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StorMagic SvSAN helps Sheetz hyper-converge at the edge

Convenience store chain Sheetz is bringing hyper-convergence to the edge at its 600 stores to consolidate devices and make it easier to manage, with the help of StorMagic SvSAN software.

Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pa., is a chain of convenience and gasoline stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Each store requires several point-of-sale applications to conduct business.

Gary Sliver, director of infrastructure at Sheetz, and Scott Robertson, universal endpoint unit manager at the chain, said they have installed SvSAN software on about one-quarter of the company’s sites. Sheetz’s IT team began installing StorMagic SvSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software in its stores in October 2018. The project coincided with Sheetz’s move to a new kitchen management software system.

Sliver and Robertson said they hope to have all the stores running SvSAN by the end of 2020. Their goal is to condense seven individual devices at each site to a two-node Dell server appliance running SvSAN software and VMware hypervisors.

Move motivated by IT support, space restrictions

StorMagic SvSAN replaces the servers running Sheetz’s kitchen management applications, its in-store orchestration, credit card processing and loyalty program systems, and storage at each retail store.

Sliver said Sheetz had two important reasons for the upgrade: His team wanted to make it easier to support IT, while eliminating space restrictions at the edge.

We’re able to take these seven physical devices and condense them into two small form rack-mounted servers.
Gary SliverDirector of infrastructure, Sheetz

“Primarily, we wanted to reduce the number of physical devices and the support and maintenance administration associated with those,” Sliver said. “We also wanted to put a platform in place that would allow us to grow and innovate. Frankly, we’re just running out of space in the rack with new applications and services that require compute and storage. So, we’re able to take these seven physical devices and condense them into two small form rack-mounted servers. That gives us the potential to add additional applications and servers without having to go in there and add physical devices to the store.”

Sheetz’s IT team can manage the HCI appliances remotely from headquarters. Retail employees in the stores don’t have to manage any devices, and the central IT team doesn’t have to travel to the retail sites as frequently for support.

Sliver said he considered going hyper-converged for years, and the systems upgrade in the stores presented the perfect opportunity.

“We’ve been looking at virtualizing the physical devices in the rack,” he said. “We were going out and touching all 600 stores with this upgrade, so we had the opportunity to leverage that initiative and realize economies of scale. It also allows us to quickly virtualize devices and save some money there.”

After deciding to hyper-converge on the edge, Sheetz considered several HCI options. Sliver said he looked at traditional HCI players VMware and Nutanix, as well as a few appliances designed specifically for retail sites.

U.K.-based StorMagic is less known than other HCI vendors, but its technology and support impressed the Sheetz team. StorMagic developed SvSAN as an edge product rather than altering a product designed for data centers.

StorMagic SvSAN requires only 1 GB of RAM, 512 MB of storage for its boot device and a 20 GB journal drive. It can work over a 1 Gb Ethernet network.

“The technology itself was fairly easy compared to other HCI providers,” Sliver said of StorMagic. “We also can run up to 1,000 nodes on the single witness. To me, that’s their secret sauce. The other thing is their organization. They were very responsive during the RFP review, and that has continued throughout our implementation.”

After the installation

Robertson said Sheetz can get SvSAN up and running quickly in its stores.

“What separated StorMagic was, when we did a lab test, they did everything they said their product could do,” Robertson said. “Our time frame from lab to pilot was short.”

Sliver said so far, StorMagic SvSAN “has been extremely stable. It has done everything we’ve expected it to do.”

Robertson said SvSAN HCI makes it much easier to solve problems in the field. The IT team can spin up a new virtual machine in the data center instead of having to dispatch a technician to install a new physical device at the store.

“From a management standpoint, with any kind of break/fix situation, we no longer have to send out a technician to the site to swap out physical hardware,” Robertson said. “If we notice there’s any sort of abnormality in a system, we can spin up [a new virtual machine] in a half hour. So, it’s just returned to service much quicker.”

