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15-09-2017
Innovation and Technology Venture Fund

The Government has launched the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund on 15-09-2017. It is now open for application by venture capital funds to become co-investment partners (Deadline: 15-01-2018). A briefing session will be held on 03-10-2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. Interested venture capital funds are welcome to attend.

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17-09-2019
Microsoft gives enterprises another 9 months to get off Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft today issued a support reprieve to Exchange Server 2010, saying it would continue to service the on-premises enterprise software for an extra nine months."After investigating and analyzing the deployment state of an extensive number of Exchange customers, we have decided to move the end of Extended Support for Exchange Server 2010 from January 14, 2020, to October 13, 2020," wrote Greg Taylor, director of product marketing for the Exchange team, in a Monday post to the group's blog.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-09-2019
Gartner: Blockchain will be nothing more than an add-on for ERP, CRM software

During the next two to three years, all major ERP and CRM vendors will offer blockchain capabilities as an add-on feature for their software and SaaS products, according to a new report from Gartner.During that same time, fragmented blockchain standards are likely to inhibit adoption of the distributed ledger technology in real-world systems by financial services firms, which have been rolling out a variety of test beds and pilot projects in recent years.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-09-2019
Apple is building a machine learning system to rule them alI

With Siri set to see significant improvements once iOS 13 ships, Apple is appearing at a key voice AI tradeshow and has published a study explaining some of the details of a first-of-its-kind machine learning (ML) tech it calls “Overton."Defining a machine learning window This week, Apple is sponsoring the world’s largest spoken language processing conference, Interspeech 2019.As part of its work at the event, it has submitted multiple research papers – and members of its growing machine learning teams will meet attendees there.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-09-2019
8 simple ways to clean data with Excel

Data comes in from an increasing number of sources these days. For decades, data stores were primarily built by good old data entry. But today we cull data from a range of sources including IoT devices, social media feeds, email, and other sources outside of traditional database platforms. That means the data isn’t always free of errors, blank spaces, or junk characters, and it may be inconsistently formatted from source to source.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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16-09-2019
Now let me guess your password

This pilot fish IT guy gets a call from an irate client one day complaining (incorrectly) that we had changed his administrative password on his Windows 2000 server without his knowledge.“As I walked him through the logon process, I asked if the username in the login prompt was ‘Administrator,’ says fish. “His reply: “Oh, do I need to change that?”Feed the Shark! Send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.To read this article in full, please click here

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14-09-2019
New tech inside iPhone 11 is the future of everything

Apple introduced the new iPhones this week. It was all about the cameras.But no matter how good Apple’s lenses, camera electronics and computational photography AI gets, that’s all still an evolution of what everybody is already doing: taking selfies and cat videos.Apple didn’t even mention the real revolution, which will change everything.The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will contain an Apple-designed chip called the U1. The U1 chip enables ultra-wideband (UWB) positioning, which means it’s designed to pinpoint the locations of nearby objects.Ultra-wideband used to be called pulse radio. It’s been used for years in military and medical applications. But UWB is uniquely suited to real-time locating systems (RTLS), which is what Apple is going to use it for.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Apple as a service: One day you'll rent it all...

With iPhone 11 ordering beginning today, the world may be waiting to join the iPhone Upgrade Program, and it is becoming clear Apple is slowly but inexorably moving to a business model in which its products and services are available for a monthly fee.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 10

What a long, strange trip it's been.From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google's mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved.Here's a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform's birth to present.Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it didn't even have a cute codename.Things were pretty basic back then, but the software did include a suite of early Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, and YouTube, all of which were integrated into the operating system — a stark contrast to the more easily updatable standalone-app model employed today.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
4 Google Assistant additions worth watching

