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14-08-2020
Microsoft offers Office 365-loaded browser homepage to enterprises that use Bing

[ Related: FAQ: What the new Edge offers the enterprise ] After tying Edge's new tab page to its Microsoft and Office 365 cloud-based services, Microsoft has announced it is making a similar move on the browser home page.Calling the feature Bing enterprise homepage, Microsoft described it as a blend of "the same Bing homepage you love" and "work info you need," ranging from meeting schedules and lists of recently-accessed files to industry news and search suggestions of internal data.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-08-2020
2020: Apple’s still got a handful of songs to sing

While I believe history will remember 2020 as a dreadful year overall, Apple remains focused on most of its original plan to make this a very big year. What’s still coming? A deluge of recent rumors and speculations gives us a sense of what to expect.The iPhone 12 series We’ve looked at this before, and it seems Apple remains on course to introduce four iPhone 12 models this year, including Pro models as well as devices with 5G capabilities. Leaker Jon Prosser recently claimed on Twitter these devices will be announced at an October iPhone event, though actual shipping dates could be staggered into November. This chimes neatly with existing speculation that product development and manufacturing has been affected by US/China trade tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-08-2020
Microsoft's Surface Duo is a big-picture product

I'm gonna go ahead and call it: The reviews for the Surface Duo, Microsoft's long-under-development and finally-ready-for-release first Android phone, aren't gonna be glowing.The Duo, launching Sept. 10 for a cool $1,400, isn't exactly an ordinary device. It may or may not be a product worth buying for most people — that's yet to be seen. What we can say, though, is that the Duo is a first-generation stab at a very different class of gadget. It's intended for a very specific type of tech user. And approaching it with the standard review technique of comparing components and obsessing over specs is going to miss the bigger picture of what it's all about.To read this article in full, please click here

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13-08-2020
A guide to migrating off Windows Server 2008

With the OS reaching end of life, it’s time to migrate whatever old servers you have left, and it’s not a trivial job.

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13-08-2020
Google delays Chrome web apps drop-dead date until mid-2022

[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] Google this week rescinded several deadlines it had set earlier this year on ending Chrome apps, giving the format until mid-2022 before pulling all support.Introduced in 2013 as a way to offer functionality not available on the web, the Chrome-specific apps also gave developers a way to write one app that would run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.In January, Google laid out an end-of-support schedule for the apps, saying then that as of Chrome 83 – slated for a June 9 launch – the browser would not support apps on Windows, macOS or Linux. However, it would offer a grace period – until December – for managed browsers in business. A policy was to be available that would extend support from June to December 2020. (Originally, Google said in 2016 that Chrome would reject running apps by early 2018, so this has been in the works a while.)To read this article in full, please click here

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13-08-2020
Slack talks up security with new encryption options, FedRAMP certification

As Slack works to entice large organizations to deploy its channel-based collaboration app, the company is touting a variety of security upgrades, including an expanded enterprise key management (EKM) system and stronger compliance capabilities.Among the updates announced Tuesday is the extension of EKM to give admins greater flexibility over the encryption of message data. Slack’s EKM, introduced in 2018 for Enterprise Grid customers, can now cover data sent by users accessing the Workflow Builder automation tool. The company also plans to expand EKM to messages sent in Slack Connect - the company’s  recently announced platform for multi-company conversations - when it launches later this year. To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Is Microsoft finally getting its Windows update act together?

Updating Windows has become a bad joke. I can install three Linux distributions in the same time it takes me to make a single serious Windows upgrade. And, when I'm done with the Linux installations, I know they'll work. With Windows? You're taking your computer's life in your hands with even a Patch Tuesday security update.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: How Cloud Software and Service Providers Addressed an Education Crisis to Enable Remote Learning at Scale

One immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring was the temporary shutdown of schools all over the world, leaving over 1 billion students without classrooms. Schools were forced to quickly launch and scale up virtual learning curricula. The speed, scale, and breadth of the virtual learning services that followed simply would not have been possible without world-class cloud infrastructure and learning platforms. The rapid shift to cloud-based virtual learning across the globe is already having a transformative effect on education, and is likely to provide more flexibility in the way schools deliver education services in the future. The power and agility of public cloud infrastructure enabled many educational technology companies across Europe to scale existing services and quickly launch new solutions to help teachers and students adjust to a new way of learning, ensuring continuity of education.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: Cloud Services Provide a Digital Lifeline for Critical Government, Healthcare Sectors

