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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2019

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box' hands-on demonstrator
Consultancy Deloitte this week unveiled a mobile, self-contained computing platform that can be used to host a blockchain network on a small-scale so companies can test its capabilities.

Called "Blockchain in a Box" (BIAB), the platform consists of four, small-form-factor compute nodes, three video displays and networking components that can be connected to external services such as cloud providers.

[ More: Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain special report ] Various SD cards can be slotted into the nodes to demonstrate different blockchain distributed applications or Dapps, how they can be shared and how they can be tailored to specific application requirements, Deloitte said in a statement.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2019

Microsoft promotes 'full-Chromium' Edge to Beta, touts enterprise skillset
Microsoft this week pushed the "full-Chromium" Edge one step closer to a production release with the launch Tuesday of a Beta build for macOS and all supported editions of Windows, including 7 and 10.

"Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch," wrote Joe Belfiore, a top Windows executive, in an Aug. 20 post to a company blog. "Beta represents the most stable preview channel, as features are added to Beta only after they have cleared quality testing in first the Canary channel and then the Dev channel."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Eyes only
Programmer pilot fish goes online to a message board for a development system that's used for one of his company's applications.

But he gets a message that the site is blocked. He can either forget about it, click a link to continue, or click a link to see the company's access policy.

He clicks to continue, gets what he needs, and then, just out of curiosity, he clicks to see the access policy to get an idea of why this site is being blocked.

But instead of seeing the access policy, fish sees this message: Content blocked. Click here to access our internet resource policy.

Sputters baffled fish, "It actually blocked the policy!"

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2019

Windows 10 quick tips: 13 ways to speed up your PC
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. In just a few minutes you can try out this baker's dozen of tips; your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power settings If you're using Windows 10's "Power saver" plan, you're slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC's performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a "Power saver" plan.) Changing your power plan from "Power saver" to "High performance" or "Balanced" will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound Power Options. You'll typically see two options: "Balanced (recommended)" and "Power saver." (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the "High performance" setting, click the down arrow by "Show additional plans." 

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 22, 2019

3 reasons Apple's iPhone 11 will exceed (muted) expectations
If the portents prove positive, Apple's next edition iPhone 11 will be announced September 10.

Here are three (3) reasons I think it will exceed expectations.

5G doesn't matter yet It really doesn't.

Outside of a handful of cities, no one has access to it. People aren't yet relaxed about the health implications of it. Huge quantities of infrastructure need to be installed to support it. The services designed to fully exploit it don't exist (yet). The revolution may be televised, but the mobile broadband to carry it hasn't been deployed.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2019

How to create a mobile policy for iOS devices
When developing a mobile policy for iPhones and iPads, it's important to keep in mind that from an EMM perspective, Apple's biggest goal ( beyond privacy) is delivering a single seamless iOS experience.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2019

Apple wants (and needs) more female coders
There's a shortage of coders. And just 15% of coders are women (at least in the UK). This is the context in which to understand Apple's most recent move to teach people to code with the Girls Who Code organization.

What is Apple doing? Apple is working with the Girls Who Code to provide specialized after-school Swift tutorials for female grade 6-12 students. 

"A more diverse future begins with opportunities for everyone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Tweet. "We're excited to work with @GirlsWhoCode, empowering girls across the U.S. to be the tech leaders of tomorrow. #EveryoneCanCode."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2019

Apple wants (and needs) more women coders
There's a shortage of coders. And just 15% of coders are women (at least in the UK). This is the context in which to understand Apple's most recent move to teach people to code with the Girls Who Code organization.

What is Apple doing? Apple is working with the Girls Who Code to provide specialized after-school Swift tutorials for female grade 6-12 students. 

"A more diverse future begins with opportunities for everyone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Tweet. "We're excited to work with @GirlsWhoCode, empowering girls across the U.S. to be the tech leaders of tomorrow. #EveryoneCanCode."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2019

7 Quick Base tips and tricks
The low-code/no-code development platform Quick Base lets so-called citizen developers create applications and workflows for their teams and departments without needing the intervention of IT. Based on the structure of a database, as its name implies, the platform relies on fields, records, and reports to create, link, and manipulate sets of data.

Teams can assign tasks and manage projects and can set actions to be triggered when certain conditions are met, such as automatically sending notifications when a field gets changed or a value hits a certain threshold. Businesses can also prepare custom communications for vendors and clients based on relevant data, such as invoices or estimates based on the details of a project. And they can do all of this with relatively little coding.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 21, 2019

The power of the beep-beep-beep
Power goes out at a law firm, and the UPS immediately starts beeping as an alert that it is discharging. One woman working nearby finds the beeping annoying, and she turns off her PC in an effort to make it stop. That does nothing about the beep-beep-beep, of course, but she's been driven to distraction and starts to shut down everything in the law firm. The beeping continues. So she goes to the source and unplugs the UPS.

Yes, reader, you know the result: beep-beep-beep! But she cannot understand how the UPS can continue howling without a source of power. (Ahem! We are well aware that it has had no external source of power for quite some time at this point, but remember, the beeping is truly driving this poor woman around the bend.) "We thought it was possessed!" she exclaims to pilot fish.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 20, 2019

Safari to ape Firefox, go all-in on anti-tracking
The WebKit project - the open-source initiative that generates code for Apple's Safari browser - quietly announced last week that it would follow in Mozilla's footsteps and quash tracking technologies designed to follow users across the web.

In a short message on Aug. 14, the WebKit team pointed to its new Tracking Prevention Policy, a document that spells out its plans in detail, including what types of tracking it will create and how it will deal with any side effects.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] "We have implemented or intend to implement technical protections in WebKit to prevent all tracking practices included in this policy," the document read. "If we discover additional tracking techniques, we may expand this policy to include the new techniques and we may implement technical measures to prevent those techniques."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 20, 2019

Your guide to using iCloud in business
A growing number of companies are using iCloud -- Apple's storage and syncing suite for Mac and iOS. Here's how to take advantage of iCloud's ease of use and tight security.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 20, 2019

Hey Siri, how will I feel next Tuesday?
Voice assistants such as Apple's Siri have been a bit of a giggle in their infancy. This is about to change as AI gets smarter, contextual intelligence greater and the augmentation of human capacity through use of them reaches different parts of life.

We're reaching critical mass Siri, Alexa, Assistant, Cortana - none of these systems are perfect, some are less perfect, and all the big names in this technology need to wake up and take action around the privacy implications of use of such devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 20, 2019

6 significant new Chromebook hardware trends
We talk a lot about Chrome OS upgrades and how the never-ending stream of new software features can improve your Chromebook experience, but some pretty interesting hardware enhancements are also on the way.

