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Enterprise Application News
Dec 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Info sharing, meet sharing info
This manufacturing company decides it's finally time to start sharing information between different operations, according to a pilot fish on the scene.

"Specifically, we wanted to give inventory data from the warehouse to the manufacturing facility," fish says. "It would be used two ways, and as is typical of a large company, two independent groups were tasked to perform the two functions."

The first group's job: take an existing shop-floor, just-in-time application and add warehouse inventory data to the things the app considers when deciding which of the in-house orders to make next.

The second group's task: take an existing sales-projection program and bring in inventory data to allow orders to be placed for various products.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Android security audit: An easy-to-follow annual checklist
Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.

As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you'll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates' still stings
Yesterday, Microsoft's "B Week" Patch Tuesday, we saw a fairly small set of patches — "small" being a relative designation. There are 194 December updates in the Microsoft Catalog, with 39 separately identified security holes (CVEs), and with every supported version of Windows, Office and .Net getting a dose. We also got a new Security Advisory, which lists two new Servicing Stack Updates.

As usual, Martin Brinkman at ghacks.net has a full breakdown.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Apple's App Store privacy efforts are backfiring big time
There have been some complaints recently about how the Apple App Store handles privacy. Although Apple is trying to position itself as the consumer-privacy-friendly company — in stark contrast to Google, primarily — some have complained that it is doing it in far too heavy-handed a way.

But what struck me as most interesting about the situation is how many companies have been hurt when, for example, an app that a company needs suddenly goes missing from the App Store, with no indication of when it will return or, well, just about any information at all.

Do these companies abandon the app and standardize or some other app? That can take quite some time and be disruptive and costly. It's also infuriating if the original app suddenly returns the day before the new, more expensive app is supposed to roll out. Apple's corporate attitude of "We'll tell you nothing until we feel like it" is a real problem if Apple expects companies to rely on its business apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Avoid malicious Outlook email forwarding
Set up Office 365 to defend against hackers who use hidden Outlook rules to forward emails.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 12, 2018

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide
Think fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count." Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.

And that's to say nothing of the number of times you type your password into your laptop or enter your credentials into an app or website during the day. Security's important, but goodness gracious, it can be a real hassle.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

Google will shut down Fusion Tables
Google is shutting down its Fusion Tables cloud service, a Google Drive option that offered an easy way to create online visualizations, especially maps. Google announced today that the service will end on Dec. 3, 2019, and "maps using the Fusion Tables Layer in the Maps JavaScript API v3.37 will start to see errors in August 2019." 

The news highlights the risks of relying on "free" cloud services from for-profit private companies.

"Mapserver, Geoserver, PostGIS, GEOS, and all the other open source software you were using 9 years ago when Google Fusion Tables was the new hotness are still available will not be shut down next year," taunted open-source advocate Paul Ramsey on Twitter.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

What's in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla looks over users' shoulders, suggests tools and add-ons
Mozilla released Firefox 64 for Windows, macOS and Linux with an embedded recommendation system that spotlights features and suggests specific add-ons based on how users work the browser and where they steer it on the web.

Engineers also patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox. Two were marked "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla said in the advisory posted to the web.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

Microsoft Teams gains ground on Slack
Two years after its launch, Microsoft Teams is outpacing team chat rival Slack - largely thanks to Teams' free availability as part of Office 365 subscriptions. That's according to a survey of 900 IT decision makers in North America and Europe conducted by Spiceworks. 

The results indicate that Teams is now the second most popular business chat app and is used by 21% of respondents, up from 3% in a similar Spiceworks survey in 2016. That ranks it ahead of third-place Slack, the popular standalone team chat tool in use by 15% of businesses polled. (That represents a slight increase from 13% in 2016.)

[ Related: Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals] The most popular tool is another Microsoft app, Skype for Business. It's used by 44% of surveyed businesses, up from 36% two years ago. Another rival, Google Hangouts (now Google Hangouts Chat), meanwhile, saw use drop to 11%, from 16% two years ago. Facebook's Workplace remained at 1%, while stats for Cisco's Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark) were not provided. 

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

5 reasons to remain skeptical about 5G in 2019
Have you heard? Some vaguely defined but super-snazzy-sounding thing called 5G is, like, totally coming to knock your socks off any second now. It's gonna speed up your phone, revolutionize your productivity, and probably even lower your cholesterol.

Okay, so maybe some of that is pure poppycock. But you know what? So is the very idea that 5G is anything an average person should get excited about — or consider adopting — in the coming year.

You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, the mobile tech marketing machine has been revving up considerably over these past few weeks, pushing out all sorts of spectacular-sounding narratives about how 5G is going to change the way we work, live, and lather. (Again, at least one of those items is my own nonsensical creation, but I'd argue that all of them are equally absurd.)

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

Will 2019 be the year of the Mac?
iPhone maker Apple makes lots of other products, including Macs, and the next 12 months could see some of the strongest Mac sales for some time as millions of aging Windows machines still used in enterprise IT are upgraded to a more advanced computing platform.

Time for the Mac halo to return First there was the Mac halo, then the iPod came along, which created its own halo and built interest in iPhones. Then Apple broke into the enterprise with iPad. History repeats itself. In 2019, the halo returns to the Mac.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 11, 2018

And that was actually the CLEAN version!
It's more than a few years back, and this oilfield services company is implementing a new email filter, says a pilot fish working there.

"It was part of an email security product," fish says. "The filter could identify emails containing language that was not considered business appropriate.

"We'd had HR incidents involving inappropriate language in the past, especially from field hands emailing to office staff -- it gave a new meaning to 'crude oil workers' -- so it was decided we should enable the feature with its default settings and give it a run.

