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27-05-2020
Zoho looks to mimic the office for remote workers with user check-in, live video feeds

As remote work becomes the norm for many during the pandemic, workplace chat applications have helped teams stayed connected. But not all aspects of the office environment can be duplicated in a digital workspace. With updates to its Cliq messaging tool, Zoho hopes to provide greater visibility into who is available at given time – in effect, seeing who’s “in” their remote office and who’s not.[ Related: Remote desktop software: 8 enterprise-friendly IT support tools ] Among the additions are a check-in feature that connects with Zoho’s HR system to track employee attendance, acting as a digital ID swipe card that remote workers use to clock in and clock out each day by pressing a button in Cliq. To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
A socially conscious cash management account

Today, it’s common to see businesses going out of their way to meet the socially conscious nature of their customers. Organic farming, manufacturing goods from recycled materials, and ethically sourcing labor are just a few ways companies are meeting the needs of consumers.Despite those widespread changes, many financial institutions entrusted by consumers to manage their funds are putting profits first. In 2018 for example, the world’s largest banks lent approximately $654 billion to finance businesses in the fossil fuel industry.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Apple rejects flawed claims about its contact tracing tech

Even as we consider revelations Facebook shelved internal research suggesting its algorithms generate divisiveness, Apple has been forced to reject damaging claims against its contact tracing tech currently spreading on Facebook.Exposure Notification is not spying on you Numerous hysterical myths concerning the Apple/Google contact tracing technology are being circulated on Facebook. A series of posts claim the Exposure Notification feature inside iOS 13.5 will allow authorities to track people’s locations and monitor who they meet – which is precisely what it tries not to do.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Rethinking collaboration: 6 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Keeping employees connected and working productively has become the glue holding many businesses together during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with social distancing ruling out face-to-face meetings anytime soon, the need for new digital tools to help teams collaborate better has soared.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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27-05-2020
Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”What happens when you try? fish asks.“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.“Nope, just me,” replies user.Can you try a couple of things for me?“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”Why?“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
How to go incognito in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari

Private browsing. Incognito. Privacy mode.Web browser functions like those trace their roots back more than a decade, and the feature — first found in a top browser in 2005 — spread quickly as one copied another, made tweaks and minor improvements.But privacy-promising labels can be treacherous. Simply put, going "incognito" is as effective in guarding online privacy as witchcraft is in warding off a common cold.[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] That's because private browsing is intended to wipe local traces of where you've been, what you've searched for, the contents of forms you've filled. It's meant to hide, and not always conclusively at that, your tracks from others with access to the personal computer. That's it.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-05-2020
Use of cloud collaboration tools surges and so do attacks

Some industries have seen increases in cloud-related threat events rise as much as 1,350% since the COVID-19 crisis began.

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26-05-2020
How to make the most of Android's new Assistant add-on

Sometimes, it's the smallest-seeming announcements that have the biggest real-world impact. And there's no better example of that than a decidedly muted Android- and Assistant-related rollout plopped out by Google just before the U.S. holiday weekend.You'd be forgiven for failing to notice — or maybe for seeing a passing mention of the news and then just casually scratching your fibula and moving on. Do me a favor, though, and pause all itch-related activity for a moment, because this announcement truly does deserve your attention — especially if you're a fan of potential-filled productivity boosters (and who among us isn't?!).The item in question is an innocuous-seeming little somethin' called Action Blocks — about as uninspiring of a name as one could imagine, I know. And if most of us needed more reason to ignore it, it showed up as part of a meandering Google blog about "accessibility updates" — which, suffice it to say, isn't exactly the type of topic that screams "HEY! THIS IS A TIME-SAVING, EFFICIENCY-ENHANCING FEATURE FOR EVERYONE!"To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Apple’s big iOS 14 leak is just business as usual

