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Now AI or Artificial Intelligence can diagnose Glaucoma progression to blindness

How Artificial Intelligence help diagnose Glaucoma progression to blindness?
Technology today has undoubtedly reached at a level beyond imagination. Ever wondered that you can spot the early signs of progression of blindness 18 months earlier? Well, with the use Artificial Intelligence, researchers have devised a quick test that identifies which people with glaucoma are at risk for upcoming progression to blindness.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is omnipresent in everyday life. Also known as machine intelligence, pertain the capacity of a machine to imitate human intelligence. AI today helps in assisting the early diagnosis of glaucoma making sure the patient can be treated earlier before losing the sight.
Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness spreading rapidly all over. The important thing is, it cannot be fixed or reversed, so identifying glaucoma as early as possible helps saving the sight of patient. Unfortunately, the problem is that glaucoma is tough to diagnose in the early stages.
AI in Healthcare
The rapid evolution of technologies marked their footprints in almost all the sectors. Healthcare sector is in forefront using the high-end technologies to treat & cure diseases. AI, Big data, block chain are all the ways of gathering, storing and analyzing information. If the information is used effectively, it has the potential to rapidly speed up the progress in healthcare sector. Many Ophthalmologists have witnessed the power of AI algorithms that they can provide objective metrics from simple photographs and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) as well as can recognize the amount of optic nerve damage in glaucoma.
How AI helps diagnosing glaucoma progression to blindness, check it here:
Glaucoma is the leading global cause of irreversible blindness which has affected over 60 Million people. Well, loss of sight in glaucoma is caused due to the death of cells present in the retina at the back of an eye. As per the sources, it is said that a new retina test can now detect glaucoma progression 18 months prior that the current standard method.
They say, “Being able to diagnose glaucoma at the very first stage, and predict its progression could certainly help people to maintain their sight and the treatment could be more successful if it is provided at an early stage of disease.”
The simple test called DARC (Detection of Apoptosing Retinal Cells) is conducted for the patient. It includes injection of a fluorescent dye into the bloodstream via the arms which gets attached to retinal cells, and illuminates those that are in the process of apoptosis.
FYI: ApoptosisA programmed cell death sequence that leads to elimination of cells without releasing any harmful substances into the surrounding area. Apoptosis plays a significant role in developing and maintaining the health of the body by eliminating old, unnecessary and unhealthy cells.
In the DARC test, the damaged cells appear bright white when viewed in eye examinations. Whereas, the more damage cells, the higher is the DARC count.
The interesting part is, the specialists often disagrees the sign of glaucoma while viewing the same scans. So the researchers have introduced an AI algorithm into their method. 
How the AI Algorithm works?
In the clinical trials of DARC, the AI was used to examine 60 case studies – 20 with Glaucoma patients and 40 with healthy participants.
Initially the AI was trained by analyzing the retinal scans of 40 healthy participants after injecting the dye.
Then the AI was tested on the glaucoma patients.
The patients were called for the follow-up after 18 months after the main trial period.
After 18 months, the researchers were able to predict progressive glaucomatous damage with complete accuracy as every patient with a DARC count over a certain limit was found to have a progressive glaucoma at the time of second follow-up.
“The results are promising as they show DARC can certainly be used as a biomarker when used in combination with AI-aided algorithm” said by the lead researcher from University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology.
So now, there is no need to worry about losing the sight as AI is ready to help diagnosing glaucoma progression to blindness at very early stage.
Bibliography: 
AI can spot glaucoma that can lead to blindness: Here's how

https://www.expresscomputer.in/artificial-intelligence-ai/ai-helps-spot-early-signs-of-glaucoma-progression-to-blindness/54607/

Codota: Coding Auto-Complete, AI code completion Technology

Everything you need to know about Codota – A Coders' AI/Machine learning, coding Auto-Complete Technology that helps boosting the productivity...

