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Enterprise Application News
Dec 15, 2017

12 Slack alternatives worth a look
Once upon a time if you wanted employees to collaborate you'd probably encourage them to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC). But about four years ago Slack appeared on the scene, and since then it's been eating IRC's lunch. That's because it's much easier to install, get up and running, and use than IRC, making it massively popular with nontechies. And thanks to a well-documented API it's easy to integrate with other programs and services. That means it's customizable and infinitely extensible, which makes it popular with developers.

But, ultimately, Slack is just a group communication tools, albeit a very nice one. And there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, many of the biggest players in the industry, from Microsoft to Google to Facebook are pushing their own tools and the number of available options is quickly growing.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 15, 2017

Apple and Cisco just improved security in the iOS enterprise
Apple and Cisco have struck yet another blow for enterprise IT. They know that iOS is the most secure mobile solution, but that's not everything because mobile threats are incredibly complex these days.

The enigma code Here's a scenario: You work in an enterprise with perhaps 1,000 other employees. One morning, perhaps fifty of you woke to find an authentic-seeming email in your in-box that requested you click on a link to update some system related to the work you do. While many employees remembered not to click on that link, a small number did click. No one thought too much of the email - spam is frequent and most just thought the mail was aimed at them.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 15, 2017

Mozilla's claims of Firefox Quantum success aren't confirmed by user stats
Mozilla on Thursday touted Firefox Quantum, the browser upgrade launched one month ago, as its biggest release ever and said early adoption metrics have been "super encouraging."

But preliminary browser measurements taken by the U.S. government show only a small increase in Firefox's domestic usage since Quantum debuted on Nov. 14.

That did not deter Mozilla, however.

[ Further reading: The 12 must-have Firefox add-ons of 2017 ] "In less than a month, Firefox Quantum has already been installed by over 170 [million] people around the world," Nick Nguyen, the company's top Firefox executive, wrote in a post to the firm's primary blog. "We're just getting started and early returns are super encouraging."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2017

20 Android tips and tricks you shouldn't miss from 2017
'Tis the season for kicking back, crankin' up the fireplace, and finding some time-saving new tricks for that pretty slab o' glass in your pocket.

Enhanced efficiency is one heck of a holiday treat, after all — and one that keeps paying off for months to come. Hey, productivity matters, and there's never a shortage of fresh Android shortcuts and enhancements just waiting to be embraced.

In case you missed any of 'em the first go-round or maybe just didn't have time to try everything out, here are some of my favorite Android tips and tricks from 2017. Pour yourself some cocoa, polish up the ol' Festivus pole, and give yourself the gift of finely tuned technology.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 14, 2017

Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger
Windows 7's security rollups, the most comprehensive of the fixes it pushes out each Patch Tuesday, have almost doubled in size since Microsoft revamped the veteran operating system's update regimen last year.

According to Microsoft's own data, what it calls the "Security Quality Monthly Rollup" (rollup from here on) grew by more than 70% within the first dozen issued updates. From its October 2016 inception, the x86 version of the update increased from 72MB to 124.4MB, a 73% jump. Meanwhile, the always-larger 64-bit version went from an initial 119.4MB to 203.2MB 12 updates later, representing a 70% increase.

The swelling security updates were not, in themselves, a surprise. Last year, when Microsoft announced huge changes to how it serviced Windows 7, it admitted that rollups would put on pounds as the months pass. "The Rollups will start out small, but we expect that these will grow over time,' Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft product marketing manager, said at the time. Mercer's explanation: "A Monthly Rollup in October will include all updates for October, while November will include October and November updates, and so on."

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2017

What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades
Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information between open and private networks.

But the hype around this seemingly new, secure electronic ledger is real. In essence, blockchain represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared and tech vendors and companies are rushing to figure out how they can use the distributed ledger technology to save time and admin costs. Numerous companies this year have been rolling out pilot programs and real-world projects across a variety of industries - everything from financial services to healthcare to mobile payments.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2017

Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained
It's the most disruptive technology since the arrival of the Internet.

Or maybe it's the next Linux, an open-source technology that offers great promise, but somehow never seems to make it to the mainstream world.

"It," in this case, is blockchain - the buzz-worthy distributed ledger technology that first came into widespread use with Bitcoin represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared. FinTech firms are embracing it and a variety of companies are already rushing to figure out how they can use it to save time and admin costs, according to Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2017

How Apple's Safari browser can save your Christmas
While I see online ads as a necessary evil if you want to keep websites in business, I'm so annoyed at the way the latest ads services seem so focused on ruining everybody's Christmas surprise.

The ads Grinch stole Christmas This is what happens: Ads sites track where you go online; retailers track you too and all this information is shared. Look at an item online, see an ad for it on the next page you go to. Not only is this behavioural retargeting vastly creepy, but when it comes to Christmas these things make it impossible to keep secrets, particularly on a shared Mac. Been looking at [insert name of hot new obsessive teenage-focused product here] with a view to buying one to gift your child? Don't be too upset if said child gets onto your computer to check their Bitcoin investment only to find themselves staring at ads for the object of their desire. Kids aren't stupid - they know how ads work online (even if we don't). What's happened? Your Christmas surprise is spoiled and your teenager won't believe in Santa Claus any more, even if they are looking for a flat Earth shadow during the next eclipse.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2017

5 more Windows admin tasks made easy with PowerShell
I've written a lot about Microsoft PowerShell on this site, but my favorite thing to do is show how to apply the scripting language to various tasks you already have to do as part of your regular role and responsibilities. In a previous article, I demonstrated how to accomplish five common administrative tasks using PowerShell.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2017

OK, now THAT'S the end!
This pilot fish is developing a series of training videos for a non-profit mental health organization, and he's pretty happy with the results.

"I created lessons for entering the system, setting up clients and entering client information, including family info, medicines, insurance and schools, as well as how to set up appointments and enter notes for treatment," says fish.

"During all that, I acquired a good working knowledge of how the clinicians conducted their therapy with clients."

