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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, 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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KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2017

Asana for Gmail: The Best of Both Worlds

Asana has been working with the G Suite team and just released the Asana for Gmail add on. With this add-on you can turn your emails into actionable tasks that are tracked in Asana without leaving your inbox. We all spend a significant part of our day in email and these emails often come in fast and furious. So you turn your attention to the new email and forget about the one you were working on. Emails fall through the cracks like this all the time and it can quickly derail work.

Email wasn’t built for tracking to-dos or managing projects and that’s where Asana comes in. Asana is built to help teams plan, manage, and track work and by combining the two in this new Asana for Gmail add-on, you’ll be able to send emails to Asana and get the best of both worlds. Directly within Gmail, you can now turn an email into a task, assign it to yourself or a teammate, set a due date, add it to a project, and include attachments. Once an email and a task are linked, any actions taken in either Gmail or Asana will automatically appear in the Asana sidebar in Gmail or the task in Asana. This add-on will help you turn any email communication into actionable work. https://blog.asana.com/2017/10/emails-tasks-gmail-asana-integration/ 

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, JUNE 2017

2 Jun 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Facebook wants truly conversational chatbots. 

Facebook is taking a step toward more conversational AI with ParlAI (par-lay), its open-source research platform for chatbot developers.  ParlAI, is being promoted as the “one-stop shop for dialog research,” giving developers access to each other’s research and training simulations. Facebook likely hopes ParlAI will spur development for more conversational, personalized chatbots and virtual assistants. The platform could also help build better user experiences for Facebook’s Messenger Platform. 

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KNOW | TWELVE, MAY 2017

2 May 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Google Maps Will Soon Tell You If Your Destination Has On-Site Parking.

Google Maps is working on helping you deal with parking your car. Last month, Google focused on what happens after you arrive at your destination by upgrading Maps with tools to help you remember where your car is parked and how much time is left on the meter. This month they’re looking at giving you parking information that helps you plan your route before you leave. Google Maps v9.51, currently in beta, tells you if there’s on-site parking at your destination and whether it’s free or paid.
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KNOW | TWELVE, APRIL 2017

5 Apr 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Google’s Gmail Now Lets You Stream Video Attachments. 

 Google’s Gmail service has been updated to allow users to stream video attachments from email rather than downloading them. Clicking a thumbnail image will start streaming the video. Before this update users had to download the entire file and open it via media player to view. Downloading large video files to users' hard drives took up valuable storage space, an issue that streaming directly from email will eliminate. Right now only personal computers will be able to take advantage of the streaming service, there is no timeline on when the update will be available to mobile users.
http://fortune.com/2017/03/17/google-gmail-stream-video/
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KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2017

27 Feb 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Twitter has debuted custom profiles for businesses’ agents, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots.

This new customer service feature for businesses using its service, will allow agents to respond to direct messages using custom profiles. That is, their names and profile pictures will display when in conversations with customers, instead of the company’s Twitter photo and name. Customer service agents can also get creative by adding emoji to their Twitter names.
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KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2017

2 Feb 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Here’s what Trump's executive order really means for Obamacare.
In one of his first official actions, President Trump signed an executive order on January 27th that directed federal agencies to use their authority to relieve individual Americans, businesses, state governments and others from “burdens” placed on them by the Affordable Care Act.  
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KNOW | TWELVE, JANUARY 2017

4 Jan 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

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Study: Premium Hikes Add $10B to Taxpayers' Health Law Tab. 

Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to a study released. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out.

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