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sap hybris updates travel accelerator for airline industry

sap hybris commerce, the german business software maker's cloud-enabled enterprise e-commerce and customer-engagement platform, is removing roadblocks between airlines and today's mobile- and web-savvy travelers.the company announced on sept. 19 that it had released a new version of its travel accelerator for hybris commerce that carries an international air transport association (iata) new distribution capability (ndc) level 3 certification. hybris accelerators are prepackaged yet configurable modules tailored to the needs of certain industries, enabling businesses to rapidly implement online storefronts with customer management and marketing capabilities.with the certification in hand, sap hybris will help air carriers empower their customers while they explore their travel options.iata ndc is "a travel industry program for the development and market adoption of a new xml-based data transmission standard," explained john fisher, global head of industry marketing at sap hybris, in response to an email inquiry from eweek. "the goal of this standard is to encourage airlines to align what is available on their own web sites with what travel agents have access to through their systems. closing the gap between these two channels will ensure both parties have a more accurate picture of the airline's offerings."further readingsynchronizing those types of travel data can also help airlines deliver better, more personalized offers, fisher added. for instance, an airline bookin...





how cisco modernized management of its ucs franchise

cisco systems has been building and selling its unified computing systems line of pre-configured, converged servers since the launch in march 2009, and it’s been a source of both pride and profit for the company ever since.a ucs consists of proprietary data center architecture, servers, plenty of dense storage and a set of management software and services based on high-end intel processors. cisco partners provide all hardware and software that isn't in the networking realm--except the main servers, which cisco itself makes.since then, the systems have undergone five server updates and sold more than 60,000 systems worldwide. by any measure, this is a successful product line.however, cisco hadn’t spiffed up the system’s management controls in a long time. so, on sept. 21, the world’s largest internet networking provider added smart new cloud-service management controls with cisco intersight, a dashboard that also works with cisco hyperflex systems.further readingoh no, not another it acronym (smaas?)cisco intersight is designed to simplify data center operations by delivering systems management as-a-service (no, the company didn’t refer to this as smaas—yet, anyway), alleviating the requirement to maintain islands of on-premises management infrastructure. complete system lifecycle management is delivered by intersight using machine learning, analytics and automation, the company said.  many enterprise application architectures are evolving into scale-out and mult...





apple ipads gain significant new capabilities with ios 11

finally, ipad is getting its due. since apple introduced its tablet, it’s always been the lesser sibling, sort of like an ipod music player with a big screen. while apple finally delivered an enterprise class tablet with the ipad pro, it’s taken until ios 11 for the ipad to get the software features it needs to stand on its own.with ios 11, the ipad gets new features designed specifically for the tablet that serve to make this tablet much more competitive with an ultrabook or with microsoft's surface tablet. but it’s worth noting that the iphone also got some nice software upgrades as well, some that are pretty significant on their own.apple is saying that ios 11 is a “monumental leap” for the ipad. this is especially true for the ipad pro because ios 11 provides new functionality for the apple pencil, which it certainly needed. the updated mobile os also provides new access to files and documents that can help make your workflow faster and easier.one example of this is the drag and drop feature that works on the tablet as it does with most apple software and with some third party applications. with apple software you can essentially drag anything and drop it anywhere on the screen of the ipad. using this in conjunction with the new files app, and you can consolidate your file storage, whether the files live on the ipad, on a network server somewhere in the cloud.further readingyou can drop those files into the files app or drag them to other ios apps, such as your...





ford designers using microsoft hololens to design cars faster

coming off a year-long pilot program, microsoft and ford have taken the wraps off a collaboration between the two companies that will help the automaker's designers get their creations on the road faster by using hololens.microsoft's hololens is a standalone headset with augmented-reality capabilities that works independently of a pc, unlike most of today's virtual reality (vr) headsets that require a physical connection to a computing device. although it can power some new and novel entertainment experiences, microsoft has been focused mainly on getting hololens into the hands of enterprise users who can afford its $3,000 price tag.some of those users now include the craftsmen and women at ford."with hololens, ford designers are blending 3d holograms digitally with both clay models and physical production vehicles," wrote lorraine bardeen, general manager of microsoft hololens and windows experiences, in a sept. 20 blog post. "this allows designers to experiment much more quickly without having to physically build every design prototype in clay, which can limit creativity with longer steps. this new technology allows them to create and iterate more freely and quickly."further readingin an accompanying video, microsoft and ford showed how hololens allows users to overlay full-scale concepts over existing physical models in 3d space, helping them fine-tune their designs with fewer physical prototypes.while designing a side mirror, for example, workers can immediately se...





