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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 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
Jan 18, 2019

Microsoft starts auto-update of Windows 10 1809 three months late
Microsoft this week restarted the automatic distribution of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the problem-plagued upgrade that was pulled from release just days after its initial debut.

"We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next-generation machine-learning model," Microsoft said in a refreshed support document.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 October 2018 update: Key enterprise features ] That rollout was supposed to start three months ago.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 2019

Google ups prices for G Suite Basic and Business customers
Google is set to increase G Suite subscription prices for the first time since the productivity and collaboration software suite was launched; Google said the move follows the addition of a variety of new features in recent years.

As of April 2, G Suite Basic Edition will increase from $5 per user per month to $6 per user per month; the G Suite Business Edition will go from $10 to $12 per user/month. Pricing for G Suite Enterprise Edition ($25 per user/month) will remain unchanged. 

[ Further reading: 10 ways to work better with G Suite ] G Suite was initially built around core apps such as Google Docs, Calendar and Drive, but has added a range of other tools, including a video-conferencing tool (Hangouts Meet); team messaging (Hangouts Chat); and enterprise search (Cloud Search - only available on Business and Enterprise tiers). 

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 2019

Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.99 Per Month - Deal Alert
NordVPN promises a private and fast path through the public internet, with no logs, unmetered access for 6 simultaneous devices and access to 5,232 servers worldwide. They are currently running a promotion, but you'll have to use this link to find it. Its typical price has been discounted for 3 years of service -- a good deal at just $2.99 per month.  See the $2.99/month NordVPN deal here.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 2019

Apple isn't alone: data confirms smartphone sector slow-down
Claims the smartphone market is contracting are confirmed by new data received from SEMRush - and the entire industry, not just Apple, appears to be feeling the pain.

What's the story? Apple recently admitted to slower than anticipated iPhone sales in its biggest-selling quarter, reducing estimates and attributing this damage to a variety of factors.

The world's biggest smartphone vendor Samsung Electronics has also confirmed its own big dive with a 30 percent decline in profit.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 2019

There's a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10
If you can't get to your router's admin page using the Edge browser, there's a reason why. Microsoft broke it with this month's cumulative updates.

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] Yesterday, Microsoft appended this warning to all of its Windows 10 January cumulative update pages for version 1703 onward:


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Enterprise Application News
Jan 18, 2019

The best Linux apps for Chromebooks
Being able to install Linux apps on Chrome OS opens up some fascinating new possibilities — particularly if you're an advanced user.

After all, while a Chromebook's standard combo of web apps, Chrome apps, and Android apps is more than sufficient for most folks' needs, some of us still require (or maybe just prefer) traditional local programs for certain specific purposes. The presence of Linux apps on Chrome OS means we can have our cake and eat it, too — by enjoying the speed, simplicity, and security of a Chromebook while also embracing the occasional heavy-duty desktop app.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

SAP targets counterfeit drugs with blockchain tracker
SAP has launched a supply chain tracking service based on blockchain that will enable drug wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies.

The Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences will initially be used to trace the return of unused drugs to wholesalers, but SAP this week said it plans to expand use of the distributed ledger technology to include a broader range of pharmaceutical supply chain processes.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] There are about 60 million pharmaceutical returns made to U.S. wholesalers annually, worth an estimated $7 billion.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

Microsoft expands Windows 7-to-Windows 10 app compatibility pledge
Microsoft this week announced that an application compatibility guarantee it gave to enterprises migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has gone global.

The "Desktop App Assure" program, which launched in October and was then available in North America only, has been expanded to all markets, Brad Anderson, the executive who leads the Microsoft 365 group, said in a post to a company blog.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] "We've heard loud and clear that one of the most important considerations for shifting to a modern desktop is application compatibility, and we've done a massive amount of work to ensure that Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus are now the most compatible upgrades ever," Anderson said.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

Android Q dreaming: Imagine the notification inbox
When you stop and think about it, we've reached a really interesting point in the evolution of smartphone software. By and large, the foundation for our mobile tech devices these days is pretty darn decent — "mature," as people who take themselves a little too seriously like to say.

That means we don't see many of the seismic shifts that used to be near-annual occurrences anymore — y'know, the dramatic redesigns and interface rebirths that were almost comically common in the years from Froyo to Lollipop.

And you know what? That's not necessarily a bad thing. With a solid foundation in place, the folks responsible for Android can focus on under-the-hood improvements in areas like performance and privacy along with small but significant above-the-surface enhancements — the sorts of tweaks and additions that may not dramatically change our virtual environments but do make some part of our lives a little more pleasant. If you ask me, those types of changes are often the ones that deliver the most noticeable day-to-day impact.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model
Looks like Microsoft has upped its game on deploying the September-October-November-December 2018 Update for Windows 10, with forced upgrades on the menu.

Yesterday evening, Microsoft updated the status of Win10 1809 to say:


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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

IBM calls time on Slack-rival Watson Workspace
IBM has decided to end support for its Watson Workspace team chat app, citing a lack of customer traction. 

The decision follows the sale of IBM's software assets -  including legacy collaboration applications such as IBM Notes, Domino and Connections - to Indian technology services provider HCL for $1.8 billion in December.

[ Related: 7 Trello alternatives for visual task management ] A preview of Watson Workspace, announced in 2016, touted  IBM Watson's cognitive computings capabilities. Watson's AI underpinned features such as Workspace Moments, which promised to reduce the noise of collaboration by summarizing posts within the chat app.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

'We need new privacy laws' urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook
In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

Stand up for your rights "In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy - yours, mine, all of ours." Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

'We need new privacy laws,' urges Apple CEO Tim Cook
In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

Stand up for your rights "In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy — yours, mine, all of ours." Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

Start-up Devvio claims its blockchain can handle 8M transactions a second
A start-up firm claims its highly efficient distributed ledger protocol can address all the major problems facing blockchain networks, including being able to scale for global financial business by executing up to eight million transactions per second (TPS).

The new blockchain protocol, called Devv, was unveiled and demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas last week.

If the claims prove true, Devv would be able to compete with traditional financial networks in terms of scalability, be far less expensive to use and would address fraud, theft and privacy issues. Like many blockchain protocols, Devv is not just a peer-to-peer (P2P) database technology but also a digital currency or cryptocurrency called Devcash.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 17, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Hey, what's another six months?
Pilot fish is hired by this company to support an application that tracks orders on a manufacturing plant's shop floor.

