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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2019

7 reasons Chromebooks are ideal for enterprises
Are Chromebooks on their way to becoming mainstream computers in the enterprise?

Not quite yet. But there's no doubt that laptops that run on Chrome OS have gained traction in the market and will continue to do so as enterprises move deeper into cloud infrastructures and apps.

There are several well-known reasons for adding Chrome OS devices to your arsenal, including tighter security, easier management and greater ease of use for your workforce. If users know their way around the Chrome browser, they can use a Chromebook. Here are seven additional reasons why your organization might want to consider Chrome OS computers in 2020.

1. Chromebooks are hot In terms of traditional desktop and laptop device global sales, Windows is expected to comprise 83% of the market in 2020, with Chrome OS and macOS in second place at 7.5% each, according to Linn Huang, research vice president of devices and displays at research firm IDC.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2019

Blockchain/IoT integration accelerates, hits a 'sweet spot' for the two technologies
Three-quarters of companies implementing IoT have already adopted blockchain or plan to use it by the end of 2020, an indicator of the growing connection between the two, according to a survey of 500 U.S. companies by Gartner.

While the marriage between the two technologies has been expected to be crucial for  industry digital transformation, the adoption rate is happening at a "much faster pace than expected," Gartner said.

"Among the blockchain adopters, 86% are implementing the two technologies together in various projects," Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president and report author,  wrote in a blog. She called IoT integration "a sweet spot" for blockchain, the much-hyped distributed ledger technology.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2019

Hey, he said sorry
This pilot fish wakes up around 1:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom and checks his work cellphone. Lo and behold, there are a lot of emails about a very important filesystem that's full. This filesystem contains all the user home directories for an entire facility, and according to the emails, even though several people had deleted large numbers of big files they no longer needed, the filesystem filled up again, and rather quickly.

Although the emails stopped around 10 p.m., fish knows he's going to have a rowdy mob of incensed users clamoring at his cubicle in the morning, so he gets dressed and goes to work, arriving at about 2:45 a.m. This particular filesystem lives on a network that cannot be accessible from the internet.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft's twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we've summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1909, known as the November 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1909, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.

After years of using "Redstone" in its code names, Microsoft switched to a new format with version 1903, released in May 2019. The code names now use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 1909, which was released in November 2019, was code-named "19H2" (for second half of 2019). The next feature update, due in the spring of 2020, is code-named 20H1.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Office 365 on Windows 7 gets free patches until 2023
Customers who continue to power PCs with Windows 7 after the operating system's expiration date will be given one more update to Office 365 ProPlus - the application soul of the subscription service - before shutting down the feature pipeline.

But Office 365 ProPlus - the application stack that's part of most business plans - will receive security updates long after Windows 7's retirement on Jan. 14. How long after? Three years after.

The arrangement - "no" to new features but "yes" to vulnerability patches - was unusual enough to upend the typical definition of "support."

"Office 365 ProPlus won't be supported on Windows 7 after January 14, 2020," Microsoft plainly stated in a support document last revised less than two weeks ago.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Review: Two weeks with a 16-in. MacBook Pro
I've been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks using one of Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pros, and I have a few thoughts to share on the new high-end notebook.

For the record: I've been using the pricier $2,799 model, which comes with a 2.3GHz, 8-core Intel Core i9 chip, an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory and a 1TB SSD.

Skin deep? On first glance, the new Mac maintains the svelte and modern appearance of all the company's high-end Macs, a style inheritance that can be traced all the way back to the Titanium PowerBook G4.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Review: Two weeks with a 16-inch MacBook Pro
I've been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks using one of Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pros, and thought I'd share a few thoughts on the new high-end notebook.

Skin deep? On first glance the new Mac definitely maintains the svelte and modern appearance of all the company's high-end Macs, a style inheritance that can be traced all the way back to the Titanium PowerBook G4.

This is an appearance that is often imitated and hardly ever matched and it means that anyone using one of these Macs is going to have the visceral feeling that they are using a high quality and professional solution. Which is the feeling you want when you're asked to spend from $2,799 on a computer system. (Though Apple is offering 6% Daily Cash if you buy one of these with an Apple Card).

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

Android security checkup: 16 steps to a safer phone
Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.

As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you'll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2019

DOS-si-do
Back in 1993, for those who weren't around, Windows still ran on top of DOS. At the time, this pilot fish is a consultant, installing a new laser printer for a customer. But the Windows 3.1 computer won't install all the drivers from the floppy. (Kids, you might want to check Wikipedia on that one, too.)

So fish gets on his CompuServ account (yeah, this Tank is a regular time machine), finds the driver is available, and downloads it. But the driver won't load because it is finding remnants of the old driver in the Windows/drivers folder.

Fish then does a dir aa*.* (where "aa" is the prefix of the drivers) and gets a listing. He does a cursory scan to be sure there isn't anything else in the list that would cause a problem if deleted — and promptly enters del *.* instead of del aa*.*.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

Microsoft to end updates to Windows 7's free AV software, Security Essentials
Microsoft will not provide new malware signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software after it retires Windows 7 in five weeks.

"No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE ((Microsoft Security Essentials)) after January 14, 2020," the company said in a support document mainly concerned about the Extended Security Updates (ESU) being shilled to enterprises. "MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support."

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Security Essentials, a free antivirus (AV) program that launched in 2008, was originally limited to consumers. However, in 2010, Microsoft expanded the licensing to small businesses, defined as those with 10 or fewer PCs. Two years after that, MSE was replaced by Windows Defender with the launch of Windows 8.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

Patch Tuesday alert! Protect your machine by pausing updates
The past couple of months have gone reasonably well in the Automatic Update world — we saw a convincing Keystone Kops rendition in September, which continued into October, but November was relatively benign (unless you're using Access). 

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

Patch Tuesday's coming! Protect your machine by pausing updates
The past couple of months have gone reasonably well in the Automatic Update world — we saw a convincing Keystone Kops rendition in September, which continued into October, but November was relatively benign (unless you're using Access). 

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

How to use Google Drive on iPhone, iPad
Apple's Files app is a fantastic solution for Apple users who need flexibility when it comes to the cloud storage services they use, as it supports iCloud, Dropbox, Box and Google Drive.

Why is Google Drive useful? The promise of cloud storage systems is that it becomes easier to move between  different platforms efficiently. You might want to access files using your parent's older Windows PC, even while using a MacBook Pro at home, a Chrome tablet when you travel and an iPhone the rest of the time.

