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Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forced upgrades gather speed

In one month, the percentage of Windows 10 PCs running this spring’s feature update almost doubled, though it still lags behind older versions.

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Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals

Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate Extended Validation signals in their desktop browsers; the certificates were designed to assure users they landed on a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat.

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PHP plus: P++ proposal would create a stricter dialect

It's not a fork, but a stricter version that could leave compatibility baggage behind and add new features more easily

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More critical Remote Desktop flaws expose Windows systems to hacking

Microsoft finds and fixes multiple RDS and RDP vulnerabilities in Windows, but new research on BlueKeep patch rates suggests many machines could remain exposed.

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Slack touts ‘announcement channels’ for team update broadcasts

The company also rolled out new APIs to make it easier for admins to manage and automate some functions in larger deployments.

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Windows 10's fall upgrade: Yep, it's a service pack

When it comes to Windows, what's old is new again. The next update to Windows 10 will amount to little more than tweaks and improvements to May's Windows 10 1903.

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ICS security: Popular building management system vulnerable to takeover

Remotely exploitable vulnerability in internet-connected devices gives attackers a means to cause disruption and damage in a wide range of industries.

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Microsoft pitches free help for Windows 7-to-Windows 10 upgraders

With its FastTrack assistance program, the company will work with customers migrating from Windows 7, either Enterprise or Professional, or Windows 8.1 Enterprise or Professional, to Windows 10 Enterprise.

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JDK 13: The new features coming to Java 13

Official development targets for Java 13 include improvements to garbage collection, application class-data sharing, and text blocks

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5 reasons to choose a managed SD-WAN and 5 reasons to think twice

When weighing the choice between DIY and a managed service for SD-WAN, consider current WAN conditions, IT skill levels, geographic scope of the WAN, and how much control you’re willing to relinquish.

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U.S. Rep Lieu hopeful for election security bill prospects

Congressman sees Republican softening on gun legislation as a sign they might be willing to consider election security. Calls on the security community to expose election system weaknesses.

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Microsoft axes Office 2019 from 'Home Use Program'

The company is moving away from perpetually-licensed Office 2019 and now offers annual subscriptions to Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home for $69.99 and $48.99, respectively.

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020 and beyond.

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Popular Avaya enterprise VoIP phones are vulnerable to hacking

Attackers can use the vulnerability to gain complete control of the phone. It underscores the risks of using old open-source code in IoT devices.

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Black Hat keynote: Why security culture needs to change

Dino Dai Zovi tells Black Hat audience to embrace a culture where security is everyone's job and risks are shared. Automation with feedback loops also key to solving security challenges at scale

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How to get a handle on multicloud management

Multicloud management tools promise to bring order, control and insight to disparate environments.

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Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

A rule that kept privacy-first organizations from using group policies to manage the update service will no longer have to set the "diagnostic data level" for devices to Basic or above.

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Cisco to bring voice transcription to Webex with Voicea buy

The Voicea acquisition is part of a “cognitive collaboration” initiative as Cisco revamps its collaboration software and eyes new AI capabilities.

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