Apple Hardware iOS iPad iPhone

Apple releases iOS 14 and new Apple Watches

Apple announced the release of iOS 14, new Apple Watches, and other products and services at its September 2020 event.

iOS 14 has several new features, including a new Translate app with 11 languages, digital versions of car keys, and  Home app for smart home management.

New watches include the Apple Watch 6 Series and Apple Watch SEWatch OS 7 also includes sleep tracking and other health related features.

Programming Languages Visual Studio

Visual Studio Codespaces will consolidate into GitHub Codespaces

Visual Studio Codespaces will be consolidating into GitHub Codespaces and will no longer be available as of February 2021.  Microsoft has provided an FAQ page for this transition.


Microsoft Ignite and Business Applications Launch free online events

Microsoft Ignite is a free online training event that starts Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time.  Registration information is available at

The Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event is also free and starts Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

Categories Apple Apps and Utilities Azure Facebook Google Microsoft Office Microsoft Teams Visual Studio

Downdetector shows outage information for websites and services

Downdetector shows outage information and status for widely used websites and services such as  mobile and internet service providers, social media sites, banking and financial services, etc.    This includes:

Android Apps and Utilities Google Operating Systems Smartphones

Android custom distributions (ROMs) for smartphones and tablets

Android custom distributions (ROMs) are replacement operating systems for Android smartphones and tablets.  This allows users to customize older devices that may not have available Android updates and extend their service life.   This may erase data and void your device’s warranty.  Available security updates are usually based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).  More information is at

Apps and Utilities Security

No More Ransom website has decryption tools for some ransomware

The No More Ransom project website has free decryption tools for many known ransomware types.

If a decryption tool is not found, one option is to replace the hard drive and operating system and save the locked drive offline. A decryption tool may become available months later to free the data at that point.

Apps and Utilities Windows

Windows File Recovery can help recover deleted or corrupted data

Microsoft has released Windows File Recovery, a new Windows Store app that may help you deleted or corrupted data.   Instructions and FAQ for this are available at

Google Hardware Operating Systems

Chrome OS automatic updates may not be available for older devices

Google’s Chrome OS is a secure choice for an operating system, but older devices may no longer be supported.  When a Chrome device reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date, automatic updates from Google will no longer be provided.

IFixit has instructions on how to convert a working Chromebook past its expiration date to use CloudReady.

Apps and Utilities Operating Systems

TrueNAS CORE is the new name for FreeNAS

iXsystems announced in March 2020 that TrueNAS CORE is the new name for FreeNAS, the popular open source NAS (Network Attached Storage) operating system. This was done to unify branding with its TrueNAS Enterprise product.  Additional features were added to the TrueNAS CORE product as well. Documentation for TrueNAS is available at

Apple iOS iPad iPhone Operating Systems Smartphones

Apple announces upcoming release of iOS 14

Apple announced the upcoming releases of several new technologies at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2020, including: