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Jun 19, 2018

Getting hands-on with industrial control system setups at RSA | Salted Hash Ep 31
Host Steve Ragan is joined on the RSA 2018 show floor by Bryson Bort, CEO and founder of SCYTHE, to talk about the ICS Village, where attendees can learn how to better defend industrial equipment through hands-on access to the equipment.

Enterprise Application News
Jun 18, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: AI Windows patching, a new HoloLens and Office updates: the changes they are a-coming
This last week had a couple of interesting changes announced and rumored from Microsoft (disclosure Microsoft is a client of the author). The first was some needed changes to Office that will likely upset a lot of people. The second was the announcement of a Generation 3 HoloLens. (What happened to generation 2? Well, like Windows 9, Microsoft pretty much just skipped it.) And third was the application of AI in the patching process that could dramatically reduce the expense and aggravation attached to it. Let's talk about each in turn. 

Office updates Starting with the new Office updates; first a new simplified ribbon designed to help people better focus on their work and more naturally collaborate with others.  It is also more customizable, so the most used features will be easier to access. The appearance of the product better uses the improved graphics performance on newer PCs, so the product will look more modern. And finally, search has been improved with a stronger AI back end that will provide recommendations and a better connection to Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Graph is a new capability in across Microsoft applications that improve user onboarding, helps manage employee profiles, helps with document conversion, and improves email syncing. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 18, 2018

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched
You can look at the new KB 4056254 Win10 Update Facilitation Service and the re-emergence of Win10 Update Assistant V2 from two different perspectives. On the one hand, you have those poor hapless Win10 users who accidentally munged Windows Update. On the other hand, you have folks with bazookas and flamethrowers who want to keep some semblance of control over updating their machines.

Both groups now face two different Microsoft initiatives to reset Windows Update.

Susan Bradley was looking at some new KB articles over the weekend and stumbled onto KB 4056254, an announcement for a, uh, service known as the Windows 10 Update Facilitation Service. (If you have a hard time thinking of Win10 as a service, try wrapping your mind around the concept of a forced patching bulldozer as a service.)

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 15, 2018

Google moves to end website installation of Chrome extensions
Google this week began barring Chrome users from installing add-ons offered by third-party websites, the last steps toward making the company's own market the only available source for browser extensions.

"We continue to receive large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing their Chrome experience to change unexpectedly - and the majority of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of inline installation on websites (emphasis in original)," James Wagner, the extensions platform product manager, wrote in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 15, 2018

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus
After 45 days in the unpaid beta testing phase, Microsoft surprised most of the patching world yesterday by declaring that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is ready for deployment in the enterprise. By doing so, Microsoft simultaneously raised the ire of almost everyone in the patching industry, demonstrated how out-of-touch its metrics have become, and completely destroyed the underpinnings of "Current Branch for Business."

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Win10 version 1803 entered the unpaid beta testing phase (officially known as the "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) branch" or, previously, "Current Branch") on April 30. Yesterday, Microsoft declared that Win10 1803 is ready for business deployment:

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 15, 2018

Microsoft proclaims Windows 10 1803 enterprise-ready in record time
Microsoft on Thursday declared that the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10 is fit for businesses, marking the fastest transition yet from consumer-only to enterprise-ready.

"Based on the update quality and reliability we are seeing through our A.I. approach, we are now expanding the release broadly to make the April 2018 Update (version 1803) fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide," wrote John Cable, director of program management, in a post to a company blog. "Enterprise customers can ... fully deploy Windows 10, version 1803 when ready."

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 15, 2018

R tip: Save time with RStudio code snippets
In this fifth episode of Do More with R, Sharon Machlis, director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG Communications, shows how code snippets work in RStudio—and how you can make your own

Enterprise Application News
Jun 15, 2018

Failure, redefined
Programmer pilot fish is hired by this organization because he can write a mix of C and scripting languages to pull information from databases and generate web pages -- pretty straightforward stuff.

But that's not what he finds when he starts work. "The new job I was hired for used a big vendor's interfaces and coding tools," fish says. "It was a major enterprise-wide conversion, and the vendor consulting staff was essentially learning to do their jobs as we did ours -- and at our expense.

"Their applications were that new and untested. Nothing worked and the vendor's consultants couldn't seem to give us good answers when things failed."

It's soon clear that things are failing a lot -- which means a lot of try/test/fail/retry cycles. And even when things appear to be working correctly, a high percentage of the time they still aren't right.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 14, 2018

First look: Office 2019's likeliest new features
It's getting close to time for the next major revision of the non-subscription version of Office. Office 2019 is expected to be launched in the second half of this year. Microsoft calls this the "perpetual" version of Office because you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever, and it doesn't get upgrades until the next major version is released.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jun 14, 2018

Apple wins praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones
Apple confirmed today it will close a security hole that has allowed law enforcement officials, working with forensic companies, to break into iPhones to retrieve data related to criminal investigations.

In the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple will change default settings on iPhones to shutter access to the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked for one hour. In its beta release of iOS 11.3, Apple introduced the feature - known as USB Restricted Mode - but cut it from iOS 11.3 before that version was released publicly.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 14, 2018

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 14, 2018

Which Android phones get regular security updates? Here's a hint
Here in the land o' Android, wrapping your noggin around the subject of software updates isn't always easy to do.

We've got regular OS updates, sure — and info on the various phone-makers' performance in that domain is readily available, if you (a) know where to find it and (b) are even aware that you should be looking for such data in the first place. But still, that's only one piece of the puzzle.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 14, 2018

Is your company part of the GDPR 'mobile loophole'?
Mobile tech, and especially mobile brought into companies through BYOD, has unique challenges for companies that need to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) — and that's virtually all companies, not just the ones in Europe. The regulations compel companies to manage personal data and protect privacy, and they provide individuals to have a say in what and how data about them is used.

