3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience

 

Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.

Use speaker notes

As a rule of thumb, you want to keep text on your slides to a minimum. It can easily take over and clutter up a slide deck, dulling both your presentation itself and your message. Using a graphics on slides is more visually pleasing and keeps people’s focus on the words you’re saying.

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Speaker notes allow you to add talking points—viewable only by you—to any slide.

That doesn’t mean you have to wing the spoken part of your presentation. You can add talking points or complete text to the speaker notes section of any Google Slide for reference. Just click in the text box beneath the main slide area to type your notes, or go to Tools > Voice type speaker notes, click the mic button and start dictating. Your notes will be viewable by only when you select “presenter view” from the Present drop-down menu.

One of the best ways to keep an audience engaged in you presentation it to have them participate in it by asking questions. Adding a question and answer session with Slides Q&A feature is an easy way to do this.

In Slides, click the drop-down arrow next to to the Present button in the top right and select Presenter view. On the Audience Tools tab in the window that opens, click Start new button. A slide will open with a URL displayed across the top. Audience members can visit this URL on their mobile device and type their questions into a simple interface. The question will appear to you in real time in Presenter’s view. Audience members can also vote on questions using familiar thumbs up/thumbs down icons to let you know which questions they’d most like you to answer.

Autoplay video

Using video in a slide is an excellent way to illustrate a point, add comic relief, or just keep you audience interested. But until recently, it meant stopping your presentation to click on the video to play it and again to stop it. With Slides autoplay option, your video will play as soon as you advance to that slide.

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Using the autoplay video feature lets you customize how much of a video you display during your presentation.

To activate this feature, add your video to a slide, then click Video options from the ribbon above the slide. This will open a sidebar on the right. Check the box next to “Autoplay when presenting.” If you don’t want to play the whole video, you can enter start and end times in the fields beneath the thumbnail of the video.

Absolute best apps for your Android

 

You love your apps. We all do. Just think about how many times a day you tap apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Skype and so many others.

Unfortunately, you know the downside of apps. You end up clogging up your smartphone and slowing it down with dozens of apps.

The problem is, if you’re like me, you have so many apps that you never use. That’s understandable.

When you hear about hot, new apps, you download them. And, why not? It’s easy to do from the Google Play Store. Many apps are free. Plus, individual apps don’t typically take up a lot of space on your phone.Absolute best apps for your Android

At Komando.com, one of our goals is to save you time and money when it comes to everything digital. That includes apps. Here, we’ll tell you about five Android apps that you’ll love and use all the time.

These five apps are among the award winners at the recent Google I/O 2017 developers’ summit. We selected FREE apps that we use from those winners. You can download them right from the Google Play Store.

Note: Before you add more apps to your phone, delete some. The way to do that might vary a bit on your Android phone, but try this: Tap on the Apps icon on your home screen >> click on the sprocket – circle with eight points – in the upper-right corner >> tap on the little X next to apps that can be deleted.

 

BlackBerry Wants to Secure Your Car From Hackers

 

BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it has developed new software for running complex computer systems on vehicles, giving the once dominant smartphone maker a leg up in a burgeoning segment of the technology market.

The company declined to name any automakers who plan to use the technology, but senior BlackBerry executive John Wall said “multiple” car companies have started incorporating it into onboard computer systems of vehicles that are currently in development.

BlackBerry touted the product, the QNX Hypervisor 2.0, as a way to make vehicles more secure from hacking, saying it can isolate multiple systems to run on a single piece of silicon, allowing them to isolate functions critical to safety from systems that are exposed to wireless networks.BlackBerry Smartphones And U.K. Headquarters As 4.7 Billion Buyout Looms

“Think of a house, and a burglar getting into a room. So even if the burglar does get into that room, the door is locked, he can’t get out of that room. And even if he can get into the hallway, the other rooms are locked,” Wall, the head of BlackBerry’s QNX division said in a teleconference with reporters.

QNX has a strong position in the market for internet-connected car infotainment systems, and is looking to boost sales by expanding into more of the vehicle.

The automotive industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the technology market, as automakers race to add more autonomous features and ultimately seek to build self-driving cars.

