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Oct. 22, 2016

Evernote implements Android 7.1's launcher app shortcuts

The app has been quick to implement one of Android 7.1's new highlight features: app shortcuts (previously known as launcher shortcuts). Other new features in this version are text stats on notes and better camera autofocus as well as the perennial bug fixes. Ever since it constrained its free plans, Evernote hasn't been the same darling of note takers that it was before. If you tap and hold on the Evernote icon on the homescreen of a supported launcher on a device running Android 7.1, you'll get 4 different shortcuts you can immediately launch: search, new text note, new audio note, and new camera note. WHAT'S NEW * App shortcuts: search, take text notes, audio notes, and camera notes directly from the home screen* Note stats: view word, character, line, and paragraph counts for your notes* Improvements to auto-focus in our camera* Squashed a bunch of bugs!

Oct. 19, 2016

App shortcuts too] New Google Keep update adds note pinning [APK Download]

Blue Raspberry portable USB microphone review: Stellar audio on the go, for those who need it

Oct. 19, 2016

CORRECTING and REPLACING Science Exchange and SolveBio Announce That SolveBio Will Be Listed on the Science Exchange Marketplace

The corrected release reads:SCIENCE EXCHANGE AND SOLVEBIO ANNOUNCE THAT SOLVEBIO WILL BE LISTED ON THE SCIENCE EXCHANGE MARKETPLACEScience Exchange and SolveBio are excited to announce that SolveBio will now be available from the Science Exchange marketplace. All 3000+ Science Exchange service providers have been pre-qualified and have in place pre-established contracts that enable scientists to instantly orders services from the Science Exchange marketplace. This will make SolveBio’s cutting-edge translational medicine software solution instantly available to pharmaceutical and biotech companies around the world from the Science Exchange marketplace. “Science Exchange is very pleased to offer the services of SolveBio through our marketplace and concierge service”, said Elizabeth Iorns, CEO of Science Exchange. SolveBio’s innovative technology for identifying new insights from large multi-omics and clinical datasets can be accessed immediately by visiting the Science Exchange marketplace.

Oct. 18, 2016

Commerce and Payments Platform Sourcery Launches AP Automation for Quickbooks

Available in the official Intuit app marketplace, the tool enables instant onboarding and seamless integration with QuickBooks Online. The software also enables users to pay invoices via ACH, or by sending vendors checks directly from Sourcery’s online bill pay application. The hassle-free onboarding process lets anyone with a Quickbooks Online account begin importing invoices and other pertinent info to Sourcery within minutes, dramatically reducing manual processing. The integration with Quickbooks Online follows the launch of an accounts receivable product, both part of the company’s longer-term platform enhancement strategy, funded by a recently-closed $5M venture round. Opening Sourcery’s powerful cloud-based invoice management capabilities to restaurants and other businesses of all sizes, the software is accessible directly from Intuit’s app marketplace.

Oct. 14, 2016

A test flight with Zipline, makers of humanitarian delivery drones

Executives at the startup actually prefer to call their technology “flying robots,” “small planes,” or “Zips” and not drones. A maker of delivery drones called Zipline International began nationwide delivery of blood and other critical medical supplies in Rwanda today, through a partnership with the Rwandan government. In an early design, Zipline set up deep-sea fishing rods on either side of a table and tested the concept at a small scale. None have yet established a national delivery service and become operational as Zipline has today in Rwanda. Hopefully, others will become willing to try and invest in drone technology, Rinaudo and Wyrobek said, after seeing Zipline’s technology and its impact in Rwanda.

Oct. 13, 2016

Evernote confirms a serious bug caused data loss for some Mac users

A number of Evernote users are now being alerted via email message of a serious bug that may cause data loss in certain versions of the company’s Mac application. For example, the bug can be triggered by skimming quickly through a large number of notes, Evernote says. For heavy Evernote users, the bug could have a major impact. The current version of Evernote for Mac (version 6.9.1) fixes the problem. Please update Evernote for Mac.”