GDPR has several disclosure and control requirements, such as providing notice of any personally identifiable data collection, notifying of any data breaches, obtaining consent of any person for whom data is being collected, recording what and how data is being used, and providing a right for people whose data is being collected to see, modify, and/or delete any information about them from corporate systems.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 13, 2018

10 Chrome extensions to juice up Gmail
There are tons of Chrome extensions that add features to Gmail and enhance its interface. This article collects the ones we've found to be the most useful.

This spring Google launched a redesign of the Gmail web interface that added several new features — potentially making some extensions obsolete or inoperable. After the relaunch, we re-tested all the extensions in this article to be sure they're still useful and work properly with the updated interface.

They do everything from making handy little interface tweaks to adding sophisticated functions to Gmail. Some have been around for several years, while some were released a few months ago — but all can be useful additions to your Gmail experience.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 13, 2018

Microsoft previews Office 2019 for Mac
Six weeks after shipping a preview of Office 2019 to commercial customers running Windows, Microsoft this week followed with a beta for the Mac edition of the application suite.

"Office 2019 for Mac ... is set to ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows in the second half of 2018.," wrote Jared Spataro, the Microsoft executive in charge of Office's product marketing, in a June 12 post to a company blog. The vague release window of "second half of 2018" is as granular as Microsoft will get at this point.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 13, 2018

Alexa for Business: What it does, how to use it
Voice interactions with AI assistants are fast becoming commonplace at home. With Alexa for Business, Amazon hopes to make the same true in the office.

"Just like Alexa is making smart home experiences easier, the same is possible in the workplace with voice controls," said Collin Davies, Amazon's general manager for Alexa for Business.

[ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ] Launched in November 2017, Alexa for Business is a managed service with three main components: a set of management tools, APIs to integrate with existing IT applications and infrastructure, and the Echo devices themselves. It is delivered by Amazon's cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, which sells to large corporate customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 13, 2018

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

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

Apple bans cryptocurrency mining apps on iOS to protect mobile users
Using an iPad or iPhone to mine bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies would be hard to do, as the CPU power available to complete the task would be a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed.

But using a portion of the CPU power from thousands of iPads or iPhones to mine cryptocurrency makes more sense - and that's exactly what some malware has been doing.

Apple is now moving to stop the practice.

[ Further reading: The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change ]

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

How to get smarter missed call reminders on Android
It's easy to forget sometimes, but these powerful little computers we carry in our pockets are also phones — you know, devices with numbers that can make and receive those crazy old things called voice calls.

Go ahead and take a minute to absord the shock of this revelation. Gasp, guffaw, get a comically exaggerated expression of surprise on that stunning face of yours — whatever does the trick. I'll wait.

Back? Okay, good. Listen, I know: Nine times out of 10, when we talk about Android tips, we talk about ways to be more efficient and productive with tapping around on our screens and getting things done. But today, I want to share a handy little enhancement I've encountered for making the phone portion of your smartphone more useful and easier to manage.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change
Blockchain distributed ledgers work by linking together a chain of electronic records, each inextricably tied to the one before it; each new set of entries or "blocks" is completed and time-stamped with a hashtag only after passing through a consensus process.

The two most popular mechanisms or protocols for authenticating new entries on a blockchain and governing changes to the networks are Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS).

[ Further reading: Bitcoin mining leads to an unexpected GPU gold rush ] As the name suggests, PoS consensus models enable those with the most digital coins (the greatest stake) to govern a cryptocurrency or business blockchain ledger. To date, however, the most popular blockchain-based cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin, Ethereum (Ether) and Litecoin - have used PoW as their consensus mechanism.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

WWDC: Accessibility has become a requirement
Apple made a range of announcements that put accessibility at the core of the company's mission at WWDC 2018, developers no longer have any excuse to avoid using the accessibility tools the company provides.

Empowerment matters The focus is highly visible in the latest Mac and iOS releases (available this fall), which bring a range of smaller accessibility improvements.

What's important about that is that in doing so Apple is solving problems other platforms have not yet begun to address at a core platform level.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

Microsoft walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums
Microsoft has quietly told customers that it will stop participating in the online support forums devoted to consumer questions about Windows 7 and a host of other products.

The announcement, which Microsoft posted over the weekend to several of the affected support forums, said the change would take place next month.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] "Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there," the identical messages stated. "There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions."

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

How the Spanish cybercriminal underground operates | Salted Hash Ep 30
Host Steve Ragan reports from the RSA 2018 conference, talking with Liv Rowley, an intelligence analyst at Flashpoint, about Spanish cybercrime, an underground community that poses persistent security risks.

Enterprise Application News
Jun 12, 2018

Good thing they didn't do any programming, huh?
IT pilot fish is part of a team working under a contract where there's a very specific stipulation: These contractors can't write code -- that's the job of a different contractor.

"But we were allowed to do prototyping," says fish.

"So we developed a prototype for functionality the customer needed, using SQL Anywhere as a front end to an Oracle database.

"The customer used our prototype for about four years while their developer contractor worked on the 'real system.'"

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 11, 2018

Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes
In May, we saw a host of bugs introduced by the Patch Tuesday "security" patches. By the end of the month, patches for those patches killed almost all of the bugs - even the inability of Win10 version 1803 to run on certain kinds of solid-state drives, including the one in some Surface Pros.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] We also saw Microsoft push Win10 version 1803 onto machines that were specifically set to avoid it. I haven't seen any official response to Microsoft's inquiry into the reports, but we now have a sighting of a Win7 machine being pushed onto Win10, in spite of its settings.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 11, 2018

6 tips for planning SharePoint hub sites
Hub sites are the newest intranet building block in Office 365. They are now available to all Office 365 customers, including enterprise, education, and government.

