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The best Presidents Day sales and deals 2018: where to find last-minute sales

The best Presidents Day sales and deals 2018: where to find last-minute sales

President’s Day sales and deals are coming to a close tonight, but we’re finding a lot of items still on sale in the US, extending the first weekend of savings in 2018. We’ve therefore updated our list of the best sales you can find below.What do 4KTV deals and discounted PS4 and Xbox One console have to do with George Washington’s birthday in February? Very little, but it’s America’s traditional savings holiday on everything from smartphones and tablets and big-screen TVs.Today (what remains of today) is officially President’s Day, but a number of deals started last week, and some have carried over. You’re just in time. Don’t be surprised if a few keep going after the holiday itself has ended.Just as we all hope for the winter to end and for the weather to get an upgrade, President’s Day sales offer plenty of options to get an upgrade to our personal inventory of gadgets and household tech. We’ve got the best President’s Day sales rounded up for you, so you can get a discount on a new laptop, an upgraded sound system, tablets for your kids or new cameras.You can jump straight to retailers President’s Day sales at the following links:
The best President’s Day sales stores (direct links)
Amazon Daily Deals Walmart President’s Day savings Newegg President’s Day saleSamsung President’s Day TV dealsDell President’s Day computing deals Sonos President’s Day speaker deals Microsoft President’s Day sale Adorama DealsB&H Photo DealsGameStop Daily Deals BestBuy 4-day President’s Day sales eventCDKeys Daily DealsWhen do President’s day sales events start?
President’s Day sales events actually started a few days ago ahead of the official February 19 start date. Deals may continue even to George Washington’s birthday, which is actually February 22.
President’s Day vs Black Friday
If all the hot ticket items you were eyeing on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sold out before you could get to them, the best President’s Day sales will give you a second opportunity to nap a new 4K TV or sneak off with a new computer at prices that may be just as good as November’s.Retailers may not be going as crazy with the sheer volume of deals for President’s Day as they did on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some golden President’s Day sales. If you keep a close eye on the President’s Day discounts (which you can easily do by checking back here often, as we’ll keep this page updated with the best deals we can find), you’re likely to find some great offers.
President’s Day TV deals
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The best President’s Day sales gaming deals
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President’s Day headphone and speaker deals
President’s Day sales camera deals
To see all the best President’s day sales and deals in 2018, be sure to check this page often, as we will continue to add new discounts whenever they begin.
Which stores are having President’s Day sales?
You’ll find all the biggest and best online stores are getting involved with the President’s Day sales event and while we’re busily finding the best deals for you, we know you’ll want to take a look for yourselves too. So here’s a handy list to take you straight to the President Day sale’s homepages at the following stores:
Daily Deals at AmazonPresident’s Day savings at WalmartPresident’s Day sale at NeweggPresident’s Day TV deals at SamsungPresident’s Day computing deals at DellPresident’s Day speaker deals at SonosPresident’s Day sale at MicrosoftDeals at AdoramaDeals at B&H PhotoDaily deals at GameStopPresident’s Day 4 day sale at BestBuyDaily Deals at CDKeys

