the GPU is about making a chip that is more power efficient and lower cost.

In a statement detailing the US company’s plans, Imagination has questioned Apple’s ability to develop its own computer chips without breaching intellectual property rights.

“Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination’s technology, without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property and confidential information. This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it,” Imagination said.

“Further, Imagination believes that it would be extremely challenging to design a brand new GPU architecture from basics without infringing its intellectual property rights, accordingly Imagination does not accept Apple’s assertions,” the company added.

The plans, detailed by Apple in discussions with Imagination over license agreements, represent a big blow for the British firm as Apple is currently its largest customer.

Apple paid £60m in license fees and royalties to Imagination this year and next year the UK firm is expected to receive £65m in payments for the use of their products in Apple devices.

Imagination warns that it has “has reserved all its rights in respect of Apple’s unauthorised use of confidential information and Imagination’s intellectual property rights” and that a “further announcement will be made in due course”.

While Apple is currently Imagination’s biggest customer, the British chip designers’ designs are used in technologies including wearable devices, virtual reality headsets, cars, and consumer multimedia.

However, the blow of losing Apple as a customer has been reflected in Imagination’s share price which has crashed 70 percent to a seven and a half year low following Apple’s announcement it will stop using the firm’s designs. Imagination was valued at over £750m before today’s announcement, but that value has now dropped to under £250m.

Apple owns an eight percent share in Imagination Technologies and previously held discussions about acquiring the firm, although those talks came to nothing.


April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

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As iOS updates go, iOS 10.3 seems to be pretty bug-free. But there is one thing that a lot of users are complaining about, and that’s how long it takes to install.

Must read: Could the iPad be the death of the Mac (and the PC)?

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And the older your device, the slower the install process seems to be, with some devices taking over an hour to update.

So what’s going on?

The answer is the new file system that Apple has introduced. Gone is the 30-year-old HFS+, and in its place is the new Apple File System (APFS).

Apple File System is a huge improvement over HFS+, bringing with it features such as optimization for solid state storage, strong encryption, better file time stamping (down to the nanosecond), and many storage saving improvements.

Apple plans to move macOS, iOS, tvOS, and even watchOS to Apple File System.

But the conversion process — which has to take every file on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and convert it over to the new file system — takes time. But given the fact that if it goes wrong then you’ve lost your data, it’s for the best it takes all the time it needs!

My advice is to do the update when you have a few hours to spare, and plug your device into the power outlet and let it do its work. Don’t fiddle with it while it’s updating, and don’t panic if it seems to be taking forever or if it seems to have frozen — just give it time.

And it’s a good idea to have a backup before you start just in case things go wrong.

See also:

New features to try in iOS.10.3:

April 3, 2017 brianradio2016

When oncologists at Carolinas HealthCare System go before a tumor board review to discuss patient cases, they are looking for feedback on treatment plans and clinical trials. During their presentations, the doctors show their peers genetic data, pathology reports, lab results and physicians’ notes — all of which is at their fingertips because it is stored in a Hadoop cloud on Microsoft Azure.

This is the nonprofit hospital network’s first big foray into the cloud, and it has prompted careful consideration about how CHS both protects and manages its data off-premises.

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The two big areas that CHS needed to tackle were networking and governance issues, says Chris Danzi, assistant vice president of information and analytics services (IAS) at CHS. The hospital system has more than 62,000 employees and operates 39 hospitals and 900 other care locations in the Southeast.

One obvious difference between managing data internally and off-premises is that in the cloud, the data could be housed hundreds of miles away. “You’re talking about moving data across the distance,” says Danzi, “so you have to have a circuit and secure network to connect you to that.” Moving gigabytes of data to a cloud provider every night required the healthcare network to contract with a telecom carrier and buy a secure dedicated line.

In the year since it migrated data to the cloud, CHS has been using a VPN, which it is about to replace with a private connection to Azure. This will allow the healthcare network to also use the line for its Office 365 system.