"The application was written by a former employee who learned programming from a Dummies book, and had then left the company," grumbles fish.

"The program was extremely buggy and was constantly crashing. But I was told not to modify the existing system in any fashion whatsoever because a new, better system was being written by corporate and would be delivered in six months."

So fish spends the next six months supporting the existing system, and tells his users to be patient because a completely new version is coming.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 16, 2019

Brave browser previews ad-replacement feature in latest Dev build
Brave Software on Tuesday previewed part of its unusual advertising model in a developer version of the Brave browser.

The firm also said users of the browser will share between 15% and 70% of the revenue earned from its strategy, which relies on blocking websites' intended online advertisements and replacing them with its own ads.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] "This version provides a preview for users to test ad display and delivery but does not yet include advertiser confirmation or user payment for ad views," Brave Software wrote in a Jan. 15 unsigned post to the company's blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 16, 2019

How collaboration apps foster digital transformation
Throughout enterprises large and small, collaboration apps and services are breaking down silos, connecting colleagues in more effective ways and resulting in stronger employee engagement. These tools are enabling companies to transition to a purely digital world and transform business operations with relative ease.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 15, 2019

Chrome to take ad blocking worldwide in July
Google plans to go global with Chrome's ad-blocking in July, expanding the practice from North America and Europe, where it's been in place for nearly a year.

Beginning July 9, 2019, Chrome will ... stop showing all ads on sites in any country that repeatedly display (disruptive ads)," Ben Galbraith, senior product director of Chrome, wrote in a Jan. 9 post to a company blog.

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Google first directed Chrome to "filter" online ads - its preferred label for the practice - in February 2018. Then, the company announced its browser would expunge all ads from sites that displayed advertisements identified as the most annoying on the web. The "disruptive" ad types were those that violated the "Better Ads Standards" set by an industry group named "Coalition for Better Ads" (CBA).

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 15, 2019

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up
As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. By and large, things "just work" — like, for real.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 15, 2019

Apple's biggest challenge isn't selling iPhones
It doesn't matter if we buy them less often, we're all going to continue to buy smartphones; the congregation of loyal iPhone users will continue to grow; and Apple's biggest challenge isn't mobile - it's Mac.

Wave bye-bye to Windows 7 Apple has a huge opportunity.

Over a third of all the Windows PCs on the planet are running a version of the Microsoft OS that is about to die a cold and lonely death, Windows 7. That installation is just twelve software patches away from forced retirement, after which enterprise and consumer users will be forced to upgrade, or to pay Microsoft way too much money to support the old OS, or to upgrade.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 15, 2019

Google Keep cheat sheet
Google Keep lets you create notes and to-do lists that sync across your computer and phone or tablet. It's remarkably handy in a variety of ways. You can tag and search all your notes so they're easy to find later. You can share your notes with other users and collaborate on them. You can record voice memos, and Keep will transcribe them as text notes. You can include images in your notes, and if text is shown in an image, the image shows up in search results. You can create time- or location-triggered reminders based on your notes.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 14, 2019

Tick-tock: The year-long Windows 7 countdown by the numbers
A year from today, Microsoft will issue the final public security update for Windows 7, ending the operating system's 10-year run.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Here are some of the important numbers related to Windows 7's final 12 months.

10 The label for the version of Windows slated to replace Windows 7 as the default OS in the enterprise. Currently, Windows 10's adoption rate lags behind Windows 7's at the same point in its post-launch timeline. In March 2013, 41 months after its debut, Windows 7 powered approximately 49% of all Windows PCs.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 14, 2019

Resources to help you modernize your SharePoint intranet
Based on the exciting changes that are rolling out for modern SharePoint, I think 2019 is going to be the "year of modern" for SharePoint intranets. Within the next few months, most of the key barriers to "going modern" will have been removed the point where many more organizations will jump in. There are still a few big rocks that I know several of my clients are waiting for — including the ability to easily schedule the publishing of pages, multi-lingual sites, and audience targeting in navigation — but we know these are either planned or top of mind for 2019. (See my summary of all the roadmap slides from Ignite 2018.)

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 14, 2019

How to integrate blockchain with legacy systems (and whether you should)
Blockchain offers enterprises a new method for transacting over a distributed, trusted network, but plugging the technology into existing databases, ERP systems and a client/partner base is no small task. And in many cases, it isn't even needed.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

An enterprise take on Apple's ‘Project Marzipan'
We will learn much more about Apple's Marzipan initiative that enables iOS apps to run on Macs at WWDC 2019. Meanwhile, here's a quick catch-up on what we know so far and some probably implications for enterprise IT.

A little iOS in the Mac Apple announced Marzipan at WWDC 2018 when it introduced macOS Mojave and iOS 12.

With Mojave now on millions of Macs, lots of us are already using the first four iOS apps to be liberated to run on the Mac:

News Home Stocks (perhaps not so compelling as economies collapse) Voice Memos The apps aren't the be all and end all of Apple's Marzipan initiative, which goes much further and includes development of new cross-platform design-libraries developers can use in order to build apps capable of running on both Mac and iOS platforms.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!
If Microsoft's patchers keep it up, folks might start to think that they know what they're doing.

Last night we saw the release of KB 4476976, which is a bug-fixing patch for Win10 version 1809. The fix itself isn't remarkable (more about that later). What's amazing is the delivery mechanism.

Once again, Microsoft is making use of the Windows Insider Program Release Preview Ring in the way it was originally intended — to release test versions of cumulative updates, before they head out to the general populace.

Interesting concept. It's called "testing," I believe. Demonstrably, Microsoft has had problems in that department.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

R tip: Creating color-coded calendars
See how well you're achieving daily goals with a color-coded calendar made in R

Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

The tech world's best CEO? Microsoft's Nadella, hands down.
Over the years, plenty of kudos have been directed at the people at the helms of big tech companies. Until recent hard times, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook and Alphabet's Sergey Brin, among others, have been fawned over by a compliant press and portrayed as visionaries and great leaders.

