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General Interest Tech News

Top Stories from Wired

Got a PS4? Add Virtual Reality for Only $300

The most affordable VR bundle is $100 off right now with a coupon code.

Donald Trump’s United Nations Speech Stokes North Korea Tensions

At the United Nations Tuesday, Donald Trump's incendiary North Korea remarks pushed the word even further from a peaceful outcome.

TechCrunch Gadgets

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

 Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. Read More

Google’s Pixel 2 XL leaks in two colorways, reportedly priced at $849

 Google’s big Pixel 2 event is coming up very soon – it’s set for October 4. The Pixel 2 XL has leaked, however, with pictures of both a black and a white color option, and the Pixel 2 XL name is apparently going to be the official one, too, according to a new report from Droid Life. The smartphone looks like the original, but with a sleeker rear two-tone look, with what… Read More

O-Robotix spruces up its SeaDrone underwater robo-craft

 At last year’s Disrupt NY, SeaDrone made it to the Battlefield finals with its simple, robust and affordable underwater drone. With a few customers and a year of feedback under their belts, the engineers behind the robo-sub are putting out a version 2.0 with a few improvements. Read More

Computerworld

Microsoft slates September release for Windows Server's first fast upgrade

Microsoft will release the first upgrade to Windows Server 2016 the last week of September.

"We'll be launching Windows Server, version 1709, at Ignite," Jeff Woolsey, a manager in Microsoft's Windows Server group, wrote on a company blog on Thursday.

Ignite, the conference successor to the long-running TechEd, will run Sept. 25-29 in Orlando, Fla.

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Windows Server 1709, labeled in Microsoft's yymm release format, will be the first of an every-six-months upgrade cycle. The Redmond, Wash. company introduced the new cadence in June, saying at the time that it was synchronizing Windows Server upgrades with ones for both Windows 10 and Office 365.

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VMware partners with Google to manage Chrome devices

VMware's AirWatch subsidiary has partnered with Google to enable unified end-point management (UEM) of all Chrome OS devices in an enterprise.

Through VMware Workspace ONE's cloud portal, IT admins will be able to manage Chrome devices in their company alongside all other endpoints from a single console.

Among other things, IT managers will be able to perform a number of tasks including  on-boarding employees; provisioning, auditing and tracking hardware; device wiping; and securing access to personalized enterprise app catalogs.

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Microsoft details how to install Office with Intune

IT professionals can now use Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based enterprise mobility management service, to remotely install Office applications onto company devices running Windows 10 version 1703 or later.

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The functionality was added to Intune in June, but on Thursday the Redmond, Wash. company implied it's an important feature of Microsoft 365, the subscription announced last month that will go on sale by the end of this year. Microsoft 365, which comes in both Business and Enterprise SKUs (stock-keeping units), is an amalgamation of Windows 10, Office 365 and a slew of cloud services, including Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD).

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Apple's ARKit needs a CMS to reach its potential

As it evolves, ARKit will eventually pose bandwidth demands on mobile networks as these next-generation apps seek to download additional content they need. I spoke with Marxent's CEO and co-founder, Beck Besecker, to get some sense of the importance of ARKit to his industry and the need for a content management system (CMS) for augmented reality (AR).

‘ARKit is a big deal’

Noting that the introduction of these tools has incentivized developers, Besecker says, “ARKit is a big deal. Apple rarely is first to market, but they always aim for great over good enough — and it’s fair to say that they took their time with Augmented Reality (AR).

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New in Windows security: Automatically log off suspicious users

Microsoft has added rapid reaction to a year-old subscription service that will automatically shut down accounts - logging a user out of all managed apps and services, including those delivered by a third-party - at the first hint of suspicious activity.

The new feature in Cloud App Security (CAS), a security service launched in August 2016, collaborates with Azure Active Directory (AAD), another subscription service, to automatically bump off users behaving unusually and shut down accounts suspected of having been hijacked. CAS is built, at least in part, on technology Microsoft acquired in 2015 when it bought the Israeli cloud security vendor Adallom for $250 million.

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Tech Republic Small-Medium Businesses

Cyberinsurance is gaining steam for smaller businesses

Cyberinsurance used to be only for large corporations, but policies are becoming available for small and medium-sized businesses. Read advice about what to consider before purchasing a cyber policy.

Microsoft 365: The smart person's guide

For SMBs, deploying a secure, integrated, and mobile collaborative working environment that doesn't break the bank is nearly impossible. Microsoft 365 is designed to make it not only possible, but easy.

The ransomware debate: Should you pay to get your data back?

As ransomware continues to grow exponentially, more and more users and corporations are being affected and finding themselves at a crossroad: To pay or not to pay?

How to add an AirPort Express to an AirPort Extreme to extend wireless networks

A single wireless radio is often insufficient to cover all the floor space a SOHO requires. Here's how to add an AirpPort Express to extend an AirPort Extreme-anchored wireless network.

4 ways Google Analytics can help you improve your website

Every business can use Google Analytics to make smart changes to website content, navigation, layout, and approach to promotions. Here's how to get started.