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20-04-2021
4 new hidden Chrome features you should really be using

If there's ever been an app that represents The Google Way™, my goodness, it's gotta be Chrome.Chrome is quite literally in a perpetual state of change. Google is constantly working on updates for the browser, and new features show up in it all the flippin' time — often with little to no notice to us earth-dwelling humans who rely on it for our obviously wholesome web activities. Some of the new features have the potential to save you serious time and make your jolly web journeys ever more enjoyable, too, but unless you keep up with Chrome development like a detail-obsessed freak of nature, it's damn near impossible to know when something new and worthwhile worms its way in.To read this article in full, please click here

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20-04-2021
10+ Slack tips for Mac users

The simplest explanation of Slack is as a user interface that lets you access numerous private chat rooms, including project-based spaces. Here you can share messages and other assets.With more than 10 million active daily users, Slack has become communications glue across many enterprises, as in-office, remote, and contract workers use it to share ideas, work on projects, and more. It felt past time to put together a short collection of Slack tips for Mac users (with a sprinkling of ideas for iOS users, also).To read this article in full, please click here

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20-04-2021
Starting a new job in a pandemic: Virtual onboarding to the rescue

Starting a new job can be stressful under normal circumstances, but starting a new job during a global pandemic, when all interactions with managers and teammates take place online, is a uniquely challenging situation.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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20-04-2021
PC shipment gains continue as students, workers remain remote

Personal computer shipments continued their brisk-as-all-get-out pace in the first quarter, with year-over-year increases from 32% to 52%, a pair of research firms said last week.Analysts disagreed over whether these increases were tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting work-at-home orders, the latter responsible for driving buying sprees globally in 2020. Instead, analysts credited carry-overs from last year for the robust numbers early this year, saying that the disruption of supply chains 12 months ago sustained a year-long domino effect."Unfulfilled demand from the past year has carried forward into the first quarter, and additional demand brought on by the pandemic has also continued to drive volume," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's mobile device trackers team, splitting the difference in assigning responsibility for the shipment numbers.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-04-2021
Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes

Whenever I get to the time of the year that a Windows 10 feature update is about to come out, I use it as a sign that I need to take stock of my computer systems. Last week I talked about how 16GB is my new bare minimum of RAM when I am purchasing any computer.But what about the hard drive?32 gigs? Don’t make me laugh First off, let’s put something to rest: To Microsoft and any computer vendor that thought — or still thinks — that a computer with less than 100GB of storage is viable to run Windows, I say think again. Those notebooks that had Windows 10 squeezed onto 32GB were never serviceable. The only way you were ever able to get to the next feature release on those computers was to connect an external hard drive to the unit and install the upgrade from there.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-04-2021
3 ways to build stronger remote teams

While some companies are attempting to push people back to the office, millions will continue working from home. That means enterprise professionals are struggling to build trust in remote teams to help maintain loyalty, productivity, and employee health.Digital solutions for the WFH challenge We’ve already learned some of the approaches to help enterprises boost remote work, but there is also a need to nurture trust in order to build effective remote teams.Digital technologies are boosting performance but also increasing the risk of burnout as employees work longer hours at home. This is particularly essential as managers work attempt to consolidate team performance around project targets and goals, while simultaneously working to prevent their own tendency toward loyalty-destroying micromanagement of their teams.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-04-2021
Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT

Apple has an awkward history with security researchers: it wants to tout that its security is excellent, which means trying to silence those who aim to prove otherwise. But those attempts to fight security researchers who sell their information to anyone other than Apple undercuts the company's security message.A recent piece in The Washington Post spilled the details behind Apple’s legendary fight with the U.S. government in 2016, when the Justice Department pushed Apple to create a security backdoor related to the iPhone used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting. Apple refused; the government pursued it in court. Then when the government found a security researcher who offered a way to bypass Apple security, the government abandoned its legal fight. The exploit worked and, anticlimactically, nothing of value to the government was found on the device.To read this article in full, please click here

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19-04-2021
Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Keeping employees connected and working productively has become the glue holding many businesses together during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with social distancing ruling out face-to-face meetings anytime soon, the need for new digital tools to help teams collaborate better has soared.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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17-04-2021
The Patch Tuesday focus for April: Windows and Exchange (again)