"Only a few hours later we received an alert that a message had been identified with inappropriate language.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2018

Innovative anti-phishing app comes to iPhones
We're always told never to click on a link we receive in an email in case doing so takes us to some dodgy phishing site where our account details are violated, but what if our email app warned us before we clicked malicious links?

Can this app offer you protection? MetaCert isn't fully available yet, but it does seem to be a promising solution that provides email users in enterprise and consumer markets an additional line of defence against clicking on malicious links received in email messages.

The solution emerged from the developer's earlier work building an API to help app developers add a layer of security to WebView.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2018

Patch Tuesday's coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!
I've seen a couple of verified reports that Microsoft is now pushing the newly revised Win10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809, on "seekers." Be aware that Microsoft, once again, interprets a click on "Check for updates," as giving carte blanche to install whatever is in the kettle.

Double, double toil and trouble

If you'd rather not offer your machine for the ol' eye of newt and toe of frog treatment, there are some quick and easy steps you should take right now to make sure your machine will withstand Patch Tuesday's onslaught.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2018

Real estate blockchain set to go live in early '19
New York-based ShelterZoom plans to launch a real estate application that will lets buyers and sellers transact deals over a blockchain-based network, which could make purchasing a house as easy as pressing a button on a smartphone or tablet.

Set to go live in the first quarter of 2019, the application allows sellers, buyers and real estate reps to see all offers and acceptances in real time online. Real estate agents, along with clients, can also access property titles, mortgages, legal and home inspection documents through the Ethereum-based encrypted blockchain ledger.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 10, 2018

Forbidden names, revisited
Flashback a few decades to the glory days of online service CompuServe, when anyone could get an account -- but not everyone could use their real names, according to a pilot fish in the know.

"You logged in with your account number, but to join a forum -- a chatroom focused on a specific topic -- you had to give a real name," fish says. "The name on your billing record was the default.

"Of course there were fraudsters who used an official-sounding name to phish people for personal info and credit card data. So users were not allowed to have words like 'billing' as any part of their in-forum real name. This could only be overridden by the forum sysop. I was one.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 08, 2018

With move to rebuild Edge atop Google's Chromium, Microsoft raises white flag in browser war
After a years-long pummeling, Microsoft this week surrendered in the browser war, saying that it will junk Edge's home-grown rendering engine and replace it with Blink, the engine that powers Google's Chrome.

With Edge pulling code from the Chromium project, the browser will also be able to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well as macOS.

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] "We intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," wrote Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the Windows group, in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2018

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches
November's patches initially appeared relatively innocuous, with a few catastrophic problems in 64-bit Office 2010, which is a bit of a standing joke anyway.

As the month melted on, we saw a Win10 version 1803 second cumulative update, KB 4467682, that caused havoc, including blue screens on Surface Book 2 PCs, and customized Start Menu bugs (thx, Günter Born). Microsoft yanked it on Dec. 6 — no small consolation to those of you who install everything as soon as it's offered. Or even a week later.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 07, 2018

How iOS developers can build better apps
Things have changed in the iOS economy.

While it's still possible since the 2008 App Store launch for relatively inexperienced developers to create hit products, it's a lot less likely. And while you still get stories of young developers making it, for the most part it's all about the big dev firms.

I've been thinking about this for a bit, and thought I'd try to put together a few ideas that may help people thinking about making an iPhone or iPad app.

Start where you mean to finish If you haven't yet started building your software then App Store optimization may not be particularly high on your list of priorities, but given this is where you will end up once you build your app, I think it makes sense to consider this first, when you first imagine the idea for a new solution.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2018

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

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(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google this week boosted Chrome to version 71, the last refresh of 2018 and one that includes punitive measures against sites spewing what the search giant described as "abusive experiences."

Chrome 71 also patched 43 security vulnerabilities reported by outside researchers, who were paid $59,000 in finders' fees.

[ Related: How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should ] Chrome updates in the background, so users can typically just relaunch the browser to install the latest. 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 process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site for Windows, macOS or Linux.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2018

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers
Microsoft released Win10 version 1809 — the Windows 10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update — to the unwashed masses back on Oct. 2. Four days later, in a flurry of major bugs including permanently deleted files, Microsoft yanked the bits. Then version 1809 reappeared five and a half weeks later, in build 17763.107, on Nov. 13. A few hours later, Microsoft released KB 4467708, which delivered the 1809 faithful to build 17763.134, and brought even more bugs.That's where we sat until last night.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2018

5 handy Google Fi features you shouldn't forget
Got Fi? Google's unusual wireless service may have shifted its name from Project Fi to Google Fi this fall, but its core proposition remains the same: Pay only for the data you use, and avoid all the traditional carrier gotchas and nonsense.

For the right kind of person, especially among those of us on Android, Fi can be a real cost- and hassle-saver. And aside from its most prominently promoted perks — the seamless network-switching, the public Wi-Fi use, the fee-free roaming and hotspot capabilities, and so on — Fi has some pretty interesting out-of-the-way options that can really elevate your experience.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 06, 2018

Will Apple's iPhone replace your password?
Imagine using Face ID on your iPhone alongside a password and Touch ID on your computer in order to access highly secure websites, such as online banks, enterprise intranets and confidential online data services.

That's a possibility as Apple begins testing a new security standard called WebAuthn.

What is WebAuthn? Apple has begun beta-testing support for the standard in Safari Technology Preview Release 71, thought it does warn this support is an "experimental feature", so it may go no further than that.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

Microsoft trash talks Windows 10 LTSC - again
Microsoft has again disparaged Windows 10 Long-term Servicing Channel (LTSC), the OS feature-fixed version that most resembles the now-discarded traditional Windows maintenance model.

"All too often, I have seen strategic decisions about Windows 10 servicing options and the use of the Long-Term Servicing Channel driven by the wrong criteria, for example, IT professional familiarity prevailing over end user value and impact," John Wilcox, a Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) evangelist for Microsoft, complained in a post to company blog last week.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

iOS 12 is now installed on nearly 3 out of 4 iDevices
Apple's iOS 12 is now installed on 72% of iPhones, iPads and iPods that are four years old or newer - and 70% of all iDevices, according to data from the company's App Support webpage.

iOS 12 has seen some of the fastest user adoption in recent years, and surpassed iOS 11 just two and a half weeks of its release in mid-September. At that time (Oct. 5), iOS 12 had already been installed on 47% of iDevices.

iOS 11 is now on only 21% of all iDevices.

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

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation
Microsoft has long had problems with its second monthly cumulative updates. In recent months, we've seen a string of bad "non-security" second monthly updates, which are pushed out the Windows Update chute without any external testing.

As @b notes on AskWoody, Microsoft has published a full mea culpa, along with some sound (but not very helpful) advice:

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

Blockchain: What's it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds
In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Technology conference this fall, researchers who studied 43 blockchain use cases came to the conclusion that all underdelivered on claims.

And, when they reached out to several blockchain providers about project results, the silence was deafening. "Not one was willing to share data," the researchers said in their blog post.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

Just like clockwork
Flashback to the days when this programmer pilot fish is working on system software for a large vendor that makes large computers -- and one of the thorniest problems is knowing what time it is.

"At the time, the system time-of-day clock was actually a calculation," says fish. "It was the date and time when the system was initialized, plus the time that the machine had been running.

"Since every system initialized slightly differently, this code was rewritten every time we built a new system. For about three systems in a row, the time-running variable was defined as an integer instead of a real.

"We would go through months of debugging in-house and customer testing, then declare victory and ship the system.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 05, 2018

How to use Windows Delivery Optimization
Allow devices to share and distribute updates across a network without having to rely on Windows Software Update Services.

Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2018

Microsoft gets explicit about Windows 10 upgrade blockers
Microsoft now warns customers of specific bugs and compatibility problems that prevent it - at least temporarily - from offering Windows 10 PCs the latest feature upgrade.

After Microsoft re-released the October 2018 Update - labeled 1809 in the company's yymm format - on Nov. 13, it expanded the section titled "Current status of Windows, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809" on the definitive Windows 10 update history support page, adding more information about blockers.

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] Five blockers currently stymy installation of 1809 to, among others, PCs running a pair of Trend Micro security packages and machines relying on new Intel display drivers. Rather than offer 1809 to such systems, Microsoft simply refuses to give them the upgrade.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2018

Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ
Google Fi may sound like some weird sort of initiation ritual ("Whoa, what happened to Rick? I heard he got Googlefied!") — but if you can get past its silly-sounding name, the recently rebranded wireless service can both save you money and step up your smartphone security situation.

Make no mistake about it: Google Fi — known as Project Fi up until last week — is a pretty unusual proposition. And it absolutely won't make sense for everyone. If you fall into a certain style of smartphone usage, though, it can eliminate a lot of the downsides that typically come with a traditional wireless plan.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 04, 2018

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168
Those of you in the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring were treated to yet another patch yesterday. This latest KB 4469342 (the fourth version to bear the same name) brings the Windows 10 September-October-November-(checks calendar)-December 2018 Update to build 17763.168.

Seriously, Microsoft's doing the Right Thing with this incarnation of the Win10 SOND 2018 Update. It's being held in the shop until it's ready for prime time. Heaven only knows when that will be, but as far as I'm concerned, the longer the better.

Apparently the new KB 4469342 went out to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Ring yesterday, Dec. 3. The ChangeWindows Timeline says build 17763.168 went out to both the Release Preview Ring and the Slow Ring, but that's not the case. As @abbodi86 notes, the new version is only available in the Release Preview Ring.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 fails to unseat Windows 7
Windows 10 battled Windows 7 last month for the title of Most Popular Windows, but again failed to land enough blows to put its opponent on the canvas.

According to U.S. analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 slipped one-tenth of a percentage point in user share during November, falling back to 38.1% of all PCs and 43.8% of those running Windows. (The second number is larger than the first because Windows does not power all personal computers; in November, Windows ran 87% of the world's systems. Most of the remainder ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Meanwhile, Windows 7 lost five-tenths of a percentage point last month, just a third as much as in October. Windows 7 closed November on 38.9% of all personal computers and on 44.7% of all Windows PCs.

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Enterprise Application News
Dec 03, 2018

Review: G Suite gets an AI boost
Google added a handful of new features to G Suite this summer, mostly AI-driven upgrades focused on collaboration. According to the company, G Suite users spend nearly three-quarters of their time creating and communicating with colleagues, so many of the recent updates are focused on helping these users save time when working together.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Dec 02, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: IE and Edge catch a break - and their breath
Microsoft's browsers last month staved off decline for the first time since June, managing to hold on to their share of the market even as Mozilla watched more users desert Firefox.

According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, Internet Explorer's and Edge's share rallied in November, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point to close the month at 13.9%. The boost to Microsoft's browser fortunes came entirely from the if-not-obsolete-then-certainly-creaky IE, which scratched back to 9.6%. Edge, the default for Windows 10 and the browser Microsoft has pinned hopes to, remained flat at 4.2%, the same ground it occupied in October.

[ Further reading: How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should ] The rise of IE was ironic, since Microsoft long ago demoted the browser, saying it was suitable only for the soon-to-be-retired Windows 7 and for Windows 10, as a legacy stop-gap. Microsoft stopped improving or enhancing the browser, specifically IE11, in early 2016. Since then, the Redmond, Wash. company has only serviced the browser with security updates.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2018

R tip: Quick lookup tables with named vectors
Learn an easy method to use key-value pairs in R

Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2018

Assist, redefined
It's a few decades back, and this applications programmer pilot fish accepts a job at a company that provides support for insurance companies. But he won't be writing applications -- he'll be in system software.

