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Skype calling now available on Amazon Alexa devices | Skype Blogs

At Skype, our mission has always been to bring people together—to make it easier for friends and families to be there for one another—wherever they may be. With that in mind, we’re investing in new ways for you to connect in the most human way possibleby simply using your voice.

Beginning today, Skype calling is available on Amazon Alexa devices—just in time for the holidays. With Skype on your Alexa-enabled device, you can connect hands-free with family and friends around the world just by saying, “Alexa, call Mom on Skype.” In addition to Skype audio and video calling, we’re providing the ability for Alexa customers to call most landlines and mobile numbers internationally using Skype to Phone. To celebrate the availability of Skype calling with Alexa, Skype is offering 200 free minutes of Skype to Phone calling to 34 countries (terms apply).

With Skype and Alexa, you can now connect with your friends and family around the world completely hands-free. Use Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot to make hands-free Skype voice calls wherever Alexa and Skype are available, or place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on computers and mobile devices.

To get started, simply link Skype with your Alexa account by following the instructions below.

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<p>After doing this once, you can start using your voice any time you need to make a call. Detailed instructions can be found on our <a href=feature page.

Skype calling on Alexa is available now in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand with support for other countries rolling out soon. And for the best Skype calling and video experience, update to Skype version 8.34 or later.

At Skype, we always appreciate your feedback, visit the Skype.com feature page for more details on compatible devices, how to link your Alexa account, and what new capabilities are supported. Please continue to follow our blog posts for more news and announcements.

AWS Lambda monitoring goes mainstream with New Relic beta

A familiar DevOps monitoring vendor will burnish its AWS Lambda monitoring for enterprise early adopters of serverless deployment.

Many DevOps monitoring vendors, including New Relic Inc., Datadog and AppDynamics, already collect Amazon CloudWatch logs for AWS Lambda monitoring, but more sophisticated visibility into the relationships between AWS Lambda functions and advanced metrics such as request rates and high-percentile network latencies are less widely available. New Relic plans to add advanced AWS Lambda monitoring to its New Relic Infrastructure and APM tools, including distributed tracing features that track code execution through chains of Lambda functions, and automated anomaly detection to identify performance outliers. The features were released in private beta this week and are scheduled for general availability in the first half of 2019.

“This has been a pain point with Lambda,” said Shannon Lietz, leader and director of DevSecOps for a financial software maker in San Francisco, which uses New Relic’s DevOps monitoring suite. “Anyone can write a Lambda function, but the question is what the software looks like at the enterprise level and how microservices come together to create an app.”

Lietz’s DevSecOps team created its own AWS Lambda monitoring utility, but the internal tool primarily addresses security for Lambda functions rather than performance monitoring.

“We tend to look into AWS-native features first, but they generally deal with the masses,” Lietz said. “New Relic’s specialization in this area [with distributed tracing] could be helpful.”

AWS Lambda monitoring tools raise familiar buyer’s dilemma

Before this week’s launch of a private beta for New Relic’s AWS Lambda monitoring, Datadog was the only major DevOps monitoring firm to offer serverless support beyond CloudWatch integration. Datadog supports custom serverless monitoring metrics through an instrumented code approach, which injects a small library of monitoring code into functions. That library then sends monitoring data back to a repository for analysis when functions are invoked. Aside from Datadog, specialist startup vendors such as IOPipe, Dashbird and Espagon proffer advanced AWS Lambda monitoring.

We tend to look into AWS-native features first, but they generally deal with the masses. … New Relic’s specialization in this area [with distributed tracing] could be helpful.
Shannon Lietzleader and director of DevSecOps, San Francisco-based financial software provider

As AWS Lambda monitoring features become available in more widely used tools, such as New Relic, IT pros with serverless deployments face a time-honored choice: the convenience of a vendor that’s a one-stop shop for multiple IT initiatives or the cutting-edge features of a specialized vendor.

“We’re very happy with IOPipe, but serverless is a small portion of the environment. Any monitoring tool we choose also has to fit all of our older stuff, too,” said Dave Townsend, principal software engineer at Matson, a cargo shipping company in Honolulu.

Townsend chose IOPipe’s AWS Lambda monitoring technology to manage a small-scope serverless project in 2018. Matson’s IT staff also began an evaluation of New Relic, Dynatrace and Datadog in 2018, and will consider New Relic’s AWS Lambda monitoring features in that evaluation in early 2019, Townsend said.

Jury’s still out on enterprise serverless adoption

New Relic officials say they’ve seen an increase in customer demand for AWS Lambda monitoring features in the last six months, but some industry watchers doubt serverless computing will see serious production use among traditional enterprises.

