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  • Microsoft announced they are ending support for the Cortana app on Apple iOS and Google Android in UK, Canada, and Australia. The United States still has the app available but I imagine that this will only be for a matter of time. Microsoft killing off Cortana on mobile is a start and they will kill Cortana probably everywhere else moving forward. Most recently Microsoft added both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to Xbox and added Amazon Alexa as on option for voice on Windows 10. A recent support document from Microsoft read as follows “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free. After January 31st, 2020, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported and there will be an updated version of Microsoft Launcher with Cortana removed.” Microsoft has said many times that they only had about 100,000 installs of the Cortana app and Cortana usage peaked none of this is surprising as they have pull Cortana from thermostats and smart speakers recently.
  • With your employees out of reach while on the road, you can be filled with worry about their safety. You never know when accidents can occur, and the last thing you want is for one of your drivers to be involved in a serious incident or have something happen to one of your vehicles. That’s why it’s crucial for you to invest in dash cams for your fleet vehicles. Dash cameras are cameras that run continuously and can record the view from a vehicle’s windshield or rear or side windows. There are many benefits to using dash cams, with one of those benefits being increased driver safety. Below, we provide five ways dash cams improve the safety of your drivers. 1. Increase Security While it’s human nature to trust others, you never know when someone has malicious intent to harm or steal a vehicle. Fleet trucks and vans are expensive and having one of them stolen or damaged can put a significant dent in your business operations. And when the thief or vandal isn’t found, you can be stuck with paying for some or all of the damages or stolen property. With a fleet dash cam, however, you’ll be able to have substantial evidence when theft or damage happens to one of your vehicles. Most dash cameras have dual cameras, one that faces the road and one that faces the driver. Some dash cameras can even turn on while the vehicle is parked if they detect any motion going on, and will begin recording. Then, if someone tries to break into the vehicle, the dash cam can send an alert to the driver through a built-in app using cloud storage. For example, if a driver stops at a gas station and goes inside to purchase a snack or beverage and...
  • In a move that is not surprising Apple is removing all vaping apps from the app store. This comes as no surprise as Apple who is very health conscious has been launching health studies all over the world and using their health tech to help people live longer healthier lives. Axios reports “Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning. Why it matters: The move comes after at least 42 people have died from a vaping-related lung illness, per the CDC. Most of those people had been using cartridges containing THC, though some exclusively used nicotine cartridges.” Apple has never allowed the sale of vape cartridges directly from vaping apps in the app store and recently in June stopped accepting new vaping apps into the App Store. Apple vaping apps now are allowed to let people control the temperatures and lighting of their vape pens while others provided vaping-related news, social networks, and games. If you should already have a vaping app on your iPhone or iPad will be able to continue using the app and install it on new devices. Apple is setting a welcome example and helping to push their health initiate forward under the leadership Tim Cook a health and fitness enthusiast.
  • November 15, 2019

    iPad Apps On MacOS Not A Big Hit So Far

    Apple at WWDC several months back announced that iPad apps can now run on macOS. While this was a great announcement sometimes thing do not go as planned and iPad apps On MacOS are off to a slow start. iPad apps on macOS is something users have been waiting for since Google announce that Android apps would run on Chromebooks so naturally, Apple would want this kind of technology on their platform. As so many things in technology things get off to a bumpy start. Apple to start with has struggled with their only being about 20 apps so far being offered by developers. While Apples apps are all being ported over to big-name players like Netflix and Facebook have been slow to adopt the change. When you look at the MacOS App Store To start with none of the iPad apps on macOS are great apps or groundbreaking apps that everyone would want to use. The only one I even see that I would use would be Twitter, maybe Post-it, Sudoku, and Solitaire. I would like to point out that all of these apps except for Twitter and Post-it you need to pay to get on macOS. When Apple originally pointed out this new technology they said users would be able to port their apps to macOS that does not seem to be the case as you will need to pay or in many cases rebuy the app which I can’t imagine anyone did out of the 20 offered. For most or all of the iPad apps on macOS apps just no one cares about and to top it off most of the apps offered have a web version so why would you need the app on the desktop. I think part of the issue is at WWDC Apple...
  • Salesforce has named Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure as its public cloud provider for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Salesforce and Microsoft have had a complicated relationship over the years since they compete in multiple areas, of software as a service like customer relations management, marketing analytics and cloud sales software. Today on Salesforce blog both Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had this to say “At Salesforce, we’re relentlessly focused on driving trust and success for our customers,” said Marc Benioff and Keith Block, co-CEOs, Salesforce. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Microsoft and bring together the leading CRM with Azure and Teams to deliver incredible customer experiences.” “In a world where every company is becoming a digital company, we want to enable every customer and partner to build experiences on our leading platforms,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “By bringing together the power of Azure and Microsoft Teams with Salesforce, our aim is to help businesses harness the power of Microsoft Cloud to better serve customers.” Under CEO Satya Nadella Microsoft has mended fences with other competitors like Red Hat and VMware. This is a big deal for Microsoft to win Salesforce as a customer, as Microsoft competes fiercely with Amazon Web Services for customers. Last month, Microsoft won a contract to provide the Pentagon with cloud-computing services in a deal that could be worth as much as $10 billion, and in July, Microsoft announced a cloud agreement with AT&T. The other big win for Microsoft is Salesforce developing technology to integrate its Sales Cloud and with Microsoft’s Teams. Salesforce owns Chatter the idea is to enhance interoperability between Chatter and Teams going forward for both companies to compete with Slack.
  • November 14, 2019

