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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

Apple's plan to integrate iOS, macOS apps could mean renewed focus on desktops
Apple plans to make it easier foe developers to create apps that, for the first time, can be used across all the company's mobile and desktop platforms, according to a new Bloomberg news report.

At its upcoming World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple is expected to begin those app integration efforts with the release of software development kits that allow developers to write iPad apps that also work on Macs.

[ Related: Apple's place is in the enterprise ] In 2020, Apple plans to expand the SDK so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way, according to Bloomberg. The report didn't add much detail to what was already known about Apple's Project Marzipan, as the initiative is called internally. Marzipan was initially talked up at last year's WWDC.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea
When Apple launched its enterprise developer certificate program — which helps enterprises make their homegrown apps for employee use-only available through iTunes — it had to make a difficult convenience-vs.-security decision: how much hassle to put IT managers through to get their internal apps posted. It chose convenience and, well, you can guess what happened.

Media reports say pirate developers used the enterprise program to improperly distribute tweaked versions of popular apps — including Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go and Minecraft — while others used the platform to distribute porn apps along with real-money gambling apps. And all the bad guys had to do was lie to Apple reps about being associated with legitimate businesses. Apple didn't bother to investigate or otherwise verify the answers.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2019

New non-security Win10 patches fix numerous bugs, but where's version 1809?
On the Third Tuesday of this month, Microsoft released cumulative updates for all of its surviving Windows 10 versions save one:

KB 4487029 for Win10 version 1803 takes the build up to 17134.619;

KB 4487021 for Win10 version 1709 moves the build to 16299.1004;

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials
We've heard plenty about how Android apps on Chrome OS are a big deal, but when you first find yourself staring at the Google Play Store on a dual-purpose device, it can be tough to know where to begin.

Chromebooks were already quite capable without Android apps in the equation, after all, and many of the Play Store's most popular titles are also available in web-app equivalents. Sure, you could install the Google Docs Android app or the Twitter Android app onto a Chromebook, but you'd get better and more complete experiences by using either service's web-based counterpart. So why bother?

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Microsoft delays Windows 7's update-signing deadline to July
Microsoft has revised its schedule to dump support for an outdated cryptographic hash standard by postponing the deadline for Windows 7.

Microsoft, like other software vendors, digitally "signs" updates before they are distributed via the Internet. SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1), which debuted in 1995, was declared insecure a decade later, but it was retained for backward-compatibility reasons, primarily for Windows 7. Microsoft wants to ditch SHA-1 and rely only on the more-secure SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm 2).

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Late last year, Microsoft said that it would update Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Service Pack 1) this month with support for SHA-2. Systems running those operating systems would not receive the usual monthly security updates after April's collection, slated for release April 9, Microsoft promised at the time.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Slack targets developers with Block Kit UI framework
Slack has launched Block Kit, a UI framework made up of stackable "blocks" that lets developers display information more effectively within app messages.

The tool was first announced at Slack's developer conference, Spec, and is now generally available alongside Block Kit Builder, a live prototyping tool to make it easier to create and design apps using the Block Kit framework.

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] Bear Douglas, head of developer relations at Slack, said that the Block Kit will lead to apps that are "more beautiful, more visually engaging, and - most importantly - show users the full range of possibilities of things you can do with apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

Yabba dabba doo!
Fish is being onboarded as a software engineer and has to download the code repository and start building it. But in checking the setup guide, he can't find any instructions on what user credentials to use to log in. This seems like something he should be able to figure out, so he trolls through multiple document systems (internal websites, Google documents and wikis) until he finds an old document that says to use his username as both username and password for version control access. That's easy enough — but it doesn't work. Fish gets a message saying his account wasn't found or the password didn't match.

Time to submit a help desk ticket. And the explanation is simple. IT had neglected to run the script that created an account for fish in the version control system. Ten minutes after submitting the ticket, fish is in at last.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2019

How AI is changing office suites
While composing an email, you see autocomplete suggestions that match your writing style. When you insert an image into a presentation, the software makes cropping and layout suggestions. If you forget to respond to an important message, it reappears at the top of your inbox with a reminder.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 18, 2019

Zoho brings Zia AI assistant to its office apps
Zoho has updated its office productivity suite, adding AI capabilities and introducing a new note-taking app, Notebook.

Zoho has been rolling out AI features under the Zia brand in recent years; Zia now acts as a smart assistant in Zoho's sales and customer support tools, for instance.

Last week, the Chennai, India-based firm announced that Zia AI has been incorporated into its office productivity tools, too.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

Microsoft shoves some Windows 10 testers into next year with early look at 2020 feature upgrade
Microsoft today took the unprecedented step of skipping one of its Windows 10 feature upgrades when it began distributing a preview of the first 2020 update to the most daring testing volunteers.

Usually, as one feature upgrade nears release, Microsoft starts giving some Windows Insider participants - those who opted for the "Skip Ahead" channel - a look at the following feature upgrade. Currently, Microsoft is getting close to wrapping up 2019's first upgrade, which will almost certainly be labeled "Windows 10 April 2019 Update" and carry the numeric tag of 1903. In its now-standard practice, it would soon begin giving Skip Ahead testers the code for this fall's upgrade, aka 1909 and likely named "Windows 10 October 2019 Update."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

Microsoft dismantles its update naming scheme again, leaves unanswered questions
Late Thursday, John Wilcox - who's become something of a lightning rod for unpopular Microsoft pronouncements - laid to waste the fiction of "Current Branch for Business," which is now called "Semi-Annual Channel." In his Windows IT Pro blog called Windows Update for Business and the retirement of SAC-T, he says:


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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

Run Python in R code
While R is a useful language, Python is also great for data science and general-purpose computing. See how to run Python code within an R script and pass data between Python and R

Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

CIOs, you're doing blockchain wrong
IT leaders who've taken the plunge into blockchain are mainly deploying it in proofs-of-concept tests to address the same problems a conventional database could handle, according to research firm Gartner.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

Wireless charging from A to Z: What you need to know
The term wireless charging has been around since... well, Nikola Tesla attempted to demonstrate it in 1901. For nearly a century after, however, the technology was without many practical uses, except, perhaps, for a few electric toothbrush models.

