Ignite Microsoft has flicked the switch on its Azure Arc hybrid infrastructure manager and unveiled some upgrades to its Azure Stack HCI and Hub hybrid cloud offerings. Arc was previewed in 2019 as a tool to use the Azure management portal to manage Windows and Linux servers either on-prem, in Azure or even on AWS and Google Cloud.
Link: Whether it’s your Arc nemesis or Arc angel, Microsoft tweaks hybrid cloud wrangler
Cyber attacks and malware are one of the biggest threats on the internet. Learn about the different types of malware – and how to avoid falling victim to attacks. The US government’s cyber-security agency has issued a security advisory today warning federal agencies and the private sector about “a notable increase in the use of LokiBot malware by malicious cyber actors since July 2020.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that its in-house security platform (the EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System) has detected persistent malicious activity traced back to LokiBot infections.
Link: CISA warns of notable increase in LokiBot malware
As ‘low-code’ competition grows, Microsoft integrates Power Apps with GitHub and Teams Seattle startup Resonance AI raises $2.2M to analyze dialogue, mood, music in video content Riding the news cycle: Amazon ‘Prime Bike’ puts brakes on Peloton stock, but it’s mostly just spin Blue Origin gets ready to test its suborbital spaceship with COVID-19 safety in mind GeekWire Summit: Our annual look into the future returns, with amazing speakers (and a few twists) IAC-owned Dotdash buys Serious Eats and Simply Recipes sites from Seattle-area startup Fexy Media Microsoft Teams getting breakout rooms, virtual commute, and new ‘Together Mode’ backgrounds Bezos Academy, funded by Jeff Bezos’ $2B ‘Day One Fund,’ launches first free school in Seattle area Azure Orbital launches Microsoft into cloud-based space race with Amazon Buzzworthy AI: Microsoft expands its Premonition mosquito-tracking outbreak prediction system Hired’s ‘Brand Health Report’ finds Microsoft is where Seattle-area tech talent wants to work Bamboo launches English learning voice app for Alexa, partners with TAF to help kids in need Pure Watercraft raises $23.4M to power increased interest in boating with its electric outboard motor Mark Cuban, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher, others invest in tree-free toilet paper startup Sam’s Club partners with Seattle startup 98point6 to offer customers telehealth service Analysis: Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda is a massive disruption for the video game industry Faithlife acquires LifeWay’s Wordsearch product to bolster its bible software Tech Moves: Lighter Capital names new CEO; Amazon exec joins Uber as CTO; and more Microsoft and Cascadia group unveil proposal to build economic hubs between big Pacific NW cities Illumina will pay $8B to acquire Grail, the Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed cancer detection company Guest Commentary: A question for the City of Seattle: Why are you fighting your partners?
Link: As ‘low-code’ competition grows, Microsoft integrates Power Apps with GitHub and Teams
Microsoft has increasingly embraced of Linux over the past few years, going so far as to make it easy to run a proper Linux terminal and applications in Windows 10. Now Microsoft is extending another olive branch to Linux by offering its new Chromium-powered version of Edge on the OS.
Link: PSA: Microsoft Edge comes to Linux next month
TikTok’s days as a viable social media platform might be numbered, at least in the U.S. (unless something changes before Trump’s recent executive order kills it for good), but the app still works for now, and its massive user base is as active as ever. And that includes shady app developers who…
Link: How to Avoid Malware on TikTok and Instagram
Federal and state officials are seeing a big uptick in infections coming from LokiBot, an open source DIY malware package for Windows that’s openly sold or traded for free in underground forums. It steals passwords and cryptocurrency wallets, and it can also download and install new malware.
Link: “LokiBot,” the malware that steals your most sensitive data, is on the rise
Six years ago, The Linux Foundation launched its first free online class: Introduction to Linux. Today, The Linux Foundation, announced its free Introduction to Linux training course on the edX Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform and had more than a million enrollments. Not bad for what Linus Torvalds called “just a hobby” operating system.
Link: A million students and counting have learned Linux
browser is coming to Linux, starting with the Dev channel. The first of these previews will go live in October. When Microsoft announced that it would switch its Edge browser to the Chromium engine, it vowed to bring it to every popular platform. At the time, Linux wasn’t part of that list, but by late last year, it became clear that Microsoft was indeed working on a Linux version.
Link: Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming to Linux in October
Microsoft is also working to bring other features that exist on other versions of Outlook (i.e. desktop) to iOS and Android. These include workspace booking, text prediction, weather data in your calendar and adding emoji reactions to your emails. That last one will start to roll out around the…
Link: Outlook for iOS and Android is getting better voice controls
Microsoft is upgrading users to the new Microsoft Edge browser as part of the Windows 10 October 2020 Update feature update. One of the areas it will improve is how the new Edge browser handles PDFs. The other upgrade is aimed at Linux fans eager for the Edge experience. Microsoft said that a preview of Edge for Linux will be available in October, downloadable either from Microsoft’s Insider website or the package manager.
Link: Microsoft is enhancing the new Edge’s PDF powers, and bringing it to Linux
Microsoft announced a slew of new improvements and features across its Microsoft 365, Azure and other product lines at its annual Ignite developer conference. Although the conference is all-digital this year because of the ongoing pandemic, the company still had lots to talk about.
Since many of…
Link: Microsoft Teams getting wellbeing features, Edge is coming to Linux
Edge is finally coming to Linux. At Ignite 2020 today, Microsoft announced that Edge for Linux will be available in the Dev preview channel starting in October. Linux users will be able to download the preview from the Microsoft Edge Insider website or from their native Linux package manager. Microsoft will start with the Ubuntu and Debian distributions, with support for Fedora and openSUSE coming afterwards.
Link: Microsoft is bringing Edge to Linux developers in October