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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

You can insure your place for as low as $5 per month with Lemonade
Anyone unfortunate enough to fall victim to a burglary or natural disaster understands just how frustrating it feels to deal with insurance companies. We spend thousands of dollars each year to ensure our property will be reimbursed in case of an emergency, so why does it take so long to receive reimbursement when we need it most? 

If you've had a poor experience waiting weeks or months for your reimbursement, or if you want to rest assured that your claims will be paid out quickly in case of a future emergency, Lemonade has you covered with rates as low as $5 per month for renter's insurance and $25 per month for homeowner's insurance. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

This month's Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn't play well with an Intel video driver
If you installed this month's first Win10 version 1903 cumulative update, KB 4517389, you may be in for a couple of surprises.

Mark Busby on AskWoody reported a strange bug shortly after the patch was released:


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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

Why 5G means new business models and user benefits
5G wireless technology will enable business opportunities that will bring new services and better performance that extend beyond the smartphone.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

Apple's iOS 13 adoption data hints at iPhone 11 sales
Apple tells us that four weeks since launch, iOS 13 is now in use by over half of all the devices sold in the last four years, but the data may also hint at the strength of its iPhone sales.

Apple's latest data shows rapid iOS adoption Since iOS 13's release on September 19, Apple's new data shows the following:

All devices introduced in the last four years

55% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iOS 13. 38% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iOS 12. 7% of all devices introduced in the last four years use an earlier version of iOS. All devices used

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

Google Forms cheat sheet
Do you need to make a quiz, survey, registration form, order form or other web page that gathers feedback from co-workers, customers, or others? If so, you can design and deploy it right from your web browser with Google Forms. It's integrated with Google Drive to store your forms in the cloud.

Anyone with a Google account can use Forms for free. It's also available as part of G Suite, Google's subscription-based collection of online office apps for business and enterprise customers that includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, and more. Forms is lesser known than Google's other productivity apps, but it's a useful tool to know how to use. This guide takes you through the basics of designing a form, deploying it online, and viewing the responses it gathers.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Hardware isn't his thing
Senior programmer says his printouts are striped, and replacing the toner cartridge didn't help, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

Junior tech is dispatched to help, sees the striped printouts, and is fairly confident that it's a problem with the toner cartridge.

And when she opens the printer, she finds that the cartridge has a long plastic ribbon hanging off the side. Problem solved, she figures, and she begins to pull the plastic strip off. But the programmer tells her, "Stop! That's supposed to be there."

The tech, feeling especially junior, returns to the IT area and explains all to a senior tech, who tells her she's right. "In fact, there are instructions molded into the plastic cartridge telling how to remove that strip."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

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

Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

Can Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency survive the exodus?
After the withdrawal of seven of the 29 founding members of the Libra Association, the governing council for Facebook's planned global cryptocurrency, the project's fate  looks increasingly uncertain.

PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe, Mercado Pago and Brooking Holdings have backed away from participation on the Libra Association; their hands were forced when  all members met Monday in Switzerland for formalize their commitment to the project.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

Train to be an in-demand DevOps pro for just $39
Tech companies are always looking for more ways to increase efficiency, and today, DevOps is the way they're doing it. For the uninitiated, DevOps is a series of practices that brings software development teams together with IT operations professionals so they may create products that are both reliable and efficient. If you want to work in software development, then knowing DevOps could make all the difference.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

Why we need Apple's HomeKit-enabled routers
How secure are the connected smart devices you keep in your home? How much protection have you put in place, and have you even taken a minute to change your default router password?

Computer says no The truth is many smart home device users (and those running connected devices in smart offices, enterprises, manufacturing and beyond) may not yet have taken stock of their security.

This is a particular problem when it comes to older smart devices, many of which are still in use even though a large number of them shipped with weak or non-replaceable factory default passcodes.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag
On the face of it, yesterday's dump of "optional, non-security" patches for Win10 was thoroughly boring: 

KB 4520062 for Win10 1809/Server 2019 KB 4519978 for Win10 1803 KB 4520006 for Win10 1709 KB 4519979 for Win 10 1607/Server 2016  As usual, there was no second cumulative update for Win10 1903/Server 1903. If history's any indication, that patch will likely arrive during "D Week" or "E Week" — or some other random time, later this month or early next month.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

Making sense of Google's Pixelbook strategy
When I first heard about Google's Pixelbook Go laptop, I honestly didn't know what to make of it.

I mean, really, can you blame me? By most meaningful measures, the Pixelbook Go is a less premium and versatile version of Google's existing, now-two-years-old Pixelbook model. It trades its predecessor's sleek and sophisticated vibe for a more mundane and less attention-grabbing appearance. (Seriously, I own the original Pixelbook, and no exaggeration: It gets noticed and commented on all the time — a mixed-bag side effect for an introvert like me.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2019

Analysis paralysis
Sales and marketing decide they need to track all user interactions with served ads, says pilot fish on the scene. How long do users stay on the ad? Which parts (and sub-parts) of the ad do they tend to hover over? Anything and everything that can be captured will be captured.

One of the tech guys modifies the ads to send this information in real time to a server, which then writes it to a cloud-based storage facility. No one knows how much data is going to be generated, and the cloud option will allow for expansion as needed.

Once the code is finished and deployed, it generates tons of data, all accessible to sales and marketing for analysis. The tech guy moves on to other tasks.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2019

9 ways to use Windows 7 (safely) when support ends
With support ending in January, our Windows 7 Survival Guide for 2020 offers ways to protect your older machines that can't or won't be upgraded.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2019

DiversyFund makes real estate investment accessible to everyone
Few investment opportunities are as lucrative as real estate. By buying low, renovating, and selling when the time is right, investors have the potential to make millions of dollars in profit. Unfortunately, this practice is typically reserved for the ultra-wealthy since buying a single property let alone building a real estate portfolio requires more than most of us have lying around. The good news for the 99% is that financial tech company, DiversyFund, is on a mission to change that. With DiversyFund, anyone can participate in building a diversified real estate portfolio, and all you need is $500 to get started. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2019

Apple will be the catalyst for North America's 5G adoption
Repeat after me: You're only late to a party if you arrive after everyone else, but if you get there before the event is set-up you'll be in the way. 5G adoption across the next 12-24-months is going to be a little like that.

