Day: April 13, 2018

  • At Ignite 2017, we unveiled the technical preview of Project “Honolulu” to the world for the first time. It sparked a flame of excitement in IT admins’ hearts. From multiple tools to a single experience for day-to-day activities, Project “Honolulu” was a dream come true with a simple and elegant solution to remotely manage Windows Server and Windows 10. The numbers confirm the ongoing excitement: To everyone who downloaded and tested Project “Honolulu”, thank you! Your valued feedback guided our work and today we are thrilled to reaffirm our commitment to modernize the graphical administration and management experience by making this project generally available as Windows Admin Center! Microsoft Windows Admin Center is effectively a centralized solution for managing machines powered by Windows Server and Windows 10.  
  • Microsoft is refreshing the design for its web-based account management dashboard. The company previously showed off variants of the redesigned Account dashboard in concepts before, but it is finally rolling out the new design to Microsoft Account users. The redesigned Account dashboard includes a big header section with all of your account’s important information, such as the number of devices you have, as well as your Microsoft Reward points. Everything else is listed afterwards in a grid-based UI where you can access the different settings for each item, such as your Microsoft Family settings, your subscriptions, devices, privacy settings, etc. Thurrott I am glad they are doing this Microsoft needs a new look and feel their web interface at times feels old and dated.  
  • Apple’s HomePod is in trouble. Apple Stores have seen their inventories of the flagship smart speaker gather dust as demand has slowed, according to Bloomberg. The $349 home speaker — which has Apple’s Siri voice assistant built in and is meant to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo speakers — has seen such soft sales that Apple has slashed orders from its Chinese suppliers, the Bloomberg report noted. NYPost It’s very expensive, high priced and very late to the game. I think Apple might be surprised they usually can release anything and people will buy they might be in for a shocker.
  • The next big update for Windows 10 has been delayed while Microsoft rushes to fix a newly-discovered bug. Known variously as Windows 10 version 1803, Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version Next, Redstone 4 and Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, it was widely thought that the update had reached RTM and was on the verge of rolling out. However, this last-minute discovery means there will be a little longer to wait. BetaNews I am glad Microsoft found out about this before it released to the general public.
  • April 13, 2018

    How to Hide Your Digital Footprints

    In the wake of the recent debate on social media privacy and the use and abuse of data, it has become evident that your online privacy is under attack by tech companies like Facebook, Google and others. The sooner you realize that you live in a world where security and privacy aren’t free, the better. You must’ve heard the phrase; there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Well, that’s true. The services you’re using online don’t charge you a dime yet they’re worth billions. Why’s that? Ever thought maybe you’re the product? Eye opener, right. While Facebook argues that their business model is serving ads to its users, how do they know which ads to target at you specifically? The short answer to that is that they tap your online activities and build a profile of your likes, dislikes, habits, moods and other metrics to target you with the ads that best suit you. So, how does one hide on the Internet? The Edward Snowden leaks made it apparent that hackers and your own government are actively spying on your online activities. However, there’s still hope. With a few simple tricks and tools, you can make it much harder for surveillance agencies and third parties to spy on your internet activities. The key to a secure and untraceable internet journey is to hide your IP address. You may ask, how to hide an IP address? Hiding an IP address is pretty easy. Learn how to hide your IP address From around the world, cybersecurity experts emphasize on using a Virtual Private Network aka VPN. A VPN creates a private and secure way to access the internet anonymously. Instead of being tracked through your IP address, all your internet traffic appears to be coming through the VPN assigned IP, which...