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ISSUE 18.34.F • 2021-09-06

In this issue

UPDATE: Apple backs off CSAM deployment

MICROSOFT 365: iPhone/iPad users of Teams and To Do need to keep up to date

Additional articles in the PLUS issue

PUBLIC DEFENDER: How you might install Win 11 on older PCs without TPM 2.0

LANGALIST: Why does this PC shut down at about 80% charge?

LEGAL BRIEF: Dickens was right (for the wrong reason)

ON SECURITY: Safely retiring a device

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UPDATE

Apple backs off CSAM deployment

As described so well in Brian Livingston’s recent article Apple plans to break its end-to-end encryption (AskWoody Plus 2021-08-30), Apple recently announced an initiative to combat Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) using technological solutions in its various devices. Brian pointed out that Apple’s solution was fraught with dangers, including the fact that this surveillance technology would inevitably be used for other purposes.

Brian also noted that various entities voiced strong opposition to Apple’s idea, including objections from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The overwhelming pushback caused Apple to reconsider and, on September 3, it announced that it would “take additional time” to rethink its proposed solution. Apple’s “announcement” was not prominent; it is in fine print on the Child Safety page at Apple’s website but not, for example, in its Newsroom. The nature of its reconsideration is unknown at this time, but the language used by Apple implies that it will eventually deploy its solution.

Susan Bradley and Will Fastie researched this update.


MICROSOFT 365

iPhone/iPad users of Teams and To Do need to keep up to date

Peter Deegan

By Peter Deegan

There are critical changes coming to the Teams, To Do, and Outlook mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Recent announcements from Microsoft mean some updates are necessary for Teams and To Do apps, and some Outlook mobile users are in for a nasty surprise within the next few weeks.

Teams apps for iPhone and iPad require iOS 14

From early October on, the Teams app for iOS will require iOS 14 or above (it’s currently 14.7).

That means Microsoft is breaking its own support policy for Apple products. Microsoft’s supposed policy with Office for Mac and iOS is to support the current and latest two versions of the operating systems. The current Office apps for iOS and iPadOS work with v12, v13, and v14.

iOS 14 works on iPhones 12, 11, X, 8, 7, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE (first and second generation).

If you’re using iOS 13 or lower, you’ll be out of luck. The current Teams app v3.17.0 will keep working but won’t be updated, and that’ll be a problem with the regular changes to Teams.

No reason has been given for this major policy change. It could be technical, with some Teams feature requiring iOS 14 capabilities. Or it could be a money-saving decision by Microsoft, reducing development costs involved in supporting older iOS versions. Most likely, it’s a combination of both.

Microsoft To Do updates

Before the end of October, make sure all your To Do apps (Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android) are up to date. Microsoft is changing the backend service for To Do; only v2.49 apps and later will be able to cope with the switch of services. The current app is v2.50

This should not be a problem for most because the apps should automatically update. If you suspend updating for some time, make sure To Do is refreshed soon.

There’s a little trap if you’re updating from v2.48 or a previous version of the app. Stay logged in to To Do during the update. Microsoft warns, “If you log out before updating to version 2.49 or higher, you will lose all un-synced data.”

Outlook stops syncing external calendars

Starting 13 September 2021, Outlook mobile (Apple and Android) will stop syncing calendars on Facebook, Meetup, and Evernote.

I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do to retain Outlook integration with these rivals to Microsoft.

It’s a typical Microsoft move; it plays nice with rival services until it has built up the popularity of its own software. Remember “social connectors” and the big promises made in Outlook 2010? They linked Outlook with other social networks — for a while, until it became inconvenient for Microsoft. Then it was dumped.

Talk Bubbles Join the conversation! Your questions, comments, and feedback about this topic are always welcome in the AskWoody Lounge!

Peter Deegan is the author of Windows 10 for Microsoft Office Users, Microsoft 365 for Windows: Straight Talk, Eye-Catching Signs with Word, Christmas Cheer with Office, and others. He is the co-founder and editor in chief of the Office Watch site and newsletters since they started in 1996.


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PUBLIC DEFENDER

Brian Livingston

How you might install Win 11 on older PCs lacking TPM 2.0

By Brian Livingston

Microsoft officially announced last week that it will offer Windows 11 in a phased release between October 5, 2021, and “mid-2022” — but techies are already finding ways to install the new OS on older PCs that don’t implement TPM 2.0, a chip the Redmond company says is required.

LANGALIST

Fred Langa

Why does this PC shut down at about 80% charge?

By Fred Langa

Lithium-ion batteries wear differently from classic dry- and wet-cell batteries, leading to some behaviors that seem, well, odd.

But it also could be a matter of poor thermal management — simple overheating! Today’s column covers easy ways to investigate and cure either type of trouble.

Plus: Recurring bank-account password problems lead a subscriber to ask about using a free password manager app.

LEGAL BRIEF

Max Stul Oppenheimver

Dickens was right (for the wrong reason)

By Max Stul Oppenheimer, Esq.

In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens wrote, “The law is a ass …”

He went on to say the law is also an idiot, but there we part company. The law is, in fact, an ass in the sense that it is slow to change and easily spooked by sudden moves.

ON SECURITY

Susan Bradley

Safely retiring a device

By Susan Bradley

When and how should you get rid of a computer or device?

Microsoft came out with new news about supportability of Windows 11 on older platforms. The news about Windows 11 hasn’t changed much, so most of us will need to purchase new hardware to run it.


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