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Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

In early 2014, Google announced its new Chromebox for Meetings initiative that put Chrome OS almost literally at the heart of the enterprise, providing both computing power and software for making easy and secure video conferences. At that time, Chromeboxes themselves, even with the Meetings part, were fresh off the grill. Along with ASUS and HP, Acer was one of the earliest to adopt Google's business-friendly solutions. Now it's at it again, not with a Chromebox, but with its Chromebase 24, delivering what is the first ever Chromebase for Meetings.

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ASUS ZenPad M gives IT admins a tool to lock down tablets

ASUS ZenPad M gives IT admins a tool to lock down tablets

It's not uncommon these days for businesses to have their workers user mobile devices, mostly Android tablets or iPads, but these aren't always customized, let alone protected, for work. That is why we have things like Android for Work, Samsung KNOX, and BlackBerry's Android enterprise apps to ensure security. Controlling those devices, however, is another story. ASUS is giving its own spin on Android for the enterprise, debuting the new ZenPad M tablets for professionals. The real highlight, however, aren't the tablets but the ADAM software.

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Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

You may not have realized it, but there's a war going on in video calling. The space between impromptu, FaceTime-style smartphone chats and huge, custom conference suite installations is widening, as offices evolve and collaborations span countries not just cubicles.

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Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel is mighty proud of its new generation Skylake Core I processors, and perhaps it has every right to be. But as much as the 6th gen Core i3, i5, and i7 will be the throbbing heart of a new breed of computers, a large, and possibly more lucrative market, remained without its benefits. Until now, that is. Intel has just announced the Core i7 vPro generation, which marries its 6th gen Skylake chips with its vPro brand of features that focuses on putting the silicon to work for businesses and the enterprise.

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Synology DiskStation DS216 and NVR216 now available

Synology DiskStation DS216 and NVR216 now available

Synology has launched its new DiskStation DS216, an update to its previous DiskStation DS214 model. In addition, the company has also unveiled its new NVR216, a network video recorder with 1080p HDMI output, support for up to nine IP cameras, and more. Both products are available now with the exception of the 4 channel NVR216, which will be available by the end of this month.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P50s, ThinkStation P310 launch next year

Lenovo ThinkPad P50s, ThinkStation P310 launch next year

Alongside its newly launched ThinkPad P40 Yoga comes Lenovo’s ThinkPad P50s, a mobile workstation that strikes a compromise between portability, cost and performance, as well as the ThinkStation P310, an entry-level PC with some “high-end workstation” tech. Both of the machines were unveiled at Autodesk University 2015, and will be available starting in Q1 2016 at different price points.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

At Autodesk University 2015, Lenovo took the wraps off a trio of new machines, the most notable of which is its latest business-grade Yoga machine, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga. The company describes its newest Yoga as a high-performance mobile workstation, and it is targeted at those who need portability without a sacrifice in reliability and computing power. Everyone from those working on “the latest Hollywood blockbuster” to engineers with demanding needs are targeted.

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Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Learning how to code, usually to make apps, has become a topic of debate among the IT, education, government sectors, with some advocating teaching it as a core skill like writing and math. Most, if not all, these thrusts, however, focus on educating kids, leaving adults to fend for themselves. After all, grownups can learn faster and better, right? As any adult will tell you, however, that isn't always the case. That is perhaps why Microsoft has launched the PowerApps platform to let grownups in workplaces build their own apps, no coding required.

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What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares plans this week for a Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) to keep user data safe. Nadella suggested that this facility will have staff on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will have direct access to "thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats." If and when threats are found and law enforcement is needed, this new CDOC will work hand-in-hand with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.

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Google encroaches on Microsoft turf with “free” Apps for Work promo

Google encroaches on Microsoft turf with “free” Apps for Work promo

Who can resist the allure of free? Especially when you consider enterprise deployments that ultimately involve hundreds if not thousands of dollars per annum. Knowing too well that line of thinking, Google has cooked up a way to entice businesses away from their pricey Microsoft and IBM enterprise agreements (EA). Google will allow such customers to use Apps for Work for free while they are bidding their time for the EA to run its course, giving users some time to get familiar with the new Google work environment at no extra cost.

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Google Cloud Dataproc makes Spark and Hadoop manageable by anyone

Google Cloud Dataproc makes Spark and Hadoop manageable by anyone

Without specific training it can be very difficult to manage large databases and deploy tools needed to use large data sets efficiently and easily. Not all organizations have the staff with the skills to do this. Google has announced a new service called Google Cloud Dataproc that aims specifically at making it faster, cheaper, and easier to manage Spark and Hadoop databases.

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Dell will sell Surface Pro as Windows 10 courts workers

Dell will sell Surface Pro as Windows 10 courts workers

Microsoft and Dell have just announced a new partnership that aims to bring Windows 10 and the Surface tablet to more enterprise users. Starting in October, this arrangement will see Dell selling Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices and accessories to enterprises in the US and Canada, along with additional services and support. The surfaces sold through Dell will also come with options for Dell Services, which includes hardware warranties, damage service, managed deployment, and configuration services.

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