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13-12-2019
3 things Google slaughtered this year that still sting

It's no big secret that Google has a pesky little habit of, y'know, cold-blooded murder.You know what I'm talking about, right? Everyone's favorite Android keeper has had more than a few instances of giving us some promising new product, selling us wholeheartedly on its commitment to said product and its lofty visions for its future — and then, once we've all become thoroughly invested in adopting said service and integrating it fully into our lives, changing its tune and abandoning the thing entirely.Hell, there are entire websites devoted to memorializing killed Google products — the aptly named Google Cemetery and Killed by Google databases.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-12-2019
IDG Contributor Network: Just a few more updates for 2019 makes for a light December Patch Tuesday

December brings peace and joy – well, maybe – but at least Microsoft has provided us with a relatively easy Patch Tuesday update. There is an urgent update to Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and three critical updates to the Windows platform that will require some attention this month. In addition, we have cumulative updates for the .NET and SQL server platforms that will require some testing before general deployment. That said, I think that 2020 will bring many interesting Patch Tuesdays with Microsoft’s new “staged” feature releases already included Windows 10 1909. You can find out more here on our Readiness blog infographic.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-12-2019
Throwback Thursday: Just our way of saying thanks

Pilot fish takes a job at a big manufacturing plant — one with big IT problems.“It was a mess,” fish says. “No backups, bad networking, you name it.”So he gets to work hammering things into shape. And after two years, backups are well organized, the network is running perfectly, and fish is pretty satisfied with his efforts.And so, apparently, are his bosses.“I got called into HR one afternoon,” fish reports. “I was told, ‘We have to let you go to save money. We’re going to support the plant remotely.“‘But we couldn't have done this without the great work you did.’”Sharky always appreciates receiving your true tales of IT life. Send them to me 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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12-12-2019
Microsoft begins Windows 10's 1809-to-1909 compulsory upgrade

Microsoft has begun forcibly upgrading Windows 10 PCs running version 1809 with the latest, the November 2019 Update, aka 1909, which the company launched less than a month ago."We will slowly start the phased process to automatically initiate a feature update for devices running the October 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1809) Home and Pro editions," Microsoft said in a Dec. 5 message on Windows 10 1909's page of the Windows Release Health Dashboard. "We are starting this rollout process several months in advance of the end of service date to provide adequate time for a smooth update process." To read this article in full, please click here

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12-12-2019
Microsoft Teams comes to Linux

Microsoft Teams is now available on Linux as a public preview, the first time an Office 365 application has been brought to the open source operating system.A native Linux client has been one of the most requested Teams features on Microsoft’s User Voice forum; plans to introduce were announced at the company’s Ignite conference last month. The app will feature all of the core Teams capabilities available in Windows and MacOS versions. Native Linux packages can be downloaded in .deb and.rpm formats. To read this article in full, please click here

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11-12-2019
Apple is forcing the ad industry to change

Advertising has become too personal.Modern systems learn too much about your personal life, tastes and aspirations, and while this is manna from heaven for advertisers, it’s an invasion of privacy for many. And Apple is changing the equation.Intelligent Tracking Prevention Apple has built a technology that reduces the quantity of data advertisers can harvest from your online life. It is called Intelligent Tracking Prevention and The Information tells us that since the technology debuted in 2017:To read this article in full, please click here

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11-12-2019
Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag

Patch Tuesday in December rarely brings anything worthwhile — everybody’s on vacation, or wants to be on vacation — and this month’s no exception. We got patches for 36 separately identified security holes and two new advisories, full of sound and fury but covering very little.The one “exploited” security hole — CVE-2019-1458 Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability — shouldn’t cause any heartburn. Microsoft says:To read this article in full, please click here

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11-12-2019
Blockchain/IoT integration accelerates, hits a 'sweet spot' for the two technologies