Over the past decade, wireless charging matured through the formation of various standards groups such as the Wireless Power Consortium, and through mainstream adoption by mobile device makers, such as Samsung in 2014, and finally, Apple in 2017.

To date, wireless charging has consisted of direct-contact charging pads using tightly-coupled induction technology; that combo creates an electromagnetic field between  two copper coils. Induction charging, while widely adopted because of Qi and other specifications, greatly limits the placement of a smartphone or other device on a charging pad. Nevertheless, inductive charging has become the de facto industry standard.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2019

Updating Spectre, Meltdown and Foreshadow mitigations
Use these Windows registry key changes and fixes to protect your systems from known side channel vulnerabilities.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

J.P. Morgan to launch a U.S. dollar-backed cryptocurrency
J.P. Morgan Chase plans to launch what is considered to be the first cryptocurrency backed by a major bank, a move that could legitimize blockchain as a vehicle for fiat cryptocurrencies.

JPM Coin, as the bank is calling its new cryptocoin, is considered fiat currency because it's backed by U.S. dollars in accounts designated at JPMorgan Chase N.A.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] One JPM Coin has the equivalent value of one U.S. dollar. Trials for the new cryptocoin are expected to begin in the next few months, according to a CNBC report.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

Mozilla to harden Firefox defenses with site isolation, a la Chrome
Mozilla plans to boost Firefox's defensive skills by mimicking the "Site Isolation" technology introduced to Google's Chrome last year.

Dubbed "Project Fission," the effort will more granularly separate sites and their individual components than is currently the case in Firefox. The goal: Isolate malicious sites and attack code so individual sites cannot wreak havoc in the browser at large, or pillage the browser, the device or the device's memory of critical information, such as authentication credentials and encryption keys.

[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] "We aim to build a browser which isn't just secure against known security vulnerabilities, but also has layers of built-in defense against potential future vulnerabilities," Nika Layzel, the project tech lead of the Fission team, wrote in a post last week to a Firefox development mailing list. "To accomplish this, we need to revamp the architecture of Firefox and support full Site Isolation." Layzel also published the note as the first newsletter from the Fission engineering group.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

How to use your Mac safely in public places
Coffee shops across the planet are populated by earnest Apple Mac-wielding remote and/or freelance workers - but are they taking steps to protect themselves in a public place? Follow this checklist to make sure you are protected.

#1: Worry about Wi-Fi Public Wi-Fi networks are dangerous places, not least because you don't really know how the network is set-up or who else is sitting on the same network with you.

Criminals are known to set up legitimate-seeming hotspots on which their software lurks, attempting to take data (including your bank and intranet passcodes) in transit. Please beware:

Do: Make sure the network you are accessing is really the network that belongs to the place you are in - just because someone has called their network Coffee Bean Net doesn't mean it is the network that officially belongs to the shop. Don't: Access your financial, personal, confidential or medical records over unsecured public Wi-Fi - you're better off setting up your own iPhone hotspot and using that when accessing services like that in a public place. Do: Delete free networks from your Mac once you have used them. Your Mac is unable to determine if a network you are accessing is the genuine network, and will simply go by name. #2: Use a VPN So long as you use a VPN from a reputable company then you can make yourself a great deal safer when working in that coffee shop beside your gig economy mates.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google's upgrade fix work?
For nearly two years now, Project Treble has served as a source of hope and inspiration for the Android faithful — a magical-seeming fix for a long-standing source of frustration.

Unveiled in the spring of 2017, Project Treble is Google's most ambitious effort ever to rethink the structure of Android, as an operating system, and break the software down in some wild new ways — all with the aim of making it easier for phone-makers to get OS updates out to their devices in a reasonably timely manner. Android upgrades have been a major pain point on the platform practically since the start, and despite all of Google's previous efforts, manufacturers just keep getting worse at providing post-sales software support to their highest-paying customers.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

All about Android upgrades (and why they're late) | TECH(talk)
It's not exactly news that Android upgrades almost always take a lo-o-o-o-o-ng time to roll out to most users. As in months. Often, many months. Sometimes more than a year.

Sometimes never.

(There is an exception: Google delivers new versions of Android to its Pixel line right away, and did just that with the release of Android 9.0 (Pie) last fall.)

It's now been six months since Pie arrived, which means it's time for Computerworld blogger JR Raphael's comprehensive look at how device-makers are doing when it comes to upgrades. 

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2019

Why Android updates are so late | TECH(talk)
The yearly release of a new version of Android always causes a hopeful stir among users. But most of them have to wait months, or even longer, to get the update on their devices.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: A large February Patch Tuesday is warming up for a big year for Microsoft
This is a big patch release for Microsoft February Patch Tuesday, with 75 vulnerabilities addressed and critical updates for IE and Windows and most importantly this month a large number of patches to Microsoft's development platform (.NET, IE and scripting engines). And Adobe is back on the scene with a critical update to resolve more memory corruption issues.

