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For Sale – Late 2015 27” iMac

This hasn’t been touched since my twins were born in January and it seems a shame for it to just sit there.

It’s the top off the shelf model from late 2015 and I have added another 8GB of RAM to a total of 16GB (either Crucial or Kingston, can’t remember but I only ever buy RAM from them. Edit: just remembered that this is original Apple RAM, bought from someone upgrading to 32GB).

3.3ghz i5
2TB fusion drive (so has the 128GB SSD)
16GB RAM
Radeon R9 M395 2GB graphics
5k 27” screen

It has spent its life sat on a desk in my man-cave, which is now a baby-junk cave, so is in excellent condition. Box is in the attic.

Will have a fresh install of Mojave for the new owner.

Asking £850 picked up from SO51 area

Price and currency: 850
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or BT
Location: Romsey, Hampshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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How technology has transformed my working life – Microsoft News Centre Europe

“We’re sorry to announce that the 07:12 Thameslink service to London St. Pancras International has been cancelled. Please stand by for further announcements. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to your journey.”

A few years ago, my working life was very different. For six years, I spent four hours each day crammed across six trains, commuting to work and back. It was financially and emotionally draining, but it was simply the way that things were done.   

It was only two and a half years ago, when I joined Microsoft as editor of its European news centre, that I realised that the traditional way we work, and our accustomed routines, could be different. Today, I have the freedom and flexibility to work from home, with my cat Meze purring away beside me.

I want to share my experiences here, not because I work for Microsoft, but because I’m truly passionate about this new way of working, and am grateful for the hugely positive impact it’s had on my life. This is my future of work.

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On my first day, I had some reservations. They say that no man is an island, but in a professional, geographical sense, I come pretty close – I’m the only one in my direct team that lives and works in the UK. Others are scattered across Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, and even South Africa – not to mention all the other people I work with around the globe, from the USA to Singapore. Bar the occasional business trips, I attend meetings and work with everyone remotely. It was a daunting prospect. I worried about being isolated, and the quality of work that could be achieved with colleagues that were hundreds of miles away. Would I feel close to them? Would I achieve my best work? Would I make friends?

Three years on, I look back on my first day jitters and realise that they were totally unfounded. Thanks to Teams, I truly feel like I’m working in the same office with my colleagues. A quick question or discussion is a mere chat window away, allowing me to instantly solve problems and give/receive advice – not to mention sending the occasional cat gif or two.

Beyond ad-hoc chats, we use video calls – a prospect which I found daunting, until I actually tried it. There’s something vulnerable, I feel, about putting yourself on camera, and I was worried it would be a distraction. In fact, I’ve found it’s the opposite.

Being able to see the people you’re talking to increases personal connections and engagements. It transforms someone from an ethereal voice to an actual person, and it doesn’t take long for the technology to melt away and become invisible. You’re just a group of people, in a room, having a chat – nothing more, nothing less.

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For Sale – Late 2015 27” iMac

This hasn’t been touched since my twins were born in January and it seems a shame for it to just sit there.

It’s the top off the shelf model from late 2015 and I have added another 8GB of RAM to a total of 16GB (either Crucial or Kingston, can’t remember but I only ever buy RAM from them. Edit: just remembered that this is original Apple RAM, bought from someone upgrading to 32GB).

3.3ghz i5
2TB fusion drive (so has the 128GB SSD)
16GB RAM
Radeon R9 M395 2GB graphics
5k 27” screen

It has spent its life sat on a desk in my man-cave, which is now a baby-junk cave, so is in excellent condition. Box is in the attic.

Will have a fresh install of Mojave for the new owner.

Asking £850 picked up from SO51 area

Price and currency: 850
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or BT
Location: Romsey, Hampshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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New to Microsoft 365 in July—updates to Azure AD, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and more

This month, we’re announcing updates to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to help improve your security posture, updates to Microsoft Teams and Outlook on the web to help you be more productive, and updates to Desktop Analytics and Office 365 ProPlus to streamline IT management and improve efficiency.

Here’s a look at what’s new in July.

Strengthen security while simplifying processes

New capabilities help you protect against, discover, and remediate cybersecurity threats.

Go passwordless to reduce risk and improve account security—This month, we announced the public preview of FIDO2 security keys support in Azure AD. Now, with FIDO2 technologies, you can provide users with seamless, secure, and passwordless access to all Azure AD-connected apps and services. Additionally, administrators can assign passwordless credentials to users and groups and allow self-service sign-up. To get started, check out our step-by-step documentation on enabling passwordless sign-in for Azure AD.

Discover, prioritize, and remediate vulnerabilities in real-time—Last month, we announced the general availability of Microsoft Threat & Vulnerability Management (TVM). TVM delivers a new set of advanced, agentless, cloud-powered capabilities that provide continuous, real-time, risk-based vulnerability management. If you already have Microsoft Defender ATP, the TVM solution is now available within your Microsoft Defender ATP portal. If you don’t have a subscription, you can sign up for a trial of Microsoft Defender ATP including TVM.

Improve productivity and collaboration

New capabilities in Microsoft 365 help you collaborate easily with others, organize tasks, and quickly find answers.

Communicate and collaborate more easily with new capabilities in Microsoft Teams—This month, we added new capabilities to Teams including Read receipts and Priority notifications to help ensure time-sensitive messages are received and prioritized. We also announced the new Announcements feature to highlight important news and now post a single message across multiple channels.

Animated screenshot of Select channels being used in Microsoft Teams.

Finally, the new time clock feature in Teams for Firstline Workers brings clock in/out capabilities to the Team Shifts module. And the targeted communication feature enables messages to be sent to everyone within a specific role—such as sending a message to all cashiers in a store or all nurses in a hospital.

These updates for Teams will be rolling out over the next couple of months.

Add polls to your Outlook emails and book meeting rooms with Outlook on the web—This month, we’re announcing two new generally available features in Outlook on the web. With Microsoft Quick Poll, you can now add polls directly to your Outlook emails, so recipients can vote directly in the email or click the provided link and vote in a browser window. To get started, download the Quick Poll add-in for Outlook.

Additionally, you can now easily book meeting rooms in Outlook on the web. When creating a meeting, you can quickly see which rooms are available, search by city or room, and view rooms that are available during recurring events.

Animated screenshot of a Teams meeting being created in Outlook.

Make answers in Yammer more discoverable—Now, questions in Yammer will stand out from general discussions with new, unique styling. Post authors and group admins can also mark the best response to questions as a “Best Answer,” making it easier for users to find answers. These changes are currently in private preview and will roll out to all Office 365 subscribers later this summer.

Animated screenshot of a Best Answer being voted up in Yammer.

Work together on tasks in Microsoft To-Do—Now, you can assign a task to someone on a shared To-Do list and work together to knock out tasks more quickly. To get started, just @mention someone to assign them a task, and everyone on the shared list will be able to see it.

Animated screenshot of a task being assigned in Microsoft To-Do.

Streamline IT management

Data-driven tools help you deliver seamless software deployments and improvements for Office in virtualized environments.

Improve the quality and reliability of software deployments—This month, we announced the public preview of Desktop Analytics, a cloud-based service that provides intelligence for you to make more informed decisions about the update readiness of your Windows clients ahead of new Windows 10 deployments. In combination with System Center Configuration Manager, Desktop Analytics is designed to create an inventory of the Windows apps running in the organization and assess app compatibility with the latest feature updates of Windows 10. Desktop Analytics is currently offered as an Office 365 service and requires an Office 365 subscription in your Azure AD tenant. To get started, enable Desktop Analytics in the Configuration Manager console.

Screenshot of Desktop Analytics dashboard.

Improve the Office app experience in virtual environmentsThis month, we announced new capabilities to help improve the user experience in virtualized environments. First, FSLogix technology, which improves the performance of Office 365 ProPlus in multi-user virtual environments, is now available at no additional cost for Microsoft 365 customers. Second, Windows Server 2019 will now support Office 365 ProPlus and OneDrive Files On-Demand in the coming months. Lastly, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams are getting new capabilities to improve the user experience in a virtualized environment.

Drive digital transformation with new Microsoft cloud regions—Microsoft Office 365 services are now available from our new cloud regions located in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These local datacenters open the door for more organizations to embrace the benefits of the cloud with resilient cloud services that can help meet data residency, security, and compliance needs.

Other updates

  • Teams is now included in the monthly Office 365 updates for existing customers and will begin rolling out to existing installations over several weeks.
  • We retired the “Online” branding for the Office apps on the web. You’ll see this change reflected in the product experience in places such as the app headers, platform-specific commands, and help menus. This change reinforces that Office is a cloud-connected experience, which you can use through apps on the desktop, web, or mobile devices.
  • We recently announced OneDrive Personal Vault, a protected area in OneDrive that you can only access with a strong authentication method or second step of identity verification.
  • These five Outlook mobile tips and tricks can help small business owners save time and get more done quickly.

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Microsoft patches two Windows zero-days in July Patch Tuesday

The July 2019 Patch Tuesday release included fixes for 77 vulnerabilities, two of which were Windows zero-days that were actively exploited in the wild.

The two Windows zero-days are both local escalation-of-privilege flaws that cannot be used alone to perform an attack. One zero-day, CVE-2019-0880, is a flaw in how splwow64.exe handles certain calls. The issue affects Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016 and 2019.

“This vulnerability by itself does not allow arbitrary code execution; however, it could allow arbitrary code to be run if the attacker uses it in combination with another vulnerability that is capable of leveraging the elevated privileges when code execution is attempted,” according to Microsoft.

The other Windows zero-day the vendor patched was CVE-2019-1132, which caused the Win32k component to improperly handle objects in memory. This issue affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

“To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system,” Microsoft noted. “An attacker could then run a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerability and take control of an affected system.”

This zero-day was reported to Microsoft by ESET. Anton Cherepanov, senior malware researcher for ESET, detailed a highly targeted attack in Eastern Europe and recommended upgrading systems as the best remediation against attacks.

“The exploit only works against older versions of Windows, because since Windows 8 a user process is not allowed to map the NULL page. Microsoft back-ported this mitigation to Windows 7 for x64-based systems,” Cherepanov wrote in a blog post. “People who still use Windows 7 for 32-bit systems Service Pack 1 should consider updating to newer operating systems, since extended support of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ends on January 14th, 2020. Which means that Windows 7 users won’t receive critical security updates. Thus, vulnerabilities like this one will stay unpatched forever.”

Other patches

Beyond the two Windows zero-days patched this month, there were six vulnerabilities patched that had been publicly disclosed, but no attacks were seen in the wild. The disclosures could potentially aid attackers in exploiting the issues faster, so enterprises should prioritize the following:

  • CVE-2018-15664, a Docker flaw in the Azure Kubernetes Service;
  • CVE-2019-0962, an Azure Automation escalation-of-privilege flaw;
  • CVE-2019-0865, a denial-of-service flaw in SymCrypt;
  • CVE-2019-0887, a remote code execution (RCE) flaw in Remote Desktop Services;
  • CVE-2019-1068, an RCE flaw in Microsoft SQL Server; and
  • CVE-2019-1129, a Windows escalation-of-privilege flaw.

The Patch Tuesday release also included 15 vulnerabilities rated critical by Microsoft. Some standout patches in that group included CVE-2019-0785, a DHCP Server RCE issue, and four RCE issues affecting Microsoft browsers, which Trend Micro labeled as noteworthy — CVE-2019-1004, CVE-2019-1063, CVE-2019-1104 and CVE-2019-1107.

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How to Provide PaaS Services with Azure Stack

On this post, we’re going to be getting into some talk about PaaS with Azure Stack, but before we get into that, let’s see where we’ve been thus far!

Our Microsoft Azure Stack Series So Far

  1. An Introduction to the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Concept and Azure Stack
  2. How to Install the Azure Stack Development Toolkit (ASDK)
  3. The Ultimate Azure Stack Post-Installation Checklist
  4. How to Provide IaaS Images with Azure Stack

What is PaaS (Platform as a Service)

Now that we’re diving deeper into cloud technologies, we can easily recognize that Infrastructure as a Service is not the best use-case for getting the most out of Azure Stack. With what we’ve covered so far, Azure Stack can really be seen as just more VM technology behind Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). But Platform as a Service can really bring a more dynamic and elasticity capabilities to services running in your cloud. There is no need to manage the underlying infrastructure and is highly available by default in general.

What is PaaS

Azure Stack PaaS is a special flavor because as of today the currently existing resource providers rely upon linking to an existing environment that could either be part of Azure Stack (if we talk about virtual machines that are responsible for the PaaS service itself) or a physical environment that sits outside of Azure Stack.

If you create a database “as a service” in Azure Stack, it will be deployed on this environment and you should take care to manage and back up the PaaS associated VMs themselves. They are not auto-deployed and self-managed like in Azure Public. So while they ARE providing PaaS services to those people and workloads connecting to them, you still need to manage them.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the PaaS solutions are not part of the default Azure Stack setup that is being deployed from the Hardware vendor (Remember that a true Azure Stack deployment will be handled by the hardware vendor), it is optional and needs to be ordered via separate SKUs.

PaaS Solutions in Azure Stack

Azure Stack as of today comes with the following PaaS solutions:

  1. Microsoft SQL Server
  2. MySQL Server
  3. App Services

If you deploy them using the Script from Matt McSpirit, they are part of the deployment by default. Please have in mind that the MS SQL and the MySQL resource providers have completely different APIs than the Azure ones. This means that your automation scripts behave completely different and consistency may be an issue currently.

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Resource provider for Microsoft SQL

As you can see, the underlying SQL Server infrastructure is a set of SQL Servers (up to release 2017) on Windows Server or even on Linux (if you’d like) for placement of you PaaS databases.

The deployment itself is being done using the DeploySqlProvider.ps1 script (from the resource provider link above), that performs the following tasks:

  • Certificate and artifact upload to the Azure Stack storage account
  • Publishing gallery items to be able to deploy SQL using the gallery
  • Deploying the SQL resource provider VM which is a Windows Server 2016 core based one
  • Registers a local DNS record that maps to your resource provider VM.
  • Registers your resource provider with the local Azure Resource Manager for the operator account.

NOTE: Please keep in mind, that the registration of the SQL Server resource provider may take up to 75 min on the Azure Stack environment.

To double check if the deployment finished properly you should check this in the .system..sqladapter resource group in your Azure Stack Amin Portal:

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Finally, we will need to connect to the existing SQL Server environment (so-called hosting servers) to define the location for the created databases via this resource provider. Basically, we’ll be telling Azure Stack where to put new Databases when Azure Stack users request a new one!

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You will find the entry for the SQL Hosting Servers under administrative resources and add new server environments:

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Fill out the form as shown above.

After having created the corresponding SKUs, it may take up to 30 min to recognize and be able to use them in a proper manner in the environment.

You should now be able to create a first PaaS database using the wizard in the Azure Stack!

MySQL on Azure Stack

The resource provider for MySQL is available in its most recent version here:

If you have a look into the deployment guide, you will shortly recognize that the deployment steps are quite like what we went through above for the Microsoft SQL Server resource provider. The name of the script meanwhile changed a little bit to DeployMySqlProvider.ps1 and even the deployment steps are the same.

Most of you know MySQL as a database environment sitting on a Linux operating system. This is where the resource provider is somehow different as it relies on Windows Server-based MySQL resources.

After having deployed the resource provider you could simply add the MySQL hosting server, define the SKUs and deploy the first databases on your MySQL server environment just like we showed for Microsoft SQL above.

App Services on Azure Stack

The App Services resource provider is one which should be quite familiar with what you may already know from public Azure.

The options with the App Services resource provider are:

  1. Web Apps
  2. Mobile Apps
  3. Function Apps

Therefore, the use-cases are a bit broader compared to the SQL options mention thus far.

Looking into the deployment guide, the setup is more GUI based and quite simple. You can run the deployment using the appservice.exe installer that collects all requirements and lets you define the required parameters before starting the installation itself.

The requirements besides a few basic parameters are:

  • Microsoft SQL Database (e.g. via the MS SQL resource provider)
  • Windows File Server

After the installation has finished, the appropriate resources will show up in the portal.

App Services on Azure Stack

Having this done, the resource provider for App Services is up and running and can be used in your environment.

PaaS Use Cases on Azure Stack

After having installed all available resource providers for Azure Stack, you will be able to provide these services to your tenants using Plans and Offers. They are now able to deploy e.g. a WebApp as their services frontend with a SQL server-based backend.

Looking into hybrid cloud environments using Azure and Azure Stack, one part of the solution architecture may reside on Azure Stack (e.g. database) and the frontend on public Azure to be nearer to the customer itself or vice versa depending on the solution requirements. The only requirement would be again to have networking connectivity between both environments.

One other thing to note, regarding the Azure Stack Update cycles, you should have in mind that Azure Stack updates do not include updates for PaaS solutions. These need to be done manually and based on their availability. As the last months showed, the updates always included new features. So, I would say it is mandatory to follow the cycle. Regarding the update tasks, see the corresponding resource provider download as mentioned in this article. They should include a description and will show you how the update has to take place.

Wrap-Up

How are you liking Azure Stack so far? Have you found it easy to use? Difficult? Have you run into anything not covered yet in this series? We’d love to know in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

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Trend Micro apps on Mac accused of stealing data

Researchers charged that multiple apps in the Mac App Store were stealing data and Apple removed the offending apps from the store, but now Trend Micro is refuting the claims against its apps.

At least eight apps — six Trend Micro apps and two published by a developer who goes by the name “Yongming Zhang” — were found to be gathering data, including web browsing history, App Store browsing history and a list of installed apps, from user systems. Reports about the apps potentially stealing data first appeared on the Malwarebytes forum in late 2017, but the issues were confirmed recently by at least three individuals: Patrick Wardle, CEO and founder of Digita Security, a security researcher based in Germany who goes by the Twitter handle @privacyis1st, and Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes Labs.

Wardle dug into claims by @privacyis1st that the number four ranked paid app, published by “Yongming Zhang” in the Mac App Store — Adware Doctor — was stealing data. At first Wardle saw the app was behaving normally until it came time to “clean” the user system, when he observed the app stealing browser history data and a list of installed apps.

“From a security and privacy point of view, one of the main benefits of installing applications from the official Mac App Store is that such applications are sandboxed. (The other benefit is that Apple supposedly vets all submitted applications – but as we’ve clearly shown here, they (sometimes?) do a miserable job),” Wardle wrote in a blog post. “When an application runs inside a sandbox it is constrained by what files or user information it can access. For example, a sandboxed application from the Mac App Store should not be able to access a user’s sensitive browser history. But Adware Doctor clearly found [a way].”

Trend Micro apps and company response

Adware Doctor and another app — Open Any Files: RAR Support — were developed by an unknown developer whose identity is based on the name of a notorious Chinese serial killer, Zhang Yongming, who was executed in 2013 after being convicted on killing 11 boys and young men. In addition to these apps stealing data, Reed noted in his analysis that at least two Trend Micro apps appeared to be acting improperly.

Reed said he “saw the same data being collected and also uploaded in a file named file.zip to the same URL used by Open Any Files” in the app Dr. Antivirus. Reed said Open Any Files and the Trend Micro apps were uploading the zip file to Trend Micro servers.

“Unfortunately, other apps by the same developer are also collecting this data. We observed the same data being collected by Dr. Cleaner, minus the list of installed applications,” Reed wrote in his analysis. “There is really no good reason for a ‘cleaning’ app to be collecting this kind of user data, even if the users were informed, which was not the case.”

Trend Micro admitted that its apps — Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Battery, and Duplicate Finder — were removed from the Mac App Store, but denied that the apps were “stealing” data and sending that data to Chinese servers.

The company said in its response that the Trend Micro apps were collecting and uploading “a small snapshot of the browser history on a one-time basis, covering the 24 hours prior to installation,” but claimed this functionality was “for security purposes” and that the actions were permitted by users as part of the EULA agreed to on installation.

Trend Micro linked to a support page for Dr. Cleaner that showed browser history as one of the types of data collected with user permission, but Reed said on Twitter that he kept archived copies of the apps and he did not find any in-app notifications about data collection.

Despite denying any wrongdoing, Trend Micro said it was taking steps to “reassure” users that their data was safe.

“First, we have completed the removal of browser collection features across our consumer products in question. Second, we have permanently dumped all legacy logs, which were stored on US-based AWS servers. This includes the one-time 24 hour log of browser history held for three months and permitted by users upon install,” Trend Micro wrote. “Third, we believe we identified a core issue which is humbly the result of the use of common code libraries. We have learned that browser collection functionality was designed in common across a few of our applications and then deployed the same way for both security-oriented as well as the non-security oriented apps such as the ones in discussion. This has been corrected.”

It is unclear why Open Any Files was uploading data to Trend Micro servers or if Trend Micro was the only company with access to the data uploaded by any of the Trend Micro apps.

Trend Micro did not respond to questions at the time of this post.

Apple’s responsibility in the Mac App Store

Despite being a central figure in the story of the Trend Micro apps being removed from the Mac App Store, the one company that has kept quiet has been Apple. Apple has not made a public statement and did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post.

