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Apple is testing 5G: Why this matters to the iOS enterprise

Faster, more stable, capable of supporting more devices and equipped to handle life in the fast lane, 5G technology is the next wave of networking, and Apple is deeply involved in testing and developing the standard. What does Apple hope to gain and why should this matter to an iOS enterprise?

What is 5G?         

While it is important to note that 5G is not yet ratified as a standard and networks that use the standard aren’t expected before 2020, 5G is touted as the next-generation of wireless broadband.  

The GSMA has set some criteria, most of which need to be met for a network to call itself ‘5G’. They include 1-10Gbps connections to devices and other end points and the capacity to support up to 100 times as many devices per cell as possible in current implementations.

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47% off Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4 with Cooling Fan and Dual Controller Charging – Deal Alert

Keep your PS4 or PS4 Slim compact, organized and functioning properly with this vertical stand from Pecham. It features an integrated cooling fan, dual controller changing and a USB hub for powering & charging your phone or other devices as needed. Pecham’s stand currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 185 people on Amazon (82% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here), where its list price of $29.99 has been reduced 47% to just $15.99. See this deal now on Amazon

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Save 24% on Amazon’s Echo Dot By Buying Certified Refurbished Right Now – Deal Alert

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Buying a certified refurbished Dot typically saves you 10%, but right now Amazon is offering a 16% discount on that discount, so you’ll be paying just $37.99 — a total 24% discount over its “brand new” counterpart. Amazon’s certified refurbished program ensures you’ll receive a product that looks and functions good as new, complete with a warranty, so there’s not much to worry about here. See this deal on Amazon.

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Leak: Secret Facebook rules on what violence, self-harm and child abuse can be posted

Facebook allows users to livestream self-harm, post videos of violent deaths and photos of non-sexual child abuse, but comments which threaten to harm President Donald Trump are to be deleted, according to Facebook’s secret rule books for monitoring what its 2 billion users can post.

The Guardian got hold of leaked copies of over 100 internal Facebook manuals and documents that tell moderators how to handle content which includes violence, sex, hate speech, terrorism, nudity, self-harm, revenge porn and more controversial content – even cannibalism.

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IDG Contributor Network: Amazon successfully fights off pricebots

One big downside of the plethora of e-commerce shopping bots out there today is that they create the impression of a difference when there may not be one. If I may give my two cents’ worth, is a two-cent difference meaningful, especially when shipping prices are far more than that?

Significant difference or not, shoppers love them. And even more importantly, they act on them. When a bot lists a product and shows 20 different sites, the ranking by lowest price is almost always selected. After price, reputation and customer reviews can play a role, but none persuade as effectively as price.

That’s why Walmart, which wears its tagline about having the lowest prices the way Marley’s Ghost wears his chains (each one is weighed down by bad decisions made years ago), takes pricebots so seriously. Unfortunately for Walmart, so does Amazon. And Amazon doesn’t seem to care one bit for Walmart’s price trackers — and chose to block them all.

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WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT

And that’s why we troubleshoot first

IT support pilot fish who works for a public library system gets a work order from one of the branches: One of the PCs that’s available for public use is making a beeping sound.”Trying to troubleshoot the device, I asked the onsite staff to be sure …

For enterprise protection, antivirus software is no longer enough

Antivirus software to protect corporate systems from malware is like a flu shot. You should have it, but it won’t likely protect you from every strain of the flu.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

Windows Defender does not defend Windows 7 against WannaCry

Thanks to Kaspersky, we now know that 98% of the Windows machines infected by WannaCry/WannaCrypt were running Windows 7. Since, once it gets a foothold, the malware can infect an entire network, most of the attention was focused on LAN based attacks. My previous blog was about using the Windows firewall as a defensive measure.

But any malware can spread in multiple ways so there is always a need for anti-malware software on Windows PCs. The May 12th blog post, Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks, in which Microsoft announced the release of a bug fix for Windows XP, mentioned that 

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Google, A.I. and the rise of the super-sensor

Google dazzled developers this week with a new feature called Google Lens.Appearing first in Google Assistant and Google Photos, Google Lens uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to specifically identify things in the frame of a smartphone camera.In G…

The ransomware epidemic: How to prep for a shakedown

‘Know your enemy’ – understanding what to prepare for
wannacry ransom screenshot

Image by Reuters

While ransomware isn’t new, this once-simple criminal hacker tactic has morphed into a devastatingly effective weapon wielded by more advanced cyber-criminals — as seen with the recent Wannacry outbreack. These sophisticated attackers are highly motivated by the profitable nature of their efforts. Dan Larson, technical director at CrowdStrike, looks at the current state of ransomware, why organizations should take  threats seriously and how to build a strong defense.

