Archive for May 8, 2018

Citrix Unveils Industry’s First Digital Workspace To Unify & Secure All Apps & Content For All Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 8, 2018 by itnerd

Digital transformation, cloud and new workstyles are forcing businesses to rethink how and where technology is deployed and secured. This week at Citrix Synergy, Citrix is unveiling new innovations that support the shift to people-centric computing, enabling organizations to deliver a superior work experience that unifies everything an employee needs in one place, while meeting the strictest compliance and security needs of the organization. To ensure employee engagement and productivity, companies must deliver a unified workspace experience that adapts to how and where work needs to get done; one that gives IT the confidence to support and manage their choice of network, cloud or device; and provides a holistic security framework that dynamically detects and applies policies everywhere from the datacenter to the most remote endpoint.

Experience: Unifying the Experience with SaaS, Web, Mobile and Virtual Apps

Employee experience and productivity have become a top priority for CEOs. Providing reliable access to the applications, devices and content employees prefer has proven to boost employee productivity and drive improved business performance. Experience must be personalized and adaptable. Citrix is expanding its portfolio of delivering virtual apps, desktops and mobile apps to provide secure access to SaaS apps and content via Citrix Workspace app, creating the first unified digital workspace for business.

Only Citrix offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their web, SaaS, Windows, Linux and mobile apps, desktops and files from anywhere and across any device. Citrix Workspace gives users secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all the applications and content in an intuitive and digital workspace that delivers a consistent and unified experience across all devices – allowing users to start work at home on their tablet, continue to work on their smartphone during their commute, and complete work on their desktop or laptop in the office. Embedded with the company’s proven networking and file-sharing capabilities, Citrix Workspace ensures reliable app performance, integrated search and workflows across apps, and market-leading content collaboration regardless of where files are stored.

Citrix continues to improve the experience of its mobile apps and has added integration between Slack and Secure Mail, allowing users to convert email messages into Slack conversations and to send Slack messages directly from Secure Mail.

Choice: Enabling Choice without Increasing Complexity

Citrix Cloud services enable cloud portability, giving customers the tools and insights to pursue their individualized cloud strategy with confidence, and the flexibility to easily move workloads between clouds as business needs evolve. Customers can now run their Citrix workloads on any cloud – AWS, Azure, Google and Oracle or private. Citrix automated image management and provisioning technologies make it easy to move these workloads from customers’ datacenters to the cloud of your choice, supporting a wide range of different platforms from bare metal and virtualized infrastructure to cloud. Because Citrix has architected its entire stack on a common platform, customers can easily move workloads from their datacenter to the cloud of their choice and back again, as needed, bringing cloud portability within reach of the enterprise.

Citrix is continuing to work with Microsoft to deliver Citrix value-add capabilities on top of Remote Desktop Management Infrastructure (RDmi), the next generation RDS platform for Azure. Citrix will also provide day-one support for Windows Server 2019 to deliver virtualized apps with XenApp.

Citrix is also enabling choice of devices from a single endpoint management solution. Citrix Endpoint Management provides management for the broadest set of devices from wearables to IoT devices like Alexa for Business, and Raspberry Pi-powered workspace hubs from Citrix partners NComputing and Viewsonic. Companies need a modern way to manage this device diversity – it’s not just about phones and laptops anymore. Regardless of the device used, Citrix can securely manage all endpoints across the enterprise.

Security: A Modern, Holistic Approach

New and ever-increasing threats require modern approaches to security that enhance productivity, not hamper it. Organizations need a holistic approach to security that adapts to the way people work, rather than forcing users to work within security restrictions. Citrix’s expanded security approach unifies our market-leading Citrix Networking portfolio with Citrix Unified Endpoint Management and Citrix Analytics to deliver a secure digital perimeter that surrounds the user, apps and network for greater visibility and control. The Citrix secure digital perimeter allows IT and CISOs centralized security policy controls that are applied dynamically at any access point to minimize and hide attack surfaces that live beyond the datacenter, across various devices, apps and content distributed on-premises and in hybrid and multi-cloud networks.

Citrix workspace networking portfolio is underpinned by Citrix Analytics. Whether a company is securing cloud apps, files and data, mobile or desktop apps, Citrix Analytics will provide visibility into company-wide user and entity behavior, system security, performance and operations, and simplify IT infrastructure. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect anomalous behavior and potential threats, Citrix Analytics can provide actionable intelligence from the information gathered via our cloud services and on premises products to help customers proactively identify and manage internal and external threats.

