Using Microsoft Teams is about to get a whole lot more personal after the collaboration app revealed a new expansion aimed at life outside the office.
Despite most people only using Microsoft Teams to keep in touch with work colleagues, the company is now launching a new “personal life” version of the app that looks to sever these ties.
But the app could also see more changes after Microsoft confirmed it was opening up Teams to third-party app developers, potentially bringing a whole new world of services and tools.
Microsoft Teams personal
“Microsoft Teams isn’t just for work anymore,” Microsoft wrote in a message to users. “Stay connected and organized with family and friends all in one place with the Microsoft Teams mobile app, now with new features available in preview.”
The new version of Microsoft Teams isn’t an entirely new app, but instead uses your personal account to log in and build a new profile within the service. Users can then switch between work and personal profiles, allowing them to seperate work and home usage, with the latter helping you stay in touch with friends and family.
The app has several functions to help facilitate this and differentiate it from the “work” version of Teams. There’s tools such as photo and document sharing, shared calendars, group chats, and even location sharing, so your family always know where you are. Chats are also framed more like they would be on a mobile device, rather than the threads seen in the enterprise version
Microsoft Teams for personal life is rolling out to iOS and Android devices in preview now, and you don’t need a Microsoft 365 account to use it just yet, though that may change soon.
The service is also set to widen its reach with the integration of third-party apps into Microsoft Teams meetings.
Microsoft has revealed that outside apps will soon be able integrate directly into Teams meetings during video calls, and even before and after meetings. Third-party apps will also be able to display content during Microsoft Teams calls, such as real-time notifications, screen sharing and more. The feature is rolling out now, with Microsoft hoping that the first third-party integrations will launch soon.
Both these new expansions aim to help Microsoft Teams keep its spot among the leading players in the collaboration and videoconferencing space that has exploded in popularity during 2020.
Although still lagging behind market leader Zoom, Microsoft Teams still enjoys a healthy user base across the world, with the company recently revealing it has topped 75 million active daily users.
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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event 2020 Highlights: Samsung hosted the Galaxy Unpacked launch event today where the company finally showcased the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. Alongside the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the South Korean giant has also unveiled the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Tab S7 series.
The company also unveiled its next generation foldable device, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the company will not be hosting an on-ground event and will rather rely on a pre-recorded video for the online live stream launch event.
Samsung’s upcoming online launch event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM IST today. The event will be live-streamed via the company’s official YouTube channel as well as Samsung.com. The company will also be hosting the livestream via its social media platforms.
At the launch event, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. This time around, the series will consist of two models, the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Besides that, the South Korean giant has also launched the successor to the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch 3. The smartwatch comes in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm. Also, the consumers will be able to choose from an LTE model or a Bluetooth only model.
Apart from that, Samsung also unveiled its new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Alongside that, the company is launched the Galaxy Tab S7, Tab S7+ and the Galaxy Buds Live.
Here, are all the highlights from today’s Samsung Unpacked event.
iPhone 12 display leaked
We’re getting an early glimpse at the display on the iPhone 12 thanks to an online leak, and it looks a lot like the screens on the most recent iPhones. That’s bad news if you were hoping that Apple would shrink the notch on its upcoming phones.
The leaked image comes from Mr. White, a Twitter user who has a habit of posting pictures of various iPhone components, like the upcoming A14 Bionic processor. That tweet, showing what appears to be an iPhone 12 panel, has since disappeared from Twitter, but MacRumors captured it before it vanished.
A subsequent tweet by Mr. White shows the panel in sharper detail, and this time the leaker notes that the new panel sports the “same Face ID size.”
Same Face iD Size pic.twitter.com/nn61avvsEcAugust 6, 2020
If so, that’s going to disappoint people who’ve been clinging to the rumor that Apple would reportedly shrink the distinctive notch on its phones, as it would need less space to house the sensors and cameras that make up the iPhone’s Face ID image recognition system. Just a few days ago leaker Jon Prosser had said the move to a smaller notch was “mostly confirmed.”
It’s no secret that Apple would like to eventually downsize and maybe even do away with the notch on its smartphones. Reports from last year suggested that future Apple smartphones wouldn’t include a notch, though that wasn’t expected to happen until 2021.
It’s safe to say the iPhone’s notch divides opinion. First introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, the notch gives Apple phones a distinctive look that Android device makers have rushed to copy. The notch also supports Face ID, which gives Apple an edge over other devices with its secure face unlocking feature, not to mention fun messaging capabilities featuring animoji.
But the iPhone’s notch means that Apple phones still have a bit of a bezel bulging into the display. You only need to look at the just unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to see the benefits of uninterrupted display real estate.
As more Android phone makers adopt minimal bezels for their phones, Apple might feel pressured to do the same. Whether or not that begins to happen with the iPhone 12, however, remains very much up in the air.
Source- Tom’s Guide
Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions, Huawei says – The Globe and Mail
Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from American pressure.
Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the biggest producers of smartphones and network equipment, is at the centre of U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security. The feud has spread to include the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and China-based messaging service WeChat.
Washington cut off Huawei’s access to U.S. components and technology including Google’s music and other smartphone services last year. Those penalties were tightened in May when the White House barred vendors worldwide from using U.S. technology to produce components for Huawei.
Production of Kirin chips designed by Huawei’s own engineers will stop Sept. 15 because they are made by contractors that need U.S. manufacturing technology, said Richard Yu, president of the company’s consumer unit. He said Huawei lacks the ability to make its own chips.
“This is a very big loss for us,” Yu said Friday at an industry conference, China Info 100, according to a video recording of his comments posted on multiple websites.
“Unfortunately, in the second round of U.S. sanctions, our chip producers only accepted orders until May 15. Production will close on Sept. 15,” Yu said. “This year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips.”
More broadly, Huawei’s smartphone production has “no chips and no supply,” Yu said.
Yu said this year’s smartphone sales probably will be lower than 2019’s level of 240 million handsets but gave no details. The company didn’t immediately respond to questions Saturday.
Huawei, founded in 1987 by a former military engineer, denies accusations it might facilitate Chinese spying. Chinese officials accuse Washington of using national security as an excuse to stop a competitor to U.S. tech industries.
Huawei is a leader among emerging Chinese competitors in telecoms, electric cars, renewable energy and other fields in which the ruling Communist Party hopes China can become a global leader.
Huawei has 180,000 employees and one of the world’s biggest research and development budgets at more than $15 billion a year. But, like most global tech brands, it relies on contractors to manufacture its products.
Earlier, Huawei announced its global sales rose 13.1% over a year ago to 454 billion yuan ($65 billion) in the first half of 2020. Yu said that was due to strong sales of high-end products but gave no details.
Huawei became the world’s top-selling smartphone brand in the three months ending in June, passing rival Samsung for the first time due to strong demand in China, according to Canalys. Sales abroad fell 27% from a year earlier.
Washington also is lobbying European and other allies to exclude Huawei from planned next-generation networks as a security risk.
In other U.S.-Chinese clashes, TikTok’s owner, ByteDance Ltd., is under White House pressure to sell the video app. That is due to fears its access to personal information about millions of American users might be a security risk.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a ban on unspecified transactions with TikTok and the Chinese owner of WeChat, a popular messaging service.
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