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Month: November 2017

  • One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China appears to be in trouble with the authorities here. For almost a month, Skype, the internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable on a number of sites where apps are downloaded in China, including Apple’s app store in the country. “We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law. Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China,” an Apple spokeswoman said Tuesday in an emailed statement responding to questions about Skype’s disappearance from the app store. “These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.” New York Times Facebook, YouTube, and Google are blocked but Skype is a huge tool for people traveling internationally this bad for Skype and travelers.
  • Warning: Exciting news ahead… -Android device users (O or later) now can enjoy YouTube TV with Android picture-in-picture. Keep watching your favorite show while you move among other apps like email or messaging. Multitask away. Google Play Store More fun with the YouTube TV app this great for sports.
  • Recent studies have shown that customer/user experience is the real differentiator when it comes to gaining a competitive edge in business. Part of improving your customer experience strategy is embracing an application-driven business approach. It’s important for businesses to ensure the highest degree of application performance, usability, and availability. To ensure optimal customer interactions with your applications, you need an application performance monitoring (APM) solution that can offer deep insights into your application users and also manage the complexities of application performance. If your team is planning to invest in an APM solution, you should consider these five steps before making a purchasing decision. Look for Deep Application Performance Analytics Modern APM is not just about ensuring that business-critical applications are up and running. Your APM solution needs to focus on the app’s ability to meet the needs of the end user as well as ensuring optimal performance. This cannot be done without having the capability to get deeper insights into how your application is performing. You need a solution that helps you understand how to fix vulnerabilities that are affecting user experience, how to troubleshoot an ASP.NET crash, how to improve application load time and other complex performance issues. The right APM solutions should offer breadth of visibility to better understand user interactions with your application as well as how you can improve end-user experience. Rapid Root-Cause Analysis Support Does the APM solution come with the ability to filter our critical data from the data you don’t need to quickly pinpoint problems and emerging application performance issues? To ensure a more effective end-user experience, you need to choose an APM solution that comes with intelligent alerting that allows IT and developers to focus on what’s important. Understanding the root cause analysis of performance issues is key to optimizing the...
  • November 20, 2017

    Google Pixel 2 First Impression

    I have been a die-hard Apple user for over 10 years. I need a phone on both platforms (iOS and Android) for work reasons. I decided to purchase a Google Pixel 2 not the XL just the regular Pixel 2. I went with the Google Pixel 2 because the appeal of how Google is designing and handling the Pixel 2. Unlike Samsung, Nokia and Motorola Google is doing business the way Apple does things they are designing both the hardware and software which to me is a big deal as that is what has always appealed to me about Apple. Moving From iOS To Android Unlink other Android manufacturers the Googles Pixel 2 makes breaking up the iPhone very easy walking you through turning off iMessage and providing an adapter for the iPhone and a build in a wizard to move your apps, photos, videos, contacts, and messages over in a few minutes. This very much impressed me as my previous try at moving to a Samsung Phone was not a huge success. Security and Location The next thing that really impressed me about the Pixel was the fingerprint sensor it was so much more conveniently located behind the phone then using your thumb on the iPhone home button I think anyway. As I was playing with Android I noticed that the Pixel 2 has a software-based home button very much like the iPhone there is also a back button and square button for app management the equivalent of Apple home button double tap which is very Apple-like in design. Dongles Are In This Year Just like iPhone 7 and newer, there is no headphone jack and you need to use an adapter to listen to music. So again, no charging and listening without wireless headphones which is fine for...
  • When you have a device with an 18:9 aspect ratio displays, chances are you’d want to watch videos on it in all its full-screen glory. But a lot of videos, of course, use the 16:9 format so there are black bars around your screen so it can be sometimes distracting. YouTube solved this issue by allowing users to pinch-to-zoom during their last update. Unfortunately, it was only for the Pixel 2. But now, a minor update to version 12.44 has added support for the gesture to other devices as well. Android Community As great as this is I hope Google is not pushing out to many app updates too fast.  
  • Gaming-focused smartphone, the Razer Phone, is now on sale at the Microsoft Store. The handset features the world’s first 5.7 inch 2K 120 Hz screen with Ultramotion technology, which syncs the GPU signals with the screen, similar to NVidia’s gsync technology, preventing lagging or screen tearing, has 8 GB of RAM, Qualcomm 835 processor, and faster benchmarks than the Samsung Galaxy S8, is powered by a 4000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quickcharge 4+ (which lets the phone charge to 85% in only one hour) which can offer up to 7 hours of gaming, 12.5 hours of video and 63.5 hours of music and has 64 GB of storage expandable by microSD card. MSPowerUser I think this is a good phone I have not tested it yet but I will eventually. I really like the Microsoft Launcher for Android I am sure if you buy it from the Windows Store that would be installed by default.
  • The Minecraft team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what’s not happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to sometime in 2018. They’re not elaborating on the reasons behind the delay, but in both cases the features simply aren’t finished. More information on the graphics delay is coming “soon,” according to the creators. Engadget I am glad that Microsoft is not rushing things and not treating Mojang and Minecraft like Windows and rushing updates.
  • Spotify has made another acquisition as it continues to build out the services it offers to artists beyond basic streaming. It has acquired online music studio startup Soundtrap, the company announced via a blog post this morning. The three year-old company, based in Stockholm, is the maker of a freemium (paid and free) cloud-based, collaborative music and podcast recording studio that includes its own collection of loops, as well as the ability to connect your instruments, a little like Apple’s GarageBand, as we have noted in previous coverage. Techcrunch Spotify is also trying to beef up its portfolio for its IPO which is going to happen soon. Still, Soundtrap is a great company and good buy for Spotify.