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20-02-2020
The mess behind Microsoft’s yanked UEFI patch KB 4524244

Remember the warning about watching how sausage is made? This is an electronic sausage-making story with lots of dirty little bits.First, the chronology. On February’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a bizarre standalone security patch, KB 4524244, which was then called “Security update for Windows 10, version 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, and 1903: Feb. 11, 2020.” The name has changed, but bear with me.The original problems with KB 4524244 That patch had all sorts of weird hallmarks as I discussed at the time:To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
RIP: Larry Tesler, inventor of copy & paste

“You cannot reduce the complexity of a given task beyond a certain point. Once you’ve reached that point you can only shift the burden around.” ~Larry TeslerOne of the men who helped create the current age of personal computing passed away this week, Larry Tesler (74), the computer scientist who invented copy-&-paste while at Xerox PARC.Entwined with Apple’s story Long ago, when Xerox wanted to invest in Apple before its IPO, Apple demanded and got the right to visit the fabled Palo Alto Research Center. The first such visit took place 1980 (though some claim it took place in 1979).Larry Tesler, then Director of PARC, acted as Apple’s tour guide.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
The 11 most interesting takeaways from Android 11 (so far)

Well, I'll be: We're not even all the way through February yet, and Google's next big Android version is already upon us.Google announced the first Android 11 developer preview on its Android Developers blog Wednesday. To be clear, this is a very early peek at the software, intended explicitly for developers. It isn't something any average person should even think about installing, nor is it likely anywhere close to being a complete representation of what Android 11 will ultimately include.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
University's mobile app streaming idea has enterprise IT potential. But, oh yes, there's that security annoyance.

Purdue University has announced an interesting mobile concept, a means to free up lots of space that is now housing apps and app data. Why not, the university asks, stream the apps themselves from the cloud?Let's let the school explain its own idea: "New software streams data and code resources to an app from a cloud server when necessary, allowing the app to use only the space it needs on a phone at any given time. 'It’s like how Netflix movies aren’t actually stored on a computer. They are streamed to you as you are watching them,' said Saurabh Bagchi, a Purdue University professor of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, and director of the Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems and Processes. 'Here the application components, like heavy video or graphics or code paths, are streaming instantly despite the errors and slowdowns that are possible on a cellular network.' Bagchi’s team showed in a study how the software, called AppStreamer, cuts down storage requirements by at least 85 percent for popular gaming apps on an Android. The software seamlessly shuffles data between an app and a cloud server without stalling the game. Most study participants didn’t notice any differences in their gaming experience while the app used AppStreamer. Because AppStreamer works for these storage-hungry gaming apps, it could work for other apps that usually take up far less space, Bagchi said. The software also allows the app itself to download faster to a phone. The researchers will present their findings Feb. 18 at the 17th International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks in Lyon, France." (Note: This press release was written before Feb. 18.)To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
How to build a collaboration environment for a changing workforce

By 2025, most workers will be millennials. These ‘digital natives’ will have a major impact on how collaboration takes place – and it won’t involve walking next door to an office to collaborate.

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20-02-2020
Windows as we know it is dead; what comes next?

Disclosure:  Most of the vendors noted are clients of the author.Windows arose after IBM behaved very unlike itself in the 1980s as it looked outside itself for technology from then-young companies Intel and Microsoft.  The move led to AMD, created an alternative to Apple – and nearly killed its own then-predominant mainframe program. Early on, DOS was merged with Windows to compete with the macOS, but IBM and Microsoft eventually went separate ways. The revolutionary model (where hardware and software were divorced from each other) lived on, however, until this month when Microsoft effectively killed it. The Microsoft move, while disruptive for PC OEMs, should result in a better user experience. To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Adobe Photoshop turns 30, now much smarter

Photoshop is one of the computer world's most influential applications. It was thirty years ago today when Adobe first introduced it. To celebrate, the company today updated Photoshop for Mac and iPad with a range of tasty new features that show how far digital arts have come in the last three decades.Photoshop on iPad Adobe has been working hard to make Photoshop on iPad more feature complete in comparison to the Mac version. Both versions use the same code base, which helps the company progress new tools to the tablet.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Wayback Wednesday: So much for that executive-suite mystique

Pilot fish is just starting in IT at this big pharmaceutical company, and he gets a call from an executive admin with a problem.“She said her monitor had mysteriously gone blank and she was afraid she had lost what she was working on,” says fish. “I told her not to touch anything and I would be right over.”When fish arrives on the executive floor, the admin is talking on the phone, but she points to her PC for fish to take a look.Fish can see that the computer’s power light is on, but the monitor’s isn’t. A quick scan of the back of the machine makes it clear that the video cable is screwed in tightly on both ends.Quietly, so as not to disturb the phone conversation, fish asks the admin to slide back so he can check under her desk.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Edge roadmap reveals user requests – and work undone

