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The New Word Processor Wars: A Fresh Crop of Productivity Apps Are Trying To Reinvent Our Workday

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:30
Nearly 30 years after Microsoft Office came on the scene, it's in the DNA of just about every productivity app. Even if you use Google's G Suite or Apple's iWork, you're still following the Microsoft model. But that way of thinking about work has gotten a little dusty, and new apps offering a different approach to getting things done are popping up by the day. GeekWire: There's a new war on over the way we work, and the old "office suite" is being reinvented around rapid-fire discussion threads, quick sharing and light, simple interfaces where all the work happens inside a single window. In recent years, the buzzwords in tech have been "AI" and "mobile." Today, you can add "collaboration" to that list -- these days, everybody wants to build Slack-like communication into their apps. For notes and docs, there's Quip, Notejoy, Slite, Zenkit, Notion and Agenda. For spreadsheets, there's Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet, as well as Airtable, Coda and, although it's a very different take on the spreadsheet, Trello. The list goes on seemingly ad infinitum, largely thanks to the relative ease with which developers can launch software in the cloud. "Work has totally changed," said Aaron Levie, the co-founder and CEO of Box, the online storage company that is building its strategy around unifying data and messaging from a dizzying mix of cloud apps. "Employees were lucky to have two, three, five modern applications in the 90s. Now they have almost unlimited ways of being productive."

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Fortnite developer planning to launch online game store soon on Mac, rivaling the Mac App Store and Steam

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:27

Epic, which is known for making the ever-popular Fortnite online game has today announced that it is launching its own Epic Games store on Mac and PC, soon.

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'YouTube Music is a Bad Product in Desperate Need of Improvement Before Anyone Will Care To Use It'

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:50
Andrew Martonik, writing for AndroidCentral: YouTube Music as a service has been around for about three years now, though it really only existed in earnest once the revamped version of the YouTube Music app and dedicated website, as we know it today, launched in May. Whether you look at it as three years or just six months old, one thing is clear: YouTube Music isn't finished yet, is filled with issues and is incredibly frustrating to use on a daily basis considering it costs the industry-standard $10 per month. YouTube Music is so unfinished and lacking features that I question whether Google has any intentions of following through with its vision of replacing Google Play Music entirely. Put simply, I can't believe Google thinks anyone will pay $10 per month for it when all signs point to Google itself not caring about YouTube Music's success. YouTube Music effectively doesn't work with Google Home. [...] YouTube Music also still doesn't work with Android Auto, which is just as inexcusable as not working with Google Home.

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iPhone X and XS lose to Pocophone and Blackberry in blind smartphone camera test [Video]

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:46

Popular YouTuber MKBHD put together a huge blind smartphone camera test with 16 popular devices. After getting six million votes from users on Twitter and Instagram, the results are in, and surprisingly both iPhone X and XS were knocked out in the first round.

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Linea Sketch updated for iPad Pro with Apple Pencil gestures, new fill and blending tools, more

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:35

The Iconfactory has updated its excellent iPad Pro drawing app Linea Sketch with support for the new models, gesture control on the new Apple Pencil, and new fill and blending tools that enhance the app for all users. The latest update also lets you set what action is assigned to your finger when drawing with the Apple Pencil.

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Documenting the overlooked craft of temporary Apple stores

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:30

No retailer wants to close a store — even temporarily. Closures mean lost sales, disruptions to service, and a negative customer experience. As Apple’s stores have steadily grown in popularity over the past 17 years, renovations and expansions to keep up with increased traffic have necessitated temporary closures from time to time. In locations without nearby alternatives or where construction work is estimated to be time-consuming, Apple has implemented temporary stores to ease the transition.

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Google Personalizes Search Results Even When You're Logged Out, a DuckDuckGo Study Finds

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:11
According to a new study conducted by Google competitor DuckDuckGo, it does not seem possible to avoid personalization when using Google search, even by logging out of your Google account and using the private browsing "incognito" mode. From a report: DuckDuckGo conducted the study in June of this year, at the height of the US midterm election season. It did so with the ostensible goal of confirming whether Google's search results exacerbate ideological bubbles by feeding you only information you've signaled you want to consume via past behavior and the data collected about you. It's not clear whether that question can be reliably answered with these findings, and it's also obvious DuckDuckGo is a biased source with something to gain by pointing out how flawed Google's approach may be. But the study's findings are nonetheless interesting because they highlight just how much variance there are in Google search results, even when controlling for factors like location.

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Picaso Lab’s new leather sleeve that fits 2018 iPad Pro + Smart Keyboard goes on pre-order

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:05

Picaso lab reviews - leather sleeve for 2018 iPad Pro

Picaso Lab’s leather solution for keeping your 2018 iPad Pro along with your Smart Keyboard attachment safe from unwanted damage while traveling is now available for pre-order.... Read the rest of this post here

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China Set To Launch First-Ever Spacecraft to the Far Side of the Moon, Will Attempt To Grow Plant There

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:40
AmiMoJo writes: Later this week, China plans to launch its Chang'e-4 spacecraft to the far side of the lunar surface. The aim is to land a rover on the dark side of the moon for the first time. Blocked from direct communication with the Earth, the lander and rover will depend on China's Queqiao communication satellite launched in May. If the landing is successful, the mission's main job will be to investigate this side of the lunar surface, which is peppered with many small craters. The lander will also conduct the first radio astronomy experiments from the far side of the Moon -- and the first investigations to see whether plants will grow in the low-gravity lunar environment. The ultimate goal of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is to create a Moon base for future human exploration there, although it has not announced when that might happen. Chang'e-4 will be the country's second craft to 'soft' land on the lunar surface, following Chang'e-3's touchdown in 2013.