"I was there about three weeks when my manager assigned me to assist the applications group in reviewing tapes created as part of a modernization project," says fish.

"They had giant Rolodex-like drums of four-by-six-inch cards with individual home and business ratings. The project to move them to an online system was being mandated by the client insurance companies who funded this company."

The applications support group is apparently too busy to work on the project, so fish starts working with the user community.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 30, 2018

Amazon launches patient data-mining service to assist docs
Amazon this week announced its latest data analytics product, one aimed at scouring unstructured data within electronic medical records (EMRs) to offer up insights that physicians can use to better treat patients.

Amazon's new Comprehend Medical AWS cloud service is a natural-language processing engine that purports to be able to read physician notes, patient prescriptions, audio interview transcripts, and pathology and radiology reports - and use machine learning algorithms to spit out relevant medical information to healthcare providers.

[ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ] Amazon's Comprehend Medical software service is one of 13 new machine learning software products the company announced on Tuesday.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2018

How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should
Don't like the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser? You're not alone. Only 11% of all Windows 10 users ran Edge as their main browser as of October 2018, down from 24% about two years before then, reports Computerworld's Gregg Keizer.

Still, that's a lot of people running the browser, and many of them might run it only because Microsoft has made it the Windows 10 default. You might be one of them. There's no doubt Edge has been an improvement over Internet Explorer. But it may not be improvement enough.

In this article, I'll outline the reasons you may want to switch from Edge to Chrome, Firefox, Opera or another browser, and then show how you can replace Edge with any browser of your choice as your default.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: After months of bad news, November's patching seems positively serene
By far the most important reason for this month's relative patching calm: Microsoft decided to wait and get the Windows 10 (version 1809) patch right instead of throwing offal against a wall and seeing what sticks.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] What remains is a hodge-podge of Windows patches, some mis-identified .NET patches, a new Servicing Stack Update slowly taking form, a bunch of Office fixes - including two buggy patches that have been pulled and one that's been fixed - the usual array of Flash excuses and Preview patches.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 29, 2018

How to script a security feature update with Windows 10
Learn how to create a script that will install security and other feature updates at a specific time

Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

Mozilla's 2017 expenses grew twice the rate of revenue
Mozilla's revenue in 2017 increased by 8% over the year prior but expenses shot up more than twice that, by 17%, during the same period.

Most of the $562 million in revenue for the Mozilla Foundation came from royalty payments, with the bulk of that generated from various 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 the Firefox browser for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] According to Mozilla's 2017 financial statement released on Tuesday, $539 million, or about 96% of all revenue, came from royalty payments. The percentage of revenue derived from royalties has never been under 91% - Mozilla's fortunes have always been tied to Firefox's search contracts - but 2017's portion was slightly lower than 2016's.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

Review: Office 2019 is the best advertisement yet for Office 365
When Microsoft released Office 2019 for Windows this fall, it did so not with a bang, but a whisper. In years gone by, Microsoft typically trumpeted new Office releases with great fanfare and hoopla, but this time it released a blog post or two with few details and left it at that.

There's good reason for that: Microsoft is pushing Office 365, the subscription of version of Office, over the perpetual version of the suite. When you purchase a perpetual version of Office, such as Office 2016 or Office 2019, you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever — and it never gets new features. That's in contrast to Office 365, which requires an ongoing subscription fee and is constantly updated with new features. It's clear that Microsoft wants people to move to Office 365, so it wants to draw as little attention as possible to any new perpetual Office release.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 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
Nov 28, 2018

Apple puts its money where its mouth is for more women in tech
Apple is trying to do something positive to help end the gender gap in the technology industry with a new scheme to support female entrepreneurs building businesses around apps.

Making a difference Apple's Entrepreneur Camp will consist of an intensive technology lab, specialized support and ongoing mentoring.

It's open to firms with a working or prototype app that are founded or co-founded by females that also have at least one woman on the development team.

The company also states that it "believes that gender expression is a fundamental right" and welcomes "all women to apply to this program."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

WeWork halts rollout of Alexa for Business
One of Amazon's flagship Alexa for Business customers - office rental company WeWork - has reportedly called time on its trial of the virtual assistant technology.

WeWork was highlighted as an early adopter of the technology when Alexa for Business was launched at Amazon's Re:Invent conference last year. Alexa for Business is a set of tools that allows central IT deployment and management of large numbers of Amazon's Alexa-enabled Echo devices.

[ Related: Alexa for Business: What it does, how to use it] According to a CNBC report on Tuesday, WeWork's pilot project lasted only two months before the project was halted. The company, which provides co-working spaces, planned to install Echo devices in its rooms and develop Alexa 'skills' - standalone applications and integrations with backend systems - to allow members to control meeting room facilities, check whether a room is free and even request analytics to be read out.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

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

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

Pixel Slate vs. Pixelbook: The productivity conundrum
So maybe you've heard: Google's got a new high-end Pixel product that's finally ready for us productivity-hunting primates to purchase.

The product is curiously tough to define. It's a tablet, but probably not like any other tablet you've used before. It's a laptop, but only kinda — and with a fair number of asterisks attached. And it doesn't run Android, exactly, though it does run Android apps and have an interface that'll feel awfully familiar if you've used a recent Android phone.

