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Enterprise Application News
Sep 18, 2018

Why Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever
Three years after its debut, Windows 10 is poised to overtake Windows 7 as the most popular version of the Windows operating system. Microsoft introduced virtualization-based security features - namely Device Guard and Credential Guard - in Windows 10, and in subsequent updates, has added other virtualization-based protections to the operating system.

Microsoft tackled the two biggest challenge for enterprises with Windows 10, password management and protecting the operating system from attackers. Windows Defender was renamed Windows Security in 2017 and now includes anti-malware and threat detection, firewall and network security, application and browser controls, device and account security, and device health. Windows Security shares status information between Microsoft 365 services and interoperates with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft's cloud-based forensic analysis tool.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 18, 2018

Easy way to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhones, iPads running iOS 12
Update for iOS 12 With iOS 12 and iPhones that have Touch ID, you can still bypass the iPhone lock screen and trick Siri into getting into a person's phone. The bypass is the same as it was in earlier versions of the operating system:

Press the home button using a finger not associated with your fingerprint authentication, prompting Siri to wake up. Say to Siri: Cellular data. Siri then opens the cellular data settings where you can turn off cellular data.

[ Further reading: How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone ] As was the case before, anyone can do this. It doesn't have to be the person who "trained" Siri.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 18, 2018

5 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app
Let's face it: Between the pending death of Inbox and the days-away demise of Newton Mail, a whole bunch of us are gonna be making our way back to Gmail before long. And that means we've got a lot of begrudging adjustment ahead.

The Gmail Android app isn't awful to use, mind you, but it can be a bit of a shock to the system when you've grown accustomed to something different. Whether you're returning to Gmail for the first time in ages or you've been living with it all along, though, Google's soon-to-be-only email app has some nice touches you've probably never noticed — easily overlooked features that can make your mobile email experience a little more pleasant.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 18, 2018

9 iOS 12 security improvements you should know about
Apple has shipped iOS 12 and it's packed with new security improvements and settings every user needs to know about.

Ad tracking Apple has made it much harder for data harvesting companies to exfiltrate your data without you knowing.

Safari in iOS 11 blocked third-party cookies that tracked you across multiple websites and cookies older than 30-days in age.

iOS 12 also gives you the option to block social media sharing icons and comment boxes from tracking you. Apple has also made it much harder for fingerprinting technologies to track and identify you by gathering information about your device, such as capacity or installed apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 18, 2018

W. Va. to use blockchain-based mobile app for mid-term voting
West Virginia this fall will let members of the military and their families deployed overseas to vote by smartphone or tablet using a blockchain-based app developed by a Salt Lake City start-up, Voatz.

The voters using the app would otherwise have to submit paper absentee ballots via mail or vote over a land line telephone.

The move means the state will become the first in the U.S. to use blockchain in a voting system in a general election.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] After being elected in January 2017, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner  tasked IT staff to investigate mobile voting options for 8,000 West Virginian military members overseas. Warner, a retired U.S. Army officer with four children who are also all current or former Army officers, cited his own inability to vote when deployed in Afghanistan as one reason for his efforts.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 17, 2018

SharePoint Workflows go belly-up when you install the September .Net Security Only patch
‘Softie Rodney Viana has posted details and a workaround for the "System.CodeDom.CodeBinaryOperatorExpression is not marked as authorized" bug.

Apparently, installing last Tuesday's KB 4457916 Security Only updates for .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 causes a hard stop with any SharePoint Workflows. (Workflows are set up by an admin to handle the flow of documents through a series of steps.)

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 17, 2018

How enterprises can control iOS update bandwidth demands
If you use iPhones in your business, you probably see a spike in network activity whenever a new version of Apple's mobile operating system ships. This is a problem when trying to get critical work done. Here are some ideas that may help reduce the load on your internal systems while still enabling your workers to get what they need.

In the background Does anybody else remember when iOS upgrades almost broke the internet? Back in 2014, people installing iOS 8 caused internet bandwidth to spike in the U.S. and U.K.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Microsoft ups Windows 10 support to 30 months
Microsoft on Sept. 5 upended Windows 10 support. Again.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 15, 2018

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users
For all its skill and dominance in artificial intelligence, Google can be surprisingly lacking in the natural kind.

In move after move, Google snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. And all because the company's culture is blind to the value of passionate users.

I'm quite certain that Google watches user numbers and applies analytics to everything it can measure. A radically analytical approach is powerful, but it can blind you to the factors that cannot be measured. Factors such as user passion.

My favorite example is Google . After an initial surge of usage in the first couple of years, the social network gradually fizzled — smothered by a reputation for low engagement.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 14, 2018

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10
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With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience. So why not make the most of your transition by reconsidering your old app habits and getting Win10 tools that will help you work smarter, faster, and more productively?

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 14, 2018

Top 36 free apps for Windows 10
Top 30 free apps for Windows 10 Free Apps for Windows [cover]" data-license="Getty Images"/Image by ipopba / Getty Images

With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience. So why not make the most of your transition by reconsidering your old app habits and getting Win10 tools that will help you work smarter, faster, and more productively?

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 14, 2018

One small step forward, one giant leap back
This pilot fish is paying his monthly bills online when he discovers one of his utilities has changed the payment part of its website -- a lot.

"I clicked on the 'Payment' button, and saw that I now had the option of paying with or without logging in," says fish.

"OK, the no-login option could be handy, but I've been paying this bill online for years, so I clicked on the login option. It asked me for my user name and eight-digit PIN. What PIN? I have a long, secure password. I tried that. It didn't work."

And after several unsuccessful attempts, fish tries the no-login version -- which just takes him to the same screen asking his PIN.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 14, 2018

Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, creators of Kubernetes | True Technologist Ep 4
In this episode of True Technologist, the inventors of the open source project Kubernetes, Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, talk about the technology's benefits in the enterprise

Enterprise Application News
Sep 13, 2018

iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide
So, you're ready to leave your iPhone for greener pastures — specifically, the bright green hue of Google's Android ecosystem.

It's a major move, to be sure, but it doesn't have to be daunting. Beneath the surface-level differences, Android and iOS actually have a lot in common — and with the right steps, you can switch from an iPhone to an Android device without losing anything significant (including your sanity).

Make your way through this easy-to-follow guide, and you'll be happily settled in your new high-tech home in no time.

[ Related: 8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse ] All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools First things first: Some Android devices, like Samsung's Galaxy phones and Google's Pixel products, ship with their own all-in-one iPhone-to-Android switching systems. These systems may include special software and possibly even physical cables for moving a bunch of data from your iPhone to your new Android device in one fell swoop. If your Android phone offers such a service, it's a smart place to start.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 13, 2018

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
Sep 13, 2018

The worst part about Google's Inbox assassination
You've probably heard the news by now: Google is killing off Inbox, its experimental email app that's lived alongside Gmail for the past four years. The service is set to shut down for good this coming March.

When Inbox was announced in October of 2014, Google described it as something "years in the making" — a "completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters." The engineers behind it said it was "designed for the problems we're going to see in the next 10 years."

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 13, 2018

Slack adds enterprise key management for Enterprise Grid users
Slack has unveiled new features aimed at attracting a wider audience of enterprise customers, including enhanced security, compliance and admin controls.

The company has made a concerted effort to court large businesses since the launch of its Enterprise Grid product last year. And during its second annual Frontiers event in San Francisco last week, Slack - which recently raised $427 million in new funding - highlighted several  enterprise-focused announcements, including the acquisition of Missions.ai, its new partnership with Atlassian, and a glimpse of its feature roadmap.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Just one more thing to worry about
This pilot fish and his wife are planning a long-overdue vacation to an all-inclusive resort -- one of those places where you don't have to worry about things like meals or tipping.

"I log onto the resort's website in order to make some reservations ahead of our arrival," fish says, "and am presented with the standard registration page."

He enters his information on the page, which also asks "for security reasons" that he set up a password.

It's not until after he has clicked "OK" that fish looks at the icon in his web browser and realizes the page isn't encrypted. He does a quick browse of the source code for the page, and finds that there's no SSL anywhere securing the data he's just typed in.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 12, 2018

Review: 5 digital whiteboard displays for business collaboration
Whether your business team is designing a next-gen widget or developing an online campaign, you need a place to get together, brainstorm and map out a strategy. In years past, a dry-erase whiteboard was typically where such ideas were recorded, with some obvious drawbacks. For starters, somebody had to capture all those great ideas from the whiteboard before it got erased. Worse, remote meeting attendees couldn't see the on-board action.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 12, 2018

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There's a solution.
Consider the following Gedankenexperiment.

You turn on your Chromebook (or phone or iPad), things whirr and glurg for a few minutes, and the computer throws up this message:


Enlightening, eh?

That's what we're seeing this week in Windows land. Except Windows isn't polite enough to throw a message up. It just throws up.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 12, 2018

16 wireless chargers for both iPhones and Android devices
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

Apple's iPhone X offers a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and it supports native wireless charging - just like the iPhone 8 (and a variety of Android devices).

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 11, 2018

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft 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 1803, known as the April 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 11, 2018

Chat happens: Your guide to 10 group-chat services
Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 11, 2018

A standout new Android launcher for ergonomic efficiency
When we think about Android launchers, we tend to think about programs that add oodles of options into our home screen environments. But a new and still under-development Android launcher aims to do just the opposite — to strip your home screen down to its bare essentials and turn it into an ultra-efficient launching board for getting where you need to be.

It's called Niagara Launcher, and while it's still technically in beta and "unreleased," it's available to anyone to download and try out for free from the Play Store. I've been using it on my phone for a little while now, and I've gotta say: It absolutely is not your average Android launcher. And for plenty of people, that could be a good thing.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 11, 2018

Apple's subscription push is a lesson for every enterprise
Apple really wants app developers to build their business around app subscriptions, rather than a la carte app sales, and this reflects an overall shift within the company.

Apple as a service Apple has invited selected developers to meetings at which it evangelized app subscription models.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 11, 2018

Microsoft cuts Office 2016 some slack, lets users connect to services until 2023
Microsoft is giving Office 2016 a reprieve of sorts, saying that the one-time-purchase suite will be allowed to connect to Microsoft's online services for three more years than ruled earlier.

In April 2017, Microsoft proclaimed that applications provided by Office 2016 would be unable to connect to cloud-based Office 365 services after Oct. 13, 2020. The ban on accessing services like Microsoft-hosted Exchange inboxes, OneDrive storage space and Skype for Business' conferencing was part of sweeping changes to Office's support statutes - all part of a push to get more customers to adopt Office 365 subscriptions.

[ Related: Mastering your Outlook inbox ] The October no-more-access date was derived from the end of Office 2016's mainstream support, the first five years of the usual decade. All future suites in perpetual license form - those for which customers paid a one-time, upfront fee and then were allowed to run the software as long as desired - would have the same limitation: If Office 2019 launched in early October of this year, say, it too would be blocked from connecting to services after its mainstream support expired in October 2023.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

Firefox calls it quits on antiquated Windows XP, Vista
Mozilla last week shut down Firefox's support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, ending browser security updates for the outdated operating systems.