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Fortnite Dev Launches Epic Games Store That Takes Just 12% of Revenue

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:12
The 30/70 revenue-sharing split that turned into something of an industry standard is on the ropes. From a report: Epic Games, the developer responsible for the Fortnite phenomenon, is launching its own game store. And like with its asset store for developers, Epic is planning to take a 12-percent cut of revenues. This will leave 88 percent for the people who actually make the games. "As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players," Sweeney explained in a statement. "Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers."

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Apple Pay picks up new banks across US, Canada, France, and 8 more countries

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:00

Apple Pay continues to expand in the United States and around the world. Apple’s mobile payment service lets you securely pay in stores with iPhone and Apple Watch or in apps or online from iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. These are the latest banks and credit unions to work with Apple Pay across the world:

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Bloomberg: Apple focusing on aggressive trade-in offers to boost iPhone sales

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:44

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Apple is now “experimenting” with iPhone marketing strategies it apparently rarely uses, including discount promotions through generous device buyback terms, in an effort to help increase sales of its iconic smartphone.... Read the rest of this post here

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Microsoft Surface holiday ad disses iPad by saying “big dreams need a real computer”

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:16

Microsoft yesterday published quit an amusing festive ad for Surface Go through the team’s official YouTube channel. Running thirty seconds long, it depicts a little girl standing in front of a Microsoft Store as she professes her love for Surface Go over Apple’s iPad.... Read the rest of this post here

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This week’s best iTunes movie deals: Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, 4K from $5, more

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:10

The iTunes movie storefront was refreshed this morning with a new batch of deals including iconic holiday films like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, and many more. You’ll also find this week’s $1 HD rental and the usual smattering of 4K deals. Head below for all of our top picks.

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How to log into iCloud.com on your iPhone or iPad

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:00

iCloud.Com on iPhone Screen

You might find it strange that you don’t have a quick and easy way to access iCloud.com from your iPhone or iPad. But, since you can sync things like your Files, Notes, Photos, Contacts, and other apps, you may seldom need to. However, if this is something that you really want to do, then look no further.

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Apple reportedly reassigned some marketing staff to focus on boosting new iPhone sales

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 08:37

We have already seen Apple aggressively promote trade in bonuses, moves that the company does not typically make in the wake of the release of new iPhones. However, it seems like Apple is working harder than ever to push unit sales this time around.

Bloomberg reports that Apple told some marketing staff to put their work on hold and switch to focusing on iPhone marketing, another sign that iPhone XS and iPhone XR sales are not as strong.

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This jailbreak tweak is a classic remake that brings animated crawling ants to iOS

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 08:00

If you’re one to appreciate fun and quirky animations on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, then a new free jailbreak tweak called Ants by iOS developer SparkDev might be of interest to you.

Once installed, Ants causes an army of animated virtual ants to spawn all over the iOS interface. They appear and crawl around whether you’re on your Home screen or inside of an app.... Read the rest of this post here

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Will AWS Be Spun Off Into a Separate Company?

Slashdot - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 08:00
Ammalgam writes from a report via Business Insider: A credible business school professor who correctly predicted that Amazon would buy Whole Foods now says an AWS spinoff is inevitable. Marketing guru Scott Galloway said Monday at Business Insider's IGNITION conference. The move will also help the company placate regulators who are starting to scrutinize its anticompetitive practices, said Scott Galloway, a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. After the e-commerce giant spins it off, Amazon Web Services (AWS) "will be one of 10 most valuable companies in the world," he said. "The question then becomes, what happens to the old retail-side of Amazon," Galloway added. Amazon will decide to split off AWS, because it makes a lot of sense and market forces will dictate it, Galloway said. Cloud computing is one of the most important trends taking place in the technology industry, but there's no simple way for investors to profit off it. The three biggest cloud services -- AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud -- are all part of much bigger companies whose results only partially reflect their cloud businesses. As the biggest of the bunch, AWS would be a natural to become its own standalone business, he said. And it could be a huge windfall for Amazon shareholders. Depending on how it would be valued and the multiple to earnings that the market would assign to it, AWS by itself could be see a valuation of anywhere from $70 billion to $600 billion, he said. What do you think? Is this possible?

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Foxconn considering iPhone factory in Vietnam as China trade war uncertainty continues

9to5Mac - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 07:25

Apple’s biggest supply chain partner, Foxconn, is looking to start a new facility in Vietnam as a way to hedge against instability and uncertainty in its current production facilities due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US.

As reported by Reuters, Vietnamese state media are reporting Foxconn and the Hanoi People’s Committee are in active discussions to set up an iPhone factory.

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Let’s Talk iOS 268: Any more complaints for the Complaints Department?

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 07:00

Let's Talk iOS podcast on iPhone X

Cody and Sebastien open the Complaint Department and share criticism of some Apple Watch UI, slow Face ID animation, and autocorrect limitations. It all ends well with a hopeful discussion about AirPods.... Read the rest of this post here

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