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Microsoft is working to fix a weird Open With bug in Windows 10 caused by KB5036979 update

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If you uninstalled the recently released KB5036979 update for Windows 10, you may have experienced unwanted Open With dialogs appearing. While first spotted in Outlook for Windows, Snip & Sketch and Teams, the problem affects other apps as well.

While there is not yet a fix for this irritating, semi-random pop up, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue. The company is working on a patch for the bug, and offers up some insight and advice in the meantime.

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Microsoft has an amazing New+ PowerToys module under development for Windows power users

New+ PowerToys module

Developers working on the PowerToys collection of utilities have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline for eager users. Building on the New entry in the Windows content menu, New+ is a module that, in the words of its main developer, Christian Gaardmark, "enables users to create files and folders from a personalized set of templates".

As there are already numerous third party utility that extend the capabilities of the New menu, there is clearly an appetite for the likes of New+. It's aimed at Windows power-users, developers and overtime also regular users who find themselves often creating files or folders that contain similar content, such as VS Code development projects, job applications and cover letters, scripts, etc" and it already look incredibly intriguing.

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Get 'AI-Driven Project Management' (worth $48) for FREE and harness the power of AI and ChatGPT

In AI-Driven Project Management: Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT to Achieve Peak Productivity and Success, veteran IT and project management advisor Kristian Bainey delivers an insightful collection of strategies for automating the administration and management of projects.

In the book, the author focuses on four key areas where project leaders can achieve improved results with AI's data-centric capabilities: minimizing surprises, minimizing bias, increasing standards, and accelerating decision making.

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Apple Developer Academy to equip students with AI skills

Apple announced today an extensive expansion of its educational offerings, introducing a dedicated artificial intelligence (AI) curriculum for all Apple Developer Academy students and mentors. Starting this fall, the program will be accessible to learners across 18 academies in six countries, including Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United States.

This initiative aims to integrate AI training as a fundamental component of the Apple Developer Academy's core curriculum, alongside established areas such as coding, design, and marketing. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the burgeoning iOS app economy and beyond, equipping them with the skills necessary to contribute effectively to their local communities and the global market.

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The prompt plays a critical role in crafting emails with LLMs

In the realm of digital communication, crafting the perfect email is both an art and a science, especially when the goal is to convert that email into a meeting or a tangible outcome. With the advent of Large Language Models (LLMs) like GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer), the stakes have been raised, offering unprecedented opportunities for personalization, efficiency, and effectiveness in email outreach. At the heart of this revolution lies a seemingly simple yet profoundly impactful element: the prompt.

A prompt, in the context of LLMs, is more than just a starting point for generating text; it's the steering wheel that guides the AI in a specific direction, ensuring that the output aligns with the sender's intentions, tone, and objectives. The importance of prompts becomes even more pronounced when considering the goal of converting an email into a meeting -- a task that requires precision, personalization, and persuasion. Prompts provide:

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Backbone announces limited edition Post Malone mobile gaming controller

On June 25th, Backbone will release a new version of its Backbone One controller: a limited edition collaboration with hip-hop star Post Malone. This partnership is part of a growing trend of music and gaming industries coming together.

The controller, named “Backbone One - Post Malone Limited Edition,” features design elements reflective of Post Malone’s distinct look. It showcases a bold green translucent color, an aluminum D-pad, and aluminum ABXY buttons with laser etching. Additionally, the controller features a glow-in-the-dark logo.

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Enterprises plan to increase AI investment

Enterprise IT and operations leaders are planning to significantly increase their AI investments over the next 18 months, according to an independent global survey announced today by Celigo.

The survey of 1,200 people finds businesses are realizing positive results from early AI deployments, including greater productivity and efficiency, enhanced customer experience and reduced costs. Consequently 97 percent say they will increase their AI expenditure through 2025 to accelerate AI transformations across corporate departments.