The product, as you no doubt know (you smart cookie, you), is the Pixel Slate — a convertible Chrome OS computing device that doubles as both a laptop and a tablet, provided you pick up its optional keyboard accessory. On paper, it almost seems like a more versatile version of Google's high-end Pixelbook, which is basically the same thing except with a display that swivels back instead of detaching completely.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

New cumulative updates for Win10 1803 and 1709 — and a taste of what might be right in 1809
We may be witnessing a Patch Festivus Miracle in the making. The powers-that-be in Redmond have slowed down the relentless pace of Win10 updates and, at least in the case of the latest version of the last version of Windows, we may actually see a responsibly vetted patch.

Yesterday, the "D Week" Tuesday in November, saw a mass of Win10 patches normally distributed during "C Week" — which fell over Thanksgiving in the U.S. Among the usual assortment of Win7, 8.1, .Net and other bug fixes, we saw two mainstream Win10 patches:

Win10 version 1803 — KB 4467682 brings the build up to 17134.441. Lots and lots of little bug fixes, plus a fix for the eye-popping filename association bug first publicized by Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek earlier this month. 1803 still shows two known issues: The SqlConnection exception in .Net, and the Seek Bar is broken in Windows Media Player. I think of the latter bug as just deserts for anybody who hasn't switched from Windows Media Player to VLC or Plex.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 28, 2018

WhatsApp at work: Companies grapple with a popular ad hoc tool
Popular consumer technology often makes the jump from the personal to the professional. AOL Instant Messenger, the iPhone and Facebook, for example, started off as consumer apps and devices and quickly gained ground in the office.

More recently, WhatsApp, the messaging app now used by 1.5 billion people worldwide (and owned by Facebook) has been traveling that same path.

[ Related: 5 collaboration tools that enhance Microsoft Office ] A recent survey from UK-based analyst firm CCS Insights indicates WhatsApp is the most widely-used mobile app in the workplace, more prevalent than mobile versions of team chat apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams. "It is one of the most successful and popular apps out there and that will naturally bleed over into the enterprise," said Nick McQuire, vice president for enterprise research at CCS Insights. The firsm surveyed 672 employees in the US and Europe.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 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
Nov 27, 2018

Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service flakes out - again
Just one day after Microsoft came clean with an explanation of a Nov. 19 outage that blocked users of Office 365 from logging into their accounts using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), today the service again went on the fritz.

"Starting at 14:25 UTC on 27 Nov 2018, customers using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) may experience intermittent issues signing into Azure resources, such as Azure Active Directory, when MFA is required by policy," read the Azure status dashboard. Two and a half hours later, the dashboard reported that after resolving a problem with an earlier DNS (Domain Name Service) issue, engineers rebooted the services. "They observed a decrease in the failure rate after the reboot cycles," the dashboard concluded.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2018

The definitive Windows 7 retirement timeline countdown
In about 400 days, Windows 7 will get the support guillotine.

Microsoft has set the end of general support - the kind that's free to all, and at this point exclusively patches to quash vulnerabilities - as Jan. 14, 2020. Customers have known that for years, what with Microsoft's once-traditional support policy.

But what happens before that date? Or after?

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Computerworld used the year or so prior to Windows XP's retirement - that OS was Windows 7's predecessor as an enterprise linchpin - to assemble definite, likely and possible events on 7's calendar.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2018

New beta-test version of Win10 1809 arrives, and — mirabile dictu! — it's in the Release Preview ring
Two weeks ago we witnessed an amazing change in Microsoft's approach to patching Windows 10. For the first time, Microsoft pushed a test version of a cumulative update to Win10 1809 out through the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring — which is exactly why we have a Release Preview Ring. Yesterday, lightning struck twice, with Microsoft releasing a new version of KB 4469342 to the Insider Release Preview Ring, bringing the latest test build of Win10 1809 to 17763.167.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 27, 2018

Outlook 2016 cheat sheet
The pundits will have you believe email is being supplanted by texting, social media, chat apps like Slack, and direct communications software such as Skype and Google Hangouts Meet.

Don't believe them.

Email is still big, the mainstay of workplace communications as well as a popular way for people to keep in touch with friends and families. And for many people, email means Outlook. Although Microsoft has recently announced the availability of Office 2019 to commercial users, many businesses will stick with Office 2016 (and thus Outlook 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
Nov 26, 2018

Windows Hello for Business: Next-gen authentication for Windows shops
Authentication: the act of proving one's identity to the satisfaction of some central authority. To most, this process means typing in a username and a password. It's been this way for years and years.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2018

Ohio becomes the first state to accept bitcoin for tax payments
Ohio this week began accepting bitcoin as a form of tax payment from businesses, making it the first U.S. state to do so.

The Ohio Treasurer's office said it is working to help make the state a national leader in blockchain, the underlying platform for bitcoin. Blockchain can be used for many different types of business transactions - from supply chain tracking to the creation of a mesh network for IoT devices.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2018

What is Windows Hello? Microsoft's biometrics security system explained
Windows Hello is a biometrics-based technology that enables Windows 10 users to authenticate secure access to their devices, apps, online services and networks with just a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. The sign-in mechanism is essentially an alternative to passwords and is widely considered to be a more user friendly, secure and reliable method to access critical devices, services and data than traditional logins using passwords.

"Windows Hello solves a few problems: security and inconvenience," said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "Traditional passwords are unsafe as they are hard to remember, and therefore people either choose easy-to-guess passwords or write down their passwords."

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 26, 2018

10 highly useful add-ins for Microsoft Office
The tools available in Microsoft Office are highly versatile, but sometimes you want to do something that Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook can't accommodate. Chances are good, though, that you can find an add-in that will give you that little extra something.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 22, 2018

Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know
Encryption may sound like a subject best left to hackers and tinfoil hat wearers, but don't be fooled: It's a critical part of contemporary life and something that's important for everyone, especially business users, to understand. And one of the places where encryption is most relevant and misunderstood is in the realm of email.

