OS X might seem simple — but it's an absolute powerhouse if you know how to use it.Some of the easiest ways to get the most of out of Apple's desktop operating system are hidden in plain sight: Keyboard shortcuts.Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts will save a second here and there — and over the course of a week, or a month, or a year, it adds up dramatically.Here are 13 of the most useful keyboard shortcuts that will save you time on the little things so you can focus on the big things:1) + Space — Bring up 'Spotlight' searchApple improved its search in the latest version of OS X.
We looked at the big picture and distilled the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing conference into the four big themes we saw emerge during the event.Dale Doughtry, CEO and founder of Maker MediaCrowdfunding platforms are fueling the entry of these low-cost machines, like the Makerarm, which raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, and is the first complete digital fabrication robotic arm that mounts to a desktop.Robotics expert and director of Columbia University s Creative Machine Labs, Hod Lipson, projected how these advances in AI and robotics will converge to create fully resilient and adaptive cloud-connected factories in the future.Shree Bose took this route with Piper, a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through the game Minecraft and the grand prize winner of Google s Global Science Fair.Bose said she only built one scrappy prototype of Piper before beginning the Kickstarter campaign.Hagel said the economy is splitting into two parts—products and services are fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces, while the platforms knitting them together are getting bigger.
At long last, it appears the Siri virtual assistant is making it to Mac desktops.MacRumors reports that sources close to Apple have shared screenshots that show Siri icons appearing both in the dock and menu bar of early versions of Mac OS X 10.12, due in the fall of this year.9to5Mac was one of the first Apple news sites to report on the inclusion of Siri in the next version of Mac OS back in February.The site did not have any other evidence at the time beyond what its sources were telling it.The Siri integration is likely to be one of the main new features of the new operating system release.Still unknown yet is whether desktop Siri will gain any new commands as a result of the Mac OS X integration — we d guess it would — or will just focus on the list of commands it is already programmed to answer.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also licensing the Nokia name for handsets back to Nokia, which has set up a new company that will make feature phones, Android-based smartphones, and tablets.Now, Microsoft claims it is not giving up the ghost entirely, even though it is  enabling yet another competitor in the smartphone business.There was no bold vision or explanation of where Microsoft plans to go next in terms of mobile platforms and devices.Plus, Alcatel has actually been acquired by Nokia .What s more, the deal is not likely to reassure app developers, handset manufacturers, or consumers that Microsoft is in the smartphone game for the long haul.At this point, walking away is probably the best thing Microsoft can do.During its second quarter earnings report in January, Microsoft reported that it had sold 4.5 million Lumia devices, down from 10.5 million for the same period a year earlier.In the five years since Microsoft first gave us the Windows phone, the news has been bleak:And in the Kantar market share report for the three months ending in February, Windows Mobile was bleeding market share just about everywhere: down from 4.8 percent in 2015 to 2.6 percent in 2016 in the U.S; down from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 5.8 percent in 2016 in Australia; and down 10.1 percent to 5.9 percent in Europe s five biggest countries.Meanwhile, Windows Mobile was stuck at .9 percent in China, practically irrelevant.Microsoft has been focusing on services and applications that run across mobile platforms lately.This is probably its best hope for maintaining a foothold in the mobile platform game going forward.No doubt, it s a bitter moment for a company that once had such a lock on personal computing — thanks to its Windows desktop monopoly.But the mobile wars have long since become Apple s iOS versus Google s Android.Microsoft can only really move on by admitting that hard truth to itself.
This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote.This information comes from a session description as posted on the official developer conference Google I/O 2016 webpage.There the data suggests that this session will not only show developers how to bring their apps to Chrome - it'll give them a Chromebook to do it on.Google's description of the session continues, "Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.It's suggested that this event, which starts at 4PM local time at Google I/O on Stage 5, that Chavez will bring expertise on this subject from his many years as a developer - having developed App Runtime for Chrome not too long ago.
