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12-05-2021
Enterprises need to get smart about iOS security

The XcodeGhost malware attack that allegedly affected 128 million iOS users is an excellent illustration of the kind of sophisticated attack all users should get ready to defend against as platforms become inherently more secure.Designer label malware XcodeGhost was an intelligent exploit that presented itself as a malware-infested copy of Xcode made available via websites targeting Chinese developers. Developers in the region downloaded it because it was easier to get than the real code because local networks wereunreliable.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-05-2021
No matter the size of your business, you must take security seriously.

I recently wrote about using passwords correctly, and a reader replied: "I've been getting told this for years, but who's ever going to attack my 12-employee business?"This isn't the first time I've heard remarks like that. The answer is: "Who won't attack you!?"Hackers don’t care whether your annual revenue is in five figures or nine. They will target you. Indeed, if you're on the smaller size, you're more likely to be vulnerable because, chances are, you're an easier target. After all, as BullGuard CEO Paul Lipman said: "Small businesses are not immune to cyberattacks and data breaches and are often targeted specifically because they often fail to prioritize security."To read this article in full, please click here

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11-05-2021
How to block the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, version 21H1, from installing

It’s that semi-annual time again when a new Windows 10 feature update is imminent — and when you need to decide whether or not you want to participate in its unpaid beta testing process. Microsoft makes it easy for you to opt into beta testing, but not as easy to opt out.Sure, Microsoft says its Windows Insider program is its beta testing program for new releases of Windows 10, but I honestly consider that more of a mechanism for marketing new features. It’s only when a new Windows 10 feature release is offered up to the public — and begins to run on all of the different hardware that we have out here in Windowsland — that the true testing begins.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-05-2021
Microsoft, Mozilla plan new upgrade tactics for Edge, Firefox

Microsoft and Mozilla have spelled out steps they plan to take to streamline the upgrade process for their browsers, Edge and Firefox, respectively.In March, Microsoft announced it would change how the company updatsd Edge, noting that the current method, which relied on a utility best known for keeping Office applications up to date on Macs, would be awarded a browser-specific servicing module."It will solely be responsible for updating Edge-related products and will not be affected (e.g. blocked) by other pending product updates," Olivia Zhang, program manager, wrote in a March 10 post to a company blog. "Updates will happen automatically and silently, and no out-of-Edge notifications will be shown."To read this article in full, please click here

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11-05-2021
Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says

Shocked I am, shocked beyond words.A new study from Brigham Young University (BYU) found that a highly-touted smartphone capability claim from both Apple and Google is indeed complete nonsense. The feature, in this case, is Apple's Night Shift (and Android's Night Mode), which adjusts a device's screen to warmer hues, theoretically allowing users to get to sleep faster.BYU detailed the perception, the myth Apple and Google played upon, and then obliterated it."It’s widely believed that the emitted blue light from phones disrupts melatonin secretion and sleep cycles. To reduce this blue light emission and the strain on eyes, Apple introduced an iOS feature called Night Shift in 2016, a feature that adjusts the screen’s colors to warmer hues after sunset," BYU said in a statement. "Android phones soon followed with a similar option, and now most smartphones have some sort of night mode function that claims to help users sleep better. Until recently, claims of better sleep due to Night Shift have been theoretical. However, a new study from BYU challenges the premise made by phone manufacturers and found that the Night Shift functionality does not actually improve sleep" nor does it help people get to sleep any more quickly.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-05-2021
How to make Apple's Mail deliver more productivity

Apple gave its Mail app a small facelift in 2020, but it remains quite limited in comparison with other available email rivals. But you can get a little more from Mail with a little perseverance thanks to Rules.Here's how to get Mail to deliver more.What are Rules in Apple Mail? Mail supports Rules that are automatically applied to incoming messages. These rules can automate such functions as message forwarding, archiving, and more.There are some big limitations, however: You can’t create rules on iOS devices. While you can create rules on Macs, they will only be applied on that Mac. To create a rule that works and syncs across your Macs and iOS devices you must make it at iCloud.com. Unfortunately, this will only work with your iCloud mail. None of these restrictions is ideal, but if you use iCloud mail in your business (or just want to create an automated system to capture any business-related messages that may slip through your home account in this WFH-age) rules may help.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-05-2021
Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

It’s time again: with Patch Tuesday in sight, I always recommend pausing or delaying updates, and this month is no different. But the second Tuesday of May also brings to an end support for Windows 10 1909. If you want to receive updates for Windows 10 after May 11, you’ll need to make sure you’re running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2.So my first request on this Patch Tuesday week is that you check to see what exact version of Windows 10 you have installed, so you know you are still supported.Typically, there is a window of time when we can safely defer or delay updates and when businesses can test patches before rolling them out. The days of worm attacks where we had to immediately patch systems have long since passed. These days, attacks are typically done using phishing lures to gain access to a system; the weakest link isn’t necessarily software, it’s us,opening Office docs or other files that harvest credentials. If you are even a slightly savvy user, give yourself time to ensure that there are no patching side effects.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-05-2021
How to create a digital workplace

