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10-04-2020
Google, Microsoft talk up security after Zoom firestorm

As video conferencing platform Zoom continues to weather unfavorable headlines about its security, two big market rivals are doubling down on commitments to keeps users safe.In recent weeks, Zoom has faced a barrage of criticism involving privacy and security failings, culminating in CEO Eric Yuan acknowledging this week that the company “moved too fast” but is  now committed to being “open and honest with [customers] about areas where we are strengthening our platform.” He also announced that Zoom had stopped development of new product features for 90 days to focus on security.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-04-2020
What Chrome OS needs to conquer next

Psst: Come close. I've got quite the secret to share with you. It's something those of us who use Chromebooks in our daily lives have known for a while — but something the vast majority of people (and the vast majority of folks who write about this stuff, for that matter) have yet to fully realize.Ready? Here it is: Little by little, bit by bit, Chrome OS on a tablet has been turning into an increasingly impressive experience. With every passing month, almost, Google adds a touch more polish and a smidge more power into the environment. And with the latest update, announced this week, the Chromebook tablet experience is suddenly feeling surprisingly cohesive — almost, dare I say it, complete.To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
3D printing signs up to fight COVID-19

Situated on a (usually) busy London, UK street, a small print and copy shop is 3D printing face masks for health workers at its local hospital.It isn’t alone.3D printers are being pressed into use to churn out equipment for medical staff worldwide, and while it’s a drop in the ocean in terms of meeting demand, it’s remarkable how the technology is rising to the challenge.Can 3D printing support health emergency? 3D printing hasn’t become as mainstream a process as people had hoped.To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
Zoom hit by investor lawsuit as security, privacy concerns mount

The challenges facing Zoom continue to mount, as the company now faces an investor lawsuit and more organizations ban the use of the video meeting app due to privacy and security concerns. The company also upped efforts to improve its security and privacy practices by hiring Facebook’s former CSO as a consultant. Zoom has seen a surge in use in recent weeks as self isolation in response to the pandemic ramps up the demand for video software. As its popularity has boomed – both for business and personal use – and the company’s stock price rocketed, Zoom has come under pressure on a number of fronts. To read this article in full, please click here

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09-04-2020
What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 75 boosts search with address bar enhancements

Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 75 on schedule, unlike rivals Google and Microsoft, which postponed browser releases by weeks and scratched one version entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The upgrade's most visible changes were to Firefox's address bar, which has been tricked out with several enhancements designed to make for more productive searches.The company's developers also patched a half dozen vulnerabilities, three labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. As has regularly been the case, Mozilla addressed multiple memory safety flaws that criminals might have been able to exploit had they known of them.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Apple improves Maps search to boost pandemic response

Apple continues to press forward with what seems to be a company-wide attempt to fight back against coronavirus, improving Maps search results to prioritize what people need today.Little changes have a big impact Apple Maps has a search feature that lets you find services local to where you are.If you’ve used it you’ll probably have found things like gas stations at the top of the suggested list (unless you’ve started typing something else).That’s changed slightly, with Apple tweaking its servers to prioritize the kinds of services we need as we work so hard to survive the pandemic.Now you’ll find food retailers, food delivery firms, pharmacies and emergency services at the top of the recommendation list.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Trello unveils Butler integrations with Slack and Jira

Trello this week announced that its no-code automation tool Butler can now integrate with Slack and Jira, helping users bring a new level of automation to its chat and development platforms.Created in 2016, Butler was originally a third-party Trello integration itself before being acquired by Trello in 2018 to provide users a native “If This Then That” (IFTTT) set of automation capabilities. Using rule-based triggers, Butler is designed to make it easy to automate any set of actions in Trello through the click of a button or scheduled commands based on regular intervals or due dates.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Why Microsoft should postpone Windows 10's next feature upgrade, 2004