In the new flat world of modern SharePoint, each unit of work gets a separate site collection. Hub sites allow us to eliminate the inflexibility and governance limitations of "dreaded" subsites, while providing a way to replicate one of the key benefits of subsites — a way to create a shared experience among related sites. Hub sites can help kill subsites, but not without a little planning.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 11, 2018

Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces
Microsoft's in-unit PR staff continues to show its moxie, this time burying news about the demise of free tech support for a wide variety of products - covering half of all Windows customers, for starters - in a series of blog posts unveiled on Saturday morning.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 April 2018 update: Key enterprise features ] Olga_Gh, a highly respected (if anonymous) Microsoft Agent posted the following message in six different Microsoft Answer forums:

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 11, 2018

Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide
All good things must come to an end, and the reign of Windows 7 as an actively supported, good-enough operating system is no exception. While it may feel like you just finished the heavy lifting of migrating your Windows XP machines to Windows 7, it turns out that Windows 7 is now almost nine years old, at least two and a half versions behind Windows 10 (depending on whether you consider Windows 8.1 to be a version of Windows all its own), and approaching end of Microsoft support in 2020.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jun 08, 2018

How to get Apple's iOS 12 or macOS 'Mojave' betas
Apple earlier this week issued previews for this year's upgrades to iOS and macOS, its two most popular operating systems, at the firm's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The betas of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 - the latter was labeled with another California place name, "Mojave" - have been delivered only to registered developers so far, but by the end of the month anyone who wants to run the rougher code will have the chance.

[ Related: 8 ways businesses can take advantage of the iPhone X ] Apple operates its beta programs differently than Microsoft, the enterprise king. The Cupertino, Calif. company's processes cant, as its overall business strategy does, toward individuals, not collectives. To corporate IT, the whole iOS/macOS preview situation must seem ad hoc and fly-by-the-seat-of-one's-pants.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 08, 2018

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 08, 2018

WWDC: Where Apple AI met computer vision
Apple's focus on the image isn't just about marketing; it's about unleashing whole new ways of interacting with devices as the company quietly moves to twin machine intelligence with computer vision in a host of new ways.

What has Apple done? WWDC 2018 saw numerous OS improvements with this in mind. These enhancements extend across most of its platforms. Think about:

Core ML: Apple's new machine learning framework that lets developers build computer vision machine learning features inside apps using very little code. Supported features include face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text detection, rectangle detection, barcode detection, object tracking, and image registration. ARKit 2: The capacity to create shared AR experiences, and to allow others to also witness events taking place in AR space, opens up other opportunities to twin the virtual and real worlds. USDZ: Apple's newly revealed Universal Scene Description (USDZ) file format allows AR objects to be shared. You can embed USDZ items in a web page or share them by mail. You'll see this evolve for use across retail and elsewhere. Memoji: More than what they seem, Memoji's capacity to respond to your facial movements reflects Apple's gradual move to explore emotion sensing. Will your personal avatar one day represent you in Group FaceTime VR chat? Photos: Apple has boosted the app with the capacity not just to identify all kinds of objects in your images, but also by developing a talent to recommend ways to improve an image and/or suggesting new image collections based on what Siri learns you like. CoreML and improved Siri mean Google Lens must be in Apple's sights. Measure: Apple's new ARKit measurement app

Enterprise Application News
Jun 08, 2018

WWDC 18: Where Apple AI met computer vision
Apple's focus on the image isn't just about marketing, it's about unleashing whole new ways of interacting with devices as the company quietly moves to twin machine intelligence with computer vision in a host of new ways.

What has Apple done? WWDC saw numerous OS improvements with this in mind. These enhancements extend across most of its platforms. Think about:

Core ML: Apple's new machine learning framework that lets developers build computer vision machine learning features inside apps using very little code. Supported features include face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text detection, rectangle detection, barcode detection, object tracking, and image registration. ARKit 2: The capacity to create shared AR experiences, and to allow others to also witness events taking place in AR space, opens up other opportunities to twin the virtual and real worlds. USDZ: Apple's newly-revealed Universal Scene Description (USDZ) file format allows AR objects to be shared. You can embed USDZ items in a web page, or share them by mail. You'll see this evolve for use across retail and elsewhere. Memoji:More than what they seem, Memoji's capacity to respond to your facial movements reflects Apple's gradual move to explore emotion sensing. Will your personal avatar one day represent you in Group FaceTime VR chat? Photos:Apple has boosted the app with the capacity not just to identify all kinds of objects in your images, but also developing a talent to recommend ways to improve an image and/or suggesting new image collections based on what Siri learns you like. CoreML and improved Siri mean Google Lens must be in Apple's sights. Measure:Apple's new ARKit measureme

Enterprise Application News
Jun 08, 2018

R tip: Easy dashboards with flexdashboard
In this fourth episode of Do More with R, Sharon Machlis, director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG Communications, shows how to create dashboards in the R language with the flexdashboard package.

Enterprise Application News
Jun 07, 2018

Regulatory uncertainty could stymy blockchain adoption
Most C-level executives and high-level IT managers see regulatory complexity as the primary reason more companies are not adopting blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT), according to a recent survey.

The poll of 83 "senior professionals" from a variety of industries was done by Ernst & Young (EY) at its annual Global Blockchain Summit in San Francisco. Released this week, the results showed that 61% of respondents believe complex regulations are impeding adoption; 51% cited issues around integration with legacy technology; and almost half - 49% - pointed to a lack of general understanding of blockchain's capabilities.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 07, 2018

18 time-saving tips for the Chrome Android browser
Mobile web browsing is all about finding what you need quickly and with as little hassle as possible — well, in theory, anyway. In the real world, the act of surfing sites from your smartphone is often anything but efficient.

From sites that have not-so-friendly mobile interfaces to browser commands that take far too many steps to execute, hopping around the World Wide Internuts from a handheld device can frequently leave something to be desired.

