Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster–Gizmag

By Nick Lavars

March 26, 2015

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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter’s distribution network.

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:

[+] REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.

[+] PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast. 

[+] TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)

[+] MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow them if you don’t want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)

[+] HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list.

Download for free:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id972909677

What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac • The Register

The Register is a British-based e-newsletter, which is best described as “cheeky”; but they do know their software.  Take a look at the Register’s review of Office 2016 for the Mac:

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 Microsoft has released a self-destructing preview of Office 2016 for Mac – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote – but it still is not the equal of its PC counterpart.

Should Office work as well on OS X as on Windows? You can imagine the question being debated on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Is it better to keep users hooked on Office and Exchange whatever computer or device they use, or to preserve a key selling point for Windows, given that many business users live in Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint?

The appearance of decent-though-cut-down versions of Office for iOS and Android suggests that opinion has tilted towards making Office work well everywhere. But a first look at the new Office 2016 preview suggests that Mac Office, while improving, has yet to catch up with Office 2013, let alone with whatever may be in the new Windows Office that’s expected later in 2015.

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AdwareMedic

Adware is unwanted software that uses sneaky and dishonest methods to get installed on your computer, and then changes the behavior of your web browser. Once installed, it does things like injecting advertisements into web pages, causing pop-up windows or tabs to open to advertising sites, and changing your home page and/or search engine.

Although adware sounds like malware, there is a crucial difference: adware on the Mac has never been documented to involve keylogging, back doors or any other such malicious activities… just unwanted advertising. As such, most anti-virus software doesn’t bother to detect most adware, and if it does, it doesn’t do a very comprehensive job of detecting it. This is where AdwareMedic comes in – it detects the adware that anti-virus software doesn’t.

Click here to download AdwareMedic.  (Note: this is “donation ware”)

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Snowball

Snowball is an Android app that manages all your chat apps. It puts all your social conversations in one place.

Use every chat app you like – Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook Messenger.  Once you’re done, sync them with Snowball. They’ll all go into one inbox.

Try Snowball…click here.

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Throw away your fax machine and use these apps instead | Macworld

Jason Cipriani

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But honestly, how many of us actually own a fax machine? If you said yes, is it actually hooked up to a dedicated phone line? If you answered no to either one of those questions, or are looking for a way to cut back on expenses for your small business, an iOS app might work just as well.

I slogged through a metric ton of apps that claim to let you send a fax from your iPad or iPhone. The final contenders are a bit of a mixed bag: Some look right at home on iOS, but lack a few features or cost a lot. Others are in need of a redesign yet offer a solid feature set at a fraction of the price.

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Alternatives to Facebook Messenger for desktop-Gizmag

By Stu Robarts

Facebook Messenger for desktop has been discontinued, but users can still connect to Facebook Chat via third-party apps

Facebook has discontinued support for its Messenger for Windows Desktop client for Facebook Chat. The move …will mean that Facebook no longer offers a desktop instant messaging client of its own. Users can, however, still use third-party applications to connect to Facebook chat from their desktops. Gizmag takes a look at a selection of instant messaging options that can be used to connect to Facebook Chat from the desktop, some of which are recommended by Facebook itself.

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4 tricks for Messages in iOS 8 | Macworld

Ben Patterson

  • Feb 18, 2015 4:00 AM
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The standard iOS Messages app–you know, the app you use daily for trading all those text messages, photos, and videos–can do much more than you might think. Not only can you forward any text messages you receive, you can also find out when a given message was sent or received, shush an annoying group thread, and sync Messages between your iOS device and your Mac.

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