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the ability of government agencies and healthcare providers to deliver critical services and information to individuals and businesses, as many IT systems were suddenly overwhelmed with more requests than they could handle.Cloud services have enabled organizations to handle surges in demand and a sudden shift to remote work to manage through the crisis. Flexible, scalable, cloud-based IT infrastructure has proven vital to many software and service providers across Europe, allowing them to maintain communications and delivery of essential services to those in need.The first priority when the virus first took hold across Europe was managing the spread of the virus. Covidapp.eu developed an app to map and visualize the movement trajectories of infected people. The app lets anyone upload their movement history and cross-check it against records of infected people. If a location match is found, the person can assess the risk of having visited that location.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: Cloud Services Provide Critical Continuity for Healthcare Providers During COVID Crisis

Few fields have been transformed as radically by COVID-19 as healthcare. A high-touch profession has remade itself around virtual consultation, remote diagnosis, and video collaboration.Healthcare providers have had to rethink patient relationships as in-person interactions became minimized. Telehealth and other cloud-based services, which already had gained traction among many healthcare providers, have become critical components for ongoing care during the pandemic.Software and services providers across the UK have stepped up, with the help of cloud-based services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), to assist healthcare providers address short-term needs. But they are also likely changing the nature of healthcare as we know it.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
BrandPost: How Cloud-Based Services are Helping Maintain Critical Care and Connectivity in the ‘New Normal’

France and Italy were two of the early coronavirus epicenters, but thanks to aggressive containment measures, both countries have flattened the curve. Technology providers stepped up in a variety of ways to support government and healthcare officials in their efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, delivering cloud-based solutions to improve collaboration, maintain patient care, and relieve overworked staff.For example, the rapid growth in cases in France created an urgent need for emergency management personnel to identify people who had potentially been infected with COVID-19 and match them with available resources. Equipment was in short supply and many healthcare professionals were isolated at home, so a cloud-based solution was needed to provide the fastest possible results.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
10+ WFH tips for Mac users

What follows is a short collection of ideas that may help you automate tedious tasks using scheduling and reminder features Apple includes within every Mac, many of which also work on iPhone.Your research assistant Do you spend a lot of time researching? If you do, you’ve probably already used Apple’s bookmarks, pins and reading tools – but have you used Siri?You see, when you come across a page you want to check later, you can summon Siri and ask it to remind you of that page at a specific time and date. Your Mac will create a reminder containing that link for you and you can review it at a more convenient time.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Zoom explained: Understanding (and using) the popular video chat app

In some ways, the Zoom videoconferencing app seemed to come from nowhere this year — even though it’s been around since 2013 and has long been highly regarded for its ease of use.Then the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, first in China, then around the world. On Feb. 26, Zoom announced it had already added more new users in the first two months of 2020 than it had in all of 2019. Within a month, as the pandemic spread, office workers suddenly found themselves jumping on daily Zoom calls from the comfort of home in a desperate attempt to keep in touch with colleagues.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Wayback Wednesday: There are no crazy troubleshooting ideas

It’s the mid-1990s, and this pilot fish is in charge of repairs for a computer store. “Most of my duties involved run-of-the-mill things like hard drive failures or memory upgrades,” he says.But a new system comes back into the shop after just two days because the mouse won’t work.Fish puts the PC on the bench and starts with the easiest possibility: He replaces the mouse. It doesn’t work, and the original mouse works fine on a known-good system.He puts in a new card with a serial port and tries the mouse. No luck. He checks the Windows settings. They look fine. He starts replacing components, one by one: memory chips, video card, modem, sound card, floppy drive, hard drive, CPU and finally the motherboard.To read this article in full, please click here

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12-08-2020
Mozilla lays off 250, says pandemic 'significantly impacted revenue'

Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, on Tuesday began cutting about 25% of its global workforce, saying that the coronavirus pandemic's impact on economies "significantly impacted our revenue."The organization will also go through a restructuring that will reduce some current efforts – developer tools was one example cited – and create a new products group outside of the one responsible for Firefox."Our pre-COVID plan is no longer workable," Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla Corp., the for-profit firm that manages Firefox, and the chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, wrote in an email to employees. "We have talked about the need for change – including the likelihood of layoffs – since the spring. Today these changes become real."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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