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06-06-2020
Slack moves video and voice calls to AWS

Slack will run its native voice and video calling capabilities on Amazon Web Services’ Chime platform, part of a “multi-year partnership” for collaboration product development.AWS is already Slack’s “preferred” cloud infrastructure provider, and the two companies have a common rival in Microsoft, competing with its Azure and Teams products, respectively.An announcement on Thursday, alongside Slack’s first quarter financial results, explained that Slack will use Amazon’s Chime software development kit as the basis for Slack Calls, which includes audio, video and screen sharing features. Chime was launched by AWS in 2017, but hasn’t grabbed attention in the same way as communication tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams in subsequent years.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-06-2020
It's a bumpy road for the Win10 version 2004 rollout

Microsoft’s revised-revised Windows 10 update scheme now entails a “major” release in the first half of the year, followed by a “minor” release in the second half of the year.The 2020 “major” release - version 2004 - started rolling out a couple of weeks ago, and the problems we’re seeing could fill a book.Microsoft lists 11 officially acknowledged Known Issues with version 2004. One of them, with the DISM command, has a manual workaround. But if your machine appears to be affected by any of the other 10, Windows Update shouldn’t offer version 2004 just yet - and Microsoft has stern warnings that you shouldn’t try to manually install 2004, if it doesn’t come through Windows Update.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-06-2020
COVID-related U.S. IT job losses have stopped: report

The wave of IT layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has ended, according to new data from management consulting firm Janco Associates. The pandemic's economic fallout resulted in about 117,000 job losses in U.S. IT positions in April and early May 2020.But Janco's May survey of U.S. IT organizations shows that further layoffs are largely not expected. But neither is much IT job growth. IT organizations don't expect to begin hiring again until late 2020, assuming that the gradual economic reopening now in progress continues and demand for goods and services resumes, providing the money for new and replacement hires.Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis expects that the net number of new U.S. IT jobs in 2020 will be about 35,000, versus the 94,500 it had expected before the epidemic struck. In 2019, the U.S. IT job market grew by 90,200.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-06-2020
Apple’s first 5G iPhone 12 will ship late this year

Apple’s first 5G iPhone 12 may not ship until later than normal this year, as the company grapples with COVID-19 supply chain problems, a senior company partner has suggested.A little later than normal Broadcom CEO Hock Tan warned investors that his company’s 2020 revenue would be impacted by what he described as a major product cycle delay at “a large North American mobile phone customer,' which is apparently how he has referred to Apple in the past.Of course, we don’t know he’s discussing Apple, but it seems pretty likely, as most other North American mobile phone firms make relatively inconsequential quantities of devices.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-06-2020
The critical need for AI digital assistants

One of the fascinating long-term discussions of the future is whether we’re trending toward the world in the book 1984 or Brave New World.  While most of us thought we were on track for Aldous Huxley’s vision, the future envisioned by George Orwell seems more plausible now.In Brave New World, the problem is one of massive distraction; in 1984, it is all-encompassing misinformation. We could argue that the issues we face today are a blend of the two.  We face increasing phishing schemes and a proliferation of “Fake News,” which opens us to attacks and drives us to make bad decisions. And we are so overwhelmed with disruptions it is very hard to prioritize what we need to do.  Working from home has exacerbated this issue because many of us are now surrounded by pets, children, and chores that demand our attention. To read this article in full, please click here

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05-06-2020
Q&A: Box CEO Aaron Levie looks at the future of remote work

Businesses have had to adapt quickly to remote working during the COVID-19  pandemic, but this year's shifts are only the start, says Box CEO Aaron Levie. The next phase will see office work processes digitized and automated to support workers – wherever they are – as a decade of workplace transformation takes place in the next two years.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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05-06-2020
Flashback Friday: NOW they get some edge?