Oct. 11, 2016

ACH Offers Middle Ground For Buyers, Suppliers - Sourcery Talks Venturing To Accounts Receivable

But ACH is already a top rail for B2B payments: NACHA released figures earlier this year that found $41.6 trillion worth of B2B payments transferred over the ACH Network, a 4 percent increase from 2014. Now, as a two-sided B2B payments company, Sourcery must meet the demands of both its corporate buyer and supplier customer base. But they were a passive part of the company — ultimately, the end customer of Sourcery corporate buyer users. She divulged what vendors need from a payments and invoicing solution and the challenge of meeting those needs without neglecting the corporate buyer’s, too. Among the many challenges of morphing into a two-sided company was acknowledging that, sometimes, buyers and suppliers have conflicting needs in B2B payments.

Oct. 10, 2016

Facebook Workplace Tries to Muscle In on Your Job

This morning, at an event in London, the company formally released Facebook Workplace, a service designed specifically for business communication. Indeed, Facebook Workplace is similar to Facebook, though it’s shaded white instead of the company’s trademark blue, and benefits from security being a top priority, according to the company. Companies like Microsoft, which have long offered a very different kind of business software, are pushing in this same direction—because it’s clearly what workers want. Much like the Facebook we all know so well, Workplace offers Groups, Reactions, chat, search, trending posts, video, and live video—though each adds a Workplace twist. It’s partnering with Box and Microsoft in an effort to integrate with other business services.

Oct. 7, 2016

Robots might take your job, but you'll get a better one

"But the big picture is that the world doesn't get worse as technology advances, it gets better. At Willow Garage, Cousins helped create the Robot Operating System (ROS), an open source software that has become the standard system for robots (think Windows, but for robots). When asked if Ramirez is worried that robots will steal her job, she replies," No--not yet, at least." "Your computer doesn't un-employ you, your robot doesn't un-employ you. Relay doesn't work at just Aloft; 12 other California hotels pay a subscription fee for their own robotic butlers--all made by Savioke, the creator and manufacturer.

Oct. 7, 2016

Sourcery Adds Accounts Receivable to Its Digital Invoice Management Solution

Sourcery, a digital payments and commerce platform focusing on the food and hospitality industry, announced the official launch of its accounts receivable solution. The addition of accounts receivable is part of the company’s longer-term platform enhancement strategy, funded by a recently-closed $5M venture round. Sourcery’s AR solution, developed in partnership with Restaurant Cheetah, directly addresses challenges throughout suppliers’ accounts receivable processes. The SaaS platform organizes and automates across the workflow, driving significant reductions in labor expenses and missed payments. Additionally, Sourcery makes it easier to transfer vendors’ customers to ACH and reduce processing fees for both credit cards and ACH payments.

Sept. 27, 2016

Amazon could be working on in-home package deliveries

The companies are August, which makes connected locks that you can control from your smartphone, and Garageio, a startup that builds connected garage door openers. Already, Amazon has been experimenting with delivery to the trunk of a car, which indicates it’s interested in how connected access can provided safe-drop locations for shipments. Amazon’s delivery prowess is impressive; just today, it announced free Prime same-day delivery for my home city of Toronto, and the speed and consistency with which they hit their deadlines is astounding. The news comes from a report at The Information, which highlights two companies working with retailers on technology that would allow delivery people temporary access when they’re making deliveries. Inside the front door or just inside the garage does seem like a logical next step.

Sept. 27, 2016

Viewics Chosen as Preferred Vendor by Illucient Purchasing Alliance

The Illucient Purchasing Alliance is a joint venture between Coastal Carolinas Healthcare Alliance (CCHA) and the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) that aggregates the purchasing volumes of its members to secure more competitive contract pricing. The Illucient Purchasing Alliance represents more than 40 hospitals and more than 25 hospital systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Illucient has chosen Viewics as its preferred healthcare analytics vendor to support its goal of enabling its members to pursue cost reduction opportunities while supporting quality. About Illucient Purchasing AllianceIllucient Purchasing Alliance’s mission is to provide a diverse portfolio of cost-saving opportunities through collaborative efforts and member engagement. Illucient will recommend that its members consider Viewics as their analytics solutions provider over other alternatives.

