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Enterprise Application News
Oct 19, 2018

Microsoft releases a big bunch of bug fixes for older versions of Win10
Remember how patches always came on Tuesdays?

Looks like we're back to getting patches - sometimes large patches - on random days of the week. Let's look at them chronologically.

Windows 7 Servicing Stack tag team Microsoft has a mess on its hands because the Win7 update installer isn't smart enough to update itself before installing new updates. I talked about that last week. Those of you still using the, ahem, most popular version of Windows have been treated to a roller coaster ride of behind-the-scene antics trying to get this month's Monthly Rollup chicken to match up with this month's newly refurbished "KB 3177467-v2" Servicing Stack egg.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 19, 2018

Policies and paper trails -- our new best friends
This IT pilot fish works with lots of sensitive data -- and that means really sensitive, such as child abuse investigations.

"Until a few years ago, I had access to all that data, so I could write ad-hoc reports against it," says fish. "We 'systems' people were given access to everything, so we could troubleshoot application problems for the users.

"Then one day I was called into the CEO's office. He told me that according to the logs, I did a search against the Child Welfare data for a particular family on a date and time six months earlier -- and wanted to know why I did the search."

As best fish can recall, he was doing the search to troubleshoot a particular report that one caseworker was trying to run. To do that, he used his own workstation to duplicate the steps that the caseworker took to get to the error.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 18, 2018

Blockchain to generate more than $10.6B in revenue by 2023
Driven mainly by financial technology (fintech) investments, blockchain has seen a fast uptick in adoption for application development and pilot tests in a number of industries and will generate more than $10.6 billion in revenue by 2023, according to a new report from ABI Research in New York. 

That revenue figure is expected to come mainly from software sales and services.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] Driving much of the interest in blockchain are multinational corporations rolling out proofs-of-concept and pilot programs, moves that have bolstered the credibility of and investment in the distributed ledger technology, according to ABI Research director Michela Menting, the report's lead author.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 18, 2018

Atlassian revamps Jira Software, adds roadmaps tool
Atlassian has overhauled its Jira Software Cloud issue-tracking application, adding a simplified user experience, new third-party integrations and a product roadmap tool.

The Australian company has been laying the foundation to update Jira for a while, breaking down the application, created in 2002, into smaller microservices and moving it to the Amazon Web Services cloud. The latest stage in Jira's redevelopment is to modernize the user experience and interface.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 18, 2018

Google's most enthusiastic users have good reason to be wary
If you're reading this column, there's a decent chance you're among Google's most enthusiastic users — y'know, the type of person who's super-tuned in to the company's latest launches and is always eager to try out the exciting new app or service of the moment.

And if you are such an individual, there's also a decent chance you're feeling a bit dispirited and let down right about now. The truth is, I can't blame you. I feel that way myself.

I'm not talking about the usual "Holy moly, Google's watching my every move!" kind of concern. No — if you're a Google superuser, you're well aware of the company's business model and the options available to you in that regard. What I'm talking about is the pattern Google has established of drawing its most dedicated users into new services with lofty visions and grand promises — and then, once said users have thoroughly invested in adopting those services and integrating them into their lives, changing its tune and abandoning the efforts entirely.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 18, 2018

How to use the Shodan search engine to secure an enterprise's internet presence
Shodan, a search engine for all ports within the internet, can help enterprises identify and lock down security vulnerabilities. Senior writer J.M. Porup and content producer Juliet Beauchamp talk through the security scenarios.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 18, 2018

The best office apps for Android
The days of taking care of business exclusively in an office are over. You've got a powerful productivity gadget in your pocket practically 24/7, after all — and with the right set of apps, you can stay synced with the same spreadsheets, documents and presentations that are on your desktop and work with them seamlessly from anywhere.

Best of all? Achieving that level of connectivity on Android no longer requires a compromise. It's been a long time coming, but the bar has really been raised when it comes to office app quality in the Google Play Store over the past few years. The question now isn't if you can find a worthwhile set of office apps for your phone but rather which set of commendable offerings makes the most sense for you.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google this week upgraded Chrome to version 70, following through on a promise made to disable automatic sign-in after users and privacy advocates complained about changes in the prior edition.

Chrome also sported patches for 23 security vulnerabilities as Google paid researchers $22,000 in bug bounties.

Chrome updates in the background, so in most cases users can simply relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: October's been a nightmare
This month's bad patches made headlines. Lots of headlines. For good reason.

You have my sympathy if you clicked "Check for updates" and got all of the files in your Documents and Photos folders deleted. Even if you didn't become a "seeker" (didn't manually check for updates) your month may have been filled with blue screens, odd chicken-and-egg errors, and destroyed audio drivers — and Edge and your UWP ("Metro" Store) apps might have been kicked off the internet.

You didn't need to lift a finger.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates ] Worst Windows 10 rollout ever Hard to believe that Windows 10 version rollouts could get any worse, but this month hit the bottom of a nearly bottomless barrel. Some folks who clicked "Check for updates" wound up with a brand spanking new copy of Win10 version 1809 — and all of the files in their \Documents, \Pictures, \Music, \Videos and other folders disappeared. I have a series of articles on that topic, arranged chronologically:

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 17, 2018

Review: Google's Pixel 3 has looks and smarts but isn't the best for biz
It's going much too far to say that flagship Android smartphones have all become the same, but the differences between their hardware have become pretty narrow. Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, OLED screen, Gorilla Glass — if you were buying strictly off a spec sheet, it's become fairly difficult to make a mistake if you're picking from among the top four or five phones or vendors.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Google aims Plus at the enterprise as consumer side falters
Google will aim Google Plus solely at enterprise users as it shuts down consumer access to its ailing social network over the next few months. 

Google announced plans to discontinue Google Plus last week, following reports of a security flaw that exposed user data to third-party developers. The bug was discovered and patched by the company in March as part of an internal audit of privacy controls, dubbed Project Strobe. But the breach was not made public until recently. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, dies at 65
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family said in a statement.