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For Sale – 27” mid 2011 iMac i7 / 16gb For spares its repair

I was using it, then it stopped. I spoke to Apple Support and the booked me into Cambridge Store Genius. They ran a diagnostic and it passed all their tests and he suspected that it was a hard drive fail. It is classed as vintage and he says Apple would not repair it. I have already replaced with a new one so want this one gone. The guy in Apple removes the hard drive for me and that us not included. As for condition I can see no marks but he warned me that there may now be dust between glass and screen. Can take pictures if needed. It is boxed and comes with mouse only.

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AWS storage changes the game inside, outside data centers

The impact of Amazon storage on the IT universe extends beyond the servers and drives that store exabytes of data on demand for more than 2.2 million customers. AWS also influenced practitioners to think differently about storage and change the way they operate.

Since Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) launched in March 2006, IT pros have re-examined the way they buy, provision and manage storage. Infrastructure vendors have adapted the way they design and price their products. That first AWS storage service also sparked a raft of technology companies — most notably Microsoft and Google — to focus on public clouds.

“For IT shops, we had to think of ourselves as just another service provider to our internal business customers,” said Doug Knight, who manages storage and server services at Capital BlueCross in central Pennsylvania. “If we didn’t provide good customer service, performance, availability and all those things that you would expect out of an AWS, they didn’t have to use us anymore.

“That was the reality of the cloud,” Knight said. “It forced IT departments to evolve.”

The Capital BlueCross IT department became more conscious of storing data on the “right” and most cost-effective systems to deliver whatever performance level the business requires, Knight said. The AWS alternative gives users a myriad of choices, including block, file and scale-out object storage, fast flash and slower spinning disk, and Glacier archives at differing price points.

“We think more in the context of business problems now, as opposed to just data and numbers,” Knight said. “How many gigabytes isn’t relevant anymore.”

Capital BlueCross’ limited public cloud footprint consists of about 100 TB of a scale-out backup repository in Microsoft’s Azure Blob Storage and the data its software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications generate. Knight said the insurer “will never be in one cloud,” and he expects to have workloads in AWS someday. Knight said he has noticed his on-premises storage vendors have expanded their cloud options. Capital BlueCross’ main supplier, IBM, even runs its own public cloud, although Capital BlueCross doesn’t use it.

Expansion of consumption-based pricing

Facing declining revenue, major providers such as Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NetApp introduced AWS-like consumption-based pricing to give customers the choice of paying only for the storage they use. The traditional capital-expense model often leaves companies overbuying storage as they try to project their capacity needs over a three- to five-year window.

While the mainstream vendors pick up AWS-like options, Amazon continues to bolster its storage portfolio with enterprise capabilities found in on-premises block-based SAN and file-based NAS systems. AWS added its Elastic Block Store (EBS) in August 2008 for applications running on Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. File storage took longer, with the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) arriving in 2016 and FSx for Lustre and Windows File Server in 2018.

AWS ventured into on-premises hardware in 2015 with a Snowball appliance to help businesses ship data to the cloud. In late 2019, Amazon released Outposts hardware that gives customers storage, compute and database resources to build on-premises applications using the same AWS tools and services that are available in the cloud.

Amazon S3 API impact

Amid the ever-expanding breadth of offerings, it’s hard to envision any AWS storage option approaching the popularity and influence of the first one. Simple Storage Service, better known as S3, stores objects on cheap, commodity servers that can scale out in seemingly limitless fashion. Amazon did not invent object storage, but its S3 application programming interface (API) has become the de facto industry standard.

“It forced IT to look at redesigning their applications,” Gartner research vice president Julia Palmer said of S3.  

Amazon storage timeline
AWS storage has grown from the object-based Simple Storage Service (S3) to include block, file, archival and on-premises options.

Palmer said when she worked in engineering at GoDaddy, the Internet domain registrar and service provider designed its own object storage to talk to various APIs. But the team members gradually realized they would need to focus on the S3 API that everyone else was going to use, Palmer said.

Every important storage vendor now supports the S3 API to facilitate access to object storage. Palmer said that, although object systems haven’t achieved the level of success on premises that they have in the cloud, the idea that storage can be flexible, infinitely scalable and less costly by running on commodity hardware has had a dramatic impact on the industry.

“Before, it was file or block,” she said. “And that was it.”

