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Facebook launches Messenger app for MacOS and Windows

Facebook launches Messenger app for MacOS and Windows

Facebook has launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows to let users easily video chat on their desktop computers and stay connected with friends and family anywhere across the globe.

In a blog post announcing the new app, Facebook states that the number of people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger has doubled prompting the company to push the launch of the feature.

“Now with apps for MacOS and Windows, the best of Messenger is coming to desktop, including unlimited and free group video calls.”

What’s in the Facebook Messenger app for desktop?

  • Group video calls on a larger screen. Stay in touch with family and friends, join a workout, or host a virtual happy hour.
  • Easy to connect. You don’t need to know someone’s email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger.
  • Multitasking. Your chats are easily accessible, and you can pop in and out of the app while doing other things on your computer.
  • Notifications. You can receive notifications for new messages, so you can quickly find the chat you’re looking for. But you’re in control — you can choose to mute and snooze notifications.
  • Chats sync across mobile and desktop. You’ll never miss a call or message no matter what device you’re using. 
  • Everything you love about Messenger on a bigger screen. Including Dark Mode and GIFs.

Download the app today from the Microsoft Store or Mac App Store.

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Airtel TV app vs YoTV Channels app

Airtel TV app vs YoTV Channels app

Entertainment on the go is the way to go, in an ever revolving situation that leaves no room for settlement. Technology has made it possible for one to have all television programming, let alone an entire decoder, compressed into a mobile app. At least, this is evident with the Airtel TV and YoTV channels apps.

The two apps, which launched in Uganda one after the other, let you get all your favourite television channels, movies, and shows in your palm. It won’t matter whether you are in transit or seated somewhere. Besides enjoying live TV on the go, you can also get to view the day’s programming through the clearly output guide in the menu. A lot of the local network is well bred in, with select international news channels also part of the deal.

The basic requirement is an internet bundle and a good enough network.

Let’s take a look at the two apps.

Airtel TV app vs YoTV Channels app

Airtel TV is an Airtel only network app. This means that you have to have an active Airtel internet bundle running. YoTV channels, on the other hand, can work on any network bundle, though there is a partnership with MTN Uganda where you can buy TV bundles and enjoy the shows.

You will need to make a subscription payment, though, to use the YoTV app while the Airtel TV app needs no subscription.

If you struggle to listen to radio without earphones, YoTV Channels app just helps you here. You just have to check the radio stations under the TV section, tune in and get to listen in.

The other edge that YoTV has over the Airtel TV app is the option to record. You have a whole 300 minutes of memory for you to utilize. There’s also the ability to keep tabs on live shows that you are likely to miss out on watching. Plus, when you pause a movie or show, you can start form there on the next time you open the app.

Unfortunately, the Airtel TV app doesn’t support this. If you pause a movie, you can’t start from wherever you stopped. You have to re-watch. Plus, there’s no option to forward to a specific time.

There a good number of movies available on both apps, especially the local content and productions. Airtel TV initially had a Hollywood section whose “content is not available”. Watching this required one to use a VPN to position one in the US, but the content was later removed. The YoTV channels app has the Hollywood movies in plenty for those that love them.

No premium content on both apps – though one would not expect premium content on a free app. So, don’t expect to find PayTV channels here.

Getting started

You can download the YOTV Channels App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your phone number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation. You can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your Airtel number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation.

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Office 365 turns Microsoft 365. What’s new?

Office 365 turns Microsoft 365. What’s new?

Effective April 21st 2020, what we’ve known to be Office 365 will become Microsoft 365. The new package, according to Microsoft, builds on the foundation of Office while adding in new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences.

The experiences have been infused in to empower you to become a better writer, presenter, designer, manager of your finances, and deepen your connections to the people in your life.

Key changes include the expansion of Microsoft Editor, now accessible across Word and Outlook.com, and as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

PowerPoint Presenter Coach is adding two new features exclusively for Microsoft 365 subscribers—monotone pitch and speech refinement. With monotone pitch, Presenter Coach will listen to your tone of voice and give feedback in real-time to suggest adding some variation where needed, while speech refinement will give grammar suggestions including how to better phrase your speech.

Another impressive addition is Money in Excel, a new solution for Microsoft 365 subscribers that makes it easy to manage, track, and analyze your money and spending all in Excel.

Microsoft is also expected to roll out two new Microsoft 365 experiences – a Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep your family safe across the digital and physical worlds, and new features in Microsoft Teams that bring you closer to your friends and family to more deeply connect and collaborate on the things that matter most to you.

Microsoft Family Safety app

An interesting aspect of the new Microsoft Family Safety app is that it is the only app that manages screen time across Windows PCs, Android, and Xbox while also giving you peace of mind when your kids aren’t home. The app helps you stay connected with location sharing and notifications when a family member arrives or departs a location like home, school, or work, to help give you the peace of mind that your family is where they need to be.

