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27-01-2022
About that 'alarming' chip shortage — don't count on new fab plants to help quickly

The global semiconductor shortage made worse by the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain issues shows no signs of improving as industries worldwide have had to halt production while waiting for processors.A report from the US Department of Commerce released this week revealed an “alarming” shortage of computer chips at a time when the median demand for them was as much as 17% higher in 2021 than 2019.“This is a major supply and demand mismatch,” the report stated.Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the lack of chip inventory leaves auto manufacturers and other chip users with “no room for error.”To read this article in full, please click here

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27-01-2022
BrandPost: How Wi-Fi 6 Impacts Your Business Network

It’s no secret that growing businesses depend on the speed and quality of their network.From communication to collaboration, employees have come to expect a reliable Wi-Fi connection that powers the tools they rely on most to get the job done. This includes video conferencing, digitally enhanced customer experiences, remote work and more, often competing for bandwidth on a single network.As a result, the demand for scale and speed spurred the latest standard in connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, which supports more devices and faster connections to enable productivity wherever work happens. This is achieved by: More efficient use of channels, packing data into smaller resource units, and airtime, which allows simultaneous rather than individual rapid-fire connectionsTo read this article in full, please click here

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27-01-2022
Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive send out warnings to macOS users

Two of the world’s most widely used online storage services, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, are warning Mac users of a looming problem in a coming macoS Monterey update.You’ll need to download files to use them for a while They warn that some users may have problems when attempting to open files stored in either service using another Mac application. They urge customers to update their apps once macOS 12.3 is installed.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-01-2022
The ambitious Android tablet option Google tossed away

To say that Android tablets have been a letdown might be the understatement of the century.When you step back and think about it, the fact that Android tablets are such an underemphasized afterthought is almost shocking. Android is the world's most popular operating system, after all — by a pretty hefty margin. It's easy to forget sometimes, but more humans carry Android-powered smartphones than any other type of device in the universe.And yet, for all of those advantages, Google has year after year failed to turn Android tablets into a compelling, sought-after type of technology that's more than a mere blip on the mobile-tech radar. It's reached the point where I flat-out tell folks to stay away from Android tablets and consider convertible Chromebooks instead — 'cause unlike the typical Android tablet, any Chromebook you buy will actually get updates. It'll be supported with the latest privacy, security, and performance standards for years after its purchase. And it'll provide a truly great all-around experience.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-01-2022
How to choose the right project collaboration software

Even before we’d heard the words coronavirus or COVID-19, collaboration apps were on the rise in the enterprise. Now, because of the phenomenal increase in remote work triggered by the pandemic, more and more organizations are implementing project collaboration tools to enable employees to collaborate effectively on project tasks from anywhere.Project collaboration tools include features that make it easier for team members, project leaders, and others involved in a project to communicate, both in real time and asynchronously. Team members and leaders can use project collaboration apps, also called team task management software or collaborative work management tools, to plan, coordinate, and monitor their projects. The software keeps users informed about updates and helps them complete their work on schedule.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-01-2022
India eyes home-grown OS to compete with Android, iOS

The Indian government is hoping to spur the nation's private sector to create a national mobile operating system that can compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), said this week his agency plans to encourage the tech industry and academic institutions to collaborate on a home-grown Indian mobile OS, according to a report in The Economic Times of India.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-01-2022
Nvidia may abandon its $40B ARM acquisition

I can’t help but imagine sighs of relief may be heard from Cupertino on the news Nvidia may abandon its attempt to acquire Apple’s strategically important supplier, Arm.Competitive concerns put deal on ice Nvidia has reportedly told partners it doesn’t expect the acquisition to go ahead. That said, both Nvidia and SoftBank appear to be pressing forward with the deal for the time being; Nvidia stands to lose $1.25 billion if it fails.If the acquisition does fall through, SoftBank may instead issue an IPO of Arm shares — though both Arm and SoftBank argue that the company will be too weak to compete without major financial support. To read this article in full, please click here

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25-01-2022
Don’t cheap out on essential hardware

On the Reddit SysAdmin group, I recently read a horror story. A car dealership had been using a 14-year-old desktop for its one and only business server. On it, the company was running two business’ customer-relation management (CRM) programs and their inventory management systems. They also—brace yourself—didn’t have an automatic backup system.The consultant told them that “they should automate backups to a separate system, or use a RAID1 at least. Something!”To read this article in full, please click here

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25-01-2022
Will World War III begin in cyberspace?

People die because of cyber wars, even if no bullets are ever fired. Instead, they die in emergency rooms that no longer have power, from broken medical communication networks, and from riots. All of this has happened before. It will happen again. And now, with Russia poised to invade Ukraine and Russian cyberattacks already in motion, we can only hope and pray that what promises to be the first major European war since World War II doesn't spark the next World War.If it does, I fear the proximate cause won't be Russian T-90 main battle tanks trying to smash their way into Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. It will be the Russian GRU Sandworm hacking group launching a cyberattack that perhaps wrecks the European Union power grid; or knocks out major US internet sites such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft; or stops 4G and 5G cellular services in their tracks.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-01-2022
CFOs eye tech investments to attract, retain talent with AI/ML skills

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are apparently eager to invest in technology to help attract — and keep — finance talent and workers with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) skills, according to a new survey.Financial services and human resources software vendor Workday last week released its latest Global CFO Indicator Survey, which indicates that nearly half (48%) of CFOs plan to invest in consumer-like interfaces to attract future finance talent within the next five years — and 57% say they now want AI and ML skills in new hires. To read this article in full, please click here

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25-01-2022
VPNs and browsers — staying secure while online

In business, we’ve used Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for years. But I’m now seeing recommendations  that consumers VPN software to make your Internet connections more private so sites can’t snoop on your surfing and other communications. As someone who runs a website that uses IP address reputation as a guide to know who is and is not reputable on my site, using a VPN often assigns you an IP address that’s less than stellar. As a result, if you attempt to access sites that check for reputation, such as your bank, you may find yourself blocked.I’m not against the concept of consumer-based VPN software, but I’m not convinced it’s the security panacea many think it is. Users think it’s keeping sites from tracking them, or keeping them safe when surfing on coffee shop Wi-Fi. They think it keeps prying eyes from reviewing our web traffic. But all VPN software is not created equal. I recently read new research from Consumer Reports that tested various VPN platforms; I was surprised to find that the top VPN providers included vendors I’ve not even heard of.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-01-2022
Apple's 'wild array' of expected 2022 releases include plenty for business

Apple plans what Mark Gurman describes as the “wildest array” yet of new hardware introductions this year. While these new expectations confirm earlier speculation about what's in the pipeline for consumer markets, what’s coming for enterprise pros this year?Arriving this spring Apple is preparing to make a range of announcements this spring, including an iPhone SE with 5G, new iPads and new Macs — potentially including a larger iMac and a souped-up new model Mac mini. Here's a rundown of what’s likely coming.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-01-2022
After the shift to remote work, new hope for a four-day workweek

The global shift over the past two years to remote work has led to something unexpected: an uptick in the adoption of a four-day workweek, raising hopes that a tipping point could come soon.In a number of industries, calls for a change to the standard five-day, 40-hour week grew after many companies began to rethink how work is done in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This has given organizations the confidence they need to consider adopting flexible work arrangements such as the four-day week,” said Raúl Castañón, senior analyst at 451 Research, a division of S&P Global Market Intelligence.[ Related: Why not a four-day workweek? ] There are a variety of recent examples of companies trying out a four-day week or moving toward one permanently. Bolt, a fintech startup, recently committed to a four-day week long term, as did social media software firm Buffer last year. Crowd-funding company Kickstarter is due to start a trial this year, Unilever ran a pilot for staffers in New Zealand last year, Panasonic pledged last month to give workers a four-day-week option, and real estate management firm JLL hinted at similar intentions.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-01-2022
Apple: iOS 15 now installed on more than 60% of all iPhones

Apple has updated its mobile installation numbers for the first time since iOS 15 was released in September, detailing just how many devices are running its latest mobile operating system.Apple's iOS 15 is now installed on 72% of iPhones that are four years old or newer – and 62% of all iDevices regardless of age, according to data from the company's App Support webpage.Apple splits its mobile OS installation data into two main categories: devices introduced in the last four years and all devices; it then tracks iOS and iPadOS installs in each of those categories. The data is based on devices that conducted transactions on the App Store on Jan. 11.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-01-2022
How to fix iPhone network coverage and hotspot problems

Bad mobile signals and unreliable hotspot coverage on your iPhone could well be two of the most frustrating challenges today’s enterprise professionals face (other than battery life). Here are some ways that may improve network coverage and hotspot reliability, making it easier to get work done while on the go.How to improve your network signal The first thing you’ll want to fix is a poor signal; without that, you’ll never get your personal hotspot coverage working at all.To read this article in full, please click here

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Cyberlink Vol.160 Jan 2022

Addressing ESG development and sustainable financial ecosystem at AFF 2022

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Cyberlink Vol.159 Dec 2021

1,800 participants enjoyed Sea-Land-Air experiences at Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum

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Cyberlink Vol.158 Nov 2021

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum celebrated remarkable start-up fundraising with record-high attendance

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