Microsoft Releases Office 2019 in Preview for Commercial Customers

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that Microsoft has rolled out a preview of Office 2019 to commercial customers, with features that are usually seen in the company’s Office 365 subscription. Microsoft is making test versions of several Office apps available for x86-based Windows systems in the Office 2019 preview programme. Office 2019, which Microsoft calls its ‘perpetual’ Office release, will be released in the second half of 2018 and it will include client apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio, as well as server apps like Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server, and Skype for Business Server.

“Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom,” explains Microsoft’s Jared Spataro. It is worth noting that these features are already included in Office 365 ProPlus.

Read the full article from NDTV.

Polarity Technologies Ltd Shares How Brands Can Protect Themselves from Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks have become well known in today’s world. Polarity Technologies Ltd shares the latest on how brands can protect themselves.

The price of falling victim to cybercrime is much costlier than simply losing data. Cyberattacks can permanently tarnish a company’s reputation. Take the Target breach, for example. Last year, Target agreed to an $18.5 million multistate settlement from a 2013 incident when hackers gained access to over 40 million customers’ credit card information, marking this as the largest data breach in history.

The effects of a cyberattack can be devastating, but many businesses operate under the assumption that they are immune to attack. Although most enterprises implement some form of cybersecurity protection, they remain vulnerable if it is not properly managed and maintained. With so much information being stored online, in the cloud and on mobile devices, it is time to make security everyone’s priority. Cybercriminals hide behind the elusive exterior of ads and apps. They use malware and ransomware to exploit their victim’s vulnerabilities and attack their networks.

Read the full article from Adweek.

Parents can Now Limit YouTube Kids to only show Human-Approved Videos

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that Google is updating its YouTube Kids app to improve the control over the videos and channels that can be watched by children.

YouTube Kids is a separate app for smartphones and tablets that provides access to a subset of the videos available on the main site. There have been 70bn video views since the app, which is used by 11m families, launched in 2015. In the app’s biggest change yet, Google is giving parents much greater control over what their children can find and watch.

In controls rolling out later this year, parents will be able to manually approve individual videos or channels that their children can access through the app, giving them the ability to pre-vet and handpick a collection of videos to ensure they are appropriate.

James Beser, product director for YouTube Kids, said said: “From collections of channels from trusted partners to enabling parents to select each video and channel themselves, we’re putting parents in the driver’s seat like never before.”

Read the full article from The Guardian.


Your Gmail Account is Changing Today – Every New Feature Coming to your Email Revealed

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that Google has just announced the release of a major Gmail upgrade with a rollout starting from today. This refresh will give Gmail’s 1.2 billion users an improved look and plenty of extra features including the ability to work offline and send emails in a new confidential mode. The technology giant says it plans to push out the changes to everyone in the coming weeks. So, if you’re a Gmail user, here’s every new feature explained.

IMPROVED SECURITY: When Gmail spots something it thinks is a threat it now alerts users with a bold red alert across the message.

CONFIDENTIAL MODE: This new feature gives the sender more control over how the email is used once in the recipients inbox. Settings can stop the message getting forwarded to other people and even blocked from being downloaded or printed. There’s also the ability to require additional authentication via text message before an email can be viewed.

NUDGE, SMART REPLIES AND SNOOZE: Gmail will give you a Nudge if it thinks you’ve let something slip. Another option to help get through the daily barrage of mails is Smart Reply which lets you quickly answer with a automatic response. High-Priority notifications is a new setting that only notifies you of important messages, keeping interruptions to a minimum. One final update to help to manage your email is the Snooze function which disables a message until a set time.

EASILY UNSUBSCRIBE FROM SPAM: Gmail can now recommend when to unsubscribe from mailing lists. Using intelligence, unsubscribe suggestions appear based on cues like how many emails you get from a sender and how many of them you actually read.

A NEW LOOK: A new side panel shows services such as Google Calendar with interactions then available via a simple click and drag. Users can also now hover over messages.

Read the full article from Express.

10 Tips to Extend your iPhone’s Battery Lifespan

Polarity Technologies Ltd  learned that Apple defines battery life and battery lifespan as follows: “Battery Life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery Lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced.

Here are the 10 tips to prolong your iPhone’s battery lifespan so you don’t run into performance issues.

1. Check Your Battery’s Health: If your battery health is bad, Apple will tell you about it when you go to Settings -> Battery. But this only happens  when the battery health goes below 80%.

2. Reduce Brightness: Open Control Center and reduce the brightness. If possible, dim the screen completely. Try not to use full brightness at all times.

3. Use Auto Brightness: If you’ve disabled Auto Brightness, enable it again from Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Display Accommodations.

4. Reduce Auto-Lock Time: Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock and choose the 30-seconds option.

5. Use Wi-Fi When Possible: When possible, try to use Wi-Fi instead of Cellular data.

6. Use Low Power Mode: iOS prompts you to enable Low Power Mode when your phone hits 20%. You can turn it on manually right after fully charging your phone.

7. Don’t Use iPhone in Extreme Temperatures: iOS devices function best between 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C). Extreme cold and heat might affect the battery negatively and it might degrade faster.