Fortunately, it is becoming easier to access all of these systems - you might use iCloud with Windows, and can also turn to Google Drive with Windows, Mac and iOS systems, as well as Android devices such as that Chrome tablet.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

14 Microsoft Teams apps to help you work smarter
Microsoft Teams now has more active daily users than Slack and offers dozens of third-party tools to make it easier to collaborate without leaving the Teams interface. Here are 14 apps you need to consider.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

For IT pros, adding blockchain skills can pad your paycheck - by a lot
Extra pay for tech professionals who've attained non-certified skills is nearing a 19-year high, adding an average of 9.4% to their salary. But if you really want to pad your paycheck, blockchain skills may be the way to go, according to a new report from from Foote Partners.

The market value for IT workers with blockchain skills increased by 6.3% in the six months through Oct. 1, 2019 and a whopping 13.3% for the full year - "well above average," according to the Foote Partners research.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 09, 2019

Memory-Lane Monday: Sometimes these things just slip our minds
User stomps up to the cubicle of this pilot fish tech who's responsible for backups and snaps, "You need to restore my spreadsheet!"

"Normally," says fish, "people start a conversation with hello, but I let that go."

Fish asks user where she stores the spreadsheet. "On my laptop."

I'm sorry, fish tells her, but we don't back up laptops. Anything important should be kept on a server.

"No, you don't understand," user says. "I need that spreadsheet!"

Fish is about to lose his cool, so he tells uers to speak with his manager, sitting in the cube across the aisle.

At the manager's cube, user humbly knocks. "Hi, Fred," she says. "I need to get my spreadsheet back."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2019

What's in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 71 plays picture-in-picture catch-up
Mozilla this week released Firefox 71, touting a picture-in-picture video mode and new ways to preview a VPN (virtual private networking) service that will be offered to customers next year.

Security engineers included patches for 11 vulnerabilities, six marked "High," the second-most-serious threat rating. None were tagged "Critical." Some of these flaws might be exploitable by cyber criminals, Mozilla said. "This could have caused heap corruption and a potentially exploitable crash," the firm noted of one vulnerability, labeled CVE-2019-11745.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

Is that you or a virtual you? Are chatbots too real?
There's a fine line between AI that interacts for us and AI that interacts AS us. Or is there a line at all? Will anyone care? Questions abound.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Amazon and Microsoft moves indicate that hardware OEMs may become obsolete
[Disclosure: Qualcomm and Microsoft are clients of the author.]

I'm at the Qualcomm 5G Summit this week and according to both them and Cisco, next year we should reach critical mass on 5G. I didn't really think about how big a change this would be until I listened to what Qualcomm said about Microsoft's new Surface X (upon which I'm writing this very column) and the announcement from Amazon on their new AWS Outpost initiative.

Separately these announcements are certainly interesting. Together they may mean a massive change back to something far more like the old IBM mainframe model than most of us realize. In that model, the vendor owned the entire technology stack and the user experience. In this new case, the vendors in question are cloud vendors not OEMs.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

28 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know
I'm sure most Mac users know Command-C means copy and Command-V means paste, but there's a host of other useful shortcuts that make a Mac user's life much easier. I've assembled this short collection to illustrate this truth:

Esc

Never underestimate the power of the Esc key to get you out of trouble. Say you're taking a screen shot and managed to select part of your screen for that shot, only to discover it's the wrong part - tap Esc and you won't need to worry about it. That's basically the principle of Esc. Use it to cancel a previous command. Another example: Web page won't load and is sucking up your system resources?

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

All about the latest iPhone location privacy scare
That story going round that claims iPhone 11 devices are secretly harvesting your location information even though you've told them not to do so? You don't need to worry about it, and here's why:

What's the story?   The tale begins when a security researcher noticed the devices seemed to be sending out location data even when Location Services were switched off on the iPhone.

He thought this was weird, but Apple reassured him that this was "expected behaviour" - and while the company took a little time to figure out what to say about this, it's answer is convincing, once you know what it means.

What Apple said The matter relates to iPhone 11's U1 chip, which brings in an exciting (yet veteran) technology called Ultra Wideband (UWB).

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

HSBC's plan to move $20B in assets to blockchain could be a watershed moment
Investment bank HSBC Holdings is using a blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) to digitize transaction records of private investments, enabling clients globally to access the details of their assets online in near real-time.

The London-based company, the seventh largest bank in the world, plans to move $20 billion in assets that include equity, debt and real estate onto its new Digital Vault blockchain, a shift away from its current use of paper records to respond to client search requests.

[ Read the Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain special report ] "The Digital Vault is live in Asia and will be rolled out in the U.S. and Europe in the first quarter of 2020," an HSBC spokesperson said via email.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2019

Shell game
Pilot fish is working for a client at the same time that a consulting firm is developing a new system for the support team. And fish is nearby when the job fails during one of the early production runs. The support staff looks it over, but is quickly lost, so fish is called on for help.

Fish finds that the system consists of nine programs that run in sequence within a single shell script. The final step had failed, resulting in a non-zero return code.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps
Need to get up to speed on the latest features in Excel 2016? Wrestling with an old version of Word? Looking to get more out of Windows 10? Computerworld's cheat sheets are easy-to-use guides to help you navigate Microsoft's core productivity apps.

Here's a one-stop resource where you can find in-depth stories on several generations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows, focusing on what's new in each major release. We've also got guides for SharePoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and Windows itself.

Microsoft's subscription-based office suite, Office 365, is continually updated with new features, and the company recently released Office 2019, its latest non-subscription office suite. We'll be publishing new cheat sheets to cover those products, but we're willing to bet that many companies and individuals will stay on older versions of the standalone software for some time to come. We've got you covered here.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

6 smart things to think over with Google's CEO shakeup
Oh, hey — didja hear? Larry and Sergey are leaving! Google's founders are jumping ship! THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS BEING SHAKEN UP AND TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.

Well, kind of. It's true that Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two fellas who started Google in what I can only assume was a somewhat dank and none-too-fresh-smelling garage some 20 years ago, are stepping back from their formal roles within the company. The pair announced as much in a public letter this week, saying it was "the natural time to simplify" the management structure and revealing that current Google CEO Sundar Pichai would take over the role of Alphabet CEO — a position held by Page up til now — in addition to retaining all of his existing duties.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

6 smart things to think over with Google's leadership shuffle
Oh, hey — didja hear? Larry and Sergey are leaving! Google's founders are jumping ship! THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS BEING SHAKEN UP AND TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.

