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27-05-2020
Use of cloud collaboration tools surges and so do attacks

Some industries have seen increases in cloud-related threat events rise as much as 1,350% since the COVID-19 crisis began.

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26-05-2020
How to make the most of Android's new Assistant add-on

Sometimes, it's the smallest-seeming announcements that have the biggest real-world impact. And there's no better example of that than a decidedly muted Android- and Assistant-related rollout plopped out by Google just before the U.S. holiday weekend.You'd be forgiven for failing to notice — or maybe for seeing a passing mention of the news and then just casually scratching your fibula and moving on. Do me a favor, though, and pause all itch-related activity for a moment, because this announcement truly does deserve your attention — especially if you're a fan of potential-filled productivity boosters (and who among us isn't?!).The item in question is an innocuous-seeming little somethin' called Action Blocks — about as uninspiring of a name as one could imagine, I know. And if most of us needed more reason to ignore it, it showed up as part of a meandering Google blog about "accessibility updates" — which, suffice it to say, isn't exactly the type of topic that screams "HEY! THIS IS A TIME-SAVING, EFFICIENCY-ENHANCING FEATURE FOR EVERYONE!"To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Apple’s big iOS 14 leak is just business as usual

The story is that an early developmental build of iOS 14 has somehow escaped into the wild. So why do we know so little about it?What happened? To paraphrase the elements of the claims: An unnamed individual purchased and then distributed the iOS 14 software. The software was extracted from a developmental iPhone 11 running an internal build of the iOS 14. The hardware was purchased from a Chinese vendor. The OS was then distributed among hackers and security researchers. Information concerning the software then began to leak, principally from the big Mac rumor sites, with 9to5Mac mentioned in the report. “Leaked Apple code, documentation, and hardware is often traded on Twitter using a hashtag called #AppleInternals." We don’t know who purchased and shared the code. Was it a competitor? Was it a journalist? Follow the money. What we know about iOS 14 The strange thing is that despite the operating system apparently being in circulation since February, all we really know about it is this:To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Mystery solved

Company where this pilot fish works is having a bit of a problem with non-deterministic load times in the data warehouse. If the load runs normally, even with heavy volume, everything is done by about 9 a.m., which means management can see their reports just around the time they’re having their morning coffee.But the load doesn’t always run normally. In fact, a system problem during the night can set things back by as much as six hours, which management finds unacceptable. So various measures are taken to get the load to run in less time: Users are kicked off the system, priorities are rejiggered and so on.Nothing works. The load processes just don’t seem to take advantage of the resources made available to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing

Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004: Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half of the year holds only minor changes. Microsoft hasn’t committed to the new tick-tock model, but all evidence points in that direction. Microsoft doesn’t cram a new version of Windows down your throat, like it used to. (Don’t get me started on the surprise! forced 1703 to 1709 upgrades.) Windows 10 version 2004 continues in the same mode, but with an unusual difference. Instead of getting a full-fledged “tick’s” worth of changes, what we’re seeing is more of a whimper. In addition to the usual promises of faster and better, and maybe a Search that actually works, we’re also seeing a demotion (er, realignment) of Cortana, better Windows Subsystem for Linux, and Windows Hello working in Safe Mode. Be still my beating heart.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-05-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Did they say anything about an offer you couldn’t refuse?

After working for a company that provides services to regional automobile dealerships such as sales, financing and inventory-control software, this pilot fish leaves to start his own company.Shortly after that, he gets a call from a dealership that’s a client of his old employer.“They heard I now owned a small software-development business,” says fish. “They’re interested in dumping the old company and want to know if I can develop competing software for them.”That sounds like a good opportunity to expand his business, so fish sets up a meeting.Turns out the assignment is simple: The dealership wants software just like what fish’s former employer provides.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-05-2020
Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would notify you if you had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In practice, public health authorities will have to encourage around 60% people in a given state or country to download the app in order to meaningfully conduct contact tracing/exposure notification. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and PCWorld/Macworld’s Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss Apple and Google’s unprecedented collaboration, privacy concerns and how state and federal governments will utilize the API. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
In brief: Microsoft's Fluid Framework documents explained

With users now able to get their hands on Microsoft's latest document format - rolled out under the umbrella of the Fluid Framework - the company is hoping it can deliver on its promises of better productivity and collaboration online.The Fluid Framework was announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference in 2019, and at Build 2020 - a virtual-only event this year - the company made the format available for user preview for Microsoft 365 Enterprise and education subscribers enrolled in Targeted Release. It's also available as open source software; Microsoft said the code and SDK will be available on GitHub soon.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
How will Apple replace FaceID now we’re wearing masks?