When the content is done, fish adds all the necessary e-learning bells and whistles, including a menu to let users select the particular lessons they want or jump to any specific lesson, along with a quick-start guide and a "tips and tricks" section.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2017

What is the cyber kill chain?
Concerned about your network defense? Watch this short video to learn the 7 stages of the cyber kill chain, a framework created by Lockheed Martin to outline the phases of a targeted cyberattack.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2017

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2017

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 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
Dec 12, 2017

Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far
Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday passel a couple of hours ago, and it looks like we can all go home and enjoy some eggnog. There were two fixed vulnerabilities for Win7, and two for Win 8.1, and the (five) supported Win10 versions had three fixes apiece, all of them bundled into cumulative updates.

There were no "critical" patches for Windows this month, although Internet Explorer with 13 patched vulnerabilities (9 critical) and Edge with 13 vulnerabilities (12 critical) should certainly turn your head. Assuming you still use either or both. Not many folks do.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2017

Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble
Microsoft's Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed.

According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary browser by fewer than one in six Windows 10 users for more than a year and a half. That's a significant downgrading of Edge's user share statistics from the browser's portrayal before this month.

During the 19-month span between May 2016 and November 2017 - data for that stretch was what Net Applications offered publicly - Edge was run by between 15.6% (in April 2017) and 12.2% (September 2017) of all Windows 10 users. It never reached 16.7% - or one in six - and trended downward overall, starting the period at 14.8% (May 2016) and ending it at 13.2% (November 2017), an 11% decline.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2017

Dear Amazon and Google: Enough.
Gang, we need to talk. Here in the land o' tech (no relation to the Land o' Lakes, aside from a shared love of butter), things are starting to get silly.

Google and Amazon, if you haven't heard, are in the midst of a very public schoolyard spat. And their little game of corporate one-upmanship shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

Here's the 30-second version, in case you haven't been following along: For years, Amazon has refused to offer Google products like Chromecast and Google Home in its online store. It also neglected to offer a readily available Prime Video app for Android up until just a few months ago (previously, you had to go out of your way to sideload the entire notification-spam-spewing Amazon storefront app just to play a lousy movie). Oh, and it still doesn't provide a way to cast videos from Prime to Google-Cast-compatible devices, which is a real thorn in the side for its many Cast-using subscribers.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2017

It's time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off
It's time to make sure your computer is locked down. If history is any indication, we're going to be in for a rocky ride over the next week or two.

In September, folks who were set to update Windows automatically were greeted by Word docs and Excel spreadsheets that wouldn't display merged cells, switched languages and intentionally broke one-click printing on custom forms. In October, admins who let patches go through automatically were greeted by oceans of blue screens and failures in Microsoft's own Dynamics CRM. Last month, every version of Windows was hit with a patching bug that blocked Epson dot matrix printers — and those who had told Win10 Creators Update to wait to upgrade found themselves "accidentally" upgraded to Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2017

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google this week issued Chrome 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding important security enhancements for enterprises to stress the importance the company now puts on the commercial market.

"Starting with [this] release, Site Isolation is now available ... [which] renders content for each open website in a separate process, isolated from other websites. This can mean even stronger security boundaries between websites than Chrome's existing sandboxing technology," wrote Matt Blumberg, product manager for Chrome, in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2017

Microsoft quietly repairs Windows Defender security hole CVE-2017-11937
Many malware researchers were surprised to find an unexpected patch on their machines yesterday. It didn't arrive through the front door — Windows Update wasn't involved. Instead, the new version of mpengine.dll arrived automatically, around the back, even if you have Windows Update turned off.

This vulnerability is particularly nasty. If the Malware Protection Engine scans a jimmied file, the file can take over your computer and run whatever it wants. Since the MPE routinely runs all the time, in the background, that means a bad file could infect your computer in myriad ways. To quote Microsoft's Security Vulnerability notice:

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2017

Apple's HomeKit security blunder exposes the risk of smart homes
The expression "safe as houses" will become a thing of the past if tech firms don't get connected home security right, and the need to be incredibly watchful was visible in Apple's latest security blunder this week.

Not so ideal home The latest iOS 11.2 update held a zero-day vulnerability attackers could exploit to control smart home devices, including connected locks, 9to5Mac explains. While the vulnerability was difficult to exploit, and Apple has acted very swiftly to close this security gap, its existence exposes the risk of smart homes.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2017

IDG Contributor Network: The critical path to success for the Always Connected PC
I'm a believer in the concept of the Always Connected PC largely because it fits very well into the way I work. I prefer a desktop system when I'm at home and even build my own systems. But when I'm on the road, I mostly write, browse the web and consume content. The reduction in performance for this platform doesn't bother me as a result because I need the thing to be light, have long battery life and be something I can be proud of.

This Always Connected PC is a huge joint initiative by both Qualcomm and Microsoft (disclosure, both are clients of the author), but often efforts like this are defined by what they don't do well as opposed to what they do well. The real promise of the Always Connected PC is its ability to be a true 2-in-1 and not what we have had in this class up till now - good laptops that suck as a tablet. This is potentially the first product that could be a good laptop and a good tablet but, to get there, it needs a couple of things. 

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2017

One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates
More than a year after Microsoft changed its decades-long security updating practices, enterprises running Windows 7 continue to struggle with the new system, patch experts said today.

"I still see people asking for individual updates, even on the [Windows] 10 operating system," said Susan Bradley in an email reply to questions. Bradley is known in Windows circles for her expertise on Microsoft's patching processes: She writes on the topic for the Windows Secrets newsletter and moderates the PatchMangement.org mailing list, where IT administrators discuss update tradecraft.

Bradley was referring to Microsoft's debut last year of radically-different cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, a change to the long-established practice of letting customers choose which patches they applied. From October 2016 on, updates for the two older Windows versions were comprehensive wholes, not collections of separate patches that could be selectively applied.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2017

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas' collaboration to Windows 10
Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas' app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.

Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device's stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud.

"It's designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices," the Microsoft Whiteboard team wrote in a blog post.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2017

Android nostalgia: 20 once-essential apps you've probably long forgotten
Ah, memories. With the frenetic pace at which Android has evolved over the past decade, the experience of using the platform today is pretty darn different from the Android-using adventure of even just a few years ago.

