‘Live’ streaming using Google Hangouts

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You can now ‘live’ stream Google Hangouts Meet meetings.

Many companies have important meetings that require delivering a message to large groups of people, like a company-wide all-hands training. Now, G Suite Enterprise users can live stream Meet meetings to support these needs, according to a post on GSuite’s official blog.

Meeting organizers in G Suite Enterprise domains can enable ‘live’ streaming on their meeting in Calendar & invite their audience.

With the stream URL, up to 100,000 in-domain users can watch the meeting from their PC or their mobile device. Support for watching ‘live’ streams on Hangouts Meet hardware will be coming in the next few weeks, said the post. When ready, meeting participants can start the ‘live’ stream to allow everyone to watch.

The ability to add live streaming to a meeting can be controlled per organizational unit (OU) from the Admin console. To do this, open the Admin console and go to Apps > G Suite > Google Hangouts and click “Meet settings.” Here, toggle “Let people stream their meetings.” This setting is ON by default.

Here’s How To Create a ‘live’ streaming event

To create a streamed event, add live streaming to the event. You can distribute the stream URL in 2 ways:

  • Share the meeting join info & stream URL with all guests in 1 event.
  • Create a separate view-only event. These guests cannot participate in the meeting.

Guests you invite can share the stream URL & anyone in your organization can watch.

  1. Create an event.
  2. Add guests & rooms.
    Meet joining info is automatically added when you invite guests or rooms.
  3. Next to Hangouts Meet, select Manage Details.
  4. Click Add Live Stream.
  5. Depending on whether your guests should have the option to participate in the meeting, choose one of the following ways to stream:
    • Allow guests to join in view-only mode:
      1. Click Copy Copy and then Done.
      2. Paste the link into the event description or an email, making sure your guests get the link.
    • Create an additional view-only event:
      1. Click Done and then Save.
      2. From your calendar, click on the event.
      3. Select More Moreand then Create view-only event.
      4. Add view-only guests & rooms.
  6. Click Save.

 

Now, track your mobile phone by texting ‘Where are you?’ – New app

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The very thought of losing one’s mobile phone sends a shudder down the spine. ‘Location SMS’, an offline phone finder, aptly summarizes its job description in its tagline.

How It Works

Location SMS sends a ‘Where are you?’ text message to the mobile phone. Thereafter, Location SMS will send an instant reply with its current GPS coordinates shown on the map.
If the phone is in ‘Do Not Disturb Mode’, you need to text ‘Lost’, this will make the phone ring, thereby making tracking the device easier.

Security Features

The app claims to have a built-in security strata to make it safe against possible misuse. Location information makes the device ‘findable’ if it has been stolen, for when the thieves turn it on (if it were switched off), it will send the GPS coordinates & let you know about its location. In addition, it’s you who gets to authorize people to locate your phone. This can be done by choosing a passcode or having select trusted contacts. The passcode mechanism prevents unauthorized access.

No Internet Needed

This is strictly a SMS service & the system does not need Internet to find the phone. The device can be located even if it’s Offline, it claims.

Geofence

If you wish to let your friends or family know that you have arrived or reached your destination safely on a daily basis, then you can set up a ‘geofence’, a feature in the app. Now, you don’t need to call the person to apprise them of your arrival or departure, for they’ll receive text messages confirming the same. You can also set ‘geofences’ to text people on certain days at certain times, outside those times it will be inactivated.

It also offers help with the navigation if one needs it.

In summary, this is a location app which sends data to a device on demand & can locate a device by GPS without an Internet connection. The app is free to download, but it offers in-app purchases.

 

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App offers tools to better your Mac’s performance

We all wish for our devices to perform as they did when they were brand new. However, if not age then storage catches up with them. ‘CleanMyMac X’ claims to give your Mac a 3-tier makeover; clean, protect & optimize speed. From combating malware, speed, storage issue to cleaning up the junk from nook & corners to make way for free space, CleanMyMac X claims to multitask it all. However, it doesn’t delete without confirming with you. A built-in safety database helps it to distinguish between important files & junk. The app supports 12 languages, states their Website.

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Samsung & Google collaborate on RCS Messaging for Android – Press note

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Samsung Electronics and Google announced they are working together to offer an enhanced smartphone messaging experience, accelerating the industry initiative toward global Rich Communication Services (RCS) coverage and interoperability. This collaboration will ensure that Android Messages and Samsung Messages will work seamlessly together and with RCS messaging, enabling features like the ability to chat over WiFi, create rich group chats, see typing indicators and read receipts, and share high-resolution photos and videos across platforms.