But the world's best tech leader hasn't been lionized, not even now that the tech giant he has guided for almost five years remains relatively stable amid jumpy markets. I'm talking about Microsoft's unassuming CEO, Satya Nadella, who as often as not has been considered merely a steady, somewhat boring functionary. Take a look, though, at what he has done at the company through 2018. He has successfully turned Microsoft from a plodding, increasingly irrelevant company into a tech powerhouse that's surprisingly nimble and more willing to change course than its competitors.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

Why full-Chromium Edge means end times for IE
How much longer will Microsoft patch Internet Explorer?

That's a question Windows users who still run the aged browser should ask themselves. The answer? Only Microsoft knows for sure. But there are signs that the Redmond, Wash. developer won't support Internet Explorer (IE) as long as it's promised.

The last (Internet) Explorer Although IE has been demoted to legacy status - it's been three years since Microsoft halted development of the browser - the firm pledged to deliver security updates through the lifetime of any operating system with which the browser was bundled. "Internet Explorer 11 is the last major version of Internet Explorer," Microsoft stated. "Internet Explorer 11 will continue receiving security updates and technical support for the lifecycle of the version of Windows on which it is installed."

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

How to enable and configure Office 365 logging and auditing
Make sure Microsoft Office 365 logging and auditing is set up properly so forensic data is available when needed.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 11, 2019

Exploring the economic realities of cybersecurity insurance | Salted Hash Ep 43
Guest host Juliet Beauchamp talks with senior writer J.M. Porup about the newly created cybersecurity insurance industry, and how a policy could fit into an organization's overall security strategy to help minimize risk.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 10, 2019

Nestle phases out Salesforce Chatter, deploys Facebook's Workplace
Nestlé will phase out its company-wide deployment of Salesforce Chatter as it deploys Facebook's Workplace enterprise social network. 

The Swiss firm - the world's largest food company by revenue - chose Workplace to connect staff and support communications across its complex operations. Nestlé owns more than 2,000 brands, has a presence in 191 countries and employs approximately 210,000 workers. 

[ Related: 10 ways to get the most from Facebook's Workplace ] The company had previously relied on an implementation of Salesforce's Chatter - dubbed "NestChatter" internally - as its social communications platform. The rollout was the "largest Salesforce Chatter deployment ever," said Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff during a 2013 earnings call.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 10, 2019

The 15-minute Android phone tune-up
Ah, the beginning of a new year: What better time to clean up, start fresh, and make sure your various work spaces are primed for productivity?

Making your physical desk presentable is all on you (seriously, pal, would it kill ya to do a little dusting once in a while?), but when it comes to that virtual office in your pocket — y'know, that shiny ol' smartphone of yours — I'm here to help.

A handful of simple-seeming steps can go a long way in clearing out the virtual clutter, y'see, and turning your Android phone back into the optimal work companion it oughta be. And best of all? It shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to complete.

[Get fresh tips and insight in your inbox every Friday with JR's Android Intelligence newsletter. Exclusive extras await!] So pop open your hood, put on the nearest pair of coveralls, and get ready to get your hands metaphorically dirty: It's time to step into the garage and get your mobile device in tip-top shape for 2019.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 10, 2019

How to create and open compressed files on iPhone, iPad
Many enterprises rely on zip files to exchange data, particularly confidential data - compression helps keep information safe, even against inquisitive ads trackers lurking inside "free" email or online storage services. How do you handle these things on iPad or iPhone?

How to handle zip files on iPhone While it isn't especially obvious, iOS provides some limited features that let you archive and decompress zip files. You can even create a nice little Shortcut to do this for you:

Open Shortcuts, Tap Create Shortcut In the search bar, type Extract Archive: That shortcut should appear in the list below, tap it to add it to your workflow. Returning to the search bar, type Save File. When it appears tap it to add it to the workflow you are building. Tap the switch button at top right of the shortcut name In the next pane you can name the shortcut and give it an icon. The most important change you should make is to enable Show in Share Sheet (flick to green). You can create a second Shortcut to make archives. Just tupe Make Archive to find the relevant flow and then add Save File and Show in Share Sheet as decribed above. Don't forget to give it a name, such as Make Archive. Shortcuts can work with multiple compression formats, including .tar, .zip and .iso. How to use it:

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 10, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Yeah, but it worked!
This engineering office is installing a new network copier/printer in its word-processing department, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene.

"One of the people in that department also handles package shipping via a particular delivery service that also provides Windows software for printing shipping labels, billing, tracking packages, etc.," fish says.

"With the new printer, we're having problems getting that software to properly hold the new printer configuration."

The service representative who is setting up the printer tells fish he needs to reboot the PC. Fish tells him to wait and check with the woman who handles shipping, because he knows that the shipping software can't be shut down and restarted during the working day.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Windows 10 quick tips: How to share a single PC
Two or more people sharing one PC for work sounds like a recipe for disaster. Do you really want a co-worker to read, edit and delete your files and folders; use or delete your applications; or make system-wide customizations?

In some offices, however, computers need to be shared between two or more workers, or handed off to a temporary worker — without being completely wiped each time. And Windows 10 has great tools for allowing multiple people to share a single PC without any of those problems. In this piece, I'll show you what to do.

This article has been updated for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Microsoft upgrades Teams mobile app to woo frontline workers
Microsoft has added a raft of updates to its Teams collaboration tool in a bid to win over "first-line" workers such as retail, healthcare and service staffers. The additions include new mobile app functions, integrations with third-party scheduling apps and an employee "praise" tool.

Microsoft claims there are more than two billion frontline staff globally - a segment of workers that has received less attention than knowledge workers, who have access to a plethora of digital tools to support workplace communications and productivity. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: A great start to patching in 2019
After a busy year of patches and real challenges to the quality of the update process, Microsoft has delivered a "mild" January Patch Tuesday that addresses 47 unique vulnerabilities. This month, we have one publicly reported vulnerability (CVE-2019-0579) that addresses a problem with the Microsoft JET engine. No critical updates for Adobe (really!) and a "Patch Now" rating for the Microsoft IE and Edge browser updates. In addition to the normal security and quality updates released this month, Microsoft has published its latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU) with ADV990001 which applies to Windows 10 (all releases), Server 2008 and Server 2016.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Enterprise iPhones will soon be able to use security dongles
Enterprise security professionals will be pleased to learn that it will soon be possible to enhance the already considerable device security of Apple's iPhones with hardware-based physical authentication dongles using the Lightning port.

