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Win10 major update to come days after free period ends

Win10 major update to come days after free period ends | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Microsoft announced that the next big update to Windows 10, dubbed the Anniversary Update, will be available on 2 August — a few days after the end of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 for Home and Pro users.

 

The announcement Wednesday US time confirms Microsoft’s apparent accidental disclosure of the date this week.

 

The Anniversary Update will be available as a free upgrade to users that are running Windows 10 as of 2 August. Microsoft’s deadline for Home and Pro users to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 from earlier versions is 29 July.

 

Microsoft said the Anniversary Update will have new features geared toward both businesses and consumers. The update will “bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream,” include a “faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser,” and bring “new tools for the modern classroom”, Microsoft said in its news release.

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Dicker Data brings ShoreTel as-a-service to Australia

Dicker Data brings ShoreTel as-a-service to Australia | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Dicker Data is bringing ShoreTel's Hosted Voice product to Australia as part of its exclusive distribution relationship with the comms vendor.

 

"We’re confident that this will be a strong fit with the tier-two partner base who have the market but not the expertise to deliver a voice solution," said chairman and chief executive David Dicker.

 

According to Dicker Data, voice was a channel that has conventionally required specialised expertise to resell, but ShoreTel Hosted Voice allows "resellers of any size, scale and expertise" to be in the race.

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Win10 major update to come days after free period ends

Win10 major update to come days after free period ends | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Microsoft announced that the next big update to Windows 10, dubbed the Anniversary Update, will be available on 2 August — a few days after the end of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 for Home and Pro users.

 

The announcement Wednesday US time confirms Microsoft’s apparent accidental disclosure of the date this week.

 

The Anniversary Update will be available as a free upgrade to users that are running Windows 10 as of 2 August. Microsoft’s deadline for Home and Pro users to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 from earlier versions is 29 July.

 

Microsoft said the Anniversary Update will have new features geared toward both businesses and consumers. The update will “bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream,” include a “faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser,” and bring “new tools for the modern classroom”, Microsoft said in its news release.

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Google makes two-step authentication less painful

Google makes two-step authentication less painful | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Two-step authentication, two-factor authentication or the slightly less unwieldy '2FA' is a pretty necessary bit of security these days, but it sure is unwieldy.

 

Not just its terrible name, but the whole process. You sign in on a computer, get a text message or email with a code that you have to manually type out, and only then can you log in.

 

Yes, it makes it that bit harder for you to be hacked, as it means the hacker needs access to at least two of your devices or passwords, but it's fiddly enough that most people just can't be bothered until it's too late.


Google has had a stab at making things simpler, and it's actually really good. Because pretty much everyone has a smartphone and the vast majority of them are using iOS or Android, Google reckons that linking your account to your handset is safe enough. If you try to log-in to Gmail on a new PC, your phone will get a prompt asking you if it's okay. Just say that it is, and you're good to go. No unwieldy entry of numbers or text: just a single tap.

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Symantec aims for a secure web, will offer free(ish) certificates

Symantec aims for a secure web, will offer free(ish) certificates | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever wondered if the world could be a little more secure than what it is right now, you’re not the only one. In fact, it seems like every day, we’re hearing about some form of hack, and if not every day, then every week.

 

Too often, our passwords are let loose and spilled, as some nefarious individual goes after what isn’t theirs, and makes a name for themselves and a story for journalists like this one, forcing everyone else to re-evaluate their passwords and work out if perhaps its worth it to change them once again.

 

Companies online are having to deal with this on a regular basis, and it’s just frustrating for the end user, but much of it has to do with a lack of security on websites, and that’s something Symantec feels passionately about.

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Microsoft's Aussie partners judge 'surprise' LinkedIn deal

Microsoft's Aussie partners judge 'surprise' LinkedIn deal | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Microsoft's Australian partners are excited to see how the software giant can unite LinkedIn with products such as Office and Dynamics CRM – as long as it can integrate the social network effectively.

 

The deal was announced overnight, with Microsoft paying US$26.2 billion to snap up the business social network, which boasts 433 million users.