Object storage use cases expand

Because of higher performance storage emerging in the cloud and on premises, object storage is expanding beyond the original backup and archiving use cases to workloads such as big data analytics. For instance, Pure Storage and NetApp sell all-flash hardware for object storage, and object software pioneer SwiftStack improves throughput through parallel I/O.

Enrico Signoretti, a senior data storage analyst at GigaOm, said he fields calls every day from IT pros who want to use object storage for more use cases.

“Everyone is working to make object storage faster,” Signoretti said. “It’s growing like crazy.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) is trying to get its developers to move away from files and write to S3 buckets, as it plans a 10- to 20-PB open source Ceph object storage cluster. Truman Boyes, MLB’s SVP of infrastructure, said developers have been working with files for so long that it will take time to convince them that the object approach could be easier. 

“From an application designer’s perspective, they don’t have to think about how to have resilient storage. They don’t have to worry if they’ve copied it to the right number of places and built in all these mechanisms to ensure data integrity,” Boyes said. “It just happens. You talk to an API, and the API figures it out for you.”

Ken Rothenberger, an enterprise architect at General Mills, said Amazon S3 object storage significantly influenced the way he thinks about data durability. Rothenberger said the business often mandates zero data loss, and traditional block storage requires the IT department to keep backups and multiple copies of data.

AWS storage challengers

By contrast, AWS S3 and Glacier stripe data across at least three facilities located 10 km to 60 km away from each other and provide 99.999999999% durability. Amazon technology VP Bill Vass said the 10 km distance is to withstand an F5 tornado that is 5 km wide, and the 60 km is for speed-of-light latency. “Certainly none of the other cloud providers do it by default,” Vass said.

Startup Wasabi Technologies claims to provide 99.999999999% durability through a different technology approach, and takes aim at Amazon S3 Standard on price and performance. Wasabi eliminated data egress fees to target one of the primary complaints of AWS storage customers.

Vass countered that egress charges pay for the networking gear that enables access at 8.8 terabits per second on S3. He also noted that AWS frequently lowers storage prices, just as it does across the board for all services.

“You don’t usually get that aggressive price reduction from on-prem [options], along with the 11 nines durability automatically spread across three places,” Vass said.

Amazon’s shortcomings in block and file storage have given rise to a new market of “cloud-adjacent” storage providers, according to Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. Staimer said Dell EMC, HPE, Infinidat and others put their storage into facilities located within close proximity of AWS compute nodes. They aim to provide a “faster, more scalable, more secure storage” alternative to AWS, Staimer said.

But the most serious cloud challengers for AWS storage remain Azure and Google. AWS also faces on-premises challenges from traditional vendors that provide the infrastructure for data centers where many enterprises continue to store most of their data.

Cloud vs. on-premises costs

Jevin Jensen, VP of global infrastructure at Mohawk Industries, said he tracks the major cloud providers’ prices and keeps an open mind. But at this point in time, he finds that his company is able to keep its “fully loaded” costs at least 20% lower by running its SAP, payroll, warehouse management and other business-critical applications in-house, with on-premises storage.

Jensen said the cost delta between the cloud and Mohawk’s on-premises data center was initially about 50%, leaving him to wonder, “Why are we even thinking about cloud?” He said the margin dropped to 20% or 30% as AWS and the other cloud providers reduced their prices.

Like many enterprises, Mohawk uses the public cloud for SaaS applications and credit card processing. The Georgia-based global flooring manufacturer also has Azure for e-commerce. Jensen said the mere prospect of moving more workloads and data off-site enables Mohawk to secure better discounts from its infrastructure suppliers.

“They know we have stuff in Azure,” Jensen said. “They know we can easily go to Amazon.”

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Microsoft Store Black Friday deals start today! | Windows Experience Blog

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store kick off today in the U.S. Save big on Surface, Xbox, Windows 10 PCs and more this holiday!

 Whether you shop online from the comfort of home, line up before dawn with the holiday crowds, or like most people, mix it up and shop online and in stores – our Microsoft Store Black Friday deals* are here to solve all your shopping needs. The first Black Friday deals are available starting today in the U.S., and we’ll continue to introduce even more great holiday gift deals through Cyber Monday.

