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IT Industry News| Microsoft drops ‘Metro’

 

 

 

New developments on the Windows 8 front! It seems Microsoft has fallen into some possible trademark troubles with the new operating system and will therefore stop referring to the new block style interface as “Metro” and start referring to it as the “Windows 8 style UI.”

Per Arstechnica, ” the company’s Legal and Corporate Affairs team sent out a memo banning the word “Metro.” LCA’s memo reportedly says that Microsoft has been threatened with legal action for infringing on “Metro” trademarks held by German retailer Metro AG.”

A Microsoft spokesperson commented, “We have used ‘Metro style’ as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines. As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names.”

 

At DLS Studios, we want to provide you with the very best IT solutions for your business. Contact us today to discuss how IT consulting can bring cost-effective, best in class solutions to your organization. From custom software development to systems analysis, we’ve got you covered. While we are located in the Chicago area, we take on projects throughout the country. Any project, anywhere, any time – We’ve got the solution for you.

IT Industry News | Dropbox Hacked

It seems like there are more and more reports lately of security compromises at high profile companies like Yahoo, LinkedIn, and now… Dropbox.

Dropbox  isn’t saying how many accounts have been compromised but has contacted  the affected  users.

To make matters worse, according to BusinessInsider, “a hacker also used a stolen password to break into a Dropbox employee’s account which contained a document with a list of Dropbox users’ email addresses. Lo and behold, those email addresses started getting spam. Users complained to Dropbox about it and that’s how the company discovered the security problem.” Ouch.

If you are one of the many who has a habit of using the same password for all of your accounts, you may want to rethink this strategy. With our increased dependency on online tools, so comes an increase in the security risk to our personal information.

At DLS Studios, we want to provide you with the very best IT solutions for your business. Contact us today to discuss how IT consulting can bring cost-effective, best in class solutions to your organization. From custom software development to systems analysis, we’ve got you covered. While we are located in the Chicago area, we take on projects throughout the country. Any project, anywhere, any time – We’ve got the solution for you.

Chicago IT Consulting Blog: Technology used to Improve Customer Experience

As IT Consultants, we’re always looking for ways to improve businesses with the use of technology. Out goal is to align technology with the specific needs of each business.

The majority of the time, I find we’re discussing how we can improve internal operations through software development – by either taking manual processes and creating easy-to -use applications to streamline their processes or to replace an existing application that has too many redundancies or ineffective work flow. But, it’s important to note that the focus doesn’t need to just be on internal operations. In fact, it’s possible to use technology to improve your business in more external ways.

I came across an article recently in Crains that had a a great example of using technology externally to help customers. Walgreens has launched a smartphone application that assists customers to find items and improve their shopping experience while they’re in the store. The app allows  customers  to view interior maps of stores and find products in specific aisles. Technology can be used as a way to provide customers a better experience, which may be a handy competitive advantage in your business. You can read more about the Walgreens application in Chicago Crain’s here.

If you’d like to discuss how technology may improve internal operations or customer experiences with your business, contact us today.

At DLS Studios, we want to provide you with the very best IT solutions for your business. Contact us today to discuss how IT consulting can bring cost-effective, best in class solutions to your organization. From custom software development to systems analysis, we’ve got you covered. While we are located in the Chicago area, we take on projects throughout the country.

Any project, anywhere, any time – We’ve got the solution for you.

IT News | Firefox 14 Resolves Security Issue But Doesn’t Support All Themes

Many users were looking forward to the release of Firefox 14 due to the updates that would resolve the privacy issues in Firefox 13. If those users have custom themes however, they may be in for a disappointment with the upgrade.

CNET has published that the latest version of the desktop browser is incompatible with many of the existing custom themes. These themes (which can change the style of the browser’s menus, toolbars and more) are available at the Themes section on Mozilla’s Add-Ons page.

Industry News| Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and More Exams to be Retired

Hey Developers / DBAs, if you’ve been wanting to get certified on .NET 4.0 or SQL Server 2008, you may want to consider doing it sooner rather than later (within the next year).  As of July 31, 2013 most of the Visual Studio 2010 and all of the SQL Server 2008 exams will be retired. And they’re not the only ones on the chopping block.

According to Microsoft, “Five exams are scheduled to retire on September 30, 2012, including Exchange Server 2007 exams. Nine exams are scheduled to retire on January 31, 2013, including SharePoint Server 2007 and Project Server 2007 exams. Forty-nine exams relating to SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 are scheduled to retire on July 31, 2013. Note that both exams and dates planned for retirement may be subject to change.

SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Certifications 
We will be retiring all of the Visual Studio 2008 exams and most of the Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 exams on July 31, 2013. As of that date, the following certifications will no longer be available to be earned:

  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008
  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • MCPD: ASP.NET Developer 3.5
  • MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5
  • MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications
  • MCPD: Web Developer 4
  • MCPD: Windows Developer 4
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications”

You can read more about the upcoming exam retirements and availability of related certifications on Microsoft’s page here.

 

 

 

At DLS Studios, we want to provide you with the very best IT solutions for your business. Contact us today to discuss how  IT consulting can bring cost-effective, best in class solutions to your organization. From custom software development to systems analysis, we’ve got you covered.

While we are located in the Chicago area, we take on projects throughout the country. Any project, anywhere, any time – We’ve got the solution for you.

Yahoo Hacked! Over 450,000 Passwords Posted

More stories of sensitive information being hacked and posted online.

According to CNN, the login information for more than 450,000 Yahoo users has been hacked and posted online. Most of the accounts were users of Yahoo Voice. The parties responsible for the hack said it was a warning and made it a point to call out the exploited security holes in Yahoo web servers.

For more details, check out the CNN article found here.