Allen, 65, started Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, and was first diagnosed with the cancer in 1982. He stepped away from the company in March 1983, just months before doctors said his treatment had beaten the illness. The disease recently returned after years in remission.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Although Allen co-founded Microsoft with Gates - the two met at a Seattle, Wash. private school - he left before many of the firm's signature moves, including Windows (1985) and Word (October 1983), debuted. But he was instrumental in the foundational rounds of the company's pioneering software strategy, such as Microsoft BASIC and MS-DOS.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

The Pixel Slate reality people seem to be missing
Reading coverage of Google's newly announced Pixel Slate — the two-in-one device that's both an Android-like tablet and Surface-like Chromebook — the clear and consistent theme you see is that Google just dramatically changed course with its computing vision.

I've lost count of the number of tweets, analyses, and hands-on assessments I've come across expressing that sentiment — that the Pixel Slate represents a whole new beginning for Chrome OS in terms of both its Android-reminiscent interface and its positioning as a best-of-both-worlds tablet platform.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Big browsers to pull support plug for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols in early '20
The makers of the four biggest browsers all said Monday that their applications will drop support for the TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols in early 2020.

"In March of 2020, Firefox will disable support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1," wrote Martin Thomson, principal engineer at Mozilla, in a post to a company blog.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Other browser developers, including Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome) and Microsoft (Edge and Internet Explorer) issued similar notices. All pegged early 2020 as the target for disabling support.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

3..., 2..., 1? How complaints tamed Microsoft's aggressive feature upgrade strategy
Microsoft has jiggered and rejiggered Windows 10's release and support model enough times to befuddle even the most astute follower. Each time, the company downplayed what had been true and highlighted what had become the new truth. That's how things work. But it's left users without context.

Here is a brief history of how Microsoft reacted to balking customers and changed the cadence of Windows 10.

3... Before Microsoft got around to launching Windows 10, it was talking up the development and release cadence, promising that it would roll out a refreshed operating system at the unprecedented rate of three times a year.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] In an April 2015 Microsoft-hosted webinar, the company said the impending OS would receive upgrades - those that included new features and functionality - about every four months. Under that schedule, Windows 10 Home would first receive each feature upgrade; the same version would be served to Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise four months later.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system — iOS 12 — was released just a few weeks ago, and yet it's already installed on 53% of relatively newer iPhones (introduced since September 2014) and 50% of all iPhones. Bottom line: It's the fastest acceptance of any Apple OS.

This is more than a minimally interesting statistic. It illustrates the key difference between Apple mobile devices and Android mobile devices: Although there are more Android users on the globe, Apple's users are much more of a community. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Mingis on Tech: All about the Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3 (and the larger Pixel 3 XL) arrive this week, and after a few days of hands-on time with the new device, Computerworld's Dan Rosenbaum has some thoughts. He joins Executive Editor Ken Mingis and IDGE video producer Chris Hebert to discuss Pixel line-up.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 16, 2018

Mingis on Tech: The Pixel 3 arrives
Google's newest smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, officially arrive on Oct. 19 (though pre-orders are already under way). And the devices are winning rave reviews for the combination of solid hardware upgrades and the use of AI and machine learning to do everything from pre-screen incoming calls to enhance photos.

Of course, the over-sized notch in the 3 XL and the matte-finished glass back, which some find rather slippery, have gotten less favorable attention.

[ Related: Android apps: Best of the best ] Google This year's Pixels come in three colors: black, white and "not pink."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2018

Economist Nouriel Roubini: Blockchain and bitcoin are the world's biggest scams
New York University professor and global economist Nouriel Roubini testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking last week, saying cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are the mother of all scams and bubbles.

He followed that assertion up by calling blockchain, the technology unpinning bitcoin, "the most over-hyped — and least useful — technology in human history."

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] Today, Roubini doubled down on his claims in a column published on CNBC.com in which he said blockchain has promised to cure the world's ills through decentralization but is "just a ruse to separate retail investors from their hard-earned real money."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2018

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month's Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923
This month's Windows 7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923, appears to be on the skids.

The KB article itself doesn't mention anything. The patch is still available for manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2018

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!
Don't know about you, but I'm well beyond fed up with all of the pushed Windows bugs. If you installed your Patch Tuesday patches last week like a good little lemming, Microsoft may have put you in an inescapable loop of blue screens, or turned off your audio.

If either of those plagues hit you, there's a complex series of manual steps you can take to work around the problem, combined with two new patches that may help if you can get your PC to boot. That's assuming you haven't already bought a new machine, or taken the busted one in for repair.

First, the HP blue screens. I talked about the symptoms on Thursday: After installing the latest Win10 1803 or 1809 cumulative updates, HP machines sprouted WDF_VIOLATION blue screens. If you reboot, the BSOD comes back. Ends up that the BSODs weren't caused by the cumulative updates — at least not directly — but were, in fact, caused by a bad keyboard driver update that was pushed out the Windows Update chute at the same time as the cumulative updates.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2018

Apple goes shopping
As we race to the close of the company's fourth quarter, it seems pretty clear that Apple has taken some of its repatriated cash assets and done what anybody does when they receive a windfall — the company has gone shopping!

Acquisitions everywhere In the last few weeks, we've seen/learned about:

The go-ahead for Apple's $400 million purchase of Shazam, which gives Apple access to unrivaled music taste analytics data. The $600 million Dialog Semi deal, which gives the company an edge on wireless power. Apple's Spektral deal - this closed quietly last year. We just learned about it. Why now? Apple's acquisition of hot music analytics startup Asaii. How Apple CEO Tim Cook recently visited another hugely hot analytics startup, Bytedance. That's a heap of acquisitions/potential acquisitions spanning music, entertainment, data analytics, power management (and more), and machine imaging.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 15, 2018

5 collaboration tools that enhance Microsoft Office
Collaboration tools are everywhere in the business world, but if you and your co-workers use Microsoft Office regularly, you may want to keep your working together close to its applications. The following web apps work on their own in your browser, but they also interoperate with Microsoft Office Online or Office 365 to add collaborative features to your workflow.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft's massive and important pivot to transparency
(Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.)

I've been following Microsoft almost since its inception largely because the firm recruited me early on, but I never even went to the interview, and viewed that potential career path as my biggest "road not traveled" alternative life scenario. But up through most of last decade, Microsoft was defined by a uniquely hostile employee environment particularly at executive levels and an antiquated proprietary lock-in strategy like the one that almost took IBM out in the early 1990s. That has changed massively under Satya Nadella who aggressively moved to both eliminate the crippling and nasty culture inside the firm and to make it a poster child for open source and rather than fighting competing platforms and approaches like Linux, embracing them.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

7 reasons iOS 12 adoption matters to you
Apple's iOS 12 is already installed on over 50 percent of actively-used iOS devices (iPhones and iPads): This is why it matters:

You get new apps first, and old ones get better faster There are real advantages to developing for mobile devices. The market is massive and massively diverse. There are viable opportunities to create niche interest solutions.

