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23-05-2020
Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would notify you if you had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In practice, public health authorities will have to encourage around 60% people in a given state or country to download the app in order to meaningfully conduct contact tracing/exposure notification. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and PCWorld/Macworld’s Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss Apple and Google’s unprecedented collaboration, privacy concerns and how state and federal governments will utilize the API. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
In brief: Microsoft's Fluid Framework documents explained

With users now able to get their hands on Microsoft's latest document format - rolled out under the umbrella of the Fluid Framework - the company is hoping it can deliver on its promises of better productivity and collaboration online.The Fluid Framework was announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference in 2019, and at Build 2020 - a virtual-only event this year - the company made the format available for user preview for Microsoft 365 Enterprise and education subscribers enrolled in Targeted Release. It's also available as open source software; Microsoft said the code and SDK will be available on GitHub soon.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
How will Apple replace FaceID now we’re wearing masks?

Apple’s FaceID just isn’t what it used to be. Millions of iPhone users are wearing masks, which means we need to enter passcodes manually, making Touch ID more relevant than before.Apple recognises the challenge We know Apple appreciates the problems of wearing masks during the pandemic.Apple’s iOS 13.5 update now understands when you are wearing a mask and immediately defaults to the manual passcode screen when using FaceID on an iPhone.This answers a pressing need, but also shows us how great technology can be overtaken by events.Is the age of FaceID over? FaceID is such a useful technology. A glance at your display and your iPhone springs into life.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Facebook’s Workplace embraces video, touts new users amid pandemic

Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration offering, got a variety of new features this week designed to strengthen the platform and help users better collaborate during the ongoing pandemic.As for Workplace, Facebook said the app now has more than 5 million paid users – with 2 million added since October 2019. That pace of growth is in line with reports from other collaboration and videoconferencing companies, which have rapidly gained new users this year during the COVID-19 outbreak.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Flashback Friday: You can’t give that stuff away

It’s the 1990s, and this very big nonprofit hospital has 20 years’ worth of computer equipment when it decides to spend $20 million to replace several independent systems with one unified system.As a new IT supervisor, this pilot fish’s first task is to get rid of piles of the outdated equipment.So he makes a few phone calls — first to the local community college, and next to the high school superintendent. Could you use some old equipment for your PC training classes? he asks.The quick response from the cash-strapped administrators: “Yes, thank you!”Fish and his team go to work identifying what needs to go. They look. They find. The gear piles up.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
How PaaS could drive sustainability into the PC market

PaaS, or “PCs-as-a-Service,” is a concept we’ve been chasing under different terms ever since we moved from mainframes and terminals. The irony is that back when the mainframe was dominant, computing was a service. You didn’t initially buy a mainframe; you leased it and effectively paid for monthly. Then a focus on short-term profits kicked in and hardware went from predominantly leased to predominantly sold. That change turned what was a surprisingly green technology industry into the forklift upgrade, anything-but-green alternative we have today. PaaS is the result of our desperate plea to go back to that more sustainable past.[ Keep up on the latest thought leadership, insights, how-tos, and analysis on IT through Computerworld’s newsletters. ] At the moment, no one is doing PaaS right – outside of cable companies who still mainly operate on that model and are becoming obsolete.  But cloud services, virtual operating systems, 5G, and an increasing desire to save the planet are driving us back to a mainframe-like model, albeit with entirely different hardware. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Get $2,300 worth of pro coder training for just $39

You probably have more free time right now than you’re typically accustomed to. And that can actually be a good thing, especially if you’ve been meaning to pick up a new skill. If coding is something you've been looking to dive into, The 2020 Learn to Code Certification Bundle is a solid resource, especially now that it's on sale for over 90% off its usual price.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Set your brand up for success with a .tech domain extension