“People still haven’t figured out a great use case for serverless beyond batch jobs and cron jobs, and they haven’t figured out the right cost model,” said Rich Lane, analyst at Forrester Research. “Some users still don’t size serverless functions’ memory consumption correctly, and then their spin-up and spin-down time takes longer and costs more than if the app ran on other infrastructure.”

More-sophisticated monitoring tools could help solve that under-provisioning problem, but not without expensive trial and error to optimize serverless performance and costs, Lane predicted.

“Everyone seems to be realizing that the overall cloud computing dream, that it will save you a kajillion dollars, might not be fully realized,” he said. “I don’t know if [vendors] build it, users will come in terms of Lambda adoption.”

Other analyst firms say serverless functions might not take over the world, but that they will have a place alongside containers and traditional VMs within enterprises, and that this will bolster the appeal of AWS Lambda monitoring features in established tools such as New Relic.

Serverless functions usually combine with other types of workloads to provide an application service, wrote Nancy Gohring, analyst at 451 Research, in an April 2018 report about serverless monitoring tools. Thus, enterprises will seek serverless monitoring features from IT vendors they already use, but those vendors may acquire specialized startups to quickly meet the demand for serverless monitoring features, Gohring’s report stated.

For Sale – HTPC – Fractal Design Case, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, SFX PSU (ITX Form Factor)

Just gathering interest at the moment to see if anyone wants this setup. If someone is interested, I will have to backup my drives before sending out.

I have for sale my beloved HTPC which has been used over the past 2 years as a Plex Media Server. It is quite highly spec’d and runs my 4K content without a hiccup. Please see specs and individual prices below:

Fractal Design Node 804 PC Case (Windowed) – £60
Intel i5 4590 Processor – £65
MSI Z87i AC ITX Motherboard – £70
HyperX 16GB DDR3 RAM – £80
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD – £110
Western Digital 2TB 2.5″ HDD – £50
Corsair SFX (SFF) Gold Power Supply – £75
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Processor Cooler – £15

All the prices above have been based on sold listings on eBay minus fees etc. to make it fair. I’ve obviously paid a lot more for all these components, so will take a massive hit on this.

Buyer can come round and see it all working before buying, or I can dispatch. I have all the boxes for all the items.

Price and currency: £520
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG, BT or Cash
Location: Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Skype calling now available on Amazon Alexa devices | Skype Blogs

At Skype, our mission has always been to bring people together—to make it easier for friends and families to be there for one another—wherever they may be. With that in mind, we’re investing in new ways for you to connect in the most human way possibleby simply using your voice.

Beginning today, Skype calling is available on Amazon Alexa devices—just in time for the holidays. With Skype on your Alexa-enabled device, you can connect hands-free with family and friends around the world just by saying, “Alexa, call Mom on Skype.” In addition to Skype audio and video calling, we’re providing the ability for Alexa customers to call most landlines and mobile numbers internationally using Skype to Phone. To celebrate the availability of Skype calling with Alexa, Skype is offering 200 free minutes of Skype to Phone calling to 34 countries (terms apply).

With Skype and Alexa, you can now connect with your friends and family around the world completely hands-free. Use Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot to make hands-free Skype voice calls wherever Alexa and Skype are available, or place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on computers and mobile devices.

To get started, simply link Skype with your Alexa account by following the instructions below.

Image with instructions on how to set up Skype on your Alexa device: 1. Set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App. 2. Go to Settings > Communication > Skype to link your account. 3. Sign in using the same Microsoft account you use on Skype.” width=”640″ height=”375″ srcset=”https://windowsadmins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Skype-Alexa-1.png 868w, https://blogs.skype.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Skype-Alexa-1-300×176.png 300w, https://blogs.skype.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Skype-Alexa-1-768×449.png 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 709px) 85vw, (max-width: 909px) 67vw, (max-width: 984px) 61vw, (max-width: 1362px) 45vw, 600px”/></p>
<p>After doing this once, you can start using your voice any time you need to make a call. Detailed instructions can be found on our <a href=feature page.

Skype calling on Alexa is available now in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand with support for other countries rolling out soon. And for the best Skype calling and video experience, update to Skype version 8.34 or later.

At Skype, we always appreciate your feedback, visit the Skype.com feature page for more details on compatible devices, how to link your Alexa account, and what new capabilities are supported. Please continue to follow our blog posts for more news and announcements.

Cylance acquisition shifts BlackBerry towards security

BlackBerry Ltd. announced Friday it has agreed to acquire Cylance for $1.4 billion in cash, accelerating the former mobile device manufacturer’s move toward enterprise security.