 

Gartner research vice president Brian Blau told CRN he had been surprised by the news. "I have not previously considered those two combining forces."

 

According to Blau, LinkedIn's last quarter was its worst with the company's stocks falling 46.5 percent, the lowest since it went public in 2011. He speculated what role that played in the sale. "I still wonder the motivation on LinkedIn's side."

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Trend Micro builds a way out of ransomware 

Trend Micro builds a way out of ransomware  | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Ransomware is one of the more frustrating security problems at the moment, locking your files down if you have the grace to cross one and open a link, but security group Trend Micro has a fix ready.

 

And that fix is coming in the form of a tool that can decrypt the locked down files if you happen to get caught in the grips of some ransomware.

 

That’s a bit of good news, anyway, for anyone who has had the misfortune to click on one of the ransomware links, because while the normal suggestion is to delete the files and go back to a backup rather than pay the ransom, not everyone will want to do that.

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Aussies design a headphone that adapts to your hearing

Aussies design a headphone that adapts to your hearing | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Some headphones are about bringing the music “the way the artist intended”, but a new Australian headphone concept is about matching your ears to the music.

 

It started as a basic idea, when visiting PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley realised that the perfect headphones just didn’t exist. Just like a song popping into your head that you can’t get out, Kyle Slater realised there must be a solution to the problem that we all hear differently.

 

“Finding a pair of headphones that matches your hearing is hard – and sometimes impossible,” said Slater.

 

Matching an individual’s hearing is practically impossible because we all have varying hearing ranges and our ears have all undergone different treatments over the years.

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Google redoubles artificial intelligence push

Google redoubles artificial intelligence push | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Alphabet's Google unveiled its answer to Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future.

 

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant, along with the tabletop speaker appliance Google Home.

 

He also unveiled Allo, a new messaging service that will compete with Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger products and feature a chatbot powered by the Google Assistant. Allo, like WhatsApp, will also have end-to-end encryption when it is rolled out this summer.

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Extreme Networks appoints second Australian distributor

Extreme Networks appoints second Australian distributor | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Melbourne-headquartered distributor Wavelink has secured advanced network switching vendor Extreme Networks.

 

The distie will have access to Extreme Network’s entire solutions portfolio, including wireless access points, analytics and network security and management products.

 

Wavelink managing director Ilan Rubin said the partnership will allow its resellers provide a complete end-to-end networking solutions for customers.

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Australia first to get Dimension Data's cloud security service

Australia first to get Dimension Data's cloud security service | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Dimension Data and vendor Blue Coat have announced their global managed cloud security service WebSaaS ("web security-as-a-service") will be available first in Australia.

 

After its release in Australia, WebSaaS will be made available to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

 

Australian was chosen because of a cybersecurity talent shortage enterprises have been facing, according to Dimension Data, and also for being an early adopter of cloud services.

 

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Telstra releases 4G on wholesale

Telstra releases 4G on wholesale | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Telstra has commenced wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be limited to not exceed those available to the telco's own customers.

 

The launch will see a number of retail service providers including AldiMobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life progressively enable 4G on customers' existing 3G accounts from today.

 

Telstra had originally scheduled to make 4G services available to wholesale partners in June, but moved the launch date forward. Users will automatically switch to 3G outside the company's 4G coverage areas.

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Telstra leads $8m investment in Netflix tech provider

Telstra leads $8m investment in Netflix tech provider | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Telstra Ventures has announced an $8 million investment in NGINX, a US company known for its open source software.

 

The web engine vendor is behind some of the world's most well-known internet brands - such as Netflix that uses its web server and WordPress.com that uses NGINX load balancers. According to NGINX, over 40 percent of the websites running on AWS use NGINX. The company also delivers web services from Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

 

NGINX claims to have its application delivery solution in use by more than 140 million sites around the world.

 

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Revealed: upcoming Windows 10 features for business

Revealed: upcoming Windows 10 features for business | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Microsoft has published a roadmap of the features it plans to release for business users of its Windows 10 operating system.