Get AI Code Completions for your IDE (integrated development enironment)
Codota is a tool that helps auto-completing developers code. It uses AI and machine learning under the hood, and it basically gives relevant suggestion at right time.
Codota: Coding, Auto-Complete AI Technology that helps boosting the productivity
Codota: Coding, Auto-Complete AI Technology that helps boosting the productivity
We are living in the era of fast development. Right from education to technologies, everything is working in a fast-pace which gets the job done little bit faster and easier. The disruptive technologies in the current scenario have their own speed of development& improvisation. 
The invention of smart mobile phones with curtailed keyboards, autocomplete has nearly become an omnipresent feature of how we write these days. To save our precious time of correcting and composing the sentences, our keyboards prompt us with few suggestion of what we are trying to write to get the job done easier and lot faster. 
A similar tool has been developed that applies the same auto-complete concept to the world of coding. Using this, the developers easily get suggestions of what he wants to code ahead. The startup, Codota has announced a round of funding to expand its business all over the world. 


What is Codota?

Codota is an Israeli startup, Technion, The Israel Institute of Technology that provides an AI tool to the developers and allows them to autocomplete the strings of code they are writing. The main aim is to speed up the developers work and make sure they use right syntax with correct spellings reducing the errors in entire code.

In the layman’s language- Codota is an artificial supporting programmer that learns from the existing code and gives you suggestions for next code to help you build software faster and smarter.
In a simpler way- Codota helps you while writing the new code predicting the code you might need next. It also helps developers in reading and reviewing the code by showing the code that implies in similar settings.
Codota runs alongside the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and take help from the learned code models to suggest relevant code. These suggestions surely save a lot time of developers from searching references and also help preventing the future errors in the code.

Coding with Codota

At first coding with Codota seems easier, but ultimately, the quality of the suggestions really makes or breaks a product.
Codota uses the AI auto-complete technology which helps in boosting the productivity of code.

Now what the heck is this auto-complete and how it works?

Well, we always use this function while typing on our smartphones. While in coding, there are two types of auto-complete:
Automated boilerplate generator which gives an entire scaffold of classes, functions, methods and service providers.
Inline suggestion that goes with you while typing.

These types of suggestions make use of AI and if you use the tool for longer period of time, it starts seeing your patterns in your code and predicts what you are going to type next. The more you use a particular tool; it becomes user-friendly as it familiarizes itself with the libraries and frameworks the developer is using. In other way, the tool becomes a secondary brain that you can keep under control!

Whereas, not all auto-complete tool able to predict correct suggestions for coding. But those who are powered by deep and machine learning are much more automated in the way that suggests what is your aim and making it better as a predictive coding tool than just a regular autocomplete.

Codota has a power to adapt developer’s personal coding style, systematic thinking and ways of handling specific task as it is powered by deep and machine learning technology.

Codota’s Technology

Since its development, the company claims it has analyzed millions of code repositories to generate insights that enhance the developer productivity. Codota compares its technology to Gmail’s Smart Compose Feature.

The platform scripts the predictable codes in the coding development cycle including looking up for syntax, spell checks and suggesting the next possible code the developer may need.

Codota’s platform supports all major coding languages such as, Python, JavaScript, Java, C, and HTML. The platform successfully operates across popular IDE such as VCCode, Eclipse and IntelliJ.

To date, Codota has raised more than $16M in funding for it AI Software for developers. The funding will be used to flourish its reach beyond the existing range as well as to hike the customers reach. At present, the list of those that are using this impressive tool includes developers from gigantic companies like Google, Amazon, Netflix, Alibaba, Airbnb and Atlassian to name few. The company claims that their user base has increased more than 1000% in last year and over 1 Million developers are using it as monthly subscription.

Empowering Developers


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alking about the fresh funding, Dror Weiss, CEO of Codota, said, “This is a fantastic milestone towards achieving our mission of empowering every single developer in the world with best AI tools, thereby expanding developer productivity and software quality. We are looking forward to join the best-dev-tools investors in the world and look forward to next big stage in our rapid growth.”

On the other hand, Tom Gieselmann, general partner at E.Ventures is all set to join the startup’s Board of Directors, says, “I am researching the developer tools market since 20 years and I truly believe Codota has the power to dominate the players in terms of productivity and creativity. The tool is excellent and we are proud to support the whole Codota team on their mission to transform software development and making coding easier, efficient and effective not only for individual developers but also the team within the enterprise.”

Refrences:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/27/codota-picks-up-12m-for-an-ai-platform-that-auto-completes-developers-code/

https://blog.codota.com/

https://blog.codota.com/autocomplete-productivity/

https://www.baeldung.com/codota

https://www.nanalyze.com/2020/05/ai-autocomplete-programming-languages/

How to turn your Living room into a Virtual Zoo by using Google’s3D AR Animals

How to turn your Living room into a Virtual Zoo by using Google’s3D AR Animals? Try it yourself...

Using Google’s 3D AR animals, you can now place virtual animals in your real world. The Google’s AR functionality allows you to view life-size animals up-close. So, if you have an iOS device or any latest Android smartphone, here is how to check it out.

In the current scenario the Covid-19 has affected everyone’s life from adults to kids in some or any ways. The compulsory quarantine or isolation in the current pandemic scenario made our boredom levels to plunge at its peak. Well, nothing to worry when disruptive technologies are ahead of times and are in forefront to make everyone happier.

Google – where technology is created and evolves has come up with a very attractive feature called Google’s 3D AR animals where you can snap pictures and videos with different animals straight from your living room or Kitchen. All you need is a capable smartphone and you will be clicking pictures with Lions, Wolf, and Pandas etc. in no time. With this new feature, your kids will certainly enjoy clicking pictures with various possible snaps and setups.

Let’s check the real heck:
One of the most awesome things of these AR (Augmented Reality) animals is their size. They appear exactly as they would in real life in your space. You can shrink them, enlarge them, and make them appear large or small as per your picture needs. The special sound effects and animations bring these animals to life giving the sense that they truly exists in the room.
Well, to start with, make sure you have an eligible device (Android, iOS). We have tried it on iPhone 8 Plus, Redmi Note 8 Pro, OnePlus 7 and to our wonders it worked without any trouble. To check out the list of compatible devices, head over to Google Developer Site here : https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/supported-devices

Once you have confirmed your phones compatibility, go to Google Search app or chrome and look for an animal in the search box.

Tap on “View in 3D,” a 3D model will appear on your screen. You can rotate and get a 360-degree view of the animal appeared on your screen.

Under that you will see a small text box popping “View in your space”. Here the camera app will open, you just have to scan the environment to place the animal and Hurray!!! You will able to see the 3D animal in augmented reality just besides you as you wish.

At this point, you can move the animal by tapping on it and dragging around. You can drag the scale in and out to adjust the size of animal if it is overpowering the room.  Last but not the least; you can even click pictures with the animal in different postures and gestures. Isn’t this is a fun yet creative activity?

Give it a try, I am pretty sure you will enjoy being in the virtual zoo in your own house and clicking pictures with various animals be only the rosy side effects of the fun activity.

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Would you install the contact tracking apps introduced by Apple and Google?

Apple and Google contact tracking API debuts


Apple and Google have served the developers' taste buds of their common programming interface for contact tracing applications.
Would you install the contact tracking apps/api introduced by Apple and Google?
Would you install the contact tracking apps/api introduced by Apple and Google? Image: Techcrunch
On the Apple side, the API called Exposure Notification has appeared in the latest beta of iOS 13.5 and Xcode (the manufacturer's development software). For Google, it is through beta of Google Play Services and Android Developer Studio that these tools are now available to developers. The final version is still expected in about two weeks.

However, only governments and health agencies will be able to use the API. If all developers can take a look at the API and start building contact tracking apps, only apps from governments and health authorities will be able to fully use it. Apple and Google do not intend to let anyone do anything with these tools, which in a way "liberate" Bluetooth.

Remember the principle: iOS and Android smartphones will be able to transmit Bluetooth signals in the background, saving the battery as much as possible. When a user has been in contact with a person contaminated with COVID-19, the application will notify him and suggest the sanitary measures to follow to break the chain of virus transmission.


Apple and Google have given a lot of thought to privacy. These signals, whose metadata are encrypted, incorporate random keys generated each day, which makes it impossible to associate a signal with a user. The API does not trace contacts beyond 30 minutes in order to avoid unwanted follow-ups. Health agencies will be able to determine the level of risk of transmission based on the distance between two users and the duration of contact.

Several countries should use this solution. However, most of the Government authorities seem set to develop such an application with their respective IT departments.

But are you ready to install such a contact tracking app?

Are smartphone users ready to install contact tracking apps to help stop the spread of Novel corona-virus (COVID-19), is the real question here.

The containment measures will gradually be lifted, but we will have to continue to respect the rules of social distancing and wear a mask on public transport (and if possible everywhere else).  Another element that will break the virus's chain of transmission is “contacttracing”applications. But are users really ready to install such apps on their smartphones?

Close results between Europe and the United States

In Europe as in the United States, public opinions are divided. Several surveys conducted by various organizations suggest that approximate 46% of people say they are ready to activate such an application on their smartphones during the development phase. But note, it is not a majority, even if we approach it. The problem is vagueness that always surrounds this kind of tracing applications.

In the United States, an equivalent survey gives an almost similar result, this time with 50% of smartphone users saying that they will use a contact tracking app “probably ". Difficult under these conditions to predict how many people will end up installing and activating such an application.

The situation is even more complicated in the United States, where states, and even big cities, are responsible for their health policy. Under these conditions, it is quite possible that we see a myriad of applications appear which could even be incompatible with each other.

It also remains to find a solution for those who do not have smartphones. In Europe, connected bracelet projects are under consideration. But they will have to be produced and distributed, if possible at affordable prices. Many difficulties and obstacles, beyond technical and ethical problems are lies beneath the surface of data and personal privacy.

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How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com

Microsoft closes the Windows for online mosquito with corp.com

Understand basic chronology:

To safeguard customers and systems from possible intrusion and hacking attempts, Microsoft recently picked up the domain name corp.com


The Brian Krebs security researcher publicized the information about the latest acquisition from Redmond based company. However, Microsoft kept the amount confidential. Along with all the security essentials and measures brought to the table by this deal, the entire acquisition scenario is also a bit interesting event altogether.If you are in domaining or domain trading business and knows how much lucrative this market is, then you will find this information quite intriguing.

Last February, the domain name in question was available for auction at a whopping starting price of $1.7 million by an individual who had owned it for 26 years! Wouldn’t it be simpler to define him as a visionary person of the decade!

Based in Wisconsin, the individual anticipated Microsoft would buy it because “hundreds of thousands of Windows PCs are continuously trying to share sensitive information and data with corp.com”, he said.


How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com
How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com
Image: 
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/02/dangerous-domain-corp-com-goes-up-for-sale/
What is the catch?

The problem was linked to the namespace collision and that collision was threatening the security loophole for a long-time.

According to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the name collision phenomenon take place “when an attempt to resolve a name used in a private namespace results in the resolution of a request sent to the public domain name system i.e. DNS”.This kind of situation erases the administrative boundaries between the private and public namespaces, as they overlap with each other and name resolution can create the grounds for unforeseen harmful results.

The earlier versions of Windows servers were prone to fall in this trap, as the default name suggestion for administrators while setting up Microsoft’s Active Directory (i.e. AD) directory service was “corp”. The problem is twofold here. On the one hand, Microsoft has linked the default suggestion to an actual address and on the other hand many companies have adopted this setting as it is without changing it to secure one.