"It required effort, and it required devoting resources to supporting XP well after Microsoft stopped doing so," Chris Hutten-Czapski, a Firefox engineer, said in a Sept. 5 post to his personal blog. "It meant we couldn't do other things, since we were busy with XP."

[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] Support for the two past-expiration-date OSes - Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 - ended with Firefox ESR 59.9, which was released June 26. That version was supplanted by Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. 4.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact
August 2018 was a relatively innocuous patching month, although the final resolution to the August problems didn't appear until late Friday night just as the month was coming to a close — on a three-day weekend in the US.

We've seen the same pattern repeat itself almost every month since the beginning of the year: The first round of Microsoft security patches (notably including Win10 patches) introduce bugs, while subsequent rounds of patches each month squash most of them. If we're lucky.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

Mac and iOS apps stealing user data -- an enterprise take
Reports claiming numerous apps distributed through Apple's App Store are secretly exfiltrating user data should be an alarm call to enterprise CIOs. It signals a new battlefront in the eternal enterprise security wars.

The enterprise risk of personal data On the surface, the data being extracted is kind of … personal, such as location and browser histories. Information like that provides additional insight into what individual users are up to. Why should that concern an enterprise?

That's a rhetorical question, of course. Most enterprise security professionals recognize that any form of data exfiltration poses an overall challenge.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

Mac and iOS apps stealing user data, an enterprise take
Reports claiming numerous apps distributed through Apple's App Store are secretly exfiltrating user data should be an alarm call to enterprise CIOs. It signals a new battlefront in the eternal enterprise security wars.

The enterprise risk of personal data On the surface, the data being extracted is kind of… personal: Location, browser histories, information like this provides additional insight into what individual users are up to. Why should that concern an enterprise?

That's a rhetorical question, of course. Most enterprise security professionals recognize that any form of data exfiltration poses an overall challenge.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

R tip: R Markdown tutorial
In this 10th episode of Do More with R, learn how to create HTML, Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, and more that combine text, graphics, and R code

Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

Why security is the first thing to go, episode 65,723
IT contractor has a project to upgrade some software for a client -- and the project is way behind schedule, says a pilot fish on the client side.

And why is that such a problem? "The existing product goes End-of-Life soon, at which time it will no longer be an approved product for us," fish explains.

"The contractor's people come in and pitch their schedule to upper management. In the briefing, they bring up the fact that the new product is not even approved to be on our highly secured network, and they have not even started on getting it approved.

"Essentially, if they have to get it approved, they can never get it deployed on time.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 10, 2018

CIO Leadership Live with Cathie Kozik, CIO at PSAV | Ep 13
In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Cathie Kozik, senior vice president and CIO at PSAV, an events space provider, about aligning tech projects to business goals, tapping into employees for innovative ideas and using artificial intelligence to take analytics to the next level.

Enterprise Application News
Sep 09, 2018

Microsoft plans to sell post-2020 support for Windows 7
Microsoft bowed to the reality that enterprises won't purge Windows 7 by its January 2020 retirement, and has announced it will sell extended support for three years past that deadline.

Called "Windows 7 Extended Security Updates" (ESU), the after-drop-dead deal will add support through January 2023, according to Microsoft. The news was part of a larger announcement Thursday by Jared Spataro, the executive who leads marketing for Office and Windows. "While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process," Spataro said in explaining the offer.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 07, 2018

How to fix six Windows 10 headaches
Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows — notably Windows 8. But it's still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Sep 07, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Putting an end to IT monitoring sprawl
Enterprise IT groups are at odds with each other—especially at large corporations. IT professionals have few choices available to them in driving their organizations towards solutions that scale and solve for the needs of every IT silo. This leads to the deployment of point solutions managed separately by each group, further driving the silo-fication of IT. Part of the problem is that niche monitoring solutions provide views that are either too acute to be relevant to the larger organization, or too obtuse to be useful in solving niche issues. Each IT domain, be it application, network or infrastructure, tends to be monitored, analyzed and sometimes even remediated via its own runbook. However, these processes are happening per domain and not holistically across the business. Additionally, the increasing TCO pressures, evolving best practices and the dynamic nature of modern IT environments have intensified this fragmentation.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 07, 2018

How to make an old Android phone feel new again
Old Android phones are everywhere. They're in closets, kitchens, desk drawers — and, yes, even in the pockets of productive business people who (gasp!) haven't bothered to upgrade in a while.

Despite the constant marketing to the contrary, mobile devices can remain perfectly capable long after their launch dates. They can, however, start to seem a little slow or behind the curve after a few years of use — and the older and more resource-limited a device is, the more pronounced that effect is likely to be.

But wait! Don't abandon hope just yet: A handful of simple steps can make your old Android phone feel new (or at least newer) again. And whether you're still carrying the device around as a daily driver or using it for more creative purposes, every little improvement counts.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 07, 2018

Matei Zaharia, creator of the Apache Spark project, on the big data framework | True Technologist Ep 2
In this episode of True Technologist, host Eric Knorr talks with Matei Zaharia, chief technologist at Databricks and an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford, about the Apache Spark and Apache Mesos projects

Enterprise Application News
Sep 07, 2018

What is IIoT?
The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is the application of instrumentation and connected sensors and other devices to machinery and vehicles. What that means in practice varies widely. Watch this 2-minute video to get up to speed fast.

Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
A decade after Google launched the first iteration of Chrome, this week the company updated the browser to version 69, touting a freshened user interface (UI), an enhanced password manager and a more informative address bar.

