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President Donald Trump has finally signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, and he called for the U.S. government to move more into the cloud and modernize its IT infrastructure.

The order, signed on Thursday, is designed to “centralize risk” and move the government’s agencies toward shared IT services, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said in a press briefing   

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Hewlett Packard Enterprises’ HP-UX OS has been around for more than 30 years, and users may be looking to move on from the Unix-based OS.

Now HPE is offering a way out of the ancient OS using containers, which are small buckets running instances of applications. The containers will be offered with the Linux OS.

HPE will provide containers to transition from conventional mainframe-style OSes to new hardware like x86-based Xeon servers. In this case, HPE is trying to get users to transition from Itanium chips.

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Microsoft’s chief executive yesterday touted a new number for Windows 10, saying the operating system now powers 500 million devices — half way toward a goal the company once gave itself but since discarded.

During a keynote address that opened Microsoft’s Build developers conference in Seattle Wednesday, CEO Satya Nadella updated the Windows 10 installed base as he pitched the OS to programmers.

“Think about the 500 million Windows 10 devices that you can now reach through the Windows Store,” Nadella said. “That reach is what’s going to drive our ecosystem going forward. It’s going to give each one of you more of an audience, more users, more engagement in a secure way.”

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Amazon is on the verge of disrupting the enterprise videoconferencing and unified communications markets dominated by Cisco and Avaya with its new Amazon Echo Show device.

Echo Show, announced Tuesday, is being marketed initially to consumers for $230 and will ship on June 28. It works with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and features a 7-in. touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera for video calls.

Alexa already has potential as a unified communications device that can connect a person’s emails and calendar via voice; that capability is being expanded to video with Show.

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Mobile developers building apps for iOS and Android have some new tools from Microsoft designed to make their lives easier. On Thursday, the company unveiled a series of apps and services, including one that’s designed to let Windows-based developers test iOS apps from their PCs.

Called Xamarin Live Player, the app allows developers to link their iOS or Android phones with Visual Studio on Windows or Mac and then test the .Net mobile applications they’re building in a matter of seconds.

It’s designed to solve two key problems: developers needing to burn time setting up their development environments, and the time that it takes to compile applications, according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman.

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A conservative group took credit for a barrage of anti-net neutrality comments posted on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s website this week, but it denied generating fake activism.

The Center for Individual Freedom said it did not use a bot to generate comments after news reports raised questions about the legitimacy of the posts. Between Monday and early Wednesday afternoon, the FCC had received more than 128,000 comments duplicating the language provided by CFIF.

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Look, I’ll admit it: I’m not your average Android user.

I try out a lot of apps — like, a lot of apps. (Though to be fair, I’m not afraid to ditch any that I don’t actually utilize over time.) I’m always on the lookout for useful new ways to use my phone. And I’m constantly tweaking my setup in search of that ever-elusive state of maximum efficiency.

While I was away for paternity leave these past few weeks, though, I found myself setting those habits aside and putting on my “normal user” hat — you know, the one where I use my device more like a typical phone owner as opposed to a card-carrying and column-writing geek. I wasn’t trying out new stuff or seeking out clever hacks; I was simply taking and sharing tons of pictures, scanning through the occasional news headlines, and doing an obscene amount of messaging and calling with family and friends.

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