google paying htc for some of its engineers for smartphone creations

google, which has been getting help from htc for years with its android smartphones, has reached a $1.1 billion agreement with the company to hire some of htc's best engineers to create new smartphone designs and technologies as it works to expand its sales in the global handset market.the deal, which was unveiled sept. 21 after rumors had surfaced the day before, will bring to google members of the htc team who have already been involved in designing and building google's popular pixel smartphone models, according to a joint statement. under the agreement, google is also receiving a nonexclusive license for htc intellectual property that allows it to be used for google products in the future.the deal is not an overall purchase of htc's smartphone unit but instead gives google the ability to hire about 2,000 smartphone-focused workers from htc's team, a google spokeswoman told eweek. the htc workers will join google's hardware team as google employees, she said.for htc, the deal with google will allow htc to streamline its product line and work to reverse its recent financial difficulties due to competition around the world. htc will also continue to have its vive line of popular virtual reality products.related readingand for google, the deal will help boost the company's innovations and engineering in creating and producing smartphones on its own to take on apple, samsung and other competitors."htc has been a longtime partner of google and has created some of the mos...





oracle touts 'self-driving' database, simplified cloud pricing scheme

today’s topics include oracle adjusting cloud services pricing to overtake amazon web services; cloudflare and google’s collaboration on app developer incentives; salesforce updating its sales cloud with einstein ai forecasting; and wowza’s launch of its clearcaster professional streaming appliance for facebook live.previewing its openworld conference next month, oracle gave details of its autonomous, or “self-driving,” database and a simplified pricing scheme for cloud computing customers.during the briefing, outspoken executive chairman larry ellison took aim at rival amazon web services. “our approach in the cloud business is to lower your costs and risks by completely autonomous software that runs itself and eliminates the cost of human labor. that’s very different than what amazon is trying to do. they are not even working on this,” ellison claimed.central to oracle’s pricing scheme matching what aws charges, but still offering a better deal or lower total cost of ownership. ellison asserted that oracle runs twice as fast as aws, resulting in a 50 percent cost savings for customers.related readingunder a new collaboration agreement between google and cloudflare, startups writing applications for cloudflare's app platform can now qualify for up to $100,000 in credits to use google's cloud infrastructure for their development work. some startups will also be eligible for round-the-clock technical support and access to engineers from google's technical ...





next-generation applications require the power and performance of next-generation workstations

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moto x4 smartphone delivers android features at an affordable price

1 of 12motorola’s moto x4 combines amazon alexa with project fi connectivity motorola has long been synonymous with high-quality and affordable smartphones. it also hasn’t been shy about trying new things and delivering features that other phone makers weren't offering. the company is again sticking to that philosophy with the new moto x4, a smartphone that combines affordability with some differentiating features, such as project fi mobile connectivity support and an unencumbered version of android, which could attract customers on a budget. motorola, a division of chinese computer giant motorola, is addressing the affordability issue by prices the moto x4 at $399. but there are some caveats regarding power and functionality that users will need to keep in mind before choosing the moto x4. take a look at this slide show to learn more about this smartphone’s high and low points. 2 of 12moto x4 delivers midrange power, performance the moto x4 won’t be a showcase for the latest power-hungry mobile applications. rather, the device runs a midrange qualcomm snapdragon 630, which has a 2.2ghz octa-core cpu coupled with the adreno 508, a gpu that should allow it to run most games and apps. 3 of 12motorola brings alexa digital assistant to moto x4 motorola has signed on with amazon to include the alexa virtual assistant in the moto x4. users will be able to call on alexa to make appointments, listen to music, shop online and control smart-home dev...





number of data records compromised skyrockets in 1h17

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10 check boxes for network security and cryptography certification