Google also patched 40 security vulnerabilities in the browser and paid bug bounties to researchers who reported the flaws.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Chrome updates in the background, so users can usually just relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

Atlassian exec apologizes to HipChat and Stride users for Slack decision
BARCELONA - Atlassian's co-CEO this week apologized to HipChat and Stride users facing disruption as a result of a decision to discontinue the team chat apps.

The Australian software vendor sold the intellectual property for the chat assets to Slack in late July for an undisclosed fee; in return, Atlassian - which also owns a range of business collaboration tools including Jira, Confluence and Trello - will make a small equity investment in Slack.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

The end of an era for Google hardware
Dearly beloved, we gather here today to mourn the loss of two pioneers in the Google hardware universe — two names near and dear to many of our hearts, and names whose final spark has now flickered and faded.

This virtual funeral honors the memory of both the Nexus and Chromebook Pixel lines of devices — the inaugural Google-branded flagship products for Android and Chrome OS, respectively. The two have now joined their cousins Google Reader, Google Lively, and Google More Messaging Services Than Any Semi-Sane Person Can Possibly Count in the severely overcrowded Google graveyard.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Office 365 'Coming Soon' feature heralds a new era of user engagement
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

One of the common mistakes made by companies is that both they and their customers often take upgrades and improvements for granted. They don't promote them, we as users often don't use them and, even if we do, unless the changes are heavily marketed we tend to take these changes in stride and devalue them.

This is a problem when a competitor emerges or when it comes time to upgrade to a new version of a product, because we're likely to try the competing product or avoid the upgrade…because we don't see the value of either the existing product or the improved offering.

Apparently, Microsoft is moving to address this problem with something called the "Coming Soon" preview pane. I recently received this as a heads-up as part of my Office 365 subscription. I'm intrigued with the idea, because it seems to address the problem of folks taking Outlook for granted. If successful, I expect this capability to move to the rest of Office and become a far more common practice both within Microsoft and other firms as well. 

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

New blockchain ledger will let you sell personal healthcare data
Most people don't know it but there is a multi-billion dollar industry that collects  healthcare information, strips it of basic personal identifiers such as name, address and Social Security Number, and then sells it off to researchers, drug developers, marketers and others.

Medical informatics companies, such as Iqvia (IMS Health), Optum, and Symphony Health reap the profits of selling the healthcare data while the people from whom it's collected have no control over how it's used. Nor do they get any compensation for it.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 06, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Well, trial and error IS a mechanism
New regulations go into effect requiring more physical and electronic security at this health insurance company, so the company hires a chief security officer to oversee the efforts, says a pilot fish there.

"I was involved in the original security implementation on most of the systems and offered to help, but the new CSO refused our input," fish says. "He put keycard access on the computer room and UPS room and confiscated any physical keys he could find.

"When asked what would happen if the keycard system went down, he responded that 'mechanisms are in place,'" fish recalls.

Soon, only three people have physical keys: the CSO, chief financial officer and facilities manager.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 05, 2018

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches
With the arrival of "Fourth Week" patches on the last working day of August, and having had a few days to vet them, it looks as if we're ready to release the cracklin' Kraken.

The steaming pile of Windows Intel microcode patches Microsoft continues to unleash microcode patches for Meltdown and Spectre (versions 1, 2, 3, 3a, 4, n for n =4). You won't get stung by any of them, unless you specifically go looking for trouble.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 05, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 marches on, but pace may be a problem
Windows 10 last month recorded its strongest growth since January, accelerating the timeline when the newer operating system will overtake the venerable Windows 7.

According to analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 added 1.2 percentage points in August, moving its user share to 37.8% of all personal computers and 43% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers all personal computers; in August, it ran 87.8% of the world's systems, with the rest managed by macOS, Linux or ChromeOS.)

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] August's gain was the fourth straight month that Windows 10 added about a point, or more, of user share. Over the May-August period, Windows 10 grew its user share by 4 points, the largest four-month increase since the stretch from November 2017 to February 2018, when the OS grew by 5.4 points.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 05, 2018

Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow, on the future of software development | True Technologist Ep 3
In this episode of True Technologist, Stack Overflow CEO Joel Spolsky, who authors a software development blog and created the project management software Trello, talks with host Eric Knorr about the agile methodology, DevOps and the future of application development.

Enterprise Application News
Sep 04, 2018

Atlassian launches Jira Ops, acquires OpsGenie for $295M
BARCELONA - Atlassian, which has acquired incident management firm OpsGenie for $295 million, today unveiled a new product in its Jira line-up to help IT operations teams deal with costly software outages.

The launch of Jira Ops at the Atlassian Summit here is part of the Australian software vendor's plans to better focus on serving IT and technical teamsafter striking a deal with Slack to discontinue its team chat tools, HipChat and Stride.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 04, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: Chrome edges toward supermajority share
Google's Chrome last month continued to creep up on a two-thirds supermajority of browser share, while Microsoft's once-dominant position deteriorated. Again.

According to analytics company Net Applications, Chrome's user share climbed half a percentage point in August, reaching 65.2%, an all-time high. In the last 12 months, Chrome has gained 5.9 percentage points, the only browser of the top four - others include Apple's Safari, Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer (IE), and Mozilla's Firefox - to add to its total during that period.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to visit its clients' websites. The firm then tallies the visitor sessions - which are effectively visits to the site, with multiple sessions possible daily - rather than count only users, as it once did. Net Applications primarily measures activity, although it does so differently than rival sources, which total page views.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 04, 2018

Microsoft's grand SwiftKey plan is finally coming into focus
Two and a half years ago, a strange ripple struck the misty waters of the Android ecosystem: Microsoft, a company that had long been a footnote to modern mobile computing, was buying SwiftKey — one of the most popular and seemingly successful keyboards across all of Android (and beyond).

