Archive for February 14, 2019

Facebook Talking To The FTC To Make Their Issues Go Away

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

The Washington Post is reporting today that Facebook is negotiating a record breaking, multi-billion dollar settlement with the FTC to make their issues go away:

The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

Facebook confirmed it is in discussions with the agency but declined to comment further. The FTC declined to comment. The two people familiar with the probe spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private talks.

A multi-billion dollar fine would amount to a reckoning for Facebook in the United States after a series of privacy lapses that may have put the personal information of its users at risk. Lawmakers have faulted the company for mishandling that data while failing to crack down on other other digital ills, including the rise of online hate speech and the spread of disinformation from Russian operatives and other foreign actors.

You know, I really don’t think this is enough of a punishment. Facebook is a company that because of all its bad behavior needs to be wiped off the face of the Earth. Forever. A fine is simply not enough for them to atone for their sins because their sins are so great. Governments around the world should make it so difficult for Facebook to exist that they just die. And they should do it now.

Zoho Launches Next Generation of Office Suite

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

Zoho announced today at Zoholics Mexico City its new version of Zoho Office Suite, which includes four sophisticated, cloud-based productivity software applications—Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, and Zoho Notebook—enhanced with Zia, Zoho’s AI-powered assistant. Zoho Office Suite provides deep contextual collaboration to meet the diverse, end-to-end business needs of users, whether they are part of a small business or enterprise.

Applications in the Zoho Office Suite are not only integrated among themselves, but also with Zoho’s communications tools (Zoho Mail and Cliq, a cross-platform messaging app), Zoho’s collaboration tools (Zoho Projects and Zoho Connect, a private social network for business), as well as Zoho’s several other business applications. These contextual integrations, for example, enable users to merge data from Zoho CRM into a document and send it for signature through Zoho Sign.

Create a Better Document, Spreadsheet, or Note with Zia

  • In Zoho’s document creation software, Zoho Writer, Zia detects context-based grammar mistakes, rates the readability score of each document, and suggests style corrections to improve overall writing quality. Click here for more information on Zoho Writer’s new features.
  • In Zoho Sheet, Zia offers deep insights into users’ data sets by automatically showing the most relevant charts and pivot tables for their data. Zoho Sheet also supports Natural Language Querying where users can ask Zia questions about their data and Zia will respond with the appropriate function, chart, or pivot table, which can then be added to their spreadsheet. Click here for more information on Zoho Sheet’s new features.
  • Zoho Notebook is the newest addition to Zoho Office Suite and one of the most advanced note-taking applications on the market. Zia Voice, Zoho’s conversational AI, can help users create a customized recipe “smart card” by grabbing the relevant visuals, instructions, and shopping lists from their favorite website—all initiated by voice command—and organizing it neatly into the application.

Dynamic Creation Tools for Today’s Workers

  • Zoho Writer features a new automation hub with document merging, fillable documents, form-based document creation, and one-click signature collection capabilities.
  • Zoho Writer can work completely offline on web, mobile, and iPad editions, syncing everything to the user’s account upon reconnection.
  • Zoho Writer offers a distraction-free mode, plus a focus mode that highlights the paragraph in development and dims everything else in the document. There’s also an option to enable typewriter sounds to bring back the nostalgia of writing on a typewriter.
  • Zoho Show’s user-focused interface helps the author easily and quickly populate slides and choose from a variety of themes, with options to include smart elements, tables, charts, and path animation.

Zoho First-to-Market Exclusives

Zoho Sheet is the first spreadsheet software to offer data-cleaning capabilities to address inconsistencies and eliminate duplications. The data-cleaning tool processes the given information, lists all possible errorswith options to replace them—and rectifies them at the click of a button.

  • Featuring custom functions powered by Zoho’s very own scripting language, Deluge, Zoho Sheet allows users to create their own personalized functions. For example, users can create a script or deploy a pre-built script to pull data across an accounting app to fill in a Zoho Sheet sales or expense report.
  • Zoho Show allows users to run presentations on Apple TV-enabled devices as well as Android devices by turning the user’s mobile phone into a controller, from which the presenter can beam and control slides on multiple TVs at one time.

Zoho Office Suite is available to single users for free, $3 per user per month for SMEs, and $6 per user per month for enterprises.

About Zoholics

Zoholics, is the annual series of user conferences across the globe, is an opportunity to meet our team face-to-face and learn directly from the staff behind our applications. Visitors will have ample opportunity to network with like-minded people from companies of all sizes and industries who have turned to Zoho to transform their business. For more information, please visit www.zoho.com/zoholics.

 About Zoho

Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho is one of the world’s most prolific software companies. In 2017, Zoho introduced the revolutionary Zoho One, an integrated suite of applications for the entire business. For more information, please visit www.zoho.com/one.

TP-Link Voted the Best Home & Consumer Router Manufacturer By Resellers

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

TP-Link Canada, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products was awarded 2018 Best Home and Consumer Router Manufacturer by the Reseller Choice Awards. TP-Link is consistently ranked by analyst firm IDC as the No. 1 provider of WLAN and broadband CPE devices, supplying more than 40% of the global market. Winning the 2018 Reseller Choice award speaks volume about which networking brand is trusted globally and by Canadians alike. Entering the Canadian market since 2010, TP-Link has made significant strides in networking, smart home and mobile accessories.

