Data protection has become a real concern on mobile phones. Not because Google uses the data to build some marketing tools to target communication campaigns better. Not only because Facebook seems to have made serious mistakes in development and management in the way personal data access authorizations are granted.
It is also a concern because our sensitive data are more and more numerous in smartphones: privacy, credit cards, various invoices, passwords for online services, etc. Creating encrypted zones and digital safes is good. But this does not necessarily prevent hacking. Especially since smartphone operating systems are increasingly complex, with bridges between the OS (Android or iOS) and third-party applications.
An ever-increasing need for security
OSes are more complex. Vulnerabilities are more frequent. And one of them, which concerns MIUI (the ROM that equips all Xiaomi smartphones) was unveiled by Check Point Software (Zone Alarm editor) a few days ago. As a reminder, this is a vulnerability that affects the preinstalled application called “Security” (but its real name is Guard Provider). It is an application that, according to Check Point, has several different modules, including several antivirus engines such as the one from Avast (a publisher well known in France for its free antivirus). A hacker would be able, according to Check Point, to take advantage of this complexity injecting malicious code and taking control of the phone’s data.
We have relayed this information in our columns. Check Point Software then claimed that the flaw had been closed following communication with Xiaomi and Avast, which appears to be the supplier of Guard Provider. Following the many articles that were unveiled on the Internet, including through our columns, Avast and Xiaomi stated the information itself, but also the study.
Extremely complex and unlikely
Avast first confirms that the leak existed. It also claims to be working continuously with its manufacturing partners, including Xiaomi, to strengthen the security of its applications (and the terminals they protect), particularly about the various modules they contain.
It also considers that the context of the attack, as defined by Check Point, is “extremely complex” and that feasibility is “unlikely.” According to Avast, this is “proof of feasibility.” It does not mean that the risk is zero either. A reflection that can be applied to many situations in hacking.
Escalation between competitors?
What can we learn from this story? Three points. First, Xiaomi has partnered with an important security name for its smartphones. But even these big names are not immune to a development defect. Then a flaw was found and fixed. There may be others. And they may be detected before they are filled. It’s a cat and mouse game in computer security.
Finally, and this is especially important to note, Avast and Check Point are competitors. For one to work to find the flaws in one product of the other and communicate publicly on the subject when they find them, it’s part of the strategies to sign with partners like Xiaomi who sell millions of phones. Too bad the builder got caught in the crossfire.
To protect your iPhone XS or XS Max worth way more than €1,000, would you put a shell or any kind of protection on it? Here is a selection of iPhone XS case models, all compatible with wireless charging, from various manufacturers.
Note that iPhone X shells are compatible with iPhone XS. The camera on the iPhone XS is slightly larger than the iPhone X camera, but that didn’t pose a problem with all the shells we tested.
Apple still offers the same shells for its new iPhone: silicone shell (45 $), leather shell and leather folio case (119 $ for the XS and 149 $ for the XS Max). The only new feature is new the color available in the autumn tone.
The silicone shell is not recommended: despite its high price, it is damaged relatively quickly (the film of the coating eventually comes off). New colors: nectarine, night blue, lavender grey, and horizon blue.
We notice on the Apple website that the iPhone X and iPhone XS have precisely the same dimensions. An iPhone X shell must, therefore, be able to work correctly with the iPhone XS. The props designer Spigen confirmed this point. To find more on iPhone XS Shells, you can see this webpage where there are lots of models available!
As far as the iPhone XS Max is concerned, the offer of protective cases is not yet very extensive. But this should change quickly, as manufacturers of hulls and other cases are on the way. In addition to the Apple offer, which is always expensive, we were able to find some models available (or very soon available). Below you will find more or less thin, transparent or plain shells, as well as XS Max cases with a wallet-style flap, and finally, protective glass for the screen:
The other iPhone XS Max shells
Spigen is one of the first brands to offer shells compatible with the iPhone XS Max.
First, there is the classic silicone, entirely transparent to reveal the design of the iPhone. This model is called Liquid Crystal; it is available here on Amazon.
There is also another non-transparent version, which we use on an iPhone X when writing. The black Liquid Air shell offers excellent protection and a good grip. The XS Max version is available here on Amazon.
Here is another model of the Spigen brand with a transparent back, this shell is for sale here on Amazon.
More brands :
For users who want a very protective shell, if not thin, the manufacturer Ringke offers an ultra-resistant model. The Fusion-X shell with a transparent back incorporates reinforced corners to protect against heavy falls. This model is on sale here on Amazon.
The Moko brand offers a protective iPhone XS Max shell, which includes a belt attachment system. This protection is available here on Amazon.
Transparency of stake for this protection leaving visible the beautiful lines of the iPhone XS Max. The icing on the cake is that the shell includes a back support, to allow the smartphone to stand upright, nothing more practical to watch movies, series, and other YouTube videos, well installed in its sofa. See his test here, performed by an iPhon.fr reader. This protection is available here on Amazon.
We finish this selection on an ultra-thin shell of the EasyAcc brand, which we use for the iPhone X version. It is on sale here on Amazon.
iPhone XS Max Case Covers
Here, the protection is maximum since both the back and sides of the precious large iPhone are protected, but also the front face with a flap.
The Otterbox manufacturer specializes in particularly robust protection. It features a leather XS Max case shell, which protects the big screen! This one is available in 3 colors, and on sale here on Amazon. We had already tested this model and noticed a good quality of manufacture. This hull offers excellent protection, as well as outstanding durability, according to our tests.
Another model, proposed by the Toro brand. It is elegant leather protection with its stitched seams and the possibility of using Apple’s smartphone in landscape position, to watch videos on its large screen for example.
At EasyAcc, a straightforward wallet case model, which we tested and appreciated for the iPhone X. Synthetic, with landscape mode support function, but also the ability to automatically turn the iPhone screen on/off when the case is open or closed, like the cases offered by Apple.
At Noreve, the French specialist in leather hulls, a model adapted to the iPhone XS Max is, of course, available, with a flap to choose from vertically or laterally, but also the possibility of customizing the color and type of leather used.
UhrMozilla is continually working on improving the popular browser. Because of the flood of updates, many users lose track. Itsnat reveals what is in the current Firefox and what future Firefox updates promise.
Itsnat reveals which innovations Mozilla has hidden behind the Firefox browser interface.
Mozilla uses the so-called rapid release process (fast publishing cycle) for updates for the Firefox browser. It results in a massive Firefox update every six weeks on average, which raises the version number. If necessary, unscheduled updates appear to fix bugs and close security holes.
As in the case of the current version 65.0.2 for Windows, the manufacturer had to make improvements because there was a problem with the Geolocation API. The interface allows web services to query the position of the user. Mozilla already had to improve 65.0.1 with the update to Firefox to close three security gaps. The advantages Firefox 65 has to offer are explained in the following. Besides, there is an outlook on the innovations of Firefox 66, which is currently still in the beta stage, as well as the crypto mining and fingerprinting blockers in Firefox 67. Those who like to reminisce will get their money’s worth with the review of older Firefox versions at the very end of the article.
Firefox Update: First Beta, then Release
The final Firefox version corresponds to the standard version of the browser and is aimed at the majority of Firefox users; Mozilla distributes it via the so-called release channel to hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Currently, it is version 65.
To ensure that problems – as is currently the case in Firefox 65 – remain the exception, each browser version undergoes a six-week beta test by voluntary users before being finalized. The company is currently working on Firefox 66. The preliminary version usually contains all the features planned for the final release and runs stable, as a Mozilla quality assurance team has tested it beforehand. However, it often has minor bugs and is therefore aimed at early adopters, who have no problem with it. With weekly updates, the manufacturer eliminates the quirks that the beta testers notice.
What do Firefox users expect in the current final and beta versions? Please read on!
Firefox 65: Update brings WebP support
Firefox 65 did not trigger a significant wow effect among fans: By and large, the update only brings improvements in detail. So Mozilla decided to support the image format “WebP” at short notice – so far just the chromium based browser and Edge did as Google’s sample images show, the format developed by Google in 2010 scores with significantly smaller file size and consistent image quality.
As a result, many WebP already act as secret successors to JPEG. However, the format is also suitable as an alternative for the PNG and GIF formats, as it supports transparency and animation. Also, Mozilla has enabled the playback of videos in the young, royalty-free and open AV1 format under Windows. Why the manufacturer is convinced of precisely this method of video compression, he wrote down in a longer blog post.
