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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2019

Motorola's new Razr gives me hope for the future of foldables
All right, stop me if you've heard this one before: After months of rumors and teasing, a snazzy new foldable phone is breaking cover — and promising to change the very way we think about mobile technology. Oh, but in reality, it's expensive and almost certain to be laden with compromises, not least of all its subpar-looking and inherently fragile display.

It's a familiar tale for anyone who follows tech news even a little, thanks to Samsung's high-profile Galaxy Fold fiasco, and it's starting all over again with the latest overhyped entry to the foldable phone fold: the new Motorola Razr, which brings the classic flip-phone form back with a 2019 twist and a $1,500 price tag. The phone goes on sale December 26th and is available for now only in the U.S. and only on Verizon — another throwback to a bygone era of mobile technology, though one that's perhaps a tad less endearing.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Critical updates to Excel and publicly disclosed exploits make for an urgent November Patch Tuesday
It doesn't always take the drama of a zero-day vulnerability like we saw in September to get our attention. Make no mistake: This is still a really big update for the Windows platform. Two vulnerabilities deserve our attention. The first (CVE-2019-1429) relates to a vulnerability in the Microsoft Script Engine which has been reported as publicly exploited. And the second, (CVE-2019-1457)  is a publicly reported exploit in Microsoft Excel. We also think that the critical update to Exchange Server (CVE-2019-1373) will require immediate attention.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2019

The best travel apps for Android
Traveling can be a massive hassle, with plenty of room for inconvenience and error. But while there's not much you can do about the late departures, the surly gate attendants, or the smelly fellas somehow always seated right next to you, there are ways you can make your next business trip a little less unpleasant — all thanks to that handy little gadget in your pocket.

[ Related: Android apps: Best of the best ] Android's travel app selection has really taken off over the past few years, and the Google Play Store now boasts an impressive array of genuinely useful titles for the traveling professional. After putting numerous standout candidates to the test, these are the apps I'd recommend stowing on your smartphone and keeping at arm's reach whenever your work next has you hitting the road or flying the (allegedly) friendly skies.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Oh, sorry, did someone sell off half of YOUR capacity?
Back in the day, the company where this pilot fish works has part of its operations on a mainframe — and mostly that's fine.

"The start of the month — running reports from the prior month — was the busiest time," says fish. "Fortunately, there was enough capacity that only at month-end did the system hit its limits, and sometimes not even then, if things were spaced out a bit.

But then some system engineers decide to cut the capacity of the system by half and sell off the units making up the excess capacity. They call this a win-win: The company will rake in some money, and the system will be utilizing more of its capacity more of the time.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features
At long last, Microsoft has released its fall update to Windows 10. Code-named "19H2" (for 2019, second half), the release, version 1909, is officially called the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.

There's very little new for enterprises in this update — in fact, there's very little new for anyone. That's a break with the past, in which each of the two-a-year Windows 10 feature updates had at least a handful of interesting new features. So think of this not as an update, but as what Microsoft used to call a service pack, which rolled up a series of small, incremental changes, many of them under the hood.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Microsoft (finally) delivers service pack-like Windows 10 1909
Microsoft on Tuesday released Windows 10 1909, a feature update that has little in the way of new features.

Also dubbed "Windows 10 November 2019 Update" - the 1909 moniker noted its year and month, even though the release was actually 1911 - the upgrade was immediately available to those who sought it.

(On an unmanaged PC, select Settings Update & Security Windows Update, choose Check for updates and then pick Download and install now.)

[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] On consumer PCs running Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro systems not overseen by IT, 1909 will be installed only when the user chooses "Download and install now." However, as the current edition nears its support expiration, Microsoft will take charge and start an upgrade. Computerworld has forecast that Microsoft won't begin force-feeding 1909 to users until late January, when it begins upgrading machines running Windows 10 1809. (On Windows 10 Home and Pro, 1809 drops off support May 12, 2020.) Most Windows 10 Home PCs running 1803 were compulsorily upgraded by Microsoft to 1903 in the four months prior to the former's retirement using this mechanism.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Apple introduces its new 16-in. MacBook Pro
MINNEAPOLIS - Apple's new 16-in. MacBook Pro, unveiled today, replaces the 15-in. model with revamped hardware that delivers up to 80% better performance - and a new Magic Keyboard. The company also confirmed that it plans to ship the long-expected Mac Pro in "December."

Everyone is talking about the new laptop I'm at the Jamf JNUC conference here this week and the new Mac is the talk of the day among delegates, many of whom are already trying to figure out if they can convince their companies to order one for them.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Truebill can help you manage your finances—and it's free to download
Learning how to manage your money correctly is a necessary step towards financial freedom. However, we always seem to forget about online subscription services that go unused. Perhaps you haven't watched Netflix or forgot to cancel a one-month free trial; if you have these services set to autopay, you'll end up wasting money on them each month. 

Let's be honest, though. Who has the time to hunt down every payment or fee that gets charged to them monthly? This is hassle enough for a single bank account, but it's nearly impossible to do if you manage multiple accounts manually. If you want a refined way to track and manage your finances, you can download Truebill for free and start lowering your monthly payments today.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Atlassian expands Jira Service Desk to non-IT biz teams
Atlassian has expanded the focus of its Jira Service Desk to target a wider range of business teams, such as HR, legal and facilities workers. 

Jira Service Desk, launched six years ago to help IT teams track and resolve service requests quickly, has since been integrated with the Australian software company's portfolio of apps, such as Confluence, as well as third-party apps like Slack. It is the fastest growing product in Atlassian's portfolio. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Get 70% off NordVPN Virtual Private Network Service 3 months free - Deal Alert
Safeguard yourself against snoops, and access blocked content with this no-log VPN service. NordVPN has discounted their popular VPN software 70%, with 3 extra months on top. Use our link and see the discount applied when you click "buy now".

Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year
The patches haven't yet been out for 24 hours and already we're seeing a lot of activity. Here's where we stand with the initial wave of problems.

Malicious Software Removal Tool installation error 800B0109  Many early patchers found that the MSRT, KB 890830, kept installing itself over and over again. Poster IndyPilot80 says:


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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

Gone but not forgotten
It's the waning days of the dot-com era, and this pilot fish is working at a startup whose codebase is maintained on a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) server. Until the day it goes missing.

