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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.”

What’s New in Tech! 9/6/2020

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Operating Systems

Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Fourth Quarter Results

It is all coming up roses over at Microsoft. 4th quarter revenue at 38 billion. That is a 13% increase over the previous quarter.

Mobile

iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones

Meet the new devices you will be supporting for family, friends, and clients. Oh my!

Cloud

The Pentagon says Microsoft should still get its $10B JEDI contract following an investigation

Trump vs Bezos round 23,124 is over. 🙂

Networking

Cisco Intends to Acquire BabbleLabs to Improve Video Meetings

Let’s hope this deal goes through! Wo would not want better video and audio when we are stuck meeting online in WebEx!

“Intent to acquire BabbleLabs’ noise removal and speech enhancement technology furthers Cisco’s commitment to deliver an exceptional video meeting experience from anywhere and on any device through the WebEx application.”

Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2020 Earnings

How can 12.2 billion of Q4 revenue be bad??? It is when it is down 9% over the previous year.

What’s New in Tech! 8/9/2020

Welcome to the first edition!

I was teaching a live class in Cisco ENCOR recently and my students and I were chatting about the importance of keeping track of what is happening as far as new technology goes. While I was going to provide a big list of links where you can subscribe to updates, I realized pretty quickly that I would be cursing my students with flood of email that I receive, and it might do more harm than good.

As a result of all this, I will be doing a regular series of posts here that discuss some of the biggest news, and of course, I will be sure to link you to where you can get more information.

Thanks for reading and visiting and enjoy!

Operating Systems

MacOS Big Sur Public Beta Observations

That is right – MacOS is about to turn 11 (version number that is). In this article, you get observations about this new OS from Apple. It will feature more user interface redesign then has been done in a very long time.

Security

“Have I Been Pwned” Going Open Source

What a killer website and idea. You enter your email address and it will tell you where your email address was compromised (along with a bunch of other data I am sure). I had 5 instances for just one of my many email addresses. In a new development, the creator of Have I Been Pwned is providing his site and all its data to the open source community in order for his concept to be able to do even more good in the world!

Cloud

AWS Wavelength – Coming Soon!

AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of telecommunications providers’ 5G networks. This boosts dramatically the seamless access to the breadth of AWS services in the region. AWS Wavelength enables you to build applications that serve mobile end-users and devices with single-digit millisecond latencies over 5G networks. This is incredible news for the gaming and IoT (among other) segments!

Networking

Cisco Completes the Acquisition of ThousandEyes

Be sure to visit the ThousandEyes website so you can get a free video demo of their main software suite. It is pretty impressive and is geared toward the modern need for visibility into your private and public network segments. Gone are the days where all of your IT resources were all tucked in your own private data center. This tools gives a level of visibility never before thought possible.