Our primary family digital photo library now at 50,000 photos , for example, still lives on our desktop as well as in the cloud , as do our Quicken finances, TurboTax taxes, and other critical files.Throw in innovative new small form factor desktops like Intel s Skull Canyon NUC and you have people who may not have considered desktops giving them a serious second look.That number is expected to eventually fall below half, but in many business environments, a fixed, large computing device is still very much an asset.The most compelling and newest demand for desktop PCs, however, is being driven by virtual reality.They still provide the best experience for a wide variety of consumer and business computing applications, and for that reason, will continue to hold an important place among technology solutions for some time to come.Bob O Donnell is the founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting and market research firm.
Nvidia says its virtual desktop products will start at $2 per user, per monthNvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the GTC conference on April 5, 2016Nvidia is introducing a new graphics card option for its Grid virtual desktop system, promising to cut the costs of streaming graphics-intensive applications to employees.Customers buy the graphics hardware in Grid servers from partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Cisco Systems and Nutanix, along with virtualization software such as VMware Horizon, Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop.It can also make workers more mobile, because the streamed apps can be accessed from anywhere and on almost any client, including a tablet.With the new M10 cards, Nvidia wants to branch out into the broader market for office workers, or what it calls knowledge workers."Every marketing person I know uses Photoshop or Illustrator, so these apps are becoming more widely used," he said.That includes the price of the Tesla M10, but it doesn't include the rest of the server hardware.
Back in October 2014, Bing enabled searching by emoji, but Google was unable to return any results when you used emoji characters.Now that has changed — You can now search on Google desktop or mobile using emoji characters.Try it by searching for or or other characters, and Google will no longer show you that there are no results; instead, Google will show you results for the emoji character.Here are some screen shots:It also works on mobile, as you d expect:Again, the key difference between how Google handles emoji searches and how Bing does it is that Google shows you a result set for the emoji character with emoji results, and Bing just shows you for the character.Hat tip to David Naylor for spotting this.About The Author
From Marketing Land:Data provider Acxiom opens up its turnkey marketing analytics environmentMay 17, 2016 by Barry LevineCalled Acxiom Marketing Analytics Environment or AMAE, it offers the first full integration of the company s 2014 LiveRamp acquisition.9 reasons you should attend SocialPro in Seattle this JuneMay 17, 2016 by Marketing LandAre you a professional social media marketer focused on driving results for your company or clients?Botnet hijacks search results to siphon Google AdSense for Search revenueMay 17, 2016 by Ginny MarvinThe click-fraud botnet Redirector.Paco has infected nearly 1 million computers worldwide since 2014, according to researchers.Email provider Bluecore, UGC platform Olapic team up to use consumers photos in marketing emailsMay 17, 2016 by Barry LevineThe collaboration points to the growing incorporation of user content into more marketing channels.Google launches their new mobile-friendly testing toolMay 17, 2016 by Barry SchwartzGoogle revamped the mobile-friendly testing tool after its launch back in November 2014.The Biggest Mistakes in Usability Testing, www.uxmatters.comAmazon Wants Alexa to Take Control of Your Smart Home, www.wsj.comConnexity, Inc. Launches Enhanced AudienceView, connexity.comFirst Intentionally-Initiated Out-of-Stream Format Displays Both Direct Response and Engagement Ad Creative, www.vibrantmedia.comLatest Hootsuite App Dynamically Manages Social Between Desktop and Mobile, hootsuite.comMavrck Launches Beta Program for Pinterest Influencer Activation Engine, www.mavrck.coNetLine Advances with Account-Based Marketing Platform Powered by First-Party Intent Data, www.prnewswire.comProgress Announces New Digital Transformation Solutions to Combat Digital Denial, www.businesswire.comFive Questions You Need to Ask Before Purchasing New Technology, www.marketingprofs.com30 Practical Tips for Producing Great Facebook Live Videos, www.problogger.net5 Best Practices to Consider Before You Use Livestreaming Video, blogs.constantcontact.comTwitter is testing a Periscope live-streaming button inside its mobile apps, techcrunch.com
