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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,
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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,
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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,
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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,
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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,
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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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KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2016

30 Nov 2016,
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A Quick Guide to Rising Obamacare Rates.

The Obama administration recently released the prices for many Obamacare health plans, showing big increases in many parts of the country. The health law will almost certainly stay on the minds of politicians in the next administration: President-elect Trump has proposed substantial changes to it. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening and who will be affected. If you’re in a hurry, you can just read the sentences in bold. 

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KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2016

2 Nov 2016,
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Google Now Lets You Hail Uber Straight From Mobile Search Results. 

Google has updated its search engine for mobile users with a small but handy feature that lets you hail cabs straight from results pages. The next time you search for directions to a location in the Google app on your iOS or Android device, you’ll see options to hail a cab below the map, along with real-time fare estimates and wait times. Tapping through will launch the cab service’s app you have installed, so you can proceed to book your ride with your location and destination pre-filled. The new feature seems to be available internationally, as we found when testing it in India and The Netherlands. In case you don’t have the necessary app installed, Google will link you to the app store to download it for your device. http://thenextweb.com/google/2016/10/19/google-now-lets-you-hail-an-uber-straight-from-mobile-search-results/

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KNOW | TWELVE, OCTOBER 2016

5 Oct 2016,
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Retirement Shocker: $260,000 in Health Care Expenses Per Couple. 

Here's a figure that may make you sick if you are planning to retire soon and haven't looked at what your health care costs are going to be. If you are 65 and retiring this year, you will need about $130,000 during retirement to cover your health care expenses. For a couple, the total is about $260,000, according to an estimate reported by Fidelity Investments. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, about half of people close to retirement have no retirement savings. Among those who have savings and are within 10 years of retirement age, half have accumulated no more than $104,000 in savings. Another 15 percent of near-retirees have $500,000 saved. If you are among them, you might be gasping now: Clearly $500,000 looks puny when you assume that you will have to use $260,000 of it to pay for insurance for doctors and hospitals, and extras like dentists, glasses and medicine. 

 

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