#TB Gmail is different. Here’s what you need to know.

I decided to glance through my gmail starting from the first email and this is what is was back in 2004

Gmail Team <gmail-noreply@google.com>
24/06/2004

to me

First off, welcome. And thanks for agreeing to help us test Gmail. By now you probably know the key ways in which Gmail differs from traditional webmail services. Searching instead of filing. A free gigabyte of storage. Messages displayed in context as conversations.

So what else is new?

Gmail has many other special features that will become apparent as you use your account. You’ll find answers to most of your questions in our searchable help section, which includes a Getting Started guide. You’ll find information there on such topics as:

How to use address auto-complete
Setting up filters for incoming mail
Using advanced search options
You may also have noticed some text ads or related links to the right of this message. They’re placed there in the same way that ads are placed alongside Google search results and, through our AdSense program, on content pages across the web. The matching of ads to content in your Gmail messages is performed entirely by computers; never by people. Because the ads and links are matched to information that is of interest to you, we hope you’ll find them relevant and useful.

You’re one of the very first people to use Gmail. Your input will help determine how it evolves, so we encourage you to send your feedback, suggestions and questions to us. But mostly, we hope you’ll enjoy experimenting with Google’s approach to email.

Speedy Delivery,

The Gmail Team

p.s. You can sign in to your account any time by visiting http://gmail.google.com

[Video] 11 Features In The Latest Microsoft Windows 10 Creator Update

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Good day Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the internet. Today I want to demonstrate 11 useful features of Windows 10 Creators Update. This is how this update was described in their announcement

“We believe that everyone is a creator at heart and that creativity is an essential human trait. And, no matter who you are, Windows 10 is built to empower the creator in all of us.”

• Picture in Picture Mini View

For apps that support this feature (like the video player), you can minimise that app in a mini window that stays above your active windows.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/05/22/windows-10-tip-watch-video-using-another-app-mini-view/

• Night light

Search for night light in settings. Night light is designed to show warmer colours and reduce blue light to reduce eye strain and help you sleep better. You have the option of scheduling when night light comes on. Created this illustration to give you an idea of what it looks like because screen recording does not capture this.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/05/08/windows-10-tip-lower-blue-light-emitted-pc-night-light/

• Paint 3D

Search for Paint 3D in the start menu. Create 3D objects and scenes with a simple to use interface. With the Remix 3D community you can share your creations or repurpose shared creations.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/17/windows-10-tip-five-ways-get-started-paint-3d/

• Custom colours under personalisation

We are no longer limited to specific colours for the desktop background or window accents.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17144/windows-10-change-desktop-background

• Privacy dashboard

Setup now includes a privacy dashboard that is simple and easy to understand. These settings can also be changed later in Settings. This is designed to make us comfortable that we have control of what we share with Microsoft and third parties.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/05/windows-10-privacy-journey-continues-more-transparency-and-controls-for-you/

• A new Windows Defender Security Center

This is described as a new experience that is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/01/23/introducing-windows-defender-security-center/

• Dynamic Lock

For dynamic lock to work you need to first pair your phone with your computer. Once your phone is not within bluetooth range your computer automatically locks within a minute or so. You can test this by turning off bluetooth on your phone and waiting.

https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10-windows-hello-and-privacy

• Start menu folders

You can now group tiles into folders just like you could have on windows phone

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/06/05/windows-10-tip-organize-start-files-new-tile-folders/

• Storage sense

The options are limited but I expect it will be expanded in the future. This allows Windows to automatically free up disk space.

• Troubleshoot menu

Now you have access to the troubleshooting dialogs from settings without being prompted to run them.

• Windows + G and screen capture

Not new to Windows Creator but worth a mention here. Simply press the Windows key and G and the Gaming Bar appears. You can use it to quickly video record a screen with mic audio although it does make you check that it is a game being recorded.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/10/24/windows-10-tip-get-started-with-the-game-bar-on-your-windows-10-pc/

I have links to Microsoft’s website for most of these features in the description below. Remember you can easily find settings by doing a search in settings.

Software used to create video – Vegas movie studio
OBS Studio for screen capture

Side note – Wanted to record some screens in Virtual Box but discovered that there was no option to boot from USB. You have to hack it.

Thank you for viewing. Share, comment, like and subscribe. Peace, love and tech.

Q and A with Progwhiz Solutions

Tell us about Progwhiz Solutions

We started a few decades ago concentrating mostly on programming languages to create software that basically bridged applications and migrating from legacy systems to more flexible platforms.

How did this start and what is the story behind the name Progwhiz?

CS is my field and coding is something that takes a hold of software engineers, it gets in your blood. We consider ourselves to be whizzes at programming, nothing complex there.

How would you describe what a robot is to a layman?

It’s a machine that relieves a human of a monotonous task, a dangerous task so that the human can be retrained and redeployed to other areas where they are needed. It is also useful in tasks where absolute precision is needed.

Give some examples of how robotics with technology can be used in Trinidad?

Medical precision in operating theatres; servicing hard-to-reach areas; menial tasks; dangerous tasks; drones for legal surveillance and operational maintenance.

What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence and IoT as it relates to robotics?

Everything can be used for good or evil, it’s up to the user. AI can be very useful in trying to create a ‘thinking’ entity in order to anticipate trouble scenarios and cater for contingencies. We all want to create ‘smarter’ objects, machines and software, we’re always trying to automate things.

