Google music is coming to an end back up your

August 6th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The message from today’s blog post is “back up your music now,” because Google says it will wipe out all Google Music collections in December 2020.

For most regions, Google narrowed it down to “October.” :

Late August—Users will no longer be able to upload or download music through Music Manager. Pre-orders and purchases will be shut down.
September—Streaming shuts down for users in New Zealand and South Africa.
October—Global streaming shutdown. The Google Music app and website will cease to be.
December—Music collections get deleted.

At the time of the streaming shutdown, the app will have been showing shutdown messages for several months.

To save your music collection go to music.youtube.com/transfer and click a few buttons to start the YouTube Music transfer process. The process is painless, and your Google Music account will continue to work even after the transfer. If you decide you don’t want to use YouTube Music, then you still have access to a ton of download options later, without the looming threat of the Google Music deletion.

A copy of your files isn’t hard to get. The Google Music Manager is a Windows and Mac application that can upload music or download your entire music collection with a few clicks, but as Google said, it wil lsoon stop working The other option is Google Takeout, which will wrap your entire music collection in a zip file and send you a download link. The processing for this can take hours. Whichever option you choose, make sure you do something before December because, after that, there will be no way to recover your music.

Other similar close downs include:
Google Fiber kills TV service, focuses on broadband and YouTube TV
Google gives Chrome OS Apps a shutdown date
Google is killing Google Cloud Print

Play Music since 2011 let users upload thousands of songs to the Internet, for free, for streaming playback on most other devices. It was the primary way to play music on the Google Home smart speakers, and it offered music purchases, monthly streaming radio, and podcasts. Google decided to make a competing music streaming service i- YouTube Music, which is now Google’s favored music app. The merger between the two was originally announced in 2018, and it’s happening. YouTube Music emphasises music videos, and the app has a more modern design. YouTube Music awkwardly blends together your entire 15-year YouTube activity history with your music collection, tossing any “liked” videos and subscriptions that have been algorithmically been flagged as “music” into your collection, and mixing together your YouTube playlists and Google Music playlists. There is no way to stop this.

YouTube Music is meant to drive up Google’s subscription numbers for the monthly streaming license fee. The app does away with music purchases and will not let you stream your own music to your Google Home speakers without paying the monthly fee. It’s a big downgrade from Google Music, which offered more functionality to people who purchased music. In 2018, Google told Google Music users “nothing will change” regarding YouTube Music’s uploaded music functionality, but now that the feature is actually here, that’s… not true.

Galaxy Note20 and Windows

August 6th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Tap the power of ‘Your Phone’ and ‘Link to Windows’ to seamlessly connect your Samsung Galaxy phone and apps with your Windows 10 PC. Get notifications, calls and texts right on your desktop. Bring together Samsung’s new devices for productivity with the best apps and services across Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and Xbox to help you across work and play.

Leave your Android phone in your pocket. With the Your Phone app, you’ll be able to interact with it on your PC. So, you’ll be able to make and receive calls and texts, check notifications, and get instant access to your phone’s photos and apps

When you launch an app, it opens in a separate window, allowing you to multi-task and saving you the time and hassle of sign-in or set up. You can also pin your phone’s Android apps to your Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu for quick and easy access, making things like checking out your social feed or ordering your lunch while you wrap up a conference call even easier, without ever picking up your phone.

For the past year, Outlook has served as the app for personal productivity on new Samsung phones. This integration now includes Samsung Galaxy watches, including the new Galaxy Watch3. As the native email app on your most important devices across the Samsung ecosystem, Outlook will help you stay organized and productive. Custom optimization for S Pen will also be available on Galaxy Note20, making it easy to write or ink on photographs from your gallery. And Outlook brings Play My Emails to Android devices , offering a voice forward, hands-free way to listen and respond to what’s new in your inbox so you can get time back in your day.

With OneDrive on Samsung Galaxy phones, you have your important files, documents and photos at your fingertips across devices. You can set your phone’s camera roll to automatically sync to OneDrive with Gallery, so your photos and videos are protected and always accessible. And with OneDrive Personal Vault you can store and protect important files with peace of mind behind an extra layer of identity verification. You can keep digital copies of your passport, ID cards, insurance, taxes and other sensitive files in OneDrive and access them securely on your device wherever you are

Why do data warehouses fail? ask Synergy Software Systems for the latest research report

August 6th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Organizations are increasing their data warehouse investments, however, the process of identifying and moving data into a data warehouse is not always straightforward.

IT leaders report that organizational and technical challenges are hindering success, according to new research from SnapLogic and Vanson Bourne. This research firm surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers (ITDMs) and recently published their findings.

