Supply chain experts warn that millions of Christmas gifts, and the materials to make them, are stuck in various places, with container ships stretching as far as the eye can see offshore. This means buy early. If you wait for Black Friday, there may be little on the shelves. We suggest moving your shopping up to Manic Monday, October 25th. Not as many deals, but more chance of delivery. But these newstips always deliver, so enjoy.
News from Google Next. Serious security issues deserve serious specialists, like the new Google Cybersecurity Action Team. It will offer strategic advisory services, trust and compliance help, solutions engineering, and threat intelligence.
In a related note, Google’s Work Safer initiative aims to help all organizations communicate and collaborate more securely, especially in hybrid work environments.
Google Cloud has more than 20 new integrations and solutions from partners, ranging from Databricks to Informatica to NetApp and beyond.
One of those partners is TeamViewer, which says it will improve augmented reality solutions using Google Glass. AR solutions built on Google Cloud will be co-marketed.
Acerama. You can’t compost your computer yet, but the expanded Acer eco-friendly Vero product line is getting closer. Check out the Aspire Vero, TravelMate Vero (pictured), Veriton Vero Mini, and Vero BR277 monitor.
Work in 3D or want to? The new Acer ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop provides glasses-free stereoscopic 3D to designers and developers. Inside, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs with exclusive drivers and 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor keep things better than real.
Gamers will gather around the new Predator Orion 7000 desktop series with 12th Gen Intel Core processors and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, as well as the Predator GD711 4K LED gaming projector and 55-inch Predator Gaming Desk.
Germs have been top of mind for 18 months now, so Acer’s expanded antimicrobial product portfolio now includes more laptops, displays, accessories, and apparel. Like the Acer Enduro Urban T3 tablet, both durable and antimicrobial.
Chromebooks do so much today that people want them bigger and faster, so say hello to Acer’s four new Chromebook models, including 14 to 15.6 inch displays, 11th Gen Intel Core or octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 828 processors, long battery life, and enhanced durability.
Security news. The OpenText Security & Protection Cloud now offers Webroot MDR powered by Blackpoint Cyber and OpenText MDR for SMBs and MSPs of all sizes and industries.
The updated Kaspersky Security Center now provides a centralized dashboard for security orchestration of an entire OT infrastructure. Operational technology details include a map of all distributed assets including events and incident analytics.
The updated subscription-based BlackBerry Guard 2.0 managed detection and response service now includes AI-powered mobile treat defense. Guard against mobile phishing, malware attacks, and more.
1Password launched a new feature with the fun name Psst! It stands for Password Secure Sharing Tool, a new feature that enables users to share items easily but securely, even with non-1Password users. You know users share, so help them do it safely.
Cloud security and compliance player Zix announced that its Intuitive Secure Cloud platform now includes the company’s cloud-based data backup and recovery solution for extra convenience and security.
Other product news. Dell offered up a batch of news, so let’s start with a multi-year collaboration with actor and advocate Yara Shahidi to inspire Gen-Z to drive their passions with technology. That may include Dell’s new Bare Metal Orchestrator software for 5G and Open RAN, and perhaps Dell’s push to the edge with the Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes, Dell EMC Edge Gateway, or Dell Latitude Rugged Laptops.
The AT&T is now offering Notecard, from Blues Wireless, a System-on-Module device that enables allows just about any IoT asset to be connected to the cloud with carrier-grade security.
The enterprise-grade security and compliance of HelloSign (pictured) now integrates directly into Microsoft SharePoint. You can sign documents directly from SharePoint and stop the email dance.
Supermicro expanded its GPU system portfolio with new 2-node and 4-GPU systems, both based on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI accelerators and NVIDIA GPUs in 2U size. Hello, SYS-210GP-DNR and SYS-220GQ-TNAR+.
RingCentral Rise is a new platform designed for service providers designed to provide resources, innovation, system integration, and experiences (hence Rise). Leading edge UCaaS goodies are included.