Microsoft wants the Surface Pen to replace your mouse

Microsoft wants the Surface Pen to replace your mouse

Patents recently filed by Microsoft suggest some serious upgrades are coming to the Surface Pen – like a touch-sensitive retention clip, for example, which could mimic the role of a mouse’s scroll wheel and maybe tempt you to ditch your mouse device altogether.The patent particularly makes note of being able to use the upgraded clip to scroll through long documents and webpages, as MSPowerUser reports. You wouldn’t have to spend quite as long fiddling around trying to find the scroll bars at the side of the screen, or making huge swiping movements across the display.Other ideas explored in the new patent include a low-power mode, so the Surface Pen only starts running properly when it detects a touch on the side. Battery life would obviously improve, something that’s always welcome when you’re computing on the go.
Surface Pen patentThe Surface Pen isn’t included with the likes of the Surface Book 2 or the Surface Pro, so you need to buy it as an optional $99.99/£99.99 extra on top of your purchase. Maybe a few stylus upgrades would be enough to persuade more users to splash out on the accessory.However, as with any patent application, this only shows some of the ideas Microsoft is thinking about at the moment – there’s no guarantee that the upgraded Surface Pen will ever see the light of day. We’d say it’s fairly likely though, as Microsoft will want to make its stylus as appealing a purchase as possible.The recently upgraded Surface Pen that Microsoft sells right now boasts 4,096 different pressure points and comes in your choice of five understated colors. We wouldn’t bet against Microsoft holding another hardware event this year, so stay tuned.
Microsoft patents improved Surface Pen loop with charging chopsVia Windows Central

MacBook Air 2018 release date, news and rumors

MacBook Air 2018 release date, news and rumors

Time and again, it’s been said that the MacBook Air’s days are numbered. And, yet, here we are, speculating on the release of a MacBook Air 2018 release.That’s because, in spite of all the rumors and reports swirling around the death of arguably Apple’s most popular laptop in recent memory – including this one just in January 2017 – the MacBook Air is still here.In fact, the MacBook Air processor was just refreshed in June 2017, though it simply upped the clock speed of the existing, Intel Broadwell Core series chip inside. So, what gives?That’s exactly what we’re here to try and get to the bottom of. Join us and bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it with the latest MacBook Air 2018 information if and when it arises.
Cut to the chase
What is it? A hopeful sequel to Apple’s most popular laptopWhen is it out? Likely June 2018 at the earliestWhat will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – current models
MacBook Air 2018 release date
Since the only rumor of a 2018 MacBook Air is actually foretelling its death, we have no idea exactly when the MacBook Air 2018 release date will be. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate based on previous MacBook Air releases.Looking back at 2017, Apple surprised us in two ways regarding the MacBook Air. First, Apple refreshing the MacBook Air at all in June 2017 – just following its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) – was a surprise. Then, it was unfortunately surprising that the refresh was so … light.Before this, Apple hadn’t updated the MacBook Air since March 2015. That’s when the laptop got its first Broadwell-generation Intel Core processor.
Don’t expect much about the MacBook Air price to change year over year – its affordability is a huge part of its continued draw.Looking back further than this, the MacBook Air has received updates on an annual basis since its release in 2008, and in largely different months during those years. That said, June has been the most popular month for this laptop to receive upgrades.So, that leaves us with the most likely release month for a would-be 2018 MacBook Air being June, likely directly following a WWDC 2018 announcement. That would be a properly annual launch, and have the fanfare of Apple’s huge developer event behind it for a triumphant return.If Apple misses that time frame, the next likely debut window is October or November, just in time for the Christmas and holiday shopping craze.

MacBook Air 2018 price
Of course, without a mention of a MacBook Air 2018 rumor beyond its prophesied death, that leaves us with next to nothing regarding the price of such an Apple laptop. Those types of leaks don’t tend to crop up until we get closer to an expected release date.However, don’t expect much about the MacBook Air price to change year over year – its affordability is a huge part of its continued draw. Apple has already nailed the prices for its two MacBook Air models, starting at $999, £949 or AU$1,499.
It would be a surprise if Apple were to throw one of its newfangled T series processors (based on ARM architecture) inside a MacBook Air 2018.From there, you can double the starting model’s 128GB SSD capacity to 256GB for another $200, £150 or AU$300.If pricing were to change this year, we’d wager that Apple would simply make room for that rumored 13-inch, entry-level MacBook by either bumping up or knocking down this MacBook Air’s hardware and adjust accordingly. Though, it’s probably more likely that Apple would just shutter the laptop line altogether if that aforementioned MacBook is a reality.At any rate, this is purely speculation. Until we get more information, assume the MacBook Air pricing model for 2018 will remain largely unchanged from last year.

