Microsoft ‘My People’ Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

Microsoft 'My People' Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

  • Users can send messages through platform of their choice
  • Emoji animations named ‘shoulder taps’ introduced
  • Support for third-party applications to come later

There are currently so many social platforms out there that sometimes it becomes extremely cumbersome to keep track of all of them. Most people use multiple social platforms to stay in touch with each other and it is often annoying to switch between the platforms. This is where Microsoft’s ‘My People’ feature, which was launched on Wednesday, steps in.

The ‘My People’ feature, which will be tagged along with company’s ‘Creators Update’, will essentially give out message notifications to the user right from their desktop. It will further provide them with various platform options to reply from. It will further provide users with nifty little animations when emojis are sent to them by their contacts.

Users can easily share files with their contacts using My People by simply dragging and dropping the files onto the contact icon. These files will then be shared by either Skype or via mail.

These emoji animations are being referred to as ‘shoulder taps’ by Microsoft. In the demonstration of this feature, Allison O’Mahoney – Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft – showed how My People makes it easier to see the mails referred by your contacts and switch back to the conversation in a smooth and easy manner.The entire concept behind the introduction of the My People feature is to remove the complications from conversations and provide users with messages from the people that matter the most, at the earliest. The feature works with email, SMS, and Skype. The support for Xbox Live and Skype for Business will be added later to the feature. The support for third-party applications is also expected to come later on.

MacOS the New Name for OS X? Apple Website Hints Yes

MacOS the New Name for OS X? Apple Website Hints Yes

Apple on Friday put up an updated page on its website mentioning its efforts for the Earth Day 2016. The webpage is meant to answer queries about the company’s efforts to improve the environment. The page briefly mentioned the rumoured new name for Apple’s desktop and laptop operating system – MacOS – instead of the long-standing OS X moniker. The Cupertino-based firm has now changed the name back to OS X.

For those unaware, this is not the first time Apple has referred to OS X as MacOS. The term was found last month in an OS X 10.11.4 framework, which led to a speculation that there might be a naming rebrand in the company’s next major desktop operating system update.

At the point, the MacOS naming scheme seen in the framework was thought to be a filename or a codename used by developers for convenience. The mention on Apple’s website however cements the speculation .”Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices.”

To recall, Apple went with the OS X moniker in 2001, the same year it discontinued development of its Mac OS 9 operating system.

Although Apple has not mentioned anything about it, we might see an official change of name at theApple WWDC developer’s conference.

Interestingly, the above quote also details Apple’s expected usage lifecycle for its products, which is four years for its PC and home entertainment devices, and three years for its mobile and wearable devices.

UDOO X86 Mini PC Offers 10x The Power Of A Raspberry Pi

UDOO X86 Mini PC

UDOO this week unveiled a new mini PC have created called the UDOO X86, that provides 10 times the power of the new Raspberry Pi 3 for an affordable price of just $89 for the X86 Basic edition.

The UDOO X86 also combines the power of PC software with the Arduino IDE offering an all-in-one board with an Arduino 101 compatible platform, all from the same board to expand the functionality of your projects.

Watch the video below to learn more about this new high-powered PC which combines the best of Arduino and APC into one small form factor board that is capable of powering up to 34K Ultra HD displays at the same time.


It is based on Quad Core 64-bit new-generation x86 processors made by Intel, designed for the PC domain. Prodigious processors concentrated in 14 nm, with an amount of energy consumption of 5 or 6 Watt. The UDOO X86 embedds the newest Arduino 101, with all the upgrades – including 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

The Arduino-compatible platform onboard is connected with the main processor through an internal USB port. In terms of software UDOO X86 is compatible with the official Arduino 101 IDE and with all the sketches, tutorials and resources available in the Arduino 101 community.

Speaking of hardware, UDOO X86 has the same pinout layout of Arduino 101. In other words, UDOO X86 is compatible with all Arduino 101-compatible shields, sensors and actuators. The board operating voltage and I/O is 3.3V but all pins are also protected against 5V overvoltage. UDOO X86 can be used to program the Arduino™-compatible module directly with the standard Arduino IDE.

LoRaONE Internet of Things Development Board

LoRaONE Internet of Things Development Board

Anyone looking for a small Internet of Things development board might be interested in the new creation by SODAQ in the form of the LoRaONE witch as the name suggests has been created to offer a LoRa IoT development board.

SODAQ LoRaONE is the one Internet of Things development board to “rule them all” and allows you to create almost any project you can think of using the tiny Arduino compatible LoRaONE boa.

Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the LoRaONE and how it can help you create those Internet of Things projects you have been dreaming up. Its developers SODAQ explain more about its inspiration, design and features :

LoRaONE is all you need to create your own IoT solution. An Arduino compatible board packed with features and sensors, making it the ideal solution for makers and creators that can’t wait to make the Internet of Things a reality. It is easy to program, connected to its surroundings through numerous sensors and ready to go. The board has the size of a matchbox, so it can be placed anywhere you can think of. But best of all, it is connected everywhere through LoRa technology. When it comes to building the IoT, there’s nothing like LoraONE.

For the past months we’ve worked hard to get LoRaONE to the final stages of development. The first beta-users are already working with LoRaONE. To make the final step and start mass-production, we need your help. If you back us, not only do you help us to get LoRaONE out in the world, but you’ll also receive one yourself in July 2016. So this summer you can start building on your LoRaWAN connected IoT.

The LoRaONE project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise €20,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think LoRaONE is something your IoT projects could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge from €75 and help LoRaONE become a reality.