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Aug 14, 2018

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 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 1803, known as the April 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that 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
Aug 14, 2018

A hidden Android Pie security setting everyone should enable
Google's new Android 9 Pie release has plenty of fresh features and interface changes, but one of the software's most significant security improvements has managed to stay mostly off the radar.

In addition to all of the oft-discussed privacy and security enhancements, y'see, Pie has an out-of-sight and semi-advanced option. It's not something you'd use every day — or often at all, really — but if the right sort of occasion ever comes along, you'll be glad you have it enabled.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2018

Mingis on Tech: 3 big takeaways from Android Pie
So now we know: P is for Pie - as in Android Pie, the latest iteration of Google's mobile OS. It officially arrived Aug. 6, is already rolling out to Pixel devices and -  depending on how quickly other Android device makers get moving - it should show up for non-Pixel users over the next few months.

That makes this a good time to hear from Computerworld's JR Raphael about just what users can look forward to when they finally get their hands on their upcoming slice of Pie. (Sorry, just had to get that in there.)

[ Related: Android apps: Best of the best ] Raphael spoke to Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis about a slew of UI/navigation changes that will almost certainly require users to unlearn (and relearn) how to move around the OS; the growing use of AI and Machine Learning to make devices more predictive; and Google's coordinated efforts to speed up the pace of Android upgrades with "Project Treble."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 14, 2018

Mingis on Tech: 3 big slices of Android Pie
The newest version of Android is rolling out for Pixel devices already and - eventually - it'll arrive on other Android phones. Computerworld's JR Raphael details what users can look forward to, and why it matters.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft Surface GO and Fire HD 10 fit together in the same bag
I'm a huge Fire user, I have a fleet of the things and virtually every model they make.  The one I carry the most is the 10-inch Fire HD because it is best for videos, I don't have to flip the pages as much when reading, and it does a better job, in my opinion, than the smaller devices with web pages particularly those with forms. The new Microsoft Surface GO is in the same size class and I've been messing with it a bit. It stands out as being even better with web pages, it runs full Office, and it has a far better keyboard solution but the apps for movies and books aren't as good as the Fire's.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft Surface GO and Kindle Fire HD 10 fit together in the same bag
I'm a huge Kindle user, I have a fleet of the things and virtually every model they make.  The one I carry the most is the 10-inch Kindle Fire (Fire HD 10) because it is best for videos, I don't have to flip the pages as much when reading, and it does a better job, in my opinion, than the smaller devices with web pages particularly those with forms. The new Microsoft Surface GO is in the same size class and I've been messing with it a bit. It stands out as being even better with web pages, it runs full Office, and it has a far better keyboard solution but the apps for movies and books aren't as good as the Kindle's.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2018

Patch Tuesday's coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don't get fooled again
July 2018 patches for both Windows and Office brought bugs and bugs of bugs — many of which haven't been solved, even now. We have even reached the unprecedented stage where the .NET team openly warned people against installing buggy updates, and the Monthly Rollup previews got shoved down the Automatic Update chute to fix bugs in the primary Monthly Rollup.

July was more galling than most months because the patches caused widespread problems for many, while plugging security holes for exactly zero widespread infections.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 13, 2018

Mastering Outlook and Google two-way calendar syncing
Microsoft Outlook is a complex, multifunctional software package, jam-packed with options and features. So, it's somewhat surprising that the calendaring function in Outlook 365/Outlook 2016 for Windows has almost no facility for two-way syncing with anything other than another Exchange-supported Outlook calendar.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 11, 2018

Sorry, gamers. Magic Leap means business!
Magic Leap is finally here.

After seven years of rumors, speculation and hype (not to mention $2.3 billion in funding from major companies like Google), Magic Leap this week started selling a real product you can buy.

[ Further reading: How AR and VR will change enterprise mobility ] And I'm here to do a magic trick of my own: I'm going to make your misconceptions about Magic Leap disappear!

The hardware bundle in detail The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is available on the Magic Leap website for $2,295. The headset weighs just under a pound and comes in two sizes based on head size and eye distance. Both sizes come with removable, variably sized and shaped nose and forehead rests. It gets about three hours of battery life.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Blue Team Village, DEF CON 2018 | Salted Hash Ep 43
Host Steve Ragan talks to Munin, a staffer at the DEF CON Blue Team Village about what's happening and what you can expect.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Blue Team village, Deffcon 2018 | Salted Hash Ep. 43
Host Steve Ragan talks to Munin, a staffer at the DEF CON Blue Team Village about what's happening and what you can expect.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Chrome 68 takes notifications native in Windows 10
Google this week started rolling out a change to Chrome 68 on Windows 10 that uses the operating system's native notification center to post messages from the browser.

According to Peter Beverloo, a staff software engineer who leads the team responsible for, among other things, Chrome's notifications, half of version 68's users have had the native support switched on in their browsers. The remainder will have it enabled, Beverloo said, "in a week or so."

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Chrome 68 launched July 24. The browser must be running on Windows 10 1607 - the mid-2016 feature upgrade also named "Anniversary Update" - or later.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Chromes 68 takes notifications native in Windows 10
Google this week started rolling out a change to Chrome 68 on Windows 10 that uses the operating system's native notification center to post messages from the browser.

According to Peter Beverloo, a staff software engineer who leads the team responsible for, among other things, Chrome's notifications, half of version 68's users have had the native support switched on in their browsers. The remainder will have it enabled, Beverloo said, "in a week or so."

[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Chrome 68 launched July 24. The browser must be running on Windows 10 1607 - the mid-2016 feature upgrade also named "Anniversary Update" - or later.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?
Back in March 2017, Microsoft quietly started blocking Windows Update on newer generations of Intel and AMD hardware. Then, a month later, those running Windows 7 on Intel 7th generation or later chips, AMD 7th generation or later or Qualcomm 8996 or later, were greeted with a warning that they were trying to install an update on:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft's July patches
On July 9, I recommended that you disable Windows Automatic Update and wait to see if the July Microsoft patches brought more mayhem than relief. With the August patches just a few days away, it's time to put a nail in the July coffin. I strongly recommend that you not install any of the July patches, and pray that Microsoft treats us better in August.