We would advise a little caution with the Windows desktop update due to some pretty big updates to both the GDI sub-systems and the Win32K driver system. Chris Goettl has posted some guidance that aligns closely with our thinking: make Adobe, Exchange and the browser patches a priority.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2019

Don't waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)
We've all had a chuckle at the expense of Microsoft Office, with the '90s debuts of Bob and Clippy being particularly hilarious (at least in hindsight). But now it is Microsoft itself that is making fun of Office 2019, the latest version of its iconic office suite. Although Office 2019 was just released this past September, Microsoft is urging you to replace it — and your older versions of Office — with Office 365.

And it's not just in Microsoft's "Twins Challenge" ads. Jared Spataro, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Office and Windows group, comes right out and says that Office 2019's applications are "frozen in time. They don't ever get updated with new features," while "Office 365 includes fully installed Office applications ... and these apps keep getting better over time, with new capabilities delivered every month."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2019

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things?
A bunch of apps from some major players — including Expedia, Hollister, Air Canada, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines — recently came to grief because of a security/privacy hole in a third-party analytics app they all used, according to a report from TechCrunch. The incident exposed extremely sensitive customer information including payment card and password data shared in clear text. That sort of thing shouldn't be happening — and yet everyone seems focused on the wrong lesson.

The analytics app, called Glassbox, captures all information from a user's interaction with the app, including keystrokes entered and spots on the touchscreen the user touched or clicked. It also may include some screen captures. In every case, the apps give insufficient privacy disclosures to app users, or none at all. And, as already mentioned, it shares sensitive data in clear text.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps
Need to get up to speed on the latest features in Excel 2016? Wrestling with an old version of Word? Looking to get more out of Windows 10? Computerworld's cheat sheets are easy-to-use guides to help you navigate Microsoft's core productivity apps.

Here's a one-stop resource where you can find in-depth stories on several generations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows, focusing on what's new in each major release. We've also got guides for SharePoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and Windows itself.

Microsoft's subscription-based office suite, Office 365, is continually updated with new features, and the company recently released Office 2019, its latest non-subscription office suite. We'll be publishing new cheat sheets to cover those products, but we're willing to bet that many companies and individuals will stay on older versions of the standalone software for some time to come. We've got you covered here.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

Excel 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet
Microsoft Windows may get all the press coverage, but when you want to get real work done, you turn your attention to the applications that run on it. And if you use spreadsheets, that generally means Excel.

Excel is, of course, part of Microsoft's Office suite of productivity tools. Microsoft sells Office under two models: Individuals and businesses can pay for the software license up front and own it forever (what the company calls the "perpetual" version of the suite), or they can purchase an Office 365 subscription, which means they have access to the software for only as long as they keep paying the subscription fee.

When you purchase a perpetual version of the suite — say, Office 2016 or Office 2019 — its applications will never get new features, whereas Office 365 apps are continually updated with new features. (For more details, see "What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2019 and Office 365?")

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

What happens when an Office 365 subscription expires?
Microsoft's pay-as-you-go Office 365 is, first and foremost, a subscription. And like other subscriptions - think newspapers (remember them?) or an online storage service - missing a payment doesn't immediately mean you're cut off.

Because it's less expensive to retain a current subscriber than find a new subscriber as a replacement, providers will go to great lengths to keep customers on the rolls.

[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ] When a business misses an Office 365 payment, or cancels the service, the applications and data don't immediately disappear. Instead, Microsoft steps a customer through a three-stage process that gradually decreases both employee and administrator access, but for months leaves the door open to a renewal.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

5 QuickTime lessons for Apple's new AR chief
In what I see as a signal of the importance of augmented reality (AR) to the company, Apple has put one of its most highly experienced executives, Frank Casanova, in command of AR product marketing.

Enabling the AR tidal wave Apple's senior director of worldwide product marketing, Casanova led iPhone marketing for the original 2007 launch.

He was also one of those who evangelized Apple's pioneering QuickTime multimedia standard - given that QuickTime arguably helped Apple transform itself into a streaming media powerhouse, what lessons can he bring to Apple's AR teams?

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter
Every year, it happens like clockwork: I publish my six-month-long, data-driven analysis of how Android device-makers are doing when it comes to getting operating system updates onto their phones — and within a matter of hours, the standard responses start a-rollin' in:

I don't need any of the features from Pie, and my phone already had some of 'em, anyway — so what's the difference?

I doubt anyone who owns a Samsung phone even knows what version of Android their phone is running, so who cares?

Whatever. Android upgrades don't even matter anymore.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2019

Does Slack's move to go public make it an acquisition target?
Slack announced last week that it is preparing for a public listing, capitalizing on huge growth in the six years since its launch. But could the popular workplace collaboration software company get acquired even before it hits the stock market?To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 11, 2019

Windows 7 add-on support to cost up to $350 per PC for 3 more years of patches
Microsoft will charge as much as $200 per Windows 7 PC to deliver a year's worth of OS security updates after it's officially retired in January, according to a company document.

"Windows 7 Extended Security Updates" (ESU), which will add security support through January 2023, was announced in September 2018. At the time, Microsoft said the add-on support would be sold on a per-device basis and in one-year increments for up to three years.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] Although the company admitted that prices "will increase each year," Microsoft did not reveal Windows 7 ESU's costs. Later, Computerworld located a document aimed at partners and the firm's own salesforce that said prices would double each year.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 11, 2019

It's time to block Windows Automatic Updating
Those of you who feel it's important to install Windows and Office patches the moment they come out - I salute you. The Windows world needs more cannon fodder. When the bugs come out, as they inevitably will, I hope you'll drop by AskWoody.com and tell us all about them.

