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News about Microsoft’s Managed Desktop (MMD) Service

Microsoft plans to help / replace traditional IT administrators with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service. With MMD, customers get pre configured hardware running on top of Windows 10. Along with 365 Enterprise subscriptions and cloud based system management. The new platform allows Microsoft to monitor subscribed systems, and install security patches, O/S …

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  • Microsoft’s SignalR real-time service moves to the cloud
    by Paul Krill on September 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Version 2.4.0 of the ASP.Net SignalR real-time communications library will support Azure SignalR Service, a managed service for adding real-time web functionality to applications.ASP.Net SignalR 2.4.0 is due later this year; Azure SignalR Service currently is in beta. It is an Azure cloud-managed service that can be used to develop capabilities such as chat rooms, instant broadcasting, and IoT dashboards. Developers using the service do not have to deal with hosting, authentication, scaling, or load-balancing.[ InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native? The modern way to develop software. | Get started: Azure cloud migration guide. • Tutorial: Get started with Google Cloud. | Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ]Working with the Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code development tools, Azure SignalR Service is tuned to apps with the following needs:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on September 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
    by Michael Ansaldo on September 18, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you. […]

  • How we did it: 10 hot hybrid-cloud startups to watch
    by Jeff Vance on September 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    The selection process for our 10 hot hybrid-cloud startups to watch roundup began with 42 recommendations and nominations that came to me via HARO, LinkedIn, Twitter and subscribers to my Startup50 email newsletter.For this roundup, we focused on hybrid-cloud infrastructure and hybrid-cloud-enabling technologies. Thus, cloud-delivered applications that don’t enable clouds but, rather, rely on them, were eliminated. We also eliminated cloud security startups because they belong in their own roundup or in a security roundup.[ Now read 20 hot jobs ambitious IT pros should shoot for. ]This left me with 23 startups. The next set of cuts were the easiest ones. Startups that were slow to respond to questions – missing deadlines and forcing me to chase them down just to get answers to my questions – were eliminated.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • W. Va. to use blockchain-based mobile app for mid-term voting
    by Lucas Mearian on September 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    West Virginia this fall will let members of the military and their families deployed overseas to vote by smartphone or tablet using a blockchain-based app developed by Boston start-up, Voatz.The voters using the app would otherwise have to submit paper absentee ballots via mail or vote over a land line telephone.The move means the state will become the first in the U.S. to use blockchain in a voting system in a general election.[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ]After being elected in January 2017, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner  tasked IT staff to investigate mobile voting options for 8,000 West Virginian military members overseas. Warner, a retired U.S. Army officer with four children who are also all current or former Army officers, cited his own inability to vote when deployed in Afghanistan as one reason for his efforts.To read this article in full, please click her […]

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  • GovPayNow.com Leaks 14M+ Records
    by BrianKrebs on September 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Government Payment Service Inc. — a company used by thousands of U.S. state and local governments to accept online payments for everything from traffic citations and licensing fees to bail payments and court-ordered fines — has leaked more than 14 million customer records dating back at least six years, including names, addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of the payer's credit card. […]

  • U.S. Mobile Giants Want to be Your Online Identity
    by BrianKrebs on September 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    The four major U.S. wireless carriers today detailed a new initiative that may soon let Web sites eschew passwords and instead authenticate visitors by leveraging data elements unique to each customer's phone and mobile subscriber account, such as location, customer reputation, and physical attributes of the device. Here's a look at what's coming, and the potential security and privacy trade-offs of trusting the carriers to handle online authentication on your behalf. […]

  • Patch Tuesday, September 2018 Edition
    by BrianKrebs on September 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Adobe and Microsoft today each released patches to fix serious security holes in their software. Adobe pushed out a new version of its beleaguered Flash Player browser plugin. Redmond issued updates to address at least 61 distinct vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and related programs, including several flaws that were publicly detailed prior to today and one "zero-day" bug in Windows that is already being actively exploited by attackers. […]

  • In a Few Days, Credit Freezes Will Be Fee-Free
    by BrianKrebs on September 11, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Later this month, all of the three major consumer credit bureaus will be required to offer free credit freezes to all Americans and their dependents. Maybe you've been holding off freezing your credit file because your home state currently charges a fee for placing or thawing a credit freeze, or because you believe it's just not worth the hassle. If that accurately describes your views on the matter, this post may well change your mind. […]

  • Leader of DDoS-for-Hire Gang Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threats
    by BrianKrebs on September 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    A 19-year-old man from the United Kingdom who headed a cybercriminal group whose motto was "Feds Can't Touch Us" pleaded guilty this week to making bomb threats against thousands of schools. On Aug. 31, officers with the U.K.'s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested Hertfordshire resident George Duke-Cohan, who admitted making bomb threats to thousands of schools and a United Airlines flight traveling from the U.K. to San Francisco last month. […]

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