Fear not, though, my fellow finger-tappers: There are plenty of tricks you can learn to make your mobile web journey more pleasant and productive. Try these next-level tips for Google's Chrome Android browser and get ready for a much better mobile browsing experience.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 07, 2018

3 huge ways Android's gesture navigation just got better
Let's not beat around the bush: In the first Android P beta release, Google's new gesture navigation system was a steamin' hot mess. It was glitchy, inconsistent, and confusing.

It was also, however, part of Android P's first public beta — software not intended for widespread public use — and so we have to expect a certain amount of imperfection. You can't judge a product when the recipe's still in flux and the baking's nowhere near finished.

With the launch of Android P's second official beta this week, we're a step closer to completion — and after using the new software for nearly a day now, I'm happy to report that the new gesture navigation system has, in fact, gotten better. Much better.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 07, 2018

Android and antitrust: The EU's Google case explained
Google's Android mobile operating system is based on open-source software, but some of the most useful parts of it - Maps and Search, for instance - are proprietary, and the company makes sure that anyone wanting to use those features has to use other services that make it money too.

If an investigation by the European Union's antitrust authority finds that that behavior constitutes abuse of a dominant market position, it could expose Google to a fine of up to $11 billion.

[ Further reading: Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to today ] While the fine won't have much effect on Android users, device makers or service providers, the legal remedies that usually accompany such findings could mean bigger changes to the way Google licenses Android, and in particular access to its search tools and Play store.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 07, 2018

Apple's Health Record API released to third-party developers; is it safe?
Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference this week released an API that allows  developers and researchers to create applications that connect to Health Records, a feature released with iOS 11.3 that allows patients to port their electronic health info to mobile devices and share data between care providers.

While the move promises to streamline the sharing of healthcare data, it also could open the door to that highly sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 06, 2018

How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel
Once upon a time, making a choice about how you updated Windows was easy: Let Microsoft decide. The company had a release cycle, and you went along for the ride.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jun 06, 2018

How to get a cutting-edge web browser
Installing a pre-release version of your web browser promises at least two distinct thrills. The first one: You get to test new features sometimes months before mainstream users see them. How cool is that?

The second thrill comes from taking a risk. Installing pre-release software can cause data loss (perhaps even hair loss), excess battery drain on portables and other aggravations. As Google puts it on its Chrome Canary download page, it's "not for the faint of heart."

[ Further reading: Best Google Chrome extensions of 2017 ] But let's assume you're up for the challenge and eager to see what's next for your browser. Here's what you need to know about pre-release versions of Chrome, Safari Technical Preview, Firefox and Edge.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 06, 2018

Mingis on Tech: What we like, what was 'meh' about WWDC
So, which is it? Dark Mode in macOS Mojave? More organized notifications in iOS 12? Privacy improvements in Safari? Or perhaps some of the new fitness and health features coming in watchOS 5?

Apple In the aftermath of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, our trio of Apple experts - Macworld's Michael Simon, freelancer Michael DeAgonia and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis - had a tough time deciding which of the various changes were the big news.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 06, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Sanity returns as Windows 7 sheds user share
A kind of sanity returned to Windows' status in May as the outgoing Windows 7 finally dropped some significant user share while Windows 10 padded its tally.

According to U.S.-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7 sloughed off 1.8 percentage points last month, accounting for 41.8% of the user share of all personal computers and 47.3% of all those running Windows in May. (The second number is larger than the first because Windows powered 88.4% of all PCs, not 100%.)

May's decline was the largest in nearly two years, excepting a late-2017 reset when Net Applications purged its data of criminal bot traffic.

The change from past months was dramatic: In both March and April, Windows 7 gained ground, exactly the opposite of what Microsoft wants to see as it pushes customers to adopt Windows 10 and rid themselves of the older Windows 7.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: Firefox sits on slippery slope, Chrome grows even bigger
Mozilla's Firefox landed on a slippery slope last month and may face a slow demise as users desert the browser for Google's Chrome.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Firefox lost a quarter of a percentage point of user share in May, ending the month at 9.9%. It was the first time Firefox has fallen below the 10% marker since November 2016.

[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ] Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to visit its clients' websites. It then tallies the visitor sessions - which are effectively visits to the site, with multiple sessions possible daily - rather than count only users, as it once did. Net Applications thus measures activity most of all, although differently than rival metrics sources that focus on page views.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

iOS apps on Macs? Gee, that feels familiar...
Well, gang, it's official: Cross-platform convergence is now both magical and revolutionary.

Apple, in case you haven't heard, is taking a serious step toward bringing its mobile and desktop platforms together: At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference adjective-shouting extravaganza this week, the company announced a plan to let developers bring iOS apps onto MacOS starting next year. So, yes: That means the Apple faithful will soon be able to run iPhone-like software on their regular ol' keyboard-packin' computers.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

The top blockchain jobs you need to know about
Blockchain development already tops some lists of the hottest skills in the IT job market, and thousands of blockchain jobs in the U.S. are now up for grabs.

But what kind of blockchain jobs are companies posting, and how good is the pay?

About 23% of larger enterprises are now actively working on Blockchain apps and they will typically hire a project manager, one or two application designers, and two to four developers - all with prior blockchain experience, according to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular salary surveys.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals
Microsoft launched Teams last year as its own take on the booming market for group messaging apps led by Slack and now also fought over by Google, Facebook and Cisco, to name but a few.

As with all team chat tools, the core aim of Microsoft Teams is to connect staff and enhance productivity, providing an alternative to - or even replacing - email. Microsoft describes it as a "digital translation of an open office space." That's how a company spokesperson described the software.

[ Related: Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft's virtual assistant for business ]

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

Learn what the 'zero trust' security model really means | Salted Hash Ep 29
Host Steve Ragan reports from RSA 2018 conference, talking with Wendy Nather, director, advisory CISOs at Duo Security, about how organizations can build a zero trust model, including consistently authenticating users.

Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

Microsoft lost its antitrust suit almost two decades ago. What would be different if it had won?
It's been 20 years since the U.S. Department of Justice and 20 state attorneys general sued Microsoft for violating federal antitrust laws. The government argued that Microsoft illegally protected its Windows monopoly and used it to try to kill competitors to Internet Explorer, notably Netscape. The suit also charged that the company used its operating system muscle to target Apple, Lotus Software, RealNetworks, Linux and others.

In late 1999, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled against Microsoft. A lot has changed since then, but how much of that change is due to that landmark ruling?

Before the suit, Microsoft was the world's most influential technology company, with Windows essentially a monopoly in operating systems, Microsoft Office a monopoly in productivity suites and Internet Explorer a top browser.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 05, 2018

Consulting: So simple!
Database admin pilot fish knows this company's systems inside and out after 20 years with them, and he's a bit annoyed when his boss brings in a consultant for the latest project.

"I suspect there's an unspoken practice of discrimination against me due to my age," fish says. "I don't claim to know everything, but I know enough to have kept things running without incident during my time here, and when I'm stuck I know who to reach out to.

"Recently my manager requested a meeting with me, the consultant and other managers to discuss my proposal for the project, which included the liberal use of stored procedures on the SQL Server.

"The consultant shook his head and loudly said that we needed to start using CLR in SQL Server, and that it would be easy to use: Just write the procedure offline, compile it and then integrate it into SQL Server. So simple!

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 02, 2018

May Windows and Office patches are now relatively stable, but Win7 NIC problems persist
At least the really bad bugs, introduced by "security" patches earlier this month, have been fixed. The problems that remain reside in the dregs — not likely to bite, but worth knowing about in case something suddenly goes bump in the night.

And if you're using Win10 1803, you should definitely ask Microsoft for an increase in combat-duty pay. 

The ongoing Win7/Server 2008 R2 patching threat Remember when Win7 was relatively stable? OK, OK; "stable" is a relative term that's unlikely to apply to any version of Windows, but you know what I mean. Win7 and Server 2008 R2 have gone through months of problems with networking in general, and apoplectic network interface cards in particular.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 02, 2018

Flaccid phone features foment ‘flagship fatigue'
Everybody panic!

Mary Meeker released her well-regarded Internet Trends Report this week. She said smartphone shipments grew by zero percent, the first time since smartphones existed that the market didn't grow.

And IDC says the smartphone market will remain sluggish into the foreseeable future.

Some smartphone hopefuls have even had their hopes dashed in what has become a brutal and unforgiving smartphone market.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 01, 2018

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 five 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 April 2018 Update, 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
Jun 01, 2018

Amazon joins list of blockchain-as-a-service providers
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has joined the list of blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) providers that already includes IBM, HP, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 01, 2018

Weight Watchers turns to Facebook's Workplace to connect 18,000 workers
Weight Watchers has deployed Facebook's Workplace enterprise social network with the aim of connecting its 18,000-strong global workforce. And the rollout, which began in January, is already considered a success.

The network already has a 50% active use rate among staff, said Stacie Sherer, senior vice president for corporate communications, with 93% of staff activating accounts within weeks of launch.

[ Related: How to manage group chat in the enterprise (hint: lightly) ] Founded in New York City in 1963, Weight Watchers now has a presence in 30 countries. The vast majority of its employees - around 90% - are ‘frontline' workers not tied to a desk; they rely predominantly on smartphones for internal communications.

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Enterprise Application News
Jun 01, 2018

Companies can skip a Windows 10 upgrade, but they have to hurry
Enterprises have a short-lived opportunity to slow the Microsoft upgrade train by skipping one of this year's Windows 10 refreshes, as well as one of the two slated to ship in 2019, according to Gartner and Microsoft's own support scheduling.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jun 01, 2018

Code review
Company is evaluating financial software from three different vendors, and one of the reviews is assigned to this pilot fish.

"The one I was given to look at was originally written for Microsoft SQL Server, but was recently ported to Oracle," fish says. "All the source code was provided, along with a non-disclosure agreement, of course.

"It relied heavily on a large number of database-compiled PL/SQL packages and stand-alone procedures/functions, which is usually a good design. All the SQL needed was embedded in the database, and the front-end only needed to call these routines."

But as fish quickly discovers when he peruses the source code, all those packages have been compiled under the SYSTEM schema, which means they're running with almost all available administrative privileges.

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Enterprise Application News
May 31, 2018

Give Chrome for Android an ultra-modern makeover
Google is slowly but surely bringing a whole new look to Android, Chrome OS, and all of its apps and services (hi, Gmail!). Part of that shift is strictly aesthetic, thanks to the implementation of the newly updated Material Design standards. And part of it is functional, with elements like the new gesture-driven Overview interface in Android P.

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Enterprise Application News
May 31, 2018

What is Apple hiding with iOS 11.4?
Have you installed iOS 11.4? Once you'd looked at AirPlay 2and Messages in iCloud, did you happen to take a look at the contents of the security updates?

‘Details available soon' If you did you'll have been disappointed.

Apple hasn't disclosed details concerning the security content of the new software. It hasn't revealed anything concerning USB Restricted Mode, which apparently makes it harder for people to hack into your device.

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Enterprise Application News
May 31, 2018

Now, blockchain can turn carbon credits into tokens for trading
Blockchain, the electronic ledger technology underpinning bitcoin, has been used to address pollution and energy consumption in the past; now it appears poised to attack global warming and deforestation.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it's working with environmental fintech company Veridium Labs Ltd. to tokenize carbon credits, which are used to incentivize companies to pollute less. The tokens could be traded on a distributed, open-source blockchain exchange run by start-up Stellar.

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Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

14 wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone X
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

The iPhone X offers a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and it supports native wireless charging - just as the iPhone 8 line does.

