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21-05-2022
The essential guide to iCloud login

The iCloud login process provides plenty of value without requiring a great deal of thought. Here's what do need to know about iCloud login and how to get the most from it.What is iCloud login? First, a swift recap of the basic concepts:Apple’s iCloud powers numerous apps and services and acts as a glue to securely enable powerful features such as document and data syncing across your Apple devices with iCloud Drive, Apple Pay and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
Some tech firms hit the pause button on hiring

Salesforce is apparently the latest firm to hit the brakes on recruitment as reports of hiring freezes and layoffs affecting tech workers ramp up. Twitter, Meta, and Uber are among the companies that have slowed hiring for a variety of reasons in recent weeks, amid rising inflation and an on-going stock market sell-off.“Since the onset of the pandemic, organizations have accelerated their digital transformations to support new ways of working and reaching customers,” said Jamie Kohn, research director at Gartner’s HR practice. “Tech companies have been at the center of it all. Now, they’re taking a step back to re-evaluate what they need for future growth. Therefore, these freezes are most likely short-term pauses.”To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
Customer obsession begins with owning the customer’s problem

Years ago, I was walking through a parking lot in Mountain View, CA, when I bumped into Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, the software firm known for such blockbuster financial applications as Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax.As we briefly chatted, I mentioned that I was a Quicken user. Cook’s eyes narrowed as he leaned toward me. “Really?” he said. “What can we do better?”It’s been over two decades since that encounter, but the exchange has always stuck with me.In my experience, tech executives are good at telling you what their companies do well but not as eager to ask for feedback.In the course of building a nearly $10 billion company over 39 years, Intuit has carved out a reputation for “customer obsession,” so when I got a chance to catch up with Nhung Ho, vice president of artificial intelligence, I jumped at the chance to find out how that obsession plays out in real life.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
What’s so great about Google’s ‘translation glasses’?

Google teased translation glasses at last week's Google I/O developer conference, holding out the promise that you can one day talk with someone speaking in a foreign language, and see the English translation in your glasses.Company execs demonstrated the glasses in a video; it showed not only “closed captioning” — real-time text spelling out in the same language what another person is saying — but also translation to and from English and Mandarin or Spanish, enabling people speaking two different languages to carry on a conversation while also letting hearing-impaired users see what others are saying to them.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-05-2022
Podcast: Could hardware supply chain issues upend Apple’s WWDC plans?

Not-so-breaking news: Supply chain constraints continue to challenge technology manufacturers, and Apple is no exception. While the wait for some Macs is quite short, others, like the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro face wait times of eight to ten weeks. And with WWDC looming, could hardware supply chain issues upend any hardware announcement plans? Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss current hardware supply chain issues and how they may affect WWDC. To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
How multiverse simulation can speed up innovation

Apparently, during the pandemic, I spent so much time-consuming digital content, I stopped reading print magazines. Last weekend I tried to catch up on reading my Popular Mechanics magazines — from 2021 — and one article blew my mind a bit. The story, “How the Air Force Secretly Designed and Flew a New Fighter in a Year” (here's another piece on the topic from DefenseNews), described how simulations helped designers go from concept to viable, finished product in a fraction of the time it once took to conceive, model, build, test, re-test and then risk death as pilots worked the bugs out of the design.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Microsoft pledges changes to European cloud licensing policies

Microsoft has outlined a set of five new European Cloud Principles in response to recent criticism from rival European cloud vendors after customers were asked to pay more to run Microsoft software in non-Microsoft cloud environments, under what were seen as restrictive cloud licensing policies.The changes come a month after Reuters reported that the EU commission had started asking European Microsoft customers questions about their cloud licensing terms.In a blog post published on May 18, Microsoft president Brad Smith outlined a set of five European Cloud Principles that Microsoft plans to adopt.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
The Future of Work? There's an app for that: Airbnb!

