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11-08-2020
Apple finally releases first macOS 'Big Sur' public beta

Apple last week released the first public beta of its upcoming upgrade, macOS 11, aka "Big Sur."Previously, Apple had said it would deliver the public beta – a preview available to anyone, not just registered developers – in July. The Cupertino, Calif. company missed that month, perhaps signaling that it will issue the final code later in the year than has been its habit.[ Further reading: 28 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know ] To obtain the preview, Mac users must enroll with Apple's beta program – Apple ID required – then install the upgrade (using About this Mac > Software Update from the Apple menu).To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
COVID-related IT job losses mount in U.S. as outbreak continues

Coronavirus spikes in parts of the U.S. in July have worsened hiring conditions for IT professionals, and management consulting firm Janco Associates now doesn't expect any rebound in hiring until late this year or early in 2021.Janco now estimates that just 25,000 new IT jobs will be created in 2020; there are now more than 163,000 fewer tech jobs than a year ago. In July alone, another 10,900 IT positions disappeared, the company said.“We have found that a number of companies have already shuttered their doors or are expanding layoffs that impact the IT job market," Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis said in a statement. "This includes oil and gas drillers like Whiting Petroleum and Diamond Offshore, retailers like J Crew, manufacturers like Briggs & Stratton, and grocers like Dean and DeLuca. As a result, IT professionals working for those companies are looking for new employment opportunities.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-08-2020
It's Patch Tuesday time. Make sure to have auto updates paused.

If you want to join the ranks of the unpaid beta testers, please go right ahead. Don’t do anything and Patch Tuesday will find you. Make sure you tell us about any problems on AskWoody.com.Every month we see the same pattern: Microsoft releases its Patch Tuesday regimen; the blogosphere flies into a frenzy about security holes that have to be patched right away; the patches bring bugs; the screams of imminent doom disappear as folks realize it takes a while – sometimes quite a while – for the security holes to turn into real, live exploits.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-08-2020
How AI on Apple Silicon will help the enterprise

Apple’s senior vice president for AI and Machine Learning, John Giannandrea, has said he thinks machine learning will transform every part of the Apple experience in the coming years. How might this impact your business?What about on-device Grammarly? Grammarly is invaluable, but the one thing I don’t like about it (and a good reason for enterprises to forbid its use) is suspicion concerning what happens to what is written as it passes through the system.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-08-2020
AI and machine learning: Powering the next-gen enterprise

IT leaders are already starting to reap the rewards promised by AI and machine learning -- and a recent survey reveals half are considering greater investment as we hit economic headwinds.

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10-08-2020
AI at work: Your next co-worker could be an algorithm

From the heavy machinery of the industrial revolution to the computer age of digitization and, recently, the rapid advances in artificial intelligence, technological advances often raise the spectre of job losses. But experts believe that as well as replacing jobs, AI systems are set to augment human efforts, improving efficiency and reducing the burden of more arduous tasks that can be offloaded to intelligent algorithms.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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10-08-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: So much savings!

VP of development has a brainstorm for saving $40,000 a year: just move a production system to a development machine, reports a pilot fish on the scene.Says fish: “I immediately contacted the database administrator and told him this was a very bad idea. The DBA said, ‘Of course, I know this! I told the VP we shouldn’t do it. But orders are orders.’”So the DBA moves the production system for one of the company’s biggest clients onto the development server, and everything runs smoothly.For about two weeks.“Then,” says fish, “one of the developers wrote an application that spawned database jobs, in order to break up a large body of work into smaller chunks. But there was a small bug in his application, and when he launched it on the development server, it immediately ran a number of jobs, each of which in turn launched more jobs, until there were thousands of jobs running simultaneously.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-08-2020
The new Lenovo connected PC and Workspot: Closing in on a cloud desktop future

Editor's note: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.If you’ve been following me, you know I believe we’re quickly moving to a cloud-based desktop and a solution that better combines what we once had with terminals and what we currently need in terms of desktop control and performance. But until now, getting a demo on my hardware to see if latency problems can be addressed has been problematic. [ Related: Remote working, now and forevermore? ] This week, Workspot offered me access just as I received the latest connected PC notebook from Lenovo – the Flex 5G. It’s the closest to what is likely the ideal mobile cloud client short of a dedicated device. To read this article in full, please click here

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07-08-2020
Flashback Friday: Huh, you know what really bothers me?