Microsoft may have the next Windows 10 upgrade burning a hole in its pocket, but if it's smart, the Redmond, Wash. developer will keep that code to itself for now.In fact, software developers could do all tech users a big favor by slapping a moratorium on all non-security, feature-filled updates and upgrades until further notice.Call it "software distancing," but rather than make versions stand six feet apart force them to keep six months' separation.Why hold Windows 10 2004? Because we're busy, in case you haven't noticed Microsoft must be eager to dispatch Windows 10 2004, the year's spring feature upgrade: It's been working on the refresh for more than a year now. But really, what's the rush? After 13+ months of testing, testing and more testing, another half dozen isn't going to hurt.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Wayback Wednesday: So much for job security

The big insurance company where this pilot fish works buys up a small outfit that handles workers’ compensation claims.“The small outfit's sole customer was a city government, which was the only reason we bought it,” says fish. “The claims application was written in a PC DOS database.”The app's developer — who's also the former owner of the workers’ comp company — has written the app in such a way that, at the end of each year, he has to manually tweak all the menus to add the new year.So when fish’s company buys out the small outfit, the developer is kept on retainer for $12,000 per year to provide the necessary, er, maintenance.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
vSphere can supercharge your IT efficiency. This $59 course breaks it down

Efficiency is the name of the game in every business, no matter how big or small it may be; and the IT department isn’t immune from this pretty basic fact. That means knowing how to minimize things like equipment costs and downtime while improving accessibility should be of extreme importance to you ― especially if you need your IT career to extend beyond the here and now.That said, if you're not already familiar with vSphere, you owe it to yourself to start learning. The IT Professional’s VMware vSphere Deep Dive Course can give you the introduction you need, and it's on sale for only $59 today.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Videoconferencing vendors meet demands with free versions

As COVID-19 forces workers to remote offices, videoconferencing is becoming a lifeblood of business. These free videoconferencing offerings can help you meet the demand of the new work-at-home norm.

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08-04-2020
Five steps Microsoft should take RIGHT NOW to help us through the pandemic

Microsoft’s response to the COVID-19 threat has been admirable. From free six-month subscriptions to Teams and Bing’s COVID-19 tracker to enormous computing power for immunotherapy research to a joint project with the CDC on an assessment bot, Microsoft has more than lived up to its reputation for pitching in when times are bad.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
How to stay motivated when you work from home

I think it's fair to say that most humans are stressed out at the moment. In most countries, life has changed almost overnight and no matter how strong you think you are, managing transformation is challenging at the best of times.I’ve identified a few solutions that may help you push through that growing sense of fatigue to get things done.Take work home It seems that fewer than 50% of pupils in some U.S. schools are taking part in online learning sessions. This means they aren’t logging in, they aren’t completing assignments and they aren’t learning. This is particularly the case among low-income students for whom access to technology may be difficult.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
7 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

Let's face it: Email is inherently a bit of a pain. And while Google's Gmail service is generally pretty pleasant to use, it certainly has some room for improvement — especially on the mobile front.But as is so often the case with Google products, what you see isn't entirely what you get. The Gmail Android app has some super-useful hidden touches you've probably never noticed lurking beneath its surface — easily overlooked features that can make your mobile email experience more powerful, efficient, and effective.Here are seven such options worth uncovering — or maybe just remembering.1. Advanced email formatting commands The Gmail Android app's email composing screen seems like a pretty bare-bones affair, but long-press on any open space whilst writing a new email — and by golly, goodness goshness, look what you'll find:To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
Do’s and don’ts of videoconferencing security

When any technology sees its popularity increase quickly, the number of bad actors taking advantage of new and untrained users also grows. The world is seeing this now with videoconferencing services and applications, as reports about the popular Zoom app being hijacked — known as “Zoom-bombing” — have surfaced.With multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language, the FBI’s Boston office recently issued a warning for users of videoconferencing platforms about the incidents. Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs provided details on Zoom’s password problems and how hackers were able to use “war dialing” methods to discover meeting IDs and passwords for Zoom meetings.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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CyberLink Vol.137 Feb 2020

MAD Gaze raises US$18M to ramp up product R&D and 5G applications

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CyberLink Vol.136 Jan 2020

Cyberport spotlights digital trade finance and virtual banking at AFF 2020

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