A highly secure proposition Announced at CES 2019, the key fits on a keyring and comes from the authorization experts at Yubico. The hardware connects to iOS systems using the Lightning connection and is also equipped with USB-C for Macs. This is quite a big deal.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Patch Tuesday updates for Win7, KB 4480970 and KB 4480960 knock out networking
It's Reboot Wednesday (the day following Microsoft's Patch Tuesday) and, like roses unto spring, bugs are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. This time, if you have a network that uses SMBv2, this month's Win7 patches may knock your network upside the head.

I first read about it on Günter Born's site:


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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Mingis on Tech: As blockchain hype cools, a 'trough of disillusionment' for 2019?
Ok, so maybe blockchain isn't ready yet to become the biggest new technology since the internet.

But the distributed ledger technology clearly made strides in 2018, when it was embraced by companies from Walmart to shipping bigwig Maersk to top tech venders like IBM, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft who see potential in blockchain-as-a-service. (Walmart's vice president in charge of food safety, Frank Yiannas, compared his embrace of blockchain to a "religious conversaion.")

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Mingis on Tech: Blockchain - after the hype and into the real world
In 2018, blockchain boosters touted the distributed ledger technology as a game-changer. Maybe so, but not yet. Here's how it evolved last year and where it's going in 2019.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 09, 2019

Details, details
It's a few years after Y2K when the IT security team at this university gets a rude awakening, reports a pilot fish in the know.

"They discovered that persons unknown had hacked into a university server," fish says. "It was being used to launch denial-of-service attacks against a victim somewhere outside the university."

The team's first job is finding the server -- which turns out to be in the alumni office -- and taking it offline.

Then they start digging into the security logs. That's when they find out that the attackers have been making use of the server for more than a year.

And once they start checking on the IP addresses of whoever it is that has accessed the server, they discover it's not just one or two hackers. It seems people from all over the world have been using this server to launch attacks.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 08, 2019

Windows 10 1903 to seize 7GB of user storage space for smoother upgrades
Windows 10's next feature upgrade will commandeer 7GB of a personal computer's storage space to better ensure updates are properly processed, Microsoft announced Monday.

The drive space, dubbed "Reserved storage," will be set aside starting with what Microsoft will likely name "Windows 10 April 2019 Update" and mark as 1903 in its four-character yymm label. The feature upgrade may begin distribution in March or April.

[ Further reading: Top 35 free apps for Windows 10 ] "Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space," Jesse Rajwan, a program manager in the storage and file systems group, said in a Jan. 7 post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 08, 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
Jan 08, 2019

7 Android trends to watch in 2019
Nobody panic, but I'm pretty sure there's been a glitch in the matrix.

My calendar insists it's 2019, y'see, but my brain is fairly certain that can't be possible. I mean, c'mon: Did another year somehow slip by us already? Has my holiday hibernation time actually come to an end? Are we really, truly at the start of a whole new orbit around that hot, boastful sun of ours?

Truth be told, I'm pretty skeptical — but until I wake up and determine this is a dream, I reckon we oughta go ahead and act like a new year has begun. And that means it's time to think ahead to the themes and trends we're likely to see taking shape here in the land o' Android over these next 12 months.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 08, 2019

Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more
If I were in charge of Microsoft, besides fully embracing Linux for the desktop, I'd give up on trying to challenge Google's Chromebooks with lightweight versions of Windows. It hasn't worked before, and it won't work now.

But I'm not in charge of Windows. Indeed, since Terry Myerson was shown the door in March 2018, no one in Microsoft's mahogany row has represented Windows. That lack of top leadership may be why Windows quality assurance hit new lows with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 08, 2019

Microsoft spins off security, compliance bits from Microsoft 365's priciest plan for E3 customers
Microsoft has introduced two add-on plans for corporate customers currently relying on the not-all-of-the-kitchen-sink Microsoft 365 E3 subscription.

The new deals: "Identity & Threat Protection" and "Information Protection & Compliance." They will be available for purchase as of Feb. 1.

[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ] Although Microsoft didn't say it in so many words, both will be aimed at businesses already subscribing to the $34 per-user per-month Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 plan.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

Blockchain craze helps push up related salaries
Salaries for blockchain developers are up again, with annual pay soaring by more than $4,000 over the past six months for those in the highest bracket. And the rush to embrace distributed ledger technology is also pushing pay up for related jobs, according to a new report.

The median annual salary for a blockchain developer is now $132,000, with experienced workers commanding upwards of $176,000 a year when they move to new organizations, according to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular salary surveys and updates its report biannually. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.
With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, now's a good time to make sure you have Windows Automatic Update throttled. Yes, you need to patch sooner or later. No, you don't need to do it in lockstep with Microsoft's, uh, exuberant pace.

Case in point: On Jan. 3, Microsoft released 14 non-security Office patches. (Those are patches for the "perpetual" installed "MSI" versions of Office, not the Office 365 Click-to-Run versions. You gotta love the terminology.) The bug fixes covered a range of bugs, most notably including errors in the way Japanese dates are displayed.

A few hours later, the Japanese-language blogs erupted with reports that four of the new patches — the ones for Office 2010 — caused Excel to throw a Stop error when it was opened. The bad patches:

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

In 2019, look for AI-enabled mobile devices - and a UEM push
This year, artificial intelligence will continue its push into mobile hardware and enterprise communication devices, challenging IT shops' enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities while at the same time offering potential security benefits.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

Perfect, redefined
It's the early days of big-iron computing, when IT is called Data Processing and this programmer pilot fish has a program that has apparently compiled perfectly.

Well, not exactly. "I had exactly 256 errors in my program," fish says. "The mainframe compiler software used to have only one byte for counting compiler errors. My program took the whole mainframe down -- several times!

"After they figured out that it was my compilation that took the mainframe down, I got called in to a meeting with my manager and the data center manager.

"I was told I could only compile my program on weekends, and only under the supervision of the data center manager and his top mainframe programmer!

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

Windows 10 1809 adoption remains in the cellar
Microsoft's disastrous roll-out of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was put into stark focus last week when published data showed its adoption was only an eighth that of its 2017 predecessor.