The 5G party hasn't started A motley collection of devices and a small number of 5G mast deployments in a limited number of locations does not a universally available service make.

Adoption of new standards - no matter how exciting takes time. It also takes services.

This is why the most recent GSMA report predicts it will be 2025 before 5G accounts for 46% of global connections, up from a paltry 1% this year and a tiny 4% in 2020.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2019

Windows 10: It's complicated
It was a far, far simpler time. There was just the one iPad. Iron Man was only up to 2. And Windows 7 scratched its way onto about a quarter of all Windows PCs.

The year: 2010.

Somewhere in the intervening years, things got complicated. Now iPads come in five sizes. Marvel's universe has more characters than a Tolstoy novel and Iron Man is a Lego. And Windows 10, the true successor to Windows 7 (Windows 8? Please), is confusing.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Compared to the starkness of Windows 7 and its single service pack, Windows 10 is a Hydra untamed even by Heracles. Cut off one upgrade and another appears.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2019

Master of disguise
It's about 20 years ago, and this pilot fish travels around the U.S. demonstrating his company's network computer at trade shows.

"The device," says fish, "was basically a dumb terminal connected to a PC server instead of a mainframe, and therefore capable of serving up Windows and web applications. Since the product was small and easy to miss, I would always attach an impressive 17-inch LCD flat-screen monitor that retailed for $2,000."

In 1998, most people have never seen a flat-screen monitor, so conference attendees regularly flock to fish's booth at the exhibit hall. After answering a few basic questions about the display, fish would shift customers' attention to the network computer beside it and go into his spiel. The approach works every time, until fish works a government industry conference in Washington, D.C.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 14, 2019

You probably won't be buying a Mac Pro this year
Apple's end-to-end vision product vision extends from content consumption all the way out to content creation and distribution, and the mass market isn't to be found at the Mac Pro end of this spectrum.

Apple's best ever Mac Apple has designed the Mac Pro to go the places no other Mac has ever reached.

With a $5,999 starting price it is a highly sophisticated super-computer that's going to sell in thousands at the highest end of the industry (and to the world's wealthiest Apple fans).

The people who will purchase these Macs will be high-end professionals, and these aren't always at the cutting-edge of hardware or software upgrades.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 14, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: What is 5G today and what the future holds
If you ask the average person what they know about 5G technology, the first thing that will pop into their head will likely be something to do with cellphone technology. And if you consider the 2019 rollout of 5G thus far, perhaps that wouldn't be too far off the mark. The average Jane or Joe would also likely recall that 5G is a faster follow-on technology to 4G LTE, and that wouldn't be all that inaccurate either.

However, what 5G offers today, how it's deployed and what the 5G landscape is going to look like in the next 2-3 years, will be vastly different. In fact, at the risk of using clichés, indeed 5G NR (New Radio) technology is poised to be "disruptive." However, this next generation of wireless network technology will also be an enabler across a myriad of industries and applications, and in all likelihood spur all-new use cases as well.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 14, 2019

Microsoft preps service pack-esque Windows 10 1909 for release
Microsoft now says the year's second Windows 10 feature upgrade would be released shortly and has given it the guileless name of "Windows 10 November 2019 Update."

"We believe that Build 18363.418 is the final build," Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager on the Windows Insider team, wrote in a Friday post to a company blog.

Build 18363.418 was released on Oct. 8.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] Also known as 1909 in Microsoft's four-digit yymm notation, this upgrade is notable for what it is not: It is not a feature upgrade as Microsoft has defined the term in the past. Instead, 1909 will be little more than a rerun of the spring's 1903, including all the fixes Microsoft has made to that version since its May debut, and a very small number of new features. (How small? Check out the list here.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 14, 2019

Very interesting
One day, back in the '80s, all the ATMs at the bank where pilot fish works suddenly refuse to dispense cash. Customers get a cryptic message about the system not being able to process requests.

When fish and his colleagues investigate, they find that the nightly batch job that prepares the files needed by the ATM software had expected to find a specific file on the mainframe that was not there. What happened to it? Ask … the mortgage department?

It seems that, some time ago, the mortgage department had requested a change in the name and format of a file containing interest rates for different types of mortgage loans. Although that change had been in effect for a while, the old, outdated file had never been deleted until someone quite recently did some system maintenance.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

Have you heard? Audio is the new everything
How to prepare yourself and your organization for a world where podcasts, audio books, YouTube's audio mode, smart speakers and ‘hearables' rule.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake
I reported two days ago that Microsoft seems to have fixed the printing bugs it introduced in the first CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day patch — and apparently reintroduced with the two additional CVE-2019-1367 patches. That's the good news.

Now I have some bad news. Old bugs are back again, and some new ones seem to be crawling out of the primordial Windows ooze. Let's take them from the most prevalent (or at least, the ones that generated the most screams of pain) to the ones that appear to infect infrequently.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

Decoding Apple's Touch Bar philosophy
Apple has made the Touch Bar introduced with MacBook Pro part of every Mac user's experience this year, making it available to anyone using an iPad and Mac combination in Sidecar mode.

Why? While there are lots of ways the Touch Bar on Macs can benefit users, the strongest use cases tend to be highly focused: Media playback; Video scrubbing; whizzing through track time lines;  creating and exercising Automator scripts.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Is xCloud - the Xbox game streaming service - a glimpse at the future of the desktop?
 [Disclosure: The companies mentioned are clients of the author.]

We are in the early stages of moving local processing to the cloud and transitioning from the modern PC to something far closer to a terminal. This week, for example, HP launched their new Chromebox Chromebooks and added them to their DaaS (Device as a Service) plan. Chrome-based products initially anticipated a cloud future at a time when Microsoft didn't seem that interested in the cloud.

Man, have things changed: the Windows Virtual Desktop is now the lead contender for this eventual migration.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

Microsoft prods customers with Windows 10 retirement dates
Microsoft is reminding customers that one version of Windows 10 received its final security update this week and that another will fall off the support list around this time next month.

