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Month: April 2018

  • Microsoft Teams has been updated this week to support more than 300 file type previews including Office documents, PDFs, video and audio, zip, 3D files and many more. This is a great addition that should make the Files section of Microsoft Teams much more useful. On Twitter, Microsoft’s Omar Shahine said that Microsoft ran into some issues with SVG files, so that’s why they’re not supported as of today. ONMSFT Microsoft I think is really hitting it out the park with teams and file type support there is still a lot to be done but it’s a great start.
  • One of them is the new Email encryption feature that ensures end-to-end encryption of your email. When someone enables this feature when sending an email, their email will remain encrypted over a secure connection to protect it from cybercriminals. The second feature is called Prevent Forwarding which can be used to restrict the email recipients from forwarding or copying emails users send from Outlook.com. MSPowerUser Great to see Microsoft double down on security.
  • Apple is officially exiting the wireless router business and selling off its remaining inventory of AirPort products. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and both models of AirPort Time Capsule. Apple shared the news in a statement to 9to5Mac: We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. While the news is disappointing for fans of Apple’s routers, the end of the AirPort line is no surprise either. 9to5mac I am not surprised Apple been selling other brands of routers in their stores. I never had an issue with mine I loved it.
  • The day has finally arrived: iTunes is now available in the Microsoft Store. We’ve known iTunes was coming to the Microsoft Store for some time, but Windows 10 users can now get their hands on the app, albeit a little later than originally anticipated. For a portion of Windows 10 users, iTunes’ appearance on the Microsoft Store may not matter much because they can use the standard desktop app. Where it will have an impact, however, is for anyone using Windows 10 S Windows Central This really cool for Microsoft but the app is still UWP not PWA (progressive web app) which is what Microsoft is working towards.
  • Mасrоѕ are the tіmеѕаvіng mаgіс trісk for Offісе аррlісаtіоnѕ bесаuѕе thеу automate rереtіtіvе tаѕkѕ thаt gоbblе time. Macro recorder are аutоmаtіоn tools thаt hаvе bееn uѕеd for lоng. Yоu соuld say that they hаvе been used fоr рrосеѕѕ automation. Eѕресіаllу, іf уоu remember VBA (Vіѕuаl Bаѕіс fоr Aррlісаtіоnѕ) аnd hаvе bееn a роwеr uѕеr оf Microsoft Offісе software, уоu hаvе sure uѕеd mасrоѕ fоr some of thе оthеr tаѕkѕ. Bеlоw аrе thе great tips fоr recording efficient Mаrсоѕ: Assign Shortcut Keys to the mоѕt used mасrоѕ TеxtPаd, for еxаmрlе, offers two wауѕ tо рlау bасk a mасrо. One іѕ that уоu ѕеlесt thе macro, by nаmе, frоm the Macros drop-down menu. Thе other іѕ thаt уоu assign a hоtkеу to the mасrо. Fоr thіѕ, уоu саn use аnу key соmbіnаtіоn thаt іѕn’t аlrеаdу аѕѕіgnеd (оr еvеn ones thаt have default аѕѕіgnmеntѕ thаt уоu dоn’t uѕе). Start wіth thе intеrmіѕѕіоn Onе characteristic оf kеуѕtrоkе mасrоѕ іѕ thаt they dоn’t usually know hоw to pause іn thе middle оf a ѕеԛuеnсе and wаіt for uѕеr іnрut. Typically, they juѕt рlоw rіght through. Sо, whаt dо you dо іf thе ѕеԛuеnсе уоu are trуіng to mеmоrіzе hаѕ a соmmоn beginning, and a common еnd, but thе middle vаrіеѕ? One solution іѕ tо mеmоrіzе twо dіffеrеnt macros, оnе for thе beginning раrt, аnd оnе fоr the еnd part. Gеt tо a knоwn location It’ѕ аlwауѕ a gооd іdеа fоr thе fіrѕt kеуѕtrоkе оr twо оf a mасrо tо bе ones thаt ensure the cursor starts out in a knоwn lосаtіоn. Fоr example, uѕіng thе Home key or thе End kеу tо ensure that the сurѕоr is еіthеr at the bеgіnnіng оf thе line оr thе еnd оf thе lіnе, rеѕресtіvеlу. Fоr аnоthеr еxаmрlе, the ѕеԛuеnсе оf Hоmе, Ctrl+Rіght, Ctrl+Rіght, wіll usually рut thе сurѕоr...
