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21/07 3:15 am IDG Contributor Network: Fix poor VoIP call quality with a dedicated ..

This is a bummer but Im going to say it. Getting a huge fiber Internet connection may not do anything to help your companys VoIP call quality. Assuming everything is squared away on your LAN, the most common causes of poor call quality are latency, packet loss and jitter ; None of which can be controlled over the public Internet, no matter how much bandwidth you throw at it. But what if we have a 1G dedicated Internet connection? Sorry, its not immune. But what if its fiber from a Tier 1 ..

21/07 3:07 am Apple's macOS Sierra update hints successor is on schedule

Apple this week updated macOS Sierra, likely for the last time other than to deliver security patches. The update -- the sixth since Sierra debuted in September 2016 -- signaled that its successor, macOS High Sierra, may officially ship on the same timetable as its predecessor. Sierra 10.12.6 resolved a Lilliputian list of stability and compatibility issues, among them unexpected restarts of Xsan clients; Xsan is Apple's storage area network (SAN) technology. The stability of Terminal, the ..

21/07 12:49 am 4 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 increasingly common type of mobile tech typist you see in the wild these days. More than anything, what I've learned by ..

21/07 12:00 am Tech Talk: Azure Stack, cyberattacks, the next iPhone and ... keyboards

The premiere episode of Tech Talk covered a lot of ground as our four-member panel weighed in on everything from Microsoft's just-announced Azure Stack to the trials of IT security pros buffeted by ongoing cyberattacks to the fate of Touch ID in the upcoming iPhone 8. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

20/07 8:51 pm Apple, the enterprise, and why mobile matters

A new report from global enterprise software company IFS suggests ease of use, familiarity and solutions that are capable of supporting mobile technologies are essential if you want to unlock the potential of digital transformation . The Apple way While the new report doesn't mention Apple, we all know ( surely?) that the companys mobile products are becoming a new de facto standard across many enterprises. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

20/07 6:01 pm How to pick the right collaboration tools

Does the prospect of choosing a collaboration suite seem unusually daunting? Thats because for many people, it is. Ive covered this space for nearly 20 years, I know all the tools, and personally, Im overwhelmed, said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. The recent proliferation of collaboration software has put many technology decision-makers and users in a tizzy, he explained, as mobile apps, social media, the cloud and virtual teams and workplaces ..

20/07 6:00 pm There are programming standards, and then...this

Flashback to 1985, when this Cobol programmer pilot fish is handed an old, large program he's never seen before -- but he already knows it's going to be trouble. "It had been modified many times," says fish. "I was told to figure out why the most recent changes caused the program to miscalculate some figure. "The program started off with the usual housekeeping processes, including a line that read PERFORM REPORT-HEADINGS THRU REPORT-HEADINGS-EXIT. I saw no need to verify the report headings, so ..

20/07 3:26 am How to get the latest Windows Server preview from Microsoft

Five weeks ago, when Microsoft announced seismic changes to how it developed, tested and released Windows Server, the company also touted the impending delivery of the first previews of the software. Microsoft followed through with that promise last week when it issued Server's initial Insider builds, yet another in a line of moves to give customers early peeks at under-construction code and rope them into serving as unpaid testers. IT professionals can now try the latest in Windows Server, ..

20/07 3:00 am More June security patch bugs: You can patch an IE flaw, CVE-2017-8529, or ..

Strap on your hip waders. This particular scare article should have you thinking yet again about the advisability of installing Windows updates as soon as theyre available. As youll see, Microsoft itself has flip-flopped on the resolution and those who subscribe to Windows Update have been taken along for the ride. Buggy June patches to Windows, Internet Explorer and Edge left customers in the horns of a dilemma: You can plug a security hole known as CVE-2017-8529 , in which IE or Edge reveal ..

19/07 11:46 pm The simple way to scan documents with your Android phone

It's kind of astonishing when you stop and think about all the once-cumbersome tasks our smartphones have simplified. From check depositing to audio recording and even airplane boarding, our tiny pocket computers have truly become all-in-one life organizers and productivity machines. Our phones can do so much, in fact, that I'd wager hardly anyone actually takes advantage of all their mobile-productivity powers. Case in point: One easily overlooked way your phone can save you time and ..

