Deployment

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Moving house is a time of excitement. But it can also be a time of great stress. As someone who works from home much of the time, a smooth move is critical as every day that I spend messing around shifting boxes, furniture and services is a day when I'm not working and not earning any money. I thought I had everything planned perfectly. And then I wanted an Internet connection.

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Google is launching a new zero-touch enrollment tool for Android rollouts so companies can configure the devices they purchase and ship them with management and settings pre-configured. This removes the need for users to configure devices manually and ensures that devices always have corporate policies in place.

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This morning, Dropbox announced the release of DBX Platform. This is a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox that includes new integrations with Atlassian’s JIRA Software, Autodesk tools and Microsoft Outlook. I spoke with Dropbox's Head of Solutions Architecture Dan Iversen about the new features.

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The day before you work from home, remember to transfer any important files, as Fast Company points out in their guide to working from home. If you're using a different computer, sync everything over with Dropbox, email or a USB drive.

Even if you're using the same computer, or if you mostly rely on cloud services, remember to also prepare for any two-factor logins, and anything that won't work on your corporate VPN. And bring any physical documents home.

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With the rollout of the NBN progressing, there have been plenty of people complaining about poor performance after being switched. Given many people were previously connected to ADSL that's a surprise. My experience of ADSL is that performance is highly variable. But with the ACCC interested in speeds and how they are measured, NBNCo is taking a proactive step by looking at the quality of the copper in people's homes.

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I'm about to set up a new home office so, naturally, I visited my local IKEA for inspiration and ideas. And, I'm also keen to get the new iPhone X when it's available later this year (yeah, I know it's expensive and all that but I'm entrenched in the iOS ecosystem and it's so shiny and new). And that means I can take advantage of IKEA's range of office gear that integrates Qi wireless charging.

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Synology's new DiskStation the DS218+ is 2-bay storage solution that's ideal for home offices and small businesses. It boasts a dual-core processor with AES-NI encryption acceleration and a transcoding engine, providing high-speed file transfers and supporting real-time 4K transcoding.

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As Amazon prepares to enter the Australian market, many retailers are bringing their customers service and logistics systems up to speed. That means delivering any time, any place and any platform experiences where shoppers can pick up and put down transactions and switch platforms and devices as they see fit. I spoke with Shopify's GM for Shopify Plus, Loren Padelford about how retail is changing and what the company is doing to help their customers on the transition.

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Despite the world being increasing paperless in some things, there are still times when paper is needed. Whether that's for providing clients or colleagues with reports, school projects or paperwork for banks or other "official" institutions the world still needs paper. The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM315z looks like your run-of-the-mill small office multi-function device but I think there's a little more to it.

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Microsoft is beta testing an all-new OneDrive app for Android. The revised app brings a new user interface that looks best suited to larger screens. Comparing it to the iOS version, the new OneDrive for Android UI looks far slicker and more modern.

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Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though often software designers and advertisers are involved.

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Many of us created two versions of our websites back in the day; a regular desktop version and a mobile version. Using some fancy code, we pushed mobile devices to a m.version of our sites while everyone else went to the regular www.version. But with the advent of responsive sites, we need a way to move all our "m." users to the new, responsive site without breaking old URLs. Google has provided some guidance on doing that.

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Businesses have a lot to do when it comes to customer experience. Customers want their interactions to be easy and always right. And businesses want to contain costs, boost revenue and increase loyalty. These were the key messages Nancy Treaster, SVP and GM of Strategic Operations for Verint focussed on when looking at innovations the company is bringing to the way businesses interact with customers.

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Aside from the embarrassing gaffe that put Apple's Face ID in the spotlight when it failed to recognise Craig Federighi's smiling visage during the Apple dog-and-pony show earlier this week, Face ID is now facing questions from the US senate. But the implications are broader and the questions Tim Cook is being asked are interesting.

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The old subject of whether Aussies are paying too much for their tech rears its head whenever a new, expensive product hits the market. And I've been seeing a few people already complaining that Apple is charging their so called "Australia tax" here, bumping the price up on the new iPhones that were announced yesterday. So, are we being fleeced by Apple?