A programmer had decided to completely refresh his desktop computer development workspace by deleting the workspace files and then doing a resync with the VSS server version of the codebase. But for some reason all VSS users have root access on the server, and the programmer somehow manages to purge the entire codebase. Oh, did we mention that no backup was being done on that VSS server?

From the things-could-be-worse files, we can tell you that other programmers had a copy of the codebase on their desktop computers in various states of revision, allowing them to rebuild the codebase on the server — which from then on had limited root access.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2019

5 hidden Windows 10 features you should be using
If you've been using Windows 10 for a while, you probably know about Cortana and OneDrive. But there are other, powerful features built into Windows 10 that you might not know about or have thought to use. These tools can help you jump right into a document or web page you accessed in the past, organize your opened applications, take notes that you can view and edit on your smartphone, and more.

The following mini guides show you how to quickly set up and use these features in Windows 10, and how some can be used through your smartphone with a corresponding mobile app from Microsoft.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

Google ponders shaming slow websites inside Chrome
Google this week said it may identify slow-loading websites in Chrome, shaming their developers to up their game.

"In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging," wrote a trio of Chrome developers - Addy Osmani, Ben Greenstein and Bryan McQuade - in a post to the Chromium blog. They used the term badging to refer to on-screen cues and clues. "This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

IBM: ‘Mac users are happier and more productive'
MINNEAPOLIS - IBM stole the show at the annual Jamf Nation User Conference this week when it announced that Mac users are more likely to stay with the company and will be more productive while they're there.

IBM's happy Apple orchestra IBM CIO Fletcher Previn talked up fresh IBM findings that show those of its employees who use Macs are more likely to stay with IBM and exceed performance expectations compared to PC users.

The details of his claims are:

There are 22% more macOS users who exceeded expectations in performance reviews, compared to Windows users. High-value sales deals tend to be 16% larger for macOS users, compared to Windows users. macOS users are 17% less likely to leave IBM, compared to those who use Windows. MacOS users are happier with the third-party software availability within IBM — just 5% of macOS users ask for additional software, compared to 11% of Windows users. It's possible these claims reflect some other difference between Mac and PC users, but with hundreds of thousands of IBM employees in the sample group it's hard not to see some contribution from the choice of computing platform.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

22 worthwhile ways to use Google Assistant on a Chromebook
If you've blinked at any point in the past few months, I hate to tell ya, but you've probably missed something significant with the Google Assistant.

Every few weeks, it seems, Assistant's either showing up on some new sort of device or expanding what it's able to accomplish. And really, it's no surprise: Assistant, as we've discussed approximately 72 gazillion times before, is increasingly the focus of almost everything Google does these days — and for good reason.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

Bitcoin, blockchain jobs remain unfilled as interest drops off
While the number of jobs related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin has skyrocketed in the past four years, the number of searches for those jobs has  drastically dropped recently, according to job search site Indeed.

Over the past year, the share of cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related job postings per million has slowed on Indeed, increasing 26%. At the same time, the share of searches per million for jobs in the field has decreased by 53%.

Indeed A year ago, Indeed's data similarly showed interest in blockchain development skills, including the creation of cryptocurrencies, had waned as bitcoin's value - and the hype around it - fell off.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

FAQ: Microsoft sharpens Edge
Microsoft will release the polished version of its overhauled Edge browser in less than 10 weeks.

While the new Edge has been built using technologies from a fierce rival - Google, which controls two-thirds of the global user share - it's also an attempt by Redmond to resurrect its own browser fortunes. Edge, the old Edge, the browser that debuted alongside Windows 10 four years ago, was roundly rejected by users.

Now, Microsoft wants a second chance. But will customers grant the company a mulligan?

[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] We don't know. But we do know answers to a variety of other important questions about Edge Part Deux. In fact, we have more answers than space, so we'll revisit second-chance Edge before that January 2020, roll-out arrives.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

An exorcism at Microsoft
Satya Nadella has been Microsoft CEO for more than five years, having replaced Steve Ballmer in February 2014. Along the way, he's made dramatic changes in the way Microsoft operates, doing things that Ballmer likely never would have done, including writing off, for $7.6 billion in 2015, Ballmer's Nokia acquisition.

But at Microsoft's recent annual Ignite developers conference, Nadella took actions that killed off Ballmer's ghost — Microsoft now is clearly Nadella's company, and Ballmer's influence has been laid to rest. None of the actions was dramatic in its own right, but taken together, they show just how little of Ballmer's legacy is left at Microsoft.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 12, 2019

Time-Machine Tuesday: She's in the dark most days
This help desk pilot fish works for a service company that handles support for a group of travel agents.

"User calls to report that her terminal screen is blank," fish reports. "After I run through several procedures for about 45 minutes to no avail, I ask user to look on the back of the monitor for model and serial numbers.

"User tells me that she is unable to see the model or serial numbers. When I ask why, she says her office is dark and she can't see anything.

"I then learn from her that the electricity is off in the building due to a power failure in the area. She also informs me that she's calling from her cellphone because her office phone is not working.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 11, 2019

Apple is changing the world of enterprise IT
I spoke with the CEO of one of Apple's most recently announced enterprise mobility partners, Sunil Patro, founder and CEO at SignEasy, to learn more about Apple's commitment to enterprise technology - and the growing importance of India to the tech economy.

Apple is an enterprise company Apple's focus on enterprise computing is intensifying, much to the surprise of the old guard in IT, for whom Macs, iPads and iPhones will always be "toys," despite their proven effectiveness in the real world.

I believe it was the iPad that really drove Apple into the enterprise; that trickle has become a flood and it means you'll find Apple platforms in most businesses today.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 11, 2019

Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled
For those of you who haven't patched since May, there's exceedingly bad news on the horizon. Per Catalin Cimpanu at ZDNet, Metasploit's working-but-just-barely BlueKeep exploit is about to get a significant bug fix. That'll put BlueKeep infection capabilities in the hands of mere mortals. The script kiddies won't be far behind.

If you're using — or you know someone who's using — Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Server 2003, Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2, get patched now. The fix is easy. Even  Aunt Martha can handle it.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 11, 2019

Facebook's Libra co-creator: Social, financial data will remain separate
The co-creator of Facebook's Libra says that once the blockchain-based digital currency is launched users' social media information - and financial data tied to the stablecoin - will not be connected in any way.