Qualcomm Inc said the new hypervisor is compatible with its Snapdragon 820Am automotive processor, enabling carmakers to reduce hardware complexity and costs by putting multiple systems on a single platform.

BlackBerry shares were little changed in morning trade. They have soared about 63 percent since late March on hopes for high sales growth from QNX and other relatively new products.

70 Percent Mobile Apps Share Your Data With Third-Party Services: Study

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 70% of smartphone apps are reporting personal data to third-party cos.
  • Some of the information these apps are collecting is necessary
  • Lumen Privacy Monitor analyses and reports the traffic apps send out

More than 70 percent of smartphone apps are reporting personal data to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics, warns a new study.

When people install a new Android or iOS app, it asks the user’s permission before accessing personal information. Some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly: A map app wouldn’t be nearly as useful if it couldn’t use GPS data to get a location.

But once an app has permission to collect that information, it can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to – letting third-party companies track where you are, how fast you are moving and what you are doing.

To get a picture of what data are being collected and transmitted from people’s smartphones, the researchers from IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain developed a free Android app of their own, called the Lumen Privacy Monitor.

It analyses the traffic apps send out, to report which applications and online services actively harvest personal data.

Because Lumen is about transparency, a phone user can see the information installed apps collect in real time and with whom they share these data.70 Percent Mobile Apps Share Your Data With Third-Party Services: Study

“We try to show the details of apps’ hidden behaviour in an easy-to-understand way. It’s about research, too, so we ask users if they’ll allow us to collect some data about what Lumen observes their apps are doing – but that doesn’t include any personal or privacy-sensitive data,” the researchers said in a statement released by the institute.

This unique access to data allowed the researchers to study how mobile apps collect users’ personal data and with whom they share data at an unprecedented scale.

More than 1,600 people who have used Lumen since October 2015 allowed the researchers to analyse more than 5,000 apps.

“We discovered 598 internet sites likely to be tracking users for advertising purposes, including social media services like Facebook, large Internet companies like Google and Yahoo, and online marketing companies under the umbrella of internet service providers like Verizon Wireless,” the study said.

More than 70 percent of the apps were connected to at least one tracker, and 15 percent of them were connected to five or more trackers, the findings showed.

“Tracking users on their mobile devices is just part of a larger problem. More than half of the app-trackers we identified also track users through websites. Thanks to this technique, called ‘cross-device’ tracking, these services can build a much more complete profile of your online persona,” the researchers said.

 

E3 2017: Sony’s PlayLink for PS4 Will Let You Play Games Using Your Phone

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PlayLink lets you play games on your PS4 via a smartphone
  • Titles vary from crime thrillers to quick-fire quizzes
  • PlayLink titles include That’s You!, Hidden Agenda

At the ongoing E3 2017 in Los Angeles, California, Sony announced some of its most anticipated games for PlayStation for the year including God of War, Spider-Man and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, to name a few. Console titles aside, the company also introduced PlayLink, which allows users to play games with family and friends using their smartphones and tablets.

PlayLink is aimed at creating a fun, interactive way to play games in a social setting. Based on a video Sony released showcasing the feature, PlayLink requires a smartphone or tablet, a TV, and a PlayStation 4 console, which, when set up, lets you and your group of family or friends play interactive PlayLink titles.

“PlayLink games turn your smartphone or tablet into a versatile controller – you can swipe, pinch, drag, tilt, rotate or even snap selfies and draw crafty doodles, depending on the game. No matter which title you choose from our PlayLink collection, it’s guaranteed to be a slick pick-up-and-play experience,” Sony said in a blog post.E3 2017: Sony's PlayLink for PS4 Will Let You Play Games Using Your Phone

PlayLink titles range from crime thrillers to quick-fire quizzes. In one of the videos, for example, you see a group of people playing That’s You! – a quiz-based app that “challenges you and up to five friends to get personal and find out what you really think about each other.” This will be one of the first titles for PlayLink and will be available for PlayStation Plus members for free starting July 4.

Another video shows a crime and narrative-based game called Hidden Agenda that allows up to six people to join in. The game requires the players to make tough, quick decisions as the story progresses, which will also influence the way the game moves forward.

