All posts on January, 2017


Juniper battles Cisco and Huawei with new cloud infrastructure software, switches

Helping customers transform their enterprise environments to the cloud is the driving strategy behind new software, switches and services introduced this week from Juniper Networks.

The networking company is introducing what it calls the third pillar of its Unite architecture – the previous two focusing on enterprise and branch office networking. Unite Cloud combines Juniper’s switches and software to simplify management and growth of corporate cloud computing.

+More on Network World: Has Cisco broken out of the network hardware box?+

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26% off iClever Portable Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – Deal Alert

I have to admit I always loved the physical keyboard on my old Blackberry. It’s been years since I switched to an iPhone, but there are times my fingers still crave the mechanical feedback of physical keys. When I’m sitting in an airport seven sentences deep on an email, and I’ve got only a few minutes to bang the rest out, I really can’t stand it — wildly bonking away on that piece of glass. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had that keyboard back?”, I say to my fingers. With a sad look, they agree.

They do make portable bluetooth keyboards, so of course there are plenty of options out there for me, but I’ve never found one portable enough that it just effortlessly became one of my travel accessories. Until now, I suppose. A company called iClever makes a folding portable Bluetooth keyboard that I recently tested, and I believe it has just about everything I need.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 gadgets for the best Super Bowl party ever

The big game is this Sunday, and it’s time to get prepped.

This is the best gear to make sure you have all of the video streaming perfectly, your audio setup has enough punch to match the tackles, and you’re in full control.

1. Roku Ultra ($120)

My favorite media streaming device right now, the Roku Ultra streams content in 4K and in HDR. The bonus for game day this Sunday is that you can use the FOX Sports GO app to watch the game, no other cable or sat provider required. https://www.foxsportsgo.com/

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If you want privacy you need to run Linux

I recently bashed Windows for being too darn snoopy, but you know what? It’s not just Windows. Ever since Yosemite came out, Apple’s macOS has been just as untrustworthy. As for Chrome OS, Android and iOS, come on! They’re all built around cloud services; by design, they share everything you do with third-party services. What’s the answer? Desktop Linux.

With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, wanting cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than ever.

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IDG Contributor Network: The Adoptly app to ‘swipe right’ on a baby adoption was all a fake

An art project for a new adoption app tried to trick the media, and to say it was a raging success in showing what’s wrong with society might be a vast overstatement.

This month, a Kickstarter campaign popped up for an app that borrows from the Tinder model of swiping left or right. I wrote about the app myself, and so did many other outlets, but it was all with a heavy dose of skepticism. In my article, I spoke with several experts who said the app was ridiculous. And, others said it could help raise awareness.

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Apple’s diversity commitment faces test at shareholder meeting

Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month’s shareholder meeting.

The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy “to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”

But Apple’s senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company’s “diversity and inclusion,” argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II. They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple’s opposition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. On Tuesday in San Francisco, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances.

Grid allows administrators to set up each team inside an organization with its own centrally managed Slack instance. Those workspaces can then be linked together using shared channels, and all of the people inside an enterprise can direct-message one another, even if they’re not part of the same workspace.

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The future of iOS is 64-bit only: Apple to stop support of 32-bit apps

Ever launch an app on your iPhone and then get a pop-up warning that says the app may slow down your iPhone? (I have old versions of certain apps, so it shows up for me every once in a while.) That warning usually appears when you’re using a 32-bit app. You can still run the app, and you probably don’t even notice the slowdown you’ve been warned about (at least in my personal experience).

Your ability to run that 32-bit app is coming to an end. As several other Mac sites have reported, Apple has updated the pop-up warning in the iOS 10.3 beta to say that the 32-bit app you’re running “will not work with future versions of iOS.” The warning goes on to say that the “developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”

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IoT network firms sign up partners for small devices

There’s a land grab happening now between networks to link small, battery-powered IoT devices.

If countless forecasts are true, there will soon be a lot more tiny, low-power devices like sensors out in the world. The 2G networks that connected many of these to the cloud are gradually going away and newer, more specialized networks are emerging. Vendors are pushing different LPWANs (low-power, wide-area networks) to do the job and trying to get more users and network operators on their side. Their survival may depend on building up a big ecosystem of devices.

On Monday, U.S. network operator Ingenu partnered with distributor and system builder Arrow Electronics, which will offer Ingenu’s RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology when it develops IoT systems for enterprises and smaller businesses in the U.S.

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Google upgrades G Suite with tools for IT pros

Google today bolstered its G Suite of productivity apps with new controls and tools for IT professionals. G Suite administrators now have more access to control security key enforcement, data control with data loss prevention (DLP) for Google Drive and Gmail, and additional insights by connecting Gmail to BigQuery, Google’s enterprise data warehouse designed to enable SQL queries, according to Google.

All of the changes, which are live today, are designed to elevate G Suite for the enterprise, especially among companies that need more confidence in the controls they can maintain over corporate data, according to Google.

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Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. Today, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances.

Grid links separate Slack workspaces across an enterprise

Grid allows business administrators to set up each team inside their organization with their own centrally managed Slack instance. Those workspaces can then be linked using shared channels, and all of the people inside an enterprise can direct-message one another, even if they’re not part of the same workspace.

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