Christian Catalini, the head economist at Calibra, the Facebook subsidiary in charge of the launch of Libra and its associated online digital wallet, said that from the beginning the plan for the cash-backed cryptocurrency was to profit from advertising and not the sale of private data.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 11, 2019

The jig is up
It's back 40 years ago, and this pilot fish is working in the repair department of a company that manufactures microwave transmitting equipment for the telecom industry. (But it's 40 years ago, so you all should know who uses this stuff.)

One bright morning, fish has a transmitter board in a jig so he can test it, and no matter what he does, the readings aren't coming out right. Fish opens the jig to see if there's a problem, and finds that one of the wires going to the power supply is just barely hanging on by a thread. He sees evidence of arcing that would explain why the readings are messed up.

Confident that the tech assisting him has thrown the circuit breaker, fish reaches in to tighten the connection.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

6G? Why is everybody talking it?
We're not even using 5G yet, and already 6G is in the news. What is 6G? Is it real? When do we all get it? (Spoiler alert: Nonexistent, no and a long time from now.)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

Why is everybody talking about 6G?
We're not even using 5G yet, and already 6G is in the news. What is 6G? Is it real? When do we all get it? (Spoiler alert: Nonexistent, no and a long time from now.)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

Zoho launches WorkDrive to put greater focus on teamwork
Zoho has overhauled its cloud-based file management platform, placing greater emphasis on team collaboration and offering a single repository for documents across its portfolio of apps.

The company, which sells a range of office productivity and line-of-business applications, has offered Zoho Docs as its main file management tool for storing and accessing documents such as spreadsheets or presentations, similar to Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.

[ Related: 6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools ] Although Zoho Docs included sharing capabilities, it was aimed more at individual users. With the launch of WorkDrive this week, Zoho wants to make it easier for colleagues to collaborate on documents created in its Office suite of tools: Writer, Sheet and Show. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

This 11-course Microsoft & Oracle SQL certification prep bundle is only $39 today
If you're interested in a career in data administration, you're in luck! Nowadays, companies handle larger data sets than ever before, so the need for data experts is higher than ever. Whether you're new to the field or you want to brush up on your database management skills, this $39 bundle is for you. 

The Complete Microsoft & Oracle SQL Certification Bundle features 11 courses on how to become a skilled database administrator. One of the most popular relational database management systems is Microsoft SQL Server, and you'll learn the basics behind this tool such as modifying data and combining data sets in Microsoft 70-461: Querying SQL Server 2012. Alternatively, you can specialize in Oracle, another popular RDBMS, by completing Oracle 12c OCP 1Z0-061: SQL Fundamentals. Once you've completed either of these, you can pursue advanced SQL certifications to design data warehouses, design business intelligence solutions, and more. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

Why you should begin using Sign in with Apple
Apple has published lots of information explaining how its newly introduced Sign in With Apple service solves a problem most of us didn't know existed and which many of us would very much like to solve.

Who watches the watchmen? The issue:

Most social sign-in services act a little like people-tracking honey pots: You come to use a website or service and stay because the people providing the authorization use that moment to gather even more information about what you do.

What happens is that the persistent identity used by those services can be combined with other data to identify where you go, what you look for and more.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 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
Nov 08, 2019

The Pixel 4's power-plunging puzzle
Fountains of virtual ink have been spilled over the Pixel 4's stamina and how the phone's battery life isn't all that it could be.

Me? After living with the Pixel 4 for a few weeks now, I'm not quite as down on its staying power as some folks were whilst working up early reviews of the device. I think somewhere between "okay" and "borderline acceptable" sums up my experience with the phone's endurance thus far: I'm consistently making it through what I'd call full typical days for me, at this point, but I'm sometimes cutting it closer than I'd like by the end of the day — something that certainly doesn't inspire confidence about how the phone might fare when I'm traveling or having another sort of day with unusually high usage.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 08, 2019

Peace of mind (but nothing else)
It's 20 years ago or so and this pilot fish is at a client's site fixing something, when the office manager asks if he could double-check the office backup as long as he's there. Sure, says fish. Office manager then puts a tape in the tape drive of his PC and double-clicks an icon, after which a black window flashes on screen, but just for a fraction of a second.

"That's it!" says the office manager. "Fast, huh?" This doesn't pass fish's smell test — how much data could possibly be backed up in less than a second? So he tells the OM, Let me take another look. He peers closely as that screen flashes up briefly once again.

And he sees that it says: "Bad command or filename."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

This $387 Azure certification prep bundle is currently on sale for $29
Modern tech companies require more computing power than ever before, so many of them are turning to cloud services like Microsoft Azure to meet their needs. As such, becoming cloud-certified is a necessity if you want to pursue today's highest-paying IT jobs. With this 4-course bundle, you can become an Azure master for just $29. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears
Think of it as the patching prodigal son.

When Microsoft released Win10 version 1903 — indeed, in the later beta test copies of 1903, dating back to early this year — a funny thing happened. Many testers discovered that Win10 1903 hid its update deferral settings, if you had the temerity to change them.

For those who haven't changed their update deferral settings, Win10 version 1903 Pro invites you to change the settings in a portion of the Windows Update advanced options dialog (to see it, click Start Settings Update & Security Advanced options). 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

Duck Duck Go gives Mac users even more privacy
People are finally waking up to the importance of privacy and the risk of entities over whom you have no control hoovering up the details of our digital lives, and that's why the latest news from Duck Duck Go is so worthwhile.

Apple's good privacy just got better We know Apple is working to protect our privacy - its newly updated privacy website shares a huge amount of information on this, while the newly-published Safari white paper confirms the browser's privacy protections include (among other things):

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

Duck Duck Go offers Mac users even more privacy
People are finally waking up to the importance of privacy and the risk of entities over whom we have no control hoovering up the details of our digital lives, and that's why the latest news from Duck Duck Go is so worthwhile.

Apple's good privacy just got better We know Apple is working to protect privacy - its newly updated privacy website shares a huge amount of information on its efforts, while the newly-published Safari white paper confirms the browser's privacy protections include (among other things):

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Third wave's the charm
Employee uses his work computer to write an email asking his closest personal friends to support a charitable organization — but sends it out to the entire 15,000-member workforce, including this pilot fish.