According to statistics gathered by AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 October 2018 Update - 1809 in Microsoft's yymm labeling format - had been installed on just 6.6% of all Windows 10 systems by year's end.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] That was a small fraction of the 53.6% powered by 1709 - Windows 10's second feature upgrade of 2017 - at the close of that year.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 07, 2019

Top 4 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2019
If 2018 was the year of the data breach, the thinking among IT pros is that this will be the year companies take concrete steps to prevent future breaches.

That was the sentiment among tech professionals who took part in a recent @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat about enterprise tech trends for 2019.

In fact, a recent @IDGTechTalk poll found privacy and security to be the top enterprise tech issue for 2019 (45 percent), followed by artificial intelligence (30 percent), cloud computing (16 percent), and blockchain (9 percent).

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Jan 04, 2019

Apple wants to stop you from using dangerous USB-C devices
Apple wants to make it harder for its customers to use cheap USB-C cables — and it's for your own good.

The risks of USB-C cables Cables are complicated, and that's why friends don't let friends connect cut-price or otherwise unverified USB-C cables to their systems — and soon, you won't be able to.

Apple has warned its users to avoid using low-quality equipment for years. It was only in 2016 that it was revealed that hundreds of chargers at that time sold on Amazon and advertised as being made by Apple were in fact dangerous fakes.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 04, 2019

Apple wants to stop you using dangerous USB-C devices
Apple wants to make it harder for its customers to use cheap USB-C cables - and it's for your own good.

These are the risks of USB-C cables

Cables are complicated and that's why friends don't let friends connect cut-price or otherwise unverified USB-C cables to their systems -and soon, you won't be able to.

Apple has warned its users to avoid using low-quality equipment for years. It was only in 2016 that it was revealed that hundreds of chargers at that time sold on Amazon and advertised as being made by Apple were in fact dangerous fakes.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 04, 2019

How to find Windows security setup resources
Find security scripts, compliance and other Windows resources.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, due to be released next spring. As it did with the October 2018 Update, 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 is changing it up with the next release, which is code-named "19H1" (for 2019, first half) rather than "Redstone 6." What follows is a list of every preview build of Windows 10 19H1 that has been rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, 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.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

Chrome Remote Desktop: The easy way to access a remote computer
Once upon a time, in a world not so far away, accessing a computer remotely required all sorts of costly, complicated software and technical know-how.

These days, it's a different story. Google's free Chrome Remote Desktop service makes it dead-simple to get on any computer — Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS — from practically any other desktop or mobile device. You can access all of the remote system's contents and even click around as if you were sitting right in front of it.

Chrome Remote Desktop can be useful for signing into your own personal or work computer from afar, and it can be equally valuable for peeking in on someone else's system — be it your co-worker's or your mother's — to provide hands-on help without having to be in the same location.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

Google yanks option to restore Chrome's older UI; users decry 'ugly' new look
Chrome users have laid into Google after the search giant scrubbed an option that let them restore an earlier user interface (UI), saying that the new look was "untenable" and "ugly," and "would burn the eyes."

The brouhaha, which has packed complaints into venues like Chrome's official support forum, Twitter and Reddit, grew in volume and vitriol throughout December, after Google upgraded the browser to version 71.

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Although Google revamped Chrome's UI with version 69 - released in September to mark the browser's 10th anniversary - users were able to punt that look-and-feel for the prior by setting an option in the panel that showed after typing chrome://flags into the address bar. The option was labeled "UI Layout for the browser's top chrome;" switching from "Default" to "Normal" and restarting the browser restored the older UI.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization
One of the great things about R is the thousands of packages users have written to solve specific problems in various disciplines -- analyzing everything from weather or financial data to the human genome -- not to mention analyzing computer security-breach data.

[ Need to learn R or brush up on basics? Download our free Beginner's Guide to R or the Advanced Beginner's Guide to R ] Some tasks are common to almost all users, though, regardless of subject area: data import, data wrangling and data visualization. The table below show my favorite go-to packages for one of these three tasks (plus a few miscellaneous ones tossed in). The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = "packagename") in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ).

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

AR and VR bring a new twist to collaboration
Businesses are finding a wide variety of applications for augmented reality and virtual reality tools, from training to rapid prototyping to enhancing marketing materials. Add that demand to consumer interest in the technologies for entertainment, gaming, retail showcasing, and more, and it's not surprising that IDC has predicted that the overall AR and VR headset market is set to grow from 8.9 million units in 2018 to 65.9 million units by 2022.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 03, 2019

New year, same old users
IT support pilot fish takes a call to help a user change a password on a webpage form -- and it reminds fish of just how much help-desk techs love password resets.

"I spent 25 minutes talking to him," fish groans. "There were only two buttons to press, Submit and Reset.

"You'd think that after pressing Reset three times and having it erase the passwords he typed in, he would try Submit -- right?

"But no -- our customer tried a fourth and then a fifth time, until he got the idea to hit the other button.

"This person was by all accounts a functional, employed adult..."

Sharky needs a new year's worth of stories of users, management and IT gone off the rails. So send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 02, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: Microsoft needs to rebuild Edge before Edge disappears
By the time Microsoft manages to refit its Edge browser with Chrome's engines, there might not be much of an Edge there.

Microsoft's browsers - Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge - jettisoned the most user share in over a year last month, falling to a record low. Meanwhile, Edge's share of all Windows 10 PCs, a metric Computerworld views as the most accurate reflection of user acceptance, also dropped to a new low.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] According to web analytics company Net Applications, IE's and Edge's combined share plunged by 1.5 percentage points to end 2018 at 12.4%. The decline was the largest since September 2017, excepting a larger share sell-off two months later when Net Applications purged its data of fraudsters' bots. Most of the drop-off was due to users fleeing IE; the obsolete browser lost 1.3 percentage points all by itself, slumping to 8.3 percentage points. Edge shed slightly more than one-tenth of a point, more-or-less tying its former record low, first set in September 2018.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 02, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 finally dethrones Windows 7
Nearly three and a half years after its release, Windows 10 last month surpassed its enterprise predecessor, Windows 7, as the most popular operating system on the planet.

