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Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018 

Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity. Facebook’s Messenger was initially presented as a simple way for Facebook users to send messages while using Facebook on a desktop. After the expansion to a mobile app many additional features including games, bots and payment, were added which made the once simple Messenger feel bloated to users. The newly redesigned app is hoping to return the focus to chats and present a more streamlined experience by combining many of those extra features. The extras will still be accessible but will be hidden away where you can safely ignore them.

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Utilize Shortcuts and ClickUp to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018

Shortcuts is an automation app that delivers a quick way to get things done with your apps with just a tap or by asking Siri. Shortcuts replaces Apple’s old Workflow app and makes Siri more powerful and useful than ever before.

The Shortcuts app enables you to create personal shortcuts with multiple steps from your favorite apps. You can start from hundreds of examples in the Gallery or drag and drop to create your own. By recording custom phrases and adding them to Siri’s repertoire, you can trigger a sequence of actions involving multiple apps. Shortcuts includes over 300 built-in actions and works with many of your favorite apps including Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, Health as well as any app that supports Siri Shortcuts. 

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KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2018

Google Assistant now gives you a quick rundown of your day

Google recently announced a new feature available on Android and iOS phones that will allow Google Assistant to provide a quick rundown of your day. Assistant will pull together curated personal information, like flight times, restaurant reservations, scheduled meetings, expected package deliveries, reminders and more, and lay them out in a single overview you can scroll through.

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KNOW | TWELVE, JULY 2018

Facebook launches Workplace for Good, a free version of its enterprise product for non-profits

Workplace, an enterprise communications app from Facebook, is launching a new tier of the product called Workplace for Good, which will let non-profits use the product for free. Facebook has always allowed non-profits to use Workplace without fees but is now going to be making a bigger push toopen the product up to charities, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, regardless of their size.

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KNOW | TWELVE, JUNE 2018

31 May 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.

Though Google has far more data about us than Facebook, because we use it for not only our internet searches but also for our emails, calendaring, maps, photo uploads, video streaming, mobile phones and web browsers, Google has sidestepped controversy while Facebook has under fire for improperly leaking user data. To find out why, I downloaded a copy of all of the information that Google has on me and compared that data to what I already knew Facebook had obtained on me. What I found was that while my Google data archive was much larger than my Facebook file it was also packed with fewer unpleasant surprises and I was relieved to find out I could delete the data. In contrast, when I downloaded my Facebook data, I found that a lot of what I saw could not be purged.

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KNOW | TWELVE, MAY 2018

Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app

Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year. Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care

A partnership has been announced between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. Together these giant companies employ more than 1.1 million workers and will team up to target technology solutions to simplify the health-care system and remove profit-making incentives. Following the announcement shares of Berkshire and J.P. Morgan fell slightly, while Amazon edged higher. Principals of Amazon, Berkshire and J.P. Morgan noted that the way it will work remains to be seen but they're hoping that their sheer size will help bring the necessary scale and resources to tackle the issue.

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KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2018

1 Feb 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

Apple has released a security update for iOS, macOS and Safari to protect against attacks exploiting the recently published vulnerability called Spectre. Although few details are available on the updates themselves, Apple’s description states that the purpose is to protect against Spectre attacks and researchers responsible for discovering the bug have been thanked in the acknowledgements, including Google’s Jann Horn. This is the second group of updates released by Apple, who confirmed that all devices running iOS and macOS were affected by the Spectre vulnerability. Another recently uncovered vulnerability, Meltdown, has already been addressed with specific patches released for iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, JANUARY 2018

4 Jan 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days

Last week Facebook launched a Snooze feature that gives users another option to limit what they see in their news feed. This new feature allows users to mute content from any person, page or group for 30 days without having to go to the extreme of unfriending or unfollowing someone they may want to keep in touch with later. Don’t want to see a month long stream of political rants or baby photos? Temporarily block that group or person by using the new snooze button in the top right dropdown menu on a post.

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KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2017

30 Nov 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Twitter is about to get more words -- a lot more.

Twitter recently announced it is doubling how many characters can be used when tweeting, going from 140 to 280 characters. The new limit will roll out to Twitter users in almost all 40 languages Twitter supports except Japanese, Korean or Chinese because those languages can convey twice as much information in less space. Twitter performed a test in late September with a small group of users. Interestingly, after the novelty wore off, most people in the test stopped making full 280 character length tweets. Twitter noted that only 5% of tweets sent from people in the 280-character test group were longer than 140 characters, and just 2% were over 190 characters.

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