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Apple Releases iOS 12.5.5 To Patch The Vulnerabilities That Are Used By The NSO Group

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

Recently, Apple released iOS 14.8 to address the vulnerabilities that allowed The NSO Group to pwn iPhones with their Pegasus spyware. Now it appears that the same fixes have been brought down to iOS 12 users who could not update to iOS 13, 14 or iOS 15. Devices that are unable to update to iOS 13 or 14 include the iPhone 5s, ‌iPhone‌ 6, ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus, iPod touch 6, original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and ‌iPad mini‌ 3.

If you go to the Settings app, tapping on “General,” and selecting the “Software Update”, you should see that iOS 12.5.5 was released, and in Apple’s security information, it mentions three exploits that “may have been actively exploited” with one of them found by The University Of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. That’s the same people who have been tracking the exploits that are used by The NSO Group and brought them to Apple’s attention. Thus based on that, this is something that you should install ASAP.

UPDATE: Apple also released Security Update 2021-006 for macOS Catalina. The security notes say that it fixes one of the three exploits mentioned above. You should likely update to that as well to protect yourself.

Procore Announces New Innovation Connecting Construction With Mobile Personalization, Messaging & Investments In AI

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

 Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, today announced the next wave of enhancements for a smarter and more connected platform. 

Procore Quick Capture Highlights Investment in Mobile, AI and ML 

Procore is bringing innovations to mobile that connect the field and office. With acquisitions of INDUS.AI and Avata Intelligence, Procore has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology across its platform to help unlock the value of project data and drive efficiencies.
Procore Quick Capture is voice-enabled input technology that will launch in 2022, automating and simplifying data entry in the field by “telling” Procore what it should enter. With Procore Quick Capture on the Punch tool, users will be able capture a video of punch items and simply talk to Procore. Through AI and ML, Procore will create the punch item, attach a photo, and even assign it to the appropriate trade. Early testing has shown that this new voice-enabled punch can cut down the time required to capture and log information in the field for reporting by at least 50%. 

Procore Conversations is Contextual Messaging for Construction 

Collaboration on projects starts with communication. Today, that communication is rigid and is fragmented across multiple channels, such as email, text, and third-party messaging solutions. Procore Conversations, available in pilot in the fourth quarter of 2021, brings intuitive, contextual messaging to Procore, saving time and integrating communication across channels. Conversations are organized, prioritized, and easily accessible on mobile and web. Critical updates, questions, and discussions will happen seamlessly across the office and field, and are contextual to the item being discussed, such as an RFI, Change Order, or Observation. 

New Mobile Home Experience Personalizes and Prioritizes Daily Work

Procore is focused on creating unique experiences for every stakeholder in construction. That experience starts with mobile, where customers will have unique experiences based on who they are and their role in the construction project. The new mobile home experience, available in the fourth quarter of 2021, prioritizes daily work, with quick access to check in on progress, change status or create a new item – RFI, Observations, or Punch. It ensures when customers are in the field they have a complete view, so projects stay on schedule.

Connecting Everyone in Construction with The Procore Construction Network 

Procore’s mission is to connect everyone in construction on a global platform. Currently in pilot, the Procore Construction Network is a free online business directory connecting general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and vendors. With location-based search and advanced filters, customers will be able to use the Procore Construction Network to quickly find and connect with new construction partners. This will make it easier for construction professionals to expand their online presence, promote their businesses, and grow their networks. 

To learn more about these platform enhancements, register and join Procore virtually at Groundbreak, the company’s annual conference being held October 12-14.

Procore Expands Document Management, Data Center Coverage & Regional Customization To Meet Global Demand

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

Procore Technologies, Inc. a leading provider of construction management software, today announced multiple platform updates to further meet the needs of its global customers —from document control to data and privacy enhancements. Used in over 125 countries, Procore’s platform is continually advancing to provide customers with everything they need to meet business and security needs worldwide. 

Collaborative Document Management Goes Global

Procore is taking its world-class document solution global to improve how the industry collaborates on construction documents across all project stakeholders. This is often a fragmented and inefficient process with construction teams using multiple disconnected solutions for versioning, markup, and workflow management. In 2020, 90 million documents were uploaded to the Procore platform. 

Procore’s new collaborative document management solution, coming soon, will offer a more flexible and configurable approach, making it easier and faster to access and collaborate on documents. It will provide customers with an integrated markup experience, offer custom approval workflows with granular file level permissions, and provide a solution that helps them meet common data environment (CDE) requirements and ISO compliance standards.

