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Day: August 7, 2018

  • Microsoft Pay now supports Masterpass by Mastercard, so that consumers can use their Microsoft account for fast and secure checkouts at their favorite retailers that accept Masterpass, without the need to reenter their information. This work further advances Mastercard and Microsoft’s shared goal to help optimize the payment experience for customers and merchants alike. “We are deeply committed to powering a secure and optimized shopping experience that consumers and merchants deserve. Integrating technologies like Microsoft Pay with Masterpass will help the industry move to standards-based payments. Microsoft is a great partner and we will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to make shopping a better experience on all devices,” says Raj Dhamodharan, senior vice president of Digital Solutions at Mastercard. Now U.S.-based consumers using the latest Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 devices can sign in to their Microsoft account and use Microsoft Pay to make secure purchases wherever Masterpass is accepted online. More broadly, Microsoft Pay allows for a seamless and convenient consumer experience within the Microsoft ecosystem, including paying bills in Outlook, and buying goods or services in apps or bots. Microsoft I hate to say this I am huge follower of Microsoft and I never knew Microsoft Pay was even a thing.
  • Lenovo is making it easier for their customers running Linux to update their firmware now on ThinkPad, ThinkStation, and ThinkCenter hardware. Lenovo has joined the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) and following collaboration with the upstream developers is beginning to roll-out support for offering their device firmware on this platform so it can be easily updated by users with the fwupd stack. Kudos to all involved especially with Lenovo ThinkPads being very popular among Linux users. Red Hat’s Richard Hughes outlined the Lenovo collaboration on his blog and more Lenovo device firmware will begin appearing on LVFS in the next few weeks. In his post, Richard also called out HP as now being one of the few major vendors not yet officially backing the LVFS. Phoronix One small step for man one giant leap for Linux.
  • If you’re a business owner, chances are you have an online presence. Whether that be a website, Facebook page, Instagram feed or Twitter account, you are bound to have taken up some online real estate in the recent past. With that said, the same goes for your competitors. This is why doing an annual competitor analysis is so important in today’s world. Competitor analysis can give you insight into what your competitors are doing, and will help you elevate your business to far exceed their standards. Whether you are utilising a web scraper or just doing competitor research manually, there are many benefits to doing so. In this article, we will look at the importance of competitor research online, so read on to find out more! Knowledge Is At The Core Of Everything Knowledge is power, and knowledge about what your competitor is doing is even greater power. Competitor research enables you to gather the necessary information you need about what others are doing, why they are doing it and how they are doing it. This knowledge will enable you to have that competitive edge, as you will be able to pinpoint your competitors’ weaknesses and develop a strategy to change your own approach to the same topic. The information you gather will also enable you to have a look at what you are up against, and assist you in making any changes to your business model if necessary. Without knowing what others are doing, it is virtually impossible to evolve your business, so competitor research is the way to go.     Learn More About Your Niche Sector Yes, you have a niche. Yes, you have probably done some deep research into said niche and your target audience. But the truth is, you will never know it all. This is...
  • Last month, Microsoft announced it would be shutting down the desktop version of Skype 7.0, otherwise known as classic Skype, in September and transitioning users and businesses to the redesigned Skype 8.0. Following what the company describes as “customer feedback,” classic Skype will be sticking around for “some time” to “bring all the features you’ve asked for into Skype 8,” per Windows blog Thurrott. Skype 8 was first unveiled as a mobile redesign last year, inspired by trends set by Facebook and Snapchat, and it was widely disliked at the time as well. The Verge Its great to see Microsoft listening to their users.  
  • Google today revealed Android P stands for Android Pie, succeeding Android Oreo, and pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 9.0 Pie, is also starting to roll out today as an over-the-air update to Pixel phones. If you don’t have a Pixel phone, you won’t be getting Android Pie for a while (if at all). During the beta testing phase, Android P was made available on the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH‑1. Google has shared that these devices, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive Android Pie “by the end of this fall.” Google added that it is working with “a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.” Android Pie will not be coming to Nexus devices. Venture Beat Its great to be the first people to get a new OS and it can be a bad thing as well.
  • Every year, up to 80 million used ink cartridges end up in landfill globally, taking 400 to 1000 years to biodegrade. Similarly, paper makes up about 35% of our waste stream every year. These figures make it clear that office printing practices can have an incredibly negative impact on the environment. Sustainable printing is gaining momentum across the country, as more and more people become aware of environmentally friendly printing practices. There are several elements that contribute to green printing, that are also friendly on the office budget. Read on to find the 10 simple rules to making office printing more sustainable. 1.Ensure your Equipment is Up to Date Purchasing modern products and hp envy 5530 ink, which meet eco-labelling qualifications, are essential in order to commit to sustainable printing practices. Eco-friendly printers utilise double-sided printing and other sustainable settings, in order to reduce the amount of power used by the printer, and subsequently cut the cost-per-page. 2. Choose Multi-function Devices A large component of reducing your carbon footprint is lowering your energy consumption. One easy way to lower your office equipment electricity usage, is to invest in multi-function printer (MFP) that offers printer, copy machine, scanner, and even fax machine functions. All electrically powered machines draw energy when plugged in, even when not in use. When you have just one machine plugged in instead of several, you can reduce your office equipment energy usage quickly and easily. 3.Secure Pull Printing Documents which are printed and never collected, are currently the largest source of print waste. It is therefore important for offices to introduce secure printing via a smart card or pin, to release documents from the printer. Many modern office printers are now also installed with verification software, requiring a business ID to active the printers. This simple change...
  • Listening to one’s customers is an essential activity for business, and this is where sentiment analysis comes into action. It’s a method of collecting and analyzing brand-related data provided by customers via various online channels, and it is used to ensure a high-quality customer experience. According to Gartner, around 85% of all businesses are expected to become compatible in sentiment analysis by 2020. Sentiment analysis is a powerful instrument, there’s no doubt about that. Yet, how exactly can it complement business efforts and what does technology have to do with all this? Some answers from CoreValue experts below. Sentiment analysis in action Below, you’ll find a couple of effective practical tips as to how a company can apply sentiment analysis techniques in practice and what positive dynamics this change might bring to an organization. – Choose the right type of analysis Generally, there are three sentiment analysis types: automated, human-powered, and hybrid. It essentially depends on what analysis you believe in, because companies apply all three types with equal enthusiasm. You need to evaluate your business first and choose the most suitable variant based on your findings. Naturally, there are some basic guidelines as to what fits what, namely, human-powered tools are most effective while working with small project-based data sets whereas machine-powered processing is great for big enterprises that need to process large volumes of data on a daily basis. Human potential is still irreplaceable when it comes to research tasks since there are many issues that AI cannot handle yet. Companies like Canvs or Mechanical Turk state that their algorithms comprehend the slightest nuances of human language, but in reality, their interpreting capabilities are limited. Just like any other machine learning tool available at the moment, they are unable to decode a full spectre of double meaning, slang,...