Now, you know me: The idea of devices getting thinner, screens getting sharper, and bezels getting smaller doesn't exactly bowl me over. All that stuff is fine, sure, but it's also just the expected annual progression and nothing worth discussing in any great detail.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 20, 2019

Whatever it stands for, you're deep in it
Pilot fish is tasked with evaluating help desk systems, and incidentally with giving the chosen system a name. When he submits his report on various off-the-shelf systems and the in-house option, he titles it "System for Helpful Information Tracking," just for fun. His thought is that his manager will catch that the name forms an unfortunate acronym, they'll have a laugh, and then they'll give it a new name before it starts up the line in the rather straitlaced insurance company they work for.

But manager doesn't catch it and passes the report along before fish can stop by his office to have that expected laugh. Suddenly the little joke doesn't seem so funny to fish, but there's nothing he can do to stop the report's progress through the ranks without calling attention to what is sure to be seen as a tasteless and unacceptable attempt at humor (which even fish wouldn't argue against). Finally the report comes back from a very senior manager, which means it got through many levels of managers and vice presidents.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1903, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.

After years of using "Redstone" in its code names, Microsoft switched to a new format with the May 2019 Update. The new code names use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 1903, which was released in May 2019, was code-named "19H1" (for first half of 2019) rather than "Redstone 6." The next feature update, due in the fall of this year, is code-named "19H2," and the feature update that's coming in the spring of 2020 is code-named 20H1.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Installing Windows 7 from a backup? You need a BitLocker patch right away
No doubt you recall the warning back in February that Windows 7, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 patches starting in July would use the SHA-2 encryption protocol. If you want to install Win7 patches issued after July, you have to get the SHA-2 translator installed.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] A few days ago, Microsoft tossed a zinger into the FAQs down at the bottom of its SHA-2 post, 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS. That post now says that you have to install a seemingly unrelated patch, KB 3133977, entitled, BitLocker can't encrypt drives because of service crashes in svchost.exe process in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Will Apple launch iPhone on Sept. 10?
Apple may introduce its new iPhones at a special event on Sept 10, weekend rumors warn - and a new model Apple Watch 5 will allegedly be available in both ceramic and titanium versions.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Will Apple launch iPhone on September 10?
Apple may introduce its new iPhones at a special event on September 10, weekend rumors warn- and a new model Apple Watch 5 will allegedly be made available in both ceramic and titanium versions, the clamor claims.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Windows 10 Pro: More of a dead end than ever
Windows 10 Pro remains a dead end for most organizations, an analyst reiterated in an interview.

"Absolutely, still a dead end," said Stephen Kleynhans, a research vice president at Gartner.

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] More than a year ago, Kleynhans and Michael Silver, another Gartner analyst, asserted that Windows 10 Pro - the version traditionally factory-installed on business-grade PCs - was a blind alley for most businesses. Although Microsoft has long emphasized Windows 10 Enterprise, and before that, other SKUs (stock-keeping units) with the same "Enterprise" suffix, Pro's second-class citizenship was more starkly revealed when Microsoft offered then-temporary support extensions only to Enterprise customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

Memory-Lane Monday: For once, credit where it's due
Pilot fish gets a job at an electronic cash register company, where he's been assigned to put parts in little plastic bags for the people who solder the circuit boards. He applied to be a programming intern, but HR said he wasn't qualified.

Fish is good at his assigned job, but bored. Especially on Friday afternoons.

"The computer we used in the parts cage had to run weekly inventory reports," explains fish. "The reports took about four hours to run every Friday, and pretty much shut the parts cage down because we were not allowed to kit components without first entering them into the computer, and the PDP-11 couldn't multitask."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 19, 2019

10 Trello power-ups for maximum productivity
So, you've figured out what Trello's all about. You've mastered the Trello basics. You've made your way through the most advanced Trello tips and tricks. And still, you say, you want more efficiency-enhancing power? Still, you need more organization automation? Still, you want your project management software to seem smarter?

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 16, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft ups effort to get firms off Windows 7 with FastTrack
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

Windows is pretty unique in the segment if you think about it. For most everything else we use, the hardware and software come from - and get support from - the same company. For most of our other devices, tools, equipment, etc., a major software update will only come when we buy a new system.

The good part of this is that our PCs are more up to date than our cars, appliances and other integrated products. The bad news is if we don't want to update, we don't have to - and a lot of us don't like the update process and are sometimes back a couple of generations on the OS. (I won't even mention the folks still using Windows XP, because they're in their own unique and painful world at the moment.)

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 16, 2019

Tech event calendar 2019: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos


Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location CIO 100 This event (and awards ceremony) allows CIOs and IT leaders from various industries to meet, share ideas and strategy and prepare for future business growth. 2019-08-19 2019-08-21 Colorado Springs, CO IFA? Summit 2019 The IFA? Summit 2019 aims to highlight creative visionaries, disruptive ideas and entertainment in a data-scripted world. 2019-09-08 2019-09-09 Berlin, Germany API World 2019 API World bills itself as "the world's largest API & Microservices conference and expo, offering insights and learning on the latest technology and trends in API Platforms, Design, Security, Scalability & Management, Microservices, Service Mesh, Containers, Kubernetes, the business of APIs and more. 2019-10-08 2019-10-10 San Jose, CA MSPWorld MSPWorld offers a vendor-agnostic focus on Managed Service providers and their respective ecosystems, based on real-world experiences and successes in the managed services industry. 2019-10-09 2019-10-11 Las Vegas, NV

Enterprise Application News
Aug 16, 2019

31 always useful Apple productivity tips
I've put together thousands of Apple-related tips over the years. I thought it might be useful to reprise 31 essential ones that will help you get more from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

6 Siri tips for everything Change Settings Use Siri to change Settings or System Preferences. Just trigger Siri and ask it to open the Setting or Preference you need - it can change some of them too…

Open an App Open any app by triggering Siri and asking it to open the app.

Open a website Ask Siri.

Siri the weather On any Apple device that supports Siri you can get a weather report by just asking for it. Or sports scores, or get answers to sums, measurement conversions and more.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 16, 2019

Rapunzel
Pilot fish gets a call from company's computer center for immediate service on a 1403 printer, one of those IBM behemoths of the big iron days, the sound of which Columbia University's computing history project characterized as "at full throttle … somewhere between a power saw and a jet airplane." What could be so urgent? fish wonders as he heads over to the computer center.