From the outside, the announcement seemed to come out of nowhere. SwiftKey was an Android staple — one of the earliest keyboard success stories on the platform and a popular choice for phone-makers, too — and Microsoft was, well, Microsoft. The company was still outwardly focused on its own Windows Phone platform, and it even had its own cross-platform keyboard app under active development. (It formally killed that effort off last summer.)

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 04, 2018

Data shows time is right for ‘iCloud: Enterprise edition'
Apple has a huge opportunity to diversify its offer with a range of powerful mobile services aimed at enterprise users — that's the only logical step it can take on news that almost three quarters of the work done on mobile in that sector is transacted on iOS devices.

Apple absolutely dominates the mobile enterprise Based on analysis of over 16PB of customer data covering 6.5 billion customer activities, enterprise collaboration and infrastructure company, Egnyte has found that an astonishing 79 percent of all mobile activity happens on iOS (59 percent on iPhones, 41 percent on iPads).

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 03, 2018

Enterprise mobility 2018: UEM is the next step
Get ready for some significant changes in the way enterprises manage their growing fleets of mobile devices — and in the technologies they use to provide that management.

2017: EMM suites go beyond MDM, add sophisticated capabilities2016: Mobile management takes on apps, content2015: Mobile device management broadensTo read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features
The upcoming version of Windows 10, which industry watchers expect will arrive in October, has many monikers. Its version number is 1809, its code name is Redstone 5, and its official post-launch name, announced by Microsoft at IFA Berlin, is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Windows 10 April 2018 UpdateWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (October 2018)To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

VirusTotal Intelligence, a search engine for malware | Salted Hash Ep 45
In this episode, host Steve Ragan talks with Karl Hiramoto, technical solutions consultant for VirusTotal, maker of VirusTotal Intelligence, a searchable detection tool for malware.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

Microsoft tags Windows 10 1809 with the catchy name 'October 2018 Update'
Microsoft today put a label on its next Windows 10 feature upgrade, giving it the colorless-but-informative moniker of "Windows 10 October 2018 Update."

The Redmond, Wash.-based developer revealed the name in a presentation at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, which translates to "International radio exhibition Berlin"), a massive consumer electronics trade show that kicked off Friday.

Microsoft did not name a release date for the upgrade; it typically keeps quiet about that until just prior to the actual launch.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

Firefox to auto-block ad trackers
Mozilla this week said that its Firefox browser will soon start to automatically block some ad tracking technologies that the company claimed impact page load performance and shadow users wherever they go.

"In the near future, Firefox will — by default — protect users by blocking tracking," wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's top Firefox executive, in an August 30 post to a company blog.

Mozilla added what it dubbed "Tracking Protection" to Firefox 57, a.k.a. "Quantum," last fall. Since then, the feature has remained opt-in, meaning people must manually enable it from the browser's Preferences display if they want to use it. When switched on, Tracking Protection blocks a wide range of content, not just advertisements but also in-page trackers that sites or ad networks implant to follow users from one website to another. Such trackers are the reason why an ad for underwear from a specific vendor seemingly pops up wherever one goes after one has browsed the underwear selection at the seller's website.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

Apple insists developers ramp up their privacy commitments
Apple recently told the U.S. Congress that is sees customer privacy as a "human right", though the explanation didn't at that time extend to how third-party developers treat data they get from iOS apps. Now it does.

Privacy for the rest of us Starting October 3, Apple will insist that all third-party apps (including new apps and app updates) submitted to the App Store include a link to the app developer's own privacy policy.

This is a big change as until now only subscription-based apps needed to supply this information - and it also extends to the privacy policy itself, which Apple insists must be clear and explicitly in explaining:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko
Time for the final August patching shoe to drop.

Late last night Microsoft released a flurry of patches, posting them on the Microsoft Update Catalog. Some are available through Windows Update, some aren't.

As of early Friday morning, the Win10 patches are not available through WSUS, the update server service. It's not clear if that's a mistake, a hesitation — or if somebody just went home last night and forgot.

Let's hear it for patching predictability. And transparency.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

You've got malware!
Flashback to the early 2000s, when this non-IT pilot fish works in a building where the level of computer literacy is hovering near absolute zero.

"I was the only person in my department who had any computer skills at all," fish grumbles.

"One day we all got an email notice from management about a virus that was going around, spread by email. We were warned about clicking links and opening pages and all the other standard warnings."

Fish suspects that most people in the department will just delete the warning, since they don't use their computers for anything but the bare minimum required by company business -- and they barely understand even that.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

10 classic but essential (and free!) utilities for Windows 10
CCleaner Windows 10 Utilities Slide #02 CCleaner" data-license="IDG"/Image by IDG / Piriform

CCleaner quickly scans for cache, log, temporary and other background files that Windows has accumulated over time but that are not necessary to its operation. You can then have this tool delete the unwanted files, potentially recovering a significant amount of storage space on your computer. CCleaner can also scan for and delete the browser history, cache, cookies, download history, temporary files, user passwords and other files associated with any web browser installed on your computer.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 31, 2018

R tip: Access nested list items with purrr
In this ninth episode of Do More with R, learn how to easily access and modify nested list items with the purrr package's modify_depth function

Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

Microsoft brings AI transcription to OneDrive and SharePoint
Microsoft is adding video and audio transcription capabilities to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, making a range of digital content more easily accessible to users.