Apple’s FaceID just isn’t what it used to be. Millions of iPhone users are wearing masks, which means we need to enter passcodes manually, making Touch ID more relevant than before.Apple recognises the challenge We know Apple appreciates the problems of wearing masks during the pandemic.Apple’s iOS 13.5 update now understands when you are wearing a mask and immediately defaults to the manual passcode screen when using FaceID on an iPhone.This answers a pressing need, but also shows us how great technology can be overtaken by events.Is the age of FaceID over? FaceID is such a useful technology. A glance at your display and your iPhone springs into life.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Facebook’s Workplace embraces video, touts new users amid pandemic

Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration offering, got a variety of new features this week designed to strengthen the platform and help users better collaborate during the ongoing pandemic.As for Workplace, Facebook said the app now has more than 5 million paid users – with 2 million added since October 2019. That pace of growth is in line with reports from other collaboration and videoconferencing companies, which have rapidly gained new users this year during the COVID-19 outbreak.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Flashback Friday: You can’t give that stuff away

It’s the 1990s, and this very big nonprofit hospital has 20 years’ worth of computer equipment when it decides to spend $20 million to replace several independent systems with one unified system.As a new IT supervisor, this pilot fish’s first task is to get rid of piles of the outdated equipment.So he makes a few phone calls — first to the local community college, and next to the high school superintendent. Could you use some old equipment for your PC training classes? he asks.The quick response from the cash-strapped administrators: “Yes, thank you!”Fish and his team go to work identifying what needs to go. They look. They find. The gear piles up.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
How PaaS could drive sustainability into the PC market

PaaS, or “PCs-as-a-Service,” is a concept we’ve been chasing under different terms ever since we moved from mainframes and terminals. The irony is that back when the mainframe was dominant, computing was a service. You didn’t initially buy a mainframe; you leased it and effectively paid for monthly. Then a focus on short-term profits kicked in and hardware went from predominantly leased to predominantly sold. That change turned what was a surprisingly green technology industry into the forklift upgrade, anything-but-green alternative we have today. PaaS is the result of our desperate plea to go back to that more sustainable past.[ Keep up on the latest thought leadership, insights, how-tos, and analysis on IT through Computerworld’s newsletters. ] At the moment, no one is doing PaaS right – outside of cable companies who still mainly operate on that model and are becoming obsolete.  But cloud services, virtual operating systems, 5G, and an increasing desire to save the planet are driving us back to a mainframe-like model, albeit with entirely different hardware. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Get $2,300 worth of pro coder training for just $39

You probably have more free time right now than you’re typically accustomed to. And that can actually be a good thing, especially if you’ve been meaning to pick up a new skill. If coding is something you've been looking to dive into, The 2020 Learn to Code Certification Bundle is a solid resource, especially now that it's on sale for over 90% off its usual price.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
Set your brand up for success with a .tech domain extension

Imagine this. You’ve finally completed your brand new app that’s going to revolutionize the way we live. You’ve even come up with a catchy name that meshes perfectly with your app and no other company has laid claim to. Unfortunately, someone from the ’90s already built a .com website with the domain name you want to use. What’s worse, that website isn’t even in use anymore!You don’t have to be a mobile app developer to relate. Perhaps you’re a freelance coder with a generic name who wants to showcase your portfolio, or you might be an agency specializing in tech clients. Whatever the case, you need a domain extension that illustrates what you’re all about, and it needs to be available. So why not use “.tech”? Right now, you can get your own .tech domain extension starting at just $7.99 per year. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-05-2020
3 must-have Google Meet add-ons

Got Meet? Google's recently rebranded videoconferencing service may be a confusing mess when it comes to its purpose and positioning, but it sure is simple and effective — not to mention secure — to use.Now, is it strictly for teams or also for regular consumer use? When you should use it as opposed to Duo, Google's increasingly overlapping other video chat service? I'm not sure that anyone, least of all Google, can fully answer those questions at the moment. And I'm not entirely convinced we won't see even more muddled messaging in this area as the months wear on.To read this article in full, please click here

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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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CyberLink Vol.139 Apr 2020

Cyberport’s First Virtual Career Fair attracted 9,000+ job applications

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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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