The concluding update for Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 and Windows 10 Education 1703 was handed out Tuesday, John Wilcox, a Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) evangelist, said in a post to a Microsoft blog. Windows 10 1703, which also carried the descriptive name of "Creator's Update," launched in April 2017.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

IBM launches blockchain-based supply chain service with AI, IoT integration
IBM this week launched a new supply chain service based on its blockchain platform and open-source software from recently-acquired Red Hat that allows developers and third-party apps to integrate legacy corporate data systems onto a distributed ledger.

Through the use of open APIs, the new Sterling Supply Chain Suite allows distributors, manufacturers and retailers to integrate their own data and networks - as well as those of their suppliers - onto a Hyperledger-based blockchain to track and trace products and parts. Among the data that can be integrated are IoT sensor systems for real-time shipment position location.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2019

A network? No! It's just sharing, over wires.
It's the '90s, and pilot fish is doing some work for a small law firm where the senior partner considers that newfangled internet to be nothing but trouble. And that is the root of the firm's problem with printing, which is very slow.

The firm has a couple of large laser printers, and the IT consultant who preceded fish in this gig had rigged things with parallel port switches and extenders so that everyone could get to them. It would often take 30 seconds to a minute to print a page. It's a kludge of a solution that baffles fish: Why would an IT professional do such a thing, especially when the printers have Jetdirect cards already installed in them?

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

A Chrome security setting you shouldn't overlook
We spend tons o' time talking about Android security settings — like the added Android 10 option to limit how and when apps are able to access your location. Often lost in the shuffle, though, is the fact that the Chrome desktop browser has some significant security options of its own, and they're just as critical to consider.

In fact, Chrome has an easily overlooked setting that's somewhat similar to that new location control feature in Android. It's attached to every Chrome extension you install, as of not that long ago, and it lets you decide exactly when an extension should be able to see what you're doing on the web and be made privy to all the details (yes, even those details) of your browsing activity.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

How to use Apple's new (and much better) Reminders app
Apple has made some excellent improvements to the Reminders application for Macs, iPhones and iPads, though it works a little differently and you need to upgrade all the devices you use with the system to make good use of it.

What has changed? The new version of Reminders makes the software more useful for more tasks.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: A troubled update to critical browser patches for October Patch Tuesday
It was all going so well. We had a few months of updates that both rapidly and readily addressed security issues without many problems. This October Patch Tuesday is an important but troubled patch release from Microsoft. We have a critical, out-of-band browser update (CVE-2019-1367) that has been widely reported as causing a number of deployment issues. Our advice this month is to wait, test and stage your patch deployments. The only good news here, is that we are not all rushing around trying to extinguish another "screaming-hair-on-fire" Adobe issue. We have outlined this month's key issues in an infographic for this October Patch Tuesday, found here.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer
Your smartphone is a powerful computer in your pocket — and with Android, part of that PC-like muscle means being able to plug your phone into any Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS system and then drag and drop files either way.

Unlike iPhones, Android devices allow you to access their file systems directly from a desktop, without the need for any cumbersome interfaces or complicated procedures. In fact, transferring files to or from an Android device is basically no different than plugging an external hard drive into your computer and moving data to or from it.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Planning a long career here?
Users at this company are supposed to email the help desk so their tickets can be easily tracked, but one day this support pilot fish gets a phone call instead. It's legit, though, he says.

"This user said she was calling because her email wasn't working."

The problem is that she's gone over the storage limit, but she tells fish she has archived her older emails. Fish is a trust-but-verify kind of guy, so he checks the server, where he sees no evidence of any archiving from that user's account.

He walks the user through the process of checking her archiving settings, and, yes, archiving is turned on.

But a little deeper into the settings, fish spots the problem: She has specified that the system should archive any emails she hasn't read or modified in 31 years. That's goes back a couple of decades further than the email system itself.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

Spend less time fumbling and more time landing sales with PipelineDeals
Common sense dictates that if your business wants to scale upwards, it needs to secure more sales. However, building a solid base of satisfied customers who will recommend your services is impossible if your sales team struggles with an overly complicated CRM platform. 

Rather than spending thousands of hours fumbling with complex CRM tools, you can optimize your sales efforts with PipelineDeals' easy-to-use platform, and your business can sign up for a 14-day free trial or customized demo now. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

Will Apple introduce AR glasses this month?
Apple may or may not hold an October Apple event where it may or may not introduce its long-in-development AR glasses, Apple watchers say on strength of the latest claims from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

First there's the rumor… TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will ship its long-awaited AR glasses during the second quarter of 2020, though his report does seem to cast a little shade over expectation of another Apple event this month.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

With Windows Virtual Desktop, the bad old days are coming back
I've been saying for a while now that Microsoft wants you to move from Windows on your desktop to Windows as a service. I've rarely gotten so little pleasure from saying I was right.

In the last few weeks, Microsoft rolled out Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). If you have a fast internet connection to an Azure region, you can run your desktop off Azure today.

Maybe you're OK with your business running on cloud-based Windows. I'm not.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time's a charm
All we had to do was wait. 

If you recall, on Sept. 23 Microsoft posted manual patches for the CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day hole, and the blogosphere went wild with warnings of imminent doom. Predictably, we haven't seen any real-world attacks, but the bugs those patches introduced were very real. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

Here's why there won't be a quick enterprise blockchain revolution
While billions of dollars are being spent on blockchain, and that spending is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, the distributed ledger technology will never spark a technology revolution in the enterprise where preference always favors centralized control.

"I don't think we will ever see a revolution in the enterprise," said Avivah Litan, a vice president of research at Gartner. "No one wants to give up authority. Think about it. It goes against an enterprise's ability to control their own destiny. Full, complete blockchain is about no central authority. It's just peer-to-peer."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2019

Wayback Wednesday: Twice as nice
It's the 1990s, and PCs are coming into the workplace, much to the dismay of some workers. This net admin pilot fish at a big manufacturing plant sees it all firsthand because she's been given the extra duty of chief PC troubleshooter.

For example, the manager whose secretary calls fish to complain that his drive mappings aren't working. Fish knows that nothing has changed in the login script, and it looks like the manager's account isn't locked out, so she makes a deskside visit.

Where fish successfully logs on to the manager's PC, no troubles. So the manager gives it a go. He types his username and password, then hesitantly hits the Enter key. This time the drive mappings don't work.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

Opera jumps on tracking blocker bandwagon
Opera Software today upgraded its namesake browser to version 64 and joined rival Firefox in tackling ad trackers.