And it has the predictable result.

"First wave: Countless people hitting ‘Reply all' to either praise the sender for his generosity or to chastise him for using company resources for his pet project," reports fish.

"Second wave: Countless more people hitting ‘Reply all' to reprimand first-wavers for hitting ‘Reply all.'

"Third wave: Strongly worded email from CIO to stop the madness, because Exchange was buckling under the load."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 07, 2019

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 more than ten 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 quickly approaching end of Microsoft support in January 2020.

All of this is to say that you need a plan. Except in some edge cases, it makes little sense to spend the time and money to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, since that only buys you a couple more years of supportability. The smart money is on moving to Windows 10, buying everyone expensive Macs, or (gasp!) deploying Linux on the desktop. And while small businesses might be able to buy everyone MacBooks or move to Linux, large companies with lots of software investments in the Microsoft stack will continue running Windows, thus leaving Windows 10 as the only option.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

Microsoft combines Intune with ConfigMgr
Microsoft has combined its System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) with its Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform, enabling users to access both using just one interface.

The combined products are now called Endpoint Manager, which makes licensing for Intune available to all ConfigMgr customers to co-manage Windows devices. Between the two cloud services, more than 200 million devices are being managed, Microsoft said.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: Living on the Edge Chromium browser
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

This week at Ignite, Microsoft announced the final release of their Edge Chromium browser would be mid-January next year. But I've been living with this browser since June, and while I was initially impressed, it has gotten even better over time. (I expect many of you have yet to try this browser out, so here's the link to the preview of the browser.)

Along with this announcement was news of some other interesting aspects of this browser, which uniquely blends Google and Microsoft technology into something we haven't seen in some time -  effectively a co-developed product by two vendors who have been competing for nearly two decades, often vigorously. But both vendors embrace open source and the idea of collaborating to address big problems. So while both vendors started very differently, they are increasingly looking more and more alike.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

Apple updates its privacy pages, and you should take a look
Apple has updated its Privacy website and published several white papers explaining its approach to the topic and how its products protect your privacy.

Apple is offering more information than ever The updated website delivers much more information than before with a broad overview of what the company is doing. It includes pages detailing features and controls as well as its privacy policy and transparency report. 

The site also offers a selection of approachable white papers that explain how the privacy controls in Safari, Location Services, Photos and Sign-in With Apple work. These contain a huge amount of information on Apple and its services.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

Apple updates its privacy pages; you should take a look
Apple has updated its privacy website and published several white papers explaining its approach to the issue and how its products protect your privacy.

Apple offers more information than ever The updated website delivers much more information now, with a broad overview of what the company is doing. It details features and controls as well as the company's  privacy policy and transparency report. 

The site also offers a selection of understandable white papers that explain how  privacy controls work in Safari, Location Services, Photos and Sign-in With Apple. These contain a large amount of information on Apple and its services.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

Microsoft sets Jan. 15 launch for its second-chance Edge
Microsoft will release a production-quality version of its recast Edge browser Jan. 15, or in just over 10 weeks.

What the Redmond, Wash. company this week called a "release candidate" of the final version can be downloaded from the firm's website. The build -- the label usually applies to finished code that may still harbor some bugs -- has been marked 79.0.309.11 and issued as the latest Beta for Windows and macOS.

Microsoft first broached the idea of remaking Edge in December 2018, when it announced it was discarding its own rendering and JavaScript engines -- the technologies at the core of any browser -- and instead adopting those built by the Chromium project, the open-source effort led by Google that fuels Chrome. With that declaration, Microsoft gave up on building a modern browser -- one that would replace the ancient and obsolete Internet Explorer (IE) -- and follow in the footsteps of such niche applications as Opera and Brave.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

How to use Gmail labels to tame your inbox
So, you've got email, you say? Lots of it? More than you can possibly manage without losing the few metaphorical marbles still sloshing around in that soggy ol' brain of yours?

I hear ya. In fact, I think we all can relate (even those of us whose brains are, erm, slightly less soggy). And I'm here to tell you: It doesn't have to be so difficult.

Gmail has a variety of built-in tools for making your messages more manageable. Some of 'em are a little bit different from what you might be accustomed to using in more traditional email clients (here's lookin' at you, Outlook) — but if you take the time to figure out how they work, you might just be surprised at how effective they can be.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 06, 2019

Wayback Wednesday: The fobbit
Pilot fish is deployed at a small military base in the desert in Iraq when a lone on-site IT engineer arrives. And he's very gung-ho.

"He was tired of being a mere fobbit — someone who never leaves the FOB (forward operating base)," says fish. "He too wanted to be able to brag about his time ‘outside the wire,' so he came up with a novel excuse."

The base has a small wireless network using WEP encryption, and the engineer decides he has to make sure the network isn't being cracked and monitored by insurgents.

Which isn't a bad idea, except that 1) the base is in flat desert and any outsider is easy to spot; 2) wireless just doesn't have much range; and 3) "I miss you, honey" emails aren't exactly top-secret material.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Microsoft Intune can now block unauthorized BYOD hardware
Microsoft has integrated third-party mobile threat defense (MTD) software with its Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform, enabling corporate systems to detect when an employee's unenrolled, smartphone or tablet has an app potentially infected by malware.

The new Intune capability is particularly useful for companies with bring-your-own device (BYOD) policies in that it can block access to enterprise systems on devices flagged by the MTD software.

[ Related: How to get the most from Microsoft Intune ] The mobile threat detection feature on Intune will initially allow it to work with software from Lookout for Work, Better Mobile and Zimperium. "In future, we expect other partners to add support for this integration," Microsoft said via a Monday blog post released during its Ignite conference.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Cortana can now read emails out loud in Outlook for iOS
Microsoft is pushing ahead with plans to position Cortana as a personal productivity assistant in the office with new features announced at Ignite this week. 

While Cortana was initially launched as a consumer voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft has increasingly targeted it for duties in its portfolio of productivity tools.  With Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS, Cortana can now read emails aloud to users and update them on their work schedule, Microsoft said, offering a hands-free way to catch up on emails while on the go.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Microsoft Teams gets private channels, email integration with Outlook
Microsoft Teams users can now converse with colleagues privately after the long-awaited introduction of private channels - one of a variety of updates announced by Microsoft at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla. this week. The company also highlighted enhanced integration with Outlook and a multi-window feature.

