Reach maximum workplace productivity with these office hacks

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. According to a survey by Microsoft, people worldwide spend an average of 45 hours a week working, but only consider about 17 hours productive. A separate survey by the company found that 93 percent of respondents of all ages consider productivity important to achieving ultimate happiness. SEE ALSO: Learn life hacks from some of the world’s most successful people Since most agree that distractions and interruptions account for the most wasted time, and technology tools can help maximize your workplace productivity even if you can’t rely on peace and quiet. Read more… More about Gadgets, Technology, Office, Mountie, and Mashable Shopping Dalvin Brown #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Hyper-Converged Infrastructure | Argon Systems

What is #HyperConvergence? Hyper-converged servers are a single integrated system combining storage, compute and network capacity with virtualization and the OS into a single integrated system. With Hyper-Converged Infrastructure you don’t have the headaches of unexpected incompatibilities when refreshing a component. These servers are configured with both Hyper-V and Storage Spaces. Think of this like buying a laptop. You don’t attach separate compute and storage modules. Increase capacity simply by adding a component, server, or rack at any time. We recommend #ArgonSystems Hyper-converged Solutions for All Private Cloud Environments. Visit http://argonsys.com #Hyperconverged #CloudInfrastructure #VirtualPrivateCloud #pch3lp

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Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation

Fox News is going over-the-top. The Fox News Channel officially announced today the upcoming launch of an over-the-top streaming service called Fox Nation that will include live exclusive daily programing as well as long-form content available only to subscribers. Fox Nation will also include access to exclusive events and over 20 years of Fox News Channel programming, the company says. News of the upcoming service, set to launch in Q4 this year, was first reported by The New York Times, which noted that the streaming service’s content won’t overlap with what’s aired on the broadcast channel. Instead, it will include mostly new content, produced daily, from new anchors and commentators. One unique aspect to the service is that it will also encourage more interactivity with viewers through live events, like question-and-answer forums, says The NYT. Details about the service’s exact launch date or pricing are not yet available, as that’s still being worked out. However, John Finley, Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Fox News, described the service as one designed for the Fox News “super fan,” in his statement about the new product. “With our traditional cable viewership at an all-time high, we are proud to announce a new digital offering geared entirely toward the FOX News superfans, who represent the most loyal audience in cable, if not all of television,” reads Finley’s statement. “This initiative will capitalize on providing that viewer, who is among the most affluent and well-educated in cable, with a highly specialized content experience on a platform they can watch anytime, anywhere.” This statement hints that the new service isn’t necessarily designed for cord cutters, despite its over-the-top nature. Instead it’s more like supplemental content for those who can’t get enough Fox News from cable TV. To what extent this product makes sense in a world that’s rapidly ditching pay TV is unclear, given that a plethora of live TV services on the market today already offer streaming, over-the-top access to Fox News itself, including YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, and others. And because Fox News is a 24/7 cable news channel, that means Fox Nation will basically be competing against its own parent company’s flagship offering. If anything, Fox Nation will siphon off viewers who want, somehow even less hard news content than they were getting from Fox News itself, and are more interested in opinions. In fact, the company even refers to Fox Nation as an “over-the-top opinion platform” in its announcement. The upcoming launch of Fox Nation follows Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film and TV divisions, which excluded Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports; it is one of the first major new products to emerge from the now leaner 21st Century Fox. Fox Nation is not the only news channel to experiment with new technology for digital apps, however. CNN acquired YouTuber Casey Neistat’s Beme, but that didn’t quite pan out and Neistat has since left the company. But CNN is continuing to develop some of the apps under the Beme umbrella, including a yet-to-launch live news app called Wire. Meanwhile, the live-streamed business news network Cheddar is attracting a younger audience who doesn’t necessarily watch – or even own a TV. Fox Nation will operate from the network’s New York headquarters, and will begin hiring in Q2. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Sarah Perez #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Research finds Facebook holds personally identifiable data on 40% of EU population

The EU’s massive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, which introduces harsher restrictions on how businesses can use and store the personal data of their customers. This will greatly affect foreign tech companies that operate within the EU, since they cannot use personal data as freely and as lucratively as they used to. Facebook is one of those companies and it will have to completely change its approach to personal data — at least for their European users — according to a recently published study by researchers at the University Carlos III of Madrid.… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Facebook Már Másson Maack #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Cryptocurrency News 2/20/2018

Editor’s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. Hey everyone, looks like you get two newsletters today, not because the last one was published late but because I’m the most generous, beautiful person to walk this horrible earth. The coins are doing even better than usual After sacrificing a goat on top of a volcano, Lord Satoshi has made the Bitcoin return to $11,560 as of writing this, which is quite incredible considering it hasn’t been there since mid-January. I really hope that this means I can finally… This story continues at The Next Web Ed Zitron #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Intruders ‘borrowed’ Tesla’s public cloud for cryptocurrency mining

Tesla isn’t immune to the plague of cryptocurrency mining hijacks, it seems. Security researchers at RedLock have reported that intruders gained access to Tesla’s Kubernetes console (where it deploys and manages containerized apps) without needing a… #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Samsung’s ultra-fast 30TB SSD crams massive capacity into a 2.5-inch drive

