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04-08-2021
This Vultur app takes malicious to the next level

A Netherlands security research firm has uncovered a new Android dropper app, dubbed Vultur, that delivers legitimate functionality, then silently shifts into malicious mode when it detects banking and other financial activities.Vultur, found by ThreatFabric, is a keylogger that captures financial institution credentials by piggybacking  on the current banking session and stealing funds right away — invisibly. And just in case the victim realizes what is happening, it locks down the screen.(Note: Always have your bank's phone number so that a direct call to a local branch might save your money — and keep the number on paper. If it's on your phone and the phone is locked, you're out of luck.)To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2021
Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference

This download accompanies our story Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet. See that article for detailed information on how to get the most out of Outlook for Microsoft 365/Office 365 in Windows.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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04-08-2021
Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet

There are countless ways to communicate electronically, including texting, social media, collaboration apps like Teams and Slack, and video software such as Zoom and Skype.Given the myriad ways you can get in touch with others, you may well think email is dead.Think again.Email, the mainstay of workplace communications, is stronger than ever. An estimated 306.4 billion emails were sent every day in 2020, according to Statista — a figure that the market research firm expects to grow to 376.4 billion daily emails by 2025.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2021
Is it finally time for Apple’s M1X MacBook Pro?

If you’ve been polishing your IT budgets in expectation of a new Apple iPhone this fall, you might also keep in mind the other bright light in this year’s product road map: the much-anticipated, M-powered MacBook Pros.The filings are in We’ve been hoping that Apple would introduce new pro-level notebooks all year, amid plenty of speculation these will run a souped-up M1X version of the already deeply impressive M1 Apple Silicon chip.In the prelude to WWDC 2021, many industry watchers were hoping very much that the company would make these Macs the highlight of the show — particularly as Apple had tagged its YouTube keynote presentation with an m1x macbook pro metatag.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2021
Microsoft: Use deadline policies and a 'cloud cadence mindset' for faster patching

Microsoft last week said the most important Windows policies enterprises can set to speed up Windows servicing are those configuring deadlines."Setting Compliance Deadlines is the most important policy that every enterprise who cares about achieving reliable update velocity should set," the Redmond, Wash. company said in the recently-published "Optimizing Windows 10 update adoption" document. (The document is included in this download, "Windows 10 Update Baseline," as a separate PDF.)[ Related: What enterprise needs to know about Windows 11 ] By setting deadline policies, IT admins determine how quickly the update components of Windows should complete the task. According to Microsoft, "These Windows components adapt their behavioral heuristics based on these deadlines in order to attempt to meet the stated deadline."To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2021
5 ways of dealing with a work-from-home business world

There are lots of reasons to think that working from home is intrinsically a good thing. But the dangerous combination of the vaccine-hesitant and the quick rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant means we won’t be getting back to the office anytime soon. Just ask Google, Facebook, Netflix, or the U.S. government, all of which are either delaying office reopenings or outright embracing remote work.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2021
Why Apple’s M1 iMac is an excellent enterprise desktop

Apple’s M1-powered 24-in. iMac takes up less space than a standard display, provides the kind of performance you once needed to spend upwards of $2,499 to get (at a fraction of the price), and looks great. Is this the ultimate enterprise desktop?What you get I spent a few weeks using one of Apple’s newest iMacs shortly after they were introduced, but circumstances beyond my control cut into my plans for a full review. There have already been many reviews, including these:To read this article in full, please click here

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02-08-2021
For Windows security, what we have is a failure to communicate

Microsoft last week reported $60 billion in profit and $165 billion in sales for its most recent quarter — with a staggering increase in cloud revenues. But that good news comes in a year when not a day goes by without reports of another security issue, another ransomware attack. Yes, Windows 11 will require hardware that should bring with it better security, but it comes at a price. Most users have systems that won’t support Windows 11, so we’ll be stuck using Windows 10.There seems to be a big disconnect between the reality (and financial success) of the Windows ecosystem and the reality for its users. We need more security now, not later.[ Related: What enterprise needs to know about Windows 11 ] For many people, malware often infiltrates systems via phishing lures and enticing links. Microsoft could serve users better by recommending security solutions we have on our systems now that aren’t enabled. Some of these settings don’t require additional licensing, while others are gated behind the holy grail of Windows licensing — the Microsoft 365 E5 license. While a user can purchase a single E5 license to get the included security enhancements, it raises a concern that Microsoft is starting to make security an add-on to the OS rather than built in. I remember when Microsoft talked up “Secure by Design,” “Secure by Default,” and “Secure in Deployment and Communication" (also known as SD3+C). Now, instead, it is touting security solutions with its E5 licensing rather than those already in Windows that could protect us better.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-08-2021
3 solid project management apps for iOS and Mac

