Microsoft has released updates to fix a security issue for Remote Desktop Services on Windows 10, 7, and 8.1, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012. Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro computers will be updated automatically as part of the standard Windows Update process.
Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are available as free downloads for iOS , Android and Windows smartphones and tablets that have a screen size of 10.1 inches or smaller. Users can view, edit and create new Office format files with these free apps once they login with a Microsoft user account, but they must subscribe to Office 365 to unlock all app functionality.
Students and teachers with a valid school email address are also eligible for the free Office 365 Education version.
Apple device users can run the iWork productivity apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
Microsoft announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. New Office 365 customers will use Teams for chat, meetings, and calling starting on September 1, 2019 but existing Skype for Business customers should not be affected until 2021.
Capital One has reported that there was unauthorized account access for about 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million in Canada. This data included approximately 140,000 Social Security numbers of credit card customers. Capital One will notify these customers according to their FAQ press release.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released more details about the pending settlement regarding the 2017 Equifax data breach. Consumers will be able to file for a claim with an online tool once the settlement is finalized.
More information is available at www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com.
Update: the FTC is now recommending that consumers affected by this data breach choose the credit monitoring option instead of the payment option, which is expected to be smaller due to the large amount of claims filed.
Microsoft and Oracle both released announcements on their recent agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud services. This will allow users to connect to both using a unified single sign-on experience.
More information on this service is available at www.oracle.com/cloud/oci-azure.html.
Apple has a voluntary recall and free battery replacement program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between 2015 and 2017. These units can be identified by serial number at support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall.
This recall is currently one of the programs available at Apple’s Exchange and Repair Extension Program page.
Google announced the upcoming general availability of Dynamic email for Gmail on July 2nd 2019. AMP for Gmail allows email users to use emails like web pages for data entry and other purposes. Users who wish to send this type of email must be approved by Google first.
Salesforce, an industry leader in Cloud Customer Relationship Management (CRM), announced plans to buy data analytics company Tableau. Tableau has released a public FAQ about the merger detailing support options for customers of both companies.
Apple made several major announcements at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2019, including:
- The upcoming release of iOS 13 for iPhone 6s and later versions with Dark Mode and Sign in with Apple authentication
- iPadOS – a dedicated operating system for iPad
- watchOS 6
- macOS Catalina
- Mac Pro – a high end desktop computer
- SwiftUI – a development framework that can create apps across Apple platforms