The new feature will automatically create a full transcript of dialogue when viewing a video or listening to an audio file, using AI technology available in Microsoft Stream (formerly Office 365 Video). The new service will be made available to Office 365 subscribers later this year, Microsoft said in a blog post on Tuesday.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

Microsoft to end device limits for consumer Office 365 subscribers
Microsoft will soon drop the device limit on its consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions and increase the number of users allowed under a single Office 365 Home plan, the company announced today.

"Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices," wrote Jared Spataro, a Microsoft executive in the Office and Windows division, in a post to a company blog.

Under current rules, Office 365 Home, which costs $100 per year, allows for installation of the suite's applications — Word, Outlook, Excel and the rest — on only 10 devices, or an allowance of two devices for each of the five users who can shelter under the umbrella of a single subscription. Meanwhile, Office 365 Personal — a $70 annual plan with rights for just one individual — capped the device count at two total.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

The funny thing about Google's latest smartwatch reboot
Remember Wear OS — Google's platform for smartwatches and other wearable devices? (It used to be called Android Wear. If you didn't realize it had been rebranded or maybe didn't even realize it was still around, well, you could be forgiven.)

This week, Google announced it was working on a revamp — yes, another one — aimed at injecting the platform with fresh energy and purpose. It's a pretty significant update that reimagines the core interface of a Wear OS smartwatch and reassesses the very foundation of what such a device should be.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

Android apps: Best of the best
Trying to find the right app for any given area on Android is a lot like trying to order dinner at a restaurant with way too many options on the menu. How can you possibly find the right choice in such a crowded lineup? With the Google Play Store now boasting somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 gazillion titles (last I checked), it's no simple task to figure out which apps rise above the rest and provide the best possible experiences.

That's why I decided to step in and help. I've been covering Android from the start and have seen more than my fair share of incredible and not so incredible apps. From interface design to practical value, I know what to look for and how to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary. And taking the time to truly explore the full menu of options and find the cream of the crop is quite literally my job.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

Linux tip: How to use the lsblk command
In today's Linux tip, we're going to look at the lsblk command, which provides useful information on block devices.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Can we set up a meeting about that?
This insurance company is updating its claims-processing software, and it's the biggest kind of deal, says a pilot fish in the mix.

"The entire 30-person IT department was working on aspects of the upgrade, which would affect the entire company," fish says. "But the primary responsibility for the upgrade fell upon the lead programmer.

"No one knew as much about the system as she did, and cross-training was at a minimum. Each programmer worked on his own subsystems and few had worked on the core of the program.

"The deadline was such a firm date that management wouldn't even let the lead programmer schedule more than three days for her honeymoon, because they couldn't afford to lose that much time."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 30, 2018

The best Android widgets for busy professionals
When wondering about widgets, one would be wise to weigh which widget is a widget worth welcoming.

Apologies for my atrociously annoying alliteration. (Ah, blast. There I go again.) The thing about a widget, though, is — well, it sounds silly. And it's easy to write off as being irrelevant to your life as an Extremely Serious Smartphone User.

But playful as they may seem — and frivolous as they often appear — Android widgets can actually be a real asset when it comes to mobile productivity. In fact, once you wade through the Play Store's endless-seeming array of weather widgets, clock widgets, and, uh, more weather widgets, a sea of genuinely useful options awaits.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 29, 2018

Here's what two executive surveys revealed about blockchain adoption
Surveys of corporate executives by two professional services consultancies this week revealed enterprises are on the path to deploying blockchain ledgers for business automation and transaction efficiency.

The survey reports, from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Deloitte, showed that thousands of respondents are running blockchain projects, and as many as one in three already have it in production.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] PwC's report, published on Monday, revealed that 84% of 600 executives surveyed indicated their companies are "actively involved" with blockchain: 20% are in the research phase, 32% are in development mode, 10% are in pilot with the technology, 15% are running production blockchain ledgers, and 7% have paused their projects. The remaining 14% indicated they are not involved with blockchain technology.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 29, 2018

Linux tip: How to use the apropos command
In today's Linux tip, we look at the apropos command - a command that helps you locate and identify commands even when you can't remember their names.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 29, 2018

Data, the hard way
Pilot fish gets a new assignment: responsibility for a mainframe application that prints a monthly report listing all the employees who use the company's tuition-reimbursement program.

"The problem we had that made it a recurring programming problem was that, at some point, someone had decided to send the raw data to an outside vendor, which accumulated it and created a data tape that was then sent back to us to be used to print the monthly report," says fish.

"The outside vendor hired a series of temps to do the actual data entry -- all of them with zero experience on this particular job."

That means each month fish has to take the tape from the outside vendor and copy the data into a raw "dump" format to discover just how that month's temp has decided to format the data.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 28, 2018

EU regulation will drive U.S. banks to embrace FinTech or lose market share
Two significant changes to European Union regulations have given the FinTech industry a major shot in the arm and strengthened its position as a competitor to traditional banking, the result of which will be that U.S. banks will be forced to rethink their client strategies.

Along with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gave citizens the right to control the use of personally identifiable information, the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) required the sharing of consumer banking data with third parties when authorized by the customer.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 28, 2018

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
Aug 28, 2018

The Androidification of Chrome OS is about to go into overdrive
In the world of technology, some changes seem to happen with the snap of a finger. A new operating system update hits your phone, and bam! You've got a next-gen gesture navigation system and all sorts of other interface changes. The cause and effect are both immediate and obvious.

Other times, change can happen in a much more subdued and piecemeal manner — an evolution-like progression, with subtle and often insignificant-seeming shifts showing up bit by bit over time. In and of themselves, each shift may not look like much. But add them all together, and you realize a massive transformation has been building up in front of your eyes (you know, the whole "seeing the forest for the trees" thing).

