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25-11-2020
Microsoft discounts M365 Business Premium by 25%

Microsoft on Monday announced it had discounted the first 25 seats of Microsoft 365 (M365) Business Premium by 25% when purchased by new commercial customers through Nov. 30.Citing "Small Business Saturday," an American Express-created promotional event that this year falls on Nov. 28, Microsoft said it was reducing Business Premium's per-user per-month fee from $20 to $15. The lower price will apply to a subscription's first year only, pegging the savings at $60 per user. If a customer maxed out the allowed seats, they would save a total of $1,500 during that year."Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes advanced security, designed to protect devices and data from proliferating cyberthreats — all while keeping IT complexity to a minimum, so business owners can keep their companies protected even without a dedicated IT staff," Kady Dundas, senior director for Microsoft 365, asserted in a Nov. 23 post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
Expand your brand's online reach by selling directly through Facebook & Instagram

Traditionally, we visited brick-and-mortar stores to go shopping, but our behavior has slowly shifted towards e-commerce transactions, which has been sped up considerably by quarantine restrictions. Now, customers either visit a brand’s website to purchase from their e-commerce shop directly, or purchase items from established e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. However, social media’s pervasiveness offers brands an untapped audience full of new e-commerce customers. Facebook alone currently has over 2.7 billion monthly active users. That’s over a fourth of the human population! Add other social media platforms to the mix, and you’ll find more social media users than not. To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
Meet Apple’s telepresence robot

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced every industry to improvise and innovate to build agility and resilience to get through the crisis. Now a key Apple partner is using telepresence robots as it leads construction of a Apple’s new headquarters in London.Apple’s telepresence robot Apple’s billion-dollar Californian HQ building is somewhat under-used at the moment, but the company continues to invest in new centers worldwide as it continues to experience global growth. Apple in the UK has taken over a huge part of the globally recognized Battersea Power Station as for its new UK headquarters.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know

Encryption may sound like a subject best left to hackers and tinfoil hat wearers, but don't be fooled: It's a critical part of contemporary life and something that's important for everyone, especially business users, to understand. And one of the places where encryption is most relevant and misunderstood is in the realm of email.If you're using Gmail for electronic communication — be it for business purposes, for personal use, or some combination of the two — it's well worth your while to know how the service does and doesn't secure your information and what steps you can take to make sure you're getting the level of privacy you need.Ready to dive in?To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
Understanding Zapier, the workflow automation platform for small biz

As more and more work processes become digitized through the use of cloud applications, companies are finding it easier to automate mundane and repetitive tasks. Uploading files, creating calendar events and sending text messages to colleagues may seem trivial in isolation, but they can add up — taking away time and attention from more useful tasks.“One of the biggest advantages of automation in the workplace is time savings,” said Wade Foster, CEO of workflow automation platform Zapier. The Sunnyvale, CA-based software firm has attracted some 1.8 million paid and free users since its launch in 2011, and claims its tools save users an average of 10 hours a week.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
BrandPost: Big Data Drives Efficient Public Services

Amid digital transformation, big data is emerging as a major pillar of public sector IT strategy. Government agencies can increase their efficiency and effectiveness by breaking down data silos and creating one common view of their big data. But they must do so, of course, within the legal framework of their country.The Huawei Big-Data platform offers the following advantages: Agility Provides a range of data processing capabilities, covering converged data warehouse, offline processing, real-time stream computing, real-time retrieval, interactive query, and relationship analysis. Supports unified multi-cluster and multi-tenant management. Supports rolling upgrades with zero downtime. Uses Elk and Spark SQL that are compliant with SQL standards. Intelligence The graph database responds to correlated data analyses covering tens of billions of records within seconds, promptly returning query results covering hundreds of billions of relationships spanning tens of billions of nodes. RTD enables millisecond-level real-time risk control, making the shift from post-event to real-time risk control. This solution has integrated more than ten algorithms to allow unified algorithm management and improve resource utilization of AI clusters by about 100%. Convergence Provides DLF for one-stop data integration, development, and management. Converges Hadoop and MPPDB data. Deploys x86 and ARM server hybrid. These capabilities make it possible to support vital public services functions so that public services agencies can create a truly data-driven environment where decisions are made based on accurate data.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

In the U.S., we’re quickly coming up to the start of holiday season, meaning it’s time for, well, time off. I typically add technology maintenance jobs to the monthly mix of patching and maintaining servers and workstations. This month, I’m also taking time to better understand the impact of one specific security bulletin — I honestly can’t figure out exactly what I’m supposed to do to keep my network secure. The good news: for most readers, none of these concerns apply to you. I’m ready to give the all-clear to go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations — especially if you are running the Windows 10 1909 feature release. That said, do your Thanksgiving Zoom get-together first and then install any updates. I’d hate to have you see nothing but the spinning wheel of Windows updates instead of your family and friends.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-11-2020
How to stay as private as possible on the Mac

