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06-12-2021
Why Apple may be planning life after Arm

Potentially more significant than the deeply unethical NSO Group hack or Apple’s new product plans for 2022, Nvidia’s attempt to acquire Arm seems unlikely to succeed, leaving the world’s most important silicon development company in limbo.Who will buy Arm?A very short list of contenders First, a little background.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-12-2021
Technology is to blame for the ‘Great Resignation’

Have you heard about the September exodus? More than four million Americans quit their jobs that month, shattering the record for resignations previously set the month before. And some 40% of remaining employees are thinking of quitting, too, according to a Microsoft report.The crisis is even worse in technology. TalentLMS and Workable reported recently that 72% of US-based tech employees are thinking of quitting their job in the next 12 months.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2021
We’re thinking about metaverse collaboration the wrong way

Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.I’ve been at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii this week, where a Facebook executive appeared on stage for a virtual conversation inside Meta’s new collaboration offering. As I watched the discussion, it became clear that the main benefit was more social than collaborative. It reminded me of when I was hooked on the old “City of Heroes” multi-player game. While initially I played it to progress my character, eventually I played just because I’d developed several friends that I liked hanging out with virtually. The experience, while collaborative during game play, became more social between events; we chatted about personal interests, our kids, our work, and got to know and trust each other.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2021
Apple, accessibility, and Project Titan

We know Apple is working on a car. We think part of that work will involve building transportation for the world we’re going to live in, not the one in which we exist now. And it should be quite clear by now that the future of transport does not need to be the only invention the Project Titan team creates.What is a car? Look at it this way, in developing a car, Apple has had to identify and develop numerous associated technologies, including but not confined to: Machine imaging, artificial intelligence, location and mapping technologies, fail-safe networking, edge data processing, numerous sensors to monitor every detail of the vehicle, intent modeling, driver identification, and traffic and sign analysis.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2021
Microsoft may soon let Windows 11 users bypass Edge as the default browser

Microsoft appears to have listened to users who were concerned about a Windows 11 build that thwarted a third-party workaround that allowed them to set their default browser to something other than Edge.The change has not yet been rolled out to the current stable version of Windows 11; it’s being offered to users of Microsoft’s Insider program in the Dev Channel for developers.In its latest blog on Windows 11 Build 22509, Microsoft credited feedback from users for the changes. Microsoft described the changes as "improvements that make browsing the web in Microsoft Edge with Narrator easier."To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2021
Despise passwords? Some good news and bad news

How much do you hate passwords? In simpler times, they were a necessary nuisance, but with more than 15 billion breached credentials now running around the dark web, maintaining good password hygiene has become a science project.Most experts now recommend constructing passwords out of a minimum of 12 random characters and never reusing the same one across more than one site. Since remembering all that is beyond the scope of most humans, a variety of password managers are available to help, with most of them protected by—you guessed it—passwords.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2021
Podcast: What Apple's lawsuit against NSO Group means for digital rights

Last week, Apple filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the technology firm behind the Pegasus spyware. In its lawsuit, Apple seeks to hold NSO Group accountable for alleged surveillance of select iPhone users, as well as ban the firm from using any Apple products. While digital rights activists commend Apple for standing up for privacy rights, they say they want to ensure that the precedent set by the case applies only to bad actors and not organizations in support of user privacy. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and senior reporter Lucas Mearian join Juliet to discuss what the lawsuit means for Apple, those affected by the spyware and digital rights overall.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2021
How to use FileVault to protect business data on Macs

If you run a business on Macs (and many companies do) then you should become familiar with FileVault, the disk encryption system that's built into macOS. When used properly, it makes it extremely hard for any malicious person to access your company’s confidential data in the event your Mac is lost or stolen.What's the problem FileVault tries to solve? Most businesses possess various forms of sensitive data. This might include corporate  or supplier data, confidential order books, financial records, contact names and addresses, and more. That information has business value, but if compromised could also place you, your employees, or your customers at risk. In many industries, protection of such information is mandatory and legally required.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-12-2021
Windows 11 adoption nears 9%, but businesses are waiting