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 28, 2018

University-customized Alexa devices will answer students' questions
Saint Louis University (SLU) has rolled out 2,300 Alexa-powered Echo Dot virtual assistants to all of its student living spaces to provide answers to university-related queries about events, speakers on campus and more.

The university also plans to extend use of the artificial intelligence assistant into classrooms and meeting rooms in future and aims to use the technology to support workplace productivity for its faculty staff, according to CIO, David Hakanson.

Students arriving at SLU this month can access a custom skill that answers questions relating to university services, such as "When does the library open?" or "Where is the registrar's office?"

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 28, 2018

Smaller updates remove 'last significant barrier' to commercial Windows 10 adoption, argues expert
Smaller monthly updates for Windows 10 may help push the operating system onto more machines as its predecessor faces retirement, a patch expert said.

"Lots of companies are feeling the pain [of large updates] and deferring or delaying migration to Windows 10 because of that," said Chris Goettl, product manager with client security and management vendor Ivanti, in an interview last week. "We should see Windows 10 adoption move forward again because [customers] can overcome the size problem."

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Currently, Microsoft delivers three different sizes of quality updates — security patches and non-security bug fixes that are issued several times monthly — full, express and a third, dubbed delta. However, beginning with Windows 10 1809, the feature upgrade set to ship next month or in October, Microsoft will offer only one size; that update will be considerably smaller than what Microsoft now calls the full update and only slightly larger than express on individual PCs.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 27, 2018

Windows 10 fall 2018 update: Key enterprise features
The upcoming version of Windows 10, which industry watchers expect will arrive in September, has many monikers. Its version number is 1809, and its code name is Redstone 5. Microsoft has not yet announced its official post-launch name, but if it follows the convention set by the previous release, called the April 2018 Update, it will be called the Windows 10 September 2018 Update.

Windows 10 April 2018 UpdateWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (October 2018)To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 27, 2018

Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.
Windows 10 on Chromebooks? At first, it sounds downright stupid. You can already do just about everything on a Chromebook with Chrome OS, including running a ton of Windows apps. Why bother? I have some ideas, but first, the background.

The eagle-eyed developers at XDA Developers have spotted a new Google Pixelbook firmware branch. This new code, "eve-campfire," includes a new "Alt OS mode." That "Alt OS"? WIndows 10.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 27, 2018

Linux tip: How to use the dstat command
In today's Linux tip, we're going to look at the dstat command that provides important information on system resources — notably CPU usage, disk activity, network traffic, paging and system internals (interrupts and context switches).

Enterprise Application News
Aug 27, 2018

10 ways to get the most from Facebook's Workplace
Launched in October 2016, Workplace by Facebook has quietly become a considerable competitor to the likes of Slack, Microsoft Teams and other collaboration platforms. The enterprise social network, which is available in a free version as well as a paid plan ($3/per user/per month), is now in use at more than 30,000 companies globally, according to Facebook.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 27, 2018

How to deliver code faster with CI/CD
This 3-minute video explains how to use continuous integration and continuous development to deliver apps faster and with higher quality

Enterprise Application News
Aug 25, 2018

Here comes ‘antidisinformation as a service'
Disinformation was in the news again this week. Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft said they removed accounts linked to Russian and Iranian disinformation campaigns.

And if you think it's all about politics and rogue nations, think again. The real story is about a new enterprise business service that fights disinformation.

I'll tell you all about that below. But first, the real news about the fake news.

Facebook said that 652 Facebook pages and groups run by the Iranian and Russian governments were deleted because they were found to be "misleading," by which it meant that the pages and social profiles presented themselves as something other than what they really were.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 24, 2018

How Windows 10's new smaller monthly updates work
Microsoft will apply an unusual patching process to reduce the size of its monthly Windows 10 updates, a company manager said this week.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 24, 2018

R tip: Animations in R
In this eighth episode of Do More with R, learn how to animate data over time with R and the gganimate and ggplot2 packages.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 24, 2018

Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers
Privacy is one of the hardest things to find today — and one of the most prized, especially online. Most people, even those not technologically adept, are concerned about the amount of personal information that is being harvested by governments, corporations, third-party advertising agencies and/or unethical hackers.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mainstream August patches look remarkably good, but watch out for the bad boys
So far this month we've only seen one cumulative update for each version of Windows 10, and one set of updates (Security only, Monthly Rollup) for Win7 and 8.1. With a few notable exceptions, those patches are going in rather nicely. What a difference a month makes.

We've also seen a massive influx of microcode updates for the latest versions of Windows 10, running on Intel processors. Those patches, released on Aug. 20 and 21, have tied many admins up in knots, with conflicting descriptions and iffy rollout sequences.

Big problems for small niches At this point, I'm seeing complaints about a handful of patches:

The original SQL Server 2016 SP2 patch, KB 4293807, was so bad Microsoft yanked it — although the yanking took almost a week. It's since been replaced by KB 4458621, which appears to solve the problem. The Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 patch, KB 4456688, has gone through two versions — released Aug. 14, pulled, then re-released Aug. 18 — and the re-released version still has problems. There's a hotfix available from the KB article, but you'd be well advised to avoid it. Outlook guru Diane Poremsky notes on Slipstick that the vers

Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

Retailer migrates 14,000 staff to G Suite and LumApps intranet
Finish Line completed the migration of thousands of employees from Microsoft Office to G Suite in two months, part of a major project to improve workplace collaboration at the sportswear retailer.

The Indiana-based company has more than 14,000 staff, including executives at its corporate offices and sales personnel at 1,000 store locations around the U.S.

