Microsoft’s Latest Feature Was More Controversial Than It Expected. Its Response Is a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Last month, Microsoft introduced a new feature called “Productivity Score.” I wrote about it last week because it didn’t go over very well with users at all.

The problem was that what was certainly a well-intentioned effort to provide a valuable tool to organizations trying to adapt to working remotely, instead came across as something else entirely. Microsoft explained it as a way for managers to view how their teams were using Microsoft products, and find areas they could improve productivity by increasing the way those teams engaged with technology. 

That may seem benign, except that the Productivity Score reports would tell you exactly how often every employee did things like send a message, organize meetings, share their screen during a meeting, or how many calls they made. That level of granular detail on an individual level was, as you might expect, not well received. 

Despite Microsoft’s claims to the

Read More

Tatiana Bilbao to feature among panellists exploring Latin American architecture for Dezeen x Miami Design Talks

The final instalment of Dezeen x Miami Design Talks will be a panel discussion about the relationship between the city of Miami and Latin American architecture. Watch here from 3pm London time.



a large tall tower with a clock on the side of a building: Dezeen x Miami Design Talks


© Provided by Dezeen
Dezeen x Miami Design Talks

Moderated by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the panel will comprise Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, Venezuelan-born architect Carlos Zapata and Ecuadorian architectural developer Joseph Schwarzkopf.

Miami has often been referred to in the media as “the capital of Latin America”. This live conversation will explore the influences that the city has on Latin American architecture and vice versa.



a person posing for the camera: Tatiana Bilbao


© Provided by Dezeen
Tatiana Bilbao

Bilbao is the director of architecture practice Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, which she set up in 2009. Her work is characterised by a sensitive approach to design that integrates social values and embraces collaboration.

For example, in 2019, Bilbao teamed up with 32 architects and

Read More

Microsoft Announced a ‘Productivity’ Feature That Lets Managers Keep Track of Everything You Do. It Didn’t Go Over Well

One of the most challenging things about the shift over the last eight months to working remotely is how we all measure productivity. In the past, managers could often see exactly what an employee was working on since they often worked in close proximity to each other. That’s not the case when we’re all working remotely.

Actually, calling it a shift is probably not entirely accurate. It was more of a sudden–and, in many cases–painful reaction to a world that had changed almost literally overnight, as companies were forced to send their employees to work from home. It’s also not likely to change any time soon.

Figuring out how to stay productive under those circumstances has been a challenge, to say the least. In many cases, people are simply trying to figure out the best way to balance work, life, and everything else that comes with keeping your family safe

Read More

Samsung’s next Galaxy Buds could ditch this Galaxy Buds Live feature

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Buds Live comparison of the true wireless earbuds' wing tips.

Credit: Lily Katz / Android Authority

  • A new leak suggests that the next Galaxy Buds won’t be shaped like beans.
  • The upcoming TWS earbuds are expected to launch alongside the Galaxy S21 series.
  • They’re said to come with an improved Ambient mode and ANC.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live caused quite a stir in the TWS market with their unique bean-shaped form factor. However, if a new leak is to be believed, Samsung will ditch the design on the wireless earbuds it plans to launch alongside the Galaxy S21 series.

According to SamMobile, the new Galaxy Buds launching next year will look more like the original Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds Plus. They’ll apparently sport the regular in-ear design as opposed to the concha-fitting shell of the Galaxy Buds Live. I personally prefer the former over the latter for its comfortable fit but you might beg to differ

Read More

Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Defends App Tracking Transparency Feature

Following Apple’s confirmation that it still plans to introduce a new App Tracking Transparency feature that will let users know when companies want to track them across apps and websites, which has attracted criticism from companies such as Facebook, Craig Federighi has explained more about the rationale behind the change to The Independent.

craig federighi wwdc 2018

The App Tracking Transparency feature allows users to opt-out of data collection and choose whether advertisers can track their activity. While it was originally supposed to arrive with iOS 14 earlier this year, Apple postponed the feature until early 2021 to give developers more time to accommodate it.

Federighi told The Independent that the new feature can be put down to Apple’s support for privacy as a “core value” that has been present “since the beginning of the company,” citing how Steve Jobs highlighted the Apple II’s ability to allow users to secure their own information

Read More

DoorDash launches gifting feature in time for the holidays

DoorDash, the contentious delivery platform that recently filed for IPO, is launching a new gifting feature for its own app and Caviar to make it easier to send personalized gifts during the holidays and beyond.

You could technically already “gift” something to friends and family just by changing the address of a delivery order, but through the new Gifting feature, you’ll get a formal interface and ways to personalize your gift with digital cards you can send in advance.

Ordering works the same way it traditionally does on mobile and the web, only now at checkout, you can select to “send as a gift,” launching the new interface. From there, you can schedule the delivery, select from a collection of cards to personalize with a message, enter in the gift recipient contact information, and send. DoorDash also lets you send along tracking information with your personalized card, so

Read More

Zoom’s new security feature should limit virtual meeting disruptions

  • Zoom revealed a new security feature that enables users to remove disruptive individuals from meetings.
  • We think the feature’s unveiling will help solidify Zoom’s position as an innovator in the video conferencing space.
  • Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here.

The video conferencing provider announced the launch of a new security enhancement in a recent blog post, which permits Zoom users to temporarily halt meetings to block the sharing of improper content and remove disruptive individuals from calls, per The Verge. For context, “Zoombombing” refers to the practice of bad actors infiltrating Zoom calls to display distressing or otherwise inappropriate content to meeting participants.

enterprise use of collaboration tools

Zoom revealed a new security feature that enables users to remove disruptive individuals from meetings

Insider Intelligence


With Zoom usage surging amid the pandemic,

Read More

Disappearing Tweets? Twitter now has a feature for that

SAN FRANCISCO — First Snapchat did it. Then Instagram and Facebook jumped in. Now Twitter is joining in, too.

On Tuesday, Twitter said it would introduce a feature called Fleets, allowing users to post ephemeral photos or text that will automatically disappear after 24 hours. Fleets, a name that refers to the “fleeting” nature of a thought or expression, will roll out to all iPhone and Android users globally over the coming days, the company said.

Twitter said its main “global town square” service, which people such as President Donald Trump use to broadcast their thoughts to followers, remained its marquee product. But the company said it recognized that many users simply lurked on the platform and rarely posted. Fleets, it said, could make it easier for people to communicate without worrying about wider scrutiny of their posts.

“We’ve learned that some people feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter

Read More

Twitter Adds Disappearing Post Feature

Twitter  (TWTR) – Get Report has jumped on the disappearing post train, unveiling a Snapchat-like feature that allows users to share posts that disappear within 24 hours. 

Twitter Fleets is designed to help users feel more comfortable participating on the platform in a “lower pressure way” Twitter said in its announcement. 

Fleets is different from regular Twitter posts that remain on the users feed until they are deleted. The new feature is available globally now after Twitter first tested it in places such as Brazil and India.

While rival social media company Snap  (SNAP) – Get Report innovated the disappearing post feature years ago with its Stories, Facebook  (FB) – Get Report then released its own version of the technology on its Instagram platform before also porting it over to its flagship website. 

Twitter shares were up 0.2% to $42.81 on Tuesday morning.

In

Read More