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 CTO.org - News Archive - September 9, 2018
Once again it's time to look forward and ruminate on what we'd like to see in the next iPhone.

Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones at its event on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

We don't expect any new Apple TV hardware this time around, but there's still room for improvement.

This special preproduction Telluride is kitted out with all kinds of off-roading goodies and it looks great.

The lockout follows a similar ban by Twitter.

It's been a while since movie audiences have seen this Star Wars character.

Spoilers: Wait, isn't he dead?!

Do not pass go! A Fortnite Monopoly board game is on the way from Epic Games and Hasbro.

A complete list of everything on Apple'-™s increasingly deep bench of original programming.

If you'-™re still buying CDs or have a large collection the NAD C538 player is well worth checking out.

The Audiophiliac takes real joy in finding overachieving audio. Here'-™s the best of the best stuff!

Director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and actress Rosa Salazar share the challenges of balancing CGI and realism.

A look at some scenes from the upcoming movie that started its journey with James Cameron way back in 1999.

The billionaire and head of the Chinese e-commerce giant announces he's moving on to philanthropy.

With a bigger battery and updated electronics, this plug-in hybrid luxury SUV hits US streets in 2020 as a 2021 model.

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Microsoft bowed to the reality that enterprises won't purge Windows 7 by its January 2020 retirement, and has announced it will sell extended support for three years past that deadline.

Called "Windows 7 Extended Security Updates" (ESU), the after-drop-dead deal will add support through January 2023, according to Microsoft. The news was part of a larger announcement Thursday by Jared Spataro, the executive who leads marketing for Office and Windows. "While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process," Spataro said in explaining the offer.

Companies and brands are starting to quit social media.

This quitting takes many forms. Many are reducing or ending their presence on sites such as Facebook and placing new emphasis on other social sites.

Another approach is to back off on organic reach and instead use social advertising primarily or exclusively.

And yet another approach is getting off social media altogether.

There are several good reasons for this:

Social sites such as Facebook take away control.

With Facebook'-™s '-'monopoly on everybody'-" '-” which is to say that Facebook has long been the social network with the most users and therefore the strongest network effects '-” companies were told that they had to be on Facebook because that'-™s where the customers were, and also because, on social media, messages can go viral, resulting in what is essentially free advertising.

Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows '-” notably Windows 8. But it's still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.

3. Fix Start menu woes

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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).

Enterprise IT groups are at odds with each other'-”especially at large corporations. IT professionals have few choices available to them in driving their organizations towards solutions that scale and solve for the needs of every IT silo. This leads to the deployment of point solutions managed separately by each group, further driving the silo-fication of IT. Part of the problem is that niche monitoring solutions provide views that are either too acute to be relevant to the larger organization, or too obtuse to be useful in solving niche issues. Each IT domain, be it application, network or infrastructure, tends to be monitored, analyzed and sometimes even remediated via its own runbook. However, these processes are happening per domain and not holistically across the business. Additionally, the increasing TCO pressures, evolving best practices and the dynamic nature of modern IT environments have intensified this fragmentation.

We'-™ve looked at what improvements to expect in 2018'-™s iPhones and iPad Pros; today we explore the current speculation surround Apple Watch Series 4, which may also be introduced at Apple'-™s Gather Round" special event" on Sept. 12

We actually don'-™t know a huge amount about the next-generation of this important Apple product. We can imagine a faster processor, and it seems reasonable to anticipate an improved or upgraded W2 chip. But what else is being discussed?

Old Android phones are everywhere. They're in closets, kitchens, desk drawers '-” and, yes, even in the pockets of productive business people who (gasp!) haven't bothered to upgrade in a while.

Despite the constant marketing to the contrary, mobile devices can remain perfectly capable long after their launch dates. They can, however, start to seem a little slow or behind the curve after a few years of use '-” and the older and more resource-limited a device is, the more pronounced that effect is likely to be.

But wait! Don't abandon hope just yet: A handful of simple steps can make your old Android phone feel new (or at least newer) again. And whether you're still carrying the device around as a daily driver or using it for more creative purposes, every little improvement counts.

First came BYOD.

Then in response, companies came up with MDM '-" and later, the more granular MAM '-" as part of an overall EMM strategy.

And now we're all moving toward UEM.

Got it?

Allow us to explain: BYOD refers to employees who years ago began bringing in their own devices (smartphones and tablets) to work. That forced companies to come up with an enterprise mobility management (EMM) strategy to protect corporate data, which at first entailed mobile device management (MDM) and more recently, mobile app management (MAM).

