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25-05-2022
Microsoft looks to make Teams screen-sharing more interactive with Live Share

Looking to make screen-sharing more interactive so colleagues can collaborate using third-party apps directly in Teams video meetings, Microsoft this week unveiled Live Share, a Teams SDK extension that’s now in preview. It lets developers customize applications so users can co-edit and co-create while on a call together.Announced Tuesday at Microsoft’s Build conference, Live Share uses Microsoft’s JavaScript-based Fluid Framework and is hosted on the Azure Fluid Relay cloud service and allows developers to build apps without writing back-end code.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-05-2022
Android 13's dueling identities

When Android 13 officially arrives this summer, we're bound to see a bunch of befuddled head scratching.It won't be because of heat-induced brain fog and/or dry scalp, either — not entirely, anyway. Instead, this fresh crop of confusion will stem from the fact that after months of buildup and anticipation, Google's latest and greatest Android version isn't gonna look like much for the majority of Android-owning organisms.Sounds strange, I know, but it's true: For anyone carrying a phone that was already running last year's Android 12 software, Android 13 is shaping up to be an incredibly subtle, almost-not-even-noticeable change — at least on a surface level.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-05-2022
Workers planning 'bleisure' trips this summer spur travel demand

Travelers who plan to work at least part of the time while on summer vacation this year are creating increased travel demand, according to a new study by business consultancy Deloitte.The report examined travelers’ behaviors and preferences, and showed travel concerns over COVID-19 have waned. Those concerns, however, have been replaced by financial worries, with many travelers keeping a close eye on higher costs.After being decimated by the pandemic over the past two years, business travel is expected to return to pre-COVID numbers by 2024, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).To read this article in full, please click here

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25-05-2022
Adobe tightens Microsoft integration for document management, validation

Adobe is bringing broader integration of its document management, tracking and validation services into Microsoft’s product ecosystem, including tighter connections to Teams and the Purview information protection framework.At Microsoft's annual Build software conference, Adobe announced a new single sign-on option for Acrobat for Teams, integration with Purview from directly within the desktop version of Acrobat, and Microsoft Power Automation functionality that will allow users to make repetitive tasks with Acrobat Sign easier, among other features.Adobe also announced unified installation technology for all of the newly released features, meaning that IT staff can deploy them across their organizations with relative simplicity, as well as the achievement of FedRAMP Moderate (a government security standard) certification and Sign Graph connectivity, meaning that checking on signature status for things like sales contracts and onboarding is now faster.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-05-2022
Apple is building a transformative platform for AR

Apple has shared some details concerning accessibility features it is working on, dropping some pretty big hints at how it sees augmented everyday reality. Will we see more on this at WWDC 2022, and how will it be applied?Making life accessible, making reality data Two of the upcoming accessibility enhancements seem to suggest Apple’s approach: Door Detection and Live Captions. Here’s what they do:To read this article in full, please click here

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24-05-2022
Software QA workers at Activision vote to unionize

Workers at a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard voted to unionize on Monday, establishing the first union at a large US video game publisher.Software quality assurance workers at Activision’s Raven Software division, which works on the "Call of Duty" series, voted 19 to 3 in favor of unionization and will be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).The vote, counted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), applies to a segment of workers at Raven, which employs around 350 people. The NLRB previously rejected Activision’s demand that a union election include all workers.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-05-2022
The 5 best SMB storage clouds

I want to talk to you today about clouds.But I'm not here to talk about hyper-scale, public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud. They're great, but for many, they're overkill.Instead, most organizations need a way to store our documents and data so we, and our teammates, can easily get our information whether we're at home or sitting at a convention center in Valencia, Spain.As it happens, that's what I'm doing right now.Twenty years ago, I'd be saving this article to my local hard drive with a USB stick backup. Today, I'm saving it automatically to Google Drive and my Linux-based NextCloud instance on my TMD Hosting server back in Chicago.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-05-2022
PDF to Excel conversion: Your ultimate guide to the best tools

In an ideal world, the data we need to analyze would be available in ready-to-use format. In the world we live in, though, a lot of valuable data is locked inside Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. How to extract that data from PDFs into an Excel spreadsheet? You have a number of PDF to Excel converters to choose from.There’s software from major vendors like Microsoft and Adobe, task-specific cloud services including PDFTables and Cometdocs, services from general-purpose cloud providers such as Amazon, and even free open-source options.Which is the “best” PDF to Excel converter? As with the “best computer,” the answer depends on your specific circumstances.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-05-2022
Hey Microsoft! Is anyone there listening?