It's been a tumultuous month.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Microsoft may soon add multi-session remote access to Windows 10 Enterprise
Hints appeared last week that Microsoft may be close to offering multi-session remote desktop access to Windows 10 Enterprise as an alternative to, and complement of, Windows Server.

The appearance of "Windows 10 Enterprise for Remote Sessions" as an installation option was noticed by Tero Alhonen, of Svenska Handelsbanken AB, who tweeted screenshots Aug. 1. The find was first reported by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley two days later.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Phishing AI | Salted Hash Ep 42
Host Steve Ragan is joined by Lookout's Jeremy Richards, who manages the @PhishingAI account on Twitter, as well as a good friend and fellow reporter from Ars Technica.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 10, 2018

Phishing AI | Salted Hash Ep. 42
Host Steve Ragan is joined by Lookout's Jeremy Richards, who manages the @PhishingAI account on Twitter, as well as a good friend and fellow reporter from Ars Technica.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2018

IT admins warn Microsoft to slow Windows 10 upgrade pace
Microsoft should dial back its aggressive Windows 10 release schedule, IT administrators said, to a slower tempo of one feature upgrade annually - or even one every two years.

Approximately 78% of more than 1,100 business professionals charged with servicing Windows for their firms said that Windows 10's feature upgrades -- now released twice annually -- should be issued no more than once a year. The 78% was split almost evenly, with 39.2% arguing for one upgrade per year while 39.3% picked one every two years from a questionnaire on Windows patching, updating and upgrading.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Just 11% agreed that the current twice-a-year cadence is their preference, and an infinitesimal 1% wanted an even quicker tempo.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 09, 2018

Android Pie and Project Treble: Assessing Google's grand upgrade fix
If you've read this column for long, you know I tend to be the skeptical sort — especially when it comes to talk of fixes for Android's long-standing upgrade problem.

The reason is simple: I've tracked Android upgrades closely from the start, and I've seen numerous attempts to get device-makers to step up their game. There was the short-lived Android Update Alliance, announced to much fanfare at Google I/O 2011 and then never mentioned again. There was the launch of the Android preview program in 2014, which was hailed by many as being the long-awaited answer to slow and unreliable upgrades. And then there were the efforts to make the preview program more effective each subsequent year, with increasingly early previews and extended windows of time between the initial and final releases.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2018

The mechanics of Windows patching - in plain English
If you're troubled by Microsoft's patching policies, you aren't alone. If you're confused about Microsoft's patching policies, hey, join the club. Here's my guide to what's really happening in Update Utopia.

Last week, in an attempt to address the confusion, Microsoft designer and lecturer John Wilcox posted a detailed look at the company's "update servicing cadence" on the Windows IT Pro blog. In it, Wilcox set out the official patching principles:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2018

Bolster your cloud understanding with this AWS certification training.
Amazon Web Services is one of today's top cloud computing platforms, so certified cloud professionals will likely run into AWS at some point in their careers. It's never too late to be prepared and learn the fundamentals of AWS cloud computing; this AWS Solution Architect Certification Training Bundle will show you how for $49.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2018

Mozilla tests Firefox add-on that steers users toward serendipity
Mozilla has launched a test of a new Firefox add-on that recommends sites based on the user's current and past browsing.

The add-on, dubbed "Advance," was the latest in the Test Pilot project that Mozilla has run, under that name and others, since 2015. "Test Pilot is a way for you to try out experimental features and let us know what you think," said Nick Nguyen, vice president of Firefox, in a May 2016 blog post.

A current list of Test Pilot experiments can be found on this Mozilla site.

Advance adds a sidebar on the left of the Firefox window with a two-part recommendation: "Read Next" and "For You." The former highlights websites the technology thinks complement the content of the current tab, while the latter recommends sites/pages based on a user's longer-tail browser history.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 08, 2018

An inside look at hybrid Office 365 phishing attacks | Salted Hash Ep 41
In this episode, Steve Ragan shows what a hybrid phishing attack looks like as it starts off on one service, and quickly moves to another.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

Patch expert calls on Microsoft execs to fix Windows updating
Microsoft's patching, updating and upgrading of Windows - in particular Windows 10 - is a mess that the company needs to clean up, according to responses to a questionnaire circulated among business IT administrators.

But Microsoft doesn't get that there's a problem. Or if it does, it's not willing to say so. Instead, it touted a set of "guiding principles" for servicing Windows that it has not followed, argued the patch expert who distributed the questionnaire and urged Microsoft's top executives to heed the feedback.

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ] "If Microsoft cannot see that [those who are] in charge of patching [are] now waiting and not immediately sending out updates [to workers], then Microsoft isn't listening to [its] customer base," said Susan Bradley in an email reply to questions. "If Microsoft is not realizing that [its] enterprise customers are having issues with the timing of the feature updates, then Microsoft is not listening to their enterprise customers."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to Pie
What a long, strange trip it's been.

From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google's mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved.

Here's a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform's birth to present.

Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it didn't even have a cute codename.

Things were pretty basic back then, but the software did include a suite of early Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Calendar and YouTube, all of which were integrated into the operating system — a stark contrast to the more easily updatable standalone-app model employed today.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

Apple really wants your next PC to be a Mac -- and the timing's right
Apple appears to be taking a small step to make it easier for enterprises to upgrade their clapped-out old legacy Windows systems in favour of new Macs.

Easing the Windows pain The snag for Windows users upgrading to Macs has always been the challenge of bringing all the data across to the new system.

