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17-04-2021
The Patch Tuesday focus for April: Windows and Exchange (again)

On Tuesday, MIcrosoft rolled out another broad series of updates across its Windows ecosystems, including four vulnerabilities affecting Windows that have been publicly disclosed and one security flaw — reportedly exploited already — that affects the Windows kernel. That means the Windows updates get our highest “Patch Now” rating, and if you have to manage Exchange servers, be aware that the update requires additional privileges and extra steps to complete.It also looks as if Microsoft has announced a new way to deploy updates to any device, wherever it is located, with the Windows Update for Business Service. For more information on this cloud-based management service, you can check out this Microsoft video or this Computerworld FAQ. I have included ahelpful infographic which this month looks a little lopsided (again) as all of the attention should be on the Windows and Exchange components.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
BrandPost: Even With Windows Autopilot, Enterprises Face Device Configuration Challenges

As enterprises move to modern IT management, where users get a more streamlined, “mobile-like” experience with their computing devices, many are running into challenges with the time it takes to fully configure new devices.With Windows Autopilot, customers exit the image creation and maintenance business. Instead, they purchase devices with a corporate-ready image, such as Windows and Office, and deliver the devices to their employees. When an employee turns on the new PC, it configures itself from a cloud-based profile, registers in Azure Active Directory, and enrolls into a modern, unified endpoint management platform such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Appogee becomes one-stop shop for enterprise iOS deployment

The Apple-focused enterprise services market continues to evolve. Case in point: Apple-only value-added-reseller Appogee is now offering a fully-managed iOS hardware deployment thanks to an arrangement with TRUCE Software.A one-stop enterprise mobile shop At its simplest, this means enterprises choosing to deploy iOS devices across their business can approach Appogee to purchase, deploy, and create contextually-aware management tools for these new fleets. The system integrates tools from both TRUCE and Jamf and means businesses can accelerate their mobile strategy, and do so while ensuring their own policies can be enforced on a device and user basis.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Lenovo’s global employee kickoff: The evolution of company meetings?

Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.When I first started in technology, I worked for ROLM Systems and our employee events were largely weekly: we’d get together on Friday afternoons for beer, snacks, and updates.  All-hands meetings were  less frequent and required travel; they were nowhere near as much fun but just as critical for understanding top-level strategy and my role within it. (I was less a fan of these because I’d often end up getting a virus — large crowds and finger food are a danger — and spending a week to recover every other time.)But big events often get employees, particularly sales employees, fired up and motivated. And  they help create critical connections we often need to complete a task or progress as an employee. I’ve been wondering how companies are handling these things during the pandemic, so I was excited to be invited to Lenovo’s all-hands meeting virtually.  It was nicely done, given the limitations of technology.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Podcast: What to expect at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event

Apple is holding a spring event after all. After weeks of speculation and rumors, Apple announced it will host a virtual event, titled Spring Loaded, on April 20. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss what Apple may announce at the event. Rumors suggest Apple may release a new iPad Pro, a new Apple Pencil or maybe even an Apple Silicon iMac. To read this article in full, please click here

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15-04-2021
With Parallels, Apple continues to make superior Windows PCs

You know things have changed when one of the fastest ways to run Windows is to run it using Parallels Desktop on an M1 Mac and Microsoft brings in Apple Silicon support for its own Remote Desktop application.The fastest Windows PC? Get a Mac Parallels now offers native Apple Silicon support in Parallels Desktop 16. As anticipated, this extends to various ARM-based Linux installations (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Kali) and also to Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-04-2021
2 big questions to ask about Google and privacy

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's become a teensy bit trendy to trash Google and its position on privacy these days.This wiggly ol' web of ours has always spent a fair amount of energy focusing on how Google uses personal data, of course — and that's a good thing. We absolutely should be aware of how companies do and don't tap into our information.Lately, though, the conversation has turned especially heated, with a growing chorus of virtual voices suggesting it's time to ditch this-or-that Google service because of how it handles privacy and (insert spooky horror music and/or Sting ballad here) watches every move you make.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-04-2021
This $1,600 game development e-training bundle is just $40 today

Got an idea for a cool new game but aren’t sure how to bring it to life? Then The 2021 Complete Learn to Code by Making Games in Unity Bundle, offered now at over 90 percent off the original value, may be right up your alley.The 2021 Complete Learn to Code by Making Games in Unity Bundle offers a beginner-friendly introduction to the world of game development. It introduces students to popular development tools like Construct 3 and Unity, coding with Python, and art design with Blender. And since every single course is delivered by Mammoth Interactive — a well-known game producer with dozens of titles to their credit — students will be learning from the best of the best.To read this article in full, please click here

