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21-11-2019
Salesforce to expand Einstein Voice Skills so users can create custom voice apps

Salesforce plans to expand its Einstein Voice Assistant capabilities, enabling customers to create their own custom “skills” as it seeks to broaden the appeal of voice interfaces in the workplace. The company unveiled Einstein at last year’s Dreamforce conference, promising to enable sales staff to update customer records on its CRM platform using voice commands.[ Related: How AI is changing office suites ] Its efforts are part of a wider push from numerous tech firms to popularize conversational voice interfaces for business apps, including Amazon’s Alexa for Business, Microsoft’s Cortana and Oracle’s Digital Assistant. Analyst firm Gartner forecast that 25% of digital workers will interact with virtual assistants on a daily basis within two years. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-11-2019
Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note.

News reports last week — subsequently confirmed by a Facebook executive's tweet — that the Facebook iOS app was videotaping users without notice should serve as a critical heads up to enterprise IT and security execs that mobile devices are every bit as risky as they feared. And a very different bug, planted by cyberthieves, presents even more frightening camera-spying issues with Android.On the iOS issue, the confirmation tweet from Guy Rosen, who is Facebook's vice president of Integrity (go ahead and insert whatever joke you want about Facebook having a vice president of integrity; for me, it's way too easy a shot), said, "We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246, we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this."To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
Security lessons from a Mac-only fintech company

Apple remains a highly secure choice for enterprise professionals, but security threats remain and the environment requires sophisticated endpoint management tools, according to Build America Mutual (BAM) CTO David McIntyre.The Mac only bank BAM, one of the leading U.S. municipal bond insurers, has insured more than $65 billion since its launch in 2012. It also has the rare distinction of being a fintech firm that is completely based on Macs.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
10 easy steps to make Chrome faster and more secure

Gather 'round, kiddos — 'cause it's time for a story.Once upon a time, Chrome was a lean, mean browsing machine. It was the scrappy lightweight kid in a block filled with clunky old blobs of blubber. People had never seen a browser so fast, so thoughtfully constructed! It stripped everything down to the essentials and made the act of browsing the web both pleasant and secure — qualities that were anything but standard back in that prehistoric era.Chrome was "minimalist in the extreme," as The New York Times put it — with "extremely fast" page loads and a "snappy" user interface, in the words of Ars Technica. Its sandbox-centric setup and emphasis on supporting web-based applications made the program "the first true Web 2.0 browser," as some other tech website opined.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
A real light bulb moment

It’s the mid ’70s this pilot fish is operating on IBM 370s for a financial clearinghouse in London, where Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays. The systems use a CICS system logging to 3420 tape drives, the ones with the twin vacuum chambers, and when one drive on the backup system refuses to load tapes, Fish volunteers to come in with the engineers on Good Friday to work on it.Fish has it all figured out: He’ll get some good overtime working on an easy fix, and he’ll still get a three-day weekend.But comes the Monday holiday, and fish and colleagues are still working on that easy fix. They’ve replaced just about every part, some of which had to be flown in especially. Finally, one of the engineers has a bright idea. He replaces the light bulb that powers the fiber-optic sensor to pick up the metallic BoT (beginning of tape) marker. Problem solved.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
Blockchain-based storage service takes on Amazon AWS, unveils pricing

A cloud storage service first announced in 2015 that uses the decentralized, peer-to-peer architecture of blockchain to store encrypted data on the computers of users around the globe has unveiled its pricing model and production launch date.Storj Labs, which operates a beta storage service for developers, businesses and consumers, initially launched the Tardigrade Decentralized Cloud Storage Service in August. Today, it announced its Beta 2 release and pricing, taking aim at Amazon's AWS S3 cloud service with what it says is a more cost-effective and resilient approach.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net

Just when you thought it was safe to relax a bit …In the past couple of hours, Microsoft released a handful of Monthly Rollup previews and a smattering of similar, optional, updates. The list:Win7 and Server 2008 R2 — KB 4525251 — Monthly Rollup preview appears to cover the same ground as KB 2952664 and, later, KB 4507456. If there’s anything included in the update other than more telemetry, Microsoft sure hasn’t told us. Here’s the sole description in the KB article:To read this article in full, please click here

