Okta Announces New Okta Partner Connect Specializations For Hybrid IT and Customer Identity, Highlights Global Partner Expansion

New specializations help partners become trusted advisors across every market as global channel ecosystem grows by over 400 percent

Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today at Okta Showcase, announced Customer Identity and Okta Access Gateway Specializations within Okta Partner Connect. The two new areas of focus coincide with considerable global partner momentum for the company, which has seen an over 400 percent increase in the global channel partner ecosystem in the last two years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations around the world. With millions of people working remotely, companies need to ensure connectivity and security for employees and customers alike. Okta Access Gateway solves the hybrid IT access problem for enterprises, connecting on-premises legacy and custom-built applications to the Okta Identity Cloud to enable workforces to easily access every application through a centralized identity provider. With the new challenges

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Slack tests video sharing and audio-only channels to connect remote workers

Slack is working on a set of experimental features, like the ability to share short videos and make audio-only channels team members can drop into for casual conversations. Asynchronous video updates may appear at the top of channels and resemble the short videos or Stories made popular by Snapchat and copied by Facebook apps. LinkedIn introduced short videos like Stories for its workplace social network in the U.S. last month.

“Everybody has to work together. There’s a lot of information you have to get over the wire really quickly, and sometimes writing all of that out can take a lot more time than just taking a quick video, putting it in a channel. And then your colleagues can just watch those videos maybe with their morning coffee or doing the dishes or some other time when they don’t have the exact intensity of attention that you would need for reading

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Top U.S. Retailer H-E-B Rolled out Slack to 100k Employees in 72 Hours; Provides a Place for Employees to Connect Across Its 400 Stores

Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK) today announced that H-E-B, one of the largest privately owned retailers in the U.S., provisioned more than 100,000 Partners (employees), from manufacturing plants and warehouses to stores and order selectors, with Slack.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201006005465/en/

H-E-B is connecting its dispersed workforce across 400 stores via Slack. One of the company’s largest channels, #heb-tribute, has approximately 119,000 members actively posting everything from kudos on a retirement and thank-yous to truck drivers to beautiful store merchandising images and community service events. Note: The H-E-B employee names represented in the photos have been anonymized for privacy reasons. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Slack helps us solve an issue that many retailers face: how to securely reach and connect to dispersed employees who don’t have access to traditional workplace communication tools,” said Gavin Gallagher, CIO of H-E-B. “With Slack, we can quickly communicate

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SPOT Connect Satelite GPS Communicator

Untether your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™ OS smartphone from the grid. Connect it to a global satellite network from almost anywhere on the planet, using the subscription-based service from SPOT. Update your Twitter, Facebook, or SPOT Adventures page so your family and friends are at peace (or envious). Request non-emergency assistance from contacts or professional service providers. In a critical emergency, you can send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance, even if your phone isn’t working.

With an additional service plan, you can type and send custom messages (41 character) or predefined messages (120 characters), and update the Track Progress functions on Google Maps or SPOT Adventures page.

The Connect hooks up with your phone using Bluetooth. A smartphone app gives you easy operation and detailed status info.

  • Compatible with Apple iPod Touch® (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone® 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, Android™ Platform 2.0 or later.
  • Operating temperature
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Swarm Technologies reveals plan to connect devices for $5 per device per month

SAN FRANCISCO – Swarm Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup seeking to connect sensors in a low-cost, global internet-of-things (IoT) network, announced prices for its satellite communications products Sept. 29, including data services starting at $5 per device per month..

Swarm launched its first 12 operational Spacebee satellites in early September aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket. The Mountain View, California, company plans to complete its constellation of 150 hockey-puck-size satellites before the end of 2021, Sara Spangelo, Swarm co-founder and CEO, said in a Sept. 21 blog post.

Swarm Tile, the company’s satellite modem, carries a $119 price tag. Customers are encouraged to embed Swarm Tile, which is built around a single printed circuit board, into devices.

“Now, every person and IoT machine can have affordable access to two-way data services from any point on Earth at all times,” Spangelo said in a Sept. 29 statement. “Swarm’s global network enables customers

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An unhealthy relationship with technology can mean missed opportunities to connect with the real world. That’s why I wrote a book of 5,203 alternatives to looking at your phone.



