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Google Launches New Update For Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google Launches New UpdateGoogle has plenty of apps and services on offer for Android users, ranging from applications such as Maps and Translate to the Google Drive suite including productivity tools such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Google Slides. Assuming that you count among the Android users who rely on Google’s productivity suite while on the road, you may be pleased to learn that this week the company in Mountain View has released new updates for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, allowing for better tables and charts in all three applications.

According to Google’s official blogpost discussing the latest changes, following the recent update users will be able to copy body of cells in Sheets and paste the content in Slides or Docs, with the transferred selection rendering “as a fully-formatted table, gridlines and all”. However, this feature will only work with selections of fewer than 400 cells, and any selections larger than 400 cells will be pasted in a tap-separated format. 

Additionally, Google mentions that the technology behind charts in Sheets has been improved, and thus after the update users “may notice small changes to the way your charts are drawn”. It should be noted that all three applications – Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides – need to be updated to the latest version in order for the new improvements to tables and charts to take effect. It’s also worth mentioning that the (small) changelog included with the latest update specifies that “bug fixes and performance improvements” have been introduced for all three applications. However, the exact nature of these fixes and improvements goes unmentioned, so they are primarily working under the hood.

The latest update to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides arrives less than two months after the suite was updated to allow for easier last minute changes before printing a document. Even more recently – as in just a couple of weeks ago – Google released another major update for Docs, Slides, and Sheets, allowing for the use of add-ons from eight partners, with more add-ons expected to be released in the future. In closing, readers who may want to acquire or update Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets can refer to the source link below.

Source: AH

Pokémon-mania: Pokémon Go downloads top 15 million

Pokémon GoNot even Facebook is powerful enough to overcome Pokémon-mania.

The mobile game Pokémon Go topped 15 million downloads on Apple's App Store and Google Play, according to estimates from research firm SensorTower. Available since last week in the U.S., the game features characters called Pokémon players capture in the real world using a combination of GPS and augmented reality.

Pokémon Go is also among the most heavily used apps on a daily basis since its launch. According to iOS usage data from Monday, users spent an average of 33 minutes a day playing the game. By comparison, the average iOS user spent 22 minutes on Facebook and 18 minutes on Snapchat.

The stunning amount of time we're spending playing 'Pokémon Go'

What's interesting is when comparing Pokémon Go to other mobile games, it's actually behind in minutes. Their report finds users spent 43 minutes a day on mobile hit Candy Crush Saga, while action title Game of War clocked in at a whopping two hours.

However, neither game seems to have captured the national attention and generated such an obsession among players. The fascination has gone so far as to prompt warnings from police to use caution when playing, such as paying attention to surroundings and putting the phone down while you drive.


Source: UsaToday

Instagram Changes Feed Order Despite Resistance from Users

Instagram LogoInstagram is changing the way it is displaying photos to its users: Instead of simply showing every photo in reverse-chronological order, Instagram will soon use algorithms to figure out which photos individual users would like to see, and display those photos more prominently.

The Facebook-owned video service announced the changes Friday on its blog. “On average, people miss 70 percent of their feeds. It’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share as Instagram has grown,” the post reads.

Instagram had first announced its plans for an algorithmic feed in March, and since tested it with a subset of users. “We found that people are liking photos more, commenting more and generally engaging with the community in a more active way,” the company said about these tests. It now wants to bring the new feed to all of its users in the coming month.

However, not everyone is on board with an algorithmic Instagram feed. Some of the service’s users launched a petition against the changes in March, and were able to since gather more than 337,000 signatures for their cause.



Source: Variety

Why don’t we have Helicopter airliners?

HelicpteroAirports are expensive things to build. And they require vast amounts of space, enough for all the runways and hangars, terminals and luggage depots, parking and other services needed to keep us in the air.

They create an enormous amount of noise too – this was even more of an issue during the great civil aviation boom of the 1950s and 60s, when travelling by plane suddenly became within the reach of ordinary people.

Aircraft makers filled this need to fly with jet airliners that could take people to faraway climes safely and comfortably – but being quiet wasn’t one of the considerations.