19/07 11:10 pm Oracle beefs up cloud sales team with 1,000 EMEA openings

Oracle is the latest legacy software vendor looking to reorganise its sales teams to be more focused on cloud services, as it announces 1,000 job openings in EMEA. Oracle is targeting "people from diverse backgrounds and profiles with between two to six years work experience", the official press release states. This follows some positive financial results for Oracle, as it posted a 66 percent year-on-year growth in cloud revenues for Q4 2016. That figure comes in at $1.4 billion and includes ..

19/07 11:04 pm What Apple users need to know about Bluetooth Mesh

Apple is a Promoter member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG). It has a seat on the board and participates in working groups, so the newly-introduced Bluetooth Mesh standard should be of interest to any Apple watcher. What is Bluetooth Mesh? This is a newly-introduced Bluetooth technology that enables many devices to talk to each other. It has been developed with the needs of large device networks in mind, so you should see it emerge in building automation, sensor networks ..

19/07 9:59 pm Google Glass is back. Theres only one problem now, but its not what you ..

Google Glass Enterprise Edition isnt a terrible product. Thats one surprise, given the track record of the consumer version of this head-mounted display. Another surprise is that it is not available to any business. Google has decided to partner with other companies to make the device thats suited specifically to a vertical industry say, medical or manufacturing. Theres no way to simply purchase the device online, even if you intend to use it for business . To read this article in full or to ..

19/07 9:43 pm Get $100 off Amazon Echo When You Buy 2 Right Now - Deal Alert

Put 2 Echo devices in your cart and Amazon will credit you back $100 right now, effectively pricing each one at $129.99 vs. the typical $179.99 list price. But you'll have to use a special code at checkout, to activate the discount: ECHO2PACK . Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, instantly. All you have to do is ask.Echo has seven microphones and beam forming ..

19/07 6:00 pm Unclear on the concept, special networking edition

IT pilot fish is called in to referee a disagreement between a friend who's pulling network cable at a new corporate site and the local IT manager. "The IT manager claimed that substandard installation work was slowing his network," says fish. "I spent some time wandering around and checking outlets and the setup, plus running a few tests." It turns out the cabling is fine, it's all up to Cat-5 spec, and the workmanship is good. But fish is concerned that the network hubs are only 10 Mbps -- ..

 PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

Microsoft PowerShell is a powerful scripting language and administrative framework for Windows, and one of the key elements that makes it so powerful is the pipeline the assembly line of data and results that moves between and through cmdlets. In this piece, were going to talk about how you glue stuff together or, more specifically, how you take the output or results from one PowerShell cmdlet and send it into another for further processing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, ..

19/07 3:49 am How to expose flaws in custom-built mobile apps

As enterprises develop more custom applications -- many of them mobile apps as part of a mobile-first strategy --in-house developers are increasingly at risk of unwittingly using open-source code rife with vulnerabilities. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story)

18/07 10:05 pm Apple vs. Amazon in the transformation of retail

Apple is surfing the same seas as many of its competitors. As one of the worlds larger retailers , it already knows that smart assistants, chatbots, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behavior, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report . Shopping is yesterday Not so long ago, if you wanted to buy something, youd jump into the car and head down ..

18/07 6:00 pm 6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant -- and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively. The good news? As an Android user, you've got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don't have to be a .., DRAWER closed

User at this manufacturing plant calls the help desk because her PC keeps losing network connectivity -- and she says she even knows what's triggering the problem, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "She insisted that her PC would lose network connectivity every time she shut her heavy metal desk's file cabinet drawer," fish says. "Sure enough, it did. "Replacing the PC made no difference -- the new one still lost connectivity when the drawer closed. The cable was firmly seated in the network ..

18/07 4:42 am M365 Business means free Windows 10 upgrades, but for business only

Microsoft has confirmed that upgrade licenses to Windows 10 Pro that businesses obtain from the free preview of Microsoft 365 Business (M365) will remain in place. That's true even if the customer doesn't transition to a paid plan. Also, companies that do subscribe to new Windows/Office suite combo when it's available, then later cancel the subscription or otherwise exit the plan, will be allowed to retain the Windows 10 licenses. "Customers will be able to keep their upgraded license to ..