The Cylance acquisition represents a major shift for BlackBerry, which at one time dominated the mobile device market with its enterprise-focused smartphones and mobile operating system. Amid increasing competition from Apple and Google, the company discontinued its BlackBerry OS for mobile devices in 2013 and last year exited the device market as well; in recent years, BlackBerry has turned its attention to enterprise mobility management software and other security products.

BusinessInsider first reported a Cylance acquisition was in the works for BlackBerry last week. Cylance, founded in 2015, specializes in artificial intelligence-based threat detection and prevention and is one of several security startups that have embraced AI and machine learning technology over traditional signature-based malware detection

In June, Cylance announced it had closed $120 million in series E venture capital funding and declared annual revenues for 2018 of more than $130 million; the cybersecurity vendor had previously scored $100 million in series D funding in 2016. According to BusinessInsider’s report, Cylance was exploring a possible IPO.

The two companies plan for Cylance’s technology, which includes the CylanceProtect threat detection and prevention product, to be integrated into the BlackBerry Spark platform. Spark provides secure communications across different enterprise systems and devices — what BlackBerry describes as the “Enterprise of Things.”

“Cylance’s leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, [Unified Endpoint Management] and QNX [OS] in particular. We are very excited to onboard their team and leverage our newly combined expertise,” John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, said in a statement. “We believe adding Cylance’s capabilities to our trusted advantages in privacy, secure mobility and embedded systems will make BlackBerry Spark indispensable to realizing the Enterprise of Things.”

The Cylance acquisition is expected to close before the end of BlackBerry’s current fiscal year in February. BlackBerry said Cylance will operate as a separate business unit within the company.

For Sale – HTPC – Fractal Design Case, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, SFX PSU (ITX Form Factor)

Just gathering interest at the moment to see if anyone wants this setup. If someone is interested, I will have to backup my drives before sending out.

I have for sale my beloved HTPC which has been used over the past 2 years as a Plex Media Server. It is quite highly spec’d and runs my 4K content without a hiccup. Please see specs and individual prices below:

Fractal Design Node 804 PC Case (Windowed) – £60
Intel i5 4590 Processor – £65
MSI Z87i AC ITX Motherboard – £70
HyperX 16GB DDR3 RAM – £80
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD – £110
Western Digital 2TB 2.5″ HDD – £50
Corsair SFX (SFF) Gold Power Supply – £75
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Processor Cooler – £15

All the prices above have been based on sold listings on eBay minus fees etc. to make it fair. I’ve obviously paid a lot more for all these components, so will take a massive hit on this.

Buyer can come round and see it all working before buying, or I can dispatch. I have all the boxes for all the items.

Price and currency: £520
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG, BT or Cash
Location: Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Cisco pushes BroadSoft partners to sell Cisco phones, displays

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Cisco is encouraging the hundreds of service providers that sell BroadSoft cloud calling plans to start marketing Cisco phones and smartboards to their customers, a posture that threatens to undercut BroadSoft’s ecosystem of third-party hardware partners.

Cisco repeatedly touted its hardware onstage at the BroadSoft Connections conference this week. It was Cisco’s first time running the annual event since acquiring BroadSoft, a cloud PBX company, for $1.9 billion in February.

Cisco has added new device management and provisioning features to its desk phones on the BroadCloud portal. The tools will make it easier for IT administrators to assign phones to new employees and to customize the speed-dial buttons and other settings.

Cisco’s phones are also the only devices currently certified to work with a new offering — sold through service providers — that combines Cisco Webex Teams and BroadSoft’s cloud PBX.  

Meanwhile, the phone makers Polycom, Yealink and Grandstream each paid at least $130,000 to sponsor the BroadSoft Connections conference. They were among dozens of hardware and software vendors that showcased products at the conference expo.

David Li, CEO of Grandstream, said he had anticipated Cisco would make an effort to showcase its hardware at the event. Grandstream’s longtime partnership with BroadSoft service providers is a significant part of its business, he said.

“If they keep the ecosystem open, then it’s fine. We will just compete on the open market,” Li said. “But if they leverage the platform and make it a closed ecosystem — if that happens, that would be a concern.”

IPFone, a BroadSoft service provider based in Miami, currently offers Polycom and Yealink phones to its customers. But the company is now considering selling Cisco phones, possibly at the expense of the other two vendors.

“It looks like it’s easier to get a Cisco phone working with [BroadSoft] than any other brand,” said Ronald Cabrera, vice president of technology at IPFone. “In the future, we are thinking about implementing Cisco phones because of the integration and all these new features.”

Cisco also tried to convince BroadSoft partners to sell Webex Boards, large touchscreen devices for conference rooms. The product is designed for use with the Cisco Webex collaboration suite, which Cisco is beginning to package with BroadSoft deals.

