By - Gregg Keizer

What’s in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla gives the gas, lays on new privacy options

Mozilla this week shipped Firefox 67 for Windows, macOS and Linux with performance improvements that – when added to improvements that over the past year – make the browser 80% faster, according to the company. Other changes to Firefox that surfaced in version 66 ranged from customized private browsing sessions – such as letting a user enable add-ons while in

By - Gregg Keizer

Microsoft orphans Windows 10 1809, prepares to jump 1803 users straight to 1903

New data has again hammered home the point that Microsoft has given up forcing Windows 10 1809 on users. The Redmond, Wash. developer essentially stopped pushing the October 2018 Update, aka 1809, to customers last month, according to numbers published by AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps. Unlike previous Windows 10

By - Evan Schuman

Forrester: Bank mobile apps frustrating, confusing

Mobile banking should be effortless, with financial institutions sharing data, offering helpful suggestions and automating frequent tasks. But according to a new report from Forrester Research on mobile banking apps, far too many banks offer frustrating apps that show little thought given to how consumers interact with their financial institutions — or at least how they should. “Banks too often

By - Jonny Evans

Apple tries again with MacBook Pro keyboard design

Dolly Parton described love as “like a butterfly,” but that isn’t precisely the emotion Mac users have reported on use of the butterfly keyboard design Apple puts inside its notebooks. When keys take wing These keyboards have attracted much criticism since they were introduced, so much so that Apple has attempted to redesign them twice and is back with a

By - Lucas Mearian

Poorly designed systems make doctors ‘a slave to their EHR’

FOXBORO, Mass. — While electronic healthcare records (EHRs) vastly improved patient information collection and sharing for some healthcare providers and payers, the technology also robs doctors of something critical: the ability to properly care for patients. EHRs continue to require far too many mouse clicks and pagination to enter data during a visit, diverting attention from patients – something that’s

By - Sharky

Given enough time and resources, it could be done

Consultant pilot fish is called to a community college to develop an online system for registering students in continuing ed classes. At the meeting to develop specifications for the project are fish, the IT director and the continuing ed director, who says that it’s essential that people can’t input invalid Social Security numbers. Fish and the IT director can’t make

By - Gregg Keizer

Windows 10 1903 arrives after stretch of extra testing

Microsoft today launched Windows 10 May 2019 Update, aka 1903, after running the feature upgrade through additional testing with Insider volunteers, hardware manufacturers and third-party software developers. “The May 2019 Update is available for customers who would like to install the latest release,” John Cable, director of program management in the Windows delivery and servicing team, announced in a post

By - Preston Gralla

Review: Windows 10 May 2019 Update unleashes a spring surprise

We’ve become used to the routine: Microsoft releases one of its twice-annual Windows 10 feature updates, often delayed due to bugs, and the world yawns. And throughout most of the six months of previews for Windows 10 version 1903, a.k.a. the May 2019 Update, it looked like it was going to be the usual routine again. Except this time, it’s

By - Gregg Keizer

Microsoft returns to Mac browser market after 16 years with ‘Chromium-ed’ Edge

Microsoft on Monday returned to the Mac browser market when it released the first public preview of its revamped Edge browser for macOS. Delivery of the “Canary” edition for macOS came two weeks after prodigious Windows leaker WalkingCat, also known by his Twitter account @h0x0d, tweeted the download links for the Canary and more polished Dev builds of Edge for

By - Matthew Finnegan

Revamped Google Glass 2 aims more powerful AR at the enterprise

Google this week updated its workplace-focused Glass augmented reality (AR) headset, offering a more powerful processor and improved camera – a “significant improvement” over its predecessor, according Anshel Sag, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Google unveiled the consumer version of Glass in 2013 to much fanfare, but little commercial success. It was relaunched as Glass Enterprise Edition two