Founded in 1996, TP-Link is a global provider of reliable networking devices and accessories, involved in all aspects of everyday life. The company is consistently ranked by analyst firm IDC as the No. 1 provider of WLAN and broadband CPE devices*, supplying distribution to more than 120 countries and serving hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

With a proven heritage of stability, performance and value, TP-Link has curated a portfolio of products that meet the networking needs of all individuals. Now, as the connected lifestyle continues to evolve, the company is expanding today to exceed the demands of tomorrow.

Ranked highest in customer satisfaction for wireless routers by J.D. Power in 2017 for signal strength, brand confidence and reputation, speed specifications and ease of use.

UAG Expands Their iPad Collection

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

Urban Armor Gear (UAG, urbanarmorgear.com) creators of rugged, lightweight mobile device cases, are striving to redefine the industry standard of bulky iPad protection with the addition of their sleek Plyo Series.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Designed for the Apple 9.7-inch iPads, the Plyo Series offers lightweight materials and a minimal aesthetic to keep you focused on your next performance. The composite construction combines an impact resistant core with air soft corners. Making it the slimmest offering, while still meeting UAG’s renowned Military Grade protection.

The Plyo Series’ sleek design and slim profile, make it the ultimate case for people on-the-go. The case’s translucent aesthetic allows for the device’s unique design and color to shine through. While the tactile grip folio boasts 360-degree protection, safeguarding against inevitable drops and shocks.

Everyday armor and Military Grade Drop protection make the Plyo Series the go-to iPad case for active individuals.

Plyo Series– iPad 9.7-Inch
Compatible with iPad (6th & 5th gen), iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 1 & 2
Available colors: Ice
Price: $69.99

  • Impact-resistant
  • Tactile grip
  • Adjustable stand
  • Apple Pencil holder
  • Folio Cover with Auto Wake/Sleep function*
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G-516.6)

New Bags From HEX Hits The Streets

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

HEX, award-winning fashion accessory brand, today announced the release of its new Terra Collection of bags. The collection features coated polyester exterior treated for water resistance, providing an amazing feel and look to the bags. A sleek collection, with sophisticated red accents for an urban touch. The Terra collection adds a new versatile colorway to many of the brands best-selling bags.

D50_8061 edit.jpg

Pricing for the collection is as follows and all products are available now at hexbrand.com, HEX’s Los Angeles retail store, and premium retail partners around the world.

TERRA COLLECTION

●.    Terra Sneaker Duffel MSRP: $159.95

●     Terra Sneaker Backpack MSRP: $149.95

●     Terra Expandable Laptop Briefcase MSRP: $139.95

●     Terra Expandable Backpack MSRP: $129.95

●     Terra Surf Tote MSRP: $119.95

●     Terra Patrol Backpack MSRP: $119.95

●     Terra Wet/Dry Surf Backpack MSRP: $99.95

●     Terra Convertible Backpack MSRP: $99.95

●     Terra Signal Backpack MSRP: $89.95

●     Terra Alliance Backpack MSRP: $89.95

●     Terra Sneaker Sling MSRP: $59.95

●     Terra Waist Pack MSRP: $34.95

●     Terra Carry on Roller MSRP: $199.95

For more information on HEX’s extensive line of products, visit their website, or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Highlights From The 2019 Canadian International Auto Show Media Day

Posted in Commentary on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

 

This is fifth year in a row that I have attended the Canadian International Auto Show media day. Now for those of you who think getting a behind the scenes look at the coolest cars and attending exclusives press conferences is fun…. Well it is.

It is also grueling. Very grueling

My day started at 5:15 AM to be at the Metro Toronto Convention Center at 7:10 AM. Fortunately, they feed us breakfast. The actual events start at 7:30AM and there were two highlights that I’d like to point out. Starting with the AJAC car and utility of the year:

From there, it was on the press conferences. You’re marching around the Metro Toronto Convention Center to see car after car. They feed you lunch, but like I said, it was very grueling. Before the press conferences at about 7:30AM, this is what my Apple Watch had recorded that I had done:

At the end of all the press conferences at about 12:30PM, this is what my Apple Watch had recorded:

As you can see, that’s a lot of physical activity. Here’s some highlights of what I saw:

Speaking of tech, here’s what I brought along with me to live tweet, take photos, and write this story:

Apple MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Mid 2015 Model 

Apple Watch Series 4 With GPS+Cellular

Apple iPhone XS

Tylt Backpack

This is just a fraction of what I saw today. If you’re into cars, and you’re in or around the Greater Toronto area, check out the Canadian International Autoshow. It runs from February Feb 15 until the 24th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Come early as there’s a lot to see and do here, and bring comfortable shoes. I’ve only scratched the surface in terms of what’s on offer for visitors to see.

Apple’s Enterprise Certificates Are Also Being Used To Distribute Hacked Apps

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 14, 2019 by itnerd

Well, if Apple’s enterprise certificates being used badly by Facebook and Google, not to mention being used for some shady apps isn’t enough, how about hacked apps?

Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found.

Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple introduced to let corporations distribute business apps to their employees without going through Apple’s tightly controlled App Store.

Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, these pirate operations are providing modified versions of popular apps to consumers, enabling them to stream music without ads and to circumvent fees and rules in games, depriving Apple and legitimate app makers of revenue.

I think it’s pretty clear now that the enterprise certificate program is a #fail and Apple clearly has no answer for the issues that this program has. Which means that you can expect that more disclosures of this sort will keep appearing and they will end up embarrassing Apple.