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Spotify Debuts Video Podcats in U.S., U.K., and Other Markets

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Spotify is consistently building its feature set and these days is much more than a simple music streaming application. In its latest expansion, Spotify is adding a new Video Podcast section. Announced last week, the tool gives content creators that ability to publish their podcasts in video.

At the moment, the Video Podcasts section is coming to five key markets: the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Although, Spotify says there is a “plan to roll this out to additional markets in the future.”

The company points out it has been testing Video Podcasts with a subset of content creators. It seems the trial was a success and is now coming to all users in the above markets:

“Since then, we’ve found that podcasters love having the option to accompany their audio with visual components, and fans love having the opportunity to more deeply connect with the content. So as the audience for this format grows, we’re also opening up the Video Podcast capability to more creators, creating a growing catalog of video podcasts.”

Details

Podcasters on the Spotify platform can now use the company’s Anchor web platform to upload the video podcasts. There is also a way to revert back to traditional audio podcasts. The company says the video options gives audiences the ability to “get to know their favorite podcast hosts even better, and allow creators to connect with their audiences in a much deeper way”.

“With this latest expansion, we’re continuing to make Video Podcasting a great experience for creators—empowering them to reach new global audiences, own how they monetize their content, and interact with fans in new ways,” adds Spotify. “There’s a massive opportunity for Video Podcasts on Spotify, and we can’t wait to see what creators bring to the table.”

Features available for video content creators include analytics specifically for videos, a Riverside integration that allows remote recording. There is also a Bulk-Replace tool that will replace all current audio podcasts with video versions.

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Apple Is Cleaning the App Store of Outdated Apps

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The App Store on iOS has millions of apps, but not all of them are active. Whether it is dead or outdated apps, some of the content is just clutter on the store. Apple is now clamping down on these offending apps and sending developers “App Store Improvement” notices.

According to angry iOS developers who have received the pushy messages, Apple is giving them 30 days to update apps. Specifically, this is for dev’s whose apps have “not been updated in a significant amount of time”.

It seems Apple will remove apps that are out of date and do not meet this deadline. Many developers are complaining about Apple’s stance and feel the company has surprised them with this tactic. They also point to very popular apps that have not been updated for years but are not getting Apple’s threats.

Of course, Apple spring cleaning the app store isn’t anything new. In fact, Google is doing a similar takedown program on the Play Store by focusing on having apps dated “within two years of the latest major Android release version,” or the app will be taken down.

Gone but not Forgotten

While Apple is threatening to take down apps, it will not remove them. So, if a developer does miss the deadline, the company will make the app invisible. Users can still download the app and install it if they have it in their history.

Apple confirms the changes on its App Store Improvements page:

“Implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.”

The company says functionality if the key and only outdated apps that crash on launch will be taken down from the App Store entirely.

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Microsoft Bing Expands Ethical Shopping Search to the U.S. and Canada

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If you use Microsoft Bing in the United States and Canada, you can now start using the ethical shopping abilities of the search engine. This is the same feature that first came to users in the United Kingdom in 2021.

Essentially, the tool allows shoppers using Microsoft Bing to sort items by how environmentally ethical they are. Microsoft’s announcement came last Friday, which was Earth Day 2022.

As for the feature, it is available in the shopping section on Microsoft Bing. When a user enters a search term, like “trousers”, on the left pane there are Ethical Value filters like “Eco-Friendly materials”, “Organic”, Recycled/Upcycled materials”, “Fairtrade”, and “Vegan.”

Bing also assigns Ethical Ratings to items where the engine uses data from Good On You to highlight the ethical qualities of a product. In this section, it is possible to filter results to remove those that do not have the Ethical Rating.

Those items that are on Good On You also feature an “Ethical Choice” icon that highlights which items have been rated. Hovering on these products reveals their rating. Furthermore, users can burrow further and read more about the ratings, how they are given, the criteria in use, and a description of the product.

Shopify Integration

Microsoft has been beefing up the shopping experience on Bing over the last year. As well as the ethical push, the company also announced a collaboration with Shopify in 2021. Specifically, the collaboration brings product listings from 1.7 million Shopify sellers to Microsoft’s services.

In Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Edge, the new integration can be found in the Shopping tab. Here users can find listed Shopify products quickly. When a merchant adds a product, it will automatically be included on the Shopping tab for Bing and Microsoft Start for free.

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Microsoft Editor Comes to Outlook on iOS

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Back last year, Microsoft announced its Microsoft Editor tool would come to Outlook on Apple’s iOS platform. It has been a while, but the company is now fulfilling that promise. In a new update for Outlook on iOS, the Editor is coming to the popular email client.

This is a one and done update that add just this feature and nothing else. No other features, no performance tweaks, no bug fixes… just the Microsoft Editor.

If you’re unfamiliar with Editor, it made its debut with the launch of Microsoft 365 Personal and Family during the first half of 2020. Initially available in Word, the tool has since become available on other Microsoft Office apps (Outlook) and web browsers.

Microsoft Editor is Microsoft’s push against Grammarly. Office users were increasingly turning to tools like Grammarly to expand the built-in editing functions on Word and other apps. Editor aims to be a one-stop-shop service that offers spelling and grammar suggestions integrated into Office.

Update

It provides writing suggestions such as style changes, spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. With its debut on iOS, Microsoft Editor means users on iPhone or iPad can use the feature in Outlook.

Here is the official changelog for the update:

“Now Outlook can help you catch those pesky little typos that your thumbs sneak in sometimes. With Microsoft Editor, get spelling, grammar, and writing style suggestion so you can write emails from your phone with confidence.”

To get the Editor, you will need to download Outlook version 4.2215.0. You can do that through the App Store link here.

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Microsoft Azure Gains Kraft Heinz as a Global Partner

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Microsoft has announced a new collaboration with food and beverage giant Kraft Heinz that will see the company move its datacenter assets to Microsoft Azure. By using cloud services by Microsoft, Kraft Heinz says it will modernize its supply chain operations and infrastructure.

From small macro details to covering the company’s digitization of day-to-day operations, Microsoft’s AI and cloud platforms will play a pivotal role.

Kraft Heinz will migrate most its global assets to Microsoft Cloud, while its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software will also migrate to SAP on Azure. The company wants to streamline operations and develop a supply chain with more collaboration.

On the consumer end, the deal will help Kraft Heinz provide better quality through accessing real-time data analysis.

“Our collaboration with Microsoft is a critical piece of our transformation strategy, providing us with the machine learning and advanced analytics to drive innovation and efficiencies across the supply chain so we can get products into the market faster, better serve our customers and, ultimately, deliver on the sustained and growing consumer demand our iconic brands continue to experience.”

Digital Efficiency

Microsoft points out two years of a global pandemic with total lockdowns have shown how important it is to streamline supply chains through digital means.

“The past two years have highlighted the urgent need for digital-first supply chain solutions across every industry,” says Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Microsoft. “Through this collaboration, we’re working shoulder to shoulder with Kraft Heinz, applying the power of Azure, data analytics and the industrial metaverse to co-innovate and create hybrid experiences that will ultimately put goods in the hands of retailers and consumers when they need and want them.”

Tip of the day: Whether it’s for a presentation, song, or YouTube video, at some point in your life you’ll need to record audio from your computer. Windows 11 has multiple options to record sound due to its litany of apps. In our tutorial, we show you how to record audio using the built-in Windows 10 Voice Recorder and the freeware audio editor Audacity.

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Microsoft Exchange Servers Face New Threat From Hive Ransomware

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It has been a rough 18 months for Microsoft Exchange servers, including a dismal 2021 where attacks on the service became the biggest cyberthreat of the year. Then the LockFile ransomware became a problem. Now a new ransomware is targeting Exchange servers.

According to a report from the Varonis Forensics Team, the Hive ransomware is being used in new attacks against Microsoft Exchange Server. It you are unfamiliar with Hive, it is a ransomware-as-a-service.

Microsoft has been patching Exchange Servers for over a year to protect against ransomware attacks. That means many organizations are protected, but others did not install the fix. Those remaining vulnerabilities are the target of Hive, which is using ProxyShell flaws to access SYSTEM privileges.

When access is given, Hive runs a PowerShell script that sends a Cobalt Strike. You may remember Cobalt Strike was used to attack SQL Servers earlier this year. The backdoor creates a system administrator called “user” on vulnerable Exchange Servers.