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  • Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer, archaeologist, and author of more than 80 books and calendars, including “14,000 Things to be Happy About.”
  • The following is an adapted excerpt from her new book, “5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone.”
  • In it, she suggests striking a balance between your online and offline lives with alternative ways to reconnect with the world around you.  
  • Kipfer uses her expertise to help people examine why they’re mindlessly motivated to reach for screens, and how to restore a healthy relationship with activities that fill up your downtime.  
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I’m a listmaker. I’ve published 80+ books and calendars — mainly lists.  My editor came up with the idea of a list styled book with suggestions on what to do “instead of looking at your phone.” This brilliant focus resonated

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Jamf Connect 2.0 includes Mac user authentication via iPhone Face ID, Touch ID

Mobile device management outfit Jamf has revealed it will be rolling out an updated version of Jamf Connect 2.0 that will overhaul the identity management tool, including the addition of using Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone for user authentication on Macs.

Revealed during the virtual Jamf Nation User Conference on Tuesday, Jamf Connect 2.0 is a major update of the company’s account and identity management tools for large networks. The system, which enables for a user account to be provisioned to a device and authenticated throughout a corporate network, has been given some upgrades that take advantage of cloud computing and alternative authentication systems, including elements users are already familiar with using.

Version 2.0 will use a single cloud-based set of identity credentials for users, which will be used throughout the network’s hardware. In theory it will help produce a more seamless authentication experience for

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Boomi Connections Survey: Remote Work, Interpersonal Isolation Leave People Looking for New Ways to Connect | News

CHESTERBROOK, Pa., Sept. 29, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Boomi™, a Dell Technologies™ business and leading provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS), today announced the findings from its Connections Survey, benchmarking the interpersonal and technological impact of remote work. Nearly 60% of employees feel more isolated and disconnected from their work and their teams, with 49% stating they want to see their offices improve remote collaboration tools and systems.

“It’s now more critical than ever to overcome data silos and connect information, systems, and ultimately people. When we are connected, new ideas emerge, problems are solved, and human ingenuity prevails,” said Mandy Dhaliwal, chief marketing officer at Boomi. “When you connect systems and data, you ultimately connect through to people and it’s this power of connection that drives us. We are entering a new era of integrated experiences when tech infrastructure and most importantly, people, need to

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Amazon debuts Luna cloud gaming service, Twitch connect, Ubisoft games

  • Amazon announced Luna, a free video game streaming service that lets you play hit games on your phone, computer, and other streaming devices, on Thursday. 
  • Gamers can purchase their own games on Luna, or subscribe to different “game channels” for an ongoing collection.
  • For $5.99 per month, players can subscribe to the Luna+ channel, which will grant them access to dozens of games, including hit titles like “Control,” and “Resident Evil 7.” 
  • Amazon has also designed a special Wi-Fi enabled Luna controller that will help reduce delay when streaming, compared to a standard Bluetooth controller. It will be available for $50 during the early access period.
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Amazon is expanding its push into video games.

On Thursday, the company launched Luna, a free cloud-gaming service designed to deliver video games to your computer, phone, and other streaming devices. Luna will work on PC, Mac,

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Facebook (FB) Connect Event Showcases A Virtual Reality Future

Last week Apple (AAPL) held its latest product unveiling event that revealed primarily incremental improvements for its latest iterations of Apple Watch and iPad. But it wasn’t the only company event that introduced a new consumer wearable.

Facebook (FB) also held its annual Oculus Connect VR conference that was not only rebranded to Facebook Connect, but in keeping with the pandemic, it was a virtual event. Interestingly enough, Facebook didn’t frame the event as a “virtual reality” event but rather a showcase for its Facebook Reality Labs that, per the company, creates “category-defining consumer hardware and software that are immersive, social, and increase the depth of people’s connections.” At the core of it, Facebook sees augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) changing “everything about how we work, play, and connect.” To the everyday person, this could mean something as disruptive and game-changing as the PC and the smartphone.

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