Because a secure, remote-work strategy has become essential for business resilience, IT organizations are increasingly thinking now about creating digital workplaces. But doing so means much more than enabling remote work via VPNs, using identity controls, and rolling out cloud-based applications.It also means devising a strategy that takes into account employee needs, regardless of location, in a way that ensures business moves forward smoothly.[ Related: When it’s time to return to the office, tech is key to success ] As companies worldwide grapple with what the post-pandemic workplace looks like, it’s important to understand the difference between a digital workplace and a digital workspace. They’re not the same thing. And whether  companies plan a full return to office, an all-remote staff, or something in between — the "hybrid workplace" — the core issues they face in setting strategy remain the same.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-05-2021
Apple, Earthlink and the digital transformation of everything

Can you imagine life without the internet?Yet, 23 years ago when Apple introduced the iMac, internet access was expensive and unreliable. Even so, then-CEO Steve Jobs was among the first to see that connectivity should be baked inside the product that you got.This is the story of Earthlink and Apple.The trends of change Back in ’98 when Apple’s returnee-interim CEO launched the iMac, the company had captured at least three computing trends that drove the product’s global success and pushed Apple into ascendancy:To read this article in full, please click here

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07-05-2021
Rethinking business as usual: How to thrive as a manager In the ‘20s

Disclosure: Dell is a client of the author.One of the things that makes Dell Technologies World, which took place this weerk, unlike other vendor events is the amount of non-vendor content. One year, the company had former President Bill Clinton talk about what was going on in the world; another time, a big topic was about how the next big thing in tech would be robotics; this year there was a Q&A with Bill Nye answering science questions for kids, and an interesting discussion on how life on Earth may have come from Mars.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-05-2021
The loneliness of the long-distance worker

Deborah Golden, who leads the U.S Cyber & Strategic Risk practice at Deloitte has a rule that any staff videoconferences held on a Friday must proceed with cameras off. Giving people permission not to apply makeup or put on a dress shirt is one small way of taking pressure off her remote workforce.“I’ve worked to find as many ways as I can to help relieve stress for colleagues and clients—and myself, candidly—and my ‘no video call Friday’ approach is among the most widely appreciated,” she said.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-05-2021
Podcast: How Apple v. Epic Games could force the App Store and iPhone to change forever

Apple and Epic Games, the developer behind the popular video game Fortnite, are in court over Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store. Epic Games attempted to bypass Apple's in-app purchasing system within Fortnite, violating App Store terms. Apple removed the game from the App Store as a result. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss how this court battle could force Apple to shake up the way it runs its App Store and how it could affect the identity of the iPhone. To read this article in full, please click here

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07-05-2021
10+ Microsoft Teams tips for Mac users

No one can deny that Zoom has been ascendant for collaboration in this video-centric world, but Microsoft Teams continues to be a go-to tool for many enterprises, which means a growing army of Mac users may need to learn how to get more done using it.These tips should help users gets more from Teams.Define an Urgent message When inside a chat, click on the exclamation sign below "Type New Message" and select "Urgent" in the message options menu. This is best used sparingly, as once you create an urgent message its recipients will receive a notification that it exists every two minutes for 20 minutes; that can become annoying if abused.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
3 wacky ways to make Android widgets more useful

Widgets, widgets, widgets. Has there ever been an Android feature so full of promise that's gone unloved by Google for so very long?Okay, so maybe there has been — erm, lots of times, actually. But even so, Android's widgets system is a perfect example of an exceptional advantage that Google basically buried, abandoned, and left on the brink of extinction up until its sudden revival in this year's upcoming Android 12 release. (And that revival, by the way, is happening for no apparent reason whatsoever. Just a totally random, unprompted change of heart after a decade of indifference. Riiiiiiiiight.)To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
Facebook's Workplace gets ‘Plugins,’ new app integrations

Facebook this week announced a handful of updates to its Workplace enterprise social network, including new video features and improved integrations with third-party applications.Among the features unveiled Tuesday are updates to a Live Q&A feature rolled out last year.  A presenter can now click on a question and get details about the person who asked it, making it easier to personalize a response. By clicking on the question, the presenter can also place it in the middle of the screen for hosts and the audience. (Employees will soon also be able to include their name pronunciation, helping to avoid mispronunciations during video Q&As.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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