The Mobile World Congress closed on Tuesday, and as expected, folding screens and 5G were the big stars of the most significant exhibition dedicated to mobile phones.
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was an opportunity for mobile phone companies to showcase their new products. While folding smartphones have been popular, manufacturers widely promoted the new 5G mobile network, which provides speeds that rival fiber.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung opened the ball this year with an early announcement. Among its new S10 series is the S10 5G, with a 6.7-inch display, a quad lens camera and a 4,500 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold was also present at the MWC, even though it was protected behind a window. Samsung’s new foldable smartphone will be available in a 5G version. It has a 4.6-inch display on the outside and a large 7.3-inch display on the inside that unfolds.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has chosen not to create a new model for the 5G, but to update the Mi Mix 3 launched in October 2018. A small hardware update is required to upgrade to Snapdragon 855; the manufacturer takes the opportunity to add a 3,800 mAh battery.
Huawei Mate X
Huawei has made a substantial contribution to 5G by launching several products to take advantage of its own Kirin 980 processor and 5G Balong 5000 modem, first of all, the 5G CPE Pro router, which will allow you to enjoy the 5G network with all the devices in the house. However, the most notable is the Huawei Mate X, a 5G folding phone. When unfolded, the screen measures 8 inches. When folded, the displays remain outside, giving a front screen of 6.6 inches and a rear screen of 6.38 inches.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
Another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE, has unveiled its new Axon 10 Pro 5G. It includes a 6.47-inch screen, 128GB of storage and of course the Snapdragon 855, which should be available before summer.
LG V50 ThinQ
For the launch of the 5G, LG has devised a solution that is different from folding models. The V50 ThinQ has a second display as an accessory that also serves as a shell. It is therefore technically foldable, but the two screens are separate. The main screen is 6.4 inches long, while the second one is 6.1 inches long.
Sony Xperia 5G
The Japanese manufacturer Sony also took advantage of the MWC to present an Xperia 5G smartphone still in the prototype stage. The brand mentioned the launch will be soon but did not provide any further details, other than the Snapdragon 855 processor and a 21:9 aspect ratio display.
If you are reading this, chances are you’ve come across quite a few cannabis vaporizers. But seeing as you are new to vaping, all the lingo and new information can be a little overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming experience when you understand the basics a bit better. Hence the purpose of this article.
For those who need some tips on what to look for in a quality cannabis vaporizer, keep the following in mind.
Establish Your Vaping Needs
It might sound strange to start the list with your personal preferences in regards to vaping. But this is important if you want to invest in the right vaporizer. So think about whether you prefer oil or dry herb. How many times a day do you plan on vaping? Are you specific about how intense the hit should be and the density of the vapor?
If you are somewhat methodical about these things, then use them to help you choose the perfect vape device. And, of course, you still want to pay attention to some other things, like the next tip. Find more by visiting this vaporizer website www.cannabis-vaporizer.org
The battery life of the vaporizer is essential if you plan on using the device consistently. If vaping cannabis is something you only want to do at specific times, the battery life shouldn’t be a dictating factor. However, you at least want the battery to last long enough to fit into your lifestyle.
Some people like vaping cannabis oil, while others prefer the dry herb option. Then you get individuals that want to switch between the two. And luckily the market can cater to all three consumer types. More specifically, some devices can take both dry herb and liquids, and other devices only accommodate one of the two. Which one do you prefer as an individual?
How Much Control Do You Have?
Just like you get different levels of technology for phones and PCs, there are different levels for vaporizers. These controls can speak to the temperature options and numerous other tweaks. Now, some people don’t like all the complexities, meaning they want to enjoy the moment. But you might be one of those who love to have more control during your vape session. But remember that more power doesn’t necessarily mean a better experience.
For some devices, there might be a prep-time involved, and it’s usually dry herb models. Even though this can only be a few seconds, not everyone shares the same level of patience.
The Brand Behind Your Cannabis Vaporizer
Lastly, research the brand behind the development of the device. Find honest reviews and opinions before making a final decision. And it will probably only take about 10-minutes to avoid making a big mistake.
