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11-04-2020
Microsoft just fixed Powerpoint: You’re going to love Presenter Coach

I’ve come to loathe PowerPoint over the years. I once was a competitive speaker and watching people use this product – and the bad habits I’ve developed using it – has been like fingernails on a chalkboard. It has historically been a tool that promoted stupid things, like creating audience-abuse slides that no one could read and presentations where the presenter read the slide to the audience.  People, and I include myself, found it so easy to build presentations they’d wait until the last minute and then get in front of an audience with little or no rehearsal or preparation, resulting in substandard performance.  But last month, Microsoft unveiled a whole bunch of enhancements, features, and improvements for Office 365, now called Microsoft 365. If you blinked, you may have missed something named Presenter Coach, which could turn Powerpoint into a tool that ensures presentation quality.  These features will roll out over the next several weeks; I can hardly wait.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-04-2020
Delays, deals and drastic actions: Microsoft responds to the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the Tokyo Olympics, scrubbed all college sports and silenced presidential campaign rallies, so it shouldn't be any surprise that the crisis has also upended plans Microsoft once had set in similar stone.But because of the work-at-home mandate set by many businesses, Microsoft has faced other pressures by dint of its place as the maker of Windows and Office, two technology cornerstones of modern corporations.Along with rivals Google and Apple, Microsoft was among the first U.S. firms to send employees home, one of the first to start tearing up calendars. Since early March, it's made a score and more changes to product timelines, launched deals specific to work-at-home or the pandemic, and taken action to shutter stores and symposiums.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-04-2020
Flashback Friday: Anything missing?

This pilot fish maintains user accounts for about 1,400 employees of a county government, and he’s a bit nonplussed when he gets this trouble ticket:Description: Recently added employee (intern) first name is misspelled. Should be Lesley instead of Leslie (see journal entry). Please fix her GroupWise and Active Directory accounts to reflect correct spelling of her name.“In order for this ticket to find its way to me, it had to be (1) created by the original requester and submitted, (2) triaged and assigned to the network group by the help desk admin and (3) assigned directly to me by my team lead,” says fish.“Apparently, it never occurred to any of the people who helped this ticket along that neither ‘Leslie’ nor ‘Lesley’ was enough information to uniquely identify the account in question.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-04-2020
Google, Microsoft talk up security after Zoom firestorm

As video conferencing platform Zoom continues to weather unfavorable headlines about its security, two big market rivals are doubling down on commitments to keeps users safe.In recent weeks, Zoom has faced a barrage of criticism involving privacy and security failings, culminating in CEO Eric Yuan acknowledging this week that the company “moved too fast” but is  now committed to being “open and honest with [customers] about areas where we are strengthening our platform.” He also announced that Zoom had stopped development of new product features for 90 days to focus on security.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-04-2020
What Chrome OS needs to conquer next

Psst: Come close. I've got quite the secret to share with you. It's something those of us who use Chromebooks in our daily lives have known for a while — but something the vast majority of people (and the vast majority of folks who write about this stuff, for that matter) have yet to fully realize.Ready? Here it is: Little by little, bit by bit, Chrome OS on a tablet has been turning into an increasingly impressive experience. With every passing month, almost, Google adds a touch more polish and a smidge more power into the environment. And with the latest update, announced this week, the Chromebook tablet experience is suddenly feeling surprisingly cohesive — almost, dare I say it, complete.To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
3D printing signs up to fight COVID-19

Situated on a (usually) busy London, UK street, a small print and copy shop is 3D printing face masks for health workers at its local hospital.It isn’t alone.3D printers are being pressed into use to churn out equipment for medical staff worldwide, and while it’s a drop in the ocean in terms of meeting demand, it’s remarkable how the technology is rising to the challenge.Can 3D printing support health emergency? 3D printing hasn’t become as mainstream a process as people had hoped.To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
Zoom hit by investor lawsuit as security, privacy concerns mount

The challenges facing Zoom continue to mount, as the company now faces an investor lawsuit and more organizations ban the use of the video meeting app due to privacy and security concerns. The company also upped efforts to improve its security and privacy practices by hiring Facebook’s former CSO as a consultant. Zoom has seen a surge in use in recent weeks as self isolation in response to the pandemic ramps up the demand for video software. As its popularity has boomed – both for business and personal use – and the company’s stock price rocketed, Zoom has come under pressure on a number of fronts. To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 75 boosts search with address bar enhancements

Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 75 on schedule, unlike rivals Google and Microsoft, which postponed browser releases by weeks and scratched one version entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The upgrade's most visible changes were to Firefox's address bar, which has been tricked out with several enhancements designed to make for more productive searches.The company's developers also patched a half dozen vulnerabilities, three labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. As has regularly been the case, Mozilla addressed multiple memory safety flaws that criminals might have been able to exploit had they known of them.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Apple improves Maps search to boost pandemic response

Apple continues to press forward with what seems to be a company-wide attempt to fight back against coronavirus, improving Maps search results to prioritize what people need today.Little changes have a big impact Apple Maps has a search feature that lets you find services local to where you are.If you’ve used it you’ll probably have found things like gas stations at the top of the suggested list (unless you’ve started typing something else).That’s changed slightly, with Apple tweaking its servers to prioritize the kinds of services we need as we work so hard to survive the pandemic.Now you’ll find food retailers, food delivery firms, pharmacies and emergency services at the top of the recommendation list.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Trello unveils Butler integrations with Slack and Jira

Trello this week announced that its no-code automation tool Butler can now integrate with Slack and Jira, helping users bring a new level of automation to its chat and development platforms.Created in 2016, Butler was originally a third-party Trello integration itself before being acquired by Trello in 2018 to provide users a native “If This Then That” (IFTTT) set of automation capabilities. Using rule-based triggers, Butler is designed to make it easy to automate any set of actions in Trello through the click of a button or scheduled commands based on regular intervals or due dates.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Why Microsoft should postpone Windows 10's next feature upgrade, 2004

Microsoft may have the next Windows 10 upgrade burning a hole in its pocket, but if it's smart, the Redmond, Wash. developer will keep that code to itself for now.In fact, software developers could do all tech users a big favor by slapping a moratorium on all non-security, feature-filled updates and upgrades until further notice.Call it "software distancing," but rather than make versions stand six feet apart force them to keep six months' separation.Why hold Windows 10 2004? Because we're busy, in case you haven't noticed Microsoft must be eager to dispatch Windows 10 2004, the year's spring feature upgrade: It's been working on the refresh for more than a year now. But really, what's the rush? After 13+ months of testing, testing and more testing, another half dozen isn't going to hurt.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Wayback Wednesday: So much for job security

The big insurance company where this pilot fish works buys up a small outfit that handles workers’ compensation claims.“The small outfit's sole customer was a city government, which was the only reason we bought it,” says fish. “The claims application was written in a PC DOS database.”The app's developer — who's also the former owner of the workers’ comp company — has written the app in such a way that, at the end of each year, he has to manually tweak all the menus to add the new year.So when fish’s company buys out the small outfit, the developer is kept on retainer for $12,000 per year to provide the necessary, er, maintenance.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
vSphere can supercharge your IT efficiency. This $59 course breaks it down

Efficiency is the name of the game in every business, no matter how big or small it may be; and the IT department isn’t immune from this pretty basic fact. That means knowing how to minimize things like equipment costs and downtime while improving accessibility should be of extreme importance to you ― especially if you need your IT career to extend beyond the here and now.That said, if you're not already familiar with vSphere, you owe it to yourself to start learning. The IT Professional’s VMware vSphere Deep Dive Course can give you the introduction you need, and it's on sale for only $59 today.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Videoconferencing vendors meet demands with free versions

As COVID-19 forces workers to remote offices, videoconferencing is becoming a lifeblood of business. These free videoconferencing offerings can help you meet the demand of the new work-at-home norm.

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08-04-2020
Five steps Microsoft should take RIGHT NOW to help us through the pandemic

Microsoft’s response to the COVID-19 threat has been admirable. From free six-month subscriptions to Teams and Bing’s COVID-19 tracker to enormous computing power for immunotherapy research to a joint project with the CDC on an assessment bot, Microsoft has more than lived up to its reputation for pitching in when times are bad.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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CyberLink Vol.137 Feb 2020

MAD Gaze raises US$18M to ramp up product R&D and 5G applications

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CyberLink Vol.136 Jan 2020

Cyberport spotlights digital trade finance and virtual banking at AFF 2020

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