Windows 7 – Corporate strategies for JAN 14th 2020 end of support

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Companies that still use Windows 7, must prepare for end of support by January 14, 2020. While 4 options are shared, #4 is the only viable one for future security/feature support by Microsoft. https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-your-companys-windows-7-exit-strategy/ If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have some important decisions to make, and not a lot of […]

Apple FaceTime – fix for audio privacy issues

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A 14 year old teen discovered that if he re-added himself to a group conversation, he could hear conversations even before primary party picked up on phone.  While this is not a logical or normal action, this bug can compromise security & is currently being fixed. https://www.zdnet.com/article/you-may-want-to-disable-apple-facetime-this-week-callers-can-listen-and-view-remotely-without-your-consent/ https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-gets-egg-all-over-its-facetime/ The bug that allows people to listen […]

Microsoft 365 – New dashboards for GDPR and other privacy laws

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Microsoft has built a new Compliance Manager risk-assessment dashboard for security & privacy regulation needs https://www.zdnet.com/article/struggling-to-comply-with-gdpr-microsoft-365-rolls-out-new-privacy-dashboards/ Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, is gaining a new workspace for managing compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regions’ laws. The Compliance Manager risk-assessment dashboard helps security […]

Apple iPhone – New models may feature improved 3-D with 3rd camera

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/01/31/new-report-details-apples-upcoming-three-camera-iphone/2727345002/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-30/apple-is-said-to-prep-new-3-d-camera-for-2020-iphones-in-ar-push Can the camera help jumpstart iPhone sales? Apple seems to hope so as another report claims the company will be going with three rear cameras on its biggest iPhone later this year.  The third camera, Bloomberg reports, will improve zooming capabilities and capture a larger field of view. The report also claims that it […]

Enterprise Computing – Deloitte shares 6 emerging trends for 2019

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Deloitte Consulting has identified six emerging tech trends as the next computing wave for organizations for the coming year: https://www.eweek.com/it-management/six-trends-for-2019-that-will-redefine-enterprise-tech eWEEK DATA POINTS: Deloitte Consulting has identified six tech trends as the next wave of aspirational change for organizations. Find out how new developments in AI, ubiquitous connectivity, cybersecurity–and even the transformation of “boring” network tech […]

Google Chrome – Advanced new warning for fake URLs

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Google Chrome will offer a more advanced warning for fake or mistyped URLs in the future https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/31/chrome-will-soon-warn-you-if-you-visit-a-phishing-site-with-a-lookalike-url/ Phishing attempts involve a lot of trickery. You think you got an email from your colleague at androidpolice.com when you really received it from someone at androidpollce.com. Or you mistype one letter in a URL and you’re taken to a […]

Google Plus – social network will end April 2nd 2019

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Google+ social network will end for users on April 2, 2019, with some capabilities already being shutdown as noted below https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/31/google-shutdown-timeline/ Google made the decision to shut down its social network last year after the revelation of a security vulnerability. It even moved up the website’s final day after the existence of a data bug exposing 52.5 million […]

Bluetooth 5.1 – new direction-finding standard finds devices better

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https://www.howtogeek.com/403606/bluetooth-5.1-whats-new-and-why-it-matters/ Bluetooth 5.1 brings new “direction-finding” features that will let Bluetooth devices pinpoint physical location to the centimeter, aiding in indoor positioning. This latest version includes features that will make for more reliable Bluetooth connections, too. Current Bluetooth proximity systems can guess how far away a device—like your smarthome or smartwatch—is by using signal strength. […]

Hardware – 2018 survey Laptops are most popular device

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At the end of 2018, laptops overtook tablets & notebooks as most popular computing device.  Desktop & tower units continue to decline in use https://www.pcmag.com/news/366192/in-the-fight-for-your-hearts-tablets-and-desktops-lose-to-l The best year the computer market had in the last 9 years was 2014, when sales were well above half a billion dollars worldwide—and 230.1 million of those sales were […]

Google Chrome – v72 new features and security fixes

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Users should promptly apply these updates as noted below: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2019/01/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/01/29/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome Google has released Chrome version 72.0.3626.81 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses multiple vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.  The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), […]


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