The good news is that there are several great cannabis vaporizers available on the market. It’s just a matter of finding one that fits into your lifestyle. And once you see it, you increase the enjoyment of every session. Now, get your preference list together and start shopping.
Many smartphone users are still waiting for Android 9, but Google is already working on its successor. Today we get ahead of ourselves and look at the future of Android: Which devices will probably get an update to Android 10 Q?
With the Android 9 update, smartphones and tablets received the latest version of the mobile operating system in August 2018. Among other things, it has a better design and new functions – such as activating the non-interference mode when the device is turned over. The update has by no means landed on all newer smartphones yet, but the next version is already in the works: Google is already busy working on its successor Android 10 Q.
Android 10 Q: First details about new features
XDA Developers is an early version of Android 10 Q that has fallen into the hands, since then some features are known that may make it into the final version of the new operating system. Google seems to be planning a “dark mode” that might not only reverse the colors in the preferences menus, but also in apps that lack such a mode by default. Also, Google will probably protect users’ privacy better in the future: if desired, Android 10 will only grant permissions for an app when the application is running. Another novelty: Google is working on a desktop mode that resembles the DeX function of newer Samsung Galaxy top models.
Android 10 Q: Advantage of Android One
A few years ago, users still had to hope that their smartphone would receive updates over a more extended period. This is changing with Android One devices: Manufacturers guarantee Android updates for two years and security updates for three years. Smartphones that were released in the second half of 2017 at the latest will benefit from the innovations depending on the release date of the new Android version. The Android One program includes devices such as Google Pixel 3 XL, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 Plus and Motorola Moto One.
But other current smartphones such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro are also highly likely to get Android 10 Q.
What will be the version nickname?
So far, Google always gave its Android version a sweet nickname: Android 9 Pie (cake), 8 Oreo, 7 Nougat and so on. Android 10 Q doesn’t have a name yet – and the smartphone community is puzzled: What candy is Google serving as dessert this time? Sweet quiche? Sugared Quesadilla? If you answer with “Quark!”, You’re right and wrong at the same time: If you believe the speculations on the Internet, you’ll probably choose a dessert that’s less common in this country.
Android 10 Q: Release and beta version
Android 10 Q is rumored to be released in the summer of 2019. A first beta version should be available by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Nowadays, most of us are on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or LINE. These instant chat applications have gradually taken place, but not entirely replaced, the old SMS/MMS protocol, which is now only rarely used.
We can hear more and more about the RCS. Google keeps putting this little abbreviation in every sentence when it talks about chat applications, especially when its own – including Google Allo – have never been able to capture the market.
What is the RCS?
RCS stands for “Rich Communication Services.” It refers to a protocol developed by the GSMA consortium. You will have understood it: it is a free protocol, depending on the IP protocol.
It is about offering SMS / MMS messages of yesteryear the same functionalities that make the strength of services like Facebook Messenger. Also, this standard can be used by any smartphone manufacturer on any device and works on any network and server.
However, the RCS does not go through the simple GSM network, but naturally through 4G or Wi-Fi. Nevertheless, applications using it can easily recognize each other and can therefore effectively enjoy all these features without limits. And this, no matter what the platform: phone, tablet, computers, everything is okay.
The philosophy behind the RCS
The RCS don’t take party neutral. So, all devices and manufacturers have access to it, so that users can finally taste this famous “iMessage for All” without having to have the same product from the same manufacturer with the same application. All you need is an RCS-compatible application, and all features are immediately unlocked.
Moreover, this does not prevent competition. The RCS may be a standard, but applications using it are still very heterogeneous concerning the interface and the name they want. That explains the compatibility between Android Messages and Samsung Messages even though their goals are very different.
Adoption of the SCN
Everything sounds perfect. However, this standard is not readily accepted. On the one hand, it involves many different actors, all need to cooperate, including operators. For them, SMS/MMS are still a valuable asset that will not be replaced by the RCS. For the implementation of this protocol, an investment without necessarily any return that may be unpleasant. Most operators have announced that they want to support the RCS, but few have made the necessary deployments at this time.
In this sense, it seems that the RCS is intended to replace SMS/MMS in one way or another. The only unknown is finally the time it will take, linked to the time it will take for an agreement to be reached between all these different market players.