Attack

Next, the Minikatz tool is used to take the NTLM hash of a domain admin to get control of the account. The attack finalizes when a ransomware known as “windows.exe” is placed on the system to steal files, clear event logs, and shutdown security. A note highlights that the victim must contact Hive and follow these instructions:

  • “Do not modify, rename or delete *.key. files. Your data will be undecryptable.
  • Do not modify or rename encrypted files. You will lose them.
  • Do not report to the Police, FBI, etc. They don’t care about your business. They simply won’t allow you to pay. As a result you will lose everything.
  • Do not hire a recovery company. They can’t decrypt without the key. They also don’t care about your business. They believe that they are good negotiators, but it is not. They usually fail. So speak for yourself.
  • Do not reject to (sic) purchase. Exfiltrated files will be publicly disclosed.”

Tip of the day: Whether it’s for a presentation, song, or YouTube video, at some point in your life you’ll need to record audio from your computer. Windows 11 has multiple options to record sound due to its litany of apps. In our tutorial, we show you how to record audio using the built-in Windows 10 Voice Recorder and the freeware audio editor Audacity.

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Amazon Invests $1 Billion to Improve Warehouse Robots

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Amazon has faced accusations of poor working conditions in its warehouse, but the company is also a major provider of jobs, employing hundreds of thousands in its warehouses. In its latest move, Amazon says it will invest $1 billion into improving robots and other tech in its locations.

The Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund (AIIF) will provide money to drive innovations in robotics developers. While the word robots in the workplace evoke concepts of replacing humans with automation, that does not seem to be the goal.

Instead, Amazon’s fund is focusing on assisting human workers to reduce workplace injuries. Core investments from the fund include:

  • “Modjoul: Founded in 2016 and based in Greenville, South Carolina, Modjoul is developing wearable safety technology that enables real-time, personalized alerts and recommendations aimed at reducing injuries, most notably musculoskeletal issues.
  • Vimaan: Founded in 2017 and based in Santa Clara, California, Vimaan is developing computer vision and artificial intelligence solutions engineered to improve inventory management.
  • Agility Robotics: Founded in 2015 and based in Corvallis, Oregon, Agility Robotics is developing a bi-pedal walking robot, Digit, that addresses the mobility limitations of traditional robots so that machines can assist people wherever they are.
  • BionicHIVE: Founded in 2014 and based in Israel, BionicHIVE is developing an autonomous robotic solution that can adapt to existing shelving racks and boxes in warehouses and is capable of floor to ceiling functionality.
  • Mantis Robotics: Founded in 2020 and based in San Francisco, Mantis Robotics is developing a tactile robotic arm that uses sensor technology to cohesively work alongside people.”

According to Alex Ceballos Encarnacion, VP of worldwide corporate development, Amazon is interested in providing funds to startups to deliver solutions to its problems.

“We see an opportunity to look beyond our own experience and empower companies that are developing emerging technologies in customer fulfillment operations, logistics, and the supply chain.”

Amazon has already made a significant splash with robotics and replaced human workers. Front automated drone deliveries to auto checkouts in the retail space. Even so, the company still employs over 1.5 million people around the world.

Tip of the day: Whether it’s for a presentation, song, or YouTube video, at some point in your life you’ll need to record audio from your computer. Windows 11 has multiple options to record sound due to its litany of apps. In our tutorial, we show you how to record audio using the built-in Windows 10 Voice Recorder and the freeware audio editor Audacity.

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Microsoft Debuts Azure Managed Grafana

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Microsoft is debuting a new cloud service known as Azure Managed Grafana. As the name suggests, the product integrates Grafana directly into Microsoft Azure. This provides access to the third-party solution within Azure, providing an all-in-one tool for getting telemetry data compiled from multiple sources in one place.

Grafana has been a Microsoft partner since 2021. At the time, Microsoft said it would eventually integrate the tool into Azure. With Azure Managed Grafana, the company is fulfilling that promise.

In a blog post to announce the new integration, Microsoft says the app provides Azure customers with a way to fully handle telemetry data across the cloud platform.

