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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of November 21st

Odds and ends from Microsoft, Amazon, and Tech Data, among others, and help for avoiding the worst of this weekend’s shopping insanity from Google are among the relatively few stories we didn’t get to in this holiday-shortened week. By Rich Freeman

We used to think cramming a week’s worth of overlooked IT news into one of these pieces was tough. Now we know better. What’s really tough is finding stuff to write about during a three-day work week when few companies are making news and few people are reading it. But we’re always game for a challenge here at ChannelPro, so here goes.

Flash! Stuffing and dressing are almost but not quite the same thing! And which one you prefer is based mostly on where you live. All of which you knew already, but like we said, we’re desperate for content here.

Todd HolmdahlWait, we found some. Credit the gang at Microsoft for figuring out that a slow news week can be a great time to make announcements that might otherwise get drowned out. Like the appointment of Todd Holmdahl (pictured) to head the company’s R&D efforts in quantum computing, a still science fiction-y field with a ginormous future ahead of it that’s attracting plenty of interest from other industry heavyweights.

As is the Internet of Things, needless to say, and Microsoft had some announcements to make there too, specifically:

  • Azure IoT Hub now has filtering capabilities that let users make Internet of Things solutions more secure by limiting connections to whitelisted IP addresses or blocking out blacklisted addresses.
  • The device management functionality for Azure IoT Hub that Microsoft has been previewing since the spring is now in general availability.
  • An expanded edition of the Azure IoT Gateway software development kit has shipped as well.

And last but hardly least, D-Link has revealed plans to partner with Microsoft on an initiative aimed at making next-gen Wi-Fi available to users in developing regions.

OK, that was good. But we’re still scrambling for material here. Here’s something worth knowing: No matter how hard they beg, do NOT let your pets join in on your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Acer Spin 7This is worth knowing too. Even if it has nothing to do with turkey fat.

OK, we’re on a roll! But now what? Let’s try what we in the media biz call an evergreen: Thanksgiving week travel stats. And as long as we’re talking stats…

This week’s stats ticker:

Black FridayAnd finally, from our “news you can use” department. Foot traffic at retail outlets will be down about 3.5 percent this year, according to Foursquare, but massive just the same, according to ShopperTrak. Eager to avoid the worst of the holiday shopping hordes? Google wants to help! Just in time for Black Friday, the Internet behemoth has equipped its search and maps tools with real-time crowd monitoring. Look up a store and they’ll show you how busy the place is. So if you want to get that special someone in your life a snow blower at doorbuster prices but also want to keep your checkout time to a minimum, you now have precisely the tool you’ll need right in the palm of your hand.

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Rich Freeman is ChannelPro's Executive Editor

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