Archive for November 12, 2019

Disney+ Is Now Streaming On The Roku Platform In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

Starting today, Disney+ is on the Roku platform in Canada. Subscribe and stream movies and TV series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic directly on supported Roku devices. New users get a 7-day promotional offer. After that, it’s just $8.99/month (plus tax, where applicable).

Disney+ allows you to stream ad-free and on-demand on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven individual profiles. The curated experience also offers personalized recommendations based on your viewing history.

From the magic and mystery of Maleficent to the wonder and excitement of Star Wars, you can go the streaming distance with Disney+. The Disney+ library features something for everyone. Highly-anticipated Disney+ Originals include The MandalorianHigh School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesThe World According to Jeff GoldblumLady and the Tramp and more.

To start streaming, simply add the Disney+ channel from the Channel Store, or find it in the “Movies & TV” category of the Streaming Channels section on your Roku home screen.

OpenText Annouces A Flexible Path To The Cloud At Enfuse 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

OpenText today announced its latest technology update, with innovations across its entire portfolio. This release further improves the capture, governance, exchange and use of information to drive productivity, growth and a lasting competitive advantage.

Accelerating Cloud Leadership

This release advances the company’s cloud leadership with the introduction of cloud-native applications for OpenText™ Content Services, including OpenText™ Content Suite Platform, OpenText™ Extended ECM Platform, OpenText™ Documentum™ and OpenText™ InfoArchive.

These cloud-native Content Services applications update automatically, scale dramatically, and run anywhere – both on- and off-cloud and represent important progress on the company’s path to launching OpenText Cloud Editions (CE) in 2020.

OpenText has a growing portfolio of next-generation SaaS applications designed to manage information and content-intensive business processes. OpenText Core applications are built on OpenText™ OT2 next-generation EIM-as-a-Service platform.

This release introduces:

  • OpenText™ Core for Federated Compliance, a centralized application for oversight of records policies across multiple content repositories. Available immediately for Documentum, the application features a unique hybrid architecture which honors local control and data sovereignty requirements.
  • OpenText™ Core Experience Insights, a SaaS application that provides marketing leaders full visibility over their customer’s journey – from website interactions to email engagement, social media content and call center performance.

These new applications join a roster of SaaS offerings, including the recently announced OpenText™ Core Capture, OpenText Core Share, and OpenText Core Signature.

Addressing Today’s Complex Security Challenges

Security is at the forefront of every OpenText product and service. This update, announced at OpenText Enfuse, provides new tools and capabilities to solve today’s most complex investigative, legal, and information security challenges.

  • OpenText professional services now provides a threat-hunting service which integrates OpenText EnCase Endpoint Security with OpenText Magellan AI and analytics to reduce response times and expedite the detection, response and remediation of threats. The new offering helps customers with incident response, regular threat-hunting to protect endpoints and networks, and ongoing security training and optimization.
  • OpenText EnCase Endpoint Security adds powerful new tools to help security teams monitor and detect threats, including real-time continuous monitoring of endpoints with 400+ new anomaly detection values and new MITRE ATT&CK OOTB anomaly rules
  • OpenText™ EnCaseTM Forensics features enhanced search to help investigators discover deleted or modified information more quickly during forensic investigations.
  • OpenText AI & Analytics helps ease some of the privacy and compliance requirements associated with regulations like GDPR and CCPA via the automatic identification of personal identifiable information (PII) in unstructured data and other sources.
  • The OpenText Identity and Access Management Platform helps customers secure identity and access management across domains, providing a frictionless, yet secure experience for users to ensure better security in a zero-trust world.
  • OpenText Tableau forensic hardware now includes first-to-market innovations to help save critical time for investigators via the ability to pause and resume any forensic imaging job, even after a power cycle.

Increasing Agility and Managing Risk in Trading Partners

To help enterprises speed time-to-market for supplier engagement and to reduce operational, financial and reputational risk in supplier selection, OpenText is introducing the OpenText Global Partner Directory, a searchable supplier sourcing and onboarding solution.

  • With the Global Partner Directory, enterprises can easily connect with suppliers on the OpenText Trading Grid, the world’s largest cross-industry community of B2B supply chain trading partners.
  • Advanced data filters within the Global Partner Directory enable users to rapidly and confidently identify the right suppliers to do business with based on multiple factors such as goods sold, company size, regional coverage, trading practices, protocol used and financial risk profile.
  • The Global Partner Directory will equip trading partners with tools to support corporate priorities for ethical and sustainable supply chain operations.

