Microsoft Updates Office Apps for iPad With Mouse and Trackpad Support

Oct 26, 2020 - 9:01 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft today announced that the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps for iPad are receiving updates that will allow them to use the trackpad and mouse support in iPadOS.

The apps will feature a cursor that transforms into the tool that's needed depending on the context of what you're pointing to for easy cursor control, fluid navigation, and precise adjustments. Microsoft says that the trackpad experience will be familiar to those who have used Office on a Mac or PC.

And using a mouse or trackpad with *iPad* for common tasks like highlighting a passage of text in Word, selecting a range of cells in Excel, and moving and resizing graphics in PowerPoint are as simple and intuitive as ever. This experience will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever used Office on a Mac or a PC and helps make *iPad* even more versatile and capable for getting more work done.
Along with mouse and trackpad support, Microsoft is adding new start screens and a new ribbon of feature menus to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a cleaner and more modern user experience.

According to Microsoft, many users have already started receiving the updates through a phased rollout, which will reach all users within a couple of weeks.

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Facebook takes its first small steps into the world of cloud gaming

Oct 26, 2020 - 8:57 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is the latest tech giant to get into the world of cloud gaming — but the company’s offering is quite a bit different than the competition. Unlike Amazon or Google, which both offer standalone cloud gaming services for a fee, Facebook is introducing cloud games to its existing app — several of which are playable right now.

“We’re doing free-to-play games, we’re doing games that are latency-tolerant, at least to start,” says Jason Rubin, Facebook’s vice president of play. “We’re not promising 4K, 60fps, so you pay us $6.99 per month. We’re not trying to get you to buy a piece of hardware, like a controller.”

According to Rubin, the reason Facebook is exploring the cloud is because it opens up the types of games it can offer. The company started out in games more than a decade ago with Flash-based hits like FarmVille before moving to HTML5 for its Instant Games platform, but both of those technologies are relatively limited to smaller, simpler experiences.

Rubin says expanding to the cloud means more complex games that the company can still offer in a fast, seamless way. Those HTML5 games aren’t going away but will instead sit alongside the new cloud offerings inside the Facebook app. (It should be noted that Facebook acquired Spanish cloud gaming service PlayGiga last year, paving the way for this rollout.)

“The platform is going to allow the 300 million players that we have to continue to play the games they like, but we think they’ll branch out and play more complex games as well,” Rubin says. Free-to-play cloud games are launching on Facebook in beta starting today, and the initial crop of titles includes mostly Android ports, like the 3D racer Asphalt 9 and the idle roleplaying game Mobile Legends: Adventure.

They’re rolling out in the US to start — Facebook says that will include California, Texas, and states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. And they’ll be available both via... [Read More]
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Oct 16, 2020 - 7:58 PM - by Reverend
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Google now lets users search for a song by singing, humming and whistling

Oct 16, 2020 - 7:53 PM - by Reverend
An update released by Google today (October 16) allows users to search for a song by merely singing, humming or whistling the melody.

Announced at Google’s Search On event, and effective from today, users will now be able to search for a song without knowing its title or even the lyrics.

Users can access the ‘Hum To Search’ feature by opening the ‘Google Search’ app or using the Google Search Widget. Once you tap on the microphone icon, you can ask “what’s this song?” or click the ‘Search a song’ button.

Additionally, if using Google Assistant, users can ask “Hey Google, what’s this song?”.

From there, users will have a 10 – 15 second window to hum, whistle or sing the melody of a song they’re thinking of, and Google will deliver a variety of matches, beginning with the highest per cent match.

“An easy way to explain it is that a song’s melody is like its fingerprint: They each have their own unique identity,” a post on The Google Blog says.

“We’ve built machine learning models that can match your hum, whistle or singing to the right ‘fingerprint’.”

“When you hum a melody into Search, our machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody, models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings,” the post continues.

“The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone. What we’re left with is the song’s number-based sequence, or the fingerprint.”

The feature is currently available on both iOS and Android, with the latter providing the feature in over 20 different languages.

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Facebook launches bug bounty 'loyalty program'

Oct 09, 2020 - 10:36 AM - by Reverend
Social media behemoth Facebook launched today Hacker Plus, the first-ever loyalty program for a tech company's bug bounty platform.

Designed after the loyalty programs used by airlines and hotels, Facebook said Hacker Plus would provide extra bonuses and special perks to bug hunters based on their past reports.

Any researcher who submitted or submits bugs to Facebook's bug bounty program is automatically included and ranked inside the Hacker Plus loyalty program.

Facebook said it plans "regularly evaluate" security researchers' performance based on the cumulative quantity, score, and signal-to-noise ratio of their bug submissions over the last year.

Based on the scores, bug hunters will be placed inside one of five tiers (leagues): Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Each tier comes with its own benefits. The most common benefit is an added bonus for successful bug submissions.

"Starting at 12:00 a.m. UTC on October 9, 2020, bounty awards will include the relevant Hacker Plus bonus on top of the original bounty award total," Facebook said today.

"Researchers in our Bronze league will receive a 5% bonus on top of each bounty they receive. Diamond league members will earn a 20% bonus on top of each bounty award they receive," the company added.

"Researchers in our higher tier leagues — Gold, Platinum, and Diamond — will receive exclusive invites to stress-test new features and products before launch.

"Diamond and Platinum league members will also receive invites to bug bounty events with travel and accommodations provided (event travel subject to change according to company policies around COVID-19)," Facebook said.

Bug hunters are eligible to move up across tiers, and they can track their loyalty program tier ranking on their Facebook bug bounty program profile... [Read More]
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Google Duo rolls out screen sharing for video calls

Oct 09, 2020 - 10:25 AM - by Reverend
Google has officially launched screen sharing for Duo video calls, so you don’t have to fire up another app or opt for another service if you need to show the other person on the line what’s on your phone. The tech giant has announced screen sharing in a post highlighting six of Android’s most recent features. Android Police first reported the feature’s arrival in September after Google tweeted about it with the caption: “Share more moments with your friends on Google Duo. Now you can use screen-sharing to browse photos and videos together, and plan activities all while on a video call.”

The company quickly deleted that tweet, but it still started rolling out the feature for Android devices in late September, a couple of years after killing its first iteration. Sharing your screen is as simple as tapping on the overflow button at the bottom menu in the middle of a call and choosing Screen Share. If you’re the one sharing, you’ll see a warning about potentially exposing sensitive information on your display. You won’t see the other person on the screen when sharing starts, and the only indication that you’re still on a call and that the feature is active is an icon on your status bar or a notification that says “Ongoing screen sharing.” Based on our tests, the feature doesn’t seem to be available on all devices yet, though it could eventually make its way to more Android phones in the future.

In addition, Google has announced that the Phone app is now compatible with more devices. The app, which used to be a Pixel exclusive, started making its way to more Android brands and models earlier this year. Now that it’s available for most devices running Android 9 or higher, more people can benefit from its anti—spam features, including the ability to let you know why businesses are calling before you answer.
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