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Kodi 19.0 'Matrix' Final arrives -- download it NOW

The Release Candidate for Kodi 19 was rolled out to testers a month ago and today the full, finished version becomes available for all platforms (except for the Windows Store build for Xbox which has been delayed).

Kodi 19.0 'Matrix' brings a wealth of changes, fixes and new features to the popular home theater software, including a visual makeover and significant improvements to playback.

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OWC launches universal Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C cable

Buying a cable should be an easy task, but believe it or not, it isn't always. In fact, with USB Type-C and Thunderbolt cables, consumers often buy the wrong things. Even worse, many of these cables are out of spec, meaning they can damage your devices or malfunction. This is why you should avoid "no-name" brands, although even some reputable brands have been known to sell poor cables.

OWC is a brand that I trust very much, and apparently, it has had enough of the nonsense surrounding these cables. You see, the company has launched a high-quality universal Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable that should work with all devices that use the USB-C connector. In other words, you can buy it without worry -- it has full certification for both power and data.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 21318 with new paste option in clipboard history

Earlier in the week, Microsoft officially announced the first Windows 10 feature update of the year -- 21H1 -- and made it available for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel to test.

Today, the software giant releases Windows 10 Build 21318 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel (it’s also available for ARM64 devices).

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WebSite X5 2021 is released with multi-site preview support and a visual refresh

The days of hand-coding websites are long gone, and site creation applications such as WebSite X5 have made life much easier for individuals and businesses. We may now be a couple of months into 2021, but this very title has received a major update which includes a new look for the new year.

While the new user interface -- which has been cleaned, polished and refined -- is perhaps the most immediately obvious change in the newly released WebSite X5 2021.1, there's plenty more going on as well.

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Online vs offline: How COVID-19 has forced the world to go digital

After COVID-19 forced the UK to stay at home, we have had no choice but to make some changes to our everyday lives. A lot of us have used our time wisely and come up with some quirky ways to continue life as somewhat normal -- just with a virtual take on things. Being blessed with the age of digitalisation, our digital devices do just about everything for us at the click of a button.

The pandemic has seen a digital transformation in everything from online weddings to an an e-commerce takeover. According to a recent Ofcom report, the average daily screen time for TV and online video content increased to six hours 25 minutes per day since April 2020. This is up by almost a third from the year prior. In this article, we will discuss how COVID-19 has forced the world to digital in recent months.

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Windows 11 is the Microsoft operating system we need!

Although Microsoft is expected to begin giving Windows 10 a bit of a long-overdue redesign later in the year, the truth is that operating system has become a bit, well, boring. The last feature update, and the next one due out in he coming months (21H1), have made only minor tweaks to the OS.

Isn’t it time for a full, proper new version of Windows? Isn’t it time for Windows 11?

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Digital forensics is the best offense and defense for cyber attacks

The majority of CEOs and COOs view digital forensics as an afterthought to cybersecurity. In the eyes of many business leaders, it is just a clean-up process for a data breach or cyber attack. But if you establish an effective digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) program, you can begin to use digital forensics as a tool for both recovery and prevention.

While cybersecurity and digital forensics work hand-in-hand, their close relationship can often obfuscate their individual objectives. For instance, cybersecurity’s main goal is to reduce an organization’s exposure to cyber attacks while also preventing their success. Cybersecurity has become even more important over the last decade and a half as industry leaders make the transition to digital applications. This is particularly true of the healthcare and automotive industries who have been lacking in their cybersecurity and forensic preparedness.

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Why enterprises aren't properly addressing supply chain threats [Q&A]

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Supply chain threats like the recent SolarWinds attack are becoming more of a concern as businesses are more reliant on smoothly functioning links with suppliers and customers.

A successful attack can have a devastating effect on an organization and its reputation, but by their very nature these are not easy threats to deal with.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Four-hundred-twenty-six in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft announced Office 2021, a non-subscription based version of Office. In other news, the next feature update for Windows 10 is ready for testing. It will be a smaller update similar to Windows 10 20H2.

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Microsoft Office 2021 is coming to Windows 10 and macOS, but only a fool would buy it

Microsoft Office is the best software in the world. If I was running a company, I would choose it over any other solution. While free alternatives like LibreOffice are pretty good, they are all inferior to Microsoft's class-leading office suite. Any spreadsheet power user, for instance, knows nothing compares to Excel. These are indisputable facts.

Today, Microsoft announces that Office 2021 is coming to both Windows 10 and macOS later in the year. And yet, I am not excited about that, nor would I recommend anyone buy it. Why? Because Microsoft 365 exists.

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Apple TV+ comes to Google TV, but who the heck even cares?

The Apple TV+ streaming service is hot garbage. Just how bad is it? I think I've had it free for over a year now, and I almost never watch it. It came gratis when I bought an iPad, but then Apple kept extending that free period. It's a very bad sign that the company is continuing to give it away -- it clearly signals people aren't opting to pay for it.

I have gone to the service a few times to see if anything looked good, but I typically opt for something on Netflix instead. What I did choose to watch, however, didn't hold my attention. As the owner of two Apple TV devices (4th gen and 4K) I am probably one of the users Apple expected to embrace TV+, but nope. And now, Apple TV+ is coming to Google TV devices. The big question is, who the heck owns a Google TV device and cares about Apple TV+?

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Netflix's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' is free to watch on YouTube for 48 hours

Written and directed by Academy Award-Winner Aaron Sorkin -- whose writing credits also include The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Newsroom, and Steve Jobs -- The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells the story of the unfair trial that followed an uprising at the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago in 1968.

The film was released last year on Netflix and stars the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Keaton. It’s definitely worth a watch, and the good news is if you haven’t already seen it, and aren’t a Netflix subscriber, you can watch it for free on Netflix’s YouTube channel from Friday. Although you will need to be quick as it will only be available for 48 hours.

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Satechi releases elegant Bluetooth presentation and multimedia remotes

The pandemic has taken its toll on a lot of businesses, as both leadership and workers struggle to adapt to this new remote-work world. Despite what the doom-and-gloom pundits say, however, the physical office is not dead. Sure, there may be a permanent increase in hybrid situations, but many employees will be back to workplace cubicles soon enough.

One thing a lot of people probably don't miss about being in an office is in-person PowerPoint presentations. They are boring and awkward for both the presenter and the viewers. Thankfully, today, Satechi launches a new Bluetooth presentation remote called "R1" that will make presenting a slide-show more comfortable by allowing you to move around the room. In addition, the company is releasing the "R2" Bluetooth multimedia remote -- for those that want to control their music and videos wirelessly.

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Executives' social media accounts put enterprises at risk

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Information security often focuses on what's going on within the enterprise perimeter, but as businesses invest more in executive communication programs, there are risks which are sometimes overlooked.

According to a new survey from SafeGuard Cyber oversight of executive social media use is lacking, record-keeping is often manual, and the responsibility for risk management isn't clear.

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Microsoft forcibly installs KB4577586 update to remove Flash from Windows

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The death of Flash has been on the cards for quite some time. What was once a staple of the online experience soon became little more than a security nightmare, and all of the major web browsers have slowly but surely dropped support for the software. Back in October, Microsoft released an update to not only remove Flash from Windows, but also prevent it from being reinstalled.

Now the company is upping the ante, and is pushing out the KB4577586 update to Windows users. The update is installed automatically and kills Flash once and for all.

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