Three-quarters of companies implementing IoT have already adopted blockchain or plan to use it by the end of 2020, an indicator of the growing connection between the two, according to a survey of 500 U.S. companies by Gartner.While the marriage between the two technologies has been expected to be crucial for  industry digital transformation, the adoption rate is happening at a “much faster pace than expected,” Gartner said.“Among the blockchain adopters, 86% are implementing the two technologies together in various projects,” Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president and report author,  wrote in a blog. She called IoT integration "a sweet spot" for blockchain, the much-hyped distributed ledger technology.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-12-2019
Hey, he said sorry

This pilot fish wakes up around 1:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom and checks his work cellphone. Lo and behold, there are a lot of emails about a very important filesystem that’s full. This filesystem contains all the user home directories for an entire facility, and according to the emails, even though several people had deleted large numbers of big files they no longer needed, the filesystem filled up again, and rather quickly.Although the emails stopped around 10 p.m., fish knows he’s going to have a rowdy mob of incensed users clamoring at his cubicle in the morning, so he gets dressed and goes to work, arriving at about 2:45 a.m. This particular filesystem lives on a network that cannot be accessible from the internet.To read this article in full, please click here

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11-12-2019
7 reasons Chromebooks are ideal for enterprises

Are Chromebooks on their way to becoming mainstream computers in the enterprise?To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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11-12-2019
Office 365 on Windows 7 gets free patches until 2023

Customers who continue to power PCs with Windows 7 after the operating system's expiration date will be given one more update to Office 365 ProPlus - the application soul of the subscription service - before shutting down the feature pipeline.But Office 365 ProPlus - the application stack that's part of most business plans - will receive security updates long after Windows 7's retirement on Jan. 14. How long after? Three years after.The arrangement - "no" to new features but "yes" to vulnerability patches - was unusual enough to upend the typical definition of "support.""Office 365 ProPlus won't be supported on Windows 7 after January 14, 2020," Microsoft plainly stated in a support document last revised less than two weeks ago.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-12-2019
Review: Two weeks with a 16-inch MacBook Pro

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks using one of Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pros, and thought I’d share a few thoughts on the new high-end notebook.Skin deep? On first glance the new Mac definitely maintains the svelte and modern appearance of all the company’s high-end Macs, a style inheritance that can be traced all the way back to the Titanium PowerBook G4.This is an appearance that is often imitated and hardly ever matched and it means that anyone using one of these Macs is going to have the visceral feeling that they are using a high quality and professional solution. Which is the feeling you want when you’re asked to spend from $2,799 on a computer system. (Though Apple is offering 6% Daily Cash if you buy one of these with an Apple Card).To read this article in full, please click here

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10-12-2019
Review: Two weeks with a 16-in. MacBook Pro

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks using one of Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pros, and I have a few thoughts to share on the new high-end notebook.For the record: I've been using the pricier $2,799 model, which comes with a 2.3GHz, 8-core Intel Core i9 chip, an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory and a 1TB SSD.Skin deep? On first glance, the new Mac maintains the svelte and modern appearance of all the company’s high-end Macs, a style inheritance that can be traced all the way back to the Titanium PowerBook G4.To read this article in full, please click here

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10-12-2019
Android security checkup: 16 steps to a safer phone

Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you'll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)To read this article in full, please click here

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10-12-2019
DOS-si-do

Back in 1993, for those who weren’t around, Windows still ran on top of DOS. At the time, this pilot fish is a consultant, installing a new laser printer for a customer. But the Windows 3.1 computer won’t install all the drivers from the floppy. (Kids, you might want to check Wikipedia on that one, too.)So fish gets on his CompuServ account (yeah, this Tank is a regular time machine), finds the driver is available, and downloads it. But the driver won’t load because it is finding remnants of the old driver in the Windows/drivers folder.Fish then does a dir aa*.* (where “aa” is the prefix of the drivers) and gets a listing. He does a cursory scan to be sure there isn’t anything else in the list that would cause a problem if deleted — and promptly enters del *.* instead of del aa*.*.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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