Have you ever wondered why wedding planners can charge so much?To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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30-07-2021
Apple’s BYOD improvements will save time for IT

Apple announced numerous enterprise-focused enhancements in its operating systems at WWDC, all of which business users will get to use this fall. But some we’ve not looked at too closely yet include tools to balance privacy with managed IDs.Managed Apple ID improves dramatically Appe’s most important improvement is its all-new declarative device management system. The big idea behind this is to move device management from being reactive to becoming declarative, which gets the device itself to ensure it remains secure.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2021
This SQL master class bundle is temporarily discounted to just $20

Everyone knows about the data sciences. Few, however, truly appreciate all that the job entails. Put in the most simple of terms, data scientists turn seemingly useless bits of information into knowledge and wisdom. This is why they are paid so well and are constantly in demand. Want to learn more about it? Then the Complete 2021 SQL Master Class Bundle is a wise next step.The Complete 2021 SQL Master Class Bundle features seven courses that introduce students to the dynamic world of data sciences. They’ll receive an introduction to database development, discover the role of an SQL server, and learn how to write data queries using structured query language. And while we agree that this all sounds very technical, the courses are actually presented in a beginner-friendly way which means virtually anyone can make sense of it.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2021
Tech innovators pivot to support the post-COVID workplace

Plenty of firms have been busy over the past year building new products or enhancing existing ones to support a distributed workforce, virtual collaboration, and socially distanced office space. Over the next two newsletters, I’ll be looking at a few of their inventions that particularly impressed me. This week we look at how technology will change the way we meet.The Brady Bunch modelOne thing Covid has taught us is that the technology we used to use to accommodate remote participants into meetings, well, sucked. The audio quality of most legacy conference bridges was awful, forcing dialed-in workers to struggle to hear or speak. They couldn’t see what was going on in the room and, lacking a visual presence, were easily forgotten.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2021
3 near-term tech advances that could change the future

(Disclosure: most of the companies mentioned are clients of the author.)The pandemic has had a fascinating impact on the speed of change in IT.  We connect remotely now more than ever before. We have a real chance for videoconferencing to finally do what it always promised — eliminate most business travel, including the morning commute. Tech companies in Silicon Valley have turned this into a massive hiring advantage: by hiring people who work remotely, they pay less than they otherwise would while offering salaries far above what they’d get locally. It’s an ironic win/win for both sides.  The business changes foisted upon companies by Covid-19 have also led to advances in other areas that could soon disrupt much of what we do. Those areas are conversational computing, ambient computing, and Cloud PCs.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-07-2021
Podcast: Global chip shortage affects Apple and the iPhone

The semiconductor shortage has wreaked havoc on manufacturers, and Apple will soon feel pinch. In the company's Q3 earnings call, chief executive Tim Cook said that supply constraints around "legacy nodes" will affect iPhone sales. These "legacy nodes" include chips for the display, ports and audio, not the A- and M-series processors that Apple designs for its devices. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis discuss how the chip shortage will affect Apple, why Apple is considering using its own chips in monitors and other revelations from the earnings call. To read this article in full, please click here

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29-07-2021
How to give your phone an Android-12-inspired privacy upgrade

Android 12 sure is an onion of an update, wouldn't ya say?Now, don't get me wrong: I'm not suggesting it's fragrant, likely to make you cry, or positively delicious when cooked in a stir-fry. (That'd be one heck of a piece of software!) I just mean that it has lots of layers to it, including some that are beneath the surface and impossible to see when you're only glancing from afar.Android 12 is full of changes both big and small, in fact — and while many of its most noticeable external elements will be limited to Google's own Pixel phones, some of the improvements tucked away in those sticky lower layers are arguably the most important changes of all.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol. 154 Jul 2021

Cyberport Macro Fund invests in five Cyberport Start-ups 

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CyberLink Vol. 153 Jun 2021
Rotary International and Cyberport Join Hands to Create Smart Park
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CyberLink Vol. 152 May 2021

Animoca Brands hits unicorn status with US$88M+ capital raise

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