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50+ orgs ask Google to take a stance against Android bloatware

Image via Rami Al-zayat on Unsplash CNET Best Phones for 2019 Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews. Read More In an open letter published yesterday, more than 50 organizations have asked Google to take action against Android smartphone vendors who ship devices with unremovable pre-installed apps, also known as bloatware. The letter, signed by 53… Read more →

You want to keep running Windows 7? Good luck with that, small businesses

Windows 7 end of support looms but you still aren’t ready ZDNet’s Steve Ranger tells Karen Roby that time is running out for Windows 7 but millions of PCs are still to be upgraded. Read more: https://zd.net/2Zvbvav [This post was originally published in December 2019. It was significantly updated and republished January 6, 2020, with contact information for CSPs that… Read more →

4 habits of effective DevOps engineers

For those interested in expanding or developing their forte in DevOps, an open mind may be your best tool. Successful DevOps engineers are always learning, as they actively endeavor to understand both the coding and delivery sides of the equation, while keeping the business problem front and center. And, importantly, they try to avoid over-engineering their solutions or processes. Photo:… Read more →

Unremovable malware found preinstalled on low-end smartphone sold in the US

Special feature Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a detailed look at how to build risk management policies to protect your critical digital assets. Read More Low-end smartphones sold to Americans with low-income via a government-subsidized program contain unremovable malware, security firm Malware bytes said today in… Read more →

Hackers probe Citrix servers for weakness to remote code execution vulnerability

No patch yet for severe Citrix Netscaler bug This critical Citrix bug could affect 80,000 companies. Cyberattackers are performing scans to find Citrix servers vulnerable to a critical security flaw in ADC and Gateway products, researchers have warned.  Disclosed in December, the severe vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-19781, impacts the Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) — also known as NetScaler ADC… Read more →

Microsoft to add new firstline-worker features, like ‘Walkie Talkie’ voice calls, to Teams

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has been working to make its Office 365 applications and services better suited to firstline workers for the past-year-plus. Ahead of next week’s National Retail Federation (NRF) show, Microsoft is introducing additional firstline capabilities for Microsoft 365. Firstline workers are deskless workers. They are employees who often are in service-worker, customer-facing jobs. And they are one of… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 Commerce app to be available February 3

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft will be talking up its Dynamics 365 retail offerings next week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York City. It also will be announcing availability dates, plus some new capabilities around fraud protection in conjunction with the event. Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 Commerce app, which the company announced in September last year, will be… Read more →

HP intros new cloud services as part of Engage portfolio

HP Inc. on Thursday announced new cloud services within its Engage POS product line that aim to reduce manual IT work for retailers and hospitality operators.  The new HP Engage Console and Engage Catalog are designed to help businesses find and manage connected devices and apps. The Engage Console provides application distribution and management for retail point-of-sale devices and apps,… Read more →

City of Las Vegas said it successfully avoided devastating cyber-attack

Image: skeeze on Pixabay Officials from the city of Las Vegas said they narrowly avoided a major security incident that took place on Tuesday, January 7. According to a statement published by the city on Wednesday, the compromise took place on Tuesday, at 4:30 am, in the morning. The city said IT staff immediately detected the intrusion and took steps… Read more →

Singapore online falsehoods law to face first court appeal

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has filed an appeal against Manpower Minister Josephine Teo over correction directions issued against the opposition party under the country’s Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). This marks the first time the new legislation will be challenged in the High Court since it came into effect last October.  The appeal came after Tel rejected… Read more →