Imagine this. You’ve finally completed your brand new app that’s going to revolutionize the way we live. You’ve even come up with a catchy name that meshes perfectly with your app and no other company has laid claim to. Unfortunately, someone from the ’90s already built a .com website with the domain name you want to use. What’s worse, that website isn’t even in use anymore!You don’t have to be a mobile app developer to relate. Perhaps you’re a freelance coder with a generic name who wants to showcase your portfolio, or you might be an agency specializing in tech clients. Whatever the case, you need a domain extension that illustrates what you’re all about, and it needs to be available. So why not use “.tech”? Right now, you can get your own .tech domain extension starting at just $7.99 per year. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-05-2020
3 must-have Google Meet add-ons

Got Meet? Google's recently rebranded videoconferencing service may be a confusing mess when it comes to its purpose and positioning, but it sure is simple and effective — not to mention secure — to use.Now, is it strictly for teams or also for regular consumer use? When you should use it as opposed to Duo, Google's increasingly overlapping other video chat service? I'm not sure that anyone, least of all Google, can fully answer those questions at the moment. And I'm not entirely convinced we won't see even more muddled messaging in this area as the months wear on.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-05-2020
Microsoft touts new business features slated for Edge

Microsoft on Tuesday spelled out some of the business-designed additions and improvements it plans for the Edge browser.The Chromium-based Edge, which Microsoft debuted in stable form in January, was to have been slowly rolled out to a subset of users "in the coming weeks" after a Jan. 15 announcement. That didn't happen.Whether because of Microsoft's own delays, the disruption of lock-downs and work-at-home orders resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, or a combination, Microsoft never got around to distributing the new Edge.[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] That will now change, Microsoft pledged, effectively calling a do-over. Edge will be "delivered via a measured roll-out that you'll see ramping up over the course of the next few weeks," Kyle Pflug, principal program manager, wrote in a post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2020
Amid the pandemic, using trust to fight shadow IT

Shadow IT, where workers sometimes go rogue in their efforts to solve business problems, can create challenges – and opportunities – for companies in the best of times. With the COVID-19 pandemic still unfolding, these are not the best of times. With most employees and executives still working from home, the big issue for administrators and IT pros still centers on how to make things work in today’s trying circumstances.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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20-05-2020
Wayback Wednesday: Maybe they weren’t looking for fast

This pilot fish goes in for a job interview, and the hiring manager tells him, “I like to give everyone a little programming test. You should be able to complete it within 15 minutes. Are you OK taking a simple test?”Sure, says fish.Turns out it really is simple. Fish only takes about five minutes to produce a little two-line function with a Boolean return value.Interviewer looks at fish’s solution and says, “This is correct. I would only point out you could make it even simpler by putting the expression right into the Return statement.” Sure enough, fish realizes, his little two-line function could really be a one-liner.He doesn’t get the job.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2020
The Pixel phone's Motion Sense mystery

This time nearly a year ago, I was genuinely excited.The month was June of 2019. Rumors were flying fast about Google's then-still-under-wraps Pixel 4 phone, and an especially juicy one had just made its way to the surface.The Pixel 4 would feature a wild new kind of radar system, the grapeline informed us — a system we'd been hearing about from Google for years but that had remained a lab-based experiment up until that point. It was called Project Soli, and Goog almighty, did it sound promising.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2020
Will Apple's AR glasses revolutionize accessibility tech?

Heard about the optician who got a job at the Apple Store? Not yet, but it looks like you might hear something along those lines as the latest leak claims the company’s long-expected AR spectacles will support prescription lenses.A new approach to eye care One of the bigger problems about the idea of AR glasses has always been that in order to use them, one must be able to look through them safely.That’s more difficult than it sounds, given that around half the world’s population probably uses some form of vision correction; you don’t want people suffering accidents just because they were wearing their digital specs.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2020
Fitting ITSM into a devops world

IT service management (ITSM) has been around for a long time. While ITSM and ITIL have been updated over the years, how do they stack up against Gen Z approaches like devops?

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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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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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