1 of 12how to ensure your organization's network is safe from intrusion establishing trust between the enterprise and its it infrastructure is an essential part of security. organizations must be confident that valuable data transmitted across a network is safe from theft and intrusion. this notion of trust implies the need for independent bodies to define what constitutes a secure solution. the national institute of standards and technology (nist), common criteria and anssi have established guidelines for all aspects of secure it solutions, including hardware and software design, supply chain and process control. for the enterprise, trust is established through solutions that are evaluated by independent laboratories for compliance with these standards. in this eweek slide show, using industry information from nokia security expert chris janson, we examine some of those criteria. 2 of 12security is trust a house is thought secure when its doors and windows are locked, protecting against intruders. the comfort of security comes through trust in the locks and integrity of the doors and windows. security is based on the trust we place in mechanisms that protect something of value. 3 of 12encryption is but one segment of data security encryption is the most commonly used data protection mechanism in networks. but encryption alone is not enough: strong keys, intrusion protection, standards-compliant trusted platforms and other elements are also essent...





manifold connect developers with services across any cloud

manifold, a san francisco-based startup dedicated to finding and managing essential services for software developers, has launched from stealth behind a $15 million series a funding round.the venture capital was raised by omers ventures, boldstart ventures, version one ventures and amplify partners. manifold, which officially started business on sept. 21, aims to redefine the developer services ecosystem with a platform that enables developers to find, buy, and manage their favorite services—everything from email to data logging—without being locked into a single cloud.using manifold, developers are no longer restricted by the confines of any particular cloud, allowing them to create stacks tailored specifically for their project needs. megaclouds, such as aws, microsoft azure and google have their own preferred service providers for developers.further readingmanifold claims to provide an alternative to finding and managing the correct services for each project. the new platform was built for developers by developers who experienced, and were fed up with, the pain of the current developer services landscape.the new vc funding will allow manifold to build out its team, which already includes developers from heroku, salesforce, red hat and other developer focused companies, and to expand its roster of essential services.“the modern development stack is complex,” ceo and co-founder jevon macdonald said. “until now, there has been no easy way for developers to discove...





digitalocean launches object storage for developer cloud

digitalocean, which provides a cloud-based work environment for nearly 1 million developers, took its franchise a step further sept. 20 with a new object-storage service it calls spaces.the company claims spaces, which runs on amazon web services s3, provides a scalable and cost-effective way to address complex storage needs inside the same developer-friendly user interface for which digitalocean is known.the new york city-based company said spaces was created in response to thousands of requests from the developer community, and it comes after the company opened up early access to about 90,000 users.spaces is designed for hosting web assets, acting as the origin for cdns, storing user-generated content such as images and large media files, archiving backups in the cloud and storing logs. developers can manage all of their data from the spaces ui, deploying in just a few seconds with minimal configuration effort and uploading multiple files to a space with a quick drag-and-drop.further readingto make it easy to get started, spaces works with many existing aws s3 compatible tools. it is available to current customers as part of the existing suite of products and services.pricing starts at $5 for 250gb of storage and 1tb of outbound transfer. additional storage is available for 2 cents per gb per month, and 1 cent per gb served out to the internet. uploads to spaces are free and all users can sign up for a two-month free trial.for more information, read the spaces blog post and...





microsoft onenote class notebook's toolbar arrives on the ipad

microsoft has updated its onenote class notebook add-in early into the school year, giving a highly-requested feature to teachers who use ipads.onenote class notebook turns microsoft's notetaking app, onenote, into a collaborative learning environment for their students. teachers can create interactive lessons, manage course content and distribute assignments, among several other classroom-related tasks.now, educators who use ipads can access a popular feature that's already present in class notebooks on the pc, mac, windows 10 and the web-based versions of onenote. "with today's update, we have started rolling out the class notebook toolbar for the ipad, adding teacher time-savers like page distribution, reviewing student work, and shortcuts to quickly launch and manage the class notebook," wrote mike tholfsen, principal product manager for microsoft education, in a sept. 19 blog post.additionally, ipad-toting teachers can now place personalized stickers on students' assignments, another capability that's already available in other versions of the onenote app. they'll also have some new whimsical sticker packs to choose from, including "dinosaur sports" and "unicorns," two of the leading requests from the user community.further readingon the pc, the updated add-in (version 1.8.3.0) now offers an improved assignment and grade experience when used with the skooler learning management system. (onenote class notebook integrates with several student information system...