Private channels have been in high demand from Teams users, and are the most requested feature on the Microsoft User Voice feedback page for Teams. The feature had been proposed by Microsoft before the launch of Teams in 2017, with a preview announced earlier this year.  

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Prepare for the CompTIA certification exams with this $69 training bundle
No modern tech company can operate without a capable IT department, and as new companies launch each year, the demand for IT professionals will continue to grow. However, IT professionals must earn their certifications first, and CompTIA certifications are among the most versatile because they're vendor-neutral. If you're interested in earning a CompTIA certification, you can prepare with this $69 training bundle.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Apple's ex-wireless lead plots a solid state future for electronics
Future smartphones may not need traditional metallic circuits if a start-up led by Apple's former 5G chief, Ruben Caballero, gets its way.

Apple's ex-wireless lead is on a fresh mission A company called Keyssa is developing new ways to achieve high-speed, contactless connectivity.

Its website describes multiple ways this might work, from pairing set top boxes to televisions to sharing data with a bump.

But it's possible the most compelling future implication may be in its use as an interconnect on a component basis inside devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Google's Chrome OS upgrade changes are a solid start
Well, I'll be: Just over a month after we talked about how Google needed to rethink its Chrome OS upgrade standard, the company has quietly launched a new effort to improve the state of Chromebook software updates.

Now, don't get too excited yet. This is a small start, to be sure — but it's at least an acknowledgment that the Chrome OS upgrade situation could and should be better. And that's a pretty significant step.

Before we get into what's changing, let's back up for a quick second to set the stage — because context really is everything in this situation. After all, Chrome OS upgrades are by and large commendable — particularly compared to how upgrades play out over on the Android side of the Google operating system fence. The reason's simple: Given the close manner in which Google controls Chrome OS and the lack of flexibility it gives device-makers in modifying the software, the company's able to provide a completely consistent experience from one Chromebook to the next. And as a result, Google itself is able to handle all Chrome OS software updates directly, which means every device gets 'em at more or less the same time — no matter who made the hardware.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 05, 2019

Excel-lent!
This pilot fish is working as a software trainer, teaching hands-on Excel to a group of unemployed and underemployed people through a local community college program.

And she's good at it, though she does get a bit tongue-tied at an unfortunate moment, calling the worksheet something else, ending in four slightly different letters.

But fish soldiers on, owns up to the embarrassing mistake, and apologizes, adding, "It's a good thing we weren't talking about the function keys, or who knows what might have come out?"

Sharky will clean up your language if your true tale of IT life is rated R. Send it to me at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

Cryptocurrencies backed by cash could elude new regs
Cryptocurrencies backed by cash could potentially be covered by the same regulations used to govern securities, according to a global financial oversight group. The finding could help move forward projects such as Facebook's Libra digital currency, known as a stablecoin.

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), made up of securities regulators from the U.S., Europe and Japan, said its analysis shows "stablecoins can include features that are typical of regulated securities."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 hits the accelerator as support cliff nears
"Friends, users, countrymen, lend me your ears.

Orating the funeral of a venerable predecessor is what Windows 10 does these days. And it's happy to do so.

According to data published Friday by analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share of all personal computers jumped 1.9 percentage points - the fourth consecutive month with gains of a full point or more - to end October with 54.3%. Meanwhile, Windows 10's portion of the user share of all Windows PCs rose to 62.7%, closing in on the major milestone of two-thirds.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 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
Nov 04, 2019

Adobe Photoshop comes to iPad (Illustrator in 2020)
The list of things iPads can't do shrank dramatically at Adobe Max when Photoshop finally became available for iPad.

Adobe also confirmed that another key creative industry tool, Adobe Illustrator, will ship for the Apple tablet in 2020.

The do-anything iPad Introducing the apps, Adobe VP Creative Cloud Services & Strategy, Simon Longbottom confirmed Adobe will continue to improve these products, aiming to deliver something like feature parity across all its supported platforms.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

This 12-course bundle will teach you how to be an ethical hacker for $39
It seems like there's a new data breach every month, and as hackers ramp up their efforts to steal our private info, it's only natural to feel afraid. What can you do to fight back? Oddly enough, the best way to prevent cybersecurity attacks is by fighting fire with fire. As an ethical hacker, you can make a living by exploiting cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and this $39 bundle will show you how.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

Introducing Project Cortex: The future of enterprise knowledge gets a big boost at Ignite
Today, at Microsoft Ignite 2019, Microsoft unveiled Project Cortex (final name to be announced in the first half of 2020), a new service in Microsoft 365 that uses AI to shape organizational data and organize it into shared topics like projects and customers. This announcement represents a glimpse into the future of knowledge management software - a big step in a vision that began in the 1990s when enabling technology first started to address this critical organization need.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft join others on new blockchain token spec
A new specification to allow businesses to create blockchain-based tokens for international trade and finance has been published - and businesses have already tested digital money based on it for cross border payments and settlement.

The Token Taxonomy Framework v1.0 (TTF) was developed by more than two dozen businesses and overseen by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Its goal: give  businesses and developers access to a set of reusable, cross-industry components to create usable tokens.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

It's really no mystery
The new CIO at the big bank where pilot fish consults wants to be able to track the hours that each IT staffer spends on each project, so fish creates a timesheet system. From time to time, management decides that hours for a given project were entered with the wrong code, and either the affected employees have to resubmit their timesheets or fish has to change the data in the back-end database.

The CIO decides that one particular project shifted into a new phase two months ago. So fish creates a new project doc for the staff on that project to use going forward and waits to hear which past timesheets will need to be altered. Meanwhile, the CIO and his assistant look over the timesheets for the superseded project and notice that one employee, Chris, has properly entered all his hours for the past six weeks with the new project code. CIO wants to know why Chris can be a timekeeping superstar, in the hope that there's a lesson that can be absorbed by the whole staff.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 04, 2019

Do you really need a Chief Mobility Officer? (Spoiler alert: nope)
While one in three large enterprises has a chief mobility officer (CMO), according to one survey, that role is now largely duplicative and unnecessary - and creating it can hit a company's bottom line.

