jeudi 19 octobre 2017

Sony unveils officially licensed kid-friendly Mini Wired Gamepad for PlayStation 4

Nowadays, it isn't uncommon for young children to have parents that are into playing video games. Since many kids like to imitate their parents, they will undoubtedly want to get it on the action. Unfortunately, modern controllers are quite large and complicated. For instance, back in the 1980s, an NES controller was quite small, and had just had a directional pad, 2 action buttons, plus "select" and "start." In comparison, a Microsoft Xbox One controller or Sony DualShock 4 can be intimidating. Thankfully, there is a new officially licensed PlayStation 4 controller -- made by a company called "Hori" -- that aims… [Continue Reading]

mercredi 18 octobre 2017

Microsoft launch comparison tool for AWS and Azure

Microsoft has released a new tool to help IT decision makers understand the differences and similarities between Azure and Amazon Web Services easier. The tool is called Cloud Services Map. Both Amazon and Microsoft have increased their cloud offerings by a significant margin in the last couple of years. That makes tracking the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the two platforms reserved for only the most cloud-savvy among IT decision makers. That, as it turns out, isn’t good for anyone. So Microsoft wants to simplify the analytics process, laying out the pros and cons and helping customers plan their cross-cloud… [Continue Reading]

Samsung unveils 'Linux on Galaxy' for DeX -- run Fedora and Ubuntu on your Note8?

For whatever reason, people seem to forget that Android is Linux. Remember, folks, Linux is just a kernel -- not an operating system. Actually, Android is the world's most popular such distribution. Even the father of Windows, Mr. Bill Gates, now runs his life from Linux by way of Android. That's why Samsung's new "Linux on Galaxy" -- which it unveiled today -- is sort of maddening. Don't get me wrong, the possibility of running a desktop Linux distro using your phone's hardware is amazing, but Samsung smartphones are already running Linux! In other words, the name of the project… [Continue Reading]

Qualcomm's first 5G mobile test highlights super-fast data speeds

Qualcomm has taken a major step towards 5G smartphones with the first successful test of the next-generation networks on a mobile device. The US chipmaker confirmed it completed 5G connections trials at its San Diego headquarters, and that devices with 5G compatibility could be released as soon as mid-2019, ready for the expected worldwide launch of 5G networks in 2020. Qualcomm says that it carried out the tests on its X50 5G modem, which was released last year, with the test taking place on the 28GHz millimetre wave frequency band. The company says it achieved download speeds of up to 1GBps using the network,… [Continue Reading]

Meeting objections: How enterprise CIOs can overcome doubts about Robotic Process Automation

For years, there’s been talk of robots infiltrating the workforce and eliminating human jobs. Now, it’s finally happening, but not in the way that most people envisioned. Amazon has led the charge by using 45,000 robots at its shipping and distribution facilities, but soon consumers may also see more robots cruising the aisles of well-known brands like Lowe’s and Target. While the idea of robotics may sound overwhelming to both brand and employee, the age of robotics is robust with one thing for the enterprise CIO: opportunity. For many companies, digital transformation is at the heart of every strategy, and… [Continue Reading]

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Microsoft: Identity protection is more important than ever

As businesses of all sizes continue to put more and more of their data online, the need to ensure this information remains secure is more pressing than ever. Microsoft has long been the preferred choice of partner for many companies, with its Microsoft 365 platform offering a comprehensive, and more importantly, secure way to ensure data stays protected. But just exactly what goes in to ensuring millions of enterprises can leave the office each evening feeling assured that their data is safe? At the recent IP Expo event in London, ITProPortal spoke to Brad Anderson, Microsoft's corporate vice president of enterprise mobility, about what… [Continue Reading]

Leaked email: Twitter introduces yet more rules in latest attempt to tackle abuse

Twitter has made endless promises about clamping down on abuse, constantly tweaking existing rules and introducing new ones in an attempt to protect users. Following last week's #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to start taking a more aggressive approach. A leaked internal email gives details of just what this new stance will involve. The definition of "nonconsensual nudity" is to be expanded to include upskirt photos and so-called "creep shots," and symbols of hate -- a term that Twitter does not actually define -- will be hidden behind a "sensitive image" warning. See also: Twitter vows to take… [Continue Reading]

McAfee introduces advanced analytics to protect endpoints and the cloud

Security teams face ever larger and more complex amounts of data which can hinder their ability to defend against threats. McAfee is introducing new solutions that make use of the automation, reasoning and data duration provided by advanced analytics technologies, allowing security teams to easily discover and assess data and root out threats. McAfee Investigator uses both machine learning and artificial intelligence, to increase accuracy and confidence of investigations by automating data collection and empowering security analysts of varied experience to fully assess threats in less time. It allows analysts to focus on the most significant threats by using advanced analytics… [Continue Reading]

