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29-05-2020
Apple wants AI to make its products smarter

The trouble with data is the sheer quantity of it. IDC once said that if you stored all the data in the world on DVDs you’d have a pile of disks large enough to circle the planet 222 times.So, how can you winnow junk data out of the stack to make better decisions? That’s one of the problems Apple seems to want to solve.Inductiv for the rest of us Apple has confirmed the purchase of a small Ontario-based machine learning start-up called Inductiv with its usual boiler plate statement that it purchases companies like this from time-to-time, and doesn’t want to tell us anything more about it.To read this article in full, please click here

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29-05-2020
The Android hardware truth Google won't tell you

As the gatekeeper of Android, Google frequently finds itself in an awkward position. The company has its own platform-wide priorities and ways it wants its ecosystems to evolve, but it also has the goals of all the third-party manufacturers that create hardware for those virtual environments to consider.And guess what? Google's priorities and the desires of the companies making the bulk of the devices don't always align. And that forces Google to do a delicate dance in order to push forward with its own plans without saying anything that'd go directly against a device-maker's interests.Well, it's time to stop beating around the bush and just say what Google won't openly acknowledge: You should not be buying an Android tablet in 2020. Period.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-05-2020
Mobile security forces difficult questions

As governments consider COVID-19 contact tracing and its privacy implications, it's not a bad idea for companies to take the opportunity to look more closely at their mobile agreements with employees. (By the way, just this week, Apple rolled out its latest iOS update, which included two COVID-19 updates, according to Apple: "iOS 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.")Today, IT has to deal with pretty much one of two mobile scenarios: BYOD. where the employee uses the employee's personally owned device to perform enterprise business; and company-owned phones, which is the opposite: A company-owned phone where the employee, even if told not to, will use the phone for personal matters as well as business.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-05-2020
How to have Teams meetings with people outside your organization

Many organizations rely on Microsoft Teams to conduct voice and video calls, since it is part of the commonly deployed Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suites. Although other videoconferencing systems are better, Teams adds little to no cost to the IT budget, so it is fast becoming the corporate standard.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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27-05-2020
Zoho looks to mimic the office for remote workers with user check-in, live video feeds

As remote work becomes the norm for many during the pandemic, workplace chat applications have helped teams stayed connected. But not all aspects of the office environment can be duplicated in a digital workspace. With updates to its Cliq messaging tool, Zoho hopes to provide greater visibility into who is available at given time – in effect, seeing who’s “in” their remote office and who’s not.[ Related: Remote desktop software: 8 enterprise-friendly IT support tools ] Among the additions are a check-in feature that connects with Zoho’s HR system to track employee attendance, acting as a digital ID swipe card that remote workers use to clock in and clock out each day by pressing a button in Cliq. To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
A socially conscious cash management account

Today, it’s common to see businesses going out of their way to meet the socially conscious nature of their customers. Organic farming, manufacturing goods from recycled materials, and ethically sourcing labor are just a few ways companies are meeting the needs of consumers.Despite those widespread changes, many financial institutions entrusted by consumers to manage their funds are putting profits first. In 2018 for example, the world’s largest banks lent approximately $654 billion to finance businesses in the fossil fuel industry.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Apple rejects flawed claims about its contact tracing tech

Even as we consider revelations Facebook shelved internal research suggesting its algorithms generate divisiveness, Apple has been forced to reject damaging claims against its contact tracing tech currently spreading on Facebook.Exposure Notification is not spying on you Numerous hysterical myths concerning the Apple/Google contact tracing technology are being circulated on Facebook. A series of posts claim the Exposure Notification feature inside iOS 13.5 will allow authorities to track people’s locations and monitor who they meet – which is precisely what it tries not to do.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Rethinking collaboration: 6 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Keeping employees connected and working productively has become the glue holding many businesses together during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with social distancing ruling out face-to-face meetings anytime soon, the need for new digital tools to help teams collaborate better has soared.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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27-05-2020
Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”What happens when you try? fish asks.“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.“Nope, just me,” replies user.Can you try a couple of things for me?“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”Why?“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
How to go incognito in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari

Private browsing. Incognito. Privacy mode.Web browser functions like those trace their roots back more than a decade, and the feature — first found in a top browser in 2005 — spread quickly as one copied another, made tweaks and minor improvements.But privacy-promising labels can be treacherous. Simply put, going "incognito" is as effective in guarding online privacy as witchcraft is in warding off a common cold.[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] That's because private browsing is intended to wipe local traces of where you've been, what you've searched for, the contents of forms you've filled. It's meant to hide, and not always conclusively at that, your tracks from others with access to the personal computer. That's it.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Use of cloud collaboration tools surges and so do attacks

Some industries have seen increases in cloud-related threat events rise as much as 1,350% since the COVID-19 crisis began.

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26-05-2020
How to make the most of Android's new Assistant add-on

Sometimes, it's the smallest-seeming announcements that have the biggest real-world impact. And there's no better example of that than a decidedly muted Android- and Assistant-related rollout plopped out by Google just before the U.S. holiday weekend.You'd be forgiven for failing to notice — or maybe for seeing a passing mention of the news and then just casually scratching your fibula and moving on. Do me a favor, though, and pause all itch-related activity for a moment, because this announcement truly does deserve your attention — especially if you're a fan of potential-filled productivity boosters (and who among us isn't?!).The item in question is an innocuous-seeming little somethin' called Action Blocks — about as uninspiring of a name as one could imagine, I know. And if most of us needed more reason to ignore it, it showed up as part of a meandering Google blog about "accessibility updates" — which, suffice it to say, isn't exactly the type of topic that screams "HEY! THIS IS A TIME-SAVING, EFFICIENCY-ENHANCING FEATURE FOR EVERYONE!"To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Apple’s big iOS 14 leak is just business as usual

The story is that an early developmental build of iOS 14 has somehow escaped into the wild. So why do we know so little about it?What happened? To paraphrase the elements of the claims: An unnamed individual purchased and then distributed the iOS 14 software. The software was extracted from a developmental iPhone 11 running an internal build of the iOS 14. The hardware was purchased from a Chinese vendor. The OS was then distributed among hackers and security researchers. Information concerning the software then began to leak, principally from the big Mac rumor sites, with 9to5Mac mentioned in the report. “Leaked Apple code, documentation, and hardware is often traded on Twitter using a hashtag called #AppleInternals." We don’t know who purchased and shared the code. Was it a competitor? Was it a journalist? Follow the money. What we know about iOS 14 The strange thing is that despite the operating system apparently being in circulation since February, all we really know about it is this:To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Mystery solved

Company where this pilot fish works is having a bit of a problem with non-deterministic load times in the data warehouse. If the load runs normally, even with heavy volume, everything is done by about 9 a.m., which means management can see their reports just around the time they’re having their morning coffee.But the load doesn’t always run normally. In fact, a system problem during the night can set things back by as much as six hours, which management finds unacceptable. So various measures are taken to get the load to run in less time: Users are kicked off the system, priorities are rejiggered and so on.Nothing works. The load processes just don’t seem to take advantage of the resources made available to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing

Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004: Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half of the year holds only minor changes. Microsoft hasn’t committed to the new tick-tock model, but all evidence points in that direction. Microsoft doesn’t cram a new version of Windows down your throat, like it used to. (Don’t get me started on the surprise! forced 1703 to 1709 upgrades.) Windows 10 version 2004 continues in the same mode, but with an unusual difference. Instead of getting a full-fledged “tick’s” worth of changes, what we’re seeing is more of a whimper. In addition to the usual promises of faster and better, and maybe a Search that actually works, we’re also seeing a demotion (er, realignment) of Cortana, better Windows Subsystem for Linux, and Windows Hello working in Safe Mode. Be still my beating heart.To read this article in full, please click here

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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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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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