BMW kicks subscription for heated seats

[German]U-turn at BMW, when it comes to seat heating as a subscription. Announced as recently as 2020, this option is to disappear in the future. Instead, the car manufacturer wants to focus on other software services. This was announced by a BMW management representative at a recent car show.

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Google Pixel Watch: No repair for broken glass

[German]If you own a smartwatch, you might be annoyed when the expensive device becomes unusable due to a crack in the glass. Google has now confirmed that it will not offer a repair option for its Pixel Watch to replace a cracked display glass. The affected models will thus mutate into expensive scrap metal.

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How to find weak passwords in Active Directory and eliminate them with PowerShell

[Sponsored Post]Weak or compromised passwords are a known gateway for attackers. If you are able to identify which users in Active Directory (AD) are threatened by this, then PowerShell can help to remedy it. However, PowerShell scripts cannot eliminate basic AD deficits, other tools are needed for this. More ...

iOS 17.0.1, iPadOS 17.0.1, watchOS 10.0.1 and macOS security updates (Sept. 21, 2023).

[German]Apple has released updates to iOS 17.0.1, iPadOS 17.0.1, watchOS 10.0.1 and macOS as of September 21, 2023. These are unscheduled security updates that were due shortly after the release of iOS/iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 and are intended to fix three serious 0-day vulnerabilities.

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Windows 11 23H2 will be released on September 26, 2023 (with Copilot)

Windows[German]Next Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (D-Week), Microsoft plans to release its optional update for Windows 11 22H2. This brings Copilot with AI features to this Windows 11 build. There was some confusion because it could be interpreted that Windows 11 23H2 would be released then. Basically, the bits for the fall 2023 update for Windows 11 are already on the systems and can be unlocked via Enablement Update. In general, Microsoft wants to do that in Q4 2023 (so from October). In addition to Copilot's AI features, Microsoft is shipping up to more than 150 new features or changes in this OS feature update to 23H2 (and probably 22H2). Microsoft announced this on September 21, 2023, and revealed more details at the same time. Note: Text regarding the release of 23H2 and rollout of Copilot of 22H2 adjusted.

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Cloud withdrawal saves 37signals millions of US dollars

[German]The cloud is expensive and sometimes useless – the cloud-first strategy of some providers, which has lured users en masse to such offerings, is leading them into cost traps. Now US company 37signals has pulled the emergency brake after having to pay $3.2 million per year for cloud services. In January 2023, the announcement came to withdraw from the cloud. Now I read the news that by moving to its own data center, the company is probably saving around $1 million per year because the bill for remaining cloud services has dropped sharply. However, the figures cannot be transferred 1:1 to every company.

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Cisco plans to acquire Splunk monitoring platform for $28 billion

[German]The next big takeover in the IT industry seems to be imminent. The US company Cisco has announced that it wants to take over Splunk. It's a really big deal, which will be done by a cash purchase. No idea how this will be seen by Splunk customers, especially if Cisco is seen rather critically there. Splunk's stock price has gone up while Cisco's has gone down.

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Thunderbird 115.2.3

[German]The developers of Thunderbird have released another update of the email client to version 115.2.3 on September 20, 2023. It is an update which is supposed to fix numerous bugs, but does not contain any new features or security fixes.

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Trend Micro: Update closes exploited critical vulnerability CVE-2023-41179

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Short notice for users and administrators of Trend Micro security products Apex One and Worry-Free Business Security on Windows. There is a critical vulnerability (CVE-2023-41179) in the products that is already being exploited in the wild. However, the manufacturer offers updates for the affected products that eliminate this critical vulnerability.

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Exchange Online: Retirement of Exchange Web Services (EWS) after October 1, 2026

Exchange Logo[German]Note to Exchange Online administrators. Microsoft has just announced in a blog post that it will discontinue Exchange Web Services (EWS) on October 1, 2026. All communication will then have to be done via Microsoft Graph from that date. So there's still two years to make this transition in the enterprise.

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Edge 117.0.2045.35/36 (19. Sept. 2023)

Edge[German]Microsoft first updated the Edge browser in the stable channel to version 117.0.2045.35 on September 19, 2023, and then to version 117.0.2045.36 shortly thereafter. The release notes here and here respectively state, "Fixed various bugs and performance issues for the stable version." In addition, there is the Webview2 Runtime (thanks to Robert for pointing this out, given the update cadence, it's hard to follow).

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