LET THE INVASION BEGIN!! Yesterday, Microsoft Teams was released in a public preview phase to the Linux operating system via native Linux packages in two formats: .deb and .rpm. The app doesn’t differ in the looks department compared to it Windows and macOS brethren, and the goal of this release to for Microsoft to further push Teams as a bridge for the implementation of other Office apps (i.e. Word, et al) and teamwork that supports the mixed environments that are reliant on the Linux platform. But let’s be real here: Microsoft is releasing Teams on Linux to go after Slack on another front.Continue reading “You’re Not Seeing Things; Microsoft Brings 1st Office App to Linux”
While the Microsoft Seeing AI has proven to be successful for assisting the blind by describing objects and text, the only issue has been that it’s only been available in English, so you’re crap-outta-luck if that’s not your first language. Thankfully, Microsoft recently updated the free (and currently) iOS-only app with five additional languages that it can support: Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. This means that Seeing can now process and describe things like signs or the facial expressions of other people to help the blind use the proper words in their (at least from the current six) home languages.Continue reading “Microsoft’s Seeing AI App adds Five More Languages to Assist the Blind”
Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in-between; we have witnessed a major milestone in astronomy. After many, many years of depending on computer-generated images based on the what the theory of general relativity has predicted for decades, we finally have an actual image of a black hole in space. I know, I know; IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!!! A collaboration of scientists worldwide used the Event Horizon (heh-heh) Telescope to find this gigantic — that’s putting it lightly — black hole located in the Messier 87 galaxy that measures up to 6.5 million times the mass of the Sun. The image shows a sort-of-shadow made by the event horizon bending and sucking in light. Continue reading “Behold, the First Photo and Video of an ACTUAL Black Hole… [Update: Thank you MIT Grad Student Katie Bouman!]”
Apple has sent out invitations to members of the press and other guests for a March 25 “special event,” featuring the words “it’s show time.” That’s interesting because Apple used the same tagline back in 2006 (hey kids, remember 2006?) for an event that led to the unveiling of the Apple TV device. The language and references points to a possible announcement of the company’s long-rumored streaming TV service that might be the event’s main focused.Continue reading “Circle March 25th, ’cause Apple’s has a (likely) Streaming Service Announcement Coming…”
Gizmodo recently released a video and write-up on the E-Waste Warehouse, which has been helping the people of New York dispose of their unwanted electronic devices in an eco-friendly way. The warehouse operates as part of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987. The interesting thing is not only the variety of electronics that are in storage at … Continue reading Check out the E-Waste Warehouse at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in NYC!
A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto — consisting of engineers, chemists, and biologists — have developed a new of sensor designed to let artificial skin detect pressure, vibrations, and magnetic fields. With these developments, it’s possible that this technology might be able to allow burn victims and amputees regain the sense of touch via the artificial skin.Continue reading “Researchers Develop Artificial ‘Superhuman’ Skin, Aims to Help Burn Victims & Amputees ‘Feel’ Again…”
Ok. Here it goes… The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has completed and released their report regarding the huge 2017 data breach and information leak of Equifax, the world’s largest credit monitoring company, and yes, it’s equally as stupid and enraging as anyone with a functioning brain thought it was. Why? Because of the company’s sheer laziness and arrogance, they failed to install a simple, basic security patch to their database that would’ve prevented the data breach. DEAR. FREAKING. GOD! When anyone complains about updating their computers or smart devices, remind them of this.Continue reading “Oh Equifax…Y’all Sooooo Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, DUMB; it’s Maddening…”
From the ashes of FilmStruck, the much-beloved streaming service for artsy & indie films that’ll close-up shop at the end of the month, comes the upcoming streaming service, Kanopy, which is partnering with the highly-decorated indie film house, A24, to allow SEVENTY-TWO of its movies available to stream for free. Yes, SEVENTY-TWO films; that DOES include the likes of Lady Bird, Room, Moonlight, Amy & … Continue reading Got A Library Card? Watch Some A24 Indie Movies ON THE HOUSE!
Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?
Want (or need) to build a website or application but have now knowledge of coding and writing a web app from scratch? There are a huge variety of services available to use –from Blogger, to WordPress (**wink-wink**) to Squarespace — but a new, powerful challenger at entered, named Bubble. Bubble is a startup — generating $115,000 in monthly recurring revenue without raising any money — that many companies, big and small (ranging from Qoins, Dividend Finance, Plato and Meetaway), rely on for creating web applications without the whole “not knowing the first thing about coding”-thing stopping them. Plus, they take care of hosting your web app for you, and every time you resize your instance when your app gets bigger, you’ll pay more. Continue reading “Want to Create Web Apps but Have No Coding Experience? Try Bubble!”