This holiday season Microsoft Store is offering shoppers our best guarantee ever. With our new Give Wonder Guarantee, you are promised our best price of the season no matter when you shop.** If something you purchased at Microsoft Store is offered at a better price later in the season, you can receive savings back for the difference. Plus, with free 2-3-day shipping, free extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2020, options to buy online and pick up in stores, we’re making it easier than ever to shop at Microsoft Store. And our Store associates are ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

No matter how you shop this holiday, Microsoft Store has great deals for every type of holiday shopper – read on for our top deals starting today! Visit microsoft.com or your local Microsoft Store to purchase.

 The “Early” Buyer

Eager to get a jump start on your shopping list even before Thanksgiving? Start crossing off your list today with great deals including:

Surface Pro 7

The “Treat Yourself” Gift Giver

What better way to “treat yourself” than to get a gift that keeps on giving – sleek new technology. Starting Nov. 24, save hundreds on the best deals of the season and find a little something for yourself like the Surface Pro 7 or the Surface Laptop 3. Other offerings include:

Surface Laptop 3

The “Game On” Gift Giver

Whether you’re stocking up your game library or buying gifts for the gamer in your life, incredible deals on Xbox consoles, games and accessories also start on Nov. 24.

Xbox consoles and games

The “First One in Line” Shopper

Set your alarm clock, grab your coffee and get ready to shop the best deals of the holiday season. Starting Nov. 28, you can shop all our Black Friday deals, from Surface Pro 7 to HP Laptop 15, with offers including:

HP Laptop 15

The “Bargain” Shopper

In addition to the great deals above, Microsoft Store offers a collection of gifts under $100, so you can stock those stockings or find gifts for less than $20. Here are bargain ideas for anyone on your list:

See our Microsoft Store Black Friday Deals page for full details on all the best deals this holiday. Start shopping today at your local Microsoft Store or online at microsoft.com, and rest easy knowing you’ll get the best price of the season with our Give Wonder Guarantee. Stop into your local Microsoft Store to join activities and festive celebrations all season long. Some local Microsoft Store locations are open on Thanksgiving Day. See full holiday operating days and hours.

Happy shopping!

Visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoft.com for more details on availability and pricing. Follow Microsoft Store on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

* Black Friday offers shown are available online and in Microsoft Stores while supplies last. U.S. prices are shown. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions may apply.

**Offer valid from 12 a.m. PT Nov. 1, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 3, 2020 (“Offer Period”) on qualifying purchases of select physical goods made at Microsoft retail and online stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada during the Offer Period. Excludes certified refurbished devices, Surface for Business devices, and all digital services and products. Offer not valid on purchases made at third-party retailers. Customer eligible for price adjustment only if 1) Customer purchases eligible item during the Offer Period, (2) the price of the item is reduced during the Offer Period, and 3) Customer requests a price adjustment while the item’s price is currently reduced and in-stock for purchase. For purchases made at a physical store and online, Customer can go to any physical store and present receipt to get a qualifying price adjustment.  For purchases made online, Customer must contact Microsoft Store Sales and Support at 1-877-696-7786 with order number and any other information requested by the Store Sales representative. Refunds will be provided to Customer in same manner as item was purchased (credit card use will be credited to original card). Maximum of one price adjustment per item will be granted during Offer Period. Bulk buys of more than two of the same device, per customer’s Microsoft Account, will not qualify for price adjustments. Price adjustments do not include taxes, or shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limitations may apply.

*** Not valid for existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, other exclusions apply. Credit card required.  After promotional period, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes.  Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 1 offer per account. Game catalog varies over time and by country.

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‘Thank you for helping us make history’: Microsoft’s new London flagship store opens to the public

Microsoft’s new flagship store in London has opened its doors to the public for the first time, with people waiting hours to be among the first to set foot inside.

The first physical retail store for Microsoft in the UK, which is located on Oxford Circus and covers 22,000 square feet over three floors, was officially unveiled to the crowd at 11am.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cindy Rose, UK Chief Executive, and Senior Store Manager John Carter welcomed the public by giving speeches in front of the doors on Regent Street.