And it's not just the operating system itself that's changed. As mobile tech in general has matured and Android's native features have bit by bit expanded, the types of apps we rely on have also shifted considerably. Priorities have shuffled, standards have changed, and developers have come and gone. As a result, some of the most popular titles from Android's earlier days are now mere memories — and pretty fuzzy ones, at that.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2017

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy
Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

New research from consultancy Deloitte LLP shows a "trust economy" is now developing around person-to-person (P2P) transactions enabled by blockchain technology and not dependent on more traditional methods such as credit ratings or guaranteed cashier's checks.

"Rather, it relies on each transacting party's reputation and digital identity - the elements of which may soon be stored and managed in a blockchain," Deloitte analysts said in a report.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Who you callin' a scope creep?
Programmer pilot fish is approached by some of the company's engineers. Can fish whip up a small database to track issues on the manufacturing line as they run tests? Sure, says fish.

But before he can get started, a newly hired engineer gets wind of the project. This is too big for one programmer to handle, engineer tells fish's manager. What's needed is a robust system that will not only track the tests but also run the manufacturing line.

"And so the feeding frenzy begins!" says fish.

"Consultants are brought in. The engineer is wined and dined.

"To put in a really good system, a network will have to be put on the line. That's added to the project charter.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2017

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS
Apple's iOS 11 is now on almost six in 10 of the company's mobile devices, according to new data shared by the company.

On Nov. 8, less than two months after its Sept. 19 release, the mobile platform had achieved just over a 50% adoption rate, according to Apple's App Store support webpage for developers. Today, the company said that number has grown to 59%, with iOS 10 dropping to 33% and all earlier versions of iOS running on just 8% of devices.

Apple Within a week of its initial release, the latest version of iOS was already powering 30.21% iDevices, according to Apple. While that uptake rate may seem fast, it was far slower than last year's iOS 10 or 2015's iOS 9, which achieved the fastest uptake to date.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2017

3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone
As it stands, the market battle between Android and iPhone seems set to continue forever, but you can't ignore that the majority of users who do switch are abandoning Google for Apple. What follows are three of the biggest reasons for doing so, identified by Creative Strategies, as Apple's iPhone sales threaten to spike.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2017

The best note-taking apps for Android
Taking notes is serious business, and having the right note-taking app for your Android device can make a world of difference in your ability to stay organized. That's because a good note-taking app doesn't just help you take notes; it also makes it easy to find what you've saved later, regardless of where you are or what type of device you're using at that point.

But figuring out which note-taking app makes the most sense for you isn't always easy. The Google Play Store has an endless array of similar-seeming options, and what's ideal for one person may not be optimal for another.

[ Further reading: 8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse ] I've spent a lot of time exploring the most prominent contenders for note-taking on Android, and I've identified the apps that rise to the top in three core categories: a "best for most people" tier, with a happy-medium balance of features and usability; a "best fully featured" division, with a focus on apps that provide a more robust set of functions for those who need it; and a "best no-frills" class that offers a recommendation for those seeking the utmost in simplicity.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2017

Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away
Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground — either to be phased out completely or just brushed aside and consigned to oblivion?

It seems like a funny thing to say, but when you look back at Android's history, you realize how many once-transformative-sounding features ended up fizzling and being forgotten soon after their grand debuts. Some remain buried in the software while others quietly vanished after a period of inertia, but they all share the fact that they're nowhere near the center-stage-worthy elements they once appeared to be.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2017

Thanks, Microsoft, but I'm still saying no to Windows 10
I've been hearing a lot from friends recently about how Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and people would be stupid not to switch. These being friends, I don't want to be rude, but — cough, ahem — I don't buy it.

Is security your No. 1 concern? Well, Windows 10 is no more secure than Windows 7 — which is to say it is a profoundly insecure operating system. There have been a lot of serious Windows security patches in the last year, and Windows 10 had all the same problems as Windows 7.

True, Windows didn't have anything as bad as macOS's unbelievably stupid "Let anyone log in as the administrator" security hole, but just because Microsoft didn't botch things as badly as Apple did doesn't get it off the hook. I mean, what do you call it when Microsoft fixes security holes in Windows 10 that it doesn't patch in Windows 7? I call it really, really stupid.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2017

Mozilla's record 2016 revenue funded its Firefox Quantum browser
Mozilla last week announced that revenue in 2016 exceeded $500 million, the first time it broke the half-billion-dollar bar, while development costs climbed 6% as the organization worked up Firefox Quantum, the revamped browser it shipped in November.

The bulk of the $520 million in revenue for the Mozilla Foundation came from royalty payments, with most of that coming, as usual, from deals struck for the default search engine spot in Firefox. Mozilla Foundation is the nonprofit that in turn runs Mozilla Corp., the commercial organization that creates and services Firefox for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.

According to Mozilla's just-released financial statement for 2016, $504 million, or 97% of all revenue, came from royalty payments. The percentage of revenue derived from royalties has never dipped below 91% - Mozilla's fortunes have always been tied to Firefox's search contracts - but 2016's portion was lower than the 99% record set in 2015.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015
Reports are piling in from afar that Windows Update in Win7 is broken. My first sighting was late Sunday afternoon, when KarenS posted on the AskWoody Lounge:


KarenS reported that the machine would only regurgitate the message shown in the screenshot.

Woody Leonhard/IDG There was an attempt to isolate the problem on KarenS's computers, to no avail — the update service was working fine.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

Office 365 phishing examples | Salted Hash Ep 10
Salted Hash looks at recent Office 365 phishing examples, discussing why they work and what can be done about them.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

IDG Contributor Network: Windows on ARM and the future of PCs as a Service
This month, the initial battle will begin on what will be an historic war for the next generation of PCs.  Initially it will be fought on laptops but - much like smartphones drifted to tablets, and much of the initial wave of AI-driven, home-based digital assistants - this war may eventually encompass all PCs.