18/07 1:04 am Apples ARKit is accelerating AR development

I appear to be slightly obsessed with ARKit . You see, what Apple has unleashed with this new augmented reality (AR) platform is an opportunity for developers of all stripes to get really creative with what these technologies may actually mean. More than Pokemon Think about reactions shortly after WWDC in June. Adam Fingerman, Chief Experience Officer at ArcTouch , noted the platform's potential: With App Store distribution and in-app purchases, its a much more attractive platform for brands ..

17/07 11:56 pm Why Elon Musk says 50% of all cars will be electric by 2027

Its time to hit the reset button on the gas engine. As you may already know, the electric car is now much more viable than it was 10 years agothere are charging stations in every major city scattered everywhere, particularly at hotels and along major highways. One glance at just the Tesla supercharger network of 900 stations proves that point . Yet, to reach the point where more than half of all new cars are fully electric by 2027as Elon Musk predicted recently there needs to be a massive ..

17/07 9:39 pm 47% off Mpow Fully Submersible Waterproof Phone Dry Bag, 2-Pack - Deal ..

For extreme conditions, this phone pouch features a simple snap and lock design that easily keeps out water, snow, dust, sand, and dirt, without hindering use of touch-screen or camera.It fits all large smartphones up to 6 inches, as well as your cash, documents, credit cards, or any similar sized items you need safe from the elements while outdoors. The 2-pack's typical list price of $16.99 has been reduced 47% right now to $8.99. See this deal on Amazon . To read this article in full or to ..

17/07 7:00 pm Are you sharing more data with Google than you have to?

Whether your concerns are privacy, security, competitive advantage, intellectual property or risk avoidance, your enterprise needs to be sharingliterallyas little data as possible with employees, contractors and third parties. As obvious as that statement is, its stunning how much data is unnecessarily shared with cloud providers and others. There are two reasons for this. First, the time and effort needed to be remove data that the third party doesnt truly need from the data that is needed can ..

17/07 6:00 pm Can you hear me...right here?

It's vacation time for this IT pilot fish, and he's hiking out in the middle of nowhere in what he knows is a cellular dead zone -- there's a big ridge between him and the nearest cell tower. "As I walked along, I was surprised when my phone chimed out a voicemail alert," fish says. "I continued walking as I dug my phone out. By the time I got it open, there was no signal. "So I backtracked. I found that there was only a three-square-foot area where I could get a signal -- it was bouncing ..

17/07 5:55 pm How Google's Chrome browser does updates

Chrome has been the world's most popular browser for more than a year now, convincing first individuals and then enterprises that it was the best replacement for Microsoft's once-leading Internet Explorer. But Google's browser has not been without its critics. Among the sticking points has been Chrome's automatic updating mechanism, which some decried for force-feeding unwanted changes, or for delivering those changes at speeds too quickly for customers to absorb. We've dug into Chrome's ..

17/07 3:56 am Verifying and testing that Firefox is restricted to TLS 1.2

TLS is the protocol invokedunder the covers when viewing secure websites (those loaded with HTTPS rather than HTTP). There are multiple versions of the TLS protocol, and the most recent version, 1.2, is the most secure. Last time, I discussed tweaking Firefox so that it only supports TLS version 1.2 and not the older versions (1.0 and 1.1) of the protocol. But that begs the question: what happens when a security-reinforced copy of Firefox encounters a website that does not support TLS 1.2? The ..

16/07 4:16 am Microsoft yanks bad Outlook patches-of-patches KB 3191849, 3213654, 401042

I just received word from Gunter Born that Microsoft has pulled three of its Outlook patches: KB 4011042 - July 5, 2017, update for Outlook 2010 KB 3191849 - June 27, 2017, update for Outlook 2013 KB 3213654 - June 30, 2017, update for Outlook 2016 As I mentioned last week, Microsoft still hasn't fixed any of the Office 2007 bugs it introduced in the June security patches. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

15/07 7:26 pm Driver fix for Surface Pro 2017 hibernation seems to work; now, about that ..

Two weeks ago, I wrote about an ongoing problem with the new Surface Pro, commonly called Surface Pro 2017. Many customers found that their machines suddenly turned offwent into hibernation for no apparent reason, sometimes swallowing data in the process. After hemming and hawing about it for a few weeks, Microsoft released a new driver on July 14. Reports Ive seen say the new driver works. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

15/07 6:23 pm The augmented reality boom will transform phones

Augmented reality is frivolous, we're told. It's mainly for gimmicks and games. But an important transformation is about to get under way. Starting next year, AR will begin transforming enterprise communications, logistics, manufacturing, analytics, product design, training, marketing, field service . Today's phones and tablets aren't quite up to the task. But tomorrow's will be. Even business meetings will change. With ubiquitous AR, multiple devices can see the same thing in the same space. ..

