Moving to the Cloud

Moving to the Cloud can mean making huge changes for any business. These changes have been recognized today by many organizations from Tech start-up's to urban and small town businesses.

In 2016, 77 percent of companies had planned to increase their cloud security expenditures for mobile and cloud-based services. By 2018, at least 30% of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the cloud which makes the current situation a right time to switch to cloud. By 2020, cloud computing will cross the $ 270 billion mark. "Going on the Cloud" is redefining how many businesses approach their Business. But what about the organizations are still confused whether they should move to the cloud or not. Here are some reasons why everyone should consider mid = gerating to the Cloud:

1. Clouds come at lower costs

One of the most principal reason to move to the cloud is that is can provide significant savings to the business. As cloud computing utilizes hardware which results in an increase in Virtualization that means that business can divulge in more in less cost. This also results in a decrease in rack space, power usage and IT requirements for these businesses which means that there is low installation costs, maintenance, and support costs. These savings are invaluable for any business whether large or small.

2. Effective collaboration

Cloud makes collaboration a lot easier. The ability to save and access files makes the output the work much faster and easier. This leads to great workspace collaboration. Not only this, it has also helped to track and mange a day to day business operation which extremely leads to higher efficiency.

3. It gives a boost to flexibility

One of the most attractive benefits of going on the cloud is that it helps to access work related files wherever possible. In today's Mobile generations it is a huge advantage. Gone are those days when the files were stuck on a single server and could be accessed for work only. This has led to a great amount of flexibility to working arrangements and has made it easier for employees to work outside of the office.

Also, an increase in the mobility and flexibility in the cloud can lead to additional cost savings for the organization and employees are more comfortable on working on those devices that they are comfortable with being it a mobile, tablet or a laptop.

4. It results in Greater integration

Deciding to move your business on cloud can result in a creation of multiple opportunities for integration. You have the decision making power to work with multiple cloud based providers. Since this integration means all the departments of your business correlating together and an increase in your business efficiency which therefore results to having more time to focus on critical areas of business.

The big question is how to you manage your entire business structure on the basis of the new systems when you have switched to the cloud and how you can optimize the organization performance to your optimum benefits? "

The solution to this big question is: Managed Cloud Services .

The managed-services market is expected to see a growth of $ 193 billion by the year 2020. But the big question lies what is it about this particular business model that is so wildly successful? It seems a large percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses are very much in favor of these services, and there are a number of good reasons why?

Why the Demand for Managed Services?

We have already established that business owners are drawn to get managed-services for their business model, but why is it so? What is it that owners are expecting to get such services for their business? Research shows that Business owners are looking for a wide range of benefits when they opt for a managed services model, and what they aim from them is:

· To drastically improve the capability and consistency of their IT operations.

· Enhance their server security and compliance.

· Be Proactive towards their server maintenance.

· Main goal is that should be cost effective and a good return on investment.

· Less load on IT staff so that they can focus on other strategic projects.

· Have prompt access to new technologies.

· Overcome in-house IT lacks for certain functions.

How to force close apps on iPhone X



With Apple’s removal of the home button on iPhone X, the company had to translate a few user interface controls into onscreen gestures, including a new swipe and tap system for force closing troublesome apps.

With iPhone 8 and below, users are able to open iPhone’s multitasking interface with a quick double tap on the home button. From there, a simple swipe up on app panes force close those titles, whether they are actively running in the background or in stasis.

On iPhone X, the app switcher is invoked with a sightly less intuitive procedure. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: From the home screen or any app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause. This will invoke iOS multitasking, also known as the app switcher.

Step 2: Touch and hold on any app pane. A red icon with a minus symbol will appear at the top left of each app pane.

Step 3: Swipe left or right to a desired app.

Step 4: Tap on the red icon to close the app. Alternatively, apps can be closed by swiping up on an app pane while in this view.

It is well known that force closing apps on iOS is unnecessary under normal conditions. Shutting down apps in the app switcher does not save energy or CPU cycles as the apps themselves are not constantly running.

That said, there are certain scenarios in which an app might need to be force closed to improve performance or maintain system integrity. Examples include apps that have crashed, become unresponsive during use or are found to be conducting unwarranted background activity. The latter can be checked by navigating to battery usage statistics found in Settings > Battery. Forcing such apps to close using the method above then reopening them should solve most problems.

