One fine day three years ago I was strolling the Olympic College campus in Bremerton Washington awaiting a fund raiser. I was talking to former Lenovo executive Chris Frey about its just completed acquisition of IBM’s server hardware business. Call me silly but I openly questioned the wisdom of investing backwards into a legacy technology business model. Fast forward the movie to today and I have an interesting update from the recently completed Lenovo Accelerate 2018 conference in Las Vegas.

Data protection comprises of a mix of services, all poised to ensure that IT environments do not experience data loss, data leakage and downtime. Data protection technologies hold a special place for Small to Medium sized Businesses (SMBs).

Rather than recycling 'seasonal' names for OS upgrades, the company changed things up this time around.

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Microsoft will start distributing the next Windows 10 feature upgrade, "Windows 10 April 2018 Update," today - a few weeks later then it had been expected to arrive.

Microsoft adds capabilities to the Visual Studio IDE almost every month. Here's what you can expect for the rest of 2018.Microsoft adds capabilities to the Visual Studio IDE almost every month. Here's what you can expect for the rest of 2018.

By Paul Krill

Editor at Large, InfoWorld | APRIL 26, 2018

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Arnav Kapur, a researcher in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab, demonstrates the AlterEgo project.
Credit: Lorrie Lejeune/MIT
MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud.

We’ve entered a new era of cyber threats. It’s like no other that’s gone before, in that CISOs must battle not only the huge volume of “old threats” out there but also a growing array of stealthier new attacks designed to circumvent traditional tools. These could include certain types of targeted attacks, ransomware, zero-day threats, and even business process compromise. And they have to deal with a much larger attack surface created by cloud, mobility, and riskier user behavior. We’ve entered a new era of cyber threats. It’s like no other that’s gone before, in that CISOs must battle not only the huge volume of “old threats” out there but also a growing array of stealthier new attacks designed to circumvent traditional tools. These could include certain types of targeted attacks, ransomware, zero-day threats, and even business process compromise. And they have to deal with a much larger attack surface created by cloud, mobility, and riskier user behavior.

Two years after its launch, the service had attracted around 30 active customers.

By Peter Sayer

IDG News Service - Paris bureau chief, IDG News Service | MARCH 28, 2018

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SAP has decided to “sunset” a front-office service with which it hoped to crack the small business market.

Launched in May 2016, SAP Anywhere was supposed to help small companies build online stores, create marketing campaigns, manage inventory and analyze business performance. To achieve this it offered integrations with web services from Google, PayPal and United Parcel Service.

Perhaps more surprising than SAP’s retreat from the small-business market is how little ground it won there.

Despite a worldwide footprint, with launches in the U.S.,

It could include a new Surface Book, a Surface Pro LTE and more.

John Fingas, @jonfingas

Surface

 

Microsoft might not be done introducing new Surface hardware this year just because the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro are on store shelves. The company has confirmed that devices executive Panos Panay will be presenting at the company's two-day Future Decoded event (starting October 31st -- yes, Halloween), hinting that he'll introduce new hardware. A source speaking to The Verge supports this with word that there will be "at least one" new piece of hardware at the event, so it seems like Microsoft's habit of introducing new Surface machines in October will remain intact. As it stands, there are a few systems that could stand to get upgrades.

By Mustaali Marvi

Cybersecurity

 

 

Cybercriminals are always on the hunt for targets to exploit and make an easy buck from them – and small businesses are not immune to this. Here are five types of cybersecurity breaches you need to try to prevent as well as prepare for.

Since cybercrime damages are expected to grow beyond $6 trillion per year by 2021, it is high time for small and midsize businesses to identify the cybersecurity concerns that are a threat to their existence and take the appropriate measures.

Cortana will read your emails aloud during car journeys

By Tom Warren     @tomwarren      Mar 5, 2018, 10:19am EST

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                        Cortana in Outlook for iOS Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Microsoft has been slowly adding more email intelligence to its Cortana digital assistant, but it has resisted integrating it directly into Outlook mobile. That’s about to change, soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Outlook plans tell The Verge that the company is currently testing Cortana within Outlook on iOS and Android.