MacBook Air 2018 specs
Unfortunately, components is another field in which we have basically nothing to work with in terms of early information on the 2018 MacBook Air. That said, there’s a lot of space for Apple to work in with this laptop.But, honestly, it would be a surprise if Apple were to throw one of its newfangled T series processors (based on ARM architecture) inside a MacBook Air 2018. That’s purely because a remotely affordable price has become this laptop’s marquee features, and new silicon would throw a stick in those spokes.
From the processor to the ports and screen resolution, everything about the MacBook Air could do with updating.If anything, this is a prime opportunity for Apple to bring the MacBook Air up to speed with its siblings, performance-wise. Even just giving the laptop the latest Intel Core i series processors would be enough, but there’s much more that could be done.Of course, if the rumor that Apple won’t make any big MacBook changes this year rings true, the MacBook Air is likely the first for the firm to forget about when it comes to upgrades. 

What we want to see in MacBook Air 2018
Naturally, this 100% lack of any truly substantial information about the forthcoming 2018 MacBook Air gives us plenty of room to draw up a wishlist. So, here’s what we want to see from a MacBook Air for 2018.Up-to-date components all aroundThis is the most basic and essential of requests, but the MacBook Air could really use a soup-to-nuts upgrade. From the processor to the ports and screen resolution, everything about the MacBook Air could do with updating.The traditional keyboard staysFor as much as we appreciate the revised butterfly hinge keyboard in the MacBook and MacBook Pro, we’d really like to see at least one Apple laptop hold onto its traditional keyboard. There’s enough room inside the chassis, and giving fans a choice would be admirable.Fast charging, pleaseIt shouldn’t be difficult for Apple to maintain the same stellar level of battery life within the MacBook Air if all of its parts are upgraded in tandem. But, just to make the experience that much better, charging the laptop for 10-plus hours of use in a fraction of the time would be nice.iOS apps on MacBook ProNow that it’s been talked about for so long, the idea of iOS apps on macOS has grown on us. We’d enjoy seeing our favorite iPhone and iPad apps be accessible from our Apple laptops. However, without a touchscreen, Apple needs to figure out how this is going to work. 
These are the best Macs that 2018 has to offer so far

Overheating claims force Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 5 laptop recall

Overheating claims force Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 5 laptop recall

After receiving a few customer complaints regarding overheating of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range, Lenovo has begun a voluntary recall of its fifth iteration of the laptop.An internal investigation conducted by the company has revealed that some of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017 have an “unfastened screw” that could be damaging the battery, leading to overheating and “potentially posing a fire hazard”.The affected models – 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3, and 20K4 – were sold worldwide and Lenovo is advising owners to switch off their notebooks and not use them until a free service inspection, to be conducted by the manufacturer, can be undertaken.If you’re unsure whether your device is being recalled or not, you can head to Lenovo’s support page for your region and enter your notebook’s serial number. If your device is affected, are available as to how to proceed.
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Microsoft Build 2018 tipped to start a day before Google IO

Microsoft Build 2018 tipped to start a day before Google IO

Microsoft may very well host its 2018 annual Build developer conference on May 7 through May 9 this year in Seattle, Washington, infamous Microsoft leaker ‘@h0x0d’ on Twitter claims.That’s just a day before the start of Google’s IO 2018 developer conference in San Francisco, set to run May 8 through May 10.The news of the potential dates for Microsoft’s long first came to light through a promotional image (seen below) seemingly obtained and shared by ‘@h0x0d’, a famed Microsoft leaker on Twitter. This leak was then corroborated by The Verge, which simply reported the news as an official announcement albeit without any verifiable source.
What does this all mean? At the very least, we know that Microsoft and Google are going to be fiercely competing for not only developer attendance but for their respective fair share of the tech news cycle on those days.We also doubt that this was done intentionally, as these events are mapped out and planned months of in advance of any public announcement – intentional or otherwise.As for what to expect, we’ll likely get in-depth previews of features to be released in the next late 2018 release of Windows 10, as what we now know as the Spring Creators Update could launch a month or more in advance of Build 2018, like the Creators Update of 2017 preceded its respective Build conference by about as much time.If the past few Build conferences are anything to go by, don’t expect to see any flashy new hardware at Build 2018 – this conference is normally reserved for the developers, not the customers.
This is everything we know about Windows 10 S todayVia MSPoweruser