Sept. 25, 2016

Sept. 23, 2016

Home furnishings retailer Dot & Bo closes down

Online furniture retailer Dot & Bo has abruptly closed its doors today. Trinity Ventures and Oak Investment Partners are among its backers. Dot & Bo contacted customers via email to inform them of its closure, which is effective today, while its website now directs to the same notice. The three-year-old company said it grew business 16-fold over its lifetime, and served “millions” of customers during that period. Despite successful exits like to Walmart for $3 billion and Dollar Shave Club to Unilever for a reported $1 billion fee, there have been less successful e-commerce ventures shutting their doors of late.

Sept. 16, 2016

Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack?

As a result, the landscape has become very cloudy, and we are increasingly asking ourselves if drones are actually a “sector” or yet another layer in the Enterprise SaaS stack? They will continually strengthen their core position and outsource the commoditized aspects of drone technology (hardware) or business (drone connectivity). Indeed, each business has a viable place in both the drone “stack” and the targeted business vertical. Hardware and software startups have grabbed market share as the drone stack has emerged. To date, the majority of enterprise drone investment opportunities have been focused around a key solution provider.

Sept. 14, 2016

Windows Desktop apps are now in the Windows Store

Developers can now distribute their Windows desktop apps to people shopping through Windows 10's app store, with an update from Microsoft Wednesday. Evernote previously had a Windows Store app, but it didn't have all of the features of its Win32 desktop app. It's a move powered by Project Centennial, which lets developers take older Windows apps (known in Microsoft parlance as Win32 apps), port them to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and then sell them on the Windows Store. Several companies have Centennial-powered apps rolling out over the next few days, including Evernote, which ported its Windows desktop app to the store. "We’re excited to bring our full-featured Evernote app to the Windows Store," Seth Hitchings, Evernote's vice president of engineering, said in a press release.

Aug. 31, 2016

Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

You can also configure which apps will appear by going to the Google App’s Settings and toggling the various apps on or off. To bring that into the Google Search app, the app has to be able to dive into the mobile operating itself, which is why this feature is currently only available on Android. Or you could use the search feature to pull up your favorite song in a music streaming app, or a video from YouTube. Unlike Google searches, which take place on remote servers, this “In Apps” search takes place entirely on your phone, the company says. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called “In Apps,” which will allow you to search inside your mobile applications for things like contacts, messages, music, videos, tasks, notes and more.

Aug. 22, 2016

Microsoft's OneNote Tool Now Available For Mac

NEW YORK: Tech giant Microsoft has released its OneNote Importer for Mac users that would enable them to import data from digital note-taking apps -- from Evernote to OneNote. In order to use the OneNote Importer on Mac, users need to run the 10.11+ OS version. The OneNote Importer supports all OS platforms -- Windows, iOS and Android. According to a company statement, Microsoft has helped Windows users import 71 million Evernote pages to OneNote since March. In order to speed up the migration process, Microsoft recommends that a user must have Evernote for Mac installed.

Aug. 18, 2016

Microsoft helps Mac users ditch Evernote for OneNote with new tool

Microsoft is making it easier for Mac users to ditch Evernote in favor of OneNote, its rival note-taking app, and a part of the Microsoft Office suite. The company has today released a new app called the OneNote Importer tool, which allows Mac users to move all their saved items from the Evernote for Mac application into OneNote automatically. Since the launch of the Windows version of the Importer tool, Microsoft has moved 71 million Evernote pages to OneNote, it says. To use the new Mac OneNote Importer tool, you’ll need to have a Mac running OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher, and it’s best if Evernote for Mac is installed and signed in. In March, it debuted a similar version of the Importer tool for Windows users, reminding potential OneNote customers that its app is free on all devices.

Aug. 16, 2016

Best Free iPhone Apps: 11 paid iOS apps on sale for free, Aug 16

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