Microsoft Office 2019: Preview version is online

Still scheduled for an upcoming release this year, the Microsoft Office 2019 suite is taking its first steps.

In a post on its official blog, Microsoft announces that Preview versions of its famous software are available to business users.

More powerful, more ergonomic, more secure. The Office 2019 suite relies on this trio of superlatives to convince.

Reserved for Microsoft Business customers, the Office 2019 Preview is available since last Friday and allows you to taste the many new features of this new version.

As the Microsoft blog post makes clear, the American firm is primarily targeting companies that have not yet switched to Office 365. Microsoft seems indeed to want to push its customers to pass the Cape of the Cloud, which has a more profitable business model in the long term: the subscription.

What’s new for Office 2019?

excel in actionSince Friday, Business users of the Office suite can test new software Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote.

Exclusively available for Windows 10 (a macOS version will follow), this new version focuses on very technical innovations. It will include a more accessible pencil case, making it easier to annotate any document. The use of a stylus or a tablet will be facilitated through all the applications of the suite.

Excel, for its part, will benefit from new formulas, but mainly from brand new diagrams. For example, you can opt for tunnel displays or 2D maps.

PowerPoint, finally, will offer new and modern presentation possibilities.

The final version of Office 2019 will also contain revised iterations of Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server and Skype for Business.

Available only on Windows

To develop the use of Windows 10, especially in companies, Microsoft announced on February 1, 2018, that its new Office 2019 package would not be supported by Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

The restriction of software to Windows 10 and the use of Click-to-Run installation files are gradually removing users from older operating systems.

An exclusive update

Only Windows 10 users will be able to benefit from the update of the Office Pack, according to the announcement made by Microsoft on February 1. The software, which should be released in the second half of 2018, therefore puts aside users of Windows 8.1 and especially Windows 7, still numerous. In January 2018, NetMarketShare referenced more than 44% of users on Windows 7.

The computer giant tends to make old versions of its operating system obsolete to force companies to get the most recent one. For individuals, the alternative is to continue using Office 2013 or 2016.

Google working on a mid-range Pixel tailored for the Indian market

Google is set to launch a new batch of its flagship mobile products on Indian soil, including a new mid-range Pixel model.

The 14% increase in smartphone sales in India in 2017 has not gone unnoticed, and Google expects to benefit from it. The American firm would thus prepare to market this summer a new telephone on Indian soil, to collect shares on Samsung and Apple, the two mastodons in the country. According to information obtained by the English-language newspaper Economic Times, Google should indeed present a new model of the Pixel series – it’s 100% home-made mobiles -, specially designed for India. On the technical side, LG, HTC, and Huawei, who all have assembly lines in India, would be in the running to build the mobile. The characteristics of the phone are still unknown. However, it would a priori be a mid-range smartphone. A first for the Pixel range.

An aggressive communication and marketing would accompany this new model.

In spearhead, a multiplication of physical points of sale, a practice highly appreciated on the Indian market. While Singapore retailer Redington would provide the stores, “Google will place billboards and branded areas at selected retailers, as Apple is already doing,” an informed source told the Economic Times.

This mid-range pixel would not cross Indian borders alone. Google would also like to import Google Home and Google Home mini by the end of April 2018. In the meantime, part of the Nest brand’s catalog of connected products should follow. Finally, the Pixelbook, the brand’s premium computer, will be available within a year.

India thus enters the closed circle of countries where a Pixel is for sale. A privilege still denied to France. But Google seems to open, which can leave a hope to see these mobiles arrive one day in the hexagon. Anyway, still according to Electronic Times sources, it is not excluded that this smartphone will be available in other markets economically similar to India.

The Chinese company DJI offers a system for the detection of its drones.

A world leader, the Chinese firm markets a system that allows police forces to locate its drones near sensitive areas.

drones are dangerousThe rise of UAVs has, in turn, created an emerging but insistent demand: the possibility of detecting them.

The international regulations, which will be implemented in the coming months, provide, like the future European standards, that each aircraft must have a registration in the form of an electronic signature.

At the same time, sensitive areas around airports, nuclear power stations, and major public events are beginning to be equipped with sophisticated detection systems. The Chinese DJI, the world’s number one leisure drones, wants to occupy this field by offering the public authorities equipment capable of locating its drones, AeroScope, unveiled on 12 October in Brussels. A way to expand its activity, but also to watch over its image as a company respectful of sensitive data, which has been somewhat shaken up in recent months.

