Month: August 2020

Facebook Portal gets Zoom support, turns into a little workstation

Facebook today announced an upgrade for its Portal smart displays: namely, they’ll soon support various videoconferencing apps. So if you — like most people right now — are communicating with friends, family, or colleagues primary via the use of these apps, Facebook‘s marketing is now squarely aimed at you.

Credit: Facebook

The apps it plans to support include Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans. The apps will initially be available on the Portal, the Portal Mini, and the Portal+, with support for Portal TV to come later. This would make Facebook the third company today adding Zoom support to its smart

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6 tips for rapidly scaling applications

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities and the economy, many companies in ecommerce, logistics, online learning, food delivery, online business collaboration, and other sectors are experiencing massive spikes in demand for their products and services. For many of these companies, the evolving usage patterns caused by shelter-in-place and lockdown orders have created surges in business. These surges have pushed applications to their limits or beyond, potentially resulting in outages and delays that frustrate customers.

If your company is experiencing a dramatic increase in business and application load, what can you do? How can you rapidly increase the performance

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6 tips for rapidly scaling applications

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities and the economy, many companies in ecommerce, logistics, online learning, food delivery, online business collaboration, and other sectors are experiencing massive spikes in demand for their products and services. For many of these companies, the evolving usage patterns caused by shelter-in-place and lockdown orders have created surges in business. These surges have pushed applications to their limits or beyond, potentially resulting in outages and delays that frustrate customers.

If your company is experiencing a dramatic increase in business and application load, what can you do? How can you rapidly increase the performance

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How to make your first video

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Instagram has rolled out its Reels feature to everyone. Now you can make your own music videos within Instagram itself. Here’s how to get started.

Reels is a feature that allows you to record and edit short videos set to songs. You know TikTok? Yeah, it’s basically TikTok. It’s so very much TikTok that, if you’re already on TikTok, then I’m not sure if you’re going to get much out of using Reels.

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Apple will soon give buyers a year to decide on AppleCare+, up from 60 days

Apple is about to give customers much more time to decide whether they want to sign up for its extended warranty program, AppleCare+. A report by Bloomberg states the company sent out a memo to employees notifying them of the expansion, augmenting the waiting period massively from the original 60 days.

AppleCare+ builds on the regular warranty by covering accidental damage as well as manufacturer defects, as well as providing premium support options. In the case of the iPhone, an extra tier also offers coverage against stolen and lost products as well.

The memo seen by Bloomberg says the expanded

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Review: AWS Bottlerocket vs. Google Container-Optimized OS

Running large numbers of containers to deploy an application requires a rethink of the role of the operating system. Google’s Container-Optimized OS and AWS’s Bottlerocket take the traditional virtualization paradigm and apply it to the operating system, with containers the virtual OS and a minimal Linux fulfilling the role of the hypervisor.

Various flavors of Linux optimized for containers have been around for a few years and have evolved ever smaller footprints as the management and user-land utilities moved to the  cluster management layer or to containers. These container-optimized operating systems are ideal when you need to run applications in

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