Key findings:

• Nearly nine in ten (88%) of ITDMs experience challenges trying to load data into data warehouses, major inhibitors are: legacy technology, complex data types and formats, data silos, and data access issues tied to regulatory requirements
• The average enterprise has 115 distinct applications and data sources, with almost half of those (49%) siloed and disconnected from one another
• 89% of ITDMs are worried about those data silos.
• ITDMs report that, on average, 42% of data management processes that could be automated are currently being done manually, taking up valuable time and resources
• As a result, almost all respondents (93%) believe improvements are needed in how they collect, manage, store, and analyze data

Building a data warehouse is one thing. continuously updating it with high data volumes, and rapidly and easily maintaining and updating multiple interfaces with low risk as software updates and business and regulatory requirements change is an ongoing challenge.

Find out how prebuilt snaps, data management tools, data streaming, and low code rapid integration development are supported with an integration platform as a service iPaaS.

Contact us today for a copy of the report and to see demo of Snap logic. 0097143365589

Dynamics Ax 2009, Ax 2012, and Windows 2008 all coming to end of life.

July 27th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Are you still running your business on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012?
Both versions are approaching the end of their life-cycles.
Microsoft is ending Mainstream Support for Dynamics AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 this year and for AX 2012 R3 in 2021. That means no more security updates, hotfixes, warranty claims, design changes, features requests, and self-service support.

Even paid for extended support for AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 ends in 2021.
For AX 2012 R3, it will be available until 2023.

ADOPT THE CLOUD, GET EXTENDED SUPPORT, OR DO NOTHING?
A custom support contract will extend the life of your ERP system beyond those dates. but it would mean significant expense. Generally, those support options could cost you between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. Is it really worth committing that kind of budget?

What are the options? If Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012 is working well for you and provides all the functionality you need, at a performance standard you like, then taking no action is one route. If you are not expecting dramatic growth or major changes in the way the company operates, and you have a good relationship with a Dynamics partner who can help you resolve any issues or make tweaks to the system then to do nothing it might be a short term option..

Don’t forget what you might be missing – the third option, is to upgrade to Dynamics 365 on the Azure cloud.

BUILD A BUSINESS CASE FOR THE CLOUD.
For many clients, the advantages of moving to the cloud are already compelling. . Once you’re in the cloud, you get periodic, largely automatic upgrades that require minimal IT involvement. Data protection and disaster recovery measures on Azure are state-of-the-art.

There are different costs and economies when moving to the cloud. You pay subscription fees instead of license and support investment in software. You no longer need worry about Windows and SQL licences and upgrades, and will see a reduction in server room utility bills.

We can help you to transition to cloud ERP. But, before you make any decision and pursue its realization, you should have a solid business case. An ERP upgrade is a major project and resource commitment even when it’s managed elegantly and efficiently. It’s worth it to be thorough in comparing the current and long-term benefits and costs of extending the life of your current AX solution, on the present or a modernized hardware and network infrastructure, or transitioning to Dynamics 365.
The whole architecture of the system has changed and migrating high volume, complex data, and custom code across an enterprise is not as simple as cloud advocates may claim. Its a whole new paradigm to support a digital revolution to a more agile. mobile world.

We can help you identify possible cloud ERP benefits that might not have been top-of-mind but are nonetheless highly advantageous. New approaches to automation, collaborations and communications with trading partners and customers can become more productive and faster in a cloud environment.

To gain better business insight or need to accommodate larger masses of data, the analytics and information management tools on Azure are powerful and can easily integrate with Dynamics 365. Any time, anywhere any device mobile access to ERP capabilities allows n ways of working.

Synergy software Systems is one of the oldest and most reputable Dynamics partners in the world. When it’s time to anticipate and prepare for the practicalities of your Dynamics 365 upgrade, we will work through them with you. We help you make sense of the licensing and figure out the most advantageous schedule. Engage with us to assess the effectiveness of your current processes, model possible improvements following the Dynamics 365 deployment, and prioritize the best sequence for bringing them into reality.

call us 0097143365589

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/fin-ops/get-started/mainstream-support-ax-2009-2012

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4456235/end-of-support-for-windows-server-2008-and-windows-server-2008-r2

UiPath attracts further $225m funding

July 20th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

UiPath on Monday announced a $225 million Series E round, pushing its valuation to $10.2 billion.

Founded in 2005, UiPath builds technology called Robotic Process Automation, or RPA. It involves systems that use AI to learn and then take over routine and mundane software processes and business workflows from human workers. The company has more than $400 million in annual recurring revenue.

