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TalkTalk launches super cheap, super fast 1 gig broadband in time for Black Friday


TalkTalk has launched a new Future Fibre 1Gb and Total Home Wi-Fi package for just £49.00 a month, which it claims is the best value 1Gb fibre package currently available on the market. 

TalkTalk’s new package includes two Amazon eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi devices, which debuted back in September providing strong speeds and wide coverage. Total Home Wi-Fi is bundled in the package as standard, which is the TalkTalk package that enables Future Fibre customers to extend their Wi-Fi coverage by integrating additional Amazon eero devices.

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Apple launches SMB device management


Apple has introduced mobile device management software for small and medium-size businesses with employees using iPhones, iPads or Macs.

Business Essentials, which Apple announced last week, is designed for businesses of up to 500 people. It lets SMBs push apps and updates to devices, onboard new devices and track device locations. The service comes with iCloud+ storage and Apple support.

“The vast majority of business devices in the market are in SMBs, and a very large percentage of those devices are unmanaged,” said Phil Hochmuth, an analyst at IDC.

The news comes a year after Apple acquired MDM vendor Fleetsmith. Apple’s service will compete with companies like Jamf, Addigy and Hexnode.

Hochmuth said Business Essentials could help Apple expand its growing services market. For the three months ending in September, Apple’s service revenues were $18.3 billion, up from $14.5 billion the year before.

Tina Kapoor, economic development manager for the city of Cupertino, Calif., regularly interacts with SMBs and said she sees a market for tools like device management even in Apple’s hometown.

“There’s a huge need [and] gap in the small business community when it comes to applying and managing technology to the best of its capabilities,” Kapoor said.

Apple Business Essentials running on a Macbook, iPhone and iPad
Business Essentials runs as an app on iPhones, iPads and Macs. The service pushes software updates to devices and provides up to 2 TB iCloud storage.

Business Essentials comes with an app that companies install on employee devices. The app can push settings like VPN configurations and Wi-fi passwords to the hardware.

The service also provides Mac security through full-disk encryption, stolen or lost device protection, and encryption of business data.

“Small business offers a great opportunity for Apple to get its feet wet with both [mobile device management] and support,” wrote Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies, in a blog post. “It’s a much friendlier environment where IT is often run in a fashion closer to consumer than enterprise.”

The Apple Business Essentials costs $6.99 per user per month and supports three devices per user. The service comes with 200 GB of iCloud storage. For $12.99 per user per month,…

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Verizon launches private mobile edge computing for enterprise with AWS Outposts


What you need to know:

  • Verizon’s private mobile edge compute solution with AWS Outposts is generally available for sales to enterprise customers in the U.S. 

  • Solution brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises enabling the massive bandwidth and low latency needed to support real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, factory automation and robotics.

  • Corning uses Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts to enhance innovation at one of the world’s largest fiber-optic cable plants. 

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon’s private mobile edge compute solution with AWS Outposts is available for enterprise customers in the U.S. Announced earlier this year, Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises. It enables the massive bandwidth and low latency needed to support real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, factory automation and robotics. With Verizon’s On Site 5G and private edge platform, enterprises also gain operational efficiencies, higher levels of security and reliability, and improved productivity. 

“By bringing compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises, we’re providing enterprises with the low lag and high bandwidth needed to process information in near real time so they can gain actionable data-driven insights and optimize their operations,” said Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO. “Through our partnership with AWS, we are helping customers unlock the true potential of 5G and edge computing which together will enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning. We are just scraping the surface of the new experiences that will be enabled by having 5G and edge compute on site.”

On Site 5G and 5G Edge with AWS Outposts gives manufacturers the near real-time responsiveness that enables applications like predictive maintenance and robotics for improved productivity and quality. Corning Incorporated, a leading materials science and advanced manufacturing innovator, is using Verizon 5G Edge…

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State launches cyber security center


Tim Roemer, the state’s director of homeland security, explains Oct. 4, 2021, how the newly created cyber command center will help protect the security of computers at all levels of government. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

Arizona launched its new cyber command center Monday to deal with threats to state and local government computers.

But the head of the state Department of Homeland Security, who will be running it, insists that Arizonans should not worry that the state will be using all that expensive high tech equipment to spy on them. In fact, Tim Roemer said that protecting the data on government computers actually will help protect individuals.

“They’re actually one in the same,” he told Capitol Media Services. That’s because Roemer said his agency is legally responsible for protecting the data that Arizonans are required to provide the state, such as tax information and driver’s license number.

“You name, them, we have them,” he said. “If I fail, if we fail, that information gets sold on the dark web or it gets sold to criminals, now they’re going to use that to target you in your personal life and your work life as well.”

Consider, Roemer said, getting an email or text that purports to be from the Motor Vehicle Division, which has the number of your driver’s license and says unless you “click here” it will expire. That, he said, would appear to be legitimate.

“And once you click on it, you can be completely compromised,” Roemer said.

“You may not know it right off the bat,” he continued. “But that’s how they use the data to then go after you personally and professionally.”

It’s his job, Roemer said, to stop that before it happens.

And there are multiple attempts.

“In September alone, our Department of Homeland Security has detected and alerted on almost 70 million cyber threats,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “They’ve blocked over 800,000 attacks on state websites.”

Those kinds of threats, the governor said, resulted in the state spending $11 million last year to establish a new cyber security program. On top of that was another $3.5 million for what Ducey called “enhanced cyber security tools…

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