Microsoft created a wireless mouse out of recyclable plastic from the ocean

Microsoft is the tech giant in the world never fails to come up with new technology. We all are aware of it’s most popular Office 365 email which is being used by individuals and businesses.  

Yet again, Microsoft introduced a new mouse during its autumn hardware presentation, along with a new array of Surface devices. The name itself reveals why it’s fascinating. The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is its name. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, according to the firm, is a modest step forward in its “greater sustainability journey.” 

The shell is made up of 20% recycled ocean plastic, which is made up of trash collected from seas and waterways and processed into resin pellets. These pellets are mixed together with the other materials needed to construct the shell. 

The mouse comes in wood and sugarcane-fiber packaging that is entirely recyclable and does not contain any plastic. You may also recycle your old mouse for free by sending it to Microsoft. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, according to Microsoft, is a tiny step forward in the company’s “greater sustainability journey.” 

The mouse has three programmable buttons and can connect to Bluetooth 4.0 devices up to 33 feet away. On a single AA battery, Microsoft promises that the device may last up to 12 months. Swift Pair is also supported by the mouse, which makes it easier to pair it with your computer. The Ocean Plastic Mouse costs $25 and will be available on October 5th, the same day Microsoft releases Windows 11. 

Apart from this Microsoft Teams Integration provides a comprehensive infrastructure with a single platform for calling, conferencing, video, and sharing, reflecting your company’s professional attitude, simplifying communication, and providing a smooth experience for your customers. 

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Meetings may be shown on your Google Calendar to illustrate how much of your time is taken up by them

Most of us have attended meetings that might have easily been conducted by email. Google Calendar will soon give information on how you spend your workday, including how much time you spend in meetings, so you could see how much time you might save if your managers instead wrote notes. 

The goal of Time Insights is for you to acquire a better knowledge of how you spend your time so you can make changes if you’re spending too much time on Zoom calls or conference rooms. For example, if you have a lot of meetings with the same people, you might be able to combine them. 

The functionality may be used to emphasize the days and times when you are most likely to be in meetings. You’ll also get a time breakdown (including the average amount of time spent in meetings each day) as well as information on the people with whom you have the most meetings. When you hover your mouse over a person, Google Calendar will highlight all of their meetings. 

Only PCs, not mobile devices, will be able to see Time Insights. You’ll usually be the only one who sees the insights, but if you manage other people’s calendars and they’ve allowed the “manage sharing access” permission, you’ll be able to see their Time Insights as well. 

Google Workspace administrators will be able to disable the functionality, but ordinary users will not. Time Insights can, however, be hidden simply by closing the bar on the right side of the screen. 

Certain Google Workspace accounts will soon have access to Time Insights (i.e. Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus and Nonprofits users). Users on other subscriptions, such as G Suite Basic and Business, will not be able to utilize it. 

It should arrive in the next several weeks for workspace administrators. On September 6th and September 20th, Google will make Time Insights available to Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains, respectively. On each type of domain, the deployment might take up to 15 days. 

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Google: This big privacy update will be rolled out to billions of Android devices in the near future

Android applications that haven’t been used in a long time will soon lose their ability to access critical device functions like sensors, SMS messages, and contact lists. 

Google aims to expand the availability of “permissions auto-reset,” an Android privacy feature that immediately revokes an app’s previously granted permissions to access a device’s location, camera, microphone, and other features, starting in December. 

Last year, Google introduced the functionality for Android 11, but it will be expanded to “billions of more devices” in December through Google Play services for smartphones running Android 6.0 (API level 23) from 2015 and newer. 

“For apps targeting Android 11 (API level 30) or higher, the functionality will be enabled by default. Users may, however, explicitly activate permission auto-reset for apps targeting API levels 23 to 29 “In an Android developer blog post, Google says. 

The function is designed to assist Android users in managing privacy-sensitive app permissions when they have dozens of applications on their smartphone, many of which aren’t used frequently or for lengthy periods of time. It focuses on an app’s “runtime permissions,” or “dangerous permissions,” which allow it to access the user’s location, contact information, messages, and other personal information. 

If an app targeting Android 6 or above isn’t utilized for a few months after being released in Q2 2022, Android will automatically reset the sensitive runtime permissions that the user provided to the app. 

In developer notes, Google says that “this action has the same impact as if the user saw a permission in system settings and changed your app’s access level to Deny.” 

All Android mobile applications on consumer devices will be affected by the change. Google has established an exemption for corporate-managed applications and apps with permissions set by enterprise policy. 

App developers may also ask a user to stop auto-set for their app on Google’s platform. This might be appropriate for programs that are intended to run in the background, such as family safety apps, data syncing apps, smart device control apps, or device pairing apps. 

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Data transfer from iOS to current Samsung phones — tablets and phones – is possible with WhatsApp

Both WhatsApp and Samsung have made it easy to transfer conversation history from an iOS device to a Samsung device. This must be done during the first setup of your Samsung phone, and you will need an Android 10 model and the appropriate cable to do it. 

In a file blog post and on the help website, app developers of WhatsApp explain migration conditions. A Samsung smartphone running Android 10 with the Samsung Smart Switch app pre-installed is required. At the very least, this programme must be version 3.7.22.1. 

The need that the migration takes place during the first setup means that the Samsung smartphone must have had a system update to this version of the programme, which was released in early August, so that it may be utilized in system image as well. It has been treated and is thus present when the product is initially used or after factory settings. In summary, it can be stated that migration is presently only allowed on Samsung smartphones and newly introduced devices with recently updated operating systems. 

A USB-c to Lightning cable is required in addition to these specifications for a new Samsung phone. On iOS, version 2.21.160.17 is required; on Android, version 2.21.16.20 is required, and users must use the same phone number. 

It’s also being reported on WhatsApp. Peer-to-peer push notifications Call history on WhatsApp isn’t synchronized. According to Facebook’s subsidiary, “soon more Android devices” will be able to use the migration feature. 

Migrations between these two systems had to rely on third-party solutions until recently. It is unclear when the transition from Android to iOS will take place. 

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Microsoft’s Office applications for Chromebooks are being phased out in favour of web-based alternatives

Microsoft has been offering its Office 365 suite to Chromebook users via the Google Play store since 2017, but that will stop in a few weeks. 

Microsoft is ending support for Office (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) on Chromebooks as of September 18. Microsoft, on the other hand, is not completely abandoning the popular mobile gadget. Instead, then downloading an app, Microsoft is urging consumers to visit the website. 

On September 18, 2021, Microsoft applications (Office and Outlook) will be converted to web experiences (Office.com and Outlook.com) to deliver the best possible experience for Chromebook users, according to a statement provided to TechCrunch by Microsoft. 

“This move gives Chromebook consumers access to new and premium services,” Microsoft said in a statement. 

The Microsoft online experience will help the company move its Chromebook customers to the Microsoft 365 service, which has more Office templates and overall capability than the app-based approach. In addition, the online method is better suited to larger displays than the app. 

According to the announcement, consumers will “…check in using their personal Microsoft Account or account linked with their Microsoft 365 subscription” to have access to Office and Outlook on Chromebooks. Microsoft has also made instructions available online to demonstrate customers how to use Office on a Chromebook. 

Chromebooks are powered by Google’s Chrome OS, which is based on Linux. Because Android is also built on Linux, Chromebooks can run Android apps downloaded from Google Play. While support for Chromebooks will be phased down, Microsoft will continue to support Android-based mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. 

Users who have already downloaded the Microsoft Office applications for Chromebooks will be able to use them after September 18, but they will no longer get support or upgrades. 

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