Month: January 2018

  • January 31, 2018

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  • The Document Foundation project announced today the release and general availability of the LibreOffice 6.0 open-source office suite for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, Mac, and Windows. Numerous months in the making, LibreOffice 6.0 comes two and a half years after the LibreOffice 5.x series, and it’s the biggest release of the open-source and cross-platform office suite so far. It introduces a revamped design with new table styles, improved Notebookbars, new gradients, new Elementary icons, menu and toolbar improvements, and updated motif/splash screen. Softpedia This is an amazing product that I love to use but I am not sure I agree with the line “LibreOffice 6.0 offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents”
  • YouTube has allowed offline downloads of videos for several years now, but only if you were lucky enough to live in a country where it’s supported. (I know India at least had the function in both the full YouTube app and in YouTube Go.) Now the option seems to be rolling out to more countries. One tipster in Iraq told us about it and I was able to confirm it on my device and several of my friends in Lebanon. Other AP team members in the US, UK, and Japan don’t have it, so this appears to still be a geo-limited function with what could be a Levant-only rollout, a Middle Eastern one, or a wider one for more countries. We rely on you, dear readers, to let us know where it’s working and where it isn’t. Android Police The funny thing about YouTube Red features is after you have them you never want to go back to free YouTube. I could see YouTube Red getting bigger and bigger as it expands to other countries.
  • Red Hat, a company best known for its enterprise Linux products, has been making a big play for Kubernetes and containerization in recent years with its OpenShift Kubernetes product. Today the company decided to expand on that by acquiring CoreOS, a container management startup, for $250 million. The company’s core products include CoreOS, a Linux distribution and Tectonic, a container management solution based on the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform, originally developed by Google. (For more information on containers, see this article.) CoreOs and Red Hat have been among the top contributors to Kubernetes, along with Google, FathomDB, ZTE Corporation, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Mirantis. TechCrunch Red Hat putting a lot of money into virtualization as of late I wonder if this is a play to get market share from VMware and Hyper-V.
  • We’re launching into 2018 by bringing great new value to Office 365 subscribers, with updates that enhance how teams work together and unlock new ways to create and manage content across devices. Read on for details. Get more done in Microsoft Teams New features for Microsoft Teams enable you to interact with apps in new ways, customize your personal workspace, and take quick actions. Find and use apps in new ways—Now you can include interactive cards from apps in conversations the same way you would add an emoji or GIF. With one click, you can bring important information, like a task from Trello, into a channel conversation or chat. Finding new apps and services Microsoft Microsoft is really rolling out the features and putting a lot of attention on Microsoft Teams.
  • Due to its 328 million monthly active users, there’s no doubt that Twitter is a powerful social media marketing tool. Statistics show that Twitter is the most popular social media app by audience, beating out Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. To apply this powerful promotional tool like a pro, you need to know about specific tools that can help you work smarter and faster. Nothing is more important than playing your music live to crowds as large as you can attract, but to get anyone interested, you need to be committed to promotion too. HootSuite HootSuite is a tool that allows you to manage all of your social media platforms from one place. There is a free option, as well as paid options for this service. You can use it for free if you have only a few social profiles to manage. Within the dashboard, you can schedule tweets in advance, track your progress, and find social conversations to join in on by keyword. Twitterfeed Twitterfeed is a great tool for those who blog regularly. You can load an RSS feed into the Twitterfeed platform, and it will automatically send out a tweet whenever you post new bogging content. Your time is valuable. With this tool, you can ensure that your marketing efforts are spread across a broad audience with minimal effort. Tweetpi You can’t schedule tweets ahead of time with Tweetpi, but it is handy because it automates your following activities. You can immediately reciprocate. It uses AI to mine twitter feeds to find the content that is more relevant to your brand. Some users find that with this tool, they can accumulate up to 100 new users a day. TweetDeck With TweetDeck, you can automatically see when someone has engaged in a social conversation about music with you. You can manage many communications at once, and...
  • Ten years’ worth of effort to replace the Xorg graphics framework has been given a “must try harder” mark by Ubuntu, which says its next release will not use Wayland by default. Ubuntu’s desktop engineering manager Will Cooke made the announcement last Friday, saying the decision applies to the Bionic Beaver release due in April. He listed three shortcomings in Wayland: screen sharing works (for example in Skype, Hangouts and WebRTC) better in Xorg, remote desktop control ditto, and “recoverability from Shell crashes is less dramatic”. The Register Like the article mentions a big part of this change is the need for screen sharing.
  • When it comes to big-name exclusive games, Microsoft is lagging somewhat. While Sony has Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part 2, God of War, Dreams and others lined up for 2018, Microsoft has Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Sea of Thieves on the horizon. These titles may look promising and we know there are unannounced games in the works – those Fable 4 rumors are still going strong – but Microsoft isn’t looking as comprehensive on the exclusives front at the moment. TechRadar Microsoft is running the numbers sometimes it’s more effective to buy an existing company than to build something from scratch this works well for Microsoft since most consumers brands they start never take off.
  • Microsoft’s OneDrive app for the iPhone and iPad is getting a major new update this week. The new update brings an improved look, as well as a bunch of new features and bug fixes to the app. The big new addition in the new update is the improved look, which Microsoft is marketing as a “new look” for the app. The updated look still looks much like the previous design, so it’s not really a huge change. The improved design does have some interesting changes, though Thurrott Microsoft really pushing OneDrive hard as Dropbox and Google are not picking up as much steam. Bundling OneDrive with Office was a great move by Microsoft.
  • Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media Book was a great book written by Robert Kyncl with Maany Peyvan and it was a great book. Robert Kyncl is the Chief Business Officer at YouTube where he oversees all business functions such as content, sales, marketing, and operations. Previously, Kyncl was Vice President of Content Acquisitions at Netflix. The book highlights YouTubers like John Green, Casey Neistat, Lilly Singh, Hank Green, Jenny Doan, Shane Smith and many other popular YouTube stars. The book layout is great every chapter highlights another YouTube star. I learned so much about how YouTube has changed the video industry and how YouTube has helped the cable industry promote shows. Shows that upload clips to YouTube have higher ratings then shows that do not. I learned about YouTubes ranking algorithms that goes by the length of time viewed rather than the number of views. One thing I learned was how Justin Bieber used YouTube as his platform to get a record deal. I read that viral videos do not build long-term subscribers like long-dedicated audiences that are built over years of video creation. Audiences are built on great video with a consistent content release schedule. Robert Kyncl explains YouTube Red and how original content works. He writes about how YouTube Red is aimed more towards the mobile users of YouTube. He explains how YouTube Ped pays content creators and what the advantages of YouTube Red are as a consumer. I think this was a great book I learned more about YouTube then I ever knew. I truly believe this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to build a YouTube audience or wants to get into social media marketing. This should be a must for anyone wanting to advertise or make money on YouTube.