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05-08-2020
CIO Think Tank: Setting the multi-cloud agenda

How can enterprises handle the complexity of multiple clouds — and reap unprecedented benefits? In a series of virtual roundtables, 30 IT leaders articulated the challenges and delivered insightful recommendations.

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05-08-2020
Firefox gets next-gen anti-tracking defense, stymies 'bounce' trackers

Mozilla today announced a new defense against advanced tracking tactics that it will be switching on in Firefox 79 starting immediately and pushing out to the remaining user base during the next few weeks.Calling the improved technologies and techniques Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 – Mozilla said that ETP 2.0's primary job is to block redirect tracking, also known as bounce tracking.[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] Trackers have been exploiting a loophole of sorts to continue following users browsing with Firefox, which enabled its first-generation ETP by default in June 2019. ETP takes a hands-off approach for first-party cookies – those tied to the site being browsed – because to do otherwise would break many of those websites or require users to, say, log in each time they returned.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
Essential iPad tips to help you work from home

Apple’s approach to product design is to make its hardware easy to use, while packing it with additional features it hopes will help you get things done as you become a power user. What follows are iPad tips to help you get work done.iPad tips to help you work from home Apple will introduce iOS 14 later this year and some iPad users will already be working with the public beta of the software release. You (and millions of others who acquired an iPad in recent months) may not be using it yet, but it will introduce some new features, including:To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
The inherent irony of Chrome OS

Ah, Chrome OS. How far you've come.I found myself contemplating the state of Google's Chromebook platform this week as I read over a new interview detailing some of the specifics of the upcoming Chrome OS Windows app support system — and something amusing occurred to me:When you think about Chrome OS in a bigger-picture, evolutionary view, the software's current state is almost hilariously ironic — not necessarily in a bad way, mind you, but in a way that's both funny and also quite revealing of how Google's vision for computing has progressed over the years.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
All together now

It’s a Saturday in the early ’90s, Solaris 2 is less than a year old, and this pilot fish sysadmin at a company running it on about 25 machines is having his monthly Solaris patching party. Attendees: one fish.Fish is cautious and paranoid, good qualities in a newbie sysadmin, so he always patches one of the less important machines first, just in case something crazy happens. On this particular Saturday, something does.He has three packages to add. The first won’t install because it requires that another package be installed first. Perfectly normal. But when he tries to install that required package, he finds that it too requires that another package be installed first. OK, no biggie. There were three packages to add, and fish just got hold of the task by the wrong end. Unless, of course, that final package requires that the first package be installed before it can be installed. Which is, indeed the case: an infinite loop.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
Microsoft points to October end-of-support for older Office apps accessing 365 services

Microsoft recently reminded customers that starting Oct. 13 the company will not support older versions of Office applications connecting to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services.[ Related: Microsoft makes 'major-minor' Windows 10 release cadence the new normal ] In a support document dated July 20, Microsoft listed the applications that will be "supported for connecting to Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) services" such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-08-2020
Windows by the numbers: Windows 10, Windows 7 pause their ups and downs

Windows 10 took a breather in July, perhaps celebrating its fifth birthday with a little too much adult beverage and – although the share data was deceptive – essentially remained flat for the month.According to California analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 purportedly grew by four-tenths of a percentage points to reach 59.4% of global OS share last month, representing 68.2% of all Windows editions. The second number is the more important of the pair, however, and is nearly identical to that of the month before.[ Related: Windows 10 May 2020 Update (a.k.a. 2004) review ] As always, Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs (that 68.2%) was larger than the percentage of all personal computers (the 59.4%), because Windows does not power every system. In July, Windows was the OS on 87% of the world's personal computers, up three-tenths of a point from June. Of the remaining 13%, all but six-hundredths of a point ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Q&A: CBT Architects CIO sees a ‘hybrid’ remote-work plan as harder than WFH

Editor's note: This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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03-08-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Wherefore art thou CIO?

