Day: January 15, 2019

  • The iOS Microsoft To-Do app updated today with some added functionality for owners of Apple’s iPad range of tablets. After installing the update, iPad users will now be able to view lists, tasks, and task steps all at once via three distinct and ever-present columns, a design change made for the iOS app when viewed on larger screens. A VoiceOver bug was also fixed with this update. Here’s the official release notes: New: We’ve just made productivity a whole lot easier on the iPad—we now support a three pane layout! Huh? We hear you say, what does that mean? It means that you can see your lists, your tasks, and the steps for a particular task all at the same time. You will no longer need to dismiss the sidebar in order to get back to ticking off your tasks. Fixed: We had an accessibility issue where VoiceOver wouldn’t let you edit a note. We’ve fixed that one now. Microsoft To-Do is a free task management tool that’s available on web, Windows 10, and Android in addition to iOS. The Windows 10 version also updated today and added a new feature for pinning lists to a Windows 10 device’s Start Menu. ONMSFT
  • Microsoft recently released a new Skype Insider Preview build for its Desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux. This v8.37.76 update now allows you to blur your background during video calls. Whether you want the focus of the call to only be on you, or you’re in a busy place that doesn’t need to be seen, blur my background will subtly blur everything except you! You can enable this feature during a call in two ways, by right clicking on your own video or through the new on-hover video settings. The new on-hover settings to the camera button allows you to quickly switch cameras or turn on blur my background with ease. MSPowerUser This is a great feature I like this idea a lot.
  • Protection from losing your tech gear to enterprising people who have sticky fingers has sadly become very necessary. Whether it’s a difficult economy or a tough job market to blame, people often fall on the wrong side of the law when times become more difficult. At this point, opportunistic theft carried out by people who don’t look the part at all (because they usually wouldn’t do that kind of thing) becomes a real risk. There’re also the roving gangs that steal to generate daily money for the group, so are more skilful at it. To protect yourself, here are several tips to help keep your tech safe from theft. 1.      Lock Everything Down When you’re not using an app and you’ve already logged into it, go the extra step and log back out. Should anything happen to your device, it will be harder for the thief to access data stored inside the app. This is doubly so if the app encrypts customer data as it should, or it’s held in the cloud where a login is required to access the information through their secure app. Going out? Put the computer into locked mode. With a smartphone, don’t roam around while it’s unlocked all day. Unlock it, do what you need to do and then lock it once more. Whether using a PIN, a pattern, a Face ID unlock or a fingerprint sensor unlocking system, these don’t help if the phone is unlocked too long. 2.      Engage Tracking Software Before You Need It Tracking software is usually an afterthought. Don’t make that mistake. Go ahead and use laptop-tracking app to make your computer traceable should it go missing. It works in a similar way to the Find My iPhone app with an iPhone; a Wi-Fi or mobile connection is traced back...