SEO is a great way to gain visibility and achieve your revenue goals. Therefore, it is essential to be well ranked in major search engines in 2019.
Necessary for making your website appear in search engines, SEO is an excellent way to gain visibility and achieve your business goals. When you run a company that operates internationally, your SEO should target all your markets with a strategy tailored to your target and target countries.
To do this, you must carefully select an SEO agency that can boost your business on the web with the right positions in foreign search engines. Find out how to make the right choice for your international SEO!
The importance of international targeting
If you want to reach new markets at a lower cost, global search engine optimization is a winning strategy when deployed correctly.
International SEO includes many specific features such as understanding international search engines and the habits of Internet users, optimizing content in the right language with local keywords, adapting the domain name, and so on.
With a successful international campaign, this will allow you to:
Reach new markets through the web. To internationally expand, nothing is better than starting with the extension of your website. This low-cost solution is the first step towards new markets.
Develop your international visibility. The more your company is available in several countries, the higher its accessibility will be. By targeting a broader target, you increase your chances of winning new contracts.
Generate new opportunities. With a high-performance international website, you will promote your company’s growth and increase your revenue.
To deploy your SEO internationally and not generate unnecessary expenses; you must entrust this problematic task to competent and experienced SEO professionals.
Collaborate with the right SEO agency
Many agencies offer SEO services, and many of them claim to know international SEO and its specificities.
However, the results obtained are sometimes very disappointing, non-existent or useless. To avoid problems, you will have to collaborate with a good SEO agency where there are excellent international SEO experts.
The best SEO agency will be able to:
- Explain how foreign search engines work. Each local search engine has its specificities. To test the skills of your agency, don’t hesitate to ask about how search engines work and the changes needed for your website.
- Translate and adapt your website. Of course, it is essential that you translate the content of the site into the correct language, but this is not enough for a good local SEO. Ask your SEO agency what strategy you want to implement to adapt your website to target countries.
- Demonstrate its results internationally. To make sure you get winning results, check the agency’s portfolio and case studies for a precise estimate of its experience. You can also ask for examples of successful strategies.
Don’t wait any longer to increase your international web traffic using a trusted SEO agency!
If you are new to writing up reviews on the web, you will find that it is going to be a challenge.
However, what you will find is that there are quite a few templates on the market that will show you how to write a review, but you still need to know what information to plug in and where to put it in.
Since this is the case, we have decided to share some of the information that you should be putting in when you are writing up a website hosting review. By getting this information, it will be straightforward for you to find the reviews will flow out of your mind and onto the page.
Storage Space Limitations
It is going to be something that you are going to need to cover when you are writing up these reviews. You may think this is rather easy to do and that all website hosting companies will be unlimited in the storage, but you need to realize some of the companies are going to limit how much space you can store your pictures and website on. Even if the storage space is a couple of gigabytes, you need to realize this may not even be enough if you are running a site that is heavy on the images you are going to use.
It is something that you should think about as well as the bandwidth is when you are going to be transferring the data back and forth. This is going to be important because if you are running out of bandwidth, then that means your website is going not to make you any money. So you will want to make sure you note the bandwidth that is available for people to use. This way they will know if the website will be running correctly or if the site is going to go down.
While you may not realize this, there are still some hosting companies that are going to have some issues with how often they are going to be up. This is going to be something that people are going to want to know about. That is because the website needs to be up and to work all the time. However, at the same time, people will want to know what kind of downtime the hosting company may have at times as well. So you will want to explore this aspect of the hosting companies when you are writing up your reviews.
Cost is very important when looking for website hosting companies but this should not be overlooked. Low pricing in this industry does not always mean poor services and performances but you will need to review the pricing structure of the companies to make sure nothing is left aside when considering affordability of a web host. A hébergeur pas cher is what people are usually looking for when browsing for web hosting reviews!
Being able to find the right information to include in the website hosting reviews is a good thing. However, for a lot of people, they will only follow the template and easily miss out on some of the information they need to have included. So you will want to make sure when you are writing reviews of the hosting companies that you add this information. This way you can get the right information listed and know it will help people make a buying decision.
Open source, a suitable vector of discovery in quantum computing? That’s what IBM’s Quantum Division thinks, bringing together researchers, scientists, academics, hobbyists and businesses from the Qiskit community.