Well, kind of. It's true that Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two fellas who started Google in what I can only assume was a somewhat dank and none-too-fresh-smelling garage some 20 years ago, are stepping back from their formal roles within the company. The pair announced as much in a public letter this week, saying it was "the natural time to simplify" the management structure and revealing that current Google CEO Sundar Pichai would take over the role of Alphabet CEO — a position held by Page up til now — in addition to retaining all of his existing duties.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

All's clear to install Microsoft's November patches
The November passel of patches didn't include anything earth-shattering; there were no emergency security breaches storming the gates, but good patching hygiene dictates that you get your machine braced for the next round.

If you install patches manually one by one ("Group B," which I don't recommend for mere mortals), you need to make sure you have the proper Servicing Stack Updates in place. They've all changed in the past month.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

10 tips for better iPhone battery life
What can you do when you're racing to the next meeting, desperate to use Wallet to catch your plane, or otherwise stuck on a long and winding road with no access to power for your iPhone? You can follow these tips…

Think about how you use your iPhone Of course I realise that when you are using your iPhone you want to be able to do everything you possibly can do with it, but when you're attempting to eke out a little more active battery life it makes sense to think about what you are using your device for and how to do so in a more energy efficient way.

That means that when battery life is important you should ration how many times you check your device, avoid watching video or playing processor-intensive (or any) games and send text messages rather than make voice calls. It takes more battery power to make a voice call than send a text.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

Mozilla in trouble? 2018 revenue fell 20%, expenses exceed income for first time
Mozilla's revenue in 2018 fell by nearly 20% compared to the year prior, and for the first time expenses outweighed income, the organization said in its annual financial report.

The nonprofit behind Firefox implied that the apparent downturn was misleading because of the comparison to record revenue of the year before. "2017 was an outlier, due in part to changes in the search revenue deal that was negotiated that year," Mozilla said in the "State of Mozilla 2018" report published on its website.

[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] Mozilla also asserted that the revenue decline would not affect its work. "Despite the year-over-year change, Mozilla remains in a strong financial position with cash reserves to support continued innovation, partnerships and diversification of the Firefox product lines," the organization wrote.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Bank error in your favor, collect $100,000
It's the late 1980s, and this pilot fish is working as a teller at small suburban bank with a few branches.

"Automation is catching on, but slowly," says fish. "We have terminals to process deposits, withdrawals and money orders — but at the end of the day, the branch manager still takes our totals and enters them into a handwritten ledger."

The terminals use a text-based menu for everything, but for some operations that require a manager's approval — say, printing a cashier's check — the manager must walk over, hold down an override key and type in a password to let the teller access the check-printing menu.

Fish notices that the console beeps now and then during the password process. But it doesn't happen every time, and there's no pattern he can detect.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2019

Microsoft's Intune is now Endpoint Manager: What is it, and how well does the UEM tool work?
As businesses look to give employees flexible work environments, whether on desktops or mobile devices, in the office or out in the field, IT shops have had to scramble to consolidate the management of hardware using a single console.

With that IT goal in mind, Microsoft in 2011 launched its Intune cloud service to address the emerging enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of the workplace.

After eight years, Microsoft decided to combine its Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform with its System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), enabling users to access both with just one interface.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2019

Microsoft's JEDI contract move: Those are not the cloud providers you're looking for
Microsoft surprised most of the tech and political world when it was awarded a 10-year, $10 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project to transform the military's use of the cloud. Amazon, IBM, Oracle and Google had all been in the running, with Amazon thought to be the front-runner because it is the world's largest cloud provider and had already built a cloud system for the Central Intelligence Agency.

After Microsoft received the contract, plenty of people expressed the belief that President Trump had intervened to make sure Amazon didn't win it, pointing to his constant criticism of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. Fueling the speculation was a book published by a speechwriter for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, which claimed that Trump wanted to freeze Amazon out of the contract.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2019

How Apple is already part of Industry 4.0
Apple has entered manufacturing infrastructure with its products seeing wide deployment as industrial technology moves into what's called Industry 4.0 - connected systems augmented by AR and mobile solutions.

Smart, connected machines The introduction of the iPhone and the subsequent debut of other advanced mobile devices acted as a clarion call.

The ability to work remotely doesn't just apply to humans, but also to machines. Smart, connected industrial infrastructure is the inevitable result. Analysts call this "The Fourth Industrial Revolution," hence, "Industry 4.0".

What sort of real-world implications do these technologies have? Here's some ideas:

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2019

TD Ameritrade cuts email use by 30% after Slack rollout
Email has long been the go-to tool for internal communications. But ensuring the right information gets to the right employee can be challenging - particularly for companies with thousands of employees across different locations.

At TD Ameritrade, email was central to corporate and team communications - and workers sometimes felt bombarded with messages not particularly relevant to their jobs, according to Neal Obermeyer, senior manager for digital workplace and channel effectiveness for the company.

[ Further reading: 10 tips for preventing Slack burnout ] At the same time, employees sometimes missed out on important conversations going on via email, with "choke points" getting in the way. "Information in email is essentially useless to anybody who is not in the conversation," said Obermeyer. "As far as our organizational intelligence goes, information in email might as well not exist."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2019

Wayback Wednesday: If it works, don't knock it
As pilot fish is installing a new workstation, he notices something sitting on the stack of paper in a nearby printer.

"It was a piece of coral," says fish, "so I took it out."

Give it to me, says a user who sees what fish has done, and she puts the piece of coral back, explaining that it's needed to hold the top of the tray up so the printed sheets don't fall to the floor.

Fish removes the coral again and flips over the tray extension. User is amazed.

Sharky knows printers need healing crystals, not corals. Send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 hits late wall, stalls
Microsoft customers last month pressed "pause" in their migrations from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as the adoption of the latter stalled for the first time since February.

According to data published Sunday by analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share of all personal computers slumped a full percentage point - breaking a string of four straight months of gains of a point or more - to end November with 53.3%. Windows 10's portion of the user share of all Windows PCs fell seven-tenths of a point, to 62%.

(The percentage of Windows PCs (62%) is larger than the percentage of all personal computers (53.3%) because Windows does not run every desktop and notebook. In November, Windows powered 86.1% of the world's personal computers. Of the remainder, all but a quarter of one percent ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, with Apple's operating system the largest, by far, of those.)

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

An interesting Inbox-like delivery option for Gmail
Hard to believe, but it was just this past year that Google pulled the plug on its once-promising Inbox service.

And you know what? While Inbox itself may be nothing more than a memory at this point, I'm still constantly thinking about ways to make my current inbox — the one that exists within Gmail — more organized and efficient. And more often than not, that involves coming up with crafty workarounds to bring Inbox-like elements back from the dead and into that environment.

