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Enterprise Application News
Mar 21, 2019

9 ways Apple's credit card could disrupt everything
Apple is expected to introduce a credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs. How could it make this card a must-have item for its premium customers?

How Apple can thrive While the attention is focused on Apple's surprise product release salvo and its forthcoming video streaming services launch on March 25, there are also claims the company will introduce its own credit card with Goldman Sachs, whose CEO, David Solomon, is expected to attend the Apple launch event.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 21, 2019

Head to head: Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 for Business
At a time when 2-in-1 tablets are coming of age in business, ultraslim laptops with traditional clamshell designs are staging a comeback with sales gains in an otherwise flat market, according to IDC. These systems deliver top performance in a thin, light, and sophisticated package.

Once luxury items meant for inhabitants of the C-suite (and often called "executive laptops" for that reason), today's ultraslim notebooks can be a cheaper alternative to high-end detachable tablets. The 12.9-in. iPad Pro tablet, for instance, starts at $1,000, but after you add a stylus, keyboard case and adapters, the up-front cost can soar to nearly $1,500.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Don't make us hungry. You wouldn't like us when we're hungry.
User calls support pilot fish with PC problems, and he goes to work sorting out her issues. But after a minute or so, she says, "Can you hold on for a second?" and puts down the phone.

Fish waits. After a few seconds, he hears people in the background begin singing "Happy Birthday" and then cheering — after which he's pretty sure he can make out the sounds of people eating cake.

Fish keeps waiting. A few minutes later, he finally hears the user picking up the handset again.

But before he can say, "Hello, welcome back," the user hangs up.

"I guess I wasn't invited to that party. No cake for me," sighs fish.

"For the record, I have no plans to burn down the building, which will undoubtedly make my boss very happy.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2019

What's in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla muzzles all auto-play audio
Mozilla this week released Firefox 66, which by default now blocks all audio and video auto-play.

Other additions and enhancements to Firefox 66 included promised smoother scrolling, search within multiple tabs and clearer warnings of possible security problems on a website about to be rendered on the screen.

[ Related: How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 ] Engineers also patched 21 vulnerabilities, five of them labeled "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla reported.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2019

What we know about Apple's new H1 AirPod chip
Apple's new edition AirPods carry a brand-new piece of proprietary silicon the company calls the H1 (Headphone) chip. What do we know about it?

What we know about the H1 chip in Apple's new AirPods While the new AirPods look exactly like the previous models - little white spikes that dangle out your ears -- they bring useful enhancements: 50 percent more talk time, support for hands-free Siri, faster device syncs, better sounding music playback, power management improvements - and just about all of these improvements depend on Apple's new H1 chip.  

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2019

The new 'Get Windows 10' announcement arrives for Win7 in KB 4493132
Those of you who discovered a new optional patch, KB 4493132, on your Windows 7 machines this morning can breathe a sigh of relief. Although Microsoft's official documentation says the nagware "patch" (if you can call it that) should come through automatic update, in fact every report I've seen so far says that KB 4493132 is playing nice, sitting in the "Optional" list in Windows Update.

The KB article itself has almost no information:

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2019

Facebook's blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money - and kill 'fake news'
Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots.

Although the social media giant has not publicly commented on reports from Bloomberg and The New York Times, it did acknowledge it's exploring the distributed ledger technology (DLT).

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2019

A flicker of excitement
Pilot fish is the non-IT IT guy for about 30 fellow cubicle farmers — the person the others turn to before calling IT with a problem. Comes one morning when fish is late, and one of his neighbors with a flickering CRT monitor can't wait to ask for fish's help. So when fish does arrive, he sees three guys from IT gathered around that flickering monitor, stumped. They have changed the monitor, the graphics card, the refresh rate, all to no avail. 

Fish enters his neighbor's cubicle, moves his new desk fan one foot to the right, and — voilà! — the flicker is gone. 

The three IT guys all leave without comment.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google last week issued Chrome 73, an update that added support for desktop "Progressive Web Apps" on Macs and consolidated settings - both old and new - that let users opt out of Google's services.

Chrome 73 also patched 60 vulnerabilities; security researchers who reported nine of them were paid a total of $13,500 in bug bounties. Other flaws' rewards had not yet been calculated by Google.

Chrome updates in the background, so most users can just relaunch the browser to install the latest iteration. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. Those new to Chrome can download version 73 in versions for Windows, macOS and Linux from this Google website.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

As Teams turns two, Microsoft adds compliance and meeting features
Microsoft has unveiled a raft of new capabilities for its Teams collaboration tool, including customized backgrounds for video calls, live text captions and integration with its Whiteboard "digital canvas" tool. 

Those are just three of the features announced as part of a major update to the application at the Enterprise Connect event in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, alongside added security and compliance features. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

3 areas worth watching in Android Q
Six days into its life, we're still trying to figure out what Android Q is all about — what will come to define this latest Android release and end up having the most impact on us, as nose-breathing mammals who rely it on to power our cellular telephony gadgets.

We won't truly know Q's defining features until the software's further along in its development and all of its elements have been revealed, but having used it for several days now, some intriguing areas of progress are coming into focus — areas where Google is clearly working on refining the user experience and, in small but potentially significant measures, turning Android into an even more effective productivity tool.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

Apple's new iMacs: Better for consumer and enterprise pros
Apple's newly updated iMacshave plenty to offer enterprise and consumer users, not least its faster processors and much-improved graphics performance.

At the movies It is interesting to note that Apple chose to announce these new Macs with nothing but a press release, even though they've not seen significant update since WWDC 2017.

This likely reflects the importance with which the company sees the launch of its disintermediated video streaming service in March 2019.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

Heavenly tech support
Pilot fish is helping his pastor fine-tune the church LAN when he notices that the day-care facility next door has a wide-open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection.

Fish's pastor wants to connect to the day-care center's printer and print a document saying, "This is from your neighbors. You need to tighten the security on your Wi-Fi."

Fish suggests that they instead print a document that says, "This is from God. You need to go to church. There's a really nice one right next door."

"Too bad the pastor overruled me," says fish.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2019

When Windows 10 feature upgrades collide
A pair of Windows 10 feature upgrades will soon collide, with one just beginning to get traction on PCs as its successor readies for release.

