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Apple Watch Series 4: A review

Some say discretion is the better part of valour, which means the discreet yet useful Apple Watch Series 4 may be the bravest thing of all.

Apple’s brave little watch

What is the nature of a wristwatch?

For most of us it’s something we wear and look at when we need the time. A smartwatch adds an indefinable number of additional features and at their best these don’t get in our way and are only there when we need them to be.

That’s certainly the message when it comes to one of the flagship features of the watch, Siri.

The Siri watch face is smart enough to learn what you need and provide it for you while remaining discreet enough not to get in your way. In one glance, you can find out how active you are, check your heart rate, review your day ahead and more. You can use the watch to listen to podcasts and music. Use third-party apps. And more.

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Back pay payback

This IT staffer is hoping his pay will go up after his annual review, but that depends on his manager actually doing the review, reports a pilot fish in a position to watch the story unfold.

“He finally got his review – with the pay increase – six weeks after the official deadline,” fish says. “He received four weeks of retroactive pay at the higher level.

"When he went to question Payroll and HR about the missing two weeks, the mistake was identified and he received an additional week of retroactive pay at the higher level. That final missing week of additional pay was not received.”

IT guy keeps pushing, and eventually the cause is tracked down. According to Payroll and HR, the review forms incorrectly list his anniversary date as a week later than it actually is, and his manager will have to push through the correction to the form.

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Review: Google’s Pixel 3 has looks and smarts but isn’t the best for biz

It’s going much too far to say that flagship Android smartphones have all become the same, but the differences between their hardware have become pretty narrow. Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, OLED screen, Gorilla Glass — if you were buying strictly off a spec sheet, it’s become fairly difficult to make a mistake if you’re picking from among the top four or five phones or vendors.

As nice as Google’s Pixel 3 and 3XL are, though, you’d be hard pressed to make the case for them as ideal machines for the enterprise.

Oh, they’re pretty enough — glass-encased, with big OLED screens. And they’re certainly capable, with top-end components (great screen, responsive feel, and long-lasting battery) and AI features that enhance an already excellent camera. Definitely crave-worthy and worth showing off to your colleagues, who’ll be envious until the next shiny thing comes along.

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(Insider Story)

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Google aims Plus at the enterprise as consumer side falters

Google will aim Google Plus solely at enterprise users as it shuts down consumer access to its ailing social network over the next few months. 

Google announced plans to discontinue Google Plus last week, following reports of a security flaw that exposed user data to third-party developers. The bug was discovered and patched by the company in March as part of an internal audit of privacy controls, dubbed Project Strobe. But the breach was not made public until recently. 

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, dies at 65

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family said in a statement.

Allen, 65, started Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, and was first diagnosed with the cancer in 1982. He stepped away from the company in March 1983, just months before doctors said his treatment had beaten the illness. The disease recently returned after years in remission.

Although Allen co-founded Microsoft with Gates – the two met at a Seattle, Wash. private school – he left before many of the firm’s signature moves, including Windows (1985) and Word (October 1983), debuted. But he was instrumental in the foundational rounds of the company’s pioneering software strategy, such as Microsoft BASIC and MS-DOS.

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Thoughts on the ambition of Apple Watch

Siri Shortcuts, your Apple Watch, and various sensors and biometrics mean the wearable device will become critical to your identity, at work, at home and at play.

The number of the best

Apple has described the Apple Watch as its “most personal device ever”. That’s not just because it sits against your skin and you can purchase snazzy new watchbands for it, it’s also because its sensors assess all sorts of personal data about you:

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The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing

Reading coverage of Google’s newly announced Pixel Slate — the two-in-one device that’s both an Android-like tablet and Surface-like Chromebook — the clear and consistent theme you see is that Google just dramatically changed course with its computing vision.

I’ve lost count of the number of tweets, analyses, and hands-on assessments I’ve come across expressing that sentiment — that the Pixel Slate represents a whole new beginning for Chrome OS in terms of both its Android-reminiscent interface and its positioning as a best-of-both-worlds tablet platform.

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