I've talked before about how I still save links and reminders into my inbox — two core Inbox-esque elements that I recreated within Gmail and now use almost every day. On the desktop front, meanwhile, a series of interface adjustments and an invaluable extension made by a former Google designer go a long way in enhancing my email adventures and allowing me to retain at least a little bit of sanity whilst staring at message after incoming message.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves - with a few exceptions
What a relief. The only major patching problem for November came from Office, not Windows. We had a handful of completely inscrutable patches - including two .NET non-security previews that apparently did nothing - but that's the worst of it.

November saw the last security patch for Win10 version 1803. Win10 version 1909 got released, gently. We also had a much-hyped "exploited" zero-day security hole in Internet Explorer (again) that didn't amount to a hill of beans (again).

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Apple's Pro Display XDR sets the bar for pro displays
If you want to see the future of Apple displays, then you don't need to look far for reference as the company prepares to introduce its reference monitor for the rest of us, the Pro Display XDR.

Apple's under-rated jewel Introduced at WWDC I was fortunate enough to look at the Pro Display XDR in real world use, as a photography tool, for video editing, music creation and other professional workflow scenarios.

I was also given the chance to see the display in use beside a range of reference displays from other manufacturers, some of which cost almost ten times as much as Apple's far more affordable $5,000 price tag for the system.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Good tech talent is still hard to find (how to bridge the gap)
Companies have big plans for digital transformation, but the lack of skilled IT talent remains an obstacle. Here's how to cope.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Microsoft Word for Android (and iOS) cheat sheet
Microsoft's Word mobile app passed a milestone over the summer: the Android version has been downloaded more than one billion times, according to the Google Play Store. Apple doesn't provide download figures on its App Store, but with more than 608,000 ratings, the iOS version of Word is clearly popular as well.

On either platform, the app lets you create and edit Word documents on your phone or tablet for free. Typing on a phone isn't the most comfortable way to compose a long document, but the mobile app can be very handy for starting new docs or making quick edits to existing ones while you're on the go.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2019

Sometimes you win one
This big bank has its DR/BCP systems located across the river, and it decides to move the IT portion from one city to another several miles away, says pilot fish. The vendor in charge of this move says it's going to take a few months to get the new comms lines up, and then it will order a new set of servers for the new site, and then it will set them up — all of which will take a few more months.

Once the lines are in, fish has friendly chat with a systems engineer at the vendor, a take-charge type of guy. They conspire to meet at the old site, where they disconnect servers and cart them down to the engineer's own car. Once it's loaded to the ceiling, they head off to the new site. There, they cart it all up to the new DR cage and hook it all up to the new lines. The engineer logs in, makes IP address adjustments, and soon the bank has one of its two backup systems up and running in the new location.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: No end in sight for Firefox's losses
If Firefox were a ship, it would be becalmed on a flat sea, loosened seams leaking faster than the hand-worked pumps can empty the bilge, passengers springing overboard and swimming toward other vessels - those with sails bearing rivals' logos.

According to data published Sunday by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox's share for November slumped to 8.2%, down half a percentage point. It was the seventh month in the last 12 in which Firefox spilled share, the fifth where the loss amounted to a half point or more.

From 2005, when Firefox was scratching its way out of the single digits in an insurrection against Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), the browser has posted lower shares only three times, all in a short stretch of 2016 when Firefox bottomed out at 7.7%. That time, the browser clawed back to 13% (in October 2017) before again shrinking.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2019

Soon every enterprise will need its own App Store
Digital transformation isn't just a single wave, it's a series of them, each one transformational - it's an environment in which change is a permanent feature.

No one size fits anyone any more We know every single Fortune 500 firm now uses Apple equipment in their business.

We know that many enterprises now offer their own proprietary apps and business processes, and we also know that incoming technologies such as RPA will continue to transform business practise.

We recognize that, given the choice, most employees will choose Apple kit, and we know those employees who do may be more productive, cost less in tech support and less likely to quit.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2019

4 eLearning deals you can get for 60% off this Cyber Monday
Finishing school doesn't mean you'll never have an opportunity to learn something new. The internet has countless resources that will teach you new, valuable skills from the comfort of your home. In fact, we have four deals on eLearning bundles and subscriptions that you can get for 60% off this Cyber Monday using code CMSAVE60 at checkout.

Complete Project & Quality Management Certification Bundle

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2019

How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)
As blockchain's hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond  cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking.

Blockchain has slipped into the "Trough of Disillusionment" (see Gartner Hype Cycle), because it got ahead of its technical and operational maturity. As a result, interest has waned as most experiments and implementations failed to provide expected results.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2019

Infallible
Pilot fish works in support for a software company, taking calls from users who are having problems with the company's accounts-receivable product.

One caller can't find a company in the dropdown list, though it should be there; user has to add charges to that company's account. Fish looks into it, and eventually it is discovered that someone has marked that company as "inactive," an erroneous status.

After fish talks the user through making the company active again, he goes to talk to his boss, suggesting that the software has data integrity issues and should be updated to prevent users from deactivating companies that have outstanding charges.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2019

Microsoft names its next Windows 10 upgrade: '2004'
Microsoft this week tagged the next Windows 10 refresh with the four-digit label 2004, the designation meant to avoid confusion with a long-retired server OS if not an admission of the upgrade's release timeline.

Windows 10 2004 - in Microsoft's format, the numbers represent year (yy) and month (mm) of release - is still in testing but will be 2020's first feature upgrade. Until the Nov. 26 issue of the latest beta build, Microsoft had been calling the upcoming upgrade 20H1, as in 2020's first-half release. (It's unclear why Microsoft continues to identify in-beta releases with yyH1 and yyH2 when it always switches to the yymm scheme later.)

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2019

These IT certification trainings are an extra 60% off this Black Friday


If you're not sure where you want your career to head next year, then you should highly consider IT. With the right training, you can pass IT certification exams and pursue high-paying jobs in the ever-expanding IT field. Luckily, you don't have to wait until New Years to make your career resolution. This Black Friday, we've lined up four deals on IT certification training bundles that you can get for 60% off using BFSAVE60 at checkout.

The Cisco CCNA & CCNP Routing & Switching Bundle

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2019

Microsoft touts Edge's new tab page connection to Office 365
Microsoft's not-quite-ready-for-prime-time browser, the Edge built atop Google's technologies, will feature an enterprise-centric new tab page, one that IT administrators can customize for employees.