If you're using Gmail for electronic communication — be it for business, for personal use, or a combination of the two — it's well worth your while to know how the service does and doesn't secure your information and what steps you can take to make sure you're getting the level of privacy you need.

Ready to dive in?

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2018

W. Va. says mobile voting via blockchain went smoothly
West Virginia officials say a mobile voting app based on blockchain technology successfully allowed absentee military members and their families living overseas to participate in this year's mid-term elections using only their smartphones.

The West Virginia Secretary of State's office estimated that 144 West Virginia absentee voters living in 30 different countries cast ballots using an application on approved mobile devices that records the ballots anonymously using blockchain.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] The state used the app, which was developed by Boston start-up Voatz, to allow  absentee voting by military members deployed overseas. The absentee voters would otherwise have had to submit paper absentee ballots via mail or vote over a land line telephone.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2018

Zoho customer service tools get AI, analytics updates
Zoho has added AI and analytics features to its CRM suite, part of a drive by the company to unify its sales, marketing and customer support apps.

Zoho CRM Plus was launched in 2014, bundling nine apps into what the company describes as its customer experience platform. 

[ Related: 7 Trello alternatives for visual task management ] Enhancements to several of its apps were unveiled last week, including Zoho's social media management tools and SalesIQ visitor tracking software, providing a single platform for all customer-facing staff. 

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2018

Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes A.I. to the edge
Apple's AI push into on-device machine learning continues, with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season.

The edge case for AI The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year.

Apple's new purchase seems a good one.

The acquisition closely matches Apple's feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2018

Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes AI to the edge
Apple's AI push into on-device machine learning continues with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season.

The edge case for artificial intelligence (AI) The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year.

Apple's new purchase seems a good one.

The acquisition closely matches Apple's feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 21, 2018

How to manually delay Windows updates
Windows 10 update settings are varied and at times confusing. Here is an exact list of the settings that control when updates will automatically run.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

Useful R functions you might not know
Almost every R user knows about popular packages like dplyr and ggplot2. But with 10,000 packages on CRAN and yet more on GitHub, it's not always easy to unearth libraries with great R functions. One of the best way to find cool, new-to-you R code is to see what other useRs have discovered. So, I'm sharing a few of my discoveries -- and hope you'll share some of yours in return (contact info below).

Choose a ColorBrewer palette from an interactive app. Need a color scheme for a map or app? ColorBrewer is well known as a source for pre-configured palettes, and the RColorBrewer package imports those into R. But it's not always easy to remember what's available. The tmaptools package's palette_explorer creates an interactive application that shows you the possibilities.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

10 Android settings that'll strengthen your security
You might not know it from all the panic-inducing headlines out there, but Android is actually packed with powerful and practical security features. Some are activated by default and protecting you whether you realize it or not, while others are more out of the way but equally deserving of your attention.

So stop wasting your time worrying about the Android malware monster du jour and which security company is using it to scare you into an unnecessary subscription, and take a moment instead to look through these far more impactful Android security settings — starting with the core elements and moving from there into some more advanced and easily overlooked options.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

Sign Up for HelloSign and Get Your First Three eSignatures Free
When's the last time you signed a contract on an actual piece of paper? Likely not lately, and likely not any time soon. Printing and manually signing pieces of paper is not only a logistical nightmare, it's bad business in 2018. HelloSign is one of the leading companies allowing businesses and individuals to collect legally binding e-signatures quickly and securely, and it's making the case for eSignatures pretty darn clear.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

Heads up: A ‘critical' Win7/Server 2008 patch coming in February/March that's really critical
There's an important move afoot, if you're using Windows 7 or Server 2008, or an older version of Windows Server Update Services. Starting in April, Windows updates will all be sent out with SHA-2 encryption, usurping the old SHA-1. Before the cutoff, you need to get SHA-2 running. Other versions of Windows already speak SHA-2, but if you have Win7 or Server 2008, and you want to keep getting security patches, you need to install an SHA-2 Babel fish patch coming in February or March.

Microsoft's official announcement says:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

ProtonMail launches standalone iOS app
Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has launched a standalone virtual private network app for iOS devices. With iOS now added to its list, ProtonMail said it now offers protection for the most popular operating systems, which include Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android.

VPN functionality is prevalent in enterprise security products and management products, according to Phil Hochmuth, program director for IDC's Enterprise Mobility team. At the same time, consumers are increasingly looking at VPN services to shield their online activities on wired networks, as well as on LTE/4G connections, he said.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

ProtonMail launches standalone iOS VPN app
Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has launched a standalone virtual private network app for iOS devices. With iOS now added to its list, ProtonMail said it now offers protection for the most popular operating systems, which include Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android.

VPN functionality is prevalent in enterprise security products and management products, according to Phil Hochmuth, program director for IDC's Enterprise Mobility team. At the same time, consumers are increasingly looking at VPN services to shield their online activities on wired networks, as well as on LTE/4G connections, he said.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

The big fix
Pilot fish at a federal agency gets a visit from a power user who can't get access to the data he needs -- and he's not at all happy.

"We used a very effective security product that could narrow down access to a specific user or dataset," says fish. "But you had to be careful to install any new rules in the right place, because once a rule was found it was applied, even if one with more relaxed access followed.

"As soon as I checked, I could see that I had misplaced the rule I had created for him.

"Now, normally if I made a mistake I'd admit to it and apologize. This particular day this fellow, an otherwise nice guy, was at it like a dog with a bone, demanding How did it happen? Who did this? over and over.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

What Apple's T2 security chip brings to the enterprise table
There's been a lot of discussion about Apple's T2 security chip, particularly the restrictions it places on repairs not sanctioned by Apple. The controversy centers on an Apple utility needed to make changes like swapping out the built-in SSD drives. The overall argument ties into the right-to-repair fight, allowing hardware owners to make changes to their own devices.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

Linux tip: Learn to use display release commands
In this tip, we look at commands that identify the version of Linux in use on a Linux system - the lsb_release and uname commands.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 20, 2018

Linux tip: Learn to use the shred command
In this Linux tip, we look at the shred command, which removes a file from a disk in a manner that is far more thorough than the rm (remove) command.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2018

Microsoft yanks two buggy Office patches but keeps pushing one that crashes
Two related Office 2010 non-security patches issued on Nov. 6 were pulled on Nov. 17. KB 4461522 and KB 2863821 are both related to changes coming in the Japanese calendar next month attributed to the abdication of Emperor Akihito in favor of his son, Naruhito. The event has been compared to the Y2K problem in the west. It's not clear why two patches were released on Nov. 6 to accommodate that calendar change, but both KB articles now sport the admonition:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 19, 2018

Download Malwarebytes Today and Protect Your Data for Free
Everyone lives on the internet, period. Whether you're streaming a standup special on Netflix, answering emails from your boss, chatting on Tinder, or completing everyday errands like paying bills online, you're likely spending most of your day tangled up in the world wide web.

Unfortunately, that makes you a high-risk candidate for a cyber attack at some point along the way, be it through malware, phishing, or hacking. Best-case scenario, it sucks up your time to fix (or your money by paying someone else to fix it). Worst case scenario, it puts you and your computer out of commission for days and damages your files beyond repair. Not to mention the sheer terror of knowing some hacker has complete and total access to virtually everything about you, including all of your banking and credit card information. Malwarebytes is a free program built to help you avoid the above scenarios altogether — and it makes traditional antivirus look old, tired, and played out (seriously it's free,

Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2018

Windows 10 cheat sheet
Windows 10 is the best operating system that's come along from Microsoft in a long time. It's a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you're using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. A lot more has changed as well, with a new default browser called Edge, the integration of the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsoft's cloud-based OneDrive cloud storage service and plenty more.

Share this story: IT pros, we hope you'll pass this guide on to your users to show them the Windows 10 ropes. Also see our printable PDF of Windows 10 gestures and shortcuts.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2018

Firefox adds in-browser notification of breached sites
Mozilla has added a data breach notification to Firefox that warns the browser's users when their email address and credentials may have been obtained by hackers.

Dubbed Firefox Monitor, the free breach notification service debuted in September after some testing during the summer. Anyone -- not only Firefox users -- can steer to the service website, enter an email address and be told if that address was among those involved in successful, publicly-known breach attacks. Next steps were up to the user, including the obvious of changing the password(s) connected to that email address and/or website(s).

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Notifications of the latest breaches were sent by Firefox Monitor to the user-submitted address. "Your email address will be scanned against those data breaches, and we'll let you know through a private email if you were involved," wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's vice president of product strategy, in a Sept. 25 post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2018

Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel
I'm starting to think that the people now in charge of Win10 version 1809 know what they're doing.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] First, we saw a rudimentary list of known bugs in 1809, along with a point-by-point notice of what's being done, and what you can do to fix the bugs. At this moment, the list includes all of the major bugs that I've seen:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 16, 2018

Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one
A Windows expert this week urged Microsoft to put its money where its mouth is and produce a status dashboard or website that reports and tracks problems with the operating system.

Coincidentally or not, on Wednesday Microsoft said it would launch a "Windows update status dashboard," but did not name a timetable except for a broad "in the coming year."

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] "I can go to this page and see if something happening with Office 365 is just a me thing or if everyone else is seeing the same," said Susan Bradley in a Nov. 13 email reply to questions, referring to the Office 365 Admin Center. (Note: Only those with administrative credentials have access; it's not meant to provide information to end users.) "(But) if I want to find out if something is a known issue with Windows 10, I have to dig through - and monitor for changes - these pages," she continued, listing two separate support documents for one such known issue.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 15, 2018

Microsoft launches blockchain development kit
No stranger to blockchain projects, Microsoft today released a blockchain development kit on its Azure cloud platform designed to enable seamless integration of blockchain with Microsoft's and third-party SaaS offerings.

"This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications," Marc Mercuri, principal program managers for Microsoft's blockchain engineering team, said in a blog post.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 15, 2018

Hey, LG: How's that 'Software Upgrade Center' going?
Back in April, LG came out with an almost laughably bold declaration: The company infamous for treating Android software updates as an afterthought was breaking new ground by opening a "Software Upgrade Center" — and not just any "Software Upgrade Center," mind you, but the industry's "first such facility aimed at providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier smartphone operating system and software updates."

Um, right.

As I said at the time, LG's history with Android upgrades made me pretty darn skeptical that this was anything more than an inconsequential marketing stunt. LG, y'see, has not only been among the worst performers when it comes to post-sales software support — with a lovely zero percent "F" ranking on my most recent Android Upgrade Report Card — but it also has a funny habit of pairing its obvious indifference with a shocking level of bravado.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 15, 2018

How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want
Those of you on Win10 Pro version 1703 — that's my version of choice — just ran out of time, at least to a first approximation. Microsoft won't be pushing any more security patches onto your machine. Yes, I know some of you figure that's a feature, but never mind. You're left with three options: Move to Win10 version 1709, version 1803, or (with fear and trepidation) version 1809.

If you're running Win10 version 1709, you have the option of staying with 1709, moving on to 1803 (and thus giving yourself seven additional months of support), or leaping on 1809. Be careful what you wish.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 15, 2018

How to use PowerShell to scan for Windows 10 updates
Here's how to tell what patches and security improvement are in Windows 10 updates before you install them.

