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29-05-2020
Microsoft's Windows 10 2004 arrives (but not for everyone right away)

Microsoft on Wednesday released the spring feature upgrade for Windows 10, dubbed Windows 10 May 2020 Update, a.k.a. version 2004, and likely the only real refresh of the year."We are starting to make the May 2020 Update available," said John Cable, director of program management in the Windows delivery and servicing team, in a May 27 post to a company blog.[ Related: Review: Windows 10 May 2020 Update delivers little tweaks that add up to... well, not a lot ] Beginning Thursday, some customers with unmanaged PCs — those not maintained by an IT administrator or staff — could opt in by manually checking for updates and then clicking the "Download and install" link. (Windows 10 May 2020 won't immediately show for everyone because Microsoft is taking its usual gradual approach to rolling out the upgrade, offering 2004 in stages to an increasing number of users beginning with those whose devices Microsoft believes are the most likely to successfully install the refresh.)To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
The HP example: How to do collaboration and remote work right

(Disclosure: HP is a client of the author.)Remote collaboration products generally aren’t ideal.  We know this because, at least up until recently, employees preferred to fly to events rather than attend them remotely. The fact is that you can’t go now in person and fear of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on that behavior.  However, this pandemic will eventually moderate and, unless something changes, we are likely to still feel we need to be at important meetings in person. [ Related: Remote working, now and forevermore? ] Over the years, I’ve seen companies try to build in travel penalties, freeze travel budgets, and use other compensation related tools to try to force people to stay off planes and out of cars. But employees revert to old habits after these rules expire and find creative ways around them even when they’re in place. To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
The best way to write Messages on Apple Watch?

When it comes to writing messages, Apple Watch limits you to use of canned responses, dictation and Scribble notes – now you can also write more complex messages manually, thanks to the recently-updatd FlickType Keypad.The little app that does FlickType is a $1.99 third-party keyboard app designed for iPhone that also then works as a gesture/swipe-type keyboard for the Messages app on your Apple Watch.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
Getting started with Google Password Manager

If you're still trying to remember all of your passwords and then type 'em into sites by hand, let me tell you: You're doing it wrong.With all the credentials we have to keep track of these days, there's just no way the human brain can handle the task of storing the specifics — at least, not if you're using complex, unique passwords that aren't repeated (or almost repeated, even) from one site to the next. That's where a password manager comes into play: It securely stores all your sign-in info for you and then fills it in as needed.While there's a case to be made for leaning on a dedicated app for that purpose (for reasons we'll discuss further in a moment), Google has its own password management system built right into Chrome. And it's far better to rely on that than to use nothing at all.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
Flashback Friday: Failover? Well, he got the first half.

IT director at this big insurance company makes a big deal about how much money can be saved by consolidating virtual machines, reports a consultant pilot fish working there.But fish isn’t so certain it’s a good idea. “Many of us said, ‘Are you sure about failover?’” says fish. “His response was basically, ‘Go away, kid, ya bother me.’“We finally got all the work done, migrating applications and databases. We got a thank you. Director got promoted — he saved the company $10,000 per month.“Six weeks after this project completed, the company’s websites — all customer-facing and team-facing access — crashed.“After some research, it was discovered that the hosting company, under the director’s signature, had put all of the servers, primary and failover, in the same hardware frame, which had a power-supply failure. The company was offline for nearly 30 hours.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
Apple Glass: Apple’s rumored AR glasses

Apple’s new rumored wearable has been getting a lot of buzz. The Apple Glass (or iGlasses… just kidding) will likely be an augmented reality (AR) headset. But what will they look like? Who will use them, and why? Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld’s Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss consumer and enterprise use cases, expected features and how the Apple Glass will integrate with Apple’s existing ecosystem. To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

Microsoft never sleeps. Even before Microsoft made the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) generally available to users, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 2004, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.After years of using “Redstone” in its code names for upcoming releases, Microsoft switched to a new format with version 1903, released in May 2019. The code names now use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 2004, which was released in May 2020, was code-named “20H1” (for first half of 2020). The next feature update, due in the fall of 2020, is code-named 20H2.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
Apple wants AI to make its products smarter