This IT pilot fish is assigned to do a system installation for a bank that happens to be not far from his old hometown.

"It was for a small but important department at the bank," says fish. "The department head was my liaison in configuring the product and converting their current information.

"Working with him was fraught. Some days he had lots of questions, and he answered mine. Other days he seemed sullen, had no time for me and changed direction on critical decisions.

"Eventually I completed the job and moved on.

"About six months later, I was visiting family and picked up a local newspaper. It had an interesting article -- it seems that department head had just pled guilty to misappropriation of funds.

A decade after Google launched the first iteration of Chrome, this week the company updated the browser to version 69, touting a freshened user interface (UI), an enhanced password manager and a more informative address bar.

Google also patched 40 security vulnerabilities in the browser and paid bug bounties to researchers who reported the flaws.

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.

Data breaches are at an all-time high. Industry giants such as Facebook, Best Buy, and FedEx were once thought to be invulnerable, but these last few years have revealed that even giants can be harmed. As such, the demand for IT professionals with cybersecurity experience, or '-'white hat/ethical hackers'-" has grown considerably. IT professionals can take advantage of this lucrative and growing field by earning cybersecurity certifications; this Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle contains prep courses for three popular certifications for only $69.

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.

BARCELONA '-" Atlassian'-™s co-CEO this week apologized to HipChat and Stride users facing disruption as a result of a decision to discontinue the team chat apps.

The Australian software vendor sold the intellectual property for the chat assets to Slack in late July for an undisclosed fee; in return, Atlassian '-" which also owns a range of business collaboration tools including Jira, Confluence and Trello '-" will make a small equity investment in Slack.

Dearly beloved, we gather here today to mourn the loss of two pioneers in the Google hardware universe '-” two names near and dear to many of our hearts, and names whose final spark has now flickered and faded.

This virtual funeral honors the memory of both the Nexus and Chromebook Pixel lines of devices '-” the inaugural Google-branded flagship products for Android and Chrome OS, respectively. The two have now joined their cousins Google Reader, Google Lively, and Google More Messaging Services Than Any Semi-Sane Person Can Possibly Count in the severely overcrowded Google graveyard.

[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

One of the common mistakes made by companies is that both they and their customers often take upgrades and improvements for granted. They don'-™t promote them, we as users often don'-™t use them and, even if we do, unless the changes are heavily marketed we tend to take these changes in stride and devalue them.

This is a problem when a competitor emerges or when it comes time to upgrade to a new version of a product, because we'-™re likely to try the competing product or avoid the upgrade'-¦because we don'-™t see the value of either the existing product or the improved offering.

Apparently, Microsoft is moving to address this problem with something called the '-'Coming Soon'-" preview pane. I recently received this as a heads-up as part of my Office 365 subscription. I'-™m intrigued with the idea, because it seems to address the problem of folks taking Outlook for granted. If successful, I expect this capability to move to the rest of Office and become a far more common practice both within Microsoft and other firms as well." 

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BYTE is starting a new series, to bring back the issues you loved in print from 1975 to 1998. Initially we have the first two issues and four others from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Security experts urge companies to implement two-factor authentication, VPNs, and graduated permission levels to better protect customer data from hackers.

Microsoft admits that it doesn't encrypt all server-to-server communications, opening the way for the NSA and others to access the data flow.

Affordable Care Act site has faced a relatively low volume of attacks, compared with other federal websites.

Google's Gmail app for iPad and iPhone gets new features and iOS 7's design language.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announces PostgreSQL database service, new instance types, use of solid state disk to speed I/Os.

As software eclipses hardware, it's dawning on enterprises that they need API programs. Here's where to begin.

Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.

The goal is allow home monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily healthcare providers.

Google's personal assistant software gets upgraded to better manage owners' lives and understand natural language requests.

Android smartphones owners can now pay for goods and services by tapping their device to Isis terminals at 1.3 million locations nationwide.

LinkedIn pushes customized content with the integration of news curation app Pulse for desktop and mobile versions.

Hacker grabbed 860,000 passwords for fun, but promises not to leak or use them to harm people.

VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.

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CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.

Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.

At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.

Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.

Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.

It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.

Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is '-'disgusted'-" after an automated call sent to her phone from the city'-™s school district mispronounced her daughter'-™s name as a racial slur.

You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-™t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...

Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)." As the new name suggests, it'-™s just a refinement of last year'-™s Mac OS Sierra. In fact," you" could sum up what's new in an article about as short as" this one.

Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

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