    Github Is Coming To Mobile

    GitHub is coming to mobile devices. Github who was purchased by Microsoft in October of 2018 announced today at its annual GitHub Universe conference that they are embracing mobile with a new mobile app. GitHub has long provided APIs that allowed third-party developers to create mobile apps for GitHub, but to date, we have never had an official app from the company itself. GitHub’s new mobile app will allow users on iOS to browse their repositories, access GitHub community resources, view notifications, view code and review/merge pull requests. The app features dark mode and support for tablets like iPads. GitHub is first testing the new app with iOS users as part of a beta, and it’s “coming soon” for Android you can join the waitlist here. Github said on their blog “GitHub for mobile gives you the flexibility to move work forward and stay in touch with your team, wherever you are. There’s a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn’t require a complex development environment, like sharing feedback on a design discussion and reviewing a few lines of code. Now we are making these tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you work, with a beautifully native experience. ” This is pretty big for GitHub as they are embracing the cloud and mobile like their parent company Microsoft.
  • Microsoft announced earth early access Minecraft Earth. The new Minecraft Earth has been two years in the making is now available on Android and iOS in the United States. The augmented reality (AR) game debuted previously in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the UK. Microsoft announced as well that their pop-up event “Mobs in the Park,” will be available in New York City, London and Sydney starting Nov. 16 – Dec. 1 Microsoft announced on the Minecraft blog “It’s been more than two years since we began our journey to make Minecraft Earth a reality. Following a steady rollout in select markets around the world, today we’re thrilled to announce that Minecraft Earth early access can be downloaded on iOS and Android in another major market – the United States.” going on to say “if Minecraft Earth isn’t available in your country yet, it will be soon. We expect the game to be available worldwide by the end of this year.”
  • November 13, 2019

    Microsoft begins rolling Windows 10 1909

    Microsoft began rolling out the November 2019 Update, which will upgrade Windows 10 to version 1909. Windows 10 1909 has been spoken about since July on Microsofts blog they state the following “Today, we are announcing that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for users on the most recent versions of Windows 10 who seek the new update via Windows Update.” Going on to say “We continue to provide you with more control over updates, making it largely up to you to initiate when an update occurs and increasing transparency throughout the update experience. To keep Windows 10 devices supported and receiving monthly updates, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for devices that are at, or within several months of reaching, end of service. We continue to work to improve Windows 10 quality and will be closely monitoring and sharing the current status of the update via the Windows release health dashboard and following @WindowsUpdate on Twitter.” As with the most recent Feature update, you will need to explicitly choose to download and install the November 2019 Update at this time. If you do not see ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909 on your device, you might have a compatibility issue and a safeguard hold is in place by Microsoft. I would like to point out that updating to the latest version of Windows 10 is important as version 1803 is no longer supported.
  • In the 20th century, technology started to change everything. The supercomputers were created in the 20th century, engineers and scientists start to develop some ways to make networks between those computers. Later on, because of their hard work and effort, they manage to create the internet in which every people around the world right now are using. When blogging started, most people turned to social media to share their information and knowledge with everyone. The first social media sites are Linkedln and Myspace which started in the year 2000s and at the same time, there were also these photo-sharing social media sites such as Flickr and Photobucket. Youtube as one o the best social media site for vlogging just started its video sharing site in 2005. Facebook was a little late compared to the other social media site since they just started in 2006, even though, Facebook became popular that the majority of people using social media are accessing Facebook and this is where Facebook is heading in the next 10 years. Bots will be your new friends Today, Facebook is permitting companies to create automated bots on its Facebook Messenger mobile application so that users may interact with things like accessing weather or even buying things. Right now, the existing companies that created this type of bots to Facebook Messenger are Dutch airline KLM, Burger King, and flower seller 1-800-Flowers.com. Sending messages with a bot in Facebook Messenger is just like chatting with your friend but there is a slight difference since talking to your friend is just limited to the topic you were talking about. Unlike bots, it will provide you other information connected to the topic without you asking about it which kinda bit annoying sometimes If Facebook will able to improve and create some ways to...