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15-09-2017
Innovation and Technology Venture Fund

The Government has launched the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund on 15-09-2017. It is now open for application by venture capital funds to become co-investment partners (Deadline: 15-01-2018). A briefing session will be held on 03-10-2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. Interested venture capital funds are welcome to attend.

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25-06-2019
Microsoft previews 'full-Chromium' Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8.1

Microsoft last week unveiled preliminary versions of its remade Edge browser for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.The preview builds for the older operating systems were marked as from the "Canary" channel, the least polished of the four eventual versions Microsoft will support. Two other more reliable channels - "Dev" and "Beta" - will lead to the production build, dubbed "Stable."[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] When Microsoft first told users it would ditch Edge's home-grown browser technologies and replace them with those from the Chromium open-source project, the company promised to craft editions for not only Windows 10, but also its predecessors as well as macOS. Going cross-platform was, Microsoft contended, one of the benefits of jumping aboard Chromium, the project whose rendering and JavaScript engines also power Google's Chrome, Opera Software's Opera and several niche browsers.To read this article in full, please click here

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25-06-2019
A first look at macOS Catalina (public beta now available)

Apple officially opened up its Public Beta Program today for its newest deskop OS.So I thought it might be useful to share some first impressions of macOS Catalina. I’ve spent a little time with it since its introduction at WWDC. You can try macOS Catalina for yourself Mac users who want to test the beta themselves can sign-up to join Apple’s Public Beta Program.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2019
Memory-Lane Monday: 240 would be twice as good, right?

Pilot fish walks into his small lab at a big computer maker one morning and finds one of the building’s maintenance guys packing up his tools. So fish chats with him for a bit and then asks what he had been working on. “I had a work order to change the wall power for the lab’s printer from 240 volts to 120 volts,” responds the maintenance guy.“That's odd,” says fish. “The printer’s been happily plugged into that outlet for years.”Maintenance guy shrugs and leaves. Almost immediately, one of fish’s co-workers announces that the printer is down.Fish opens the printer’s cover and looks at the power plate. Sure enough, the printer is built to use 240 volts. So when the printer vendor’s repair guy arrives to troubleshoot the problem, fish immediately fills him in about what the maintenance guy had done.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2019
27 advanced Trello tips and tricks

Whether you're collaborating with colleagues or flying solo on a mission, you can't do much better than Trello when it comes to keeping the pieces of your projects in order.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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22-06-2019
Microsoft cranks up Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forcible upgrades

Microsoft this week quietly alerted customers running last year's Windows 10 version 1803 that it would soon start a forced upgrade to the latest feature refresh.In a note added to the Windows release health dashboard on June 18, Microsoft wrote: "We are now beginning to build and train the machine learning (ML) based rollout process to update devices running the April 2018 Update, and earlier versions of Windows 10, to ensure we can continue to service these devices."[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] The move was expected, as last month Microsoft said that starting in late June it would begin upgrading Windows 10 Home PCs - and perhaps Windows 10 Pro systems as well - from 1803, the April 2018 Update, to this year's 1903.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
How ‘Find My’ Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Apple is changing how its Find My Mac tool works in macOS Catalina and iOS – it will now use Bluetooth and should find your Mac even when it is asleep.How does ‘Find My’ Mac work? Apple is combining two apps – Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a new ‘Find My’ app.The combined app offers what we are used to from each one of these individual apps, but introduces new tools based on Bluetooth.The ideas is that it will use low energy Bluetooth signals to help bring people together with lost things.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
IDG Contributor Network: Cisco’s WebEx future: they got it right this time

[Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.]  To say I’m not a fan of Cisco’s WebEx platform would be a huge understatement. But every platform out their sucks in some way with the current darling in market likely being Zoom.So, it was with some surprise that, as I watched Amy Chang present in San Diego on the near-term future of WebEx, I actually stopped doing email and was pulled into what she was saying and concluded “damn, she gets it.”I’ve been involved in this space since the late 1980s and I’ve seen a ton of firms screw up, from IBM to Google. Every decade or so the industry gets excited about collaboration/video conferencing…and then loses its shirt. Largely because it doesn’t get that it isn’t about speeds and feeds, processors, closed systems or even platforms. It’s about communications, interoperation, simplicity and making it so someone working remotely isn’t disadvantaged.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
After IPO launch, Slack looks for even faster enterprise growth

Slack’s public listing on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday marks the latest chapter in the company’s remarkable rise since its launch five years ago.More than 10 million people use Slack on a daily basis and it has become integral to workflows in a variety of industries. The app is widely credited with reinvigorating the team collaboration market, now worth $3.5 billion globally, and has attracted a host of big-name competitors including Microsoft, Google and Facebook. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Seasonal affective disorder