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Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

Blockchain technologies face a maturity problem
Adoption of Blockchain -- the underlying distrusted technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin -- is a bit like teenage sex.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

Gmail vs. Inbox: 8 productivity features Gmail still can't match
Sadistic as it may sound, I've been dedicating an awful lot of brain power to the subject of email as of late. And considering what a limited supply of power this ol' noggin has nowadays, that's really saying something.

Part of the noodling has been related to my ongoing exploration of email newsletters, both with my own weekly endeavor and with the variety of other email-based publications I've been digesting lately (yum). Increasingly these days, my inbox is becoming more than just a place for messages.

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Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

How to use Apple's Messages in iCloud for iOS, Mac
Along with key HomePod improvements, Apple also introduced Messages in iCloud with iOS 11.4. It's a useful feature designed to store your Messages and attachments in iCloud, but enterprise users should think twice before enabling it.

Security is everything I'm not saying iCloud is not secure - so long as you use a six-or more digit passcode or (better, but more awkward) an alphanumeric passcode, it's highly secure. I'm reasonably confident a strong password, Apple's own systems and its insistence you use two-factor authentication is enough for most of us.

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Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Major bugs introduced in May fixed, plenty of problems remain
Once more we have a monthly Windows/Office patch scorecard that needs a guidebook. Or two. And we just got a handful of buried warnings about problems in old patches, plus a brand new way to fry your network interface card.

Thus continues the tradition of two cumulative updates per month for all of the supported Windows 10 versions - that's eight cumulative updates in total - in addition to bobs and weaves and a very long list of acknowledged bugs introduced by recent security patches in Windows 7.

Conflicts with Remote Desktop The strange behavior of the CredSSP update - where the Patch Tuesday fixes for all versions of Windows seemed to break Remote Desktop Protocol with a strange error message: "This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation" has been resolved.

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Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

R tip: Test your code with Testthat
In this episode of Do More with R, learn how to automate testing your R functions with Hadley Wickham's Testthat package

Enterprise Application News
May 30, 2018

There IS such a thing as too many user options
Programmer pilot fish gets the assignment to write a specific application for his company's shipping department, and the specs are pretty specific too.

"Not web-based," says fish. "Ability to print labels and interact with scales and scanner. Ability to assign sounds through a setup menu. You get the idea.

"I wrote and tested the application, wrote up a quick user's guide, installed the application on the customer's computer and demonstrated it to the manager so he would verify all was working."

And that's that, fish figures. But a few weeks later, his boss tells him there's a problem: The customer is complaining that the application is slow.

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

Windows 10 Pro is a dead end for the enterprise, Gartner says
Windows 10 Pro is a dead end for enterprises, a prominent Gartner analyst has argued.

"[We] predict that Microsoft will continue positioning Windows [10] Pro as a release that is not appropriate for enterprises by reducing ... support and limiting access to enterprise management features," Stephen Kleynhans, a research vice president at Gartner and one of the research firm's resident Windows experts, said in a report he co-authored.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 cheat sheet ] Microsoft's Windows 10 Pro occupies the middle ground between the consumer-grade Home and the corporate-level Enterprise in features, functionality and price. Because Enterprise versions of Windows have never been available to computer makers, Pro - sometimes, as in Windows 7, tagged Professional instead - has been the most popular pre-installed OS on new business PCs. (Corporations typically re-image new personal computers with Enterprise upon receipt of the devices.)

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

Mingis on Tech: Blockchain tackles...carbon credits?
It's been rolled our for global supply chains. And for tracking food origins. As a way to streamline real estate deals. And even as a way of protecting personal identities.

Now, blockchain is being touted as an efficient way for companies to securely keep track of carbon credits they use.

Yes, carbon credits.

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

2018 SharePoint Conference: Key announcements for information architects
Last week brought the return of a dedicated event for SharePoint and the rest of the Office 365 family (Teams, OneDrive, and Yammer) — the SharePoint Conference — and some long-awaited capabilities for modern sites in Office 365.

I was especially excited about all the love for metadata — bringing visibility of document metadata to Microsoft Teams (finally) — and my absolute favorite announcement: the ability to add metadata to pages in "edit" mode!

Though most of my time is spent on cloud-based solutions these days, SharePoint on prem got a lot of love, too, with the announcement that some of the best features on the cloud are coming to SharePoint 2019, including Communications Sites, Team News, and modern Team Sites to include Lists and Libraries. Read more in Bill Baer's blog post.

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

WWDC: Apple's NFC plan is a big developer opportunity
Apple will open up fresh opportunities for developers as it extends Near Field Communications (NFC) support in iOS to more uses.

NFC: Apple's story so far Apple introduced support for a new NFC framework called Core NFC at WWDC 2017. Developers were pleased, but the implementations were rather limited.

[Also read: WWDC 2018 preview: What can we expect?] Core NFC let developers build apps that read NFC tags, but only for things like visitor attractions and museum exhibitions.

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Enterprise Application News
May 29, 2018

Gartner: Enterprises should demand 2 full years of Windows 10 support
Corporate customers should lobby Microsoft to turn a temporary 24-month Windows 10 support lifecycle into a permanent fixture, according to Gartner Research analyst Stephen Kleynhans.

"Twenty-four months would be better for everybody," Kleynhans said.

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] More than a year ago, Microsoft formalized a twice-annual Windows 10 schedule for delivering feature upgrades, promising to support each upgrade for 18 months. A feature upgrade released in September 2017, for example, was to be supported with security patches and other bug fixes until March 2019.

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Enterprise Application News
May 28, 2018

TSB phishing attacks | Salted Hash Ep 33
TSB customers in the U.K. were already frustrated by the bank's technical problems, but now the situation has gotten worse as criminals take advantage of the chaos. Host Steve Ragan looks at recent TSB phishing attacks and the kit that powers them.

