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Day: September 11, 2018

  • September 11, 2018

    Introducing Skype SMS Connect!

    We are excited to introduce SMS Connect to Skype Insiders! Starting today, SMS Connect will be gradually rolled out to Skype Insiders on Android phones with 8.30 builds and higher. With this new Insider build for Android you will be able to pair your Windows PC or Mac (both must be on the Skype Insiders build as well) to your phone to start receiving your SMS conversations to your desktop. No more grabbing your phone every time it buzzes with a new SMS, you’ll be able to respond directly from your desktop! With SMS Connect on your PC or Mac you can… Read & respond to 1:1 and group SMS conversations Receive MMS content (photos & videos) Start new conversations Lets get you started: In the Skype app on your Android phone, tap on your profile picture/Settings/Messaging/SMS and Enable SMS Connect Follow the steps through the prompts to pair your desktop and off you go Microsoft I will definitely be using this feature.
  • Conversations have swirled this past year regarding the future of GoPro. With slipping revenue and falling stock prices, the company’s financial struggles have been widely-reported. In January, CNBC and others reported that GoPro had hired J.P. Morgan Chase to help guide a potential sale of the company. The report came days after GoPro CEO Nick Woodman hinted at a potential sale or partnership with another company. Earlier this year, GoPro reported a revenue fall of almost 40% in Q4 of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year. This sharp decline has continued from the holiday period and analysts expect the trend to continue, with some predicting an 8% total revenue drop this year. Although the company announced a stronger-than anticipated second quarter in 2018, third-quarter revenue is projected to be down from the same period a year ago. It also remains to be seen whether anticipated product releases later this year will significantly change the company’s trajectory. Amidst the company’s struggles, many have cited GoPro’s lack of product innovation as a key to their financial woes. In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, author Tim Culpan discusses the company’s declining sales as a reflection of the fact that they are a “one-trick pony”. Although GoPro was a pioneer in the action-camera space, their product offering has not expanded much since 2004, when Apple’s best selling product was the iPod. Unlike products like smartphones, people do not regularly replace or upgrade their GoPro products, limiting repeat sales. Xiaomi Corp, the world’s fourth largest smartphone maker, considered a GoPro acquisition for up to $1 billion earlier this year. The company has not yet entered the western market, but their product offering has expanded well beyond mobile. Xiaomi products include smart home appliances, speakers, smart TVs, wearables and more, most of which...