  • Does your laboratory specialize in high-activity sectors, such as biotechnology, medicine, chemistry, the life and earth sciences, or pharmaceuticals? Are you considering switching out more of the manual processes of pipetting, and investing in automatic liquid handling technologies to keep your operations fast and efficient? This article explores the rise of automatic liquid handling technologies, as well as how to equip your lab with the right tools. From manual to automated: How lab processes evolved For people involved in any of the fields of hard sciences and its applications, the laboratory is their livelihood. Housed in the lab are some of their most vital specimens: chemical compounds, biological samples, and the like. The first way that our scientists and laboratory workers learned how to handle these was through manual pipetting. However, nowadays, many of these professionals have shifted from using manual pipettes to automated liquid handling. The latter does serve as ideal in the most prolific laboratories, where compound screening methods for several plates and tubes all need to be done at the same time. Automated liquid handling serves the purpose of overseeing the pipetting process—drawing liquid upwards, moving it to a new location, and dispensing it into a new container—with mechanical precision and consistency. From the automation, a number of laboratory processes are made possible on a wider scale: in the field of pharmaceuticals, the discovery and testing of new drugs; in the life sciences and diagnostics, the preparation of genomic samples and immunoassays, and the aliquoting of blood specimens. The need to enhance throughput and accuracy Efficient pipetting via automated liquid handling syncs both software and hardware components. The system is pre-programmed with software that allows for the pipettes to move automatically, swiftly, and accurately across the three axes of motion, and the hardware accessories, such as the...
  • Apple has started to phase out iTunes music in favor of their subscription music service Apple Music. Apple has been slowing transitioning users to their $9.99 a month service which has grown like wildfire since its announcement on June 30, 2015, surpassing over 40 million subscribers. All this stemming from Apple’s purchase of Beats Electronics for 3 billion dollars back in May of 2014. Look back at the Beats purchase this was a multiyear plan for Apple to move to subscription music. If you think about it that 3 billion dollars spent for Beats Electronics is nothing when you realize with 40 million subscribers times 10 dollars monthly is about 400 million a month Apple makes just on Apple Music. I am sure by now they have made their investment back plus profit. Apple moving to a subscription music platform is defiantly the future for them in the music space just from a financial standpoint. First Apple sells songs for .99 cents on iTunes, a person may only buy one or two songs or they may buy an entire album for 12.99. After that purchase, they will never rebuy the song again so it’s a one-time revenue grab it’s not a recurring revenue like a subscription service. Apple has stated that at the end of this month (March 2008) they will stop taking iTunes LP submissions. Apple has released a timeline saying they will look to discontinue downloads by the beginning of 2019, shortly after next year’s holiday season. In the even more recent news, the music industry had a fantastic 2017, driven by subscription music service revenues. The writing is on the wall and Apple is headed in the right direction on track to surpass Spotify’s 70 million subscribers in record time. Spotify who is Apple’s main competitor in...
  • As corporate logos go, Red Hat’s fedora-sporting “Shadowman” is about as iconic as they come, but he could be living on borrowed time. The software company, based in downtown Raleigh, is in the midst of an “open brand project” and in October is due to roll out an all-new logo. The color red, and a hat, are likely to figure in it somehow presuming in-house designers follow the advice they’re getting from customers and employees. But Shadowman’s survival is far from assured, as the company has already said its research suggests he’s “seen as more secretive than open, and more villainous than heroic.” Herald Sun I hope not that an iconic logo I might cry.
  • When Canonical decided to halt the development of Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, it came as a surprise to many. However, due to the lack of interest of smartphone manufacturers and community, this tough decision was taken. Later, UBPorts decided to take up the Ubuntu Touch development work. Down the line when Librem 5 open source smartphone’s development work started gaining momentum, and it partnered with GNOME and KDE projects, the community members also expected a possible collaboration with UBPorts as well. Fortunately, that partnership has seen the daylight. FossBytes So glad to see the open source phone is still trying to get off the ground. Keep it up Linux Geeks.