Working together, Google and Samsung will ensure that their messaging clients, Android Messages and Samsung Messages, work seamlessly with each company’s RCS technology, including cloud and business messaging platforms. To date, Google and Samsung have collaborated to introduce RCS to select Samsung devices; as part of this expanded collaboration, Samsung will work to bring these RCS features to existing mobile phones* beginning with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. New Samsung Galaxy smartphones will also natively support RCS messaging**, starting with those on a set of carriers that have or will soon launch RCS. This means that consumers and brands will be able to enjoy richer chats with both Android Messages and Samsung Messages users.

“At Samsung, we adhere to a model of open collaboration to bring premium experiences to our customers across products,” said Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Product & Services Innovation Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms. This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage.”

“We’ve been working with the mobile industry to upgrade the messaging experience on Android with RCS,” said Anil Sabharwal, Vice President for Communications Products and Photos at Google. “Samsung has been a major contributor to this initiative, and our partnership will further advance our shared vision of a substantially improved messaging experience on Android for users, brands and the broader Android ecosystem.”

As a further benefit of this expanded partnership, developers and brands that create RCS Business Messaging experiences (based on GSMA Universal Profile 2.0) using the Google or Samsung Messaging-as-a-Platform (MaaP) services will be able to reach both Android Messages and Samsung Messages users, bringing richer business messaging to many more users.

This collaboration further accelerates the adoption and availability of RCS globally, enabling an enhanced messaging experience across the entire Android ecosystem.

*Will include Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S8 Active, S9, S9+, Note8, Note9, and select A and J series running Android 9.0 or later. Subject to carrier and market availability.

**RCS capabilities will be available for select Galaxy smartphones on carriers that support RCS.

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5 Android browsers that are popular in 2018

By: Rose Shelton

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Web browser is most likely one of the most-used applications on your phone. The users are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an Android browser. So which are the popular Android Browsers of 2018? What really are users looking out for in these browsers? Incognito mode or faster browsing? While privacy controls are imperative for many, others wish for a browser that seamlessly syncs with other devices & applications. The ones featured here have made it to the top of the most-used list out there. Besides being known for their speedy browsing, they also have other amazing features.

So what is it that makes them popular among their peers? Their ability to sync with your PC browser or fortified privacy controls? Here’s a peek at the famous 5.

Firefox Quantum

The latest version of Firefox has been dubbed “Quantum”. It comes with a number of new features that further improve its versatility which consequently has increased its popularity with Android users. Firefox Quantum now has a new & improved user interface. It also makes use of a new rendering engine. This has increased its browsing speed to twice that of the previous version.
Another feature unique to this browser is its use of extensions. No other Android browser has such an extensive collection of add-ons as Firefox does. This allows you to customize your browsing experience to your preferences. LastPass; a secure password manager, RoboForm, NoScript so on & so forth are a few of the many extensions available here. This gives you greater control of the browser & a better browsing experience.
Firefox allows you to choose a preferred theme from a long list of available options. It also syncs your accounts on multiple platforms for a connected browsing experience. Another strong point for this browser is privacy. It offers tracking protection & you can set the app to erase your browsing history whenever you exit. These features & many more set the browser apart from others.

Google Chrome

With more than a billion downloads, Google Chrome is the default browser for many Android users. Not only does it come pre-installed on many devices, many users prefer to stick to this browser after using it because of its functionality & versatility.
Chrome is stable & offers a fast & highly personalized browsing experience as well. Chrome affiliation to the Android platform makes it easy to sync browsing across all your devices. By using your Gmail account, the browser syncs anything from your desktop to your mobile.
Another special feature of this browser is that it comes with in-built Google translate. This makes it fairly easy to access a website written in another language. In addition, it also has Google assistant enabled. This function uses your browsing history to personalize responses & auto-populate fields. Chrome’s Blink engine makes it one of the fastest & top performing Android browsers.

Microsoft Edge

Besides using the Blink engine which allows its browsing speed to match Chrome, Microsoft has also ensured that Edge has limited features installed. This keeps it lightweight & automatically translates to a faster browsing experience in the long run.
Another unique feature is the ease with which edge allows you to sync browsing from desktop to your mobile & vice versa with just the touch of a button. This browser is also one of the few Android browsers that support a Dark Mode. This is a feature many users with phones that use the AMOLED display will appreciate. Edge also has ad-blocking capabilities & a long list of other unique features which set it apart as a top Android browser.

