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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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21-02-2020
Flashback Friday: They’re due someone’s undying gratitude

President of the company calls the IT department to ask how to recall an email message, reports a pilot fish in the loop.Impossible, tech tells him. Once an email message has been sent to the server, it can’t be recalled, and trying to do so will just draw attention to the email. The president does not want that.“Next day, my boss calls me and two other members of our department into her office,” says fish. “She says that we have to get that email back. And we can’t let any of the 70 people it was sent to know what we’re doing. Oh, and it was sent two weeks ago.”Then the boss gives this little pep talk: “That’s nigh unto impossible, right? Well, we regularly have to make the impossible possible.”To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
The mess behind Microsoft’s yanked UEFI patch KB 4524244

Remember the warning about watching how sausage is made? This is an electronic sausage-making story with lots of dirty little bits.First, the chronology. On February’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a bizarre standalone security patch, KB 4524244, which was then called “Security update for Windows 10, version 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, and 1903: Feb. 11, 2020.” The name has changed, but bear with me.The original problems with KB 4524244 That patch had all sorts of weird hallmarks as I discussed at the time:To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
RIP: Larry Tesler, inventor of copy & paste

“You cannot reduce the complexity of a given task beyond a certain point. Once you’ve reached that point you can only shift the burden around.” ~Larry TeslerOne of the men who helped create the current age of personal computing passed away this week, Larry Tesler (74), the computer scientist who invented copy-&-paste while at Xerox PARC.Entwined with Apple’s story Long ago, when Xerox wanted to invest in Apple before its IPO, Apple demanded and got the right to visit the fabled Palo Alto Research Center. The first such visit took place 1980 (though some claim it took place in 1979).Larry Tesler, then Director of PARC, acted as Apple’s tour guide.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
The 11 most interesting takeaways from Android 11 (so far)

Well, I'll be: We're not even all the way through February yet, and Google's next big Android version is already upon us.Google announced the first Android 11 developer preview on its Android Developers blog Wednesday. To be clear, this is a very early peek at the software, intended explicitly for developers. It isn't something any average person should even think about installing, nor is it likely anywhere close to being a complete representation of what Android 11 will ultimately include.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
University's mobile app streaming idea has enterprise IT potential. But, oh yes, there's that security annoyance.

Purdue University has announced an interesting mobile concept, a means to free up lots of space that is now housing apps and app data. Why not, the university asks, stream the apps themselves from the cloud?Let's let the school explain its own idea: "New software streams data and code resources to an app from a cloud server when necessary, allowing the app to use only the space it needs on a phone at any given time. 'It’s like how Netflix movies aren’t actually stored on a computer. They are streamed to you as you are watching them,' said Saurabh Bagchi, a Purdue University professor of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, and director of the Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems and Processes. 'Here the application components, like heavy video or graphics or code paths, are streaming instantly despite the errors and slowdowns that are possible on a cellular network.' Bagchi’s team showed in a study how the software, called AppStreamer, cuts down storage requirements by at least 85 percent for popular gaming apps on an Android. The software seamlessly shuffles data between an app and a cloud server without stalling the game. Most study participants didn’t notice any differences in their gaming experience while the app used AppStreamer. Because AppStreamer works for these storage-hungry gaming apps, it could work for other apps that usually take up far less space, Bagchi said. The software also allows the app itself to download faster to a phone. The researchers will present their findings Feb. 18 at the 17th International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks in Lyon, France." (Note: This press release was written before Feb. 18.)To read this article in full, please click here

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20-02-2020
How to build a collaboration environment for a changing workforce

By 2025, most workers will be millennials. These ‘digital natives’ will have a major impact on how collaboration takes place – and it won’t involve walking next door to an office to collaborate.

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20-02-2020
Windows as we know it is dead; what comes next?

Disclosure:  Most of the vendors noted are clients of the author.Windows arose after IBM behaved very unlike itself in the 1980s as it looked outside itself for technology from then-young companies Intel and Microsoft.  The move led to AMD, created an alternative to Apple – and nearly killed its own then-predominant mainframe program. Early on, DOS was merged with Windows to compete with the macOS, but IBM and Microsoft eventually went separate ways. The revolutionary model (where hardware and software were divorced from each other) lived on, however, until this month when Microsoft effectively killed it. The Microsoft move, while disruptive for PC OEMs, should result in a better user experience. To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Adobe Photoshop turns 30, now much smarter

Photoshop is one of the computer world's most influential applications. It was thirty years ago today when Adobe first introduced it. To celebrate, the company today updated Photoshop for Mac and iPad with a range of tasty new features that show how far digital arts have come in the last three decades.Photoshop on iPad Adobe has been working hard to make Photoshop on iPad more feature complete in comparison to the Mac version. Both versions use the same code base, which helps the company progress new tools to the tablet.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Wayback Wednesday: So much for that executive-suite mystique

Pilot fish is just starting in IT at this big pharmaceutical company, and he gets a call from an executive admin with a problem.“She said her monitor had mysteriously gone blank and she was afraid she had lost what she was working on,” says fish. “I told her not to touch anything and I would be right over.”When fish arrives on the executive floor, the admin is talking on the phone, but she points to her PC for fish to take a look.Fish can see that the computer’s power light is on, but the monitor’s isn’t. A quick scan of the back of the machine makes it clear that the video cable is screwed in tightly on both ends.Quietly, so as not to disturb the phone conversation, fish asks the admin to slide back so he can check under her desk.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
Edge roadmap reveals user requests – and work undone

Microsoft's latest roadmap for the Edge browser spells out when developers will tackle some of its many not-yet-coded features, but most remain in the planning or even in-discussion phases, leaving users uncertain when functionality would be implemented.Typically, Microsoft refreshes a "Feedback Summary" for Edge once a week, when it lists what impending features have met the "Planning" milestone and when - as in which month - each will supposedly make it into the browser.Microsoft solicits feedback from participants in the Microsoft Edge Insider preview program, which, like its Windows equivalent, asks users to test early versions.At the top of Edge's roadmap are a pair of sync issues, both set as "Planned for February." One is dedicated to cleaning up existent problems, including duplicate bookmarks (still called "Favorites" in Edge, a term long used by Microsoft for its antique Internet Explorer); the other will enable synchronization of browser add-ons between copies of Edge on multiple devices.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-02-2020
5 hidden Pixel features worth finding

A phone's most interesting features aren't always the most obvious ones. Google in particular has a habit of tucking useful options away in easily overlooked places — and its Pixel phones are certainly no exception.While Google's phones once represented a "pure" version of what Android was meant to be, these days, they're more accurately described as representing Google's vision for the operating system. And increasingly, that means features and elements that aren't part of Android itself or available on other devices are being added into the Pixel software.They may not all be life-changing, revolutionary sorts of things, but sometimes, it's the smaller touches — the ones that make our lives just a teensy bit easier in some subtle but significant way — that have the greatest impact of all.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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