"We consider ad blocker and tracker blocker to be basic privacy features," Joanna Czajka, product director, wrote in a post to a company blog. (Opera has had a baked-in advertisement blocker for more than three years; only the anti-ad tracker is new.)

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Details about the ad-tracking mechanism were surprisingly sparse. Unlike Mozilla, which has repeatedly detailed its efforts to curtail tracking, Opera did not describe what kinds of trackers - there are many - it would block.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

Facebook sends its Portal smart display to work
Facebook wants to bring its Portal video display hardware to the office with the introduction of a dedicated Workplace app - one of a handful of updates to the company's enterprise social network announced at the Flow user conference in San Francisco this week.

Launched last year, Portal supports video calls between Facebook and WhatsApp users, with an AI powered "smart camera" that tracks body movements of speakers during calls. With the Workplace app, Portal can now be used to connect work colleagues, too.

[ Related: 10 ways to get the most from Facebook's Workplace ] "You will be able to use Workplace on a Portal device to communicate not with your friends but with your colleagues," said Julien Codorniou, Facebook's vice president for Workplace. "You will be able to call them on another Portal device, on their mobile phone if they are on the go or on their PC or iPads if they are in the office."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

The courts have ruled: Mobile sites must be accessible. But why did enterprises ever resist?
When the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (Oct. 7) let stand a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, it ended a long-lasting battle about whether mobile sites — as well as desktop sites — need to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide full accessibility to those who are visually impaired. The appellate panel had ruled that mobile sites do indeed need to be fully compatible, and the Supreme Court decided to not intervene in that ruling.

Although this decision should end the debate and make it clear to companies that sites must be coded to be fully compatible — and, no, throwing in a toolbar option doesn't do it — it's astounding that companies ever resisted it. The appellate decision at issue here is Robles vs. Domino's Pizza, and Domino's was a classic resister.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

9 critical questions about Microsoft's first Android phone
Well, gang, it's finally happened: Hell has officially frozen over.

Didja hear about this? Microsoft, the company announced last week, is making its own Android phone. Let me rephrase that: Microsoft, the once-mortal-nemesis of Google, is building a phone running Google's operating system. Microsoft, the tech giant that tried and failed to claim its piece of the mobile ecosystem pie with Windows Mobile, is now staking its mobile future entirely on its competitor's platform.

Man. What a world we live in.

Now, to be fair, Microsoft's basically been building its own ecosystem within Android for a while already: After years of providing only sparse, subpar versions of its programs for Android, the MS crew started taking Android seriously a few years back. And boy howdy, was that one heck of a shift.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

Learn how to invest & save for your future with GoBankingRates.com
The average consumer constantly thinks about money, and yet, many misconceptions and unknowns plague our minds when our own personal finances are brought up. Financial literacy is an often neglected topic despite it making a major impact on our lives and our future. If terms like CD rates, mortgages, APR, and taxes leave you scratching your head in confusion, then GOBankingRates.com is here to help.

GOBankingRates.com is your one-stop source for financial education. It offers a wealth of information (pun intended) from financial experts on everything money-related, from opening a bank account and credit card to investing in stocks for the first time. GOBankingRates.com demystifies money and provides step-by-step guidance on how to take control of your financial journey and live richer.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

What employers look for when they Google you (3 key takeaways)
Insider Pro reached out to recruiters and HR pros to find out how they research job candidates online, what they're looking for and what they think if a candidate has no online presence.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

Information overload? 5 tips to tame team collaboration apps
Email, video and messaging apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams make it possible to easily collaborate with co-workers, no matter what time zone (or country) they happen to be in. And access to mobile versions of the same apps means that colleagues can quickly respond to a DM, follow a group conversation or make a quick edit to file at virtually any time.

But with that ease of use comes a problem: workers can become overwhelmed by a barrage of notifications from colleagues before the workday begins, during it, and after it should be over. And that's not good for productivity or distracted workers' stress levels.

[ Related: 6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools ] Research from UC Irvine has shown it can take more than 20 minutes to become immersed in a task after an interruption, while a different study claims that multitasking can reduce productivity by 40%. The increased collaborative workload can even lead to burnout — something the World Health Organization recently recognized as an occupational phenomenon — with the always-on nature of modern communications a contributing factor, according to Harvard Business Review research.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2019

Dialing for dollars
Consultant pilot fish who is contracted to handle network issues at a chain of dollar stores is called in by a branch where the VoIP phones aren't working.

Being a network guy, he starts off by rebooting the cable modem and then the phone mux. Then he checks out the phones themselves.

One won't power up. The other has been smashed, or possibly thrown in a fit of rage, and its screen is cracked and unreadable. Adds fish, "It also appeared to have possibly been submerged in water."

Replacing phones isn't part of fish's deal, so the dollar store has just wasted several dollars on a network tech's service call that involved no real service.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Apple delivers macOS Catalina
Apple today released 2019's free upgrade to macOS 10.15, aka "Catalina."

Available from the Mac App Store, where the upgrade was tagged at nearly 5GB or as an even larger direct download - up to 8GB from its predecessor - Catalina is free and can be installed on a wide range of Macs. Apple posted a full list of the compatible hardware here.

[ Related: Apple ships macOS Catalina; here's what you get ] Mac owners currently running 2018's Mojave (10.14) can upgrade by choosing Software Update from the System Preferences window. However, machines running High Sierra (10.11), Sierra (10.12) or High Sierra (10.13) must upgrade from the Mac App Store. Those few customers still relying on the ancient Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8), must first upgrade to El Capitan before upgrading from there to Catalina. (Good luck.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Apple ships macOS Catalina and here's what you get
Apple has released macOS Catalina. It's available now for download.

I've written several guides to many of its new improvements and features and have been using it since beta. Here's what you need to know:

Should I install Catalina today? Apple's new macOS has been extensively tested but I don't generally recommend any user upgrades immediately when a major OS update ships.

There are several reasons:

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Apple ships macOS Catalina; here's what you get
Apple today released macOS Catalina, making it available now for download.