Adequate to hone the appetite of intruders or hackers

“Certainly, this whole situation means an opportunity to anyone who controls corp.comas it gives him an ability to passively divert or catch the private communication of hundreds of thousands of personal computers which end up being removed from a corporate environment that uses this designation corpfor their Active Directory Domain”, said the security researcher on his blog KrebsOnSecurity.

Secure names and internal networks

... Microsoft has acquired the domain name corp.com to enhance the user security and closed the long awaited loophole.

To help protect systems, we encourage customers to adopt secure security practices when planning domain names and internal networks. We released a security advisory in June 2009 and a security update that helps to protect users from possible intrusion. As part of our ongoing commitment to customer safety, we have also acquired the corp.com domain name”, Microsoft said in a statement.

This initiative towards the security measurement can safeguard the companies that have constructed their IT infrastructures using the Active Directory Service on 
“corp or corp.com”. Regardless of everything, Brian Krebs still warns that: “Any company that has linked its internal Active Directory Network to a domain that it does not control is still exposed to a possible security nightmare”.
To Learn more, Google, under heads: domain names, system security, data security, cyber security, Microsoft Security, Windows Security

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Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

How To: Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

As we know companies in the technological sector have a considerable influence on our contemporary society. Innovations in the field of tech punctuate our daily life but also the economy. Do major technological advances or innovations influence the share price of other stocks? We asked ourselves the question.

Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Uber and Amazon, two different stories

In the world of technology stocks, there are two main categories of companies. There are those like Uber who went public because of their disruptive business model and there are also those who have waited for their time like Amazon. Jeff Bezos' company has been listed on the stock exchange for more than 20 years, but its success story for investors only started a decade ago when e-commerce became widespread.

The two companies have one common denominator, however: the creation of disruptive technologies that have changed the way our society works. This characteristic is valid for most large technology companies.
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

Contrast in stock indexes

The omnipotence of tech companies is moreover cruelly reflected in stock market indices. If we take the historic American benchmark index, the Dow Jones Industrial (DJI), the real-time future prices of US stocks have risen by around 60% over the last five years. The Dow Jones US Technology (DJUSTC), index increased by around 150% over the same period. Technology stocks are therefore more volatile than stocks in other sectors. They are one of the engines of American growth.

Influence of technological advances on the company

If there is a correlation between the launch of a new product or a new technology and the stock market price, this is not always obvious. However, there is indeed a cause and effect link. The Apple Company which is part of the Dow Jones index is an excellent example of this phenomenon. If we analyze the stock market variations following the launch of a new iPhone, two conclusions are imperative. On the one hand, at the time of launch as such, the stock market price is often little influenced or even slightly influenced downward. 

This is explained by the fact that investors have generally already been perfumed via rumors or other indicators. The surprise effect is therefore greatly diluted. On the other hand, if we look at the evolution in the two months following the launch, most of the time we see an increase in the share price above 4%. On the other hand, in the case where the new model disappoints, the correction is often important. The launch of the iPhone XS, for example, lowered the share price by 20%. The markets are therefore very hard with the losers.

Influence on other listed companies

If technological advances or the launch of new products can have a direct influence on the stock market prices of competing companies (for example Samsung in the case of Apple), the link is less obvious compared to companies in other sectors. However, we see that disruptive technologies have long-term effects on different segments. The rise of Amazon, for example, has had a major impact on mass market specialists. Companies like Walmart have seen their growth prospects diminish. The automotive sector is also at a turning point with the arrival of players like Tesla in particular.

In addition, it should be borne in mind that technological advances have changed the financial markets as such. These are now more accessible and more responsive thanks to the tools available to professional and amateur traders. Access to information therefore helps to make sense of things and avoid a snowball effect on the markets following the arrival of disruptive technology.


Now Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity

Google advertisers’ verification

Google will oblige all advertisers without distinction to prove their identity before purchasing advertisements. Users will have direct access to information about an ad.