Development takes time, of course: and one thing that sucks so much time and resources from small development teams is the need to test software against multiple hardware and software configurations.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

R tip: Drag-and-drop ggplot
See how the new graphical user interface for ggplot2 works, thanks to the esquisse R package

Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

Why we love metrics
The company where this pilot fish works has had its share of death march IT projects, so it launches a big effort to improve estimating and project delivery.

"As part of that effort, project time would be recorded to provide baseline data for future estimates," fish says. "Everyone was also trained in function point analysis so there would be some consistency to project sizing."

Not surprisingly, some programmers don't like the idea of their productivity being closely measured. But the hope is that the result will be better project size and time estimates -- and a lot fewer death marches.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

Talking DerbyCon, Chinese whispers and Google's data breach | Salted Hash Ep 47
Steve Ragan and J.M. Porup catch up post-DerbyCon conference to discuss psychological issues in the infosec community, supply chain security and whether it's time to make China the boogeyman again, as well as Google's recent data breach.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 12, 2018

Talking DerbyCon, spy chip whispers and Google's data breach | Salted Hash Ep 47
Steve Ragan and J.M. Porup catch up post-DerbyCon conference to discuss psychological issues in the infosec community, supply chain security and whether it's time to make China the boogeyman again, as well as Google's recent data breach.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Review: 6 Android apps that track your business expenses
Traveling these days is a hassle, no matter why you're going, or where — and the necessity to track your expenses along the way just adds to the irritation. A good app, though, can make things a lot easier — not only during the trip, but afterwards as well, when you have to report it all to your (or your company's) accountant.

The following six Android apps help users track and report on their expenses. Some are strictly for business purposes; others can be used for both personal and work finance tracking. All of these have been updated within the last six months and have earned a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars on Google Play by at least 100 users.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

MOBI adds UEM reporting with new desktop, IoT management tools
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify the changes rolled out by MOBI.

MOBI, a vendor of mobility management software, said this week it has added laptops, desktops, wearables and IoT sensors to its platform.

While the addition of compute devices other than smartphones and tablets gives the company better integration with unified endpoint management (UEM) vendors, MOBI stressed that it remains a managed mobility services (MMS) vendor.

Enterprises are being pushed toward UEM, which in many ways represents a return to mobile device management (MDM) capabilities through the use native mobile management APIs included in modern operating systems. Those APIs allow companies to manage desktops, laptops, mobile devices and - in some cases IoT devices - via a single console. And UEM is meant to be operating system-agnostic.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

MOBI jumps into UEM with new desktop, IoT management tools
MOBI, a vendor of mobility management software, said this week it has added laptops, desktops, wearables and IoT sensors to its platform.

The addition of compute devices other than smartphones and tablets propels the company into the category of unified endpoint management (UEM) vendors.

Enterprises are being pushed toward UEM, which in many ways represents a return to mobile device management (MDM) capabilities through the use native mobile management APIs included in modern operating systems. Those APIs allow companies to manage desktops, laptops, mobile devices and - in some cases IoT devices - via a single console. And UEM is meant to be operating system-agnostic.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Microsoft cautiously restarts Windows 10 1809 upgrade distribution
After pausing the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update over the weekend, Microsoft has again begun to deliver the feature upgrade to users.

The immediate re-release was limited to Windows Insider participants, Microsoft's opt-in beta testing program, John Cable, director of program management in the Windows servicing and delivery group, wrote in a post to a company blog. "We will carefully study the results, feedback and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Windows 10 quick tips: 11 ways to speed up your PC
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power settings If you're using Windows 10's Power saver plan, you're slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC's performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a Power saver plan.) Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch Control Panel, then select Hardware and Sound Power Options. You'll typically see two options: Balanced (recommended) and Power saver. (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the High performance setting, click the down arrow by Show additional plans. 

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

There's a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause
It's been a wild Thursday morning in patch land, with lots of BSODs to go around, cumulative updates, keyboard drivers, and a cast of suspects worthy of an Agatha Christie novel.

Start with a comprehensive report on the Microsoft Answers forum, where poster Mikael Sillman says:


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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: An easy October Patch Tuesday
Well, it was great to have a little break from posting on the Patch Tuesday Debugged blog. Since the kids are now back at school, it's time to get back to understanding the impact of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday update cycle on our desktop and server systems.

For this October Patch Tuesday, we see a relatively light release from Microsoft with one zero-day vulnerability reported (CVE-2018-8453) and one publicly disclosed vulnerability CVE-2018-8423 included in the Microsoft monthly security update. We have already seen a few minor version updates to this October release, with 51 reported vulnerabilities addressed across Windows, both Microsoft browsers (IE11 and Edge), Office (Exchange Server) and the Chakra Core JavaScript engine. I expect that we will have a few more minor revisions to the Windows patches for documentation reasons this week. This does not imply a required delay, but your patch versions will change (update) over the next few days. You may also have noticed that Server 2019 (Microsoft's latest version of the Windows server platform) was updated last week (October 2, 2018). You can find this update here. And, if you are looking for a good Patch Tuesday infographic, have a read of Chris Goettl's security update for October found here.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Mingis on Tech: Data breaches and the rise of 'surveillance capitalism'
Data breaches have become so common, and so frequent, that when companies like Facebook or Google admit to data leaks or outright hacks, users fret, the companies pledge to do better, and government regulators (sometimes) issue stern warnings.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

In recent weeks, Facebook acknowledged a breach affecting 50 million users and Google had to fess up to a breach affecting Google Plus users after initially deciding to keep quiet.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Mingis on Tech: Data breaches in a world of 'surveillance capitalism'
Facebook and Google recently acknowledged data breaches affecting millions of users. This won't be the last time that happens. CSO's J.M. Porup and Computerworld's Ken Mingis examine what's really going.

Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

PowerPoint 2016 cheat sheet
Need to create and share a presentation? If so, you probably turn to the most popular presentation application in the world, Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. Although Microsoft has just announced the availability of Office 2019 to commercial users, many businesses will stick with Office 2016 (and thus PowerPoint 2016) for some time to come — especially because the company is now saying that Office 2016 users can connect to Microsoft's online services until 2023.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Why we love sales people
This developer pilot fish supports several software packages at his company -- among them, an ERP system that includes sales and financial processing.

"Our accounting supervisor came into my office early one morning," says fish. "She wanted to know if we had any way of telling who might have updated a discount field on an invoice that was received by a customer two days earlier."

Turns out the customer had been promised a certain discount by the sales rep. But when the invoice arrived, no discount.

Customer complained to the sales rep, who called the accounting supervisor -- and now it's fish's problem.

Fish checks the invoice on his system. Sure enough, no discount.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

Facebook opens Workplace Chat to multi-company groups
Facebook has unveiled updates to its Workplace social collaboration app, including the ability to communicate with external organizations using its chat client.

Workplace launched in 2016 following a lengthy beta trial during which it was called Facebook at Work. Its customer base has since grown to more than 30,000 businesses.

[ Related: 10 ways to get the most from Facebook's Workplace ] At Facebook's first user conference for Workplace - Flow - the company announced that Workplace Chat, the enterprise equivalent of its consumer-focused Messenger tool, now supports communication between multi-company groups.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

With the Pixel 3, Google is playing its own game
New phone launches these days are pretty darn consistent. By and large, they're all about the hardware and why this latest model is light years better than the one you saw last year: the snazzier design, the smaller bezels, the sharper display, and so on.

At this week's Pixel 3 launchapalooza, Google took a decidedly different approach. Sure, its presenters glossed over some of those standard hardware high points — physical niceties that set the phone apart from its predecessor and give this latest model a reason to exist — but the real focus, and the sell for most people, was something far less tangible. Cementing a strategy the company started with its first Pixel two years ago and then refined with last year's second-gen model, Google basically told us: Hey, hardware is fine and all, but everyone's got the same stuff — and none of it is especially exciting anymore. Where we're gonna shine is in an area where no one else can compete: software.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.
There's a well-known bug in the Win7 update installer that can throw error 0x8000FFF unless you pre-install an upgrade to the installer. I wrote about this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) requirement about a month ago.

Three weeks ago, Microsoft promised to fix the problem. Superficially, the problem shouldn't exist anymore. But because of sloppy implementation, the bug's still there, and people are still hitting error 0x8000FFF when they try to install Win7 Monthly Rollups. Fellow columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols hit the same problem yesterday.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain
Everyone who can is looking into using Blockchain and Apple is no exception, though it will be a long time before we see any consumer-facing implementations of this.

Apple looks at lots of technologies If it's on the Gartner Hype Cycle you can bet a few bucks Apple is looking at it.

That's why I think it will eventually introduce a 3D printer that works in conjunction with ARKit (unverified prediction), and also why it must be thinking about how to use blockchain.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break
In one of the worst Windows rollouts in history — at least since Windows 3.1 — last week's rollout of Win10 version 1809 left some PCs with empty Documents, Photos and other folders, and it managed to mangle user profiles for others. The net result was mayhem, with Microsoft yanking the 1809 upgrade three days later.

Now, a week after the initial assault, we're told that Microsoft has solved all the problems and has begun a test rollout of the new, improved, latest version of the last version of Windows. The new rollout is only going to the Windows Insider beta-testers who are enrolled in the Slow or Release Preview rings. (It can't go out to the Insider Fast ring because that ring was pushed to 18252.1000, the first round of "version 19H1" betas, back on Oct. 3.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 10, 2018

What the heck is it with Windows updates?
To help make life better for you, my loyal readers, I suffer by running Windows 7 and 10 on two harmless — never hurt anyone in their lives — PCs. Well, I did. But, in the last week I ran into not one, but two, showstopper update bugs.

First, on Windows 10, I was one of those "lucky" people who had files vaporize when I "updated" to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Because I only use Windows for trivial tasks, I didn't lose anything valuable when the patch decided to erase everything in the My Documents folder.

[ Related: How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing ] Somehow, I think most Windows users use Windows for more important work than I do. I hope you have current backups. At least Computerworld's Woody Leonhard has some good news: You can get those deleted files back.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2018

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization
One of the great things about R is the thousands of packages users have written to solve specific problems in various disciplines -- analyzing everything from weather or financial data to the human genome -- not to mention analyzing computer security-breach data.

[ Need to learn R or brush up on basics? Download our free Beginner's Guide to R or the Advanced Beginner's Guide to R ] Some tasks are common to almost all users, though, regardless of subject area: data import, data wrangling and data visualization. The table below show my favorite go-to packages for one of these three tasks (plus a few miscellaneous ones 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 09, 2018

16 wireless chargers for iPhones and Android devices
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

Apple's iPhone X (and XS) models offer a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and they supports native wireless charging - just like the iPhone 8 (and a variety of Android devices).

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Oct 09, 2018

Microsoft ships the final security updates for Windows 10 Home, Pro 1703
Microsoft today issued the final security updates for Windows 10 Home 1703 and Windows 10 Pro 1703, the feature upgrades that launched 18 months ago.

Microsoft labels its feature upgrades in a yymm format to identify their purported production dates, or when the code was finished. But contrary to the mm part of the ID, the upgrades typically begin rolling out in April and October of each year.

Windows 10 1703 debuted April 5, 2017.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] Customers running Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 or Windows 10 Education 1703 will continue to receive operating system patches for another year, with the last update for them scheduled for Oct. 8, 2019. Support for the upper-end SKUs (stock-keeping units) was recently extended by 12 months, from the once-standard 18 months to 30. Starting with Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 - currently in limbo after Microsoft halted distribution because of a flaw that deleted user files - the 30-month support will be awarded only to the xx09 upgrades, or those launched in the fall. But the additional Enterprise/Education support was handed out to all already-released-and-still-supported versions, including 1617, 1703, 1709 and 1803, as a kind of grandfather clause.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2018

Lab rats, Windows 10 and the importance of being last
Microsoft has barred access to the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade, told those who did run it to keep their hands off their PCs, and warned people who had manually downloaded the build - but not yet installed it - to discard the disk image.

The primary problem, Microsoft conceded, was that the upgrade - designated 1809 in the firm's numeric format but also dubbed "October 2018 Update" - tended to erase all the files in the Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos folders.