So why didn’t helicopters – which were much quieter than the earliest generation of jet airliners, and which can take off and land vertically on a fraction of the space needed for conventional aircraft – fly in to plug the gap?

It may seem like an ingenious solution – imagine taking a flight to the south of France from a heliport in the centre of the city. Unfortunately, creating something that marries the flexibility of a helicopter with the passenger capacity of an airliner has been a monumental struggle. Physics keeps getting in the way – but as technology improves we may find solutions to overcome the problems.

There was one aircraft that got closer than most – it even flew. The Fairey Rotodyne was a late 1950s attempt to design the helicopter airliner. It had a giant rotor on top of the fuselage, and a pair of short stubby wings, which each carried a jet engine that powered propellers and helped generate lift for the main rotor. The Rotodyne was intended to host as many as 40 passengers.

The Rotodyne was designed a few years after jet airliners had entered service. Already, the space needed for airports was becoming an issue. But, as the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Mike O’Donoghue says, there were serious technical issues its creators found impossible to overcome.

This is an ambitious concept. But it’s the kind of thinking that might be required if the vertical take-off airliner is to become reality.


Source: BBC

Four new things you can do with videos on Facebook

Facebook VideosFacebook is betting that the combination of video with the world's largest social network is a winning formula.

When the video of a mother having fun with a mask of Chewbacca you just bought is seen by 140 million people, little doubt remains, if any, of the potential for the world's largest social network format moving images.

So while later, Facebook is betting heavily the video, trying to cut ground against the Periscope Twitter.

These are the innovations that come, as he revealed the head of video Facebook, Fiji Simo, Techcrunch, and were confirmed by other technology in the area of media.

1. Videos live 24 hours a day

The live broadcast via Facebook was originally limited to a maximum of 90 minutes. In short, the company promises, you will continuously display images in windows 24 hours.

The disadvantage is that, unlike what happens with videos up to hour and a half, you can not store them on the network.

Scenes of great landscapes or animal behavior are obvious to exploit this new functionality candidates.

"We have seen some interesting cases and we are attentive to what developers can create in the future. We hope you will bring creative," he told Techcrunch Fiji Simo.

The possibility of continuous video is being tested with a small group of users. But Facebook hopes to open more people in the coming weeks, said CNET site.

2. Specify where you can see the videos

The ability to determine which geographical area have access to live video and limit who can view them according to their age is another tool that Facebook hopes to attract more users to their platform live.

This is aimed at meeting the needs of commercial users: allow producers overcome the problem of restrictions on rights in certain countries, or advertisers (eg, such as alcohol or cigarettes) to choose a hearing.

3. React to what you're watching

Basically, you can give "like" or use any of the alternative emoji while watching a video, at the specific time that will cause the reaction.

In this sense, it will work like that hearts that can be seen displayed on the screen during a live broadcast of Periscope.

In addition to express, you will leave a 'trail "that will be useful for the next new possibility ...

4. Advance to the interesting part

Your responses will form the basis of a "timeline" or "wall" Viewable, the next user can use to skip to the interesting part.

Facebook has determined that most people access the videos when they are not live, but when it best suits them.

Hence to know where in the video people were "excited" or "in love" can be very useful for the potential audience.

"Until now, you could sit and watch a video until it became very bored, waiting for the good, or you could try to advance in leaps trying to reach for success to that which is worth a look. But if the video was not exciting from the beginning, it was difficult to decide whether it was worth spending time ", Techcrunch says.

Now "when advances in recording a video that was broadcast live, you'll see a graph of reaction volume of people (a kind of blue curve" peaks "and" valleys "showing the times when there was a greater volume reaction) in the progress bar. "

In addition you will see the emoji appear, as when there were live.

Techcrunch calls it a "bold experiment in content consumption." One that could fundamentally change the way the stories are counted today through moving images are structured.

Source: BBCM

Should you dump your smartphone for a flip-phone?

flip-phoneOn the subway, commuting into the heart of New York City, Danny Groner stands out. He is one of the only people in the carriage not staring at a small screen.

He’s proud to not be one of the more than two-thirds of Americans who own a smartphone.

Like billionaire business leaders Warren Buffett and Blackstone private equity’s Stephen Schwartzman, Groner's only mobile connection with the world is an old-school flip-phone used just for calls and SMS (text messages).

