Microsoft releases security updates for Remote Desktop Services

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 free apps for smartphones and tablets with 10.1 inch or smaller screen

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 smallerUsers 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.

Equifax data breach settlement

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 agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud

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 battery recall of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models

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.

Apple also announced a partnership with Best Buy which designates their stores as Apple authorized repair locations.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) announcements

Apple made several major announcements at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2019, including: