Build an Eye-Catching Website with These Free Tools.

Remember Emaze, that software for creating online presentations?  First, it was dedicated only to creating presentations. Now they expand their portfolio to let users build eye-catching personalized websites. It works without writing a single line of code and offers a large choice of templates, each for different interest groups from fashion to sport and others. Curious? Here’s a live demo.

What are your options?

If you don’t have enough time or inspiration for creating websites, this new feature will certainly help you. It has similar options such as other online tools for creating websites, JimdoWix and Squarespace but with one significant difference – it comes with a simple import feature. All you need to do is to let the tool grab data from your own social media profiles including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Once you set the chosen template, Emaze automatically generates your new website with content from your social media profiles. Quickly, you’ll have a very own personal website without the trouble of designing and hosting it.

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4 of the Most Anticipated Games Right Now.

2017 is a great year for game releases. We’ve seen many great titles until now, and at the E3 we got to know many more games that are yet to be released.

Destiny 2

Gamers played Destiny for a real long time actively. After being introduced to what Destiny 2 was going to be, there were mixed feelings. Would they get what they love with new content or will there be an entirely different game? The trailers and marketing material promise great features and better graphics, but if you want to get a first hand feeling for how it’s going to be, you can still join the open beta test phase until the end of August. The release date will be the 6th of September, 2017.

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Alphabet Finishes Reorganization With New XXVI Company

  • Google business to be legally separated from car, health units
  • Holding company name plays on Page’s dream of Other Bets

Alphabet Inc. is forming a new holding company designed to finalize its evolution from Google, the web search giant, into a corporate parent with distinct arms that protects individual businesses in far-flung fields like health care and self-driving cars.

The new entity, called XXVI Holdings Inc., will own the equity of each Alphabet company, including Google. The new structure legally separates Google from other units such as Waymo, its self-driving car business, and Verily, a medical device and health data firm.

Google co-founder Larry Page announced Alphabet two years ago to foster new businesses that operate independently from Google. Technically, however, those units, called the “Other Bets,” were still subsidiaries of Google. The new structure, unveiled Friday, lets the Other Bets become subsidiaries of Alphabet on the same legal footing as Google.

Google is also changing from a corporation to a limited liability company, or LLC. This won’t alter the way the business pays taxes, said Gina Weakley Johnson, an Alphabet spokeswoman. The switch is partly related to Google’s transformation from a listed public company into a business owned by a holding company. The change helps keep potential challenges in one business from spreading to another, according to Dana Hobart, a litigator with the Buchalter law firm in Los Angeles.

“By separating them, it allows the parent company to limit the exposure of the various obligations of the LLCs,” Hobart said. “For example, if one of the LLCs has its own debt, only that LLC will end up being responsible for payment of that debt.”

Corporations are often formed to raise money from public investors who expect disclosures on financial performance, and Google did that in a 2004 initial public offering. Now, it’s owned by Alphabet, so it effectively has only one investor and no public disclosure obligations. An LLC structure is better suited to this situation. Waymo is also an LLC.

“We’re updating our corporate structure to implement the changes we announced with the creation of Alphabet in 2015,” Johnson said. She called the process a legal formality that won’t affect ultimate shareholder control, operations, management or personnel at the 75,606-person company.

XXVI, the name of the new holding entity, is the number of letters in the alphabet expressed in Roman numerals. The sums of the company’s two most recent share buybacks were both derived from math equations involving the number 26.

“I still see amazing opportunities that just aren’t quite fully developed yet — and helping making them real is what I get excited about,” Page wrote in a letter last year about Alphabet. Google accounted for 99 percent of Alphabet revenue last quarter.

The new structures were disclosed in a filing on Friday with the Federal Communications Commission. Businesses that hold FCC licenses, like Waymo and the Fiber internet service, are required to make such filings.