Apple already offers its Windows Migration Assistant to make it easier to migrate, and now it seems it is about to improve this solution when it ships macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

Android P — Pie! The complete FAQ
Hey! Can you believe it?! After months of awkward puns about the pending "Android P release" (and let's not even get into the "leaks"), we finally have an official name and number for Google's next great Android offering: Android 9, Pie.

Yep — just Pie. It's short, it's sweet, and it's a heck of a lot faster to type than certain past Android version names (here's lookin' at you, Ice Cream Sandwich). And it's not just a name and a number, either: Android 9 is fully cooked, out of the oven, and on its way into the world as of this week.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

Grand Theft IT? Not quite
The time has come for the sales team at this financial services company to get new top-of-the-line laptops -- and they're being upgraded 80 at a time, reports an IT pilot fish there.

"Late one night, the guy in charge of the upgrade got a call from Security saying that a break-in had occurred," fish says. "They told him that on the security cameras they saw the thieves making off with a lot of laptops.

"The upgrade project manager arrived at the scene to meet the police -- who were very puzzled when he started laughing.

"Turns out the thieves stole 80 decommissioned laptops with no hard drives, while ignoring the 80 new laptops sitting in boxes beside the decommissioned ones."

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 07, 2018

What is a phishing kit? Watch this in-depth explainer | Salted Hash Ep 39
What is a phishing kit? In this video, Steve Ragan offers an answer and a look at some of the kits Salted Hash has collected.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2018

8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse
From hardware diversity to customization potential, Android offers no shortage of enticing benefits for business users. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.

Power up most popular phones, and you'll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.

Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.

[ Related: Android Oreo: 18 advanced tips and tricks] 1. Optimize your home screen One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone's effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it's the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it's a cluttered and inefficient mess — and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2018

TSMC's iPhone chip attack is a wake-up call for enterprise security
Apple chipmaker TSMC suffered a serious WannaCry-related ransomware infection that closed down production at some of its factories. The incident should be a wake-up call for manufacturers across every industry.

Manufacturing is under attack TSMC has said the incident was not the result of a direct attack. Instead it says its systems were exposed to the malware "when a supplier installed tainted software without a virus scan."

The malware spread fast and impacted some of the company's most advanced facilities used to build Apple's A-series chips.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2018

By 2020, 1-in-5 healthcare orgs will adopt blockchain; here's why
While the financial services and shipping industries have been quick to deploy blockchain, the healthcare industry could soon follow their lead as it looks to increase efficiency and security, reduce costs and expand services with the distributed ledger technology.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2018

How Microsoft became tech's good guy
Once upon a time, Microsoft symbolized all that was wrong with the tech world: greedy, monopolistic, single-mindedly focused on profits while caring little about the public good. In the heyday of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company ran roughshod over competitors in its attempt to corral the worldwide market for both operating systems and application software.

But today, Microsoft has embraced the role of the tech world's better angel. And as events show in recent weeks, that's not hype. The company has, to some extent, tried to act as the industry's conscience as well as taking actions for the greater good.

One case in point: Microsoft's recent revelation that it had uncovered evidence that the Russian government had targeted three congressional campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections — and that it had helped thwart the plot. Microsoft discovered the attempts as part of its long-running battle against the Russian government-backed hacking cyber-espionage group called Fancy Bear. Microsoft, which has been playing whack-a-mole with the group for well over a year, targets the command-and-control servers that control malware that Fancy Bear plants on victims' computers, as well as associated websites that install malware on targets' computers when the victims visit them as a result of a spearphishing attack.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 06, 2018

An introduction to Kit Hunter, a phishing kit detector | Salted Hash Ep 40
Kit Hunter, a basic Python script written by host Steve Ragan, searches on common tag elements to find hidden phishing kits on a web server.

Enterprise Application News
Aug 04, 2018

How voice technology will re-shape business
A huge gulf exists between what businesses know about voice-enabled technologies, and what they do about it.

To illustrate that fact, Globant surveyed more than 600 senior decision makers and found that while huge majority of respondents see big benefits to voice technology, only 31% use it daily at work.

It's no secret that voice technology is valuable. Just look at the consumer smart speaker market. More than 43 million Americans now own one. Many of the people who will eventually use voice technology at work are already using it every day at home.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 03, 2018

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.
No doubt you recall patching guru Susan Bradley's open letter to Microsoft brass, summarizing the results of her Windows update survey. The results were quite damning in many ways, with complaints about the quality and frequency of patches topping the list.

[ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs] Microsoft has responded to the open letter in a rather roundabout way. Two days after Computerworld posted the open letter, Bradley received an email that says:

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: IE, Edge and Firefox return to the road of ruin
Microsoft's and Mozilla's browsers fell to new lows in July as users continued to switch to Google's behemoth, Chrome, which again looks unstoppable.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge dropped to a combined user share of 15.4% last month, down a whopping 3.8 percentage points from June. Meanwhile, Mozilla's Firefox cast off a much smaller two-tenths of a percentage point, recording a user share of 9.7%. Microsoft's July number was a record low in Computerworld's tracking of browser data, which began in 2005. Firefox's figure was its smallest user share since February 2006, when it was fighting for the scraps left by the then-dominant IE.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2018

A better way to snap between apps on Android
One of my favorite Android shortcuts is the Nougat-introduced ability to snap between apps. Much like Alt-Tab for Windows, you simply double-tap your device's Overview key, and bam: You're zapped back and forth between your two most recently used processes in the blink of an eye.

It's one of Android's most useful hidden features — but with the soon-to-be-released Android P update, it's a whole new ballgame. Thanks to P's new gesture navigation system, the Overview key is no more. So instead of having the handy ol' double-tap-to-snap shortcut, you get a new flick-the-Home-button-to-the-right equivalent.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2018

Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer
Your smartphone is a powerful computer in your pocket — and with Android, part of that PC-like muscle means being able to plug your phone into any Windows or Mac system and drag and drop files either way.

