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Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

This year, the HKCS's flagship event HKICC is set to focus on the development and application of technologies tipped to transform the cities of the world and enhance the quality of life of its denizens for decades to come.

Humans versus machines: Who will be employed in future?

Are we heading towards a world where humans will have to compete with machines? Futurist Ross Dawson addressed this concern at the Australian Computer Society's YITCon event in Melbourne this week, and spoke about how to stay ahead of the game when it comes to jobs in the future.

MANAGEMENT CENTRE

CAREERS

Despite recent gains, the best year for tech employment remains 2001

Tech industry job gains lag overall national increase.

IT GOVERNANCE

FBI chief urges tech firms to rethink encryption

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday called on Apple and Google to abandon plans to set encryption as the default setting for mobile devices and operating systems, warning that such a move would prevent law enforcement officials from accessing electronic communications that are critical to investigations and prosecutions.

LEADERSHIP AND MGMT

6 marketing strategies for selling older merchandise

Even with the best supply chain management or inventory tracking software, most businesses, at some point or another, have excess, old or undesirable inventory they want or need to get rid of. While companies can use a liquidator to dispose of unwanted inventory, that method typically only nets pennies on the dollar.

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RESOURCE CENTRE

APPLICATIONS

Universal apps is the future of Windows development

We've called them Metro apps, then when a lawsuit meant that Microsoft couldn't use the name, we called them Modern or Windows Store apps. But now they've finally got a new official name, and it looks like it's one that's going to stick. Let's give a big welcome, then, to the Universal app. They're going to be big. That's because, as Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore made very clear at the Windows 190 unveiling, with the expansion of WinRT APIs and support for windowed WinRT apps on the desktop, Universal apps are the future of Windows development.

CLOUD COMPUTING

The realities of Malaysian cloud adoption: EMC interview

EMC Malaysia MD Cheam Tat Inn talks about the cross-industry cloud challenges, which include security and privacy, facing Malaysian organisations today.

DATA CENTER

Eye on Malaysia's growing datacentre sector, Cisco appoints Avnet

Avnet Malaysia is the first entity in the Asia Pacific and Japan group to be appointed by Cisco, said the new partners.

IMAGING AND PRINTING

All-in-one printers can be used to control infected air-gapped systems from far away

Isolating computers from the Internet, called "air gapping," is considered one of the best ways to defend critical systems and their sensitive data from cyberattacks, but researchers have found that can be undermined using an all-in-one printer.

INDUSTRIES

M1, SingTel and StarHub to unveil iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in late October

Prices start from S$688 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air 2, and from S$548 for the equivalent version of the iPad mini 3 on the Apple online store.

INTERNET

Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

MOBILE AND WIRELESS

What Malaysia's mobile service providers need to do: TNS study

The new study 'Çracking the Customer Code' points to stronger customer service as the key differentiator, said TNS APAC MD Graham Tocher.

NETWORKING

Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations

Anonabox, a piece of home networking equipment designed to allow you to connect to the Internet anonymously, had raised nearly $600,000 in pledges on Kickstarter--blowing its $7500 goal out of the water. But on Friday, Kickstarter suspended the project, according to Ars Technica.

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE

POODLE, for "Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption," was disclosed earlier this week by a trio of Google security engineers who revealed how a design flaw in SSL (Secure Socket Layer) 3.0 could be exploited by criminals.

SECURITY

Hackers strike defense companies through real-time ad bidding

A major change this year in how online advertisements are sold has been embraced by hackers, who are using advanced ad-targeting capabilities to precisely deliver malware.

STORAGE

Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack

Dropbox's file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.

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BLOGS

Fresh blood

CIOs should look to start-ups for new ideas

Apple follows

With the latest Apple launch, the consumer electronics market leader is now fast following, not leading.

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