It's unclear how Microsoft will handle the dilemma, which traces its roots to the debacle last year when the company was forced to pull the fall feature upgrade after it deleted user files without permission.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] According to 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 - powered just 21% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of Feb. 25.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 18, 2019

How Apple is about to improve iWork
Many enterprise users will be interested to learn that Apple has introduced significantly faster iPad mini and iPad Air models - they may also be interested to learn about new features the company will soon introduce in Pages, Keynote and Numbers that make its free productivity suite even more useful for enterprise professionals.

iWork is about to become even more useful Look around, and you'll frequently find tablets, mostly iPads, in use in real-world business scenarios.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 18, 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
Mar 18, 2019

Slack rolls out enterprise key management, but has no plans for end-to-end encryption
Slack has given large business customers control over the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data created in its team collaboration application. 

The enterprise key management (EKM) feature was initially unveiled at the company's Frontiers event in San Francisco in September, ahead of a closed pilot project; it is now available to all customers of Enterprise Grid, which is targeted at company-wide deployments at large organizations. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 18, 2019

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network
IBM today unveiled Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms.

The blockchain-based network will offer a new way for near real-time  cross-border payment exchange and international settlement. (The settlements can be done in five to 10 seconds.) The network is currently able to transfer funds to more than 50 countries using 47 digital coins backed by fiat currencies.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] IBM claims its World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging and clearing and settlement on a single unified network while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 18, 2019

Microsoft OneDrive cheat sheet
Microsoft's cloud storage service, OneDrive, can back up your personal and work files online. It's built into Windows 10. With it you can sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, smartphone or tablet (with the OneDrive app for Android or iOS installed on either). It can even sync your cloud files to your Mac (via the OneDrive desktop app).

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 18, 2019

W-I-D-E area network
Pilot fish is working at the Washington headquarters of a federal bureau, one that may or may not do investigations, but one that definitely has offices all over the world.

Fish wants to print a document, but the color printer in his office area is out of toner, and none will be available until the next day.

So he opens the print manager, sees his printer in the list, and changes his print command to the next printer down. And he adds a page with his office room number, his phone number and his email, asking whoever finds the printout to contact him and let him know where to find the doc so he can pick it up. The next morning, there's an email waiting for him: "This is the Legal Attache Office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When can we expect you to come pick up your printout?"

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 15, 2019

What to expect at WWDC 2019 - Pt 1
Apple has announced WWDC 2019 will take place in San Jose, California, in early June. What can we expect to see at the show?

What is WWDC? Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is the company's annual developer event at which its engineers speak with the company's vast dev community, explain what's new within its operating systems and provide deep insight into how its systems can be used to build third-party services and products.

WWDC 2019 is the thirtieth ever such event and is expected to host 6,000 people with thousands more watching news and talks from the show online.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 15, 2019

Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana
Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana is one of the major additions to Windows 10 — and it's a winner. Turn it on and Cortana alerts you to upcoming meetings; searches your PC and the web; tells you about the weather, news, and sports; and a lot more.

To help you get the most out of Cortana, I've put together some of my favorite tips for using it — including using Cortana to manage your Google Calendar, identify the music you're listening to, and track packages and flights.

Notes:

This article assumes that you're already familiar with the basics of Cortana. If you want help getting started, see the Cortana section of Computerworld's "Windows 10 cheat sheet." Keep in mind that there have been six major updates to Windows 10 since its initial release in July 2015. This article reflects how Cortana works if you've installed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), so if you haven't installed that update, what you see and read here may vary slightly from what you see in your version of Windows 10. [ Further reading: Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft's virtual assistant for business ] Get a direct answer to your question When you ask Cortana a question, it will typically show you the answer via a listing of web links; you then open the search results in your browser. That's what happened, for example, when I asked, "What was the coldest day of the year in 2015 in Boston?"



Enterprise Application News
Mar 15, 2019

Echo chamber
Pilot fish gets a panicked phone call from the central control supervisor at a busy international airport. The VT420 dumb terminals are double-displaying every character typed, so that "exit," for example, is being displayed as "eexxiitt." Of course, when users hit Enter after typing "exit," they get an error message regarding the unknown command "eexxiitt."

The terminals are used to enter commands to do things such as starting up and shutting down the central control software — thus the panic.

Fish takes a look and sees that there's a setup menu that lets you control the behavior of the terminal. One of the menu options — about three levels deep — is "Turn on Local Echo." The sole purpose of Local Echo is to repeat each character typed on the keyboard.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Windows 10 to automatically uninstall faulty monthly updates
The next iteration of Windows 10 will self-diagnose start-up failures and if necessary uninstall recent updates to get the PC up and running, Microsoft quietly announced in a support document earlier this week.

"If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes," the document said. "If all these steps are unsuccessful and your machine is still unable to start up properly, Windows will determine if the startup issue was introduced after recent driver or quality updates were installed. If so, these updates may be uninstalled automatically to get the device back to a workable state.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a big Windows 10 update like the October 2018 Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we've summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1809, known as the October 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the October 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update; 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update; and finally updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Android Q's quietly important improvements
Oh, hey! Wouldja look at that? Android Q is here!

Well, sort of: The first Q developer preview — apparently now being called a "beta" right out of the gate — landed with a thump on these rusty ol' nets of inter Thursday afternoon. The software is far from finished, of course; this is merely an early peek at what Google's cookin' up for its next big Android version, provided mostly as a way for developers to get a head start at preparing for the release's actual arrival later this year (sometime between July and September).

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Apple has a right to charge for space in its digital malls
Apple's competitors appear to be focusing their energies on undermining the 30% business model that supports its services, with Spotify and others arguing that Apple is taking too much cash and limiting competition.

This isn't just about music Think about it and it should be pretty clear this isn't all about the music.

After all, Apple pays higher music streaming artist royalties than its competitors and is not arguing that those royalties be cut.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Hands-on with HoloLens 2: It's even better than I thought!
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

A couple of weeks back I wrote that HoloLens 2 was the beginning of a computer revolution. Last week I was able to spend some time with HoloLens 2 and I'm pleasantly surprised that the device was actually better than I thought it would be.

I've been involved with HoloLens since it was a targeted prototype for Lawrence Livermore Labs, where they pretty much had to assemble it on your head (and it was tethered)! Now it could actually be successfully deployed by someone other than an expert.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Wrike: A flexible project management tool for the digital workplace
Wrike is a digital work management tool that lets users track and coordinate projects, combining a simple user experience and interface with enough depth for power users.

The software, created in 2006, is the brainchild of Write CEO Andrew Filev; at the time, he was in charge of a fast-growing consultancy business with a remote workforce. Wrike officially launched the following year. 

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] "Wrike was borne out of my frustration with having to manage multiple teams in a distributed environment and multiple projects - I had to do it via emails and spreadsheets," Filev said. "There was a need in the market to build a work management platform with world-class collaboration capabilities so that people can easily coordinate and prioritize and manage their work."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Safety first
Contractor is doing some construction work in this data center and wants to keep everything safe, reports a pilot fish there.

