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Amazon Project Zero arrives in seven more countries
by Paul Hill
Amazon has announced that its Project Zero anti-counterfeit tool is now available in seven more countries including Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.A.E. Project Zero combines Amazon’s “advanced technology, machine learning, and innovation” with brands’ knowledge of their intellectual property to crack down on counterfeit products.
By using Project Zero, over 10,000 brands including Arduino, BMW, ChessCentral, LifeProof, OtterBox, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Veet can ensure that customers always receive authentic products when using Amazon to do their shopping. This, in turn, may encourage customers that have had a positive experience to come back to Amazon to shop in future.
Discussing the product, Dharmesh Mehta, Vice President of Worldwide Customer Trust and Partner Support at Amazon, said:
Businesses that are enrolled with Amazon Project Zero and have an existing trademark in one of the new countries will automatically be able to use Project Zero in these areas. If you’re a brand on Amazon that’s not yet using Project Zero, you can learn more and sign-up on the dedicated page.
By Hamza Jawad
July update for Power BI On-premises data gateway now available
by Hamza Jawad
Last week, Microsoft unveiled the feature summary for the July update of Power BI Desktop. In customary fashion, the company has now announced the latest monthly update for the Power BI On-premises data gateway, only a few days later. With this release, the pathway has been bumped to version 3000.51.7.
For starters, OAuth support via the gateway has now been enabled for SQL Server and Kusto connectors. Azure Active Directory (AAD) credentials can, as such, be used when attempting to create a connection with services acting as data sources, such as SQL Azure. Creating an SQL connection will now provide an OAuth2 authentication method under the data source settings, with the "Edit Credentials" option enabling users to sign in using AAD credentials.
With the standard mode for On-premises data gateway, Azure relays can now be set up with relay details provided by the customer. Previously, these were only automatically provisioned. And finally, as always, an improved version of the Mashup Engine is also included with the latest version, matching the July release for Power BI Desktop. This ensures that reports published and refreshed go through the same query execution logic/run-time as in the service's latest Desktop version.
Those who have been following previous On-premises data gateway updates will recall that in April, Microsoft introduced two different installers corresponding to two different modes. Starting with the releases for that month, every month's updates brings separate variants for each respective mode. The standard mode for the latest version can be downloaded through this link, while the personal mode is available for download here.
by Razvan Serea
Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network. Serviio works with many devices from your connected home (TV, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, smart phones, tablets, etc.). It supports profiles for particular devices so that it can be tuned to maximise the device's potential and/or minimize lack of media format playback support (via transcoding). Serviio is based on Java technology and therefore runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux (incl. embedded systems, e.g. NAS).
There is also a paid Pro edition which further enhances the possibilities of sharing content in your connected household. Free vs Pro comparison.
streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time streams content from online sources, like RSS feeds, live audio/video streams, web page content includes a plugin system to support streaming from non-trivial online sources supports most known playlist formats supports subtitles automatically updates the media library when you add/update/remove a media file or a metadata file supports RAW camera images wide array of localized library browsing options supports different editable renderer profiles supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment extracts metadata of your media files the way you want it, incl. embedded metadata tags, local metadata files, online metadata sources (in preferred language), XBMC, Swisscenter, MyMovies supports video thumbnails, CD covers, DVD posters, etc. categorizes video files into movie and/or series and marks last viewed episodes of a series integrates with trakt.tv Supported renderers:
Samsung TVs and Bluray players (supports additional features, e.g. subtitles) Sony TVs and Bluray players Panasonic TVs Playstation 3, Playstation 4 Xbox 360, Xbox One LG TVs and Bluray players Toshiba TVs Sharp TVs Philips TVs WDTV Live (supports subtitles) Oppo BDP-83 MusicPal DirecTV DVR Pure Flow devices ROKU Android phones, iOS phones ... and many more Serviio 2.1 changelog:
hide genres and series which are not available for the user; ticket #1125
added support for serving some TrueHD formats without transcoding; ticket #1110
added support for .m4b files; ticket #1133
added profile for Samsung N series; ticket #1122
introduced user.vmoptions file to keep user system properties intact during upgrade (Windows); ticket #1137
fixed not being able to update a user on a renderer; ticket #1121
fixed icon sizes on the MediaBrowser landing page; ticket #1126
fixed null/null in some video titles (requires metadata re-scan); ticket #1132
fixed online feed identifiers overflowing for some large libraries; ticket #1128
fixed looking up movies by year on TheMovieDb.org; ticket #1123
updated Java to OpenJDK 1.8_242
Download: Serviio 2.1 | 124.0 MB (Freeware, paid upgrade available)
View: Serviio Website | Other Operating Systems | Screenshot
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By Ather Fawaz
Huawei unveils the FusionServer Pro 2298 V5 with Cascade Lake Refresh and 450TB of storage
by Ather Fawaz
Today, Huawei unveiled its next-gen FusionServer Pro 2298 V5, a 2U 2-socket storage rack, which provides up to 450 TB of storage capacity in a manageable package.
The FusionServer Pro 2298 V5 storage server runs on the Cascade Lake Refresh processor, which is the newest member of the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, offering a base frequency up to 3.9 GHz with a 4.5 GHz turbo boost. It also supports Intel Optane DC persistent memory. In addition, in a 2U space, the server rack can house four 2.5-inch drives and 24 3.5-inch drives, as well as four NVMe SSDs, providing a total storage capacity of 450 TB.
Huawei claims that the FusionServer Pro 2298 V5 delivers 36% higher performance than its predecessors while ensuring reliability and optimized power consumption due to its Dynamic Energy Management Technology, which automatically monitors resource usage based on service loads and dynamically adjusts the minimum power based on resource utilization. Other advantages include:
Considering the feature set, the FusionServer Pro 2298 V5 is primarily geared towards workplaces and scenarios involving big data analytics, distributed storage, software-defined storage, data backup, archiving, and data-intensive warm and cold storage.
By Hamza Jawad
April update for Power BI On-premises data gateway is out now
by Hamza Jawad
Last month's update for Power BI On-premises data gateway brought the service in-line with changes to Power BI as a whole. Moreover, users utilizing older versions of the data gateway were informed that only the latest six releases for the gateway would be receiving support moving ahead.
Now, the April update for On-premises data gateway has been released. With this release, the pathway between on-premise data to Power BI has been updated to version 3000.37.23.
As always, an improved version of the Mashup Engine is also included with the latest version. Although this matches the Power BI Desktop release for April, it should be noted that this month's version of Desktop has not been detailed yet by the Power BI team. Usually, this notification arrives much earlier in the month, and Microsoft has not revealed any reasons as to why it hasn't been unveiled yet.
Interestingly, starting with the latest release, the firm has opted to go with two different installers corresponding to different modes for the data gateway. Namely, these are available in the form of the standard mode installer and a personal mode installer. In the past, a combined installer has been used, though that will be retired for all products that integrate with data gateways by mid-May.
In other Power BI news, workspaces were refreshed with a new look last week, while a new capability allowing visuals to be copied as images was introduced to the service as well.