New enhancements to the Nintex Workflow Cloud including additional security, authorization, governance, and workflow tracking functionality.
The expanded sales pipeline capabilities in Keap, both Pro and Max editions, will improve customizable deal stages, easy automations, and powerful analytics.
Apptio’s Cloudability family revved up, adding greater visibility and control of cloud spend, customer cloud strategy decision help, and more actionable insights across the organization.
A small business may include a large amount of square footage, often beyond the range of company wireless phones. That’s where the new EnGenius FreeStyl SIP long-range cordless phone and two-way radio system connects.
Jabra’s newest enterprise headset, the Evolve2 75, includes advanced active noise cancellation and eight microphones for clear sound.
Non-product vendor news. The red carpet at Arcserve unfurled for Brannon Lacey (pictured), who joins as CEO.
Shawn Berry arrived at Jenne for a newly created post as senior vice president of global cloud channel sales.
TBI said hello to Mark Harris, who comes in as the new regional vice president of sales for the Western U.S. The door remained open for Thea Rasmussen, added to the Tech Gurus team of architects, to support partners as cloud communication architect.
The Welcome Wagon greeted Danielle DeCosta at UPSTACK as vice president of supplier development.
Security firm Forcepoint agreed to acquire Bitglass, a security service edge player. Terms were not disclosed.
BlackBerry beefed up its XDR ecosystem with the addition of new partners Okta, Mimecast, Stellar Cyber, and XM Cyber.
TD SYNNEX will add Elisity’s Zero Trust Access platform to its cybersecurity portfolio to boost its hybrid workspace and more.
New Relic offered over 400 quickstarts via open source to help engineers to improve observability of their entire stack as part of the New Relic One platform.
This week’s stats ticker:
The latest IDC Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker shows the IT and business services market will grow by 6% year over year, partly due to currency fluctuations, or 3.4% in constant currency. Expansion should continue through 2023 and 2024 with growth between 3.8% and 4% annually. The service market in the Americas should grow by 2.1% in 2021, slightly down from earlier forecasts, because U.S. GDP growth softened, and Canada and Latin America’s mid-to-long term growth have been adjusted downward just a bit.
The Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2021 found that 58% of all cyberattacks by nation-states came from Russia. Those attacks are becoming increasingly effective, up from 21% last year to 32% in 2021. Agencies involved in foreign policy, national security, or defense jumped from 3% of targets last year to 53% this year. After Russia, the largest origin points for attacks were North Korea, Iran, and China. South Korea and Vietnam were active, but with much less volume. A new member of the nation-state attacker group was Turkey. North Korea often targets cryptocurrency companies as a way to help its economy.
Trend Micro surveyed security operations centers at global organizations and found cybersecurity tool sprawl creates constant IT challenges. Organizations with more than 10,000 employees have an average of almost 46 monitoring tools in place. Half claim they no longer use many of these tools for a variety of reasons, including lack of integration (42%), lack of skilled techs (39%), difficulty in using them (38%), and being out of date (38%). A full one in five just don’t trust them. Mistakes are expensive, as the average loss if they have a GDPR incident is over $235,000. These issues have pushed 92% of respondents to consider managed services to outsource their detection and response capabilities.
Rent a...what now? Japan has been the, um, “leader” in “interesting” social practices for decades, and they’re not slowing down. The new DEBUcari company, formed from the Japanese words debu (fat) and Kariru (rent), does, in fact, rent “fat people” by the hour.
Ever the commerce leader, and determined to promote “progression away from an era where being fat had a negative image,” the Japanese store Qzilla is behind DEBUcari, which helps it advertise its plus-sized men’s clothing. But never fear, you can rent women and “other gendered” people as well.
Rental reasons vary, from business like modeling and TV/movie extras, to personal (but not for romantic or erotic uses). Our favorite personal reason to spend $19 for an hour with a DEBUcari representative? “I want somebody to stand by me when I take a picture, so I’ll look thinner.” That’s got to be worth a sawbuck, right?