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Learn about the roots of the modern computing with the BBC’s free archive

If you would like to learn where the modern computing revolution started, the BBC’s newly expanded Computer Literacy Archive can show you, with more than 260 documentaries from the 80s and 160 BBC Micro programs to try.

The post Learn about the roots of the modern computing with the BBC’s free archive appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database With 340 Million Records

The leak may include data on hundreds of millions of Americans, with hundreds of details for each, from demographics to personal interests.
Source: Wired

Bannersnack makes it easy to punch the monkey (and more)

An app like Bannersnack is something you never think you need — until you do. Designed by a digital marketer from Romania, Gabriel Ciordas, the app was originally called FlashEff and was used to create Flash banners for online marketers. Over time, however, HTML5 and graphics overtook Flash and the company pivoted to offering easy-to-use design tools for marketers and business owners.

The service is free to try and costs $7 a month 30 static images; $18 a month gets you embedded banners with full analytics. The company is completely bootstrapped and has been working in the space since 2008.

“Bannersnack has always been self-funded. We built our resources step by step, as our business grew together with our efforts. We think it’s fair to say that we worked for every penny we’ve ever gotten and further invested it back into growing our business,” said Ciordas.

The service has 100,000 monthly users who create 180,000 visuals a month. They offer standalone graphics as well as responsive HTML5 images. The most interesting tool, the Banner Generator, creates banners in multiple sizes instantly, freeing business owners up to do what they do best: sell stuff.

Again, it is rare to see a product so focused on a single, important niche, and Bannersnack fits the bill. While you could fire up Pixelmator and try to make your own banners, this tool is surprisingly pleasant to use and works quite well.

“Our main objective is to empower marketers, designers, and business owners, while reshaping the way agencies and businesses create visuals for their marketing purposes,” said Ciordas. After all, not everyone has the skills or talent to create flashing banners featuring exciting mortgage reduction opportunities and free iPad sweepstakes.


Source: TechCrunch

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode

Google Calendar is the latest Google app to get an update focused on improving users’ “digital wellbeing.” The company announced today it’s rolling out a new “Out of Office” feature in Google Calendar, alongside a setting for customizable working hours. The working hours signal to others when you’re unavailable, and allows Google Calendar to automatically decline meetings on your behalf outside those hours.

For starters, you’ll find there’s a new “Out of Office” calendar entry type you can select when you’re creating an event via Google Calendar on the web.

For example, if you’re scheduling the dates of your vacation, you could mark that event as “Out of Office.” If others send you meeting invites during this period, Google Calendar will decline them without your involvement.

It’s a feature users have requested for years to complement Gmail’s Vacation Responder.

Google also says it will attempt to automatically detect when event types should be denoted “Out of Office,” based on the event title.

Another new feature will allow you to better customize your working hours in Google Calendar.

Currently, you can set working hours to one interval for all days of the week, but now you’ll be able to customize your hours for each day separately. This will help people who have irregular availability — not the usual 9 to 5, so to speak.

Google Calendar will also try to infer your working hours based on your prior scheduling patterns, and may prompt you to confirm them in the app’s Settings.

The changes, while seemingly small, are part of a broader movement at Google to promote digital wellbeing across its platforms.

In recent months, the company has introduced a number of features focused on helping people better manage their time, and fight back against the addictive nature of smartphones and digital services.

For example, at its I/O developer conference in May, Google introduced new time management controls for Android users, and it has a set of screen time tools for parents to use with children via Family Link.

It even rolled out new tools to help YouTube users cut down the time they spend mindlessly watching videos.

Other services, like Gmail and Google Photos, utilize machine learning and AI to reduce the time spent in-app, by doing things like prioritizing the important mail, or automatically editing your photos.

The new Google Calendar tools are rolling out now to G Suite users, Google says. Presumably, a broader consumer release will soon follow.


Source: TechCrunch

Lyft valuation hits $15.1 billion after fresh $600 million in funding

Lyft has raised an additional $600 million in a Series I financing round led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, pushing its post-money valuation to $15.1 billion. The company’s value has more than doubled in the past 14 months.

Senator Investment Group LP joined Fidelity in the capital raise. Fidelity has poured more than $800 million into the ride-hailing company, making it one of Lyft’s largest investors.

Lyft has spent the past 18 months aggressively expanding into new U.S. cities, as well as into Canada and pursuing its autonomous vehicle ambitions. Lyft’s plans — along with some of rival Uber’s scandalous missteps — have helped the company increase its market share in the U.S. to 35 percent. In January 2017, Lyft had just 22 percent market share in the United States.

Of course, scaling up is a costly affair. And Lyft has spent the past year seeking investor money. The ride-hailing company has raised $2.9 billion in primary capital — that includes the $600 million announced Wednesday — since April 2017.

In total, Lyft has raised $5.1 billion since its inception. Other investors from previous rounds include AllianceBernstein, Baillie Gifford, KKR, Janus CapitalG, Rakuten and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook Keyword Snooze lets you silence spoilers in your news feed – CNET

Now you don’t have to abstain from Facebook while you’re in mid-binge of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Source: CNET

Trump will back laws restricting Chinese investment in US tech, says report – CNET

Congress is updating existing laws to limit foreign investment.
Source: CNET

International automakers warn tariffs will cost jobs, slow automation – Roadshow

The Trump administration’s proposed 20 percent tariff on European-assembled cars has received a stiff rebuke from a pair of groups representing nearly all the world’s manufacturers.
Source: CNET

Nvidia prototype graphics card sports 12GB of GDDR6 memory

Although we don’t know much about Nvidia’s next-generation of graphics cards, a new leaked image of a prototype card adds further weight to the rumor that it will make use of GDDR6 memory.

The post Nvidia prototype graphics card sports 12GB of GDDR6 memory appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google Home and Chromecast are down, affecting users worldwide

It’s not just Slack, there’s a Google Home and Chromecast outage, too. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that there’s an issue affecting “some” of its customers of these platforms, and it’s currently investigating the issue and working on a solution. The company declined to share other information about the nature of the outage or how many customers were without access.

It’s not unusual for cloud services to go down at times due to software issues or data center problems, but it can be difficult for users to get information when such an event occurs. Even when the service provider offers an online health dashboard, they’re aren’t immediately updated when issues are occurring.

In the case of Chromecast, users on the Chromecast Product Forum noticed the problem in the wee hours of the morning today – noting that Chromecast icon disappeared from streaming app like Netflix, HBO and YouTube. The problems were reported around the world, and those who were able to reach support channels were told its a global issue, they said.

Google would not confirm if the issue was related to a broken software patch, though that’s being reported on Twitter.

The @madebyGoogle Twitter account is responding to some incoming customer complaints with apologies, but little other info on the cause or timeframe to a resolution.

The issue is also bricking Google Home devices too, many have noticed. The Google Home Help Forums are filled with similar complaints about the outage, also from users worldwide.

We’ve confirmed this here ourselves with our own Google Home Mini.

Saying “Hey Google” will have the device immediately answer “there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds” or “sorry, something went wrong, try again in a few seconds.”

A Google spokesperson has offered the following comment:

“”We’re aware of an issue affecting some Google Home and Chromecast users. We’re investigating the issue and working on a solution.”

More to come….


Source: TechCrunch

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