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General Interest Tech News

Top Stories from Wired

Steve Lacy's Newest Song, '4Real,' Is Anti-Pop Genius

With no center, no formal structure, or even a skillful conclusion, the polymath's newest song confirms his unconventional undertaking.

Microsoft's Nadella Wants to Help Coders Take a Quantum Leap

Quantum computers don’t exist but Microsoft released a programming language for them.

TechCrunch Gadgets

How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations

 The Kindle has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of specialty electronics in the world since it launched 10 years ago, but the device has changed so much since its debut that one can hardly believe the oldest and newest models are meant to do the same thing. Amazon’s Chris Green talked with me for a retrospective of the design choices that have defined and redefined the device. Read More

Amazon’s all-new Echo goes (RED) for a limited time

 The new Echo is a better looking device than its predecessor, thanks in large part to its various fabric coverings. Now, there’s a new option for the outer shell: A PRODUCT(RED) special limited edition. The fabric outer comes in red, appropriately enough, and $10 of the purchase price (of $99.99, same as any other Echo) will go toward (RED)’s work fighting AIDS through the Global Fund. Read More

Swiss watchmaker Omega joins the ecommerce bandwagon

 Swiss watchmakers have long resisted the siren call of ecommerce. While many of their products sold online – you can find everything from Swatch to Breguet on the “grey market” – there were no official online channels for many brands. Until now. Omega, a Swiss watchmaker whose wares now grace the wrist of James Bond, just started selling online, joining Panerai and… 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

New GoDaddy, Square integrations to ease selling for SMBs

The integrations help SMBs work online and offline by being able to accept payments in either space without needing multiple accounts or products.

3 small ways SMBs can build up a cyberdefense strategy

Regardless of size, all organizations are targets for cyberattack.. Allianz's Jenny Soubra offers advice for small business leaders who don't normally specialize in cybersecurity.

Here's how SMBs can accept payments from Venmo, and reach a new audience in the process

The payment app allows users to pay businesses directly, giving SMBs a way to accept payment in a form Millennials are familiar with.

5 best practices for managing vendor contracts at SMBs

Contract management at small or midsize businesses can be fraught with challenges. Here are tips on overseeing and maintaining vendor contracts.

66% of SMBs would shut down or close if they experienced a data breach

A new report from VIPRE indicated that two-thirds of SMBs would either go out of business or shut down for at least one day in the event of a breach.