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04-08-2020
Microsoft points to October end-of-support for older Office apps accessing 365 services

Microsoft recently reminded customers that starting Oct. 13 the company will not support older versions of Office applications connecting to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services.[ Related: Microsoft makes 'major-minor' Windows 10 release cadence the new normal ] In a support document dated July 20, Microsoft listed the applications that will be "supported for connecting to Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) services" such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
Windows by the numbers: Windows 10, Windows 7 pause their ups and downs

Windows 10 took a breather in July, perhaps celebrating its fifth birthday with a little too much adult beverage and – although the share data was deceptive – essentially remained flat for the month.According to California analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 purportedly grew by four-tenths of a percentage points to reach 59.4% of global OS share last month, representing 68.2% of all Windows editions. The second number is the more important of the pair, however, and is nearly identical to that of the month before.[ Related: Windows 10 May 2020 Update (a.k.a. 2004) review ] As always, Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs (that 68.2%) was larger than the percentage of all personal computers (the 59.4%), because Windows does not power every system. In July, Windows was the OS on 87% of the world's personal computers, up three-tenths of a point from June. Of the remaining 13%, all but six-hundredths of a point ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Q&A: CBT Architects CIO sees a ‘hybrid’ remote-work plan as harder than WFH

Editor's note: This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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03-08-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Wherefore art thou CIO?

This city-government IT group reverts to using two-way radios because staffers aren’t answering their cellphones when needed, reports a pilot fish on the scene.So fish dusts off the old call-sign sheet, but the new staff members want better call signs than the stodgy “Tech1,” “Tech2” and so on. One, who is ex-military, suggests using each person’s initials but in military-letter speak, where A is Alpha, B is Bravo, C is Charlie and so on. Under this system, Dave Doe becomes Delta Delta.And it might have worked, says fish, if it weren’t for the CIO’s initials. “We really didn’t think he was going to answer to ‘Juliet Romeo, are you out there?’ — and none of us were sure we’d have the guts to ask it on the channel.”To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Apple’s retail technology play

Apple Retail taught the company a great deal concerning the future of retail, and a quiet technology acquisition shows it intends going with the retail flow as it invests in a system that turns iPhones into POS payment systems.Apple Pay and Apple Payments While we already use Apple Pay to purchase items contact free using iPhones and Apple Watch, when it comes to taking payments most retailers rely on third-party payment systems. Names like Square, Izito, PayPal Here, Sumup and other providers work to fill the gap, usually using some form of dongle.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Top web browsers 2020: Firefox ends a sorta/kinda recovery as share losses return

Google's Chrome added more to its total of utter domination last month as a small recovery by Mozilla's Firefox screeched to a halt in July.According to data published Saturday by metrics vendor Net Applications, Chrome's share during July rose eight-tenths of a percentage point, the most since March, to 71%. The browser has been on a seven-month run of gains, adding 4.4 percentage points to its account since January. The only other browsers to enjoy a positive 2020 thus far: Microsoft's – Edge and Internet Explorer (IE) – and that pair increased their combined share by less than a 10th of Chrome's.Chrome continues to assimilate other browsers' share, month after month, with an almost casual cannibalism. Its increases over the past six months, in fact, have been nearly double that over the last 12, hinting at another acceleration of absorption.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-08-2020
Redefining productivity and compensation in an AI age

This week I ran into an interesting product that could substantially speed up writers who do a lot of repetitive work. It's called ActiveWords, and it's now in its fourth generation. It works by allowing you to connect elements to acronyms you create.   For instance, if you must use the same charts in different responses, such as for product support, you type a few letters and instantly the chart pops into in the email.The elements could be web pages, paragraphs of text, pictures – pretty much anything you regularly use – and it is much faster than cutting and pasting. To read this article in full, please click here

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01-08-2020
Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

The folks at Microsoft have pretty much exterminated the bugs they introduced in July’s patches. The Outlook-killing bug got fixed by an emergency update to Microsoft’s own servers. The Win7 .NET patch was fixed and re-released nine days after paying Win7 Extended Security customers started bellyaching.  To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
11 essential business management insights from Apple’s Q3

Apple set a record in the June quarter just gone, buoyed by strong iPad and Mac sales and a wave of iPhone SE upgrades.You can read all about the company's fiscal details here, and officials shared some points that may be of interest to any enterprise struggling to pivot its business during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
Flashback Friday: Oh, did I say 30 DAYS?

This pilot fish gets an email from a user who can’t open the program used to track equipment calibration, so she takes the short walk to the user’s desk. There, she finds that the user is getting a “data file not found” message when he tries to open the program.Says fish: “I opened the sample data so I could determine the name and location of the file the program needed.”Turns out the data files are on the network drive, which is backed up daily, so fish asks when the user was in this program last.“About a month ago,” he says.Fish has already swapped the tape in for the nightly backup, so she checks to see if the two-week-old tape already in the drive has the file. Sure enough, it’s there, and fish restores the file and returns to the user’s desk — and now he can open the program and see his data.To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
The best office apps for Android

The days of taking care of business exclusively in an office are over. You've got a powerful productivity gadget in your pocket practically 24/7, after all — and with the right set of apps, you can stay synced with the same spreadsheets, documents, and presentations that are on your desktop and work with them seamlessly from anywhere.Best of all? Achieving that level of connectivity on Android no longer requires a compromise. It's been a long time coming, but the bar has really been raised when it comes to office app quality in the Google Play Store over the past few years. The question now isn't if you can find a worthwhile set of office apps for your phone but rather which set of commendable offerings makes the most sense for you.To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 79 adds under-the-hood improvements, but no pizzaz

Mozilla this week upgraded Firefox to version 79, patching 10 vulnerabilities without making any notable changes that users will see.Of the 10 security bugs, Mozilla marked four as "High," the browser's second-most-serious label.Firefox 79 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users will get the latest version just by relaunching the browser. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or displays the in-process refresh.To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
Microsoft Patch Alert: July 2020

July tends to be a leisurely month in Windows and Office patch land, and this one’s no exception.We had a bit of a thrill July 15 when Outlook stopped working on millions of PCs all over the world, but Microsoft fixed the bug four hours later by updating its servers.Folks who pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates felt rightfully miffed when the new .NET Framework 4.8 patch, KB 4565636, refused to install. Microsoft took nine days to fix the bug and re-ship the patch.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2020
Why Android and Chrome OS's next step could be colossal

For years now, we've been hearing — and seeing — how Chrome OS and Android are coming together.The saga has stretched on since the dawn of time — or, uh, at least since about 2015, when the Chromebooks-are-doomed chorus started confidently crooning about the inevitable pending "merger" of Chrome OS and Android. At the same time, of course, those of us who were watching things closely anticipated a far more nuanced alignment of the platforms — nothing quite as dramatic as an only-one-can-survive duel, admittedly, but a far more realistic scenario and one we'd been seeing take shape for some time.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2020
Qualcomm hints at (slight) 5G iPhone 12 delay

We continue to gather shards of evidence around Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 plans, so fresh statements from Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, add to the speculation.‘15% reduction in handset shipments’ While announcing flat revenues, the company has managed to maintain its business during the pandemic, but Mollenkopf warned fourth quarter guidance might be impacted by a delayed product launch.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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