Two-thirds of the world market – AeroScope is a tracking system currently limited to DJI drones. The Shenzhen-based company has between 60 and 65 % of the market for leisure equipment, which is a significant basis. Also, this feature, which identifies – but not neutralizes – an aircraft, does not require any updates from the pilot. AeroScope is a receiver, available in mobile (medium size suitcase) or a fixed mode, able to detect – “up to a distance of 5 km”, say its designers – a small drone, identifying the wifi link that connects it to the pilot’s radio control. Once located, the AeroScope’s display receives telemetry data from the drone: GPS position, altitude, speed, but also the serial number of the aircraft as well as its direction and location from which it took off.

Two airports under test

DJI, which does not indicate the price of the equipment (which will have to be much cheaper than sophisticated detectors, derived from military radars, to be widely distributed), only indicates that it will be available in the coming weeks. In addition to airports – two of them are currently in the testing phase – AeroScope is intended for use by the police, for example, to monitor an event, or in prisons to detect the approach of suspect UAVs.

DJI matrice range of quadsThe challenge now is to convince the competition – Parrot, Yuneec, GoPro – to integrate a compatible wifi signature (DJI is willing to “open its protocol”) to make its drones like the DJI Care Mavic Pro identifiable. On the other hand, it will be more difficult for “homemade” quadcopters by enlightened amateurs. To protect consumer privacy, AeroScope will not automatically transmit personally identifiable information until required by regulation,” says DJI.

Offline Mode

Although nothing to date has substantiated these fears, DJI’s leaders have decided to take immediate action. A few days before presenting AeroScope, they announced the release of a “Local Data” mode to interrupt the Internet connection of the DJI GO 4 application to ensure that no data leaves the drone or tablet used to fly it. Even if it means depriving itself of certain information, such as local flight restrictions.

This electronic equipment, which no one can guarantee will be completely effective – particularly against UAVs flying in programmed mode – also allows DJI to take the lead while awaiting the introduction of registration and identification devices that will soon be imposed on recreational UAV users.

iPhone: Will iOS 11.1 solve autonomy issues?

The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system could save iPhone users two to four hours of battery life.

The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS has accumulated bugs and problems with its autonomy over the past few months. The good news is that it seems that the Apple brand has done what it takes to give some juice back to the iPhone with version 11.1. Endurance tests of devices equipped with beta four are emerging, and the results are encouraging.

iDevicesHelp has thus tested the autonomy of three different iPhone -a 6 Plus, a 7 Plus, and an 8 Plus- with the version 11.0.3 of iOS, then with the version 11.1 beta 4, a screen lit and chronometer in operation. In the first case, the devices gave up after 4h to 4h45 of activity. In the second, the iPhone 7 Plus gained 2.5 hours of battery life, the 6 Plus lasted 3 hours longer and the 8 Plus nearly 4 hours. Results that the Youtuber confirmed by re-testing the complete test.

Obviously, the conditions of this test do not correspond to the classic use of a smartphone, so such gains, in reality, are not to be expected. The final version of iOS 11.1 is expected to be released for the iPhone X release on November 3rd. 01net’s lab will be doing its autonomy tests at that time.

Twitter Launch Transparency Center To Help Users Being Targetted By Political Ads

In response to the criticism over the 2016 US presidential election, Twitter has unveiled its new ‘transparency center’ which will enforce tougher standards for political adverts on the social media platform.

This comes after the company were placed under fire for allowing adverts, which may have been Russian propaganda, in last year’s election.

The plan is that the Transparency Center will be able to show users the details of adverts on Twitter, with facts such as what length of time they have been up for and if they are aimed at you as a user.

If you think that an advert running on Twitter is unfair or there is something wrong about it, it will be possible to report it.

The media giant is especially concerned about political adverts and anything that may be seen as campaigning for a political party, person or cause.

In this new transparency center, readers will be able to discover more about these political ads and see which demographic have been picked out to be shown the adverts.

Additionally, the transparency center will show how much a certain political candidate, cause or campaign has spent on advertising.

Initially it will only be the USA where these initiatives will be focused, but in time, this information should also be available to be accessed all over the globe.

In a similar move, Facebook also announced that they were planning on increasing their transparency, with regards to advertising.

  • Twitter are also considering launching a premium version of their website which would be ad free for subscribers.

TWITTER ADS FACTS

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  • Nearly 30% of social media users in the USA have a Twitter account
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  • More than 550 million people have sent a tweet.
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  • 41% of people on Twitter have made a purchase after seeing an advert that was displayed in the last 30 days.