You’ll also be able to help protect your kids as they explore and play games online and on their devices. The app helps you understand how your kids are spending their time across their Xbox, Windows 10 PCs, and Android phones, plus you can set limits to help promote healthy digital habits. Additionally, you’ll be able to help steer them away from content that you feel is not age appropriate as they start browsing the web.

The new Microsoft Teams

In Teams, you’ll be able to connect in a group chat, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists and assign tasks to specific people, coordinate schedules, share photos and videos, all in one place. Teams also gives to you the tools to seamlessly manage daily life; share grocery lists, organize across family calendars, store important information like Wi-Fi passwords and account info, and even see location updates when loved ones arrive home or at other locations like work or school.

Revamped Edge browser

Also, the Microsoft Edge browser has been revamped with new features to protect you on the web with Password Monitor, and to simplify research with Collections.

Microsoft 365 Pricing

Microsoft 365 Personal costs $6.99 a month while a family of up to six people can use Microsoft 365 Family for $9.99 a month.

The Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions you get everything in Office 365, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype call minutes, advanced security features to protect you from malware and phishing attacks, ongoing technical support, plus all the new features and benefits announced today.

Source: Microsoft

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How to use the WhatsApp call waiting feature

How to use the WhatsApp call waiting feature

Depending on what you are doing, you might find it disruptive to leave one voice call for another unless the latter is of much importance. The same applies for scenarios such as when on a WhatsApp call. This is the reason why the app introduced the WhatsApp call waiting feature.

If someone attempts to call you on WhatsApp while you’re already on a WhatsApp voice or video call, you’ll receive a notification depending on the call type, and you can choose to answer or decline the call. This won’t interrupt your existing call.

If someone calls you on WhatsApp

You can select to either end the call you’re currently on and accept the incoming call, or to decline the incoming call and remain on the current call.

If someone calls you from outside of WhatsApp

If someone attempts to call you through a landline or mobile phone outside of WhatsApp while you’re on a WhatsApp voice or video call, you can employ the WhatsApp call waiting feature by tapping either of: Answer, Decline, or screen call.

  • Answer lets you end the call you’re currently on and accept the incoming call.
  • Decline basically declines the incoming call and lets you remain on the current call.
  • Screen call opens up Google Assistant to screen your call, and ask who’s calling and why.

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How to enable multiple signatures on your Gmail

How to enable multiple signatures on your Gmail

Gone are the days when you have to always edit your signature to define your messages. It’s now possible to use multiple signatures in Gmail. Like you may wish to have it, having a number of them gives you the flexibility to use different signatures for different situations.

This includes if you would like to communicate across various personnel, across different languages, as well as for new emails and replies, and even more. Google says that this feature will be available by default.

How to enable multiple signatures on your Gmail

To create multiple signatures, in Gmail go to Settings (gear icon) > Settings > General. Then, scroll down to “Signature” and select “Create New” to enter multiple signatures. To use the additional signatures, open the signature menu in the compose action toolbar to switch signatures.

Add a signature if you’re using the “Send mail as” feature

If you use the “Send mail as” feature to send from different addresses in your account, you can add a different signature for each address.

To select an address, use the drop-down menu above the signature text box on the Settings page.

If you don’t see the drop-down menu:

  1. Open the Accounts and Import settings page.
  2. Check that your addresses are listed in the “Send mail as” section.

Editor’s Note: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a delay in the rollout of the multiple signatures feature. Rapid Release will now begin rollout on April 8th with Scheduled Release rollout planned to begin on April 22nd.

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Fuzu raises €3.4 million in Series A funding

Fuzu raises €3.4 million in Series A funding

Fuzu Limited has raised a 3.4 million EUR Series A round to support the development of the next phase of the Fuzu platform and the learning proposition, to further strengthen the team across core markets and to accelerate expansion across Africa.

The lead investor Sparkmind.vc will invest €1.5 million, followed by Finnfund, Cornerstone Enterprises, Aucfan Incubate, Seedstars International, Kepple Africa Ventures and Barona as well as a group of individual investors, together accounting for the remaining €1.9 million.

Fuzu.com was launched in September 2015 and has over the past five years become the most popular career development platform in Kenya and Uganda with more than 7.5 million lifetime users.

Fuzu platform provides AI-powered personalized guidance to individual users, and talent acquisition and data services to organizations, supported by a world class team in Kenya, Uganda and Finland, where Fuzu Ltd is incorporated.

Today, Fuzu.com has close to a million registered users in Kenya and Uganda and more than 1,000 organizations that have used the platform to find and nurture talent. The potential for growth is significant with the African workforce more than doubling between 2020 and 2040 to 1.1 billion people.