Citrix unifies the experience of SaaS, web, mobile and virtual apps with Citrix Workspace and has now expanded its ability to securely and centrally-manage these applications with Citrix Access Control. Unlike traditional SSO solutions, which provide no visibility, control or governance of data within SaaS and web apps, the cloud app control feature in Citrix Access Controlprovides SSO capabilities to all SaaS, web and Citrix virtualized apps. It provides granular policy controls like watermarking, restricted copy-paste and can prevent printing. In addition, Citrix Access Control together with Citrix Analytics provides advanced user behavior analytics, which helps to intelligently redirect risky internet browsing activity to a cloud-based virtual browser completely isolated from the corporate network with zero configuration required on the endpoint. This allows enterprises to balance business-oriented browsing with enhanced security.

To get more information and demonstrations of Citrix workspace technology, visit the Citrix booth at Citrix Synergy or on the Citrix website. You can also view Citrix Synergy TV at



ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Join the Republic: Community Challenge 2018

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ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the 2018 season of ROG Join the Republic:Community Challenge (JTR:CC), the third season of this renowned global gaming tournament.

After a successful first season in 2016, JTR:CC expanded its second season in 2017 to include popular MOBA title League of Legends (LoL) alongside Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The 2018 season sees the debut of multiplayer online battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in, with PUBG replacing LoL alongside CS:GO.

Starting in May, the PUBG edition of JTR:CC will feature four captains from three regions (Europe, America, and APAC) who will each seek out a squad of four team members. During the search, a content team will follow the captains to document their journey as they attempt to form their team and head to boot camp. Once all the teams have been assembled, they will meet up in Stockholm to battle it out for the championship.

JTR:CC was founded by ROG as a platform for skilled — but as yet undiscovered — gamers to showcase their talents on the global stage. Well-known gamers, serving as team captains, audition prospective team members in a reality-talent-show format. With millions of online viewers keeping tabs on the campaign and watching the various finals, JTR:CC is the ideal community platform for ambitious gamers looking to take the next step.

Here’s Season One of JTR:CC.

Here’s Season Two of JTR:CC.

For more information please visit

ASUS Announces New ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550G)

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ASUS today announced the new ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550G), a high-performance 15.6-inch laptop that’s now faster than ever.

ZenBook Pro 15 offers discerning professional users the ultimate combination of serious performance and supremely elegant design, now harnessing the amazing power of up to an 8th Generation Intel Corei9 processor, up to gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, the fastest PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 x4 SSDs, high-speed 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, 802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C (USB-C) ports. An integrated fingerprint sensor allows fast and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello.

State-of-the-art visuals are provided by the 15.6-inch NanoEdge PANTONE Validated multitouch display, featuring up to a 4K UHD resolution, 100% Adobe RGB and 132% sRGB color gamut, a Delta-E (ΔE) color difference of less than 2.0 and an ultrathin 7.3mm bezel that gives ZenBook Pro 15 an 83% screen-to-body ratio. Powerful immersive sound is delivered by the Harman Kardon-certified audio system.

ZenBook Pro 15 retains the same stunning compact design as the previous generation, featuring an all-aluminum unibody with a brand-new luxurious Deep Dive Blue spun-metal finish and contrasting Rose Gold diamond-cut edges.

A high-capacity 71Wh lithium-polymer battery gives ZenBook Pro 15 astonishing all-working-day endurance with up to 10 hours battery life. It also incorporates fast-charge technology to minimize recharge times.

Designed to entice. Crafted to perform.

ZenBook Pro 15 is built to deliver the ultimate on-the-go performance. At its heart is up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i9-8950HQ hexa-core processor — 29% faster than the previous generation, and with an operating frequency that can be boosted up to 4.5GHz. This amazing processor is backed with up to 16GB of high-performance 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and a blisteringly fast up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.

ZenBook Pro 15 uses up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti gaming-grade graphics with up to 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. This delivers all the horsepower needed for even the most graphics-intensive tasks, such as 3D rendering, 4K UHD video playback or ultra-detailed 4K UHD gaming. Designers, developers and gamers will enjoy the best possible graphics performance with ZenBook Pro 15.