14/07 11:16 pm A.I. innovation finds a home on mobile devices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Innovative mobile apps married to increasingly powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) are rapidly getting smarter -- making them even more helpful for users. These kinds of apps, showcased at VentureBeat's two-day MobileBeat conference here this week, are designed to anticipate user needs. Who knew, for example, that you can use your smartphone to simplify the process of getting a green card to enter the United States or to streamline corporate travel? During a "Startup ..

14/07 9:54 pm 37% off Fitfort 4K WiFi Ultra HD Waterproof Sport Camera - Deal Alert

This sport camera is a budget-friendly alternative to GoPro. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 230 reviewers on Amazon, where Its list price of $100 is currently discounted 37% to just $64. Designed to be used for biking, hiking, diving, swimming, surfing, or anywhere else you could use a rugged, waterproof camera. The camera provides 4K/25FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 1080P/30FPS and 720P/120FPS video resolution. Comes with a wireless remote, and 2 rechargeable batteries that provide up ..

14/07 9:28 pm The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

We saw a whole bunch of nothing written about so-called weak Mac sales this week, but those twisted out of context numbers didnt reflect how the real world works and Apples big business bid is only now beginning . Windows XP and the PC replacement cycle Youd be surprised how many of the computers out there still run Windows XP. In some cases, this reflects the defund and privatize ethic beloved of some state functionaries, in others those systems are mandatory in order to support some legacy ..

14/07 6:00 pm 2017 IT jobs report: Pacific region

This IT jobs report covers Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Guam. Stay tuned for upcoming reports featuring other regions of the United States. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story)

 Ah, summertime! Hot days, good fishing and, well...

It's the middle of summer a few years back at this fishing-equipment factory -- and the heat is on this software developer pilot fish's team. "One day, every PC in the building rebooted and all unsaved work was lost," fish says. "We received many complaints from users asking what was wrong with our software. "We developers knew it wasn't our software, but were clueless as to the cause. The network techs felt the same way about their network and its configuration." Maybe it's just some ..

14/07 10:43 am Restricting Firefox to TLS version 1.2 makes browsing safer

Although its common to think of a secure website as the opposite of an insecure one, the choice is not, in fact, binary. For a website to be truly secure, there are about a dozen or so ducks that all need to be lined up in a row. Seeing HTTPS does not mean that the security is well done, secure websites exist in many shades of gray. Since web browsers don't offer a dozen visual indicators, many sites that are not particularly secure appear, to all but the most techie nerds, to be secure ..

14/07 6:26 am R Consortium survey seeks input from R users

The R Consortium is trying to find out what R users think of the language, how they use it, and how things might be better. This is "the first of what we hope will be an annual survey of R users," according to a blog post by Joseph Rickert and Hadley Wickham, members of the Consortium's Board of Directors. You can take the survey here . The industry-backed R Consortium aims to promote use of R and improve the platform, in part by funding projects and supporting community growth. To read this ..

14/07 12:09 am The Google Pixel 2 leak highlights how ho-hum hardware has become

Gather 'round by the fireplace, kiddos, 'cause Granpappy Writer Guy wants to talk about the Good Ol' Days of mobile technology. 'Twas a time, you see -- way back in the ancient early part of this here 2010 decade -- when every new smartphone release was downright exhilarating , all because of each device's newfangled physical hardware. Maybe the display was light-years better than what we'd seen before, in a way that was obvious even to the untrained eye. Maybe the camera took glorious photos ..

13/07 11:30 pm IDG Contributor Network: Can Intel win in 5G?

Intel is a major supplier of 4G and soon 5G modems to smartphone OEMs around the world (including Apple), although currently Intels share of the modem market in less than 10 percent.It competes with a number of other suppliers, most notably Qualcomm who has the majority share of modems in high to mid tier smartphones (Qualcomms share is estimated at approximately 50 percent of the overall market ), as well as MediaTek and other Far East suppliers. As the 5G revolution approaches (I expect ..

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Press Herald Exxon Mobil must pay $2 million fine Press Herald WASHINGTON Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon ..