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The iPhone 7 has just hit the stores, but well before that the rumour mill had been spilling various pieces of information about the 2017 iPhone, dubbed as the iPhone 8. The handset is rumoured to feature a “radical” redesign according to the employee speaking with BI.

Some of the hardware for the next-generation iPhone is being created in Herzliya, Israel, according to the source. Another Apple employee, however, refrained from sharing details of what Apple is doing at the research and development centre located there, but a third source, a Cisco employee, confirmed that the Apple employees “work on the hardware side. Verifications. Something like that.”

Apple employs roughly 800 people at its Herzliya office, which was set up after the company acquired Anobit (flash memory designer) four years ago. The acquisition was followed by another deal, this time withPrimeSense and, most recently, the Israeli camera firm LinX.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple’s second-biggest R&D office (according to Tim Cook, as cited by The Times of Israel) is the one in Herzliya, and it is used to develop hardware such as chips, storage, cameras and wireless technologies.

Culled: iPhoneincanada.ca

Microsoft has given up on the PC; mobile devices have won the war after not even a decade.

OK, that's a bit extreme. But the PC is becoming simply another device, reinvented to work like a smartphone or tablet when it comes to application development, application distribution, device management, and security.

The two major examples of this shift to what's called an omnidevice strategy are Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet and the adoption of mobile management and security standards in Windows 10.

Is a Surface Pro a laptop or a tablet? Yes. That's the point: The difference is situational, as the device can be used in either mode, yet it is the same "tabtop" device. Likewise, Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel-C tablets, which no Microsoft IT shop would ever have considered to be laptops, can be used as laptops -- but they don't run Windows.

Is a computer a device? Increasingly, yes. That's why Windows 10 adopts the device and application management approaches pioneered by iOS and later adopted by Android and MacOS. Microsoft is keeping the traditional management tools in place, but it wants enterprises to start thinking of Windows PCs like iPads and other mobile devices, and use the same tools to manage and secure them all (preferably Microsoft's own, of course).

Windows 10 also adopts the app store model for software distribution, again copying the approach introduced in iOS and later adopted by Android and MacOS. In addition, its new Universal Windows Platform application format adopts the responsive-design approach again pioneered by iOS so that a single app could run on an iPhone or tablet, adapting to the device it is on. Android also adopted this approach.

In some sense, Macs and (later) Windows PCs always were adaptable in that their windows could be resized and the application UI had to adjust. But the degree of required adaptability is greater in an omnidevice context, as anyone who's designed websites to be responsive across browsers, operating systems, and device types can attest.

What this all boils down: When developing or buying apps, IT should be looking for modern options, so they'll be compatible with the wide range of devices that is increasingly the norm. IT should also begin making plans to integrate the PC and mobile silos into the unified approach that Microsoft and the rest of the systems management industry has been saying would become the norm. Because it is happening now.

The transition won't be quick -- there's too much legacy investment to turn over on the PC side, from management servers to applications to the PCs themselves, plus all that IT experience and training. But in the last five years, most enterprises have been building up the mobile management and development legacy and skills that will form the basis for omni-device management and development they'll need to move to.

It's better to make the transition thoughtfully and intentionally than to end up in a crisis state as enterprises have found themselves in when they ignored for years entreaties to abandon ActiveX, Internet Explore-version, and Java-version dependencies.

Start now, if not sooner.

 

Source: Galen Gruman  Executive Editor InfoWorld (infoworld.com)

 

It has now been 12 weeks since “mobilegeddon,” the day that Google’s search algorithm started judging the browsability of a website on a small mobile screen and rewarding the sites that make life easier for smartphone users. This as much as anything marks the day when the smartphone became an official Web citizen, and mobile browsers attained all of the rights and privileges as their desktop counterparts.

All hail the mobile Web! And which is the top mobile browser? Now that they have earned their place in the Web, it makes sense to push them through the wringer and see what they can do.

InBrowser for Android

There’s something phenomenally simple about InBrowser: The front page is clean; there are few buttons or extras. The minimalism pays off because InBrowser takes up the smallest amount of storage by far.

 

It’s hard to know exactly why it is so small, but one reason is there’s no code for tracking what you do and no local database for storing it. When you exit the app, InBrowser forgets your history and all of the other casual data it picked up about you. It offers privacy and doesn’t fill up your phone’s memory. (This has its downsides -- I found myself retyping URLs all of the time.)

The first thing that many people will notice is how many choices we have. While this review tackles six browsers for Android smartphones, there may be at least another half dozen or more serious contenders. Then there appear to be several dozen battling for a tinier slice of market share.

The second thing that is apparent: The game is different. While the desktop browsers tend to be feature rich and all things to all people, the developers of smartphone browsers aim to simplify them. The screen real estate is small enough and the fingers are fat that enough that the mobile browsers can’t offer many features at all. If anything, features get in the way and become anti-features.

The goal for the smartphone browser is to render the page, pop it onto the screen, and get out of the way. Even tabs are controversial, as not everyone wants to trade those precious pixels for their advantage. Every feature has to justify its value in screen space, and many features seem to lose out.

Third, you realize the competition is stiff. All of the browsers here do a good job of rendering Web pages for the small screen. It’s not likely that you’ll fail to read a Web page merely because you were using a different browser. Every one of them gets the job done.

Still, the subtle differences can add up. Some browsers are faster than others on the two different JavaScript benchmarks,SunSpider and Octane. The variations might not matter with some basic sites, but these delays, however slight, can pile up when you’re using complex pages and the more elaborate Web applications that are becoming more common.

To further complicate matters, some browsers excelled in one test but not the other. Both tests include some code like encryption that is quite similar, but in general, SunSpider’s collection seems a bit simpler and focused on pure computation. Browsers that do well with simple, repeated calculations usually do well with SunSpider.

Higher scores are better for HTML5Test and Octane; total storage footprint per App info
Android browser Total storage HTML5Test

Octane 2.0

SunSpider 1.0.2

Chrome 43.0.2357 81.38MB 518 2,158 2222.7ms +/- 9.7%
CM Browser 5.1.90 15.9MB 384 2,161 1631.8ms +/- 2.9%
Dolphin 11.4.10 37.1MB 412 1,515 2267.8ms +/- 9.2%
Firefox 38.0.5 47.5MB 474 2,311 1928.6ms +/- 8%
InBrowser 2.22.1 2.7MB 384 2,293 1517.4ms +/- 4.9%
UC Browser 10.5.0 45.1MB 413 1,630 1519.2ms +/- 8.2%

The Octane test includes several big Web applications with tens of thousands of lines of code. It also includes a few tests to stress the object allocation routines and measure the effects of garbage collection, compilation, and other hiccups that can drive users nuts. If you’re concerned about your browser’s performance with complex Web apps, you’ll want to pay close attention to the Octane number. It's probably better at capturing the prowess of juggling big blocks of code.

One problem is that studying each browser’s performance in isolation is difficult. I ran the tests by loading the Web pages in the browsers on a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4. Before beginning, I killed all other running programs with Advanced Task Killer before firing up the browser. While this stopped all processes for a time, it was clear that some had the ability to start themselves up. Apps like Facebook or Chrome are like zombies -- they won’t stay dead.

 

There are deeper differences with theHTML5Test scores. All of the browsers performed quite well on this test -- in many cases better than desktop browsers -- but some offered more new features than others. Do these matter? Not with small, simple websites that simply serve up pages, but the missing features could mangle a complex, modern site built with the latest forms and interactive features in HTML5.

Another part that people often overlook is the integration with the desktop. After all, it’s nice to be able to share bookmarks and other details across your devices. Of course this means that some company will track all of your moves, but that’s the price you pay for convenience. (For some reason, the smartphones rarely let you touch files or do anything under the hood, so it’s not easy to do this transfer without using the cloud.)

All of this makes evaluating the differences among the mobile browsers a bit of an art. If you use simpler websites or browse only occasionally, choosing a particular browser probably won’t make much difference. But if you use computationally complex sites that rely heavily on new HTML5 features, you should look carefully at the test results.

In other words, you can wing it most of the time -- until you get frustrated. A few years ago, people were happy to be able to pull up a website on a smartphone at all. The ability to pinch and zoom was a miracle. Now we’re spending so much time with the small screens that we need to spend time evaluating browsers and replacing the stock browser with a better option.

Chrome for Android

There’s something different about the Android version of Chrome. While the desktop version is a full-featured, dominant browser that supports a huge ecosystem full of plug-ins and extensions, the Android version feels spare. Aside from the support for tabs and private browsing, there’s not much to note about Chrome for Android.

The one part that stands out is the score of 518 on the HTML5Test, which is pretty close to the maximum of 555. Like Chrome on the desktop, the mobile browser offers the best compatibility scores for anyone who wants to use sites with the latest additions to HTML5.

Chrome Android

As you might expect, Chrome takes you right to a Google search field.

Almost all of the new elements and form input widgets are there. The only features that are missing and might cause pain for developers is support for some video codecs. Chrome supports H.264 and WebM, but not Ogg Theora or MPEG-4 ASP. There’s also no way to select audio or video tracks.

The rest of the omissions are mainly newer features for doing the background work that makes Web pages more interactive. There’s no support yet for custom content handlers, shared workers, or writeable streams. Are these essential? Probably not for most sites, but that could change.

The speed test results, though, aren’t as stellar. The numbers are in the middle of the pack, so there’s little to brag about.

One feature that can be useful with some sites is Chrome’s “data saver.” Google will preload sites with its own proxy engine and compress them before sending the files on to your smartphone. This can speed up the connection and save money on mobile data plans. The browser keeps a running tally of how much it saves and shares this in one tab. Some major sites didn’t provide any savings, perhaps because they’re already gzipped together, but others produced savings of 50 to 55 percent. Of course your mileage will vary.

CM Browser for Android

The first thing you notice when you start up the CM Browser is the home page with icons for a few of the major websites, a bit of news, and a list of the trending searches. Then you’ll see the ads nestled in between. If they bother you, you can turn them off. The home page, though, is fixed. You can’t replace CM Browser’s built-in page with another.

 

There aren’t many extras beyond this home page. The best feature is the translate option on the page menu that will translate a page into a language of your choice. It’s a good feature for anyone who wants to read sites from around the world.

CM Browser on Android

You'll find a large collection of bookmarks and enhanced pages for CM Browser.

The HTML5Test score, 384, isn’t great. While support for the newer tags and form elements is largely in place, there are large gaps in many other areas. Many users will miss support for the clipboard API, for instance, or the ability to drag and drop.

Custom handlers, streams, and peer-to-peer APIs aren’t supported at all. The Web Cryptography API and the Content Security Policy 1.1 also go by the wayside. In the world of codecs, support is limited to H.264 and WebM with VP8 compression.

In all, nothing absolutely crucial is missing, but there are many holes that will stop a Web app from doing much more than displaying some data and responding to some clicks.

The good news is that CM Browser’s Octane and SunSpider results are close to the top. CM Browser is also fairly small and compact. But while the website for the browser pegs the footprint at only 1.6MB, when I looked at the total storage soon after starting, it had grown to 15.9MB. This was still the second smallest in the test, but it shows how cached data can have an effect. When I checked in later after working on this review, total storage had grown to 23MB. You can adjust how much data is cached with the settings menu.

 

In all, CM Browser is a relatively small browser that doesn’t offer all of the HTML5 features, but delivers some of the best speed.

Dolphin Browser for Android

Dolphin is one of the best-known browsers for Android that doesn’t have a cousin in the desktop space. The company focuses on the mobile platform, and this has its advantages. The Dolphin Connect service, for instance, will sync bookmarks and details with a wide range of desktop browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Another feature that’s still desirable for some people is support for Adobe’s Flash. This is essential for playing some games, especially many casual Web-based games, and it can be a key part of many websites.

Dolphin on Android

Dolphin gives you 12 major buttons and ample controls.

Dolphin also includes several features that make it easier to use a little screen with a tiny keyboard. You can, for instance, customize your gestures so that Dolphin will take you to a particular site if you move your finger in a particular pattern.

A better option might be Dolphin Sonar, which uses voice recognition to connect you to a few major websites. Saying “Yelp pizza” goes directly to a Yelp search for nearby pizza spots, while saying “New York Times” goes to a Yahoo search for the words “New York Times.” It’s a nice alternative to Siri because it works with the entire Web instead of Apple’s closed search engine. The only problem I had is that it seemed to require a vigorous shake, no doubt to avoid the problem of light movement triggering the option.

 

The HTML5Test score, 415, isn’t at the bottom, but it’s close. The newer tags are covered, and Dolphin gets a perfect score of 75 for supporting every variation of the different form elements. However, HTML Templates and the Shadow DOM aren’t supported.

Many of the gaps are the ones we’ve seen repeatedly in these tests. There’s little support for the fancier interactive techniques like drag and drop, pointer events, or game controller. Dolphin supports all codecs except Ogg Theora.

The biggest gap may be the lack of WebGL for displaying 3D content. There are also a number of lost points in the 2D graphics engine like the ability to create JPEG images and export them on the fly. But, hey, Dolphin continues to support Flash.

The speed results aren’t stellar either. The real attractions of Dolphin are the extra features such as Sonar voice recognition and the custom gestures. If you’re looking to run the latest HTML5 Web apps, though, you’ll probably be out of luck with any but the most basic.

Firefox for Android

The Firefox browser you use on your desktop is surprisingly close to the Firefox browser you use on your phone. Well, the extra buttons are hidden and the entire screen is given over to the Web page, but the inside is similar. You can install add-ons, as you can on the desktop, and some of them look pretty useful.

The world of Firefox add-ons is surprisingly fertile and creative because Mozilla has created an open API. One called Lazy Clickwill expand the radius of a click, making it easier to hit tiny targets. Another calledURL Fixer will eliminate some common typos like .rog and .ocm. Several dozen of these add-ons that might be called essential.

Firefox on Android

Firefox for Android tracks your top sites and syncs with your desktop.

Firefox’s HTML5Test score of 474 is good but not in the 500s. The browser lost most of its points because it doesn’t support many of the newer tags like the toolbar menu type or the form fields that check your input. Most of the other points disappeared here and there for lack of features like the ability to choose the audio track or video track with JavaScript.

It will be interesting to see how long Firefox can resist some of the protections for artists like the Content Security Policy 1.1 or DRM. But most of what you might need for an interactive Web app is there.

Firefox’s Octane and SunSpider performance results are both very good, but not the best. The real standout is the collection of add-ons that build upon the success of the desktop browser.

If you want even more cloaking, you can install Orbot, a separate tool that lets your phone connect with the TOR (The Onion Router) network. This will create a semi-random path through nodes that hide the direction that your packets are traveling. If you connect to a distant website, it won’t be able to figure out who you are or where you are located, at least not by looking at your IP address.

While the home page is pretty simple, it’s not empty. There’s a Google search box and an advertisement. The developers of InBrowser may want to stop the tracking that’s helping websites advertise to you, but they’re not shy about delivering their own ads. Of course they need to pay for their work somehow. To be fair, the ad was small, and there was still plenty of white space on the home page.

The HTML5Test score of 384 is tied with the CM Browser for the lowest, probably because these browsers have plenty of code in common. The holes are similar too: no streams, custom content handlers, or peer-to-peer APIs. Interactive features like drag-and-drop and responsive images aren’t supported either. There are holes in the 2D graphics world and no support for WebGL. The good news is that many of the newer tags and form elements are there. In other words, InBrowser offers support for basic Web applications but not the ones that use the more sophisticated features.

The best news is that InBrowser is quite speedy. It not only has the fastest time on the SunSpider test but also did well on the Octane test. Maybe all of that tracking slows down a browser?

UC Browser for Android

UC Browser is a good example of the possibility of different markets for browsers throughout the world. The best indication of this may be the special button, next to the icons for Google and Facebook, devoted to reporting cricket scores. That may be why the browser is so popular in India.

This page, known as UC Cricket, is one of many specialized pages that are specially coded to integrate certain sites with the browser. You’ll find a similar page that provides soccer scores.

UC Browser on Android

UC Browser has a wide collection of specialized pages for major sites like Facebook that offer deeper integration.

UC Facebook will not only do a good job showing you the Facebook website, but it will try to take over the role of posting updates from the standard Facebook app. Once you sign in, you’ll start getting new alerts about your Facebook friends from the UC browser itself. There are a number of add-ons like this, and they’re blurring the traditional line between content and browser.

The HTML5Test score of 411 shows the browser is missing many of the newer ideas and enhancements. Many of the new tags and form elements are supported but not all of the background mechanisms. The browser loses points for not supporting the likes of IndexedDB, the input/output streams, and custom content handlers. There’s also no support for any of the peer-to-peer APIs like WebRTC.

The video codec support is quite complete. But while UC Browser supports all of the major codecs, some features aren’t available. There’s no way to select different tracks or display subtitles.

In all, you’ll be fine if you browse sites that stick with the basic mechanisms for displaying data. You’ll start running into trouble when you download more full-featured Web applications that want to store data locally or interact with peers.

The speed results are mixed. While the SunSpider tests are close to being the fastest, the Octane scores are the worst. Clearly UC Browser doesn’t perform as well on some operations as on others.

Most of the excitement lies in the add-ons aimed at taking over the phone and getting you to spend most of your time with the UC Browser. It’s not a bad place to be.

Stars of the small screen

How can you choose? There are so many ways. The choice for the privacy sensitive, InBrowser, has much to recommend it. The Octane and SunSpider scores are zippy, and InBrowser takes only a sliver of memory. What's not to like? Well, sometimes you want the hand-holding that comes with the data retention that InBrowser avoids. Sometimes all of that data will save you a lot of keystrokes. Sometimes you would rather your phone remembered more of your browsing history.

 

Many of the choices here have some special feature that might be so desirable that it trumps the rest. Dolphin’s Sonar, for instance, might be exactly what you want. Or you might want the extra channels in UC Browser like the ones that offer cricket news. If so, you can be safe in choosing that browser for one feature alone. It might be a bit slower or lack some HTML5 feature, but you’ll know the scores.

The best all-around choice seems to be Firefox. It’s very fast on the Octane test and reasonably good on SunSpider. It has a good HTML5Test score. It offers good integration with the desktop and many of the same extensions as its desktop cousin. I found myself coming back to Firefox again and again on my smartphone. 

The good news is the choice isn't permanent -- or mission critical. You can load all of these browsers on your phone and switch as your needs shift. They all do the job. Soon you'll figure out which is best for you.

System requirements, driver compatibility, and update branches are just some of the factors to consider prior to a Windows 10 deploy. 

 
 
 

 

Windows 10 desktop
 Image: Nick Statt/CNET

 

With Windows 10 reaching the General Availability (GA) milestone on July 29, 2015, many IT professionals are looking forward to an upgrade from the aging Windows 7, and the awkwardly designed Windows 8 and 8.1. However, considering the extremely quick pace of development from the release of the Insider Preview to GA, there are some considerations to keep in mind when making the migration.

1: Don't deploy on Day 1

From a public-facing standpoint, Windows 10 follows a vastly different development process than previous versions. The Service Pack model has been done away with in favor of more frequent incremental feature updates. While the current build (10166) and the three builds prior to that have largely been dedicated to bug fixes and ensuring everything is functioning prior to GA, patches for bug fixes and compatibility issues will inevitably emanate from Microsoft after the initial release.

Note: Enterprise users need to check their Software Assurance privileges for licensing rights. Home and Professional users can freely upgrade to Windows 10 through July 29, 2016.

Update on 7/15/15 with details from Microsoft:I reached out to Microsoft's Media Relations for more details regarding the release of Windows 10 Enterprise and future Windows Server products. Here's what I was told:

We encourage businesses to start testing Windows 10 features and functionality now through Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview. We'll continue to add new features - and innovations within features - over time. And starting Aug 1 active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview #2 was released on 5/4. Expect additional Technical Previews through the rest of 2015. Windows Server 2016 will be generally available in 2016. We don't have additional details to share at this time.

2: Learn about Windows 10's new update branches

The way in which updates are provisioned in Windows 10 is a reflection of the rapid releases of Chrome and Firefox, and — to an extent — the release schedules of Linux distributions. Windows now has two versions of Windows Update: one standard version and Windows Update for Business, which is included for Pro and Enterprise SKUs.

Windows now also has four (or five, depending on your perspective) update branches.

Windows Insider Preview Branch (WIPB)

As it is presently, this contains both the fast ring and the slow ring. The fast ring serves as the trunk, whereas the slow ring is slightly more polished.

Although perhaps it's a bit heavy-handed to draw a comparison to a well-established branching model in Linux, the WIPB is somewhat analogous to sid or unstable in Debian.

Current Branch (CB)

The first entry for the CB will be the GA release scheduled for July 29, 2015. Releases on this branch are considered sufficiently stable for consumer releases, while still introducing new features at a pace sufficiently responsive to the market.

Continuing with the Debian comparison, CB is analogous to debian-testing, which offers new packages and features at a sufficiently rapid pace. (Of note, Debian's reputation for stability in the testing branch is strong enough that the bi-annual releases of Ubuntu are derived from this branch.)

Current Branch for Business (CBB)

This branch is intended to contain snapshots of the CB, but with different handling of feature upgrades. The feature upgrades will be introduced to this branch four months after being added to the CB, with the option to defer feature upgrades as necessary for up to eight months, while still receiving security patches and critical upgrades.

This branch is reminiscent of the stable branch in Debian.

Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)

The LTSB, which is only available on Windows 10 Enterprise SKUs, allows for the indefinite deferral of critical updates; feature updates are only possible through the manual update of the LTSB versions. It will be possible to perform an in-place upgrade to the newest LTSB version from three versions back, and has a support period of five years mainstream, and five years extended.

In general, this branch is for use cases that require full qualification of all software, including patches, before deployment (often, for legal compliance). It also makes sense as a functional replacement for Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs.

And for the purpose of the comparison, the LTSB is similar to oldstable in Debian.

3: Evaluate it yourself before deploying

Like the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8, many of the familiar settings menus have been altered, or the locations in which individual settings are available have changed. Some items are duplicated between the new Settings app and the classic Control Panel, though the behavior isn't yet consistent. Getting to know the behavior of Windows 10 and where things are located in Settings is a needed step for day-to-day troubleshooting.

If you aren't presently using the preview, you might want to first give it a shot in a VM; the ISO can be downloaded here, and the newly-released VirtualBox 5.0 supports Windows 10 guests rather well.

4: Double-check your driver compatibility

Windows 10 makes substantive changes to the driver model, which may make some devices incompatible with Windows 10 at launch. Alternatively, management software for affected devices may not operate as expected under Windows 10, which could be the source of headaches if mission-critical hardware is involved.

For an in-place upgrade to Windows 10, solving issues may be as simple as reinstalling affected programs. (A fresh install, while potentially time consuming, may be more beneficial long-term.) According to the release notes, users of USB-connected monitors or laptop docking stations (such as those found on ThinkPad models) will need to disconnect from those devices during installation, but they can continue to be used afterward. Of note,USB floppy drives specifically require new drivers to work with Windows 10.

5: Be mindful of system requirements

In contrast to previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 is considered a service. Microsoft's Executive VP of Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, explained in a blog post that Microsoft "will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device — at no cost."

The meaning of what constitutes the "supported lifetime of a device" has not been pinned down. In an Investor Relations presentation, it was revealed that device lifetime is determined by "customer type," and that the estimated lifetime "can range from two to four years." Until these issues are further clarified, it may be best to continue with the currently deployed version of Windows, particularly for low-end devices with an Intel Atom or Celeron processor that originally shipped with Windows 7.

6: Be mindful of Microsoft-enforced bundling

In recognition of Windows 10 being considered a service, part of the strategy employed to generate revenue is the sale of additional services such as Office 365 and the inclusion of sponsored content, including Candy Crush Saga and MSN content apps that duplicate the function of using a browser to view the news. Fortunately, these are easy enough to uninstall.

In contrast, the search bar cannot be changed from searching Bing, and it cannot be completely removed (you can hide it, though it pops up over the taskbar when start is clicked), and removal of OneDrive requires extensive modifications.

7: Default sharing of Wi-Fi credentials could be a security risk

Wi-Fi Sense, a feature new to the desktop in Windows 10 (though it debuted in Windows Phone 8.1), shares the login credentials of protected Wi-Fi networks with Outlook.com contacts, Skype contacts, and optionally, Facebook friends. The password isn't exposed to the user, though Microsoft will store it in the cloud. This is designed to only allow internet access, and block attempts to access other connected devices, but with the rise of consumerization and continually insisting that users not share passwords, having Windows do so automatically could be problematic.

What's your Windows 10 migration plan?

When is your organization planning to migrate to Windows 10 (if at all)?What concerns do you have about the deployment? What Windows 10 features do you find most compelling? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Finally,  Team Mondraim  can help. Contact  us today.

Culled: http://www.techrepublic.com

LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time.

In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google's home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-maneuvering through traffic.

The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out at a hospital and cleared to go back to work following the July 1 collision, Google said. The driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain.

In California, a person must be behind the wheel of a self-driving car being tested on public roads to take control in an emergency. Google typically sends another employee in the front passenger seat to record details of the ride on a laptop. In this case, there was also a back seat passenger.

Google has invested heavily as a pioneer of self-driving cars, technology it believes will be safer and more efficient than human drivers.

This was the 14th accident in six years and about 1.9 million miles of testing, according to the company. Google has said that its cars have not caused any of the collisions — though in 2011 an employee who took a car to run an errand rear-ended another vehicle while the Google car was out of self-driving mode.

In 11 of the 14, Google said its car was rear-ended.

In a blog posted Thursday, the head of Google's self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, wrote that his SUVs "are being hit surprisingly often" by distracted drivers, perhaps people looking at their phones.

"The clear theme is human error and inattention," Urmson wrote. "We'll take all this as a signal that we're starting to compare favorably with human drivers."

In a telephone interview, Urmson said his team was exploring whether its cars could do something to alert distracted drivers before a collision. Honking would be one possibility, but Urmson said he worried that could start to annoy residents of Mountain View.

According to an accident report that Google filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles about the July 1 crash:

Google's SUV was going about 15 mph in self-driving mode behind two other cars as the group approached an intersection with a green light.

The first car slowed to a stop so as not to block the intersection — traffic on the far side was not moving. The Google car and the other car in front of it also stopped.

Within about a second, a fourth vehicle rear-ended the Google car at about 17 mph. On-board sensors showed the other car did not brake.

The driver of that car reported "minor neck and back pain." The SUV's rear bumper was slightly damaged, while the vehicle that struck it lost its front bumper.

Mountain View police responded, but did not file an accident report.

Author: John Engle

This Network Marketing invitation blog post will reveal the Network Marketing Pro, Eric Worre’s Secret Formula along with his time-tested and proven scripts that will guide your prospects to answer “YES” almost 100% of the time.

If you arrived on this page before reading the previous article, ‘ The Best Kept Secret in the Network Marketing Invitation Process ‘, then use the link above and absorb that information first.

Quick Review of the Network Marketing Invitation Process

In the article published on Tuesday, October 15th, we discussed the psychological issue aimed at your prospect when you give the impression of urgency. It has been stated that people are usually attracted to a person who is busy and has things going on.

In Step 2 , we spoke about the importance of complimenting the prospect to where the sincere compliment will open the door to real communication and make the prospect much more agreeable about hearing what you have to say.

Step 3 revealed the invitation process along with the 3 different, yet effective types, of invitation approaches orchestrated for the network marketing professional.

When I covered Step 4 we spoke of the ‘ If I, Would You ‘ method which is a powerful approach and one of the secret weapons of the professional network marketer Eric Worre.

There ARE 8 Steps in the Professional Marketing Invitation, Below are the Remaining Four

There are 8 dynamic and powerful steps to master in the professional invitation process… below are the remaining 4 highly effective strategies which will boost your results, increasing your efforts of closing the invitation process from roughly 5% to a whopping 80%.

Remember : As I mentioned in the ‘ The Best Kept Secret in the Network Marketing Invitation Process‘ article, this 8 Step formula is used for phone or face to face conversations ONLY.

Let’s Begin… Continuation from ‘ The Time-Proven & Authoritative Network Marketing Invitation Script – Eric Worre’s 8 Step Formula Revealed!.‘

Step 5: Confirmation #1 – Get the Time Commitment

You have already covered the timeless classic, “If I, Would You,” Step 4 script and the prospect said yes. Your next step will be to get a time commitment. Here are a few simple, yet effective scripts that work wonders:

“When do you think you could watch the DVD for sure?”

OR

“When do you think you could watch the presentation on the website for sure?”

Do NOT suggest a time for them. Just ask the question and wait for their response. This question allows them to think about their schedule and commitments, find a place to review the tool you spoke to them about, and communicate that back to you. In other words, it makes it real for the prospect.