Sony sees PlayLink as something that can come in handy during social gatherings as well as rope in new players to video games. It also reminds one of Jackbox Games’ Party Pack multi-platform social games. Some other PlayLink titles that can be expected soon include Knowledge is Power, Frantic, and SingStar Celebration.

 

Akitio Node Cabinet review: Real, affordable graphics for your laptop

 

The Akitio Node external GPU cabinet is here to give your Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop a big boost. This affordable unit—basically, a big steel box with a 400-watt PSU and a fan in front—lets you drop in most modern AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and then connect it to a laptop using PCIe over Thunderbolt 3/USB-C.

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The Akitio features one fan for the PSU, and one in front that offers plenty of airflow.

For the most part, when it works, it’s amazingly smooth. For example, we cracked open the Node, dropped in a Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card, then plugged it into a HP Spectre x360 13t. Once we had the latest drivers installed from Nvidia’s website, we were off and running. As these results from 3DMark FireStrike Ultra show, the tiny HP Ultrabook gives what-for to big, giant, fast gaming laptops.

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Yes, a sub-3lbs. laptop can hang with big fat gaming laptops–if you cheat like we did.

The score you see above, however, is the overall score for 3DMark FireStrike Ultra, which also counts CPU performance. The dual-core Kaby Lake chip in the tiny HP Spectre x360 13T isn’t going to compete with the quad-cores. In the 3DMark test that includes just the graphics performance, however, you’ll see a better spread from the GTX 1080 in the giant EON17-X laptop.

Yes, there’s a good chance the limited x4 PCIe Gen 3 could rob you of some performance over what you might get if the GPU were in a desktop. In fact, the same GPU will typically score in the 7,000 range when in a full x16 PCIe Gen 3 slot. But just remember: The alternative is being stuck with the integrated graphics in the laptop, unable to game at this higher level of performance.

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How to play PC games on your smartphone?

 

PC games are more resource intensive and take up more space.

Cross-platform gaming is still in a nascent stage. Most attempts at it have been unsuccessful. The few options include the Bluetsacks emulator, which allows Android games on PCs, and Sony’s Play Station Now platform, which can run PS3 games on a Windows PC.

But getting a PC game to run on a smartphone is a different ball game, as PC games are more resource intensive and take up more space.

Cloud gaming companies such as OnLive have tried and failed at it. Now a New York, US-based gaming company LiquidSky has come with a cloud-based app which can run any PC game on your smartphone and surprisingly you don’t need a OnePlus 5-like device to run it.

The minimum system requirement for the smartphone is just 1GB RAM and 30MB of storage. The games will be downloaded on cloud, so you don’t have to worry about the storage on your smartphone at all.

LiquidSky recommends wired controllers for the best gaming experience.LiquidSky recommends wired controllers for the best gaming experience.

Needs steady internet connection

However, it requires an active internet connection with minimum bandwidth speed of 5Mbps and recommended speed of up to 20Mbps for the best gaming experience. Online gaming is not new to the mobile ecosystem. Many Android games require active internet connection to work, however getting the 20Mbps mark consistently is going to be a challenge, especially on mobile networks in India. This makes it heavily dependent on WiFi networks.

How does it work?

Liquid Sky works by connecting smartphones to a virtual PC running on cloud. The actual game will be downloaded and run on a remote server, which will then compress and stream the game on users’ smartphone at frame rate of 60fps.

LiquidSky is available only for Android devices right now.LiquidSky is available only for Android devices right now.

Once users sign up in the app, and take a subscription plan, they can browse and download any games from their existing library of purchased games or buy new ones on Steam, GOG, Origin, Blizzard or Humble Bumble. These are online stores for PC games and their API (application programme interface) is built into the app, so one doesn’t have to download their apps separately.

How much does it cost?

LiquidSky is available only for Android devices right now and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store (there is no news on the iOS app yet). Users in India can download it for free but to access the games, one of the subscriptions is required. Basic Pay-as-you-go plan starts at $9.99 (approximately Rs644) and provides 100GB of storage.

The monthly subscription, which offers 500GB of cloud storage and the option to change data centres, starts at $19.99 (approximately Rs1,289) per month. There is a free model too, with in-app advertisements and 100GB storage, but its only available to users in the US and Canada.PC games are more resource intensive and take up more space.