This city-government IT group reverts to using two-way radios because staffers aren’t answering their cellphones when needed, reports a pilot fish on the scene.So fish dusts off the old call-sign sheet, but the new staff members want better call signs than the stodgy “Tech1,” “Tech2” and so on. One, who is ex-military, suggests using each person’s initials but in military-letter speak, where A is Alpha, B is Bravo, C is Charlie and so on. Under this system, Dave Doe becomes Delta Delta.And it might have worked, says fish, if it weren’t for the CIO’s initials. “We really didn’t think he was going to answer to ‘Juliet Romeo, are you out there?’ — and none of us were sure we’d have the guts to ask it on the channel.”To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Apple’s retail technology play

Apple Retail taught the company a great deal concerning the future of retail, and a quiet technology acquisition shows it intends going with the retail flow as it invests in a system that turns iPhones into POS payment systems.Apple Pay and Apple Payments While we already use Apple Pay to purchase items contact free using iPhones and Apple Watch, when it comes to taking payments most retailers rely on third-party payment systems. Names like Square, Izito, PayPal Here, Sumup and other providers work to fill the gap, usually using some form of dongle.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-08-2020
Top web browsers 2020: Firefox ends a sorta/kinda recovery as share losses return

Google's Chrome added more to its total of utter domination last month as a small recovery by Mozilla's Firefox screeched to a halt in July.According to data published Saturday by metrics vendor Net Applications, Chrome's share during July rose eight-tenths of a percentage point, the most since March, to 71%. The browser has been on a seven-month run of gains, adding 4.4 percentage points to its account since January. The only other browsers to enjoy a positive 2020 thus far: Microsoft's – Edge and Internet Explorer (IE) – and that pair increased their combined share by less than a 10th of Chrome's.Chrome continues to assimilate other browsers' share, month after month, with an almost casual cannibalism. Its increases over the past six months, in fact, have been nearly double that over the last 12, hinting at another acceleration of absorption.To read this article in full, please click here

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01-08-2020
Redefining productivity and compensation in an AI age

This week I ran into an interesting product that could substantially speed up writers who do a lot of repetitive work. It's called ActiveWords, and it's now in its fourth generation. It works by allowing you to connect elements to acronyms you create.   For instance, if you must use the same charts in different responses, such as for product support, you type a few letters and instantly the chart pops into in the email.The elements could be web pages, paragraphs of text, pictures – pretty much anything you regularly use – and it is much faster than cutting and pasting. To read this article in full, please click here

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01-08-2020
Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

The folks at Microsoft have pretty much exterminated the bugs they introduced in July’s patches. The Outlook-killing bug got fixed by an emergency update to Microsoft’s own servers. The Win7 .NET patch was fixed and re-released nine days after paying Win7 Extended Security customers started bellyaching.  To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
11 essential business management insights from Apple’s Q3

Apple set a record in the June quarter just gone, buoyed by strong iPad and Mac sales and a wave of iPhone SE upgrades.You can read all about the company's fiscal details here, and officials shared some points that may be of interest to any enterprise struggling to pivot its business during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.To read this article in full, please click here

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31-07-2020
Flashback Friday: Oh, did I say 30 DAYS?

This pilot fish gets an email from a user who can’t open the program used to track equipment calibration, so she takes the short walk to the user’s desk. There, she finds that the user is getting a “data file not found” message when he tries to open the program.Says fish: “I opened the sample data so I could determine the name and location of the file the program needed.”Turns out the data files are on the network drive, which is backed up daily, so fish asks when the user was in this program last.“About a month ago,” he says.Fish has already swapped the tape in for the nightly backup, so she checks to see if the two-week-old tape already in the drive has the file. Sure enough, it’s there, and fish restores the file and returns to the user’s desk — and now he can open the program and see his data.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol. 142 July 2020

FAST to spur FinTech talents hiring

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CyberLink Vol.141 Jun 2020

Cyberport Macro Fund brings in HK$259 million of investments for four start-ups

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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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