[ Related: Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist] "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," the company said in its usual understated fashion, in a support document. "If you have manually checked for updates and believe you have an issue with missing files after an update, please minimize your use of the affected device and contact us directly at 1-800-MICROSOFT."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2018

How to make Gmail work like Outlook
Most people resist change. If your company recently switched to Google's G Suite from Microsoft Office, you might feel confused by or less productive with the new platform — especially when it comes to email. Or you might like Gmail's features and interface but wish it had some components similar to Outlook.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 09, 2018

That user's name wasn't Barney NEWTON, was it?
It's almost Y2K, and this small recruiting firm is converting its key systems to client/server, according to a software developer pilot fish who's working on the project.

"We had been a Macintosh shop for email, word processing and the CRM application," fish says.

"We were purchased by a larger competitor in 1999. They used Windows and Microsoft products for all their applications, so we went through an integration with new hardware, software, etc.

"On the go-live day, I remember one user, Barney, who was completely baffled by the 'press control-alt-delete' instructions and icons that appeared on the monitor.

"I took Barney's support call but I couldn't log in remotely, so I went to his workstation. There I found Barney actually pressing on the monitor screen per the instructions.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2018

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade
September patches looked good for a while, then we got hit with four big, buggy Win10 cumulative updates. August Windows and Office patches went pretty well in spite of a last-minute rush to fix bugs introduced in earlier patches. July patches, however, left almost every version of Windows looking like a zombie apocalypse.

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Oct 08, 2018

IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network
IBM today announced the commercial availability of a blockchain-based electronic distributed ledger that can track and trace food supply chain data from farm to store self.

In development over the past 18 months, IBM's Food Trust ledger will allow food retailers, suppliers and growers to see supply chain data in near real time, enabling a more transparent and efficient method of determining the origin and safety of produce.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] Along with announcing the availability of its Food Trust tracking network, IBM said several food retailers and suppliers have joined those piloting the blockchain technology, which is based on the Hyperledger Fabric open-standards protocol. Those retailers include Topco Associates LLC, representing 15,000 stores; retailer-owned cooperative Wakefern, representing 50 member companies and 344 stores; and other  suppliers including Beefchain, Dennick Fruit Source and Smithfield.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 08, 2018

FAQ: How Microsoft has changed Office 2019
Microsoft has changed up Windows 10's support so many times that some IT professionals may need chiropractic care. Support was reduced, then extended, then reduced, then extended again.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 06, 2018

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake
Starting late Friday night, Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade package from various locations. The official Download Windows 10 page is on version 1803, ISOs have disappeared, and 1809 is no longer available via WSUS.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] The KB 4464619 article now states:

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 06, 2018

Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)
On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers. To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Oct 06, 2018

The first smart display for business: Your Android phone
So far smart speakers and smart displays (such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home lines) have been aimed at consumers and homes.

Where's the smart appliance for business?

As I wrote in this space previously, I believe in a coming convergence between smart speakers and business phone and conference systems. At the time, I believed that convergence would first show up in the form of a business- or enterprise-specific phone device based on the Alexa for Business platform.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 05, 2018

Slack readies team analytics - and a faster desktop client
NEW YORK CITY - Slack is building a new analytics tool to offer businesses greater insights into how their teams collaborate, part of the company's plans to make better use of the data created within its popular chatapp.

"We are hoping to build a set of insights that help you understand not only how Slack is being used, but how your company is collaborating and functioning," said Jamie DeLanghe, head of Slack's Search, Learning and Intelligence (SLI) team. He spoke to Computerworld at the company's Frontiers event this week in New York.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 05, 2018

iOS 12 surpasses iOS 11 in just 18 days
Apple's iOS 12 has already surpassed iOS 11 after only two and a half weeks and is now installed on 47% of iDevices; iOS 11 is now running 45%, according to data from analytics company Mixpanel.

Prior to iOS 12's launch on Sept. 17, iOS 11 was running on 85% of iPhones and iPads, according to Apple's developer support page.

[ Related: Wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone X ] In comparison, it took iOS 11 nearly two months last year to reach a 50% adoption rate. This year's uptake rate is actually more similar to that of iOS 10, which was released in 2016 and had been installed on 48% of devices after only two weeks.

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Oct 05, 2018

Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros
Apple and Amazon have strenuously deniedBloomberg's claims of a sophisticated hardware exploit against servers belonging to themselves and numerous other entities, including U.S. law enforcement  

Chinese, Apple and chips Put in very simple terms, the claim is that malicious chips were found inside servers used in data centers belonging to the tech firms.

These chips (it's claimed) worked to exfiltrate data from those servers, which were themselves sourced from server manufacturer, Super Micro. That company's server products are/were also used by Amazon, the U.S. government and 30 other organizations. The chips were (it is alleged) put in place by employees bribed by Chinese government agents.

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Oct 05, 2018

Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros (u)
Apple and Amazon have strenuously denied Bloomberg's claims of a sophisticated hardware exploit against servers belonging to them and numerous other entities, including U.S. law enforcement  

Chinese, Apple and chips Put in very simple terms, the claim is that malicious chips were found inside servers used in data centers belonging to the tech firms.

These chips (it's claimed) worked to exfiltrate data from those servers, which were themselves sourced from server manufacturer Super Micro. That company's server products are/were also used by Amazon, the U.S. government, and 30 other organizations. The chips were allegedly put in place by employees bribed by Chinese government agents.

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Oct 05, 2018

Microsoft's DaaS plans stick with Surface - for now
Microsoft's device-as-a-service (DaaS) subscription, dubbed MMD for Microsoft Managed Desktop, currently offers a choice of three Surface configurations.

Although Microsoft has said it plans to expand device selection of MMD to third-party hardware, it has not revealed a timetable for that or identified which OEMs' (original equipment manufacturers) PCs will be on the menu. For now, only Microsoft's own Surface gear will be "rented" to enterprise customers and managed - both through the devices' lifecycles and for regular upgrade and update servicing - by Microsoft.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 cheat sheet ] The three configurations, one in each of the Surface lines, are:

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Oct 05, 2018

Time to lock the security team in a hotel room?
IT security has laptops at this company really locked down, and that includes only limited admin rights, reports a road warrior pilot fish.

"On a recent trip, at my hotel I had to make an internet connection and open a web page to log into the hotel's internet service before I could get a connection to the real internet," fish says.