The Redmond, Wash. developer outlined Edge's new tab page capabilities for corporate customers a week after it announced the first release candidate" of the browser.

"When signed in with an Azure Active Directory (AAD) work account, opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge delivers a dynamic and personalized set of your most relevant Office documents, internal web sites, company resources, and other Microsoft 365 content," Chad Rothschiller, senior program manager, and Matt Betz, product marketing manager, said in a Nov. 12 post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2019

A blockchain/IoT combo could reduce food fraud by $131B in five years
Using blockchain and IoT tracking technology to trace the journey food takes from farms to grocery store shelves will "revolutionize" the food industry, reducing retailers' costs by streamlining supply chains and simplifying regulatory compliance, according to a new study by UK-based Juniper Research.

The report said blockchain's immutable ledger, combined with IoT sensors and trackers, is key to creating a more efficient food recall process.

Food fraud relates to mislabelled, diluted or substituted food and ingredients.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2019

Annoying, you say?
This European pilot fish has a client whom he long ago learned can't be argued with. She hears only what she wants to hear, believes only what she wants to believe, and does exactly as she pleases. So fish stays out of the way as much as possible, just providing what's asked for. When he sees a potential problem on the horizon, he usually just addresses it, knowing that to bring it to the client's attention would just be an invitation for complaints and arguments.

For example, the client decides she'd like to send a newsletter about her small business to her mailing list, so fish acquires a cheap mass-mailing solution and then converts each issue of the newsletter into HTML. When she decides she'd like to post the newsletter on her business's Facebook page, fish provides her with a JPG version. But when the EU's GDPR kicks in, he makes sure the newsletter is compliant without bringing the matter up with her. The newsletter mailings include working unsubscribe links, and he has the necessary access to the mailing platform to remove addresses upon request.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2019

12 Mac tips for Thanksgiving
Adobe Analytics tells us AirPods and Apple notebooks are two of the top three electronics gifts this holiday season, so I thought a few Mac tips might come in useful as we get into holiday season.

Command-Space I always mention Command-Space in all my hint collections. It's the keyboard combination I use most on Macs (and iPads) to open search, where I can quickly find apps, content or even do quick sums.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Solitaire for two
This IT manager pilot fish is amused/not amused whenever he hears a user who sits near his office complain about how busy and underappreciated she is at work. That's because he a has a pretty good view of her screen through his office window. Says fish: "It was true that she was quite busy all day — playing Solitaire. Her gaming skills probably did go unappreciated."

When fish gets a new remote-access application, he knows just how to test it in stealth mode: He joins this user's Solitaire session, moving some cards into play, undoing the user's moves and taking cards for a trip around her screen.

From his vantage point, fish can see the user struggling to take back control of her mouse. And later that day, when fish walks past her desk, she asks him if anything weird is going on with the computers — just as he had hoped she would.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2019

7 mobile security threats that may catch you by surprise
Even if you're usually savvy about cybersecurity, anyone can have a vulnerable moment (in our writer's case, it was his mother's funeral).

Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2019

Apple confirms HomeKit-secured CCTV and router systems
Apple has at last confirmed which routers and smart home security systems will support the HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit-enabled routers systems it introduced in iOS 13.

Safe as houses? HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit-enabled routers patch two of the bigger gaps in smart home security coverage: they give users strong control over who can access video captured in your home and also provide a welcome additional barrier against hackers and others attempting to break into home networks via the router.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2019

Crash coarse
At one of the plants operated by a bedding company, the computer system keeps crashing, so this pilot fish heads out there from HQ to lend a hand to the flummoxed field engineers. They note that the system seems to run for days on end without a problem, but when it does crash, it keeps crashing every 15 to 30 minutes. They put meters on the power lines but don't capture anything for a week. In fact, there are no crashes for a week.

The problem isn't solved, of course; it's merely gone dormant, for unknown reasons. When it does start up again, someone notices something: When all of the plant managers are hanging around waiting to see if the system will fail, nothing happens. But every time one particular manager leaves the group, the system crashes within the next 10 minutes. The pattern is too consistent to be coincidence, but what's going on?

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2019

Google adds AI smarts to G Suite with Google Assistant and Docs updates
Google's AI expertise has long been a strength, and the company has been steadily adding machine-learning capabilities to its G Suite platform. The latest move in that effort allows users to access certain G Suite apps with Google Assistant and introduces Smart Compose text suggestions to Google Docs.

Google first announced it would bring its AI voice assistant to G Suite earlier this year; a beta is now under way that lets users manage their Google Calendar schedules with voice commands. This includes the ability to read out calendar entries, as well as create, cancel or reschedule events. G Suite admins can sign up for the beta here.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2019

Android 10's unexpected gem
Android 10 is filled with both high-profile interface changes (hello, gestures!) and important under-the-hood enhancements (better privacy controls — whee!).

But you know what? Having lived with the software for a while now, the feature that's stood out the most to me is something far less conspicuous. It's not something I ever expected to care about or use myself, in fact, despite its undeniable significance for some people.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2019

Time-Machine Tuesday: A non-smashing success
This IT pilot fish works in a big open-plan office, where the last employee out is supposed to turn off the lights.

One day, the last person is someone who's never before been the last to leave, and she can't find the light switch. She does find a big handle marked "power," so she flips that.

Naturally, all the lights go off, along with everything else. But she heads home having done her duty.

Do you feel as if you've heard this story before? You might have, but we promise you that this ends up differently from most "somebody went and hit the big red button" stories.

Next morning, no one can get in. The electric lock on the front door to the office isn't working.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2019

Review: 4 business card scanning apps for Android and iOS
Throughout workdays, meetings and industry events, you probably collect a lot of business cards. But if you're like many business professionals, you lack the time or motivation to type the information on them into your contacts. Why not let a business card scanning app can do the work for you?

Using such an app, you snap a photo of a business card with your phone's camera. The app performs optical character recognition (OCR) on the photo to extract the information printed on the card and categorizes that info into fields (name, job title, phone number, email address, etc.). Some apps' OCR software can even recognize languages other than English — a plus for today's global business environment. These results can be added to your phone's contacts app with a quick tap.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here's how to control your upgrade.
The older versions of Windows 10 are growing long in the tooth. Microsoft officially released its last cumulative update for Win10 version 1803 (Home or Pro editions) on Nov. 12. It's scheduled to kill off Win10 version 1809 on May 12 of next year. If you currently run either 1803 or 1809 you should think hard about moving on to one of the next versions, either 1903 or 1909. The good news is that you can control your future version. 

