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Day: August 10, 2018

  • Barely a week after it was buried under a mountain of firmware updates, Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro is getting patched again. The good news? This time, Microsoft is finally fixing an “intermittent pen inaccuracy when [one’s] hand is on the screen” issue that its customers first reported over a year ago. “If my hand is not on the screen, the pen is perfectly accurate, even at an angle,” the original complaint explains. “About 50 percent of the time, if I begin a stroke with my hand already resting on the screen, there is a significant offset of the pen line to the actual tip position. This makes hand-writing nigh impossible.” Well, Microsoft is listening. They’re just moving very slowly. “As of [August 8, 2018], the fix to address this issue has completed testing and is now live, please go update your Surface Pro via Windows Update to get the latest download,” a Microsoft support rep chimed in on the complaint thread. Thurrott This has been a issue for over a year and they are just fixing it now.
  • These smartphones can deliver the best-in-class YouTube experience by combining next generation technologies, video performance, and reliability. With a Signature Device, you can enjoy vivid HDR videos, immersive 360° video, and fast video load times – all while using less bandwidth. To qualify as a Signature Device, a phone must support high dynamic range, high frame rate, reliable DRM performance, 4K decoding, and use next generation video codecs. We’ve worked with manufacturers to verify these devices meet or exceed our performance expectations. Program features: 360° video DRM performance High frame rate 4K decoding High dynamic range Next-generation codecs YouTube Turns out, YouTube Signature device is a brand new program being run by the company, wherein it recommends the best smartphones in the year, which will offer users the best viewing experience on the platform.
  • A recent Windows 10 Insider Feedback Hub quest revealed that Microsoft is developing a new throwaway sandboxed desktop feature called “InPrivate Desktop”. This feature will allow administrators to run untrusted executables in a secure sandbox without fear that it can make any changes to the operating system or system’s files. “InPrivate Desktop (Preview) provides admins a way to launch a throwaway sandbox for secure, one-time execution of untrusted software,” the Feedback Hub questions explains. “This is basically an in-box, speedy VM that is recycled when you close the app!” This quest is no longer available in the Feedback Hub, but according to it’s description, this feature is being targeted at Windows 10 Enterprise and requires at least 4 GB of RAM, 5 GB of free disk space, 2 CPU cores, and CPU virtualization enabled in the BIOS. It does not indicate if Hyper-V needs to be installed or not, but as the app requires admin privileges to install some features, it could be that Hyper-V will be enabled. Bleeping Computer I wonder how this will integrate with SCCM.
  • August 10, 2018

    Spotify Added To Skype

    Hello, Skype Insiders! We are excited to introduce the Spotify Add-in to Skype Insiders. Starting today, the Skype Spotify Add-in will be gradually rolled out to all Skype Insiders in the United States on 8.26 builds and higher. Very soon to all Insiders around the world! Did you ever want to listen and share your favorite songs with your friends or family? Share your favorite tunes with your coworker down the hall or on the other side of the globe? Now in Skype you can preview and share songs with the Spotify Add-in. We’re excited to hear your feedback, let us know what you think! In a chat, launch the Skype Add-in panel (+ icon) to find and add the Spotify Add-in to your chat. Microsoft This great but way overdue iMessage and Facebook Messanger have had this a while. If Spotify is so big in Europe why did this take so long since Skype is big in Europe as well I thought this would have been done sooner. This is still only available for Skype Insiders.
  • Starting out in business can be exciting. It can also be daunting if you don’t take some simple steps to create a roadmap for your business’s success. One of the keys to being successful in business is to set a marketing budget. With a solid plan, you can make sound decisions about how to allocate your budget within the marketing avenues available. Create a Marketing Plan Before you started your business, you created a business plan. Creating a marketing plan is equally important. In this plan, you need to be objective with your business by using facts and figures. You will need to write your marketing goals using the SMART format — specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Next, you will use the SWOT analysis — strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors within your company, while opportunities and threats are external, such as your company’s competition. You will need to describe the roles of everyone involved in the marketing aspect of your company, define your target audience, create a budget detailing how to reach your audience, and create an action plan. Consider hiring a professional to help you with your marketing plan. Establish Your Brand Identity All small business owners must budget for their brand identity. A website is essential for developing your brand identity and is your way to establish and showcase who you are and what your business does. You want to build a high-quality website that reflects the quality of the product or service that you will be selling. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a website, and if you are a tech-savvy individual, you could build it yourself. Websites are not free, however, and you’ll need to purchase a domain name and pay for yearly web...