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Parallels, the popular way to run Windows, Linux, and even other versions of macOS, has just released version 16 with some exciting new features for those that require virtualization.

The most important aspect of Parallels 16 is that it is ready for macOS Big Sur host and guest when macOS Big Sur is released to the public this fall. One of the key reasons to upgrade a virtualization application each year is to maintain the highest level of compatibility with the latest versions of macOS.

New features of Parallels 16

DirectX 11 is now up to up to 20% faster and OpenGL 3 graphics are improved in Windows and Linux.

Windows Travel Mode can increase laptop battery by up to 10 percent longer

Virtual machines (VMs) can be set to automatically return unused disk space when shutting down.

There are new multi-touch gestures for Windows apps such as smooth zoom and rotate multi-touch gestures.

New enhanced printing when printing from Windows (with Shared Printers) allows to print on both sides and use more paper sizes, from A0 to envelope.

Runs even more Windows application (ProPresenter 6).

Moves to the Apple hypervisor kext to avoid System Extension alerts.

3D support for Metal applications in macOS VMs.

Parallels 16 for Mac Pro

If your organization has a fleet of Mac Pros, there are some new features of the Pro edition of Parallels that might interest you.

Assign up to 32 vCPUs and 128 GB vRAM for each VM.

New Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in simplifies application testing

Name your custom networks for more organized and productive testing.

You can run and test Microsoft Hyper-V based virtual machines in your Parallels Desktop virtual machine.

Complimentary Vagrant, Docker, and Jenkins plugins/providers for developers.

You can make a new virtual machine from a snapshot of the existing VM. The linked clone occupies only a fraction of disk space that is used by the parent VM, as it reuses disk sectors that are the same for both VMs.

If you need to transfer a VM elsewhere, you can now export it in a compressed format as a solid file for easier and faster upload and transfer to new hardware.

Business Edition

For IT departments that need to manage a host of Parallels installations, Parallels 16 has some features to simplify workflows. All of the following features are included in the Pro edition as well.

Configure virtual machines with preinstalled applications to upload for employees to download and run on their Mac devices.

Centralized administration provides flexible controls to manage access to new Parallels Desktop upgrades, new feature releases, upgrades and new macOS releases.

Admin credentials are no longer required for Parallels Desktop to update itself, making it easier for IT and users to keep it current if they are not the local admin of the machine.

Parallels Desktop installation on macOS Big Sur does NOT require approval of system extension, so installation is fast, seamless, and does not require rebooting the host Mac.

Extra Features

All subscriptions to Parallels included Parallels Toolbox 4. It has a way to download audio and video from websites, quickly lock your screen, prevent your computer from going to sleep, and much more. In all, it contains 30 useful utilities.

Parallels Access 6 is also included with a subscription to Parallels, and it enables users to remotely access up to five PC or Mac computers from an iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. It includes support for using a mouse on iPad, as well as a new person help feature that allows you to generate a link for friends and family and let them install a preconfigured copy of Access so you can help them with them purchasing a copy.


Parallels 16 can be purchased for $99.99. If you have for the subscription ($79.99 per year), you’ll simply need to check for updates, and it’ll be available to download. If you own Parallels 14 or 15, you can upgrade for $49.99.

Wrap Up

The release of Parallels 16 comes on the heels of Parallels Mac Management 8.5 adding new functionality for iPad and iPhone management. As always, there is a free trial available for Parallels if you want to compare it to your current virtualization software

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Ios 11 Public Beta 3 Now Available

You’re wholeheartedly recommended to perform a full iCloud or iTunes backup of the device before installing any beta software. Please do not install the public beta on your daily driver due to bugs, crashes, battery drain and other issues. Apple will optimize iOS code for speed and power consumption ahead of iOS 11’s launch this fall.

To file bugs, use Apple’s included Feedback Assistant app.

Before you can install the iOS public beta, sign in with your Apple ID at chúng tôi Next, visit chúng tôi iOS Safari to download Apple’s configuration profile, which permits your device to receive over-the-air public beta software updates.

Lastly, go to Settings → General → Software Update to install the latest iOS public beta.

Here’s our overview of the changes in iOS 11 beta 4.