How is it different?

LiquidSky uses IBM’s public cloud infrastructure which is more robust, easy to scale and has got data centres spread across the globe. One of the reasons for the failure of services such as OnLive was that it used its own servers to host the games and was unable to put up with the cost. Also, they failed to acquire top-tier games form leading game developers such as EA Sports and Activision.

The biggest highlight of Liquid Sky is that you can purchase, download and play any PC game that is available on one of the linked game stores.

Why do you need controllers?

Technically. PC games are not designed for touchscreen devices. You need a controller or a mouse and keyboard to play them. Smartphone users won’t be able to run them through on-screen controls and will require a compatible Android controller, which can be connected to the phone with an OTG cable or wirelessly over Bluetooth. LiquidSky recommends wired controllers for the best gaming experience.

 

Hold onto your Moto Mods dream Motorola held a pitch day for future add ons

 

Motorola hasn’t given up on Moto Mods yet, and the company recently held a pitch day for budding inventors to pitch their best concepts and ideas to a panel of Motorola, Lenovo, and Verizon executives in an effort to secure investment funds for development, via Engadget.

The thirteen ideas are a mix of new, like the extended battery with a solar charger or the LED light ring for notifications, and old, like the physical keyboard mod currently looking for support on Indiegogo.

Motorola, Lenovo, and Verizon picked two mods as the winning concepts for future investing: the DigiFrame, which sticks an e-paper display on the back of the phone in a manner similar to the Yotaphone 2, and the MACAY TrueSound HiFi, which adds both a digital-to-analog converter and an analog-to-digital converter for improved audio input and output on the phone.

All of the various concepts are interesting ideas that speak to how Motorola would like for users to be able to customize their phones with mods on a deeper hardware level than just sticking on a case. And the fact that there are still teams working on more mods to expand the platform isn’t a bad sign for the future of the Moto Mods program, either. But as to whether or not Motorola can succeed with its modular concept where companies like Google and LG have already failed still remains to be seen.

 

iPhone 8 Design Leaked, Nokia 9 Specifications Revealed, Xiaomi India Mi Home Sales, and More: Your 360 Daily

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus, iPhone 7s design leaked
  • Nokia 9 flagship phone’s specifications, design revealed
  • Xiaomi India rakes in Rs. 5 crores in 12 hours via Mi Home

The iPhone 8 rumour mill is in full swing, even though we are at least five months away from the launch. The latest leak suggests that Apple will launch three new iPhones, The latest leak suggests the iPhone 8 will sport a vertical dual camera unit, while the iPhone 7s Plus will continue to have the horizontal dual camera setup; on the other hand, the iPhone 7s will be stuck with the single-camera module, according to the leaked moulds. The expected price of the iPhone 8 is over $1,000 (roughly Rs. 65,000) and that could explain why Apple may try to change things around and sell three iPhones instead of one. Whether you believe these rumours or not, there’s no smoke without fire so it is likely that Apple may change things around this year.

Here’s what else made news in the world of technology.

Nokia 9 spotted in leaked images
Nokia is far from done with smartphones. The company already has Nokia 3310 in the market, and Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 are expected to launch soon. Now the company may be planning to launch another smartphone called the Nokia 9. This new Nokia 9 leak shows live images of the smartphone, showing dual camera setup, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm earphone jack, and antenna lines. Other Nokia 9 specifications leaked in the images include a 5.3-inch display QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and Android 7.1.1 out of the box; notably the leak does not rule out a 6GB RAM variant of the phone.

Xiaomi’s first store in India’s a hit
Xiaomi recently launched the Mi Home offline store in Bengaluru and it’s no surprise that the store is already a big hit. The company announced that the Mi Home store raked in Rs. 5 crores in revenue in the first 12 hours of opening. That’s great news for the largely online-only brand in India, and hopefully for people who want to buy its products – there will be more options now. The figure was largely attributed to sales of Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi Note 4, along with Xiaomi audio accessories, Mi VR Play, Mi Router 3C, Mi Band 2, and Mi Air Purifier 2iPhone 8 Design Leaked, Nokia 9 Specifications Revealed, Xiaomi India Mi Home Sales, and More: Your 360 Daily