The story is that an early developmental build of iOS 14 has somehow escaped into the wild. So why do we know so little about it?What happened? To paraphrase the elements of the claims: An unnamed individual purchased and then distributed the iOS 14 software. The software was extracted from a developmental iPhone 11 running an internal build of the iOS 14. The hardware was purchased from a Chinese vendor. The OS was then distributed among hackers and security researchers. Information concerning the software then began to leak, principally from the big Mac rumor sites, with 9to5Mac mentioned in the report. “Leaked Apple code, documentation, and hardware is often traded on Twitter using a hashtag called #AppleInternals." We don’t know who purchased and shared the code. Was it a competitor? Was it a journalist? Follow the money. What we know about iOS 14 The strange thing is that despite the operating system apparently being in circulation since February, all we really know about it is this:To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
Mystery solved

Company where this pilot fish works is having a bit of a problem with non-deterministic load times in the data warehouse. If the load runs normally, even with heavy volume, everything is done by about 9 a.m., which means management can see their reports just around the time they’re having their morning coffee.But the load doesn’t always run normally. In fact, a system problem during the night can set things back by as much as six hours, which management finds unacceptable. So various measures are taken to get the load to run in less time: Users are kicked off the system, priorities are rejiggered and so on.Nothing works. The load processes just don’t seem to take advantage of the resources made available to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-05-2020
How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing

Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004: Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half of the year holds only minor changes. Microsoft hasn’t committed to the new tick-tock model, but all evidence points in that direction. Microsoft doesn’t cram a new version of Windows down your throat, like it used to. (Don’t get me started on the surprise! forced 1703 to 1709 upgrades.) Windows 10 version 2004 continues in the same mode, but with an unusual difference. Instead of getting a full-fledged “tick’s” worth of changes, what we’re seeing is more of a whimper. In addition to the usual promises of faster and better, and maybe a Search that actually works, we’re also seeing a demotion (er, realignment) of Cortana, better Windows Subsystem for Linux, and Windows Hello working in Safe Mode. Be still my beating heart.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-05-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Did they say anything about an offer you couldn’t refuse?

After working for a company that provides services to regional automobile dealerships such as sales, financing and inventory-control software, this pilot fish leaves to start his own company.Shortly after that, he gets a call from a dealership that’s a client of his old employer.“They heard I now owned a small software-development business,” says fish. “They’re interested in dumping the old company and want to know if I can develop competing software for them.”That sounds like a good opportunity to expand his business, so fish sets up a meeting.Turns out the assignment is simple: The dealership wants software just like what fish’s former employer provides.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-05-2020
Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would notify you if you had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In practice, public health authorities will have to encourage around 60% people in a given state or country to download the app in order to meaningfully conduct contact tracing/exposure notification. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and PCWorld/Macworld’s Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss Apple and Google’s unprecedented collaboration, privacy concerns and how state and federal governments will utilize the API. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
In brief: Microsoft's Fluid Framework documents explained

With users now able to get their hands on Microsoft's latest document format - rolled out under the umbrella of the Fluid Framework - the company is hoping it can deliver on its promises of better productivity and collaboration online.The Fluid Framework was announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference in 2019, and at Build 2020 - a virtual-only event this year - the company made the format available for user preview for Microsoft 365 Enterprise and education subscribers enrolled in Targeted Release. It's also available as open source software; Microsoft said the code and SDK will be available on GitHub soon.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-05-2020
How will Apple replace FaceID now we’re wearing masks?

Apple’s FaceID just isn’t what it used to be. Millions of iPhone users are wearing masks, which means we need to enter passcodes manually, making Touch ID more relevant than before.Apple recognises the challenge We know Apple appreciates the problems of wearing masks during the pandemic.Apple’s iOS 13.5 update now understands when you are wearing a mask and immediately defaults to the manual passcode screen when using FaceID on an iPhone.This answers a pressing need, but also shows us how great technology can be overtaken by events.Is the age of FaceID over? FaceID is such a useful technology. A glance at your display and your iPhone springs into life.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.140 May 2020

Liquefy pens consortium paper on real estate tokenisation with Sidley Austin, KPMG, and Colliers

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CyberLink Vol.139 Apr 2020

Cyberport’s First Virtual Career Fair attracted 9,000+ job applications

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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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