Enterprise Application News
May 28, 2018

WWDC 2018 preview: What can we expect?
Thousands of developers, tech industry leaders, a smattering of celebrities and tech pundits will descend on San Jose, Calif. for Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) June 4-8. (The big Apple keynote at which iOS 12 is expected to be unveiled takes place 10 a.m. (Pt), 1 p.m. (ET) on Monday.

Apple will no doubt talk about the future of its software platforms, provide insight into its hardware plans, and share details on the new system features it's working on.

[ Further reading: How iOS 11 makes mobile management easier ] Here's what's on the menu:

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Enterprise Application News
May 26, 2018

Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT
Amazon has confirmed a report that one of its Echo devices recorded a family's conversation and then messaged it to a random person on the family's contact list, who is an employee of a family member.

But Amazon, in a statement emailed to Computerworld, confirmed every privacy advocate's worst nightmare with its explanation: "Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like 'Alexa.' Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request. At which point, Alexa said out loud 'To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer's contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, '[contact name], right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as 'right.' As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely."

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Enterprise Application News
May 26, 2018

Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
Google's slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.

Yeah, I said it.

Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.

Windows users carp that Chromebooks are cute, but not serious business tools. The Surface Book 2 is also a tiny laptop, they say, but a real computer.

Linux developers concede Chromebooks are interesting but argue they can't be used for software development.

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Enterprise Application News
May 25, 2018

Avast blames Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options
Looks as if we have a solution for the Avast-related blue screens in Win10 1803 upgrades that I talked about earlier this week. Avast heavyweight Ondrej Vlcek chose his words carefully but threw lots of shade at Microsoft for the upgrade installer's bug.

Posting on the Avast forum, Vlcek says:

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Enterprise Application News
May 25, 2018

See, you just have to ask them the right way
Go-live date for this big application update is now just days away, but it still hasn't been fully tested, says the pilot fish responsible for the project.

"Part of the preparation is to test the big update's ability to integrate with payroll," fish explains. "This, of course, requires cooperation from the Payroll Department. They must set up suitable test data in the primary test environment.

"The big update doesn't benefit them directly, and they have been highly resistant to assisting with any testing. 'Too busy, higher priorities' is what they have been saying for three months."

Naturally, all the other departments are busy too, but they've managed to find time to help fish with testing. And with go-live less than a week out, it's increasingly clear that the payroll integration test isn't going to happen at all.

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Enterprise Application News
May 24, 2018

Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it
If this weren't so infuriating it'd be heartbreaking. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 version 1803 onto PCs that are specifically set to bypass the upgrade until it's declared fit for business use. Susan Bradley has details.

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] We saw forced upgrades three times with Win10 version 1709.

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Enterprise Application News
May 24, 2018

Fuchsia and the future of Android
If you follow a lot of Android news, odds are, you've heard at least something about a mysterious Google project known as Fuchsia. And odds are, you're at least somewhat confused about what it actually is and what it's intended to do.

Let me assure you: You aren't alone.

Fuchsia, for the uninitiated, is an "early-stage experimental project" within Google. It's been under development since at least 2017 — and it's open source, which means anyone can peek at the code and even install the software on certain devices. (Pro tip: You can actually check it out from your browser right now, too, thanks to an independently created Fuchsia web demo. Fair warning, though: There's really not much to it.)

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Enterprise Application News
May 24, 2018

Alexa gets smart meeting scheduling, a boost to its workplace presence
Amazon has made it easier for business users to manage personal schedules via Alexa voice commands, adding the ability to move appointments and schedule meetings based on participants' availability. 

The digital assistant has quickly gained traction among consumers and Amazon is intent on replicating its success in the workplace - as shown by the launch of its Alexa for Business service last year.

[ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ] While it was already possible to create and cancel appointments with Alexa, the Smart Scheduling Assistant feature gives users more control, cutting time and effort, Amazon said in a blog post this week.

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Enterprise Application News
May 24, 2018

Windows 10 quick tips: 10 ways to speed up your PC
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and 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 Control Panel, 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
May 24, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Shh! Don't tell!
Pilot fish gets a new job where one of her first assignments is to design a database-oriented application.

"I'm not permitted to create any tables or keys," says fish. "I have to submit it to our database admin, who will take care of it when he gets around to it.

"I soon learn that, at this company, they spell DBA G-O-D."

Fish sends DBA her tables, their links and recommended indexes. DBA accepts the table design, but tells fish that the data will be indexed by first, middle and then last name.

That won't work, fish tells him; the lookup key is by last name. But the boss sides with the DBA. And predictably, the application's response times are B-A-D.

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Enterprise Application News
May 24, 2018

CIO Leadership Live with Cynthia Stoddard, senior VP and CIO at Adobe | Ep 10
?In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Cynthia Stoddard, SVP and CIO at Adobe. Their hour-long conversation covers a range of topics, including IT innovation and ROI, data strategy, automation, machine learning and AI, and the new IT roles at Adobe.

Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

14 easy ways to cut back on data use in Android
These days, mobile data is money — and if you don't optimize your phone to handle it intelligently, you're throwing dollars down the drain.

After all, whether you have a plan with a monthly data cap or a setup where you're billed for the data you use, you're essentially paying for all the virtual info you transmit over your carrier's network. In the former case, reducing your data usage could let you move to a cheaper level of service — while in the latter, every megabyte you save will directly lower your monthly bill.

The good news is that it's relatively easy to scale back your mobile data usage without seeing much meaningful impact on your day-to-day experience. Just follow the steps below, starting small and ending with the nuclear-level Android Data Saver option, and watch your wallet — or your company's appreciation — grow larger.

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Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

How your web browser tells you when it's safe
Google last week spelled out the schedule it will use to reverse years of advice from security experts when browsing the Web - to "look for the padlock." Starting in July, the search giant will mark insecure URLs in its market-dominant Chrome, not those that already are secure. Google's goal? Pressure all website owners to adopt digital certificates and encrypt the traffic of all their pages.