Rose said the store was a “symbol of Microsoft’s enduring commitment to the UK”, which allows people to “experience the best the company has to offer”. “Thank you for helping us make history today,” she added.

People had started queuing along Regent Street from 7am to see Microsoft’s Surface devices, HoloLens, Xbox Gaming Lounge and sit in the McLaren Senna on the ground floor.

Store associates welcome customers to the store

One customer, Blair, had started queuing at 7:30am after travelling from Wiltshire by bus. “I’m a Microsoft fan but I especially love Xbox. I heard there would be a few games from [videogame event] E3 here,” he said. “I really want to have a go in the McLaren Senna.”

Denise, from Sutton, was interested in seeing the Surface devices. “I want to see the latest technology and products that Microsoft has in there. I might buy a new laptop today.”

Callum, from London, also wanted to sit in the McLaren Senna. “I play a lot of Forza, so I want to experience the car and the Xbox Gaming Lounge,” he said.

James, from Reading, wanted to see how the store could help businesses. “I’m excited to see what it’s like,” he said. “I want to see what they can offer businesses. The outside of the store looks incredible; it’s a masterpiece of architecture.”

Microsoft handed out free T-shirts and Xbox Game Pass codes to people in the queue, while the first 100 visitors to buy a Surface Pro 6 were also given a free limited edition Liberty Surface Type Cover.

Staff clap as customers enter the store

At 11am, the curtains in the store windows dropped to reveal excited store staff, dressed in red, green, yellow and blue shirts – the colours of Microsoft’s logo – jumping up and down and cheering.

The customers walked into a store with a modern feel, with lots of space and wood and glass surfaces. They were greeted by staff standing in front of a large video wall and Surface devices on tables, with the McLaren on their right and the HoloLens mixed-reality headset to their left. A wooden spiral staircase or lifts took them to the first floor, where they could play the latest Xbox and PC titles in high-quality gaming chairs and professional pods in the Gaming Lounge, purchase third-party laptops and accessories and get tech support, trainings, repairs and advice from the Answer Desk, or go to the Community Theatre where coding workshops were taking place. Visitors could create their own personalised Surface Type Cover with Surface Design Lab, featuring a range of designs that can be etched directly onto the cover. They also took photos in the Selfie Area.

The enterprise area on the second floor is a place to support, train and grow businesses no matter where they are on their digital transformation journey. From small companies and educational institutions to enterprise customers, the Product Advisors and Cloud Technical Experts will help customers discover, deploy and use Microsoft 365 and other resources to solve business challenges such as AI, data security, collaboration and workplace efficiencies. This floor also contains an area for hosting events, as well as meeting rooms and a Showcase space for demonstrating how customers, including Carlsberg and Toyota, are digitally transforming.

It is also the most accessible store Microsoft has ever opened, with store associates collectively speaking 45 languages, buttons to open doors, lower desks to help those in wheelchairs and Xbox Adaptive Controllers available for gamers with restricted movement.

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We’re opening a store in the UK because London is ‘hard to beat’, says top Microsoft executive

Microsoft chose to open its first European flagship store in London because the city is “hard to beat,” one of the company’s top executives has revealed.

Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer, visited the store with UK CEO Cindy Rose ahead of its launch on July 11, and he said there were “very few locations in the world” that are as appealing as the UK capital.

The first physical retail store for Microsoft in the UK is located on Oxford Circus and covers 22,000 square feet over three floors.

Capossela (above) said it contains many one-of-a-kind features, including a full-sized McLaren Senna sports car that doubles as a Forza Motorsport 7 experience, a Gaming Lounge, a Community Theatre featuring free workshops all-year-round and an entire floor dedicated to helping businesses and organisations use technology.

“Around 86 million people pass through Oxford Circus every year,” he said. “That’s hard to beat. London is also an incredibly diverse city, so we can serve lots of different customers here; it’s a very pan-European city.

A girl uses a Microsoft Surface device in the Flagship London Store

“There are very few locations in the world that feature all the different parts that make up what Microsoft is. The early adoption of technology in the UK has been very impressive. That’s important when the company is thinking about what investments to make and where to make them. This flagship would not be in London if we didn’t have a very strong commercial business in this country. We thought very deeply about this.”