I've been using it since the beta release and have written extensively in recent months about many of the new improvements and features. Here's what you need to know:

Should I install Catalina today? Apple's new macOS has been extensively tested, but I don't generally recommend any user upgrades immediately when a major OS update ships.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

As Patch Tuesday approaches, turn off Automatic Update temporarily and — especially — disengage IE
It's hard to overstate the problems caused by Microsoft's second, third and fourth September  cumulative updates for all Windows 10 versions. For example, Win10 version 1903, the latest and greatest, saw cumulative updates on Sept. 10 (KB 4515384), Sept. 23 (KB 4522016), Sept. 26 (KB 4517211) and Oct. 3 (KB 4524147, which some characterize as a super-early October cumulative update).

As Microsoft kept flinging buggy fixes at the zero-day problem known as CVE-2019-1367, customers kept complaining about problems with:

Print spooler crashes — No, they weren't fixed with the fourth cumulative update, KB 4524147, in spite of Microsoft's assertions. In fact, Mayank Parmar at Windows Latest documents complaints about KB 4524147 breaking PCs that were working after the third cumulative update, KB 4517211. So we have separate printer bug reports for the second, third and fourth cumulative updates. A royal printer flush.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Why it's time to augment our thinking about AR
The most revolutionary outcome of AR is that the physical world will function like the digital world. And that's a big deal for enterprises.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Microsoft crowdsourced QA, and look what we got
Will the next update to Windows 10, which should roll out in the next few weeks, be bug-free? That's never a reasonable expectation, for Microsoft or any other software maker. Will it absolutely, positively not do something so horrendous to the world's PCs that corporate productivity will be hampered? A much lower standard, for sure — but I wouldn't bet on it.

Windows updates have had a checkered history in recent years. The worst was probably the October 2018 Update for Windows 10, which deleted people's files permanently and without warning. But that is hardly the only memorably bad update.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Out of memory
It's the heyday of Windows 7, and pilot fish is well familiar with the operating system's disconcerting habit of reorganizing the desktop icons on login without warning. Sometimes users call about this phenomenon, but fish just tells them there's nothing he can do to prevent it, and they'll just have to live with it.

But one user in the Finance Department insists that fish has to come and help her because she cannot find the icon for the program she needs to run a financial report. When fish arrives, he sees that there are plenty of icons on the desktop, so he asks the user which program she needs. "I don't know." OK, what does it do when you run it? "I don't know." Well, what does the icon look like?

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 07, 2019

Microsoft's plan to ignore Windows 10 1809 worked
As expected, Microsoft never put Windows 10 1809 on a majority of users' PCs, instead sidestepping the problem-hounded upgrade that was delayed by months earlier this year.

According to AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 1809 powered 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of Sept. 25. The decline from August was small, only 3 percentage points, yet it was the largest since the version peaked in May.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] Windows 10 1809, unlike its predecessors, never powered even a third of all Windows 10 systems: It peaked at 31% in May. That was at odds with its immediate precursor, Windows 10 1803, which hit 90% for a high, and the upgrade before that, version 1709, which pegged 92% before falling.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

IoT dangers demand a dedicated group
The internet of things (IoT) brings with it a wide range of IT security headaches, along with compliance nightmares — and turf wars.

Internal problem No. 1: Departments that typically have little to no interactions with IT are now directly ordering corporate IoT devices. Maybe you've got Facilities purchasing IoT door locks or Maintenance buying a ton of IoT light bulbs. Given that those departments have been purchasing door locks and light bulbs for as long as anyone can remember and have never needed IT or security's signoff, this can be a problem.

Internal problem No. 2: In many ways, IoT devices (think of devices for tracking pallets on ships or for monitoring where every fleet car is and how fast it's been driven) are very different from anything else that IT or security has dealt with. The units are capturing data that has never been tracked before — Hello, Compliance. Go away, GDPR regulator — and in different ways, such as bypassing enterprise LANs and cloud networks and using internal antennas to directly communicate.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

Apple appears to plan ARKit for the rest of us
Apple has put huge quantities of energy into the development of ARKit since it launched the software with iOS 11, and its confirmed purchase of little-known UK developer IKinema hints it plans much more.

What Apple has done? Apple has quietly acquired IKinema, a company that develops software for motion capture, games and VR.

Its solutions were already capable of creating characters that moved fluidly and could be used to create immersive environments in virtual space.

Apple has a track record for such strategic acquisitions:

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

Will 5G increase mobile security?
We love our smartphones, but there's a dark side. Their prevalence and users' tendencies to connect over public Wi-Fi make mobile devices a common target of bad guys. Analyst Jack Gold looks at how to mitigate the risk.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

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


Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location BoxWorks 2019 BoxWorks 2019 offers insights into how Cloud Content Management can offer a competitive edge; thought leaders and disruptors from the industry will share knowledge on how companies can transform the way their business operates. 2019-10-03 2019-10-04 San Francisco, CA API World 2019 API World bills itself as "the world's largest API & Microservices conference and expo, offering insights and learning on the latest technology and trends in API Platforms, Design, Security, Scalability & Management, Microservices, Service Mesh, Containers, Kubernetes, the business of APIs and more. 2019-10-08 2019-10-10 San Jose, CA FiRe 2019 This year's "Future in Review" conference offers deep dives on a variety of cutting-edge technologies, including autonomous driving, CRSPR, facial recognition, neural networks and other topics. 2019-10-08 2019-10-11 La Jolla, CA MSPWorld MSPWorld offers a vendor-agnostic focus on Managed Service providers and their respective ecosystems, based on real-world e

Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 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
Oct 04, 2019

Microsoft releases even more patches for the CVE-2019-1367 IE zero-day, and the bugs are having a field day
You may recall the Keystone Kops reenactment that goes by the code name CVE-2019-1367. In short:

Sept. 23: Microsoft released the CVE-2019-1367 bulletin, and published Win10 cumulative updates in the Microsoft Catalog for versions 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703, Server 2019 and Server 2016. It also released an IE rollup for Win7, 8.1, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. Those were only available by manual download from the Catalog — they didn't go out through Windows Update, or through the Update Server. 