“As a result of the corporate reorganization, Alphabet and Google will be able to operate in a more efficient, economical, and transparent manner, allowing the companies to concentrate on their revenue generating activities,” the company said in the filing.

Source: Bloomberg Technology

Adobe Plans to Kill the Flash Media Player In 2020

Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash media player once and for all. 2020 will mark an end of an era for Flash. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to most as the internet has already started shrinking Flash’s reach in favor of HTML5 and other open standards like WebGL and web assembly.

Adobe Plans to Kill the Flash Media Player In 2020.

Various web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have all been blocking Flash over the past year, but Adobe is now planning to remove support for it. Adobe has said that the company will stop updating and distributing Flash at the end of 2020.

“We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” the company said in a blog post.

A number of gaming, education, and video sites still use Flash, and Adobe says it remains committed to supporting the technology until 2020 by taking help of its partners including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Also, they would be motivating developers to switch to open web standards as soon as possible.

Google will continue phasing out Flash over the next few years, while Mozilla says Firefox users will be able to choose which websites are able to run Flash next month and allow Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) users to keep using Flash until the end of 2020. Microsoft says it plans to disable Flash by default in Edge and Internet Explorer in mid to late 2019, with a full removal from all supported versions of Windows by the end of 2020.

HTML5 standards have been implemented across all modern web browsers, and the need for Flash just isn’t there anymore. Today only 17% (this number was 80% around three years ago) desktop Chrome users visit Flash-based websites. And an end to Flash will likely result in more secure experiences, fewer browser crashes and longer battery life.

It’s the beginning of the end for Microsoft Paint.

Windows’ Fall Creators Update will add a pack of new features to the platform, but it could also mark the beginning of the end for MS Paint.


Microsoft has revealed in a list of removed and deprecated features that it will stop actively developing the iconic application. No more future updates or new features for the painting program it launched with its operating system in 1985. That’s usually the first step of killing an app, and a Windows update down the line could remove it altogether. Microsoft denied Paint’s demise in the statement it sent The New York Times, but it also took the chance to remind people that Paint 3D can do most of what the original application can: “MS Paint is not going away. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing and 2D creation are in Paint 3D — the new app for creativity, available for free with the Windows 10 Creators update.”

The tech titan is also tossing unused Outlook Express code in the trash and integrating Reader app and list into MS Edge when the Creators Update drops. In addition, it’s paring down the screensaver feature by disabling it in Themes and stopping its development for Group Policies, Control Panel and Sysprep. Update: Microsoft clarified where Paint is going with a follow-up post: “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”

Microsoft partners with BMW to put Skype in cars

Microsoft is expanding its partnership with BMW to enable Skype for Business in cars that use BMW’s iDrive system. BMW was one of the first car makers to enable Office 365 services in its cars, and this latest feature will let owners take Skype meetings in their cars through the built-in entertainment system.

The system will work by triggering notifications for meetings, allowing drivers to dial-in without having to enter the conference number details manually. BMW will also enable tighter integration with calendars, contacts, and to-do lists all from Microsoft’s Exchange service. BMW is planning to enable the Skype for Business feature in France, Germany, and the UK initially before it expanding it to other countries.

BMW also revealed earlier this year that it plans to integrate Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant into some cars as part of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle vision. BMW is planning to let drivers access Cortana through a dashboard screen, with the ability to easily access to-do lists, reminders, news, events, and other Cortana features.

Application security in the cloud: Who is responsible?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of cloud infrastructure: improved productivity, cost savings, efficiency, agility and a host of other buzzwords that paint cloud as the be all, end all for IT.

Most organisations today either already run workloads in the cloud or plan to experiment with cloud in the very near future. And it’s up to businesses to decide whether they choose cloud infrastructure provided by public cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, or cloud infrastructure maintained by their organisation’s IT team.

In compliance heavy businesses, such as financial institutions, a new trend has emerged: organisations are running an isolated virtual private environment on public cloud infrastructure.

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