Windows 10 S is becoming Windows 10 S Mode

Windows 10 S is becoming Windows 10 S Mode

Changes are coming to the stripped-down, lightweight operating system Microsoft produces and which has up until now been known as Windows 10 S: it’s getting a new name for a start, and will become Windows 10 S Mode in the not-too-distant future.That’s according to the Microsoft watchers at Thurrott and Neowin, who say the company wants to rebrand the software so it fits better into its portfolio of products. The new S Mode OS will soon be available on most versions of Windows, limiting users to apps downloaded through the Windows Store, with an unlock option available for the full version of the software.Apparently if you’re running Windows 10 Home in S Mode you’ll be able to upgrade to the full desktop experience for free, while those with Windows 10 Pro in S Mode are going to have to stump up $49 for the privilege of unlocking, though all this is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft itself.
To switch or not to switch
We don’t have a timetable for when this rejigged Windows approach is going to arrive, but it seems that Microsoft is planning to refresh its prices sometime in April, so it makes sense for the company to make an announcement on this switch at the same time.Thurrott is also reporting that 60 percent of users who buy a computer with Windows 10 S on it don’t upgrade to the full-fat version of the operating system. Of those who do upgrade, 60 percent do so in the first 24 hours, while those who don’t unlock Windows 10 in the first seven days are 83 percent likely to stick with Windows 10 S.We also have a hint that the next big update for Windows, Windows 10 Redstone 4, is going to be labelled the Spring Creators Update. It wouldn’t be the most original of names, but we’re expecting more details about the next iteration of the software in the coming weeks.
Microsoft tells us about its high hopes for Windows 10 SVia The Verge

iOS apps on Mac computers are still likely to appear in 2018

iOS apps on Mac computers are still likely to appear in 2018

Apple may be pushing back major iOS feature updates in favor of stability upgrades, but it’s still keen on getting iOS apps onto Mac computers this year, Axios reports.First revealed in a Bloomberg report late last year, this is one of the few major additions to Apple’s software lineup that is expected to sneak through this year, sources speaking to Axios anonymously have confirmed.Apple’s planned quality-of-life upgrades to macOS in 2018 also include security boosts as well as speeding up the waking and unlocking of Mac systems, according to the report.These stability and performance boosts through the next versions of macOS and iOS could make way for what might be one of the most important features to come to both operating systems in years.
Catching up with the competition
If Apple were to allow iOS apps to run on Mac systems, this would see the firm catch up to both Microsoft and Google in a big way. Before these reports, Apple had been known to draw firm lines between its two major OS products.Microsoft launched Windows 10 – in July 2015 – to run nearly seamlessly between PC systems, tablets and phones from the start, while Google brought its Google Play Store and Android apps to Chromebooks early last year.For the past few years, a clear trend has grown in breaking down the walls between phones, tablets and laptops or desktop computers, and it’s one that Apple appears to have been watching to learn how it can one-up previous efforts. Whether that tactic will end up playing out well for Apple or working against it, not to mention exactly how this implementation will work without touchscreens on Mac computers, won’t likely be answered until WWDC 2018, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held later this year.
These are the best Macs – ready and waiting for iOS apps

