Apple Helps Fight Childhood Sexual Abuse

· Jeff Butts · News

Apple Helps Fight Childhood Sexual Abuse

Apple and 17 other leaders in the tech industry are working to fight the growing problem of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.

Office 365 is Becoming Microsoft 365

· Charlotte Henry · News

From April 21, Office 365 will be knowns as Microsoft 365, and the suite of apps will contain a variety of new features.

New Microsoft Office App Available to Download

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Today Microsoft announced the public release of its new Microsoft Office app for iOS. It combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single office suite. It integrates the company’s Lens technology so you can convert images you take with your smartphone into editable Word and Excel documents, scan PDFs, and capture whiteboards with automatic digital enhancements to make the content easier to read. But you can also make quick notes, sign PDFs, scan QR code’s, and transfer your files between devices. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

New Microsoft Office App Available to Download

Ten Years of iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-03

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a decade of iPad, how it surprised the Windows team, and how it has evolved.

How the Windows Team Was “Blinded” by the iPad

· Andrew Orr · Link

Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky wrote a blog post about how his team were caught off guard by the iPad.

The success of iPhone (140K apps & 3B downloads announced that day) blinded us at Microsoft as to where Apple was heading. Endless rumors of Apple’s tablet *obviously* meant a pen computer based on Mac. Why not? The industry chased this for 20 years. That was our context.

It’s a good read. Everyone expected Apple to compete with netbooks. They did, but not by creating their own Mac netbook.

Apple Calls on EU to Stop Patent Trolls

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Apple, working alongside Microsoft, BMW, and others, has urged EU Commissioner Thierry Breton to take action against patent trolls.

Microsoft’s Project Artemis Tool Will Help Find Online Predators

· Andrew Orr · Link

Microsoft has created an automated tool codenamed Project Artemis that can help detect patterns of communication used by predators to target kids.

Building off the Microsoft patent, the technique is applied to historical text-based chat conversations. It evaluates and “rates” conversation characteristics and assigns an overall probability rating. This rating can then be used as a determiner, set by individual companies implementing the technique, as to when a flagged conversation should be sent to human moderators for review. Human moderators would then be capable of identifying imminent threats for referral to law enforcement…

Microsoft was the company that also helped developed PhotoDNA, an automated tool to detect child abuse images. Now it’s moving to text.

Microsoft says Iranian 'Phosphorus' Group Tried to Hack U.S. Presidential Campaign

· Andrew Orr · Link

In a blog post today Microsoft says that Iranian hackers attacked a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran.

Four accounts were compromised as a result of these attempts; these four accounts were not associated with the U.S. presidential campaign or current and former U.S. government officials. Microsoft has notified the customers related to these investigations and threats and has worked as requested with those whose accounts were compromised to secure them.

No word yet on what time President Trump asked Iran to interfere with our elections.

Microsoft Launches Azure Security Lab and Doubles Bug Bounty

· Andrew Orr · Link

Announced at Black Hat 2019 today, Microsoft launched the Azure Security Lab, as well as doubling its top Azure bug bounty to US$40,000.

The Azure Security Lab takes the idea to the next level. It’s essentially a set of dedicated cloud hosts isolated from Azure customers so security researchers can test attacks against cloud scenarios. The isolation means researchers can not only research vulnerabilities in Azure, they can attempt to exploit them.

The Azure Security Lab isn’t open to the public — you have to apply. Microsoft is promising quarterly campaigns for targeted scenarios with added incentives, including exclusive swag. Security researchers will also be able to engage directly with Azure security experts.