Sept. 24: Microsoft released "optional, non-security" cumulative updates for Win10 version 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607/Server 2016. Nothing for Win10 version 1903. We also got Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7 and 8.1. Microsoft didn't bother to mention it, but we found that those Previews include the IE zero-day patch as well. This bunch of patches went out through normal channels — Windows Update, Update Server — but they're "optional" and "Preview," which means most savvy individuals and companies won't install them until they've been tested.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft Surface: Saving the future of PCs
[Disclosure: The companies mentioned in this article are clients of the author.]

For some time now, the PC market has been partially operating backward. Intel, who built the heart of the PC, would create a product then toss it out to the OEMs…who then had to build around it. This is analogous to having an automotive engine company building what they want - say a 16-cylinder engine - and having the car manufacturers build around it.

The way most manufacturing works is the engineers designing the product come up with a spec for a major component, and the component maker builds the part to the spec. This process is best because the OEM is closer to the customer, has the best sense of what the market needs, and is more able to set the spec than the parts vendor. When you do it backward, the tail is wagging the dog, and the product is sub-optimal.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

Google launches leaked-password checker, will bake it into Chrome in December
Google has launched a web-based hacked-password checker, part of its efforts to bake an alert system into Chrome.

Called "Password Checker," the service examines the username-password combinations stored in Chrome's own password manager and reports back on those authentication pairings that have been exposed in publicly-known data breaches.

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] The web version can be found at passwords.google.com, the umbrella site for Chrome users who run the browser after logging in with their Google account, then use that to synchronize data - including passwords - between copies of Chrome on different devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

20 Slack tips, tricks and hacks for power users
Slack users tend to be passionate about the popular collaboration tool. "Slack has changed the way we communicate internally," says Rob Shapiro, senior director of product strategy for Muck Rack, a digital PR and journalism platform. Slack's easier access to shared files, discussion areas and notifications "made our team smarter, faster and more in tune with one another," he adds.

That passion also tends to lead users to find ways to get even more from the app, which can be downloaded for Windows, for Mac and Linux.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2019

What ever happened with that float, anyway?
After two years working toward his computer science degree, pilot fish decides to take a summer job that has nothing to do with computers. He ends up working for the regional tourism bureau as a photographer and coordinator for a float that the bureau is building for a local city's centennial celebration.

When it rains, the float stays in storage and fish just helps out around the office. Where he notices an old Commodore 64 in the corner. Which he decides he could just take a look at. And that's it; he's sucked back into the world of computers the instant he sees what is up with that ur-PC. (Where all good pilot fish belong, anyway.)

The Commodore is used to print mailing labels for the bureau's newsletters and other mass mailings. But the program to print the labels has all the addresses hard-coded. Any additions, deletions or other changes require you to edit the program, and then search for the address or add extra lines to put in a new address.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a major Windows 10 update like the May 2019 Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a big feature update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we've summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1903, known as the May 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the May 2019 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1809, known as the October 2018 Update; version 1803, the April 2018 Update; version 1709, the Fall Creators Update; and finally updates to version 1703, the Creators Update. For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

FCC approves wireless charging tech for IoT devices, Walmart to adopt it
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted an equipment authorization for wireless power delivery for an Internet of Things (IoT) tracking device.

It's the second FCC certification this year for Ossia's Forever Tracker technology, which the company claims can charge multiple IoT tracking sensors at distances greater than 15 feet. The sensors would be embedded in shipping packages aboard trucks or other vessels.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

5 industries that will be disrupted by blockchain
Here are five major industries that will benefit from blockchain technology in the near future: financial services and banking, government, healthcare, energy, and transportation and logistics.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

9 reasons there could be an October Apple event
File this in rumor, but during what seems to be a relative lull in Apple-related proceedings a spate of recent speculation seems to hint a fall Apple event may be in the pipeline. Here are some reasons why:

Apple TV is coming Apple watchers won't have missed the rapid pace of Apple TV show trailers emanating from the company's busy YouTube channel.

If viewing figures are any guide, all eyes are on See, the trailer for which has so far been watched by over 20 million plus people.

Billions in investment, going up against Netflix, Amazon Prime and losing Disney CEO Bob Iger from the Apple board are all fairly big ticket items, so there's no doubt the company will want to put huge marketing clout behind the November 1 start of the service.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

9 reasons there may be an October Apple event
File this in the speculation file, but during what seems to be a relative lull in Apple-related proceedings a spate of recent chatter seems to hint that a fall Apple event may be in the pipeline.

Here are some reasons why:

Apple TV is coming Apple watchers won't have missed the rapid pace of Apple TV show trailers emanating from the company's busy YouTube channel. (If viewing figures are any guide, all eyes are on See, the trailer for which has so far been watched by more than 20 million people.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

Facebook's Libra crypto backers step back amid regulatory pressure
Multi-national regulatory pushback against Facebook's effort to create a cryptocurrency payment network is slowing the project and causing supporters such as Visa and Mastercard to back away, according to sources familiar with the situation and a published report.

Along with the initial announcement of its Libra digital currency and Calibra online digital wallet to store it, Facebook earlier this year released the names of 27 founding companies who signed on to become part of the non-profit Libra Association. The association was formed to help construct and manage the blockchain-based payment network.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

It's time to rethink the Chrome OS upgrade standard
I've never been one to shy away from calling out mobile tech injustices — especially when it comes to the realm of operating system upgrades. Well, gang, here we go again.

Now, hang on: This isn't another impassioned rant about Android upgrades. Nope; this time, we need to talk about Google's other mobile-tech platform — the one that's usually the subject of thickly ladled upgrade praise. Yes, oh yes, it's time to talk about the typically commendable Chrome OS.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Everybody gets an F
As the IT communications manager at this university, pilot fish is the person who sends out memos about IT policy to users. And he does just that when a phishing email starts circulating on campus.

Never send your user name and password to anyone via email, he warns them, and to give them an example of what to look out for, he pastes in the text of the phishing attempt.

Within minutes, his inbox is flooded with responses from students sending him their campus passwords, their Gmail passwords, their Yahoo passwords and more.

Sharky is looking for fish, not phish. Send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 continues to cannibalize Windows 7
Windows 10 last month continued to shove its ancestor out into traffic so it can steal Windows 7's share.

