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Time up for Skype!

BBC reports that Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 11, its new operating system to be rolled out in the coming years will not include Skype. Skype was bought by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5 billion as the leading communications app that has been downloaded more than a billion times. Over the years Microsoft has continued to update Skype however in 2017 it launched Teams which seems to be the platform it is focusing on in the future.

Source: BBC.com (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57597352)

First hand interaction with AWS Cloud Development Kit

Amazon Web Services have launched their latest AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) enabling users to define the required cloud infrastructure using familiar programming languages. AWS CDK uses the familiarity and expressive power of programming languages for modeling client applications. It uses the concept of constructs, high-level components that preconfigure cloud resources with proven defaults. This enables users to build cloud applications without needing to be an expert. AWS CDK provisions client resources in a safe, repeatable manner through AWS CloudFormation. It also enables clients to compose and share their own custom constructs that incorporate their requirements, allowing for easier and faster start-up of new projects.

Source: AWS.com (https://aws.amazon.com/cdk/)

Splash Screen Now Available on Android 12 apps

Android 12 was unveiled by Google in May 2021 during the Google I/O conference and Google confirms that Android 12 apps will show a splash screen launch animation. This will cover the full display of a customer’s phone for a split second until the app loads. Google Drive is the first Google app to support such a splash screen on Android 12. This is designed to make the launch animation more enjoyable and various customization options will be available to allow for options on the duration of the splash screen etc.

Source: Google (https://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-drive-is-the-first-app-to-get-android-12s-splash-screen-feature-3900599.html)

CISCO support for remanufactured equipment

The 3R approach to environmental protection is gaining ground internationally as more international organisations, national and regional governments commit to such principles. The 3R refers to the policies of Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle which is the foundation for any programme in environmental protection. Cisco Refresh is a strategic effort by CISCO to participate in the current international 3R drive and it proposes re-use and updating of equipment rather than simple replacement. CISCO provides genuine preowned products that have been completely remanufactured to like-new condition. It offers customers a choice of collaboration devices, routers, switches, security products, transceiver modules, and more. These products are fully warrantied and deeply discounted, often shipping faster than new Cisco products.

Source: CISCO (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/enterprise-networks/promotions-free-trials/networking-remanufactured-equipment.html?oid=otretr026244)

Beefing up of EU Cybersecurity Resources

Earlier this month the European Commission proposed the setting up of a Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public and private sector operations across the Union. First announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her political guidelines, the Joint Cyber Unit proposed seeks “to bring together resources and expertise available to the EU and its Member States to effectively prevent, deter and respond to mass cyber incidents and crises”. Cybersecurity communities have so far tended to operate in isolation and recent cyber attacks demonstrate the growing complexity and sophistication of these attacks that call for a borader and wider collaboration across public and privet sectors. This includes sectors within the civilian, law enforcement, diplomatic and cyber defence communities, as well as the multitude of private sector organisations involved in this ongoing battle. The Joint Cyber Unit, will provide a virtual and physical platform of cooperation: relevant EU institutions, bodies and agencies together with the Member States to a European platform for solidarity and assistance to counter large-scale cyberattacks.

Source: European Commission (https://europeansting.com/2021/06/23/eu-cybersecurity-commission-proposes-a-joint-cyber-unit-to-step-up-response-to-large-scale-security-incidents/)

Global trend towards WFH (working-from-home)

Some weeks ago TechRepublic published details of a report by Upwork that showed that nearly 40% of more than 25 million non-tech jobs expected to become work-from home as a result of the 2020-21 COVID-19 global pandemic. A new report from the global marketplace Upwork, “Not Just Tech: Remote Freelancing Across Industries,” explores the increase in remote, freelance and hybrid work models in non-tech industries. The report explores the potential impact of the adoption of these models to the overall U.S. economy. Needless to say, what happens in the US economy cannot automatically be extrapolated for other economies, however it does provide an indication of trends that could take hold in Europe.

Source: TechRepublic (https://www.techrepublic.com/article/more-than-25-million-non-tech-jobs-expected-to-become-wfh/?ftag=TREf7159e0&bhid=23474043537042493254961980586994&mid=13358706&cid=712412262)