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06-12-2019
All about the latest iPhone location privacy scare

That story going round that claims iPhone 11 devices are secretly harvesting your location information even though you’ve told them not to do so? You don’t need to worry about it, and here’s why:What’s the story?   The tale begins when a security researcher noticed the devices seemed to be sending out location data even when Location Services were switched off on the iPhone.He thought this was weird, but Apple reassured him that this was “expected behaviour” – and while the company took a little time to figure out what to say about this, it’s answer is convincing, once you know what it means.What Apple said The matter relates to iPhone 11’s U1 chip, which brings in an exciting (yet veteran) technology called Ultra Wideband (UWB).To read this article in full, please click here

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06-12-2019
HSBC’s plan to move $20B in assets to blockchain could be a watershed moment

Investment bank HSBC Holdings is using a blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) to digitize transaction records of private investments, enabling clients globally to access the details of their assets online in near real-time.The London-based company, the seventh largest bank in the world, plans to move $20 billion in assets that include equity, debt and real estate onto its new Digital Vault blockchain, a shift away from its current use of paper records to respond to client search requests. [ Read the Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain special report ] "The Digital Vault is live in Asia and will be rolled out in the U.S. and Europe in the first quarter of 2020," an HSBC spokesperson said via email.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-12-2019
Shell game

Pilot fish is working for a client at the same time that a consulting firm is developing a new system for the support team. And fish is nearby when the job fails during one of the early production runs. The support staff looks it over, but is quickly lost, so fish is called on for help.Fish finds that the system consists of nine programs that run in sequence within a single shell script. The final step had failed, resulting in a non-zero return code.So fish reviews Program 9’s output, and finds that the file from Program 8 was missing. He and the support team lead then start looking through Program 8 and its log to determine why it didn’t produce the file — only to discover that the file from Program 7 was missing. They repeat through programs 6, 5, 4, 3, and finally back to Program 2, where they find the real cause of the failure: There was no error checking between the programs.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-12-2019
6 smart things to think over with Google's CEO shakeup

Oh, hey — didja hear? Larry and Sergey are leaving! Google's founders are jumping ship! THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS BEING SHAKEN UP AND TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.Well, kind of. It's true that Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two fellas who started Google in what I can only assume was a somewhat dank and none-too-fresh-smelling garage some 20 years ago, are stepping back from their formal roles within the company. The pair announced as much in a public letter this week, saying it was "the natural time to simplify" the management structure and revealing that current Google CEO Sundar Pichai would take over the role of Alphabet CEO — a position held by Page up til now — in addition to retaining all of his existing duties.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

The November passel of patches didn’t include anything earth-shattering; there were no emergency security breaches storming the gates, but good patching hygiene dictates that you get your machine braced for the next round.If you install patches manually one by one (“Group B,” which I don’t recommend for mere mortals), you need to make sure you have the proper Servicing Stack Updates in place. They’ve all changed in the past month.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
10+ tips for better iPhone battery life

What can you do when you’re racing to the next meeting, desperate to use Wallet to catch your plane, or otherwise stuck on a long and winding road with no access to power for your iPhone? You can follow these tips…Think about how you use your iPhone Of course I realise that when you are using your iPhone you want to be able to do everything you possibly can do with it, but when you’re attempting to eke out a little more active battery life it makes sense to think about what you are using your device for and how to do so in a more energy efficient way.That means that when battery life is important you should ration how many times you check your device, avoid watching video or playing processor-intensive (or any) games and send text messages rather than make voice calls. It takes more battery power to make a voice call than send a text.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Mozilla in trouble? 2018 revenue fell 20%, expenses exceed income for first time

Mozilla's revenue in 2018 fell by nearly 20% compared to the year prior, and for the first time expenses outweighed income, the organization said in its annual financial report.The nonprofit behind Firefox implied that the apparent downturn was misleading because of the comparison to record revenue of the year before. "2017 was an outlier, due in part to changes in the search revenue deal that was negotiated that year," Mozilla said in the "State of Mozilla 2018" report published on its website.[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] Mozilla also asserted that the revenue decline would not affect its work. "Despite the year-over-year change, Mozilla remains in a strong financial position with cash reserves to support continued innovation, partnerships and diversification of the Firefox product lines," the organization wrote.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Throwback Thursday: Bank error in your favor, collect $100,000

It’s the late 1980s, and this pilot fish is working as a teller at small suburban bank with a few branches.“Automation is catching on, but slowly,” says fish. “We have terminals to process deposits, withdrawals and money orders — but at the end of the day, the branch manager still takes our totals and enters them into a handwritten ledger.”The terminals use a text-based menu for everything, but for some operations that require a manager’s approval — say, printing a cashier's check — the manager must walk over, hold down an override key and type in a password to let the teller access the check-printing menu.Fish notices that the console beeps now and then during the password process. But it doesn’t happen every time, and there’s no pattern he can detect.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Microsoft’s Intune is now Endpoint Manager: What is it, and how well does the UEM tool work?