If this were just a war between processors, the X86 folks would likely win easily, both because Windows has decades of tuning on X86 and it is the entrenched part. But this isn't about processors. This is about whether the computing will be done on the desktop or in the cloud.

In short this is a war between the modem and the processor…or yet another attempt to turn the PC into more of large smartphone.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture
Hundreds of millions of downloads just doesn't cut it, apparently. Ivo Beltchev, who first released the Start Menu replacement in 2009, has decided it just isn't worth the effort any more. Yesterday he posted this on his official web blog:


There were few factors that led to my decision:

1) Lack of free time.

2) Windows 10 is being updated way too frequently

3) Each new version of Windows moves further away from the classic Win32 programming model… The new ways things are done make it very difficult to achieve the same customizations

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

What is IFTTT? A free platform that connects everything as a service
You've no doubt heard of software as a service. Those who are deeply into IT will nod their heads in recognition when acronyms such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) are tossed around, too. But here's one "*aaS" you might not have heard of yet: everything as a service. And it's the future, according to Linden Tibbets, CEO and co-founder of IFTTT.

But what exactly is IFTTT? And how does it relate to the idea of everything as a service? Here's what you need to know.

What is IFTTT? IFTTT derives its name from the programming conditional statement "if this, then that." What the company provides is a software platform that connects apps, devices and services from different developers in order to trigger one or more automations involving those apps, devices and services.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2017

It all connects up eventually
Pilot fish is testing a new IT business management system for his company, and decides to have a little fun while he's at it.

"I had access to the development environment to work out the purchasing process," says fish. "I'd log in, create a purchase order, work it through the process and then log in to the dev environment as my boss to see how it worked from her side of it.

"I decided to be funny and -- pretending to be her -- denied my test purchase requests with replies that, well, even she wouldn't say. Since the dev environment didn't have an email server, those denials would just stay in there and go nowhere.

"Until one of the knuckleheads on a different team decided to connect the dev server to the production network. And the dev solution suddenly found itself an email server.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2017

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7's recalculated share shows faster-than-thought decline
Windows 7 dropped below the 50% user share mark last month, finally ceding the operating system majority on Windows PCs.

Ironically, the decline of Windows 7 was good news for Microsoft, which wants customers to move to the newer Windows 10 as soon as possible.

According to analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7's November global user share fell 3.5 percentage points, ending the month at 43.1%. November's plunge was the largest ever for the OS that debuted in 2009.

When only Windows personal computers were included in the calculation, Windows 7 ran 48.8% of all Windows machines, a month-over-month drop of 2.6 points. (The Windows-only percentage is larger because Windows powers 88.4% of the world's systems, not 100%; the remainder run macOS or a version of Linux.)

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2017

When the threats get weird, the security solutions get weirder
The world of security is getting super weird. And the solutions may be even weirder than the threats.

I told you last week that some of the biggest companies in technology have been caught deliberately introducing potential vulnerabilities into mobile operating systems and making no effort to inform users.

One of those was introduced into Android by Google. In that case, Android had been caught transmitting location data that didn't require the GPS system in a phone, or even an installed SIM card. Google claimed that it never stored or used the data, and it later ended the practice.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 01, 2017

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft, Mozilla tumble as analytics vendor exterminates bot traffic
Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers tumbled last month in user share as the once-universal programs ran on just one in every six personal computers worldwide.

According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of IE and Edge - an estimate of the world's personal computer owners who ran that browser - plummeted by 3.3 percentage points to end November at 16.3%. The decline was the largest ever for Microsoft's browsers.

Mozilla's Firefox also stumbled badly last month, losing nearly 2 of its hard-won percentage points, slipping to 11.4%, its lowest user share since October 2016.

These numbers, and more importantly the fact that IE Edge's and Firefox's numbers sank to such a degree, is striking. But it was as much a data reset by Net Applications as proof of massive user desertions.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 01, 2017

Reports of IE 11 failing to start linked to font size
Throughout history, there have been a million reasons why Internet Explorer won't start: You click on the icon in the taskbar, and nothing happens. Thanks to some stellar sleuthing by @PKCano on AskWoody, it now appears that there's an identifiable cause for some of the failures. If you've recently installed any of the Win 7 or 8.1 Monthly Rollups from September onward and you can't get IE to start, check your icon font size. Yes, you read that right.

Earlier this week I received an email from reader JB:


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Enterprise Application News
Dec 01, 2017

Reports of IE 11 failing to start linked to icon font size
Throughout history, there have been a million reasons why Internet Explorer won't start: You click on the icon in the taskbar, and nothing happens. Thanks to some stellar sleuthing by @PKCano on AskWoody, it now appears that there's an identifiable cause for some of the failures. If you've recently installed any of the Win 7 or 8.1 Monthly Rollups from September onward and you can't get IE to start, check your icon font size. Yes, you read that right.

Earlier this week I received an email from reader JB:


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Enterprise Application News
Dec 01, 2017

FAQ: Windows 10's new browser-ized UI - Sets
Microsoft this week announced that upcoming previews of Windows 10 would include new features designed to boost productivity on a personal computer.

Dubbed "Timeline" and "Sets," the former previously trumpeted months ago, the latter a revelation, the pair will, promised Microsoft's top Windows executive, "help make the most of time, one of our most precious resources."

Sets was the more interesting of the two, and not only because it is brand new. Instead, it was Sets' potential that struck a nerve. PCWorld's Mark Hachman, one of the handful of reporters and bloggers briefed before the announcement, said that Microsoft, "plans to overhaul Windows 10" with a single-frame-with-multiple-tabs interface that resembles one of today's browsers.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 01, 2017

How to move data between your Android phone and computer
A few simple swipes, and you're on your way to accessing the files and folders on your Android phone from your PC or Apple computer. JR Raphael walks you through these easy steps.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2017

The time-saving typing trick every Android user should try
You've probably figured this out by now, but I love finding clever little ways to save time and make life a teensy bit easier. And when it comes to Android and Chromebooks, boy howdy, are there plenty of efficiency-enhancing gems just waiting to be unearthed.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2017

Get November Windows and Office updates installed — carefully
The list of complaints about this month's patches goes on forever. I covered the high points a couple of days ago. We've seen people who are running Win10 Creators Update and who specifically said they didn't want to upgrade to Fall Creators Update get pushed into an upgrade anyway. Those using Epson dot matrix or POS printers lost them for a couple of weeks. Add to that a heaping handful of hooey and there were enough problems to keep most Windows customers shaking their heads. Or quaking in their boots.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2017

Smartsheet: A spreadsheet-based tool for simpler project management
Smartsheet is a cloud-based work management tool designed to be simple and easy to use by a broad range of employees. Launched in 2006, it began to gain ground after a 2010 redesign in which a significant number of features were cut.