The answer is obvious once he looks behind the printer in question. There he sees a female operator sitting on the floor. Fish notes at a glance that she has striking long red hair, and that it is wrapped in the printer stacking rollers. She's stuck.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forced upgrades gather speed
Microsoft has focused its Windows 10 attention on upgrading hundreds of millions of machines before they lose rights to security updates in three months.

From June 26 to July 25, the portion of all Windows 10 systems running the May 2019 Update, a.k.a. 1903 in Microsoft's four-numeral format, almost doubled, climbing 5 percentage points to 11.4%, according to analytics company AdDuplex.

To compensate, in the same period Windows 10 1803 — the "April 2018 Update" — fell 4.3 points to 53.7%. However, the next feature upgrade, 1809, dipped just three-tenths of a percentage point to 29.7%.

[ Related: Review: Windows 10 May 2019 Update unleashes a spring surprise ] The likeliest explanation for the changes — 1903 up, 1803 down, 1809 flat — was Microsoft's July 16 announcement that it had started forcible upgrades "for customers with devices that are at or nearing end of service and have not yet updated their device."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

4 noteworthy new Chrome OS features coming your way right now
Android upgrades can often seem like an eternal waiting game, thanks to the role unmotivated device-makers play in the process — but with Chrome OS, it's a completely different story.

Chrome OS upgrades, y'see, roll out to every current Chromebook within days of their release, directly from Google and without any meddling along the way from manufacturers. So when you hear about a new Chrome OS version coming out, you can rest easy knowing it'll reach your Chromebook quickly and reliably — no matter who made the thing.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

Microsoft warns of Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript 'procedure call' errors after August patches
August is going to be a perilous patching month.

We're tracking down credible reports of the Server 2012 R2 Monthly rollup breaking RDP logins, a conflict between the Win10 1903 cumulative update and last month's version of Outlook 365, confusion about Win7 patches being branded as "IA64 only," dealing with the lack of telemetry (!) in the August Win7 Security Only patch, much mayhem trying to install SHA-2 signed patches (including the Win7 Monthly Rollup) on systems using Symantec Endpoint Protection, even

Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Critical updates for Microsoft Patch Tuesday may cause testing headaches
This is a huge month for Patch Tuesday as Microsoft attempts to address 93 unique vulnerabilities spanning Windows desktop and server platforms, Microsoft Office and core development tools. Without the pressure of a publicly reported vulnerability and with no Zero-days to urgently address, we recommend a measured pace of testing before deployment for the Windows and Office updates, with a more rapid pace for the IE and development tools patches. Do yourself a favor and reference this handy infographics on the status of each update group.

Known issues With each update that Microsoft releases, there are generally a few issues that have been raised in testing. For this August release, and specifically Windows 10 1903 builds, the following issues have been raised:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

3 Google privacy tips for Mac and iOS users
Alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo are attracting growing numbers of privacy focused users, but there's no doubt that Google dominates the industry, even on Apple products. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your Google activity more private.

Do you have a Google account? (You probably do) Do you use Gmail? Did you one use Google ? Perhaps you employ Google Drive, Google Docs or any of the company's other products. If so, you have a Google account.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

Google Sheets cheat sheet
Google Sheets is a powerful spreadsheet app that you use through your web browser. It stores your spreadsheets in the cloud with Google Drive. Anyone with a Google account can use Sheets and Drive for free. They're also part of G Suite, Google's subscription-based office suite for business and enterprise customers.

This guide will teach you how to start a new spreadsheet in Sheets or upload one you already have stored on your PC's hard drive, including a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. It also goes over the basic interface and unique features of Sheets, such as how to share your spreadsheets and collaborate on them with others.

[ Related: Google Docs cheat sheet | Google Keep cheat sheet ] In addition to the web app, Google offers a Sheets mobile app for Android and iOS. We'll note any major differences in the mobile app's interface and features.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals
Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate visual signals in their Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers of special digital certificates meant to assure users that they landed at a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat.

The certificates, dubbed "Extended Validation" (EV) certificates, were a subset of the usual certificates used to encrypt browser-to-server-and-back communications. Unlike run-of-the-mill certificates, EVs can be issued only by a select group of certificate authorities (CAs); to acquire one, a company must go through a complicated process that validates its legal identity as the site owner. They're also more expensive.

[ Further reading: 10 must-have Safari extensions ] The idea behind EVs was to give web users confidence that they were at their intended destination, that the site computerworld.com, for instance, was owned by its legal proprietor, IDG, and not a fishy - and phishy - URL run by It's Crooks All the Way Down LLC and chockablock with malware. Browsers quickly took to the concept, rewarding EV-secured sites with in-your-face visual cues, notably the verified legal identity in front of the domain in the address bar. The identity was often shaded in green as an additional tip-off. (Chrome dismissed the green in September 2018 as of Chrome 69.)

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 15, 2019

Throwback Thursday: But it WILL stay dry
Electrical fire breaks out above the ceiling tiles in this server room, reports a pilot fish in the know.

"In the past, the room was a large mainframe room and was protected by a Halon fire-suppression system," fish says. Nowadays the room just contains half a dozen racks of servers and network gear.

The Halon system is still working when that ceiling fire breaks out, but it isn't triggered. Trouble is, there aren't any smoke sensors above the ceiling tiles.

Fortunately, the fire smolders for quite a while, and thanks to an alert security guard, there's just minor water and smoke damage to unoccupied areas of the big room.

Some time later, management decides to get rid of the Halon system and replace it with a sprinkler system.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2019

Slack touts ‘announcement channels' for team update broadcasts
Slack admins can now designate any channel to be used for announcements only, a move aimed at minimizing distractions and ensuring that important information is communicated to workers.

While it's already possible to limit posting in the default #general channel in Slack workspaces, the change unveiled today allows admins on Slack's paid Plus and Enterprise Grid plans to restrict other channels as well. So, for instance, #it-announcements or #emea-announcements channels can be restricted to broadcasting information only.

[ Read the Free course: Managing PCs and Devices with Microsoft Intune special report ] The goal is to prevent employees from posting messages in channels intended for announcements (such as IT-related requests in an IT announcements channel), which can lead to other workers muting the channel and ignoring it completely. 

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2019

Flying for business? Don't take (some models) of 15-inch MacBook Pro
This isn't a good look. The Federal Aviation Authority has banned certain models of 15-inch MacBook Pros from flights due to a previously disclosed battery risk.

What's happening? It's important to stress that not every MacBook Pro is affected, but models sold between mid-2015 to February 2017 are impacted.

These are the same Macs Apple issued a voluntary recall for earlier this year, warning that they may "contain a battery that may overheat and pose a fire safety risk".