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Here’s the full list of changes in iOS 11 beta 4 and its corresponding public beta 3:

Notifications & Lock screen

Lock screen notifications can be swiped right to Open

Lock screen notifications can be swiped left to View or Clear

Full swipe to the left clears the notification

Tapping a Lock screen notification brings up a new Touch ID interface

App switcher

App switcher automatically closes when you force-quit all apps

App switcher won’t open if there are no recent apps

Visual tweaks

Slightly redesigned app icons for the Contacts, Reminders, Notes and Safari apps

New splash screens in the Photos and Notes apps

Updated Timer icon in Control Center

Revamped Contacts icon in the Settings app

Thicker Wi-Fi bars in the iOS status bar

Cleaner icon for cellular data in the iOS status bar

Icons for Web, App Store and Maps search options in Spotlight

“Broadcasting” for Screen Recording in Control Center renamed to “Start Recording”

Subtle Maps design changes on iPad

Tweaked photo drawer in the Messages app

New gray bar to scroll through photos in the Messages app

Vertically oriented key icon in Settings → Accounts & Passwords


New animation for Low Power Mode toggle in Control Center

New Mute animation on Control Center on iPad

Faster animations on Plus iPhone models

Screen Recording in Control Center has 3-second countdown animation


New Capacity section in Settings → General → About shows total amount of storage

Pull-to-refresh for the Updates tab on App Store

Airdrop settings are now under Settings → General

32-bit apps (unsupported by iOS 11) are now greyed out in App Store

Fewer crashes and unexpected quits

Icons can be moved around the Home screen more easily

Message sync settings now appear in iCloud preferences

Bluetooth toggle in Control Center now stops devices from connecting

Siri settings moved from the General section to its own section within Settings

New male/female Siri voices for Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Dutch and Swedish

New female Siri voices for English and Mexican Spanish

Upgraded Siri voice for both genders of Japanese and Chinese

“On my iPhone/iPad” location has been removed from the Files app

Updated settings in the Camera app on iPad

New Arabic keyboard for the Najdi dialect

Originally released as a developer-only preview at WWDC in June, iOS 11 includes all-new iPad multitasking features with the Dock and drag and drop, a customizable Control Center, a redesigned App Store, a new Files app, AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio, additional Siri capabilities, visual refinements with Apple Music-like bolder headings across stock apps, an improved Messages app with a redesigned app drawer and more.

TUTORIAL: How to switch from iOS beta to official release

iOS 11 will release this fall for the supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

The Weekender: February 16 To 20

The Weekender: February 16 to 20

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February 16 to 20

The Weekender

With no classes Monday, welcome the long weekend by museum-hopping, shopping, attending an Oscar movie marathon, and cheering on your favorite Terrier teams. We’ve compiled a list of what to see, do, and eat over the three-day weekend. 


American artist Cy Twombly created thousands of prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures inspired by his travels. In this exhibition, his work appears alongside ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern art from the Museum of Fine Arts collection, as well as objects from his own personal collection of antiquities, which are on public display for the first time. BU students have free admission.

Through May 7, Museum of Fine Arts. Find more information here.

This weekend, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s newest exhibition showcases the contemporary art of Betye Saar, a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. Born in 1926, Saar became a world traveler, turning her experiences into art and stories along the way. The collection explores American stereotypes from her collective of travel history and memory. With the museum’s University Membership Program, BU students have free admission. 

Through May 21, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Find more information here.

Free admission at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA/Boston)

On Presidents Day, the ICA/Boston is offering free admission to all its exhibitions. Warm up by exploring the newest installation, María Berrío: The Children’s Crusade. In her works, Berrío explores the historic religious Children’s Crusade of 1212 when thousands of children walked from Italy to France. Throughout this journey, these children sang songs, told stories, and produced artwork, all of which inspired Berrío’s collection.

Monday, February 20, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Find more information and reserve tickets here. 

A night at the theater Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings has been uniting the Boston community ever since its debut in 1941. Opening Friday, February 17, BU’s Wheelock Family Theatre is presenting its stage musical adaptation of the book, Make Way for Ducklings: the Musical, which is a family-friendly tale about a duck family who overcomes challenges while exploring the Boston area.

Through March 12, Wheelock Family Theatre. Find showtimes and more information here.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre will air all the 2023 Oscar-nominated live-action, documentary, and animated short films from February 17 to 23. These films will be shown back-to-back, totaling about two hours. The 95th annual Academy Awards ceremony airs March 12 on ABC.