Apple claims, “The safest place to download apps for your Mac is the Mac App Store. Apple reviews each app before it’s accepted by the store, and if there’s ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly remove it from the store.” But, Wardle said “it’s questionable whether these statements actually hold true,” given the number of apps found to be stealing data and Wardle pointed out that the Mac App Store has known issues with fake reviews propping up bad apps.

Stefan Esser, CEO of Antid0te UG, a security audit firm based in Cologne, Germany, also criticized Apple’s response to the claims apps in its store were stealing data.

“The fact that Apple was informed about this weeks ago and [chose] to ignore and that they finally reacted after bad press like two days before their announcement of new products for you to buy is for sure just coincidence,” Esser wrote on Twitter.

And Reed said it’s best to not trust certain apps in the Mac App Store.

Announcing Azure Pipelines with unlimited CI/CD minutes for open source

With the introduction of Azure DevOps today, we’re offering developers a new CI/CD service called Azure Pipelines that enables you to continuously build, test, and deploy to any platform or cloud. It has cloud-hosted agents for Linux, macOS, and Windows, powerful workflows with native container support, and flexible deployments to Kubernetes, VMs, and serverless environments.

Microsoft is committed to fueling open source software development. Our next step in this journey is to provide the best CI/CD experience for open source projects. Starting today, Azure Pipelines provides unlimited CI/CD minutes and 10 parallel jobs to every open source project for free. All open source projects run on the same infrastructure that our paying customers use. That means you’ll have the same fast performance and high quality of service. Many of the top open source projects are already using Azure Pipelines for CI/CD, such as Atom, CPython, Pipenv, Tox, Visual Studio Code, and TypeScript – and the list is growing every day.

In the following, you can see Atom running parallel jobs on Linux, macOS, and Windows for its CI.

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Azure Pipelines app on GitHub Marketplace

Azure Pipelines has an app in the GitHub Marketplace so it’s easy to get started. After you install the app in your GitHub account, you can start running CI/CD for all your repositories.

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Pull Request and CI Checks

When the GitHub app is setup, you’ll see CI/CD checks on each commit to your default branch and every pull request.

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Our integration with the GitHub Checks API makes it easy to see build results in your pull request. If there’s a failure, the call stack is shown as well as the impacted files.

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More than just open source

Azure Pipelines is also great for private repositories. It is the CI/CD solution for companies like Columbia, Shell, Accenture, and many others. It’s also used by Microsoft’s biggest projects like Azure, Office 365, and Bing. Our free offer for private projects includes a cloud-hosted job with 1,800 minutes of CI/CD a month or you can run unlimited minutes of CI/CD on your own hardware, hosted in the cloud or your on-premises hardware. You can purchase parallel jobs for private projects from Azure DevOps or the GitHub Marketplace.

In addition to CI, Azure Pipelines has flexible deployments to any platform and cloud, including Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as any of your on-premises server running Linux, macOS or Windows. There are built-in tasks for Kubernetes, serverless, and VM deployments. Also, there’s a rich ecosystem of extensions for the most popular languages and tools. The Azure Pipelines agent and tasks are open source and we’re always reviewing feedback and accepting pull requests on GitHub.

Join our upcoming live streams to learn more about Azure Pipelines and other Azure DevOps services.

  • Keynote: Watch our live Azure DevOps keynote on September 11, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:30 AM Pacific Time.

  • Live training: Join our live Mixer workshop with interactive Q&A on September 17, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time.

You can save-the-date and watch both live streams on our events page. There you’ll also find additional on-demand videos and other resources to help get you started.

I’m excited for you to try Azure Pipelines and tell us what you think. You can share your thoughts directly to the product team using @AzureDevOps, Developer Community, or comment on this post.

Jeremy Epling

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A Microsoft apprenticeship helped a former gang member escape the streets

“Our main users were women and they said the guys at their gym were pervs or muscly and intimidating; or it was a scary concept – what should be like going to a doctor is more like trying to work out in front of the strongest guy in class,” Uwadiae says.

Three people turned up to WeGym’s first group session, which was led by a friend of Uwadiae, and two went to the next one. His new business was up and running.

In the months that followed, Uwadiae taught himself to code so he could improve the website during the day. At night he would sneak around London in a hoodie to put up posters advertising WeGym, which would get ripped down again the next morning.