Microsoft denies that BoundHook vulnerability is actually a vulnerability

Security researchers at CyberArk are reporting about a new technique that could be used to take control of Windows 10 devices. Known as BoundHook, the technique takes advantage of the BOUND hooking technique in Intel MPX (Memory Protection Extensions). But while CyberArk says that it will "bring new capabilities to both software security vendors and malware writers," Microsoft is downplaying the issue, suggesting there is nothing to worry about. CyberArk acknowledges that the "technique can be used in a post-exploitation scenario in which the attacker has control over the asset." That said, it's not something that should necessarily be ignored.… [Continue Reading]

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The Blueprint, by Chris Thomason, offers an innovative approach to learning smart ways to grow your business -- because it’s written as a novel. This resource follows two small-business owners whose businesses have stalled. They don't know how to reinvigorate their businesses to achieve the dreams they'd initially had when they started out. After a successful local businessman agrees to help them, the journey of growth begins. Throughout this book, they learn essential key understandings for how to re-focus and achieve growth. SEE ALSO: Get 'Practical DevOps' ($23 value) FREE for a limited time They engage in practical business exercises that cover: Knowing your… [Continue Reading]

Microsoft introduces .NET Framework 4.7.1

With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft pushed out a major update for .NET Framework, which arrives with a large number of changes, including support for .NET Standard 2.0, adding roughly 200 new APIs as a result, and improved performance. And, for developers to be able to take advantage of the new features that are part of .NET Framework 4.7.1, Microsoft also updated the Visual Studio 2017 IDE to version 15.5. Microsoft has published the complete list of changes for .NET Framework 4.7.1 on GitHub, but if you want to find out what the major improvements are, the… [Continue Reading]

Facebook is testing a temporary profile status feature

Facebook has confirmed that it is currently testing a feature that enables its users to setup a self-destructing status. It's something that's in a similar vein to the temporary profile image option that's already available. There's something of a nostalgic feel to the feature as it harks back to the earlier days of Facebook when users were invited to share their status rather than being asked "what's on your mind?" See also: Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh Facebook to manually review ads that target people based on 'politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues'… [Continue Reading]

SailPoint launches updated identity governance platform

Identity management company SailPoint is announcing enhancements to its open identity platform, designed to enable identity to be woven throughout the IT operations and security fabric of organizations. IdentityIQ version 7.2 enables a unified approach to identity governance that shares identity information across all IT and security investments. It allows identity governance to be extended as a shared service across global enterprise infrastructures. Key to this are newly expanded open identity platform capabilities. In addition, there are expanded APIs so critical identity governance processes can easily be shared or invoked from both proprietary and legacy IT solutions. Other enhancements include integration… [Continue Reading]

WhatsApp gains location sharing allowing real-time tracking

Following the lead of Facebook Messenger and iMessage, WhatsApp is gaining a location sharing feature. It's something that was tested earlier in the year, and now it has been deemed ready for prime time. The "Share Live Location" feature can be enabled for a fixed period of time -- you can choose between 15 minutes, an hour, or 8 hours -- or you can manually switch it on and off as required. When enabled, WhatsApp will report your location to your contacts. See also: WhatsApp refused to add a backdoor for the UK government Want to unsend WhatsApp messages? Delete… [Continue Reading]

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update -- what's in it for IT pros?

As the latest update for Windows 10 begins its roll out, many professional users will be wondering about its impact and whether it will make their lives easier or harder. Fall Creators Update has a number of changes which should prove useful for IT pros including streamlined deployment, enhanced analytics and new security features. Admins can use the Windows Store for Business to set up AutoPilot deployment profiles so that when someone in the organization installs a new PC and attaches it to the company network, AutoPilot sets up Windows based on the profile settings assigned. There's also a new… [Continue Reading]

Apple responds to iPhone X Face ID privacy concerns but dodges law enforcement request query

One of the undeniable highlights of Apple's iPhone X is Face ID -- the face recognition technology that makes it possible to unlock a phone with a glance. While exciting and impressive, many people have security and privacy concerns about the feature, and last month Senator Al Franken wrote to Apple asking a series of questions and outlining his worries. Apple has now responded to Franken, just ahead of the launch of the iPhone X in a little over two weeks. The company points to a series of documents that have already been made public, but also goes on to… [Continue Reading]