Microsoft to highlight improvements to the ’employee experience’ in February 4 event

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Microsoft is holding a virtual event on February 4, which it has entitled “Reimagine the Employee Experience.” Kicking off at 9 a.m. ET, the event will focus on how users can “empower people and teams to be at their best,” and will feature CEO Satya Nadella and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365 Jared Spataro, according to various official tweets this week.

I’m not going out on a limb in guessing that Microsoft Teams will be a big part of whatever is discussed, given the word “teams” is in Microsoft’s own promotional materials. It’s a safe bet that Microsoft’s “Project Cortex” knowledge-management technologies also will be key to whatever is announced (again, based on a tweet from Naomi Moneypenny, hashtagged #projectcortex”).

The event save the date page has this description of the February 4 event:

“Join us and discover our commitment to empower people and teams be

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I switched from iPhone XR to iPhone 12 and things got weird

The blue iPhone 12. A peculiar object of affection.

They call it an upgrade, don’t they?

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When you’re flying, the word automatically fills you with joy because you’re getting something better for free.

When you’re buying a phone, on the other hand, the price of an upgrade can be steep and the concomitant joy graph may not enjoy such a sharp upward gradient.

Still, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told an analyst call last week that demand for the 12 “exceeded our own internal expectations at the beginning of the quarter.”

That may well be, but when I upgraded from iPhone XR to iPhone 12 six weeks ago, I didn’t have steep internal expectations.

Apple’s phones haven’t incited wonder over the last few years. When the XR and XS emerged, I didn’t see the point of paying exalted dollars for the merely pleasant iPhone XS.


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Wi-Fi Alliance advances support for Wi-Fi 6E ecosystem

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the wireless industry trade organisation that exists to promote wireless technologies and interoperability throughout its ecosystem, has enhanced what will be the key wireless standard in the 6 GHz frequency band to boost innovation and foster ecosystem growth for Wi-Fi 6E.

In April 2020 consumer electronics trade and communications spectrum bodies, wireless broadband trade associations, and portable device manufacturers applauded US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting to make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed Wi-Fi use in the 6 GHz band, effectively ushering in the age of Wi-Fi 6E.

The new standard could potentially bring nearly six times the total capacity in both 2.4 and 5 GHz, seven contiguous 160 MHz channels, and less interference from legacy Wi-Fi devices. This is said to translate to multigigabit Wi-Fi speeds and more devices performing optimally on a Wi-Fi network at once.

The spectrum of frequencies

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Analysis: investors have pumped $7.3B into ~730 US-based fitness apps and services over the past five years, with $2.4B coming just in 2020 across 187 deals (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)

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Analysis: investors have pumped $7.3B into ~730 US-based fitness apps and services over the past five years, with $2.4B coming just in 2020 across 187 deals  —  Sometimes the best way to know something works is by trying it out yourself.  —  Health and fitness-related goals are commonly … … Read More

Microsoft’s new Edge ‘what’s next’ page is a good roadmap starting point

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Microsoft has made available in various places a list of the features it is building, considering and back-burnering (is that a word?) for its Edge browser. But as of this week there’s now a new “What’s Next” page for Chromium-based Edge that makes these features easier to see and track.

Microsoft already offered a roadmap for some of the enterprise features in the new Edge as part of the Microsoft 365 roadmap. But the “What’s Next” page on the Edge Insider roadmap will offer a more complete roadmap, bringing together a list of some of the planned consumer and business-focused features. (I say “some” here because — like all Microsoft public roadmaps — not every feature gets listed. There are almost always surprises, both good and not-so-good.)

Microsoft just rolled out to mainstream users this week Edge 88. The new roadmap lists some of the features that

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Totallee cases for Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Sleek, minimalist scratch protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and S21 Ultra 5G were available for buyers yesterday. The folks at Totallee were ready on launch day and sent a couple of cases to test out.

Totallee offers two color/material options for all three new Galaxy S21 models. You can select a matte finish case in black and a transparent (clear) option. I tried out the matte black one on the S21 Ultra and the transparent one on the S21.

Also: Galaxy S21 5G review: Premium features, compact size, and reasonable price

The Totallee cases are available now for $39. This price seems a bit high given that the cases are designed to be ultra thin and provide scratch protection with minor drop support. I thoroughly enjoyed these cases in the past on glossy glass phones but the S21 phones now have matte finishes with the S21 and S21 Plus having plastic back

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