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26-02-2020
Answering your Windows questions: February 2020

Computerworld contributor Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers' questions about the latest Windows 10 release. To read this article in full, please click here

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26-02-2020
Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards

A troubling trend is taking shape here in the land o' smartphones, and lemme tell ya: It's something that really gets my feathers ruffled.The short version is this: Manufacturers of high-end, expensive devices are treating the phones they sell us as billboards. Despite the fact that we're often paying well over a thousand bucks for these pieces of technology, the companies behind 'em are inserting ads into core parts of their operating systems in an attempt to squeeze even more money out of us — at the cost of our user experience.We've seen renewed signs of such silliness on a few different fronts lately — and not only within Android: On the Apple side of the mobile-tech garden, in fact, a developer recently pointed out how iOS is rapidly deteriorating into a place for Apple to advertise its pay-to-play services. The goal, he explained, is to push those services — rather aggressively — onto customers who haven't yet signed up for recurring monthly payments.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-02-2020
Apple may introduce an ARM-powered Mac in 2021, claim

The rumor that would not die appears to be turning into a reality with Apple allegedly intending the introduction of some form of Mac powered by an Apple-designed ARM-based A-series processor in 2021.Unique technology advantage Apple’s silicon development team has pushed A-series processor development hard.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-02-2020
Apple may introduce an ARM-powered Mac in 2021

The rumor that would not die appears to be turning into a reality, with Apple allegedly intending to introduce some form of Mac powered by an Apple-designed ARM-based A-series processor in 2021.Unique technology advantage Apple’s silicon development team has pushed A-series processor development hard. Not only do the processors – used inside all Apple’s mobile products – lead the industry in terms of power, energy and performance, but they now deliver more performance than some Macs,reports claimed.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-02-2020
7 things Microsoft didn't tell us about the new Office app

Microsoft last week launched Office, a new mobile app for iOS and Android that the company slid into an already packed line-up of individual apps.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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25-02-2020
Top secret

It’s back when 5-inch floppy disks roamed the Earth, and a customer service tech sends a software update to a customer known to be a bit more than a little computer-challenged, says a pilot fish in the know. This involves physically mailing a stack of disks to the customer, along with a note saying to call the tech when she’s ready to install the update.When the call comes, the tech is prepared to walk her through the installation step by step. After getting the computer booted up and verifying that the user has located disk No. 1, the tech says, “Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive, with the label facing up.”Customer: “Done.”Tech: “Type ‘A,’ and press the Enter key.”To read this article in full, please click here

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25-02-2020
Train to become a skilled Python coder for just $50

Python is one of the most widely used coding languages in the world. And, good news, it isn’t very difficult to learn — especially for those experienced using other platforms. If you want an introduction to the language, but would rather avoid a traditional college education, then give The Complete 2020 Python Programming Certification Bundle a try.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-02-2020
Why every user needs a smart speaker security policy

Does your voice assistant wake up randomly when you are engaged in normal conversation, listening to radio, or watching TV? You’re not alone, and this may have serious implications in enterprise security policy.All things being equal (they’re not) “Anyone who has used voice assistants knows that they accidentally wake up and record when the 'wake word' isn't spoken - for example, 'seriously' sounds like the wake word 'Siri' and often causes Apple's Siri-enabled devices to start listening," the Smart Speakers research study says.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-02-2020
Only AI can us from a world of fakes (a world AI is also creating)

Deepfake video and audio. AI-generated texts, poetry and lyrics. Fake sites. Fake influencers. Fake news. Will life ever be real again?

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24-02-2020
Next up on Microsoft's dust heap: Office 2010

With Windows 7's retirement from support now behind everyone, the next major marker for a Microsoft expiration arrives in a little less than 10 months, when Office 2010 falls off the servicing list.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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24-02-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: Why isn’t everyone looking happy to hear that?

Support pilot fish gets an escalated trouble ticket: A division’s web-based application has stopped working, and it’s critical to get it working again.“It stopped working about the same time that engineering implemented some new security settings,” says fish. “Some checking and testing shows the new security settings are to blame.“Engineering’s recommendation: Add the web server to the ‘trusted sites’ list. That’s no good, says the on-site IT guy.”But if that’s no good, there’s going to be a lot of red tape involved in getting a security setting reversed once it’s been directed by headquarters. A manager in engineering tells fish privately that he has never gotten one of these requests past the security group. To read this article in full, please click here

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22-02-2020
With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause Updates

By now you’ve probably heard about the disappearing-profile bug in this month’s Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative update. The buggy patch went out on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Reports started rolling in shortly afterward about desktops that were wiped clean, wallpaper replaced, even files that disappeared. I wrote about it on Thursday morning: Many people are in a tizzy — their desktop icons are gone, they can’t log onto their usual Admin account, and their files most definitely aren’t where they left them.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-02-2020
Challo pushes enterprise collaboration across company walls

One of the big weaknesses of many enterprise collaboration solutions is that they aren’t always good at letting employees work with external parties. That’s a problem one of the latest entrants to the space tries to solve.Collaboration without walls  Like many such solutions, Challo is a feature-rich cloud-based enterprise-class collaboration tool.What’s interesting is that this has been built to deliver all the collaboration tools you’d expect, along with externally facing tools and enterprise-class security.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-02-2020
Spatial and Nreal partner to make AR meetings a reality

Augmented reality is seen as a boon for the workplace of the future because it would allow co-workers to collaborate remotely using digital avatars and 3D virtual objects that can be viewed and manipulated in real-time during a meeting. That vision is behind the announcement Thursday by Spatial and Nreal, who are teaming up to offer AR collaboration software and hardware.  To read this article in full, please click here

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21-02-2020
Apple joins industry effort to eliminate passwords

In a somewhat unusual move for Apple, the company has joined the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an authentication standards group dedicated to replacing passwords with another, faster and more secure method for logging into online services and apps.Apple is among the last tech bigwigs to join FIDO, whose members now include Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, RSA, Samsung, Qualcomm and VMware. The group also boasts more than a dozen financial service firms such as American Express, ING, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa and Wells Fargo.“Apple is not usually up front in joining new organizations and often waits to see if they gain enough traction before joining in. This is fairly atypical for them,” said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "Apple is often trying to present [its] own proposed industry standards for wide adoption, but is generally not an early adopter of true multi-vendor industry standards.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.137 Feb 2020

MAD Gaze raises US$18M to ramp up product R&D and 5G applications

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CyberLink Vol.136 Jan 2020

Cyberport spotlights digital trade finance and virtual banking at AFF 2020

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CyberLink Vol.135 Dec 2019

Cyberport awarded for corporate governance and board diversity by Hong Kong Institute of Directors

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