Tag: Connect

How to connect your AirPods to a Mac computer, whether or not you have a paired iPhone



It's easy to connect AirPods to your Mac. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider


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It’s easy to connect AirPods to your Mac. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • You can connect AirPods to a Mac using the Bluetooth menu on the computer.
  • If you’ve connected your AirPods to your iPhone already, connecting them to your Mac is even easier — just select them in the Volume menu.
  • If that doesn’t work, make sure that “Handoff” is enabled on your Mac, and that it’s logged into the same iCloud account as your iPhone.
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There’s no reason to keep your AirPods locked to your iPhone; like any Bluetooth earbuds, you can connect them to many other devices, including your Mac. 

There are two ways to connect AirPods to your Mac, depending upon how you’re already using the AirPods.

How to connect your AirPods to your Mac if you already use them on your iPhone

Your AirPods

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AM Best to Participate and Exhibit at Annual Insuretech Connect Conference

AM Best will participate and exhibit at the 2020 Insuretech Connect (ITC) Global event, which will take place Oct. 19-21, 2020.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 1:10 pm (EDT), Edin Imsirovic, AM Best associate director, will deliver a presentation titled “Innovation: Measuring the Immeasurable.” During the session, Imsirovic will discuss how the pace and magnitude of technological and societal changes has made innovation increasingly critical for the insurance industry. Topics will include to what extent companies are harnessing innovation and which insurance lines of business have innovated the most. Imsirovic is part of AM Best’s property/casualty ratings division, with specializations in insurtech and emerging technologies, and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the ratings of various U.S. property/casualty insurance companies.

The ITC Global conference is the largest insurance-industry event covering innovation, and it provides insight to insurers on how to reinvent themselves amid disruptive forces caused by emerging technologies and

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Slack Rallies After Unveiling Connect DMs, Plans for Instagram Stories-Like Videos

Slack’s  (WORK) – Get Report stock rose 3.5% in Wednesday trading — leaving it back around where it was prior to a post-earnings tumble in September — after the company unveiled a host of new and planned features for its collaboration platform.

On Wednesday morning, as Slack kicked off its Frontiers conference for customers and developers, the company announced that its Connect platform, which currently lets workers from different organizations communicate with each other via shared channels, will support direct messaging between individuals starting in early 2021.

How Slack Connect Is Evolving

Provided that the companies in question have approved such activity, an employee at Company A will only need to click on a link shared by an employee at Company B to request a DM connection. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield notes that (in addition to sharing links via Slack) users could do things such as put links

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Okta Announces New Okta Partner Connect Specializations For Hybrid IT and Customer Identity, Highlights Global Partner Expansion

New specializations help partners become trusted advisors across every market as global channel ecosystem grows by over 400 percent

Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today at Okta Showcase, announced Customer Identity and Okta Access Gateway Specializations within Okta Partner Connect. The two new areas of focus coincide with considerable global partner momentum for the company, which has seen an over 400 percent increase in the global channel partner ecosystem in the last two years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations around the world. With millions of people working remotely, companies need to ensure connectivity and security for employees and customers alike. Okta Access Gateway solves the hybrid IT access problem for enterprises, connecting on-premises legacy and custom-built applications to the Okta Identity Cloud to enable workforces to easily access every application through a centralized identity provider. With the new challenges

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Slack tests video sharing and audio-only channels to connect remote workers

Slack is working on a set of experimental features, like the ability to share short videos and make audio-only channels team members can drop into for casual conversations. Asynchronous video updates may appear at the top of channels and resemble the short videos or Stories made popular by Snapchat and copied by Facebook apps. LinkedIn introduced short videos like Stories for its workplace social network in the U.S. last month.

