Microsoft rebrands Office 365 as it adds features for beyond work hours

At a virtual event today, Microsoft announced it is expanding and rebranding its Office 365 subscription service into a new ‘Microsoft 365′ service, available April 21. As you might assume from the name change, the new subscription service seeks to expand its utility beyond ‘just’ your work life, and instead become an all-in-one solution for making your day-to-day life a little more efficient. Microsoft maintains the $6.99 a month pricing but is introducing a wealth of new features today, leveraging new AI features to make your life a little easier. Perhaps most notable the new Microsoft Editor, which is basically Microsoft‘s…
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Slack wants to let you call Microsoft Teams users (yes, you read that right)

According to a report by CNBC, Slack is working on a method of letting you call people using Microsoft Teams. You know, its biggest competitor. “We’re working on Teams integrations for calling features,” said Slack CEO Stuart Butterfield during a call with RBC analyst Alex Zurkin on Thursday, according to CNBC. There’s no word on when such a feature would arrive, but Slack already integrates plenty of Microsoft services such as Outlook and OneDrive. Things have come a long way from Microsoft Teams‘ launch in 2016, when Slack took out a peculiar full-page ad in the New York Times welcoming…
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Fantastic! CIA-funded Palantir is helping the NHS plan its coronavirus response

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has built a new data platform that tracks medical staff and resources to coordinate the UK’s coronavirus response. The system aims to merge the NHS’s vast but hugely fragmented datasets to predict where ventilators, beds, and staff are needed. This tricky task has been entrusted to one of the world’s most controversial tech companies: Palantir, the $20 billion data-mining giant funded by the CIA and used by Immigration and Customers Enforcement in workplace raids. Palantir will integrate an array of healthcare information into a single data store through the company’s Foundry software, a data integration…
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Europol is chasing hackers exploiting the coronavirus pandemic

Europol wants you to rest assured it’s pursuing cyberbaddies seeking to steal your personal data and savings by exploiting the coronavirus crisis. In a new report, the agency pinpointed some of the most common tactics hackers employ to lure in victims during the pandemic. Europol notes the increased fear around the outbreak has made people more susceptible to scams. It also doesn’t help there’s an increased demand for goods since supply chains are facing difficulties. These limitations, coupled with government lockdowns, have created the perfect conditions for hackers to “displace [criminal activities] to home or online settings.” [Read: Coronavirus petitions have generated…
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Review: Dali’s IO-6 are a new contender for best noise-canceling headphones

For years, I was one of those picky audiophiles who swore they’d never use noise-canceling headphones for serious listening. Early ANC (active noise-canceling) models created weird pressure in your ear, had boomy bass, and killed detail in the highs. It’s only in the past year or two ANC headphones from the likes of Sony and Bose have gotten good enough to change my mind. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a little skeptical of any newcomer entering the market. That’s how I felt when Dali, the venerable Danish speaker manufacturer, offered to let me try its new…
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Huawei’s P40 Pro+ packs the craziest camera in a phone yet

After months of rumors and speculation, Huawei‘s P40 Series is finally here, made up of three models. Once again, Huawei has its sights set on pushing the boundaries of mobile photography, this time with three models: the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+. The P40 Pro+, in particular, might have the craziest camera system ever put in a phone. The star of the show is an absolutely massive 1/1.28-inch, 50 MP F1.9 primary sensor. Increasing the sensor size is one of the most beneficial changes you can make to improve a camera system, and the P40 family has the largest…
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Marshall’s tiny new Uxbridge speaker comes with Alexa built-in

Thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo family, people have begun to expect voice assistant capabilities from their smart speakers, even ones meant primarily for audio. To that point, Marshall just announced the Uxbridge Voice, its latest Alexa-enabled speaker. As with Marshall’s previous wireless speakers, the Uxbridge features a stylish design that mimics the design of a classic guitar amp, albeit in a rather small form just 6.6 inches tall and 5 inches wide. The speakers come in white or black colorways and support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, the latter using AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect. You can also…
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How to watch Huawei’s P40 launch live on March 26

After months of rumors, speculation, and coronavirus-induced uncertainty, Huawei has revealed it will host a livestream event for its upcoming P40 family of smartphones on March 26. While the date isn’t totally new – it had popped up on Huawei’s Weibo last week – we now have official confirmation the P40 will be revealed then and that the event will be publicly livestreamed. The event will begin at 13:00 GMT/9:00 AM ET, and Huawei says the event will be streamed in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and Russian. Huawei is using the tagline ‘Visionary Photography’ to market the phone, suggesting that…
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Thanks, Coronavirus: YouTube will now default to 480p globally

A few days after YouTube said it would reduce default streaming bitrates in Europe to reduce strain on the continent’s internet infrastructure, the streaming giant is now applying similar limitations to users around the globe. Beginning Tuesday, YouTube will default to standard definition – in other words, 480p – regardless of your connection. The measure is rolling out gradually and is expected to last 30 days, though it’s possible YouTube may extend it depending on future strain on networks. Over the past week, streaming providers have drastically reduced image quality in Europe in order to limit data usage; networks have…
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The science behind your loneliness

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. As I mentioned during last week’s Big Spam takeover, I’m Tristan. I write for TNW and I’m the editor of Neural, but lately my job’s been all about COVID-19. I don’t know how you’re feeling, but my mental health isn’t exactly peak right now. I’m stressed out, a little worried, and quite anxious. And I’m not alone. The National Institute of Health says we’re all likely to feel some extra strain during these trying times. Why’s…
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