Enduring elegance, timeless style

The elegant finish and refined profile of ZenBook Pro 15 belies the power inside. Its precision-crafted, solid-aluminum unibody features the iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish on the lid, and comes in a brand-new luxurious Deep Dive Blue color scheme with contrasting Rose Gold diamond-cut edges

Featuring a 15.6-inch NanoEdge display with an ultrathin 7.3mm bezel that gives it an incredible 83% screen-to-body ratio, ZenBook Pro 15 is remarkably compact for such a high-performance laptop, with dimensions comparable to some 14-inch laptops. And at just 18.9mm thin with a travel-friendly weight of only 1.86 kg, ZenBook Pro 15 is a gorgeous powerhouse that can be taken anywhere and everywhere. 

Immersive audiovisual performance

With an astonishing resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels — 4X more than Full HD — the 4K UHD NanoEdge display on the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 is something to behold. The pixel density of 282ppi ensures that everything is pin-sharp — from the finest details in photos and videos to the tiniest text — and the ultrawide 100% Adobe RGB and 132% sRGB color gamut combined with a Delta-E color difference of less than 2.0 give the PANTONE Validated display incredibly accurate and natural-looking colors. Its 178° wide-view technology allows users to enjoy a perfect picture even at acute viewing angles.

ZenBook Pro 15 delivers amazing audio performance through its Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster sound system, which features high-quality speakers powered by a smart amplifier for sound that’s 1.4X louder than the previous generation of ZenBook Pro. It also delivers a 1.6X-wider frequency response, ensuring rich, crystal-clear full-range sound even at high volume levels.

Ultrafast connections

With faster-than-wired speeds of up to 1734Mbps[iii]— up to 12X faster than 802.11n — the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi in ZenBook Pro 15 allows smooth streaming of 4K UHD online videos, with greater range and more stable network connections.

The two USB-C ports on ZenBook Pro 15 incorporate the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology for versatile, ultrafast connections. Along with up to 40Gbps data transfer speeds — up to 2X faster than Thunderbolt 2 and 8X faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1 — Thunderbolt 3 supports power delivery and dual 4K UHD external displays, making ZenBook Pro 15 a superb choice for graphics professionals. There are also two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports and an HDMI port for the ultimate, hassle-free connectivity. An integrated fingerprint sensor in the touchpad allows fast and secure password-free login with just a single touch via Windows Hello.


All-in-one Privacy App Offers Realistic Alternative To Cloud Computing

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 8, 2018 by itnerd

London based company, NOS Microsystems has announced innovative new features to its all-in-one privacy app, get2Clouds that lets users encrypt the data on their network attached storage (NAS) and use it to transfer via secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). This offers small businesses and individuals a secure and realistic alternative to cloud computing.

get2Clouds is a cost free and ad free secure cloud sync, file transfer, and messenger bubble where every action is encrypted. It is a multi-platform and user-friendly app that works across all devices, and it is packed with a host of unique features. There is no registration required, and the E2E encrypted messenger offers users the choice of a 555 number so privacy and anonymity are guaranteed. This means the messenger can also be used on SIM-less devices.

NOS Microsystems has promised to continue to add new features to the cyber security app as needs are identified. The company aims to offer a secure solution to industries that deal with sensitive files and depend upon confidentiality such as the law, journalism, and healthcare industries. The healthcare industry is the most cyber hacked, but most of these hacks would not have been possible if get2Clouds had been used.

Users can send files via their NAS, the get2Clouds secure cloud, or sync to their current cloud as it works with all major cloud providers. To sync and send via the NAS, choose the SFTP (NAS) option from the dropdown menu in Cloud Settings and complete the relevant fields. A group transfer option has also been added so that files can be sent to multiple contacts at once.

get2Clouds in a nutshell

  • No registration necessary
  • Automatic international 555 number for devices with no SIM or to protect anonymity
  • Communicate, cloud sync and transfer large files in one encrypted bubble
  • Fast, secure file transfers of unlimited size and of all kinds on the go
  • Compatible with major cloud providers
  • Encrypt your local server
  • Use NAS as secure cloud sync
  • Transfer either via the integrated encrypted messenger or email
  • Set personalized password for highly sensitive files
  • Verify contacts’ identity with FaceCheck®
  • Set the time you want your files to be sent (great for time differences)
  • Optional self-destructing messages
  • Separate corporate and private cloud profiles
  • Easy-to-use drag and drop function
  • Mobile and desktop application, use across multiple devices
  • Small size application so doesn’t hinder device performance