Google Assistant may not be perfect, but goodness gracious, is it ever growing.Seems rarely a month goes by these days where Google doesn't announce some new capability for its platform-defying (and, some would argue, platform-creating) virtual assistant. But Assistant's most significant growth spurt may still be ahead of us.A handful of new and upcoming Assistant features really jump out at me as having the potential to collectively catapult the service's utility to some impressive new heights. Only time will tell if they end up being as impressive in the real world as they seem in theory, of course, but these four features are absolutely worth keeping an eye on:To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Gartner sees blockchain as ‘transformational’ across industries – in 5 to 10 years

Research firm Gartner, whose past evaluations of blockchain have been conservative to say the least, expects the distributed ledger technology to transform the ways businesses operate in most industries within five to 10 years.Right now, however, blockchain for most industries remains mired between inflated industry expectations and general disillusionment with regard to how it can improve business processes, according Gartner's latest "Hype Cycle" report.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Flashback Friday: Trial by error

As the supervisor of the help desk, this pilot fish is in on the interviews of new applicants.“And I've decided to learn from my mista— I mean, my experiences,” says fish.Case in point: Fish’s department hires a tech from another part of the organization. She’s worked as a tech at the other department for a few years, has the right certifications, knows the organization and will be able to hit the ground running — which makes her an apparently perfect candidate.A few weeks into the job, a fix is released to enable use of a VPN. The change: just modify two registry entries. Simple enough, right?But when fish tells the tech to apply the fix to a user’s laptop, she tells him that she has never edited a registry entry.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Mozilla previews Firefox VPN, will charge for service at some point

Mozilla this week resurrected its Test Pilot preview program, offering Firefox users a free VPN-like service to encrypt browser-to-site-and-back transmissions over public networks."The Firefox Private Network is an extension which provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser," wrote Marissa Wood, vice president of product, in a post to the Mozilla blog.[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] The free service is available immediately, but only to U.S.-based users running the desktop version of Firefox. A Firefox account - typically used for syncing copies of the browser on multiple devices - and an accompanying add-on are required.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Gartner: Get ready for more AI in the workplace

LONDON – Artificial intelligence (AI) will be widely adopted in office environments in a variety of ways over the next few years as businesses invest in digital workplace initiatives, Gartner analysts said today.The trend is expected to gather steam as voice-activated personal assistants that have proved a hit at home begin to make inroads in the office.[ Related: How AI is changing office suites ] By 2025, the technology will “certainly be mainstream,” said Matthew Cain, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner – even though privacy and security concerns have limited deployments so far. Cain was among the analysts who spoke at Gartner’s Digital Workplace Summit here.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
IDG Contributor Network: Complex September update brings large Windows, browser and development tool patches

Back to school, back to work…and now back to Microsoft updates. I hope that you got some rest this summer, as we are seeing an ever-increasing number and variety of vulnerabilities and corresponding updates covering all Windows platforms (desktop and server), Microsoft Office and a widening array of patches to Microsoft development tools.This September update cycle brings two zero-days and three publicly reported vulnerabilities in the Windows platform. These two zero-days ( (CVE-2019-2014 and CVE-2019-1215) have credibly reported exploits which could lead to arbitrary code execution on the target machine. Both browser and Windows updates require immediate attention and your development team will need to spend some time with the latest patches to .NET and .NET Core.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-09-2019
Heads up: Microsoft is back to snooping with this month’s Win7 and 8.1 'security-only' patches

Two months ago, the July Win7 security-only patch was found to install telemetry software, triggered by newly installed scheduled tasks called ProgramDataUpdater, Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, and AitAgent. As best I can tell, Microsoft never admitted that its security-only patch dropped a telemetry component. The August security-only update didn’t include that bit of snooping, so it looked like the July snooping was a one-off aberration.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.131 Aug 2019

Blockchain Gamer Connects 2019 shows off best potentials of blockchain in games

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CyberLink Vol.130 Jul 2019

Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum unveils the new esports venue to power up the ecosystem

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CyberLink Vol.129 Jun 2019

DELF spotlights the best of esports and digital entertainment extravaganza and opens new esports venue

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