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Online fraud is a growing problem but businesses are fighting back

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Almost 87 percent of respondents to a new survey report an increase in online fraud in the year to April 2024. Just 1.19 percent of respondents saying they experience zero fraudulent IDV (identity and verification) attempts in a month.

The report from Veriff also finds that more than 86 percent of decision-makers say their customers are now more demanding of robust fraud prevention capabilities. This reflects the findings in Veriff's 2024 Fraud Index which found more than 75 percent of consumers consider a company's record on fraud prevention before signing up for a service.

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Security problems driven by increased API usage

A new study reveals that 95 percent of respondents have experienced security problems in production APIs, with 23 percent suffering breaches as a result of API security inadequacies.

API security incidents have more than doubled within the past 12 months, with 37 percent of respondents experiencing an incident, compared to just 17 percent in 2023.

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Exploited macOS vulnerabilities increase by 30 percent

macOS and iOS have showed an increased exploitation rate of seven percent and eight percent, respectively. Although macOS reduced its total vulnerability by 29 percent from 2023 to 2022, exploited vulnerabilities have increased by over 30 percent.

This is among the findings of the Software Vulnerability Ratings Report from Action1 Corporation which offers insights into vulnerability trends within commonly used enterprise software categories, focusing on exploitation rate and Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities.

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Enterprises struggle to detect hybrid cloud breaches

A new survey of over 1,000 Security and IT leaders across Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and the USA, shows a decline in detection and response capabilities year-on-year.

The Hybrid Cloud Security Report from Gigamon shows that as hybrid cloud environments grow in complexity and threat actors launch a barrage of concealed attacks, 65 percent of respondents believe their existing security tooling cannot effectively detect breaches.

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Microsoft launches Windows 11 24H2 for Copilot+ PCs, creating a confused multi-tier system of Windows users

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With the official launch of Copilot+ PCs, Microsoft has also unleashed Windows 11 24H2. This most recent update to Windows 11 has been a long time in the works, and there have been numerous preview builds available.

What is interesting is the way in which this launch is taking place. Copilot+ PC are now available with Windows 11 24H2 pre-installed, and it is also available to Insiders. The fact that systems have this version of the operating system installed means that development is complete (well, as complete as such work ever is), but the launch is dividing the Windows userbase into haves and have-nots -- in more ways than one.

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Logitech launches Keys-To-Go 2 ultra-portable wireless keyboard

Logitech has released its latest product, the Keys-To-Go 2, an ultra-portable wireless keyboard designed for mobile use. With a focus on portability and versatility, the Keys-To-Go 2 offers a sleek, lightweight design and is encased in a built-in cover to shield against spills and damage.

The Keys-To-Go 2 is compatible with multiple operating systems, allowing for seamless integration with tablets, mobile devices, and laptops. "In today's fast-paced world, staying productive while on-the-go is essential," stated Joseph Mingori, general manager of mobile solutions and partnerships at Logitech. He emphasized that the keyboard is crafted to enable users to "carry less and do more from anywhere."

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FOX News crushes CNN and The New York Times in May's digital battle for views and engagement

In May, FOX News Digital emerged as a leading news brand in multiplatform engagement, showing notable increases in minutes and views according to Comscore. The figures indicate that FOX News Digital achieved 3.2 billion total multiplatform minutes, 1.7 billion views, and reached 100 million unique digital visitors.

The FOX News Mobile App also reported substantial traffic, attracting 5.8 million unique visitors. Additionally, the average views per visit for FOX News Digital stood at 2.7, marking a 2 percent increase from the previous month.

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Sysdig uses automation to cut cloud incident response times

Cloud security company Sysdig is launching a new, enhanced cloud-native investigation process designed to cut incident analysis time to just five minutes.

By visualizing a given incident in the Sysdig Cloud Attack Graph, security analysts can gain a dynamic view of the relationships between resources for a better understanding of the killchain and potential lateral movement across a cloud environment.

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