Microsoft is working on an update for its Outlook email service that will give users more options for composing messages on Android devices. According to a new entry in the company’s product roadmap, Outlook users will soon be able to dictate email messages, as well as calendar appointment and meeting content, instead of relying on their touchscreen keyboard. Already available for desktop and iOS devices, Outlook speech-to-text functionality is set to be extended to Android by the end of the month. Here's our list of the best email clients right now We've built a list of the best email marketing software on the market Check out our list of the best email hosting providers around Speech-to-text in Outlook Once dictation mode is live, users will be able to activate the feature by tapping on the microphone icon above the keyboard. A large blue version of the same icon indicates the mode is active and the user can begin to dictate. There … [Read more...] about Microsoft Outlook will soon give you a new way to compose messages on the fly
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Microsoft is working on a pair of upgrades for collaboration platform Teams that will afford users an additional measure of customization. As per two new entries in the company’s product roadmap, Teams will soon allow users to hide their own video feed during calls and, conversely, to pin it to the screen . The two new options will cater to different user preferences, Microsoft suggested. The ability to conceal one’s own video feed is said to “help reduce distractions”, while the option to pin the feed lets users position themselves alongside co-workers on-screen, if they are so inclined. We've built a list of the best business webcams around Here's our list of the best VoIP services out there Check out out list of the best headsets for conference calls right now Both new features are still currently under development, but are scheduled to roll out to all users by the end of November. Microsoft Teams update Since the start of the … [Read more...] about Microsoft Teams update will fix a common video conferencing complaint
For several years now, Microsoft has been asserting that any company making Android phones owes it money, because Microsoft has patents that cover various aspects of those phones. Last week, the company said that the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, which makes 40 percent of consumer electronics worldwide including a variety of Android and Chrome-powered products, had agreed to license its patents. Today, the company announced a patent-licensing deal with another huge Asian electronics company: Chinese telecom ZTE. ZTE has its origins as a Chinese state-run enterprise, and today it is one of the world's largest handset makers—the fourth largest producer in the world. The company makes a whole lot of Android-powered smartphones and tablets . It's also an enthusiastic gatherer of patents, and has been listed as the world's #1 patent filer in 2012. For all its growth, ZTE struggled financially last year, as US lawmakers expressed concerns about the security … [Read more...] about Microsoft licenses second huge handset maker in a week, China’s ZTE
Downloading files using Microsoft Edge should soon be safer than ever thanks to a new update. The company has announced that the newest build of its web browser will feature some improved security tools as it looks to ensure users stay safe online. This includes upgrades for how certain file types are monitored and secured, as Microsoft continues to make Edge a more attractive proposal for users around the world ahead of the release of Windows 11 . We've put together a list of the best anonymous browsers around These are the best VPN services on the market Also check out our roundup of the best proxy Edge protection Among the new features for Edge 94 is a block on mixed content downloads, hopefully helping secure users from malware or other malicious files lurking online. The company says that going forward, secure pages will only download files hosted on other secure pages. Downloads hosted on "non-secure" (aka non-HTTPS) pages will be … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge now stops you from downloading dodgy files
The popularity of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference has seen a steep upward slope since the introduction of the App Store in 2008. While the number of attendees previous to 2008 varied between roughly 2,000 and 4,000, Apple ended up putting a cap of 5,000 on its ticket sales starting in 2008 in order to control the flood of developers who were suddenly interested in learning more about Apple's ecosystem. That year was the first year Apple sold out of WWDC tickets in the history of the conference. Since then, the WWDC ticket situation has only intensified. In 2009, those 5,000 tickets sold out within a month of going on sale. In 2010, the conference sold out in less than two weeks (roughly 10 days, to be exact), despite the huge ticket price bump to $1,599 for everyone. In 2011, WWDC sold out in 12 hours —again at $1,599 per ticket. And in 2012—Wednesday morning— those tickets sold out in two hours . They went on sale at 8:30am Eastern Time and were gone by 10:30am. … [Read more...] about Can Apple revamp the WWDC ticket system? Does it want to?
Table of Contents What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 Best Linux Laptop Overall: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Best Budget Linux Laptop: Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Best Premium Linux Laptop: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 With Linux Best Open Source Linux Laptop: Purism Librem 14 Best Linux Laptop for Gaming: System76 Oryx Pro What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 You can buy nearly any laptop and install Linux on it . However, there’s no guarantee that the laptop’s hardware will work properly with Linux. If the right hardware drivers aren’t available for the Linux OS you pick, some of the laptop’s features won’t work, or the laptop may just get worse battery life due to poor optimization. You don’t have to settle for this kind of experience. Some manufacturers release laptops that come with Linux pre-installed. These manufacturers officially support Linux on their hardware, so you know that everything will work properly and that the laptop will keep … [Read more...] about The Best Linux Laptops of 2021 for Developers and Enthusiasts
Apple iPhone users have reported a new bug on their devices after installing iOS 15 . This time the bug is affecting the performance of the touchscreen. While few users aren’t able to use the touchscreen at certain places on the display, others complain about the screen being completely unresponsive. We noticed the glitch while using the Facebook app when we saw jerks while scrolling through. At first, it looked like an issue with the app but a similar issue was seen while using the other apps as well. We went on Twitter to see if there are other people who are facing a similar issue and on the app weren't able to tap on the search option at the top. After restarting, the device worked smoothly but that wasn't the case with several other iPhone users. “iPhone is unusable today until the battery drains because the touchscreen is unresponsive, even after multiple reboots. Second time it has happened since installing iOS 15 on Tuesday. @AppleSupport” a user wrote on … [Read more...] about iOS 15: Few Apple iPhone users facing this issue with iOS 15
It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX from 2013 all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than your laptop, and better for watching videos and reading books than both — and I think that applies to a lot of people — it’s hard to beat the 2013 Fire HDX. My 7-inch model has a great … [Read more...] about How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?
Google is withdrawing support for Gmail , YouTube , Google Maps and several other applications from millions of smartphones using older versions of Android operating system. As a part of the company's plans to protect accounts’ security, any device with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or lower won’t be able to sign in to Google products and services. Users need to have at least Android 3.0 installed in their smartphones to keep having access to these apps. “As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.” Google community manager Zak Pollack shared. “If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so in order to maintain … [Read more...] about Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread: Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail no longer work on these Android smartphones
Google is heading to a top European Union court Monday to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty imposed for stifling competition through the dominance of its Android operating system. The company is fighting a 2018 decision from the EU's executive Commission, the bloc's top antitrust enforcer, that resulted in the 4.34 billion-euro (USD 5 billion) fine - still the biggest ever fine Brussels has imposed for anticompetitive behavior. It's one of three antitrust penalties totaling more than USD 8 billion that the commission hit Google with between 2017 and 2019. The others focused on shopping and search, and the California company is appealing all three. While the penalties involved huge sums, critics point out that Google can easily afford them and that the fines haven't done much to widen competition. In its original decision, the commission said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. Google, however, plans to argue that … [Read more...] about android: Google in court to appeal EU’s 2018 Android antitrust case