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15-07-2020
The Microsoft-Android transformation is about to affect us all

I'm starting to feel like a broken record here, but man: Microsoft really is shaping up to be one of the most interesting forces in the Android ecosystem this year.As the company gears up to release its first homegrown Android phone, the unusually dual-screened Surface Duo, we're seeing more and more signs of how it's bending Google's virtual neighborhood to suit its needs. And the effects of those efforts could end up having a surprisingly broad impact on Android — one that'd reach every corner of the ecosystem and all of us who use it, whether or not a Microsoft-branded device is involved.To read this article in full, please click here

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14-07-2020
Apple, the iPhone 11, CBRS and the enterprise

Apple's iPhone 11 introduced support for Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) for the first time, which should help U.S. enterprise users solve real problems. What is it and what can it do?What is Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)? A simplified explanation of CBRS is that it’s a selection of new frequencies recently made available in the U.S. by the Federal Communications Commission.It’s sometimes also referred to as "private LTE," because it enables users to create ad hoc wireless networks that are both ultra-private and more reliable than Wi-Fi. The frequencies used are between 3,550-3,700MHz in the 3.5GHz band.To read this article in full, please click here

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14-07-2020
Always ask the obvious first.

It’s COVID-19 times, so this pilot fish is seeing a lot more requests for remote assistance, and because meetings depend on videoconferencing, camera issues are among the problems prompting users to call for help.One tech that fish knows spends hours trying to figure out why the camera on a user’s laptop isn’t working. But he prevails — and then he gets the knowledge base article updated with a new Step 1: Make sure the camera cover is not blocking the lens. To read this article in full, please click here

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13-07-2020
Apple already ships Macs with Apple Silicon

The move to empower Macs with Apple Silicon will in future give Apple ginormous control over its platform, enabling it to resolve almost every PC pain point, but the company already sells Macs equipped with Apple Silicon.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-07-2020
It's Patch Tuesday time; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Yes, with Windows you have to get patched sooner or later. No, you don’t have to do it right away.Every month Microsoft releases buggy Patch Tuesday patches. Every. Single. Month. Every month we’re admonished to get patched right now, lest the bad guys start mining PCs for juicy morsels. Every month we see the same hype, with the same results.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-07-2020
It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Yes, with Windows you have to get patched sooner or later. No, you don’t have to do it right away.Every month Microsoft releases buggy Patch Tuesday patches. Every. Single. Month. Every month we’re admonished to get patched right now, lest the bad guys start mining PCs for juicy morsels. Every month we see the same hype, with the same results.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-07-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Harder_than_it_looks, apparently

It’s a long time ago, and this pilot fish is writing real-time code for an aerospace company. “On one project, I developed some software to test a radar interface at a remote location,” says fish. “The test software was installed on a computer and the box was shipped to the remote site.”Next day, fish gets a call from an engineer at the test site: The test software is crashing as soon as it starts.Still on the phone, fish opens a listing of the latest version of the source code, and his heart sinks. Right in front of him is a typo that’s guaranteed to cause a fatal error on startup.Fortunately, fish installed the source code and a compiler on the test computer. He can’t directly edit the code, but all he has to do is walk the engineer though the process over the phone — and all the engineer will have to do is type a few commands that will edit the file and build the software.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-07-2020
6 best practices for business data visualization

It’s one thing to see a blur of numbers on reports generated by analytics platforms. It’s another thing entirely to view detailed and colorful graphics — also generated by analytics software — that instantly illustrate trends that can be easily grasped by even the most non-technical users.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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11-07-2020
Powered by Apple silicon, what will future Macs look like?

The Mac is getting a major update in Apple’s own processors. But, what about changes to future Macs that aren’t just about ditching Intel chips? From touch to speed to Thunderbolt, Macworld’s Michael Simon and Computerworld’s Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss their predictions about the future of the Mac.  To read this article in full, please click here

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11-07-2020
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11-07-2020
Amid the new COVID-19 ‘normal,’ the laptop and smartphone need to merge

Disclosure:  Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.When the laptop was conceived, the tech industry was attempting to address the needs of a mobile workforce.  These workers often had to travel to remote locations and needed to use familiar hardware at job sites, in hotels, in conference rooms, and other places like coffee shops. The new normal we now live in has people mostly working from home, travel has been massively curtailed, and interactions are virtual or communications-based. The priority now is less about mobility and more about staying connected – not only to work but to what is going on around them. Attention is often split between work and meetings and watching their kids, and unreliable networks sometimes gate interactions. Their primary communications device, the smartphone, wasn't designed for this new normal. To read this article in full, please click here

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10-07-2020
Apple's big notebook opportunity knocks

Apple sold a lot of notebooks as enterprises kitted out newly remote workers with new Macs during the second quarter, the latest data reveals – indeed, notebook sales across the board raised all the boats in the PC industry.Notebooks “singlehandedly” saved the PC market “Notebooks have singlehandedly pulled the PC market out of depression,” said Rushabh Doshi, Research Director at Canalys in a release.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-07-2020
How to filter Outlook emails on all your devices

I’m inundated with emails, so I use mail rules to maintain some semblance of order, coupled with a zero-inbox strategy. For example, automated reports are sent to a specific folder so I can read them later at my own leisure — and, most important, keep them out of my inbox.How to set up mail rules in Outlook for macOSTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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10-07-2020
Flashback Friday: You’re dragging us down

This pilot fish works at an IT services outfit that’s trying to get a contract with a very large public transportation company.“They wanted to offload some schedule simulation programs to free up their mainframes for other work,” fish says. “But before they would sign the contract, they wanted us to run the software on our machines to see if they would get valid results.”Fish and his cohorts port the Fortran code to the new machine and make a test run so the results can be compared with what they’re supposed to be.But before sending the results to the potential customer, fish and his team check everything against the expected output that the customer has sent to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-07-2020
There's new and updated planning resources for modern intranets in Microsoft 365

Did you know that Microsoft has a rich collection of best-practice guidance and advice for intranet planning? Just this week, it released a new “intelligent intranet” site with videos, templates, customer interviews, and more to help users find inspiration and planning support for their intelligent intranet journey.There’s a lot of great content linked in the new site – and even more on two platforms: support.office.com and docs.microsoft.com. Though I’m not sure this is consistently the case, the content on support.office.com is largely focused on end users and forms the backbone of the training content delivered with Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways. The content on docs.microsoft.com tends to be aimed more at administrators and covers advanced topics. Both collections provide a wealth of helpful information, with  articles written by a stellar team of technical writers who often reach out to practitioners to help add to the content.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.141 Jun 2020

Cyberport Macro Fund brings in HK$259 million of investments for four start-ups

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CyberLink Vol.140 May 2020

Liquefy pens consortium paper on real estate tokenisation with Sidley Austin, KPMG, and Colliers

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CyberLink Vol.139 Apr 2020

Cyberport’s First Virtual Career Fair attracted 9,000+ job applications

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