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28-10-2020
Microsoft Planner cheat sheet

Have you ever worked with several other members of your organization on a single project? You probably have, in which case you know that as soon as more than two or three people get together and start planning things, staying organized is difficult. Tracking who is responsible for what, what deadlines exist, what the objectives of the project are, and all of the attendant supporting documentation and materials can be very difficult — or perhaps just time-consuming. Either way, it’s not a pleasant task.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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28-10-2020
Microsoft expands anti-IE tack, compels 1,000 sites to open in Edge

Microsoft will amp up its damnation of Internet Explorer (IE) and solidify that very aged browser's second-rate status by soon forcibly redirecting more than a thousand websites to the much newer Edge.According to an Oct. 19 support document, as of the release of Edge 87 — expected Nov. 17-19 — IE will refuse to render hundreds of sites, automatically closing the tab in IE and then displaying a message asserting that they don't work in the obsolete browser.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-10-2020
How Apple (yes, Apple!) could revive Android's missed opportunity

Gather 'round, gang, 'cause Granpappy Writerman's got a saucy little story to share.The other day, y'see, I was sitting and staring at my computer screen — as one does — when a page came along that made my mouth go agape. Agape, I tell you. Agape! And it wasn't just because it was dangerously close to lunch time and I detected the scent of hoagie in the air (though if we're being completely honest, that might've had something to do with it).No, siree — the main reason was that I had stumbled onto an official Google announcement of a fancy new phone widget for its Photos service...on iOS.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-10-2020
Apple’s A14 chip has a superpower version for Macs

Apple will be using a superpowered version of the A14 chips used inside iPhones and iPads that are already eviscerating all competing performance data inside future Apple Silicon Macs, a report claims.Apple’s A14 chip has a superpower version While we wait for macOS Big Sur, take a moment to consider Apple’s plans to field a more powerful A-series chips inside future Macs, due to be introduced next month.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-10-2020
Microsoft Teams: How to use it, and how it stacks up to Slack and Zoom

Microsoft Teams is a collaborative workspace within Microsoft 365, that acts as a central hub for workplace conversations, collaborative teamwork, video chats and document sharing, all designed to aid worker productivity in a unified suite of tools.Launched in 2017 as a rival to collaboration pioneer Slack, Microsoft saw use of Teams rocket to 75 million daily active users as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, according to stats released by Microsoft in April. The company called Teams the fastest growing business app in its history.Since launch — and spurred on by the push for work-from-home connectivity — Teams has moved further into the spotlight as a key part of Microsoft’s workplace productivity and collaboration strategy.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-10-2020
BrandPost: Lenovo’s Next-Generation Laptop for the Modern Professional

As the modern workforce skews towards full-blown digital natives, these professionals are not just interested in using technology on the job, but in wielding technology to promote productivity and enable new ways of working.According to Manpower Group, the new workforce contains 35% millennials and nearly a quarter (24%) Gen Z workers. Raised in a fast-pace world, these modern professionals are no longer content to make do with under-performing technology or outdated devices. They want powerful and flexible work devices that enable them to work from anywhere.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-10-2020
Apple MDM services are essential for the WFH enterprise

America’s digital transformation to become a remote first economy continues to accelerate and this is driving rapid adoption of Apple technologies, MDM vendor Addigy has confirmed.‘Record breaking demand’ Demand for mobile device management solution in the Apple space is surging, the company said, as the pandemic drives forward the transition even as an increasing number of enterprises move to adopt Macs, iPhones and iPads in their business.To read this article in full, please click here

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26-10-2020
20 ways to maximize collaboration with the new Gmail interface

The inbox sure ain't what it used to be.It's hard to even remember now, but way back in the prehistoric internet era of the early 2000s, an inbox was quite literally just an inbox — a place where your incoming email landed and waited for you to answer (or, perhaps more likely, ignore) it.Now, following Google's recent repositioning of Gmail as a collaboration-friendly productivity hub, email is only one small part of what the inbox represents. The new Gmail setup is a mashup of email, one-on-one messaging, channel-driven team chat, individual and group video meetings, and even multiperson document work. It's a "new home for work," as Google puts it, and there's really no single point of focus — as the website's newly expanded left-of-screen sidebar makes immediately apparent.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-10-2020
Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