Delivering Continuous Innovation in EIM

New product updates across the OpenText portfolio provide enhancements to EIM productivity and efficiency.

  • Intelligent automation and AI integrations remove manual tasks and add value to business processes, including:
    • OpenText Axcelerate adds automated machine-translations of documents for global investigations in partnership with Veritone™ and automated sentiment analysis and entity extract. OpenText eDOCS now features AI-powered search.
    • Content suggestion generation and translation in the OpenText Web Content Management Solution, TeamSite.
    • Enhancements to the OpenText Extended ECM Platform to enable allowing users to automate multiple simultaneous content-driven processes through asynchronous processing.
    • The ability to automate content-related processes with OpenText Vendor Invoice Management, enhanced with machine learning and optical character recognition.
  • Enhanced productivity and user experience bring new and efficient ways of working with and across OpenText products, including fresh new visualizations in OpenText™ Magellan Analytics Studio, new authoring tools in OpenText™ Exstream and a new mobile application for OpenText™ Documentum.
  • Integrations with world-class products and services improve business results and connect content, information and data to the digital business. This release brings new integration between OpenText Experience portfolio and OpenText™ Hightail, Google Translate, Brightcove’s video hosting platform, Salesforce.com, the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, and SAP®. OpenText Documentum for Life Sciences offers new integrations with Microsoft® SharePoint® Online and OpenText™ Contract Center is now integrated with SAP®.

Spotify Is Free Today On Sonos

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

You can now stream Spotify Free on Sonos through a free software update that rolls out today. Spotify Free enables even more listeners to enjoy the best of Spotify in great sound on Sonos – offering even more choice for current or soon-to-be Sonos customers this holiday season.

Queue up your Discover Weekly or favorites like RapCaviar on the One SL – the powerful, microphone-free speaker (MSRP $229).

Or, if you’re leaving home for the holidays and your friends/family don’t have Sonos yet, bring the party with you with Move, the indoor/outdoor, battery-powered smart speaker (MSRP $499).

Spotify Free on Sonos includes: 

  • Access to Spotify’s entire catalog on shuffle, making it even easier to listen to music, podcasts, and more.
  • Listeners will also have access to 15 personalized on-demand playlists, including Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix, favorites like RapCaviar, Viva Latino, and more.
  • Stream Spotify Free on Sonos through the Sonos app or directly from the Spotify app. Start playlists with voice based on title, genre, or mood with the Google Assistant on a voice-enabled device.
  • Whether you regularly use Spotify or not, remember you don’t have to pick just one streaming service on Sonos. Add Spotify Free in addition to one of the other 100+ streaming services on Sonos to discover even more music and content.
  • Get started: Make sure your Sonos app is updated to the latest software. Go to Settings > Services > click Add a Service under Music & Content > Set-up or Log-in.

Today’s software update will also include a new design for browsing Spotify in the Sonos app, making accessing favorites more consistent with the Spotify app.

NordVPN Announces NordLocker

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

NordVPN has announced the launch of its latest cybersecurity product — NordLocker. The new digital tool secures all types of files stored on your computer or in the cloud with end-to-end encryption.

NordLocker is perfect for both personal use and handling work-related data. If someone gets access to your computer or other storage without permission, you don’t want your private files, such as photos, videos, music, notes, etc. to be peeked at or stolen. With NordLocker, what others see on your computer is secure, folder-like “lockers,” which hold your encrypted files and can only be accessed with your master password. The tool is especially handy for protecting your most sensitive data, including finances, IDs, and work files.

On the other hand, NordLocker is a must for companies that store financial, legal, or medical records of their clients or deal with any other confidential information. In case of a breach, the encrypted data remains ultra-safe and private. That’s because NordLocker’s cryptosystem uses the most advanced ciphers and principles, featuring Argon2, AES256, ECC (with XChaCha20, EdDSA, and Poly1305), and other creations of modern cryptography. Military-grade encryption secures files kept both on your computer and in the cloud hosting services, such as Dropbox.

NordLocker features zero-knowledge privacy. “Your data is not our business. Our encryption system is designed in such a way that we can’t see your file content under any circumstances,” says Ruby Gonzalez.

Running on both Windows and macOS, NordLocker supports documents of any type and size. To encrypt files, simply drag and drop them into your locker folder or use the “plus” button within the locker. Once the files are in the locker, they can only be accessed and decrypted with your master password. Finally, your data is safe from hacking, snooping, and unauthorized access of any kind.