Now, more than 70,000 companies use the application, including half of the Fortune 500; customers range from Google and Netflix to the U.S. General Services Administration.

Its success stems from its ability to appeal to a wider range of business users, specifically project managers, according to Chris Marsh, research director at 451 Research. For Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet, this means combining a familiar spreadsheet format with richer work management and collaboration capabilities.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

Tech Talk: Uber hack, Google tracks, AWS packs (in China) ... and Firefox is back
Compare and contrast: How Uber handled its data breach last year and how Imgur handled the same kind of thing last week. (Hint: Each company responded in radically different ways.)

That's what our tech panel - CSO's Michael Nadeau, Network World's Brandon Butler, Macworld's Michael Simon and Computerworld's Ken Mingis - chewed over first in this month's episode of Tech Talk. In short: Why did Uber keep the breach secret for so long and pay the hackers $100,000? And is that really better than Imgur, which found out it had been hacked three years ago and went public within 24 hours. On Thanksgiving Day.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

Apple apologizes, issues Mac login security patch
With great apology, Apple has rushed to respond to the appalling macOS High Sierra security flaw, issuing a software update that has been made immediately available for download and will be automatically installed in existing Macs.

‘We greatly regret' Apple has shared the following statement:




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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

What to do about Apple's shameful Mac security flaw
Complacency and incompetence are the biggest computer security threats, and Apple's latest Mac security flaw seems to combine both of these. The flaw means anyone with physical access to your Mac can get inside the machine and tinker with it.

What's the problem? The problem (which first got disclosed here) was first revealed in a Tweet by Lemi Orhan Ergin, who wrote:


Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

What to do about Apple's shameful Mac security flaw (updated)
Complacency and incompetence are the biggest computer security threats, and Apple's latest Mac security flaw seems to combine both of these. The flaw means anyone with physical access to your Mac can get inside the machine and tinker with it.

UPDATE (29 November  9:30am PDT): Apple has issued an apology and a patch to rectify this problem, more details here.

What's the problem with macOS High Sierra? The problem (which first got disclosed here) was first revealed in a Tweet by Lemi Orhan Ergin, who wrote:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

Brave browser opens users' wallets to YouTube content creators
Brave Software, the company behind the niche Brave browser, earlier this month opened its digital currency-based reward system to YouTube content creators, giving users a way to send influencers small amounts of cash.

"Audiences can use the Brave Payments system to reward their favorite YouTube creators with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT)," read an unsigned post to the company's blog. "YouTube viewers can either distribute contributions based on the time they spend viewing material or by 'pinning' a set amount for a particular channel."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2017

Just one bright idea after another
This IT pilot fish writes software for a distribution center that tracks the process of packing customer orders, making sure every item that goes into the box is what's on the invoice.

"The managers at this location are constantly looking for ways to get their names mentioned at meetings, because this translates into a good performance review, which means a better raise," says fish.

"So they come up with either process improvement ideas -- like moving workstations closer to a central printing area to reduce the time it takes for an operator to grab an invoice -- or cost-cutting measures such as setting the power-saving options on all laser printers."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2017

Microsoft Patch Alert: November's forced upgrades, broken printers and more
There are so many issues with this month's security patches that it's hard to decide where to begin. Let's start with the problems that have been acknowledged, then move into the realm of what's not yet fully defined.

[ Further reading: Patch alert: Microsoft acknowledges printer bug; forced 1709 upgrades continue ] Forced upgrades Many users have remarked about how much the forced 1703-to-1709 Windows 10 upgrades feel like Microsoft's detested forced upgrades from Win 7 and 8.1 to 10 - the "Get Windows X" campaign. Although the situation's different on the surface, the net result is the same. Many people who were happily using Windows 10 Fall Update - version 1703 - were forcibly upgraded this month to the Fall Creators Update - version 1709 - even on systems that were not supposed to be upgraded.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2017

How to make your phone's Gmail notifications much, much better
In my never-ending quest to minimize distractions and maximize efficiency in my work — a quest that's especially challenging this time of year! — one thing I've discovered is that notifications tend to be detrimental to productivity.

Think about it: By their very nature, notifications are distractions. They flash and ding and steal your focus away from whatever Very Important Task you happen to be doing at any given moment (even if said task is simply staring blankly whilst thinking of cake — hey, we've all been there). And more often than not, your allegedly smart phone's notifications don't involve anything that actually demands your immediate attention. Pardon my gibberish, but that's pretty flarking stupid.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2017

8 Microsoft Teams tips and tricks
A latecomer to the group chat scene, Microsoft Teams has become a powerful corporate chat application. Teams enjoys one significant advantage over competitors like Slack and Convo: It comes with a Business Essentials, Business Premium or Enterprise Office 365 subscription, which means many companies already own it.  To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

How to use Google's Chrome Remote Desktop
Get your desktop at your fingertips with these easy, step-by-step instructions for setting up Google's Chrome Remote Desktop.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

Microsoft sets a cutoff date for free Office app viewers
Microsoft is warning customers that it will retire several Office application viewers in little more than four months, shutting off the spigot to the free document readers used by those without the productivity suite.

"The Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack, will be retired in April 2018," said a post to a company blog. "At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

HP stealthily installs new spyware called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client
Hard to imagine in this age of privacy scandals, but HP is installing a telemetry client on its customers' computers — and it isn't offering any warning, or asking permission, before delivering the payload.

