Google Chrome – Improved AD blocker goes live in February 2018

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On February 15, 2018, the latest version of Google Chrome will feature improved AD blocking to filter out highly aggressive or multi-media ADs that might be disruptive in a corporate environment.  Simple ADs are likely to continue if the fit within the framework of a new vendor coalition of multiple vendors https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/chromes-ad-blocker-goes-live-on-february-15th/ Google recently announced […]

Microsoft – Live Meeting Service expires at end of 2017

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Microsoft will discontinue the “Live Meeting” facility on 12/31/2017 as the “Skype for business” platform represent their future directions for video/chat corporate services. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/12/15/microsoft-killing-office-live-meeting-service.aspx The good news pertains to Mac client users of Skype for Business Server 2015. There’s bad news afoot, though, for organizations still stuck on using the venerable Office Live Meeting unified […]

Microsoft – Free ebooks WIN10, OFFICE, CLOUD, SERVER reference manuals for 2017

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This is one of my favorite FREE training resources and learned recently of updates for 2017 Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway! I’m Giving Away MILLIONS of FREE Microsoft eBooks again, including: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, […]

Security – PC Magazine predictions for 2018

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This is an excellent and in-depth article forecasting that 2018 will be even more challenging for computer security & privacy in year ahead. https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357913/security-in-2018-buckle-up-this-isn-t-getting-any-easier Security in 2018: Buckle Up, This Isn’t Getting Any Easier .. Security experts discuss the trends to watch next year, from cryptocurrency hacks and ransomware to potential vulnerabilities in IoT devices and […]

Microsoft – Q Sharp programming language for Quantum computing

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Microsoft has introduced a beta version of the new Q# quantum programming language, which is out now in preview mode https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/microsofts-q-quantum-programming-language-out-now-in-preview/ Microsoft today launched a preview version of a new programming language for quantum computing called Q#. The industry giant also launched a quantum simulator that developers can use to test and debug their quantum […]

MALWARE – Loapi cryptocurrency miner can overheat and physically damage smartphones

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This currency mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones by overheating battery with intense 100% CPU looping http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/20/cryptocurrency-mining-malware-loapi-capable-physically-damaging-phones/ Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have identified a family of modular Android malware dubbed “Loapi,” which is capable of mining the Monero cryptocurrency, inundating users with advertisements, automatically subscribing the user to paid services, […]

Android – Applications must adopt 64 bit standard by AUG-2019

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Google has announced that Android applications must use 64 bit standards by August 2019.  This new standard is designed to improve security and performance. https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/12/all-android-apps-must-adopt-64-bit-support-by-august-2019.html All Android apps must adopt 64-bit support by August 2019, Google announced earlier this week, adding that the requirement also pertains to updates with their native libraries. The 32-bit support isn’t […]

Leadership – 8 techniques to better encourage corporate diversity

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John Maxwell shares an excellent article featuring 8 techniques to encourage corporate diversity http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/how-to-encourage-diversity-in-the-workplace To help equip your leaders and managers to empower their employees, here are 8 basic steps to encourage the diversity in the workplace and connect with others. Invite them to share these steps with their teams to foster a healthy culture where diversity […]

Corporate Security – 8 percent increase in spending projected in 2018

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Gartner projects security spending to increase by 8% in 2018 as documented below https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/12/08/enterprise-security-spending-to-increase-in-2018.aspx In the wake of major high-profile incidence in 2017, worldwide enterprise spending on security is poised to rise 8 percent next year, according to Gartner, Inc.  In the research firm’s latest report, titled “Forecast: Information Security, Worldwide, 2015-2021, 3Q17 Update,” Gartner […]

Privacy – VPNs improve security on public wi-fi networks

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This excellent PC Magazine article shares an awareness for how VPN encryption can improve privacy & security on public wi-fi networks https://www.pcmag.com/article/352757/you-need-a-vpn-and-heres-why What Is a VPN and How Does It Work? — Simply put, a VPN creates a virtual encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All external internet […]


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