Opera Mini

Opera Mini remains many Android users favorite app for many reasons. In addition to its sleek design, intuitive user interface & ease of use, Opera Mini is also a powerful & stable browser. It offers quick browsing speed among other excellent features.
Its data blocking ability & data saving mode make browsing on Opera particularly fast even when the network is slow. The browser is designed & optimized to allow you to do more even with minimal bytes.
Features such as news updates, data tracker, night mode, private browsing & many others also help users get a richer & much more interesting browsing experience.

Dolphin Browser

Dolphin is another prominent browser that is a favorite of Android users. The browser offers an array of impressive features. This browser supports a number of plug-ins which helps to extend its already versatile features even more.
Moreover, with Dolphin Sonar, users can make use of a text to speech function. This allows them to use their voice to navigate, search & share seamlessly on this browser. Other impressive features include an ability to uninterruptedly sync data across multiple platforms, ad blocker, blazing fast browser speed, gesture browsing & incognito mode among others.

This list is by no means exhaustive. For there are some other great browsers out there, all with impressive functions & features that you may like if you try them out.

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Apple’s latest hardware showcase: iPhones XS, XS MAX, XR, Apple Watch S-4

By: Rose Shelton

It’s that time of the year when Apple aficionados wait for latest products’ to unveil even as they are glued to their devices live streaming the most touted event of the year. So this year, on Wednesday, at the company’s annual press conference at the Steve Jobs theater, Cupertino, California, Apple announced the latest Apple hardware updates to the world.

What Was Unveiled

  • The Apple Watch Series 4
  • The iPhones series XS, XS Max, XR

iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max

At the conference it was announced that the high-end iPhone X is getting an upgrade & new size options: a 5.8-inch iPhone XS (US $999) & the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max (US $1,449). The Max has a larger display than the usual plus-size phones but a similar body.

These devices are designed without the home button. They also feature Face ID in place of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. There’s good news for camera lovers as there has been a camera upgrade in the newly released devices. The new 12 megapixel cameras have bigger sensors & an improved HDR mode.

Both XS & XS Max have similar specs apart from their screen size. They operate on Apple’s new A12 Bionic processor, faster than the A11 by about 15%. They have improved water resistance that’s supposed to let them stay submerged in 2 meters of water for about half an hour & have support for 2 SIMs & gigabit LTE.

A new feature has been added to the popular portrait mode which defocuses the background of a photo to emphasize the subject. This setting enables customers to adjust the depth of field after taking a picture.

iPhone XR

The 6.1-inch device possesses only one camera with a 12 pixel wide-angle. Apple added a similar portrait feature found in its dual camera devices, which blurs the background. The device kills the 3D touch feature but added some haptic feedback so the screen vibrates a bit in response to touch. iPhone XR comes in a variety of colors which include; white, black, blue, coral & red. It also features a bright LCD screen. It’s, however, missing a home button & is activated by swiping up.

Price & Availability

iPhone XS & XS Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, September 14th & ship Friday, September 21st in the US & other countries. Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone XR beginning Friday, October 19th & it will hit stores on Friday, October 26th in more than fifty countries.

The iPhone XS Max with 512 GB storage will be the most expensive iPhone ever. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS will cost the same as last year’s iPhone X ($999). The original iPhone X is now $200 cheaper. The cheapest phone in the iPhone line up is the iPhone 7, starting at $449. The iPhone 8 starts at $599.

Current Customers will be able to download iOS 12 starting Monday, September 17th. iOS 12 features new Animojis, customized Memoji & a much-anticipated time management feature to help people use their devices less.

Meanwhile, MacOS Mojave, which will launch Monday, September 24th. It features dark mode, a tool to clean up a messy desktop & some classic iOS apps including News, Voice Memos, Stocks & Home.

The Apple Watch Series 4

Apple also showed off an upgrade to its 3-year-old smartwatch. The Apple Watch Series 4 now has a 30% larger edge-to-edge display. It has a curved screen, it is slightly thinner, has more reliable reception & 2 times faster. The introduction of a new processor takes the credit for the successful introduction of these new features.

The dial on the side feature, which was formerly only available via screen now has haptic feedback to feel vibrations.

This new Apple Watch Series 4 is smarter, faster & thinner. It can also detect when you fall by calculating wrist trajectory & other movements & can send that data to an emergency contact. The latest wearable also touts a built-in (& FDA-approved) EKG to help diagnose heart diseases & other conditions. The company says it’s the first EKG available over the counter.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will cost $499 for built-in connectivity & $399 for a standard model. It will be available for pre-order starting Friday & ship Friday, September 21st.

Give back your old devices

Apple is also launching a recycling program called GiveBack. The company will buy your old devices on the basis that it’s in good condition or recycle them for free if it’s not usable.

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