What’s New in Tech! 11/26/2020

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Operating Systems

Microsoft Provides Hope for Many with Free Online Digital Skill Courses

Microsoft has committed to helping with this urgent situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 30, Microsoft launched a major initiative to offer free digital skills classes with the goal of helping train 25 million people for new or improved jobs by the end of the year.

Four months into the skills initiative, the company has given training to more than 13 million people, partly by partnering with nonprofit organizations that help job seekers. To increase momentum, Microsoft is giving $20 million in cash grants to such nonprofits around the globe, along with $5 million to groups that focus on helping Black and African American people in the U.S.

Mobile

New Social Media App Parler Tops App Store Charts

A social media platform that bills itself as a “non-biased, free speech” alternative to outfits like Twitter and Facebook has seen a surge in interest in its mobile app over the last week that culminated Sunday in it becoming the top free app at the Apple App Store. According to Fox Business, the Parler app has been downloaded 310,000 times in the last week alone.

Cloud

AWS Adds a New Gateway Load Balancer Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB), a new product which aims to ensure high availability and scalability for network appliances.

The product ‘makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale and manage the availability of third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud’, according to the company. Channy Yun, the principal developer advocate for AWS, added that GWLB will have the same benefits for custom appliances, such as data analytics, telecoms, and IoT among others.

Networking

Cisco Earnings Report Might Represent a Turning Point

Certainly what Cisco needed at this point – better than expected results for the quarter, and a strong forecast. Shares of the stock jumped on the news 8%.

“Cisco is off to a solid start in fiscal 2021 and we are encouraged by the signs of improvement in our business as we continue to navigate the pandemic and other macro uncertainties,” said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. “Our focus is on winning with a differentiated innovative portfolio, long-term growth and being a trusted technology partner offering choice and flexibility to our customers.  We see many great opportunities ahead as every company in every industry is accelerating its digital-first strategy.”

ENARSI Practice Exam Completion Date is Friday 10/23/2020!

For all of the students in my CCNP Enterprise Exam Review sessions, I will be completing the ENARSI practice exam this Friday, 10/23/2020.

That means if you check the class share anytime on Saturday, you wlll see and can download your completed exam and answer key!

So sorry for the delay – and enjoy this practice exam experience to help ensure you are ready for the real thing!

My ENCOR Practice Exams are LIVE on Udemy!

I have not been a big fan of the practice exams for ENCOR that I have seen so far. Why?

  • Recycled questions from old CCNP and CCIE written exams that are no longer in scope
  • Incorrect questions
  • Stale or irrelevant REFERENCE links
  • Too expensive
  • Vague questions
  • Silly questions

Not one to just sit back and watch this happen, I decided to compose my own and make them available via Udemy. Here is a coupon code for you – ENJOY!

https://www.udemy.com/course/ciscoencor/?couponCode=PASSENCOR

BIG FAVOR: I initially published these accidentally when they were IN PROGRESS. As a result, I got some ONE star reviews. Yikes. Please consider leaving a review after you have experienced the product. I am wagering you will think these practice exams are 5 STARS! Thanks!

What practice exams should I create next for Udemy? Let me know in the comments section below!!!! And thanks again! You are the reason I work 80 to 100 hours per week!