According to analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share of all personal computers climbed 1.4 percentage points - the third straight month of a gain of more than a point - and reached 52.4% in September. Windows 10's part of all Windows PCs, meanwhile, climbed to almost 61%, the first time the OS cracked the 60% mark.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] (The percentage of Windows PCs is larger than the percentage of all personal computers because Windows does not power every PC. In September, Windows ran 86% of the world's machines. All but a tiny bit of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

Time to install Microsoft's mainstream September patches - and avoid the dregs
It's a smelter-weight slapdown. 

In one corner you have the Chicken Little contingent, which insists that September's IE zero-day patch must be important because Microsoft marked it as "Exploited: Yes" and memorialized it with an extremely odd patch on a Monday, followed in Keystone Kops fashion with a stumbling trail of follow-ons. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

Survey: Half of U.S. workers face one or more serious mobile issues monthly
A new survey of hundreds of U.S. companies shows that 51% of workers experienced at least one mobile device issue a month that hindered their ability to do their job - and the number of such problems is increasing.

The second annual State of Enterprise Mobility Survey found that mobile device failures can have financial impacts on companies, including lost productivity and workers calling in sick because of job stress - particularly for companies that use thousands of mobile devices in the field.

[ Related: Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading manufacturers on Pie ] More than one-third (37%) of those surveyed experienced an increase in mobile device issues during the past 12 to 18 months; the most common failures involved unreliable network connections (45%); battery failure (41%); and apps that crash or become unstable (40%).

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 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
Oct 02, 2019

How to use Voice Control in macOS Catalina
Apple's introduction of Voice Control in macOS Catalina is life-transforming for many users, a convenience for some, and a little fun for others. Here is an introduction to using Voice Control on a Mac running macOS Catalina when it's released.

How to enable Voice Control on your Mac Apple says Voice Control is more capable of understanding the context of what it is asked. Built on Siri's accurate voice recognition engine, it's been tweaked for use in dictation and can be used with all your applications.

One example highlighted by Apple is when a person using Messages on their Mac dictates, "Happy Birthday tap send." Voice Control should be able to tell where the message ends and the send instruction begins - and then send the message "Happy Birthday."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

How to use Voice Control on your Catalina Mac
Apple's introduction of Voice Control with macOS Catalina is life-transforming for many users, a convenience for some, and a little fun for others. Here is an introduction to using Voice Control on your Catalina Mac.

How to enable Voice Control on your Mac Apple says Voice Control is more capable of understanding the context of what it is asked.

It is built on a Siri's accurate voice recognition engine, tweaked for use in dictation and capable of being used with all your applications.

One example of this the company provides is when a person using Messages on their Mac dictates, "Happy Birthday tap send".

Voice Control should then be able to tell where the message ends and the send instruction begins, and send the message "Happy Birthday".

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

Post-retirement Windows 7 patches: Not just for the big dogs now
Microsoft on Tuesday changed its plans for selling Windows 7 post-retirement support, saying that it will offer patches-for-a-price to any business, no matter how small, that's willing to pay.

"Through January 2023, we will extend the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses of all sizes," Jared Spataro, an executive in the Microsoft 365 group, wrote in a post to a company blog.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] Microsoft had announced the ESU program in September 2018. Since April, when the company started selling ESU, only customers with volume licensing deals for Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 10 Professional have been eligible to purchase the support add-on.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

How Gmail filters can help organize your inbox
Gmail's filled with hidden features and add-on possibilities, but one of the service's most powerful organizational tools is sitting right in the heart of its regular settings.

As you may have guessed by now (especially if you read this story's headline, you clever little cat), I'm talking about filters — Gmail's long-standing system for automating your inbox with a series of custom-crafted rules. At a glance, filters can seem complicated. They can seem overwhelming. They can even seem unnecessary.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2019

But what do you do with all your spare time?
Did all the good Shark Tank stories happen 40-plus years ago? No, of course not. Sharky is confident that IoT, for one thing, is going to be a treasure trove of great true tales of IT life. It's just that right now you're probably all too busy putting out the fires — and besides, time removes the pain and reveals the humor!

And so, once again, we hark back to the days of mainframes, one dominant vendor, and monstrous tabulating machines like the IBM 402. Pilot fish, who is much older and wiser now, was a college student at the time, working in a data processing department while studying for his degree in electrical engineering. The 402, recalls fish, was a behemoth, "stuffed full of pullies, fan belts, gears, relays, mechanical accumulators, card read stations, hammer print heads, wiring, more relays, delicate copper tubing supplying oil to all the bearings and a big motor driving everything." Seriously, he asks, "when was the last time you operated a piece of computing equipment that had a built-in drip tray?"

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: Microsoft's browser share falls to record low
Microsoft's browsers stumbled last month, dropping share like a lame Netflix series and falling to a record low after wiping out all of 2019's gains, plus more.

According to data published today by analytics company Net Applications, Microsoft's browser share for September - composed of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge - fell 1.8 percentage points to 12%, an all-time low. To put the decline in perspective, the browsers accounted for a user share of 12.4% at the first of this year and hit a high of 14% in April.

More than two-thirds of that decline was attributed to IE, which plummeted by nearly 1.4 points, falling to 6.1%, a record low for the browser that once lorded if over the web. Edge also slid in September, losing four-tenths of a percentage point and dropping to 5.9%. Edge's slip erased almost all of its gains in August, when the Windows 10-only browser reached a record high.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

Can an Apple Watch prevent fatal car accidents? It just might.
Today's connected cars try to deliver a lot of safety features, such as using radar and video cameras to detect an imminent accident and sometimes take over braking and steering control in an effort to avert that accident. At the very least, the cars will issue increasingly loud and bright visual and audio alerts to get the driver to take action to avert the accident.