This open-source framework based on IBM’s quantum computing software gives everyone access to the real capabilities of quantum computing in the cloud. Launched just over a year ago, the Qiskit (Quantum Information Science Kit) program is a continuation of the IBM Quantum Experience program, also known as IBM Q Experience, which, for the first time, made quantum computers available to researchers and developers in the cloud to enable them to explore this new way of processing data.
With Q Experience, fans have been able to create games and compose music using real quantum computers, and scientists and researchers are using qubits to solve problems that were once too difficult to solve.
Since the launch of Qiskit in 2017, the success of community involvement has surprised many people. The community regularly organizes the submission of articles. To date, 120 contributions about Qiskit appeared in one form or another. It also organizes teaching contests as part of a program called IBM Q Awards. For example, it’s about designing the best quantum mechanics courses, using Qiskit, or writing the best tutorial on quantum computing concepts that the framework can answer.
Applications in Quantum Mechanics
While the fashion of quantum computing (often disconcerting) is easier to understand through fun projects such as games or musical composition, the access provided by Q Experience has significant implications in the field of research. Just five years ago, to carry out a quantum experiment, you had to be part of a laboratory, and you had to play with the systems yourself. Sometimes, researchers were able to perform simulations to verify the functioning of the concepts of quantum mechanics. Today, almost everyone can access a real quantum system through the cloud.
It is clear that this new and exciting field is still in its infancy and that researchers are beginning to explore it and imagine possible applications of quantum computing. The potential for evolution and discovery will be enormous. At least, that’s what everyone expects. There have already been some fundamental discoveries about the possible use of the quantum computer. It is a very active field, and we can assume that in the next decade there will be many exciting novelties. Hopefully, the academic community will use these tools that were not available just five years ago. Today these systems are available, and scientists developed many tools such as Qiskit. It is an excellent learning opportunity if only to make more concrete the concepts learned in the university. With them, we can execute the code and see it in action.
They are about twenty, half computer scientists, half linguists, and they already challenge Google. They work for DeepL, an online machine translation service, boosted with artificial intelligence. Focus on this start-up created in Cologne, Germany.
Launched in August 2017, DeepL offers 42 combinations from seven languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish and Dutch. “We plan to launch more languages in a few months,” says J. Kutylowski, the company’s technical director. Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese are on the way.
But already, the translations are much more natural than those of Google Translate, according to the results of the reference tests “BLUE” (Bilingual Evaluation Understudy), put forward by DeepL and confirmed in particular by TechCrunch.
A billion text’s collection
For this result, DeepL relies on its first product, Linguee, a database of texts already translated and collected via Webcrawlers. Since its launch in 2009, Linguee has collected a billion translations and “responded to more than 10 billion requests from more than a billion users,” DeepL assures. DeepL, like deep learning, is therefore a neural network that is now convolutional and runs on a supercomputer based in Iceland.
Huge machinery for a company that is still a start-up. “Linguee was initially financed like everyone else via investment funds,” explains Mr Kutylowski. Its first capital raising in 2011 was initiated by Swiss BTov partners, Ukrainian TA Ventures and British N. Waesche, says Crunchbase. According to the German business register, DeepL posted a net income of 1.3 million euros in 2017.
Advertising and development
“Linguee works through advertising. DeepL is freely accessible on the internet but we are starting to develop the commercial offer for companies by adapting our software according to needs,” says Mr Kutylowski. DeepL also concludes contracts with translation companies, charging by the number of signs.
Translation agencies, international companies that want to translate their internal documents quickly… “the range of our clients is quite wide and spread all over the world,” he says.
Growing up without selling?
Still start up or already SME? “Between the two”, notes the technical director, “for the long term, we are an SME. For the agile structure and with a horizontal hierarchy, we look more like a start-up. Even if we prepare to grow, we want to keep this atmosphere.
Led by former DropBox alumnus L. Fink and Google researcher G. Frahling, the company employs 23 DropBox alumnus Leonard Fink people in Cologne and 500 external editors. For the time being, DeepL focuses on improving language quality and remains discreet about its ambitions. “We are not building a company to sell it,” says J. Kutylowski.
