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To: Don Green who wrote (1387)9/21/2023 4:58:47 PM
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I think at one time I had over 100, but I keep two Safari windows open and right now there are about 30 divided between both.

With too many tabs open I can't see the tab titles to know what's on them at a glance, so it becomes counterproductive to me.

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From: Don Green9/21/2023 8:08:01 PM
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Put Microsoft Office 2021 on Your PC or Mac for Less Than $35

Through Sept. 24, new users can enjoy this special deal on Microsoft's top-rated productivity apps.

Whatever work you do on a computer, Microsoft Officehas probably been helping you for decades. Secure lifetime access to that familiar suite of apps on your Macor Windowsdevice for only $34.97 through Sept. 24, and say goodbye to recurring software fees.

Thanks to this Deal of the Week, you'll score top-rated Microsoft productivity apps for less. Both the Mac Home & Business edition and the Windows Professional version will give you access to (and updates for):

Word for all your documentation needs

PowerPoint for developing visual presentations

OneNote for robust digital notetaking and organizing

Teams for communicating in real-time, seamlessly, with remote colleagues

Excel for reliable budgeting and data analysis spreadsheets

Outlook for managing your calendar, contacts, and email

The Windows license is for the Professional suite, so it also includes lifetime use of Publisher and Access.

Some important caveats are worth noting. For one, Mac users must update their OS to Big Sur version 11 to enjoy this deal, while Windows users must have Windows 10 or 11 as their OS. The software is not compatible with Parallels Pro or other virtual machines.

Additionally, regardless of version, you can only redeem the license on one device. Finally, this is not the same thing as Microsoft 365, but the one-and-done purchase through this Microsoft Office 2021 deal can save you both hassle and money over time.

Through Sept. 24 at 11:59 pm Pacific, get Microsoft Office Home and Business for Mac 2021or Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windowsfor just $34.97.

Prices subject to change.

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From: Don Green9/22/2023 9:24:00 AM
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Starting in early 2024, Prime Video shows and movies will include limited advertisements. We aim to have meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers. Ads in Prime Video content will be introduced in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada in early 2024, followed by France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia later in the year. No action is required for Prime members.We’re not making changes in 2024 to the current price of Prime membership. We will also offer a new ad-free option for an additional $2.99 per month* for U.S. Prime members and will share pricing for other countries at a later date.We will email Prime members several weeks before ads are introduced into Prime Video with information on how to sign up for the ad-free option if they would like.

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From: Don Green9/22/2023 10:40:36 AM
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YouTube goes all in on AI with a huge feature bet

More content on YouTube is going to be created at least in part using generative AI.

The video platform announced several new AI-powered tools for creators at its annual Made on YouTubeevent on Thursday. Among the features coming later this year or next are AI-generated photo and video backgrounds, AI video topic suggestions, and music search.

A new feature called Dream Screen will create AI-generated videos and photos that creators can place in the background of their YouTube Shorts. Initially, creators will be able to type in prompts to generate backgrounds; eventually, YouTube says, creators will be able to remix and edit their existing content using AI tools to create something new.

At Made on YouTube, the company demonstrated Dream Screen, generating backgrounds in seconds based on short prompts.

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From: Don Green9/22/2023 10:56:13 AM
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Introducing Copilot in Windows 11, new AI tools, and more

Microsoft Copilot is not yet available to the general public, but it is expected to be released in the fall of 2023. The cost for Copilot in Windows 11 will be$30 per user per month for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard, and Business Premium subscribers.

This is a significant premium over the cost of the existing Microsoft 365 plans, but Microsoft believes that the AI-powered features of Copilot are worth the investment. Copilot can help users to be more productive by automating tasks, generating creative content, and providing insights into data.

It is important to note that Copilot is still under development, and it is not yet clear how widely it will be used. However, Microsoft is investing heavily in the product, and it is likely to become a major part of the Windows 11 ecosystem in the coming years.

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From: Don Green9/22/2023 11:15:33 AM
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Battle of the 'Buds: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Bose QC Ultra Earbuds vs. Sony WF-1000XM5Apple, Bose, and Sony all make top-rated noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds. Here's how they stack up on battery life, noise cancellation, sound quality, and value.

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From: Don Green9/22/2023 11:29:19 AM
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Claims of China government iPhone ban shines light on Apple’s geopolitical risk

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From: Don Green9/23/2023 4:40:26 PM
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Windows 11 is going passwordless. Here's what you'll be using instead.

Soon you'll never have to worry about resetting your password again.Credit: Getty Images

With the new Windows 11 update, Microsoft is one step closer to a passwordless future.

At the Microsoft Surface event on Tuesday, which also revealed new Surface devicesand updated Copilotfeatures ,Microsoft debutedpasswordless login to websites and apps — and other security features for its operating system built around using passkeys.

SEE ALSO: How to preorder the two new Microsoft Surface laptops: Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Surface Laptop Go 3
Unlike passwords, which are stored in servers (and can therefore be hacked or intercepted), passkeys are more secure because they exist locally on your device. But best of all, you don't have to remember passkeys to log into supported apps and websites. Instead, you can authenticate your identity with biometrics (e.g., facial recognition or fingerprint scanning). This then "unlocks" the passkey to access your accounts and website logins.

Companies like Microsoft and Apple have been moving steadily away from passwords, encouraging users to embrace biometric authentication and passkeys. Apple announced a similar passkey feature with iOS 17for iPhone.

When Windows 11 drops on Sept. 26, users can create a passkey with Windows Hello and use it to access a website or application using facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, or a Windows PIN — without the need for a password. Thanks to Microsoft's industry partnerships and participation in the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance, this feature should work with GitHub, DocuSign, PayPal, and other sites that support passkeys.

Additionally, IT teams working with Windows 11 devices will be able to remove the option to input a password on Windows Hello for Business. This will encourage teams to opt for more secure ways of logging in like biometrics, 2FA, and passkeys.

Passkeys are a cybersecurity trend we welcome; it saves us the headache and worry of using passwords. So thanks, Microsoft, for giving us back some storage space in our brains.

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From: Don Green9/24/2023 12:31:35 PM
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10 Reasons Windows Is Going in the Wrong DirectionMicrosoft has made a lot of bad changes to Windows. As a fan of the OS, I want the company to do better for everyone's sake.When I remember the direction Microsoft was headed with Windows 8, it’s hard to criticize Windows 11. And yet I do have criticisms. There are at least 10 ways Windows is heading in the wrong direction, and I'm talking about both Windows 11 and 10. I’ve heard many of the same points over and over from subscribers to my Windows Intelligence newsletter, too, and these critiques go well beyond AI.

A lot of us have rose-colored glasses on when we talk about the previous and still widely used operating system, Windows 10. It’s easy to forget that the now-beloved version of Windows had its own controversies, including a big Candy Crush Saga pushand twice-per-year big updates that were so unmanageable they eventually started deleting people’s files.

Here are 10 areas where I see Windows heading down the wrong path.

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From: Don Green9/24/2023 12:53:02 PM
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13 Best Free Email Service Providers (New 2023 Rankings)

September 7, 2023

List and comparison of the Best Free Email Service Providers of 2023:

In today’s technological world, email is the most common way of communication, whether it is for business or personal use.

There are several email service providers in the market with their own unique capabilities. This article will, in turn, help you choose the best email provider.

There are two types of email services, i.e.Email clients and Webmail.

The email client is an application for the desktop and it allows you to configure single or multiple email addresses. You can compose, send, receive, and read emails from these applications.An exampleof an email client is Microsoft Outlook.

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