But a new University of Missouri College of Engineering study calls into question whether such systems work and, far more frightening, whether they might indeed be counterproductive and make drivers less safe. Yet it's possible that a simple smartwatch might be part of the solution. Ah, the joys of IoT and connected computing never end.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

4 tips for picking the right collaboration suite
Research shows that workplace technology actually impedes your employees' ability to work in a timely manner and makes it more difficult to collaborate. It doesn't have to be this way. Here are four ways to choose the right collaboration tools.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

How to pick the right collaboration suite
Research shows that workplace technology actually impedes your employees' ability to work in a timely manner and makes it more difficult to collaborate. It doesn't have to be this way. Here are four ways to choose the right collaboration tools.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

The evolution of the iPad
The iPad, then and now The Evolution of the iPad [cover]" data-license="IDG"/Image by IDG / Apple

If you're a dedicated follower of tech innovation, you no doubt recall the day in 2010 when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's new tablet computer: the iPad. Internet jokers and wacky morning DJs had a lot of fun with the name. Apple, as usual, had the last laugh.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

Why enterprise IT should take a look at Apple Arcade
Apple will introduce support for Mac Catalyst, tools that make it easier to port existing iPad apps to Macs when it ships macOS Catalina this month.

Mac Catalyst in Apple's Catalina With that in mind, enterprise developers may want to take a look at Apple Arcade, because it's a great place to explore apps that run on both iOS devices and Macs.

Games are among the most demanding applications you can run on any platform, which is what makes them a good way to stress test what platforms can do.

At the heart of the development of Arcade titles likely sits Apple's philosophy for the future coexistence of all its platforms.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2019

Time-Machine Tuesday: Decaffeinated
It's pre-IoT days, when pilot fish tells this user that IT is taking the network switch down, and that will affect the user's PC and printing connections for about half an hour.

Three minutes later, fish sees user pop her head out of her cubicle.

User: "Are you bringing anything else down?"

Fish: No, why?

User: "Because my coffee pot just went out."

For Sharky, the best part of waking up is your true tale of IT life in my in-box. Send it to me at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

Microsoft gives Windows 10 1903 the 'go' sign for business, four months after release
Microsoft has officially told corporate customers that Windows 10 May 2019 Update - the year's first feature upgrade - is suitable for widespread deployment.

The announcement last week came four months after the launch of the upgrade, which also goes by 1903 in Microsoft's yymm format.

[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] "Windows 10, version 1903 (the May 2019 Update) is designated ready for broad deployment for all users via Windows Update," Microsoft stated on Sept. 26 in the Windows 10 release information page. "We recommend commercial customers running earlier versions of Windows 10 begin broad deployments of Windows 10, version 1903 in their organizations."

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

Microsoft Patch Alert: Botched IE zero-day patch leaves cognoscenti fuming
So you think Windows 10 patching is getting better? Not if this month's Keystone Kops reenactment is an indicator.

In a fervent frenzy, well-meaning but ill-informed bloggers, international news outlets, even little TV stations, enjoyed a hearty round of "The Windows sky is falling!" right after the local weather. It wasn't. It isn't - no matter what you may have read or heard.

The fickle finger of zero-day fate Microsoft has a special way of telling folks how important its patches might be. Every individual security hole, listed by its CVE number, has an "Exploitability Assessment" consisting of:

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: How WiFi 6 and 5G will force the merger of PCs and smartphones
[Disclosure: almost all of the companies mentioned in this article are clients of the author.]

I was at Qualcomm recently and taken though the advancements in 5G, WiFi 6 and millimeter wave (mmWave). I also recently had a call with Ruckus, arguably the leader in large venue wireless. They've been deploying WiFi 6 technology in churches and sports venues and even though we don't yet have many WiFi 6 devices, they're reporting significant increases in access point capacity, improvements in management and better data throughput. At one church, Ruckus has been able to go from 90 people per access point without performance degradation to 400 people per access point with no complaints (not streaming video, browsing the web) - and that's without WiFi 6 devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

How Apple is building a world-class digital health ecosystem
You could argue that when it comes to digital health, Apple's primary focus appears to be on software that helps users develop healthier habits, but it has a much wider vision than this.

Making machines personal Apple's existing model of mass market focused sensor-based health is limited by the reality that most people are not equal, are at different stages of health and have their own very personal challenges.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

A real Mickey Mouse theory
It's back in the day, and pilot fish gets an early-morning call. A System/360 Model 65 won't power back on. The operator tells fish that when he presses the power button, he hears a squealing sound. Could be a mouse, he theorizes, since they've been seen around the building.

Fish gives the power button a try, and he does indeed hear a squeaking/squealing sort of sound. Fish figures the quickest way to find the problem is to follow the sound. He has to get around a large structural pillar before he can get anywhere close to the place where the squeak seems to be coming from, so he asks the operator to push the power button while fish takes a look.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

One simple view to improve SharePoint page and site management
In the past two months, I've had several people ask me a lot of different questions about problems that they were having in SharePoint online sites. Have you had these issues?

Pages not showing up in search; News articles visible to some users, but not others; Confusion over which pages are news versus regular pages. Solving these issues is relatively easy - they are almost always because someone has forgotten to publish the pages they have edited. It's a little easier to remember to Republish when you are on the page-making edits. But don't forget, if you change metadata on a page from the Site Pages view, you are also unpublishing the page. So, you need to remember to republish pages every time you make an update!

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 30, 2019

Why Amazon Care may be the new model for corporate healthcare
Amazon is the latest big corporation to launch its own in-house healthcare service, unveiling a pilot program last week for employees in the Seattle area that combines telemedicine and in-person treatment.

Fundamentally, corporations are entering the healthcare services market to deal with  the rising cost of care related to employee healthcare insurance; the companies say they're simply trying to improve access and convenience.

But the potential for cost-savings is huge.

This year, annual family premiums for employer health insurance rose 5% to an average $20,576. Workers pay roughly $6,015 toward the premium cost, leaving the other 75% up to employers, according to a new survey by The Henry J. Kaizer Family Foundation.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 28, 2019

There's method to Amazon's hardware madness
Wait, smart glasses? Smart night light? Smart ring?

Sounds dumb. Amazon seemed to go nuts with its announcement of new hardware products on Wednesday.

The company also announced a high-end smart speaker, earbuds, a smart oven, an updated Echo Dot with a clock, a new regular Echo, a lower-priced Echo Flex, a higher-priced Echo Studio, an updated Echo Show 8 and even an Echo Glow smart lamp for kids. It even launched a pet tracker called Fetch, and a long-range, low-power networking technology called Sidewalk to go with it — 15 new products in all.

Remember when Amazon was an online bookstore?

The glue that holds together most of these disparate products, of course, is Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant.

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