Tesla Model 3 India launch delayed?
The Tesla Model 3 is the company’s most affordable electric car but it may not come to India anytime soon. Even though Tesla CEO Elon Musk had hoped to launch the Tesla Model 3 electric car in India in 2017, it appears that the plan may not work out. The Tesla CEO tweeted, “Maybe I’m misinformed, but I was told that 30 percent of parts must be locally sourced and the supply doesn’t yet exist in India to support that.” If you were hoping to buy it soon, then prepare to revise your expectations.
Tejas Express with Wi-Fi sets off on first journey
Tejas Express has become the fastest train in India at a top speed of 200kmph, faster than the Shatabdi Express, but that’s not the only interesting feature of the train. It will have Wi-Fi, an infotainment system, LED TVs, among other things. The doors of this train are centrally controlled as well. We’ve got a full list of all the high-tech stuff this train has, in our in-depth article.

Government wants your views on Bitcoin
Bitcoin may be in a regulatory grey area right now, but the government plans to change that. The government has sought public opinion on the currency before it decides whether virtual currencies are viable in India. The government wants your suggestions on this topic via its MyGov platform, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.

A More dangerous variant of WannaCry ransomware found
Thought WannaCry ransomware was bad? Wait till you hear about EternalRocks, a much more dangerous variant of WannaCry. This one is a lot stronger than WannaCry because it doesn’t have any weaknesses, including the kill switch that a researcher used to help contain the ransomware.. Let’s hope EternalRocks doesn’t infect our computers as it’s going to be a lot harder to get rid of.

Nubia N1 lite launched in India
Nubia India has launched the N1 lite smartphone in India at Rs. 6,999. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch display. The new Nubia N1 lite smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM. Nubia N1 lite sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture tagged with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera at front with soft-light flash support.

More details on Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) and Moto Z2 Play
Samsung’s popular J-series smartphones, the Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016), may soon get successors. The Galaxy J7 (2017) has now been spotted in a leaked render. It shows a design refresh on its back panel. Once you’ve checked that out, you might be interested in knowing that Lenovo has confirmed the 3000mAh battery capacity of the upcoming Moto Z2 Play smartphone, making it smaller than the 3510mAh battery of the original Moto Z Play.

OnePlus 5 leaks hint at camera, audio details
Like you, we’ve been speculating on what the OnePlus 5 smartphone needs to beat flagships. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei may have revealed whether the upcoming smartphone has a headphone jack. In another OnePlus 5 leak, we got to know more about the smartphone’s dual-camera setup, which has been a point of contention considering some reports suggest a horizontal dual camera setup, while others point at vertical alignment of the camera module.

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BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade App Prevents Bystanders From Peeking Into Your Phone

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Privacy Shade app is only available for BlackBerry users
It helps in avoiding others from snooping into your phone
The app darkens entire screen except for a small view area
While laptop makers have introduced several workarounds to avoid nosy eyes from peeking from behind, smartphones haven’t really been able to address that pain point. Users, especially with large smartphone screens, have always found people (particularly the nosy ones) leaning over to read that personal text or see what you’re browsing. BlackBerry is trying to address this woe by launching an app called Privacy Shade.BlackBerry's Privacy Shade App Prevents Bystanders From Peeking Into Your Phone

The Android app makes the entire screen dark, except for a small view area that can be moved around to what you really want to read on the screen. The viewing area can change shapes from a bar to a circle, depending on what you prefer. Furthermore, the transparency of the darkened screen can also be manually adjusted, so for those who are extra paranoid, they could maximise the shade to near opaque for optimal privacy.
It is worth noting that this app is only available only to BlackBerry devices, so not all users will be able to take advantage of the nifty app. You can check if you own a compatible Blackberry device by trying to download it from the Google Play Store, or you can also sideload it from APK Mirror. Downloading from APK Mirror doesn’t lift the restriction limit of BlackBerry devices, Android Police reports.

BB Merah Putih, the company that currently holds the right to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones in Indonesia, recently launched the BlackBerry Aurora smartphone for the country. The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) based BlackBerry Aurora runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display. It is priced at IDR 3,499,000 (roughly Rs. 17,400) in Indonesia.

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