As businesses look to give employees flexible work environments, whether on desktops or mobile devices, in the office or out in the field, IT shops have had to scramble to consolidate the management of hardware using a single console.With that IT goal in mind, Microsoft in 2011 launched its Intune cloud service to address the emerging enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of the workplace.After eight years, Microsoft decided to combine its Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform with its System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), enabling users to access both with just one interface.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-12-2019
Microsoft’s JEDI contract move: Those are not the cloud providers you’re looking for

Microsoft surprised most of the tech and political world when it was awarded a 10-year, $10 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project to transform the military’s use of the cloud. Amazon, IBM, Oracle and Google had all been in the running, with Amazon thought to be the front-runner because it is the world’s largest cloud provider and had already built a cloud system for the Central Intelligence Agency.After Microsoft received the contract, plenty of people expressed the belief that President Trump had intervened to make sure Amazon didn’t win it, pointing to his constant criticism of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. Fueling the speculation was a book published by a speechwriter for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, which claimed that Trump wanted to freeze Amazon out of the contract.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
How Apple is already part of Industry 4.0

Apple has entered manufacturing infrastructure with its products seeing wide deployment as industrial technology moves into what’s called Industry 4.0 – connected systems augmented by AR and mobile solutions.Smart, connected machines The introduction of the iPhone and the subsequent debut of other advanced mobile devices acted as a clarion call.The ability to work remotely doesn’t just apply to humans, but also to machines. Smart, connected industrial infrastructure is the inevitable result. Analysts call this “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” hence, “Industry 4.0”.What sort of real-world implications do these technologies have? Here’s some ideas:To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
TD Ameritrade cuts email use by 30% after Slack rollout

Email has long been the go-to tool for internal communications. But ensuring the right information gets to the right employee can be challenging – particularly for companies with thousands of employees across different locations.At TD Ameritrade, email was central to corporate and team communications – and workers sometimes felt bombarded with messages not particularly relevant to their jobs, according to Neal Obermeyer, senior manager for digital workplace and channel effectiveness for the company.[ Further reading: 10 tips for preventing Slack burnout ] At the same time, employees sometimes missed out on important conversations going on via email, with “choke points” getting in the way. “Information in email is essentially useless to anybody who is not in the conversation,” said Obermeyer. “As far as our organizational intelligence goes, information in email might as well not exist.”To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
Wayback Wednesday: If it works, don’t knock it

As pilot fish is installing a new workstation, he notices something sitting on the stack of paper in a nearby printer.“It was a piece of coral,” says fish, “so I took it out.”Give it to me, says a user who sees what fish has done, and she puts the piece of coral back, explaining that it’s needed to hold the top of the tray up so the printed sheets don’t fall to the floor.Fish removes the coral again and flips over the tray extension. User is amazed.Sharky knows printers need healing crystals, not corals. Send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 hits late wall, stalls

Microsoft customers last month pressed "pause" in their migrations from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as the adoption of the latter stalled for the first time since February.According to data published Sunday by analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10's share of all personal computers slumped a full percentage point - breaking a string of four straight months of gains of a point or more - to end November with 53.3%. Windows 10's portion of the user share of all Windows PCs fell seven-tenths of a point, to 62%.(The percentage of Windows PCs (62%) is larger than the percentage of all personal computers (53.3%) because Windows does not run every desktop and notebook. In November, Windows powered 86.1% of the world's personal computers. Of the remainder, all but a quarter of one percent ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, with Apple's operating system the largest, by far, of those.)To read this article in full, please click here

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04-12-2019
An interesting Inbox-like delivery option for Gmail

Hard to believe, but it was just this past year that Google pulled the plug on its once-promising Inbox service.And you know what? While Inbox itself may be nothing more than a memory at this point, I'm still constantly thinking about ways to make my current inbox — the one that exists within Gmail — more organized and efficient. And more often than not, that involves coming up with crafty workarounds to bring Inbox-like elements back from the dead and into that environment.I've talked before about how I still save links and reminders into my inbox — two core Inbox-esque elements that I recreated within Gmail and now use almost every day. On the desktop front, meanwhile, a series of interface adjustments and an invaluable extension made by a former Google designer go a long way in enhancing my email adventures and allowing me to retain at least a little bit of sanity whilst staring at message after incoming message.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.134 Nov 2019

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum unveiled the New Frontier of Tech Venturing

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CyberLink Vol.133 Oct 2019

Stellar speaker line-up at Cyberport Venture Capital Forum 2019 unveiled

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CyberLink Vol.132 Sep 2019

Save the Date - Cyberport Venture Capital Forum 2019 returns this November

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