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5 things you can do to preserve your network and systems
1. Backup Files Every Day – As catastrophic as data loss is, the number of businesses that still are not backing up their network is unbelievable. According to the Symantec Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMB) data, only 23% of SMBs are backing up their data on a daily basis and fewer than 50% are backing up data weekly. Any number of events can result in data loss, so …

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Office for iOS adds support for bi-directional languages, better sharing and more

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Microsoft’s Office suite for iOS picked up a host of new updates Thursday morning, including a few features designed to help people better share and collaborate on documents.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPhone and iPad are now better integrated with Outlook for iOS. Users can now easily attach a document they’re working on inside one of those apps to an email message in Outlook, and directly edit documents attached to or linked from a message in Microsoft’s email app. The deeper integration is a good sign for the future of the company’s mobile email program, which came to Microsoft with its acquisition of Acompli last year.

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Don’t forget that meeting! Slack adds Google Calendar integration so you won’t

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As Slack’s team communication software continues to gain fans, on Thursday it announced a new integration that could be key for the chronically time-challenged: Google Calendar.

Any user’s calendar can be posted privately or to any shared channel. Users can set custom reminders before events and get a daily digest each morning along with a weekly digest on the schedule of their choosing.

So, if a company has a shared calendar for the marketing team, for instance, Slack can send reminders to the #marketing channel 15 minutes before every weekly status meeting. If a user has a one-on-one meeting with the boss every Tuesday, that person’s personal daily calendar reminder in @slackbot can help ensure that he or she won’t show up unprepared.

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Windows revenue takes another bad beating

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Microsoft on Tuesday said that Windows revenue again declined by double digits, the third straight such quarter, with sales of licenses to computer makers down 22% from the same period last year.
For the June quarter, Windows revenue from OEMs (ori…

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Time for a switch

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Speeds and feeds as an Ethernet differentiator are over. Ethernet macho will be based much more on offering adaptable consumption models than raw throughput.

Dell’Oro states that Ethernet switch vendors must “reinvent themselves” to address a wide array of customers looking to purchase in different ways. The decades-long way of per-port pricing and flexing density pecs is coming to a close. Says Dell’Oro:

Simply offering the next port speed or a new feature will not suffice, as products purchased by the customer-of-the-future will look fundamentally different from those offered today.

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Google lures businesses to Nearline with 100 PB of free cloud storage

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Google had its sights fixed firmly on Amazon Thursday as it launched its new, low-cost Nearline cloud storage service out of beta and into general availability.

Originally introduced to much fanfare in March, Cloud Storage Nearline now promises 99 percent uptime, on-demand I/O, lifecycle management and a broadly expanded partner ecosystem. Aiming to further sweeten the deal for companies currently using other providers, Google is now offering the service with 100 free petabytes of storage—equivalent to 100 million gigabytes—for new users for up to six months.

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Google: Users still aren’t getting message about online security

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Google researchers say that experts and non-experts go about protecting their digital privacy in very different ways, according to survey results they plan to present at the upcoming Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.

The importance of regular software updates is apparently lost on a large proportion of Internet users who aren’t security experts, the survey found. Just 2% of non-experts said that routinely patching software was high on their list of security priorities, compared to 35% of experts.

+ ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: Hacker: ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of vehicles are at risk of attack | How to check if you’ve been attacked by Hacking Team intrusion malware +

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Pebble Time firmware update brings gentler haptic notification

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Pebble is adding features to its Time smartwatch via an OS firmware upgrade that will give people more control over the device.

For example, users will be able to change the intensity of the vibration created by the watch’s haptic feedback motor. The motor vibrates when the watch receives a text message, phone call and other notifications. The intensity of the default vibration is being decreased as well.

People can also make the backlight shine brighter and stay on for longer. Finally, the font size settings are now adjustable in notifications and layout, among other areas of the watch. According to Pebble, users have posted social media messages requesting these changes.

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Apple hands out Beats headphones for back-to-school promo

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Apple today kicked off its annual back-to-school promotion in the U.S., switching the deal to a free pair of Beats headphones for customers who buy eligible Macs.
The promotion launched later this year than in the past: In 2014, for example, Apple …

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WordPress gets patch for critical XSS flaw

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Developers of the popular WordPress blogging platform have released a critical security update to fix a vulnerability that can be exploited to take over websites.WordPress 4.2.3, released Thursday, resolves a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability…

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