 

Most of the upcoming features focus on user authentication and security, but Windows 10 will also get some usability spit and polish over the coming months.

 

Enterprise features in development for all Windows 10 devices currently include enhancements to Azure Active Directory Join and the Microsoft Passport authentication feature that replaces passwords with enrolled devices and Windows Hello biometrics.

 

Microsoft is also working on using Windows Phone and Android devices as remote credentials stores for device unlocking and user authentication, along with companion devices such as the Band 2 wearable.

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Is it time to uninstall antivirus software?

Is it time to uninstall antivirus software? | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

For years everyone has been told that they should run antivirus software on their computer for the best possible protection against the ever growing tide of viruses, trojans and general malware on the Internet.

 

Now it seems, another security expert is adding his voice to the growing concern that using antivirus software may actually make your security worse, not better.

 

Tavis Ormandy and the Project Zero team at Google has discovered a slew of vulnerabilities with antivirus software from Symantec and Norton. The most particularly worrying vulnerability allows anyone to trigger it by simply emailing a link or a file. Ormandy suggested that the bugs in Symantec’s software could be used to crash an entire company’s computer network and exploit the very software that is supposed to protect them.

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Microsoft backs down on aggressive Windows 10 tactics

Microsoft backs down on aggressive Windows 10 tactics | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Following widespread criticism over what many see as aggressive efforts to upgrade customers to Windows 10, Microsoft said it will make the upgrade process easier and more clear.

 

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said in a statement that the company will roll out a new upgrade experience and provide free tech support for those having issues in upgrading “in response to customer feedback”.

 

“Since we introduced a new upgrade experience for Windows 10, we've received feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing,” according to Myerson. “We've been working hard to incorporate their feedback and this week, we'll roll out a new upgrade experience with clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer. The 'Red X' at the top corner of the dialogue box will now simply dismiss the reminder and will not initiate the upgrade.”

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New tech projects funded in NSW's rich 2016 budget

New tech projects funded in NSW's rich 2016 budget | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

A rich NSW budget boasting a $3.4 billion surplus off the back of the sale of state energy assets has led to funding for tech projects in health, emergency services and government service delivery.

 

Digital service delivery has made a strong showing once again, with the state pouring more funding into its customer-facing agency Service NSW and its push to move government transactions online.

 

NSW Health has also obtained funding for a trio of major new projects, but is yet to reveal the full financial commitments for the initiatives.

 

However, it did detail plans to spend $10 million in 2016-17 on a health system-wide digital platform that will deliver a "base functionality" of consistent clinical systems and infrastructure, for the benefit rural patients and doctors in particular.

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Cards come to more phones as Samsung Pay launches locally

Cards come to more phones as Samsung Pay launches locally | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Apple Pay isn't the only game in town anymore, because owners of a recent Samsung Galaxy phone can now tap to pay with a technology that should work everywhere.

 

If the cards in your wallet or clutch are getting a little long in the tooth, or broken and battered every time you take them out to tap, and you own a Samsung phone, there could be good news on the horizon.

 

This week, Samsung has chosen Australia to be the fifth place its contactless payment solution launches, behind that of the US, Korea, China, and Spain, and ahead of the likes of the UK, Canada, and Brazil later this year, with Singapore very shortly

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Silicon Valley and fintech giants head to Sydney in regional tech power play

Silicon Valley and fintech giants head to Sydney in regional tech power play | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

The NSW government is bringing a delegation of leading Silicon Valley investors and global fintech giants to Sydney as work to establish the city as a regional tech powerhouse picks up pace.

 

The delegation includes the managing director of the influential Silicon Valley Bank's global division Andy Tsao, the Asia Pacific head of global banks' blockchain initiative R3 CEV Ricardo Correia, influential Silicon Valley accelerator 500 Startups' fintech head Sheel Mohnot and Ernst & Young's global head of blockchain Angus Champion De Crespigny.