As part of the recall, Apple is offering free battery replacement for these models. You can check if your Mac is part of this recall on an Apple support page here.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2019

How VITAS Healthcare moved to UEM
VITAS Healthcare, a Miami-based a hospice and palliative care company with more than 12,000 employees and about 19,000 patients across 14 states, went on a six-year journey to create a mobile-enabled workforce and the unified endpoint management (UEM) system needed to handle their devices.

UEM allows IT to remotely provision, control and secure everything from cell phones, to tablets, laptops, desktops and now, Internet of Things (IoT) devices; some vendors even allow management across a variety of operating systems.

[ Related: Prepping your UEM strategy? Tips for a successful deployment ] Because VITAS's workforce doesn't operate in a traditional healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic, and workers often travel to their patients, the company decided to arm clinicians, doctors, nurses and home health aides with iPhones or iPads.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2019

Wayback Wednesday: At least he saw the problem
This pilot fish is the CIO of a small company with offices in New Jersey and New York City.

"My one IT person in NYC, who does network admin, desktop support and project management, is out for an extended time due to an illness," fish says. "I asked the CFO if I could bring in a temporary IT person until she returns.

"His answer was, ‘Could you bring in someone for four hours per day instead of eight?'"I said, ‘Sure. When do you want us to have problems then, in the morning or in the afternoon?'

"To which he replied, ‘Oh, good point.'"

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a major Windows 10 update like the May 2019 Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a big feature 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 1903, known as the May 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the May 2019 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1809, known as the October 2018 Update; version 1803, the April 2018 Update; version 1709, the Fall Creators Update; and finally updates to version 1703, 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
Aug 13, 2019

Windows 10's fall upgrade: Yep, it's a service pack
Microsoft last week tacitly confirmed that this year's fall upgrade for Windows 10 will, in fact, be service pack-like, in effect a rerun of the May 2019 Update, aka Windows 10 1903

On Thursday, Microsoft delivered two previews to what it continues to call 19H2, a reference to the second-half upgrade in its twice-annual cadence for Windows 10. Some Insiders - the volunteer participants in the Windows 10 beta program - would get one build while others would get another.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] The difference? "A subset of Insiders in the Slow ring will have features turned off by default, and another subset will have them turned on by default," wrote Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft employees and the public faces of Windows Insider. "We are testing the ability to ship these updates with features turned off by default so that we can then turn them on via controlled feature rollouts. This helps us gain better feedback on overall build quality."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

Master data analytics and deep learning with this $35 Python certification bundle
Python is one of the easiest programming languages to learn, but mastering it allows you to build apps and games or even take advantage of neural networks for deep learning. But first, you'll need to learn the basics of Python, and this $34.99 bundle has exactly what you need to do so.

The Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle contains 12 courses on the different ways that Python is employed. If you're new to Python and coding in general, the first course you should take is From 0 to 1: Learn Python Programming - Easy As Pie. This course will teach you how to write Python code, auto-generate spreadsheets with xlsxwriter, scrape websites with Beautiful Soup, and more. You can hone your skills even further with The Python Mega Course, which will teach you how to build real-world applications such as an interactive web-based financial chart.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

2 Android Q features we still haven't seen in action
We're down to the final countdown for Google's Android Q release — and by and large, it feels like there aren't many surprises left. After all, while Q won't technically be released for another week or three, the software's been evolving in a public beta for nearly five months now. 

But hold the phone: Despite the fact that we've been talking about Android Q for what feels like an eternity, there are actually a couple pretty significant areas of the software that we haven't yet explored — and won't be able to for a while, either, even after this summer's official release.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

MacStadium announces cloud-based Mac IaaS for developers
MacStadium has officially announced Orka, a Kubernetes-compatible virtualization layer for Mac cloud infrastructure designed to boost development of cloud services and solutions on Apple's platforms.

A Mac-based cloud for developers You may have heard of MacStadium before.

Speaking during the Mac mini launch in 2018, Apple told us how the company manages over 8,000 Mac mini systems in colocation centers.

The company now manages a global fleet of 20,000 Macs of various kinds (soon including the new Mac Pro). It is even patenting some of the technologies it uses to rack-mount these machines. Capital One, Pandora and Box are all existing MacStadium customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

MacStadium announces cloud-based Mac IASS for developers
MacStadium has officially announced Orka,a Kubernetes-compatible virtualization layer for Mac cloud infrastructure designed to boost development of cloud services and solutions on Apple's platforms.

A Mac-based cloud for developers You may have heard of MacStadium before.

Speaking during the Mac mini launch in 2018, Apple told us how the company manages over 8,000 Mac mini systems in colocation centers.

The company now manages a global fleet of 20,000 Macs of various kinds (soon including the new Mac Pro). It is even patenting some of the technologies it uses to rack-mount these machines. Capital One, Pandora and Box are all existing MacStadium customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

It's a snap!
Software company that sells its product to businesses is small enough that it's somewhat remarkable that when one of its customers, a small business located nearby, is acquired by a big national company, the larger company is also a customer. This is good news: The small company will keep using its product. It appreciates this good fortune so much that it says it will be happy to comply with an odd request from the local company.

The acquired company is being asked by its new owner to put employee photos on file. The small company doesn't want to pay a professional photographer to take the pictures, so it asks the software company to help out. The software company prides itself on its customer service, so it says yes.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

R tip: How to use Git and GitHub with R projects
See how to use Git version control and sync with GitHub -- all right within RStudio

Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

Leaving Windows 7? Here are some non-Windows options.
Get ready to say goodbye to Windows 7. On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will deliver the final free security update for PCs running Windows 7. There will be no reprieve. So now what?

First, I know many of you and I'm among your number — really don't want to move to Windows 10 to get real work done. Even now, in August 2019, with just five months to go before Windows 7's final curtain, Net Applications reports that 36% of Windows users are still on Windows 7. Only 55.2% of Windows users have jumped to Windows 10, a full four years after its debut.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2019

Microsoft pitches free help for Windows 7-to-Windows 10 upgraders
Microsoft on Monday touted the assistance it will give organizations transitioning from the soon-to-be-expired Windows 7 to its successor, Windows 10.

Dubbed "FastTrack Center Benefit," aka just FastTrack, the assistance comes free of charge with the purchase of at least 150 licenses for one of the eligible subscription plans or service. Not surprisingly, those subscriptions include Office 365 as well as Microsoft's current emphasis, Microsoft 365 (M365), the priciest line, which bundles Office, Windows 10 and a plethora of management and security tools into one über-sub.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] (Microsoft lists the FastTrack-eligible subscription plans and stand-alone services here.)