htc stock trade halt gives rise to google buyout rumors

htc stock and securities sales will be temporarily halted on sept. 21 on the taiwan stock exchange just before the company unveils as-yet undisclosed "material information" which could be related to a rumored pending acquisition of htc by google.the cryptic disclosure was made in a sept. 20 announcement on the taiwan stock exchange, but gave no further details about why the stock sales are being halted. "the company will apply for resumption of trading after the release of material information," the statement continued.htc's investor's webpage also included a similarly cryptic note on sept. 20, regarding a china times report about a potential sale of the company to google. "htc might announce the sale to google?" the note states. "htc does not comment on market rumor or speculation," the note continued.a wall street journal report on sept. 20 says such a deal is imminent and could be announced soon, based on information from sources who are familiar with the talks. under the deal terms, google would buy htc's mobile-phone original design operations, the sources told the journal.further readinghtc, the makers of smartphones and the popular vive vr line of virtual reality products, has previously manufactured google's pixel and pixel xl smartphone models, which established an on-going relationship between the companies.google did not immediately respond to a request from eweek for comment on the situation.what makes the potential deal interesting is that google prev...





newcomer qumulo launches ‘universal-scale’ file storage system

enterprise storage admins need to wake up and smell the coffee: they are trying to handle the growing onslaught of data from all directions by using a set of file systems that were invented long before any of the it trends we care about today came into being.that’s like a third baseman trying to field line drives and grounders with his glove hand tied behind his back.scale-out network-attached storage maker qumulo has its own ideas about how to solve this data stream and storage overload problem. the seattle-based company on sept. 19 introduced to general availability its qumulo file fabric, something it describes as the “world’s first universal-scale file storage system.”qf2 is new-generation file storage system that creates a single file domain spanning both the data center and the cloud. qumulo claims that enterprises using this will have the freedom to store, manage and access their file-based data in any operating environment, at petabyte and global scale.further readingfile storage, not block or objectplease note: this is not object or block storage; it’s file storage. a lot of discussion in the storage industry lately has been around the rise of object storage, but that’s not where the world works, cto and co-founder peter godman told eweek.“most software developers have no way of working directly against object storage, particularly,” godman said. “discovery, innovation—these things don’t happen against object storage. they happen against file (s...





ccleaner attack highlights danger to software supply chain

the software supply chain is increasingly under threat by attackers who seek to turn legitimate software programs into trojan horses that can compromise millions of computers.on monday, security-software firm avast announced that its popular system-cleaning program ccleaner—developed by piriform, a company acquired by avast in july—had been compromised during development and infected users’ system with malicious code for almost a month.anyone who installed the then-current 32-bit windows version of ccleaner and ccleaner cloud between aug. 15 and sept. 12—more than 2.27 million users—effectively installed a backdoor onto their systems as well.underscoring the effectiveness of inserting code during development, only one of the 64 antivirus scanners run by virustotal detected the malicious behavior, in large part because the ccleaner binary had a legitimate digital signature, according to an investigation by enterprise-technology giant cisco, which detected the attack before avast’s piriform publicly announced the incident.further reading“the fact of the matter is, when it comes down to supply chain attacks, if the attacker is in your build system already, you’ve lost,” craig williams, senior technical leader with cisco’s talos research group, told eweek. “once the attacker has all the certificates and all the keys and all the passwords, there is not a lot you can do.”the attack underscores advice stressed by many software-security professionals: the soft...