According to analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 jumped by 1.1 percentage points in user share in December, climbing to 39.2% of all personal computers and 45.5% of all PCs running Windows. (The second number is larger than the first because Windows does not power all PCs; in December, Windows ran 86% of the world's systems. Most of the remainder ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, in decreasing order.)

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Meanwhile, Windows 7 lost 2 percentage points last month, four times the loss of November and the largest one-month decline in over a year. Windows 7 ended 2018 on 36.9% of all personal computers and on 42.8% of all Windows PCs.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 02, 2019

How blockchain may kill the password
Imagine a company that can verify the background of a new employee and onboard them with the click of a single virtual button, or a banking customer who can verify their identity for a loan without exposing personally identifiable information - again with a click of a button.

That's the potential blockchain holds for decentralized identity management. It's done  by creating a digital wallet that serves as a repository for all kinds of personal and financial data, info that can only be shared after a specific request and only with the permission of the owner.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) - in combination with digital identity verification - holds the potential to solve online privacy issues that plague everything from consumer sales and bank know-your-customer regulations to employee credentials that allow access to confidential business systems.

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Jan 02, 2019

If the CTO says it's OK, what could go wrong?
Medical rehab facility is facing a compliance deadline for HIPAA privacy regulations, and that could be a problem, says a cybersecurity pilot fish working there.

"The HIPAA regulations are strewn with potential issues," fish says. "When some aspect isn't followed and a patient's data privacy is compromised, the fines can be substantial."

And that's the headache fish faces because of his facility's use of Gmail. As the site's cybersecurity engineer, fish knows that ordinary Gmail isn't HIPAA compliant.

Fortunately, there's a fix -- one that involves additional paperwork and agreements, along with some added security verification. But that's still easier and less complex than moving everyone off Gmail.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 01, 2019

Android 2019 primer: 10 bits of telling analysis to mull over
When it comes to mobile technology, trends mean so much more than any single event.

That's a notion we see reinforced time and time again here in the land o' Android — and that's why so much of our focus in this little corner of the internub is on the bigger-picture view of what's going on with Google. By looking at those broader trends, we can get a sense of how the company's strategies are shifting and what those changes suggest about the future of Android and other mobile tech efforts.

We had no shortage of such matters to consider in 2018 — and some of the trends we've observed over these past 12 months will almost certainly inform the patterns we'll see over the course of the coming year.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 31, 2018

Q&A: Experian exec says biometrics won't save you from mobile hacks
If you think your new iPhone's Face ID facial recognition feature or your bank's fancy new fingerprint scanner will guarantee privacy and block hackers from accessing sensitive personal or financial data, think again.

In the coming year, cyberattacks will zero in on biometric hacking and expose vulnerabilities in touch ID sensors, facial recognition technology and passcodes, according to a new report from credit reporting agency Experian Plc. While biometric data is considered the most secure method of authentication, it can be stolen or altered, and sensors can be manipulated, spoofed or suffer deterioration with too much use.

Even so, as much as 63% of enterprises have implemented or plan to roll out  biometric authentication systems to augment or replace less-secure passwords, Experian said in its report. The push toward biometric systems dates back to the turn of the century in the financial services industry.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 29, 2018

How Microsoft lost the web
Microsoft's announcement earlier this month that it was dumping its own browser technology for Google's - turning Edge into a Chrome clone - was a stunning acknowledgement that the company had lost its decades-long battle for browser supremacy.

"We intend to adopt the Chromium open-source project ... to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the Windows group, wrote in a Dec. 6 post to a company blog. But while Belfiore blew the open-source horn, he didn't bother to recap how Microsoft reached this point when earlier in the century, it was the dominant browser maker, accounting for more than 90% of all usage after it laid waste to Netscape Navigator.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 28, 2018

Collaboration 2019: Teams, Slack and what's coming
The booming team collaboration market is likely to continue booming in 2019 as companies roll out chat apps more widely across their operations.

With Microsoft leveraging the ubiquity of its Office suite to push Teams, and Slack doubling down on its still-evolving enterprise push, the two leaders in the market are likely to continue to try and one-up each other in the search for new customers. At the same time, a host of other firms, from Facebook to Google, Cisco and more, will continue to build out their own team chat platforms.

[ Related: 10 ways to get the most from Facebook's Workplace ] IDC, by the way, expects the collaboration market to generate $3.5 billion in revenues in the year ahead, up from $2.9 billion in 2018.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 27, 2018

Run. Boom! Repeat.
Christmas: Pilot fish in IT operations is working the holiday so a critical mainframe application can go live by New Year's. Schedule is tight, and the programmers don't want to lose time the day after Christmas waiting for the work to come back from operations.

So the fish starts compiling and test-running job after job -- no problem. Gets down to the last set of 50 jobs. Runs the first one. It blows up.

Runs the second one. It blows up.

After job number 10 blows up, he gives up, scrawls across the remaining work orders "THIS PROGRAM MUST REALLY BE SCREWED UP!" in big red letters and sends the whole mess back to the programmers.

Next day he gets a call asking why he didn't just continue to run the jobs. Explains they were all blowing up.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 27, 2018

Tech luminaries we lost in 2018
Remembering our industry's innovators In Memoriam 2018 Tech luminaries we lost this year [slideshow cover]" data-license="Getty Images"/Image by FreedomMaster / Getty Images

They were the founders of such household names as Atari and Microsoft. They built the hardware and software that powers the Internet. They used computers to give voice to the young and the disabled. And they rarely did so in the spotlight. Whether they ever achieved fame or fortune, these 13 women and men deserve a place in the history books for their lives, accomplishments, and contributions to science and information technology around the world.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 26, 2018

The top 10 stories of 2018: Blockchain rises, open source reigns, trust wanes
2018: The year in reviewImage by Rob Schultz, Stephen Lawson, Pete Linforth, Natascha Eibl, NegativeSpace.co, modified by IDG Comm

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 26, 2018

How about a little Christmas fudge?
It's the late 1960s, and this U.S. Marine Corps pilot fish is charged with keeping track of more than 100,000 Marines in the Western Pacific and Hawaii -- using, fish says, "an IBM 1401 mainframe and lots of cards."

Which means fish spends much of his time traveling between Vietnam, Hawaii and Washington, updating the ranks and specialties of the Marines and how long it's been since they were rotated into or out of Vietnam.