If you leave your version migration up to Microsoft, you'll get pushed, ready or not. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to take matters into your own hands — yes, even for Win10 Home customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge
It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.

A large part of that is due to the simple fact that the forces driving most Android security coverage are companies that make their money by selling Android security software — and thus companies with strong interests in pushing the narrative that every Android phone is on the perpetual brink of grave, unfathomable danger. Plus, let's face it: A headline about 70 gazillion Android phones being vulnerable to the MegaMonsterSkullCrusher Virus is far more enticing than one explaining the nuanced realities of Android security.

In actuality, though, Android security is a complex beast — one with multiple layers in place to protect you and one that almost never warrants an alarmist attitude. I've been covering Android security closely since the platform's earliest days, and I've busted more myths and called out more shameless publicity stunts than I can even count at this point.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Why isn't Apple (yet) supporting Tim Berners-Lee to 'save the web'?
Apple isn't (yet) among the signatories for a global campaign to save the web launched by Tim Berners-Lee.

I hope this is something the company plans to change.

What's the story? Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, is concerned that the web is becoming a forum for political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other harms that he fears may plunge us all into what he calls "digital dystopia."

He's launched a new global action plan and is asking governments, companies and individuals to commit to protecting the web and ensuring it benefits humanity.

"The power of the web to transform people's lives, enrich society and reduce inequality is one of the defining opportunities of our time," he said.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Preparing for the dual/foldable screen step to our AR future
[Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned in this article are clients of the author.]

We are about to be up to our necks in dual screen products. We already have several foldable screen smartphones coming to, or already in, market from Samsung and Motorola. We have foldable notebooks coming to market. We have dual screen smartphones (LG) and PCs (Lenovo) in market. And products from Microsoft announced and due next year (the Surface Duo and Neo).

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Food fight: Slack and Microsoft trade barbs, sling stats in collaboration app battle
Competition between Slack and Microsoft over their respective chat apps has intensified recently, as the two companies clash over new usage stats - with Slack's share price tumbling last week in the wake of new adoption figures for Teams.

Even so, analysts say Slack's stickiness and strong user engagement offer it an advantage as businesses begin to adopt workstream collaboration software more widely.

[ Related: How AI is changing office suites ] Microsoft last week announced that Teams now has 20 million daily active users, up more than 50% from 13 million in June. The publication of those user figures appeared to have an immediate impact on Slack's share price, which saw an 11% drop the following day. In fact, Slack's share price has fallen by more than half since its public listing in June - an apparent sign of investor concern over its ability to compete with Microsoft long-term. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Will Google's AI make you artificially stupid?
The biggest threat from AI isn't software that steals your job. It's software that steals your mind.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2019

Shake and bake
This pilot fish gets assigned to accounting just as client/server is coming in, and he finds that teaching desktop computing to a lot of gray-hairs requires plenty of patience — and the occasional practical joke.

One day, one of the most senior accountants calls fish over and complains that one of the in-house-designed accounting apps isn't working on her PC. Fish asks her to step through the process of using the program, all the while uttering soothing assurances that she can't break anything, and all problems can be fixed.

All goes well until the monitor seems to freeze, which fish knows is just what happens when the program is conducting database queries. But the freeze-up soon challenges the user's patience. "See?" she declaims. "I told you this dumb thing was broken. It's not doing anything!"

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

Learn the basics of electrical engineering for only $25 today.
Without electrical engineers, everything from your home lighting to your smartphone wouldn't work properly. Needless to say, electrical engineers make our world go round, and it's them who spearhead the latest innovations in tech. If you're intent on creating the world's next revolutionary product, you'll at least need to understand the basics, and this bundle will get you up to speed for just $25.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

Microsoft and Apple are better together
Ideas. We all have them. Some people have lots of them. Most of us have difficulty making more than a handful of them happen at any one time. Even when it comes to document creation.

Have you used this new Office feature? I use Office and have done for decades. I've always found the suite's many features difficult to use, in part because they aren't always easy to discover.

If only there were an easy way to find the tools I need.

Sure, I can search online for advice or use the built-in Office help system (and often have), but why can't the world dominant productivity suite just work?

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence
Google's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.

From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental "browser in a box," to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.

I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

Microsoft goes very small for Windows 10 1909's 'On' switch
Microsoft has trumpeted the smaller size of Windows 10 1909, the fall feature upgrade that broke the twice-annual mold the company used in 2017 and 2018. But how much smaller is it?

According to members of the Insider team who held an online discussion Thursday, a lot smaller.

The so-called "enablement package," the download that when installed transforms Windows 10 1903 - the full-featured upgrade released May 21 - into November's 1909, weighs in at just 180KB, as in kilobytes.

[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] (For context, 180KB is about 0.18MB, or less than 20% of a megabyte. More telling, it's about 10 times the size of a two-page Microsoft Word document. Downloading a 180KB file would be seemingly instantaneous on all but the slowest broadband connection; a torpid 1Mbps connection, for instance, would download that file in about one second.)

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

Flashback Friday: Your traffic is just going to degrade our perfect network link
This IT pilot fish and his co-workers have spent a week in heated discussions with the networking group. The subject: some major network problems between two particular sites. Why heated? Networking swears it can't see any problems on the lines, so the problem must be with IT's servers.

But fish and friends know better; at some points, the line between the two sites is dropping out completely.

It's impossible to know how long the impasse might have lasted if someone at one of the sites hadn't asked the networking people the right question: "Are we running on the emergency standby route?"

The reply: "Err, yes; shall we switch you back to the primary route now?"

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2019

What we learned at Dreamforce 2019
Marc Benioff is interrupted by protesters during his keynoteImage by Salesforce

Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce Mark Benioff was interrupted multiple times during his Tuesday keynote by protestors, giving one of them 30 seconds to say their piece before they were escorted away. In the room it was unclear what they were protesting but since then it appears they were focused on Salesforce's controversial contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Blackberry refreshes its UEM suite, focuses on zero-trust access
BlackBerry has unveiled several updates to its enterprise mobility security platform, offering three new UEM peoducts aimed at enabling secure access to tools, applications and files based on a zero-trust architecture.

The trio of new suites are add-ons to BlackBerry's flagship Enterprise Mobility Suite, aimed at enhancing productivity, collaboration and workforce agility.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

The 5 true takeaways from Android's camera vulnerability circus
I don't know if you've read much news this week, but it seems the sky is falling and we're all terribly doomed.

No, I'm not talking about that news — as usual, that's another column for another publication — but rather the news that a security flaw in some Android camera apps could turn our phones into privacy-plundering spy portals and bring an end to human life as we know it.