Reviewing all of the material Apple released about its iPhone 12 Pro line, it's clear that Apple has some of the best marketing talent anywhere. But when it comes to whether enterprise IT should consider buying these phones — for those operations where BYOD hasn't already alleviated the need to buy phones — it doesn't make sense.Apple's great at making something irrelevant sound fantastic and a must-have feature. The biggest bogus claim for this year's rollout involves greater network speeds in the form of 5G support. Others have done a wonderful job of debunking that claim. The upshot of the 5G problem is that the 5G infrastructure simply doesn't exist yet in any meaningful way. That means the carriers can't deliver better speeds for almost all interaction points.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-10-2020
The Apple University guide to effective business management

The way Apple runs its business is widely seen as the lode star for good business management, and the people in charge of the company’s internal leadership college know more about it than most.8 keys to Apple’s business leadership Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Apple University Dean and VP, Joel Podolny and faculty member Morten Hansen provide some glimpses of how Apple business management works.Here are the 8 keys to Apple’s business leadership.1. Expertise matters Apple doesn’t run in conventional business siloes. Instead, it organizes itself in complementary teams. The hardware team may work with the software, marketing and machine learning team to develop one set of product features.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-10-2020
Mozilla sees 'collateral damage' in DOJ antitrust fight with Google

Mozilla, maker of Firefox, this week issued a carefully-worded statement that implied it might be harmed by "collateral damage" if the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wins its recently-revealed antitrust lawsuit against search giant Google.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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23-10-2020
Dell World: Exploring the school and, by proxy, office of the future

Editor's note: Dell is a client of the author.Like most tech events this year, Dell Technologies World is virtual. And like most companies, Dell is adjusting to the New Normal where most employees are still — and may remain — working from home. During the opening keynote of this year’s event, Dell CTO, John Roese presented a blended view of the future for several of the vertical markets Dell serves. For instance, he implied that medical care in the future would likely, at least in some cases, arrive in some autonomous vehicle/office as a more efficient and safe way to provide services in the post-pandemic world. To read this article in full, please click here

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23-10-2020
Why 5G phones aren't a smart investment in the future (yet)

Here's an amusing little disconnect to wrap your musty ol' mammal-brain around: Right now, when you're looking at new phones, 5G is everywhere. You can hardly avoid it!And yet, if you find yourself holding one of those fancy new 5G-capable contraptions, you'll quickly be confronted with a competing reality: Out in the real world, when it comes to actual usage and availability, 5G is practically nowhere.Gee whiz.As we've been thinking through Google's 2020 Pixel lineup (and as our Apple-adoring amigos begin pondering a similar "To 5G or not to 5G?" decision on the iDevice front), I've heard lots of questions about the value of buying a smartphone with 5G today and whether it might be a smart long-term strategy — even if the value of 5G at this particular moment is questionable (at best).To read this article in full, please click here

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22-10-2020
Microsoft updates Yammer and Teams for iOS

Microsoft has been rolling out useful updates for its Apple-facing Office 365 apps, and has introduced a slew of software updates for Teams, Microsoft Remote Desktop and Yammer that should be of use to iPad or iPhone productivity workers.What is Microsoft introducing? Microsoft shipped an important update to Outlook for Mac in mid-October. This introduced a far more Big Sur-like user interface and valuable features, including a message-snooze function.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-10-2020
Microsoft Patch Alert: October 2020

October 2020 brought a lighter-than-usual crop of patches. For the first time in recent memory, there were none at all for Internet Explorer or the (Chromium-based) Edge browser. The cumulative updates went in with few reports of problems, although there were many complaints about printers not working after the update.Strange things happened, though, outside the usual monthly patching schedule. The day after Patch Tuesday, Microsoft announced a(nother) fix for a security hole in the HEVC codec — CVE-2020-17022 — distributed, once again, only through the Microsoft Store.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.145 Sep 2020

Cyberport flagship VC event unveils agenda, launches virtual event platform

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CyberLink Vol.144 Sep 2020

Braving the Epidemic campaign bestowed ET Net’s Health Partnership Awards 2020

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CyberLink Vol.143 Aug 2020

400+ FAST applications for new FinTech hire within a month since launch

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