As Christmas approaches, fish is in D.C. with his headquarters counterpart, frantically working on a semiannual staffing report.

"Because only one airline was serving Hawaii, I booked my return flight for Dec. 24 so I could be with my family for Christmas," fish says. "Next available flight was the middle of January."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 26, 2018

Preventing data leakage in Windows
Set data loss prevention policies in Windows 10 to prevent data leakage.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 24, 2018

Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear
The big remaining bugaboo — the Dec. 19 emergency release of Internet Explorer patches for all supported versions of Windows — remains shrouded in secrecy. That said, it looks like early reports of devastating bugs in the IE update are overstated; at this point, I'm not aware of any replicable problems.

That's very good news, actually, given Microsoft's exceedingly poor recent history with emergency patches.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 21, 2018

Tips for new tech devices
Tech gear is a perennially popular holiday gift. If you're the proud owner of a new phone, tablet, computer or other device — or you provide tech support for family and friends with new devices — we're here to help.

Check out and share these stories, which can help you get the most out of a new Android or iOS device, Chromebook, Mac, or Windows PC.

[ Further reading: The wireless road warrior's essential guide ] Android devices Android apps: Best of the best Our Android expert highlights the standout apps in the categories that matter most to busy professionals: office apps, privacy and security apps, email and texting apps, note-taking apps, apps for team collaboration, apps for organizing your life, and more.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 21, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mystery patches for IE and Outlook 2013 leave many questions, few answers
Just when you're ready to settle in for some egg and nog and whatever may accompany, Windows starts throwing poison frog darts. This month, a fairly boring patching regiment has turned topsy turvey with an unexplained emergency patch for Internet Explorer (you know, the browser nobody uses), combined with an Outlook 2013 patch that doesn't pass the smell test.

Mysterious bug fix for IE Microsoft set off the shower of firecrackers on Dec. 19 when it released a bevy of patches for Internet Explorer:

Win10 1809- KB 4483235 - build 17763.195

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 20, 2018

2018's most important Chrome OS advice and analysis
Goodness gracious, 2018 has been one heck of a year for Chrome OS.

Over the course of the past 12 months, Google's oft-overlooked "other" platform has evolved and expanded to the point where it's almost unrecognizable from its 2017 form. Chromebooks today boast a totally reimagined user interface, with more Android-like elements than ever and a strong focus on touch-friendly gestures and design. The software's current incarnation has a true tablet home screen, a phone-like floating virtual keyboard, and system-level integration of Google Assistant (in the midst of rolling out broadly right now).

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 20, 2018

Blockchain in 2019 and beyond: 5 predictions
In 2018, blockchain made headlines again and again - mostly through the tumultuous cryptocurrency marketplace, where bitcoin and other digital tokens lost as much as 80% of their value. The crash wasn't pretty, and threatened to undermine the distributed ledger technology (DLT) underpinning bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Dec 19, 2018

Microsoft delivers emergency patch for under-attack IE
Microsoft rarely mentions Internet Explorer (IE) anymore, but when it does, it usually means bad news.

So it was Wednesday, when Microsoft issued a rare emergency security update to plug a critical vulnerability in the still-supported IE9, IE10 and IE11. The flaw was reported to Microsoft by Google security engineer Clement Lecigne.

[ Related: Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Apple macOS: 18 security features compared ] According to Microsoft, attackers are already exploiting the vulnerability, making it a classic "zero-day" bug. Because of that, the company released a fix before the next round of security updates scheduled for Jan. 8.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 19, 2018

Microsoft offers up Windows 10 1809 to nervy seekers
Microsoft this week nudged open the delivery throttle for Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the problem-plagued feature upgrade that the company yanked for more than five weeks this fall before restarting testing with volunteers.

"Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select 'Check for updates' via Windows Update," read a revised support document.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] The October 2018 Update is also known as 1809 in Microsoft's numeric yymm identifying format.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 18, 2018

65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity
Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.

Make your way through this massive collection of next-level tips, and you'll be zipping around Chrome OS like a pro in no time.

[ Related: Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence ] Getting around Chrome OS 1. The Chrome OS launcher — the drawer-like interface that appears when you tap the Search key or hit the circle icon in the lower-left corner of the screen — is actually a powerful universal search tool. Just start typing as soon as it appears, and you can find and open apps, pull up websites, and even get answers to specific questions right then and there — no clicking or digging required.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 18, 2018

18 Android tips you shouldn't miss from 2018
Ah, the holidays. No matter what style of winter celebration you prefer (I'm a Festivus man myself), late December is a fine time for kicking back and regrouping for the coming year.

That means it's also a fine time for contemplating that crazy little computer in your pocket and what steps you can take to make it even more powerful — because guess what? A few minutes of tuning up now will make your life infinitely easier throughout all of 2019. Think of it as a gift to yourself — one that keeps on giving and, best of all, doesn't cost you a single dime.

In case you missed any of 'em the first go-round or maybe just didn't have time to try everything out, here are some of my favorite productivity-boosting Android tips from 2018. Pour yourself some cocoa, polish up the ol' Festivus pole, and give yourself the gift of finely tuned technology.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 18, 2018

It's official: Win10 ‘seekers' will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
I've seen reports of people getting pushed onto the latest version of Win10 since last Tuesday, but yesterday Microsoft made it official:


Of course the "advanced users" part is unadulterated horse pucky. Here's the real announcement:

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 18, 2018

R tip: Addins and keyboard shortcuts
Discover an easy way to use key-value pairs in R

Enterprise Application News
Dec 18, 2018

You get what you pay for
This pilot fish actually looks at some of his spam, and for once his willingness to shovel through endless pitches for mail-order brides and offshore business deals is rewarded.

"It was in a message hawking a high-blood-pressure cure," fish says. "Sandwiched between the usual if-you-have-trouble-seeing-this-view-it-in-a-browser link and a few more links at the bottom there was a comment I'm pretty sure wasn't supposed to be visible."

