Day: September 23, 2020

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 helps deliver NASA’s next-generation space exploration efforts

Lockheed Martin is using mixed reality headsets to assist workers during the production of the Orion spacecraft.

Image: NASA

Companies are embracing augmented reality and mixed reality for a host of applications across industries. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it would expand global availability of Hololens 2, its mixed reality headset. As part of the announcement, the company also provided a use case detailing how Lockheed Martin is using the headsets to help assemble Orion spacecraft; an integral part of NASA’s Artemis Program. In the years ahead, Orion capsules are set to launch astronauts to the moon with an eye toward crewed missions to the Red Planet.

“We are super inspired to see what people are doing in the wild with HoloLens, and we are very excited that we have enough supply worldwide to bring it to this next set of regions,” said Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman in

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Apple partner Servify raises $23 million to scale its devices after-sales and management platform overseas – TechCrunch

Servify, a Mumbai-headquartered startup that operates a device lifecycle management platform and works deeply with brands including Apple and Samsung in a number of geographies, has raised $23 million in a new financing round.

The Series C financing round for the five-year-old startup was led by existing investor Iron Pillar, and other existing investors including Blume Ventures, Beenext, and Tetrao SPF participated in the round. The new round pushes Servify’s to-date raise to $48 million.

Servify works with enterprises such as Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Motorola, and Airtel and handles after-sales services such as device protection, exchange, and trade-in programs for its partners, explained Sreevathsa Prabhakar, founder and chief executive of the startup, in an interview with TechCrunch.

The startup, which offers its services through a whitelabel arrangement with enterprises, works with over 50 brands and reaches over 50 markets. With Apple, it works in three geographies, and in

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The best hidden features in iOS 14

Apple’s iOS 14 is full of new features, but some of the best gems are the ones in obscure places. Learn about the best hidden features in iOS 14 and how to use them on your iPhone and iPad.

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When Apple’s iOS 14 was released last week, many users and developers were surprised by the next-day availability. iOS 14 includes big changes that will forever change the way we use our iOS devices: From the widgets on the Home Screen, to the App Library, to the new automations in Shortcuts, iOS is clearly moving at a fast pace and bringing many new headlining features. Read about the best iOS 14 hidden features that many users skip over. 

SEE: Apple iPadOS: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Listen for sounds

One accessibility feature that Apple added to iOS 14 was the ability for your iPhone to listen

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How to create and manage breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams

Learn how to use channels to create breakout rooms and follow these best practices to make the experience easy for participants.

Channels can be used as breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams.


Microsoft Teams is an instant message platform, a file sharing, and an organizational tool for big teams and small ones. If you’ve mastered the basics of this collaboration tool, it’s time to up your skill set. Learning how to use channels as breakout rooms will give you more options for holding meetings with your teams. Here is a look at how to do that as well as best practices to make the experience easy for participants.


How to use channels as breakout rooms in Teams

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Each channel has a chat window and a place for files. 


First, you need a private team. Use an existing team or create a new one. You can add people

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