8. Tip for Storing iPhone for Long Term: When you’re going to store your iPhone for a long time, Apple recommends you only charge it till 50%.

9. Charging Tips: Heat and overcharging degrade iPhone’s battery life. If you’re using a thick rugged case, or a battery case, make sure you remove it when charging the phone.

10. Other Tips: Make sure you’re not running betas on your phone and avoid installing the first release of a new iOS version. Usually, the bugs get squashed in a couple of weeks after release.

Read the full article from iPhone Hacks.

The Museum of Selfies Opens its Doors in LA

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that a Museum Dedicated to Selfies Has Just Opened in Los Angeles. 

Good news for selfie lovers. Now, you can learn about the history of a selfie.

Recently, Los Angeles has officially opened the doors of a museum that will allow people to learn about the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie. Surprisingly, the selfie has roots dating back 40,000 years. Previously, they had the Museum of Failure, Happy Place, Candytopia and the Museum of Ice Cream but it seems this museum will be the most popular though.

In the museum, visitors can explore the origin of the selfie through the lens of art, history, technology, and culture while taking some cool selfies of their very own with interactive installations.

Read the full article from Techjuice.

WhatsApp Gets Two Much-Needed Group Features

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that WhatsApp is leaving no stone unturned in order to improve its user’s experience by providing them more tools to easily manage it. The instant messaging service has added a new feature dubbed ‘High Priority Notification’ for Android beta users. This feature is similar to the pinned chats facility that WhatsApp rolled out last year.

Apart from ‘High Priority Notification’ feature, WhatsApp has also rolled the ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature, aimed at the WhatsApp groups. Spotted by WABetaInfo, this new feature will allow one group administrator to demote other admins without even deleting the person from the group. Read the full article from Deccan Chronicle.

Snapchat Launches New Features

At the end of last year, Snap introduced Lens Studio, a platform that allows developers to create AR lenses for Snapchat. Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that today, the company is announcing new features for Lens Studio, including seven brand new templates for the creation of face lenses. Read the full article from TechCrunch.

Before now, only World Lens creation was available to everyone within Lens Studio, meaning developers could create 3D AR objects but not overlay AR experiences over faces. Now, developers can create Face Lenses, with seven different templates from which to choose.

Alongside the new templates, Snap is also integrating with Giphy to give Lens Studio developers access to Giphy’s massive library of animated GIF stickers.

With the introduction of these new features, Snap is opening up these third-party lenses to the public with the launch of Community Lens Stories. Each story will include public Snaps submitted on Our Story that highlight a community lens. Folks can swipe up on one of these Snaps to unlock the lens, or browse other Lenses by tapping the ‘i’ button above a Community Lens in the carousel.

Gmail is About to Get a Blockbuster New Update

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that Google recently took the wraps off an all-new design for its Gmail email client. Amongst the slew of design changes, the US company has introduced a new Confidential Mode, which could change how you use your Gmail account to send emails. Read the full article from Express.

The all-new design brings a slew of changes, including the ability to quickly reply to emails with an automatically-regenerated response, and snooze emails to a later time. The new look also enables Gmail users to place calendar appointments side-by-side with messages, which should help avoid doubling-booking, or missed events.

Google will also introduce a new feature, dubbed Confidential Mode. According to technology blog The Verge, the new feature allows Gmail users to control what happens to their message after it is sent. Gmail users who use Confidential Mode will be able to stop recipients from forwarding select emails. It can also purportedly be used to prevent recipients from copying, downloading, or printing the content of the email. This should allow users to place more trust in email, and send confidential information they might have previously avoided sending via Gmail.

Following the blockbuster update, Gmail users will also be able to require recipients enter a passcode (generated via SMS) to open their emails. An expiry date – after which the email vanishes from the recipients’ inbox – is also possible in the redesigned Gmail app.

There’s currently no word on a final release date, however, a message to early access testers hints at a launch date in the coming weeks.


Consumers Do Not Mind Mobile Ads If They Are Optimised Properly

Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that adults in the UK do not mind ads on mobile if they are properly optimized. Read the full story from Marketing Tech News.

Ads can be annoying, especially on mobile. But, according to research IAB UK the main source of annoyance for consumers using mobile is not the ads themselves, but the fact that a lot of them aren’t optimised for the format.

12,000 UK adults were asked about their feelings towards mobile advertising, and the vast majority of them are in favour of ads in order to keep online content free. 84% prefer ads to paying for an ad-free experience. “A sustainable future is about making the experience work for everyone in the digital ecosystem, most importantly, people,” said Tim Elkington, Chief Digital Officer at IAB UK.

“Context is not a new concept, but we are still seeing a lot of ads not fit for purpose, and this report shows there are big benefits for brands that optimise for smartphones.”

The biggest factor that is likely to squander consumer goodwill towards ads is anything that makes whatever they are trying to do more difficult to do. Clunky, screen-filling ads that have people furiously jabbing at their screens are not likely to end in a conversion, unless by accident.

“When it comes to mobile, brands often use TV ads or desktop creative for a mobile environment and expect it to work. This is not the right approach and never will be,” said Ben Phillips, Global Head of Mobile, at MediaCom.