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12-08-2020
BrandPost: How Cloud Software and Service Providers Addressed an Education Crisis to Enable Remote Learning at Scale

One immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring was the temporary shutdown of schools all over the world, leaving over 1 billion students without classrooms. Schools were forced to quickly launch and scale up virtual learning curricula. The speed, scale, and breadth of the virtual learning services that followed simply would not have been possible without world-class cloud infrastructure and learning platforms. The rapid shift to cloud-based virtual learning across the globe is already having a transformative effect on education, and is likely to provide more flexibility in the way schools deliver education services in the future. The power and agility of public cloud infrastructure enabled many educational technology companies across Europe to scale existing services and quickly launch new solutions to help teachers and students adjust to a new way of learning, ensuring continuity of education.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: Cloud Services Provide a Digital Lifeline for Critical Government, Healthcare Sectors

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the ability of government agencies and healthcare providers to deliver critical services and information to individuals and businesses, as many IT systems were suddenly overwhelmed with more requests than they could handle.Cloud services have enabled organizations to handle surges in demand and a sudden shift to remote work to manage through the crisis. Flexible, scalable, cloud-based IT infrastructure has proven vital to many software and service providers across Europe, allowing them to maintain communications and delivery of essential services to those in need.The first priority when the virus first took hold across Europe was managing the spread of the virus. Covidapp.eu developed an app to map and visualize the movement trajectories of infected people. The app lets anyone upload their movement history and cross-check it against records of infected people. If a location match is found, the person can assess the risk of having visited that location.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: Cloud Services Provide Critical Continuity for Healthcare Providers During COVID Crisis

Few fields have been transformed as radically by COVID-19 as healthcare. A high-touch profession has remade itself around virtual consultation, remote diagnosis, and video collaboration.Healthcare providers have had to rethink patient relationships as in-person interactions became minimized. Telehealth and other cloud-based services, which already had gained traction among many healthcare providers, have become critical components for ongoing care during the pandemic.Software and services providers across the UK have stepped up, with the help of cloud-based services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), to assist healthcare providers address short-term needs. But they are also likely changing the nature of healthcare as we know it.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: How Cloud-Based Services are Helping Maintain Critical Care and Connectivity in the ‘New Normal’

France and Italy were two of the early coronavirus epicenters, but thanks to aggressive containment measures, both countries have flattened the curve. Technology providers stepped up in a variety of ways to support government and healthcare officials in their efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, delivering cloud-based solutions to improve collaboration, maintain patient care, and relieve overworked staff.For example, the rapid growth in cases in France created an urgent need for emergency management personnel to identify people who had potentially been infected with COVID-19 and match them with available resources. Equipment was in short supply and many healthcare professionals were isolated at home, so a cloud-based solution was needed to provide the fastest possible results.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
10+ WFH tips for Mac users

What follows is a short collection of ideas that may help you automate tedious tasks using scheduling and reminder features Apple includes within every Mac, many of which also work on iPhone.Your research assistant Do you spend a lot of time researching? If you do, you’ve probably already used Apple’s bookmarks, pins and reading tools – but have you used Siri?You see, when you come across a page you want to check later, you can summon Siri and ask it to remind you of that page at a specific time and date. Your Mac will create a reminder containing that link for you and you can review it at a more convenient time.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Zoom explained: Understanding (and using) the popular video chat app

In some ways, the Zoom videoconferencing app seemed to come from nowhere this year — even though it’s been around since 2013 and has long been highly regarded for its ease of use.Then the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, first in China, then around the world. On Feb. 26, Zoom announced it had already added more new users in the first two months of 2020 than it had in all of 2019. Within a month, as the pandemic spread, office workers suddenly found themselves jumping on daily Zoom calls from the comfort of home in a desperate attempt to keep in touch with colleagues.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Wayback Wednesday: There are no crazy troubleshooting ideas

It’s the mid-1990s, and this pilot fish is in charge of repairs for a computer store. “Most of my duties involved run-of-the-mill things like hard drive failures or memory upgrades,” he says.But a new system comes back into the shop after just two days because the mouse won’t work.Fish puts the PC on the bench and starts with the easiest possibility: He replaces the mouse. It doesn’t work, and the original mouse works fine on a known-good system.He puts in a new card with a serial port and tries the mouse. No luck. He checks the Windows settings. They look fine. He starts replacing components, one by one: memory chips, video card, modem, sound card, floppy drive, hard drive, CPU and finally the motherboard.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Mozilla lays off 250, says pandemic 'significantly impacted revenue'

Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, on Tuesday began cutting about 25% of its global workforce, saying that the coronavirus pandemic's impact on economies "significantly impacted our revenue."The organization will also go through a restructuring that will reduce some current efforts – developer tools was one example cited – and create a new products group outside of the one responsible for Firefox."Our pre-COVID plan is no longer workable," Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla Corp., the for-profit firm that manages Firefox, and the chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, wrote in an email to employees. "We have talked about the need for change – including the likelihood of layoffs – since the spring. Today these changes become real."To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Yes, you can now run Windows on Big Sur

Parallels has introduced the latest edition of Parallels Desktop, its solution that lets you run Windows and Linux virtual machines on the Mac, including on macoS 11, Big Sur. There’s no news yet on Apple Silicon support, however.The good companion Apple used Parallels Desktop to run Linux on a Big Sur Mac when announcing the new operating system at WWDC online this year. A stray Dock icon suggested that Windows support – at least on Intel-based Macs – would follow. Now it has arrived, Parallels Desktop lets you run both Windows and Linux on your Mac.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
The maddeningly familiar march of Google's Gmail-Meet marriage

If you use Gmail from your Android phone, brace yourself: You're in for an obnoxious surprise.There's a chance you've already gotten it, in fact — and if you haven't, rest assured: You will soon. The surprise is the arrival of a new on-screen menu that lives in your inbox and takes up a fair portion of the vertical scrolling space there. Its sole purpose? Why, putting a prominent link to Google Meet in your face at all times, of course.Yes, really — an entire screen-width toolbar that's plastered onto your inbox simply to hold two oversized options: Mail and Meet. Like so much of what we've experienced in this exhausting year, it almost feels more like satire than reality, like something someone on the internet would've come up with as a joke ("Hey, didja see how Google's gonna try to force us all to use Meet next?! LOL!~").To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
30 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know

I’m sure most Mac users know Command-C means copy and Command-V means paste, but there’s a host of other useful shortcuts that make a Mac user’s life much easier. I’ve assembled this short collection to illustrate this truth:EscNever underestimate the power of the Esc key to get you out of trouble. Say you're taking a screen shot and managed to select part of your screen for that shot, only to discover it's the wrong part – tap Esc and you won't need to worry about it. That's basically the principle of Esc. Use it to cancel a previous command. Another example: Web page won't load and is sucking up your system resources?To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
Why Windows is Microsoft’s shield against a federal onslaught

Amazon. Apple. Facebook. Google. Microsoft. Which one of these companies is different than the others?To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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11-08-2020
Now hear this

This developer pilot fish decides to leave his job with a major software company and look around for something new to try. A friend asks him to join his small outfit, which is developing a slick flight combat adventure game — under contract for the company fish just left. But it sounds like fun, so fish decides to give it a go.This is back in the days when computer games are delivered to customers on a single CD, and of course there are strict limits to how much you can get onto one of those, constraints that are pretty severe when you’re working with a graphics-heavy game. Compression is the only way to do it, and as the new guy, fish is given the decidedly unglamorous job of writing the code that decompresses the audio. But the job is easily done and, fish is confident, done well.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
Apple finally releases first macOS 'Big Sur' public beta

Apple last week released the first public beta of its upcoming upgrade, macOS 11, aka "Big Sur."Previously, Apple had said it would deliver the public beta – a preview available to anyone, not just registered developers – in July. The Cupertino, Calif. company missed that month, perhaps signaling that it will issue the final code later in the year than has been its habit.[ Further reading: 28 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know ] To obtain the preview, Mac users must enroll with Apple's beta program – Apple ID required – then install the upgrade (using About this Mac > Software Update from the Apple menu).To read this article in full, please click here

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11-08-2020
COVID-related IT job losses mount in U.S. as outbreak continues

Coronavirus spikes in parts of the U.S. in July have worsened hiring conditions for IT professionals, and management consulting firm Janco Associates now doesn't expect any rebound in hiring until late this year or early in 2021.Janco now estimates that just 25,000 new IT jobs will be created in 2020; there are now more than 163,000 fewer tech jobs than a year ago. In July alone, another 10,900 IT positions disappeared, the company said.“We have found that a number of companies have already shuttered their doors or are expanding layoffs that impact the IT job market," Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis said in a statement. "This includes oil and gas drillers like Whiting Petroleum and Diamond Offshore, retailers like J Crew, manufacturers like Briggs & Stratton, and grocers like Dean and DeLuca. As a result, IT professionals working for those companies are looking for new employment opportunities.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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