Management consultancy Janco Associates, which lists job descriptions and conducts bi-annual salary surveys, last week updated its description of a Chief Mobility Officer (CMO) to include privacy compliance policies in light of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA), which goes into effect in January.

[ Related: How to get the most from Microsoft Intune ] "As the use of personal mobile devices, social networking, and compliance requirements expand, organizations are faced with a dilemma. How can they balance privacy compliance mandates like CaCPA with business continuity, security, and operational needs in an ever more complex operating environment?" said Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: Chrome seesaws yet again
Chrome last month continued its seesaw in user share, throwing away most of the gains it had made the month prior while remaining fully in charge of the browser market.

According to data published today by California analytics vendor Net Applications, Chrome's share for October dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 67.4%. It was the fourth straight time that Chrome shed some of its share the month following an increase of one point or more. In September, Chrome had recorded a boost of 1.3 points.

The up-down has not always resulted in a net gain for each months' pairings, and when increases have outweighed losses of the month previous, the upside has been small. That's why over the course of the past 12 months, Chrome has climbed by just one percentage point.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

3 reason you will be moved by haptics
Forget today's buzzing smartphones and rumbling game controllers. Next-generation haptics make the virtual real and smart enterprises will take notice.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

3 reasons you will be moved by haptics
Forget today's buzzing smartphones and rumbling game controllers. Next-generation haptics make the virtual real and smart enterprises will take notice.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

With a few exceptions, all's clear to install Microsoft's October patches
If you had automatic update turned on at the beginning of October, you got clobbered with a bug-infested, out-of-band update for an IE-related zero-day that never appeared in real life. Later in the month, those with automatic update turned on were treated to a wide assortment of bugs (Start and Search fails, RDP redlines, older Visual Basic program blasts) - only some of which were solved with the month's final, optional, non-security patches.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra vs. NVIDIA Shield TV: The emerging cloud client
[Disclosure: All of the vendors mentioned in this article are clients of the author.]

Comparing a modular, all-in-one desktop with a TV settop box may seem odd. But we are moving to a cloud-connected world, and the NVIDIA Shield TV is a no-compromise, cloud-connected settop box close to where we are likely to end up in terms of hardware than the more typical PC or all-in-one.

On the other hand, we aren't there yet, and a modular solution like the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra - which could be easily converted to a more cloud-focused configuration - might be the best interim desktop choice.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

Learn how to earn a CompTIA IT certification with this $69 training bundle
There's no shortage of IT jobs out there, especially since new tech-companies launch each year. That means that a career in IT can be stable and even lucrative. However, you'll need to earn an IT certification before you can enter the field, and vendor-neutral CompTIA certifications are some of the most sought-after because they're so versatile. If a career in IT sounds interesting to you, you can prepare for the CompTIA certification exams with this $69 training bundle.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

How to block the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, version 1909, from installing
While Windows 10 version 1909 reminds me of an old-fashioned Service Pack — an update that squashes lots of bugs while tying together pieces that rattle when they run — you must keep in mind that the package includes updates for most parts of Windows. As such, it's an upgrade that should be treated with respect — and some amount of trepidation.

My guess — no, my fervent hope — is that Windows 10 version 1909 will prove itself to be rock-solid sooner rather than later. But while you're waiting for the inevitable screams of pain to subside, you should take these steps to make sure you aren't accidentally swept up in an unwanted upgrade.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

Penny wise
The owner of a local business is a notorious skinflint, so the company's facilities are in an advanced state of ramshackle before he even thinks about moving. Naturally, everyone is amazed when they learn that the new facility is being custom-built just for them.

And during the design phase, each department manager is asked to provide a list of must-have features for the new facility. They have no problem complying, because most of them have spent years getting by with jury-rigged solutions for basic problems.

The print shop, for example, has been running extension cords from other rooms to bring power to the main printers. These are massive machines capable of handling rolls of media weighing 100 pounds each. They run on ordinary 110V current, but each one requires its own dedicated circuit. Then there's the laminator, which requires 220V current and produces a lot of excess heat — a problem for the heat-sensitive printers. That particular issue has been dealt with by cutting a hole in the wall for a window air conditioner.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 01, 2019

What women want in the IT workplace: 6 key factors for hiring and retention
Women are exiting IT in droves, as companies struggle to hire and engage these valuable employees. The first step to change? Listening to what women want.(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 31, 2019

The most interesting thing Google didn't announce at its hardware event
We've talked plenty about everything Google announced at its big hardware gala — particularly that Pixel 4 phone and the perplexing predicament Google finds itself facing as it tries to convince average phone-shoppers to give the gadget a go.

There's one thing Google didn't announce at that fall event, though, and it might be the most important product of all — both in terms of its potential impact for Google, from a business perspective, and in terms of its relevance for those of us who use Android phones.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 31, 2019

Set your brand up for success with a .tech domain extension
Imagine this. You've finally completed your brand new app that's going to revolutionize the way we live. You've even come up with a catchy name that meshes perfectly with your app and no other company has laid claim to. Unfortunately, someone from the '90s already built a .com website with the domain name you want to use. What's worse, that website isn't even in use anymore!

You don't have to be a mobile app developer to relate. Perhaps you're a freelance coder with a generic name who wants to showcase your portfolio, or you might be an agency specializing in tech clients. Whatever the case, you need a domain extension that illustrates what you're all about, and it needs to be available. So why not use ".tech"? Right now, you can get your own .tech domain extension starting at just $7.99 per year. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 31, 2019

Apple's Tim Cook has kept his $50b services promises
With TV about to hit and lots of love for Apple Arcade, Apple's services business now seems certain to exceed CEO Tim Cook's 2017 $50b/year promise.

What did Tim Cook say? Way back in early 2017 Cook made some pretty aggressive promises around how his company planned to build its services business: "Our goal is to double the size of the services business in the next four years," he said.

He was announcing the results of the company's December quarter at the time, in which services generated $7.17 billion.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 31, 2019

Google strengthens Chrome's site isolation to protect browser against its own vulnerabilities
Google is telling Chrome users that it has extended an advanced defensive technology to protect against attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in the browser's Blink rendering engine.