It’s the 1990s, and this IT services outfit has a client that sees the writing on the wall for its aging minicomputer, reports a pilot fish on the scene.“They asked if the software-development side of our company could custom-write a slightly specialized inventory control program for them that would run on a cheap Intel-based server,” says fish.Negotiations ensue, and soon the client agrees to a rate for development and a final payment after delivery and acceptance.The development team makes several visits to the client’s business to collect specifications. But the only input the client gives is that the new system needs to look and work exactly like the old program, so no one on staff will have to be retrained.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-06-2020
Microsoft starts Edge-for-Edge swap on Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft has started to push the Chromium-based Edge browser to Windows 10 users through the Windows Update service, according to company support documents."This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update," stated one of three support documents, marked KB4541301, KB4541302 and KB4541309.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-06-2020
The key point most Android-iOS arguments miss

In my approximately 97 years of covering Android, I've heard it all: "You can't have privacy if you use Android!" "You can't have security if you use Android!" "You can't get upgrades if you use Android!" "You can't have a good user experience if you use Android!" "YOU CAN'T BE ONE OF THE COOL KIDS IF YOU USE ANDROID!" All right, so that last one might be a bit of an exaggeration (though only a little). But that aside, these are all shockingly common sentiments you hear not only from tech enthusiasts but also from people who write about this stuff for a living. And I'm here to tell you they're all equally misguided.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-06-2020
The Zebra lets you compare car insurance rates without hassle or commitment

In most states, auto insurance isn't just a necessity in case of an accident. It's your actual legal responsibility. So why is it so hard to get?To be clear, it's not hard at all to do the bare minimum. You could certainly choose the first car insurance carrier you found on Google, fill out an application and get coverage within a few minutes. But as we all know, that's rolling the dice. Auto insurance rates can vary wildly between providers, and so that few minutes' worth of searching turns into an hour or so. And even though you'll only come away with insurance from one company, every provider you submitted information to now has your email address - and they have no qualms about staying in touch (by which we mean spamming you with solicitations).To read this article in full, please click here

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04-06-2020
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Speaking up on racism'

In an important move, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter on the company’s website in which he speaks up on racism following the tragic events emanating from Minneapolis.Face the challenge of change Responding to the “senseless killing” of George Floyd, Cook pulls no punches, pointing to the longer history of racism.Observing that discrimination persists across many parts of life, including criminal justice, health and access to education and services, Cook states:To read this article in full, please click here

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04-06-2020
Windows 10X: Train wreck in slow motion – or the future of Windows?

If you’re a resolute Windows watcher, you may have heard about Windows 10X, the new version of Windows Microsoft has been cooking up. But there’s a great deal of confusion about Windows 10X, because Microsoft hasn’t been forthcoming about its primary purpose, or why anyone might ever want to use it.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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04-06-2020
Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 restarts purge of Windows 7

Windows resumed a more-or-less normal pattern in May as Windows 7 shed share while Windows 10 added to its account, bucking the March-April trend where roles had flipped – perhaps because of businesses and governments urging people to work at home during the coronavirus pandemic.According to analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 grew by 1.8 percentage points to reach 57.8% of global OS share last month, representing 66.7% of all flavors of Windows. Both of those numbers were records for Windows 10, with the latter marking the first time that the operating system accounted for two-thirds of all existent Windows.Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs was significantly larger than the percentage of all personal computers because Windows does not power every system. In May, Windows was the OS of 86.7% of the world's personal computers, a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point and a new low for Microsoft's operating system. Of the rest, all but a miniscule six-hundredths of a point ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, in decreasing order.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-06-2020
Prep yourself to earn Cisco CCNA & CCNP certifications for just $35

Spending more time at home these days? Then this is an ideal opportunity to upgrade your skills. And that’s especially the case for IT professionals. Many technical courses, after all, can be taken via the web, so there’s no need to ever leave your house. If you want to gain some new skills and potentially earn some pretty valuable credentials, then The Premium Cisco CCNA and CCNP Lifetime Certification Prep Bundle may be the perfect solution.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-06-2020
The ultimate guide to privacy on Android

On the surface, Android and privacy might not seem like the most natural of bedfellows. Google is known for its advertising business, after all — it's how the company makes the lion's share of its money — and it can be tough to square the notion of data collection with the concept of carefully controlled information.In actuality, though, Google gives you a good amount of authority over how and when it taps into your Android-associated info. (And even at its worst, the company never shares your data with anyone or sells it to third parties, despite some broad misconceptions to the contrary.) Ultimately, it just comes down to a matter of educating yourself about the possibilities and then determining what balance of privacy and function makes the most sense for you.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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