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October, 2018:

Amazon – Fire TV Stick 4K review

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is highly advanced & had positive review in following evaluation

The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media streamer that Amazon should have released years ago.

Cooler than a Roku and much cheaper than an Apple TV, the new $50 streaming dongle offers 4K HDR video in every conceivable format while outperforming Amazon’s more expensive Fire TV Cube ($120) and third-generation Fire TV ($70, now discontinued). It also corrects the stupidest mistake of previous Fire TV models by including TV volume and power controls on its remote control. Factor in powerful Alexa voice commands and you have a compelling 4K HDR streamer at any price, let alone the lowest price on the market.

The Fire TV Stick 4K won’t be for everyone. It remains, as always, optimized for Amazon Prime subscribers, and its interface, while interesting, remains bloated with promotional material and redundancies. It’s also a non-starter for YouTube TV subscribers—currently our favorite live TV streaming service—as Amazon and Google avoid supporting one another’s TV platforms. But if those issues aren’t dealbreakers, you’ll find a surprising number of things to love about this budget streamer.

AMAZON – 21 TIPs for improved e-commerce experience

Safety plus best e-commerce practices must always factor in as well.

All are here for one reason and one reason alone: to help you get the absolute best out of your shopping experience. Whether that’s better prices, faster shipping (even without drones), or abundant purchasing options, we’ve got them. If we missed your favorite, share it in the comments so everyone can benefit.

Apple – iPad Pro 2018 hands-on review OCT-2018

Below are video links for the recent Apple product launch:

Apple – New Products OCT-2018

Below are video links for the recent Apple product launch:

Red Hat – Linux 7.6e adds TPM 2.0 security

Red Hat has announced Linux 7.6 enterprise, which adds advanced TPM 2.0 security support

The new release of Red Hat’s flagship Linux platform adds TPM 2.0 support for security authentication, as well as integrating the open source nftables firewall technology effort.

A day after announcing a $34 billion deal with IBM, it’s business as usual at Linux vendor Red Hat.  Red Hat announced the general availability of its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6 release on Oct. 30, providing organizations with improved security, management and container features.  Among the enhanced features is support for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 specification for security authentication.

“TPM 2.0 support has been added incrementally over recent releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, as the technology has matured,” Steve Almy, principal product manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Red Hat, told eWEEK. “The TPM 2.0 integration in 7.6 provides an additional level of security by tying the hands-off decryption to server hardware in addition to the network bound disk encryption (NBDE) capability, which operates across the hybrid cloud footprint from on-premise servers to public cloud deployments.”

IBM – purchases Red Hat OCT-2018

IBM has purchased Red Hat which specializes in corporate Linux, JBOSS Java enterprise development platform, etc.

IBM is buying Red Hat in $34 billion Bid to Rule the Hybrid Cloud

For the past decade, IBM has been trying to transition its aging on-premises operations and grab a slice of the cloud pie. While their efforts have been mostly without large-scale success, there have been a few bright spots during the past decade.

That being said, the company does still build servers and its Watson solution has become the public face of the company. But, the company is about to make a massive change as it has announced that it will be buying Redhat for $34 billion

IBM is buying Redhat for $190 per share and is pending regulatory approval.  This is a significant change for IBM and if their acquisition is successful, will help IBM offer a significantly wider range of software and services to its portfolio. In addition, Red Hat has a number of high-value partnerships with companies like Microsoft that should help IBM expand its footprint.

Windows 10 Enterprise – Corporate usage at 50 percent

WIN10 recently crossed the 50% usage mark in corporations as shared below.

Microsoft says it has hit a new milestone with Windows 10.  With just over a year to go before Microsoft no longer will support Windows 7 for free, the company has achieved an interesting milestone. More than half of all Windows devices in the enterprise are now running Windows 10, officials are saying.

This may not be as worrisome as it might seem, given volume licensees have ways to continue to get security patches for Windows 7 past the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via terms of their Software Assurance agreements and/or by paying for these patches via Extended Security Updates. Microsoft introduced Windows 7 in July, 2009. A number of enterprise customers didn’t begin deploying Windows 7 well into its lifecycle, and in some cases, only months before Windows 10 debuted in July, 2015.

Microsoft – completes purchase of GITHUB source management facilities

Microsoft announced on Friday that its acquisition of the GitHub open source code repository is complete, having passed regulatory reviews.

The purchase of GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock will see Microsoft’s Nat Friedman take the reigns as GitHub’s CEO. Friedman  is the former CEO of Xamarin, an open source company that Microsoft bought back in 2016. He’ll report to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president for the Cloud and AI Group.

Friedman indicated in a blog post that he’ll serve as GitHub’s CEO starting on Monday. He outlined three objectives for GitHub’s future:

  • Ensuring GitHub is the best place to run productive communities and teams

  • Making GitHub accessible to more developers around the world

  • Reliability, security, and performance

Windows Defender – 1st Anti-Virus to run inside sandbox

Windows Defender (beta version) became 1st Anti-Virus to run inside sandbox – so that access to critical WIN10 security areas are off-limits more so during attacks.

Windows Defender becomes first antivirus to run inside a sandbox.  Windows Defender with sandbox support rolled out to Windows insiders. In software design, a “sandbox” is a security mechanism that works by separating a process inside a tightly controlled area of the operating system that gives that process access to limited disk and memory resources. The idea is to prevent bugs and exploit code from spreading from one process to another, or to the underlying OS.

A sandbox escape is one of the most complex pieces of exploitation malware, or a hacker can perform, and running programs inside sandboxed environments is considered an optimal security measure and good software architecture. “We’re in the process of gradually enabling this capability for Windows insiders and continuously analyzing feedback to refine the implementation,”

Microsoft said today in a celebratory blog post.

Security – Office 365 migrating away from older TLS 1.0 protocol support

Microsoft has announced further updates in its plans to revise Office 365, in migrating away from older TLS 1.0 protocol support.  These very old communications protocols lack the needed security for today’s risks.

Microsoft recently clarified its previously declared position that it had planned to drop support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 protocols used with Office 365 services by the end of this month.

The software industry has been moving away from the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols for security reasons in favor of TLS 1.2. In February, Microsoft declared it would stop supporting the older TLS protocols in its Office 365 services on Oct. 31, 2018. Microsoft had suggested back then that this action could have effects for organizations that continued to use those protocols in browsers and applications.

However, Microsoft has since updated its advisory, without much public notice. The new language in the advisory, updated on Oct. 24, clarifies that the Oct. 31 end date is really just the date when Microsoft’s developers will internally stop providing software updates for the older TLS protocols. Moreover, the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols won’t get blocked on the Oct. 31 date for Office 365 users.

Here’s the revised Oct. 24 language in Microsoft’s TLS Office 365 advisory: