Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Back in May, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows 10 Pro that is locked down to the Windows Store. Most of the other Pro features remain, such as Hyper-V. When it was announced, it was squarely aimed at educational customers, but yesterday at Ignite 2017, the company announced that a range of Windows 10 S PCs are coming aimed at businesses, or more specifically, frontline workers.

Microsoft said that it will be targeting the broader enterprise use case in the future, but for now, it’s focused on the frontline worker. With that in mind, the firm is working on a new version of Windows 10 S that’s based on Enterprise, aptly called Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode, which will be made available in spring 2018.

Of course, it’s already possible to lock down a version of Windows 10 to only install apps from the Store, so this is going to be something new. Just like users can upgrade from S to Pro, they’ll be able to upgrade from Enterprise in S mode to Enterprise. And the differences between the two Windows 10 S SKUs should be the same as the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise.

Since it’s not coming until the Spring, it won’t be available by the time that the devices announced yesterday launch. Neither will the availability of business SKUs of Office 365 in the Windows Store, I’ve been told. Those should be coming shortly after though.

10 Most Important Feature Improvements to Apple’s iOS 11

10 Most Important Feature Improvements to Apple’s iOS 11

iOS

Apple iOS 11 is now available to download and install from the Apple store.  There is a new update released 11.0.1 so most likely there were some software glitch that needed immediate repair.

List of 10 improvements

  1. Apple’s iOS 11 includes a new Files app that brings together all of the files and folders stored across a user’s Apple devices, Dropbox accounts and more. The app provides access to iCloud Drive, the company’s cloud data storage service, and can help users find files on other devices.
  2. Apple’s iPad support gains several improvements in iOS 11, including a better Dock app. The Dock now can stretch across the screen to include more apps that can be swapped out when users swipe across the Dock. It also displays apps that have been opened recently and used on the iPhone or Mac.
  3. Apple iOS 11 has improved Apple Pencil support, making it easier to mark up files and folders and access notes. iOS 11 also includes support for inline drawing on e-mails that can be sent to others. Also, scanning and signing support comes standard.
  4. Apple’s App Store gets a revamp in iOS 11. The App Store’s new design, the company says, will make it easier for find apps and search for programs related to specific topics. There’s also a dedicated Games tab, suggesting video games still are an important attraction for Apple’s mobile users.
  5. Apple’s Camera app has a modified design that includes new filters to add flair to photos. According to Apple, the Camera app enables better portrait photos with skin tones “more natural.” Photo compression is also improved, reducing file sizes by 50 percent without sacrificing image quality.
  6. Apple’s virtual assistant Siri has gotten an update in iOS 11. Siri now can immediately translate words or phrases from English to several different languages including Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Siri also can learn user music preferences and play only tracks that it knows the user will like. Also, Siri can better anticipate what users want and proactively deliver content and make suggestions.
  7. Apple’s Control Center has been rebuilt in iOS 11. Users can customize Control Center to include access to apps used most often and remove apps they don’t use. Control Center also now works with Apple’s 3D Touch feature, so users can access more controls by varying the amount of pressure they place on the screen.
  8. The Lock Screen also has been reworked in iOS 11 to provide better access to the notifications users care about. By swiping up from anywhere on the screen, users can see their most recent notifications as well as missed notifications from both Apple and third-party apps.
  9. In a nod to the one-thumbed typist, Apple has added one-touch support to its keyboard. Users simply touch and hold the emoji or globe keys and the keyboard will shift to a one-handed mode. Apple says it should be easier to type with only one finger, with all the keys close enough to type out messages.
  10. The upcoming iPhone X doesn’t have a physical home button, and iOS 11 has been designed with that in mind, including new gestures. Any gestures that relied on the home button are gone in the iPhone X version—accessing iOS 11 for iPhone X’s multitasking feature now requires swiping up from the display. Swiping down now brings up the Control Panel, and screenshots are done differently.

 

Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses

Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses 

Delphi

A provider of cross-platform application developer productivity tools, today announced the launch of Embarcadero Academy, an online school for developers of all levels. The Academy, operated in partnership with Embarcadero by CodePower, offers a wide variety of expert-led courses in Delphi and C++Builder skills and technologies.

Finally Embarcardo / Idera have decided to get into the possible educational on line webinars to improve the software developers of Delphi or C++ Builder.

Embarcadero Academy is launching with approximately 15 courses, and has an additional 15 in development. The curriculum, which spans beginner to advanced courses, will initially focus on Delphi and C++Builder capabilities such as language and framework skills, and will continue to grow in range and scope of languages. Full courses run from several days to weeks or months, with mini-courses that last an hour to several hours.

It is worth the cost in getting tools to improve the Embarcadero user base and it is going in the positive direction. Through November 30, Embarcadero is sponsoring a free, five-week “Introduction to Android Mobile Development with Delphi,” typically a $199 value. Developers can learn more and sign up here to receive the free promo, or enter the code ANDROIDINTROFREE at any checkout screen.

About Embarcadero

Embarcadero provides tools that solve application developer productivity problems. The company’s products allow users to design, build, and run applications from a single code base across all platforms. A community of more than three million C++ and Delphi users worldwide rely on Embarcadero’s award-winning products to deliver critical enterprise applications. Embarcadero is a division of Idera, Inc. To learn more, visit www.embarcadero.com.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE

Veeam

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a simple, standalone agent that delivers backup and recovery for Windows servers and workstations running in the public cloud, for physical Windows servers and workstations, and endpoints running on‑premises.

It delivers all-new functionality to give you features and capabilities unheard of in a FREE desktop backup, and data recovery solution:

Active full backups: Meet your company policy by scheduling the periodic active full backup in backup job
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure: Restore or migrate on‑premises, Windows-based physical server and endpoint backups directly into Microsoft Azure
Windows Server 2016 support: Get full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016

You can visit the web site to read more on this amazing tool. Full support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.  Free Windows backup for desktops and laptops.  So much more is available for you and your business.

Now just to be clear, for extra functionality, Veeam Agent for Windows must be coupled with their  Backup & Replication, which adds complexity and extra cost. Yes, these agents could be used as standalone solutions, but their functionality is limited by design.  That is where the word free comes in.  You get what you paid for but it is a start to test out and see if Veeam does fit your business as well as budget.

Now you can go with Acronis or Unitrends but as you add on servers, workstations, etc. the cost alone can hit you hard.  You must test out the software for the best overall solution and security for your business.  Backups are extremely important in this time of need due to the amount of computer hackers and thieves.  Our recommendation is to test out each piece for your location to see what is the best overall solution.

Elevate Software New Build 6 Now Available for Version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder

Elevate Software New Build 6 Now Available for Version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder

EWB

Elevate Software is  pleased to announce that build 6 for version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder is now available.

Issues repaired :

  • Problems with Inertia Scrolling When Switching Between ScrollBars and Touch Scrolling
  • Compiler Not Resolving Function Reference Properly When Overloaded Function Declared After Reference
  • Invalid Typecasts Not Causing Compilation Error
  • TDataColumn OnGetText Event Handler is Triggered at Inappropriate Times
  • Calling the TEWBServerRequest ComputeHash Method Twice Causes Corrupted or Blank Data to Be returned
  • Invalid Component Instance Names Generated When Class Name Begins with Invalid Character
  •  Adding a Component that Fails to Call Inherited Constructor Causes AV in the IDE During Shutdown
  • Read-Only TGrid Control Does Not Allow Programmatic Row Append/Insert/Delete Operations

Elevate Web Builder is a visual rapid application development environment for web applications. It is simple and easy to create beautiful web applications by simply dragging and dropping components on to forms, and then changing their appearance and behaviors as desired.

There is absolutely no need to learn JavaScript in order to use Elevate Web Builder. The product uses a compiler to compile Object Pascal source code into JavaScript, emitting all necessary HTML and JavaScript. In addition, the compiler can automatically compress and obfuscate the emitted JavaScript to make your web applications small and virtually unreadable by another developer. You can then quickly and easily deploy your application to the destination of your choosing.

You can continue to leverage existing language skills and take advantage of the many optimizations that the compiler can provide compared to manually-coded JavaScript solutions. The compiler provides many features that are present in Object Pascal, but not explicitly supported in JavaScript, such as formal inheritance with virtual methods/overrides, constructors and destructors, object scopes (private, protected, public, published), unit interface and implementation scope, and proper method pointer scope for event handlers, to name just a few.

The Elevate Web Builder Web Server is included with the product. The web server can load web server modules (.dlls) created using the Delphi development environment from Embarcadero Technologies. Any existing non-visual Delphi desktop application code can be used in the web server modules. Database adapter components are also provided for exposing custom data sources as Elevate Web Builder datasets.

Expert Delphi by Paweł Głowacki

Expert Delphi by Paweł Głowacki

 

Expert

After reading the latest book from Author Pawel Glowacki the feeling of fresh FireMonkey Delphi material left an excellent karma.  It should be part of anyone’s Delphi Library since it has great reference material.  The book was written by Pawel Glowacki whom is Embarcadero’s European Technical Lead for Developer Tools.

The book begins with a basic primer on Delphi helping you get accustomed to the IDE and the Object Pascal language.  It quickly moves into advanced concepts dealing with FireMonkey.  You should be able to build server-side services, create new Internet of Things (IOT) and integrate your applet with web services to deploy them to market.

As always the pricing from PackT is on the mark.  The writing is very clear at 506 pages and does come with the eBook Format for those wanting that instead of print.

Pawel touches FireDAC which is the database component to gain access to various databases.  DataSnap as well as Rad Server which allows your software to request data from a secured environment.  Finally the pieces alone on FireMonkey are well worth the price.  It takes you from installing, preparing and developing a smart phone applet.  There is a section on deployment to the various platforms.

FireMonkey is RAD

Working with Delphi VCL and FireMonkey provide any software developer to quickly build a solution for either clients or market.  The Delphi library on the FireMonkey side is growing and with the ability of building Linux server command line applications it is opening new doors.

You can visit the Embarcadro web site for additional information pertaining to either the C++ or Delphi or Rad Studio which includes both compilers.  The other thing to know that you will need the enterprise addition to create Linux applications as well as DataSnap.

You can visit the Packt web site to check the table of contents but Baron Software highly recommends to purchase a copy.

Possible Topics at Apple WWDC 2017

Possible Topics at Apple WWDC 2017

Apple

Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference is moving to San Jose, Calif. in 2017 where the company will likely introduce new versions of iOS and macOS Sierra as well as a peek at the next generation iPhone.  As it has always been it is a love fest for all Apple fans watching and hopefully seeing something inventive that will change the way we live.

  1. Possible iOS 11 Update – Apple is expected to showcase some improvements in iOS 11, including design tweaks, better handling of notifications and perhaps even multi-user support. Bundled apps also should get updates
  2. New macOS edition – a new version of Apple’s desktop operating system, macOS. Details on Apple’s plans for macOS are slim, but they could include a slight design update, enhancements to built-in apps such as Safari and Mail and faster performance.
  3. Apple Music upgrades.  Possible better content search and other new features to make it much easier to locate a song.
  4. Apple new direction into original content.  It is possible that Apple TV may get it’s own channel ?  Apple already has its first series in the pipeline, “Planet of the Apps,” and is expected to unveil more programming at WWDC.
  5. Apple Carplay – Since most of us are living in cars traveling to different destinations, Apple knows by putting something into the car that works with their iTunes would be a real big event.  They have to quickly get this into play since Android is not in the immediate picture so Apple has a chance to take a major step.
  6.  Apple Smart-Home push – Will homekit get better to allow an iPhone to control the devices as well as your oven ?  At the moment Amazon Alexa is a pretty good product at doing things like that with voice control and Apple does have Siri, so we’ll see.
  7. Health Care – the problem with this will be the HIPPA laws which medical records on a unsecured device will never happen, this is most likely is a nice idea but will take time to implement.
  8. Apple TV – Apple is dying to get this in everyone’s home but content as well as HD / HDR support is very important.
  9.  Iphone 8 – what can they possibly do to the iphone to make it better and not lose any more market to the Android ?  A new design, bigger screen and better battery would be the key features one would think.

Apple has given the world some of the greatest tools to use while away from home and now they want to start getting more integrated into your daily activities.  There are only 2 smart phones as previously discussed the Android and Iphone, so Apple knows that they can take the iPhone only up to a certain point.  They must start blocking Amazon from taking market from other areas.  This will be one of the biggest Apple conferences on what direction they are going towards.

Sitemap for web crawlers

SiteMap

What is a Sitemap ?

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for Web design, or a Web page that lists the pages on a Web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.

Why would you need a sitemap for your web site is usually a reasonable question for any web designer.  A sitemap is a quick access point that allows the visitors on your web site to see the hierarchy of your website and pages in a single glance.   Your web designer tool kits usually provide a method to generate a sitemap from the current set of available pages which will be constantly deleting, editing and changing product, information, static pages.

Let’s try to understand what a sitemap is

A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.

Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.

So basically the additional information will assist in making your web site a possible hit when folks are searching the internet for particular services or products.

