For a busy C-level executive, finding a good personal assistant to rely on is not just a movie cliché or a creature comfort that comes with the position. It's often necessary for successfully performing the duties of the job.
When it comes to your personal computer, few things are more insidious than malware. Fortunately, every PC running Windows 10 has at least one application trying to protect it from the pain and suffering of a malware infection. It is called Windows Defender.
This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in a college dorm room, but there is a new spectator sport sweeping the world and it's called eSports. Yes, that is correct-you watch other people play video games in a competitive match much like you would watch tennis or a football game.
When it comes to the desktops displayed on my computers, I hate clutter. I want to see only those applications I regularly use on my PC. Everything else should be uninstalled or at the very least hidden from view.
The Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the first major update to Windows 10 since its release in July 2015 and it's a pretty big deal. The update offers new features, including above the login screen application access and improved security. These enhancements make the installation process, which can be rather long, worth the wait.
As of August 2, 2016, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is generally available to every Windows 10 device. Of course, the IT departments inside many enterprises are going to want to control when and how the update is applied, so employees in those organizations should not expect it to appear until thoroughly tested.
On July 18, 2016, Microsoft announced that a preview version of a new service called Microsoft Stream was available. Like most of you, I passed over the news with an indifferent "whatever" attitude. But later I realized that the news was actually more important than I had first thought.
For many small businesses, and some large businesses too, it seems the simplest of tasks-like booking appointments, for example-are the ones that end up taking the most time out of a busy workday. Dealing with the chaos of customer quirks and conflicting schedules can overshadow the "real" work you'd like to be doing.
In July 2016, Microsoft revealed several new initiatives at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, including how the company and its partners plan to capitalize on a business world going through a digital transformation. But one small announcement may have slipped by unnoticed, despite how Forbes Magazine and many other publications reported it.
The standard keyboard and mouse interface is tough to beat when you are talking about efficiency while interfacing with a computer. It is one of the reasons I have been dubious about virtual and augmentation devices like Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens becoming standard hardware in a business environment.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. David Pogue)
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both politicians Barack Obama and Mitt Romney by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama +Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.