The solid-state drive pictured above may look like any other, but don’t be fooled: Samsung’s PM1643 crams a staggering 30.72 terabytes of storage into the traditional 2.5-inch SSD form factor. That’s enough room for 5,700 full HD movies, Samsung says. Samsung created its 30TB SSD by combining 32 sticks of 1TB NAND flash packages together, each built with 16 layers of stacked 512Gb V-NAND chips. This drive nearly doubles the capacity of Samsung’s previous champion, which topped out at 16TB. Whether it’s the world’s largest SSD is up for some debate. Seagate unveiled a 60TB SSD in a fatter 3.5-inch form factor during the Flash Memory Summit in late 2016, but it doesn’t appear to have ever been sold. To read this article in full, please click here Brad Chacos #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Google begins replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet with new app

Google begins replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet with new app The VergeGoogle Pay branding is starting to replace Android Pay in the app and on the web Android PoliceAndroid Pay bites the dust as Google Pay rollout begins w/ new app design, ‘Google Pay Send’ replaces Google Wallet 9to5GoogleAmazon.com: Android: Cell Phones & Accessories Amazon.comGoogle Maps Go Beta Now Open For All: What Does It Bring? Tech TimesFull coverage #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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Russian bots hijack America’s gun control debate hours after Florida shooting

Automated Twitter accounts rush to comment in aftermath of tragedy to capitalise on deeply divided sentiment over Second Amendment Daisuke Wakabayashi, Sheera Frenkel #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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6 Mobile Apps for Creating GIFs On the Go

Keen to use plenty of GIFs in your text conversations, social media interactions, or even your work? If you can’t find the the perfect one somewhere like Giphy, it’s pretty easy to make your own, providing you know how. We take a look at the best options out there for your smartphone. GIFs are a fun way to communicate an emotion, joke, or sentiment in a way that’s eye catching, compact, and conveys more than a simple emoticon can. Who hasn’t been inspired by a cuddly cartoon character offering a hug? Or a bedraggled Keanu Reeves offering a supportive thumbs up? Or a perfectly looping Nyan Cat? Here’s our favorite picks for creating GIFs through your iOS or Android phone so you turn video clips, photo sequences, and more into custom GIFs. GIF X (iOS, Free) GIF X is free and verysimple to use. Simply import a video from your camera roll and start tweaking the clip to your liking. You can add numerous effects and masks to customize the look of the GIF, including adjusting opacity or size to suit a specific need. Want to import GIFs from Giphy? That’s an option too. which offers a bit of flexibility in GIF selection. You can always choose to save as a movie file rather than a GIF which can be useful in certain situations. The focus is very much on flexibility, making it a good all rounder for folks who want to play around with GIFs but aren’t sure where to start. Buy Now Giphy Cam (iOS/Android, Free) As the biggest GIF search engine out there, it makes sense that Giphy would have its own app for creating such GIFs. Giphy Cam is that tool, available for both iOS and Android. The app’s focus is on helping you convert your videos and still images into GIFs and the way it goes about it is distinctly quirky stuff—just look at those screenshots—with options to add silly stickers, texts, and frames to your images. It’s quirky, it’s fast, and it’s definitely appealing to people with limited experience with image editing. Buy Now GIF Maker (iOS, Free) GIF Maker is particularly great if you’re one of those people that loves to share cute personal GIFs with friends and family. (Yes, I’m talking about myself.) You can create a GIF from a photo, video, or live photo, before adding a fun caption to highlight a certain occasion. The easy meme-style captioning opens up your designs to cute things about love, a fun happy birthday message, or a simple ‘It’s Friyay!’. While it’s not going to be quite as practical as some of the other GIF making apps we’re showcasing, GIF Maker is a lot of fun when it comes to making a more intimate or personable GIF. There’s the usual selection of options for tweaking frame speeds, or adding filters too. Buy Now GIF Maker – GIF Editor (Android, Free) Not to be confused with the iOS app of the same name, this one is a little more rudimentary looking but just as useful. Through it, you’re able to cut and crop videos, as well as create a GIF from series of static images. Both methods are pretty simple and it’s easy to tweak frame speed to get the desired effect. Once past that stage, it’s just as simple to add color effects, different fonts, and so forth. Filters can also be applied (but do expect a bit of an Instagram experience with intense filters you may want to tone down a bit). Once you’ve wrapped things up, there are plenty of different sources you can upload to including Giphy, Imgur, or simply send them over to your friend via your favorite social network. Buy Now Camera MX (Android, Free) Camera MX‘s focus isn’t so much on making GIFs from cartoons or videos you’ve grabbed from external sources. Instead, the focus is on bringing your photos to life. The app includes a “Live Shot” function that is very similar to the Live Photo feature on iPhones. Not only can you turn those Live Shots into GIFs but you can also scrub forwards and backwards within them to capture exactly the moment you want to immortalize as a GIF. It won’t be for every situation as it’s squarely focused on photography rather than meme creations, but for those moments where you’re capturing memories and not just goofing around, it’s ideal. Buy Now Pixel Animator:GIF Maker (Android, Free) All the other apps we’ve highlighted are based around the idea of using existing photos or videos to make a GIF. Pixel Animator takes a radically more hands on approach: you create every single pixel of a GIF. It’s a powerful little tool for Android that helps you create little sprites much like if you were sketching out drawings in a flip book. It’ll definitely take some practice to truly master and certainly won’t appeal to those keen to finish things quickly, but it’s satisfying stuff. In the free version, you can create a 15 frame GIF and for a few bucks you can unlock unlimited frames. For those feeling restricted by current GIF options, it’s a ton of fun. Buy Now Jennifer Allen #pch3lp #tech #TheNewz #technology #TechNews

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