Cloud major Oracle has announced availability of an Internet Intelligence Map that will provide users with a simple, graphical way to track Internet’s health and gain insight into events such as natural disasters or state-imposed interruptions.
The map is part of Oracle’s Internet Intelligence initiative which provides insight and analysis on the state of global internet infrastructure, the company said in a statement.
“The Internet is the world’s most important network, yet it is incredibly volatile. Disruptions on the Internet can affect companies, governments and network operators in profound ways,” said Kyle York, Vice President of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
As millions across the globe work remotely via video calls, most of them miss in-person, face-to-face conversations in offices and there is nothing wrong in disliking remote meetings.
Google has made an effort to dig into the science behind remote communication and found some interesting nuggets of information for workers.
According to Zachary Yorke, UX Researcher at Google, humans are hardwired for the fast-paced exchange of in-person conversation.
Humans have spent about 70,000 years learning to communicate face-to-face, but video conferencing is only about 100 years old. When the sound from someone’s mouth doesn’t reach your ears until a half second later, you notice,” said Yorke. That’s because we’re ingrained to avoid talking at the same time while minimizing silence between turns.
A delay of five-tenths of a second (500 millisecond) — whether from laggy audio or fumbling for the unmute button — is more than double what we’re used to in-person. These delays mess with the fundamental turn-taking mechanics of our conversations. At the office, meetings usually start with some impromptu, informal small talk. We share personal tidbits that build rapport and empathy.
“Making time for personal connections in remote meetings not only feels good, it helps you work better together. Science shows that teams who periodically share personal information perform better than teams who don’t. And when leaders model this, it can boost team performance even more,” suggested the Google executive.
Research shows that on video calls where social cues are harder to see, we take 25 per cent fewer speaking turns. But video calls have something email doesn’t: eye contact. “We feel more comfortable talking when our listeners’ eyes are visible because we can read their emotions and attitudes. This is especially important when we need more certainty—like when we meet a new team member or listen to a complex idea,” Yorke noted.
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When things go wrong, remote teams are more likely to blame individuals rather than examining the situation, which hurts cohesion and performance. “Have an open conversation with your remote teammates about your preferred working styles and how you might complement each other,” said Google.
To help people stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic, Google Fi has announced to temporarily increase its limits for full speed data to 30GB per user, for both Flexible and Unlimited Plans.
Google Fi is operated by Google in the US that gives data service on three mobile networks T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. After 30GB, one can choose to return to full-speed data for an additional $10/GB for the rest of billing cycle.
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“Google Fi is temporarily extending the payment grace period so Fi customers who are having trouble with their bills can stay connected. We’re extending our grace period, during which customers will maintain full service, to 60 days from a customer’s missed billing date,” the company said in a statement.
Previously, users on the Flexible plan had 15GB of top-speed data per month and once they used that, the speed would downgrade to 256kbps or asked to pay extra for more gigabytes.
Unlimited plan members ordinarily get 22GB of full-speed data before their speeds are throttled down to 256 Kbps for the remainder of the billing period. “As a precautionary health measure for our support specialists, we’re operating with a limited team, and some support channels may be unavailable,” the company added.
Meanwhile, Verizon recently announced that it is providing all of its mobile customers with 15GB of extra data, AT&T announced it would waive some late payment fees, and T-Mobile removed mobile data caps for all customer. (IANS)
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reduced the Status video limit from 30 seconds to 15 seconds in India to cut strain on Internet networks during the coronavirus lockdown in the country as millions of people have started sharing videos in Status.
A tweet by WABetaInfo has revealed WhatsApp has put a bar on time limit for videos posted under the ‘Status’ section of the Facebook-owned instant messaging app.
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“You can no longer send videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer than 16 seconds: only videos having a duration of 15 seconds will be allowed. This is happening in India and it’s probably an initiative to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures,” WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday.
India has over 400 million WhatsApp users.
Facebook-owned messaging platform is asking users to crop any video longer than 15 seconds time duration and only then it can be posted as Status.
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At the time of launch, the chatting app allowed 90 seconds to three minutes of video and if the existing video is larger than 16MB if gave an option to trim the length of the video before sending it.
Later, the limit was reduced to 30 seconds.