People associate Airbnb with vacation travel. But Airbnb was founded as a service for business travelers. The company began in 2007. Then called AirBed & Breakfast, its founders' business model was simple: Buy three air mattresses, and build a website at airbedandbreakfast.com. Then, invite attendees of the city's 2008 Industrial Design Conference who couldn't find a hotel room to crash at their house. To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

No matter how many iOS or macOS devices you own, Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users – a paltry amount given what rivals offer. But there are ways you can avoid paying for more storage space, or at least limit how much extra you pay.[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ] Here are easy-to-follow tips on how to put some of the biggest iCloud data-consuming features on a diet and save money on iCloud storage.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Apple’s self-repair program is bad for consumers, but might work well for IT

Apple has changed its self-repair program in ways that make a horrible option for consumers, but might make a lot of sense for enterprise IT — especially those wanting to do iOS device repairs, either for company-owned devices or BYOD user devices. It’s worth noting that the need for users to always have their phones coupled with the mass-employee distribution of a remote workforce might make this less attractive. Still, for the non-trivial number of users still in large corporate buildings, it’s an attractive option.Let’s start with the fun part, which is describing how ludicrously bad these changes are for some. MacRumors did a wonderful deep dive into the experience; here are some of my favorite lines.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
RIP, macOS Server

When Apple announced recently that it was discontinuing macOS Server, the move didn’t come as a huge surprise. Apple has been deprecating and removing its core services for a while, and moving others – such as Caching Service – into the macOS itself.But let’s take a moment to say goodbye and contemplate what we will do without it.MacOS Server has a long and storied history. It pre-dated Mac OS X by a year, launching initially in 1999. One of its cardinal features was Open Directory, which launched within Mac OS X Panther Server. It was Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s Active Directory and was a powerful solution for managing Macs, user accounts, and any settings on a Mac bound to it. It also integrated nicely with Active Directory, making it a solution for mixed Mac and Windows environments.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Airtable exec describes building a 'data hub' for the enterprise

Airtable has been lauded for reinventing that mainstay of office productivity software, the spreadsheet. But there’s a lot more to the company's low-code app than replicating spreadsheet functions in the cloud, according to Ilan Frank, who recently left Slack to be vice president of product at Airtable.Airtable combines the functionality of a relational database with an intuitive interface that lets users plan a team project, manage a sales pipeline, and more. Its low-code approach enables a wide range of users to customize workflows to meet their specific needs.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-05-2022
Apple improves enterprise training to meet growing demand

Apple has overhauled the professional training and certifications it offers for IT support and management in an effort to build up the skills a growing number of enterprises now need.Can’t get the staff? Why not train them? We know that more and more companies are deploying Macs, iPhones, and iPads, which is creating a new challenge: demand for Apple-skilled tech support and staff is also growing. (The demand for Macs is growing even as the PC industry shrinks.)To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Miro looks to move beyond the whiteboard and support hybrid work

Miro has unveiled a host of new features and integrations, designed to support hybrid working and move it beyond being predominantly a whiteboarding tool.The collaboration software maker has added several new features this week, include three updated frameworks for its Miro Developer Platform, new integrations with the Google Meet and Webex videoconferencing tools, and improvements to interactive presentations.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Google's potentially pivotal Pixel Tablet curveball

As Google looks toward the future of Android and its platform-wide tablet philosophy, you can't help but be reminded of the past.'Twas a whopping 11 years ago, after all, that Google first turned its focus toward creating an optimal Android tablet experience. Back in the prehistoric era of 2011, Le Googlé launched its initial Android tablet push with the introduction of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb software and an effort to get developers on board with big-screen app interface optimizations.That effort didn't last for long, to say the least. Within about a year, Google — well, y'know, Googled. The company lost its focus, pivoted away from its vision, and ultimately just let the idea of the Android tablet languish without any meaningful movement forward or any real platform-level promotion.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.164 May 2022

Gense Technologies named one of top winners at JUMPSTARTER 2022

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CyberLink Vol. 163 Apr 2022

Cyberport welcomes Simon Chan as new Chairman

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CyberLink Vol.162 Mar 2022

EventX raised additional US$8M bringing Series B total at US$18M

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