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 12, 2019

It's the Monday before Patch Tuesday - make sure Windows Auto Update is off
If you haven't patched your machine since May, you're in harm's way and need to get your BlueKeep inoculation right away.

For most other people - those who aren't guarding state secrets or recalculating the national debt in real time - it's smart to hold off on Windows and Office patches for a couple of weeks to see what turns belly up. I call it crowd-sourced bug hunting, and describe it in "The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 12, 2019

7 Microsoft Word productivity tips for iPad users
If there is one app that's used by almost every enterprise professional, it has to be Word, so I thought it might be useful to put together a short collection of productivity tips to help iPad users get more from the application.

Tap, Tap, double-tap Most Word on iPad users know about tap. When working with text, tap once to place the cursor. Or, tap twice to select a word - or tap three times to select the entire paragraph. You'll then be able to cut, copy, delete the text and apply text effects.

Place the cursor accurately There are now two ways to place a cursor accurately when using Word, the Apple way and Microsoft's alternative:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 12, 2019

Is Windows pushing you to upgrade? Don't be bullied. There's a middle path.
Microsoft's in a full-court press to get folks running Win10 version 1803 to upgrade to version 1903. Ostensibly it's because version 1803 patches will stop after Nov. 12, and the laggards still stuck on the "old" version — first declared suitable for business a scant year ago — need the enlightened, new 1903. Waiting for three or four months just won't do. 

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 12, 2019

Messages pending
Pilot fish's company uses a third-party MSP to monitor its servers. The in-house server is a hefty box with two VMs running, one for the file server, and one for the Exchange server.

Comes a night with wild weather everywhere, and the power goes out for longer than the UPSs can keep the servers going, so naturally, they shut down.

Fish discovers this the next morning when he checks his email and finds that it hasn't updated on his phone since 1 a.m.

He tries to log in to the server: No connection available. He hurries into the office and finds that the power is still off. Once he gets everything powered back up and functioning, he contacts the MSP to ask why he hadn't been notified.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 12, 2019

Why blockchain-based voting could threaten democracy
Public tests of blockchain-based mobile voting are growing.

Even as there's been an uptick in pilot projects, security experts warn that blockchain-based mobile voting technology is innately insecure and potentially a danger to democracy through "wholesale fraud" or "manipulation tactics."

The topic of election security has been in the spotlight recently after Congress held classified briefings on U.S. cyber infrastructure to identify and defend against threats to the election system, especially after Russian interference was uncovered in the 2016 Presidential election.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2019

Why recent smartphone ‘bad news' is really good news
Have you kept up with this week's smartphone news? Smartphone shipments declined. Again. Apple's iPhone revenue is dropping. Apple added a "software lock" to discourage you from replacing your iPhone battery. And smartphone manufacturing is fleeing China.

This is all presented as bad news. In fact, it's all good news. Here's why.

Smartphone shipments fall IDC reported last week that smartphone sales fell by 3.6% (to 331.2 million units) in Q2 and that global shipments declined for the seventh successive quarter. (Smartphone shipments declined in China for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to Canalys.)

Smartphone shipments for this year will total 2.2 billion phones, which is a decline of 3.8% year over year, according to Gartner, which called it the "worst decline ever" for smartphone sales.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

Microsoft axes Office 2019 from 'Home Use Program'
As expected, Microsoft has dumped the perpetually-licensed Office 2019 from its "Home Use Program" agreements with organizations that license the productivity software for the workplace.

Home Use Program (HUP) is one of the benefits provided by Software Assurance (SA), in turn either included with some Office licensing categories or optional with others. Although SA may be best known for granting upgrade rights to the next version of a "perpetual" license - such as Office 2019 - it also is included with some subscription-based licensing of, for instance, Office 365 or its more inclusive big sister, Microsoft 365.

[ Further reading: Review: Office 2019 is the best advertisement yet for Office 365 ] The idea: Let employees buy the same Office suite that they use at work, then run the suite on their home PC. Employers liked the idea because it implicitly encouraged employees to work at home.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule - and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020 and beyond.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

Apple announces a new iPhone (and you can't have it)
Apple has announced a new iPhone for 2020, but it will only be made available to a select group of security researchers - along with huge bounties to anyone informing the company of a new OS vulnerability.

Probably the world's most exclusive iPhone Ivan Krstic, Apple's head of security engineering provided big insights into Apple's platform security during his presentation at Black Hat U.S. 2019.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: At the AMD Epyc 2 launch, I saw the future of the PC
[Disclosure: Microsoft and AMD are clients of the author.]

Epyc 2 is a server part, so you might be wondering how I saw the future of the PC at the Epyc launch event. Well, one of the demos was of the coming Microsoft Virtual PC platform, which is a server instance for a virtualized desktop. While I've written about it before, this is the first time I've ever seen it. Mike DeNeffe - an old friend of mine from the Transmeta days (Transmeta was the company that forced Intel into developing a truly mobile part) - set the thing up, and it was impressive.

I'm a huge fan of Virtual Windows. Because I use and review a large number of PCs, there is seldom a month that goes by that doesn't have me setting up a new PC. And, as easy as that has become, the idea of simply logging into a new machine and instantly having all my stuff there the way I want it is the holy grail for me. So I'm eagerly waiting for this platform to roll out.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

The best privacy and security apps for Android
Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: If you're looking for recommendations about Android security suites or other malware-scanning software, you've come to the wrong place.

Why? Because, like most people who closely study Android, I don't recommend using those types of apps at all. Android malware isn't the massive real-world threat it's frequently made out to be, and Google Play Protect and other native Android features are more than enough to keep most devices safe.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2019

Maybe everyone in IT should go hiking every weekend
IT support staff meets every week to discuss open requests and go over support tickets from the previous week. The new CFO decides to sit in on one of these meetings, where one ticket that pops up for review is from a VP who requested support over the previous weekend because he was unable to log on to a system.

The request opens the door to a discussion of whether IT should provide weekend support.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 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
Aug 08, 2019

Many VPN apps on Apple's App store can't be trusted, researcher warns
I'm told Apple is at last looking into the privacy and security of free VPN apps made available across its platforms, following a report from researcher, Simon Migliano.

