AUG
04

Popular streaming app OBS now optimized for Apple Silicon in new beta

OBS is one of the most popular apps for livestreaming. Although the app has been available for macOS users for quite a while, the current version of OBS is only fully compatible with Intel Macs. Luckily, this is about to change. The platform this week released the first beta of OBS Studio 28, which not only adds new features but also runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs.

As shared by the app’s developers on its official website, the latest beta update of OBS Studio finally brings native support for the Apple Silicon platform. This means that users of Macs with the M1 and M2 chips will notice a significant performance boost when using OBS.

Apple Silicon Macs can run Intel apps without major issues in most cases, thanks to Rosetta technology. However, these apps can’t take advantage of the full performance of the ARM chips made by Apple. When an app has native Apple Silicon support, it not only runs faster but also consumes less power, which is great for MacBook users.

One thing to keep in mind is that, despite support for Apple Silicon Macs in the main OBS app, third-party plugins will also need to be updated to work with the M1 and M2 chips natively.

But of course, other new features and enhancements are coming with the OBS update. For instance, version 28 adds support for 10-bit HDR video, as well as support for the new ScreenCaptureKit API for high-performance screen capture on macOS. The update also significantly improves support for the Apple VT encoder.

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AUG
04

What are the most popular productivity apps around the world?

What are the most popular productivity apps around the world?

Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Today, we dive into the productivity apps people are downloading around the world. Turns out a lot of us are working on the go, and care more about protecting our privacy. Also, Airtable doesn’t want the “productivity” label; CEO Howie Liu wants it to be an app development platform. And influencers are struggling to get paid on time.

Productivity around the world

If I could summarize what I’ve learned about productivity in one word, it would be “subjective.” Everyone works differently and has different criteria for their favorite productivity apps. Still, there are some apps most of us have coalesced around (think Google Drive or Zoom). I was curious about what productivity apps are most popular among consumers across the world, so I asked data.ai for some insights.

Data.ai sent me the top 10 productivity apps by downloads, monthly active users and consumer spend in Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Google One, the cloud storage subscription service, is the most popular app by consumer spend in each country. No surprises here: We need our mobile storage!The app category with the most growth in six of the eight countries is mobile cleaner/antivirus.Microsoft Outlook is the most popular app by monthly active users in the U.S. and U.K. Waze is most popular in Brazil and France.Public service apps, or governmental portal apps, made the top 10 downloaded productivity apps list in Brazil, France, Japan and South Korea.

What do these data points tell us? In general, global consumers are taking more control over digital privacy, and working more on the go.

Lexi Sydow, head of insights at data.ai, noted that the rise of password management and authenticator apps means that consumers are more aware of cybersecurity concerns.Microsoft Outlook’s popularity in the U.S. and U.K. indicates a shift toward mobile work. “In fact, we see the average person checks their Gmail app nearly nine times a day on their mobile device Monday-Friday in the U.S. during Q2 2022 on Android phones,” Sydow said.

The different popular productivity app genres show differences in “cultural norms or infrastructure across countries,” Sydow said. For example, the prevalence of public service apps might show governments’ digital innovation. Mobile cleaner and antivirus apps are often used more on Android devices, Sydow said, making them more widespread in Android-dominant countries like South Korea and Brazil.

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AUG
04

How To Track An Android Phone And Find It On Google Maps

How To Track An Android Phone And Find It On Google Maps

Before starting, check that you're on Android 8.0 or above. To find the version on your phone, go to Settings, About Phone, and Android version (via Google). 

For older Androids, try heading to System, System update, and update your Android OS to a more recent version. 

Next, we'll prepare the Android for tracking. The Find My Device feature is built into the OS by default. But it has to be enabled. And its interface can be accessed via the web portal or the Android app.

1. Go to your phone's Settings

2. Navigate to Google, Find My Device. Alternatively, go to Settings, Security, and Find My Device

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AUG
03

EasyApache August 3 Release

We are happy to announce that cPanel, L.L.C. has released an update for EasyApache 4! Take a look at some highlights below, and then join us on the cPanel Community Forums, Discord, or Reddit to talk about this update and much more. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out on …

The post EasyApache August 3 Release first appeared on cPanel Newsroom.
Original author: Rhoda Arnes

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AUG
01

35 Text Abbreviations You Should Know (and How to Use Them)

35 Text Abbreviations You Should Know (and How to Use Them)

Knowing the meaning of these terms will keep anyone with a phone, social media, or even just web access from being constantly confused in the digital world!

OMG! IMO, texting abbreviations are the GOAT! If you have absolutely no idea what that means, it might be time to brush up on your texting abbreviations. These collections of letters, short for a single word or group of words, are so common in texting that many have migrated into spoken conversations. And they’ve moved beyond text conversations, becoming widespread in social media captions and comments too. If you’re pairing these texting abbreviations with a GIF, find out what GIF stands for.

Why do we use abbreviations when we text?

It seems impossible to imagine texting without abbreviations today, but how did abbreviations become such a massive part of texting lingo? Well, in the days before smartphones, and even before keyboard phones, texters were working with a limited number of characters—160, to be exact—and before “unlimited” plans became the law of the land, each text cost money to send. Plus, typing just with thumbs isn’t quite the speedy process that typing on a traditional keyboard is. Not to mention, before keyboard phones, you had to press the number corresponding with the letter you wanted—enough times for that letter to appear. Needless to say, typing full words was cumbersome, and it became customary to shorten words and phrases. And, of course, abbreviating is just convenient in general, and is certainly not exclusive to texting—just look at all these common abbreviation and acronym examples.

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Classic texting abbreviations

1. LOL

This is perhaps the most ubiquitous texting acronym. Short for “laughing out loud,” “LOL” is now used to express even the mildest amusement. You can respond “LOL!!” perhaps paired with one of these popular emojis when your friend tells you a hilarious story, but you can also just say something like, “I forgot to have breakfast today, LOL.” It’s something of a catch-all reaction. Another note: “LOL” does not stand for “lots of love.” In the early days when texting abbreviations became mainstream, plenty of people made this LOL-worthy mistake.

2. OMG

The abbreviation “OMG,” for “oh my God” (or gosh, or goodness, or your expression of choice) vastly predates texting. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary tracked its earliest recorded use to a letter written in 1917! Today, you’ll see it used in sentences like, “OMG, can you believe how hot it is today?!” It’s a pretty catch-all exclamation or reaction.

3. IDK

“IDK” is perhaps the theme of this article, because it literally means “I don’t know,” which is exactly how you felt about all these text abbreviations before you learned what they stood for. Next time you get a text from your kid asking where their favorite shirt is, reply with “IDK, ask your mother/father/sibling.”

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