Fuzu Limited CEO Jussi Hinkkanen says the company believes that every human being is born with talent and that every organization wants to maximise their value to their clients. But lack of access to opportunities, support and talent make career builders and organizations fall short of their true potential.

“We change this by providing access to opportunities and personalized learning and guidance; and by ensuring that organizations can access just the right talent and market data, maximizing their chances for success. Our aim is to transform the African job markets and to help people learn and grow throughout their careers.”

The investors had a lot to say about the Fuzu product and why they have staked their funds in its development.

Sparkmind.vc Partner, Vesa Laakso, says that they are impressed about the Fuzu team and what they have built so far, and look forward to working with them.

Fuzu fits well in our investment focus as a prime example of a digitally distributed, personalized lifelong learning solution that can be made accessible to tens of millions of users.”

Finnfund CEO Jaakko Kangasniemi affirmed Fuzu’s ability to narrow the employability gap especially among young working-age population by combining the strengths of the Finnish education and innovation systems with deep understanding of the end-users. The company’s first investment in Fuzu was in 2016 and the need for a platform like it has just grown over the years.

As an East African investor, we understand the importance of talent and data in accelerating the growth of the local private sector. Fuzu rides the wave of job market transformation and we are excited to be on board”, said Cornerstone Enterprises Ltd Chairman Davinder Sikand.

Aucfan Incubate Inc. CEO Masatoshi Inoue stated that Fuzu is their first investment on the African continent and expressed excitement about the potential with the Fuzu concept and the continent as a whole.

Fuzu Ltd. COO, Edward Vaisberg closed the remarks with confidence that this group of investors will help Fuzu catalyse the African talent ecosystem and prepare millions of people and thousands and organizations for success.

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How to share files from Adobe Creative Cloud via Gmail

How to share files from Adobe Creative Cloud via Gmail

Adobe and Google Cloud have partnered to make it easier to share links to your creative assets with external teams and stakeholders through email. The two have launched the Adobe Creative Cloud for Gmail Add-on on the G Suite Marketplace.

You can now search for your Creative Cloud Assets and attach public links to Synced files, Libraries, and Mobile creations without leaving Gmail. You can also save any attachments received in Gmail directly to Creative Cloud in a few clicks.

How to share links to Creative Cloud files in emails

The Adobe Creative Cloud for Gmail Add-on lets you bring content stored in Creative Cloud directly into your Gmail messages so you can easily share files or assets created in applications like XD, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom.

When you tap Compose in your Gmail account, you will see the add-on readily available from the compose window. Look for the Creative Cloud icon at the bottom of the message. Clicking it launches the add-on’s file browser where you can search and find assets to insert into your message as thumbnails that dynamically link to your Creative Cloud files.

The current version supports sharing public links to your Creative Cloud Synced files, Libraries, and Mobile creations. Since private links are not supported in this version, if you’ve already shared some Creative Cloud assets privately, you’ll be prompted to set the privacy settings to “public” for those assets.

How to save email attachments to cloud storage

Open the Gmail message containing the files you want to save whether it is an ordinary attachment or an attached public link to Creative Cloud that was shared using the add-on.

Click on the Creative Cloud app icon in the right sidebar to launch the add-on on open the panel, then select the files you’d like to save to your Creative Cloud account. Click Save to save your attachments to synced files. The maximum allowed file size to save your attachments to Creative Cloud directly is 100MB.

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SafeBoda wants you to send and receive money for FREE

SafeBoda wants you to send and receive money for FREE

The brains at SafeBoda are a restless lot and you can only imagine how much more the app shall contain. What began as a transport solution, slowly grew into an airtime source and delivery service provider, to flying on as a food delivery app.

Then, as one looks through the internet, one comes across a statement that catches one’s eye. “Every time you send and withdraw money you lose 8% on charges. We want to change that!

SafeBoda is planning on making the sending and receiving money a lot possible and more over for free.

One confusion that I am yet to solve is the scope of the plan. According to the site that details this SafeBoda money transfer item, it states Kampala as the working area. Could this mean that the sending and receipt of money will be geo-based? We shall know more when the service launches.

You can give in your input on the SafeBoda money transfer service here, for them to know your thoughts.

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The bike-hailing app, which started in Kampala – Uganda in 2015, and made its way to Kenya in mid-2018, recently marked a third country of its operations while entering the populous Nigeria.

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How to buy Yaka and pay for electricity on Eversend

How to buy Yaka and pay for electricity on Eversend

Electricity is a modern basic need and the introduction of Yaka meters in Uganda has made it easier to monitor usage in a home or business setting running on hydro-electric power.

Much as there are various ways with which you can purchase Yaka power units to keep you going, efficiency in doing so is also key. Innovations to facilitate a cashless transaction has been put in place and among these is with Eversend.