The central London flagship store has a modern feel, with lots of space and wood and glass surfaces. Visitors will be greeted on the ground floor by a large video wall and Surface devices on tables, with the McLaren on their right and the HoloLens mixed-reality headset to their left. A wooden spiral staircase or lifts will take them to the Gaming Lounge on the first floor, where they can play the latest Xbox and PC titles in high-quality gaming chairs and professional pods, purchase third-party laptops and accessories and get tech support, trainings, repairs and advice from the Answer Desk. All visitors can create their own personalised Surface Type Cover with Surface Design Lab, featuring a range of designs that can be etched directly onto the cover. They can also take photos in the Selfie Area.

The enterprise area on the second floor is a place to support, train and grow businesses no matter where they are on their digital transformation journey. From small companies and educational institutions to enterprise customers, the Product Advisors and Cloud Technical Experts will help customers discover, deploy and use Microsoft 365 and other resources to solve business challenges such as AI, data security, collaboration and workplace efficiencies. This floor also contains an area for hosting events, as well as meeting rooms and a Showcase space for demonstrating how customers, including Carlsberg and Toyota, are digitally transforming.

Anyone buying a Surface at the Store can get a designed etched onto the cover

It is also the most accessible store Microsoft has ever opened, with buttons to open doors, lower desks to help those in wheelchairs and Xbox Adaptive Controllers available for gamers with restricted movement.

The 150 Store Associates welcoming visitors speak a total of 45 languages, and selected members of the team can also communicate in British Sign Language. John Carter, Senior Store Manager at the store, said the staff are a mix of ages, genders, ethnicities and abilities, and had all gone through six weeks of training to “deliver our customer-obsessed culture” from when the doors open at 11am on July 11.

Rose also announced that Microsoft is donating £1 million to three charities – UK Youth, Raspberry Pi Foundation and The London Community Foundation – to help them continue to teach digital skills to disadvantaged young people and to support grass-roots community groups in Westminster with digital and employability skills.

“I’m excited about this donation because it’s going to give these charities the opportunity to have even more of an impact across the UK. We are also auctioning 10 limited edition Surface devices designed by British retailer Liberty London, with all proceeds going to gaming charity SpecialEffect, which helped develop the Xbox Adaptive Controller.”

Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK CEO, with gamer Vivek Gohil
Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK CEO, with gamer Vivek Gohil

Talking about the journey to this week’s opening, she added: This has been a three-year labour of love for me. During my Microsoft job interview [in 2016] I remember discussing the need for a Microsoft retail store in London. That’s how long I’ve been thinking about this and planning it. I feel like that part of the jigsaw is now complete.

“What I love most about this flagship is that it’s so much more than just a shopping experience. It is a destination where we can engage with local community to bring our mission to life. Whether it’s teaching kids to code, training educators on how to use tech in the classroom, or showing small businesses and large enterprises how we can help digitally transform their organisation, this store will be the best place to experience all that’s possible with Microsoft.”

Capossela, who said it is “really important for us to have a place that people can walk into and experience Microsoft,” agreed that the store will appeal to every type of customer.

“I want all our stores to have a Microsoft vibe, be very colourful, human and approachable,” he said. “These are the things we want our brand to stand for. The London flagship has some special experiences. I feel very lucky that we have found a space as good as Oxford Circus in London.”

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For Sale – Reduced – Macbook Pro Retina 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB Ram, Mid 2014

Selling my Macbook Pro Mid 2014 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB (bought directly from the apple store) because of my recent upgrade to the new model. This was used as a main laptop for my work and it is still in great condition and working order running VMs and other tools for my work.

Note: There is a small mark on the screen and it doesn’t affect the display or from using it. There is a also a small wear and tear mark on the top cover – general wear and tear. I have attached the photos for it.

Specs: I7 2.5GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, Nvidia 750m graphics
Manufactured date: 2015-02-02

I will reset the OS before posting and prefer cash on collection, so the buyer can check everything. Postage and insurance are not included in the asking price.

Comes with charger and the original box.