The best Linux distros of 2018: 8 versions of Linux we recommend

The best Linux distros of 2018: 8 versions of Linux we recommend

Update: For our developer and sysadmin readers, we’ve added the enthusiast-favorite openSUSE to our list. Read on to number 8 to find out more!If you can’t stand the lackluster security of a Windows computer, but macOS is much too shallow, allow us to introduce you to Linux. It is, quite simply, the ultimate in open source software. The OS started out as being exclusive to regular x86 desktop PCs, but has since found its way into everything from Android phones to Google Chromebooks.
These are the best Linux training providers and online courses in 2018Linux is based on the Unix family of operating systems, which rose to fame in the late 1970s. It has been adopted by various software developers and turned into various ‘distributions’ or ‘distros’. All of the top Linux distros use the Linux kernel, which can be thought of as the heart and soul of the operating system. The various desktop environments for these distros is then built around it.
10 of the best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffsWhat’s the best Linux distro for beginners?How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops10 of the most popular lightweight Linux distrosThe very best Linux distros are tailored to specific types of users. Ubuntu for instance is very easy to use, as it’s designed for newcomers. Arch Linux on the other hand appeals to experienced users who can take advantage of using the Terminal to type commands to perform tasks such as installing apps. This guide focuses on picking out the very best distros overall.
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If you’re after a distro that gets you as far away as possible from the image of a nerdy hacker type bashing away at a terminal interface, Elementary OS is what you need. It’s probably the most attractive distro around, with a style similar to that of macOS. This operating system’s superb desktop environment is known as Pantheon, and is based on Gnome.The latest version of Elementary OS is called Loki, which as well as being that bit prettier and neater than its predecessor Freya, has its own application installer UI called AppCenter. It’s a delightfully simple way to install apps outside the terminal, which is handy as there aren’t very many preinstalled. Elementary OS does, however, come bundled with the Epiphany browser, the Geary email client and a few basic ‘tool’ apps. You may need to add more programs, but this is easy to do using the integrated AppCenter, which contains paid programs designed specifically for the OS such as Quilter for budding writers or Spice-Up for composing presentations. The inconvenience of buying and downloading additional apps is balanced by Elementary OS’ Elegance.You can get started with Elementary OS here
Linux Mint is a great ‘default’ distro for new Linux users, as it comes with a lot of the software you’ll need when switching from Mac or Windows, such as LibreOffice, the favoured productivity suite of Linux users. It also has better support for proprietary media formats, allowing you to play videos, DVDs and MP3 music files out of the box.You can download four main starter flavours of Mint 18.2, each of which uses a different desktop environment, the top-most layer of the interface allowing you to change elements such as the appearance of windows and menus. Cinnamon is currently the most popular, but you can also choose the more basic MATE, or Xfce.There’s also a KDE version of Linux Mint 18.2 but this will be the last version to come with this desktop environment pre-packaged. KDE lovers can still manually install it themselves if they wish. All these desktop environments offer a good deal of customisation options, so feel free to download a few and boot as Live CD prior to installing to see which works best.You can get started with Mint here
If you’re willing to try a slightly less user-friendly distro, Arch Linux is one of the most popular choices around. Arch allows you to customise your build using the terminal to download and install packages, and it’s particularly handy for developers and those with older machines who may not want unnecessary packages taking up space.Of course, this used to be the way all Linux distros were set up, but there are now much more user-friendly methods available. There’s even such a version of Arch Linux, named Antergos (pictured above). Antergos comes with more drivers, more applications and a load of desktop environments to let you change the look of the system. Its aim is to hold your hand and get you up and running with all the basics right from the initial install, but it’s still Arch Linux underneath.The hardcore crowd may turn their noses up at packages like Antergos, but when it saves those newer to Linux hours of potentially frustrating fiddling about, we’re all for it.Antergos’ graphical installer can guide you through the setup process and boot you to the Gnome 3 desktop environment. It can also use the Cinammon, MATE, KDE and Xfce environments if you prefer. Antergos doesn’t come with an office suite but you can install this and other programs via the delightfully named Arch package manager ‘pacman’.You can get started with Arch Linux here or Antergos here