 

The initiative is being led by NSW Trade Minister Stuart Ayres, who told The Australian Financial Review the plan was viewed as an important part of an ongoing effort to attract overseas technology giants to set up shop in Sydney and position the city as an entry point for tech firms looking to expand into Asia

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Microsoft opens Windows 10 feedback app to everyone

Microsoft opens Windows 10 feedback app to everyone | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Microsoft has made its Windows 10 Feedback Hub application available to all users from the Windows Store.

 

The app was previously only available to Windows Insider users, Microsoft’s program for testing the latest builds of its operating system.

 

Windows Feedback Hub allows users to submit feedback to Microsoft in a forum-like interface similar to Reddit. Users can upvote individual comments to push issues further to the top of the forum and comment on other user’s posts.

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Chinese phones: the next big thing, or just a blip on the radar?

Chinese phones: the next big thing, or just a blip on the radar? | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

In late September of last year, Google announced something that might just have reshaped the mobile phone industry for years to come. It said that Huawei would manufacture the next flagship phone for Google's Android operating system, the first Chinese phone brand ever awarded the contract, which up until that date had only ever gone to Taiwanese and Korean manufacturers.

 

But eight months on, the phone industry finds itself divided about whether the deal will have a lasting impact on the makeup of the business, or indeed whether it's had much of an impact here in Australia at all.

 

Some in the industry say it is already proving to be a watershed moment, that will mark the beginning of the end of the era of Apple and Samsung, and usher in a new era of Chinese dominance in the smartphone business.

 

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Final delivers titanium and balance for new cans

Final delivers titanium and balance for new cans | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Picking the right pair of headphones is never easy, and if you like your audio to be perfect, doubly so, but one brand hopes to deliver a sense of finality.

 

This attempt comes from a suitably named company, Final, and while the attempt isn’t the first time Final has made headphones — far from it, actually — you’ll actually get a choice of two here.

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Suunto builds a semi-smartwatch for the fishing folk

Suunto builds a semi-smartwatch for the fishing folk | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Smartwatches are often made people who go out, who are social, and who like to walk and run, but if you’re into catching fish, you haven’t had a lot of choice. Suunto is seeing to that with something special.

 

Suunto, a company known for building compasses and diving tools, has recently let the world know that it is focusing on more than just the compass and that diving tool, with an evolution of a watch with some neat smarts we checked out last year.

 

Building on the Traverse, a watch with a built in GPS and compass for people keen to take a walk or swim, Suunto has announced that it also has a model on the way for people who spend their time fishing, arriving in the form of the Traverse Alpha.

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ANZ customers can now Apple Pay

ANZ customers can now Apple Pay | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

ANZ today announced it will offer Apple Pay to its five million customers in Australia.

 

This enables ANZ card account holders to use their compatible iPhones to make ‘tap and go’ payments rather than with their ANZ debit or credit cards.

 

Until today, only American Express cards can be used with Apple Pay in Australia, with the other big banks holding back compared to overseas markets.

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How to choose the right Australian data centre

How to choose the right Australian data centre | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

As rack, stack and cable-style deployments become rarer, many resellers and system integrators are looking to diversify into managed services. But services still need hardware to run on. If you’re not going purely public cloud, where do you put your gear?

 

Luckily, there is a host of co-location providers gunning for channel business. Many are elevating themselves from simple real estate agents to full-blown vendors in their own right, courting partners with proper enablement programs.

 

CRN spoke to a range of co-location providers with facilities in Australia to find out what’s available and how you should go about selecting a co-location partner for your managed services business.

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Apple kills QuickTime for Windows as Trend spots holes

Apple kills QuickTime for Windows as Trend spots holes | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

We’re never going to be able to plug up every hole in every bit of software, but Apple’s solution to a new set of flaws Trend Micro has discovered is pretty simple: withdraw the app altogether.

 

If you’re using QuickTime for Windows at the moment for anything — movies, media playback, looking at old videos shot on an iPhone — here’s a suggestion: don’t.

 

In fact, a better suggestion this week would be to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime, as security group Trend Micro has this week picked up on a couple of security issues which could make it possible for an attacker to execute code on a “vulnerable installation of Apple QuickTime”, which according to Trend is pretty much any installation of Apple’s media player.

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