“COVID-19 has heightened the critical need of automation to address challenges and create value in days and weeks, not months and years,” UiPath CEO Daniel Dines said in a statement. “We are committed to working harder to help our customers evolve, transform, and succeed fast in the new normal.”

UiPath has a R&D hub in Bellevue, Wash., nearby Microsoft’s headquarters.

Synergy Software is the only MEA based UI Path Gold Partner. Let us show you how to streamline and automate process to reduce costs, and free up staff for higher value tasks, and reduce risk of fraud and data entry error.

Why Dynamics 365 for your enterprise Finance and Operations in Dubai? Ask Synergy Software Systems

July 18th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations delivers enterprise, global, ERP capabilities within a cloud-based business application. Drive digital transformation with integrated functionality and tools to manage their operations and finances, systems security and compliance in a unified integrated environment.

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations helps organizations streamline key finance, manufacturing, distribution, retail and project-related business processes, to drive growth and make real-time, data-driven decisions at global scale all with intelligent modern business application.

This modern Microsoft’s solution helps businesses keep ahead by enabling better agile decisions. It brings together a complete set of adaptable Manufacturing, Supply chain, Retail and Finance capability with built-in predictive analytics and intelligence. The Dynamics suite with Power Automate tools and azure services integrates with existing systems and is easily extended for mobile operations- any device, anywhere.

For more information ask Microsoft Gold Partner Synergy Software Systems – oldest Partner in the GCC and regional representative for Dynamics Pact.

Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches,

July 14th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches. Cyber criminals will try to target businesses that still haven’t upgraded.It’s estimated that 200 million PC users are still running Windows 7.

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre – the cyber arm of the GCHQ intelligence service – issued a warning over the continued use of Windows 7 PCs and laptops, telling users they shouldn’t use Windows 7 devices when accessing personal data.

Businesses hold data on large groups of people and it’s not beyond the realms of possibly that attackers could exploit new vulnerabilities uncovered in Windows 7 to maliciously infiltrate networks via phishing or malware attacks and gain access to that data. The global WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 demonstrated how vulnerable machines that haven’t received security updates can be to hackers.

Cyberattacks aren’t going to disappear overnight; security teams should be working to protect their organisations’ networks. If they don’t upgrade soon, then worst-case scenario could be another WannaCry-style attack.” said Nir.
Businesses may be reluctant to purchase more recent versions of Windows, but being without security updates is incredibly dangerous, and the risk of financial and reputational damage is huge. For those who don’t have a clear plan to move away from Windows 7, it is about time to create one.

There’s still the potential that there could be some Windows 7 devices left lurking on the network or staff BYODs. If you don’t take stock of your network to see how much Windows 7 you really have, then the chances are the cybercrooks will do it for you,

June saw a big jump in Phorpiex a notorious botnet campaign known for distributing a number of malware and spam campaigns, including largescale sextortion email campaigns, has surged in activity over the past month, with cyber criminals. Phorpiex detections grew to such an extent that it was the second most detected malware campaign during June, and 2% of organisations were targeted by the botnet.

The botnet sends out spam emails that attempt to deliver a malicious payload to victims to power an Avaddon ransomware campaign. Attempts to lure victims into opening a Zip file attachment in a phishing email that uses a wink emoji as the subject. It might sound like a basic form of cyberattack, but criminals use what works.
Phorpiex – which is also known as Trik – has been used to distribute spam campaigns for other forms of ransomware, including GandCrab and Pony, as well as being used to mine for cryptocurrency on infected machines.

The most commonly detected malware during June was Agent Tesla, an advanced remote access trojan that was detected targeting 3% of organisations. Agent Tesla is an information stealer and a keylogger, providing attackers with the ability to see absolutely everything on the infected computer, including usernames, passwords, browser history, system information and more – everything needed to very much compromise a network.

XMRig, an open-source cryptocurrency mining malware uses the CPU power of infected machines to generate Monero. It has been active since May 2017. The remainder of the top 10 most wanted malware for June is made up of familiar names including Dridex, Trickbot, Ramnit and Emotet – staples of cyber-criminal activity, either stealing information, or being used as the start of more destructive campaigns. For example, Trickbot and Emotet are often used as the first stage of largescale ransomware attacks.

Many of the common forms of malware rely on exploits and vulnerabilities that have long been known, so can be protected against by applying security patches, which in some cases have been available for years
Malicious hackers are targeting factories and industrial environments with a wide variety of malware and cyberattacks including ransomware, cryptocurrency miners – and in some cases they’re actively looking to shut down or disrupt systems.