Chrome 77, which launched in September but was supplanted by Chrome 78 on Oct. 22, received the beefed-up site isolation, wrote Alex Moshchuk and Lukasz Anforowicz, two Google software engineers, in an Oct. 17 post to a company blog. "Site Isolation in Chrome 77 now helps defend against significantly stronger attacks," the two said. "Site Isolation can now handle even severe attacks where the renderer process is fully compromised via a security bug, such as memory corruption bugs or Universal Cross-Site Scripting (UXSS) logic errors."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 31, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Pics, or it didn't happen
Back in the days when PCs weren't yet on every desk, pilot fish gets a call from a client with a week-old PC — and he's in a panic.

"When I delivered the new machine to him, I told him that he should refrain from turning his computer on and off too many times during the day," says fish. "I said two or three times would be OK."

Now the newbie user is telling fish that he can't plug in the mouse and keyboard, and he needs to answer an important email that has just arrived.

Fish doesn't get it. After all, the PS/2 connectors on the mouse and keyboard will only go in one way. How hard can reconnecting them be? And anyway, how does the client know this time-critical email is even there? Isn't the PC turned off?

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 30, 2019

Trello looks to streamline tasks with template galleries, automation
Trello is adding new template features and automation capabilities to its work management app in a bid to help users reduce time spent on easily replicable tasks. 

The company, owned by Australian software company Atlassian, today unveiled template galleries that showcase Trello boards curated by a variety of customers, including Grand Hyatt Hotels, UNICEF and Zoho. It also touted numerous project boards created internally by Trello and Atlassian workers.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 30, 2019

Everything you need to know about 10G, the future of broadband technology
With the emergence of more connected devices and immersive content experiences happening alongside an unparalleled boom of video streaming platforms, there's never been a more critical time to have a powerful and reliable network than can meet the demands of the future. And that next big leap for digital mankind is 10G.

What is 10G?  Not to be confused with the cellular industry's 5G (meaning fifth generation), the "G" in 10G means gigabits per second, a blazing fast internet speed. 10G is the cable industry's vision for delivering a remarkable 10 gigabits per second to homes in the U.S. and around the globe. Home internet speeds will be 10 times faster than today's fastest broadband networks, staying ahead of your digital demands, especially as technology becomes even more integral in our day-to-day lives. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 30, 2019

Brother's keeper
It's the early '90s, and this pilot fish is the sole server, desktop and network guy at a startup that's developing hardware and software for consumer Ethernet switches. In fact, he's employee No. 6; Nos. 1, 2 and 3 are the co-founders, and No. 4 is the brother of one of the co-founders. Before the company can hit 40 employees, it's acquired.

Some time after that, fish is accosted at his desk one day by 10 or so people wanting to know why their documents and compiles have crashed. Fish looks into it and discovers that it's the brother, who has always acted as if he can do whatever he wants on the company network because his brother owns the place. Except, of course, that's no longer true. In any case, when the brother found he couldn't access the server, he let himself into the server room and hard-rebooted the server to "fix it."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 30, 2019

Microsoft Flow: A beginner's guide
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gosh, it would be really helpful if these two services I use talked to each other! That way I could have computers help me remember things, get notified when things happen, and kick off actions when certain things change on one service or another." You might think that's a pipe dream. How would Slack talk to Salesforce talk to SharePoint?

Wonder no longer: Like its competitors IFTTT and Zapier, Microsoft Flow allows business professionals of all stripes to do just that: create automated workflows (Microsoft calls them "flows") involving a series of tasks across certain applications or services — even different services — that send notifications, ask for and offer approvals, and handle rote tasks automatically, with no coding required. The automation tool is part of what Microsoft calls its Power Platform, along with Power BI for data analysis and PowerApps for app building.

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Microsoft Patch Alert: October updates bring problems with Start, RDP, Ethernet, older VB programs
October started out on an extraordinarily low note. On Oct. 3, Microsoft released an "out of band" security update to protect all Windows users from an Internet Explorer scripting engine bug, CVE-2019-1367, once thought to be an imminent danger to all things (and all versions) Windows.

It was the third attempt to fix that security hole and each of the versions brought its own set of bugs.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Google to stop indexing Flash for search
Google on Monday announced that it will soon stop indexing Flash content for its search engine, effectively throwing an invisibility cloak over that content.

"Google Search will stop supporting Flash later this year," Dong-Hwi Lee, an engineering manager, wrote in a post to the company's Webmaster Central blog. "In Web pages that contain Flash content, Google Search will ignore the Flash content. [And] Google Search will stop indexing standalone .swf files."

[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ] The .swf extension marks Flash animation files.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

In 2020, businesses likely to shift blockchain focus to integration, interoperability
After several years of proofs of concept testing, followed by pilot programs, enterprises deploying blockchain should turn their focus toward integrating the distributed ledger technology (DLT) with legacy data systems and making sure they can communicate with other external blockchains.

That advice is part of Forrester Research's 2020 Predictions, which highlight several upcoming challenges for the nascent electronic ledger technology.

In the world of enterprise blockchain, the shift from irrational exuberance to realistic assessment is almost complete, Forrester said.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization
The table below show my favorite go-to R packages for data import, wrangling, visualization and analysis -- plus a few miscellaneous tasks tossed in. The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = "packagename") in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ).



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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Why Apple must turn HomeKit into homeOS
Apple's mooted decision to develop its own smart home products is an inevitable next step for a company that knows the kind of business growth it achieved with iPhone is unlikely to be repeated.

Chasing growth Think about it like this: Smartphones have connected the planet:

There are around 3 billion users in the world today. Around a third of which are iPhones. Global population sits at c.7.7 billion. This means that across most of the planet, if you don't have a smartphone you probably know someone who does.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Earn your IoT security certification
Insider Pro is teaming up with CertNexus to offer subscribers access to an online course that leads to a Certified IoT Security Practitioner (CIoTSP) certification.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

30 time-saving tricks to try with the new Google Assistant
Google's new and improved Assistant may not be a full-fledged revolution quite yet, but it sure is a substantial upgrade over the traditional Assistant experience.