Who owns your VPN service? The researcher has flagged up several concerns that really should be recognized by anyone choosing a VPN service from both the Apple and Google App Stores:

Ownership: Migliano claims that almost 60 percent of the most popular VPN apps are actually owned (sometimes opaquely) by Chinese companies. Privacy: The researcher also found that as many as 77% of these VPN apps may have what he calls "serious privacy flaws",including no privacy policy at all, generic policies with no mention of VPN or no detailed logging policy. Data protection: Migliano claims Apple is not enforcing its third-party data-sharing ban against VPN apps, with 80 percent of the top free VPN apps "in breach of the rules", he said. Many are sharing data with third parties, he claims. That last allegation is particularly concerning.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2019

How to create a mobile policy for Android devices
Android has become a viable enterprise platform and in some ways is beating Apple in terms of enterprise functionality. This means that IT departments supporting Android devices is that policies need to be created and implemented.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2019

Almost half of tested free Android antivirus apps fail. That might prove very useful to IT.
One of the problems with enterprise mobile BYOD efforts is that corporate apps — and lots of corporate data, including sensitive intellectual property — must coexist on the same device with whatever employees choose to download on the personal side. That's far from ideal, but even worse is if employees choose to download a second antivirus program. Unlike doubling up on most apps (two VPNs, two word processors, two email programs, etc.), antivirus programs often conflict and fight each other, generating false positives and other bad results.

Unlike two deadbolts on a door, doubling up on security not only doesn't work with antivirus, it can actually sharply weaken security. This all assumes that both antivirus programs are professional, effective and well-intentioned. But that's often not the case. There are quite a few free antivirus programs out there, and they are disproportionately the ones employees opt to download. After all, if the company has already installed a high-level antivirus on the phone, why would an employee pay to install a second? But a free antivirus program is much more tempting.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2019

When will your phone get Android Q? A data-driven upgrade guide
With Google's final Android Q beta now out in the wild and the final Q release likely just days away, the question on everyone's mind is: When will my phone get the upgrade?

(Okay, that — and also: Will they actually name the software Queen of Puddings? But that's another discussion for another time. (C'mon, Google. Make it happen.))

The question of "when will it hit me" is an all-too-common query here in the land o' Android — and it's become a frustratingly difficult one to answer. The truth is that after years upon years of missed deadlines and broken promises, most Android manufacturers have just stopped making specific commitments altogether. (Hey, that's one way to handle it, right?) And most of 'em, as I've learned from closely tracking upgrade delivery performance since Android's earliest days, do a pretty shoddy job at getting new software into users' hands.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Concept confirmed
It's the beginning of the new millennium, and the company where this pilot fish works decides to start web filtering at one office. Users are resistant, even though miscategorizations and improperly blocked sites have been relatively infrequent, says fish.

One bit of resistance that comes fish's way is a terse user request to whitelist a website that the content filter is blocking. It's a law firm's site, and the software has it flagged for malware.

Fish does a quick check on other malware databases, and the site is flagged on some of them, too. So fish tells user that he'll have to investigate further before whitelisting the site.

Minutes later, fish gets an email from his boss — cc:'d to his boss's boss — saying that it's very important to open up access to this site immediately.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business
Microsoft has quietly relaxed a rule that prevented privacy-first organizations from managing the Windows Update for Business (WUfB) service using group policies.

With Windows 10 1903, aka "Windows 10 May 2019 Update," which debuted in late May, organizations no longer are required to set the "diagnostic data level" for their devices to "Basic" or higher.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] That diagnostic data level is a multi-step categorization of what Microsoft pulls from Windows devices and sends to its own servers. Also dubbed "telemetry," the data harvesting is used by Microsoft for a range of tasks, notably deciding when a specific PC receives a feature upgrade.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

Cisco to bring voice transcription to Webex with Voicea buy
Cisco plans to bring voice transcription to its Webex meeting tools with the acquisition of Voicea, part of a wider initiative to add AI capabilities to its collaboration software.

Cisco today announced it would acquire the Mountain View, CA.-based company for an undisclosed amount. Voicea's core product is its Enterprise Voice Assistant (EVA), a speech recognition tool that transcribes audio, providing highlights and action points for participants to follow up on.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

Apple will soon see the benefit of years of work in India
Apple's painstaking efforts to unlock the market potential of India seem to be releasing the pent-up demand that exists there for its products.

Reaching people where they are India's market protectionism has been a big problem for Apple until relatively recently. Apple has worked closely with government agencies to try to find ways through these economic challenges.

It has invested in a major development hub at which it developed many of the huge improvements in Maps it is currently rolling out. It is manufacturing iPhones in the country, and recently supported the launch of a major Apple Premium Reseller store in Mumbai, India (the first of several planned openings, including in Bangalore and Delhi).

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

The smart worker's guide to using a Chromebook offline
Stop me if you've heard this one: A Chromebook is just a glorified browser in a box. Or this one: It's like a "real" computer but without all the good stuff — and it's practically useless offline.

You see where we're going with this, right? Those are all wildly inaccurate myths that have plagued Chrome OS since its start. To be fair, some of them did have nuggets of reality back in the platform's earliest days, when it was still a small-scale, beta-like project within Google. But for years upon years now, Chromebooks have been capable productivity tools that offer ample advantages over traditional desktop operating systems and work just as well as any other computers offline.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

Would you be OK with LGIABCAP?
It's the 1970s, and pdilot fish working in the IT department of a large hospital in the Deep South reports that a new junior fish is serious about learning all he can about the various systems in use. And he really gets a kick out of the multitude of acronyms the department personnel use to refer to them.

When the head of IT decides to have a cookout to celebrate the successful rollout of a large project, the junior fish volunteers to print fliers. His design is headlined "GNAGIABP," an acronym of his own devising, which he spells out for everyone at the bottom of the flier.

But it's the Bible Belt of 40 years ago, and so the next morning two ultraconservative analysts show up at the head of IT's door, fliers in hand and sparks in their eyes. They're not going to put up with the department issuing fliers promising a cookout where everyone will "Get Naked and Get in a Big Pile."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2019

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

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Shark (Tank) alert! Send us your IT tales!
It's hard out there on the front lines of IT. And it can help to share just how tough it can be, what with witless users, demanding bosses, wasteful projects and technology that never stands still.

That's why Computerworld's Shark Tank is one of our most popular features — because it's the one place those who know IT can share their tales of woe. (And maybe even educate the non-techie hoi polloi who depend on you, day in and out, to get work done.)

We want to hear about all the crazy things you have to do! So jot down your tale(s) and send them along to sharky@computerworld.com. And be sure to subscribe to Computerworld Daily Shark newsletter!

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome?
Chrome continues to gobble up the browser market, leaving rivals to split a pile of crumbs.

Now with nearly 69% of world's browser user share - a measure of browser activity calculated monthly by metric vendor Net Applications - Google's Chrome has no popularity peer. Its rivals barely qualify as such, with Microsoft's Edge adopting Google's technology and Mozilla's Firefox trying to keep its head above 8%.

