Archive for July 15, 2019

Apple Actually Is Shipping A SLOWER SSD In The New MacBook Air Versus The Previous One

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The new 2019 MacBook Air with a True Tone display, upgraded keyboard and a price cut has been out for a week already. All of that sounds great. But it’s not all good. Consomac confirms an unfortunate drawback: the SSD is slower than the previous 2018 model. Yes you read that correctly. It has a SLOWER SSD:

The French site conducted some tests on the new 2019 MacBook Air using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and it achieved speeds of 1.3 GB/s read and 1 GB/s write. Compare it to the 2018 MacBook Air, which achieved 2 GB/s read and 0.9 GB/s write. Apple’s newer laptop improved slightly on the writing side, but its performance downgraded by 35% on the reading side. That can be attributed to a slower SSD Apple included in the new MacBook Air.

Wow. At a time when SSD prices are plummeting and speeds are increasing exponentially, Apple shipping an inferior drive to what they had in the last revision takes some balls to do. Apple seriously has to explain this because there’s truly no excuse for this and it really is yet another reason why Apple is losing the plot.

Toronto and Vancouver Top The List of 50 Cities Scored Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

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Today at the 10th annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit, Dell announced findings of the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index, ranking 50 global cities on their ability to foster growth for women entrepreneurs. Building on annual research since 2010, Dell ranks cities based on the impact of local policies, programs and characteristics in addition to national laws and customs to help improve support for women entrepreneurs and the overall economy.

Building on 10 years of research on women entrepreneurs, Dell partnered with IHS Markit to research and rank 50 cities on five important characteristics, including access to: Capital, Technology, Talent, Culture and Markets. These pillars were organized into two groups — operating environment and enabling environment. The overall rating is based on 71 indicators; 45 of which have a gender-based component. Individual indicators were weighted based on four criteria: relevance, quality of underlying data, uniqueness in the index and gender component.

All 50 cities made progress since 2017, however some cities made bigger strides than others and the race to the top inevitably left some cities behind. Highlights include:

  • The San Francisco Bay Area out ranked New York for the No. 1 spot this year, largely in part because the Bay Area is one of the best places for women to gain access to capital. It also moved from 6th place to 2nd place in Culture, illustrating that the number of role models and public dialogue around eliminating the ‘bro culture’ is making an impact.
  • Out of a total of 100 possible points, the No. 1 ranked San Francisco Bay Area scored only 63.7. That’s evidence that there is still much work to do to level the field for women – and validates the need for this kind of research and outreach to policymakers to move the needle for female founders.
  • Lack of funding, high-cost of living, low representation of women in leadership roles, and the lack government led policies that support women entrepreneurs were among the barriers, globally.
  • Thirty out of 50 cities improved on more than half of their indicators, with Latin America and Europe seeing the highest percentage of their cities move up.
  • The most-improved cities represent nearly every region, which indicates how broad-based the improvements have been around the world.
  • Mexico City had the greatest improvement ranking No. 45 in 2017, moving up to No. 29 this year. In particular, the city increased women in education, at top business schools and in its legislature, and also increased corporate vendor procurement programs and access to capital for women entrepreneurs via crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Toronto ranked No. 9, while Vancouver was No. 11; both seen as extremely desirable cities to foster women entrepreneurship. Favourable government policies, an increase in funding and access to capital, and a high skill set all contributed to these great scores.

2019 WE Cities Index Rankings:

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Advocating for Women Entrepreneurs

The 2017 to 2019 WE Cities Index results highlight the successes and challenges that each city faces, and where cities can learn best practices from one another. These key learnings, if supported by local governments, can add up to big changes for women-owned businesses, globally.

Based on the findings and comparison between the 2017-2019 indices, Dell has developed a set of

WE Cities Policy Recommendations focused on three areas, including:

  • Access to and the development of financial and human capital.
  • Private and public sectors role in increasing access to local and global networks and markets.
  • How government and business leaders can help women entrepreneurs thrive in the changing-face of technology.

About WE Cities

Dell partnered with IHS Markit — a leading source of insight and analytics that shape today’s business landscape — to launch this first-of-its-kind, global research that will measure a city’s ability to attract and support high-potential women entrepreneurs.

Research for WE Cities began during the 2016 DWEN Research Symposium chaired by Dr. David Ricketts from the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. The research symposium brought together 40 global thought leaders, women entrepreneurs, academics and media to develop insights for the model. Key takeaways from the conversations at the Symposium included:

  • Access to capital is still the No. 1 challenge that women entrepreneurs face, although the numbers are showing a slight improvement
  • Creating robust ecosystems with incubators, accelerators and mentors makes a world of difference for entrepreneurs — it’s all about the network
  • Cultural norms and their policy implications put serious binds on female entrepreneurs
  • Talent, both in terms of the entrepreneurs’ own talent, including education and experience, and having access to a skilled staff also resonated as highly important

The successful pilot of the 2016 Index led to the scaling for the 2017 Index to include 50 cities and the re- measuring and ranking for 2019.

About the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network

As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that enable human potential. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to technology, networks and capital. Learn more here.

About the Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit

Dell is excited to host the 10th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur

Network (DWEN) Summit in Singapore from July 14-16, 2019. Over 150 female founders, CEOs, dignitaries, Dell Leaders and more will convene to connect and discuss today’s pressing topics. Through inspiring keynotes, informative panels and innovative workshops, the 2019 DWEN Summit will be the go- to resource for support and solutions that facilitate entrepreneurship. It is Dell’s mission to bring vital knowledge and tailored technology for women-led companies small and large.

Hitachi Solutions America Named To Microsoft Inner Circle For 16th Consecutive Year

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Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd, a leading provider of global industry solutions powered by the Microsoft Cloud, has been awarded the prestigious 2019/2020 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications. This is the 16th consecutive year Hitachi Solutions has earned this recognition.