“Everybody has to work together. There’s a lot of information you have to get over the wire really quickly, and sometimes writing all of that out can take a lot more time than just taking a quick video, putting it in a channel. And then your colleagues can just watch those videos maybe with their morning coffee or doing the dishes or some other time when they don’t have the exact intensity of attention that you would need for reading

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KeepTruckin Launches the Smart Load Board to Connect Network of 1 Million+ Truck Drivers With Industry-Leading Brokers

Intelligent freight marketplace connects capacity by matching carriers to loads from trusted brokers directly in KeepTruckin’s platform

KeepTruckin, the leader in fleet management technology, today launched the Smart Load Board, an intelligent freight matching solution designed to help carriers find the right loads, faster. The Smart Load Board aggregates thousands of loads from industry-leading partners and surfaces them directly in KeepTruckin’s platform. Participating brokers and trucking companies with brokerage divisions can move freight faster than ever before by leveraging the Smart Load Board to connect with KeepTruckin’s highly engaged network of over 1 million registered drivers.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201006005747/en/

To align with carriers’ existing daily workflows, the Smart Load Board is embedded directly in KeepTruckin’s Fleet Dashboard and Driver App and free to all KeepTruckin users. Cutting-edge data science and machine learning algorithms constantly analyze drivers’ needs and preferences to automatically match

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Hiya Enables Quantum Assurance International, Inc. to Connect With Customers With a New Voice Performance Strategy

Hiya Connect drives higher answer and conversion rates while delivering industry-leading intelligence to the Quantum Assurance team

Hiya, the leading call performance management cloud, today announced a new partnership with Quantum Assurance International, Inc. to drive higher answer and conversion rates with the Branded Calls feature and proactive reputation management. With the new voice performance strategy, Quantum Assurance has significantly improved customer experience, increased workforce productivity, and boosted brand awareness.

As an independent insurance company that makes more than 500,000 calls per month, Quantum Assurance has seen an immediate business impact with Hiya Connect’s Branded Calls and reputation management services, including:

  • Answer rates have increased 17%, enabling agents to more efficiently reach customers who are actively shopping for insurance quotes;

  • Call durations have increased 19%, providing for more engaging conversations that lead to higher sales conversions;

  • Calls answered on the first attempt have increased 10%, optimizing the agents’ calling efforts

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Swarm Technologies reveals plan to connect devices for $5 per device per month

SAN FRANCISCO – Swarm Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup seeking to connect sensors in a low-cost, global internet-of-things (IoT) network, announced prices for its satellite communications products Sept. 29, including data services starting at $5 per device per month..

Swarm launched its first 12 operational Spacebee satellites in early September aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket. The Mountain View, California, company plans to complete its constellation of 150 hockey-puck-size satellites before the end of 2021, Sara Spangelo, Swarm co-founder and CEO, said in a Sept. 21 blog post.

Swarm Tile, the company’s satellite modem, carries a $119 price tag. Customers are encouraged to embed Swarm Tile, which is built around a single printed circuit board, into devices.

“Now, every person and IoT machine can have affordable access to two-way data services from any point on Earth at all times,” Spangelo said in a Sept. 29 statement. “Swarm’s global network enables customers

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An unhealthy relationship with technology can mean missed opportunities to connect with the real world. That’s why I wrote a book of 5,203 alternatives to looking at your phone.



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  • Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer, archaeologist, and author of more than 80 books and calendars, including “14,000 Things to be Happy About.”
  • The following is an adapted excerpt from her new book, “5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone.”
  • In it, she suggests striking a balance between your online and offline lives with alternative ways to reconnect with the world around you.  
  • Kipfer uses her expertise to help people examine why they’re mindlessly motivated to reach for screens, and how to restore a healthy relationship with activities that fill up your downtime.  
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I’m a listmaker. I’ve published 80+ books and calendars — mainly lists.  My editor came up with the idea of a list styled book with suggestions on what to do “instead of looking at your phone.” This brilliant focus resonated

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Thermon Introduces the Genesis(TM) Network: Industry-Leading Technology to Manage, Connect and Optimize Heat Trace Systems

AUSTIN, TX / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2020 / Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) (“Thermon”), a global leader in industrial process heating, announces the Genesis™ Network, a new solution providing site-wide operational awareness and supervisory control of heat trace systems.

With the Thermon Genesis Network, users save maintenance hours, increase up-time, and can make upgrades and changes with greater flexibility. Users can easily monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot even the largest heat trace systems that may include over 10,000 heat trace circuits. The Genesis Network connects heat trace controllers with the control room using wireless communications. The solution presents alarms, history, and operational data via a user-friendly, browser-based interface accessible from any network connected computer or mobile tablet. Utilizing an adaptive, self-healing wireless mesh network and event-driven communications, users experience reliable, real-time status reporting and responsive control of their heat trace systems.

“We are excited to introduce the Genesis Network, a

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