We have had good success with our GPUs in high-performance computing, deep learning in hpc, deep learning, data analytics, remote work stations, said McHugh, a former Cisco executive who joined Nvidia six months ago.The Tesla M10 GPU has high user density when it comes to delivering apps such as Outlook, Office 2016, web browsers, Adobe Photoshop, and the Windows 10 operating system.Delivering business applications in a virtualized way is becoming more challenging because more businesses are using demanding graphics apps these days.The percentage of GPU-accelerated apps has more than doubled in the past five years, with half that growth coming in the first months of 2016 alone, according to a study by Lakeside Software.To provide the best user experience, these applications increasingly use OpenGL and DirectX APIs, as well as graphics technology from the data center.While the need for advanced GPU technology has commonly been associated with the usage of 3D applications, as enterprises make the move to software like Windows 10, Office 365, and other SaaS and web apps, IT departments will increasingly seek the benefits of GPU acceleration to provide everyday business tools to all of their users, said Robert Young, analyst for IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software at IDC, in a statement.Nvidia is teaming  up with virtualization software companies, such as Citrix and VMware, to deliver a high-end virtualized app that runs as if it were being processed on a user s personal machine.The cost of running such virtual apps or remote desktop sessions is now down to less than $2 a month per user and, for virtual PCs, is less than $6 a month per user.The new Nvidia Grid software is available worldwide today, and the Tesla M10 will be generally available in the fall.Virtualized apps can now be delivered at a subscription price of about $10 per concurrent user, McHugh said, on the Nvidia Grid service.
The company claims that its Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionises prototyping and printing by delivering "superior quality" end products at half the cost, and up to 10 times faster, than current rivals FDM and SLS printer solutions in the same price bracket .It offers printing at the individual voxel level the 3D printing equivalent of a single pixel in 2D printing, as it were so boasts high levels of accuracy, and also speed with the ability to print over 340 million voxels per second.And while this is aimed at commercial usage and the hardware is very expensive, it's exciting to see what sort of technology is in the wings and could potentially trickle down in some form to desktop 3D printing.Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers."Pricing for the 3200 starts at $130,000 around £90,000, AU$180,000 , with the full solution comprising the 3D printer and Processing Station which you can see on the right in the above image - this provides faster cooling and a cleaner finish, among other benefits starting at $155,000 around £108,000, AU$213,000 .The Jet Fusion 4200 will ship late this year, and the Jet Fusion 3200 will follow in 2017.
Facebook s aggressive pursuit of video continues unabated, as the company is now testing video replies in the form of comments on a post.A bunch of users are now seeing a pop-up message above the camera icon on a Facebook comment box alerting them to the fact that they can now add videos.The same goes for if you wish to reply with an existing video stored on your device.Details for the desktop version are scarce at this early stage.pic.twitter.com/ZIeKJvQQPj— The Deli Agency @TheDeliAgency May 17, 2016At present, most users have the ability to post an image or text-based response on a comment thread underneath a post.Although Snapchat comparisons get thrown about a lot in regards to Facebook, the feature would no doubt bring it closer to the visual messaging app, which is generally built upon image and video exchanges.
This is Google s way of moving beyond the Cardboard headset introduced two years ago.There will be a headset, a controller, and many smartphones that work with Daydream.Google is now working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel on phones that meet the Daydream spec, and the first phones will become available this fall, Google VR head Clay Bavor said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.The controllers, which have their own specification, will also become available this fall.There will be Daydream-compatible apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, HBO Now, Netflix, NBA, Hulu, MLB.com, IMAX, and Lionsgate, Bavor said.Developers can start building apps for it in the newest Android N developer preview, Bavor said.Games will become available from EA and others.Google has fleshed out Cardboard with support for the Unity gaming engine and made it work with Google apps like Street View and YouTube.And in a striking move, Google recently reassigned Amit Singh from the top post in its Google for Work business Apps, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Platform to the VR business, where he is now vice president of business and operations.While companies like Facebook and HTC took plenty of time and got everything in order before launching VR hardware, Google moved quickly to release the simple and low-cost Cardboard that required an Android phone in June 2014, just three months after Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus VR.Cardboard has gained momentum since then and even got a remodel after a year.Most recently, Engadget and Gizmodo cofounder Peter Rojas published a tweet indicating that Google is working on Android VR and that it would be less powerful than the Vive or Rift.While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google.