Dubbed "HP Touchpoint Analytics Service," HP says it "harvests telemetry information that is used by HP Touchpoint's analytical services." Apparently, it's HP Touchpoint Analytics Client version 4.0.2.1435.

There are dozens of reports of this new, ahem, service scattered all over the internet. According to Günter Born, reports of the infection go all the way back to Nov. 15, when poster MML on BleepingComputer said:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

Microsoft is flailing with Android app support on Chromebooks [Update: The saga continues]
These days, Microsoft is supposedly all about services — about getting you to use and subscribe to its software, regardless of what platform you prefer.

That's why it's especially hard to understand the convoluted mess the company's creating with its Android Office apps and their wildly inconsistent support on Chromebooks.

Let me back up for a minute: Last week, I published a guide to the essential Android apps for Chromebooks. Google officially took the beta label off its Play Store on Chrome OS effort with the launch of its Pixelbook this month — a change visible not just on the Pixelbook but on any Chromebook with Play Store access — and that seemed like a fine time to assess which Android apps actually enhance the Chrome OS experience in a meaningful way.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

Microsoft Thanksgiving turkeys: One patch disappears, another yanked
For those of us keeping track of Windows patches, the long four-day weekend in the U.S. felt like another instantiation of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Here are the developments, in more or less chronological (which is to say, not logical at all) order.

While many of you were sneaking out the door early on Wednesday, Microsoft released KB 4055038, a fix for bugs that clobbered Epson dot matrix printers, introduced in this month's Patch Tuesday security patches. I talked about the bug two weeks ago. In short, a bug in all of this month's Windows security patches caused Epson dot matrix printer drivers to fail. The bug appeared in:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

What keeps IT administrators up at night? Ransomware, for one | Salted Hash Ep 8
A solid backup policy and frequent awareness training can reduce the risk of ransomware, but unintentional breaches by insiders are still a worry for administrators. Watch as Steve Ragan and Michael Nadeau talk security strategy.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2017

Firefox Quantum: A leap forward, or a fatal trip?
I used to really like Firefox. Back in 2004, when Firefox 0.93 rolled out, I loved it. It was so much better than the competition. Mind you, when your chief rival is Internet Explorer 6, it doesn't take much to be impressive. My love didn't last, though.

Within a few years, Firefox grew slow and bloated. By the time Google released Chrome in 2008, I was ready for a change. Since then, I've kept a reviewer's eye on Firefox, but I was never tempted to go back.

In the most recent web browser report from the federal government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), (the only reliable measurement of web browser popularity), Firefox is down in the dumps with 6%, far, far below Chrome, at 44.5%; Safari, at 26.7%; and even Internet Explorer, at 12.9%. Indeed, earlier this year, Andreas Gal, a former Mozilla CTO, declared Firefox all but doomed to a long, slow death. Not good.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 25, 2017

Why we can't trust smartphones anymore
Your smartphone may contain secret "features" that leave you vulnerable.

I'm not talking about accidental design flaws that hackers might exploit. Security issues have always existed. They represent a cat-and-mouse game between malicious actors, who try to break smartphone security, and the smartphone industry, which tries to identify and fix the accidental vulnerabilities that make phones susceptible to hackers. Nothing new about that.

What I'm talking about is a new phenomenon — a trend we've learned about only in the past few weeks.

I'm talking about design decisions made by smartphone companies that cause phones to do things invisibly, behind the scenes and behind your back, that make phones potentially less secure.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 24, 2017

Google puts a little of Apple's Swift in its future OS
The never-ending Apple/Google story takes a new turn on claims the Android maker wants to put a little Apple inside its new OS, albeit the Open Source Swift language.

Google's secret Swift plan On what appears to be a quest to dump Linux, Google is allegedly developing a new mobile OS called "Fuchsia". We don't know much about the OS. We don't know if it will replace Android, Chrome, or turn out to be some other kind of animal. We have been told it could potentially run computers as well as smartphones.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 24, 2017

It's all about wrist management
It's a busy time at this big software vendor when a must-fix bug report comes in on a legacy product, reports a pilot fish on the inside.

"Our system was very stable and we were making great strides at adding functionality to our new product," fish says. "No one wanted to take the time to go back and fix an old problem.

"The issue was not actually coding the fix, but following the old release process. That was going to be very time consuming.

"After many efforts, we couldn't convince management that the issue should be closed with no plans to fix.

"Two developers were identified as candidates to fix the problem. The first was the former owner of the code, and the other was the tech lead. Both knew the system and the old release processes. Each gave good arguments on why the other person should perform the work.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 24, 2017

Time for a makeover: ‘Notifications 2.0'
It was the day that my new dryer pinged me to let me know the clothes were dry that I realized the notifications thing had gotten out of hand.

Don't get me wrong. I love notifications, at least, the way they were meant to be. And the dryer notification turned out to be useful since I have a regular laundry role in my household. Thank God, though, that our new refrigerator, stove and microwave did not follow suit.

If you give them free rein, the notifications on your phone, tablet, Mac, PC and other electronic devices from email, texts, calendars, social media, content providers, newsletters, apps and operating systems, to name a few sources, will keep you up half the night, render you mute with bewildering noises, invade your screen space when you're trying to do something else, confuse you with duplicate or even contradictory messages — in short, they will quickly become your taskmaster. Especially if you are like me and your OCD tendencies make you feel you must look at every single notification.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 23, 2017

41 cool and useful IFTTT applets
Applets for AllImage by James A. Martin

The name is clunky: "If This, Then That." The acronym, IFTTT, is awkward to say - "ift," as in "shift" without the "sh." But who are we to complain about a free service that connects otherwise unconnected services to automate our chores?

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2017

The best mobile threat defense is mobile threat detection
As enterprises push ahead with mobile-first strategies - and employee smartphones and tablets increasingly becoming business tools - the importance of mobile threat defense (MTD) is growing.

Using mobile threat detection and defense, however, is no small task; the technology must cover applications, networks and device-level threats to iOS and Android phones and tablets to be effective.