It’s 1984, and pilot fish’s software development unit is getting ready to move into brand-new quarters in a building that’s still under construction. Electricians are already installing the power and telephone wiring for all of the offices and cubicles, so it’s decided to have them install the Ethernet cabling as well.It being the ’80s (which someone cleverly has dubbed “The LAN Before Time”), the workstations on every desk will have to be networked together using 10Base5 Ethernet — the original thick Ethernet. The backbone bus is made of thick, stiff, shielded coaxial cable. One cable will run the length of the office, a couple of hundred feet, with a few dozen transceivers about every 10 to 15 feet. The transceivers will be in sealed black boxes about the size of a VHS tape cassette (again, the ’80s!), with a type N screw-on coax connector on each end and a 15-pin D connector for the drop cable that will connect to a computer.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as 'cataclysmic'

Facebook's plans to launch a cryptocurrency and digital wallet for users to make online purchases and money transfers should have the financial services community in a tither, with some expecting banks to quickly follow Facebook's lead.The social network's shift into financial services also has raised the specter of regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency. The U.S. Senate Banking Committee announced Wednesday it will hold a hearing over Facebook's cryptocurrency plans on July 16. The hearing will explore Facebook's project Libra and data privacy considerations associated with it, according to Reuters. In a tweet Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, called on Facebook to halt its crypto plans and wants hearings to further study it.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Slack or Teams? Many businesses opt for both

Slack and Microsoft may be battling for dominance in the booming team collaboration market, but most organizations rely on both applications – and some companies use even more.Those are some of the results of a survey by Mio, an Austin, Texas-based startup that sells software to enable communication between different messaging tools. Mio polled 200 IT decision-makers at organizations ranging in size from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of employees. To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Google's officially done making tablets

Here's an interesting little nugget of info to chew on: Google's decided to step away from its self-made tablets and focus instead on the laptop form.To be clear, Google hadn't actually announced any tablet-specific products this year; the last such item that made its way to the market was the Pixel Slate in 2018. But, as I learned today, the company did have two smaller-sized tablets under development — and earlier this week, it decided to drop all work on those devices and make its roadmap revolve entirely around laptops instead.A couple of clarifying points here: First, none of this has any impact on Pixel phones. Pixel phones and Pixel computers are two different departments, and the roadmap in question is related exclusively to the latter. (The same applies to the various Google Home/Nest products. What we're talking about today has absolutely zero impact on any that stuff.)To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
Google's officially done making its own tablets

Here's an interesting little nugget of info to chew on: Google's decided to step away from its self-made tablets and focus instead on the laptop form.To be clear, Google hadn't actually announced any tablet-specific products this year; the last such item that made its way to the market was the Pixel Slate in 2018. But, as I learned today, the company did have two smaller-sized tablets under development — and earlier this week, it decided to drop all work on those devices and make its roadmap revolve entirely around laptops instead.A couple of clarifying points here: First, none of this has any impact on Pixel phones. Pixel phones and Pixel computers are two different departments, and the roadmap in question is related exclusively to the latter. (The same applies to the various Google Home/Nest products. What we're talking about today has absolutely zero impact on any that stuff.)To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2019
The downfall of the virtual assistant (so far)

It's tough to do much of anything involving technology these days without running into a virtual assistant.Pick up your Android phone or Chromebook, and there's Google Assistant waiting for a chat. Power up any Amazon-made gadget, and Alexa's standing by with an open ear. Apple's got Siri, poor Samsung's got Bixby, and even random companies like Bank of America are getting in on the action with their own woefully unnecessary A.I. personalities (sorry, "Erica").We've talked plenty about the reasons why everyone and their mother wants you to get friendly with their flavor of robot aid — and why that, in turn, has led to what I call the post-OS era, in which a device's operating system is less important than the virtual assistant threaded throughout it. It's no coincidence that Google is slowly expanding Assistant into a platform of its own, and what we're seeing now is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-06-2019
Macs in the enterprise: 6 stats every IT purchaser needs

CIOs across the planet spend a lot of time wishing for unicorns.“If only there were a technology solution that could reduce costs and boost productivity,” they cry to the great executive bonus gods sitting high in their capitalist sky.Get a Mac Times have changed since Apple’s hugely popular Get a Mac ads encouraged so many Windows using iPod users to make the switch.[ Related: Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist ] Millions did, Mac marketshare climbed, Apple introduced iPhone, and Steve Jobs got cross. Now the company sells the most advanced smartphone in the world, and it doesn’t even snap.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.129 Jun 2019

DELF spotlights the best of esports and digital entertainment extravaganza and opens new esports venue

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CyberLink Vol.128 May 2019

InsurTech start-up OneDegree attracts BitRock, Cyberport Marco Fund, Cathay Venture in Series A extension

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CyberLink Vol.127 April 2019

3,000 industry elites converged at IES 2019 to gain best insights of the digital future 

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