Global Cloud Infrastructure and Security Features to Meet Global Needs 

Procore has expanded its global infrastructure with 11 new cloud data centers for file storage, now 15 in total, that allow customers to store certain project data locally, while also improving the speed and performance of the platform. Procore provides enterprise grade security and privacy features such as data encryption-at-rest, managed bug bounty program, strict access control policies, and more. Procore solutions can assist customers in meeting their data privacy and governance requirements, including GDPR, California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Australia’s Privacy Act of 1988 — learn more here

Platform Flexibility and Global Enhancements Drive Customer Success

With feedback from global customers, Procore is building customization into the platform to meet the diverse needs of customers around the world. Whether building an inspection test plan in Australia or contractual correspondence in Germany, Procore’s customizable platform flexes to support regional business needs. Custom and Configurable fields are now supported by every product across the platform.

Industry Votes Procore as Top Construction Platform Solution

Procore was recently named the tenth best software company in the world on The Software Report’s list of 100 Top Software Companies of 2021, and received top honors from G2 in eight categories of software: construction management, construction project management, bid management, construction ERP, construction drawing management, construction accounting, punch list, and jobsite management software.

To learn more about these platform enhancements, register and join Procore virtually at Groundbreak, the company’s annual conference being held October 12-14. 

HP Supports Partners For Defining Hybrid Decade Ahead At Global Partner Conference

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

Today at HP Reinvent, HP Inc.’s signature global partner event, the company unveiled a range of bold new offerings designed to support partner growth amidst evolving customer expectations, while keeping the hybrid workplace productive, connected and secure. The event theme – Innovation for the Future of Work – invites partners to join forces with HP to explore innovations driving the hybrid workforce and celebrate those reinventing how their job gets done — through collaboration, innovation, and technology.

HP speakers include President & Chief Executive Officer Enrique Lores; Chief Commercial Officer Christoph Schell; President of Printing, Imaging and Solutions Tuan Tran; President of Personal Systems Alex Cho; Chief Information Security Officer Joanna Burkey; and Global Head of Route-to-Market Luciana Broggi. Luminary speakers include Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella and Organizational Psychologist and Bestselling Author Adam Grant.

Industry’s Most Robust Channel Intelligence Platform

Business that prioritize data at the center of their vision and strategy are 58 percent more likely to beat their revenue goals than non-data driven companies. With worldwide data usage expected to reach a staggering 175 zettabytes by 2025, businesses are tasked with ramping up investments in data intelligence while minimizing complexity between insights and action.

Today HP unveiled HP Amplify™ Data Insights, a new partner platform designed to turn data analytics into rich insights that inspire new strategies, steer innovation, and anticipate customer needs. Now available on the HP Partner Portal, the robust platform combines proprietary, third party and partner data into one intuitive dashboard, enabling partners to benchmark performance, deepen customer relationships and solidify long-term strategies. 

Accelerated PC Solutions for the Hybrid Workplace

With hybrid work continuing to be the norm, managing employee devices has never been more challenging. IT teams are constantly balancing priorities to meet the demands of changing work environments while boosting productivity and employee experience with the right technologies. To address this new reality, earlier this week HP introduced a range of enhanced PC solutions:

  • New Managed Service for IT:  For IT who wants to modernize and automate how they manage PCs, HP Adaptive Endpoint Management is a fully managed service that helps IT managers send PCs directly to employees with zero-touch deployment. 
  • New Manageability Solutions for IT: For IT who want to manage the BIOS using the cloud, HP Connect for Microsoft Endpoint Manager frees up valuable IT resources by making it easy to remotely configure, secure, and update the BIOS of HP commercial PCs. IT can now create policies for groups of devices customizing over 100 different HP BIOS settings.
  • HP Cloud Endpoint Manager: A cloud-ready solution designed for IT who want a better way to deploy and securely manage thousands of HP Thin Clients, all through a modern and intuitive interface. Accessible from any location from a web browser, the solution helps IT prioritize their day with customizable dashboards that include metrics and analytics to keep them up to date on deployments, device compliance, and server health.

Simplified Managed Print Services with New Cloud-Based Subscription Plan for Hybrid Work Environments

With the transition to hybrid work, organizations are now required to adopt a new approach not just to where and how employees work, but also to their IT and print infrastructure. As a result, we’re seeing a rapid shift to cloud services.

In response to evolving these evolving dynamics, HP today announced a simple, worry-free printing solution with automatic supplies delivery, next business day service, and embedded security and productivity solutions.  HP Managed Print Flex, a cloud-first Managed Print Service (MPS) subscription plan, helps businesses optimize costs by simplifying management, improving productivity, and delivering flexibility to scale or customize as business needs change.  This light-touch managed service makes it easy for businesses to worry less about printing and focus more effort and budget towards growing the business.

