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18-01-2020
3 reasons you can’t fight facial recognition

The biometric backlash is but a brief blip. Resistance is futile. You WILL be identified. But is that good or bad?

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17-01-2020
Worried about an NSA ChainOfFools/CurveBall attack? There are lots of moving parts. Test your system.

If you want to install the January Patch Tuesday patches, by all means, go right ahead. That said, I continue to recommend that you hold off installing the January Microsoft patches until we get a clearer reading on potential bugs.The pro-patch-now argument generally goes something like this: Everybody is recommending that you install the patches to protect against the Crypto bug — almost all of the major security folks, the researchers, the big online sites, your local news station, your congresscritter, your neighbor's nine-year-old, even the bleeping NSA. It's a little patch. Why not just install it and be done with it?To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
How the Xnor.ai purchase opens Apple’s AI future

Apple’s $200 million acquisition of Xnor.ai provides tools for evolution in imaging, edge-based AI, HomeKit and more.What does Xnor.ai do? Xnor.ai was spun out of the Allen Institute for AI by Professor Ali Farhadi and Dr. Mohammed Rastegari in 2017. These men were also responsible for YOLO, YOLO9000, Label Refinery and other machine intelligence achievements.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
FAQ: Microsoft's new Edge explained

More than a year after Microsoft waved the white flag, saying it would scrap Edge's rendering engine and replace it with Blink, the engine that powers Google's Chrome, the company has now delivered its reborn browser to the public.Kudos, then. But the result? That's still up for grabs. Although there was little downside to the radical shift to Chromium - Internet Explorer had long been on legacy life support and Edge was at a near-death 4% user share - it's vastly unclear whether the switch to Chromium will save Microsoft's browser bacon.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
It’s the manglement

The software development group at this large manufacturing firm is infamous for never delivering software on time or within budget. So of course someone in management suggests offshoring some of the software development work to save money.And the offshored project comes in early and under budget, with quality at least up to the level of internally developed software. Naturally, offshoring is touted as the way the corporation should go.Many people in the centralized IT department, including pilot fish, aren’t thrilled with this idea, and they have serious questions about the orange-vs.-apple qualities of what is being compared. They do an analysis of the processes followed for offshore success versus an internal failure. Lo and behold, with the internally developed project, the local VP kept changing his mind even after having signed off on the various project documents. He even made light of his ability to intervene at any moment; he didn’t seem to care what those changes did to the cost, deadlines or quality.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
Kadena launches Chainweb, a hybrid platform to connect public, private blockchains

Brooklyn-based startup Kadena has launched a hybrid blockchain that can scale horizontally, enabling multiple electronic ledgers to talk to each other via smart contracts – and letting users transfer cryptocurrency between the chains.Hybrid blockchains combine permissioned chains for businesses to transact in the background while connecting to a public blockchain (via an API) for consumers and others to make money transfers or access information about products moving across supply chains.“Their hybrid blockchain model looks interesting, mainly because it enables interoperability via smart contracts that run on public chains and talk to/with private chains,” said Avivah Litan, a vice president of research at Gartner. “That way, enterprises can keep their private data and transactions limited to the private chain but benefit from the liquidity and cross-chain access available by leveraging smart contracts running on the public chain.”To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
Kadena launches a hybrid platform to connect public, private blockchains

Brooklyn-based spinoff Kadena has launched a hybrid blockchain that can scale horizontally, enabling multiple electronic ledgers to talk to each other via smart contracts – and letting users transfer cryptocurrency between the chains.Hybrid blockchains combine permissioned chains for businesses to transact in the background while connecting to a public blockchain (via an API) for consumers and others to make money transfers or access information about products moving across supply chains.“Their hybrid blockchain model looks interesting, mainly because it enables interoperability via smart contracts that run on public chains and talk to/with private chains,” said Avivah Litan, a vice president of research at Gartner. “That way, enterprises can keep their private data and transactions limited to the private chain but benefit from the liquidity and cross-chain access available by leveraging smart contracts running on the public chain.”To read this article in full, please click here

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17-01-2020
The secret to smarter package tracking on Android