Microsoft's latest roadmap for the Edge browser spells out when developers will tackle some of its many not-yet-coded features, but most remain in the planning or even in-discussion phases, leaving users uncertain when functionality would be implemented.Typically, Microsoft refreshes a "Feedback Summary" for Edge once a week, when it lists what impending features have met the "Planning" milestone and when - as in which month - each will supposedly make it into the browser.Microsoft solicits feedback from participants in the Microsoft Edge Insider preview program, which, like its Windows equivalent, asks users to test early versions.At the top of Edge's roadmap are a pair of sync issues, both set as "Planned for February." One is dedicated to cleaning up existent problems, including duplicate bookmarks (still called "Favorites" in Edge, a term long used by Microsoft for its antique Internet Explorer); the other will enable synchronization of browser add-ons between copies of Edge on multiple devices.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
5 hidden Pixel features worth finding

A phone's most interesting features aren't always the most obvious ones. Google in particular has a habit of tucking useful options away in easily overlooked places — and its Pixel phones are certainly no exception.While Google's phones once represented a "pure" version of what Android was meant to be, these days, they're more accurately described as representing Google's vision for the operating system. And increasingly, that means features and elements that aren't part of Android itself or available on other devices are being added into the Pixel software.They may not all be life-changing, revolutionary sorts of things, but sometimes, it's the smaller touches — the ones that make our lives just a teensy bit easier in some subtle but significant way — that have the greatest impact of all.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-02-2020
Dump Windows 7 already! Jeez!

Why am I still writing about Windows 7? It’s dead, Jim! The tombstone reads, “June 22, 2009 – January 14, 2020.” It was a good run, but unless you’re shelling out some serious coin for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), you shouldn’t be running Windows 7.But many of you are. According to the best survey of who’s running what, the U.S. government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), on Feb. 14, weeks after Win7’s end of life, just over one in 20 of Windows users was still using Windows 7! Oh, come on! More than 5%! A dead and buried OS! Get with the program!To read this article in full, please click here

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18-02-2020
Apple maintains March iPhone event plan, despite coronavirus

Apple is gearing up for a late March special event to introduce the much-expected iPhone 9, reports claim, though production of any new iPad Pro models may have been impacted by the dreadful coronavirus pandemic.Calling change in a spooky market In January, a report claimed a March launch for the device.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-02-2020
Apple sticks with March iPhone event despite coronavirus

Apple is reportedly still gearing up for a late March special event to introduce the much-expected iPhone 9, though production of any new iPad Pro models may have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Calling change in a spooky market In January, a report claimed a March launch for the device. More recently, Germany’s  iPhone-ticker.de said Apple intends to host the event on March 31, with the iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE2, as some call it) set to ship April 3. This was followed by a report from Bloomberg, which said Apple is still going for a March launch, but warns the plans may change.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-02-2020
Mobile security: Worse than you thought

Many security professionals have long held that the words "mobile security" are an oxymoron. True or not, with today's mobile usage soaring in enterprises, that viewpoint may become irrelevant. It's a reasonable estimate that 2020 knowledge workers use mobile devices to either supplement or handle much of their work 98% of the time. Laptops still have a role (OK, if you want to get literal, I suppose a laptop can be considered mobile), but that's only because of their larger screens and keyboards. I'd give mobile players maybe three more years before that becomes moot.That means that security on mobile needs to become a top priority. To date, that usually has been addressed with enterprise-grade mobile VPNs, antivirus and more secure communication methods (such as Signal). But in the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report — always a worthwhile read — Verizon eloquently argues that aside from wireless, the form factor of mobile in and of itself poses security risks.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-02-2020
8 tips and tricks to speed up Gmail

Over the years, Gmail has evolved from a a convenient online email service into a powerful business tool and an integral part of Google’s G Suite productivity platform. But as more features have been added to Gmail, the web app’s performance has become less speedy.You may have noticed that it can take anywhere from a second to several seconds to load (or reload) Gmail in your browser — a sure source of frustration when you just want to check your inbox or write an email quickly. This can be exacerbated if your PC has a low-end processor, your internet connection is slow or spotty, or you have too many extensions installed in your browser.As a regular Gmail user, I've tinkered with ways to improve its performance. If you feel Gmail has been getting abnormally slow for you, the following tips may make it feel more nimble again.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.137 Feb 2020

MAD Gaze raises US$18M to ramp up product R&D and 5G applications

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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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