"They needed to rope off the area where the work was being done," fish says. "They tied the rope to the safety cover of the emergency power off switch.

"Of course, somebody ran into the rope and knocked the cover off. This set off the alarm.

"So the workman pressed the button to turn off the alarm.

"Well, the alarm was shut off — along with the entire data center."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Q&A: Chistina Care Health CIO talks up Apple's Health Record app
On Dec. 12, Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System went live with Apple's Health Record platform, enabling its patients to use the mobile app and gain real-time access on their iOS devices to information contained in their electronic health records (EHRs).

The non-profit healthcare system is home to more than 260 doctors, has more than 11,800 workers and includes a network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, and two hospitals with a total of 1,227 beds, among other services. Last year, there were more than 52,000 patient admissions.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 14, 2019

Q&A: Christiana Care Health CIO talks up Apple's Health Record app
On Dec. 12, Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System went live with Apple's Health Record platform, enabling its patients to use the mobile app and gain real-time access on their iOS devices to information contained in their electronic health records (EHRs).

The non-profit healthcare system is home to more than 260 doctors, has more than 11,800 workers and includes a network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, and two hospitals with a total of 1,227 beds, among other services. Last year, there were more than 52,000 patient admissions.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

Microsoft to soon start nagging Windows 7 users about looming end times
Microsoft in April plans to begin nagging Windows 7 users with messages that the operating system is nearing its forced retirement, the company said Tuesday.

"Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC," Matt Barlow, a Microsoft marketing executive, wrote in a post to a company blog.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Preemptively labeling the nags "courtesy reminders," Barlow told Windows 7 users to expect them "a handful of times" between April and December. Windows 7 officially falls off support on Jan. 14, 2020.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Urgent updates for Windows and IE for March Patch Tuesday
This is a big month for Microsoft updates. With 64 reported vulnerabilities addressed in this month's Patch Tuesday release, the focus is on the two zero-days for Microsoft Windows. Both Windows 7 and Windows 10 platforms are affected, leading to a "Patch Now" recommendation for both Windows and browser updates.

Both of the reported zero-day vulnerabilities relate to how a core Windows system driver (Win32k) handles objects in memory and both issues could lead to arbitrary code execution on the targeted machines. Unusually, we don't have a critical update for Adobe, and Microsoft Office has a few, low rated updates that can be scheduled into a standard release cycle.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

CorelDRAW returns to the Mac
If you're in the market for a powerful, capable high-end design suite then you'll be pleased to hear that CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 is available not only for Windows, but once again for the Mac for the first time since 2001.

CorelDRAW comes back to the Mac While it appearance is rather late, the return of the Canadian firm's graphic design suite is a welcome reflection of the expansion of Apple's Mac since the software was taken off the platform at the beginning of the century.

Corel, which worked with Apple on the project, said it took two years to develop the Mac version. This is feature-identical with the Windows version, including the capacity to open CorelDRAW files created in old versions of the suite on Windows on the Mac.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places
Patch Tuesday has come and gone, not with a bang but a whimper. As of this moment, early Wednesday morning, I don't see any glaring problems with the 124 patches covering 64 individually identified security holes. But the day is yet young.

There are a few patches of note.

Two zero days Microsoft says that two of this month's security holes — CVE-2019-0797 and CVE-2019-0808 — are being actively exploited. The latter of these zero days is the one that was being used in conjunction with the Chrome exploit that caused such a kerfuffle last week, with Google urging Chrome browser users to update right away, or risk the slings of nation-state hackers. If you've already updated Chrome (which happens automatically for almost everybody), the immediate threat has been thwarted already.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

How do you say ‘zapped' in French?
It's the big iron days of the '70s. Pilot fish and co-workers are installing a very large IBM mainframe. The power distribution units require large 208-volt cables and connectors.

Curious, fish reaches down and grabs the cable to see what it says. But when he pulls it up, the metal connector hits the raised floor framework and sparks fly everywhere. Fish naturally drops the cable immediately, then gets his volt-ohm-milliammeter and discovers that the metal shell of the connector is 208 volts.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer - and they'll pay you
Utilizing blockchain's decentralized architecture, smart contracts and cryptocurrency applications, an emerging ecosystem of start-ups is now offering to pay companies and consumers for their computers' unused storage capacity and network bandwidth.

The companies, which use blockchain's peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture to deploy software to disparate computers or servers, then offer services through aggregated resources - from data storage for distributed application development to cybersecurity.

Washington-based Gladius says it has even figured out how to end distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using excess internet bandwidth from corporations and individuals during down time. This month, it launched its LegionP2P software, which aggregates unused network bandwidth and makes it instantly available to any participating company to fend off inbound DDoS attacks. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 13, 2019

These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer — and they'll pay you
Utilizing blockchain's decentralized architecture, smart contracts and cryptocurrency applications, an emerging ecosystem of startups is now offering to pay companies and consumers for their computers' unused storage capacity and network bandwidth.

The companies, which use blockchain's peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture to deploy software to disparate computers or servers, then offer services through aggregated resources — from data storage for distributed application development to cybersecurity.

Washington-based Gladius says it has even figured out how to end distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using excess internet bandwidth from corporations and individuals during down time. This month, it launched its LegionP2P software, which aggregates unused network bandwidth and makes it instantly available to any participating company to fend off inbound DDoS attacks. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Mozilla launches free in-browser (any browser) file-sharing service
Mozilla today debuted a free file-sharing service that works with - but doesn't require - Firefox and touted the service's security and privacy traits.

"Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened," wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's vice president of product strategy. "You can [also] choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Apple's Box security scare shows the risk of shadow IT
Until enterprise IT truly gets to understand that its own internal systems need to be as easy to use as any iOS app and as easy to learn as an iPhone, potentially damaging data breaches will take place, threatening business confidentiality. Apple is not immune.

Apple and the human interface The news is that information from some of the world's biggest names in business - including Apple, Edelman and Discovery Channel - could have been accessed through Box Enterprise, which offers companies bespoke company name-based file archiving and sharing services using this URL construction:

https://.app.box.com/v/

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

13 handy hidden shortcuts for Gboard on Android
I've been thinking a lot about thumbs lately.

Why, you might wonder? Simple: Whenever I watch unsuspecting strangers use their phones in public (it's not as creepy as it sounds, I swear), I can't help but notice how many people rely solely on their thumbs for on-screen typing.

