Atlassian revamps Jira Software, adds roadmaps tool

Atlassian has overhauled its Jira Software Cloud issue-tracking application, adding a simplified user experience, new third-party integrations and a product roadmap tool.

The Australian company has been laying the foundation to update Jira for a while, breaking down the application, created in 2002, into smaller microservices and moving it to the Amazon Web Services cloud. The latest stage in Jira’s redevelopment is to modernize the user experience and interface.

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Google’s most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary

If you’re reading this column, there’s a decent chance you’re among Google’s most enthusiastic users — y’know, the type of person who’s super-tuned in to the company’s latest launches and is always eager to try out the exciting new app or service of the moment.

And if you are such an individual, there’s also a decent chance you’re feeling a bit dispirited and let down right about now. The truth is, I can’t blame you. I feel that way myself.

I’m not talking about the usual “Holy moly, Google’s watching my every move!” kind of concern. No — if you’re a Google superuser, you’re well aware of the company’s business model and the options available to you in that regard. What I’m talking about is the pattern Google has established of drawing its most dedicated users into new services with lofty visions and grand promises — and then, once said users have thoroughly invested in adopting those services and integrating them into their lives, changing its tune and abandoning the efforts entirely.

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Apple’s accessibility solutions are empowering lives

Accessibility matters, not just to humans but also to enterprises seeking to build diversity in the workplace. How much difference do Apple’s accessibility tools make? I spoke to people who use these solutions to get a sense of their value.

Empowering everyone

Apple makes a big deal out of accessibility.

This commitment has won it awards and recognition from major groups, including the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf. 

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Throwback Thursday: Well, he was busy, OK?

Hurricane Ike‘s storm surge hits this Gulf Coast chemical plant and inundates it, reports a pilot fish working there.

The aftermath: lots of cleaning up — and counting up.

“The total number of desktop computers was being earmarked to be written off,” fish says. “But laptop computers were put on a list to be verified that the users had evacuated with their laptops.”

That’s the prescribed procedure. Turns out it worked pretty well, since all but one of the laptops made it out safely.

And whose laptop is the only one that’s reported lost?

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The best office apps for Android

The days of taking care of business exclusively in an office are over. You’ve got a powerful productivity gadget in your pocket practically 24/7, after all — and with the right set of apps, you can stay synced with the same spreadsheets, documents and presentations that are on your desktop and work with them seamlessly from anywhere.

Best of all? Achieving that level of connectivity on Android no longer requires a compromise. It’s been a long time coming, but the bar has really been raised when it comes to office app quality in the Google Play Store over the past few years. The question now isn’t if you can find a worthwhile set of office apps for your phone but rather which set of commendable offerings makes the most sense for you.

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What’s in the latest Chrome update?

Google this week upgraded Chrome to version 70, following through on a promise made to disable automatic sign-in after users and privacy advocates complained about changes in the prior edition.

Chrome also sported patches for 23 security vulnerabilities as Google paid researchers $22,000 in bug bounties.

Chrome updates in the background, so in most cases users can simply relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update, select “About Google Chrome” from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a “Relaunch” button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

This month’s bad patches made headlines. Lots of headlines. For good reason.

You have my sympathy if you clicked “Check for updates” and got all of the files in your Documents and Photos folders deleted. Even if you didn’t become a “seeker” (didn’t manually check for updates) your month may have been filled with blue screens, odd chicken-and-egg errors, and destroyed audio drivers — and Edge and your UWP (“Metro” Store) apps might have been kicked off the internet.

You didn’t need to lift a finger.

Worst Windows 10 rollout ever

Hard to believe that Windows 10 version rollouts could get any worse, but this month hit the bottom of a nearly bottomless barrel. Some folks who clicked “Check for updates” wound up with a brand spanking new copy of Win10 version 1809 — and all of the files in their \Documents, \Pictures, \Music, \Videos and other folders disappeared. I have a series of articles on that topic, arranged chronologically:

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