HP Managed Print Flex offers channel partners an especially compelling opportunity to grow predictable print revenue and profit without complexity and risk through upfront revenues on hardware, resell and commission options, ad-on solutions and service subscriptions, shorter sales discussions and more.   

Securing the growing hybrid workplace

HP recently released its HP Wolf Security Rebellions & Rejections report, a comprehensive global study of office workers and IT decision makers to assess organizational cyber risk in an era of remote work. The report reveals that 91% of IT Teams feel pressure to compromise security and nearly a third (31%) of young workers are trying to bypass corporate security policie7HP Wolf Security is helping partners to secure the hybrid workplace by delivering a new breed of transparent and unobtrusive endpoint security.

Call to action to restore the world’s forests and combat climate change 

Any company aiming to remain competitive and viable beyond this decade is redefining its business priorities around accelerated, expansive change that is also better for the planet. We must change the way we make and use products to address the climate crisis and protect nature to prevent the loss of critical ecosystems.

As part of our ambition to become the world’s most sustainable and just technology company, this week HP is proud to help bring Trees for Jane to the world as its founding partner. Announced this week, Trees for Jane is a new grass roots campaign inspired by one of the world’s most renowned environmentalists, Dr. Jane Goodall, who issued a call to action to help drive meaningful change by participating in the campaign for the protection, restoration and planting of trees to restore the world’s forests.

Aligned with the UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration commitment, Trees for Jane is aimed at empowering everyone from individuals to companies to plant and care for their own tree or trees in their backyards, rooftops or with local community groups. Alternatively, they can support forest protection and restoration programs led by indigenous leaders, forest communities, and on-the-ground NGOs who have been working to stop deforestation and bring back lost forests. In partnership with Trees for Jane, HP is encouraging its global partner community to plant and grow trees of their own in support of climate action. Learn more about the Trees for Jane initiative here

74% Of Employees Feel Digital Workplace Tools Have Empowered Them During The Pandemic: CDW Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

As many Canadian businesses continue to conduct remote or hybrid operations, implementing the right collaboration tools and technologies has never been more important to ensuring employees stay engaged, productive and empowered in the workplace. 

Released this week, CDW Canada’s latest Market Trends Report, Empower Your Workforce, examines how organizations are adapting to the changing landscape, maximizing employee empowerment and engagement, and revealing some of the key challenges employees have faced (and continue to face) throughout the pandemic. 

Key findings include: 

  • Prior to the pandemic, 58% of people surveyed felt that the digital workplace tools their organizations provided them with made them feel empowered, increasing to 74% during the pandemic. 
  • Nearly half (44%) of Canadians said that relationships with colleagues have suffered as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Prior to the pandemic, 58% of people surveyed felt that the digital workplace tools their organizations provided them with made them feel empowered at work, increasing to 74% during the pandemic.   
  • Eight out of ten (82%) people surveyed felt that video conferencing tools such as Zoom, WebEx and teams supported their relationships with colleagues, 89% felt these tools supported their productivity, and 92% felt these tools were important to their engagement at work.  

For more information, the full report can be viewed and downloaded here

Intuit Launches New Corporate VC Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

Intuit Inc. the global technology platform that makes TurboTaxQuickBooksMint and Credit Karma, today announced the launch of Intuit Ventures, its corporate venture capital program. Intuit Ventures will help accelerate innovation for businesses and consumers through the companies it invests in, driving future innovations for consumers and small businesses. The program will primarily invest in series B and C-stage companies that are solving small businesses and consumers’ biggest problems, with areas of interest including fintech, virtual expertise, consumer finance, omni-channel commerce, AI-enabled services and crypto/DeFi.

Intuit Ventures completed its first investment in Clearco, a high-growth series C-stage startup which offers unbiased, non-dilutive capital to digitally-native businesses and leverages data and insights to help them scale. Clearco strongly aligns with Intuit Ventures’ focus on fintech and omni-channel commerce as well as Intuit’s focus on small business success.

To learn more about Intuit Ventures, please visit www.intuit.com/ventures.

Guest Post: TikTok was the most often forged app linked to Covid-19 in 2021 H1 Says Atlas VPN

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

With 732 million users worldwide, TikTok, a trending video-sharing platform, is one of today’s most popular social media networks. During the lockdown, the app’s short and amusing videos drew a lot of attention, but it was not long before cybercriminals took advantage of TikTok’s fame for their own gain.

According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, TikTok was the most impersonated app in Covid-19 related to Android app scams in the first half of 2021. There were a total of 88 TikTok copy-cat apps detected spreading FakeApp malware. 

