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05-12-2019
Mozilla in trouble? 2018 revenue fell 20%, expenses exceed income for first time

Mozilla's revenue in 2018 fell by nearly 20% compared to the year prior, and for the first time expenses outweighed income, the organization said in its annual financial report.The nonprofit behind Firefox implied that the apparent downturn was misleading because of the comparison to record revenue of the year before. "2017 was an outlier, due in part to changes in the search revenue deal that was negotiated that year," Mozilla said in the "State of Mozilla 2018" report published on its website.[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] Mozilla also asserted that the revenue decline would not affect its work. "Despite the year-over-year change, Mozilla remains in a strong financial position with cash reserves to support continued innovation, partnerships and diversification of the Firefox product lines," the organization wrote.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Throwback Thursday: Bank error in your favor, collect $100,000

It’s the late 1980s, and this pilot fish is working as a teller at small suburban bank with a few branches.“Automation is catching on, but slowly,” says fish. “We have terminals to process deposits, withdrawals and money orders — but at the end of the day, the branch manager still takes our totals and enters them into a handwritten ledger.”The terminals use a text-based menu for everything, but for some operations that require a manager’s approval — say, printing a cashier's check — the manager must walk over, hold down an override key and type in a password to let the teller access the check-printing menu.Fish notices that the console beeps now and then during the password process. But it doesn’t happen every time, and there’s no pattern he can detect.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Microsoft’s Intune is now Endpoint Manager: What is it, and how well does the UEM tool work?

As businesses look to give employees flexible work environments, whether on desktops or mobile devices, in the office or out in the field, IT shops have had to scramble to consolidate the management of hardware using a single console.With that IT goal in mind, Microsoft in 2011 launched its Intune cloud service to address the emerging enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of the workplace.After eight years, Microsoft decided to combine its Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform with its System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), enabling users to access both with just one interface.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Microsoft’s JEDI contract move: Those are not the cloud providers you’re looking for

Microsoft surprised most of the tech and political world when it was awarded a 10-year, $10 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project to transform the military’s use of the cloud. Amazon, IBM, Oracle and Google had all been in the running, with Amazon thought to be the front-runner because it is the world’s largest cloud provider and had already built a cloud system for the Central Intelligence Agency.After Microsoft received the contract, plenty of people expressed the belief that President Trump had intervened to make sure Amazon didn’t win it, pointing to his constant criticism of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. Fueling the speculation was a book published by a speechwriter for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, which claimed that Trump wanted to freeze Amazon out of the contract.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
How Apple is already part of Industry 4.0

Apple has entered manufacturing infrastructure with its products seeing wide deployment as industrial technology moves into what’s called Industry 4.0 – connected systems augmented by AR and mobile solutions.Smart, connected machines The introduction of the iPhone and the subsequent debut of other advanced mobile devices acted as a clarion call.The ability to work remotely doesn’t just apply to humans, but also to machines. Smart, connected industrial infrastructure is the inevitable result. Analysts call this “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” hence, “Industry 4.0”.What sort of real-world implications do these technologies have? Here’s some ideas:To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
TD Ameritrade cuts email use by 30% after Slack rollout

Email has long been the go-to tool for internal communications. But ensuring the right information gets to the right employee can be challenging – particularly for companies with thousands of employees across different locations.At TD Ameritrade, email was central to corporate and team communications – and workers sometimes felt bombarded with messages not particularly relevant to their jobs, according to Neal Obermeyer, senior manager for digital workplace and channel effectiveness for the company.[ Further reading: 10 tips for preventing Slack burnout ] At the same time, employees sometimes missed out on important conversations going on via email, with “choke points” getting in the way. “Information in email is essentially useless to anybody who is not in the conversation,” said Obermeyer. “As far as our organizational intelligence goes, information in email might as well not exist.”To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
Wayback Wednesday: If it works, don’t knock it

As pilot fish is installing a new workstation, he notices something sitting on the stack of paper in a nearby printer.“It was a piece of coral,” says fish, “so I took it out.”Give it to me, says a user who sees what fish has done, and she puts the piece of coral back, explaining that it’s needed to hold the top of the tray up so the printed sheets don’t fall to the floor.Fish removes the coral again and flips over the tray extension. User is amazed.Sharky knows printers need healing crystals, not corals. Send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 hits late wall, stalls

Microsoft customers last month pressed "pause" in their migrations from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as the adoption of the latter stalled for the first time since February.According to data published Sunday by analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share of all personal computers slumped a full percentage point - breaking a string of four straight months of gains of a point or more - to end November with 53.3%. Windows 10's portion of the user share of all Windows PCs fell seven-tenths of a point, to 62%.(The percentage of Windows PCs (62%) is larger than the percentage of all personal computers (53.3%) because Windows does not run every desktop and notebook. In November, Windows powered 86.1% of the world's personal computers. Of the remainder, all but a quarter of one percent ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, with Apple's operating system the largest, by far, of those.)To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
An interesting Inbox-like delivery option for Gmail

Hard to believe, but it was just this past year that Google pulled the plug on its once-promising Inbox service.And you know what? While Inbox itself may be nothing more than a memory at this point, I'm still constantly thinking about ways to make my current inbox — the one that exists within Gmail — more organized and efficient. And more often than not, that involves coming up with crafty workarounds to bring Inbox-like elements back from the dead and into that environment.I've talked before about how I still save links and reminders into my inbox — two core Inbox-esque elements that I recreated within Gmail and now use almost every day. On the desktop front, meanwhile, a series of interface adjustments and an invaluable extension made by a former Google designer go a long way in enhancing my email adventures and allowing me to retain at least a little bit of sanity whilst staring at message after incoming message.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves – with a few exceptions

What a relief. The only major patching problem for November came from Office, not Windows. We had a handful of completely inscrutable patches – including two .NET non-security previews that apparently did nothing – but that’s the worst of it.November saw the last security patch for Win10 version 1803. Win10 version 1909 got released, gently. We also had a much-hyped “exploited” zero-day security hole in Internet Explorer (again) that didn’t amount to a hill of beans (again).To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2019
Apple’s Pro Display XDR sets the bar for pro displays

If you want to see the future of Apple displays, then you don’t need to look far for reference as the company prepares to introduce its reference monitor for the rest of us, the Pro Display XDR.Apple’s under-rated jewel Introduced at WWDC I was fortunate enough to look at the Pro Display XDR in real world use, as a photography tool, for video editing, music creation and other professional workflow scenarios.I was also given the chance to see the display in use beside a range of reference displays from other manufacturers, some of which cost almost ten times as much as Apple’s far more affordable $5,000 price tag for the system.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2019
Good tech talent is still hard to find (how to bridge the gap)

Companies have big plans for digital transformation, but the lack of skilled IT talent remains an obstacle. Here’s how to cope.

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03-12-2019
Microsoft Word for Android (and iOS) cheat sheet

Microsoft’s Word mobile app passed a milestone over the summer: the Android version has been downloaded more than one billion times, according to the Google Play Store. Apple doesn’t provide download figures on its App Store, but with more than 608,000 ratings, the iOS version of Word is clearly popular as well.How to share a documentTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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03-12-2019
Sometimes you win one

This big bank has its DR/BCP systems located across the river, and it decides to move the IT portion from one city to another several miles away, says pilot fish. The vendor in charge of this move says it’s going to take a few months to get the new comms lines up, and then it will order a new set of servers for the new site, and then it will set them up — all of which will take a few more months.Once the lines are in, fish has friendly chat with a systems engineer at the vendor, a take-charge type of guy. They conspire to meet at the old site, where they disconnect servers and cart them down to the engineer’s own car. Once it’s loaded to the ceiling, they head off to the new site. There, they cart it all up to the new DR cage and hook it all up to the new lines. The engineer logs in, makes IP address adjustments, and soon the bank has one of its two backup systems up and running in the new location.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-12-2019
Top web browsers 2019: No end in sight for Firefox's losses

If Firefox were a ship, it would be becalmed on a flat sea, loosened seams leaking faster than the hand-worked pumps can empty the bilge, passengers springing overboard and swimming toward other vessels - those with sails bearing rivals' logos.According to data published Sunday by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox's share for November slumped to 8.2%, down half a percentage point. It was the seventh month in the last 12 in which Firefox spilled share, the fifth where the loss amounted to a half point or more.From 2005, when Firefox was scratching its way out of the single digits in an insurrection against Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), the browser has posted lower shares only three times, all in a short stretch of 2016 when Firefox bottomed out at 7.7%. That time, the browser clawed back to 13% (in October 2017) before again shrinking.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.134 Nov 2019

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum unveiled the New Frontier of Tech Venturing

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CyberLink Vol.133 Oct 2019

Stellar speaker line-up at Cyberport Venture Capital Forum 2019 unveiled

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CyberLink Vol.132 Sep 2019

Save the Date - Cyberport Venture Capital Forum 2019 returns this November

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