The web version of Outlook will be updated in the coming weeks and months with some neat features.
First up is a smarter address book that suggests contacts based on usage. It's familiar behaviour for anyone that's used other clients, except for the part where it asks you if you want to include a given person on a multi-person email, if that's something you normally do. The address book won't be picky about spelling names correctly either, so you'll be able to find Kathryn if you typed Catherine, for example. This functionality will roll out to Office 365 users in mid-January, then to everyone by early March. These features will arrive in early January for First Release users and early March for everyone else. Outlook.com will be available to everyone around then as well.
If you fly much, Outlook will prove a handy tool once this update goes live, automatically adding flight information to your calendar based on your emails, and will send you email reminders three hours before your flight. Expedia, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines will be supported at launch; many more airlines will be supported quickly afterward. In the future, other types of events will support this functionality. All of it can be disabled if you like. The new features will go live for First Release folks in early January and everyone else sometime in March.
With rideshare app, Uber, remaining illegal in the Australian state of Victoria despite being now regulated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW), this new-age Taxi service has used users to Tweet their support. With this campaign being targeted towards congratulating NSW premier Mike Baird, they're also designed to pushing Victorian MP's towards legalizing this service.
Asking Victorian MP's "Since when did we let NSW get one up on us?" The tweet helps hinge on the competitive nature between citizens of NSW and Victoria, with residents often arguing over which state is better in various aspects including sport, lifestyle and coffee. Brandishing the hashtag '#YesUberX', this campaign follows recent news of drivers in Victoria being targeted and fined by Police for unlawfully soliciting business, while other Australian states have now accepted Uber with open arms.
Asking "Melburnians" (a nickname for those residing in Melbourne) to "stand up for our rights to choose how we get around our city," you can show your support by copying the text here, or clicking on the link within the Uber email that may be in your inbox.
Netflix has updated its app on Windows 10 devices, dramatically improving the user experience in the process.
Powered by a "new implementation on the Universal Windows Platform", it features vertical scrolling through categories, an improved details page with optimizations based on the size of your display as well more accessible suggested movies, and support for touch on an integrated display and gestures when using a trackpad.
In a recent report posted by Proofprint, a company that has launched Instagram's first spam bot cruncher, Bible applications have topped the list in hidden malicious data, offering the worst ranking of any category in the completed research, posting 3.7 percent (26 out of 5,600) with malicious code located within.
Including some of the most popular Bible applications, this research found out that user data is being sent to 16 different servers across three countries, tracking things such as user location, private contacts and even making calls on behalf of the user. If this list wasn't long enough already, the report further claims of unauthorized text message access and cross-app interaction when a rooted phone is being used. Applications based around the Quran also put users at risk, Proofpoint claims, with the research concluding that ten of the most-downloaded applications are putting users at risk, sending information to 31 servers, reading text messages and sending messages on the user's behalf without authorization.
Addressing these concerns, Proofpoint Vice President of Threat Operations, Kevin Epstein, stated, "When it comes to malicious apps, apparently nothing is sacred. The surprising prevalence of riskware in religious texts' apps provides further evidence that mobile users -- and their employers -- need to be far more security-conscious." Paying homage to the fact that users should be constantly aware of their personal security, Epstein added, "The findings are also a valuable reminder of the importance of a mobile app security strategy for organizations. To protect employees and users from unscrupulous scammers and cybercriminals."
Facebook has just announced Transportation on Messenger, which sees the integration of ride-sharing services like Uber into its gigantic communications app.
Uber is the first partner to sign up to Transportation on Messenger, where you can order a ride within the Messenger app. From there, you'll receive your receipts and status updates as conversations, with Uber testing it out right now in specific parts of the US, but other areas and countries will be included very soon. Both Facebook and Uber will benefit from this, as Facebook gets more users - and as Engadget reports, "and importantly, their payment info - returning to Messenger.
Uber on the other hand, gets its ride-sharing hands into the massive Messenger platform, which has over 1 billion users.
Last week Taylor Swift played the Sydney leg of her 1989 World Tour, seeing approximately 76,000 fans flock to the ANZ Stadium to enjoy one of the world's biggest artists in her prime. If you missed out on the action or want to re-live the experience, Taylor Swift has once again entered an Apple Music exclusive deal, offering this content solely to subscribers of this service.
Due to her pulling all content of Spotify, it seems that Taylor Swift and Apple Music have now become best buddies, offering up this new experience on December 21, local time.
While Taylor Swift is certainly one of the biggest artists on the globe right now, her sole streaming rights with Apple Music must be an extremely good deal to keep her around, seeing other services like Spotify and Rdio left in the dust.
A new Uber update brings the app to Windows 10 PCs for the first time. You still need a phone to complete the ride (presumably so the driver can contact you if necessary), but this should make life a little easier, particularly if you spend more of your time on your PC than your phone.
Other Windows 10 features in the update include support for Cortana and Live Tile (the latter will display the ETA of your driver).
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Cortana expands her reach today beyond the confines of Windows 10 and out to Android and iOS devices. To put it another way: you can now download the Cortana app on your smartphone.
Available functions include location-based reminders (e.g. "pick up wine next time I'm near the grocery store"), text reply to phone calls from your PC, flight and package tracking, and synchronized AI. Functions that aren't available on iOS and Android include toggling settings, opening apps, and invocation of hands-free use (you'll have to use your hands to do that, although it does work for Android users if in the Cortana app or on the Android home screen).
Instagram users on Android can now experience what iPhone 6s users are experiencing with 3D Touch, thanks to the new addition of long press support. This is to say you can press down on an image for an extended period of time to zoom in on it, drag your finger away from the center of the image to reset it to thumbnail size, and move over one of the buttons beneath the image to like or share it.
Long press is available on version 7.13.0, downloadable from APK Mirror.
Microsoft is all about unifying devices as of late, and that continues today with its merging of the Windows PC and Windows mobile stores.
Now if you search for apps in the Windows Store on your PC, mobile-only apps like Instagram and PayPal will show up, too. For the time being, they come with a disclaimer that reads "This app will not work on your device", but you can expect PC support eventually, at which time the disclaimer should be removed.