Founded by Stone Atwine, a Ugandan entrepreneur based in Paris, France, the fintech wants to revolutionize financial services in Africa by allowing its users to exchange, manage and send money at the best rates, both off and online.

So, how do you buy Yaka with the Eversend app?

Key requirement is ensuring that you have a balance available on your account, as well as an up-to-date app on your smartphone. To get the updated version of Eversend, download it here for Android or here for iOS.

If the above is in check, open the app, and tap on the Pay option in the menu below. Under payments, you will see the Electricity option on the right hand side of the first row. Tap it to add a new account, and choose UMEME Yaka option.

You will be asked to add a new Yaka account, by entering your Yaka meter number. A confirmation of the account details will be required after which you can schedule the payment to be automatic or a one-off.

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There is also the option of customizing your account with a memorable name such as Home Yaka. Note that the minimum payment to make is UGX 2,500.

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To buy Yaka, enter the amount to pay, input your PIN, and wait for a confirmation of the transaction.

The next time you wish to use the app to buy Yaka, the account will already be in existence and it will be a much simpler experience. You can also add as many Yaka accounts as you would wish to.

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How Research Paper Services Can Positively Affect Education

How Research Paper Services Can Positively Affect Education

Students often mention academic writing as one of the first things to be changed in the educational system. Their arguments make sense. Not everyone likes writing, and many students aren’t good at it. No matter what tech tools students use, they have a big problem to focus and complete a research paper with success.

In reality, academic research papers make a positive contribution towards a student’s intellectual growth. The problem is that most students don’t see homework that way. They approach it with a negative mindset, thinking it’s something they are forced to do. That’s why they hire academic writing services.

These services encourage students to explore different issues from various angles. Professional writers teach students how to analyze facts and use them to form opinions. They contribute towards the high-quality education that every learner aims for.

Are There Any Negative Effects?

Student passivity is a side effect of the assignments themselves. A study found that students are demotivated by the following factors:

  • Discouraging attitude and negative comments by teachers
  • Inability to find good reasons to attend classes
  • Tasks being too demanding

Research paper tasks are all this, and more. When the student doesn’t do well at research and writing, the negative comments by professors discourage them. They don’t see a good reason to keep completing work, thinking that the topics have nothing to do with their future career.

These tasks are so challenging that many students decide to buy research papers online no plagiarism. They hire professional writers to help them complete the work. This can be a good thing if the student makes an effort to learn through the collaboration. In some cases, it’s just an easy way out of a difficult situation. The student will continue ordering papers in the future, without making a real effort to get better at writing.

What about the Positives?

The negative aspect of a research paper service is present only when the students are not enthusiastic enough. When they realize that they have a lot to benefit from, they will approach the process with a more positive attitude.

Let’s list a few of the positive effects that research paper writing services have on education.

  1. They Help Students to Get Better at Research and Writing

Collaboration is the best way to learn something you don’t understand.

Unfortunately, professors often assign research papers as individual projects. Since each student struggles with their own assignment, they cannot team up. That’s why they choose to collaborate with expert writers.

A professional writing agency works on the basis of tutoring. The student gets their paper, but they get instructions on writing as well. They can observe the stages of development. The writer finds a way to make them excited about the topic, so they can discuss it from a unique point of view.

  1. Students Learn Something New

When students request assistance with a research paper, it’s usually because they don’t understand the issue that they have to tackle. A tech student may get a research paper assignment on the refugee crisis. They don’t see how this is associated to their future career, but they still have to complete the elective course.

With the involvement of research paper writing services, these students can complete all their papers. Instead of avoiding the assignment, they will get it done. By reading the content, they will learn a lot about the issue that they didn’t understand.

  1. They Develop an Important Skill

Writing is not an irrelevant skill, no matter what career the student decides to pursue. Even tech geeks benefit from writing. Many of them have blogs and YouTube channels. Many offer online courses and earn a living from them.

Even if you solely focus on completing tech tasks in the future, you still have to know how to research and write. You’ll communicate with clients on a daily basis. You’ll have to present your proposals, and you’ll need to make a case out of them. You’ll research, so you’ll see how other projects benefited from a similar approach.

Use the opportunity to develop these skills while you’re still a student. Then, you’ll enter the workforce prepared.

Research Paper Writing Services Are Okay

If the student uses them responsibly, writing services can help them learn in a more efficient way. If we’re talking about someone with poor or mediocre writing skills, a professional writer can help them get better at completing these projects. Since the professors don’t have time for additional training and instructions, these students have to turn to paid writing services.

That being said, it’s not okay for students to buy all their papers online and stop making an effort with these assignments. The point is to learn something new, and get better at research and writing. That’s the only proper way to use professional writing agencies.

The writer, Robert Everett, is trying to encourage students to write more. He used to be one of those people who were terrified by assignments. Now, he loves them! You can follow Robert on Twitter for more writing tips.

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