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02-07-2020
13 privacy improvements Apple announced at WWDC

Apple continues to focus on the challenge of providing technology-driven convenience while protecting customer privacy in its upcoming operating system releases. Here are all the privacy-related improvements to expect in iOS 14, macOS 11 and iPad.Why privacy matters Fundamentally, the challenge with mobile technologies is the sheer quantity of personal data that can be collected and used against people.A smartphone, for example, knows when it is picked up, how often, how high, who by, who it is in contact with, which websites you visit and much, much more.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-07-2020
Microsoft Patch Alert: June 2020

There's never a dull moment for folks who try to keep Windows and Office patched.Windows 10 version 2004 continues to make slow inroads among the “Go ahead and kick me” crowd, in spite of its (now documented) lack of update deferral settings, while those of us who are still trying to keep Win10 versions 2009, 2003 and 1809 afloat have our hands full.June saw two truly innovative patching methods: A fix for a Windows bug delivered as an update to Office Click-to-Run and a fix for a different Windows bug delivered through the Microsoft Store.If you can’t fix things the normal way, I guess there’s always the back door.The two printer bugs All of the Win10 cumulative updates in June broke some printers, some of the time. The damage fell into two heaps:To read this article in full, please click here

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02-07-2020
FAQ: What's new in Safari 14

Apple last week unveiled macOS 11, aka "Big Sur," at its all-virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Like any other year, the Cupertino, Calif. company also gave coders a preview build of the operating system so they could get cracking.And the new OS means, as usual, a new Safari browser for the desktop. Thank goodness for consistency, eh?Unlike rivals, who crank out new browsers every few weeks - for instance, Mozilla refreshes Firefox every four - Apple rolls out a new Safari just once a year. Rather than spread out new features and functionality across a dozen or so updates, Apple packs the bulk of new into a single upgrade.[ Related: Apple's Silicon Macs promise screaming performance ] That deserves attention. We want to oblige.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-07-2020
When shadow IT goes remote: How to keep workers in the fold

IT admins have a hard enough time keeping employees on the technology straight-and-narrow in the best of times. It's even harder when a pandemic hits and everyone in the office scatters to work from home. To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2020
Why coronavirus contact tracing apps are failing

Security, yes. But the biggest problem to adoption is staring us all in the mirror. Here's what that means for you and your organization.

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01-07-2020
iOS 14: How to use App Library on iPhone

Introduced at WWDC 2020, Apple’s iOS answer to Android’s app drawer makes its debut in iOS 14. It’s called App Library and works by gathering all your apps inside folders to make it easier to find the apps you want without endless swiping between screens.What did Apple say about App Library? Speaking at last week's WWDC, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering  Craig Federighi said: “Today’s home screen worked great, but as we get more and more apps, we can end up with this, lots and lots of pages, and we tend to forget what’s beyond the first couple.”To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2020
Wayback Wednesday: He’ll figure it out

It’s a hot day, and the building where this IT pilot fish works has no air conditioning, although it’s quite cool and pleasant in his basement office-cum-workshop.On the upper floors, however, the heat is starting to get to everyone. As fish finds out when he gets a call from a young guy in the marketing department: His screen’s just gone dead, and he’s on deadline.Arriving in the open-plan office that this user shares with half a dozen others, he finds that there is some air movement from a floor fan.It only takes fish a few seconds to diagnose the problem. But he figures he should lead the user to it gently.Nice fan, fish says. Is it new?To read this article in full, please click here

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01-07-2020
How to choose the right Windows 10 preview and update channels

Once upon a time, making a choice about how you updated Windows was easy: Let Microsoft decide. The company had a release cycle, and you went along for the ride.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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30-06-2020
Apple's Silicon Macs promise screaming performance

Promising Apple Silicon Mac performance benchmarks have appeared on Geekbench as developers begin to speed test these new Macs. It seems these machines already run as fast as some Windows devices.The best is yet to come This data doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, we know these Apple Silicon Macs are running an early beta of the operating system; and we also know that the speed tests themselves are not optimized for the processors or the OS.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2020
Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

When Apple rolled out its planned changes for iOS 14 and its companion WatchOS 7– both are expected to be available for download in mid-September – it included a variety of interesting tweaks. Two stood out as especially interesting: a COVID-friendly Watch handwashing app and an enterprise-IT-friendly facial recognition app for video cameras and doorbells.The more straight-forward effort is positioned as a consumer feature, where video camera and doorbell apps within iOS will be able to identify visitors by name if they happen to appear within a user's photo library. It sounds rather cool for a consumer app, but I'm not sure how valuable it is. My doorbell app, for example, instantly shows me live video of the person at the door, so I can have a realtime conversation with whoever is there.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2020
The secret

This pilot fish is trying to learn a new graphics editor, but he keeps getting errors. And the errors are not informative: The prompt simply changes to an evil red color.It being 1989, fish checks the paper manual, and is pleased to find a whole chapter on errors. Well, a whole chapter consisting of one sentence: “When there is an error the prompt will turn red and beep. Type the correct information and press Enter.”Frustrating? Yes. Or, like fish, you can find in it the secret of life: “If you have any kind of coding error, the fix is to just type the correct information and press Enter.” To read this article in full, please click here

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30-06-2020
Microsoft shuts down retail chain, takes $450M charge

Microsoft on Friday said it would close its chain of retail store and take a $450 million charge against earnings to account for the permanent shutterings.The stores – Microsoft had 82 worldwide, all but 10 of them located in the U.S. – have been padlocked since mid-March, when the Redmond, Wash. company closed them because of the coronavirus pandemic. None had reopened before Microsoft slid them into the "really dead" category.[ Related: How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware ] Four outlets – one of the New York City stores, those in London and Sydney, and an on-campus location in Redmond – will be repurposed as "Microsoft Experience Centers" where products will presumably be shown if not sold, highlighted if not hawked.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2020
iOS 14: How to use widgets on iPad and iPhone

At this year's WWDC, Apple's upcoming iOS 14 introduced two concepts that may be of use to enterprise professionals: "widgets," which let you keep some key data on your Home screen, and "stacks," which combine widgets in a useful way.Here’s how these may help you get things done once the OS updates roll out later this year.Introducing widgets and stacks Widgets aren’t new to iOS, but they have been redesigned and made more data rich so that they become more useful.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2020
Is 7-Eleven's mobile app a way to minimize COVID exposure?

COVID-19, and the desire to avoid getting it, is already impacting mobile payments, especially NFC payments known as contactless. Those payments happen in-store, mere inches away from the same card swipe device used by countless others. But shoppers' desire to avoid going inside stores at all, even briefly, is sparking interest in app payments that happen far away from a POS system.Case in point: 7-Eleven. Although 7-Eleven is piloting a program to accelerate in-store purchases by scanning barcodes, that's not especially COVID-19-friendly. The more interesting trial from the Slurpee people is aimed at paying for gas and it theoretically eliminates having to talk with a store employee at all. (If I keep the windows closed throughout the interaction, am I supposed to still wear the mask?)To read this article in full, please click here

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29-06-2020
How to work across time zones in Outlook

I work in San Francisco with people based in or near Boston, Sydney, Paris, London, Bangalore, Auckland, Amsterdam, and — oh yeah — San Francisco. So I never know what time it is! But I need to know what time it is in all those places when scheduling meetings and doing other cross-time-zone work.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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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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CyberLink Vol.139 Apr 2020

Cyberport’s First Virtual Career Fair attracted 9,000+ job applications

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