Why do you need a sitemap?

If your site’s pages are properly linked, Google’s web crawlers can usually discover most of your site. Even so, a sitemap can improve the crawling of your site, particularly if your site meets one of the following criteria:

  • Your site is really large. As a result, it’s more likely Google web crawlers might overlook crawling some of your new or recently updated pages.
  • Your site has a large archive of content pages that are isolated or well not linked to each other. If you site pages do not naturally reference each other, you can list them in a sitemap to ensure that Google does not overlook some of your pages.
  • Your site is new and has few external links to it. Googlebot and other web crawlers crawl the web by following links from one page to another. As a result, Google might not discover your pages if no other sites link to them.
  • Your site uses rich media content, is shown in Google News, or uses other sitemaps-compatible annotations. Google can take additional information from sitemaps into account for search, where appropriate.

Here are a few useful tips for sitemap

Updating your sitemap after any revision is performed is a excellent benefit.  A HTML sitemap can easily be considered as a layout of all the pages that your web site has to offer while a XML sitemap specifically aims for search engines as it reflects the most up-to-date information about the last updated pages.  Depending on the web site design you can have plug-ins or the tools auto update / create the sitemap.

Your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site. (Source: Google support)

Once you have your sitemap ready, you should submit is to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo search via their respective webmaster tools. Click here for steps to submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.

Apple news that may be announced on March 21

Apple news that may be announced on March 21

Apple Products for 2016

 

Apple is preparing to make the annual product announcements on March 21st, 2016.  High expectations are there for newer geek toys from one of the favorite vendors which is apple.  Some of the possible noted things are:

  1. New iPhone 5se Headlining the event will be the 4-inch iPhone SE and a new 9.7-inch iPad. Rumors suggest the iPhone SE will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, but it will include new internal hardware that brings it in line with newer Apple devices. It is rumored to have an A9 chip, an improved camera, and NFC support for use with Apple Pay.
  2. New Apple Air 3. The new 9.7-inch iPad has been referred to as the iPad Air 3, but it may still be branded as an iPad Pro. The device is said to include many iPad Pro features, like a four-speaker design, a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, and display improvements for Apple Pencil support. It may also be the first iPad to feature a rear LED flash.
  3. Smaller iPad Pro.  The 12.9-inch iPad Pro may soon have a complement. According to several reports, Apple will unveil a 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the company’s March event. Like its bigger brother, the smaller iPad Pro would come with support for Apple’s digital stylus and its attached keyboard. It’ll also be cheaper than Apple’s current iPad Pro line, but like its larger counterpart, it will focus on the enterprise, according to reports.
  4. Apple Wristbands. Apple also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the event. Existing bands will likely be available in new colors and there may be new product lines.
  5. Apple Air Notebook. The MacBook Air could be getting a much-needed boost this month. Rumors suggest Apple will mostly go with a new 15-inch MacBook Air to complement its current 13-inch model. Both versions would come with updated specs, including better processors and perhaps even improved screens.
  6. iMacs. Apple products tend to fight one another to gain market shares and do not leave out the iMac which is still there but sometimes a forgotten child in Apple’s world.
  7. Tim Cook on privacy. Apple’s case with the FBI isn’t going away anytime soon, which means CEO Tim Cook will discuss it at the company’s March event. Expect Cook to talk extensively about privacy, his company’s commitment to it and how he plans to improve user privacy in the future. Apple has chosen privacy as its top political concern this year, and that will be made abundantly clear both in court and in the court of public opinion at its March 21 event.
  8. Improved iOS 9.   iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta will have the following enhancements:
  • Intelligent Search and Siri
  • Install size optimizations
  • Performance improvements
  • Transit directions
  • Split-screen multitasking for iPad

PHP 7.0 is being released and what the package provides.

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The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0. This release marks the start of the new major PHP 7 series.

PHP 7 also comes with a new version of the Zend Engine, as well as several other improvements like:
• Improved performance: PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
• Significantly reduced memory usage
• Abstract Syntax Tree
• Consistent 64-bit support
• Improved Exception hierarchy
• Many fatal errors converted to Exceptions
• Secure random number generator
• Removed old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
• The null coalescing operator (??)
• Return and Scalar Type Declarations
• Anonymous Classes
• Zero cost asserts

The release being introduced is an outcome of the almost two years of development. This does not mean various web hosting firms will rush to provide this version and most only offer PHP 4, and up to 5.3.