Microsoft – GRUB Linux boot vulnerable to rootkits

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A new rootkit vulnerability called “Boothole has been discovered by security researchers for devices using GRUB boot loader (for dual booting to Linux or other O/S) … Rootkits that take over PCs during initial boot-up are less frequent than years ago due to improvements by Microsoft & the new UEFI standards — however multi-boot setups […]

Apple Watch 6 – to add more health alert monitoring

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In past years, early fall is usually Apple’s launch time frame for new versions of it’s smartwatch.  And version 6 may even add blood oxygen monitoring alerts which can possibly result from COVID-19, flu, or other respiratory illnesses. https://www.pcmag.com/news/report-apple-watch-series-6-includes-a-blood-oxygen-sensor-smartwatches One of the reasons the Apple Watch has proved to be such a popular smartwatch is the fact […]

Leadership – Building Corporate integrity in 2020

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This is one of top leadership articles I’ve read so far in 2020 from Harvard Business Review: How to Build a Company That (Actually) Values Integrity https://hbr.org/2020/07/how-to-build-a-company-that-actually-values-integrity For decades, leaders were expected to focus on one thing: financial results. But we are now in the midst of an ethical revolution. Leaders are increasingly held accountable […]

Google cloud – Free iPhone and Android backup

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https://www.engadget.com/google-one-free-iphone-android-backup-170027360.html Last year, Google added automatic Android phone backups to Google One, the company’s “membership” program that includes Drive storage, family sharing and a handful of other perks. It made sense for Google to bake that feature right into Android, but today the company announced it’ll soon do the same for iPhone users as well. […]

Microsoft 365 – in-depth overview by PC Magazine

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What Is Microsoft 365? — Microsoft 365 is a way for businesses, and now consumers as well, to subscribe to Office, Teams, and other Microsoft software. https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-microsoft-365 Microsoft 365 is an umbrella offering of software and services for organizations that launched in the summer of 2017. Because some may be scratching their heads as to […]

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – review

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I enjoyed Microsoft Pinball, Golf & Flight Simulator during advent of PCs in early 1980s.  Latest version has advanced “AI” that interacts with “Bing Maps” & Azure for highest level of realism so far.  https://www.theverge.com/21347809/microsoft-flight-simulator-2020-preview-interview-hands-on Microsoft is releasing perhaps the biggest upgrade to the series in its 38-year history. Microsoft Flight Simulator, is an ambitious […]

Mozilla – Firefox v79 security and features release

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https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/07/29/mozilla-releases-security-updates-multiple-products Mozilla has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review the following Mozilla Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates: Firefox 79 Firefox ESR 68.11 Firefox ESR 78.1 […]

Windows Virtual Desktop – Adds Azure Portal and Teams support

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/07/28/windows-virtual-desktop-support.aspx The Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service now has Azure Portal integration, plus Audio/Video (A/V) Redirect support for Microsoft Teams client sessions, Microsoft announced on Monday.   Both capabilities are now at the “general availability” commercial-release stage for users of the WVD service, Microsoft indicated. The WVD service, which supports remotely accessing desktops and apps from Microsoft […]

Security – VPN selection involves risk management analysis July 2020

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SANS ISC has just published an in-depth article on Virtual Private Network (VPN) pros/cons and how to select best protective options. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Consumer+VPNs+You+May+Be+Fine+Without/26404/ In more generic terms, VPNs offer a more secure and private way to use the internet. VPNs do deliver on some of these claims. But I think they also over promise. think it […]

CES 2021 – Virtual all digital event planned

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Most “in-person” conferences continue to migrate to virtual approach until safety improves in future https://www.pcmag.com/news/ces-2021-will-be-an-all-digital-event The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced its decision to switch CES 2021 to be an all-digital experience.   Last month, the CTA quietly announced that it intended to hold CES 2021 as an in-person event running Jan. 6-9. At the time, the […]


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