Unlike iPhones, Android devices allow you to access their file systems directly from a desktop, without the need for any cumbersome interfaces or complicated procedures. In fact, transferring files to or from an Android device is basically no different than plugging an external hard drive into your computer and moving data to or from it.

All you need is your phone, your computer and a cable to connect 'em — with micro-USB or USB-C on the phone side and USB-A or USB-C on the computer side, depending on the specifics of your devices. (Most newer high-end Android phones use USB-C, whereas most pre-2016 devices and many current budget-level phones have the older micro-USB standard. USB-A, meanwhile, is the traditional connector port you're used to seeing on computers, while some newer models like Apple's latest MacBooks have USB-C.) There's a decent chance that the same cable that connects your phone to its wall charger will work.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 02, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10's growth continues
Windows 10 posted its third strong month of growth in a row in July, putting it on track to overtake the veteran Windows 7 by November.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 added nine-tenths of a percentage point in July, posting a user share of 36.6% of all personal computers and 41.4% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers 100% of all PCs; in July, it ran 88.4% of the world's systems.)

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] July's increase was the third consecutive month that Windows 10 added close to a percentage point of user share. Over the May-July stretch, Windows 10 gained 2.8 points. That was the largest three-month increase since the November 2017-January 2018 period, when the OS grew by 5 points.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2018

Microsoft rejiggers Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions, pricing
Microsoft last week reshaped its portfolio of Windows 10 subscriptions for enterprises, but deferred discussing what, if any, price increases it will levy before October 1.

Along with announcements that it will raise prices on perpetual licenses of Office 2019 and Windows Server 2019, and the associated CALs (client access licenses), Microsoft also revamped its Windows 10 Enterprise subscription offerings.

[ Further reading: Windows 10 April 2018 update: Key enterprise features ] Changes to Windows 10 Enterprise were spelled out in some detail, even though new pricing was not disclosed. "For Windows, we're taking steps to recalibrate the price and rename the per device/per user offers, optimizing on our strategy of Microsoft 365," Microsoft wrote in an FAQ.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2018

Brush up on your IT skills with this comprehensive CompTIA training bundle
Whether you're a veteran Cloud professional with numerous IT certifications, or you've just started your career after earning an A , it's always in your best interest to stay up-to-date with the fundamentals. The Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle includes 12 courses covering several CompTIA exams, so you can stay sharp and potentially add another notch to your belt of IT certifications. It's available on sale today for $59.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2018

Apple users ‘most appealing' to cybercriminals' online scams
Apple's platforms may be the most secure, but this is driving cybercriminals to more devious ways to undermine iOS and Mac security — partly because hacked Apple user credentials are among the most valuable properties you'll find on the so-called dark web.

A complex crime There is no doubt at all that Apple is growing in the enterprise, which is why every iOS or macOS user needs to understand that the new cyber threats aren't confined to annoying viruses, trojans, or malware attacks.

Enterprise security chiefs are becoming increasingly aware that network, device, location-based, and user security must also be seen as part of the mix. Platform security is only one element to an overall security picture.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2018

Another successful development project!
This pilot fish is tapped to lead development of a critical application, and once he has acquired some training on the selected technologies, it's time to answer a key question.

"The boss asked when the application could go into production," says fish. "I provided a range of 20 to 24 months. The boss allowed that the organization would never stand for that schedule."

But the boss admits they need the application, and will be better off developing it internally rather than trying to buy or get outside help. So he tells fish that he'll pass along an estimate of six months -- and forbids fish to ever say otherwise.

Fast forward a year, by which time fish's boss has left the organization. Fish's new boss asks for an estimate of when the software will be ready to go -- and fish's one-more-year response makes him quite unhappy.

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Enterprise Application News
Aug 01, 2018

Conversation hijacking attacks | Salted Hash Ep 38
Troy Gill, manager of security research at AppRiver, explains conversation hijacking attacks, or CHAs, with host Steve Ragan, including who is typically targeted and how to prevent them.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 31, 2018

Microsoft hints at September release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade
Microsoft last week released the first preview of what will become Windows 10 version 1903, the opening feature upgrade of next year, slated to ship in the spring.

The debut of what Microsoft calls the "Skip Ahead" build for Windows 10 1903 also hints that the release of this fall's upgrade, aka 1809, will take place in September. If so, it would be the first time since late-2015 that the actual delivery date matched the numerical label.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] On July 25, Microsoft forked the 1809 preview of Windows 10 - as it's done before when a feature upgrade approaches - so developers could continue to deliver betas for that build while also beginning to work on the next-in-line, 1903. (Microsoft uses a yymm labeling system to mark its Windows 10 feature upgrades; 1809 should indicate a September 2018 release, while 1903 would be a March 2019 release.)

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 31, 2018

7 hidden shortcuts for typing faster on Android
I've been thinking a lot about thumbs lately.

Why, you might wonder? Simple: Whenever I watch unsuspecting strangers use their phones in public (it's not as creepy as it sounds, I swear), I can't help but notice how many people rely solely on their thumbs for on-screen typing.

Me? I've never been a two-thumb typing man myself. I'm also not a full-time swiper, which is another common type of mobile tech typist you see in the wild these days.

More than anything, what I've learned by observing other people's smartphone-using habits is that there is no universal "right" way to type on a smartphone. There are several distinct styles, and what's most natural for one person is gonna feel impossibly awkward to the next. Like so many things, it ultimately boils down to personal preference.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 31, 2018

Why Apple's Create ML matters to your enterprise
Create ML is Apple's attempt to commodify some of the challenging machine learning tasks developers must otherwise resolve alone. Apple has chosen to leverage its existing ML technologies as found in Siri and Photos for this.

What is Create ML? Focused at present on vision and natural language data, developers can use Create ML with Swift to create machine learning models, models which are then trained to handle tasks like understanding text, recognizing photos or finding relationships between numbers.