Me? I've never been a two-thumb typing man myself. I'm also not a full-time swiper, which is another common type of mobile tech typist you see in the wild these days.

More than anything, what I've learned by observing other people's smartphone-using habits is that there is no universal "right" way to type on a smartphone. There are several distinct styles, and what's most natural for one person is gonna feel impossibly awkward to the next. Like so many things, it ultimately boils down to personal preference.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Learn how to get certified in Microsoft Azure for just $29
You may be surprised to learn that AWS isn't the only cloud solution out there. In fact, Microsoft has their own cloud platform that's surging in popularity. You can explore its potential with the Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019, discounted by over 90% to just $29.

The Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019 includes access to four beginner friendly-courses that'll show you how to use Azure to deploy a cloud-based environment. Students will start by learning the foundations of cloud technology and then gradually move into more complex concepts. The courses are accessible online 24/7; and the content will be available to you for life, so it's a convenient way to learn too.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Managing up
Pilot fish is in charge of production of his company's computerized call center systems. At the request of the engineers, he listens for about an hour to nearly completed systems, checking for cross-talk between lines, because he seems to have the best ears in the company. Eventually he expands this into an inspection protocol.

Boss asks for a cost-benefit analysis of the inspections. Fish produces a little table showing that most of the failures in the field were systems that never got inspected.  Boss, who has read too many quality books too lightly, declares that the numbers are too small to be statistically significant, and decides to end the inspections. "We've built quality in now," boss explains. To which fish replies, "If there's been no crime in your area for a year, would you favor closing the police station and ending the patrols?"

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Is Microsoft crazy to diss Office 2019? Like a fox.
When was the last time you heard a company denigrate its own product — and practically beg you not to use it? Most likely never.

Well, there's a first time for everything, and Microsoft is breaking ground in product marketing in a decidedly odd way, telling its customers not to use Office 2019 because it's old, kludgy, hard to use and, in general, not just up to the task.

Sounds like lunacy, right? But it's not. That's because the company isn't telling you to abandon Office entirely. Instead, Microsoft is throwing shade on Office 2019 to get you to switch to the subscription version of Office, Office 365. So while the campaign to disparage Office 2019 may sound bizarre, there are plenty of good reasons for it.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 12, 2019

Microsoft retreats from rapid release tempo for System Center
Microsoft last week retreated from a core update practice for System Center, saying it is dropping Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) feature upgrades for the company's enterprise suite of client and server management tools.

Instead, System Center 2019 - the next iteration of the toolset, slated to ship later this month - will be available only as a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release. Microsoft said it's changing when System Center is refreshed "to optimize the way we are delivering new features."

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] SAC and LTSC are terms in the release cadence Microsoft has adopted for much of its software, including Windows, Windows Server and System Center.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 11, 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
Mar 11, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Apple vs. Huawei: Who can dominate 5G?
Apparently, Apple is arguing in Washington that they can be the US champion for 5G, running against the juggernaut that is Huawei.

Before I get into why this is a bad idea, a little backstory: One of the more interesting jobs I've held was as a competitive analyst and, apparently, I was good at it…because I not only received a ton of recognition for my work, it formed the foundation for creating a successful analyst practice. One of the biggest problems with this job is that the executives that have power generally fall in love with their own strategies and tend not to be too fond of folks who point out they are idiots based on real market data.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 11, 2019

With Windows 10 version 1903 imminent, it's more important than ever to lock down Windows updates
Every month's a circus in the Windows patching realm. It's hard to remember a single month in the past year where the initial monthly cumulative updates/monthly rollups didn't include a real dog. (Which is not to disparage dogs, but never mind.)

The simple fact is that almost every version of Windows, almost every month, gets a bug that's bad enough to warrant an official acknowledgment at some point later in the month. You don't need to take my word for it. Just look at the official patching lists for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 11, 2019

Memory-Lane Monday: Mobile, redefined
The company where this pilot fish works is remodeling its buildings, floor by floor, to create a new "mobile" office space. But that sounds better than the reality.

"It consists of very small cubicles with low separating walls and only a chair, a height-adjustable desk, a docking station and a flat-screen monitor, available on a first come, first served basis," says fish.

"There are a few workspaces designated as ‘resident,' where you actually get your own, more typical cubicle office with cabinets, phones, etc. But for those of us designated ‘mobile workers,' we have a locker, a laptop with an IP phone and a rolling computer bag, and we're expected to find a spot and sit wherever we can."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 11, 2019

6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools
Collaboration in the enterprise is nothing new, but the myriad tools available to organizations today, from simple chat apps to full-blown project-management platforms, are creating new opportunities and challenges for IT leaders and end users alike. Unfortunately, the abundance of collaboration software has led many workers to feel a sense of app overload, with ever more tools requiring constant monitoring and input.

If you think email is bad, try navigating a complex web of notifications and workflows across a handful of disparate apps, each of which carries its own strengths and limitations.

Many of these tools originate with small teams, growing organically across groups and departments — and sometimes duplicating or overlapping with tools used by other groups. As the number of collaboration tools proliferates across organizations, CIOs are trying to regain control by rolling out one or a few tools companywide, without interfering with viable, effective workflows.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 09, 2019

What is Apple driving at with its iCar?
Apple CEO Tim Cook (a.k.a. "Tim Apple") told investors last week that Apple is "rolling the dice" on future products that will "blow you away." The company has recently and radically increased its research and development budget to above $10 billion per year.

I believe one of those dice-rolling initiatives is Project Titan — Apple's self-driving car.

I talk to a lot of informed readers, industry notables and news junkies, and everybody seems to have a different idea about what's going on with Titan. Is Apple building its own Tesla? Or is it simply improving its CarPlay dashboard system? Or something in between?

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

Blockchain marches steadily into global financial transaction networks
The organization behind most of the world's cross-border money and security transfers is deploying a blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC) for clients' shareholders to use in electronic voting.

SWIFT said this week it will jointly conduct the PoC in the Asia Pacific region with securities software provider SLIB and the Singapore Exchange (SGX), along with Deutsche Bank, DBS Bank, HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered Bank.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] "Shareholder voice in corporate decision-making is stifled by the existing paper-based voting process. Technology is the solution to enhancing shareholder say," Tony Lewis, head of Securities Services at HSBC, said in a statement. "E-Voting using [distributed ledger technology (DLT)] has the potential to create greater efficiencies, transparency and participation."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

Microsoft's 800M claim for Windows 10 signals migration acceleration
Microsoft on Thursday said that 800 million devices are now running Windows 10, a 100 million increase in less than six months.

"Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million #Windows10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows," Yusif Mehdi, a Microsoft vice president, tweeted.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Microsoft has regularly touted numbers for Windows 10, most of the time, although not always, by citing the active monthly devices, or those personal computers, tablets and other systems used within the last month. Mehdi did not say when the 800 million mark was reached.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

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


Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location RSA Conference USA Expert-led sessions, keynotes and seminars covering the latest cybersecurity developments. 2019-03-04 2019-03-08 San Francisco, CA SXSW Covering everything from entertainment to entrepreneurship, this sprawling conference has tracks dedicated to Tech Industry & Enterprise, Coding & Development, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Health & Medtech, and VR/AR/MR. 2019-03-08 2019-03-17 Austin, TX Share This bi-ennial event offers 500 sessions focused on enterprise IT topics such as Pervasive Encryption, Cloud technology, Data Privacy, the API Economy and IBM Z topics. 2019-03-10 2019-03-15 Phoenix, AZ Enterprise Connect Aimed at companies looking to upgrade or replace legacy systems or deploy and integrate next-gen communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. 2019-03-18 2019-03-21 Orlando, FL

Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

A brief guide to USB 4 for Mac and iOS users
The USB Promoter Group has announced the next-generation USB-4 standard. This will provide a range of benefits for most computer users, including those on the Apple platform.

What are they saying? The USB4 architecture is based on the Thunderbolt protocol specification recently contributed by Intel Corporation. It doubles the bandwidth of USB and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols.

"The primary goal of USB is to deliver the best user experience combining data, display and power delivery over a user-friendly and robust cable and connector solution," said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

How to go incognito in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge
Private browsing. Incognito. Privacy mode.

Web browser functions like those trace their roots back more than a decade, and the feature - first found in a top browser in 2005 - spread quickly as one copied another, made tweaks and minor improvements.

But privacy-promising labels can be treacherous. Simply put, going "incognito" is as effective in guarding online privacy as witchcraft is in warding off a common cold.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] That's because private browsing is intended to wipe local traces of where you've been, what you've searched for, the contents of forms you've filled. It's meant to hide, and not always conclusively at that, your tracks from others with access to the personal computer.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 08, 2019

What was Plan C?
Pilot fish and his colleagues are young and maybe not always aware of the right way to do things or the right thing to do. They're all college students working on the school's help desk, and one day one of them brings in his personal laptop to talk through a problem.

The hard drive is making weird clicking sounds. The laptop's owner goes through event logs and runs hardware diagnostics, and his fellow techs chime in with suggestions. Everything comes up clean, so the panicked owner — panicked because the laptop is just days from the end of its warranty — decides to call the manufacturer. Manufacturer's attitude is that the drive is still working, so it has no reason to replace it.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 07, 2019

The smarter way to choose a smartphone
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the value of a phone.

It's a funny thing to consider, because it's something that's evolved almost constantly over time. This year, the top tier of prices is climbing higher than ever, with flagship phones now routinely costing $800 to $1000 — sometimes even more. Heck, the recently announced Galaxy S10 starts at $900 in America, and that's to say nothing of its fancified foldable sibling, the Galaxy Fold, which'll set you back a cool $1,980. That's $450 more than you'd pay for Wirecutter's top-recommended refrigerator, which is presumably something you'd keep for a full decade or two (if not even longer!).

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 07, 2019

Mobile World Congress 2019: Where smartphone battles unfolded
At the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, companies made a number of key announcements that will ultimately have a major impact on the smartphone market. While the technical details of the announcements have been well covered, let's dig a little deeper and see what they mean for device futures and average users.

Foldable devices One of the biggest headline grabbers was foldable smartphones. While Samsung went first and slightly before MWC with its Galaxy Fold, Huawei made a major splash with its Mate X at MWC. And even some non-household names had foldables (e.g., Royole). Is there really a future for a phone that cost $2,000 or more? The current models were specifically designed to be "halo" devices that appeal only to the elite buyer. And, yes, there are plenty of buyers who are willing to spend $2K or more on a premiere device that buys them a unique status position and bragging rights. But the better way to evaluate these devices is to look at what it means for the long term evolution of smartphones.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 07, 2019

Designed by Apple, built by robots
Apple's 13thAnnual Supplier Responsibility Report reveals a huge amount of interesting insights into how the company works, but perhaps some of the most revealing hints are those suggesting the fast-growing importance of robotics across its supply chain.

Designed by Apple, built by robots I took a birds-eye view through Apple's report and noticed the following:

"744 supplier employees earned a certification in assembly line robotics in 2018. 203 Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) program participants now hold advanced robotics positions at supplier facilities." These two nuggets of data are revealed in part of the report in which Apple explains how it is trying to help supplier employees improve their lives by providing various forms of training and educational opportunity.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 07, 2019

Chromebook cheat sheet: How to get started
The beauty of Chrome OS today is its versatility: The operating system supports a huge range of applications in a variety of different formats — web apps, progressive web apps, native Chrome apps, Android apps, and even Linux apps (gracious!).

That's enough to make anyone's head spin. As a result of that platform-defying setup, though, Chromebooks can now handle all sorts of advanced productivity tasks and are viable far beyond their original web-centric focus, when the concept was quite literally just a "browser in a box" — a full-screen Chrome window with no desktop, nothing resembling a traditional app, and next to no options to consider.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 07, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Straight to the point
This pilot fish gets new responsibilities, and they include editing Visio files that come from clients and colleagues.

"I had an older version of Visio and put in a requisition to buy an upgrade to a more recent version, as I could not read customer files," says fish. "I often needed to have a colleague save it in a version I could read. This was very clumsy and difficult."

Fortunately, fish's boss approves the requisition right away. Unfortunately, the company is in "avoid all discretionary expenses" mode, so the request is routed to someone in the financial controller's office for special approval.

Which is not forthcoming.

First, the bean counter sends fish an email demanding justification for the purchase, with the response to be approved by fish's manager. No problem — fish provides the details and explanation, which fish's boss has already approved as part of the requisition process.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 06, 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
Mar 06, 2019

Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth
The largest chunk of worldwide spending on new blockchain networks - nearly $2.9 billion this year - will come from the financial sector, where banking, securities and investment services, and insurance industries will invest more than $1.1 billion, according to a new IDC report.

The research firm also noted that blockchain implementations are moving quickly beyond the pilot and proof-of-concept phase to real-world production systems.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The complete guide ] "The use cases that comprise the blockchain opportunity are developing as swiftly as the technologies enabling it," said Jessica Goepfert, IDC's program vice president for customer insights and analysis. "While spending for more developed use cases in the financial sector like trade finance and cross-border payments is still healthy and growing strong, relative to six months ago we've seen an acceleration in spending across a variety of other areas, such as energy settlements and warranty claims."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 06, 2019

Apple's expanding enterprise ecosystem
When it comes to Apple device management software solutions the trickle is becoming a flood and the number of service providers is growing exponentially as Macs, iPhones and iPads expand across enterprise IT.

