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21-09-2020
iOS 14: What’s new for enterprise IT?

Apple has introduced a selection of interesting improvements for iOS and Mac admins in the recently introduced iOS 14, including new APIs for mobile device management (MDM) and usability improvements.The easy (but good) stuff One of the better enhancements is the introduction of choice. iPhone and iPad users can now choose which web browser and/or email app they want to use. While Safari is highly secure (and more secure in the latest OS iterations), the real beauty of this improvement is in email, as enterprises built around use of Microsoft Office will now be able to standardize on use of Outlook on enterprise mobile devices. The process is pretty simple: Install the app you want to use and then set it as default in application Settings on the device.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-09-2020
iOS 14: What’s new for enterprise IT?

Apple has introduced a selection of interesting improvements for iOS and Mac admins in the recently introduced iOS 14, including new APIs for mobile device management (MDM) and usability improvements.The easy (but good) stuff One of the better enhancements is the introduction of choice. iPhone and iPad users can now choose which web browser and/or email app they want to use. While Safari is highly secure (and more secure in the latest OS iterations), the real beauty of this improvement is in email, as enterprises built around Microsoft Office will now be able to standardize on Outlook on enterprise mobile devices. The process is pretty simple: Install the app you want to use and then set it as default in application Settings on the device.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-09-2020
The state of ethnic minorities in U.S. tech: 2020

The tech industry has been talking about increasing minority participation for decades — I wrote my first story on the topic for an IEEE Computer Society magazine in 1990, and things have changed little since then.This year, B2B review site TrustRadius surveyed employees at both tech providers and IT organizations to find out the status of ethnic minorities in the tech industry, and sought out minority voices for a direct take. The People of Color Tech Report released today drew 1,207 respondents, 53% of whom identified as people of color: 16% were Black, 16% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 5% Indigenous, and 7% other non-White, such as mixed-race.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-09-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: An ounce of prevention is worth a pounding headache

A very large thunderstorm is headed for this company’s data center, and there’s reason to worry, says a pilot fish working there.The company is the product of several mergers back in the late ’90s, when it was decided that the newest data center would be the new company’s production data center. That particular data center was, of course, built for a much smaller company than the merged entity, so it had to be immediately expanded.Laments fish: “In the intervening years, the quantity of servers and network and disk hardware in the data center increased rapidly, but the UPS and emergency generator didn’t keep up with the growth.”Nonetheless, with that big storm on the way, a high-level manager overrides the advice of the technical support team and decides to switch the data center over to emergency power, rather than risk the possibility that the city power could be disrupted.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-09-2020
The NVIDIA-Arm merger could change how we work

If the merger between Arm and NVIDIA is approved (I expect Great Britain, the EU, and China will have reservations), the result could be a massive change in AI capability. And, given that Arm is dominant in mobile devices and IoT, and NVIDIA is dominant in both graphics and AI training, it's a merger that could have a dramatic impact on how we work as well.We’ve had several efforts, most recently from Dell and Microsoft, to integrate smartphones with PCs. But there has been no dedicated bridge hardware vendor yet.  Yes, Microsoft seems to be working in that direction with its Surface Duo, but it is a niche product and if it does go mainstream, it likely won’t be until its third version.  Qualcomm could do this, but its Always Connected PC effort is just getting off the ground – even though the company does have critical mass with cell phones. Even so,  Qualcomm doesn’t seem that interested in blending the two concepts. To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Mozilla tightens belt, folds two Firefox services

A year and a half after launching the free file-sharing service Firefox Send, Mozilla canned the concept, part of a retrenchment that began this summer when the organization laid off a quarter of its workforce.Firefox Notes, another service that got its start from the Test Pilot program, also went under the knife Thursday. Notes will be decommissioned on Android Nov. 1, and Mozilla will not provide security updates to the desktop browser's add-on after that date."As Mozilla tightens and refines its product focus in 2020, today we are announcing the end of life for two legacy services that grew out of the Firefox Test Pilot program," Mozilla said in an unsigned post to its primary blog.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Q&A: NearForm CCO Larry Breen on contacting-tracing apps

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, governments around the world have highlighted the importance of contact-tracing apps to monitor infection levels, let people know when they may have been exposed and as a pre-cursor to a safe return to the office.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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18-09-2020
The worst version of Windows ever released

Twenty years ago this month Microsoft released a stink bomb of an operating system, Windows Me. Unstable, unloved and unusable, that was Windows Me. Many people believe it was the worst version of Windows ever built.The anniversary got me thinking: Was Windows Me really the worst Windows ever, or was it outdone by other notable flops?I’ve used every version of Windows since the Windows 1.x version that shipped with the desktop publishing program Aldus PageMaker (later Adobe PageMaker), so I’ve had plenty of experience with the best and worst of Windows. Here’s my list of the worst three Windows versions of all time. I’m offering them in order of ascending horribleness, so you’ll have to wait to get to the bottom of the article to find the worst of the worst.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Flashback Friday: Let’s review: Step 1 …