The decision to tag HTTP sites - those not locked down with a certificate and which don't encrypt server-to-browser and browser-to-server communications - rather than label the safer HTTPS websites, didn't come out of nowhere. Google has been promising as much since 2014.

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Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

Android data tips that will save you money
Cutting back on your Android data use can make your phone bill plummet, and it's easy to do with a few key tweaks. Ready to start saving?

Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?
What began as a complaint on Reddit about botched upgrades to Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, has apparently mushroomed. Now, according to MartinZ, a moderator on Avast's support forum:


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Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

Mastering your Outlook inbox
The truth is, I hate Outlook. But in the Windows environment, there's no better email, calendaring and contacts package than Microsoft Outlook 2016. When I think about why I hate the software, it comes down to a set of frustrations around key areas like a lack of focus on inbox management, a tacked-on search facility with a terrible user interface, and the absence of two-way syncing with non-Microsoft sources of calendars and contacts.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
May 23, 2018

Top-level executive support, redefined
It's the late 1990s, and this multinational company's US division is developing a new system for its call center, says a pilot fish who's hired to be the systems manager there.

"The CIO and the cheapskate US division president clashed on the new custom system," fish says. "The CIO wanted to use the Oracle and AS/400 system that was being developed by the UK office, because it was being designed as a strong business application.

"The president wanted to use a system being developed in the Mexico office -- in FoxPro, which was already being phased out at most IT shops, and certainly wasn't enterprise-grade enough to develop the company's primary business application in."

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Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

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

Command-W

Closes the active window you are currently in. Use Option-Command-W to close all currently active app windows.

[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ] Command-Y

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Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

Slack adds Actions feature, highlights dev community growth
Slack users can now create action points directly from a message post in the app with the introduction today of a new Actions feature. 

Announced as Slack kicked off its first Spec developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Actions deepens integration with third-party apps such as project management tool Asana and issue-tracking app Jira. 

[ Further reading: 10 tips for preventing Slack burnout ] An Asana task can be created by clicking on the context menu in the right hand corner of a Slack message, for instance; it will capture relevant data directly from the message menu such as due date, what needs to be done and the project involved.

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Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

Will Android P lead to faster upgrades? 3 words to remember
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A new version of Android is right around the corner — and with it comes some lofty talk about how this'll finally be the year Android manufacturers start taking upgrades seriously.

That's the story with Google's upcoming Android P release, thanks to the software's integration of Project Treble — a new "modular base" for Android that makes it easier for manufacturers to process updates. In short, Treble keeps the guts of Android in their own standalone layer within your device's storage. The hardware-specific code needed to make the device run properly, meanwhile, lives in a totally separate lower layer. It's kind of like a fancy cake, only with less unsaturated fat than the kind you normally buy.

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Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

WWDC: The evolution of Apple's Siri
Siri became a built-in element of iOS way back in October 2011, when Apple announced its inclusion inside iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Apple's AI has seen numerous improvements since then, so I thought it might be interesting to explore the evolution of Siri at WWDC since launch.

WWDC is important for the evolution of Siri Apple's big developer conference isn't just about wowing the crowd with consumer-focused improvements, it's also about sewing new seeds developers can choose to use to build their own solutions and businesses.

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Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

R tip: Learn dplyr's case_when() function
In this second episode of Do More with R, Sharon Machlis, director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG Communications, shows how dplyr's case_when() function helps avoid a lot of nested ifelse statements

Enterprise Application News
May 22, 2018

How deception technologies use camouflage to attract attackers | Salted Hash Ep 26
Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, where talks with Chris Roberts, chief security architect at Acalvio Technologies, about the benefits and misconceptions of deception technologies.

Enterprise Application News
May 21, 2018

Google details how it will overturn encryption signals in Chrome
Google has further fleshed out plans to upend the historical approach browsers have taken to warn users of insecure websites, spelling out more gradual steps the company will take with Chrome this year.

Starting in September, Google will stop marking plain-vanilla HTTP sites - those not secured with a digital certificate, and which don't encrypt traffic between browser and site servers - as secure in Chrome's address bar. The following month, Chrome will tag HTTP pages with a red "Not Secure" marker when users enter any kind of data.

[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ] Eventually, Google will have Chrome label every HTTP website as, in its words, "affirmatively non-secure." By doing so, Chrome will have completed a 180-degree turn from browsers' original signage - marking secure HTTPS sites, usually with a padlock icon of some shade, to indicate encryption and a digital certificate - to labeling only those pages that are insecure.

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Enterprise Application News
May 21, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft's new Surface Hub 2: potential game changer for conference rooms
The idea of collaborative screens for conference rooms has been bouncing around for some time. The promise of integrating video conferencing and digital white boards into a single offering certainly looked compelling but adaption has lagged expectations. Much of this is tied to three problems, the solutions can be very expensive to buy and install, the devices can be very difficult to setup and use, and people are creatures of habit and current habits don't include using digital white boards. This last has been particularly problematic because no CEO likes seeing expensive technology go unused yet that has often been the case after these things are installed.  

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Enterprise Application News
May 21, 2018

FAQ: Microsoft 365 explained
Microsoft has spent considerable marketing and promotional capital on its newest by-subscription suite, Microsoft 365, since late April, trumpeting it as the firm started to roll out the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade and continuing the huzzahs during Build, its annual developers confab.

Why? What's so important about yet another cluster of software?

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] Computerworld has an answer to that question, and many others, about Microsoft 365, the less-than-a-year-old effort that may define how the Redmond, Wash. company approaches the business of selling business software for the next decade.

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Enterprise Application News
May 21, 2018

Businesses join to create enterprise standard for blockchain networks
A blockchain standards group made up of hundreds of businesses and tech development members has unveiled its first specification for enabling the development of peer-to-peer, decentralized networks explicitly for automating corporate transactions.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) last week released the Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification 1.0, an open-source framework to speed business transactions, boost privacy for contracts and create a faster, more efficient business transaction workflow.

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