Back at Build 2017, Microsoft previewed a new OneDrive feature called Files on Demand. If you’re a participant of the Windows 10 Insider program, you can now get your hands on the feature as Microsoft has rolled out Files on Demand to those who are part of the Fast Ring of the Windows 10 Insider program.
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With Windows 10 Insider Build 16215 installed, users would be prompted by the OneDrive app to enable Files on Demand upon login. Once the feature is enabled, you can begin taking advantage of the feature.
Using File on Demand
To begin using the feature, you’ll need to open your OneDrive folder. In the folder, you’ll see a new Status tab that comes with various icons that represent the state of the file in OneDrive.
Files that are available on both OneDrive and the device you’re on are given green check marks, files that are currently syncing between the device and OneDrive are given the Sync icon, while files that can only be found on OneDrive are given a Cloud icon.
How does it work
So how does Files on Demand work? Once the feature is active, OneDrive would stop downloading entire folders to your computer. If user requires a file that is currently unavailable on their computer, all they have to do is double-click on
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If you’re one of the early ones who’ve managed to gain access to the feature, you’ll be able to find the City Guides feature through the Facebook app’s “More” menu. Through this feature, you’ll be able to select a city and gain some information about the city itself, on top of a list of friends that have visited the city you’re looking at.
The biggest selling point that City Guides has lies in its “Suggestions” tab. From this tab, Facebook will compile a list of locations, ranging from restaurants to tourist attractions, that are popular there. Besides locations, Facebook will also list down any upcoming activities that will be held in the city as well.
If any of these locations or activities strike your fancy, Facebook has included a bookmark icon that lets you save these locations and/or activities into a simple list.
Handy though the feature may be, do note that City Guides appears to be focused on international cities at the moment. As such, the feature may prove useless if you’re planning to visit places that are located outside
Google Classroom is designed for everyone involved in a student’s education. More than 20 million educators and students use it to teach and learn together, as do administrators who oversee how this tool is used across classrooms, and developers who are building educational technology for the next generation. As everyone heads back to school to start the new semester, we’re releasing new Classroom updates designed specifically for each of these groups.
For students: individualized work for differentiated learning
We know that one-size-fits-all teaching doesn’t always meet students’ needs, and we’ve been impressed with the workarounds Classroom teachers have found to differentiate their instruction. Starting today, Classroom makes it a lot easier for teachers to assign work to individual students and groups based on their unique needs. As they’re creating an assignment, post or question, teachers can choose whether to share it with the entire class or just with a subset of students.
Juli Dalzell, a seventh-grade teacher at Thomas A. Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA, says she likes how the new feature lets her teach students who may grasp concepts at different paces. “I can assign different levels of questions or quantities of assignments,” says Dalzell. “Also, I can push out documents, such as answer keys, as students complete their assignments.”
With this feature, students can also discreetly receive extra practice if they’re struggling with a new subject. Sara Enberg, a library media specialist at River Willow Elementary School in Hudson, WI, says that the new update creates “an easy way to assign a reteaching or extension activity for students who are struggling… Just a quick simple video for a couple of students and they were back on track.”
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If you’re a Gmail user, chances are that you’ve heard of “Undo Send” feature. This feature makes your mail to sit in the Outbox for a predetermined amount of time before being sent out, giving you a grace period where you’re able to modify or retract it.
With smartphone screen sizes increasing, developers have to make sure they can find ways to prepare the UI for one-hand usage. Today, it is discovered that Apple has already been working on a one-handed keyboard that can be (eventually) activated via edge-swipe. The feature has yet to be completed though.
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Developer Steve Troughton-Smith who discovered the existence of this keyboard inside Apple’s iOS simulator, says that this the code for this feature has existed in the iOS Xcode since iOS 8. However, Apple yet to announce the implementation of the feature.
The one-handed keyboard can be activated with swipes from the edge of the keyboard. This would cause iOS to pull all the keys to one side or the other. You can see this in the gif below.
Facebook Live Broadcast will be getting an often requested feature on Thursday as the company has announced that it will be updating its Live API to allow users to schedule live broadcasts ahead of the actual stream.
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Unfortunately, this feature will only be available for users with Verified Pages, so those who wish to utilise this feature would need to acquire verification from Facebook. Assuming that you own a Verified Page, here’s how you can schedule a live broadcast when the feature goes live.
Go to your Publishing Tools, select “Video Library“, and then click on “Live“
Copy and paste your stream credentials into the dialog box. If you don’t wish to do so now, you can always do so later by editing the post in the Video Library.
Write a post to announce your scheduled stream. You can choose to be as informative and engaging as you want to.
Select your scheduled start time, add a custom image to your broadcast (if you want), then click on schedule. Your friends would be notified by Facebook of your scheduled broadcast and it will appear on their News Feed.
In the event that you wish to reschedule or delete your live broadcast session, you can do so by opening the “Edit Live Video” option. For rescheduling, choose the “Edit Schedule” option via the drop down arrow, choose a new time,
Tumblr introduced two new features that allow mobile users to quickly reblog posts and quickly share posts with other users.
With the new quick reblog feature, iOS and Android users can now hold down the reblog button on a post and drag their finger to the Tumblr they’d like to reblog the post to.
In terms of sending content to other users, Android users can now hold down the airplane button and drag their finger to the Tumblr they’d like to send the post to. While this sending feature is currently only available for Android users, Tumblr said the feature is coming soon to iOS.
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To schedule rides, users can select their pickup locations and tap the clock icon on the right side of the screen to set their pickup times. Users can change or cancel their scheduled rides up to 30 minutes before their requested times.
As reported by CNET, there will be no extra charge for a scheduled ride, but “there will be a minimum fee for the trip.” In addition, Lyft is reportedly testing how surge pricing may affect scheduled rides.
For now, Lyft’s ride scheduling feature is available to users in San Francisco, although the company said it will make the feature available to more customers this summer.
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YouTube launched a new in-app messaging feature for a “small percentage of YouTube users,” according to a report from Wired. The feature allows users to share videos with friends, as well as chat about those videos within the application.
According to Wired, as the feature’s initial users invite their friends into conversations, they’ll receive access to the feature, as well. Users can chat about a single video in a thread, or share multiple videos over time. These conversations are stored under a new tab in the app.
In addition to now allowing users to recommend videos to their friends directly, YouTube also recently updated the machine learning engine behind the video recommendations presented to users on the app’s home page. With this update, the home page can now feature recommended content that was uploaded less than an hour earlier, as well as videos from channels users have subscribed to.
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