But he’s not an old fogey. At 32, Groner is at the heart of the smartphone target audience. He’s young, and he’s a manager at the $1.2 billion-listed stock photo agency Shutterstock, one of Silicon Alley’s big success stories. His office is in the company’s swanky headquarters, occupying two floors of the Empire State Building. It’s a start-up vision complete with swings, games rooms and a yoga studio.

Surrounded by technology, Groner makes it crystal clear why he benefits from being a smartphone refusenik.

“I worry about burning out,” he said. “I spend 13, 14 hours a day in front of a screen, that’s enough. It doesn’t need to be 17 hours.”

Save Your Periscope Broadcasts Forever

Periscope ForeverPeriscope's latest update makes it more Facebook Live, less Snapchat, as you can now permanently save broadcasts.

Just add #save to your title, and the video will remain active for more than the usual 24 hours. In fact, it will remain active forever.

The Sandlot forever GIFThis is "something that clearly the community cares a lot about," CEO Kayvon Beykpour said in a video posted to Periscope Wednesday. "We are actively building support for controlling how your broadcasts stay on Periscope. And that includes keeping those broadcasts forever."

Saved videos will appear in a user's profile, amidst more recent clips. The function also extends to Twitter, email, and any other platform on which broadcasts are shared.  There is currently no limit on the number of videos a user can save.

Get Profiled  Couch Mode Split Personality Find Some Privacy Keep It Quiet Get the Feel of the Landscape Hand It Over VIEW ALL PHOTOS IN GALLERYThat being said, the #save option is currently in beta and Periscope wants your feedback. Android and iOS owners are encouraged to visit and try it out. Things will likely change before a full rollout, like ditching the need for the #save hashtag. 

"'Save' is a really flexible solution," Beykpour said, but "this is a really important change that we're making, and we want to make sure that when we roll it out broadly, that it works really, really well."

If you're not quite ready for your closeup, Periscope said it's also working on ways for you to delete your videos before the standard 24 hours are up. Or you can just continue with the 24-hour cycle.

The move comes as Periscope says goodbye to Katch, a third-party tool for saving broadcasts and sharing them elsewhere. According to TechCrunch, the start-up exhausted its funding and shut down last month.

Source PCMag

Facebook Live is about to get livelier 

Facebook Live Creative ToolsThe social network on Wednesday introduced new features for its live-streaming service, which lets people broadcast live video feeds over the Internet using a phone's camera. The video streams can be watched by other people on Facebook.

Among the new features: Viewers can click on Facebook's gamut of new "reactions" -- emojis for Like, Love, Wow and other emotions -- at any point during a live stream. (It feels a bit like a focus group tool.) And if you're the one doing the live streaming, you'll be able to add filters to the video, like monochrome or sepia tones.

The update to Facebook Live comes as competition builds among live-streaming services. Facebook's biggest rival in this area is Twitter's Periscope app. There's also speculation that Google's YouTube is readying a similar product to be called YouTube Connect.

The point is that live streaming is a crowded market. Already, one company, Meerkat, has been forced to drop live-streaming services, though it hasn't decided what to replace them with. Facebook, with its 1.5 billion users, wants to make sure it's the top choice.

Facebook's new features are designed to help people feel more in the moment. When you replay a video that's ended, you can also replay the comments, which pop up as they did during the live broadcast. Facebook also lets you invite friends to watch live videos with you and has created a section to help you discover new videos.

Feeling artistic? Facebook teased an upcoming feature that will let you doodle on your live videos a la Snapchat. The company has been desperately trying to evoke Snapchat because the latter is so popular with teens and young adults. The feature isn't ready yet, but Facebook said it's "coming soon."

The social network has been pouring big bucks into Live, and it has reportedly been trying to court celebrities by offering them money to use it. The biggest sign of its importance to Facebook: COO Sheryl Sandberg, a celebrity herself, is apparently leading the recruiting effort.

Don't think you'll be able to ignore what Facebook is up to here. The company has rejiggered its algorithms so that live videos pop up to the top of everyone's news feeds.

Source: CNT

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