Apple's expanding enterprise ecosystem Evidence of this expansion is everywhere.

Apple's most committed partner, Jamf, now manages 12 million Apple devices worldwide.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 06, 2019

Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference?
Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today - from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection.

Databases, however, have been serving those same use cases for decades. They record how much money is in a bank account, when cargo reaches a destination and they store the identities of business users - enabling access to business applications and sensitive data.

Because of those similarities, there are cynics (some may even call them pragmatists) who believe once you strip away the hype associated with blockchain and its cryptocurrency origins, what you have left is nothing more than a fancy, but slow and expensive, database.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 06, 2019

The difference between blockchain and a database explained
Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today - from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection.

Databases, however, have been serving those same use cases for decades. They record how much money is in a bank account, when cargo reaches a destination and they store the identities of business users - enabling access to business applications and sensitive data.

Because of those similarities, there are cynics (some may even call them pragmatists) who believe once you strip away the hype associated with blockchain and its cryptocurrency origins, what you have left is nothing more than a fancy, but slow and expensive, database.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 06, 2019

Just not as dangerous as stationery?
Flash back to the days of 5-1/4-inch floppy disks. Near the end of a very long day during which Murphy's Law has been running out of control, pilot fish is backing up some files onto floppies. When his newly formatted floppy turns out to be defective, it's the last straw; fish loses his cool, pulls the disk out of the drive, and sails it like a Frisbee across the office. The first bit of luck of the day is that it doesn't hit anyone, but instead floats upwards and skims the ceiling until it hits a metal frame holding up the ceiling tiles. It gets stuck between the frame and the tile and stays there. 

Calling Facilities to bring a ladder would mean explaining what happened. Too much trouble and too embarrassing, fish decides. So the disk stays stuck, a visual reminder for fish to watch his temper.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 05, 2019

Microsoft to start selling Windows 7 add-on support April 1
Microsoft plans to start selling its Windows 7 add-on support beginning April 1.

Labeled "Extended Security Updates" (ESU), the post-retirement support will give enterprise customers more time to purge their environments of Windows 7. From Windows 7's Jan. 14, 2020 end of support, ESU will provide security fixes for uncovered or reported vulnerabilities in the OS.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Patches will be issued only for bugs rated "Critical" or "Important" by Microsoft, the top two rankings in a four-step scoring system.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 05, 2019

8 Android accessibility features that'll enhance any phone
Accessibility in our age of mobile technology is a pretty incredible thing. I mean, think about it: These powerful little computers we carry around in our pockets have the potential to open up all sorts of futuristic possibilities for folks with issues like impaired hearing or limited vision. And in the grand scheme of things, such possibilities are far more transformative than any random phone feature we use to organize our lives or save ourselves a few seconds here and there.

Here's the cool part, though: Those two areas don't have to be mutually exclusive. Some of Android's most interesting accessibility options, in fact, are poised both to help those who truly need them and to be handy beyond their primary purposes in a way that can benefit anyone. They work for accessibility, sure, but they can also be valuable for far more mundane productivity gains.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 05, 2019

Why iPhones are the future of pet care
The smart pet market is predicted to become a $22 billion industry by 2025, and the innovations we will see in that market will reach into human lives.

Smarter owners, smarter pets Connected pet care reaches further than solutions such as PetBnB or Tailwise, which link owners and pets with essential products and services.

Useful as they are, they're scratching the surface of what's possible as mobile technology reaches the animal kingdom.

Millions of U.S. iPhone owners already use their Apple devices to track and improve their personal health. They use the Activity app to monitor their exercise records, and use Health Records to share that information with medical professionals.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 05, 2019

Time-Machine Tuesday: That would explain it
It's a few years ago at a company that prints mortgage documents for home loans, and this pilot fish is at the low end of the production totem pole.

"I and another fellow worked the graveyard shift," fish says, "inserting the documents into daisy-wheel printers, confirming that they printed correctly, and bundling up the completed loan packages for delivery."

When things go wrong — as they occasionally do — fish has to call for help from the company's programmers, waking them up in the middle of the night to walk the document stuffers through restarts, uploads and other technical procedures.

One night, things get gummed up and fish wakes up the programmer who's on. Programmer gives him a detailed procedure to perform at the server.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 05, 2019

Facebook's Workplace reaches 2M paid users, targets SMBs
Buoyed by adoption at some of the world's largest organizations, Workplace at Facebook has now amassed two million paid users, according to the latest data released by the company.

Workplace was launched at the end of 2016, following a lengthy beta period with customers such as Royal Bank of Scotland.  Since then, 150 companies have deployed the enterprise social network to more than 10,000 users, alongside a handful of organizations rolling Workplace out to more 100,000 workers. Among that latter group are Telefonica, Nestlé, Starbucks and Walmart.

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] "The uniqueness of Workplace is that we built the business by starting first with big companies," said Julien Codorniou, vice president of Workplace at Facebook. As Workplace continues to grow, the next priority is to increase adoption among smaller and mid-sized businesses, too, he said.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 04, 2019

February's Windows and Office patches look ripe, but look out for Win 8.1
Microsoft's February patches have been relatively benign, for all except those running Windows 8.1. Since I wrote about the outstanding problems last week, we've had a few interesting new developments:

Microsoft released the second February cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1809, KB 4482887. It has three dozen bug fixes, including a fix for the Access95-era Jet database bug, but appears to be quite solid. There's a mysterious new "Compatibility update for upgrading to and recovering Windows 10, version 1809: March 1, 2019" KB 4489491 that's so poorly documented it could do just about anything. I often wonder how admins with regulatory responsibilities can install stuff like this. The "Access 95 Jet database bug" introduced by this month's Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups and Security-only patches now have standalone fixes in the Microsoft Catalog --

Enterprise Application News
Mar 04, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Why do new smartphones at MWC19 need so many cameras?
Looking at all the product introductions at this year's MWC 19, we saw sooooo many cameras on smartphones. Why? Apple iPhone, Google Android and countless others all have multiple cameras. Do we really need that many on a single device? Do we even want them? What about the personal privacy implications?

We are taking a great idea too far. Years ago, cellphones were just, well, wireless phones. Then mobile phone makers started to add lots of new features. The camera was one of them. It started out as a way to capture a rough and scratchy image. Then, especially over the last several years, it's gotten much better.

