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Month: January 2019

  • If you have heard about Kodi, then you most likely know that it comes in all shapes and sizes as well. There are hundreds of products and their variants that include Kodi TVs, add-ons, apps and Kodi boxes. It is open-source software that is the go-to solution for all homeowners seeking prime quality entertainment. Kodi is an entertainment software that has added a whole new dimension to “watching TV.” Why do you need Kodi add-ons? It is open-source software that allows third-party developers to create add-ons for Kodi. Today, there are hundreds of add-ons for Kodi skins, audio, and visual experiences, visualizations, and streaming. These Kodi add-ons enhance the UX, but choosing the wrong add-ons can create glitches during your viewing sessions. To avoid such unpleasant interruptions, you should always pick from the best Kodi Addons of the year. Here are the top 5 Kodi add-ons for 2019 – 1.The Magic Dragon – This add-on comes loaded with amazing movies, TV shows, documentaries, and latest music. It has several categories and a wide range of content. It is easy to see why The Magic Dragon features on the top of every top Kodi add-ons list in 2019. 2. Movie Theater Butter – The Movie Theater Butter is a Fork of the Incursion Kodi Add-on. It comes with an updated list of codes for links. The user can play movies, and music with one-click from a long list of options. 3. Exodus Version 8.0 – the latest Exodus is a Fork from the Genesis Add-on for Kodi. It supports playback and streaming of music, TV shows and movies. It has a beautifully laid out menu system that makes browsing easy and fun for users of all ages. 4. Yoda – this Kodi video add-on has received steady updates for the last...
  • January 11, 2019

    Microsoft Teams Adds Three New Features

    Microsoft Teams has announced three new features for Microsoft Teams. The new features that were announced are targeted at what Microsoft calls the firstline workers. “Today, we are announcing three new features in Microsoft Teams to help Firstline Workers do their best work. Firstline Workers are more than two billion people worldwide who work in service- or task-oriented roles across industries such as retail, hospitality, travel, and manufacturing.” Writes Emma Williams, Corporate Vice President of Modern Workplace Verticals in Microsofts latest blog post. Better Mobile Experience Microsoft’s first big update is to the Microsoft Teams mobile app adding several new features Customization experience Location Sharing Smart Camera Features The Ability To Record And Share Audio Messages New API And Features To Workforce Management System Microsoft Teams has now added a new feature called Shifts which allows schedule management in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has created a new API for Microsoft Teams called “Graph API for Shifts” to make integration between Shifts and enterprise scheduling systems possible for things like shift scheduling, payroll, benefits, time, and attendance. New Praise Tool Microsoft has added a new motivational tool aimed at retail workers called “Praise”. The new feature will allow team members to engage and recognize employees for great work by share badges to celebrate success, appreciation and greater comradery.
  • The OpenSSH client and server are now available as a supported Feature-on-Demand in Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 1809! The Win32 port of OpenSSH was first included in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 1709 as a pre-release feature. In the Windows 10 1803 release, OpenSSH was released as a supported feature on-demand component, but there was not a supported release on Windows Server until now. OpenSSH is a collection of client/server utilities that enable secure remote login, remote file transfer, and public/private key pair management. OpenSSH is a powerful tool that originated as part of the OpenBSD project and has been used for many years across the BSD, Linux, macOS, and Unix ecosystems. Adding OpenSSH to Windows Server 2019 allows organizations that work across a broad range of operating systems to use a consistent set of tools for remote server administration. To get the latest information on OpenSSH in Windows, visit the Win32-OpenSSH wiki or Microsoft docs. You will find the most current documentation as well as information about our broader efforts for bringing OpenSSH to Windows. Via Windows
  • January 11, 2019