For political advertising like in the United States, Google requires that advertisers be validated with prior verification of their identity. The latter can be consulted directly by users of the search engine, YouTube and other partner sites.

The same procedure is extended to all advertisers on Google platforms who will have to prove their identity before they can buy advertisements.
"Advertisers will be required to submit personal identification, company incorporation documents or other information proving their identity and the country in which they operate," writes Google.
Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity
Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity
Starting coming summer, users will be able to start seeing information about the advertiser behind the ads they see:



According to Google and in addition to greater transparency, the goal is also to help preserve the health of the digital advertising ecosystem, “by detecting bad actors and limiting their attempts to present themselves in a false light. “

The verification process will start in stages first in the United States and then be rolled out worldwide. Google warns that it will take ... "a few years.” This goes to show the extent of the network of the advertising giant that is Google.

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Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks

Corona virus crisis and the new world of networks and digital

An unprecedented wave of interest in “teleworking or you can say “working in mobility” or more conventionally “work from homesocial apps are spreading in our society with a pace that we have never seen before. Often dictated by urgency, the choices that employees make to communicate can seem chaotic, as the tools of the general public mix with secure applications in business.
In this context, the IT department must adopt the ancestral adage “necessity rule the law”, because often ill-prepared for a significant increase in activity, it is brought to manage the present moment.
However this past epidemic or pandemic, the IT department will have to restore order in its governance and in its equipment strategy. It should also endeavor to redefine a continuity plan inspired by the lessons learned from the events we are experiencing.
The test of reality and emergence of social apps:
Before we move ahead we would recommend you to take look at this viral post published by Josh Constine@joshconstine>>Clubhousevoice chat leads a wave of spontaneous social apps. In briefly, let’s check the excerpts:

1.       Houseparty app: as they say it’s “Face to Face Social Network”
a.      It allows you to join group video chat rooms with friends or co-workers. 50 million downloads in a month and seems to be leading social app in 82 countries including to the US, and #1 overall in 16 countries.

2.      Discordapp: Built specifically for gaming communities, it allows you to connect persistent video, voice, and chat rooms.It’s seen a 50% increase in US daily voice users. Joining the same bandwagon, Bunch Live also climbing the charts and going main-stream in mobile gaming community.

3.      Loom: Free Screen & Video Recording Software. You can easily record and share a video clip to co-workers instantly as videos are uploaded as they are shot.

4.      Around: it connects you through a small circular video window over your screen to form instant communication with your colleagues while most of your screen stay free for actual work.

5.      Screen: to improvise code, design, writing and explanations, a small widget that can launch screen-share facility. https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/24/screen-screensharing/

6.      Pragli VirtualOffice:
Pragli An avatar based virtual office
Pragli An avatar based virtual office
An avatar based virtual office to check who is in a scheduled meeting or away. It avoids clutter to find everyone’s free time as you can instantly open a voice or video chat channel together by following calendar meetings.

But what about Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp? What’re the limits?

The limit of 4 participants per call may soon be lifted on WhatsApp. What do other competing services offer? Let’s find out here today.
The limit of 4 people per call soon lifted on WhatsApp. The latest beta of the mobile app on iOS and Android suggests it. But the question is what does free versions of other competitive messaging offer in this area?

1 - FaceTime

On the Apple side, they set the limit to 32 participants for FaceTime. Everyone has their own sticker within the limits of the display available.
On the Mac, it displays up to 9, which represent the most active users. For the others, an exclamation mark is displayed. On mobile, the thumbnails that do not fit on the screen are grouped in a line at the bottom.
Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks
Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks
Use of FaceTime requires an Apple ID.All iPhone and iPad are compatible with at least iOS 12.1.4 support group calls and audio. For video, you need at least an iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or iPad 5.On Mac, group calls are available from macOS Mojave 10.14.3.