Cisco will likely use the BroadSoft acquisition to sell more software, too. Andy Voss, co-founder and CEO of Sansay Inc., which makes session border controllers (SBCs), said he would be surprised if Cisco didn’t start pushing Cisco SBCs on BroadSoft partners.

“They are a sales machine,” Voss said. “The two takeaways from the conference are buy more Cisco products and buy them faster. If you heard any different, let me know.”

For Sale – I9 9900k

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After 2015 OPM data breach, agency failed to update security

Since its massive data breach in 2015, the Office of Personnel Management has failed to follow through on basic security recommendations, including changing passwords.

According to a report issued this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Personnel Management has only implemented about 64% of the recommendations made following the OPM data breach over three years ago. The GAO said that the OPM failed to produce sufficient evidence that the remaining third of its recommendations were implemented. Some of the incomplete recommendations are considered basic security best practices — especially following a data breach.

The GAO said in its report that, following the OPM data breach, the agency had failed to fully demonstrate that it had reset all passwords, “install critical patches in a timely manner, periodically evaluate accounts to ensure privileged access is warranted, and assess controls on selected systems as defined in its continuous monitoring plan.”

The report also noted that OPM failed to implement other recommendations such as “avoiding the use of the same administrator accounts by multiple persons, implementing procedures governing the use of special privileges on a key computer, encrypting passwords while stored or in-transit across the network, and installing the latest versions of operating system software on network devices supporting a high-impact system.”

The GAO said that the OPM had implemented 51 out of 80 recommendations that they provided across four different reports that followed the OPM data breach.

The 2015 OPM data breach compromised around 22 million personal records — including 5.6 million fingerprints — and affected 4.2 million current and former employees of the U.S. federal government; it’s considered one of the worst breaches of the U.S. government in history. The information stolen included Social Security numbers, address histories, employment and education histories, health information, financial histories and criminal information.

The OPM data breach is believed to be the work of Chinese national Yu Pingan, who was arrested in Los Angeles in August 2017. Pingan allegedly used the Sakula malware to penetrate the network at the OPM, likely in two waves of attacks — the first in December 2014 and the second in April 2015.

The GAO report said that the “OPM has made progress in implementing our recommendations for improving its security posture” since the data breach was disclosed in 2015, “but further actions are needed.”

In other news:

  • A team of nine researchers has uncovered seven new attacks that use the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Some of the attacks — all transient execution attacks — have mitigations already in place and some do not. There are two new Meltdown attack variants and five new Spectre “mistraining strategies” and all of them affect Intel, AMD and ARM processor vendors. The research team consists researchers from Graz University of Technology, imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven and College of William and Mary — some of whom were part of the original research team that uncovered the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. In their paper, the research team noted that the industry has been focusing on defending only one attack surface related to Meltdown and Spectre, and that’s not the right approach. “This is highly problematic as the state-of-the-art provides only limited insight on residual attack surface and the completeness of the proposed defenses,” they said. Through their research, the team said, “We can still mount transient execution attacks that are supposed to be mitigated by rolled out patches.”
  • In Microsoft’s November 2018 Patch Tuesday, a new Windows zero-day vulnerability was addressed after it was discovered by Kaspersky Lab on Oct. 17, 2018. The vulnerability, CVE-2018-8589, was exploited by an APT group with its victims located in the Middle East. The exploit only targeted the 32-bit version of Windows 7 and it was executed by the first stage of a malware installer that was being used to gain additional necessary privileges for persistence on a victim’s system. While analysts do not know how the malware was delivered, Kaspersky reported that it had only been used in a limited number of attacks. Kaspersky has not said who is behind these attacks but mentioned it was being used by at least one APT group. This is the second zero-day vulnerability found this year in the 32-bit version of Windows 7 with the first one — CVE-2018-8453 — discovered by Kaspersky in August and patched by Microsoft in its October updates. Just like the second vulnerability, the first one also targeted users in the Middle East, but there is no clear connection between the two attacks.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the House passed a bill establishing a new cybersecurity agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017 , now waiting for President Donald Trump’s signature, proposes to solidify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the main federal agency to oversee civilian cybersecurity. This means CISA would hold the same stature as other departments within DHS, such as the Secret Service. Earlier this year, the bill stalled in the Senate and was passed, but changes were made to the House-passed version, causing it to go back to the lower chamber for approval. The CISA will further be responsible for securing federal networks and protecting critical infrastructure from cyber and physical threats. The bill also calls for a rebranding of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) — which currently acts as the main cybersecurity unit — to transform it into the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency. A report from The Hill noted that NPPD’s responsibilities have expanded since its inception, but more recently since taking the lead to protect digital election infrastructure from sabotage after the 2016 election.

For Sale – I9 9900k

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