The trouble with data is the sheer quantity of it. IDC once said that if you stored all the data in the world on DVDs you’d have a pile of disks large enough to circle the planet 222 times.So, how can you winnow junk data out of the stack to make better decisions? That’s one of the problems Apple seems to want to solve.Inductiv for the rest of us Apple has confirmed the purchase of a small Ontario-based machine learning start-up called Inductiv with its usual boiler plate statement that it purchases companies like this from time-to-time, and doesn’t want to tell us anything more about it.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
The Android hardware truth Google won't tell you

As the gatekeeper of Android, Google frequently finds itself in an awkward position. The company has its own platform-wide priorities and ways it wants its ecosystems to evolve, but it also has the goals of all the third-party manufacturers that create hardware for those virtual environments to consider.And guess what? Google's priorities and the desires of the companies making the bulk of the devices don't always align. And that forces Google to do a delicate dance in order to push forward with its own plans without saying anything that'd go directly against a device-maker's interests.Well, it's time to stop beating around the bush and just say what Google won't openly acknowledge: You should not be buying an Android tablet in 2020. Period.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-05-2020
Mobile security forces difficult questions

As governments consider COVID-19 contact tracing and its privacy implications, it's not a bad idea for companies to take the opportunity to look more closely at their mobile agreements with employees. (By the way, just this week, Apple rolled out its latest iOS update, which included two COVID-19 updates, according to Apple: "iOS 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.")Today, IT has to deal with pretty much one of two mobile scenarios: BYOD. where the employee uses the employee's personally owned device to perform enterprise business; and company-owned phones, which is the opposite: A company-owned phone where the employee, even if told not to, will use the phone for personal matters as well as business.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-05-2020
How to have Teams meetings with people outside your organization

Many organizations rely on Microsoft Teams to conduct voice and video calls, since it is part of the commonly deployed Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suites. Although other videoconferencing systems are better, Teams adds little to no cost to the IT budget, so it is fast becoming the corporate standard.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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27-05-2020
Zoho looks to mimic the office for remote workers with user check-in, live video feeds

As remote work becomes the norm for many during the pandemic, workplace chat applications have helped teams stayed connected. But not all aspects of the office environment can be duplicated in a digital workspace. With updates to its Cliq messaging tool, Zoho hopes to provide greater visibility into who is available at given time – in effect, seeing who’s “in” their remote office and who’s not.[ Related: Remote desktop software: 8 enterprise-friendly IT support tools ] Among the additions are a check-in feature that connects with Zoho’s HR system to track employee attendance, acting as a digital ID swipe card that remote workers use to clock in and clock out each day by pressing a button in Cliq. To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
A socially conscious cash management account

Today, it’s common to see businesses going out of their way to meet the socially conscious nature of their customers. Organic farming, manufacturing goods from recycled materials, and ethically sourcing labor are just a few ways companies are meeting the needs of consumers.Despite those widespread changes, many financial institutions entrusted by consumers to manage their funds are putting profits first. In 2018 for example, the world’s largest banks lent approximately $654 billion to finance businesses in the fossil fuel industry.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Apple rejects flawed claims about its contact tracing tech

Even as we consider revelations Facebook shelved internal research suggesting its algorithms generate divisiveness, Apple has been forced to reject damaging claims against its contact tracing tech currently spreading on Facebook.Exposure Notification is not spying on you Numerous hysterical myths concerning the Apple/Google contact tracing technology are being circulated on Facebook. A series of posts claim the Exposure Notification feature inside iOS 13.5 will allow authorities to track people’s locations and monitor who they meet – which is precisely what it tries not to do.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Rethinking collaboration: 6 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Keeping employees connected and working productively has become the glue holding many businesses together during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with social distancing ruling out face-to-face meetings anytime soon, the need for new digital tools to help teams collaborate better has soared.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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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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