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Month: January 2019

  • January 16, 2019

    Walgreens Partners With Microsoft

    Brad Sams from Petri.com reports via Twitter that the Walgreens Microsoft partnership will, in fact, includes 380,000 licenses of Microsoft 365. 380,000 Walgreens employees moving to Microsoft 365. Someone is getting a yuge bonus for landing that. — Brad Sams (@bdsams) January 15, 2019
  • It was first discovered on Twitter that Apple is making battery cases with long battery life for the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case iPhone XR Smart Battery Case Holy mother! Apple is making smart battery cases, including one for the iPhone XR https://t.co/GaxcJrVdxZ? — Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) January 15, 2019
  • January 16, 2019

    DuckDuckGo Is Adding Apple Maps

    DuckDuckGo which has been a secure alternative to users not wanting to use Google for search is now adding a map feature using Apple MapKit JS. While this is a huge feature add for DuckDuckGo this is a huge win for Apple who is known for keeping users privacy safe at all costs. DuckDuckGo announced in a blog post “We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.“ It is important to note while I am sure DuckDuckGo and Apple are both trying to put out the best product possible Apple MapKit JS is still in Beta. Apple Maps can be used in two ways on DuckDuckGo either through embedded private search results or from the “Maps” tab on the search result page. DuckDuckGo allows you to search Apple Maps on five different set of criteria By Address By Geographical Location Local Business Listings By Type of Business By Nearby Places It is very nice to see DuckDuckGo putting security first going on to say in their post “At DuckDuckGo, we believe getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds. Naturally, our strict privacy policy of not collecting or sharing any personal information extends to this integration. We do not send any personally identifiable information such as IP address to Apple or other third parties. For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent by your browser to us, we discard it immediately after use....
  • 82% of financial institutions are expected to increase their fintech partnerships over the next three to five years with some already investing in artificial intelligence to enhance either their customer relations or banking processes. This is great news for customers interacting with banks and other financial institutions on a regular basis. However, there are personal apps that are available that help individuals directly manage their money and grow their wealth. While both of these innovations, the kinds that banks are working on and the kinds that individuals engage with on their smartphones, are a part of financial tech, the latter is revolutionizing the way people manage their personal finances in a great way. Discovering the Practical Uses for FinTech High-end technology with artificial intelligence and smart learning abilities all sound great, but there are often times when there’s no real practical use in various industries. This is not the case for financial tech, which is enhancing money management in a big way. The most innovative changes have really been in the form of everyday applications that are free and easily accessible on a wide variety of platforms. These applications leverage smart technology to help users track their spending, form budgets, access financial planning tools and even invest their spare change. Robo-investing apps exist, for example, that allow people to access investing tools that previously weren’t accessible by the general public. The app provides insight into various trading categories and helps users create low-risk, high-return portfolios simply by investing the spare change on each purchase they make with a card. Another app provides a way for individuals in debt to access learning resources that train and equip them with the knowledge they need. This is revolutionary. But why? Accessible Wealth Management Tools Spread the Wealth Previously, wealth management tools and financial resources were only available to...
  • 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...
  • Today is an important date to note for Windows 7 users, because in exactly a year’s time, on January 14, 2020, all support for the operating system will cease, meaning that Microsoft will no longer deliver updates or critical security patches. In other words, you’ve only got a year left before you need to consider moving to Windows 10 (or some manner of alternative). Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended back in January 2015, but extended support, whereby Microsoft continues to deliver updates and fixes any vulnerabilities in the OS, runs for a further five years. So as mentioned, that means it all comes to a grinding halt in January 2020. TechRadar 364 days and counting.
  • Apple’s has promised the AirPower wireless charging mat since September 2017 when they introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. The charging mat would allow users of iPhone 8 and newer to charge not only their phones but their AirPods and iWatches all at the same time. Being an owner of all these devices this is a great feature. I wonder if the AirPower wireless charging mat can charge my MacBook Pro at the time as well. Apple if your reading this that would be great. All joking aside A Twitter account named of ChargerLab claims that Apple’s production partner Luxshare Precision has started producing the new AirPower. Luxshare Precision already makes the company’s popular AirPods. Production on AirPower wireless charging mat is set for January 21 according to the tweets below. Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx — ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019   Apple AirPower: Another source claims Pegatron is set to start mass produce AirPower at Jan 21. Pegatron is also an Apple OEM in Asia. The company employee says AirPower has total three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top. pic.twitter.com/xsboO47PGR — ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019