Ubuntu is one of the most popular flavours of Linux and along with Mint is strongly recommended for Linux newbies, as it’s extremely accessible. New versions of Ubuntu are released every six months. At the time of writing we’re up to Ubuntu 17.10. Every other year the developer Canonical releases an LTS (long term support) version of Ubuntu. These guarantee five years of security and general maintenance updates, so you can carry on using your machine without the hassle of running a full upgrade every few months. Standard releases are supported for one year only. The current LTS version of Ubuntu (16.04) uses its own Unity desktop interface, which may be less familiar to Windows and macOS users. The most recent release of Ubuntu (17.10) also uses Unity but subsequent versions will employ the GNOME 3 desktop environment.There are variations of Ubuntu which employ different environments such as Lubuntu, which uses a minimal desktop environment based on LXDE and a selection of fast, lightweight applications. This places far less strain on system resources than the graphic-intensive Unity.You can get started with Ubuntu here and Lubuntu here
Tails is a privacy-oriented Linux distro which has the aim of concealing your location and identity as much as possible. Even Edward Snowden used it. The OS routes all its internet traffic through the anonymising Tor network, which is designed to prevent data from being intercepted and analysed. Underneath all the security measures, it’s based on Debian Linux and uses the Gnome desktop so the interface is still clear and user-friendly. Tails isn’t for everyone, but this niche OS does give you some peace of mind if you’ve been fretting about all the worrying privacy-trampling legislation being passed these days. You can get started with Tails here
CentOS 7 is a community offshoot of the Enterprise version of Red Hat Linux, and its focus is on stability rather than constant updates. Like Red Hat, security and maintenance updates for CentOS are pushed out up to 10 years from the initial release of each version. CentOS is designed to be super-reliable, which is why it’s a great choice for a server. It’s not quite such a good bet for someone looking for a new OS for daily use on their desktop PC or laptop.On the plus side, you can enjoy the pleasure of having something for nothing – packages compiled for the commercial version of Red Hat Linux are fully compatible with CentOS, so you can use them free of charge. You can get started with CentOS here
If you want a home music recording studio or a video production workstation without spending the thousands of pounds involved with industry standard software, consider installing Ubuntu Studio. This officially recognised flavour of Ubuntu Linux has been designed for audio and video production, as an alternative to paid software such as Pro Tools. Support for audio plug-ins and MIDI input is built in and a virtual patch bay comes preinstalled. Ubuntu Studio’s repositories have access to the packages in the main Ubuntu OS as well as a few digital audio sequencers. Its main strength is in audio recording through tools like the JACK Audio Connection Kit.You can get started with Ubuntu Studio here
Previously known as SUSE Linux and subsequently SuSE Linux Professional, openSUSE is aimed at developers and system administrators. For that reason, it’s extremely stringent on security protocols. The operating system is divided into two main distributions: openSUSE Leap and openSUSE Tumbleweed. Leap uses the source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise, which makes it much more stable. New versions are released roughly once a year and are supported for three years, making Leap perfect for business applications.Tumbleweed (pictured above) is based on Factory, openSUSE’s main development codebase. It follows a rolling release model – in other words, packages are made available for download as soon as they’ve been tested in Factory. This means Tumbleweed contains the latest stable applications and is good for day-to-day use. The OS makes uses of the shiny KDE Plasma desktop, which is perfect if your machine can handle the more advanced graphical features.One of the more polished Linux distros around, openSUSE is consistently ranked in the top five distros on DistroWatch.com. What’s more, the SUSE Studio website allows you to create your own version of openSUSE, complete with tailored preinstalled software packages, desktop and system settings.You can get started with openSUSE here