Despite having hit numerous roadblocks, Microsoft has always managed to innovate and try something different, which is something that can t be said about its iOS and Android competitors.More recently, the company took a bold leap when it launched its converged Windows 10 software, which – according to Microsoft – will run the same core code across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.HardwareWindows 10 Mobile doesn t have the same OEM support as Android, and as such the number of smartphones running the operating system is limited.The camera sensor sits bang in the centre, and while it doesn t have what I'd consider a hump , it does jut out ever so slightly.Most other phones have switched to a single tray that houses both the Nano SIM tray and a microSD card, but the HTC 10 still has one tray on each side.The phone comes in black, silver and goldWhereas LG took plenty of risks with its funky modular design of the G5, HTC has played it relatively safe here.
Social channels are one of the most effective ways to drive app downloads, but they re often a missed opportunity.Much like how a friend would recommend a new eatery to you after devouring its amazing chef s tasting menu, social appetizing allows users to share their excitement over a new app, thereby enticing newcomers to download and spend.Yet many app publishers are ignoring this valuable channel.No question, acquiring high-quality users is becoming more challenging year after year, and social appetizing provides a better opportunity to attract the audience you want for your app.The line between mobile and desktop users continues to be blurred, as 67 percent of consumers begin their shopping experience on one device and move to another before purchasing.Focusing on social media — which is used by a majority of mobile users — allows your company to target the desired demographic in a more efficient way.However, more money doesn t guarantee solid results, unless you know exactly what you re doing.
A starry sky littered with system monitors and a great now playing widget make a great sit-down or second screen monitor with enough space to get stuff done, too.If you re not familiar with Rainmeter, our getting started guide will get you up to speed quickly.nVIsionary managed to get a great look without adding a ton of custom skins and themes to the package, which we can definitely appreciate.Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off?Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool.Screenshots must be at least at least 1280x720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details.
The first Google I/O keynote just wrapped up and Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to say.Best: Google s finally getting serious about VROne of the big things we wanted to see from Google this year was a more substantial commitment to VR.Worst: Its headset is just a drawingAlthough Google s plans are certainly interesting, there s still no physical hardware.Right now, all we ve got to go on is a video demo that doesn t look drastically different from Gear VR.Sounds like the name of tween One Direction cover band.Best: This Good Guy Google shout out to Amazon for making EchoWorst: Hanging up on your kids in front of millions of people
With Instant Apps, clicking a link can give you an app-like experience even if you don't have the app installed already.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Mobile websites are often more convenient than their desktop counterparts when you're on your phone, but they're also usually missing some important functionality that's available or just easier to find on the desktop.Apps can help solve the problem, but only if you have the foresight and/or bandwidth to install them when you need them.Developers can, however, can provide "call to action" links that encourage users to download and install apps that they find particularly useful.The effort required for developers to modularize their apps will vary, and there are some kinds of apps that won't work well with this model—games and anything that requires payment up-front, for example.B Photo Video, a prominent Manhattan electronics retailer, has worked with Google to demo Instant Apps, and it will be able to offer both Android Pay and fingerprint sign-in support whether users have actually downloaded their app or not.
Android apps are coming to Chrome OS.First spotted by 9to5Google in the session Bring your Android App to Chrome officially discuss the merger of mobile and desktop:Today we announced that we re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome!You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!It makes a good bit of sense for Google to add Chrome Web Apps to the Play Store and just make it a one-stop destination for all of its users.Read next: Everyone chill, Android N won t be named Nazi or those kinds of N-words
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