It lets developers build machine learning models on their Macs that they can then deploy across Apple's platforms using Swift.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 31, 2018

If at first you don't succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again
July will go down in the Microsoft Patching Halls of Infamy as one of the worst months ever. Every version of Win10 got three big cumulative updates, and a fourth should be hot on their heels. Let that sink in for a second: Windows patches used to come out once a month, then twice, and now we're up to three or four a month, sprinkled on random days of the month. And they're big bunches of fixes.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

At T-minus 18 months, Windows 7 still powers 184M commercial PCs
About 184 million commercial PCs - in small- and mid-sized businesses, in large enterprises and in government agencies - are still running the quickly aging Windows 7, according to Microsoft.

That number included all markets except for China, the company said, with the largest percentage - one in four PCs, or approximately 46 million - in the U.S.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] (Microsoft's number is just a fraction of the latest estimates of Windows 7's pervasiveness calculated by Computerworld using share data; that calculation pegged Windows 7 global consumer and commercial footprint at around 709 million PCs. The commercial side of that 709 million would be approximately 390 million using the long-accepted 55%-45% ratio of commercial/consumer PCs. Yet even that reduced number would be more than twice Microsoft's mark, leaving one to wonder if China had more than 200 million Windows 7 PCs, or if Computerworld's figure was out in left field. Presumably, Microsoft's number is the most accurate, as it was based on machine-to-Microsoft telemetry.)

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

How updates to SharePoint self-service site creation affect governance, IA
On July 26, 2018, Microsoft announced updates to self-service site creation in SharePoint Online. This is exciting news for organizations that have been blocked from easily upgrading to the new modern team site experiences for one of several reasons, including:

Legacy team sites built using a subsite infrastructure. Until the changes announced in this update, organizations were only permitted to create modern sites as top-level site collections. With this announcement, Microsoft has introduced the possibility to have a modern subsite. The inability to create a modern team site without also creating an Office 365 Group. Some organizations have restricted the ability to create Office 365 Groups as part of their governance plan. Previously, if Office 365 Groups creation was disabled for a set of users, those users could only create "classic" SharePoint team sites. With this update, organizations can allow users to create modern team sites from the new site creation link on SharePoint home even if they are not able to create an Office 365 Group. The site that is created is a special new type of SharePoint team site that is basically similar to a classic team site (no shared inbox or group calendar) but with a modern home page, pages, and web parts. Since I can't think of a better term, I'm going to call this a Non-Group backed team site. Here are a few things to note about the implications of these updates and what it might mean for your information architecture and governance plan.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating
From: Susan Bradley

To: Mr. Satya Nadella, Mr. Carlos Picoto and Mr. Scott Guthrie

Dear Sirs:

Today, as Windows 10 turns three years old, I am writing to you to ensure that you are aware of the dissatisfaction your customers have with the updates released for Windows desktops and servers in recent months. The quality of updates released in the month of July, in particular, has placed customers in a quandary: install updates and face issues with applications, or don't install updates and leave machines subject to attack.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it
For over 30 years, we've thought of PCs primarily as Windows machines, which we owned and controlled. That's about to change forever.

This isn't about Microsoft forcing us off Windows 7 to Windows 10 as fast as it can (though it has found many ways to push that agenda). This is about Microsoft abandoning the Windows platform as a conventional desktop.

Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a "desktop-as-a-service" (DaaS) offering. Instead of owning Windows, you'll "rent" it by the month.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

Phishing problems: 3.2M emails blocked in a month | Salted Hash Ep 37
Asaf Cidon, vice president of email security at Barracuda Networks, talks with host Steve Ragan about a recent uptick in phishing attacks, including a spike in business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 30, 2018

New MacBook Pros at work? Here's how to manage them right
Earlier this month, Apple unveiled its newest generation of MacBook Pros; all feature a significant bump in performance, a redesigned butterfly keyboard, the arrival of "Hey Siri" commands and a second generation of Apple's T-series chips. The T2 chip works to improve performance and includes a Secure Enclave for encryption operations to secure the laptops and power Apple's TouchID as well as the Touch Bar. (The T2 chip is already in Apple's iMac Pro.)To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 29, 2018

Microsoft boosts Office 2019 price by 10%
Microsoft plans to raise the price of its perpetually-licensed Office suite by 10% in October.

The increases are part of a larger strategy, said Wes Miller, an analyst and licensing expert with Directions on Microsoft. "If you add all of these motions up, and look at other lightly-announced price increases, it clearly points towards encouraging customers that have avoided licensing Office 365, or now Microsoft 365, to...look again," Miller tweeted.

[ Related: Mastering your Outlook inbox ] Microsoft announced the price increase on its partner network website on Wednesday. "Office 2019 commercial prices will increase 10% over current on-premises pricing," the company said. According to a separate FAQ (download PDF), the Office 2019 price jump "represent(s) the significant value added to the product over time and ... better reflect costs and customer demand and align with cloud pricing.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 27, 2018

Atlassian move to ditch Stride and Hipchat in Slack deal angers users
Atlassian's Stride and HipChat team chat tools will be discontinued following a deal struck with rival Slack - a move that has "serious" implications for users who will now need to migrate to alternative platforms. It could also erode trust in the Australian vendor, said one analyst.

As part of the agreement announced Thursday, Slack will pay an undisclosed fee for Atlassian's team chat assets, while Atlassian - which also owns a range of business collaboration tools, including Jira, Confluence and Trello - will make a "small but symbolically important" equity investment in Slack, CEO Stewart Butterfield wrote in a tweet announcing the deal.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever
If you ever wondered why people — and organizations — are taking longer and longer to willfully install patches, take a look at what happened this month. After a disastrous start, Windows 10 patches seem to be OK, but .NET and Server patches still stink.

For most of the year, we've seen two big cumulative updates every month for each of the supported Win10 versions. This month, so far, we've had three. Microsoft's claim that it will install the Win7 and Win8.1 Monthly Rollups defies logic. The .NET patches are in such bad shape that the .NET devs have thrown in the towel. And here we sit not knowing exactly which way is up.

Three Win10 cumulative updates for each version in July On Patch Tuesday, July 10, as usual, Microsoft rolled out cumulative updates for all of the supported versions of Windows 10. Almost immediately we heard screams of pain as four big bugs, later officially acknowledged, hit the fan. Six days later, Microsoft released a second set of cumulative updates, again for all versions of Win10. Those updates were specifically designed to fix the bugs introduced by the original updates. The build numbers in the Knowledge Base articles didn't match the build numbers that people actually installed but, well, that's Microsoft.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google this week released Chrome 68 for Windows, macOS and Linux, patching 42 security flaws, adding new APIs for developers and marking sites relying on HTTP as "Not Secure."

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 2018

Google touts G Suite momentum in office productivity battle
SAN FRANCISCO - Google may not usurp Microsoft's office productivity dominance anytime soon, but the raft of updates to its G Suite portfolio rolled out at its Cloud Next event this week aim to build momentum as it woos business users with artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud capabilities. 

"One of the biggest themes of Google Next this year is the use of machine learning for better customer experience," said Wayne Kurtzman, a research director at IDC.

There are now 4 million businesses paying for G Suite, Google's collection of productivity and collaboration apps that includes Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Hangouts Chat and Meet.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 2018

8 easily overlooked Android P additions that'll make your life easier
By now, you've heard all about Android P's new gesture navigation system and the software's most prominent productivity-boosting features. Whether you've been using P yourself in its pre-release beta form or just reading about it, though, there are bound to be parts of Google's latest mobile effort that haven't yet caught your eye.

Like most Android releases, Android P has more than a few easily overlooked touches — little additions that won't get much attention or dramatically change anything but will make your life easier in some meaningful ways.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 2018

6 productivity-enhancing apps for Apple's iPhone
When it comes to real enterprise mobility, there's little doubt business is coalescing around the iPhone, so I thought there may be some interest in this hand-picked selection of iOS apps that will help you become far more productive.

Scott Webb (CC0) Slack Free to use, $12.50/m for full enterprise features

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 26, 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
Jul 25, 2018

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, 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. After that you'll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

15 wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone X
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves
As we follow the Mad Microsoft Hatter down the July 2018 update rabbit hole, it helps to keep in mind that what you see and hear may or may not be the truth. Yesterday, the fourth Tuesday of the month, brings up an excellent case in point (or perhaps not an excellent case in point).

According to the Knowledge Base articles, six cumulative updates were released yesterday. But according to the official Microsoft Update Catalog, those updates may or may not have been released on July 23, or even July 20. If you look inside the updates, the dates will confuse you even more. And if you try to install or download the updates, you may or may not find them in Windows Update, or the WSUS collection.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain
More than four years ago, Overstock.com became the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as a form of payment for its goods. Today, it accepts more than 40 versions of the digital currency for online purchases.

Currently, cryptocurrency payments account for just over 25% of all Overstock sales, and while that level can fluctuate day to day or week to week, it's remained fairly consistent for the past several months.

Additionally, cryptocurrency payment revenue for the past 12 months (from June 2017 to June 2018) has more than tripled compared to the previous 12 months, and average order sizes (AOS) for crypto payment orders are more than two times those of non-cryptocurrency AOS, according to the online retailer.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

Microsoft releases previews of Exchange 2019, other Office 2019 servers
Microsoft has released a public preview of Exchange 2019, the on-premises email server software the company will start selling later this year.

First promised in September 2017, when Microsoft announced that sneak peeks of perpetual versions of the Office applications - Word, Excel, Outlook and the like - and Office-centric servers would land in the middle of the following year, Exchange 2019 is set to launch sometime this fall.

[ Further reading: First look: Office 2019's likeliest new features ] Microsoft has already issued previews for Office 2019 for Windows and the Mac, although both betas have been aimed at commercial customers, not consumers.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

Blockchain, chatbots, and AI could reinvent corporate finance
Traditionally siloed and manual corporate finance operations are beginning to test - and in some cases adopt - three still evolving technologies that can offer a single view of corporate data in near real time while also automating arduous business processes.

Blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbot technology may not be fully baked yet, but they are already available for proof-of-concept testing and limited production rollouts in enterprise finance departments, according to a new report from Deloitte LLP. The sooner enterprises begin testing them, the better prepared they'll be to move into production when the technologies mature, according to Deloitte.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

Unique, redefined
Engineering group at this manufacturing company comes up with a new quality-control initiative: Assign a unique identifier to each part, according to a database analyst pilot fish working there.

"Each part's serial number and identifier were to be sent via secure FTP to a site, and they wanted me to come up with a database table and a job to import the data," fish says.

"During the kickoff meeting, I asked if they wanted me to check for duplicates to insure their data was pure -- and was told, 'Duplicates won't happen.'"

Fish has worked in manufacturing IT for decades, and he knows there's always a chance for data to be duplicated. So he asks again, "But what if--?"

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

The risks associated with global Internationalized Domain Names | Salted Hash Ep 36
Paul Vixie, CEO of Farsight Security, explains how global Internationalized Domain Names, or global IDNs, sparked the emergence of confusingly similar website addresses with nefarious goals -- and how to combat them.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

6 security reasons to upgrade to Windows 10
From advanced authentication to new privacy controls, Windows 10 offers users solid security reasons to upgrade.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 25, 2018

6 practical reasons businesses should upgrade to Windows 10
Believe it or not, a large number of businesses haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet. Here's why they should.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 24, 2018

Google adds AI features to G Suite, including ‘Smart Reply' for Hangouts Chat
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is adding new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to G Suite as it aims to attract more users to its cloud-based productivity apps.