"Problem was, the work laptop was not going to let me use the browsers until I had established a VPN connection, which of course I could not do without the web page login.

"In a way, that was good -- I took some real vacation time.

"In another way, it was bad, I have big hands and fingers, so using an iPhone and those stupid virtual keyboards is a one-finger, error-prone task. An email that could take seconds to type on a full-size keyboard takes minutes on the phone.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft Surface refresh: the magic behind the announcement
(Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.)

One of the things that has changed post-Steve Ballmer is passion. It is kind of funny and sad at the same time because I can recall the video of Steve passionately jumping around on stage saying, "developers, developers, developers," talking about the importance of developers to the platform. The folks started referring to him as "Monkey Boy," and he turned into the Stepford CEO (no passion; just occasional anger). I wrote him at the time saying that I thought passion was important in a CEO and praising him for it, but unfortunately (since he hadn't seen the video at the time) my impact was the opposite of what I'd intended.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2018

Android is becoming an ecosystem without borders
Quick: In a couple of words, what is Android? How would you characterize it?

If you said an "operating system," you're technically right, of course. Android is indeed the Google-made software that powers countless phones and mobile devices.

But increasingly, that's just one small part of what Android represents. At its core, Android is an ecosystem — one that's already an integral element of two major operating systems and is about to dip its toes into a third.

[Get fresh tips and insight in your inbox every Friday with JR's Android Intelligence insider's newsletter. Exclusive extras await!] Android apps are immensely important to Android-running phones, of course — the Galaxy this-and-thats, Pixel here-and-theres, and so on. And over the past couple years, they've grown ever more important to devices running Chrome OS — a platform that itself is feeling more like an extension of Android with every passing week.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2018

Did you upgrade to Win10 1809 and lose all of your documents and pictures? There's a fix for that.
Like all of its predecessors, the first version of this new version of Windows 10 is fraught with problems. Win10 version 1809, released yesterday, has triggered tales of locusts, frogs, lice, hail, boils and the death of every firstborn son. We're keeping a buglog on AskWoody, but one problem stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Many people report that the upgrade from Win10 version 1803 to version 1809 removes all of the files in their \Documents, \Pictures, \Music, and \Videos folders. The folders are still there, but nothing's in them.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 04, 2018

Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know
You remember Chromebooks, don't you? They're the small, inexpensive notebooks that were supposed to seriously eat into Microsoft's market share by showing the world that you don't need a big operating system to get big work done — just a lightweight one to get you internet access. Devices you could buy for less than the price of a piece of software. Hardware that would finally prove to the world that there's no need for Microsoft Office and other big, client-based software — a free copy of Google Docs would do.

Things didn't quite turn out that way. Windows laptops are thriving, and Chromebooks are rarely used in enterprises. Microsoft Office still rules the office suite world. Microsoft has no need to worry — right?

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Blockchain-as-a-service predicted to be $7B market
Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle will reap a financial windfall by offering blockchain as a service (BaaS), a market that's quickly growing as companies look for ways to use the distributed ledger technology without spending a lot of money.

If just 2% of servers act as blockchain nodes some day, the BaaS market would reach $7 billion, according to Bank of America research analyst Kash Rangan.

In a note to investors yesterday, Rangan named nine companies best positioned to take advantage of the BaaS movement. Along with BaaS providers Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle, Rangan named IBM, Salesforce.com, and VMware as leaders in the space. He also said real-estate/mortgage companies with blockchain-based online services, such as like Redfin, Zillow, and LendingTree, will also benefit. Those services digitize the transfer of property.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Microsoft to start pushing Windows 10's October upgrade to PCs next week
Microsoft yesterday released Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the year's second - and final - feature upgrade but will not begin pushing it onto PCs until next week.

Consumers will see the upgrade offered starting Oct. 9, the first day of automatic availability.

"If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it's ready for your machine," cautioned Jennifer Chen, a company communications manager, in a post to a company blog Tuesday.

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Oct 03, 2018

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, due to be released next spring. As it did with the October 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.

After years of using "Redstone" in its code names, Microsoft is changing it up with the next release, which is code-named "19H1" (for 2019, first half) rather than "Redstone 6." What follows is a list of every preview build of Windows 10 19H1, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what's in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Slack embraces email with its Astro acquisition
Slack might be pinning its hopes on channels becoming the most common method of business communication, but its latest acquisition shows the continued importance of email for getting work done.

Last week, Slack touted its acquisition of Astro as a move designed to help it build out its own email management capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The purchase came just ahead of the company's Frontiers user conference in New York City, which begins today.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing
I take it as an article of faith that you don't want to install the latest version of Windows 10 right away. As we've seen, repeatedly, upgrading to a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it's out leads to madness.

For almost everyone, the new features in Windows 10 version 1809, a.k.a. the October 2018 Update — new emojis, long overdue clipboard improvements, more convenient updates — just aren't worth the bother of installing and setting up an entirely new copy of Windows. (Unless you really want Candy Crush Soda Saga installed for the umpteenth time.)

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

12 Siri Shortcuts to make you more productive
With Apple now seen as the future of enterprise mobility, I've put together a short collection of Siri Shortcuts that may make you more productive. As you can see, I've included the workflow used in some (though not all) of these to demonstrate how to build these things.

Remind me at work Had a great idea? Experienced one of those ‘Eureka' moments when the best strategic approach to a complex problem hit you as you climbed aboard a train? Need to remember to order a birthday present for the kids? Never fear, so long as you've defined an address inside this little shortcut (and give Shortcuts access to your reminders) this will keep things moving forward right. Get this one here.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Word to the Win10 wise: Don't click 'Check for updates'
Back in May, when Microsoft rolled out Win10 version 1803, we saw a behavior never seen before: Some people, when clicking on "Check for updates" in Win10 1703 or 1709, were pushed into the Win10 1803 upgrade sequence.

I'm sure there's a parallel universe somewhere in which "check for updates" is the same as "upgrade my machine." Sure glad I don't live there.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Microsoft grabs update, upgrade reins under its managed PC plan
Microsoft will handle Windows 10 upkeep as part of the device-as-a-service (DaaS) Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) subscription, the company said at its Ignite conference.

