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More business travellers are booking their own trips

A friend of Gulliver’s recently received some devastating news, in the form of a change to company policy. No longer would he and his co-workers be able to book their own flights and file for reimbursements. Instead, the firm would buy all employees’ plane tickets from the start.

On the face of it, this is a convenient change. It saves staff time by ensuring that they do not have to fill in tedious expense forms. But many business travellers may not see it that way. A study from Phocuswright, a travel-research firm, finds that more and more employees are booking their own travel and filing for reimbursements. Sometimes doing so allows for a better itinerary: travellers can avoid annoying layovers and airlines for which they reserve particular ire. Sometimes, if they are feeling generous towards their employer, it can save money too. 

But the most-compelling reason is often the credit-card reward points. Say you are booking a flight from London to New York. On United Airlines, the round-trip will earn you close to…Continue reading

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44% off Anker SoundBuds Bluetooth and Sweatproof Sport Headphones – Deal Alert

These Bluetooth headphones from Anker are lightweight, water resistant and provide up to 7 hours of listening on a single charge, making them a good consideration for workouts or outdoor activities. Customizable EarTips and InEar-Hooks give anyone a strong and comfortable fit. Anker promises a worry-free 18 month warranty, and right now if you buy the item on Amazon you’ll get it for just $19.99, 44% off its typical list price, and an additional promotion also gets you discounts when you buy other Anker gadgets as well. See this deal on Amazon.

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Buggy Word 2016 non-security patch KB 4011039 can’t handle merged cells

Last month’s crop of buggy Windows and Office patches may be headed for a re-match. I’m seeing reports of a merged cell bug in last Tuesday’s Sept. 5, 2017, update for Word 2016 (KB4011039).

At this point, Microsoft has acknowledged the bug and has pulled the patch. The bug doesn’t appear on the official Fixes or workarounds for recent issues in Word for Windows page. The only solution is to manually uninstall the patch.

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Apple’s iOS 11 GM leak: Where’s the money?

This weekend saw all Apple’s iPhone X news leak. It was interesting to learn more about what the company will announce tomorrow, but it’s left me with a sense of unease. Why is it that we now think we know what Apple will reveal tomorrow, but still don’t know what’s in the U.S. President’s tax return? Who really paid for these leaks?

What to expect

Let me summarize some of what we got told over the weekend. I’ll keep it short as I’m fairly certain anyone who wants to read these things already did:

  • Sizes: 5.8-inch, 5.5-inch, and 4.7-inch. 3GB RAM, 2GB in smallest device.
  • FaceID to replace Touch ID
  • A11 Fusion chip is a 6-core chip, two cores are high power.
  • Qi wireless charging.
  • 3D animated emoji.
  • Apple TV to get A10X Fusion chip and 3GB RAM: A big bonus for games developers and sufficient to support 4K content.
  • Apple Watch: Suggestion that Apple will make your watch an LTE phone.
  • Future iPhones: OLED iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

With iOS 11, ARKit, much-improved machine intelligence and a host of other anticipated improvements set to appear across the Apple product range, the millions of everyday consumers who don’t spend their lives glued to tech news websites will find a lot to like in Apple’s new smartphones.

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