A lack of basic protections can open the door to a relatively straightforward ransomware or cryptojacking attack that could have serious consequences for the bottom line.

To protect against cyber criminals and hackers, industrial environments should:
- Have the minimum number of open ports facing the internet and access control policies should be tightened with unique and strong passwords for each system.
- Use Two-factor authentication to help prevent attackers from gaining access to environments.
- Ensure that systems are regularly updated with relevant security patches in order to ensure that cyber criminals can’t take advantage of known vulnerabilities to gain access to networks.

Hijacked website domains – keep control of your content

July 9th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

An oversight has long plagued Azure-hosted sites. It was recently reported that 240 website subdomains belonging to organizations large and small, were hijacked to redirect netizens to malware, X-rated material, online gambling, and other unexpected content. All due to the way they were hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Those organisations include: Chevron, the Red Cross, UNESCO, 3M, Getty Images, Hawaiian Airlines, Arm, Warner Brothers, Honeywell, Autodesk, Toshiba, Xerox, the NHS, Siemens, Volvo, Clear Channel, Total, and more. Microsoft itself accidentally allowed some of its own long-forgotten subdomains to slip into the hands of spammers. It’s not that these organizations were hacked; they rented a corner of the internet, added their logo and name, and when they no longer needed that space, they emptied it but left the door open for others to enter and run a casino or a porno store at the same address under the same brand.

Xerox found that one of its subdomains, advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com, was commandeered to host pages linking to websites advertising escorts, kitchenware, oil paintings, and more, in the hope that the reputation of xerox.com would boost the linked-to sites in web search engine rankings. At one point advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com was hosted in the Microsoft cloud on a server named something along the lines of webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, chosen by Xerox’s IT admins. When whatever was living at advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com was no longer needed, Xerox would have spun down webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, releasing it for others to use. The point is that advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com still pointed to webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, so when someone else came along and spun up a virtual server using that hostname, they could control the content of advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com.

This is doubly embarrassing for Xerox, because the Maze ransomware team also claims to have infiltrated the tech giant’s network and exfiltrated gigabytes of internal data, which will be leaked unless the extortionists are paid off.

The latest list of hijacked subdomains was drawn up by Zach Edwards, who reported the URLs at the end of June to Microsoft as well as the affected organizations,. He said he earlier reported two to three dozen commandeered government and university subdomains as a priority.

Many of these subdomain takeovers appear to be by a single group that has been active for years. Some pages redirect to malware, some redirect to porn or casinos or other potential clients that pay them for inbound links, some direct to malicious chrome extensions, or cracked software.

Crooks try to hide their presence once they’ve hijacked a subdomain, by making the root URL show a 404 or “coming soon” message. Further down the directory tree, however, are potentially thousands of files containing everything from malicious redirects through affiliate links to pages designed to trick people into installing malware to links to blogs and seedy sites to boost their rankings.

At the end of last month, Microsoft published a support article explaining to customers how to avoid losing control of their subdomain content.

IPaaS – Snaplogic for rapid integration – ask Synergy Software Systems

July 1st, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Forrester TEI Report – contact us for a copy. Learn how Box easily integrated 30 apps and saved $1M

the latest additions to a growing liwt of awards.

Oman launches tax card from July 1

June 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The Oman Tax Authority will launch a new tax card system from July 1, which will be the proof of the registration for any taxpayer from the tax Authority. The card will be issued for RO 10.

All ministries, public authorities and institutions, and companies, which has more than 40 percent holding by the state must request the taxpayer to submit a copy of the tax card when issuing any contracts, or directly undertaking any transaction with the taxpayer. The chairman of the Oman Tax Authority may impose a fine in the event of failure to obtain the tax card.

Every taxpayer must apply to obtain the tax card when initiating the incorporation or licensing procedures for practicing the activity or registration in the commercial or Industrial registry and shall request for renewal upon the end of the validity of the card.

The Tax card will replace the tax certificate currently in use at the Authority that is required by some government authorities, except in cases where the tax certificate Is requested for the purposes of canceling a commercial registry. dissolution, merging. or liquidation of any company.

KSA to add VAT on on-line purchases

June 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Saudi Arabia announced it will levy 15 percent value added tax (VAT) on items bought from online sellers and online stores based abroad. The Saudi customs authority said on Sunday (June 28) the new rule will be applicable to all products shipped to the kingdom on or after July 1. Saudi Arabia is tripling its VAT from 5 percent to 15 percent starting on July 1. It will also suspend the cost of living allowance to its citizens on July 1.

