Is your Printer vunerable?

New security vulnerability for printer/MFPs? Reported by ZDNet magazine and JSOF Security a new vulnerability, named “Ripple20” that may impact some brands of MFPs and printers Impacts devices that use code from Treck Software (based in Cincinnati, Ohio) to manage their TCP/IP stack, which allows the printer/MFPs to connect to the Internet via TCP/IP connections

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Texas Association of Business

Texas Business Applauds Governor Abbott for Instituting Face Covering for All   Today in Austin Governor Abbott signed Executive Order No. GA-29 requiring all citizens of the state of Texas to use face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster. “Texas business applauds Governor Abbott for making the right decision implementing a statewide face covering order aimed

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Reopening Texas, the next phase

Good morning, Yesterday afternoon, Governor Abbott announced the next phase of reopening Texas, which allows businesses to operate at up to 50 percent capacity, with limited exceptions. The announcement follows the phased approach to reopening businesses across Texas initiated on April 27 in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This new phase also allows for the

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is between June 1st and November 1st and our local weather forecasters have been reminding us to plan for our family’s emergency needs for a 72-hour period. They recommend setting aside a supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods that need no cooking, a new supply of batteries,

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New solution

ThinPrint launches new solution Now offering “ezeep Hub” Offering print rendering in the cloud to eliminate complex print driver and print server management, using Microsoft Azure cloud platform Cloud printing developed specifically for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Allows company branches and remote offices to have immediate print availability Almost all existing and new printer models

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Lexmark news

Lexmark receives credit rating Lexmark is a division of Ninestar of China Fitch Ratings announced it gave the company a “B-“ rating Says Lexmark repaid its public bonds through a $339.1 million draw on commitments provided by China CITIC Bank Corp Limited, Guangzhou Branch Believes that Lexmark’s revenue will decline to a “high single digit”

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Foxconn

Sharp reported its earnings Division of Hon Hai Precision of Taiwan (aka Foxconn) Was hit by the “global spread of COVID-19 in an extremely severe business environment” Net sales down 5.2% to 2,271.2 billion yen for fiscal 2019 Operating profit down 37.3% to 52.7 billion yen Net profit down 71.8% to 20.9 billion yen 4th

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. Events

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iPhone

Apple to move production from China? Economic Times is reporting that Apple is considering moving smartphone production from China to India Could produce up to $40 billion worth of product using Wistron and Foxconn (aka Hon Hai Precision) as subcontractors In a bid to reduce reliance on China

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Harris County “Stay Home, Work Safe”

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — After announcing the extension of Harris County’s ‘Stay Home, Work Safe,’ order Judge Lina Hidalgo addressed some of the regulations included in the extension expected to last until June 10. Hidalgo said two sets of rules are for the safety of workers. One set rules covers public-facing workers such as retail

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Governor Abbott’s Phase 2 of reopening Texas

Governor Abbott’s Latest Orders Here are my notes on Governor Abbott’s press conference today, announcing Phase 2 of reopening Texas: ○ Effective immediately: massage establishments, and other businesses licensed under Chapter 455 Occupations Code may operate. Personal care and beauty services not already open may operate. ○ Effective immediately: childcare other than youth camps may

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Dropbox

Konica Minolta’s bizhub Connector for Dropbox App Now Supports Dropbox Business  May 12, 2020 News Ramsey, NJ – Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is proud to announce the immediate availability of Dropbox Business for its bizhub product line. The updated bizhub Connector for Dropbox app now allows access to Dropbox Business from existing

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Cypress Creek & Flooding

Find Your Watershed  ⁄  Cypress Creek  ⁄  T.C. Jester Stormwater Detention Basin K500-23-00 T.C. JESTER STORMWATER DETENTION BASIN K500-23-00 T.C. JESTER STORMWATER DETENTION BASIN K500-23-00 Recent Actions April 21, 2020 – Initial cultural and environmental assessments completed. April 6, 2020 – Temporarily closures for construction safety reasons begin as part of additional environmental assessments of the future basin site. March 10,

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New stay-at-home order

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new stay-at-home order Saturday, just two days after the statewide stay-at-home order expired Thursday April 30. Hidalgo announced that non-essential Harris County businesses and others that were not reopened by Gov. Greg Abbott’s order are to remain closed through May 20. “We need to

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Network Security News

Wakefield Research published survey results: 32% = know what malware is 35% = know what email phishing is 25% = know what ransomware is 8% = know what cryptomining is 83% = claim to use antivirus software 80% = back up data 48% = have never looked into the security of their work device 25%

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Banning some Tech Platforms?

Lexmark to be banned by feds? S. senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) plan to introduce a new bill aimed at banning federal employees from using tech platforms that are under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) This could include products from Lexmark (owned by Ninestar of China), Lenovo, Tencent, Huawei

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Document Management Survey

Survey on document management Research published by Simpler Media Group of IT management staff What is “very important” digital workplace technology 73% = document management 3% = enterprise search 4% = group chat/team collaboration tools 5% = knowledge management 4% = mobile enablement 9% = artificial intelligence 6% = believe that current document management is

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Firmware Update

Ricoh firmware to prevent non-OEM toner Issued a firmware update for Ricoh IM C series and some MP C series of color laser printer/MFPs Firmware runs update automatically without requiring prior authorization from customer Ricoh will be able to verify chip in toner cartridge and if it does not match it will automatically block device

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CDC update – Symptoms of Covid-19

Symptoms of Coronavirus Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. A guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. Self-Check Watch for symptoms People with COVID-19 have had a

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Stimulus check status tracker

RS stimulus check status tracker is now online | Here’s what you need to know You may already have the money in your bank account, or it may still be on the way. Here’s how you can track the payment. Author: Doug Delony Published: 6:25 AM CDT April 13, 2020 Updated: 12:00 AM CDT April 21, 2020 HOUSTON

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Harris County Mask Order

53 MINUTES AGO This is why a mask order was put in place, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Harris County Judge said a new mask order will go into effect April 27. (KPRC 2) HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order that would make wearing masks in public mandatory for Harris County starting Monday.

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Stop the Flooding

Action along Cypress Creek While our attention is riveted on the hazard of the coronavirus, we must remember the clock is still ticking on catastrophic flooding along Cypress Creek.  Since the year 2000 we have had 7 floods and nothing has changed to prevent another.  What is happening now? While many of you have seen

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COVID-19 in our area

      County/City Total Cases Active Cases Deaths Recoveries Austin 12 8 4 Brazoria 345 151 3 191 Brazos 177 101 16 60 Chambers 36 16 20 Colorado 8 5 3 Fort Bend 870 748 18 104 Galveston 479 243 20 216 Grimes 10 6 1 3 Harris 2195 1254 45 896 Houston 2948

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Face Masks Required

HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo officially announced that she will require county residents to wear masks or face-covering in public. Hidalgo’s order will go into effect on April 27 and will last for 30 days. Children under 10 will be exempt from the order. Crossed 5,000 cases for all of Harris County/City: 41 new

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Konica Minolta involved in healthier people

Walk, sleep, even smell better with IT gadgets The Yomiuri Shimbun An insole developed by NEC Corp. analyzes how users walk. 11:22 am, March 07, 2020 The Yomiuri ShimbunHealth is on everyone’s minds, and electronics companies are putting their energy into helping people maintain it using cutting-edge technologies. With work style reforms among the reasons

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