Friday, February 17, to Thursday, February 23, Coolidge Corner Theatre. Find more information here.

Calling all sci-fi fanatics. The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival is the perfect weekend—or one-day—escape. As the nation’s longest running science-fiction festival, BSF’s popularity is sure to draw in crowds from all over the greater Boston area. The event features 80 films over the course of six days, either in person at Somerville Theatre or virtually. Need a break from action-packed space odysseys? BSF also features panels such as “The Politics of Film Making” and “Horrific Tales: Folklore and Horror.” 

Through February 21, in person at the Somerville Theatre or virtually. Buy tickets here.

Shopping Brighton Bazaar Presents: Retromania 

Have a passion for fashion? Get your thrift on and shop all things retro and vintage at Boston’s Retromania, a themed pop-up market. The exposition will feature over 100 vendors with hand-picked vintage clothing, art, books, comics, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, and many other retro goods. The event even has a strict vintage-ensuring rule: every single item sold has to be 20 years or older.

February 18 and 19, 4 pm, Roadrunner. Reserve tickets and find more information here.

Drag Night Bingo at Time Out Market

Come down to Fenway’s popular Time Out Market and get your game on, for free. Grab some friends and good food and play some bingo accompanied by drag performances.

February 19, 6 to 8 pm, Time Out Market. Find more information and reserve tickets here.

Sports Cheer on your Terrier teams 

On Friday, women’s hockey will face off against Northeastern. On Saturday, head to a men’s basketball game against Bucknell, grab an early dinner, and then watch as men’s hockey plays Merrimack. 

Women’s hockey vs Northeastern is February 17 at 7 pm; men’s basketball vs Bucknell is February 18 at 1 pm; and men’s hockey vs Merrimack is February 18 at 6 pm. Find more information and get tickets here.

Gaming Laptops Now Available With Intel’s Hot Ivy Bridge Processors

If you’ve been waiting to buy a new gaming laptop so you could have the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor and Nvidia “Kepler” graphics cards, your patience is now rewarded.

Top-of-the-Line Processors and Graphics Cards

The gaming laptops in this roundup all sport quad-core Intel Core i7 processors–the first Ivy Bridge chips Intel released for laptops. It’s no wonder that the first Ivy Bridge-equipped laptops available so far are overwhelmingly high-end gaming laptops, since laptops designed for gaming typically are outfitted with the most powerful hardware.

Although Ivy Bridge offers significant graphics improvement with its integrated HD 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU), the laptops here also sport discrete graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD (depending on your configuration choice)–cards capable of supporting the most graphics-intensive games.

With the Ivy Bridge update, most of these gaming laptops got a refresh to the latest Nvidia GPU, code-named “Kepler,” which is said to be twice as fast as its predecessor and also use up less battery life.

Available for Preordering or Ordering Now

Here’s the current landscape:

Alienware M14x, M17x, and M18x: A week before Intel launched its new Ivy Bridge processors, Dell refreshed the Alienware gaming laptop series with Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 series graphics cards and other hardware upgrades–all except the processor.

(You can still get an Alienware M14x with a second-generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor, but for the larger M17x and M18x, the standard processor is the Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM.) The Alienware 14x starts at $1099, the M17x at $1499, and the M18x at $1999. See the Dell Alienware laptops page for more information.

Maingear Ex-L Series and Alt-15: Custom PC builder Maingear has also updated its Maingear Ex-L Series and Alt-15 laptops with Ivy Bridge processors and new Nvidia graphics chips.

Prices start at a pretty affordable $979 for the lower-end 15-inch Alt-15 to $1599 and above for the larger 17-inch Ex-L 17.

MSI GT60 and GT70: The 15-inch GT60 and the 17.3-inch GT70 gaming laptops from MSI offer Intel Core i7-3610QM processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX670M graphics cards.

A standout feature of the MSI gaming laptops is the colorful, Steelseries-designed keyboard with different backlighting modes and gamer-suited configurations. You can outfit these gaming laptops to your heart’s content with up to 32GB of RAM and solid-state-drive RAID configurations–starting at $1499 for the GT60 and $1549.99 for the GT70 at MSI.