The online order placed before June 30, 2020 is delivered to the buyer after June 30, then 15 per cent VAT will apply on the selling transaction, whereas the seller should issue an additional tax invoice pertaining to the difference of the applicable tax due. E-commerce companies should ensure to collect additional 10 per cent from the buyer if the products will be delivered to the buyer on or after July 1, 2020 because they have to pay 15 per cent VAT at the time of custom clearance of the goods.

With the implementation of VAT on online selling, e-commerce companies are expected to collect additional fees from buyers if products are delivered to Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom will also suspend cost of living allowance from next month in order to shore up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus. The revised higher VAT rates will be applicable to all supplies of taxable goods and services in the country.

KSA Higher Customs Duty June 2020

June 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has published the new list of goods on which higher customs duty rates which are effective from 20 June 2020.

Earlier the Customs duty increased was supposed to be effective from 10 June 2020.

Further, in view of the VAT rate increase to be effective 1st July 2020, it is recommended for the businesses operating in KSA to do an impact assessment to identify the impact of VAT and Customs duty increase on their business.

KSA VAT changes 1 July 2020

June 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate will increase to 15% from the current 5%, effective 1 July 2020.The increase is one theof additional measures taken by the KSA government in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, due to the decline in government revenue resulting from lower oil prices, reduced economic activity and increased healthcare expenditure.

How could this impact your business?
In addition to the increased VAT rate, businesses in KSA should expect an increased level of scrutiny from the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT), as VAT becomes a more important source of revenue.

Businesses whose sales are partially or fully VAT exempt, will experience an increase in costs as a direct effect of the rate increase. Nevertheless, the rate increase will impact all industry sectors in KSA and not primarily the Financial Services, Insurance and Real Estate sectors. All consumers will finally bear the brunt of the increases and it is not clear whether a lower rate of VAT, may still continue to apply to such items as food and utilities, to mitigate the impact.

We advise to review existing contracts that provide for continuous or periodic supplies of goods/services, and consider the required documentation changes that should be effected before 1 July 2020. Be clear on the correct rate of VAT to charge on contracts and supplies that span both June and July 2020. As o the 2018 introduction of VAT shows, transitional rules can be difficult to implement.

The rate increase will also impact cash-flow for businesses due to the timing difference between the payment and recovery of VAT, so cash flow planning will take on renewed significance.

Review the internal systems and processes to reflect the increased VAT rate. What systems and report need update and testing when.

We remind taxpayers that the window for voluntary disclosures without incurring penalties remains open only until tomorrow 30 June 2020, he rate increase heightens the importance for businesses to ensure they are fully compliant from a VAT perspective.

Outlook fails to start for some users after June 2020 upgrade

June 25th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Microsoft says in a support document recently published that Outlook will fail to start for some users, automatically displaying an error prompting the users to repair some inbox files. According to the company, all users who have updated Outlook to version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or higher will see an error prompt saying that “Something is wrong with one of your data files and Outlook needs to close. Outlook might be able to fix your file. Click OK to run the Inbox Repair Tool.”

Microsoft lists this known issue as being caused by the June 2020 updates on a support page with fixes and workarounds for recent issues affecting Outlook for PC.

After Outlook users click the “OK” button, the Inbox Repair Tool launches and walks them through the repair process. The next step is to reboot the computer to apply the fixes and, hopefully, have the issue resolved but, instead, Outlook will again display the same error.

No fix yet, workaround available
Microsoft says that an official fix is not yet available for customers using stable Outlook versions after updating to version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or later, however, an initial fix is being tested by users of Outlook Insider Beta version 13004.10000.
“The Outlook Team is investigating this issue with the Windows Team,” the support article reads. “We are not sure yet if the primary fix will come from Outlook or Windows. When we have more information on fix details we will add them here.”

Microsoft does provide a workaround that should make Outlook usable again for all users and it requires modifying the registry by deleting a number of keys related to the PST document format.

Another issue preventing Outlook and other Windows 10 programs from launching was fixed by Avast on June 13 after Avast and AVG security applications inadvertently set registry keys blocking executables from running on Windows 10 versions 2004, 1909, and 1903.

Earlier this month, Microsoft also issued the KB4484398 Microsoft Office non-security update to address an issue causing sporadic crashes in Outlook 2016 and shared folders to disappear from Favorites when customers started Outlook in an offline state.

In mid-May, Redmond also started rolling out a fix for Outlook search issues affecting clients updated to versions 2004 12730.20236 and 2004 12730.20250.

Microsoft Gold Partnership Synergy Software Systems

June 18th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

I am pleased to note that our Gold Partnership with Microsoft has been confirmed again for the next year.