This pilot fish sets up a point-of-sale system for a local restaurant that’s moving into a new location, but two days later, one of the owners calls and says the system isn’t working. They’re getting a message on one of the stations that it can’t connect to the server.Any problems with the server? asks fish.“I don’t think so, but it’s turned off right now.”Fish: I have a suggestion … To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Foldable smartphones are important, even if you never get one

Samsung recently announced its second-generation Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G and Microsoft announced its Surface Duo foldable devices. Others have tried foldables in the past with limited success (LG, Huawei, Motorola), so why push these out these now?The market for smartphones has gone tepid, with overall sales falling (and not just because of COVID-19). With little incentive to upgrade due to a lack of major compelling new features, couple with increasing prices on premium smartphones, people are keeping their devices longer. (This is true for both Android and iOS phones.)[ Keep up on the latest thought leadership, insights, how-to, and analysis on IT through Computerworld’s newsletters. ] Users who once kept their devices for an average of 12 to 18 months now routinely stretch that out to a more PC-like 24 to 36 months. Vendors believe, rightly so, that new and innovative products will drive sales in an otherwise saturating market – Apple has played this strategy well over the years. And innovative new products like foldables can drive a renewed interest and increase sales.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Apple’s Time Flies event recap; iPad Air vs iPad Pro

Apple released two new Apple Watches, new generations of the iPad and iPad Air and new subscription services and plans at its Time Flies event on September 15. Macworld senior writer Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss highlights and how new releases compare to previous generations. Plus, is the iPad Air as good as the iPad Pro for enterprise use? And when can you expect to see the iPhone 12 and new MacBook events?  To read this article in full, please click here

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18-09-2020
Apple upgrades Safari on Catalina and Mojave in annual exercise

Apple on Wednesday upgraded Safari for Mac owners running macOS Catalina or macOS Mojave, giving those users a new browser before releasing the Big Sur operating system refresh.Safari 14 can be downloaded by selecting "System Preferences" from the Apple menu, then clicking on the "Software Update" icon.[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] The browser will also be bundled with macOS 11, aka Big Sur, which has yet to be given a release date. This week's upgrade targets users who will, whether permanently or temporarily, stick with 2019's Catalina or 2018's Mojave.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-09-2020
Why you need Apple support to secure the C-suite

I get it. You’re one of those enterprises that doesn’t (yet) support Apple products among employees, but does that moratorium extend to the C-suite? I’m willing to bet it does not, and that’s why even Windows-only IT must learn how to secure Apple’s products.Ignore the fantasy, this is reality The reality is that Apple’s products are popular in the enterprise. And while there are many businesses that don’t officially support them, one section of civic society that pretty much always do their own thing no matter what they ask others to do are the boys and girls in the C-suite. I can still recall the number of CFO’s I spoke with early on in the iPad days who were deeply interested in trying the Apple tablet. Many did.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-09-2020
Biggest tech IPOs of 2020

The 2019 calendar year will long be remembered in the eyes of public market watchers as the year of WeWork. Once billed as the most valuable startup in the United States, the company unraveled in dramatic fashion after filing its S-1 with the SEC, thanks to numerous issues with the company's business model and management practices.This event, along with a succession of dud listings from such big names as Slack and Uber, spooked the markets, with IPO registration withdrawals up almost 50 percent in 2019, according to research firm Renaissance Capital. This left a sizeable backlog of potential listings for 2020, with the holiday rental company Airbnb headlining that list.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-09-2020
At this point, 5G is a bad joke

Who doesn't want more bandwidth?I sure do, and I currently have 300Mbps to my home office via Spectrum cable. What I really want is a Gigabit via fiber optic to my doorstep. Maybe I'll get it someday. But, what I do know for a fact is I'm not going to get Gigabit-per-second speeds from 5G. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever.At the moment, there are a lot of things the telecomms are telling you in one ad after another that's just not true. I know – shocking news right? But, even by their standards, 5G is pretty bogus.[ Related: Enterprise mobility 2020: In a pandemic, UEM to the rescue ] Let's start with the name itself. There is no single "5G." There are, in fact, three different varieties, with very different kinds of performance.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.144 Sep 2020

Braving the Epidemic campaign bestowed ET Net’s Health Partnership Awards 2020

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CyberLink Vol.143 Aug 2020

400+ FAST applications for new FinTech hire within a month since launch

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FAST to spur FinTech talents hiring

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