Slack users can now create action points directly from a message post in the app with the introduction today of a new Actions feature."
Announced as Slack kicked off its first Spec developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Actions deepens integration with third-party apps such as project management tool Asana and issue-tracking app Jira."
An Asana task can be created by clicking on the context menu in the right hand corner of a Slack message, for instance; it will capture relevant data directly from the message menu such as due date, what needs to be done and the project involved.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A new version of Android is right around the corner '- and with it comes some lofty talk about how this'll finally be the year Android manufacturers start taking upgrades seriously.
That's the story with Google's upcoming Android P release, thanks to the software's integration of Project Treble '- a new "modular base" for Android that makes it easier for manufacturers to process updates. In short, Treble keeps the guts of Android in their own standalone layer within your device's storage. The hardware-specific code needed to make the device run properly, meanwhile, lives in a totally separate lower layer. It's kind of like a fancy cake, only with less unsaturated fat than the kind you normally buy.
Siri became a built-in element of iOS way back in October 2011, when Apple announced" its inclusion inside iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Apple'-s AI has seen numerous improvements since then, so I thought it might be interesting to explore the evolution of Siri at WWDC since launch.
WWDC is important for the evolution of Siri
Apple'-s big developer conference isn'-t just about wowing the crowd with consumer-focused improvements, it'-s also about sewing new seeds developers can choose to use to build their own solutions and businesses.
Flashback to the late 1980s, when this IT pilot fish working for a large city's Board of Education gets a call about a green-screen terminal that has stopped working.
"Over the phone, all indications told me there was no power going to the terminal," says fish. "There wasn't even the 60-cycle hum you hear when the transformer is energized.
"But the caller confirmed that it was plugged in and there was power to the outlet.
"Off I went to visit the caller several blocks away.
"It was plugged in, all right -- to an extension cord. And the extension cord was not plugged into an outlet..."
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Google has further fleshed out plans to upend the historical approach browsers have taken to warn users of insecure websites, spelling out more gradual steps the company will take with Chrome this year.
Starting in September, Google will stop marking plain-vanilla HTTP sites - those not secured with a digital certificate, and which don't encrypt traffic between browser and site servers - as secure in Chrome's address bar. The following month, Chrome will tag HTTP pages with a red "Not Secure" marker when users enter any kind of data.
Eventually, Google will have Chrome label every HTTP website as, in its words, "affirmatively non-secure." By doing so, Chrome will have completed a 180-degree turn from browsers' original signage - marking secure HTTPS sites, usually with a padlock icon of some shade, to indicate encryption and a digital certificate - to labeling only those pages that are insecure.
The idea of collaborative screens for conference rooms has been bouncing around for some time. The promise of integrating video conferencing and digital white boards into a single offering certainly looked compelling but adaption has lagged expectations. Much of this is tied to three problems, the solutions can be very expensive to buy and install, the devices can be very difficult to setup and use, and people are creatures of habit and current habits don'-t include using digital white boards. This last has been particularly problematic because no CEO likes seeing expensive technology go unused yet that has often been the case after these things are installed." "
We'-re going to hear lots about embedded vision product development during the Embedded Vision Summit, but the first announcement may have implications for Apple's machine learning systems.
Apple and embedded vision
We know Apple is interested in embedded vision and machine learning following its acquisition of PrimeSense and introduction of ARKit.
We also know this because it has already placed embedded vision solutions such as scenes and items recognition within the Photos app.
Competition in the wireless industry is growing and changing. Comcast, Charter and Altice are moving into wireless. Comcast launched one year ago. Charter Spectrum is getting ready to launch in the next few months. Altice will do so next year. So, the wireless industry is under a new wave of competitive and transformational pressure. Let'-s take a look at whether Charter and Altice will be as successful as Comcast in wireless.
Wireless could help Charter stabilize their customer numbers short-term and help show growth long-term. The question is, do they have the competitive fire in the belly that it takes to succeed in wireless?
Many companies like Facebook, Amazon.com, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox and others tried this several years ago and failed. This time around could be different.
Microsoft has spent considerable marketing and promotional capital on its newest by-subscription suite, Microsoft 365, since late April, trumpeting it as the firm started to roll out the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade and continuing the huzzahs during Build, its annual developers confab.
Why? What's so important about yet another cluster of software?
Computerworld has an answer to that question, and many others, about Microsoft 365, the less-than-a-year-old effort that may define how the Redmond, Wash. company approaches the business of selling business software for the next decade.
A blockchain standards group made up of hundreds of businesses and tech development members has unveiled its first specification for enabling the development of peer-to-peer, decentralized networks explicitly for automating corporate transactions.
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) last week released the Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification 1.0, an open-source framework to speed business transactions, boost privacy for contracts and create a faster, more efficient business transaction workflow.
IT pilot fish at a maritime support company gets a call from a field employee whose laptop has been running slowly for some reason.
"After an attempt by the help desk to clean it off and speed it up, the employee called again," fish says. "He was asking to have a newer laptop that he had found at the project site reassigned to him.
"The machine had been left by a project engineer who had moved on to another project. Supposedly it had water damage, but seemed to be working. Oddly, it had never been returned to us, and just left at the project.
"It took a little research, but we found that the project engineer had been sent a replacement laptop, and hadn't been asked to return the brand new 'water damaged' one.
Microsoft made Windows 10 version 1803 available for download - and pushed to '-'seekers'-"" - on April 30. It started sending the OS out to the unprotected masses on May 8. Shortly after, we started hearing complaints from Surface Pro (2017) owners that the upgrade to 1803 froze their machines. By May 11," we figured out that Surface Pro (2017) hardware with Intel SSD6 solid state drives were failing because, somehow, somebody at Microsoft forgot to test them.
Have you heard about those special bags, cases and wallets that protect your electronics from hack attacks?
It'-s a signal-blocking container, basically a tinfoil hat for your gadget.
Tinfoil hats are associated with conspiracy theorists concerned about secret government mind-control programs. But when it comes to your wireless gadgets, they really are out to get you.
For example: It'-s not a conspiracy theory to believe that companies you'-ve never heard of are tracking your location.
In the past two weeks, we'-ve learned that a company called Securus Technologies sold the real-time location data of millions of people. It got this data from another company called LocationSmart, which itself was buying the data from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information between open and private networks.
But the hype around this seemingly new, secure electronic ledger is real. In essence, blockchain represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared and tech vendors and companies are rushing to figure out how they can use the distributed ledger technology to save time and admin costs. Numerous companies in 2017 began" rolling out pilot programs and real-world projects across a variety of industries - everything from financial services to healthcare to mobile payments and even global shipping.
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.
What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what'-s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you'-ll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).