Today, smartphone makers seem to think if there is one great camera on the device, two would be better. Then three, four, five, even six. Someone should tell them, enough is enough already!

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 04, 2019

Apple in 2019: It's all about the software stupid
With over a billion active users Apple's transition into a service provider is accelerating, with the company hiring more software developers than hardware developers.

Developers, developers, developers This doesn't mean every developer is focused on services, but it does reinforce the argument that software is of compelling importance in a digitally-connected age.

You need software developers for everything: operating systems, applications, artificial intelligence, software services, back-end infrastructure and more.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 04, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 is one obstinate OS
When the groundhog saw his shadow last month, it wasn't a signal of an early spring but a hint that Windows would have one of those upside-down stretches.

Violating the cardinal rule of newer Windows editions, Windows 10 dropped the most user share since March 2018, making for a confusing picture about how customers' migrations are proceeding. Meanwhile, the already-supplanted Windows 7 added share to its total last month, erasing more than half of the end-of-the-year dramatic decline that at the time seemed to show a quickening pace toward its retirement.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] According to web analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share fell by six-tenths of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 40.3% of all personal computers and 46.1% of all PCs running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows does not power all personal computers; in February, Windows ran 87% of the world's machines. All but a small fraction of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 04, 2019

Easier than an exorcism
It's back in the day — the early 386 days, in fact — and pilot fish owns a computer sales and service business. A customer drops off a desktop computer that, at random, doesn't turn on from time to time. So fish replaces the power supply, and it starts up fine. Then fish powers it down, and now it won't turn on.

Back to the workbench it goes. Fish disassembles the PC and tests it with all of the parts out of the case. It powers up every time. Fish puts the machine back together, and it still powers up every time.

Of course, you know Sharky well enough to see that the other shoe is about to drop.

Fish takes the machine back to the customer, turns it on — nothing.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 01, 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
Feb 28, 2019

7 fresh Chromebook features to keep an eye on
Android OS upgrades may be a steaming, hot mess — thanks mostly to the way the platform relies on unmotivated device-makers to do the legwork — but over on the Chrome OS side of things, by golly, it's a whole other story.

Chrome OS upgrades come out like clockwork, quietly and automatically, every two to three weeks. Because of the way that operating system is structured, y'see, it's easy for Google to manage the process internally and create a level of consistency that just isn't possible on Android. (On the flip side, of course, a Chromebook's software can't be customized by manufacturers in the way an Android device's can — something that may be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective.)

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 27, 2019

Review: Samsung's Galaxy S10 is the right phone at the wrong time
Early 2019 is a particularly fraught time to be in the mobile phone market as either a buyer or a seller. Global sales are flat; it appears the world can only absorb so many smartphones. But at the same time, the industry is on the very tip of commercial deployments of 5G networks, while flashy (and pricey) foldable phones are being demoed in anticipation of hitting the market later in the year.

The eternal technology purchase question — do you buy now or wait for prices to drop and new features to emerge? — may be harder to answer for mobile phones today than at any time since 4G was first being deployed. At the cusp of the age of 5G, should you be buying the last generation of flagship 4G phones, even if you don't know exactly what 5G speeds will truly mean or when 5G will come to you?

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 26, 2019

Half of C-level execs say blockchain will change how their tech firms do business
Nearly half of IT execs in a recent survey believe blockchain will change the way their companies do business over the next three years, and that the top benefit blockchain will enable is improved business efficiency.

Along with the 48% who indicate blockchain will likely change business practices, 41% percent of respondents to a KPMG survey said they're "likely" or "very likely" to implement blockchain during the same timeframe.

[ Further reading: CIOs, you're doing blockchain wrong ] "Based on the trajectory of blockchain in the marketplace and the number of clients in our portfolio who express an interest in implementing - not just learning about -  blockchain, 41% is a surprisingly low number," Tegan Keele, KPMG's U.S. Blockchain Program leader, said in a blog post.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 26, 2019

Mozilla partners with news subscription startup to try and separate web ads from content
Mozilla will collaborate with the news subscription service Scroll in yet another exploration of separating online advertising from content, the two companies said this week.

Scroll, which has yet to officially launch, contends that its business model - a flat monthly fee for reading ad-free news from a variety of publishers - can deliver more revenue to those publishers than they can now reap through traditional on-page advertising. The startup, which has been funded by media organizations such as the New York Times and several venture capital firms, has proposed a $5 per month subscription that will give readers ad-free content to anything not behind a publication-specific paywall.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 26, 2019

Microsoft CEO supports Apple on privacy
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems to agree with Apple CEO Tim Cook when it comes to privacy, calling this a "fundamental human right".

Microsoft CEO: Privacy a 'human right' Despite the lack of a successful smartphone franchise, Microsoft is still very much part of today's industry with a range of services across the mobile ecosystem. That's probably why Nadella is such an active attendee at Mobile World Congress 2019.

What's really interesting about what he said during a speech at the show is the extent to which his thinking aligns with what Apple is doing around privacy, for example:

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 26, 2019

When did smartphone upgrades become practical downgrades?
Looking at the march of Android-related announcements stomping out of the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week, it's hard not to feel like you're watching a really weird high-tech circus — a parade of attention-grabbing oddities and eccentric abilities, all on display because the ringmaster knows you'll look.

On one side of the big top, you've got the LG G8 ThinQ (gesundheit!), with its wild new trick that lets you unlock your phone or even control the device by waving your palm just so or making odd claw shapes with your fingers (because that's apparently something people want to do). Elsewhere, you see the V50 ThinQ 5G (gesundheit — my goodness!), a chunky phone with a built-in cooling system, a glowing 5G logo on its back, and an awkward secondary screen that attaches via a separate case.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 25, 2019

Microsoft opens top-tier Defender ATP security to Windows 7 PCs
Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service is now available for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

The decision to add devices powered by those operating systems was first announced a year ago. At the time, Microsoft said ATP's Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality would be available for the older OSes by summer 2018.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Windows Defender ATP is a service that detects ongoing attacks on corporate networks, then follows up to investigate the attack or breach and provides response recommendations and attack remediation. Software baked into Windows 10 detects attacks, while a central management console allows IT administrators to monitor the status of covered devices and react if necessary. Adding the EDR client software to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs gives enterprise IT the same visibility into those machines as it has had into Windows 10 systems.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 25, 2019

A Mac user's guide to the Google Chrome browser
Estimates vary but perhaps a third of Mac users choose to use the Chrome browser on their Apple system for some reason. If that's you, you'll benefit from the following tips.