On Tuesday, MIcrosoft rolled out another broad series of updates across its Windows ecosystems, including four vulnerabilities affecting Windows that have been publicly disclosed and one security flaw — reportedly exploited already — that affects the Windows kernel. That means the Windows updates get our highest “Patch Now” rating, and if you have to manage Exchange servers, be aware that the update requires additional privileges and extra steps to complete.It also looks as if Microsoft has announced a new way to deploy updates to any device, wherever it is located, with the Windows Update for Business Service. For more information on this cloud-based management service, you can check out this Microsoft video or this Computerworld FAQ. I have included ahelpful infographic which this month looks a little lopsided (again) as all of the attention should be on the Windows and Exchange components.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
BrandPost: Even With Windows Autopilot, Enterprises Face Device Configuration Challenges

As enterprises move to modern IT management, where users get a more streamlined, “mobile-like” experience with their computing devices, many are running into challenges with the time it takes to fully configure new devices.With Windows Autopilot, customers exit the image creation and maintenance business. Instead, they purchase devices with a corporate-ready image, such as Windows and Office, and deliver the devices to their employees. When an employee turns on the new PC, it configures itself from a cloud-based profile, registers in Azure Active Directory, and enrolls into a modern, unified endpoint management platform such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Appogee becomes one-stop shop for enterprise iOS deployment

The Apple-focused enterprise services market continues to evolve. Case in point: Apple-only value-added-reseller Appogee is now offering a fully-managed iOS hardware deployment thanks to an arrangement with TRUCE Software.A one-stop enterprise mobile shop At its simplest, this means enterprises choosing to deploy iOS devices across their business can approach Appogee to purchase, deploy, and create contextually-aware management tools for these new fleets. The system integrates tools from both TRUCE and Jamf and means businesses can accelerate their mobile strategy, and do so while ensuring their own policies can be enforced on a device and user basis.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Lenovo’s global employee kickoff: The evolution of company meetings?

Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.When I first started in technology, I worked for ROLM Systems and our employee events were largely weekly: we’d get together on Friday afternoons for beer, snacks, and updates.  All-hands meetings were  less frequent and required travel; they were nowhere near as much fun but just as critical for understanding top-level strategy and my role within it. (I was less a fan of these because I’d often end up getting a virus — large crowds and finger food are a danger — and spending a week to recover every other time.)But big events often get employees, particularly sales employees, fired up and motivated. And  they help create critical connections we often need to complete a task or progress as an employee. I’ve been wondering how companies are handling these things during the pandemic, so I was excited to be invited to Lenovo’s all-hands meeting virtually.  It was nicely done, given the limitations of technology.To read this article in full, please click here

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16-04-2021
Podcast: What to expect at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event

Apple is holding a spring event after all. After weeks of speculation and rumors, Apple announced it will host a virtual event, titled Spring Loaded, on April 20. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss what Apple may announce at the event. Rumors suggest Apple may release a new iPad Pro, a new Apple Pencil or maybe even an Apple Silicon iMac. To read this article in full, please click here

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15-04-2021
With Parallels, Apple continues to make superior Windows PCs

You know things have changed when one of the fastest ways to run Windows is to run it using Parallels Desktop on an M1 Mac and Microsoft brings in Apple Silicon support for its own Remote Desktop application.The fastest Windows PC? Get a Mac Parallels now offers native Apple Silicon support in Parallels Desktop 16. As anticipated, this extends to various ARM-based Linux installations (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Kali) and also to Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview.To read this article in full, please click here

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15-04-2021
2 big questions to ask about Google and privacy

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's become a teensy bit trendy to trash Google and its position on privacy these days.This wiggly ol' web of ours has always spent a fair amount of energy focusing on how Google uses personal data, of course — and that's a good thing. We absolutely should be aware of how companies do and don't tap into our information.Lately, though, the conversation has turned especially heated, with a growing chorus of virtual voices suggesting it's time to ditch this-or-that Google service because of how it handles privacy and (insert spooky horror music and/or Sting ballad here) watches every move you make.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol. 151 April 2021

Cyberport Professional Services Network launched to support start-ups’ advanced growth

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CyberLink Vol. 150 Mar 2021

Cyberport Virtual Career Fair returned with more openings and new GBA opportunities

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CyberLink Vol. 149 Feb 2021

Cyberport returns to the Asian Financial Forum to cast a spotlight on InsurTech

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