Price and currency: 850.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or Cash on Collection
Location: Richmond, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised outside as well
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

For Sale – Macbook Pro Retina 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB Ram, Mid 2014

Selling my Macbook Pro Mid 2014 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB (bought directly from the apple store) because of my recent upgrade to the new model. This was used as a main laptop for my work and it is still in great condition and working order running VMs and other tools for my work.

Note: There is a small mark on the screen and it doesn’t affect the display or from using it. There is a also a small wear and tear mark on the top cover – general wear and tear. I have attached the photos for it.

Specs: I7 2.5GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, Nvidia 750m graphics
Manufactured date: 2015-02-02

I will reset the OS before posting and prefer cash on collection, so the buyer can check everything. Postage and insurance are not included in the asking price.

Comes with charger and the original box.

Price and currency: 1000.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or Cash on Collection
Location: Richmond, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

For Sale – Macbook Pro Retina 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB Ram, Mid 2014

Selling my Macbook Pro Mid 2014 15inch, I7, 1TB, 16GB (bought directly from the apple store) because of my recent upgrade to the new model. This was used as a main laptop for my work and it is still in great condition and working order running VMs and other tools for my work.

Note: There is a small mark on the screen and it doesn’t affect the display or from using it. There is a also a small wear and tear mark on the top cover – general wear and tear. I have attached the photos for it.

Specs: I7 2.5GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, Nvidia 750m graphics
Manufactured date: 2015-02-02

I will reset the OS before posting and prefer cash on collection, so the buyer can check everything. Postage and insurance are not included in the asking price.

Comes with charger and the original box.

Price and currency: 1100.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or Cash on Collection
Location: Richmond, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Trend Micro apps fiasco generates even more questions

The saga surrounding Trend Micro apps being removed from the Mac App Store for gathering data inappropriately drags on, but the company’s latest admission raises even more questions.

In the latest update to its response to allegations that its Mac apps were stealing user data, Trend Micro admitted that it published another banned app — Open Any Files: RAR Support.

Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes Labs, had previously found the Open Any Files app — listed as being developed by Hao Wu — to be gathering the same data as the Trend Micro apps, transmitting that data to Trend Micro servers and promoting Trend Micro’s Dr. Antivirus app, which was one of the six Trend Micro apps banned initially by Apple. 

While the cybersecurity company based in Japan did not explain why it did not take ownership of the Open Any Files app before, Trend Micro admitted the app used “the same module” to collect browser history data as the other Trend Micro apps. As such, the company said it would “no longer publish or support this product.”

Reed found the admission interesting because Trend Micro had previously described Open Any Files as an affiliate app.

“I’m not sure who Hao Wu is. I had assumed it was someone who was abusing the Trend affiliate program to get paid for referrals to their apps. It’s very odd that Trend is now saying that they own that app,” Reed said via Twitter direct message. “Why would their own app use App Store affiliate links when linking to other apps they own?”

Reed added that Malwarebytes had found the Open Any Files app to be “very shady” and so he had been tracking it since December.

“[Promoting other Trend Micro apps] was its sole purpose. The other functionality it provided was extremely minimal, and it used [a] trick to get triggered any time the user opened an unfamiliar document type,” Reed said. “I’m not entirely sure what the point is. These are all junk apps that are a dime a dozen on the App Store. They really don’t provide much — if any — value to the user, in my opinion. I suspect the data collection was a primary goal, but that’s just a theory.”

When questioned about Open Any Files and the other Trend Micro apps, the company refused to answer and instead linked to the updated blog post, noting that it now has an FAQ and “will continue to be updated with other questions and answers.”

Reed said the company didn’t seem ready to talk about the issues with the Trend Micro apps for Mac, but they should have been because changes to the apps indicated they expected the controversy.

“One thing that is striking is their claim about displaying [an end-user license agreement] that the user has to agree to. That was not the case in any of our testing, which actually started back in December, and was repeated several times right up to just before publication of our article,” Reed said. “Someone on Twitter posted a couple screenshots… before September 7 and after September 7. Before, no EULA. After, the EULA appeared. They knew this was coming, and their response was to add a EULA rather than remove the data exfiltration code.”