Computers

6 Things IT Pros Should Look Forward to At Microsoft Ignite 2017 – Petri.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

In this post, I’ll list out the things that I think IT Pros should expect Microsoft to talk a lot about at Ignite. And while, as an MVP, I do have quite a bit of inside knowledge, I’m not using that or breaching any NDA here. There’s lots of tea leaves scattered about in the Microsoft world, and you don’t need a crystal ball to assemble them. Lots of Azure…

This Google, Microsoft, Samsung-Targeting ‘CCleaner’ Attack Sets an Insidious Trend – Fortune

Sunday, September 24, 2017

An insidious attack trend has been catching my eye lately. It’s called the software supply chain attack. The scheme goes like this: Hackers compromise a trusted software vendor, subvert its products with their own malicious versions, and then use the tainted formulation to infect customers — thereby bypassing internal security controls and easily spreading malware far and wide. Customers, careful to keep their software up to date, don’t think twice…

Your internet isn’t getting any faster, but government might soon call it ‘high-speed’ anyway – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Is the government doing a good enough job getting internet access to the people? Until recently, the government’s own assessment was no — things could be better for many Americans fed up with slow service, high prices or a lack of competition. But a looming change in the way officials define internet service may soon prompt the Federal Communications Commission to change its mind and say that, in fact, it…

This Google, Microsoft, Samsung-Targeting ‘CCleaner’ Attack Sets an Insidious Trend – Fortune

Saturday, September 23, 2017

An insidious attack trend has been catching my eye lately. It’s called the software supply chain attack. The scheme goes like this: Hackers compromise a trusted software vendor, subvert its products with their own malicious versions, and then use the tainted formulation to infect customers — thereby bypassing internal security controls and easily spreading malware far and wide. Customers, careful to keep their software up to date, don’t think twice…

Atlanta man’s code on Army computer cost taxpayers $2.6M – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mittesh Das, 48, was found guilty of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent to cause damage to an Army computer, John Stuart Bruce, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release.

Your internet isn’t getting any faster, but government might soon call it ‘high-speed’ anyway – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Is the government doing a good enough job getting internet access to the people? Until recently, the government’s own assessment was no — things could be better for many Americans fed up with slow service, high prices or a lack of competition. But a looming change in the way officials define internet service may soon prompt the Federal Communications Commission to change its mind and say that, in fact, it…

Sometimes the internet is good — at least, to this 8-year-old girl who loves bugs – The Verge

Saturday, September 23, 2017

As I hate bugs with every cell of my body, it’s rare that a bug story makes me feel toasty inside. But thanks to Sophia Spencer, an 8-year-old girl who adores bugs, I’m slightly reconsidering my revulsion. See, Sophia just got an author’s credit in a scientific journal called Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Sophia had been made fun of for even being interested in bugs. Other kids…

How the internet helped Labour at the general election – BBC News

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The 2017 general election was the moment when the internet finally delivered on its long-awaited promise of having a big effect, both on how individual people voted and the overall outcome of the election. A flood of young voters, many of whom had relatively low levels of political knowledge, used the internet to get news about the general election. This was crucial for boosting support for…

Spain and Catalonia Wrestle Over .Cat Internet Domain – New York Times

Saturday, September 23, 2017

“At this point I’d argue cats are famous because cats are famous, a self-fulfilling prophecy that keeps perpetuating itself,” said Jason Eppink, a curator at the Museum of the Moving Image who organized an exhibit about cats online in 2015. Given the web’s rich cat history, you’d think that domain names ending in .cat would be another online feline gold mine. But that has not been the case, apart from…

Windows Store rebranded to Microsoft Store in Windows 10 – The Verge

Friday, September 22, 2017

Microsoft is rebranding its Windows Store to the Microsoft Store today. The software maker is rolling out a new Store update to Windows 10 testers on the Release Preview ring that includes the name and logo change. While the store won’t change much apart from by name, Windows 10 users will notice that the taskbar icon for the store now has a shopping bag and Microsoft’s company logo. Microsoft has…

Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple – TechCrunch

Friday, September 22, 2017

Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson that Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London in Regent Street near Oxford Circus — just a stone’s (or an iPhone’s) throw from the Apple flagship store…

Mastering file searches on Linux – Network World

Friday, September 22, 2017

There are many ways to search for files on Linux systems and the commands can be very easy or very specific — narrowing down your search criteria to find what just you’re looking for and nothing else. In today’s post, we’re going to examine some of the most useful commands and options for your file searches. We’re going to look into: quick finds more complex search criteria combining conditions reversing…

CCleaner malware targeted internal networks at Google, Microsoft, and Samsung – The Verge

Friday, September 22, 2017

The malware attack on Windows utility CCleaner may have been more targeted and sophisticated than it seemed. In the days since the attack was announced, researchers have been poring through data from a seized command and control center, finding evidence that the attackers were using the compromise to target some of the world’s most powerful tech companies. New posts from Avast and Cisco’s Talos research group detail the findings, as…

Microsoft waffles regarding what’s next for Dynamics 365 for SMBs – ZDNet

Friday, September 22, 2017

Microsoft’s rollout of its Dynamics 365 CRM/ERP offerings has been a rather confusing one. This week, following the Directions North America 2017 event for Microsoft Dynamics 365 SMB users, some partners and customers seemed even more perplexed about where Microsoft intends to go next. Microsoft originally announced plans for Dynamics 365 in July 2016. Officials said at that time that Dynamics 365 would be largely a repackaging and re-architecting of…

Friend Request is the goofiest internet horror story I’ve ever seen – The Verge

Friday, September 22, 2017

This fall, The Verge is making a choice. The choice is fear! We’ve decided to embrace the season by taking in as many new horror movies as possible and reporting back on which ones are worth your time. We’re calling this series Hold My Hand, as we look at films you might want to watch with a supportive viewing partner. Get comfortable, put the kettle on, check the closet for…

SEC Says It Was a Victim of Computer Hacking Last Year – New York Times

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Equifax breach, which focused on a database that contained the personal information of 143 million Americans, focused attention on the vulnerabilities of private companies that handle sensitive personal financial information. The S.E.C. sometimes handles its own sensitive information, including disclosures that companies are allowed to keep away from investors. Such information could give traders an edge. The S.E.C. may have presented a ripe target. The Government Accountability Office in…

Microsoft explains how Xbox One X games will run better on 1080p TVs – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A lot of the focus of Microsoft’s new Xbox One X console is on 4K and HDR gaming, but there are thousands of Xbox fans who still haven’t upgraded to a 4K TV. While the 4K focus is obvious, Microsoft is explaining in more detail exactly how existing games will run better on an Xbox One X without a 4K TV. Microsoft has an Xbox One X Enhanced program, which…

Saudi Arabia set to lift ban on internet calls – Reuters

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet phone calls, a government spokesman said, part of efforts to attract more business to the country. All online voice and video call services such as Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s WhatsApp that satisfy regulatory requirements will become accessible at midnight (2100 GMT), Adel Abu Hameed, spokesman for the telecoms regulator CITC said on Twitter on Wednesday. The policy reversal represents…

Facing complaints, Microsoft adopts a kinder, gentler Windows 10 upgrade pace – ZDNet

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Windows 10 after two years: Was the upgrade worth it? In the first year after releasing Windows 10, Microsoft seemed hellbent on pushing its new operating system onto every device it saw. That strategy turned out to be counterproductive, with some customers howling in pain over forced upgrades that caused compatibility problems. The blowback from a German consumer agency was serious enough that Microsoft issued a rare formal apology and…

Microsoft opens standard Xbox One X preorders worldwide – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Microsoft today announced worldwide preorder availability for the standard version of its new Xbox One X console. The device, first unveiled back at E3 in June, has only been available up until now as the Project Scorpio special edition, preorders for which promptly sold out when Microsoft began selling them during the Gamescom conference last month. Now, the company says preoreders for the standard black Xbox One X will be…