Enterprise Application News
Nov 15, 2018

R tip: Keep passwords and tokens secure with the keyring package
Learn how to store credentials in an encrypted, secure keyring within R

Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2018

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded 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 14, 2018

With Windows 10 1809 re-release, Microsoft decides not to cheat on promised support
Microsoft yesterday re-released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after a 38-day delay caused by multiple bugs, including two that deleted customer files.

As it re-issued the fall feature upgrade, Microsoft also reset its support, a move that Computerworld expected by the time the distribution stoppage had run through much of October. By ignoring the original launch date of Oct. 2 and pretending that the delay never happened, Microsoft ensured that users receive the promised amount of support, more or less.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] According to the definitive "Windows lifecycle fact sheet," the original end of support for Windows 10 Home 1809 and Windows 10 Pro 1809 - the four-digit label is the upgrade's name in Microsoft's yymm format - was April 14, 2020. Support was to expire for Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 and Windows 10 Education 1809 on April 13, 2021.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2018

Cisco's Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration
Cisco has added cloud calling to its Webex Teams messaging app - something the company called a "significant step" in the integration of BroadSoft's technology stack  following the completion of this year's $1.9 billion acquisition.

The combination is designed to provide an "enterprise-grade" cloud-based PBX [private branch exchange] phone system in addition to existing message and document sharing features.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2018

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge
It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.

A large part of that is due to the simple fact that the forces driving most Android security coverage are companies that make their money by selling Android security software — and thus companies with strong interests in pushing the narrative that every Android phone is on the perpetual brink of grave, unfathomable danger. Plus, let's face it: A headline about 70 gazillion Android phones being vulnerable to the MegaMonsterSkullCrusher Virus is far more enticing than one explaining the nuanced realities of Android security.

In actuality, though, Android security is a complex beast — one with multiple layers in place to protect you and one that almost never warrants an alarmist attitude. I've been covering Android security closely since the platform's earliest days, and I've busted more myths and called out more shameless publicity stunts than I can even count at this point.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2018

Patch Tuesday problems include even more reported bugs with Win10 version 1809
Yesterday Microsoft released security patches for 63 separately identified vulnerabilities and three new Security Advisories. Microsoft rates 12 of the security holes as "critical," and 8 of those are for the Edge scripting engine. Only one has an actively known exploit, discovered by Kaspersky, on 32-bit Win7 and Server 2008 systems in the Middle East.

Martin Brinkmann has his monthly summary on ghacks.net for an overview of the numbers and links. Dustin Childs picks up all the nuances in his Zero Day Initiative post. Short version: As usual, if you avoid Internet Explorer and Edge, you should be fine for now. But, again as usual, you'll have to patch eventually.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 14, 2018

Did IBM overhype Watson Health's AI promise?
In recent weeks, IBM has changed leadership at its Watson Health division and  announced a new business strategy for deployment that relies on a hybrid cloud, not a  public- or private-cloud only model.

Over the past year, Watson Health - particularly Watson for Oncology - has come in for criticism that it has underperformed expectations. (Watson for Oncology is IBM's commercial cognitive computing cloud platform that analyzes large volumes of patient healthcare data and published medical studies to offer physicians cancer treatment options.)

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features
The latest version of Windows 10 has many monikers. Its version number is 1809, its code name was Redstone 5, and its official name, announced by Microsoft at IFA Berlin, is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Windows 10 April 2018 UpdateWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (October 2018)To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 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, so it might be some time before you see it arrive on your computer. In fact, the rollout was scheduled to begin on October 9, but after some users who upgraded to version 1809 reported problems including the loss of all files in their Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folders, Microsoft paused the rollout. After more than a month's delay, the company finally resumed pushing out the release on November 13. If you want to delay the update even longer and then install it on your own schedule, here's how to block it temporarily.



Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2018

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Your private data can reveal a lot about you, such as bank information, spending habits, and even the websites you frequent. This makes large companies like Facebook and Yahoo prime targets for data breaches because of their vast library of user data. Nowadays, it's more important than ever for companies to remain vigilant against hackers, lest their customers' privacy and trust be lost.

To defend against such threats, companies hire security professionals who know how to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in security systems. These "ethical hackers" employ the same methods malicious hackers do, but they also patch and report these vulnerabilities to their employers to prevent future intrusions. With data breaches on the rise, the demand for ethical hackers has increased, making this career path both stable and profitable. If you're interested in learning how to hack security systems (legally, of course) then this $39 Ethical Hacking A to Z Training Bundle is for you.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2018

Microsoft takes second swing at Windows 10 1809, re-issues troubled upgrade
After a 38-day delay, Microsoft today re-released its fall operating system feature upgrade, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The more-than-a-month delay had no precedent in Windows 10, something Microsoft acknowledged. And it lasted significantly longer than instances in earlier editions when updates, security fixes for the most part, had to be pulled and then later re-released.

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] "Based on (telemetry) data, today we are beginning the re-release of the October Update by making it available via media and to advanced users who seek to manually check for updates," John Cable, director of program management in the Windows servicing and delivery team, wrote in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 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
Nov 13, 2018

Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.
It's been an interesting morning, in an ancient Chinese curse kind of way. First we saw an official announcement that Windows Server 2019 was released. (Server 2019 is based on the Win10 1809 platform.) Only one problem: The bits weren't available as advertised, and then the page was pulled.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] Then came an announcement that Microsoft is re-releasing Win10 version 1809 today. The bits finally arrived, sooner or later, accompanied by a lengthy explanation from Microsoft Vice President Michael Fortin of the burdens Microsoft encounters servicing a $10-billion-plus user base:

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Enterprise Application News
Nov 13, 2018

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iDrive has activated a significant discount on their Remote access software RemotePC in these days leading into Black Friday. RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work, home or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. If you've been thinking about remote access solutions, now is a good time to consider RemotePC.

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