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20-11-2019
Up close with CastAway, the Chrome OS add-on for your phone

We've been talking for ages now about the intersection of Chrome OS and Android and the endless ways Google's two primary platforms work together.For all of the overlap, though, Chrome OS and Android have never actually coexisted within the framework of a single device — living side by side on a multipart system, in other words, and acting as complementary halves of a unified experience. But if one ambitious inventor gets his way, that may be about to change.The guy's name is Ken Mages, and he's come up with a product known as the CastAway. It's described as a "second screen for your smartphone" — one that runs Chrome-OS-like software and puts "the world's smallest Chromebook" right alongside your phone.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
Get this $112 Cybersecurity eBook Bundle for just $15 today

The internet has made it easier than ever for companies to expand their reach and go digital, but by doing so, they’re also at risk of being attacked by hackers and cybercriminals. Luckily, this also means that cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, and if you want to land a career in cybersecurity, there’s no better time! With this eBook bundle, you’ll learn what it takes to become a cybersecurity professional for just $15.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
iPhone users: Do you love or loathe Quick Share in iOS 13?

I know lots of people who rely on iOS 13 and iPad OS for their business, but they aren’t necessarily getting much from using the QuickShare feature, so why is it there?What’s wrong with QuickShare? QuickShare is that first row of names you see when you open up the Share pane from within almost any app in iOS 13.It is populated by the names of people you have most recently communicated with by Messages and nearby AirDrop shares.However, the way the Share sheet works is that the far more useful Apps panel, which productivity workers are more likely to need is knocked down the screen, while the potentially even more useful scrolling Actions list is hardly visible at all – you have to scroll to get to it.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
Become a certified IoT business leader

IDG Insider Pro and CertNexus are partnering to offer business leaders a course and associated credential to boost collaboration and drive informed IoT business decisions.

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19-11-2019
Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

Although we’ve been promised no “C” or “D” week second cumulative updates for the rest of the year — at least for Windows — Microsoft has acknowledged a bug it created in last week’s Patch Tuesday Office patches, and now promises that it’ll update the bad fixes on most machines this week or next. Those are "C" week and "D" week, respectively.The cause du jour: a bug in all of this month’s Office security patches that throws an error in Access saying, “Query xxxx is corrupt,” when in fact the query in question is just fine. Microsoft describes the erroneous error message on its Office Support site:To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
Walmart launches ‘world’s largest’ blockchain-based freight-and-payment network

The Canadian division of Walmart has launched a blockchain-based supply chain that includes freight tracking and payment processing for 70 trucking companies whose goods are transported to more than 400 retail stores.The system is now live and all of Walmart Canada's third-party freight carriers are scheduled to be on the network by Feb. 1, 2020, the company said in a statement. Walmart claims the blockchain network is the largest of its kind in the world, a claim not disputed by industry analysts.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
He heard you fine

This pilot fish doesn’t have a traditional tech background. He was the photographer for his university department, and when the World Wide Web came along he volunteered to run the department’s in-house web server. A few years after that, they’re running Filemaker databases online, and there’s some glitch that causes Filemaker to freeze.Fish’s research leads him to think that a little knowledge of Unix would be helpful. So he heads to a discount bookstore, where he asks the guy behind the counter, “Do you have anything on Unix?” The clerk promptly replies, “I don’t think so, but try the social science section.”Fish starts off in the direction the finger is pointing, pondering why books on Unix books would be categorized as social science. And stops after just a few steps when it hits him: eunuchs, not Unix.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-11-2019
Claris launches workflow automation tool beta

Apple-owned Claris has opened beta access to Claris Connect, its new tool for linking third-party apps such as Slack and Mailchimp to automate workflows.  FileMaker started life in 1986 as Claris, an Apple subsidiary set up to develop software products for the Mac, with responsibility for applications such as MacPaint and AppleWorks. In 1998 the company became FileMaker, named after its flagship database management system product, as most of its other offerings fell by the wayside.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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