"We talk about mobile threat defense, rather than detection - the reason being these solutions not only detect, but also can prevent and remediate threats," said Dionisio Zumerle, research director for mobile security at Gartner.

The MTD market is growing in terms of adoption, and has started to attract attention from endpoint protection platform (EPP) vendors and in other related markets, according to a recent report from Gartner.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2017

Seven Linux apps that will change how you work
Linux productivity toolsThe sheer number of Linux apps available today is mind boggling and one category in particular has exploded over the last few years: productivity tools. While there are a few well-known apps such as LibreOffice and NeoOffice (both forks of OpenOffice), there are many more tools that can make your work easier. Here are a variety of killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about. (Note: many of them are also available for macOS and Windows, so if you have to hop between operating systems, you can keep at least a semblance of consistency.)

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2017

Microsoft's Windows 10 update strategy is showing strains
Windows 10's rapid release machinery and short-lived support schemes showed some strain in 2017, as Microsoft reduced the number of annual feature upgrades and felt enough pressure to extend the lifespan of a 2015 version well into next year.

But the radical release-and-support strategy, which Microsoft asserts has transformed Windows into a service, has not resonated with every customer. Windows 10 upgrades come too frequently, leaving too little time for adequate compatibility testing of critical applications. Support is too fleeting, with each upgrade maintained for just 18 months, theoretically requiring seven migrations during the same timespan when previously only one was necessary.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2017

A breakthrough in Surface Book battery problems?
I'm not vouching for Microsoft, mind you, but if the latest official assertion about the Surface Book 2 battery is true, it's a game changer.

Since the dawn of Surface time, there's been no way to have a battery replaced: Your only option was to swap out the entire unit, an expensive proposition. A recent post by a Microsoft employee on the official Microsoft Answers Forum raises a glimmer of hope that batteries in the Surface Book 2 can be replaced.

Surface owners have complained about short-lived batteries and their expensive replacements going all the way back to the original Surface and Surface Pro. Way back in February 2013, poster Hyperlexis described his interaction about a bad Surface Pro battery with a Microsoft Surface rep:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2017

How to make free calls from your own number on any old phone
Ah, the holidays. A time for relaxing, enjoying oversized meals, and making semi-annual phone calls to relatives you don't really like.

Hey, I'm not here to judge. I just thought our upcoming Thanksgiving weekend and soon-to-follow Festivus season seemed like a perfect time to talk about an easily overlooked option that's waiting to be embraced (in a totally platonic and consensual manner, of course): the ability to turn any old phone into an active call-making device connected to your current number, courtesy of Google.

Why bother? Good question, Gilbert. I think the real question, though, is: Why not? If you've got an old phone sitting around and growing crusty, this'll give it a genuinely practical new purpose. You could keep it on your desk at work, in case you ever forget your regular phone; keep it in your travel bag as a backup, in case your battery dies during a layover; toss it in your glove box and have it as a ready-to-roll emergency phone; or take it with you to the gym and avoid the risk of banging weights against your purty new primary phone whilst you buff and shine that marvelous torso.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2017

IDG Contributor Network: Why 2017 is the year that changed Windows management forever
2017 was a truly transformative year in the history of corporate IT. I would even go so far as to say that, in my 25-year history working with Windows in large organizations, I think this has been the single most significant year yet.

The transformation has been the realization that the way we think about every aspect of Windows management, from minor change to full-scale migrations, has to change. It's worth repeating that the instruments of this collective revelation were WannaCry and NotPetya, which caused some of the worst damage I have seen in my career, so much so that I now think disaster planning must take such attacks into account.

For most CIOs, CTOs and even CFOs, the penny likely dropped in the time it took to discover that a significant proportion of the UK's National Health Service's IT infrastructure had been compromised - because of an outdated operating system and the fact that NHS ignored simple security best practices.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Mingis on Tech: Coding for Alexa
Alexa, the helpful assistant best known as the voice of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, offers a range of "skills" right out of the box. It can perform a variety of tasks such as looking up information, setting a timer, playing music, activating smart home devices and more.

But what happens if there's a certain skill you want that Alexa doesn't do?

You can do what Sharon Machlis did and code your own.

Machlis, IDG's director of editorial analytics and data, explained to Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis why you might want to develop your own skill and detailed some of the things to keep in mind if you decide to do so. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Mingis on Tech: Coding new skills for Alexa
Alexa is the helpful voice in the Echo and Echo Dot that comes with a wide range of skills already available. But with a little coding, it can be made to do much more. IDG's Sharon Machlis explains.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Symphony targets collaboration users outside financial services
Symphony has been called a ‘Bloomberg-killer' since its launch in 2014 because it offers a cheaper alternative to the chat function in the popular data terminals long considered a mainstay for traders.

The secure messaging and collaboration platform started out as an in-house chat tool at Goldman Sachs, providing secure communications between employees and allowing them to easily share sensitive documents. Symphony is now valued at over $1 billion, according to reports, and has 235,000 subscribers, with users that range from traders and portfolio managers to salespeople and risk managers.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Matrix Banker malware spreads to multiple industries | Salted Hash Ep 7
The Matrix Banker malware, first found in Latin America, is now gaining a foothold in diversified targets. Steve Ragan breaks down the threat with Justin Fier, director for cyber intelligence and analysis at Darktrace.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Sometimes saying sorry really ISN'T the thing to do
Flashback to the days of text-based email, when this company has a 32K limit on how big an email message can be -- and that's usually fine, says a pilot fish working there.

"But then someone sent a message to everyone in the corporation -- there were a few thousand of us -- and it crashed every email client in the organization," fish says.

"There were so many addressees that when you tried to read it, the program halted at the 32K point, so we couldn't even see what the earth-shattering message was.

