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15-09-2017
Innovation and Technology Venture Fund

The Government has launched the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund on 15-09-2017. It is now open for application by venture capital funds to become co-investment partners (Deadline: 15-01-2018). A briefing session will be held on 03-10-2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. Interested venture capital funds are welcome to attend.

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21-06-2019
Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as 'cataclysmic'

Facebook's plans to launch a cryptocurrency and digital wallet for users to make online purchases and money transfers should have the financial services community in a tither, with some expecting banks to quickly follow Facebook's lead.The social network's shift into financial services also has raised the specter of regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency. The U.S. Senate Banking Committee announced Wednesday it will hold a hearing over Facebook's cryptocurrency plans on July 16. The hearing will explore Facebook's project Libra and data privacy considerations associated with it, according to Reuters. In a tweet Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, called on Facebook to halt its crypto plans and wants hearings to further study it.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Slack or Teams? Many businesses opt for both

Slack and Microsoft may be battling for dominance in the booming team collaboration market, but most organizations rely on both applications – and some companies use even more.Those are some of the results of a survey by Mio, an Austin, Texas-based startup that sells software to enable communication between different messaging tools. Mio polled 200 IT decision-makers at organizations ranging in size from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of employees. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Google's officially done making tablets

Here's an interesting little nugget of info to chew on: Google's decided to step away from its self-made tablets and focus instead on the laptop form.To be clear, Google hadn't actually announced any tablet-specific products this year; the last such item that made its way to the market was the Pixel Slate in 2018. But, as I learned today, the company did have two smaller-sized tablets under development — and earlier this week, it decided to drop all work on those devices and make its roadmap revolve entirely around laptops instead.A couple of clarifying points here: First, none of this has any impact on Pixel phones. Pixel phones and Pixel computers are two different departments, and the roadmap in question is related exclusively to the latter. (The same applies to the various Google Home/Nest products. What we're talking about today has absolutely zero impact on any that stuff.)To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Google's officially done making its own tablets

Here's an interesting little nugget of info to chew on: Google's decided to step away from its self-made tablets and focus instead on the laptop form.To be clear, Google hadn't actually announced any tablet-specific products this year; the last such item that made its way to the market was the Pixel Slate in 2018. But, as I learned today, the company did have two smaller-sized tablets under development — and earlier this week, it decided to drop all work on those devices and make its roadmap revolve entirely around laptops instead.A couple of clarifying points here: First, none of this has any impact on Pixel phones. Pixel phones and Pixel computers are two different departments, and the roadmap in question is related exclusively to the latter. (The same applies to the various Google Home/Nest products. What we're talking about today has absolutely zero impact on any that stuff.)To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
The downfall of the virtual assistant (so far)

It's tough to do much of anything involving technology these days without running into a virtual assistant.Pick up your Android phone or Chromebook, and there's Google Assistant waiting for a chat. Power up any Amazon-made gadget, and Alexa's standing by with an open ear. Apple's got Siri, poor Samsung's got Bixby, and even random companies like Bank of America are getting in on the action with their own woefully unnecessary A.I. personalities (sorry, "Erica").We've talked plenty about the reasons why everyone and their mother wants you to get friendly with their flavor of robot aid — and why that, in turn, has led to what I call the post-OS era, in which a device's operating system is less important than the virtual assistant threaded throughout it. It's no coincidence that Google is slowly expanding Assistant into a platform of its own, and what we're seeing now is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Macs in the enterprise: 6 stats every IT purchaser needs

CIOs across the planet spend a lot of time wishing for unicorns.“If only there were a technology solution that could reduce costs and boost productivity,” they cry to the great executive bonus gods sitting high in their capitalist sky.Get a Mac Times have changed since Apple’s hugely popular Get a Mac ads encouraged so many Windows using iPod users to make the switch.[ Related: Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist ] Millions did, Mac marketshare climbed, Apple introduced iPhone, and Steve Jobs got cross. Now the company sells the most advanced smartphone in the world, and it doesn’t even snap.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Throwback Thursday: Looks like it’s gonna be another six months

This company moves its plant to a new location and switches its internet service from a local cable company to a satellite provider, reports the pilot fish who handled the switchover. The transition goes smoothly, but six months later, the accounting office receives a collection bill from the cable company for a half-year of unpaid service, says fish, who is instructed to sort it out ASAP so the company can get it off its credit report.Fish dials the cable company's customer service line, listens to the same on-hold rock medley 20 times, and finally gets through to a customer service rep and explains the situation.Rep asks fish for his cancellation number and fish provides it. Then rep explains that, per company policy, all cancellations must be validated online by responding to a cancellation verification email sent to the customer’s account.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

Facebook's plans to launch its own cryptocurrency and digital wallet should be a clarion call to commercial banks: if you don't begin to explore blockchain technology, tech companies could eat your lunch.[ Further reading: Blockchain: The complete guide ] Worldwide, blockchain-derived business value is forecast to grow from $9 billion this year to $50 billion in 2022, according to Gartner. The greatest growth between now and 2050 is expected to take place in 2020, when Facebook plans to launch its Libra coin and Calibra digital wallet; that year alone will see a 128% annual increase in business value.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1903, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.After years of using “Redstone” in its code names, Microsoft switched to a new format with the May 2019 Update. The new code names use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 1903, which was released in May 2019, was code-named “19H1” (for first half of 2019) rather than “Redstone 6.” The next feature update, due in the fall of this year, is code-named “19H2,” and the feature update that’s coming in the spring of 2020 is code-named 20H1.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Google asks Chrome users for help in spotting deceptive sites

Google this week asked for help in identifying suspicious websites, offering users of its Chrome browser an add-on that lets them rat out URLs.The Suspicious Site Reporter, which can be added to desktop Chrome, places a new flag-style icon on the top bar of the browser. "By clicking the icon, you're now able to report unsafe sites to Safe Browsing for further evaluation," Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, wrote in a Tuesday post to a company blog.[ Related: How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware ] Safe Browsing is the name of the technology used by Google's search engine, Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Android to steer users away from sites that host malicious or deceptive content. On the back end, Google uses robots to scan the web and build a list of websites that host malware, harmful downloads or deceptive ads and pages. Software developers can then plug into an API to integrate this list into their own applications, something rival browser makers have done for years.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Don't consider Apple Watch an enterprise product? Think again

Do you think Apple Watch is a great fitness tracker, but not really an enterprise product?I’d like to prove you wrong I’ve been saying for years that Apple would need to ensure Apple Watch could exist independently of the iPhone.There were several challenges to achieving this.One was the need to find a modem sufficiently low-powered to run inside the watch without bleeding the battery dry.Another was the need to find battery technologies that could handle robust use during the day.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-06-2019
BrandPost: BlueKeep and Other Reasons to Accelerate Your Windows 10 Migration

BlueKeep. If your business is running on Windows 7, it’s likely a moniker you’re all too familiar with. The high-severity vulnerability, first revealed by Microsoft and confirmed recently by researchers, is looming as the greatest potential “wormable” threat since the infamous WannaCry ransom attack wreaked havoc across the globe in 2017.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-06-2019
BrandPost: No Time Like the Present for Your Windows 10 Upgrade

No enterprise relishes a major software upgrade, especially ones as consequential as a primary operating system and productivity app platform. But with the door closing on key support options for older Microsoft Windows and Office solutions, there’s no time like the present for organizations to green-light a migration that will repower their workforce for modern, secure computing.Support options for Windows 7 are ending in January 2020, which by itself should serve as a catalyst to pull the trigger on migration to Windows 10. Yet enterprises should not see this inflection point as a draconian force for upgrading, but rather as an opportunity to raise the productivity bar by delivering a modern user experience with built-in security controls that earn the trust of IT and end users alike.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-06-2019
Windows 10 version 1803 customers: Brace for impact

If you’re running Win10 version 1803 — still, by far, the most common version of Win10 — Microsoft has a little surprise for you. Yesterday, a one-paragraph amendment appeared on the official Release Information page for version 1903: We are now beginning to build and train the machine learning (ML) based rollout process to update devices running the April 2018 Update, and earlier versions of Windows 10, to ensure we can continue to service these devices and provide the latest updates, security updates and improvements. To read this article in full, please click here

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19-06-2019
A lovely spring day

It’s a lovely spring day, and pilot fish who works for a company’s software division located in its own hillside office building set in suburban woodland is enjoying the view from his third-floor office, hoping that this lovely spring day will be duplicated when Saturday comes around. Shortly before lunchtime, a loud “BANG!” reverberates throughout the building, and the lights go out.It’s a lovely spring day and the computers aren’t working, so fish and most of the building’s other occupants head out of doors, to enjoy the lovely spring day and have a look around.They notice that two of the three circuit breakers on top of a power pole have blown open, and eventually the office manager lets it be known that the transformer located on the first floor has shorted out, and it’s going to take the rest of the day for the electric company to bring in a replacement. With that news, nearly everyone takes off to enjoy what’s left of a lovely spring day.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.129 Jun 2019

DELF spotlights the best of esports and digital entertainment extravaganza and opens new esports venue

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CyberLink Vol.128 May 2019

InsurTech start-up OneDegree attracts BitRock, Cyberport Marco Fund, Cathay Venture in Series A extension

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CyberLink Vol.127 April 2019

3,000 industry elites converged at IES 2019 to gain best insights of the digital future 

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