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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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18-05-2022
Apple backs off its return-to-work policy, cites virus resurgence

Apple told employees today it will delay a plan to require them to come back to the office a least three days a week amid surging COVID-19 cases.The company had planned to require workers to return to the office thrice weekly by May 23, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg. Apple said the requirement is being delayed for “the time being” and didn’t provide a new implementation date; it still expects workers in the office two days a week.The company also re-instituted a mask mandate for employees at Apple Stores, but is not requiring customers do the same.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Apple’s boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools

What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple’s latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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18-05-2022
Apple boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools

What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple’s latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
Chromebooks: Desktops you can trust to be there

I’ve been a Chromebook believer for over a decade now. A week ago, I was reminded of one of the fundamental reasons I use them: when a Chromebook fails, you can buy a new one and be back to work in minutes.I was in Myrtle Beach, SC, on a semi-vacation — that is to say, I was only working six hours a day — when my old Chromebook failed. I hoped it wasn’t dead. I thought maybe it was just resting or maybe stunned. So, I tried everything: removing a USB drive, a hard reset, beating on it, and yelling, “’ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o’clock alarm call!”To read this article in full, please click here

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17-05-2022
Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep talent through pay hikes, bonuses

Under tremendous pressure to attract and retain talent, Microsoft is boosting worldwide compensation for employees to remain competitive with some of its Big-tech rivals, including Amazon and Meta.The Redmond, WA company plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation by at least 25% for employees at the senior director level and below, according to a GeekWire report.“Specifically, we are nearly doubling the global merit budget,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees in an email Monday morning. “Merit budgets will vary by country, based on local market data, and the most meaningful increases will be focused where the market demands and on early to mid-career levels. We are also increasing Annual Stock ranges by at least 25% for all levels 67 and below.”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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