I mean, have you seen some of these headlines?!

"Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware" "Android flaw lets rogue apps take photos, record video even if your phone is locked" "An Android flaw lets apps secretly access people's cameras and upload the videos to an external server" Holy hibiscus, Henry! Even I'm trembling from all of that, and I know it's a bunch of misguided, sensationalized hooey.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Mysterious app keeps you from shutting down — or does it?
At last, we have a description of the mysterious shutdown-blocking G — and a fix for Microsoft's G-generating bug coming in the next version of Win10, commonly called 20H1.

If you look online, you'll see hundreds (if not thousands) of reports about Win10 shutdown getting blocked by a mysterious app called, simply, G.

Overflowbr on Bleeping Computer Most people assume it's a virus, some other sort of malware or a harbinger of doom. In fact, it's nothing of the sort. It's a bug in the way Windows reports a specific kind of hang, and the bug has been fixed in the latest versions of Win10 20H1.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Learn how R is used in machine learning with this $29 training
Machine learning is a powerful tool for statistical analysis that allows businesses to gain valuable insights, and many companies are catching on. As such, the demand for programmers who have R environment skills is quickly growing, and with this certification course bundle, you too can learn statistical analysis with R for $29.

The Complete R Programming Certification Bundle features 6 courses on how to apply the R programming language to data visualization, social media mining, and more. If you have zero R experience, the first course you should take is Statistics & Machine Learning for Regression Modeling with R. This course will introduce you to the OLS regression and how to create regression models for machine learning.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday: See if you can wriggle out of this one
It's several years ago during a major virus outbreak — if you know your history of computer viruses, you can narrow it down — and a user at a remote site calls this pilot fish to complain that her computer won't let her get any work done.

"I asked her if she had called the local technician — who worked for me — and she replied that she had called him numerous times but he had not picked up his phone," says fish. "I told her I would take care of it."

Fish calls his tech, who says he has spoken to the user each time she called and explained to her that he'll help her as soon as he can, but he's finishing work in another area.

That satisfies fish, who goes back to his own work. And soon he gets a message from his tech, sent from the irate user's email account, reporting that the tech checked the user's PC, found a virus and removed it, and updated the PC's virus definitions. Case closed.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Apple's OS development teams are going to 'Build Different'
Some say the mantra for agile development is to be sufficiently resolute to move fast and break things, but as enterprises grow the consequences of doing so become unsustainable, as Apple appears to have learned with iOS 13.

Build different A report claims Apple has changed the way its development teams work in response to a variety of bugs that crept into iOS 13.

It seems that Apple's engineers have tended to push even features into daily builds of the operating systems before they were fully tested.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2019

Why Windows 10 1909 should not be a one-off
Microsoft last week released Windows 10 1909, an oddball update that was far more rehash than refresh.

Purportedly the second upgrade for the year, in reality 1909 - also dubbed Windows 10 November 2019 Update - has so few new features that Windows veterans have compared it to old-school service packs,, the feature-free collections of fixes Microsoft used to issue every couple of years for the then-current OS. (The last time Redmond released a service pack was 2011, when it issued SP1 for Windows 7, the operating system staring at retirement in less than two months.)

[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] Although Microsoft has never given a straight-forward rationale for this change to its upgrade model, outsiders have speculated that it was linked to the disastrous roll-out of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, aka 1809. Pulled from distribution almost as soon as it landed - the upgrade erased customer data - 1809 was months late getting to users. To restore the schedule, the thinking went, Microsoft skipped an upgrade by building an un-upgrade.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

Salesforce to expand Einstein Voice Skills so users can create custom voice apps
Salesforce plans to expand its Einstein Voice Assistant capabilities, enabling customers to create their own custom "skills" as it seeks to broaden the appeal of voice interfaces in the workplace. 

The company unveiled Einstein at last year's Dreamforce conference, promising to enable sales staff to update customer records on its CRM platform using voice commands.

[ Related: How AI is changing office suites ] Its efforts are part of a wider push from numerous tech firms to popularize conversational voice interfaces for business apps, including Amazon's Alexa for Business, Microsoft's Cortana and Oracle's Digital Assistant. Analyst firm Gartner forecast that 25% of digital workers will interact with virtual assistants on a daily basis within two years. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note.
News reports last week — subsequently confirmed by a Facebook executive's tweet — that the Facebook iOS app was videotaping users without notice should serve as a critical heads up to enterprise IT and security execs that mobile devices are every bit as risky as they feared. And a very different bug, planted by cyberthieves, presents even more frightening camera-spying issues with Android.

On the iOS issue, the confirmation tweet from Guy Rosen, who is Facebook's vice president of Integrity (go ahead and insert whatever joke you want about Facebook having a vice president of integrity; for me, it's way too easy a shot), said, "We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246, we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

Security lessons from a Mac-only fintech company
Apple remains a highly secure choice for enterprise professionals, but security threats remain and the environment requires sophisticated endpoint management tools, confirmed Build America Mutual (BAM) CTO, David McIntyre.

The Mac only bank BAM is one of the leading U.S. municipal bond insurers and has insured over $65 billion since launch in 2012. It also has the rare distinction of being a fintech firm that is completely based on Macs.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

Everything you need to know about 10G, the future of broadband technology
With the emergence of more connected devices and immersive content experiences happening alongside an unparalleled boom of video streaming platforms, there's never been a more critical time to have a powerful and reliable network than can meet the demands of the future. And that next big leap for digital mankind is 10G.

What is 10G?  Not to be confused with the cellular industry's 5G (meaning fifth generation), the "G" in 10G means gigabits per second, a blazing fast internet speed. 10G is the cable industry's vision for delivering a remarkable 10 gigabits per second to homes in the U.S. and around the globe. Home internet speeds will be 10 times faster than today's fastest broadband networks, staying ahead of your digital demands, especially as technology becomes even more integral in our day-to-day lives. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

A real light bulb moment
It's the mid '70s this pilot fish is operating on IBM 370s for a financial clearinghouse in London, where Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays. The systems use a CICS system logging to 3420 tape drives, the ones with the twin vacuum chambers, and when one drive on the backup system refuses to load tapes, Fish volunteers to come in with the engineers on Good Friday to work on it.

Fish has it all figured out: He'll get some good overtime working on an easy fix, and he'll still get a three-day weekend.