Malicious applications impersonating organizations that give out free laptops to students were also highly prevalent. There were 37 bogus Android laptop registration applications detected in H1 2021. 

The third spot on the list is occupied by apps impersonating vaccine registration channels. Overall, 14 such malicious applications were found in the first half of this year.

Fake apps often imitate login pages of the official apps to harvest user’s credentials and other personal data. They are typically distributed through third-party app stores, but on occasion, fake apps make it to the official Google Play store as well.

Ruth Cizynski, the cybersecurity researcher and writer at Atlas VPN, gives advice on how to recognize fake applications:

“What makes fake apps so dangerous is that they are typically designed to look exactly like an official app, making them hard to spot. The best defense consumers have against falling prey to fake app downloads is knowing what to look out for. Reading the apps reviews, taking some time to research the developers, and reading the permissions agreement are just some of the things consumers should do before proceeding with an app.”

The US most affected by Covid-19-related threats

Apart from fake apps, cybercriminals have launched multiple other cyberattacks leveraging the global pandemic, including phishing campaigns, malicious URLs, as well as malware.

While cyberattacks were widespread across the world, some countries suffered more than others. In total, 35.9% of such threats affected the United States in the first half of 2021.

Other highly affected countries include Germany (18.9%), Colombia (10.5%), Italy (3%), and Spain (2.5%).

To read the full article, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/tiktok-was-the-most-often-forged-app-linked-to-covid-19-in-2021-h1

Nitro Expands Presence in North America with New Toronto Hub

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

Nitro Software, a global document productivity software company accelerating digital transformation in organizations around the world, is expanding its presence in North America with a new Toronto hub. With an existing headquarters in San Francisco and additional international hubs in Dublin, London, and Melbourne, Toronto as a second North American location is an ideal fit for the business.

Nitro selected Toronto as the optimal east coast location that could support hiring new and diverse talent. Additionally, Canada’s relationship with both the U.S. and Europe opens the door for future internal employee transfers and growth. In establishing operations, Nitro worked closely with Toronto Global, a team of experienced business advisors assisting global businesses to expand into the Toronto Region.

Nitro has experienced significant success in its Toronto hiring to-date. What started out as a focused sales hub has since expanded to become a strong source of talent across Sales, Marketing, Customer Experience, People, and Finance. As Nitro scales, the company continues to see a strong pipeline of high calibre talent throughout the Toronto Region.

Find out more about Nitro here: https://www.gonitro.com/

Microsoft Announces Surface Duo 2 and Surface Pro 8

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

At Microsoft’s Surface event yesterday, Microsoft announced its Surface Duo 2 dual-screen Android smartphone, featuring a trio of new cameras, a faster processor, larger displays, and support for 5G. The company also unveiled a successor to the Surface Book line of laptops, the Surface Laptop Studio, as well as the Surface Pro 8.

The last Surface Duo was a flop. So I wonder if this second generation device is going to any more successful. As for a Surface Pro 8, it is going to get attention from companies and the like as they always do. Especially with the 120 Hz screen in the Surface Pro 8. I’d be interested in seeing these devices and seeing what they’re like as with Windows 11 on the horizon, you can expect new devices to be hitting the market.

HP Launches New Windows 11 Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

HP introduced two new devices designed for people who want technology that enables them to seamlessly switch between productivity, creativity, entertainment, and collaboration – regardless of location. PCs are more important than ever as we settle into a new way of life. According to a recent HP study, 36% of respondents say they will continue watching TV, movies, and videos as much as they did in 2020.

Consumers are seeking technology that has the portability and power to stay connected wherever they are, and the ability to seamlessly switch between productivity, creativity, entertainment, and collaboration. Learn more about some of the product launches: 

HP Spectre x360 16 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC

The HP Spectre x360 16 inch 2-in 1 Laptop PC, available in nocturne blue with celestial blue accents, and nightfall black with pale brass accents, offers a PC to easily consume, collaborate, and create with the people and things you love. The device will be available for purchase at HP.com and Best Buy retailers in October.

HP ENVY 34 All-in-One Desktop PC

Creators desire a powerful hub with a high-resolution screen and incredible performance to bring their creations to life. And many creators experience the greatest level of productivity to complete multiple tasks when given an ultra-wide display versus a laptop, a single external monitor, and even a dual monitor set-up. The HP ENVY 34 inch All-in-One Desktop PC is expected to be available beginning in October at HP.com.

HP 11 inch Tablet PC

The HP 11-inch Tablet PC is a thin and light device optimized for touch and designed for productivity and creativity on the go. The device will be available for purchase at HP.com and Best Buy retailers in December.