Best business antivirus of 2018: Our top paid security tools for SMBs

Best business antivirus of 2018: Our top paid security tools for SMBs

If you’re looking to protect your company PCs from malware then you could just equip each one with your preferred free antivirus package. You’ll get a reasonable level of protection, and it might well seem like you’re keeping costs to a minimum.Of course you’ll have to manually install each copy. And train every user in its operation. And rely on them to let you know if there are any problems. And hope they won’t turn off particular functions – or remove the whole package if they think it’s getting in their way. The software may be free, but it could still have some major costs attached.If you have plenty of systems to protect – 10 or more, let’s say – it could make more sense to choose a business security solution. These can often be remotely installed over the network, and offer a central management console to monitor devices, and create fine-tuned security policies to enforce your preferred settings.Best of all, the price per installation can sometimes be cheaper than even our recommended best home antivirus packages. So, what’s on offer? We’ve checked out eight of the best business antivirus tools around in order to find out.Most offer discounts if you buy a two or three-year package, so where possible we ordered them by their 10 PC, two-year package prices to maximise your savings. You can, of course, choose whichever package suits your needs best when buying.All prices below are for one-year and five end points. You can of course customise these on the vendor’s website.
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Avast Business Antivirus Pro is an excellent business antivirus suite, giving you various tools such as antivirus,  Firewall, email protection, anti-spam and the ability to sandbox applications for complete security. Avast Business Antivirus Pro (as opposed to the standard Avast Business Antivirus) also includes Sharepoint and Exchange protection, as well as a number of tools for your servers.The antivirus protection you get is generally rated as good by independent testing, with Avast’s engine blocking 99.7% of threats in AV-Comparative’s Real-World Protection report. If value for money and simplicity are key factors, Avast Business Antivirus Pro could be a sensible choice.
Avast Business Antivirus Pro
Symantec Endpoint Protection’s first benefit is the company’s Insight file reputation technology, an effective way to detect and block even the very latest undiscovered threats.Other layers of protection include antivirus, behaviour monitoring, intrusion protection, a firewall, and the ‘Power Eraser’ to remove stubborn threats and repair your system.Symantec’s security policy options are a real highlight. You can set application blacklists or whitelists, control file and Registry access, restrict and control access to external media, and more, then monitor systems and enforce policies from a central console.While there’s no bundled protection for mobile devices, the package runs just about everywhere else: PCs, Macs, and a host of virtual environments and Linux distros.Symantec Endpoint Protection isn’t cheap, but if you need its high-end features and policy control options then it still looks like a good deal to us.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 
If reliable protection is a top priority, Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security needs to be on your shortlist. Bitdefender products are loved by the independent testing labs, highly rated for malware detection, removal, performance and usability.Most of the features work automatically – antimalware, firewall, web advisor, URL filtering – but you can also customise the product to control user actions. You’re able to restrict access to certain websites and applications, block the transmission of sensitive information, remotely deploy the product to unprotected systems, and allow or deny users the ability to modify their security settings.All this is managed from a central console where you can control and monitor remote users, create and apply custom security policies by user, location (the product adapts when users are outside the company), and more.