But comes the Monday holiday, and fish and colleagues are still working on that easy fix. They've replaced just about every part, some of which had to be flown in especially. Finally, one of the engineers has a bright idea. He replaces the light bulb that powers the fiber-optic sensor to pick up the metallic BoT (beginning of tape) marker. Problem solved.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2019

10 easy steps to make Chrome faster and more secure
Gather 'round, kiddos — 'cause it's time for a story.

Once upon a time, Chrome was a lean, mean browsing machine. It was the scrappy lightweight kid in a block filled with clunky old blobs of blubber. People had never seen a browser so fast, so thoughtfully constructed! It stripped everything down to the essentials and made the act of browsing the web both pleasant and secure — qualities that were anything but standard back in that prehistoric era.

Chrome was "minimalist in the extreme," as The New York Times put it — with "extremely fast" page loads and a "snappy" user interface, in the words of Ars Technica. Its sandbox-centric setup and emphasis on supporting web-based applications made the program "the first true Web 2.0 browser," as some other tech website opined.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Blockchain-based storage service takes on Amazon AWS, unveils pricing
A cloud storage service first announced in 2015 that uses the decentralized, peer-to-peer architecture of blockchain to store encrypted data on the computers of users around the globe has unveiled its pricing model and production launch date.

Storj Labs, which operates a beta storage service for developers, businesses and consumers, initially launched the Tardigrade Decentralized Cloud Storage Service in August. Today, it announced its Beta 2 release and pricing, taking aim at Amazon's AWS S3 cloud service with what it says is a more cost-effective and resilient approach.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net
Just when you thought it was safe to relax a bit …

In the past couple of hours, Microsoft released a handful of Monthly Rollup previews and a smattering of similar, optional, updates. The list:

Win7 and Server 2008 R2 — KB 4525251 — Monthly Rollup preview appears to cover the same ground as KB 2952664 and, later, KB 4507456. If there's anything included in the update other than more telemetry, Microsoft sure hasn't told us. Here's the sole description in the KB article:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they're available. We're doing this for you, so you don't have to.

Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'll add info about new updates as they're rolled out.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Up close with CastAway, the Chrome OS add-on for your phone
We've been talking for ages now about the intersection of Chrome OS and Android and the endless ways Google's two primary platforms work together.

For all of the overlap, though, Chrome OS and Android have never actually coexisted within the framework of a single device — living side by side on a multipart system, in other words, and acting as complementary halves of a unified experience. But if one ambitious inventor gets his way, that may be about to change.

The guy's name is Ken Mages, and he's come up with a product known as the CastAway. It's described as a "second screen for your smartphone" — one that runs Chrome-OS-like software and puts "the world's smallest Chromebook" right alongside your phone.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Get this $112 Cybersecurity eBook Bundle for just $15 today
The internet has made it easier than ever for companies to expand their reach and go digital, but by doing so, they're also at risk of being attacked by hackers and cybercriminals. Luckily, this also means that cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, and if you want to land a career in cybersecurity, there's no better time! With this eBook bundle, you'll learn what it takes to become a cybersecurity professional for just $15.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

iPhone users: Do you love or loathe Quick Share in iOS 13?
I know lots of people who rely on iOS 13 and iPad OS for their business, but they aren't necessarily getting much from using the QuickShare feature, so why is it there?

What's wrong with QuickShare? QuickShare is that first row of names you see when you open up the Share pane from within almost any app in iOS 13.

It is populated by the names of people you have most recently communicated with by Messages and nearby AirDrop shares.

However, the way the Share sheet works is that the far more useful Apps panel, which productivity workers are more likely to need is knocked down the screen, while the potentially even more useful scrolling Actions list is hardly visible at all - you have to scroll to get to it.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Become a certified IoT business leader
IDG Insider Pro and CertNexus are partnering to offer business leaders a course and associated credential to boost collaboration and drive informed IoT business decisions.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month
Although we've been promised no "C" or "D" week second cumulative updates for the rest of the year — at least for Windows — Microsoft has acknowledged a bug it created in last week's Patch Tuesday Office patches, and now promises that it'll update the bad fixes on most machines this week or next. Those are "C" week and "D" week, respectively.

The cause du jour: a bug in all of this month's Office security patches that throws an error in Access saying, "Query xxxx is corrupt," when in fact the query in question is just fine. Microsoft describes the erroneous error message on its Office Support site:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

He heard you fine
This pilot fish doesn't have a traditional tech background. He was the photographer for his university department, and when the World Wide Web came along he volunteered to run the department's in-house web server. A few years after that, they're running Filemaker databases online, and there's some glitch that causes Filemaker to freeze.

Fish's research leads him to think that a little knowledge of Unix would be helpful. So he heads to a discount bookstore, where he asks the guy behind the counter, "Do you have anything on Unix?" The clerk promptly replies, "I don't think so, but try the social science section."

Fish starts off in the direction the finger is pointing, pondering why books on Unix books would be categorized as social science. And stops after just a few steps when it hits him: eunuchs, not Unix.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2019

Walmart launches ‘world's largest' blockchain-based freight-and-payment network
The Canadian division of Walmart has launched a blockchain-based supply chain that includes freight tracking and payment processing for 70 trucking companies whose goods are transported to more than 400 retail stores.

The system is now live and all of Walmart Canada's third-party freight carriers are scheduled to be on the network by Feb. 1, 2020, the company said in a statement. Walmart claims the blockchain network is the largest of its kind in the world, a claim not disputed by industry analysts.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 18, 2019

Claris launches workflow automation tool beta
Apple-owned Claris has opened beta access to Claris Connect, its new tool for linking third-party apps such as Slack and Mailchimp to automate workflows.  

FileMaker started life in 1986 as Claris, an Apple subsidiary set up to develop software products for the Mac, with responsibility for applications such as MacPaint and AppleWorks. In 1998 the company became FileMaker, named after its flagship database management system product, as most of its other offerings fell by the wayside.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 18, 2019

Mobile security perceptions don't approach reality. And that's a problem.
In general, security vendors love consumer surveys where consumers say that they would never, ever, ever do business with a retailer or a bank with poor security practices. But consumers have historically been terrible predictors of their own behavior, and they also tend to tell retailers and banks what they want to hear, rather than the truth.

And the truth, based on the public financial filings of plenty of companies that have suffered public data breaches, is that consumers — partially thanks to zero liability programs from the payment card companies — tend to not change retailers or banks when such data breaches happen. Why? Quite a few reasons. First, zero liability sees to it that they don't lose any money (it actually limits losses to $50, but almost no business enforces that, and they tend to simply eat all of the consumer losses). If consumers lost large amounts of money from breached retailers or banks, yes, they'd flee, but that doesn't happen.

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