"We will manage all the updates that happen on this device," Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, said in a 15-minute session on MMD at last week's Ignite. "We'll manage all the Windows 10 feature updates. You'll be getting Semi-annual Channel updates for this device. We'll also be managing the Office updates and the monthly quality updates that come from Windows as well."

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] Those twice-annual feature upgrades and monthly security updates - as well as a host of other bug fixes for Windows that shoot out the refresh pipeline - will be delivered through Windows Update for Business (WUfB), a spin-off of the better-known Windows Update service.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

Mingis on Tech: The state of collaboration 2018
As today's workforce grows more fragmented and scattered, companies are scrambling to find ever-better ways to keep employees connected so they can collaborate easily on work. 

Given the rise of remote offices, flexible hours and corporate globalization, that's not always easy. And that conundrum helps explain the rise of Slack five years ago and - more recently - Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Workplace by Facebook and a variety of other options.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 03, 2018

R tip: Reshape data with tidyr
See how the tidyr R package's gather and spread functions work. Plus a bonus look at labeling in ggplot2

Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2018

Review: Windows 10 October 2018 Update delivers modest but useful tweaks
The big twice-a-year Windows 10 update is here ... except this time, it's not so big. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, a.k.a. version 1809, is perhaps the least impressive of the major updates since Windows 10 was introduced. It sports no big, new capabilities like Timeline, the flagship feature of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Still, it's got some good sleeper features, a hidden gem or two, a few bombs, and a host of useful if not groundbreaking features.

The release will be rolled out to Windows 10 users in phases, starting on October 9, so it might be some time before you see it arrive on your computer. If you want it sooner, you can download it manually from Microsoft.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 backtracks, Windows 7 remains resilient
Windows 10 in September faltered in its battle to replace Windows 7, losing its chance this month of putting the older operating system in second place.

According to California analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 retreated by four-tenths of a percentage point in September, putting its user share at 37.4% of all personal computers and 42.8% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers all personal computers; in September, Windows ran 87.6% of the world's systems. The remainder ran macOS, Linux or ChromeOS.)

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] September's decline was one of only five recorded in the 38 months since the mid-2015 launch of the newer OS. More common has been Windows 10 advancing its user share: its monthly average has been an eight-tenths of a percentage point increase. In all but one of the prior cases where Windows 10 lost user share, the slide was brief and gains immediately resumed.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2018

What happened to battery stats in Android 9 Pie?
As a Certified Android Troubleshooter, there are certain tools you learn to rely on.

Whether you're the official go-to guy or gal for Android problem-solving in your office, the unofficial single-person tech support team for your entire extended family, or even just someone who likes to make sure your own phone is always in tip-top shape, these tools are critical parts of the phone-fixin' process. And one of the most helpful such items (aside from the hammer you obviously keep around for particularly challenging devices) is Android's built-in battery stats system.

Android's battery stats system lets you quickly see what app or process is consuming more than its share of a phone's limited power. When a device suddenly starts running out of juice mysteriously early in the day, it's the first place you turn to figure out what's draining the battery and what you should do to address it.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2018

What happened to battery stats in Android Pie?
As a Certified Android Troubleshooter, there are certain tools you learn to rely on.

Whether you're the official go-to guy or gal for Android problem-solving in your office, the unofficial single-person tech support team for your entire extended family, or even just someone who likes to make sure your own phone is always in tip-top shape, these tools are critical parts of the phone-fixin' process. And one of the most helpful such items (aside from the hammer you obviously keep around for particularly challenging devices) is Android's built-in battery stats system.

Android's battery stats system lets you quickly see what app or process is consuming more than its share of a phone's limited power. When a device suddenly starts running out of juice mysteriously early in the day, it's the first place you turn to figure out what's draining the battery and what you should do to address it.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 02, 2018

It's never too soon to start planning for Y10K
This pilot fish gets the usual collection of email messages from the banks that issue his credit cards, but one of them catches his attention right away.

"The subject line was 'Action Recommended: Barney, This Is Regarding the Info on Your Account,'" says fish.

"After my full name and part of the card number, to 'help verify that it was sent by' the bank, it continued, 'Please help us keep your account information up to date by providing or confirming your most recent income and housing information.

"'Why do we ask for this information? In order to better serve you, we collect this information on an annual basis so we can evaluate your account for future credit needs, including potential credit line increases.'

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

The world's two largest enterprise blockchain groups join forces
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a blockchain standards organization and Hyperledger, an open source collaborative under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, today announced they have joined each other's groups.

The two groups said the joint associate membership will lead to an open-source, standards-based, cross-platform collaboration that can accelerate adoption of the distributed ledger technology for business.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

16 time-saving Android shortcuts
When it comes to modern technology, every second counts.

It may sound silly, but it's true: A second is the difference between an interaction on your phone feeling instantaneous and feeling just a touch too slow. And particularly with how frequently we tend to repeat common mobile tech tasks — switching apps, opening menus, firing up our cameras and so on — all of those seconds can add up fast.

The good news: Android has no shortage of hidden shortcuts that can help you save time and get stuff done more efficiently. All you have to do is learn how to use 'em.

Ready?

1. Snap between apps Cut out delays in toggling between apps by putting Android's semi-secret fast-snap function to use. If your device runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) or higher and uses the traditional Back, Home and Overview setup, double-tap the Overview key — the square-shaped icon — and you'll find yourself flipping between your two most recently used apps faster than you can say "fresh Froyo."

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: Internet Explorer sags below 10%
Microsoft's tired Internet Explorer (IE) last month slumped below 10% for the first time, dragging down the company's total browser user share to a record low.

According to California analytics vendor Net Applications, IE's user share plummeted by nine-tenths of a percentage point in September, falling to 9.94%. The bulk of that - approximately 83% - was accounted for by IE 11, the final version of the 23-year-old browser. It's IE 11 that is run in Windows 7 and Windows 10; the browser is relegated to legacy status on the latter.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Together, IE and Edge - the default browser for Windows 10 - controlled just 14% of the September global user share, a decline of 1.1 percentage points from the month prior. That 14% figure was a record low for this century.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

Time to install your September Windows and Office patches
Make it two months in a row. Back in August, Microsoft screwed up a bunch of patches, and finally fixed them on the last business day of August. In September, after a laudable start, we saw four huge cumulative updates later in the month, but they dried up shortly after release. We didn't get fixes for those bad patches until late September.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

5 reasons eSignatures are the must-have tool you don't think about
Many companies boast about going entirely digital, but continue to work with mountains of documents. Don't be that company.