For those who feel that, given Microsoft's track record of pernicious patches, a bit of reticence is in order, I have some good news. Microsoft's Security Response Center says that only a tiny percentage of patched security holes get exploited within 30 days of the patch becoming available.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 11, 2019

Does Workplace have a Facebook problem?
Facebook emerged from 2018 bruised from a series of revelations that undermined trust in the popular social media platform and raised questions about its commitment to privacy.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2019

Microsoft lampoons Office 2019 in PR pitch for Office 365
Microsoft this week took the strange step of slamming its own software, portraying Office 2019 as second-class when pitted against Office 365.

What Microsoft neglected to say was that Office 2019's inferiority stems from decisions the company itself has made about how the suite's applications are created and serviced.

[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ] In a public relations pitch dubbed "The Twins Challenge," Microsoft set three pairs of Millennial-aged identical twins against each other. One twin ran an Office 2019 application, the other ran the same-named desktop app from within an Office 365 subscription. Each was asked to complete the same task, with the first finisher given the win.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2019

How to stay as private as possible on Apple's iPad and iPhone
Apple believes in your right to privacy. Here is some advice on how to use the tools it has given you to protect your privacy on an iOS device.

Use a better passcode You probably already use a 4-digit passcode, but you can improve that with a 6-digit or alphanumeric code.

You change this in SettingsTouch ID/Face ID & Passcode, select Change Passcode and then tap the small Passcode Options dialog. Alphanumeric codes are harder to decipher, just make sure you remember the code.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2019

Microsoft: Watch out for zero days; deferred patches, not so much
Matt Miller's presentation at Blue Hat yesterday included some startling statistics, based on data gathered by Microsoft's Security Response Center. The numbers starkly confirm what we've been saying for years: The chances of getting hit with malware by delaying Windows and Office patches for up to 30 days is tiny compared to all the other ways of getting clobbered.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2019

Linux tip: How to use the hostnamectl command
In this Linux tip, we look at the hostnamectl command. It's a command that provides information on a particular system - including but not limited to its hostname - and even allows you to make some changes.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2019

10 productivity-boosting apps for Microsoft Teams
Teams is Microsoft's chat-based collaboration tool that connects employees via group chat, direct messaging and file sharing. Teams has a big advantage over rivals because it can hook into Microsoft's various office productivity apps, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But users still expect to be able to connect to a wide range of their favorite apps, regardless of who created them. To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2019

Get TotalAV Essential AntiVirus for $19.99 (80% off)
The term "computer virus" calls to mind imagery of pathogenic creepy-crawlies bringing down a device's operating system, their flagella wriggling as they multiply into hordes that infiltrate its chips and wires. And while it's true that our computers can be infected with literal biological bacteria like staphylococci, per Science Illustrated, the threat of malicious codes and programs intent on corrupting data and files looms far larger: According to a recent study from the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering, attacks on computers with internet access is virtually ceaseless, with an incident occurring every 39 seconds on average, affecting a third of Americans every year.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2019

What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2019 and Office 365?
Microsoft Office may be the de facto productivity tool for millions of workers worldwide, but it's no monolith. Rather than a single, towering smooth-black Office, there's a whole Stonehenge of options: Office on the iPhone, on iPad, Office on Android smartphones, Office on personal computers, Windows and macOS, Office with a handful of applications, Office with fist-fulls of apps.

But when you get down to it, there are really only two kinds of Office. One, labeled Office 2019, is the stand-alone suite that traces its roots back to the last century. The other, Office 365, is the subscription service that debuted in 2011.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2019

Why Apple is disabling Safari's Do Not Track feature
Apple takes privacy very seriously. It takes its leadership in that care seriously, and getting rid of the voluntary ‘Do Not Track' setting in its Safari browser is the right decision.

Why disabling Safari's Do Not Track feature is the right thing to do Apple introduced support for Do Not Track (DNT) in iOS 7, but removed the feature in Safari 12.1.

The problem with DNT is that the signal it sends to websites, analytics firms, plug-in makers and ad networks is a voluntary request, and can be ignored.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Pick a card, any card ...
This conglomerate is structured as several smaller companies, with a big central IT organization plus individual IT groups in some of the companies, reports an IT pilot fish there.

"An IT staffer from one of the companies loaded a password cracker and proceeded to crack the Windows NT servers," fish says. "He sent out emails bragging about how insecure NT was and giving the NT team a hard time."

Fish isn't on the NT team, but he and his security co-workers decide to strike back on behalf of their colleagues — and they do it through the central IT audit group, to make sure it's all above board.

First, they supply the audit people with a list of more than 100 Unix servers, and get them to pick a server at random. Amazingly, the audit group picks the only server on the list that belongs to the company where the NT attack originated.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2019

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Pie
By this point, it's no secret that Android upgrades are a mess — but this was supposed to be the cycle where everything got better.

Google's Android 9 Pie release was the first Android version to feature the full benefits of Project Treble, a complex effort to make it easier for manufacturers to update their devices with new operating system versions. And lemme tell ya: Such a solution has never been more desperately needed.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2019

Have we already reached 'peak smartphone'? | TECH(talk)
In January, Apple surprised the tech world when it acknowledged that soft iPhone sales would cause a rare earnings miss. 

Then other smartphone makers said they were seeing the same kind of sales slowdown.

Analysts offered up a variety of reasons: prices are getting too high, people hang onto hardware longer, the global economy is slowing. You get the idea.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2019

TECH (talk): Have we already reached 'peak smartphone'?
In January, Apple surprised the tech world when it acknowledged that soft iPhone sales would cause a rare earnings miss. 

Then other smartphone makers said they were seeing the same kind of sales slowdown.

Analysts offered up a variety of reasons: prices are getting too high, people hang onto hardware longer, the global economy is slowing. You get the idea.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2019

TECH (talk): The sad state of the smartphone market
With smartphone sales slowing - even for the iconic iPhone - have we reached 'peak smartphone'? And if so, how does the industry innovate its way out of the funk?

Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2019

The sad state of the smartphone market | TECH(talk)
With smartphone sales slowing - even for the iconic iPhone - have we reached 'peak smartphone'? And if so, how does the industry innovate its way out of the funk?

Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2019

How to harden Windows workstations and servers from attack
Use these basic settings to make it harder for attackers to Windows hardware.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2019

22 top tips for Google Keep on Android
I really need to upgrade my brain's internal storage.

I'm only partially kidding: Just like a hard drive, I'm pretty sure my mind reached maximum capacity at some point in the past decade. The only way I can remember anything these days is by making and maintaining a million notes, both physical and digital. (My wife can confirm this: "I told you that a week ago" is an all-too-common phrase 'round these parts.)

I'm still waiting for Western Digital to start selling SSD implants for the noggin, but in the meantime, Google Keep has become my repository for notes of the non-sticky variety. I like it because it's simple to use and yet packed with features that make my life easier on both a professional and a personal level. Plus, it works as well on my desktop computer or Chromebook as it does on my Android phone — and I can seamlessly move from one device to the next and know all my notes will always be synced, current, and available wherever I need 'em.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2019

Firefox set to silence auto-play audio with March upgrade
Mozilla this week announced that the next upgrade to Firefox, due for release March 19, will automatically block all auto-play audio by default.

"Starting with the release of Firefox 66 for desktop and Firefox for Android, Firefox will block audible audio and video by default," Chris Pearce, a Mozilla software engineer, wrote in a post to the company's Hacks blog.

Only when the user explicitly interacts with the website to launch audio or video content - Pearce cited clicking a "Play" button as an example - will Firefox allow sound to stream.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2019

How Nuance is blazing a path to a smarter Siri
Nuance's recently-announced Project Pathfinder solution gives us a glimpse at Siri's smarter future.

What is Project Pathfinder? MakingSiri and other voice assistants smarter means machines must get much better at analysing and understanding real world conversations and developing AI models capable of handling their context and complexity.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2019

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out
Google's Chrome OS is one of the world's most misunderstood computing platforms. Chromebooks are foundationally different from traditional PCs, after all — and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions about how they work and what they can and can't do.

Since people are always asking me whether a Chromebook might be right for their needs, I thought I'd put together a quick guide to help any such wonderers figure it out. Whether it's you or someone you know who's curious, the following three questions should help shed some light on what the platform's all about and for whom it makes sense.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2019

Why Windows may never get another killer feature
Sometime this spring, Windows 10 will get its next update, which has become a twice-a-year ritual. Several years ago, Microsoft decided Windows 10 would be the last big-bang update for the operating system, as the company moved the OS to a Windows-as-a-service model. There's no longer any need to buy a new version of Windows. It gets updated twice a year (and at no charge, since Windows as a service is not a subscription model), with security updates and bug fixes sandwiched in between.

That's certainly easy on the pocketbook. And it makes getting the latest and greatest version of the operating system easy as well. No need for ugly, messy, disk-based upgrades. It happens automatically over the internet.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 04, 2019

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 again posts growth as deadline focuses minds
Windows 10's user share last month jumped by the largest amount in more than two and a half years, a strong signal that customers running older OSes may have gotten serious about meeting the looming retirement deadline of Windows 7.

According to web analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10's share climbed by 1.7 percentage points in January, ending the month at 40.9% of all personal computers and 47.4% of all PCs running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows does not power all personal computers; in January, Windows ran 86% of the world's machines. Most of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 04, 2019

Where's Apple's collaboration service?
There's one glaring gap in Apple's plan to transition to a services company - the lack of enterprise services. The collaboration market, for instance, is one of the biggest growth sectors in enterprise software. Given that Apple currently dominates the enterprise mobility market, it's surprising that it's made little effort to take on the likes of Slack or Microsoft Teams.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 04, 2019

6 tips to get mega value from the new megamenu navigation for SharePoint
Megamenu navigation for SharePoint was announced to great applause at the Microsoft Ignite conference in September 2018. In a blog post on January 30, Mark Kashman (senior product manager at Microsoft) announced that megamenu navigation will be deployed to Targeted Release customers by the end of February 2019 and to all Office 365 production customers by the end of March. Megamenus have already arrived in my personal tenant, and there are definitely some things you will want to think about before you go mega crazy!

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2019

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 that has been rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, 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
Feb 01, 2019

Top web browsers 2019: Firefox scores second straight month of share growth
Mozilla's Firefox wrapped up a two-month resurgence this week, clawing back some previously-lost user share to return to a level last seen in the middle of 2018.

The open-source browser remains the only major browser committed to using a rendering engine that is not based on Google's Blink or its predecessor, WebKit.

According to web analytics vendor Net Applications, Firefox's share rose by three-tenths of a percentage point in January, reaching 9.9%. The increase was the second consecutive month of user share growth and put Firefox back where it was last June.

Firefox's gains were important, as the browser flirted with dangerous territory as recently as November, when it slumped to below 9%. The trend at the time looked nasty; if the declines had continued at the 12-month average pace, Firefox would have fallen below 7% by August 2019.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2019

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

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

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2019

The January Windows and Office patches are good to go
Compared to some months last year, January has been a Microsoft patching cakewalk. We had several rounds of close calls and missed calls, as I posted earlier this week, but almost everything is cleared up.

We've seen a few more problems raise their ugly heads in the past few days:

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest version of Office Click-to-Run (which you're likely using if you have Office 365) makes the conversation window disappear in Skype for Business 2016. The Windows 8.1 Monthly Rollup, KB 4480963, breaks the Live Migration feature on older AMD Opteron machines. We're still waiting for confirmation on that one. Citrix confirms (but Microsoft hasn't acknowledged) that the latest Win10 1803 cumulat

Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2019

Linux tip: How to use the pstree command
In this tip, we look at the pstree command. It allows you to get a listing of running processes that clearly indicates the relationship between them.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2019

Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks
Mmm...who doesn't love a nice hearty helping of pie?