The new Assistant, if you haven't heard, is currently something you can experience only on the new Pixel 4 phone. But rest assured, that'll change before long: I've confirmed with Google that the revamped setup will indeed be making its way to the broader Android ecosystem sometime next year. So even if you don't have it in your hands this minute, it'll make its way to you eventually.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

Oops!
It's a Monday morning a few years ago when this network admin pilot fish gets a phone call from the manager of one of the company's Midwestern offices. Not a nice call, mind you; the manager starts right off hollering: "Where's our network connection so we can get our LAN connected to the corporate backbone?"

Fish doesn't know the answer to that question, or really even how this could have become an issue.

Could you explain? he asks.

Manager: "All of our office furniture made it to our new office except for the backbone connection!"

Fish: "You mean you moved offices over the weekend?"

Manager: "Yes, we moved offices, and we need that backbone connection!"

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 29, 2019

What happens after Windows 7's retirement?
The Redmond doctor came into the room, huffed a chair into place, but wouldn't meet Windows 7's eyes, just stared at the desk. "I'm afraid it's bad news," the physician said.

Windows 7 known this was coming and let out a long sigh.

"It's terminal," the M.D. said. As if Windows 7 hadn't known it was on borrowed time since July 2015. That scare in the fall of 2012 had been irksome, nothing more. But then three years later, the end was clearly in sight. And here it was.

"Ten weeks," the doctor said, gazing out the window at the fall leaves. "Maybe eleven. But then...."

What happens to Windows 7 then? Nothing immediately.

The operating system will continue to work or not, as it did or didn't, for each user the day before support retirement. That's important to remember, if only because some still don't - assuming that after midnight on Jan. 14, 2020, the OS screeches to a stop.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 28, 2019

This 4-course VMware mastery bundle is on sale today for just $20
An IT server is costly but necessary to run a network, and most businesses employ many of them. A great way to get the most out of a servers' physical resources is through virtualization, which allows a server to create a host an operating system using virtual machine software such as VMware. This essentially creates a "computer within a computer", and you can learn how to do so with this $20 bundle.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 28, 2019

Apple seems to have its eyes on the road (map) for iPhone processors
TSMC is now Apple's primary processor manufacturing partner, churning out 7-nanometer A13 chips for iPhones - and may be producing 3-nanometer chips for iPhones by 2023.

What's in a nanometer? A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. It's the unit of measurement used to show the distance between the transistors that comprise the processor.

The smaller the number of nanometers the higher the number of transistors you can squeeze onto one chip.

The result?

Faster processors that are also more energy efficient.

Rapid iMovement Apple's chip designs have led the industry for years. It has been developing ARM-based processors since 2007, ramped this up with the A4 and again with its A6 chips and pushed it even further in 2016 with the A10 chip.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 28, 2019

Mastercard partners on blockchain-based food supply chain
Mastercard is partnering with food track-and-trace software provider Envisible to create a blockchain-based supply chain platform to help supermarkets trace the origin of seafood.

Envisible's new Wholechain traceability system will be powered by Mastercard's blockchain-based Provenance service; it's designed to give grocery partners more insight into the ethical sourcing and environmental compliance of the seafood sold at their stores.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] Topco's member grocery chains, starting with Food City, will be the first to use the supply chain ledger. The first of several species to be tracked will be salmon, cod and shrimp.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 28, 2019

Memory-Lane Monday: Please tell me his name wasn't Jones
Pilot fish and his help desk colleagues do a lot of password resets and have learned that it's best to sympathize with the callers and normalize forgetting those strings of letters, numbers and symbols. It can happen to anybody is the message.

But some forgetfulness is more normal than others, finds fish, who told one user, "I'm going to reset your password to your last name, with the first letter capitalized."

Reports fish: "He said, ‘Wait a minute. Let me get a pencil and paper to write that down.

"I then spelled his last name for him and reminded him to capitalize the first letter. He thanked me and hung up the phone.

"Surreal doesn't even begin to describe how this felt!"

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 25, 2019

What happens when every nation censors search results globally?
The dam has burst on governments asserting their right to censor the internet worldwide. Welcome to the dark side of information globalization.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 25, 2019

Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome?
Chrome continues to dominate the browser market, leaving rivals to swallow their pride and scramble for the leavings.

Now with nearly 69% of the world's browser user share - a measure of browser activity calculated monthly by analytics vendor Net Applications - Google's Chrome has no peer. Rivals like Mozilla's Firefox fight over scraps while Microsoft has tossed in the towel and adopted Google's Chromium technology to remain competitive.

[ Related: Google Docs cheat sheet ] It's no surprise that when Chrome speaks, everyone listens, whether about each browser upgrade - something Computerworld tracks in the What's in the latest Chrome update? series - or about Google's plans for the future.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 25, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: How HP leads in sustainability through innovation, partnership and sharing
 [Disclosure: HP is a client of the author.]

This week I was in Nashville where HP showcased their sustainability efforts. While this push goes back to David Packard, one of the founders of HP, it's evolved over the years. The latest changes - made with the help of Ingrid Sinclair, the charismatic president of SIMS Metal Management - have made it even more impressive.

What makes it different isn't just that it's a sincere effort (as opposed to most of the others I've reviewed, which seem more like marketing exercises) but how HP - like Mercedes Benz does with safety in cars - is sharing what they're doing with other major companies both inside and outside of tech segment.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 25, 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 25, 2019

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


Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location Info-Tech's Leadership Training - Women in IT This event is designed for women in IT with a focus on improved people management, performance, and leadership decision making. 2019-10-21 2019-10-25 Toronto, Canada GOTO Berlin 2019 This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2019-10-23 2019-10-25 Berlin, Germany Microsoft Ignite Ignite 2019 offers insights and skills from tech leaders and professionals in a variety of IT areas, including cloud, data, BI, collaboration and productivity. 2019-11-04 2019-11-08 Orlando, FL Spinnaker Summit This event is geared for users of Spinnaker, the open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes. 2019-11-16 2019-11-17 San Diego, CA

Enterprise Application News
Oct 25, 2019

Apple's Catalyst will help bring Macs to the enterprise
With the launch of macOS Catalina the promised wave of iPad-derived Catalyst apps has begun with a twinkle at enterprise Mac deployments.

Catalyst is a work in progress Having toyed a little with some of these apps it seems fair to describe Catalyst as a work in progress.

While it makes it easier for developers to migrate iPad apps across to the Mac, there are some inconsistencies, but it looks like Apple is aware of these and is committed to meeting those challenges.

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