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint is the company’s main small business product. It takes all the core features you’d expect – antivirus, baseline network protection, web filtering – and extends them with file server protection and optimisation, along with application whitelisting and blacklisting.Avira’s Online Essentials web console lets you manage your devices. This is simpler than some of the high-end competition, but that’s not necessarily a disadvantage, and there’s some useful functionality here: drive partition reports, licence management, remote deployment, and assorted mobile phone tools (antitheft, phone finder, and more).Avira Antivirus for Endpoint doesn’t have the longest of feature lists, but it’s easy to use, and offers excellent protection, regularly matching competitors like Bitdefender and Kaspersky in AV-Comparative’s Real World tests.
Avira Antivirus for Endpoint
Endpoint Security Cloud is a small business product, which comes ready to protect Windows PCs, file servers, Android and iOS devices.The desktop side of the package has all the usual quality Kaspersky modules – antivirus, antispam, a firewall, more – but the mobile security technologies are even more impressive. There are tools to detect insecure devices, control password rules, manage camera use, filter unwanted calls and texts, and remotely lock or wipe data from lost devices.That’s topped off with an easy-to-use web console managing network and Bluetooth configuration, internet access policies, device settings and more.There’s impressive levels of protection, too. Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud came first out of four contenders in AV-Comparatives’ October 2016 Business Security Test, detecting and blocking 100% of known malware and exploits. The package also produced an above-average five false positives, so overall, it put in some impressive results.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud 4.0
Webroot SecureAnywhere products stand out immediately for being incredibly lightweight: they’re tiny (2MB disk space), install so quickly you’ll barely notice (from 5 seconds), and consume the absolute minimum of system resources.Scans are fast, too, and because just about everything is done in the cloud, there are no bulky updates or definitions to download – you’re always up-to-date.Other features include behaviour monitoring, an outbound firewall, along with identity and privacy protection. These don’t always have the power and options of other tools, but they’re implemented with real intelligence, and generally cope well with day-to-day tasks.A cloud-based console enables tracking all your installations, and the package runs on just about any Windows or macOS system.Factor in the price and Webroot looks very appealing to us, but it really is a product you need to try for yourself to understand the benefits. If you’re interested, grab a copy of the trial and see what it can do for you.
Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection
F-Secure Client Security Standard is a popular endpoint protection tool, highly rated by the independent testing labs.Antivirus is just the start. There’s also a firewall, intrusion detection, web filtering, online banking protection and device control.If you need more, the Premium edition adds a software updater to scan for missing patches, and an option to restrict a user’s web access by category. Whatever version you buy may be deployed and managed from a central console.There are some issues here, in particular the fact that F-Secure’s engine is more likely than most to flag legitimate software as malicious. But overall F-Secure Client Security Standard offers good protection for a reasonable price, and it’s certainly a product worth thinking about.Only available through value added resellers and specialist online retailers
F-Secure Client Security Standard
Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced is a powerful tool which uses many technologies to keep you safe. It blocks dangerous URLs, and is capable of detecting and removing exploit code, analysing behaviour to uncover even the very newest threats, and identifying endpoint connections with malicious servers to find compromised systems.The results can be impressive, with the core engine doing an above-average job of blocking zero day threats, yet raising almost no false alerts at all.There’s a price to pay for this kind of safety, though: Sophos Endpoint Protection’s background activities can noticeably impact your PC’s performance.There are some business-friendly features to compensate, including DLP along with device and application control, although other packages give you more at a much lower cost.
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iTunes tweaks suggest Apple’s first Windows 10 app is almost here

iTunes tweaks suggest Apple’s first Windows 10 app is almost here

Microsoft is still trying to make a go of its Windows Store and its universal Windows 10 apps – those apps that adapt well to different device form factors and which are the only apps you can use on Windows 10 S. New tweaks made to iTunes for Windows suggest a Windows Store version of the mammoth media player is almost here.Italian site Aggiornamenti Lumia spotted a new ItunesUWP file hidden in the code of the latest version of iTunes for Windows, with UWP standing for Universal Windows Platform – the platform that these specialized Windows 10 apps are built on top of.Microsoft and Apple have been promising iTunes would make it to the Windows Store since last summer, with the original aim to get it out by the end of the year. As we’re now well into 2018, it would seem getting such a huge and bloated program down into a trimmed UWP version is a job that’s taken longer than anyone imagined.
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As for exactly what you’ll be able to do in the Windows Store version of iTunes, we’re still not sure. Apple Music support is a given, of course, but it’s likely that some of the functionality of the full iTunes will get cut so that the software works properly on the stripped-down, lightweight Windows 10 S operating system.As yet there are no official updates from Microsoft or Apple, so we’re still guessing as to when this app might be made available to download, but around March time seems a good bet: that’s when the next major update for Windows 10 is expected to come down the pipe.With users rather restricted in terms of what they can download from the Windows Store at the moment – Windows 10 S forces users to put up with Microsoft Edge and Bing for their web browsing and web searching respectively – we’re looking forward to seeing more software made available in the UWP format.
Microsoft tells us about its high hopes for Windows 10 SVia Softpedia