With as much online ordering as most of us tend to do these days, tracking packages is practically a full-time job — especially if you're mildly insane like I am and just have to know exactly when every delivery's arriving.Well, my fellow nutjobs, I'm happy to tell you there's an incredibly effective way to become master of your package-tracking domain. After endless searching and experimentation (hey, sounds like my 20s!), I've finally found a fantastic system for tracking packages on Android — one that's vastly superior to the limited and generally lackluster setup provided by Google Assistant.Like most worthwhile efficiency hacks, this system has the potential to be completely automated — so once you set it up, everything will Just Work™, with little to no ongoing effort on your part. All you'll have to do is sit back, relax, and bask in the joy of always knowing exactly what packages are heading your way at any given moment and exactly when they're slated to reach your smiling mouth (insert your own innuendo here).To read this article in full, please click here

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16-01-2020
How iPhones can help manage 'always-on' work-related stress

The great thing about smartphones is they help you work from anywhere, but the bad thing is that this makes it quite difficult to make the separation between professional and personal life.This is a real problem that’s creating a health emergency. Here are several suggestions of how your iPhone can help relieve this stress.What’s the big picture? They call it hyperconnectivity.It means that we are connected all the time.Work-related email, messaging and other communications happen 24-hours a day, and most everyone is anxious not to miss anything.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-01-2020
The case for (and against) maintaining multiple collaboration tools

An age-old debate in IT — whether to opt for “best-of-breed” software or settle on a universal platform — is surfacing in the world of collaboration technology.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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16-01-2020
Throwback Thursday: Sounds like managerial experience to us

At this pilot fish’s workplace, management has implemented a new idea: Highly paid, highly skilled regular IT employees are going to keep an eye on teams of low-end contractors.“Ostensibly, it’s to open doors so they can have access to rooms,” fish grumbles. But the contract requires all the contractors to have valid security clearances, agree to the company’s rules of behavior and take its computer security and privacy training.“After all this, they’re not allowed to do their work unless one of our IT people is ‘escorting’ them,” sighs fish.“I believe in trust-but-verify, but isn’t this carrying it a little too far? How can we afford to pay people for not doing their jobs, but can’t afford to hire anyone to fill empty positions?”To read this article in full, please click here

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16-01-2020
Windows 7 end of support: Separating the bull from the horns

No, Windows 7 isn’t dead.No, you don’t need to buy a Win10 computer. No, you don’t need to upgrade.No, you don’t need to install the latest Win7 patches right away.No, Microsoft isn’t withdrawing its unofficial nod-and-a-wink free upgrade from Win7 to Win10. At least, not right away.No, the old Win7 patches aren’t disappearing.No, your Internet Service Provider won’t kick you off your network for using Win7.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-01-2020
Patch Tuesday aftermath: The NSA Crypt32 threat is real, but not yet imminent

Get ready for your local news station’s weather reporter to start lecturing on the importance of installing Windows patches.Yesterday we were treated to a remarkable Patch Tuesday. “Remarkable” specifically in the sense that the U.S. National Security Agency was moved to put out a press release (PDF): NSA recommends installing all January 2020 Patch Tuesday patches as soon as possible to effectively mitigate the vulnerability on all Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016/2019 systems.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-01-2020
EEA opens sandbox for blockchain development and collaboration

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today launched a development sandbox that enables member companies to test and certify their blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) projects.The standards organization that oversees the Ethereum blockchain platform partnered with enterprise testing and development service provider Whiteblock to create the sandbox for the EEA members.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-01-2020
Breaking iPhone encryption won't make anyone safer

Imagine all your tax documentation could be examined by officials from any government merely on suspicion. That’s the future some governments are pushing for when they demand Apple puts security backdoors into its products.Making no one safe Think about the nature of security backdoors:To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.136 Jan 2020

Cyberport spotlights digital trade finance and virtual banking at AFF 2020

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CyberLink Vol.135 Dec 2019

Cyberport awarded for corporate governance and board diversity by Hong Kong Institute of Directors

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CyberLink Vol.134 Nov 2019

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum unveiled the New Frontier of Tech Venturing

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