There are now 4 million paid customers of G Suite, which includes tools such as Docs, Sheets and Gmail. That's up from 3 million paid customers a year ago, but still a long way away from the 135 million paying users of Microsoft's Office 365.

[ Further reading: 10 ways to work better with G Suite ] Google hopes that incorporating AI in its workplace productivity tools will help give it an edge over its main rival. Smart Reply, which was unveiled for Gmail two years ago, is now accessible within Hangouts Chat, the text-based collaboration tool that serves as Google's competitor to Slack. 

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 24, 2018

The Brave browser basics - what it does, how it differs from rivals
Boutique browsers try to scratch out a living by scratching out a niche underserved by the usual suspects. Brave is one of those browsers.

Brave has gotten more attention than most new browsers, partly because a co-founder was one of those who kick-started Mozilla's Firefox, partly because of its very unusual - some say parasitical - business model.

That model, which relies on stripping every site of every ad, then substituting different ads, came under attack almost immediately from publishers that depended on online advertising for theirlivelihood. "Your plan to use our content to sell your advertising is indistinguishable from a plan to steal our content to publish on your own website [emphasis in original]," lawyers for 17 newspaper publishers wrote in a letter to Brave Software in April 2016.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 24, 2018

Tech Talk: Machine learning and AI deciphered
If artificial intelligence (AI) is the Holy Grail of software development, machine learning is its real-world, less-sexy cousin.

There's another difference between the two, which are often seen as two sides of the same coin: Machine learning is already in use as algorithms tackle everything from data security to financial transactions to app development, online search and even the directions you get from your smartphone. It can even suss out fake goods.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 24, 2018

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn't care.
I don't know why Microsoft refuses to address legitimate, repeated, massively documented complaints about its Surface devices. We saw it happen with "Flickergate" — the profusely documented tendency of some Surface Pro 4 machines to flicker like fireflies in heat. It took more than a year of complaints and threatened lawsuits before Microsoft finally owned up to the problem and offered refurbished replacements.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 24, 2018

Fuchsia, Chrome OS, and the danger of black-and-white thinking
Gather 'round, kiddos: Granpappy Writerman has a story to share. And stick with me through this, 'cause I swear it's building up to something important — something that may just shift how you think about one of tech's most titillating topics.

Way back in 2009, you see, an upstart little company known as Google came out with a strange-seeming operating system called Chrome OS. In the beginning, it was a humble effort — with nary more to its name than a maximized browser window locked down onto unremarkable hardware.

But Google saw promise in this fledgling project — and despite the broad dismissals and echoes of laughter surrounding it, the company stayed focused and worked tirelessly to refine the formula. There had to be a balance of simplicity and function that'd make a cloud-centric computing platform compelling, Google thought, and now was the time to find it.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

Google to offer blockchain as part of cloud service
Google has announced the second of two partnerships that will allow it to offer the financial services industry and others a cloud-based platform on which they can develop and run blockchain-based applications.

In a blog post ahead of its Google Cloud Next '18 conference this week, the search giant said it is partnering with Digital Asset and BlockApps to enable customers to "explore ways they might use distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks on Google's Cloud Platform (GCP)."

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

The MacBook Pro's T2 chip boosts enterprise security
You may have missed an all-new enterprise-focused feature woven inside of Apple's all-new MacBook Pro - its new T2 chip which fundamentally enhances the security of these computers.

What is the T2 chip? The successor to the T1, Apple's T2 chip enables secure boot and encrypted storage on the machine. It first appeared on the iMac Pro.

What does the T2 chip do? The most widely-reported task handled by the T2 chip is the provision of "Hey Siri" support for the first time on a Mac.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again
Microsoft's July 2018 series of patching missteps, with .Net security patches in particular, have left many admins in the lurch. Less than two weeks after they were first unleashed, poorly documented versions of the patches now appear to be available, but are not being actively pushed. There's no indication from Microsoft if and/or when they'll be fixed.

These patches, originally released on Patch Tuesday, July 10, are baring their FAANGs:

KB 4340556 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .Net Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 and 4.7.2 for Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 KB 4340557 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .Net Framework 3.5 SP1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows Server 2012 KB 4340558 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .Net Framework 3.5 SP1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1, RT

Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

Nice to know our financial world is in safe hands
This company is the target of a spear-phishing attack, but it doesn't actually get very far, according to an IT pilot fish working there.

"It was the typical 'CEO is out of the office and needs a wire transfer done right away' message," fish says.

"Our people are pretty good at spotting phishing attempts, and our administrative assistant was immediately suspicious because we do wire transfers approximately never. She strung the guy along over multiple emails and got all the transfer information -- amount, routing number, account number and so on.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

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

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jul 23, 2018

Don't ignore application security | Salted Hash Ep 35
In this episode, Michael Feiertag, CEO and co-founder of tCell, joins host Steve Ragan to talk about why application security is more critical than ever and why it's just now getting more attention from security teams.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 21, 2018

Fake products? Only AI can save us now.
Half a trillion dollars.

That's the rough amount of money that counterfeiters displaced last year by selling phony products. Some 2.5% of all trade is for fake goods.

The United States is hit hardest by the scourge of counterfeit products — U.S. brands accounted in 2013 for 20% of the world's infringed intellectual property.

When most people think about counterfeiting, they think of knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags sold on the sidewalk. But fake products also include business and enterprise products, as well as everyday consumer goods.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

How to decide whether to deploy blockchain
While blockchain may have moved beyond the proof-of-concept phase this year and into limited production systems, that doesn't mean companies watching from the sidelines should plow ahead with their own deployments.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches
If you're trying to apply this month's patches — an exercise in futility that I continue to discourage — you may have found that this month's patches and their documentation read like a da Vinci script, mirrored upside down and backwards.

