Archive for November 17, 2020

Commvault Unveils Latest Enhancements For Containers, Launches Metallic BaaS For Kubernetes

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 17, 2020 by itnerd

Data management provider Commvault today unveiled a new offering that gives customers enterprise-class data protection for Kubernetes in the cloud. 

The Metallic VM & Kubernetes Backup solution simplifies protection for Kubernetes containers and complements Commvault’s existing Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform and Commvault Complete Data Protection to store, protect and migrate containers in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Commvault now protects Kubernetes workloads in any customer environment, whether in the cloud or on-premises. 

The new product protects workloads including any CNCF-Certified Kubernetes distribution with validated support for Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes, Azure Red Hat OpenShift, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and VMware Tanzu.

Metallic VM & Kubernetes Backup is available immediately.

Review: Anker PowerPort III Nano Compact Travel Charger & Anker Powerline+ III USB-C to Lightning Cable

Posted in Products with tags on November 17, 2020 by itnerd

As I pointed out in my iPhone 12 Pro review, Apple made the decision to ditch the charging brick in the box of their latest phone. Their rationale for doing this was that they were saving the environment because they want you to recycle your existing charging brick. But that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because the included cable is a USB-C to Lightning. That means you need to buy a USB-C power brick to use it. Now I guess you could use a USB-A to Lightning cable along with a USB-A charger that you might have lying around. But then your new iPhone will charge very slowly. The bottom line is that this move by Apple smells like a cash grab more than anything else. That’s led me to try out two products from Anker:

Let’s start with the Anker PowerPort III Nano Compact Travel Charger:

This is a tiny 20W charger. To give you a perspective, here’s what it looks like next to the super slow Apple 5W charger:

It’s a tiny bit smaller and a touch heavier than the Apple offering. But given that the Anker product is 20W via USB-C, it will charge your phone way faster:

Now over to the cable. Fast charging is partially determined by the wattage of the charger, whether the charger supports protocols like Power Delivery and Quick Charge, and the quality of the cable that is in use. That’s where the Anker Powerline+ III USB-C to Lightning Cable comes in:

As you can see, it’s a braided cable which tend to be more durable than non braided cables:

A close look at the cable reveals the braiding as well as the molded ends to increase durability. That’s important as Apple’s own cables have a reputation for breaking at the ends.

So, how well does this combo work? Well, since the Anker PowerPort III Nano Compact Travel Charger supports both Quick Charge and Power Delivery, it should charge my iPhone 12 Pro quickly. Anker says I should get 50% of a charge in 30 minutes. To test that, my wife offered up her iPhone XR and let me charge using this combo.

Now some of you might be saying “wait, isn’t this a story about fast charging the iPhone 12?” Well, the fact is that according to this any iPhone from the iPhone 8 onwards supports fast charging. Which to Apple means a 50% charge in 30 minutes if you have a compatible charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable. Which means the iPhone XR is an acceptable test bed. I charged the iPhone XR from 25% to 67% in 30 minutes using this combo. That’s a 42% gain. iPhones tend to throttle back their charge rates when the battery goes above 50%. And it really throttles back once it hits 80%. All of this is meant to save your battery. Thus If this phone was completely dead, I can see that this charger and cable would be able to get you a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

So what does this combo cost? Here’s the Canadian and US dollar prices:

If you’ve just got a iPhone 12 variant and you need a charger because Apple is too cheap to put one in the box, or you want to fast charge whatever phone you have, the Anker PowerPort III Nano Compact Travel Charger & Anker Powerline+ III USB-C to Lightning Cable is worth a look.

Guest Post: Supporting Youth And Families On TikTok

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 17, 2020 by itnerd

By Tracy Elizabeth, Global Minor Safety Policy Lead, and Alexandra Evans, Head of Child Safety Public Policy, Europe

Parenting a teen’s digital life can be daunting, and we often hear that parents and other caregivers feel as though they’re playing catch up when it comes to the latest technology and apps their teens use. That’s why we regularly speak to parents and teens and work with family and youth experts to develop meaningful ways for parents to support their teens on TikTok. Our aim is to strike a balance between safety and autonomy for teenagers as we work to create a safe and supportive place for self-expression. 

With that in mind, earlier this year we introduced Family Pairing, which lets parents link their TikTok account to their teen’s to enable a variety of content and privacy settings. We’ve now expanded this feature to give parents greater oversight and families a more robust set of tools to create the TikTok experience that’s right for them.  