Whether we're talking apple, blueberry, or the Android 9 variety, there's plenty of reason to get excited about pie (or Pie, as the case may be). And while I can't provide much in the way of advice regarding the edible sort, I can give you plenty of useful tips about Google's Android 9 Pie software.

Just like its pastry-based counterpart, Android Pie has lots of flaky layers — and in the case of an operating system, that means oodles of valuable options just waiting to be embraced. Whether you're just getting your first taste of Pie in 2019 (hi, Galaxy S9 owners!) or you've been enjoying Android 9 for a while, there's almost certainly something new you've yet to discover.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

It's been the worst year ever for smartphone shipments. Here's why
Smartphone sales have declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, making the past year the worst in the history of smartphone shipments, according to new data from research firm IDC.

The data revealed that after a "challenging holiday quarter" at the end of 2018 global smartphone volumes declined 4.1% last year with a total of 1.4 billion units shipped. In the fourth quarter alone, volumes declined 4.9% with 375.4 million units shipped.

[ Related: What to look for in a 4G mobile hotspot ] And the situation is not expected to get much better this year.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

Microsoft to end IE10 support years early, tells enterprises to upgrade to IE11
Microsoft this week told the remaining users of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) that it would cut off support years earlier than promised, saying it would end security updates for the browser in January 2020.

IE11 will replace IE10 on systems running Windows Server 2012.

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] "Starting in the spring of 2019, commercial customers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard can begin using IE11 in their test environments or pilot rings," wrote Suchithra Gopinath, a Microsoft program manager, in a Jan. 28 post to a company blog. "You will have until January 2020 to complete the transition from IE10 to IE11. After this, we will not release any security or non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content changes for IE10."

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

Goodbye, Google Inbox: The Inbox-to-Gmail survival guide
Ah, Inbox. Dear, sweet Inbox. When we first met, I'll be honest: I wasn't so sure about you. But you were intent on winning me over, weren't you? You worked on yourself and got better — stronger, more capable, more confident. Finally, I saw the light. And boy golly, did we make a great pair.

We had some good times, the two of us — getting cozy on my desktop at work, staring at each other through my laptop at night, even touching in all sorts of places on my Android phone. (At the risk of being ungentlemanly, let me just say: It was a lovely feeling to know you were always in my pocket.) The past few years are filled with heart-warming memories.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

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

[ Further reading: 41 cool and useful IFTTT applets ] But what exactly is IFTTT? And how does it relate to the idea of everything as a service? Here's what you need to know.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

Next Android OS might allow app downgrade. This is a BIG deal.
I saw a very interesting report this week — from the reliable XDA Developers.com site — that the upcoming Android OS, Android Q, will let IT shops downgrade apps. That means that if a third-party app or even Android native app update presents problems, such as conflicting with other apps or opening a security hole or doing something else headache-inducing, IT can simply click and go back to the version from an hour or two earlier. This is massive.

IT shop managers are discovering in many ways that not owning and/or controlling key applications and environments that they used to control — think of the days before mobile apps and when the cloud was just something that periodically poured water on you — can be severely problematic at times.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

Q&A: MIT prof talks about teaching blockchain - and who's learning
Blockchain is hot, both as an evolving distributed ledger technology already being piloted in myriad industries as well as a highly sought-after, emerging job skill.

Salaries for blockchain developers can reach as high as $175,000 with the number of full-time job openings exceeding 12,000 last fall - a growth rate of 400% over the previous year.

Universities are quickly ramping up courses on blockchain to address growing industry demand for developers. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2019

Huawei in hot water, more on Apple's rocky first-quarter | TECH(feed)
Today's episode features more on Apple's first-quarter report, news that Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau are profiling users, collaboration software spending, and more problems for Huawei.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2019

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google this week released Chrome 72, a refresh that includes no new notable user-facing features but does take a first step toward ending support for older web encryption protocols.

Chrome 72 also patches 58 vulnerabilities reported by security researchers, who were paid a total of $50,500 in bug bounties.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Chrome updates in the background, so most users can just relaunch the browser to install the latest iteration. 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. Those new to Chrome can download version 72 in versions for Windows, macOS and Linux from this Google website.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2019

Microsoft Patch Alert: January patches include a reprisal of KB 4023057 and a swarm of lesser bugs
In general, the January patches look relatively benign, but for some folks in some situations they can bite. Hard.

On the surface we've seen the usual Patch Tuesday Cumulative Updates and secondary Cumulative Updates for all versions of Windows 10. Microsoft calls the secondary Cumulative Updates "optional" because you only get them if you click "Check for updates."

Windows 7 and 8.1 got their usual Monthly Rollups, but there's a problem. Specifically, this month's Win7 Monthly Rollup has a couple of bugs that are only fixed if you install the preview of February's Monthly Rollup. Which makes no sense at all, but that's Microsoft. There's another Win7 Monthly Rollup bug that's fixed by installing a different "silver bullet" patch.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2019

How to defend Office 365 from spear-phishing attacks
Configure Office 365 to detect email-delivered malware.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2019

It's a hack!
It's a few years after Y2K, and this pilot fish has overall responsibility for all things related to his company's website.

"Like most corporations, our company had a policy that computers and laptops were to be used only for company business, along with policies governing the appropriate use of the internet in the work environment," fish says.

"After arriving at work one morning, I opened my email to find a frantic message from our CEO to me and our internet security manager, stating that our website had been hacked."