It’s official, from March 2019, Stride and HipChat users will have to switch to Slack. The $5 billion collaborative discussion platform signs a new partnership with Atlassian. A strategic move not to compete with Microsoft’s messaging Teams.
Atlassian and Slack announced their brand new partnership in a press release published on August 16, 2018. The acquisition of HipChat and Stride, created in 2017 by Altassian, is proving to be strategic to strengthen Slack’s position against Microsoft’s Teams, its biggest competitor that continues to conquer organizations, and has just released its free version.
Preparing the smooth replacement of HipChat and Stride
The announcement of this acquisition is accompanied by a closing date for both platforms: 16 March 2019. The amount of the transaction has not been specified, but according to the Financial Times, Slack will spread payments over the next 3 years, and Atlassian will be one of the new company’s shareholder. The platform for collaborative discussions for businesses (and individuals, rarer) says that “Slack has been using Atlassian products for years, and Atlassian’s 2500 employees will start using Slack. We are committed to making the same operation as easy as possible for our customers.”
Everyone wins: Slack removes one of its competitors from the market to consolidate its leadership position and Atlassian can continue to develop new technical solutions to improve the platform with its teams. Initially, the goal will be to reinforce certain integrations between Slack and Jira Cloud, Bitbucket Cloud and Trello, then to think about other Atlassian product integrations. The two “partners” should say a little more at the Atlassian conference in Madrid, October 4 to 7, 2018.
A strategic response to competitor Microsoft
This partnership looks like a strategic reinforcement operation for Slack, facing the place occupied by its rival Microsoft with its collaborative work tool Teams. Launched for good in 2017, Microsoft’s business discussion platform is based on Skype and Office, enabling it to offer a range of services with which its customers are already familiar. In a little over a year, the application has developed in no less than 140 countries and has been available in 36 languages.
Since July 14, 2018, the free version of Teams, which mainly targets VSEs and SMEs (300 users maximum per workspace), could propel it even more to the forefront. Microsoft claims 200,000 user organizations, and 100 million active users. Direct access to video calls, cloud, email in conversations and calendars with Skype, OneDrive, Outlook and Office calendars is a particularly comprehensive and attractive service. Especially since Teams is part of some subscriptions to the Office 365 suite.
Slack vs Teams
However, while Teams is doing well in making up for lost time, Slack remains ahead, with 500,000 organizations using him. The latter has 8 million active users per day, including 3 million who pay. For the start-up, valued at 5.1 billion dollars since July 2017, this new acquisition could well increase its value on the market, and compensate a little for the lack of evolution since the arrival of its biggest competitor. In addition, it also has integrated external services, since its collaboration with Google announced in December 2016: Git Hub, Google Drive and Dropbox allow it to maintain competition at the level of information storage against Microsoft’s wide panel.
Other similar platforms are developing. Facebook has entered this market with Workplace, but it has just over 30,000 registered organizations, making it a competitor. It is nevertheless trying to gain ground by announcing the acquisition of Redkix on Thursday 28 July 2018. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, but this Israeli courier service will close to strengthen Workspace. A smaller operation than that of Slack, but which shows that this last one does not frighten newcomers on this market.
A lot of businesses today are looking for new ways on how to improve their performance and how they can maximize the working hours of employees. Often times, it is quite expensive to find solutions. The good news is that there are now web apps that can speed up the way people work and interact within the workplace. How exactly can your business benefit from the availability of web apps?
Cut the cost
If you are running your own business, the number one reason to go after a web app is that you no longer have to buy a software. That means that you can simply use a tool that is available online. Google provides different types of web apps that can be used for free. You can use Google Drive that can store different types of files. And though you will have to buy a subscription in order to get more from your account, you still get something for free.
Do you tend to work with freelancers or with people who are working remotely? Web apps can change the way things are done in your office. You can have people collaborate and work on a document. In addition to this, it becomes easier to take a closer look at the development of a particular project. You don’t have to pass one document from one person to the next.
What makes web apps a good thing is that you can also assign the roles. This means that they can simply view the document or they can also edit the document. This means that you can minimize the mistakes that are being done by people within the team.