2 – Messenger

Like FaceTime, Messenger does not have a native call recording feature. Registration for the service requires a Facebook account. Group calls can bring together up to 50 participants, with no time limit. Up to 8 thumbnails appear on Windows and Mac; up to 6 on iOS and Android. Beyond that, only the speaking user is displayed.

3 – Skype

On Skype too, the limit is 50 participants, including for the web version and the Linux client. By default, the 5 most active are highlighted.
Microsoft, the owner of the service, has implemented a "reasonable" usage policy. Beyond 4 hours per video call, 10 hours per day or 100 hours per month, we switch to audio. Cloud recording is offered natively. The files remain available for 30 days.

4- Zoom

With Zoom, you have to pay to store the recordings online. The backup can nevertheless be done locally. The limit is 100 participants per call (49 thumbnails visible at most), also on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and the web version.
However, from 3 people, meetings expire after 40 minutes unless the organizer has a paid license. The latter can register with an e-mail, a Google account or a Facebook account.

5 – Hangouts

On Hangouts, the Google account is the only option. No desktop application available (except on Chrome OS), nor native recording, but no time limit for calls, which can gather 10 participants.
WhatsApp is currently the least "generous". In addition, only mobile applications (iOS, Android) support group calls. In addition, you cannot switch to video when you have launched a voice call.

The test of reality

There is no question here of bringing work home, it is already there. Our intimacy has invaded our professional life and vice versa for a long time already.
Employees also demand certain flexibility in the workplace, often to better manage the transitions of mobility induced by transport times. Managers have often expressed doubts about the development of remote working solutions.
However, faced with a fait accompli, they must have good confidence. They must therefore move from management of control to management of results. And there too, the coming days will be examples of experimentation with the rules of good use of tools and revelers of shared good practices.
For the most part, employees will not benefit from the support necessary for the proper use of these tools. They will discover, for the vast majority, by themselves, autonomy, remote collaboration, as well as the routines, the benefits and the constraints of the teleworker.
Multi-specialized work must, in fact, be a managerial project above all, it is not the solution to all problems, nor does it correspond to all trades, but it must serve a coherent strategy. Strategy driven by general management, but in which the business divisions, IT and HR in particular, play a predominant role.

Back to the office?

The open space and the flex office do not make employees dream, and it is likely that some of them, having tasted working from home, do not want to relive the hell of endless travel times, interruption, and isolation among the multitude or the quest for the available work station.
They prove, in the test, that telework does not necessarily rhyme with isolation, and that virtual communities also work very well. There is no definite relationship between technology and organization. However, the strength of use will profoundly change the organizational approach of companies.
The rules that govern teleworking in all over the World today will certainly have to be reviewed, because employees feel ready to redefine the boundaries of work, they will also have a very precise idea of ​​uses at the end of this health crisis (and may be tools) that they will want to find in their daily lives.

The shadow collaboration in question

If the ISD does not master all the solutions that will be used by its employees during the confinement or homework test linked to COVID-19, this period is also an opportunity for it to make a giant benchmark of solutions available, in full size. It is also, for the IT department, the opportunity to carry out a stress test of the robustness of the solutions used in extreme conditions; and finally a means of testing the relationship with its suppliers, and their flexibility and ability to meet urgent and specific needs.
This exceptional period after the ISD will have to readjust its governance, and if ad hoc solutions have proven themselves, it is integration, security and good protection of personal data that will guide this new governance.
Four years ago Gartner predicted that by 2020 a third of successful attacks on businesses will target their shadow computing resources.

What will it really be with the current craze around insecure collaboration solutions that are flourishing?

This forced march towards teleworking or work from home is an opportunity to better understand the communication and collaboration needs in terms of mobility of employees, at least outside the classic framework of company offices. It will make it possible to gauge the maturity of use of these tools for employees but also for customers, suppliers and other stakeholders of the company.

This time of experimentation will undoubtedly be an accelerator for the digital transformation of companies. All the crises over the centuries have seen the birth of a radical transformation of society, the part that digital technology takes today in social proximity will lastingly mark our uses.



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