[ Related: Google Keep cheat sheet ] So, when Chrome speaks, everyone listens, whether about each browser upgrade - something Computerworld tracks in the What's in the latest Chrome update? series - or about Google's plans for the future.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

The unexpected side effect of Google's Pixel 4 phone
Look, I get what you're probably thinking right now. I'm normally the guy who calls shenanigans when some over-the-top article claims an unreleased product is somehow "changing everything" in a suspiciously vague way.

Such grandiose claims deserve to be scrutinized and, in most cases, brushed off as sensational silliness. This, however, is not one of those situations.

We've talked plenty about the radar technology in Google's upcoming Pixel 4 phone and how it could, at least in theory, be a significant point of differentiation not only for the Pixel 4 but for much of Google's self-made hardware lineup. And all of that is true, at least on a theoretical level (for now). Today, though, I wanted to explore another side of the Pixel 4's pending arrival — one that's less about the device itself and more about the way Google's presenting it.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Slack beefs up mobile security controls for Enterprise Grid
Slack today unveiled new security capabilities for Enterprise Grid customers, including tighter controls for admins who oversee mobile device access.

Enterprise Grid was launched in 2017 for Slack's biggest customers, with additional features to support large-scale deployments. Among the 150 organizations now using Enterprise Grid are Capital One, IBM and Target. 

Slack has continued to build out security and compliance features for the software since its introduction, including the addition of enterprise key management last September.  

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Train to become an ethical hacker for only $39
There are countless hackers and threats looming on the internet, so IT departments are in high demand for cybersecurity professionals to pinpoint threats before they strike. Luckily, there's no better way to fight fire than with fire; ethical hackers study hacking techniques so that IT infrastructures will be better prepared for attacks. If you're interested in becoming a hacker (legally, of course), then this $39 bundle is right for you.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

How to collaborate on files and folders with iCloud
Thanks to its system-level integration, Apple's iCloud is a natural fit for any iPhone, iPad or Mac user that needs a way to share and collaborate on files and folders with others.

Here is how to use those features:

What is iCloud? iCloud is Apple's online storage service. It's the place all your data is archived for access using any device logged in with your Apple ID, though the more information you store there the more likely it is you'll need to spend money on additional iCloud space.

(You'll find some useful tips to help reduce that cost here).

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

New Surface firmware/driver update knocks out Wi-Fi on some systems
Microsoft released a big bunch of Surface firmware/driver updates last week and the complaints are rising.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] I'm seeing various reports like this one from sleong261 on Reddit:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a ‘cornerstone' no more
Microsoft last week struck the word "cornerstone" from its annual Form 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) when describing Windows 10, a change from four years of honoring the OS.

Geekwire first reported on the omission after using Microsoft Word to compare this year's and last's filings.

"Windows 10 is the cornerstone of our ambition, providing a foundation for the secure, modern workplace, and designed to foster innovation through rich and consistent experiences across the range of existing devices and entirely new device categories (emphasis added)," Microsoft said in a wordy description within its filing of 2018.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Excel for Office 365 cheat sheet
Microsoft Windows may get all the press coverage, but when you want to get real work done, you turn your attention to the applications that run on it. And if you use spreadsheets, that generally means Excel.

Excel is, of course, part of Microsoft's Office suite of productivity tools. Microsoft sells Office under two models: Individuals and businesses can pay for the software license up front and own it forever (what the company calls the "perpetual" version of the suite), or they can purchase an Office 365 subscription, which means they have access to the software for only as long as they keep paying the subscription fee.

When you purchase a perpetual version of the suite — say, Office 2016 or Office 2019 — its applications will never get new features, whereas Office 365 apps are continually updated with new features. For more details, see "What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2019 and Office 365?"

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Excel for Office 365 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference
This download accompanies our Excel for Office 365 cheat sheet. See that article for detailed information on how to get the most out of Excel for Office 365 in Windows.

For the most part, the Ribbon interface in Excel for Office 365 is intuitive to use. It's divided into a series of tabs that group related commands together. Since it's always present at the top of your screen, the Ribbon puts a wealth of commands in easy reach at all times.

But with so many tabs and so many commands, it's not always obvious where to go to perform a given action. To help, we've compiled a guide that shows each Ribbon tab, explains what it's for and highlights its most commonly used commands. And for those of you who don't like to take your hands from the keys to point and click, we've included keyboard shortcuts for all the actions.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2019

Windows is now officially irrelevant. Here's why that makes Microsoft happy.
The feds have big tech in their crosshairs. The Justice Department announced in late July that it had begun an antitrust review of whether big tech companies have accumulated market power unfairly and whether they've been using that power to quash competition. It didn't name which companies it was investigating, but it said it was looking into search, social media and online retail — categories virtually synonymous with Google, Facebook and Amazon.

And the Justice Department isn't alone. Congress has similar concerns and held hearings in the middle of July in which executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google were excoriated by members of Congress from both parties, including conservative Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and liberal Democratic Rep. David N. Cicilline of Rhode Island.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 05, 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
Aug 05, 2019

Everything we know about Apple Card (updated)
Apple Card has generated a huge amount of interest. Here is everything we know so far about the card, updated to the present and with links to additional resources.

Introducing Apple Card

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 05, 2019

IBM, Chainyard unveil blockchain-based 'Trust Your Supplier' network
IBM and blockchain consultancy Chainyard today announced a new permissioned blockchain-based network designed to improve supplier validation, onboarding and life cycle information management.

Along with IBM, Anheuser-Busch InBev, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone are founding participants in the Trust Your Supplier (TYS) network.

[ Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain special report ] "This blockchain initiative represents a great opportunity for Nokia to further enhance our suppliers' experience and optimize the onboarding process," Sanjay Mehta, vice president of procurement for Nokia, said in a statement. "Using the latest technology to address a classical challenge will be of benefit for everyone, and further increase the speed of using innovative solutions."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 05, 2019

Memory-Lane Monday: Hard copy
New guy on this IT team about a decade ago heads to a site two and a half hours away where he's urgently needed to diagnose a failed server, reports a pilot fish at HQ.

But he's back in half an hour with a problem: His satellite navigation system has failed.

"We got a road atlas and printed detailed instructions on how to get to the site and sent him out on his way again," says fish.