Junior IT pilot fish gets simple duties like taking care of network and node issues that occur at this manufacturing plant.One afternoon, he gets the word that one node cannot connect to the network-attached storage unit and retrieve files, so he takes his netbook to the NAT, checks the Cat 5 cable and sees that it too is not getting a connection on the network.No other computers seem to have problems, so fish concludes the trouble is with the cable. He replaces the cable’s connectors, and reattaches the cable to a different port on the switch.Problem solved — right?Next morning, when fish arrives at work, he has a new trouble ticket: Another computer from the same segment has the same issue as the day before.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-08-2020
25 top tips for Google Keep on Android

I really need to upgrade my brain's internal storage.I'm only partially kidding: Just like a hard drive, I'm pretty sure my mind reached maximum capacity at some point in the past decade. The only way I can remember anything these days is by making and maintaining a million notes, both physical and digital. (My wife can confirm this: "I told you that a week ago" is an all-too-common phrase 'round these parts.)I'm still waiting for Western Digital to start selling SSD implants for the noggin, but in the meantime, Google Keep has become my repository for notes of the non-sticky variety. I like it because it's simple to use and yet packed with features that make my life easier on both a professional and a personal level. Plus, it works as well on my desktop computer or Chromebook as it does on my Android phone — and I can seamlessly move from one device to the next and know all my notes will always be synced, current, and available wherever I need 'em.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-08-2020
Microsoft pegs savings from Edge, Office 365 search as high as $43M

Companies that use Microsoft Search, the Bing-powered search platform designed to sniff out internal corporate information, can save between $15 million and $43 million over the course of three years, Microsoft claimed.Microsoft made this assertion – backed by analysis conducted by Forrester on Microsoft's dime – earlier this year, but reinforced it this week when it cited the research firm's report after it made search one of the five reasons that purportedly gave Edge a, well, edge over Chrome in the battle for best corporate browser.[ Related: FAQ: What the new Edge offers the enterprise ] "Previously, if your organization wanted to standardize on a single modern browser for use across all platforms, your only option was Chrome," Brad Anderson, the company's top executive in its Microsoft 365 group, wrote in an Aug. 4 post to a company blog. (That admission-of-sorts was remarkable on its own, as to Computerworld's knowledge, Microsoft has not ceded such before.) But the new Edge, the one Microsoft released in a stable form only in January, has five advantages, in Anderson's eyes, over Google's über-dominant browser – even when both were built atop a foundation laid by the open-source Chromium.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-08-2020
The perfect contrast of the Pixel 4a and the Galaxy Note 20

It's been quite a week for Android — a week of two very different, equally important new narratives. And while the stories appear to be wholly about hardware, the tales actually tell us a lot about the state of the Android ecosystem and the philosophies of two of its most influential players.On Monday, Google announced its first new self-made phone of the year — the long awaited (and long delayed) Pixel 4a. The device costs $349 and is a decidedly utilitarian, midrange model that's about as far from flashy as a phone can be.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-08-2020
Why Apple must accelerate its digital health product development

Apple’s Tim Cook likes to predict his company will be remembered for its achievements in health, but if COVID-19 has generated anything positive it must be the acceleration of digital healthcare – can Apple respond?Remote healthcare comes of age While there’s nothing to replace the experience of a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional, initial enquiries can be made remotely, and we’ve seen a huge upswing in such provision since the pandemic struck. In France, for example, tele-consultations accounted for 28% of all consultations in April. That’s up from just 0.1% in March.  To read this article in full, please click here

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06-08-2020
Train for your CompTIA Network+ and Linux+ for just $30

Our reliance on digital technologies is only going to increase over time. Of course, those who work in IT already know that this is the case. That’s why, for them, it makes sense to keep their training on the cutting edge. And that’s why we’re offering The CompTIA Linux Network Professional Bundle right now at over 90 percent off its regular value.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-08-2020
Is Apple’s new 27-inch iMac a good fit for business?

Apple has introduced what may be the penultimate 27-inch iMac configuration powered by an Intel processor, but is this a good fit for your business?The Apple Silicon transition thing Enterprise purchasers shouldn’t be put off that Apple intends migrating its Macs to use of Apple Silicon because, at present at least, they know what they are getting with Intel-based kit and have been promised support for Macs based on those processors for “years to come”. While that’s a slightly opaque commitment, it should cover standard enterprise Mac usage cycles.In other words, counter-intuitive as this may sound to Mac users focused on the new, the bright and the shiny, these iMacs may make a better investment than the first-generation Apple Silicon Macs, simply because you know what you’re getting and existing software and services should perform fine on these new Macs.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol. 142 July 2020

FAST to spur FinTech talents hiring

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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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