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Google Assistant gets expanded language and device support

Posted on: March 10, 2019, in Blog

At MWC Barcelona, Google today made a few announcements around its Assistant. A lot of these center around support for KaiOS, the operating system for low-end feature phones that Google invested in last year, and additional language support. While KaiOS, which was born out of Mozilla’s failed FirefoxOS project, may be for the very low […]

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Opera Touch brings website cookie blocking to iOS

Posted on: March 10, 2019, in Blog

Last fall, Opera introduced Opera Touch for iOS — a solid alternative to Safari on iPhone, optimized for one-handed use. Today, the company is rolling out a notable new feature to this app: cookie blocking. Yes, it can now block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic […]

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Sunsamas $10/month task management calendar cleans up your online productivity

Posted on: March 9, 2019, in Blog

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard friends lament how difficult it is to find a decent calendar app. The stock calendar apps are certainly serviceable, but there’s so much that they can’t handle in terms of managing and prioritizing tasks. Sunsama, launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is taking a […]

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Mixmax brings LinkedIn integration and better task automation to its Gmail tool

Posted on: March 9, 2019, in Blog

Mixmax today introduced version 2.0 of its Gmail-based tool and plugin for Chrome that promises to make your daily communications chores a bit easier to handle. With version 2.0, Mixmax gets an updated editor that better integrates with the current Gmail interface and that gets out of the way of popular extensions like Grammarly. That’s […]

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Googles hybrid cloud platform is now in beta

Posted on: March 8, 2019, in Blog

Last July, at its Cloud Next conference, Google announced the Cloud Services Platform, its first real foray into bringing its own cloud services into the enterprise data center as a managed service. Today, the Cloud Services Platform (CSP) is launching into beta. It’s important to note that the CSP isn’t — at least for the […]

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Why Daimler moved its big data platform to the cloud

Posted on: March 8, 2019, in Blog

Like virtually every big enterprise company, a few years ago, the German auto giant Daimler decided to invest in its own on-premises data centers. And while those aren’t going away anytime soon, the company today announced that it has successfully moved its on-premises big data platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. This new platform, which the […]

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Twitter opens applications for its prototype program, first tests to focus on fixing conversations

Posted on: March 7, 2019, in Blog

Twitter today is opening up applications for its new testing program, first announced at CES in January. The program potentially can cover any and every aspect of the Twitter experience, but the first set of tests will focus on how interactions between people, and specifically replies, appear on Twitter. They will include a new design […]

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Facebook adds new background location privacy controls to its Android app

Posted on: March 7, 2019, in Blog

Facebook is updating its privacy settings on Android to make it easier for users to control what location data is sent to and stored by the company. In its announcement, Facebook acknowledged that Android users have expressed concern over the app’s ability to continuously log location data in the background. Due to Android’s all-or-nothing system of […]

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Twitter testing Original Tweeter tag to distinguish who started a thread

Posted on: March 6, 2019, in Blog

Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweeter within a thread, but may also help curb (some types of) abuse on the platform, making […]

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Google Assistant Actions up 2.5x in 2018 to reach 4,253 in the US

Posted on: March 6, 2019, in Blog

In addition to competing for smart speaker market share, Google and Amazon are also competing for developer mindshare in the voice app ecosystem. On this front, Amazon has soared ahead — the number of available voice skills for Alexa devices has grown to top 80,000 the company recently announced. According to a new third-party analysis […]

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