Black Friday Online Fraud Down 33%: Study

Some criminals apparently took the weekend off after Thanksgiving this year, according to new data from identity verification company Jumio.

The Palo Alto, California-based technology company released data this week showing that the rate of online fraud dropped by 33% between Black Friday and Cyber Monday compared to the same period last year.

According to the company’s data, in 2017, the average online fraud rate between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was 0.921% — a third lower than the 1.373% experienced in 2016. The average fraud rate for all of 2017 was 0.993%, meaning that about 1% of all transactions were fraudulent during the entire year; that number was 1.181% in 2016, 1.055% in 2015 and 0.828% in 2014, according to the company. 

Jumio, which conducts ID verifications during account setups, said it compared fraud patterns from several million transactions between 2014 and 2017 across multiple industries.

“While 2017 witnessed the first decline in fraud in four years, no organization should become complacent. Instead, they should continue investing in ID and identity verification solutions to deter fraud and better establish identity, without scaring off good customers,” Jumio Director of Product Management Reinhard Hochrieser said. “Growing tactics like facial scanning and eyeball tracking make it incredibly difficult for fraudsters to mimic someone they’re not. And if a business puts up enough hurdles, fraudsters move on to easier online targets.”

For all industries, fraud rates during all of 2017 and between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year were lower than in 2015 and 2016. But not all industries fared well — especially the financial services sector, which experienced fraud levels well above the norm this year, according to Jumio.

“The overall declines in online fraud should not suggest that all industries are improving to the same degree,” the study noted. “Some sectors, such as financial services, are still experiencing higher-than-average fraud levels. In 2016, the financial services sector experienced a 57.4% spike in fraud during the Black Friday to Cyber Monday period (compared to the daily average). In 2017, fraud during this period was still higher than the average, but only by 18.4%.” 

The data showed that in 2017, 1.176% of the financial services industry’s transactions between Black Friday and Cyber Monday were fraudulent, compared to 1.859% in 2016 and 1.678% in 2015.

Jumio also reported that fraud using U.S. IDs between Black Friday and Cyber Monday rose 182% from 2014 to 2016. It dropped 29% in 2017 compared to 2016, however.

Other findings from the report:

  • In 2017, fraud in financial services was 36.6% higher in the EU than the US.
  • In 2017, fraud using European IDs was 8.6% higher than with U.S. IDs.
  • In 2017, fraud declined 17.7% for U.S. sharing economy companies, but declined 41.8% in the EU.

Engadget is once again presenting the official Best of CES awards!

Just as in years past, our team of intrepid editors will search out the cream of the crop, nominate a group of finalists and later select the winners. Oh, and you too will have your voice heard through the People’s Choice award. Want to know more? Head over to our awards hub or read further for a list of our award categories. And if you happen to represent a company who wants to submit a product for consideration, you’ll find instructions for that too.

These are the Best of CES award categories for 2018:

  • Best Accessibility Tech: Technology that helps those with disabilities achieve healthier and more independent lives.
  • Best Startup: The startup showing great sophistication and innovation while also demonstrating a clear path to real-world availability. Eureka Park will be a focus.
  • Best Digital Health and Fitness Product: A product exhibiting the most innovative use of technology to improve users’ health and well-being. Example products include smart scales and activity monitors.
  • Best Wearable: The best gadget at the show that can be worn on your person. Examples include smart watches, augmented reality glasses and any piece of wearable item (be it socks or shorts) that have sensors in them.
  • Best Transportation Technology: Technology related to the ever-advancing science of getting from here to there. Example products include infotainment systems and advances in self-driving technology.
  • Best Home Theater Product: This award is all about home entertainment. Example products include set top boxes, streaming players, tuners, audio systems and more.
  • Best (Connected) Home Product: A product that belongs in the connected home. Example includes smart refrigerators, connected thermostats and smart lighting.
  • Best Innovation (Disruptive Tech): The product or service that challenges the status quo with its innovative twist on technology.
  • Best Phone or Mobile Device: The smartphone or related mobile device that most impresses with its combination of specifications, design and overall ability.
  • Best TV product: The television that is deemed the best in terms of display, design and overall quality, or the product that might most revolutionize your use of that screen.
  • Best Gaming Product: The product that best moves forward the broad field of gaming. Example products include game-specific tablets and PCs, video game consoles, controllers and gaming services.
  • Best Unexpected Product: The product that turns heads on the International CES show floor without necessarily fitting into any defined product category. This product may not be the best of the best at the show, but it will be one of the most talked-about.
  • Best Sports Tech: The product that changes the game, quite literally. These products will be found on the court, the field, the track or at the gym.
  • Best PC or Tablet: The best laptop, desktop or tablet, judged based on its design and specifications.
  • Best Robot or Drone: A drone or robot that is deemed the best of this unique category.
  • Best Vision of the Future (Smart City): This category focuses on products designed to improve entire communities through the use of technology, shaping the way we will all live in the future. They may include technologically advanced public transportation solutions, smart streetlights or improvements to the power grid.
  • Best of the Best Award: The device, service or technology in any category that stands clearly above the rest, judged based on its innovation and design quality.
  • People’s Choice Award: The product from this year’s show that most captured the hearts and minds of our readers. The winner will be determined by viewers and readers.