Take this astounding bit of bafflegab, from the official Microsoft Exchange blog:

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

About that MacBook Pro Core i9 throttling story
You won't have missed the hysterical reporting around recent claims that Apple is throttling its all new high-end MacBook Pro, but it seems possible these alarms are blaring a little too loudly.

I saw it on YouTube... The claims are that Apple's new high-end i9 MacBook Pro has been designed in such a way as to throttle processor speeds to be slower than the i7 in order to reduce the heat created when in use.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

About that MacBook Pro Core i9 throttling story (updated)
You won't have missed the hysterical reporting around recent claims that Apple is throttling its all new high-end MacBook Pro, but it seems possible these alarms are blaring a little too loudly -- and Apple just fixed the problem with a software patch.

I saw it on YouTube... The claims are that Apple's new high-end i9 MacBook Pro has been designed in such a way as to throttle processor speeds to be slower than the i7 in order to reduce the heat created when in use.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

It was a JOKE, OK?
Pilot fish's workplace is upgrading to use smart cards, but he's not thinking about that when he sees a pop-up about an update -- one that strikes fish as a little, um, fishy.

"I thought, if something like that was to occur and need user intervention, IT would have sent a notice out about it," says fish.

"So a screen shot and email went off to IT security. They responded much faster than I expected, and in person: There was something wrong and they needed my laptop hard drives ASAP."

Fish turns over his machine, and the next day he receives replacement hard drives. But it turns out his backup wasn't configured for all the folders and file types he stores data in -- and now he's missing about a terabyte of data.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

R tip: Create maps in R
In this seventh episode of Do More with R, learn how to create maps in R—it's easier than you think, thanks to new and updated packages like sf, tmap, and ggplot2

Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

Linux tip: How to use pipes
In today's Linux tip, we're going to look at pipes, which take the output of the command on the left side and pass it to the command on the right to use as input.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 20, 2018

Linux tip: How to use the od command
In today's Linux tip, we're going to look at the od command, which allows you to look at the content of files.

Enterprise Application News
Jul 19, 2018

Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger
Windows 7's security rollups, the most comprehensive of the fixes it pushes out each Patch Tuesday, have doubled in size since Microsoft revamped the veteran operating system's update regimen in 2016.

According to Microsoft's own data, what it calls the "Security Quality Monthly Rollup" (rollup from here on) grew by more than 90% from the first to the twenty-first update. From its October 2016 inception, the x86 version of the update increased from 72MB to 137.5MB, a 91% jump. Meanwhile, the always-larger 64-bit version went from an initial 119.4MB to 227.5MB, also representing a 91% increase.

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

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 19, 2018

Is mobile sensor-based authentication ready for the enterprise? Some big players think it might be.
An Arizona security company is working on an interesting approach to mobile authentication, one that leverages the exact angle a user holds the phone as a means of making replay attacks a lot more difficult. Aetna has been testing the method internally (according to the security company's CEO) and the company — Trusona — has announced about $18 million in funding, from Microsoft Ventures ($10 million) and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers ($8 million).

The Microsoft Ventures funding is interesting because one of the more popular mobile authentication methods today is Microsoft's Authenticator app. Is Redmond covering its bases, or does it see the Trusona effort as threatening to displace Authenticator, at least in the enterprise IT world?

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 19, 2018

The EU's Android antitrust ruling overlooks 3 critical points
Is Google abusing its power as the gatekeeper to Android? Antitrust regulators in Europe seem to think so — but reading over their ruling, I can't help but be struck by some inconsistencies between their assessments and the realities of Google's mobile platform.

In case you've been napping for the past couple days, the European Union slapped Google with a $5 billion dollar fine as part of an antitrust investigation. The EU says Google is stifling competition by forcing phone-makers to preinstall Chrome and Google Search on their Android devices as part of a broader package of Google services — and by preventing partners from developing devices based on unofficial "forks" of Android (spoons, thankfully, are still permitted). Google has already announced plans to appeal.

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 19, 2018

The next corporate collaboration tool: Podcasts?
Interest in podcasts has grown in recent years: 44% of people in the U.S. have listened to a podcast at some point, according to Edison Research, while 26% do so at least once a month now.

But while podcasts may be gaining ground in the car or at home, the streaming technology has made only limited inroads at work - so far.

Nevertheless, some companies see new potential for audio streaming as a means of delivering on-demand content to staffer, particularly for firms with a large number of remote and mobile workers.

With that kind of interest in mind, enterprise video streaming provider uStudio recently launched a podcast delivery platform that adds the necessary admin controls, business application integrations, security features and usage analytics expected by business leaders and IT departments. (Similar solutions are also offered by podcast hosting providers such as Podbean and Blubrry.)

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday: How to guarantee business will grow
It's early 2005, and this pilot fish works for an online retailer -- and pays close attention to the chatter about website development.

Spring 2005:

Manager: "Do we need a database administrator for the new attribute key-value design?"

Software developer: "No, we won't ever need more than 10 attribute key-val pairs. The business will never get bigger than that. Besides, storing data in columns means it's contiguous on disk and one select will mean one read!"

Summer 2005:

Developer: "Hmm, why is the database so slow? I wonder if it's the 100 attribute key-value pairs. We now have 100 columns instead of 10, but that should be fine."

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Enterprise Application News
Jul 18, 2018

Microsoft to dump Windows 10's smaller delta updates
Microsoft will stop serving one of three types of Windows 10 updates, contending that the updates have been superseded by an even small and more efficient format.

Delta updates are due to disappear early next year, Microsoft said, with their demise effective Feb. 12, 2019, that month's Patch Tuesday. Two formats will then remain: Full updates and express updates.

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Delta updates are those that include only the components that have changed since the previous month's update. Because delta updates include the full component that changed - say, the Notepad application - not only the individual files that make up the component, they are larger than express updates, which deliver only changed files. The bottom line, and what enterprise IT is most interested in, is that express updates are smaller than delta updates, which are in turn smaller than full updates.

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