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Mozilla nears finish line for 64-bit Firefox transition

Mozilla now automatically delivers the 64-bit version of Firefox to Windows users with compatible hardware, the open-source developer said this week. (Firefox can be downloaded here.)

“Users on 64-bit Windows who download Firefox will now get our 64-bit version by default,” Mozilla explained in a Monday post to a company blog.

The 64-bit version of Firefox 55, which Mozilla released on Aug. 8, is now installed by default on all 64-bit hardware running a 64-bit edition of Windows. The only other requirement is that the personal computer must be equipped with at least 2GB of RAM, or system memory.

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M365 Business means free Windows 10 upgrades, but for business only

Microsoft has confirmed that upgrade licenses to Windows 10 Pro that businesses obtain from the free preview of Microsoft 365 Business (M365) will remain in place. That’s true even if the customer doesn’t transition to a paid plan.

Also, companies that do subscribe to new Windows/Office suite combo when it’s available, then later cancel the subscription or otherwise exit the plan, will be allowed to retain the Windows 10 licenses.

“Customers will be able to keep their upgraded license to Windows 10,” a company spokeswoman said in an email reply to questions about M365 Business, including the preview set to begin on Aug. 2.

The confirmation that customers will preserve their upgraded licenses means that Microsoft sees M365 Business as yet another way to get Windows 10 onto more PCs. More specifically, Microsoft probably views the plan as a foot in the door, a precursor to the customer subscribing to the more expensive and inclusive Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

We saw a whole bunch of nothing written about so-called ‘weak’ Mac sales this week, but those twisted out of context numbers didn’t reflect how the real world works – and Apple’s big business bid is only now beginning.

Windows XP and the PC replacement cycle

You’d be surprised how many of the computers out there still run Windows XP. In some cases, this reflects the defund and privatize ethic beloved of some state functionaries, in others those systems are mandatory in order to support some legacy back end system the golf-loving C-suite classes haven’t yet been convinced to invest and replace.

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43% off Caller-ID Call Blocker For Robo-calls, Telemarketers and Other Nuisances – Deal Alert

Just hit the big red “block now” button and say goodbye to robocalls, telemarketer calls, solicitor calls, elections calls, junk faxes or anyone else you’d prefer not to hear from. This small and discreet gadget can also block international and private numbers, as well as full area codes. It has a 1,000 number/area code memory with 200 numbers pre-programmed. The popular gadget averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 3,600 people on Amazon (73% rate 5 stars — read recent reviews here), where its original list price is reduced 43% to $ 79.99. See the discounted 1,200 number call-blocker on Amazon.

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Google wants to kill your phone

Google is working hard to make phones obsolete.

The company wouldn’t admit this. And they don’t want me to say it. They still have to make nice with mobile phone carriers who support and sell Android phones.

In getting rid of the phone as we know it, Google is both on the right side of history and also on your company’s side. The post-phone world is a world with higher-quality voice communication, better security and telephony services that work better than today’s communication apps.

What’s a smartphone, anyway?

Everybody’s talking about the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, which first shipped on June 29, 2007. That’s as good a place as any to dissect the smartphone and what it really is.

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