According to Warren Lenard, vice president of technology and operations solutions at Finish Line, staff communications had previously been siloed across the organization, while many employees relied each day on an aging intranet to access information needed to support them in their roles.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

China once again cracks down on cryptocurrencies, news outlets
In an ongoing campaign to tamp down the growth of once-flourishing cryptocurrencies it sees as a threat, the Chinese government has ordered more than a half dozen online news outlets to shut down and banned physical venues from hosting crypto-related events.

On Tuesday, eight blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused media outlets were banned on WeChat, China's most influential instant communication and mobile payment app, for allegedly violating new government regulations forbidding the publishing of information related to initial coin offerings (ICOs) or cryptocurrency trading speculation.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

How to use iCloud with Windows
If you have an Apple ID, you can use iCloud with Windows which means you can access your email, photos and other data from your PC - useful when you're at your desk or travelling without an Apple device, or if you are inside Boot Camp on your Mac.

How to use iCloud with Windows There are two ways to use iCloud with Windows.

The most straightforward is to access your iCloud account from your web browser, but for deeper compatibility with your Windows system you should download and install Apple's iCloud for Windows software on your PC.

The difference between these two approaches is that while you can access your iCloud data via a browser, none of the data on your Windows system will sync. In other words, if you want photos, documents and bookmarks from your PC to update automatically across all your Apple devices, you'll want to use iCloud for Windows.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

Detecting bot attacks | Salted Hash Ep 44
In this episode, host Steve Ragan talks with Engin Akyol, CTO at Distil Networks at the Black Hat 2018 conference, about bot account takeovers and how they can be detected.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 23, 2018

10 ways Google Home can be helpful at work
Branding is a funny thing. The name "Google Home" doesn't exactly scream "productivity," after all — but Google's smart speakers and their new Smart Display cousins can actually be quite useful in an office environment.

I've had a Google Home Mini on my own desk for months now and have been experimenting with using one of the new Smart Displays — basically the same thing, only with a screen attached — for the past several days. And I've gotta say: While Google may not be joining Amazon in making an explicit push for bringing its virtual assistant into the business world (yet), there's something to be said for having this sort of device at your disposal during the workday.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2018

Microsoft: Office 365 for Mac subscribers must run newer editions of macOS
Microsoft has warned Mac subscribers of Office 365 that they must be running either macOS Sierra or macOS High Sierra next month when the company updates the productivity applications.

"As of the Office 365 for Mac September 2018 update, macOS 10.12 or later is required to update to the new version of the Office client apps for Mac and receive new feature updates," Microsoft announced in a support document.

Microsoft will probably deliver the Office 365 September update around September 11 or 12 if it sticks to the usual monthly refresh schedule.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2018

Mozilla sets termination date for Firefox's legacy add-ons
Mozilla this week laid out the roadmap for ending Firefox support for all old-school add-ons, telling users that the end of those legacy extensions would come in just two weeks.

"Mozilla will stop supporting Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 52, the final release that is compatible with legacy add-ons, on September 5, 2018," wrote Caitlin Neiman, add-on developer community manager, in an August 21 post to a company blog.

Firefox ESR is the version designed for enterprises and other users who want a more static browser; Mozilla upgrades ESR about once a year, as opposed to the every-six-week standard feature update tempo. Firefox ESR 52, destined to fall off the support list in two weeks, was first issued in March 2017. Its replacement, Firefox ESR 60, debuted in May of this year. Since that latter date, Mozilla has been regularly updating both ESR versions to give customers time to migrate from version 52 to version 60.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2018

Microsoft to slash size of Windows 10's monthly updates
Microsoft last week said that it will pare the size of Windows 10's monthly updates once version 1809 reaches customers' PCs this fall.

"We'll be bringing a new design for quality updates to the next major versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server," wrote Maliha Qureshi, a Microsoft program manager, in an August 16 post to a company blog. "This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment."

The next "major" versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server will each be labeled 1809 in Microsoft's yymm format, which denotes their purported month of release. Ideally, the feature upgrade for both lines will debut next month, but Microsoft's cadence usually runs a month later.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2018

What Vitalik Buterin's tweetstorm means for the future Ethereum blockchain
It took 75 tweets, but Ethereum blockchain founder Vitalik Buterin has clarified the roadmap for implementing a new consensus mechanism that promises to greatly increase the speed with which new entries can be added to the distributed electronic ledger technology.

Buterin devoted most of the tweets to explaining the history of Ethereum developer efforts to create a Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism that would streamline the process while also combating nefarious attacks to control blockchain content.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2018

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what's in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you'll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2018

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions
Microsoft's Surface folks have been on a mission lately, replacing almost all of the firmware and drivers in almost all of the recent Surface machines. It's as if, golly, somebody finally figured out that the enormous number of Surface bugs have their root in something buried deep inside.

The jury's still out on the efficacy of most of those firmware/driver updates, but a problem has, uh, surfaced specifically with the Surface Pro 4 firmware/driver updates released on July 26.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2018

The easy way to use Windows on a Mac just got better
Enterprise users upgrading to Mac and iOS devices often find they need to run some of their existing Windows applications on their new devices and may be interested to learn that the latest edition of Parallels can deliver this and more.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2018

But isn't breaking things what the QA people DO?
It's the 1990s, and this small startup needs to get online on a tiny budget -- which means a pilot fish there has to cobble together a Linux server from leftover parts.

"Things were working swimmingly for the first few weeks," says fish. "The server ran our corporate email and served up a simple web site.

"But suddenly it developed a bad case of the 'bouncies.' Someone would complain that the server was down, I'd verify and reboot. This happened multiple times in the same morning, and each time I left my desk and walked through the QA department to the corner of the open office where we stashed the 'server farm,' where potential investors could marvel at the blinky lights.

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