    Health Hacking – Low Carbing

    I wrote a while back about my recent health hacking and my weight loss goal I have again recently changed the way I am doing things again to accommodate my lifestyle. So as I have mentioned in past articles I have a very busy life between my business and family life. I at times take on to much and with everything it gets pretty crazy at times. My life has recently gotten busier as I have been dealing with both my family, business and some additional responsibility. I needed to change my health habits to accommodate my lifestyle. To start with I upgraded from a Fitbit Charge 2 to an Apple Watch. I did this because of easy ability and functionality with my iPhone. You can read all about it in my Apple Watch Series 4 review. As far as health goes I have started low carbing and carb cutting and have gotten much more serious about doing this recently. Again notice I said carb cutting and low carbing, not no carb free. I tried to go carb free and I just can’t stomach the gluten free, soy or rice based kinds of pasta. I basically have cut out white flour as a way to cut back on the carbs. This in its self has been hard, but doable with some effort. I noticed when I did carb free after a few days I got annoyed and thought about quitting my diet. The next thing I did was started eating a grilled chicken salad for lunch to cut back on my carb intake. I am a big sandwich guy which is not a good habit as lunch meats are full of salts and fats plus the carbs from the bread are bad. I have started eating the spinach leaves as...
  • Mouse support with #WVD on iOS coming soon. pic.twitter.com/S4nL2IgFz0 — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) January 2, 2019 Curious to see what Citrix does A few more details emerge on Citrix’s plans for Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop: https://t.co/K5CSj77TdH — Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) January 8, 2019
  • Google today announced that Chrome’s ad blocker is expanding across the globe starting on July 9, 2019. As with last year’s initial ad blocker rollout, the date is not tied to a specific Chrome version. Chrome 76 is currently scheduled to arrive on May 30 and Chrome 77 is slated to launch on July 25, meaning Google will be expanding the scope of its browser’s ad blocker server-side. Google last year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a group that offers specific standards for how the industry should improve ads for consumers. In February, Chrome started blocking ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads, as defined by the coalition. When a Chrome user navigates to a page, the browser’s ad filter checks if that page belongs to a site that fails the Better Ads Standards. If so, network requests on the page are checked against a list of known ad-related URL patterns and any matches are blocked, preventing all ads from displaying on the page. Because the Coalition for Better Ads announced this week that it is expanding its Better Ads Standards beyond North America and Europe to cover all countries, Google is doing the same. In six months, Chrome will stop showing all ads on sites in any country that repeatedly display “disruptive ads.” VentureBeat
  • The KB4480970 (Monthly Rollup) and KB4480960 (Security only) updates were released by Microsoft on January 8, 2018 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The updates seem to cause serious network issues for some people. Network shares can no longer be achieved via SMBv2 in certain environments. Here are details and a probably a fix. I thought I’d put the subject in a separate blog post. Maybe there will be a solution. Or Microsoft improves. What is Update KB4480970 doing? Last night Microsoft released the update KB4480970 (Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1). his fixes several security vulnerabilities, including a remote execution vulnerability in PowerShell. Furthermore, Windows is to be hardened against various side channel attacks. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 should therefore be patched quickly because of the vulnerabilities (especially PowerShell). I covered the update in Patchday: Updates for Windows 7/8.1/Server Jan. 8, 2019.  Microsoft mentioned, that after installing this update, network controllers (NICs) stop working – and provided a workaround to fix this issue. See KB4480970 for details. Also security only update KB4480960 addresses the same vulnerabilities. But for this update Microsoft writes, that there are no known issues – although this update is also causing the share-issue – see below. Shares not accessible Afer I released my German blog post Patchday: Updates für Windows 7/8.1/Server 8. Jan. 2019 I received several comments from administrators, reporting, that after installing KB4480970, network shares could not be accessed anymore. #1: For one of our customers who do not yet participate in patch management (“save costs”), the installation of the KB4480970 could not achieve network shares on other clients. Was/is this also the case for others? #2: KB4480970 has caused us communication problems with SQL servers at various customers today (strangely, even the fileshare...
  • Happy New Year, fellow gamers! We’re excited to kick off 2019 with seven exclusive Xbox Game Pass quests! Members can earn up to 2100 Microsoft Rewards points by playing any game from the Xbox Game Pass catalog. It’s easy to rack up points that you can spend towards your membership or DLC for your favorite games — just play the games you love and watch your rewards grow. How does it work? Head to the Xbox Game Pass membership area on your Xbox One console to check out your quests. Members in the United States who complete their quests will earn Microsoft Rewards points. If you are not already a Microsoft Rewards member, you will be prompted to sign up on your Xbox One. Track your progress on Xbox One It is easy to track your progress. Just open the Microsoft Rewards app on your Xbox and check your quests. Your quest progress will update as you complete your quests. What games can I play? For the first time ever, you can earn points playing any game from the Xbox Game Pass catalog. Complete up to seven exclusive Xbox Game Pass quests before February 3 and earn up to 2100 Microsoft Rewards points: Extraction Expert: Complete two specific extraction achievements in Tom Clancy’s The Division to get up to 200 points. You earn points with each achievement. Complete this before January 31. Metro Redux: Play Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux to complete four specific achievements and get up to 200 points. You earn points with each achievement. Adventurer: Bring out your inner adventurer and get up to 200 points when you complete two specific achievements in Strange Brigade. You earn points with each achievement. Achievement Hunter: Get points with your first achievement and continue to complete up to 21 achievements in any combination of Xbox Game Pass games to get...
  • What’s in a name? Well, apparently lot. When it comes to choosing that perfect brand name that aptly describes your venture can be difficult, time-consuming, exciting yet it remains the most important element for any start-up or established firms/businesses alike. This article lists a few basic and simple steps, ensuring which will allow for the perfect branding of your venture. For novel brand name ideas and searches, you can check out Brandroot.com. Creating the brand avatar What are you building your brand for and your niche audience/customer base are the two main points that you and your team should think over in precise details. It is imperative to research and identify the characteristics of the ideal customer for the products and services by your brand. Market and consumer research is an exact science, and you need to define the target consumer for creating business and marketing strategies as well. So it’s well worth the research about the target for branding purposes. Don’t define the brand name right away before plotting the details. The internet can be your friend for researching the target market. Web assistant tools like Alexa can provide for demographic information including age, gender, location, ethnicity, and education. Brand investors can even gather “soft” intelligence using the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the customer base. The brand archetype According to various branding strategists, there are 12 major brand archetypes that include the Hero, the Outlaw and the Innocent. The brand archetypes are named so depending on the emotional attachment and feeling a brand name invokes. The non-verbal meanings and emotional association you want for your venture or brand need careful consideration. The key is in the details and adhering to a fixed set of branding guidelines for all future endeavors is the way to go! It ensures the...