It reads:

commenter can delete this message to hide from others. note: don't forget to add the time options after the command. nice video! :) i had to look up the arrow functions and using if/else without {} but other than that i think i got everything. edit: oh, another thing i had to look up was when to use let vs var vs const - still not 100% sure but from what i got it's always "use const/let and never use var". the super basic way i think of it is just always use let, unless i want to make sure something stays the same. if that's the case, then i'll use const. i think there are still reasons to use var, and i've had programmers way smarter than me explain why, but i can't remember and just decided not to worry lol.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 17, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: ARM, OpenPower, X86 were just joined by TX2: Anticipating a revolutionary virtual desktop future
Right now, there are three primary processing platforms in the smartphone, tablet, PC, and server space.  ARM is mostly smartphones, tablets and moving to Always Connected PCs (ACPC). X86 is tablets, PCs, and servers. OpenPower is servers.  But I was at an NVIDIA launch event recently, and one vendor, Gameface, showcased Windows running on the cloud with low latency running on the NVIDIA TX2-based system which would also run Android apps.

Microsoft Virtual Desktop is a game changer when tied to 5G. With the extremely low latency of 5G coupled with the massive bump in bandwidth, the result will be performance that will potentially exceed anything you'd be willing to put in a home, office or particularly your pocket - anywhere there's a 5G connection. I have no doubt this will result in new and unique hardware because the focus will largely shift from processor and graphics performance to network performance.  But nothing is absolute and to optimize bandwidth and graphics performance some balance would eventually have to be reached. The NVIDIA Jetson may be closer to that balance than either ARM or X86 can achieve.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 17, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: ARM, OpenPower, X886 were just joined by TX2: Anticipating a revolutionary virtual desktop future
Right now, there are three primary processing platforms in the smartphone, tablet, PC, and server space.  ARM is mostly smartphones, tablets and moving to Always Connected PCs (ACPC). X86 is tablets, PCs, and servers. OpenPower is servers.  But I was at an NVIDIA launch event recently, and one vendor, Gameface, showcased Windows running on the cloud with low latency running on the NVIDIA TX2-based system which would also run Android apps.

Microsoft Virtual Desktop is a game changer when tied to 5G. With the extremely low latency of 5G coupled with the massive bump in bandwidth, the result will be performance that will potentially exceed anything you'd be willing to put in a home, office or particularly your pocket - anywhere there's a 5G connection. I have no doubt this will result in new and unique hardware because the focus will largely shift from processor and graphics performance to network performance.  But nothing is absolute and to optimize bandwidth and graphics performance some balance would eventually have to be reached. The NVIDIA Jetson may be closer to that balance than either ARM or X86 can achieve.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 17, 2018

Brave browser goes 'full-Chromium' by adopting Google UI
Brave Software earlier this month completed a months-long alignment of its Brave browser with Google's Chromium open-source project, ending a stretch when Brave crafted its own user interface (UI) even as it ran Google's rendering engine.

"Starting today, Brave users who are currently browsing with our Muon-based desktop version (0.25.2) will receive a notification to upgrade to our redesigned Chromium-based release (version 0.57)," stated a Dec. 7 unsigned post to the company's blog.

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Although Brave adopted Chromium - the open-source effort that generates code for Google's Chrome - at its inception, including both the Blink rendering engine and the V8 JavaScript engine, Brave started with "Muon," an HTML-JavaScript front-end its developers had built. Muon, in turn, was a fork from "Electron," a framework for creating cross-platform GUI (graphical user interface) applications. Electron, a creation of GitHub - which was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year for $7.5 billion - was chosen by Brave for its security prowess.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 17, 2018

Atlassian adds postmortem feature to JiraOps
Atlassian wants to make it easier for IT teams to review of how they responded to major software outages with the addition of a postmortem feature for its Jira Ops incident management tool.

JiraOps was unveiled at the vendor's user conference in Barcelona in September; it's essentially a version of the Jira issue tracking tool tailored for use by IT operations teams. Atlassian describes Jira Ops as a "single place to respond to incidents, connect incident point solutions, and execute a consistent process for every incident."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 15, 2018

Ambient computing is in the air
Everybody's talking about ambient computing. And there is so much to talk about.

But with all this chatter comes confusion. People disagree on what ambient computing is, how it works and what it's for.

So let's bring clarity to this muddled and confused concept.

Ambient computing: Both hype and happening First and foremost, ambient computing is not a technology.

When you talk about, say, "internet computing" or "wireless computing," you're talking about a very specific set of technologies, protocols, standards and devices.

Ambient computing isn't like that. It's not specific. But it does point to a profound shift in how business operates, how we get things done and, ultimately, human culture.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2018

How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware
CryptoLocker. WannaCry. Petya. Bad Rabbit. The ransomware threat isn't going away anytime soon; the news brings constant reports of new waves of this pernicious type of malware washing across the world. It's popular in large part because of the immediate financial payoff for attackers: It works by encrypting the files on your hard disk, then demands that you pay a ransom, frequently in Bitcoins, to decrypt them.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2018

Trello adds IFTTT-style automation with Butler buy
Trello users will get native IFTTT-style automation capabilities from the company's acquisition of Butler, a "Power-Up" add-on designed to free users from repetitive tasks.

Butler was created in 2016 as a third-party integration - known as a Power-Up - for Trello. It lets users set up simple rules to automate various Trello processes such as automatically moving a Trello card from "To-Do" to "Doing" on a specified date, or assigning a card to team members as soon as it is placed in a "Doing" list.

[ Related: 7 Trello alternatives for visual task management ] No coding is required: actions are created using a simple language interface, meaning that any  user can write rules, said Trello.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2018

Microsoft may pitch Windows 10 subscriptions at consumers
Microsoft may unveil Windows 10-Office 365 subscriptions for consumers that resemble the Microsoft 365 plans now pitched at enterprises.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2018

How to set up multi-factor authentication in Microsoft Office 365
Follow these steps to enable multi-factor authentication in Office 365 for more secure log-ins.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Info sharing, meet sharing info
This manufacturing company decides it's finally time to start sharing information between different operations, according to a pilot fish on the scene.

"Specifically, we wanted to give inventory data from the warehouse to the manufacturing facility," fish says. "It would be used two ways, and as is typical of a large company, two independent groups were tasked to perform the two functions."

The first group's job: take an existing shop-floor, just-in-time application and add warehouse inventory data to the things the app considers when deciding which of the in-house orders to make next.

The second group's task: take an existing sales-projection program and bring in inventory data to allow orders to be placed for various products.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Android security audit: An easy-to-follow annual checklist
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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