Membership in this elite group is based on sales achievements that rank Hitachi Solutions in the top 1% of the Microsoft global network of partners. Inner Circle members must consistently achieve a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success.    The 2019/2020 Inner Circle members were announced at Microsoft Inspire, the annual premier partner event held July 14-18 in Las Vegas.

The Inner Circle for Business Applications award follows a record-setting year of Microsoft recognition for the firm.  Hitachi Solutions was recently awarded the Global Dynamics 365 for Field Service Partner of the Year Award and the Global Government Partner of the Year Award.   Hitachi Solutions was also named Finalist for Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Partner of the Year Award and Finalist for the Global Manufacturing and Resources Partner of the Year Award.

Hitachi Solutions was also named by Microsoft US Subsidiary as the winner of the 2019 MSUS Eagle Award winner, for delivering the highest number of new customer adds and highest annual attainment.

For more information about Hitachi Solutions America’s industry-focused solutions, contact us  here.

 

Trend Micro Expands Presence On Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Trend Micro Incorporated today announced the availability of its leading cloud solution, Deep Security as a Service, on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Launching at Microsoft’s Inspire 2019 event, this Trend Micro offering enables organizations to combine the benefits of security software-as-a-service (SaaS) with the convenience of consolidated cloud billing and usage-based, metered pricing.

Trend Micro’s Deep Security as a Service will provide Microsoft Azure customers a fully hosted security management experience with rapid delivery of innovations.

Trend Micro Deep Security delivers a multi-layered automated approach to protect hybrid cloud workloads and container environments against known and unknown threats including malware and vulnerabilities, helping to secure business data and applications all from within one solution. Deep Security consolidates security tools to help lower costs, decrease complexity, and simplify security and compliance.

To learn more about Trend Micro Deep Security as a Service, please visit:https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/business/products/hybrid-cloud/deep-security.html.

Office365, Google Docs, And iWork Verboten From Some German Schools

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Privacy regulators in Germany have ruled out the use of Office 365, Google Docs or Apple’s iWork suite citing privacy concerns over the way these cloud services work. TNW reports the following:

Microsoft’s cloud services has run into a fresh roadblock in Germany, after the state of Hesse ruled it is illegal for its schools to use Office 365 citing “privacy concerns.”

The Hesse Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) ruled that using the popular cloud platform’s standard configuration exposes personal information about students and teachers “to potential access by US authorities.”

And:

The use of cloud applications by schools is generally not a data protection problem. Many schools in Hesse are already using cloud solutions. Whether, for example, the learning platform or the electronic class book: Schools can use digital applications in compliance with data protection, as far as the security of the data processing and the participation of the pupils is guaranteed.

The core issue is that telemetry data is sent out of Germany to the US, and this can include personal data.

This information can include anything from regular software diagnostic data to user content from Office applications, such as email subject lines and sentences from documents where the company’s translation or spellchecker tools were used.

Collection of such information is a violation of GDPR laws that came into effect last May.

And what makes the situation worse is that switching away from Microsoft to a Google or Apple solution is not possible:

What is true for Microsoft is also true for the Google and Apple cloud solutions. The cloud solutions of these providers have so far not been transparent and comprehensibly described. Therefore, it is also true that for schools the privacy-compliant use [of these alternatives] is currently not possible.

Thus schools have to run local copies of these apps and store data locally. Although the ruling has so far been made by only one state in Germany, it seems likely that the same issue would apply across the country. That means that Microsoft, Google and Apple will have to address this quickly to avoid a blanket ban across Germany.

TekSavvy TV Launches Across Ontario

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TekSavvy Solutions, Canada’s largest independent ISP, and its affiliate cable company Hastings Cablevision Ltd., announced the launch of its IPTV service, TekSavvy TV, across the province of Ontario today. TekSavvy TV will offer customers over 115 HD channels of sports, movies, series, and kids programming including video-on-demand content from selected television channels.

Customers across Ontario who wish to order can sign up through TekSavvy’s MyAccount portal at myaccount.teksavvy.com. TekSavvy TV is currently available as an app for Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV devices. Customers can start with TekSavvy TV Basic at $20.00 per month and then add additional theme packages ranging in price from $6.00 to $20.00 per month to gain access to more live sports, premium series, and blockbuster movies. TekSavvy TV requires a TekSavvy residential Internet subscription with a minimum download speed of 15 Mbps and unlimited data.

Company Accidentally Deletes Data… Then Sues Google When Google Can’t Restore It

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From the “this is insanely stupid” file comes this situation which I think you will agree is a facepalm moment:

An interior design tools startup called Mosss on Wednesday sued Google to get it to restore its data after someone at the startup accidentally deleted the firm’s G Suite account. In a pro se lawsuit [Warning: PDF] filed in US District Court in Oakland, California, Mosss, under its previous corporate name, Musey Inc., asked Google to help it restore its data…

Initially, the filing says, the company believed Google would be able to help because a customer service representative said he’d deal with the issue. But the cavalry did not arrive… “All efforts failed and at the end we received a one-line email that stated our data was lost and couldn’t be returned to us.”

Except perhaps not. According to the complaint, the company was informed – it’s not clear whether Google or a third-party advised this – that it could seek a subpoena or file a civil lawsuit to access its data. So that’s what it has done.

A lot of companies think the cloud takes away the need for them to make backups of important data. But when they do something dumb, something like this happens. But I will admit that this is the most extreme case of a customer flipping out at a cloud provider that I have heard of. Let this be a lesson to people and companies out there. Just because you are “in the cloud” does not mean that common sense does not apply. You need to make backups of all your data so you don’t become like these people. And people like me laugh at you as a result.