"I pulled the offending message into a word processor and scrolled to the bottom. The message was in German, so I forwarded it to a friend in another company who speaks the language. He translated it as a notice that a tiny server in Germany, with about eight users, was going down for maintenance that night.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile
For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2017

The scrum master role explained
Watch this snappy instructional video to understand how a scrum master can help a team learn agile development and follow a scrum process to develop new applications.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2017

The 14 best Firefox add-ons of 2017
Firefox isn't the most popular browser in the world — that honor now goes to Google Chrome — but it still has an ardent following. And after slipping in recent years, it has been on something of a rebound this year. On top of that, Mozilla made a big deal about the release of the latest version - Firefox Quantum - which the company says is twice as fast as the browser was earlier this year. (It's available for download if you haven't tried it yet, and want to.)

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

Strong and stable: The iOS security guide
Apple's smartphones are highly secure, but if your private or enterprise data matters to you, it's essential to ensure your iPhone (or iPad) is as secure as possible.

Why security matters Just because almost all mobile malware targets Android doesn't mean iPhone users can be complacent.

Quite the reverse:

We need to be even more alert in case attackers use complacency against us. What follows are a few simple tips to help you secure your iPhone (and iPad).

There's no way to deny that iPhones are in the ascendant, particularly in enterprise IT. Beyond business, you'll see them used by educators, doctors, police and politicians and in each one of those cases the information on those smartphones is confidential and must not be abused.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

IDG Contributor Network: Critical updates to IE and Flash for November Patch Tuesday
November brings a relatively light series of updates from Microsoft. We see a return to form, with Microsoft releasing another critical update to Adobe Flash and several critical patches to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge. Office and Windows platforms (desktop and server) have less severe reported exposures with no reported critical updates for November. Unfortunately, there are already a few reported deployment issues with the Windows updates, with the follow patch-related Knowledge Base (KB) issues reported by Microsoft:

4048952, 4048954, 4048953 (Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703) : Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications that use JavaScript and asm.js may stop working after installing KB4041676. Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar. 4048958, 4048961 (Windows 8.x and Server 2012) : Users may see an error dialog that indicates that an application exception has occurred when closing some applications. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. 4048957 , 4048960 (Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 SP1) : Users may see an error dialog that indicates that an application exception has occurred when closing some applications. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. Internet

Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

Patch alert: Microsoft acknowledges printer bug; forced 1709 upgrades continue
The patches have been out for only a few days, but as best I as can tell at this early juncture, November's Patch Tuesday bugs aren't as bad as they were in October. Thank Redmond.

If you use an Epson dot matrix printer, if you're seeing an error that CDPUserSvc has stopped working, or if you were forcibly upgraded from Win10 Creators Update, version 1703, to Fall Creators Update, version 1709, I have some good news and some bad news.

Dot matrix dissed Microsoft has acknowledged a bug in its Patch Tuesday updates that causes "some Epson SIDM and Dot Matrix printers" to fail. The bug appears in this month's patches for every version of Windows:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

10 ways we'll move beyond the keyboard
Communication evolutionImage by Thinkstock

Since the very first days of the computer age we've been tinkering with how, exactly, we talk with our machines. The traditional keyboard and mouse have had a long run, but the touchscreens that now dominate mobile devices won't be the last word. Cozy up with your old-fashioned touchpad and mouse and settle in for a leisurely scroll through the future of input devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

Decoding Digital India: Arvind Gupta
CIO India's Yogesh Gupta talks to Arvind Gupta, Co-founder, Digital India Foundation, on how India is progressing on the path of digitization coupled with government initiatives.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 17, 2017

Digital is the new shiny spoon: Danielle Di Masi Digital is the new shiny spoon: Danielle Di Masi
CIO India's Yogesh Gupta talks with Danielle Di Masi, Digital communications & marketing strategist, about digital adoption and human and technology balance.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 4. As it did with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 4, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the Windows 10 Creators Update, which are below the builds of Redstone 4.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

10 blockchain startups and how they can help your enterprise
10 blockchain startups and how they can help your enterpriseImage by Peter Sayer/IDG

Barely a day goes by, it seems, without another blockchain startup announcing a round of venture capital investment or, increasingly, an "initial coin offering" - an unregulated way of raising funds that relies on cryptocurrency, not contract law, to record investors' stakes.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

Microsoft grants enterprises 6 more months of support for Windows 10 1511
Microsoft has reversed the retirement of Windows 10 version 1511, extending support for the 2015 feature upgrade by six months for commercial customers.

"To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511, for an additional six months, until April 2018," said Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Windows, in a post to a company blog.

The additional support, which Niehaus indicated would be limited to patches for security vulnerabilities rated "Critical" or "Important" -- Microsoft's two top categories in its four-level system -- will be distributed "via all normal channels," including Windows Update, Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the for-manual-download Microsoft Update catalog.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.

Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule - Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded - business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

How to turn Google Assistant into a powerful list-making machine
If there's one thing I've learned about Google Assistant since its debut, it's that some of the service's most useful features are the ones that require a little bit of effort to set up.

Sure, Assistant can do all sorts of handy stuff out of the box — like perform calculations and conversions, provide weather and traffic updates, and give up-to-the-minute information on almost anything imaginable. It can send messages, play music, and control your Android device in numerous ways. But those are all things Android has long been able to handle by way of Google's former Voice Search system. Assistant basically just repackaged and rebranded them.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

Facebook's Workplace takes off with 7,000 users at Virgin Atlantic
The nature of Virgin Atlantic's business means many of its workers are continuously on the move around the globe. Ensuring effective communications channels - a challenge for any company - isn't easy: nearly half of the airline's 10,000 employees are cabin or cockpit crew members.

Two months ago, the airline rolled out Facebook's Workplace, the business version of the social network tool, in a bid to improve information-sharing between staff and senior execs. It currently functions primarily as an intranet for internal communications, though the company plans to integrate the software with other apps and processes, such as ServiceNow, eventually.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2017

40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity
Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.

Make your way through these 40 tips, and you'll be zipping around Chrome OS like a pro in no time.

Getting around Chrome OS 1. The Chrome OS launcher — the app-drawer-like interface that appears when you tap the Search key or hit the circle icon in the lower-left corner of the screen — is actually a powerful universal search tool. Just start typing as soon as it appears, and you can find and open apps, pull up websites and even get answers to specific questions right then and there.

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