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The Dell XPS 13 wows, but it could hurt your pocket

Dell’s XPS 13 laptop elicited a “wow” the first time I saw it. The jubilation was similar to seeing the first MacBook Air pulled out of a manila envelope in 2008.
Dell’s reputation isn’t based on building sleek laptops, but the XPS 13 is the compan…

Verizon warns enterprise cloud users of 48-hour shutdown

Verizon is warning users of its new cloud service to brace for a two-day outage late this week.The company confirmed this afternoon that its new cloud service, Verizon Cloud, will be shut down for maintenance for as long as two days starting at 1 a….

Ford touts self-driving car, launches global mobility experiments

Ford today showcased the semi-autonomous vehicles it has on the road already and gave attendees a glimpse into fully autonomous vehicles now in development.

The carmaker also announced a series of experiments with drivers around the globe to test its vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, autonomous cars and the use of big data collected from vehicles.

Semi-autonomous vehicle features available today from Ford include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and active park assist. Coming soon: traffic jam assist.

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Ford reveals self-driving car, launches global mobility experiments

Ford today showcased the semi-autonomous vehicles it has on the road already and gave attendees a glimpse into fully autonomous vehicles now in development.

The carmaker also announced a series of experiments with drivers around the globe to test its vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, autonomous cars and the use of big data collected from vehicles.

Semi-autonomous vehicle features available today from Ford include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and active park assist. Coming soon: traffic jam assist.

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Microsoft’s device share growth to outpace Apple’s through 2016

Microsoft’s share of shipped devices will climb slightly this year and pick up some steam in 2016, but Apple’s share will grow at a more sluggish pace because of slow-downs in iPhone and iPad, Gartner forecast Monday.For 2015, Windows’ share of the …

Hackers steal $5M in bitcoin currency during Bitstamp exchange attack

Attackers made off with approximately $5 million worth of bitcoins after hacking the Bitstamp exchange over the weekend.
The attack, on Jan. 4, targeted Bitstamp’s operational wallets, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Operational, or hot…

Microsoft opens Office for Android tablet preview to all comers

Microsoft today opened its preview of Office for Android tablets to all eligible comers, expanding the sneak peek from the invite-only beta it first offered in November.The requirements for using the preview were also slightly changed. Microsoft add…

Toyota’s fuel-cell patent offer could kick-start a new era in the auto industry

There are hundreds of shiny products vying for attention at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the biggest news of the show so far probably isn’t what you think.
Toyota’s announcement on Monday that it will issue royalty-free l…

Dell plans laptops with Intel’s Skylake chips in second half of year

Wire-free computing could be around the corner, with Dell planning to release laptops based on Intel’s Skylake chips in the second half of the year.
Intel believes that Skylake, the latest in its Core series, is the most significant processor it ha…

The most interesting Android-related revelation from CES 2015

It’s a busy week for Android news — or at least, that’s what you’d think based on all the tweets and news stories pouring out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas. 

When you look closely, though, you realize it’s a lot of shouting without much substance.

Sure, there are some new processors that might end up in phones, tablets, or even cars later this year. And sure, there’s a new Asus phone you probably won’t buy, some new Lenovo phones that’ll never launch in the U.S., and a new version of LG’s G Flex phone that looks to be considerably better than the last. There are plenty of random gizmos and gadgets, too, some of which are pretty novel (and a few of which we might actually see in stores one day).

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XYZprinting unveils $349 3D printer, hi-res machine

3D printer start-up XYZprinting, which has built a reputation around affordable consumer-grade machines, announced today two new models, including an entry-level product priced at just $349.
The other new 3D printer is the company’s first stereolit…

Verizon may be planning to buy AOL

U.S. telecommunications provider Verizon may be in the process of acquiring digital media company AOL, the Bloomberg news service has reported.
Verizon is interested in AOL’s digital advertising unit, which it could incorporate into the mobile vide…

Intel’s Broadwell chip lets Apple go Retina with MacBook Air

The new Core processors and graphics chipsets that Intel launched on Monday will allow Apple to build a MacBook Air with a higher-resolution Retina screen without sacrificing battery life, analysts said today.”Apple represents the customers that Int…

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