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Skype finally adds call recording

Posted on: September 24, 2018, in Blog

Skype is the communication tool of choice (and necessity) for millions, but it has always lacked a basic feature that no doubt many of those millions have requested: call recording. Well, Microsoft finally heard our cries, and recording is now built into Skype on both desktop and mobile. Inexplicably, the ability is available in the […]

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Google launches new AI initiatives in Japan

Posted on: September 23, 2018, in Blog

It’s no surprise that Google used its Cloud Next 2018 event in Tokyo today — one of a number of international Cloud Next events that follow its flagship San Francisco conference — to announce a couple of new initiatives that specifically focus on the Japanese market. These announcements include a couple of basic updates like […]

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Answering its critics, Google loosens reins on AMP project

Posted on: September 23, 2018, in Blog

Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. The need for the framework has been clear: the payloads of mobile pages can be just insane, what with layers and layers of images, JavaScript, ad networks, and more slowing down page rendering time and costing users serious bandwidth on metered plans. […]

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Instagram Shopping gets personalized Explore channel, Stories tags

Posted on: September 22, 2018, in Blog

Instagram is embracing its true identity as a mail-order catalog. The question will be how much power merchants will give Instagram after seeing what its parent Facebook did to news outlets that relied on it. Partnerships with Shopify (500,000+ merchants) and BigCommerce (60,000+ merchants) will make it easy for retailers of all sizes to use Instagram’s […]

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms

Posted on: September 22, 2018, in Blog

The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for copyright violations by their users (Article 13). At the same time critics and free speech advocates […]

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Salesforce updates Sales Cloud ahead of Dreamforce with increased automation

Posted on: September 21, 2018, in Blog

Dreamforce, Salesforce’s massive customer conference is coming later this month to San Francisco, but the news is starting already well ahead of the event. Today, the company announced updates to its core Sales Cloud with an emphasis toward automation and integration. For starters, the company wants to simplify inside phone sales, giving the team not […]

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Grammarly now saves you from embarrassing mistakes in Google Docs, too

Posted on: September 21, 2018, in Blog

Grammarly now supports Google Docs. Over the course of the last few years, Grammarly has made a name for itself as one of the better grammar and spelling checkers on the market. As a Chrome extension, it neatly integrates with virtually every major online tool and social media site, but until now, Google Docs remained […]

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Google Street View rival Mapillary collaborates with Amazon to read text in its 350M image database

Posted on: September 20, 2018, in Blog

Mapillary, the Swedish startup that wants to take on Google and others in mapping the world by way of a crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, is taking an interesting step in the development of its platform. The company is now working with Amazon, and specifically its Rekognition API, to detect and read text in Mapillary’s […]

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Skype rolls back its redesign by ditching stories, squiggles and over-the-top color

Posted on: September 20, 2018, in Blog

Just over a year after Skype introduced a colorful, Snapchat-inspired makeover which included its own version of “stories,” the company says it’s now going to refocus on simplicity – and it’s ditching stories along the way. The redesign had been met with a lot of backlash. Skype had clearly wanted to appeal to a more […]

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Three years later, Lets Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates

Posted on: September 19, 2018, in Blog

Bon anniversaire, Let’s Encrypt! The free-to-use nonprofit was founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is backed by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. Three years ago Friday, it issued its first certificate. Since then, the numbers have exploded. To date, more than 380 million certificates have been issued on 129 million unique […]

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