What do you say to someone who is concerned that robots will replace them in the workplace?

Accept it, suck it up and dust off the old resume, LOL! Seriously, sure some tasks will be taken away from the human but the human can be retrained, adapted to other tasks where resources are needed. In addition, human jobs will be created by the need to service the robots.

Tell us about your project with St. Anthonys College?

St. Anthony’s is a good school with much prowess in the field of athletics but it needs to shore up its academic side and if the cutting edge of science and technology was included, all the better. There needs to be a computer lab dedicated to senior students, made capable of respecting the space and where real thought can take place. The more highways you build, the more people will buy cars. The more labs you build, the more students will be encouraged to use them in the pursuit of CS knowledge. The Principal, Mr.Maurice Inniss is a professional educator who cares about the well being and future of his students. He has a keen sense of the role that Technological Innovation plays in our country’s future so we have an excellent partner whom we can work with who is visionary in the purest sense of the word.

What are some of the challenges you see facing the tech space in Trinidad?

Meagre to nil support from the state and private sector to help high-tech entrepreneurs who are trying to change things for the better. We’re still stuck in the old ways of hoping to find more oil and gas and the private sector is too concerned about using that foreign exchange for short term profits that fatten the bank accounts of CEOs and Directors but leave the majority of the population cash poor and hapless when the oil runs out or sells cheaply. We don’t innovate, export near enough or create our own competitive products or services. We will never be a developed nation until we satisfy those requirements. Take, for instance, the IDB funded Global Services Promotion Programme (GSPP), it’s a colossally misguided initiative that seems to be designed to cater to ONE category of entrepreneur while leaving all the other gems to sit right in the soil. It’s so designed to look out for corruption that it threw the baby out with the bath water. In the end, it’s one hundred and twenty million shot that will have a negligible effect on diversification and that’s a real shame. It’s so constrictive and frustrating that it’s a barrier to entrepreneurs and innovation. A TRUE diversification initiative should have as many categories of entrepreneur catered for, not just one. It’s an exercise in futility that just leaves taxpayers with a $120mil loan to pay back. The IDB has a lot to learn about technological innovation and the entrepreneurs behind them.

What websites would you recommend someone go to learn more about robotics?

There are numerous websites that retail Robotic products that are designed for executing certain functions for a specific purpose. These products have a finite scope and are not modular or scalable and definitely do not permit the creation of new products that are financially viable. The few websites that teach the fundamentals of Robotics, while important, are not feasible to create a Robotics solution due to the tedious design, manufacture and production. So what we are doing different is that we bring a holistic exposure to Robotics that brings the power and flexibility to enthusiasts’ and students’ fingertips without the ‘black box’ complexity that traditionally is aligned to the field of robotics.

Anything else you would like to add?

We applaud your recognition of our endeavor to be new and of value and we look forward to being the catalyst to triggering new innovative products and services that moves our economy away from total dependency on the petroleum industry wholly dependent depleting resource.

Website : progwhiz.com

Q and A with Hike Transportation Technologies

Q and A with Hike Transportation Technologies
Pictured above from left to right: Jay Agarwal (CIO), Ayanna Caesar (Director, Marketing PR), Matthew Duke (President and CEO), Charmaine Peart (Director of Digital and Philanthropic Strategy) and Deon Caesar (COO)

How did you guys get started?

HIKE is the brainchild of our visionary President and CEO. He recognized a need, brainstormed solutions with the current management team, and now we are well on our way to showing proof of concept.

How did you come up with the name Hike Transportation Technologies?

The word Hike is synonymous with Journey. A journey can be done by oneself or as part of a group or team. Team Hike promotes Hike and the T&T community journeying together to get to the same destination – we believe Trinidad is poised to be the technological hub of the Caribbean and want to make this a reality. This journey will take time, it will require trust but the destination will be well worth it.

What technologies were used to build your platform?

Our platform is built on AWS with a slew of leading technologies.

Can persons pay with cash?

Yes. Payment with a credit card is another available option.

Any plans to do deliveries?

Not at this time as we focus on our first solution and working with government and others to address the challenges of traffic and limited access to transportation.

Are self-driving cars on your radar?

Not at this time.

What makes your service different from other ride sharing apps?

Our focus on the community. We operate more as a service to drivers than a partner by charging a lead or finder’s fee, rather than a fixed 20 to 30% of a driver’s fare.

Is the service restricted to specific locations?

Our goal is to not restrict the public’s access to alternate means of transportation. We will have driver availability throughout the island.

And what about Tobago?

It will be available there as well.

Tell us about your ambitions to be a regional and global player?

Once our launch is successful we will continue to hike across the globe

What are some of the challenges and what changes will help your service to grow?

One of our challenges is ensuring that there are enough legally operating resources/taxi drivers to meet the rider demand. As we continue to meet with the Ministry of Works and Transportation, as well as other officials and organizations, we believe that solving the H taxi shortage would not only help our business to grow but help meet a tremendous need for safe transportation.

Anything else you would like to add?

Making the communities we operate in better has to be the top priority in order to truly move forward.

Facebook page – facebook.com/HikeTT/
Website – hiketransport.com (Currently under construction)