But the guy can't read maps. "An hour and a half later we got a call from him saying the instructions were no good. We asked him where he was." They work out that he headed north, exactly opposite of the direction he should have taken, so he's now four hours away from the site he's suppose to be heading toward.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

It's time to install most of July's Windows and Office patches
With one glaring exception, July was a rather benign patching month. The Win10 versions got their usual two cumulative updates (the second considered "optional"). Visual Studio had some hiccups, but they're fixed now.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Finally, the 7-to-10 migration kicks into high gear
Now we're talkin'.

A month after Windows users took a break from dumping Windows 7 for Windows 10, in July they put shoulders to various wheels and ... shoved.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] According to web metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7's share of all personal computers plunged precipitously last month, falling 3.6 percentage points - the second-largest amount in a single month for the aged OS - to end July at 31.8%. Meanwhile, Windows 7's portion of only those PCs running Windows also plummeted, falling to 36%, a number not seen since late 2011 when the operating system was barely two years old and busily nibbling away at Windows XP.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

How Windows 10 users can upgrade on their schedule, not Microsoft's
Now that Microsoft has changed the way Windows upgrades are rolled out, it's possible for users to delay updating - within limits. Here's what to do.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: NVIDIA's GauGAN once again showcases the future of AI personal computing
[Disclosure: NVIDIA is a client of the author.]

If I were asked to disclose the product coming to market that I'm most excited about, it's GauGAN, a software offering from NVIDIA. Part of the reason I'm excited is it addresses a critical shortcoming of mine: I can't draw to save my life. It also represents a huge step toward the future of personal computing by blending AI capability with a human operator (here's a video that gives you an idea of what I'm talking about). This is the way many of us think AI should be applied: not to replace humans, but to make us more capable and far more productive.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

Apple suspends Siri snooping (and promises more control for the rest of us)
Apple has once again proved that it listens to valid criticism with the immediate global suspension of the Siri listening program that attracted so much controversy.

When it comes to privacy, Siri listens At issue was quality control.

A small number of conversational snippets were shared with third party human contractors for quality control purposes.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

How to print and scan with Android
We may live in an increasingly digital world, but sometimes — love it or hate it — good old-fashioned pulp-based paper is still a necessity.

No matter what type of work you do, you're bound to encounter the occasional page that needs to be printed or document that needs to be scanned. With your Android phone in hand, though, such scenarios don't have to be a hassle. In fact, printing and scanning from Android is surprisingly simple these days — if you know where to look.

Follow this guide, and you'll never be caught off guard again.

[ Related: Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks ] Printing from Android: The basic method 'Twas a time when turning a document on your mobile device into a zesty combination of pulp and ink required a cumbersome third-party plugin — or, worse yet, the daunting and often unreliable Google Cloud Print service (gasp!).

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2019

There are only so many shapes
Pilot fish gets call from user whose local printer is offline. Since fish is headed that way anyway, he stops in the user's office to take a look.

The printer isn't asleep, and the cables are connected. But the user's computer shows the printer as offline, and rescanning doesn't pick it up.

What else can you tell me? asks fish. Well, says user, it stopped working after an IT intern came around to replace one of the toner cartridges.

That's when fish decides to pull the printer away from the wall and take a closer look at the cable connection. And who knew? The USB cable connector fits pretty much perfectly in the RJ-45 network port. Which is where the intern plugged it.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: Chrome swallows more share
Chrome again jumped in user share, adding the most in a single month since its 2016 heyday, when Google took advantage of a disastrous Microsoft decision to claim the top spot.

According to web analytics company Net Applications, Chrome's July user share climbed by 2.3 percentage points to end the month at 68.6%, a record for Google's browser. The month's increase was the largest since August 2016, at the tail end of an eight-month tsunami that swept Microsoft from its decades-old perch.

In five of the past seven months, Chrome has held more than two-thirds of global browser share, a statement to its grip on the market. The only extant browser that has accounted for such a large portion of the world's web activity? Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), which a decade ago was as dominant as Chrome is today.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

Asana's Workload tool aims to prevent worker burnout
Asana has added a tool to help managers monitor their team members' workloads at a glance.

The new feature will grant better visibility into work assignments and help to prevent employee burnout by enabling project leaders to rebalance workloads when necessary, said Alex Hood, head of product at Asana. "It leads to better outcomes, more projects done on time, more transparency, and visibility that leads to fewer surprises," said Alex Hood, head of product at Asana.

Asana, founded by Facebook co-creator Dustin Moskovitz and software engineer Justin Rosenstein, is a collaborative work management app that lets users track and manage tasks on an individual, team or organization-wide basis.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

How Google's Pixel 4 radar system could be more than a gimmick
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is upon us.

Well, either that, or we're about to be fed yet another Impressive-Seeming Phone Feature™ that looks incredible in marketing videos but ends up being more limited-use novelty than life-changing tech tool in the real world.

Ever since Google confirmed the presence of a radar-based hand-gesture detection system in its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, ample attention has been heaped onto the question of whether such a system would be incredible or ineffectual — whether it'd represent a new and transformative way of interacting with our phones or merely be a new twist on a tired old gimmick.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

In mobile, does IT want more control or less work?
The Federal Trade Commission has been seeking comments about what to do about mobile warranties being voided if the user, including IT departments, either tries to fix it directly or uses a third-party repair firm. It's an interesting consumer debate, since forcing all repairs to be done by the handset manufacturer is just asking for trouble. But is this effort a good or bad thing for enterprise IT?

To be clear, this FTC effort is very preliminary and there is no strong reason to believe that the agency will do anything after it reviews the comments. At best, it's likely to recommend that Congress take a specific action in a new law limiting warranty violations, but it's far from clear whether Congress will do anything about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

How to get more from the Apple AirPods you wear to work
Apple's AirPods have become part of daily life. That means there's a good chance you already use them when commuting, at work to block out the noise, or on the road. I thought you might be able to use this set of updated tips:

How to use AirPods for video conferencing If you use AirPods with your iPhone then you probably already use them as a mic/headset during video conferences using compatible apps.

However, you're not confined to using the phone as you can also pair AirPods to your iPad, Mac, Windows or Android device.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2019

What's in the latest Chrome update? No more Flash (without jumping through hoops)
Google this week updated Chrome to version 76, patching 43 security flaws and making good on a promise to switch off Flash by default.

The company paid out $28,000 — more than three times the last cycle — in bug bounties to a half dozen researchers who reported a few of those vulnerabilities. Five of the flaws were ranked "High," the second-most-serious category in Google's four-step ratings, including one that paid $10,000 to its discoverer and another that garnered $6,000. None were rated "Critical," the topmost threat.

Because Chrome updates in the background, most users only need to relaunch the browser to finish the upgrade. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab shows that the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New to Chrome? Download the latest in versions for Windows, macOS and Linux from here.

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