The easy-to-use app offers a safe way to share your files with others confidentially. Just encrypt them first and then send them via email, messaging apps, file transfer services, upload them to the cloud, or use any other way. The data stays protected and impossible to crack until you give someone access to it. If the people you want to share your files with don’t have NordLocker, they can download it, sign up, and access your files for free.

Main features of NordLocker:

  • One-click encryption
  • Master password protection
  • Confidential cross-platform sharing
  • Supports files of any type and size
  • Encrypts files stored on a computer and in the cloud
  • Accessible on multiple devices
  • Runs on macOS and Windows
  • Powerful cryptosystem (AES256, ECC, Argon2)
  • Zero-knowledge architecture

A free version of NordLocker is available which gives users 5GB of encrypted data. Premium users can encrypt unlimited amounts of data. Visit nordlocker.com for more information.

HP Asks You To “Get Real” During The Holidays

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

Smartphones, social media, video games, and myriad other digital distractions have become the love-hate focus of our modern era. But, there’s a growing trend to reintroduce real-world experiences, from “digital detox” retreats to phone-free dinner parties to reading more hard-cover books.

HP recently conducted a survey [Warning: PDF] to better understand how North Americans feel about their relationship with screens.

  • 90% of people would rather have 1 real friend than 100 online
  • 70% of people believe relationships were closer before the internet
  • 61% of parents worry their kids aren’t fully developing social skills
  • 60% wish they could return to a time before social media

To bring families and friends together and make the holidays REAL, HP has developed 250+ hours of printable content, including partners such as Disney, DreamWorks, All Recipes and more. You can view the content here.

HP is also hosting an event this month in Toronto to bring this topic of balance to life – Get Real – details below. It’s free and open to the public.

Get Real – an HP Event 

Where/When: Yonge Dundas Square | November 14 – 16, from 10 AM to 6 PM
Activities: 

  • Get Real Emoji Photo Wall – Guests will be able to take a photo outside of the digital tunnel against in Get Real emoji photobooth
  • Digital Tunnel – An immersive experience where guests can login with their social media handles and see their ‘digital footprint’
  • Hot Cocoa Station – Complete a ‘Get Real Pop-Quiz’ and bring it to the hot cocoa station to receive a complimentary hot beverage
  • 250+ Hours of Real Content – Browse through different content/activities to have printed instantly as a takeaway

 

 

Review: Roku Premiere

Posted in Products with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

Roku has a streaming device that is feature packed and affordable which is perfect for upgrading a non “smart” TV with streaming functionality. It’s the Roku Premiere.

Roku Premiere Box With Product

 

Here’s what you get in the box:

  • The Roku Premiere with 4K HDR streaming & 802.11b/g/n single-band WiFi
  • Roku remote
  • A kind of short HDMI cable

Under the hood, you get a quad-core processor and comes in a low-profile form factor that allows you to stick it under a TV to save space (adhesive included). In short, it’s a powerful package that takes up very little space.

Now you are likely asking how powerful is it? Well despite the fact that didn’t have much of an issue streaming 4K video in a bedroom located a room away from my router. There was no buffering or anything of the sort that I noted during my testing. Thus unless you have a large home where a Roku Streaming Stick + may be a better fit due to the fact that it has 802.11ac WiFi built in, the Roku Premiere will work just fine. In terms of picture quality, that’s going to depend on the TV that you have. Mine supports 4K HDR so video looked stunning. Speaking of video, Roku as usual has a massive catalog of streaming services including Apple TV+ and live TV which will keep you streaming for hours.

Gripes? Admittedly these are first world problems. But besides the rather short HDMI cable which could make positioning it a challenge, the remote control is one of Roku’s line of sight remote controls without voice control functionality. If you want that functionality, you need to download their app to your smartphone which isn’t the biggest deal in the world. Another gripe is that no Roku device supports AirPlay 2 functionality which is weird given that Apple TV+ is available on the platform. And that casting from Windows 10 devices and the like is supported. But none of those gripes should deter you from buying the Roku Premiere if you want to get 4K HDR streaming at a great price.

Speaking of that price, the Roku Premiere goes for $49.99 CDN which is a very low barrier to get into the streaming game. Given what is on offer here, the Roku Premiere is very much worth a look if you want to add streaming functionality to your TV.