“I would put up posters for three or four hours until 2am or 3am, go home, sleep, get up at 8am and take bookings. We got five or six customers the first time I did it, then 10 after the next one.

“We have the opportunity to change the narrative around who can access a personal trainer and what the product of a personal trainer is. We’ve democratised it in a small way, for a small subset of people.

Recent Roundup of PC Gaming Hardware News – Xbox Wire

With gamescom and IFA now behind us, we’re taking a look at some of the hottest Windows gaming hardware announcements across various events—bringing them all into one, easy place for you to read. The last few weeks have seen a handful of new gaming laptops, GPUs, monitors and more announced for PC gamers of all varieties. Check out the list below to see what new hardware announced you’re most looking forward to!

Acer Predator Triton 900

Acer Predator Triton 900 Image

The newly refreshed Acer Predator Triton 900 gaming rig sports the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for ultimate power and speed, while the laptop’s hinge pivots the screen to fit whatever angle you’d like to game at. With the garage door, you can insert an Xbox controller dongle to play Xbox games seamlessly, and a custom-engineered dual-fan keeps things cool while the RGB backlit keyboard and overclocking capabilities customize your gaming experience.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Devices and Their Beefier GPUs

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Lenovo has refreshed three gaming devices announced at E3 with upgraded GPUs: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 on the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 on the Lenovo Legion T730 tower and Lenovo Legion C730 cube.

A testament to Lenovo engineering and innovation, the Lenovo Legion Y530 15.6-inch FHD display gaming laptop is thermally optimized to run cooler and quieter with a full-sized white backlit keyboard. At 24 mm thin and 2.3 kg light, it’s been redesigned to deliver the ideal balance between epic gaming performance and practical portability. It also comes with powerful NVIDIA graphics, DDR4 memory and more, all optimally cooled via a re-engineered dual-channel cooling system.

The Lenovo Legion T730 is a 28-liter desktop that gives you the style and power you demand in a gaming tower, thanks to customizable RGB LED system lighting, a transparent side panel, optional liquid cooling, and extreme processing and graphics power with overclocking options to completely immerse you in your favorite titles. The space-saving Lenovo Legion C730 is a striking 19L cube with fully loaded overclocked components – boosted by the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 GPU upgrades.

MSI P65 Creator

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Looking for a notebook to enable you to keep gaming-on-the-go, but capturing the appeal of your inner creator? Look no further. The P65’s high-performance specifications are comparable to MSI’s top-of-the-line gaming offerings. It features Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, allowing for fast rendering times and multitasking. The P65 has up to almost three times more graphical performance than leading competitor in its category. And it uses MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity, the same system found in the company’s gaming laptops, to keep the notebook cool even during intense workloads.

With its ultra-light aluminum chassis, the P65 weighs just 4.14 pounds and measures 0.69 inches thick. At the same time, the slim design does not sacrifice battery life. The P65 has an 82Whr battery for up to more than 9 hours of regular use.

At launch, the P65 will be available in both silver and a limited-edition white. The White Limited Edition shares many of the same specifications as the Silver Edition but comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, Hi-Res Audio, and Thunderbolt 3. At launch, the Silver Edition will be available with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q or GTX 1050 Ti. The White Limited Edition also includes an extended one-year warranty and protective laptop sleeve.

OMEN by HP

At gamescom in Cologne, Germany, OMEN by HP unveiled new hardware and mobile software innovations for gaming enthusiasts. The OMEN Obelisk is the latest addition to the company’s desktop gaming family. Also announced are new features for the OMEN Mindframe Headset – the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology – to add comfort and audio benefits for both competitive play and streaming.

Gamers are always hungry for more power—such as graphics cards and memory. The OMEN Obelisk will be one of the first systems to carry the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series of GPUs by way of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, powered by all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture, giving gamers access to the world’s ultimate gaming architecture. The integration of HyperX high-performance memory within the OMEN Obelisk is another critical part of engineering a desktop to utilize the latest GPUs, RAM and other components through an industry-standard upgrade path vital to gaming at the highest levels, both now and in the future.

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The OMEN Obelisk Desktop addition to the family of OMEN Desktops has been engineered with peak performance and customization so PCs can keep up with the latest in gaming. With a DIY-friendly, industry-standard upgrade path, along with options for the latest graphics and processor architectures, gamers can continually achieve the performance they expect.

