IDG Contributor Network: Obtaining SharePoint 2013 resources

Like all technology, SharePoint is constantly changing, via hotfixes, cumulative updates and service packs released by Microsoft. One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from IT pros is, “Where do I find the most current information about SharePoint 2013, specifically for IT pros?”

It’s a great question because you can search the Internet with questions about SharePoint 2013 and get a wide range of results. But a lot of them are outdated, maybe inaccurate, or there have been updates to specific SharePoint 2013 components that aren’t reflected in returned articles.

So I’m going to give you information about a website (yes, one site) that contains up-to-date information about SharePoint 2013. Even better is the fact that this site is managed and updated by Microsoft, meaning you can be confident that the information is likely to be accurate and current. In fact, one of the first things you see at the top of the page is the date it was last updated, so you’ll know that it should contain the latest and greatest information. FYI: the format used to display the date on the page is yyyy-mm-dd, meaning 2015-03-09 indicates it that was last updated on March 9, 2015, not Sept. 3.

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Google updates productivity suite with dictation, integrated search and more

Google rolled out a big set of updates to its productivity suite today aimed primarily at enhancing its capabilities for students and teachers.

The updates include a new tool that lets users search for content to add to a document on Android, and support for dictating documents to their computer using Google’s voice recognition capabilities. Voice Typing is only available for the desktop version of Chrome at the moment, and allows users to speak into their computer and get a transcription in real time.

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Google’s Alphabetized new logo is childish (who moved my cheese?)

Google has a new logo. And a new house typeface. Plus some bouncing dots. It scales better for differently-sized screens, we’re told.

Mathematically pure, childlike, simple, playful, magic, snappy — these are the designery words used to describe the new visual identity of the Alphabet subsidiary. Cool story, bro.

Apparently, this is big news. Well, it’s been top of the Google News page for almost a day (so make of that what you will).

Of course, people hate change. So cue the howling, raging and gnashing of teeth.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder where their cheese moved to. Not to mention: Smoke On The Water vs. Temperature vs. S.A.X... 

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Spy equipment suppliers: Report exposes who sells surveillance tech to Columbia

“We always assume we are being watched. It is part of our understanding. We think it’s a tactic to wear us down. We get tipped off by people in the state. They tell us ‘people are listening to you.’…” Would you be surprised to learn that a priest said that? Father Alberto is just one person living under surveillance in Columbia; he was interviewed by Privacy International as it investigated the shadow surveillance state in Columbia. The second investigative report looked into more than a dozen international companies selling surveillance equipment to Columbian government agencies and police.

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