google cloud search for enterprises gains natural language support

google has added support for natural language processing in its cloud search tool for customers of its g-suite collection of cloud-hosted productivity apps.the new feature allows office workers to use intuitive, natural language commands to search for documents, files and other content in their organizations.users can type in simple queries like "docs shared by mary" or "what docs need my attention" and have cloud search pull up so-called answer cards containing the relevant information, g suite engineer albert puig said on google's the keyword blog sept. 19.google cloud search, introduced in february this year, is basically a scaled-down version of google search released specifically for use within enterprises. the tool is designed to help workers more easily find enterprise content that might be scattered across emails, databases, documents, spreadsheets, forms, slides, pictures and internal websites.related readingthe need for such internal search capabilities has increased in recent years with corporate data getting scattered across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments. the average knowledge worker in fact spends up to 20 percent of their workweek looking for and consolidating information needed for their jobs, google had noted when it launched the tool earlier this year.google has described cloud search as using machine-learning techniques to improve its search capabilities and also to provide more tailored search experiences for users. for instance, cloud sea...





twistlock 2.2 improves container security with incident explorer

container security startup twistlock is set to formally announce its latest platform update on sept. 21, providing new security features to manage and control micro-services deployments. the twistlock 2.2 update builds on elements the company first introduced in its 2.0 update in april, including the shift to the go programming language. when twistlock first debuted in november 2016, the technology was built on the node.js framework."in the twistlock 2.2 release, we've expanded the automation capabilities to learn how the network works, to help secure workloads," john morello, cto of twistlock, told eweek.among the new features in the twistlock 2.2 update is a cloud native network firewall (cnnf). morello explained that cnnf is basically a real-time model of all the inter-container communications in a deployment. the model includes insight into what network ports and cache services are in use and what external services are connected.the cnnf learns what is normal behavior for a container application, sets policy based on the usage and can then enforces the policy to make sure abnormal connections that could be potentially malicious, do not occur.further reading"so unlike a traditional firewall where all the different routes need to be manually configured, we have learned the connectivity pattern automatically," morello said. "the policy works irrespective of what cloud platform twistlock is running on. it's a container-centric way of building automation for secure net...





toshiba will sell flash memory unit to bain capital, sk hynix

toshiba, which invented nand flash memory in the late 1980s that has been used in virtually all servers, smartphones, laptops and tablet pcs for years, said sept. 20 that it is selling that prize business to a group led by bain capital and south korean chipmaker sk hynix for $18 billion.reuters reported that under the proposed transaction, bain and sk hynix also have brought in u.s. tech firms apple and dell, high-volume buyers of toshiba chips, to help support the offer.the japan-based conglomerate is forced to unload the thriving business unit to fill a major hole in its finances caused by the bankruptcy of its u.s. nuclear unit, westinghouse. without the sale, the company may have been dropped from the stock markets.there was a key business move back in january that portended the sept. 20 news. on jan. 27, toshiba revealed that its flash memory business would be spun off into another business entity so that it would have "more operational flexibility and stronger fundraising ability."further readinga warning sign last decemberback in december 2016, toshiba warned investors that it was preparing to write off several billion u.s. dollars because of out-of-control expenses at its american nuclear subsidiary, westinghouse. this followed toshiba's admission in 2015 that it had inflated its earnings by $1.2 billion over seven years—a scandal that company investigators connected in part to westinghouse nuclear-project managers, who they said had disguised faltering revenues ...





hexadite's ai threat response tech to bolster windows defender atp

windows defender advanced threat protection (atp), microsoft's cloud-based breach detection and alerting service, will soon be able to respond to malware threats as well. microsoft announced on sept. 19 that it had successfully integrated hexadite's automated security technology into the product and is working on making it generally available to customers.in june, microsoft announced that it had agreed to acquire hexadite, an israeli technology startup that used artificial intelligence (ai) technologies to power its automatic security threat investigation and remediation offering. although the terms surrounding the deal were not disclosed, microsoft reportedly paid $100 million to snap up hexadite.months later, the technology will be used to help it security teams keep a more intelligent and watchful eye on their networks."this enables windows defender atp customers to leverage state of the art ai technology to solve their alert volume challenges by letting windows defender atp automatically investigate alerts, apply artificial intelligence to determine whether a threat is real and to determine what action to take, going from alert to remediation in minutes at scale," wrote rob lefferts, partner director of the windows and devices group at microsoft. "with this addition, windows defender atp now covers the end-to-end threat lifecycle from detection to investigation and response automatically."further readingessentially, windows defender atp will be able to both find an...