The big boss knows this is the case because there are spammy images and text on the home page, among other issues. Not surprisingly, the CEO is adamant that this must be resolved ASAP.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

Blockchain: The complete guide
Blockchain, which began to emerge as a real-world tech option in 2016 and 2017, is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter century ago. And in the same way Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will likely take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information and data between open and private business networks.

Based on a distributed, peer-to-peer (P2P) topology, blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) allows data to be stored globally on thousands of servers - while letting anyone on the network see everyone else's entries in real-time. That makes it difficult for one user to gain control of, or game, the network.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel
Once upon a time, making a choice about how you updated Windows was easy: Let Microsoft decide. The company had a release cycle, and you went along for the ride.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

What's in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla revamps ad-tracker blocking controls
Mozilla today released Firefox 65 for Windows, macOS and Linux and called out new user controls for setting the desired level of anti-ad tracking by the browser.

Developers also patched seven vulnerabilities, three tagged as "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "This results in the stream parser object being freed while still in use, leading to a potentially exploitable crash," Mozilla said, referring to a "use-after-free" bug in the browser.

Firefox 65, which can be downloaded from Mozilla's site, updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or explains the refresh process.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

Get 140 Hours Of CompTIA Certification Training For $59 (90% Off)
Knowing how to design, build out, grow, and manage Internet Technology (IT) firms, departments, and facilities provides what you need to take charge in today's most challenging and lucrative IT environments. And lifetime access to the Complete CompTIA Certification Training Bundle is exactly what you need to get the required training and ensuing certifications.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

Android's stalled revolutions
As we gear up for another big Android release and consider both hopes and clues for the still-mysterious "Q," it's a fine time to remember that flashy new features don't always play out in the way we might think.

Sometimes, it's the fault of Google's execution and notorious lack of commitment. Remember the insanely impressive Google Now on Tap concept, which ended up being promising but inconsistent — and then ultimately got brushed aside and abandoned not long after its debut? Other times, it's a matter of underlying tech being outmatched by newer and simpler alternatives — like what happened with the once-futuristic-seeming Android Beam, which has languished almost unnoticed in Android for years (and finally appears to be on the brink of being put to bed).

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

Apple's Group FaceTime: A place for spies?
Apple has disabled Group FaceTime following discovery of a flaw that could potentially let people hear audio from other people's devices without permission. What's going on and what can you do about it?

The bug, in brief A 9to5Mac report based on a video published to Twitter by @BmManski revealed that this flaw lets a user listen to audio captured using another person's device before they accept or reject the call requesting a FaceTime chat. The problem only affects iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later (pending an update).

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

Collaboration software is on the move in 2019
The year started off with a bang for several companies that make collaboration software. Here's what's been going on with Microsoft Teams, G Suite and others since the start of 2019.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

The race to lock down industrial control systems | Salted Hash Ep 44
Guest host Juliet Beauchamp and CSO senior writer J.M. Porup talk about the challenges around securing the systems and networks used to control industrial plants and infrastructures.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

TECH(talk): Collaboration software is on the move in 2019
The year started off with a bang for several companies that make collaboration software. Here's what's been going on with Microsoft Teams, G Suite and others since the start of 2019.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2019

TECH(talk): The collaboration software market is on the move
How hot is the collaboration software market in 2019?

So far, in January:

Microsoft has rolled out tweaks to its Teams software for frontline workers and separately unveiled new features for the education market. (That includes new hardware it hopes can help displace Chromebooks in schools.)

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] Google announced it is raising prices for some G Suite users.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2019

Collaboration software spending to hit $45B as team chat app demand booms
Spending on team chat applications is set to grow substantially this year as demand for collaboration and unified communications (UC) software continues to boom, according to a forecast from Synergy Research Group. 

Quarterly revenues are now at an all-time high, according to the analyst firm, and are set to continue "growing steadily" for the next five years. Third-quarter revenue in 2018 almost topped $11 billion, with final quarter numbers expected to be "substantially higher."

[ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] Overall, the market for collaboration software is set to grow 9% this year to more than $45 billion globally, buoyed by several high-growth market areas.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2019

Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals
Microsoft launched Teams as its own take on the booming market for group messaging apps led by Slack and now also fought over by Google, Facebook and Cisco, to name but a few.

As with all team chat tools, the core aim of Microsoft Teams is to connect staff and enhance collaboration, providing an alternative to - or even replacing - email communications. Think of it as a "digital translation of an open office space," as a Microsoft spokesperson put it.

[ Further reading: How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 to sync and share files ] While Microsoft has effectively been playing catch up with Slack, it has quickly positioned Teams as the central hub for communications and collaboration within Office 365 - as evidenced by the decision to replace Skype for Business with Teams. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2019

Now you can run Windows 10 on an iPad Pro, Android
Microsoft remains on message with its "Windows everywhere" mantra, so how can iPad and Android users access Windows from their devices? Parallels Access, VMWare Horizon and Amazon Workspaces all let you access Windows from iPad Pro, compatible Android and other devices.

OK, Computer Tools like these are excellent for Windows users as they can access their legacy applications on their choice of mobile device while they engage in the inevitable process of upgrading their IT infrastructure for the new digital workplace.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2019

R tip: Write your own RStudio addins
This RStudio Addins tutorial shows step by step how to create an addin for the RStudio IDE

Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2019

Sharding: What it is and why many blockchain protocols rely on it
As blockchains are being rolled out in an increasing number of pilot programs for everything from cross-border financial transactions to supply chain management, one persistent issue remains: a lack of scalability.

As more computers join the peer-to-peer network, the efficiency of the whole system typically degrades.