Apple has long positioned itself as a company that believes in your right to privacy. Here is how to use the privacy tools it provides with macOS for desktop Macs. (And here's a privacy guide for iPhones and iPads.Use a strong passcode To secure your Mac, all of your data, and your privacy, it is essential to create a strong alphanumeric login password. The temptation to use something short or easy to remember is understandable, but if your Mac goes missing, your life is on show. So visit Security & Privacy>General and tap Change Password to pick something more challenging.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
Apple and Verizon put 5G iPhones closer to the (enterprise) heart

With a new "5G Fleet Swap" scheme in association with Verizon Business, Apple is pushing the iPhone 12 hard for the U.S. enterprise market, as both partners rapidly build mind-share as enterprises worldwide explore the transformative potential of 5G networks.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
3 pandemic-related trends for 2021

When we shifted rapidly from working in offices to working from home early this year, we weren’t at all ready. I’ve heard stories of employees who stripped their offices of everything but their phones because they lacked office furniture at home; workers who got thousands of dollars to buy home office equipment; and employees who got nothing other than a “good luck.”But tech companies have been watching, and in 2021 we will see several new trends affecting laptops and the arrival of some exciting product bundles. I want to talk about the three most interesting to me this week.Branded office bundles One problem with the rush to work and study from home is that support organizations have been hammered by problems resulting from that lack of consistency. To address this problem, vendors are putting together bundles that — at a minimum — include a router (where many support problems  originate) to meet company standards regarding security, management, and reliability. Other than that, it isn’t yet clear what the bundles might contain and whether they will be packaged together (more likely from an online vendor than in a store) or connected by brand, so employees can build their bundle from approved parts. (The latter would more likely be in-store.)To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
The best Linux apps for Chromebooks

Being able to install Linux apps on Chrome OS opens up some fascinating new possibilities — particularly if you're an advanced user.After all, while a Chromebook's standard combo of web apps, Chrome apps, and Android apps is more than sufficient for most folks' needs, some of us still require (or maybe just prefer) traditional local programs for certain specific purposes. The presence of Linux apps on Chrome OS means we can have our cake and eat it, too — by enjoying the speed, simplicity, and security of a Chromebook while also embracing the occasional heavy-duty desktop app.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
Everything you need to know about Rosetta 2 on Apple Silicon Macs

With their new processor, Apple’s M1 Macs deliver ground-breaking performance, but applications built to run on Intel chips may need to use the all new Rosetta translation technology in order to run. What is it and what does it do?Supporting the journey to Apple Silicon Apple’s decision to migrate to Apple Silicon is history in action. The company now controls the future of all of its platforms and the fact is that its processors are already impressing everyone with their performance and stability.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

If you asked a normal user what they dislike most about Windows 10, the answer would likely be related to patching, rebooting and the generally confusing update process. Entire web sites have sections devoted to explaining the updating process and how to manage it — and I’ve written my fair share about the topic. In addition to writing about Microsoft patches here (and about Windows security for CSO), I’m also a moderator on the Patchmanagement.org listserve. We have many people who rely on various patching tools to deploy updates and maintain workstations.  There are a number of options, so it’s important to understand how they work (and how they vary) so you can get the most out of them.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2020
Asana adds new integrations to help connect distributed teams

Work management platform Asana has added new and extended integrations for Atlassian Jira (Server Edition), Microsoft Teams and Slack and boosted admin capabilities on its platform in a bid to help enterprise customers more effectively deploy and manage its software at scale.The updates, announced earlier this week, come after Asana research earlier this year found that, on average, employees switch between 10 apps 25 times per day, leading to missed communications, reduced efficiency and duplication of work.“It’s not good enough,” said Alex Hood, the company's chief product officer.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2020
Android's secret voice control superpowers

Sometimes, a few carefully chosen words can go a long way.Now, mind you, I'm not talking about interpersonal relations here. (You're on your own there, pal.) I'm talking about the timeless art of talking to your technology — an act that may make you feel ridiculous, and rightfully so, but that can be a true time-saver and efficiency-enhancer in the right situation.Android has long excelled at voice control, and these days, there's little you can't accomplish by whispering the right sweet nothings into your phone's pretty virtual ear. Google Assistant is overflowing with voice command possibilities, the ever-so-slowly-rolling-out new version of Assistant adds even more options into the mix, and other new additions are showing up constantly.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.146 Nov 2020

CVCF 2020 navigated the virtual, borderless audience to the new normal of tech venturing

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CyberLink Vol.145 Oct 2020

Cyberport flagship VC event unveils agenda, launches virtual event platform

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CyberLink Vol.144 Sep 2020

Braving the Epidemic campaign bestowed ET Net’s Health Partnership Awards 2020

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