Apple Arcade seems set to become a luxury item for hardcore iOS gamers, offering up a curated collection of titles from some of the greatest and most innovative names in the games industry for a set monthly fee.

What would an Apple gaming platform do?

For a monthly fee, Apple Arcade subscribers will get unlimited access to a curated collection of titles at the App Store.

Developers include Lego, Sega, Konami, Disney, Sumo Digital, and Cartoon Network, with 100 exclusive games set to be made available on launch. Games will work on iPhones, iPads, Macs and on the Apple TV, the company said.

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The first Tuesday of the month — “A” week in Microsoft’s infamous bafflegab — usually brings a healthy dose of non-security Office patches. This Tuesday was no exception. But there are two big differences. First, there’s no official list of the patches. Second, many of the patches appear to be re-releases of patches that originally appeared in March.

Here we go down the rabbit hole.

Every month we get a list of Office patches on the MSDN Developer blog, an entry from the Office Sustained Engineering group. This month, the link turns up a “404 — This page has been disabled.” Apparently Microsoft’s in the process of moving its blogs from one ill-defined location to another, but in this case they seem to have slipped.

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Keeping projects on track is something many organizations struggle with. A Project Management Institute study last year showed that on average, organizations waste 9.9% of every dollar due to “poor project performance,” while 43% of projects are not completed within budget and nearly half (48%) are not completed on time.

The goal of task management apps is to boost productivity through greater visibility into work from both an individual and team perspective. Analysts at Gartner predict that by 2022, 70% of organizations using collaborative work management systems will report that their teams are “significantly better performing.”

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User stops by this pilot fish’s desk and asks for the help desk number, complaining that all his printers are unavailable on the network.

“I gave the number to him and he walked away,” says fish. “A few minutes later, he was back and said that I should be getting a ticket for his problem.”

Fish checks the system and, sure enough, there’s a trouble ticket, but it’s not assigned to anyone yet. Since the user sits just a few feet away, fish decides to take a look at the problem while he’s waiting for it to be paged out to him.

And it doesn’t take long to diagnose: The network cable to the user’s desktop PC is unplugged. A few seconds’ worth of tracing shows that it’s plugged into a laptop docking station.

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Boss at this big mobile-phone service provider tells IT pilot fish to go to a cell site and let the exterminator in to spray for bugs.

“Bug man sprays in the cell site, then goes into the generator room,” fish reports. “All of a sudden, this big bug flies into the room where he’s spraying with his wand.

“He wands the bug away, and as he does that, the wand hits the Halon sensors. Which in turn discharge the Halon in both the cell site and the generator room. Which in turn shuts down the generator, which causes alarms at the network operations center.

“Eight hours and $8,000 later — and a lot of bosses coming through the cell site — when I finally get to leave, I tell the bug man, ‘That was one @#$%! of an expensive bug spray.’”

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Blockchain jobs remain hot in the U.S., though some parts of the country are hotter than others.

According to new data from Austin-based job search site Indeed, there was a 90% increase in blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency job postings between February 2018 and February 2019.

And over the past three years, job postings in those categories rose 4,086% in the share of job postings per million, Indeed’s data shows. (The company measures job postings and searches based on how many there are per million.)

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Apple Card is the company’s all-new credit card and its announcement has generated a huge amount of interest. Here is everything we know so far about the card, and links to additional resources.

Introducing Apple Card

“Apple Card is designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life, which starts with a better understanding of their spending so they can make smarter choices with their money, transparency to help them understand how much it will cost if they want to pay over time and ways to help them pay down their balance,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, announcing the service.

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It’s the days of the dot-com boom, and pilot fish has gotten accustomed to receiving five or six calls a day from headhunters, and just as accustomed to responding, “Thank you very much, but no thank you.” And he keeps on saying it, even when the headhunters get creative, and more than a little desperate, offering things like tickets to baseball games and signing bonuses that will come out of their own commissions.

Desperate though they may be, most of the headhunters seem to realize that when even inducements like the use of a very expensive sports car can’t entice the techie on the line, it’s time to graciously thank him for his time and make yet another call.

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Apple’s Monday announcement of a credit card – the Apple Card – represented a natural progression of the company’s journey into financial services that began with the Apple Wallet app and its contactless digital payment service, Apple Pay.

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The Apple Card, as described by the company this week, will offer users some attractive features: up to 3% cash back on daily purchases, no late or international transaction fees, and a physical chipped card make of titanium (sans any credit card numbers – just your name and an Apple symbol).

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Quick: When was the last time you thought about the keyboard app on your phone?

If you’re anything like most people, the answer is probably somewhere between “a ridiculously long time ago” and “never.” And it’s no wonder: Keyboard apps are easy to forget! You install one — or stick with whatever came loaded on your phone by default — and then use it to input text when you need to. It’s just there, and unless you’re a weirdo who spends hours trying out different keyboards to see how they compare (and then trying ’em all out again months later to see how they’ve evolved and what other options have come along), you’re never gonna know what you’re missing.

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Quick: When was the last time you thought about the keyboard app on your phone?

If you’re anything like most people, the answer is probably somewhere between “a ridiculously long time ago” and “never.” And it’s no wonder: Keyboard apps are easy to forget! You install one — or stick with whatever came loaded on your phone by default — and then use it to input text when you need to. It’s just there, and unless you’re a weirdo who spends hours trying out different keyboards to see how they compare (and then trying ’em all out again months later to see how they’ve evolved and what other options have come along), you’re never gonna know what you’re missing.

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Quick: When was the last time you thought about the keyboard app on your phone?

If you’re anything like most people, the answer is probably somewhere between “a ridiculously long time ago” and “never.” And it’s no wonder: Keyboard apps are easy to forget! You install one — or stick with whatever came loaded on your phone by default — and then use it to input text when you need to. It’s just there, and unless you’re a weirdo who spends hours trying out different keyboards to see how they compare (and then trying ’em all out again months later to see how they’ve evolved and what other options have come along), you’re never gonna know what you’re missing.

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