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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.

Thank You ITProTV!!!

Always the observant one, I have driven by the Florida highway exit for ITProTV many times! I guess I really did think their HQ would be in California! It turns out, Gainesville, Florida is famous for more than just the Gators (and gators). 

Many IT training companies have thought about trying the ITProTV “Hollywood” approach, but few even try and execute it. Those that do typically fail rather spectacularly and publicly. ITProTV, on the other hand, nails it.

I am currently enjoying their Intro to Ansible course and quickly remembered why so many companies were thinking of trying to lead at this (I was with one called KnowledgeNet many years back). Two trainers are way better than one, and they do actual professional video production. And we all love watching television. In fact, this allows you to binge (even in the free account tier!)

ITProTV absolutely pops and sounds terrific on today’s mobile devices. I am not sure about you, but after hammering away at a keyboard for hours each day, I really like propping the pillows and jamming some DevOps training on the iPhone 11 Huge Max or whatever the heck it’s called.

Enjoy my quick little photo tour, which really undersells how amazing it is. We are talking numerous uniquely designed sets that are fun to perform in, and even more fun to watch. I can’t wait to appear in some upcoming episodes!

Enjoy a Free Personal Account that never expires. Should you want to upgrade, that starts as a free trial. Entire starter courses are in the free account tier, like CompTIA’s IT Fundamentals. A perfect first step for an upcoming addict. 🙂 In a super cool move, they even broadcast live into the free tier. Always something cool to check out. Here is a link to the personal plans. There are also business plans available.