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14-04-2021
OmniPlan 4 offers powerful project management for Mac, iPhone, iPad

Businesses running primarily on Macs, iPads and iPhones can now wield a powerful new project management tool with the release of OmniPlan 4 for iPad and iPhone.What is OmniPlan? OmniPlan is a well-designed tool from one of the world’s most experienced Mac developers, the Omni Group. As a former NEXTSTEP consulting company, the firm has roots in the Mac platform that predate macOS; it has introduced apps for Apple’s platform since day one.To read this article in full, please click here

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14-04-2021
FAQ: Microsoft preps Windows Update for Business as go-to enterprise servicing tool

At its Ignite developers conference in March, Microsoft issued a host of announcements — some new, some more akin to status updates — about new features and functionality for IT to manage Windows, enough that it required a recorded list all its own just to keep everyone clear.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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13-04-2021
Apple and Google reject UK COVID-19 app

Apple and Google have been forced to reject the UK’s latest COVID-19 Test and Trace app update because it failed to follow privacy rules the nation had already agreed to follow in order to use the frameworks the tech firms provide.Keeping deals In line with World Health Organization (WHO) advice to test widely and act fast in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks, Apple and Google moved quickly at the beginning of the pandemic to develop a private-by-design Exposure Notifications system the world’s health authorities could use to build digital track-and-trace systems.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-04-2021
The Microsoft-Nuance Deal: A new push for voice technology?

Microsoft's decision to acquire speech-recognition firm Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion, the company's biggest purchase since forking out $26 billion for LinkedIn, could provide a real boost for voice technology, analysts said.“There are lots of companies, and start-ups, doing voice recognition, but Nuance has been a leader in this area for years," said Blair Pleasant, president and principal analyst for COMMfusion." It has the technology, partnerships, customers, and expertise needed to further succeed and grow."To read this article in full, please click here

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13-04-2021
5 hidden Pixel features for smarter calling

Pixel phones are filled with efficiency-enhancing Google intelligence, and one area that's all too easy to overlook is the way the devices can improve the act of actually talking on your cellular telephone.Talking on your phone, you say? What is this, 1987?! Believe me, I get it, Vanilli. We're all perpetually busy creatures these days, and the timeless art of speaking to another human on your mobile device can seem both archaic and annoying.But hear me out: Here in the real world, placing or accepting (or maybe even just avoiding) a good old-fashioned phone call is occasionally inescapable. That's especially true in the world of business, but it's also apparent in other areas of life — from dialing up a restaurant to confirm your carnitas are ready to dodging your Uncle Ned's quarterly regards-sending check-ins. (No offense, Ned. I never dodge your calls. Really. Send my regards to Aunt Agnes.)To read this article in full, please click here

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13-04-2021
When online suites go down, we need options not on the cloud

Last week, Office 365 and a host of other Microsoft services went down because of a DNS foul-up. Just yesterday, it was Google Docs going down for the count. And, in both cases, there were many cries of outrage from users.Enough, already.I know there's nothing new about Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) failures. They happen all the time. I just wrote about this very subject last month. But the latest failures hit home.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-04-2021
Why 16 is the new 8 for Windows 10

The other day, the topic of RAM — and what’s the minimum amount needed now for a Windows 10 computer — came up in a Facebook IT consultant-based group I’m part of. Not long ago, for a nicely functioning Windows 10 machine, 4GB of RAM was fine. Then as we started to move more things to the cloud and turned to the Chrome browser to access websites, that was no longer enough. Fast forward to now, and the consensus is that the bare minimum is 16GB — primarily due to the new memory-hog de jour: Microsoft Teams.Teams relies on the Electron platform and is actually a web-based application in the background. That means you may need to do some tweaking to get it to behave on lower-RAM machines. I recommend, among other Teams suggestions, disabling the Outlook add-in; disabling hardware acceleration; adjusting the page file settings; and, of course, adding more RAM.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol. 151 April 2021

Cyberport Professional Services Network launched to support start-ups’ advanced growth

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CyberLink Vol. 150 Mar 2021

Cyberport Virtual Career Fair returned with more openings and new GBA opportunities

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CyberLink Vol. 149 Feb 2021

Cyberport returns to the Asian Financial Forum to cast a spotlight on InsurTech

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