If you’re looking to submit something for consideration, make sure you meet our eligibility requirements and then enter in all your information in this submission form. In order to be eligible, your company must have an official presence at CES and the product must fit within one of the award categories above. It does not have to be announced at the show, but it always helps. And, of course, it can’t be more than a year old. Submissions will stay open until 11:59pm PT on the evening of Saturday, January 6th, before press day kicks off on January 7th. Please include the following required items for a product to be considered:

  • Product name
  • Company name
  • Product description
  • Which of the 17 Awards category/categories your nomination should be considered for. Companies can submit their products for more than one category.
  • Contact information for both media relations and internal point(s) of contact while at the show. We need to be able to reach someone on site in the event that you’re a finalist or winner!

Whenever possible, companies should submit the following materials as well:

  • Photos (minimum 1,920 x 1,080, 300 DPI)
  • Spec sheet(s)
  • Press release(s)
  • Release date
  • Price

Good luck!

AMD Releases Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1: Adrenalin and ProRender Updates

Alongside the much more expansive Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, today AMD has released Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition. As implied by the name, 17.12.1 Pro includes Radeon Pro ReLive, Radeon Pro Overlay, and a Pro-oriented ‘Connect Tab,’ with the same functionality covered in our primary Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition article. Supporting Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Mixed Reality, today’s release also brings a good number of ProRender updates, rounding out AMD’s professional driver take on Adrenalin.

Additionally, AMD is announcing a change to the release schedule of Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Drivers. For 2018, release dates will fall on the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of the quarter, instead of the 4th Thursday of the quarter. Subsequently, the first enterprise driver of 2018 will release on February 14th instead of January 25th.

17.12.1 Pro continues to offer the optional Driver Options feature, which allows single Radeon Pro WX or Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards on Windows 10 to utilize Radeon Software gaming drivers. A specialized “Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition for Radeon Pro” driver is available for this purpose, and is downloadable from within Radeon Pro settings.

Radeon ProRender has also been enhanced with several new features and updated plugins. The renderer now has interactive viewport denoising, which can speed-up 3D render times, and GL Transmission Format (glTF) support, a Khronos Group specification that compacts 3D asset size while reducing the processing time needed to unpack said assets. In turn, this assists exporting assets to other applications while preserving materials.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 and Autodesk Maya 2018 are now supported by ProRender plugins, and AMD also pre-announced macOS support for Autodesk Maya and Blender. And ProRender now has ‘Game Engine Importer’ for importing Solidworks geometry and materials to Unreal Engine for CAD visualization in a VR environment.

And touching on virtualization, AMD announced their new Guest Interface Manager (GIM) open source KVM host OS driver, and stated that it was available on GitHub.

In terms of fixed issues, 17.12.1 Pro resolves the following:

  • Corruption may be observed when applying poly extrude face on selected plan for Maya 2017
  • Uninstaller may not remove amdssg64.sys during Radeon Pro SSG uninstall
  • On Vega based hardware, unexpected behavior running 3dMark Fire Strike on a six 4K display configuration

As listed earlier in 17.Q4, 17.12.1 Pro carries the same ISV certification notes in regards to Autodesk Maya 2017/2018 issue #41945 and Arnold to Maya issue #3142. ISV applications, certified drivers, and product compatibility are all listed on AMD’s ISV Application Certified Drivers page.

The amdgpu-pro + amdgpu-all-open Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 for Linux also makes its mark today, and more information can be found on its release notes.

The updated drivers for AMD’s professional workstation GPUs are available online at the AMD’s professional graphics driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 release notes.