The bulk of said documents are normally those that require signatures, like contracts, tax forms, reimbursement sheets, and — well, the list is seemingly endless, which also means that the work allocated to creating and organizing them also never stops. A simple solution? Electronic signatures or eSignatures.

Having the same legal weight as handwritten signatures, eSignatures could revolutionize the way you do business, and could potentially pave the way for more profit and innovation. And using a renowned tool like HelloSign can help ease your journey in the transition.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

Q&A: Walmart's Frank Yiannas on the use of blockchain for food safety
Walmart is among the most advanced retailers in deploying an IBM blockchain-based supply chain tracking system, which it hopes will bring more than 100 suppliers into an immutable, transparent ledger that can track food from farm to store in seconds.

Last week, Walmart called on all of its suppliers of leafy green vegetables to submit data to the blockchain tracking system by the end of September, 2019.

Walmart Frank Yiannis, Walmart's vice president of food safety.

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Enterprise Application News
Oct 01, 2018

Open door policy
This server room is getting keycard access to make sure only those on the approved list are allowed to enter, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

"A card reader is installed on the outside of the door to get in," fish says. "But how to handle exiting the room? Someone has the bright idea that a system administrator inside the server room might have their hands full when they're trying to leave.

"So a motion sensor is installed on the inside, looking down on the doorway. That way, if someone walks up to the door from the inside, it will automatically unlock.

"But whoever created this system is a much more trusting soul than one of the sysadmins, who looks over the already installed system and sees the flaw.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 28, 2018

5 ways to make Windows 10 act like Windows 7
One of the things I typically spend time doing after holidays and birthdays is helping family members with new PCs, which invariably these days come with Windows 10. I notice one thing in common across all of these little projects: All of the recipients ask me how to make Windows 10 look like the Windows they're used to — usually Windows 7, or in some cases, Windows 8.1. Things like putting the Start menu back, bringing back functional search, fixing high-DPI display issues, removing Cortana, and so on.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 28, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Windows Virtual Desktop Microsoft Managed Desktop revelation in the making
 [Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

One of the interesting observations I have is how people lock down on an experience with a vendor and how that perception remains unchanged unless something significant is done to change it. In context, this means that often when I hear someone talk about Microsoft Windows problems and unreliability, they may be talking about anything from Windows 95 to Windows Vista…or whenever they last used the product.

But they act as if they are talking about Windows 10, which is vastly different - even more so the farther back their experience goes. (I'm establishing this as a foundation because things are about to change massively again.)

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 28, 2018

Google deals with fallout over Chrome auto sign-in
Google will try to tamp down blowback from linking log-ins of its services with Chrome by adding an option to disable the automatic sign-in, the company said Wednesday.

The change will debut in Chrome 70, now slated to ship the week of Oct. 14-20. "While we think sign-in consistency will help many of our users, we're adding a control that allows users to turn off linking web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in," Zach Koch, a Chrome senior product manager, wrote in a Sept. 26 post to a company blog.

[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ] Koch cited user feedback as the trigger for the upcoming change to Chrome. "We deeply appreciate all of the passionate users who have engaged with us on this," he said.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 28, 2018

Turning old PCs into new Chromebooks
Every organization, big or small, has a hidden asset: Old laptops and desktops that have outlived their usefulness, are too slow for today's software or use less secure operating systems. Admittedly, that doesn't sound like anything of great value. But it's easy to breathe new life into those machines by converting them into Chromebooks.

Because the Chrome OS is lighter than Windows and macOS and requires fewer resources, older systems that bog down with Windows 10 or macOS Mojave often work just fine as Chromebooks. That means that systems with slower CPUs, less RAM and smaller hard drives — the ones that no one in your organization wants to use — can get a second lease on life.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 27, 2018

16 multi-device wireless chargers to rival Apple's still-missing AirPower
Apple's AirPower wireless charger - still a no showImage by Apple

More than a year since it was announced, Apple has still not shipped its AirPower wireless charger - the device designed to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods ear buds at the same time. In fact, the only place you'll find an image of it on Apple's site is on the AirPods webpage. While Apple may still be working on the AirPower, there are now alternative multi-device wireless chargers to consider, some coming soon, others already available.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 27, 2018

6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades
In many ways, Google's Chrome OS platform is really starting to feel like a desktop version of Android. It looks like Android, it acts like Android, and it even runs Android apps. But for all their similarities, Chrome OS and Android still differ in some pretty significant ways.

One of those is how the two operating systems handle upgrades. Software updates on Chrome OS are much simpler, more frequent, and more consistent than what you see on Android — to put it mildly — and you as the user have far more visibility into what exactly is happening and what's ahead.

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Enterprise Application News
Sep 27, 2018

Bizarre circumstances surround fourth set of Win10 cumulative updates in two weeks
If you've been wondering about your Win10 version 1803 or 1709 patches, you aren't alone. Looks like we have a completely new Windows patching rabbit hole.

Let's start with the latest version of Windows. In the past 15 days, we've had four cumulative updates for Win10 version 1803:

KB 4457128 — The Sept. 11 Patch Tuesday cumulative update included a host of security fixes that brought 1803 up to build 17134.285. KB 4464218 — The Monday, Sept. 17, cumulative update fixed a bug in all of Microsoft's Win10 1803 patches since late July, which blew away Microsoft Intune. Build 17134.286. I have no idea why Microsoft released the fix on a Monday instead of a Tuesday. KB 4458469 — The Thursday, Sept. 20, dump of dozens of bug fixes brought the build number up to 17134.219. For reasons as yet unexplained, Microsoft stopped pushing KB 4458469 late on Sept. 20 or early Sept. 21, although it remained available for manual

Enterprise Application News
Sep 27, 2018

Easy-to-prevent Apple flaw may threaten enterprise security
An obscure flaw in Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEP) may make it possible for determined hackers to access enterprise networks, though the solution is quite straightforward.

Serial number spoofing Duo Security researchers say they've figured out how to enrol a rogue device onto an enterprise's MDM system, if the business has failed to enable authentication on devices enrolled on the system.

To make this work, attackers need to get hold of the valid serial number for an Apple device that is registered to Apple's Device Enrolment Program (DEP), but not yet set-up on the company's MDM server, they said.

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