Top features of the OMEN Obelisk are detailed in HP’s press release and include world-class power and storage, latest series of NVIDIA GPUs, HyperX integration, strategic cooling with extensive venting that takes advantage of thoughtfully placed components to generate optimal airflow, and a customizable and clean design.

Speaking of top features, the forthcoming OMEN Mindframe Headset is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling by way of HP’s patented thermoelectric driven Frostcap technology. It has been built with comfort in mind, while also delivering top-notch sound quality. The OMEN by HP team has made further additions prior to launch, including noise cancellation, real-time audible feedback via sidetone to take advantage of noise cancellation, and new fabric cups for improved breathability.

Regarding pricing and availability, the OMEN Obelisk Desktop is expected to be available in September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99. OMEN Game Stream for Android is expected to be available later this year via the Google Play Store for free. And the OMEN Mindframe Headset is expected to be available in October via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $199.99.

NZXT HUE 2 for PC Builders

On Tuesday, NZXT announced 10 products comprising the new HUE 2 RGB family, delivering the broadest line of RGB lighting accessories for PC builders. NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, noted that the new HUE 2 ecosystem – including the four-channel HUE 2 RGB controller and the external HUE 2 Ambient Lighting controller, along with several new accessories – provides PC builders more options for customizing their systems.

At the heart of the HUE 2 ecosystem are four complete RGB kits that include everything PC builders need to get started: the HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit, HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit, Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (120mm) and Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (140mm). Choose one to get started and add accessories to complete and perfect your PC’s lighting.

Builders can choose from a variety of RGB accessories to express their creativity and build the perfect lighting for their gaming PC. All HUE 2 accessories require a HUE 2 RGB controller, purchased separately in one of the HUE 2 kits. The new HUE 2 family of products will be available in North America in mid to late August, and in the rest of the world in late August. Read more here.

Alienware by Dell – Monitors, Gaming Desktops and more!

Alienware Aurora

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The new Alienware Aurora gaming desktop, designed for VR experiences, and currently the designated training PC for Team Liquid, is both a proven powerhouse for gaming professionals as well as a complete package for gaming beginners and veterans who need significant performance and upgradability under a reliable, high-quality chassis.

For gamers looking for a mid-tower desktop, the new Alienware Aurora is ready for current Oculus VR or HTC/VIVE requirements and can also support higher performance configurations for the near future’s more demanding VR, as well as 4K gaming. Gamers can choose from a wide variety of upgradability options, spanning many performance and budgetary considerations.

Inspired by the Alienware Area-51, the external design of the system includes AlienFX customizable lighting and has incorporated various ergonomic features for user-handling and component access. Its internal arrangement and fan positioning delivers ambient air towards the priority components with exhausts at the top and rear of the system to deliver maximum performance.

Alienware 15 and 17

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With up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9 k-Series processors, the Alienware 15 and 17 are engineered with an improved thermal solution and a thin, hinge-forward design to extract the maximum performance from top-of-the-line components.

The design introduces premium materials such as anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel-reinforcements and copper thermal management to ensure a level of stiffness, rigidity, thinness and high-quality feel – all without sacrificing gaming performance. You can also get to internal components easier through a new bottom door mechanism.

With an upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard, with per key RBG LED, Alienware 15 and 17 now support n-key rollover, enabling more than 108-key commands for maximum actions per minute. It’s the only keyboard on a laptop with 2.2mm of key travel, allowing for rapid response for any keystroke. Reinforced with a steel back plate for rigidity and uniform feedback, it’s guaranteed to stay functional for up to 10 million keystrokes.

Dell 24 and 27 gaming monitors (S2419HGF and S2719DGF)

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With Dell’s 24 (S2419HGF) and 27 (S2719DGF) gaming monitors, you’ll experience sharp, tear-free graphics with a swift overclocked refresh rate at 144Hz and 155Hz respectively. You’ll also leave lag behind, with blazing fast and responsive gameplay at an extremely rapid 1 millisecond response time.

These monitors support AMD FreeSync for smooth gameplay and give you the flexibility to game with the No-Sync fast refresh option on your existing hardware. You can also personalize and preset up to three gaming profiles, in addition to three factory preset modes, with a gamer-geared menu. Both monitors are distinguished by metallic paint in recon-blue to complement Dell gaming PCs for unified look and gaming experience.

The all-new gaming monitors provide maximum reliability with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period even if only one bright pixel is found.

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