Month: September 2017

  • September 30, 2017

    Newton Mail Client Review

  • TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired a small French startup called Regaind, according to multiple sources. As always, Apple is very quiet when it comes to acquisitions, but it’s always interesting to learn more about Apple’s interests. We’ve reached out to Apple and the company sent us the following statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” This is Apple’s standard statement to confirm an acquisition. From what I understand, Apple acquired Regaind earlier this year. The company had raised a bit less than $500,000 (€400,000) from Side Capital. Regaind has been working on a computer vision API to analyze the content of photos. Apple added intelligent search to the Photos app on your iPhone a couple of years ago. For instance, you can search for “sunset” or “dog” to get photos of sunsets and your dog. TechCrunch Apple is really taking Photography seriously the last year or more. Apple has always had a great camera but now they want you to have the best software.
  • Alphabet Inc. has informed users of its Google Finance product last week that the core of the offering, the portfolio feature, will soon disappear as the stocks-focused product undergoes a transformation that bundles it into Google’s dominant search offering. The November move will mark the first major change to a languishing product that has existed since 2006 but hasn’t seen an overhaul in more than eight years. To replace the outgoing features, Google said that it plans to migrate users’ portfolios to Google’s search product, which will aim to analyze users’ interests and provide a report for users. MarketWatch I don’t really use this much but I know a lot of people that do daily. This always felt like the leftovers of iGoogle that someone forgot about it looked dated.
  • September 29, 2017

    SEO Insider: Are you doing it right?

    Would you like to triumph in your next SEO campaign? Every ambitious marketer knows that it is essential to increase your search rankings if you want to make your product or a service visible to your target audience. One of the ways to achieve this is to have strategic, content-focused techniques. Instead of looking for workarounds and managing your SEO yourself, you need to focus your energy into developing a precise and effective strategy on how to optimize your website. Getting users to visit your page and interact with your content will significantly increase your website ranking and trigger many shares on social platforms. However, due to the ever-changing Google’s algorithm, using keywords to get visitors to click through to your site is simply not enough. While there is no secret formula on how to improve your SEO, there are some essential steps you need to take if you want your SEO to succeed. 1.  Create useful and vibrant content The easiest way to draw your reader’s’ attention and increase visits on your site is to create dynamic and vibrant content that your readers would really like to read. However, nobody will read your content unless it is useful and if it doesn’t provide some true actionable tips about, for example, project planning that can solve real problems. Longer content gives you an opportunity to include more keywords. Also if visitors like your content they will bookmark it which will automatically improve SEO ranking of your website in Google. 2.  Optimise on-site elements Meta descriptions and title tags provide a perfect place to put some marketing talent to use. While the influence of meta descriptions is decreasing in SEO world, they still can be used for a compelling copy that will increase the number of visits to your site. The...
  • In the face of rampant negative feedback for its new Skype mobile client, Microsoft today unveiled an update on iOS that addresses many concerns. “[The new Skype] was a big change and we received a lot of great feedback from the Skype community,” Microsoft’s Ellen Kilbourne explains. “We want you to know we’ve been listening. We’re committed to providing you with an amazing experience and appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your thoughts.” Microsoft unveiled the new Skype back in June, with the first versions shipped on Android and iOS. But the reaction was so negative, that the firm has since stepped back from its plans to bring the new UI to Windows and Mac. And it quickly reached out to the userbase to find out what they can do to make things right. The changes it is highlighting this week are a preview only, meaning that they are only available tothose in the Skype Insiders Program, and then only on iOS. Assuming this goes well, they will be rolled out more broadly in the future. Thurrott I am glad Microsoft is changing the new design everyone I talked to hates the new Skype look and feel.
  • Apple Music still isn’t topping the charts — but now it’s half as big as Spotify when it comes to official subscribers. Jimmy Iovine, the boss of Apple’s music-streaming service, revealed to Billboard magazine Thursday that it now has 30 million paid subscribers. That’s a 3 million increase since it reported numbers in June, having launched in early 2015. Meanwhile, eight-year-old Spotify, the world’s biggest music streamer, announced in July that it has 60 million paying subscribers, up from 50 million in March. At those rates, Apple Music appears to be limping in the race, having taken since last December to add its latest 10 million subscribers. Sweden-based Spotify’s value in private markets reportedly reached $16 billion this week, up from $13 billion in June, as it gears up to go public next year. Indeed, Spotify lately has landed a few hits at the expense of Apple Music. NYPost Apple Music is great I like the service but I think Spotify is better.
  • Today, at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, we announced Office 2019—the next perpetual update for Office. This release, scheduled for the second half of 2018, will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Previews of the new products will start shipping mid-year 2018. Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. Microsoft It crazy how focused Microsoft is on Office the product is jumping by leaps and bounds.
  • September 27, 2017

    Firefox Quantum Lands in Beta

    Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers. That’s why we’re so revved up this morning – we’re releasing the Beta of a whole new Firefox, one that’s powered by a completely reinvented, modernized engine. Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this upcoming release Firefox Quantum. Last October we announced Project Quantum, our effort to create a next-generation engine for modern computers, by leveraging technology from our Servo research project. Since then, our engineering team has been relentless in their focus on making Firefox incredibly fast. Mozilla I am glad to see Firefox is second in the market for browsers I see a lot of people using it I am happy they make a great product.
  • Apple has released a small software update for iPhones and iPads today. iOS 11.0.1 “includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone and iPad,” but the short note provided to iOS users when they update doesn’t specify which fixes or improvements they can expect. However, Apple has claimed in its support documentation that one of the most jarring problems with last week’s iOS 11 release is addressed by this update: the Exchange e-mail server bug that prevented sending e-mails for many users relying on e-mail accounts hosted on, Office 365, or certain Exchange Server 2016 configurations. Users received an error message saying, “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.” ARSTechnica I just think it’s funny this happens while Microsoft Ignite is going on this week.
  • September 27, 2017

    Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

    As many readers know I have long awaited the release of the latest version of macOS High Sierra. I guess it’s the computer geek in me but the release of a new desktop OS always sparks my interest more than the release of iOS. The same goes for Windows and even ChromeOS at times. Apple High Sierra has a lot of new features including the long-awaited new Apple File System (APFS) which I have to say it way overdue considering they have been running the same file system for almost 20 years is very impressive. High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) was released for macOS High Sierra just like iOS last week this seems to be the new standard for Apple when it comes to 4K video. Users can watch 4K video files at full quality while requiring 40 percent less storage space than the current H.264 standard. Developers like Adobe, Blackmagic Design, GoPro and more are joining Apple in adopting HEVC. MacOS High Sierra Metal is Apple’s advanced graphics technology adding machine learning capabilities for speech recognition, natural language processing, and computer vision. Metal 2 API has been used by developers, including Unity, Epic, Valve, and Pixelmator to date. Core ML takes full advantage of Metal as well in the new macOS High Sierra. MacOS High Sierra adds support for VR enabling developers to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac. Later this year, Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree VR workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video on the Mac. Photos got a big update live photos can now be edited with fun effects, software like Photoshop, Pixelmator, and other apps can be launched from Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library which is something all of...