All three EON laptops offer third-generation Intel processors and Nvidia 650M or 675M graphics cards. Since Dell has discontinued its 11-inch Alienware M11x, the small EON11-S picks up the ultraportable gaming laptop banner, starting at $999. The EON15-S starts at $1561, and the EON17-S starts at the high-end price of $2541. All are sold directly from Origin.

Samsung Series 7 Gamer: Also known (awkwardly) as the Samsung Series NP700G7C, this slim 17.3-inch Ivy Bridge gaming laptop from Samsung is already available for preorder–that was true in February, nearly three months before Intel officially launched Ivy Bridge.

Besides the Intel Core i7-3610QM processor, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer offers an Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M graphics card, 16GB of memory, and a very generous 1.5TB (7200 rpm) hard drive. It’ll cost you, but you can have the laptop shipped to you right away for $1899.99 from Amazon and other retailers.

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Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra Unveiled, Available Now

Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra Unveiled, Available Now

Panasonic’s done well for themselves in the Toughbook line-up, and now they’re hoping to get a few more customers interested in the ultra-tough computer options, thanks to the addition of the Toughbook U1 Ultra. Designed with the same mentality of all the other Toughbook lineage members, the new U1 Ultra is meant to take a beating and keep on ticking, while offering plenty of PC power under the hood to make sure that usage time isn’t unbearable.

Inside, you’ll find a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and 2GB of memory. The processor is an Intel Atom Z530, clocked at 1.6GHz. Panasonic has gone with Windows 7 as the Operating System of choice. Panasonic has also made sure that you can see what you’re doing, courtesy of the TransflectivePlus feature, which offers up to 6000 nit viewability while in the sun on the 5.6-inch WSVGA display. Panasonic says that your battery life should be an estimated 9 hours while on the go. And the whole thing weighs 2.3lbs, with the strap and batteries installed.

Panasonic says that you can drop the Toughbook U1 Ultra from up to six feet off the ground, and from any angle, and it will remain in tact and function. They also based the new portable on a fanless design, which makes it water and dust resistant. The U1 Ultra is available right now through participating Panasonic retailers, and you can pick one up for $2,799.

Press Release

SECAUCUS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today announced the newest member of its Toughbook® U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, the Toughbook U1 Ultra. All Toughbook U1 products combine the portability of a handheld computer, the benefits of a full Windows OS, the durability needed for enterprise applications and a suite of available integrated features. The new Toughbook U1 Ultra is equipped with a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight, 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, an Intel® Atom Processor (Z530 1.6Ghz) and Windows 7®. The device is ideal for highly mobile jobs such as direct store delivery (DSD), eCitation and vegetation management in markets like supply chain management, public safety and utilities.

The optional 2 megapixel camera features updated software to offer faster auto-focus and improved white balancing, while the optional barcode reader has been improved with new software that allows for onboard, data and symbology configuration.

Besides being able to run the latest Windows 7 software, the Toughbook U1 Ultra is ideally suited to run legacy mobile device applications, with solutions available to run Windows Mobile and Windows CE software in the Windows 7 environment. The solution, tWinrunner™ by Clearview Software International, allows companies to maximize their legacy handheld device software investment while creating a migration path to a full Windows OS device.

“The ability to provide your mobile workforce with a reliable, powerful and adaptable handheld computer running a full Windows OS is critical for organizations attempting to stay ahead of the competition,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “Relying on a single-purpose device that runs a pared-down or proprietary OS is no longer acceptable in environments where information is critical and computing solutions must deliver a clear ROI. The Toughbook U1 Ultra, running Windows 7 and incorporating an impressive list of available integrated features, is the ideal handheld mobile computing solution for companies with an eye on future success.”

Most Rugged Toughbook

The Toughbook U1 line up is certified by an independent third-party test lab to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for environmental conditions. The device can withstand a drop of 6 feet from any angle, and its fanless design keeps out water and dust while reducing weight and eliminating a common point of failure.

Embedded Wireless Connectivity

The Toughbook U1 family includes a variety of embedded wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® 2.1 and optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. Gobi simplifies complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments and allows mobile employees improved connectivity options while traveling at home or abroad. The Toughbook U1 will be certified on the Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T Wireless networks, allowing workers to stay connected at all times.

Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra: Select Features and Specifications

Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)

Intel® Atom™ processor Z530 (1.6GHz)


64 GB Solid State Drive SSD

5.6″ WSVGA sunlight-viewable touchscreen using TransflectivePlus technology with up to 6000 nit viewability

Circular polarizer with anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments

LED backlighting

Up to 9 hour battery life

Twin hot-swappable batteries

2.3lbs. (with both batteries and strap)


Magnesium alloy chassis – encased in polycarbonate

MIL-STD-810G certified (6 foot drop)

IP65 certified sealed all-weather design

UL1604 (Class 1, Div 2) certified model

Reinforced flex-connect Solid State Drive (SSD)

Embedded Connectivity

Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)

Intel® Wi-Fi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR

Integrated Options

Global positioning system (GPS) receiver

1D barcode reader

2D barcode reader (also 1D capable)

Fingerprint reader

2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights

Numeric keypad with large buttons including navigation

2.2″ (H) x 7.2″ (W) x 5.9″ (D)

Toughbook U1 Product Family

With the introduction of the Toughbook U1 Ultra, the product family now includes two devices to meet varying mobile workforce needs. The Toughbook U1 Essential (original Toughbook U1) features the Windows XP OS, up to 32GB SSD, 1GB RAM, a 300nit transmisive display and an Intel Atom (Z520/1.33GHz) processor. The Toughbook U1 Essential is suited for basic mobile computing needs and is an ideal alternative to Windows Mobile ruggedized PDAs and handheld devices.

Optional Numeric Keypad

Pricing and Availability

The Toughbook U1 Ultra is available in the United States starting at an estimated street price of $2,799. The Toughbook U1 Essential is available in the United States at an estimated street price of 1899. Both devices can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors. All Toughbook mobile computers include a standard three-year limited warranty.

Hindsight Not Always 20/20 With Problem Management

How often have you reviewed an incident and asked, ”How could they fail

to see the cause of the error before it became such a huge problem?”

Certainly there are benefits to reviewing a negative event, or series of

events, and determining how to prevent them. During the review process,

what must be avoided is allowing knowledge of the outcome to cloud your

judgment. The affect on perception due to the knowledge of the

subsequent outcome is known as ”hindsight bias” and it can definitely

affect the quality of the review process in a negative manner.

People involved with problem management must avoid this phenomenon and

ask probing questions that dig deeper into the causal elements of the

incident, gaining better insight.

Essentially, once you know the outcome of a chain of events, you tend to

view all actions performed and decisions made through the lens of the

final outcome.

For example, a series of warning alarms go off in a sequence never

before considered. Shortly after, the system begins to fail and the

operator makes matters worse by making a decision on the spot with very

limited information and time. In going back over the accident, it is

very clear to the reviewer that the chaotic warnings were indicating

that a key subsystem was failing because the incident report lists the

failure in detail.

In hindsight, it’s obvious. But in the heat of battle, it may have been

anything but obvious for a variety of reasons.

Organizations must take care not to rush to judgment prematurely. Far

too often these days, groups are deploying systems with little testing,

little to no documentation, and virtually no training. And in this day

of compressed time and high-speed systems, once the operators do

encounter an issue, the issues often compound and mushroom out of

control at amazing speeds.

How can any operator, or group of operators, be expected to effectively

respond without proper training and support mechanisms?

In short, they can’t.

Problem Management

From ITIL, we know that Problem Management essentially involves focusing

on an incident, or series of incidents, in order to identify underlying

causal factors — ”problems” — to prevent repetition. In order to

identify the root causes accurately, problem managers and problem review

boards must beware of allowing hindsight bias to cloud the problem

review process, allowing for oversimplification and/or the

personalization of causality.

In other words, a board must not look at an accident and literally say,

”The sequence is so simple! How could they miss it? It must be operator


When complex systems are involved, there are often far more contributing

factors than one might initially think.

Focus on the Processes

First and foremost, instead of personalizing the causality and blaming

the operators, reviewers must recognize that there very often are levels

of complexity beyond what is superficially visible. Furthermore, they

need to take a step back and look at what key control points and

processes are lacking.

For example, without exception, as the level of complexity increases in

a system, the value of an effective change management process increases.

Yet, this incredibly valuable process and the associated controls are

all too often overlooked or even discounted as too bureaucratic.

Returning to the point, a great many problems are rooted in process

failures that are exacerbated by the human element being involved.

Continue on to find out what questions will get you the answers you need…

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