Using Family Pairing, parents can help guide their teen’s browsing experience with the following controls: 

  • Search [NEW]: Decide whether your teen can search for content, users, hashtags, or sounds
  • Screen Time Management: Set how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day
  • Restricted Mode: Limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for a general audience in your teen’s For You feed

As young people start to build a presence online, we believe it’s important to give families tools so parents and teens can set guardrails together. Our expanded Family Pairing feature now includes:

  • Comments [NEW]: Decide who can comment on your teen’s videos (everyone, friends, no one)
  • Discoverability [NEW]: Decide whether your teen’s account is private (your teen decides who can see their content) or public (anyone can search and view content)
  • Liked Videos [NEW]: Many people enjoy finding new videos to watch that others they follow have also enjoyed, but this control empowers families to decide whether others can see the list of videos your teen has liked
  • Direct Messages: Restrict who can send messages to your teen, or turn off direct messaging completely. With user safety in mind, we also have many policies and controls on messaging. For example, direct messaging is automatically disabled for those under 16 and images and videos cannot be sent in messages.

Every family is different. Some may choose to use Family Pairing only when their teen starts on TikTok; others may choose to stay connected to their teen’s account for longer; and even without Family Pairing enabled, teens can always take advantage of these tools by selecting them individually through their app settings. Whatever parents and teens decide is right for them, we hope Family Pairing will encourage families to have broader conversations about digital safety.

In addition to our tools for families, we continue to strengthen our youth safety and well-being policies. For instance, we recently added more guidelines and resources to support body positivity in our community, and we remove harmful content like hateful ideologies.

We’ve also developed global partnerships to protect against child exploitation as we remove such content, terminate accounts, and report cases the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and law enforcement. Protecting minors – online and offline – is vitally important and requires collaboration between platforms, governments, and child safety organizations. That’s why we’ve endorsed implementation of the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, which offers a framework that can be consistently applied across digital sectors and services to respond to changing behaviors and protect young people.

For families who want to learn more about online safety, we’ve created a number of resources, including our Youth PortalParents pageeducational safety videos, and more. We’re committed to the safety of our community – especially youth – on TikTok and will continue to develop resources, tools, and policies as we aim for the highest level of safety.

TekSavvy Announces Business Remote Worker Solutions

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 17, 2020 by itnerd

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has announced the broad availability of their Business Remote Worker solutions. Combining robust security appliances, software clients and the 24/7 monitoring capabilities of their Technical Assistance Centre (TAC), TekSavvy takes the headache out of deploying more secure Internet connectivity with distributed and remote workforces.

Home offices, mobile offices and branch offices are all points where enhanced data security is a high priority. Utilizing a mix of Virtual Private Network (VPN) soft clients and on-premises gated-access end-point connections, our solutions are customizable and scalable to fit a wide variety of company needs and budgets. Drop-in, preconfigured, enterprise grade appliances can provide secure endpoint protection and access control. Connect to corporate WAN or Cloud applications with peace of mind wherever internet access is available.

Remote Worker Solutions from TekSavvy have been built to enable their partners to focus on their customers and protecting investments in their business. 

Waze Signs Up Amazon Music For Audio Player Program

Posted in Commentary on November 17, 2020 by itnerd

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced Amazon Music is their newest streaming service to join the Audio Player Program, giving drivers a new way to listen to music while in the car.

Amazon Music on Waze offers Prime members access to two million hand-curated songs, over one thousand playlists and stations, and Amazon Music’s full podcast library at no additional cost to their membership. Subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited, the service’s premium subscription tier, have access to more than 60 million songs and thousands of playlists and stations, as well as Amazon Music’s podcast offerings. 

Seamless integration of Amazon Music enables Waze users to enjoy their favourite tunes – always while keeping their eyes on the road. Amazon Music joins Waze’s existing audio partners, making it the latest streaming service to integrate their audio experience into Waze by using the Waze Audio Kit.

“Since we launched our Audio Player back in October 2018, Waze users have driven over 100 billion kilometres while listening to content from streaming services via our Audio Player,” said Adam Fried, Head of Global Partnerships at Waze. “We’re really excited to welcome Amazon Music into the Audio Player family, giving drivers access to their favourite music and playlists to make their time in the car as enjoyable as possible.”

Amazon Music customers can listen on Waze by simply opening the Waze app and tapping the music note icon to select Amazon Music as their audio player. They can start enjoying audio content directly from Waze right away, including playlists, stations and more. Amazon Music customers will also receive next turn directions from Waze inside the Amazon Music app, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road without having to toggle between the two apps at any time.

The Amazon Music integration for Waze Audio Player will begin rolling out from today. You can download Waze here, and to integrate your audio app with Waze, apply for the Waze Audio Kit here.