Choose from a variety of tools
What you can also do is to choose from a variety of tools that can help your business. Do you need a web app that would address your need for a content? For this scenario, you can make use of Google Docs. Google Docs is a good way for editors and copywriters to collaborate. So what if you need to prepare a worksheet that involves numbers? You also have a particular Google web app for that. You can share these files with other people in order for them to work with them simultaneously as well.
Keep Everyone at Same Page
Since everyone can work on one document, it is easier to keep everyone on the same page. This means that it could minimize miscommunication. There is also a chat functionality on different web apps. This means that you can easily communicate with the team what you want to happen. And also, the entire team sees a clear picture of what has to be done because they have access to the account.
Save on space
And since web apps are basically online, you don’t have to worry about saving the file in your computer. You can save space and therefore worry less about the wear and tear of your computers.
Web apps can do wonders for different businesses. You just have to take a closer look at these different web apps and see which one works best for you.
Planning to work on your own time? Or maybe, you want to earn more than what the usual 9 to 5 job brings? Then maybe, you might want to become a freelancer. Unfortunately, you will need to make sure that you are more organized if you plan on getting a lot of work. If you really want to increase your productivity and get more work done, you will need to have web apps.
What makes web apps handy for freelancers? One, you can have notifications regarding different work that you need to do. This way, you will stay on schedule and monitor your productivity. Next, it becomes easier to collaborate with other team members. Also, a lot of these apps are usually free. However, there are those apps wherein you have to pay a small amount. So what are the best web apps that you need to use as a freelancer?
Whether you are going to write an instruction or if you are going to write a copy that will be handed to an editor, a Google Docs can help make things easier. It also becomes easier to note the different mistakes that need some correction.
Google Spreadsheet is another tool that can change the way a team operates. If your work requires numbers and other things that make monitoring easier on a weekly or a monthly basis, then Google spreadsheet is a great tool that you can use. It can easily be used simultaneously by different users. In addition to this, there is also a chat function that allows users to interact with each other while the spreadsheet document is opened.
Now, if you want to save files and be able to access them remotely or share them with other people, you can have Dropbox. The thing with Dropbox is that it functions similarly as Google drive. It can also be used on your mobile device, and even use it to store your photos that can be used for posting on social media such as Instagram and Facebook.
Of course, communication is a must if you plan on becoming a freelancer. One of the most popular web app for communication is Skype. What makes Skype a good option? Not only does it have a chat that you can use to communicate with clients and team members, it can also be used for video calls as well. And of course, you can also send files that can be used for work.
If you are working with a good number of other freelancers as a manager, then what you can use is Basecamp. Not only is this tool a great way to manage tasks, it can also be a good option to communicate with team members easily.
If you are going to work as a freelancer, it is imperative that you can do a lot of work in a short period of time. Web apps don’t do things for you, but it can definitely lighten up the load. With web apps, it can also make communication better when you work with other people from other parts of the world.
A lot of businesses wanted to get more people in order for them to get more work to be done. But what if you don’t have to really work hard? What if you can actually just work smarter? That’s exactly what web apps can bring to the table. Web apps allow you to get the most out of your employees. And most of the time, all that you have to do is to actually stick to the best ones out there. So what are the best options?
Dropbox- It is a great app that can lessen the load on your computer. You can get some files off your computer and into your Dropbox account. However, there is a limit to how much you can place in your Dropbox. If you want to expand your subscription, you would need to pay for this.
Mailbox- If you think that emails are hard to deal with, Mailbox makes it easy for you. It has different features that keep you organized. You can just swipe to reply or to trash the messages as you please. Also, it makes use of a great interface design.
A lot of businesses today are looking to improve overall productivity, not to mention make collaborations easier. Now, with the cost of labor a bit too much for starters, you really don’t need to have a bigger budget in order to do more in your company. Sometimes, you just need to have the help of web apps that can give you full control of activities.
Why go for web apps? One, if you are going to use web apps, it becomes easier for the employees and the team members to coordinate and to work with each other on certain things. That means that the team can minimize the number of mistakes being done at work. It gives them access to the same files.
Also, if you have a business, you want to make sure that you can do things without spending so much money. The good news is that there are a lot of web apps available out there that are free. You will only have to pay for additional features. And of course, web apps can be used both on mobile and on your desktop. This means that people could actually still work on their phone if they really wanted to.