When you first asked from Step 4, “If I, Would You,” and the prospect said yes, is was ‘Someday’ to them. When you get the time commitment, it starts to be real. The only thing that matters is that they give you a time.

About 90% of the time, the person will give you the answer… the other 10% of the time, they will be vague, saying something like “I’ll try to do it sometime.” If they do that, then respond with, “I don’t want to waste your time or mine. Why don’t we just lock in a time when you’ll have seen it for sure?”

Just remember that in Step 4 the person already stated that they would review your tool. This is just confirmation time. The key to all of this is that they have now said YES two times.

So, now you can give them the tool; right? WRONG! You are not done yet… the network marketing professionals take a few extra seconds to complete a couple of steps before they’re finished.

Step 6: Confirmation #2 – Confirm the Time Commitment

If the prospect tells you that he will watch it Tuesday night, your response should be something like, “So, if I called you Wednesday morning, you will have seen it for sure, right?” If the person were to say that Thursday morning would be the ideal time to watch the online presentation, your response would be “So, if I called you sometime later in the day on Thursday, you will have looked at it for sure, right?” If they say July 1st, you say the same thing above, except use July 2nd for your call back date… you get the idea.

The prospect will either say yes or they will adjust the time slightly. In any case, the significance to Step 6 is that they have now confirmed for a 3rd time and now they are more likely to follow through.

The key here is that this isn’t an appointment that you’ve set, it’s an appointment they’ve set.

REVIEW: The prospect said that they would take a look at the materials that you offered (from Step 4, “If I, Would You”), that they would do it by a specific time and, if you called them after that time, they would have reviewed the materials.

You’ve asked the questions, their answers made the appointments.

Step 7: Confirmation #3 – Schedule the Next Call

This step is simple… just ask, “What is the best number and time for me to call?” The prospect will give you what works best for them. Now you have a real appointment. All you have to do is BE SURE to remember to call when you said you would.

Step 8: Get OFF the Phone!

Remember from Step 1, you are in a hurry, right? Once you have confirmed the appointment, the last thing you might say to the person is, “Great, we’ll talk then, Gotta run!”

Too many people make the appointment and then UN-make it by talking and talking and… talking. Remember, our goal is education and understanding and we are going to let the third-party tool do most of the work.

Here are some examples of all eight steps combined into one script:

A person that you know who hates their job – Direct Approach

“Hey, I don’t have a lot of time to talk, but it was really important that I reach you. Listen, you’re one of the most financially intelligent people I know and I’ve always respected you. When you told me that you really didn’t like your job, were you serious or just kidding around?” (They say that they were serious.)

“Great, I think I’ve found a way for you to create an exit strategy. I have a DVD that describes what I am talking about better than I can. If I gave you this DVD, would you watch it? (They say yes.)”

“When do you think you could watch it for sure?” (They say on Tuesday.) “So, if I called you on Wednesday morning, you’ll have reviewed it for sure, right?” (They say yes.)

“All right… I’ll check back with you then. What’s the best number and time for me to call?” (They give you the information.)

“Got it. We’ll talk then. I gotta run and thanks!”

Closing Comments About the Network Marketing Invitation Closing Process

If any of these methods appear to be pushy, remember that these are the cutting-edge strategies of the top network marketing professionals. These top successful marketers take building their business seriously… they do not seek out tire-kickers for their organization.

These scripts will help weed out those people that are not-so-serious about the opportunity presented to them.

If you learned anything from my article, ‘ 4 Time-Proven Rules for Network Marketing Success !’, you will have learned to emotionally detach yourself from the outcome, and have a strong posture (strong posture – is one’s inability to be discouraged or swayed.)

In terms of scripts, it is best if you get the basic concepts down… don’t focus too heavily on the exact scripts.

If you learn to let your prospects know that you are in a hurry, then compliment them, then invite them, then pass on the tool with the, “If I, Would You,” type of script, then confirm using the process outlined above, then get off the phone or complete the invite, you will do just fine.

Remember, in recruiting, there is no good or bad experiences, just learning experiences.

While on your journey to becoming a Network Marketing Professional, the best thing that can happen is for you to develop the skills to recruit on demand, in any situation. So practice, practice, practice.

Much of the written materials were accumulated from Eric Worre’s book “7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional.”

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