How fast is Windows 11 being adopted by users?The answer appears to be "hardly at all" to "slowly," depending on which set of data you look at.New data from computer monitoring software provider AdDuplex indicates that Windows 11 uptake has reached nearly 9%; that number, however, contrasts sharply with a figure released by another vendor that showed the new platform with a less than 1% adoption rate.It's been nearly two months since Microsoft launched Windows 11. System survey data, released by AdDuplex yesterday, showed Windows 11 adoption at 8.9% (with .03% of that figure attributed to Windows Insider program users).To read this article in full, please click here

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02-12-2021
Microsoft aims Teams Essentials at small-biz customers

Microsoft has introduced a new paid tier for its Teams collaboration software aimed at small business customers.The new option — called Teams Essentials — offers additional features and support for $4 per user each month compared to free version of Teams that arrived in 2018, Microsoft said. “It’s the first standalone offering of Microsoft Teams designed specifically with small businesses in mind,” said Jared Spataro in a blog post on Wednesday.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-12-2021
What to expect from Apple in 2022

Business users have a lot to look forward to from Apple in the coming year. With 2022 less than a month away now, here's a rundown of what's likely coming.The iPhone SE – the lowest cost 5G iPhone Apple is now expected to introduce a 5G version of the iPhone SE in spring.The device is expected to have a Touch ID button, an LCD display, and an A15 processor, but is also thought to boast a 5G connection. This is going to be the cheapest way to get a 5G iPhone.Carriers are likely to support the release with decent deals for new users in most every market as they seek to build their 5G customer bases into profit. The combination of lower cost, carrier deals, and 5G — along with that powerful A15 chip — will tempt consumers and expand the 5G market.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-12-2021
The Pixel-exclusive rebirth of a beloved Android feature

Friends, rabbits, internet-persons, lend me your ears (bunny-shaped or otherwise). Today, we need to take a titillating trip back in time — 'cause a pivotal part of our Android-flavored past is about to poke its way into the present.So rewind with me for a sec, won't ya? The year was 2012 — the same exact numbers as our current moment on this earth, only with a flickety-flick of those final two digits. The Android version of the era was Android 4.1, better known as sweet, juicy Jelly Bean. Google's Pixel phones didn't yet exist; rather, the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus served as the flagship of the platform that summer, while the LG-birthed Nexus 4 was on its way out of the virtual womb and into the world.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-12-2021
How to use Outlook’s new calendar board view to organize your work

Microsoft recently launched a handy new Outlook feature — a Kanban-style board view in Outlook Calendar. Currently available only in Outlook on the web, the new feature lets you pin cards containing useful information onto a project board. These cards can include calendars, notes, task lists, links, and other items. Some elements in these cards can interact with your main Outlook calendar.The Outlook board view is available if you have a paid Microsoft 365 account or a free Outlook.com account. (See Microsoft 365 plans for home, small business, and the enterprise, or sign up for a Microsoft account for free.)To read this article in full, please click here

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30-11-2021
What's needed to consolidate Apple’s enterprise gains?

Enterprise adoption of Macs, iPads, and iPhones grew dramatically during the pandemic. Apple and its enterprise partners want to consolidate this expansion in 2022, which should be another big year in hardware investment.Delivering a growth strategy We’ve been watching the Apple in the enterprise expand rapidly throughout the pandemic; 2021 was a record year for hardware sales as companies invested in computers and devices to support hybrid teams. Apple evidently benefited.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-11-2021
Rise in employee monitoring prompts calls for new rules to protect workers

As remote work rose sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses sought ways to keep track of workers no longer in the direct sight of managers. Now, with remote work strategies still in place — and office re-openings being pushed back —, the use of monitoring tools continues to grow.In fact, the use of new and increasingly powerful technologies to manage and monitor workers has become so common that there are growing calls for regulators in the U.K. and U.S to update rules to protect employees.“We have seen a significant increase of interest in employee monitoring technology through the pandemic,” said Helen Poitevin, VP analyst at Gartner focusing on human capital management technologies. “This continues as organizations plan for hybrid work environments, with employees working more flexibly from home and at the office.” To read this article in full, please click here

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Cyberlink Vol.158Nov 2021
CyberLink Vol. 157 Oct 2021

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum brings top-notch speakers, innovation marketplace and funder-founder engagement with hybrid experience

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CyberLink Vol. 156 Sep 2021

CVCF 2021 to Connect More Dealmakers and Entrepreneurs in Hybrid Event

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