“The Grafana application lets users easily visualize all their telemetry data in a single user interface. With Grafana’s extensible architecture, users can visualize and correlate multiple data sources across on-premises, Azure, and multi-cloud environments. Azure Managed Grafana particularly optimizes this experience for Azure-native data stores such as Azure Monitor and Data Explorer thus making it easy for customers to connect to any resource in their subscription and view all resulting telemetry in a familiar Grafana dashboard.”

Integration

Users on Azure can use Managed Grafana to migrate charts from the Azure portal and see the information in the new interface. There are also built-in dashboards that provide more data analysis from Azure Monitor.

“For example, some features with built-in dashboards include Azure Monitor application insights, Azure Monitor container insights, Azure Monitor virtual machines insights, and Azure Monitor alerts.”

Microsoft says Azure Managed Grafana is available now and can be tested for free.

Tip of the day: The Windows Sandbox gives Windows 10/11 Pro and Enterprise users a safe space to run suspicious apps without risk. In out tutorial we show you how to enable the Windows Sandbox feature.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Will Get Overclocking

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Last week we reported on the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the company’s latest flagship gaming CPU. While the chipset is already besting Intel’s rival Core i9-12900KS chip, it had one obvious flaw. Specifically, the lack of overclocking. AMD was saying the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was a locked chip but seems to be backtracking and will allow overclocking.

It is worth noting it was never going to be impossible to overclock the CPU. However, overclocking a locked chipset is complex, which meant the new Ryzen 7 is arguably unappealing to enthusiasts. Currently, early users/reviewers are overclocking the chip via BCLK (base clock).

According to OC3D on Twitter, AMD is now making last-minute changes to the 5800X3D to add overclocking support. This will be provided by the AMD Curve Optimizer, a handy feature that was launched in 2020 and gives the ability to have per core voltage-frequency changes on the company’s chips.

Benchmark Success

This new chipset has 3D V-cache tech and benchmarks show the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D bests Intel’s leading Core i9. In a recent Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark, AMD already showed its pre-launch boasts are accurate.

Further benchmarks show that was no fluke and the Ryzen 7 is outperforming the i9-12900KS across the board. According to a review from XanxoGaming, the 3D V-cache helps AMD push beyond its rival and completely beats out the Core i9.

Tip of the day: The Windows Clipboard history feature provides the functionality across device, space, and time, letting you copy on one computer and paste the text days later on a different PC. All of it is possible via the Windows 10 clipboard manager, which lets you view, delete, pin, and clear clipboard history at will.

In our tutorial we show you how to enable the feature, clear clipboard history, and enable/disable clipboard sync to meet your preferences. You can also create a clear clipboard shortcut for quick removal of stored content.

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Elon Musk Facing Lawsuit over Artifically Lowering Twitter Share Price

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Elon Musk is no stranger to controversy. Barely a week goes by without the Tesla co-founder and CEO getting into an online fight or landing himself in trouble. We don’t normally cover those because they are political and/or pointless. However, in the latest problem to befall Musk, he is being sued for allegedly artificially tampering with Twitter’s share price.

Shareholder Marc Rasella is leading a class-action lawsuit against Elon Musk. The group Rasella leads claims Musk withheld his SEC filings revealing his 5% buyout of Twitter longer to keep the share price low.

As the price remained low, he was able to buy up more stock at a lower price. According to the lawsuit, Musk was meant to disclose his share buyout of Twitter in an SEC filing by March 24. By that time he had 5% of the company. This is a mandate from U.S. lawmakers that states investors must disclose a purchase within 10 days if they buy at least 5% of a company.

Low Purchase Price

Musk did not meet this deadline and filed the SEC on April 1. By that time he had bought a further 4.2% of Twitter at the lower price. As well as getting a better deal, Musk also prevented other shareholders from making a profit on an increased price.

This is because when Musk did announce his purchase, Twitter’s price grew 27%. It is reasonable to presume this would have happened had he made the announcement on time.

Rasella did sell his Twitter shares during the week before Musk’s announcement, getting the average price instead of the higher post-announcement price.

Tip of the day: Though many VPN providers have their own apps, you can in many cases connect to a VPN in Windows without any third-party software. This is ideal if you have a self-hosted VPN or if you’re using a PC with restricted permissions. In our tutorial, we’re showing you how to connect to a VPN in Windows.

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