Microsoft, we need to talk. Lately, you’ve been doing things with your desktop software that make me question whether you’re really listening to your customers.I keep seeing you code and roll out items that make no sense. First, let’s agree that users run Windows because there is some key application or feature they need. (Otherwise they might have moved to another platform by now.) This recent tweet resonated with me: “The value Windows has to consumers and businesses today isn’t the eye candy. It’s running 30+ years of apps, many of which should’ve been retired long ago. If you started over, you’d have to jettison that - and the platform would be worthless to most.”To read this article in full, please click here

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23-05-2022
We already know how Apple will prosper in uncertainty

With inflation raging, supply chains broken, and a tech workforce unsettled by the COVID-19 pandemic aftermath, what's a smart company to do? We already know what Apple will do – it will follow the maxim of founder Steve Jobs, put its figurative head down and “innovate” its way through uncertain times.When the going gets tough… Speaking to CNN many years ago, Jobs explained his approach: "We've had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren't going to lay off people, that we'd taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place -- the last thing we were going to do is lay them off. And we were going to keep funding. In fact we were going to up our R&D budget so that we would be ahead of our competitors when the downturn was over. And that's exactly what we did. And it worked. And that's exactly what we'll do this time."To read this article in full, please click here

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23-05-2022
What Gen Z and millennials want from employers

With unemployment in the tech industry hovering around 2%, companies will need to scramble to meet the concerns of new hires if they’re going to succeed in attracting — and keeping — top talent. Two new surveys show what younger workers want and just what companies need to do to navigate the Great Resignation and the workplace changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the surveys, one by business consultancy Deloitte LLP, and another by workplace management software maker Robin Powered, young adult workers feel burned out, face financial anxiety, are taking on second jobs, and want more purposeful — and flexible — work.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-05-2022
The essential guide to iCloud login

The iCloud login process provides plenty of value without requiring a great deal of thought. Here's what do need to know about iCloud login and how to get the most from it.What is iCloud login? First, a swift recap of the basic concepts:Apple’s iCloud powers numerous apps and services and acts as a glue to securely enable powerful features such as document and data syncing across your Apple devices with iCloud Drive, Apple Pay and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
Some tech firms hit the pause button on hiring

Salesforce is apparently the latest firm to hit the brakes on recruitment as reports of hiring freezes and layoffs affecting tech workers ramp up. Twitter, Meta, and Uber are among the companies that have slowed hiring for a variety of reasons in recent weeks, amid rising inflation and an on-going stock market sell-off.“Since the onset of the pandemic, organizations have accelerated their digital transformations to support new ways of working and reaching customers,” said Jamie Kohn, research director at Gartner’s HR practice. “Tech companies have been at the center of it all. Now, they’re taking a step back to re-evaluate what they need for future growth. Therefore, these freezes are most likely short-term pauses.”To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
Customer obsession begins with owning the customer’s problem

Years ago, I was walking through a parking lot in Mountain View, CA, when I bumped into Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, the software firm known for such blockbuster financial applications as Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax.As we briefly chatted, I mentioned that I was a Quicken user. Cook’s eyes narrowed as he leaned toward me. “Really?” he said. “What can we do better?”It’s been over two decades since that encounter, but the exchange has always stuck with me.In my experience, tech executives are good at telling you what their companies do well but not as eager to ask for feedback.In the course of building a nearly $10 billion company over 39 years, Intuit has carved out a reputation for “customer obsession,” so when I got a chance to catch up with Nhung Ho, vice president of artificial intelligence, I jumped at the chance to find out how that obsession plays out in real life.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
What’s so great about Google’s ‘translation glasses’?

Google teased translation glasses at last week's Google I/O developer conference, holding out the promise that you can one day talk with someone speaking in a foreign language, and see the English translation in your glasses.Company execs demonstrated the glasses in a video; it showed not only “closed captioning” — real-time text spelling out in the same language what another person is saying — but also translation to and from English and Mandarin or Spanish, enabling people speaking two different languages to carry on a conversation while also letting hearing-impaired users see what others are saying to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.164 May 2022

Gense Technologies named one of top winners at JUMPSTARTER 2022

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CyberLink Vol. 163 Apr 2022

Cyberport welcomes Simon Chan as new Chairman

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CyberLink Vol.162 Mar 2022

EventX raised additional US$8M bringing Series B total at US$18M

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