6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant — and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively.The good news? As an Android user, you’ve got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don’t have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.Behold: six innovative apps that’ll empower your favorite high-tech helper and allow it to reach its full productivity potential.To read this article in full, please click here


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5 screen-sharing apps offer easy collaboration

5 collaboration apps worth a lookImage by ThinkstockThe modern office has changed drastically in the last 10 years, which means the way we collaborate has evolved as well. Whether your company has remote workers, international offices or employees who are always on the road, you need fast and easy ways to stay connected. There are plenty of apps that promise to help you collaborate with colleagues, whether you need basic messaging, video chat, remote access or screen-share capabilities. We previously wrote about these 15 apps for collaboration, but here are five more worthy contenders to consider.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Microsoft combines Cortana, Bing, with Microsoft Research to accelerate new features

Microsoft took the unusual step of combining its Bing and Cortana product teams with Microsoft Research, in a bid to accelerate innovation for both the search engine and the digital assistant.
The move on Thursday was part of a broader reorganization that saw Microsoft split its Applications and Services Group, which also included Microsoft’s Office applications, into two separate organizations. Office applications will form their own group.
Though Microsoft has asked researchers to work on projects that could eventually be commercialized, combining teams that work on active products, such as Cortana and Bing, with the future-facing teams that comprise Microsoft Research, is unique within Microsoft. Together, Bing and Cortana, plus Microsoft’s Information Platform and Ambient Computing and Robotics teams, will form the Microsoft AI and Research Group. All told, the group will include more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers, Microsoft said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,


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Modern meetings: How to share your screen to your conference TV

Go to almost any meeting these days and you’ll see a sea of laptops around the table and sometimes some iPads or other tablets. That lets people look up information, take notes and do on-the-fly research during the meeting.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)


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This is why you need Google Spaces

Google Spaces is an innovative social service that can give you unprecedented control over your conversations, but only if you know how to use it.

Google last week announced a slew of new products, services and initiatives, including Allo, Android N, Assistant, Daydream, Duo, Home and Instant Apps. Nearly all of them are “catch-up” products — Google’s versions of products that other companies have already shipped. And all of them are coming out later in the year.

But one Google announcement alone is both unique and currently available: Google Spaces.

The Spaces launch inspired confusion and criticism. After all, why launch a social service when Google already has Google+, Hangouts and social features inside many of its other services, such as YouTube (not to mention the new social products unveiled last week at Google I/O)? Does the world really need another social product?

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Android N hits beta, boasts VR and more

Google’s been hard at work under the hood of its Android operating system, announcing performance, security and productivity updates in the new Android N alongside a swanky new suite of VR capabilities called Daydream and version 2.0 of Android Wear.

Android N is available for select devices in beta today and will be released in a stable version this fall. It’s been publicly available as an open alpha for developer use for some time, but Google’s presentation offers the company’s definitive vision for the future of the Android platform.

Oh, and about the name – Google’s taking suggestions from the public, and you can submit yours here. (Necco wafers. Just saying.) Other than that, here are the highlights.

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Google aims to kill ‘Death by PowerPoint’ with new Slides

Google Slides — can it displace PowerPoint? La GOOG hopes so, especially in education.

The new features — currently rolling out on Android, iOS and the Web app — aim to make slide presentations more interactive. Audience members can ask questions and vote for which questions should get answered.

That should give the audience something useful to do with their smartphones, rather than Googling ways to kill boring presenters. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers point a LASER. <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –> Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

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Here is how the Apple TV transforms education

It started with an app, TV Maps from indie developer Arno Appenzeller. His app (a Maps client for Apple TV—take a look) made me realize Apple TV could transform education by making it part of daily life.

Education anywhere

Traditionally, TV is a one-way entertainment vehicle, a “sit-down” medium. Watching TV and playing games are its two killer apps, but you don’t necessarily want to interact with your TV set. That’s fine because until very recent developments in gaming consoles you couldn’t interact much.

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Packt Publishing offers cheap, free ebooks – if you’re an Android dev

Packt Android WeekIT and computing publisher and video producer Packt Publishing has announced its Android Week, offering “a whole week of free Android titles and an ever bigger selection of top selling and brand new Android titles at 50% off.” There’s only one snag. These are not general ebooks running on the Android platform – they’re programming and application development titles for Android developers, with a highly specialized niche audience. If you’re not among that merry band, then sorry people.

That said, I’m guessing that TeleRead’s readership might number quite a few such tech whizzes, or at the very least, first-timers who might want to try their hand at Android app development with the aid of a title like John Horton’s Android Programming for Beginners. There are game titles, Java programming titles, even Google Maps and Android Wear development titles. Right now I don’t see any titles on ebook or e-reading app creation, but since Packt offers titles like Instant Apple iBooks How-to, I suspect its Android range may throw up similarly useful volumes for ebook creators.

I’m not clear from Packt on exactly how long this offer is destined to run, but I suspect it may be until the end of the working week. In any case, if you’re one of the target audience, you should probably jump at it.

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