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Month: February 2017

Windows 10 Virtual Labs

Microsoft provides several Windows 10 virtual labs, enabling IT Pros to get hands-on experience with the many facets of managing Windows 10 in the Enterprise: Deploy and manage Windows as a service Simplify Windows 10 deployment by using provisioning packages Upgrade in place to Windows 10 by using MDT and Configuration Manager Customize the Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar during deployment Set up Windows Store for Business to deploy apps in your enterprise Use Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode to fix compatibility issues Deploy Windows Information Protection Deploy Device Guard Deploy Credential Guard Enable and secure a remote workforce by joining Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Co...

Amazon Adds Smartlock Capability to Smart Home Skill API for Alexa

If you’re interesting in developing Alexa capabilities for door lock controls for your smart home, Amazon has added a new API reference called LockState. Door Lock Control and Query Messages These messages enable you to query for the current state and change the state of a lock. GetLockStateRequest GetLockStateResponse SetLockStateRequest SetLockStateConfirmation   More here: Door Lock Control and Query Messages Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Enabling a NetGear Router to Work with Alexa

Its getting to the point where if your product doesn’t work with Alexa, its just no good anymore. NetGear provides Alexa integration for several of its router. The current list of supported routers includes: Orbi Model RBK50 Nighthawk AC1900 Model R7000 Nighthawk AC2300 Model R7000P Nighthawk AC2350 Model R7500v2 Nighthawk AC2350 Model R8300 Nighthawk X4S Model R7800 Nighthawk X6 Model R8000 Nighthawk X8 Model R8500 Nighthawk X10 Model R9000   To configure your compatible router to work with Alexa, you first must… Download the NETGEAR genie app. Create a remote access account. Register your router with your remote access account.   Once you’ve accomplished that: Locate the Alexa skill in the Alexa app, or find it HERE on the web. Link the Alexa skill to your NET...

Yamaha Integrating Alexa with MusicCast

Coming this fall, Yamaha MusicCast customers will be able to issue commands by invoking Amazon’s voice AI, Alexa. Amazon Alexa and MusicCast – Coming this fall, MusicCast products will receive a free firmware update enabling control using Amazon’s Alexa voice service. An Alexa skill adding support for MusicCast commands will be made available for Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV. Together these updates will unleash an exciting new way to control your MusicCast system. More vendors continue to jump on the Alexa bandwagon to drive into new markets and offer better competitive value in markets that are stagnate or saturated. MusicCast is Yamaha’s network-based multi-room audio streaming platform. MusicCast can...

Service Health Status Dashboards for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform

When things go bad in the Cloud, customers need to know where problems exist and when providers expect to have issues resolved. Each of the big Cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) all offer a web-based dashboard that is available to customers and the public: AWS: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ Azure: https://azure.microsoft.com/status Google Cloud Platform: https://status.cloud.google.com/   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

First Look: RCA’s Voyager III Tablet

We have a review unit of RCA’s latest Voyager III tablet on the way for testing and review, but in the interim, here’s a first look. Photos (Click each photo for a larger view) Specs Android 6.0, Marshmallow 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor 1GB DDR System Memory 16GB Storage 7″ touchscreen, 1024 x 600 Front-facing 2MP Camera Rear 2MP Camera Bluetooth 4.0 MicroSD card slot supports up to 128GB Press Release RCA’s Voyager III Tablet Now Available  The Voyager III is the first in RCA’s 2017 tablet range to hit the shelves  LOS ANGELES – 28 February, 2017 – RCA, the iconic brand and long-time symbol of American ingenuity, today announced that the Voyager III is now available for purchase for $49.99 from Walmart and Walmart.com.   The compact, lightweight, 7 inch Android table...

Free eBook: Best Practices for Push Notifications

Push notifications provide an opportunity to connect and re-engage users with your app. According to Localytics, push notifications can boost app engagement by 88%. Amazon is offering a free eBook for developers wanting to take advantage of best practices for push notifications. Just fill out a form and the download link will be sent to you through email. Form: http://dev.amazonappservices.com/eBook_Push-Notifications_Landing-Page.html The book offers the following… Push notification basics Personalization best practices How to choose the right time to push Special considerations for media streaming devices Measuring success and return on effort Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco ...

Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break: Season 4, Episode 3 with Dan Morales, CIO, eBay

This episode starts with a curveball: Brad knows what it’s like to have a really common name, so he tries to get to the bottom of which of the 3,073 Dan Morales’ on LinkedIn this Dan really is. It turns out he is not the guy preparing tax returns for celebrity pets – but he did race Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis in college. In addition to being really fast, Dan has some great advice about the qualities he looks for when he promotes IT managers to leadership roles, and he also talks about the steps his organization took to simultaneously go mobile and boost productivity. His vision is to make his workforce equally productive no matter what device is being using – laptop, tablet, or phone. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT...

Learn About Microsoft Intune and The Cloud

“I’m old, not obsolete!”  Pops Terminator Genisys For the literary-minded among you it’s clear that the subtitle is a blatant play on words from the famous old poem Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor (1834). We’ve all heard of the concept of, “…having an Albatross hanging around your neck”. (See the link for the metaphor) I’ve been in and around the Configuration Manager Admin role since 1999. This began with the v2.0 RTM release of SMS. I think that probably makes me “ancient” as a Configuration Manager Admin today by any standards. (In fact, at 70 years old, I’m probably ancient by many other standards, but as Pops stated in Terminator Genysis, “I’m old, not obsolete”.) Even so, I find that for me it is occasionally difficult to adjust to a lot of things happening today in a ra...

Last Day to Request February 2017’s Free Configuration Manager Report

Request your copy of February 2017’s free Configuration Manager report, Comparison of Installed Software, by using your business address and emailing Info AT Enhansoft today! The Comparison of Installed Software report compares the installed software between two computers; a primary computer (called the Base PC) and a secondary computer (called the Comparison PC). Only software that is installed on the Comparison PC and is missing from the Base PC will be listed in this report along with the location and date of the installed software. This report is useful in order to troubleshoot a non-working computer (Base PC) by comparing it to another computer (Comparison PC). Stay tuned because later this week we will announce March’s free SCCM report!

Microsoft to Release Updated Intune iOS Company Portal in April to Support Apple’s New Security Requirements

According to Microsoft, Apple will soon enforce new requirements for Application Transport Security (ATS) to ensure communications over HTTPS are as secure as possible. Microsoft states that this change will affect both customer networks and also the iOS Company Portal app for Intune. Microsoft plans to release an Intune update for the iOS Company Portal in April to meet the requirements, but customers might also need to make modifications to the network. Specifically… To ensure you comply with these new requirements, make sure that all your network connections configured for use within the iOS Company Portal app meet Apple’s new requirements. Some places to check include ADFS configuration, proxy server configuration, and any custom links set in the Admin Console like the support we...

Microsoft Brings Azure Canada Up to Speed with 5 New Services

Microsoft continues to march forward with its global Azure implementations and Azure datacenters. The company has announced the following five new services available for Canadian customers using its cloud service, and with hopes that it might entice new customers to join its Azure army. HDInsight Azure Functions Managed Disks Azure Site Recovery Azure Backup Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!