Get around fast Just like Apple's excellent Safari browser, Chrome on the Mac has a range of keyboard shortcuts that should help you get things done.

[ Related: 10 ways to get more from Spotlight Search on the Mac ] Learn these first:

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 25, 2019

Microsoft to stop providing Windows 10 'ready for business' guidance
Microsoft plans to soon streamline its Windows 10 servicing jargon by eliminating a term that describes the first release phase of each feature upgrade.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 25, 2019

Review: Bezalel's Prelude wireless smartphone charger loses the cable
Wireless chargers, in general, offer limited convenience. Yes, it's nice to be able to simply plop your iPhone or Android smartphone on a pad and have it charge, but all you're really saving is the time it takes to plug in your phone.

There are, howver, some great use cases for the technology, such as charging your smartphone in your car or when you're on the go at airports and cafés. And a wireless charger does mean you won't be wearing out a cable by plugging and unplugging it from your smartphone.

[ Related: Wireless charging from A to Z: What you need to know ] Now, take the wireless charging concept and combine it with a portable, battery power bank, and you've got something truly mobile. That's one of latest innovations from  inductive wireless charging - battery packs that can be used on the go to wirelessly charge your smartphone.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 23, 2019

Get ready for the age of sensor panic
A passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight this week noticed a small, circular indentation below the image playing on the seatback in-flight entertainment system in front of him. Could that be, he wondered, a camera?

The passenger did the only logical thing: He tweeted out a photo and asked the Twitterverse for opinions, setting off a chorus of complainers on Twitter.

Singapore Airlines also responded to the tweets, saying that the camera was not used by the airline to capture pictures or video. It then told media outlets in a statement that the embedded cameras "have been intended by the manufacturers for future developments. These cameras are permanently disabled on our aircraft and cannot be activated on board. We have no plans to enable or develop any features using the cameras."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 22, 2019

Apple is losing value and that's a good thing
Apple must be doing something right as the cost of Apple ID data on the Dark Web has dropped, even as the value of Fortnite, Facebook, Netflix and Uber accounts has increased.

Apple is losing value Last year, I reported that online scammers were spending up to $15 per account on Apple ID information, making Apple customers, "the most appealing targets" for scammers.

That's changed.

The latest edition of Top10VPN's ?Dark Web Market Price Index? claims scammers are only willing to spend up to $11 for this information today and are targeting arguably less well-secured services instead.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold: Innovation infatuation
Sometimes, a crazy type of technology comes along that you just know is going to change everything — to usher in a completely new style of productivity and revolutionize the very way we work, play, and sing our silly ol' sailor songs.

I hate to be the curmudgeonly old grouch sipping cream soda on the corner (that's what curmudgeonly old grouches do, isn't it?), but lemme tell ya: Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Fold is not that item.

The Galaxy Fold, in case you've spent the past 24 hours folded up on a couch and slumbering, is Samsung's latest and greatest "next big thing" — one of the company's trademark wild ideas that's bound to draw accolades and attention. The device, in short, is an Android phone that folds out to reveal an Android tablet. Wild, right?!

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

Apple's plan to integrate iOS, macOS apps could mean renewed focus on desktops
Apple plans to make it easier foe developers to create apps that, for the first time, can be used across all the company's mobile and desktop platforms, according to a new Bloomberg news report.

At its upcoming World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple is expected to begin those app integration efforts with the release of software development kits that allow developers to write iPad apps that also work on Macs.

[ Related: Apple's place is in the enterprise ] In 2020, Apple plans to expand the SDK so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way, according to Bloomberg. The report didn't add much detail to what was already known about Apple's Project Marzipan, as the initiative is called internally. Marzipan was initially talked up at last year's WWDC.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea
When Apple launched its enterprise developer certificate program — which helps enterprises make their homegrown apps for employee use-only available through iTunes — it had to make a difficult convenience-vs.-security decision: how much hassle to put IT managers through to get their internal apps posted. It chose convenience and, well, you can guess what happened.

Media reports say pirate developers used the enterprise program to improperly distribute tweaked versions of popular apps — including Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go and Minecraft — while others used the platform to distribute porn apps along with real-money gambling apps. And all the bad guys had to do was lie to Apple reps about being associated with legitimate businesses. Apple didn't bother to investigate or otherwise verify the answers.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

New non-security Win10 patches fix numerous bugs, but where's version 1809?
On the Third Tuesday of this month, Microsoft released cumulative updates for all of its surviving Windows 10 versions save one:

KB 4487029 for Win10 version 1803 takes the build up to 17134.619;

KB 4487021 for Win10 version 1709 moves the build to 16299.1004;

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials
We've heard plenty about how Android apps on Chrome OS are a big deal, but when you first find yourself staring at the Google Play Store on a dual-purpose device, it can be tough to know where to begin.

Chromebooks were already quite capable without Android apps in the equation, after all, and many of the Play Store's most popular titles are also available in web-app equivalents. Sure, you could install the Google Docs Android app or the Twitter Android app onto a Chromebook, but you'd get better and more complete experiences by using either service's web-based counterpart. So why bother?

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Microsoft delays Windows 7's update-signing deadline to July
Microsoft has revised its schedule to dump support for an outdated cryptographic hash standard by postponing the deadline for Windows 7.

Microsoft, like other software vendors, digitally "signs" updates before they are distributed via the Internet. SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1), which debuted in 1995, was declared insecure a decade later, but it was retained for backward-compatibility reasons, primarily for Windows 7. Microsoft wants to ditch SHA-1 and rely only on the more-secure SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm 2).

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Late last year, Microsoft said that it would update Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Service Pack 1) this month with support for SHA-2. Systems running those operating systems would not receive the usual monthly security updates after April's collection, slated for release April 9, Microsoft promised at the time.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Slack targets developers with Block Kit UI framework
Slack has launched Block Kit, a UI framework made up of stackable "blocks" that lets developers display information more effectively within app messages.

The tool was first announced at Slack's developer conference, Spec, and is now generally available alongside Block Kit Builder, a live prototyping tool to make it easier to create and design apps using the Block Kit framework.

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] Bear Douglas, head of developer relations at Slack, said that the Block Kit will lead to apps that are "more beautiful, more visually engaging, and - most importantly - show users the full range of possibilities of things you can do with apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

How AI is changing office suites
While composing an email, you see autocomplete suggestions that match your writing style. When you insert an image into a presentation, the software makes cropping and layout suggestions. If you forget to respond to an important message, it reappears at the top of your inbox with a reminder.To read this article in full, please click here

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