CTERA cloud storage gateways are physical or virtual all-in-one remote office storage appliances with built-in cloud failover, hybrid backup and file sync and share acceleration. They say that their cloud file system is the first of its type to extend Windows ACLs (Access Control Lists) from the office to the cloud, across any choice of file servers, mobile clients, and physical or virtual desktops. The company also just added zero-minute disaster recovery functionality to its cloud storage gateways.
Seagate has unveiled a 12TB Enterprise Capacity hard drive. They state that the new drop-in replacement 12TB drive is energy efficient and has these features:
- Five-year warranty
- Encryption option
- Sealed-drive architecture
- 256MB cache (compared to 128MB for Seagate's 10TB Enterprise Capacity drive)
- 550TB/year workload rating -- ten times the workload rating of desktop drives
- MTBF rating at 2.5M hours
- 6Gb/s SATA or 12Gb/s SAS interface options
CNET Labs recently tested Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, and Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS. (They did not test Android or iOS tablets.) Here are the top 5 battery life laptops and 2-in-1 hybrids:
Position System name Battery life in hours:minutes
1 Acer Chromebook R 13 13:02
2 Microsoft Surface Book (2016) 11:49
3 Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) 11:36
4 Dell XPS 13 (late 2016, non-touch) 10:36
5 Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2016) 10:33
Adaptiva launched Client Health 6.0, a new release of their endpoint health and security engine. It includes a Visual Reporting Engine which enables IT professionals to gain insights into the health and security of the endpoints across their entire network. Client Health 6.0 comes pre-packaged with over a dozen new dashboards and reports that provide at-a-glance status on the current health of your hardware infrastructure while enabling analysis on individual devices.
Google's Hangouts work chat and videoconferencing service is undergoing some major changes to better serve businesses. Hangouts Chat is a service designed to provide teams a shared space to discuss work and is a competitor to Slack, HipChat, Microsoft Teams and other players in that growing market. Hangout Chat comes with a bot that will look over everyone's schedule, find a time that works for all participants, then book the meeting.
Some ATM deployers that have migrated their ATMs to EMV have noticed an uptick in cards being left behind. That is because the cards must be left in the machines so the chip can be read throughout the transaction which leads some users to simply take their cash and leave their cards behind. In response, some deployers have upgraded their ATM's code so that it requires that the card be removed prior to opening the shutter door to dispense the cash. By some estimates, 60% of ATMs around the world are card-before-cash.
Some banks use stand-alone, deposit-taking ATMs as infill points in markets where they have a fairly well covered branch network. CFOs like the fact that ATMs only require about 5-10 percent of a branch`s operating expenses. Of course, ATM locations are just a critical as branch locations in order to be successful: high traffic area, good visibility, easy drive-up access/parking, etc.
Israeli startup Paykey offers a P2P (person to person) payments solution that focuses on social media. They say that they offer the world`s first "payment keyboard" that delivers payment solutions no matter the medium - users are able to send money through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Twitter. PayKey utilizes the bank`s existing payment rails, and they claim that integration can be done in less than 30 days, on the bank`s premises with access to the bank`s sandbox API.
BBVA Compass` promotional campaign Check It Out is designed to boost client engagement and awareness of their mobile RDC (remote deposit capture) capabilities. They deliver checks, each with a face value of one cent, to their branch staff to hand out and to clients who are unfamiliar with mobile deposit. Recipients deposit their promotional check via RDC and wait to learn if their check has a hidden bonus of $10, $100 or $1,000.
LookingGlass Cyber Solutions announced that its ScoutPrime platform has become the first Threat Intelligence Platform to implement the newly emerging STIX 2.0 standard. The Structured Threat Information Expression (STIX) language is an emerging standard designed to help facilitate the sharing of threat intelligence using open standards. ScoutPrime enables third-party risk monitors, security operations centers and IT Departments to use advanced threat scoring to make better decisions using actionable threat intelligence and customizable dashboards. With STIX 2.0, users can share collected threat data with colleagues within their sector, across industries or with other organizations using this open standard
SS8 announced the latest version of BreachDetect which is designed to help make advanced threat detection and investigation capabilities easily accessible to IT Departments. SS8 BreachDetect uses gigabit software sensors to generate and store months, and even years, of enriched High-Definition Records from network communications. This application-centric HDR data is sent to SS8`s Learning Analytics engine where it is enriched with user information and the latest threat intelligence, and continuously analyzed against past, current and future network activity in order to help detect breaches.
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According to Cisco, 84% of all marketing communications will be visual by 2018, with video making up 80% of all web traffic by 2020. Video proponents contend that video is taking center stage as one of the fastest growing channels for communicating key information to employees and consumers alike. Research from Accenture Interactive found that 58% of surveyed consumers said they would be more likely to engage with a brand that uses video as a main channel for how-tos, followed by product demos (46%) and insider exclusives (28%). Their report concluded that businesses stand to win big if they focus on creating strategic video content to educate, show authenticity and build customer relationships.
In a Simon-Kucher & Partners' report entitled “Monetizing Digital Banking Products for Small Business Customers,” the consulting firm noted that small businesses are willing to pay on average $5.80 per month for receiving transaction verification and advanced warnings by mobile phones. Other industry observers contend that both small businesses and individuals are willing to pay for enhanced digital services such as:
- ID theft insurance
- Additional security
- Credit report alerts
- Enhanced debit/credit cards
- VIP service levels
- Enhanced overdraft protection
Misys intends to make “gamification” a vital part of its FusionBanking Essence Digital platform as part of a plan to educate the next generation on money management. They plan on integrating Moroku`s GameSystem directly into the Essence Digital architecture to enable banks to inject some fun into personal financial management and help customers achieve their savings goals. The platform will introduce points, leaderboards and rewards to standard banking activities in order to educate, but also to support savings and spend management.
Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell is not keen on central bank-issued digital currencies even as China and England, among other nations, explore them. He believes that they raise serious security and privacy concerns and could become a prime target for cyber-criminals. While he is somewhat more bullish about the distributed ledger technology (AKA blockchain) behind digital currencies, he contends that there are still technical and risk issues for firms and that the legal foundations supporting DLT need attention.
InterCall claims that their Reservationless-Plus with Dolby Voice delivers exceptional voice clarity and detail while suppressing distracting noise. They say that Dolby noise reduction and spatial voice separation make it easier to identify who is speaking, presenting each person`s voice from a distinct virtual location. Reservationless-Plus with Dolby Voice integrates with InterCall Unified Meeting 5 and InterCall MobileMeet, as well as partner solutions such as Cisco WebEx when used with Reservationless-Plus audio.
For extra security, Firefox users can disable extensions, services and themes by running the browser in Safe Mode. You can start Firefox with the "-safe-mode" parameter, however this does not disable plugins. It should be noted that Firefox in this safe mode is not as secure as Guest Mode on a Chromebook or running Tails Linux off a USB flash drive, but it is more secure than regular browsing.
The ICMI (International Customer Management Institute), a provider of contact center training, events, consulting, and informational resources, recently polled their members on which methods they feel are the most effective for recruiting new agents. Here are the results:
- Employee referrals 49%
- Social Media 16%
- Employment/temporary agencies 12%
- Online recruiting via own corporate website 12%
- Online recruiting via third-party website 11%