Computers

Jamf, Microsoft confirm Apple grows in the enterprise – Computerworld

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jamf Nation Conference (#JNUC) has become one of the more important events in the Apple in the enterprise diary, and Microsoft appeared at the event to show new integration that enables Apple’s solutions to work even more effectively with Azure cloud services.  Hell freezes over  Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, demonstrated how Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) tools will soon work with Jamf integration and Apple’s platforms to ensure that enterprise Macs are security compliant with Azure…

Why is this floppy disk joke still haunting the internet? – The Verge

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

There’s a joke that circulates online every few years. It’s a picture of a floppy disk, accompanied by the claim that a kid thought it was a real-life version of the “save” icon. Every time it pops up, people laugh, hit “like,” and marvel both at their own age and the cluelessness of kids today. Over the last week, this gag has been making the rounds on Twitter yet again,…

Simple Benchmarks to Run on Your Computer to Check If It’s Working Well – Gizmodo

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Image: Futuremark At first glance the computer on your desk might look a lot like last year’s model or the model your colleague has, but looks can be deceptive—if you want to really rate your laptop and find its place in the power and performance stakes, that’s where benchmarks come in. Long revered by gamers as a way of objectively judging the raw power of a rig, benchmarking is the…

NFL Week 8 odds and picks: Advanced computer model loves Saints and Patriots – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The NFL’s eighth weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The New England Patriots are 7.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Chargers, the Seattle Seahawks are 5.5-point favorites over the Houston Texans, and the the Dallas Cowboys are 2.5-point favorites over the Washington Redskins in a division showdown that’s already seen plenty of line movement. With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the…

Microsoft drops its US government lawsuit following revised gag orders – The Verge

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Microsoft says it will drop its lawsuit against the US government after the Department of Justice agreed to change the way data like email is obtained in warrants for government agencies. Gag orders have typically been used to keep data providers like Microsoft silent, and not inform customers when their cloud data has been searched or inspected by authorities. Microsoft originally filed its lawsuit last year, arguing that the government’s…

Microsoft drops lawsuit after DOJ limits use of gag orders when accessing customer data – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Microsoft said it will drop its lawsuit against the Department of Justice over gag orders placed on companies that prevent them from telling customers when their personal data has been accessed by investigators. Its decision comes after the DOJ issued a new binding policy that requires prosecutors to give more detailed reasons when applying for a gag order and makes it much harder to seek one that lasts indefinitely. In…

Microsoft Monday: Surface Book 2, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Arrives, Age of Empires Delayed – Forbes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bill Gates speaking at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images) “Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Bill Gates retaining the #1 spot on the Forbes 400 2017 Richest Americans and investing $1.7 billion in public education, 13 original Xbox One games being added to the backwards compatibility list, the Surface Book 2 announcement,…

It’s been 10 years since Microsoft invested in Facebook — now … – Recode

Monday, October 23, 2017

A decade ago this week, on Oct. 24, 2007, Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the fast-growing social network, expanding an advertising partnership between the companies. It was a big deal at the time. For one, because Microsoft had competed for the deal with Google — this was back when Microsoft competed with Google all the time — and won. But mostly because the investment assigned Facebook…

It’s been 10 years since Microsoft invested in Facebook — now Facebook is worth almost as much as Microsoft – Recode

Monday, October 23, 2017

A decade ago this week, on Oct. 24, 2007, Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the fast-growing social network, expanding an advertising partnership between the companies. It was a big deal at the time. For one, because Microsoft had competed for the deal with Google — this was back when Microsoft competed with Google all the time — and won. But mostly because the investment assigned Facebook…

Regulate the internet – The Week Magazine

Monday, October 23, 2017

Even though the motivations behind it are juvenile and paranoid, I cannot help but cheer for the bill introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and, of course, America’s grandstander-in-chief, John McCain (R-Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), to regulate the internet. The bill, an admirably specific piece of proposed legislation in the era of Graham-Cassidy Part XVII, would require websites with more than 50 million annual unique visitors to disclose…

Microsoft Challenges MacBook Pro With Stunning Surface Book 2 – Forbes

Monday, October 23, 2017

Late last week Microsoft announced the next iteration of its own high-end fashionable laptop. The Surface Book 2 is arguably the third high-end laptop from Microsoft, following the Surface Book and Surface Book with Performance Base models. What is clear is that Microsoft continues to target the key demographics used by Apple’s MacBook Pro. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduces the original Microsoft Surface Book (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty…

New phishing campaign uses 20-year-old Microsoft mess as bait – The Register

Monday, October 23, 2017

The ever-vigilant folk at the Internet Storm Centre (SANS) have spotted yet another campaign trying to drop the Locky ransomware using compromised Word files. As Internet Storm Center handler Brad Duncan writes, the vector in the Word documents uses Microsoft Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), a feature that lets Office application load data from another Office file. This is the kind of attack that last week was spotted in a phishing…

Where Internet Orders Mean Real Jobs, and New Life for Communities – New York Times

Monday, October 23, 2017

Vast warehouses are being built, fueling a demand for lower-skilled workers and reviving areas that once relied on manufacturing. By NATALIE KITROEFFOCT. 22, 2017

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Monday, October 23, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

Microsoft Targets MacBook Faithful With Stunning Surface Book 2 – Forbes

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Late last week Microsoft announced the next iteration of its own high-end fashionable laptop. The Surface Book 2 is arguably the third high-end laptop from Microsoft, following the Surface Book and Surface Book with Performance Base models. What is clear is that Microsoft continues to target the key demographics used by Apple’s MacBook Pro. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduces the original Microsoft Surface Book (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty…

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…