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03-03-2021
Enterprise collaboration enters the innovation fast lane

While most enterprise meetings are more sedate than those at Handforth Parish Council, collaboration tools are evolving rapidly, driven by the global work-from-home (WFH) surge and in the use of Zoom, which now claims 467,100 customers and saw revenues climb 326% year-on-year on the strength of the move to remote work in 2020.Most recently, we’ve seen collaboration software merchants focus on translation, transcription, and partnership as they stake out space in what many expect will be more remote-friendly future working practices.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
3 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today

Google's Android 12 software is nowhere near ready for prime time, but Goog almighty: We've sure seen plenty of hints about some of the tantalizing touches it could include. And if you're anything like me, that makes it tough not to feel at least a teensy bit hungry for a taste.The current Android 12 developer preview, unfortunately, won't do much to satisfy that craving. It's basically just a barebones framework of the software, made mostly for developers, and most of the mouthwatering morsels are carefully tucked away, disabled, and not yet visible or available for regular-mammal phone-owner use.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
V2 Cloud is the simplest cloud desktop for a distributed workforce

According to Gallup, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. To break that down a bit further, 35 percent of remote workers would simply prefer to continue working remotely, while 30 percent want to work away from the office because of a concern about COVID-19. So, as you most likely already knew, the challenges of operating a distributed workforce and supporting a small business infrastructure — all via the connective power of computers and the Internet — is a workplace dynamic that doesn't look to phase out anytime soon. And this new normal will affect various roles within organizations and a range of companies differently.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
Cisco continues to overhaul Webex, now with real-time language transcription

Having announced more than 50 planned innovations at its WebexOne event in December, Cisco’s Webex is rolling out another of those capabilities today: real-time language translation. The feature will be available in Webex as a preview starting this month, with general availability in May.Users of the platform will soon be able to have their in-meeting speech translated in real time from an expanded library of over 100 languages, including Maori, Zulu and Armenian. The plethora of new languages underlines Cisco’s aim to “power an inclusive future for all.” The feature was initially unveiled with only nine perspective languages in the works.Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager of security and applications, said Cisco has made “north of a billion dollars” worth of investments in AI, including the acquisition of Voicea in 2019, a company specializing in meeting transcription, voice search, and meeting action items. Without providing specifics, Patel claimed that accuracy rates with real-time transcription are “starting to get exciting.”To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
Google Workspace rolls out features for front-line workers

Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers.The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   “We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests,” Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
Google Workspace targets front-line workers with new tier

Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers. The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   “We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests,” Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here

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02-03-2021
What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Proliferating picture-in-picture, even more anti-tracking

Mozilla last week raised the Firefox version count to 86, adding multiple picture-in-picture video viewing and bolstering the browser's anti-tracking defenses by isolating all cookies in the sites that create them.Security engineers also patched 12 vulnerabilities, five of which were pegged as "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label.Firefox 86 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can just relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is either up to date or displays the refresh process.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-03-2021
Apple on track for 3nm silicon iPhones and more in 2022

iPhones, iPads, and Macs seem set for even steeper performance and power management gains come 2022, as it looks like the company’s plans to switch to 3-nanometer (nm) chips are falling into place.Apple’s processor development road map We’ve considered the road ahead for Apple Silicon, and those predictions seem to be on the right track for a late 2022 shift to chips manufactured using 3nm processes. Chips manufactured with this process deliver 30% improvements in power consumption and 15% better performance in comparison with 5nm chips.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-03-2021
3 next-level note-taking apps that'll change the way you work

Riddle me this: What exactly is a "note-taking app"?It seems almost painfully obvious, I know — but it's a question I've found myself struggling to answer as I've been exploring a new breed of information-storing services.The services allow you to collect and organize thoughts, lists, and all sorts of other materials. They also, however, provide a powerful framework for mapping out complex projects, processing large amounts of data, and even writing documents. And they're all designed to support some pretty sophisticated forms of collaboration.So are they note-taking apps? Are they word processors — or maybe spreadsheet editors? Or are they task management tools, project management tools, or perhaps even just broad "collaboration utilities"?To read this article in full, please click here

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27-02-2021
Apple's indoor maps format is now a standard; here's why that matters

Apple Maps is essential to future innovation, from autonomous vehicles to AR experiences, so it's noteworthy that Apple’s own Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) has been adopted as a community standard for indoor positioning services.What is IMDF? IMDF has been accepted as a community standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium in response to proposals from a cross-industry group that includes Apple, Google, Autodesk, and Ordnance Survey.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-02-2021
The Poly Studio P15: Searching for a better home videoconferencing answer

Like many of my peers during the pandemic, I’ve been living off a Logitech Brio camera, which was considered the best in the market until recently.  The problem is that Logitech didn’t seem to understand how important this camera had become and refused to support it properly.  (It has driver issues with AMD-based PCs, the company won’t address them, the initial application support ended, and much of it doesn’t work anymore. Most other cameras on the market arrived before COVID-29 and were more designed for infrequent use when traveling — not for permanent use from a home office.  Yes, you can get conference room systems and adapt them for the home, but that is a wicked expensive path — and people don’t have conference rooms at home. To read this article in full, please click here

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26-02-2021
IT Salary Survey 2021: The results are in

The latest Insider Pro and Computerworld Salary Survey reveals the current salaries for dozens of tech titles, the IT skills most in demand (and those not), the tech hiring expectations for the coming year, and what matters most to IT pros in their current jobs.

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26-02-2021
Forget macOS — it's Chrome OS vs. Windows for desktop domination

I've been saying for ages now that Google's Chrome OS would become Microsoft's Windows top competitor. I had the timing wrong, but my prediction that "most of us will be moving to cloud-oriented operating systems" is finally coming true. According to IDC's latest PC sales numbers, by 2020's fourth quarter, Chromebooks were outselling Macs by two-to-one.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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26-02-2021
Podcast: 30K Macs infected with "Silver Sparrow" virus; M1 Mac SSD health

Security researchers uncovered malware affecting tens of thousands of macOS devices, but it's unclear what exactly the malware does. Affecting both Intel and Apple Silicon processors, this malware, nicknamed "Silver Sparrow," still poses a threat. And in other Apple news, some M1 Mac users have reported that the SSDs on their new systems are being overused. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss Apple's response to the virus and SSD issues and what users can do if they've been affected. To read this article in full, please click here

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26-02-2021
Android 12 and the big deal with little touches

Ahh — can you smell it? The scent of freshly baking Android software is very much in the air this week, as Android 12's first official developer preview teases us with a tiny taste of what's to come.Google launched the inaugural public version of Android 12 last week, and the internet's many software-sniffing sleuths have been hard at work pokin' around and clawing at its many crevices to uncover every last hint of the treats lurking within.So far, Android 12 doesn't look like much — and for good reason: This latest Android version really is a true developer preview, with mostly just technical changes aimed at, y'know, developers. It actually makes an awful lot of sense, even if Android previews in the past have generally been a little more elaborate early on.To read this article in full, please click here

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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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CyberLink Vol. 148 Jan 2021

DELF 2020 virtual platform concluded with 600,000+ views from 30 countries/regions

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CyberLink Vol.147 Dec 2020

DELF 2020 draws 500K+ views by enthusiasts in new normal of digital entertainment and esports

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