[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] Scalability has already been identified as an issue with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum's Ether. If a distributed ledger is to achieve adoption by financial technology (FinTech) companies and compete with payment networks hundreds of times faster, it must find a way to boost scalability and throughput and address latency problems.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2019

Microsoft peddles Office apps from Apple's Mac e-store
Microsoft this week for the first time offered its Office for Mac applications in Apple's Mac App Store.

"We're excited to announce that Office 365 is now available on the newly redesigned Mac App Store," Microsoft executive Jared Spataro wrote in a Jan. 24 post to a company blog.

[ Related: Apple's place is in the enterprise ] The Office applications - Excel, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, PowerPoint and Word - can be downloaded separately or as a bundled collection from the Mac App Store, Apple's e-market.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2019

The IT admin guide to Office 365 at the Mac App Store
Microsoft had a very special gift for the Mac platform which celebrated its 35thbirthday yesterday - Office 365 apps are now available for purchase and download from the Mac App Store. What does this new option mean to IT administrators?

Summary Microsoft wants to help enterprise users migrating from antiquated legacy Windows 7 kit to new platforms - but wants to make sure they keep using its cloud-based business solutions when they do.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

Windows 10 1809 fiasco may hinder enterprise migrations from Windows 7
Microsoft's months-long delay in getting the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade to customers could not have come at a worse time.

The slow delivery of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also known as 1809 in Microsoft's nicknaming yymm nomenclature, may pinch enterprises' migration from Windows 7, impact the expected shift to longer-supported versions of Windows 10 and temporarily stymie businesses from skipping multiple upgrades.

[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] Windows 10 1809 only began a phased roll-out to customers - almost entirely consumers at the start - a week ago, even though the upgrade was initially released Oct. 2, 2018. The roll-out should have started to show up on eligible PCs no later than the middle of October.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

IDG Contributor Network: How Microsoft failed with Windows 10 Mobile
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

This month, Microsoft announced that they would end support for Windows 10 Mobile by year end. Thus ends one of the most painful eras at Microsoft (and one that was likely instrumental to Steve Ballmer being asked to step down as CEO).

I followed the Windows 10 Mobile debacle closely. At the heart of the failure was the near-complete lack of understanding for a competitive process that defined Microsoft's initial success in the 1980s - and then was institutionally forgotten - called "embrace, extend, extinguish." This, coupled with an inability to fund or execute timely, showcased another endemic problem that defined Steve Ballmer's term as CEO: an inability to fully assess the cost of success and instead setting spending by some other method.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

11 smart browser alternatives to Safari for iOS
11 alternative browsers for iOSImage by IDG

Chances are your corporate IT policy dictates which browser you use on your laptop or desktop. On your iPhone, though, you may be free to choose a more exotic browser. So we've rounded up 11 Safari alternatives - some talkative, some secretive - for Apple's iOS. Just remember that, although you can install as many browsers as you like on your iPhone, there's no way to change the default browser in iOS. When you tap on a link in an email or a social networking app, it's always Safari that's going to open it. Apple also requires developers to use the same Webkit rendering engine as Safari to display web pages on screen, so iOS web browsers are really all just Webkit in a different wrapper. Check out how different some of these wrappers are.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

Android dark mode today: 15 apps with out-of-the-way switches
A true system-wide dark mode is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated early elements of Google's upcoming Android Q release — and little by little, apps appear to be gearing up to support the new setup.

According to a leaked early development build of the software, Android Q will provide a single switch that shifts an entire device into a darker state — not only elements of the operating system but also the interfaces of individual apps. A since-deleted posting by a Googler had previously suggested that dark mode was an "approved Q feature" and that the teams responsible for preloaded Google apps were told to make sure their programs had compatible themes ready to roll by the time Q arrived.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

Apple's ‘Everyone Can Code' courses are now available in braille
It's possible the next big thing in app or operating systems development may be created by a blind or partially-sighted developer, as Apple takes another step to make coding accessible to everybody.

Swift gets braille Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum is already in use in schools, colleges and homes worldwide.

Now it has partnered with the world-famous RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to make its coding skills curriculum more accessible.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 24, 2019

Microsoft updates Teams for education, unveils low-cost Windows 10 devices
Microsoft is ramping up efforts to appeal to the education market, with updates to its Teams group messaging app that supports collaboration between students, teachers and staff members. 

Among the features announced at the Bett 2019 education technology conference in London this week: integration with student information systems and the ability for teachers to grade school work on mobile devices. Microsoft also unveiled several low-budget Windows 10-based laptops and two-in-ones to take on Google Chromebooks, which have proved popular in schools.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 23, 2019

Linux's Hyperledger to give developers supply chain building blocks
The Linux Foundation's blockchain initiative - Hyperledger Project - has created a set of developer tools to allow the creation of supply chain-specific applications running atop the distributed ledger technology (DLT).

The Hyperledger Grid project, as it's called, will initially offer businesses modular software and smart contract components to address problems such as tracking and tracing shipped goods, electronic certifications and bill of lading exchange.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] "Supply chain is one of the most promising areas for blockchain use cases, and implementation of many of these use cases can benefit from capabilities which can be provided by a shared platform," the Linux Foundation said earlier this week. "This project will accelerate the development of blockchain-based solutions to cross-industry supply chain problems."

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 23, 2019

Windows 10 quick tips: 12 ways to speed up your PC
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. In just a few minutes you can try out these dozen tips; 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
Jan 23, 2019

How to clean up your Windows 10 act
These days, a relatively clean and uncomplicated Windows 10 system disk might be home to more than 150,000 files and 90,000 folders. A more complex, application-heavy system disk might contain between half a million and a million files. That's a lot of files!To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jan 22, 2019

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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