ITCertPro October 2016

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LastPass' cross-platform password manager goes free across all devices

Last August, LastPass announced that it would allow users to manage their passwords for free on any one type of device (like desktops, or smartphones). It’s now simplified its pricing structure so it’s even easier to securely log in across all your gadgets.<p>The password management service is now …

Encryption

Microsoft Surface Studio Is Finally Here To Take On The iMac

In a bid to enter the AIO market as well as take on the iMac, Microsoft has announced its Surface Studio, which comes with its fair share of hardware upgrades in order to provide users with a PC solution without that massive computer casing. The 28-inch panel of Surface Studio features a 4.5K …

Take a look inside Microsoft’s Quincy, Wash. data center

Big Data

What to Expect From Microsoft's October Windows Event

Microsoft reportedly has plenty of Windows-focused announcements on the way. But what new hardware will we see?<p><i>UPDATE: Microsoft revealed a "Creators</i> …

How to watch

Microsoft's Panos Panay is back in New York City, and he's pumped! Panay always gets pumped when something is about to go down, so we'll be there covering it all live. Microsoft is, of course, expected to introduce a new Surface all-in-one PC at an event in New York City this morning. That won't be …

Surface Studio name emerges ahead of Microsoft’s PC event

Microsoft is expected to unveil a Surface-branded all-in-one PC on Wednesday at an event in New York City. While a PC is expected, we haven't heard rumors of possible names for the device until today. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy may have uncovered potential names for Microsoft's Surface PC, or …

Microsoft Expected To Move Surface Brand To Desktop With Surface PC

Microsoft is hosting a media event in New York this week. Official details for what Microsoft plans to unveil are sparse, but the general expectation is that it will be a Surface launch. Speculation, however, suggests that Microsoft will actually reveal a new desktop version of its Surface …

Microsoft

Microsoft preps for October Windows event

The last two months has already seen big events from Apple and Google. Now it's Microsoft's turn.<p>On Friday, the computer giant sent out invites to its own special event on October 26 in New York City. Not much is revealed from the invite, which features a window looking out onto the city with the …

Microsoft's Love For FPGA Accelerators May Be Contagious

Microsoft has announced more details about their use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to accelerate servers in their massive datacenters. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcements at their Ignite Conference in Atlanta (which MI&S colleague Patrick Moorhead attended), sharing details about …

Machine Learning

Amazon adds free ebooks to its Prime membership perks

A nice addition, although the selection looks pretty limited<p>Amazon has added a new perk to its $99-a-year Prime membership scheme: free comics, magazines, short stories, and ebooks. Announced today, Amazon Prime Reading gives US customers access to "over a thousand popular books," including <i>The</i> …

NSA contractor arrested for allegedly compromising highly classified computer codes

A National Security Agency contractor has been arrested and charged with allegedly compromising highly classified computer codes, CBS News confirmed …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Microsoft points to a transition of Windows 10 Mobile to 64-bit

There's a lot to like in Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones, but it has one glaring weakness: It still is a 32-bit OS.But a transition to 64-bit for the OS was inevitable as memory capacity in smartphones goes up, Microsoft said during a presentation at the Ignite conference last week. …

Microsoft

Microsoft disbands the Band: fitness device pulled from stores, no Band 3 this year | Ars Technica

Microsoft says it’s still exploring wearables space, but has stopped making wearables.<p>Microsoft's strange foray into wearables may be at an end. Mary …

Wearable Tech

It looks like Microsoft has given up on its Band fitness tracker

Microsoft has sold out of its Band 2 activity tracker and has no immediate plans to replace it, the company said this week.<p>The device disappeared …

Microsoft has killed its Band fitness bracelet

Microsoft is breaking up the Band.<p>ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has removed all of the Band fitness trackers from its online store, as well as the Band’s software development kit. And the company tells Foley that Microsoft has no plans to make another Band device.<p>Microsoft provided …

Wearable Tech