Google Keep now has labels for tagging notes and recurring reminders!

Update: Google has also added a feature to export notes to Google Docs!

Whether you’re jotting down a shopping list or putting ideas together for your…

Google is rolling out two new features on their Keep platform which should make power users happy.

Users can now finally add tags to their notes in Keep. Plus they can now set recurring reminders for those monthly bills and other tasks.

Google Keep now has labels for tagging notes and recurring reminders!

Google Keep – notes and lists – Android Apps on Google Play

LibreOffice Online: LibreOffice to become the cornerstone of the world’s first universal productivity solution

LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, is set to become the cornerstone of the world’s first global personal productivity solution – LibreOffice Online – following an announcement by IceWarp and Collabora of a joint development effort. LibreOffice is available as a native application for every desktop OS, and is currently under development for Android. In addition, it is available on virtual platforms for Chrome OS, Firefox OS and iOS.

“LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice historic heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments which are key for the further development of free software,” says Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Director of The Document Foundation. “Thanks to the increasing number of companies which are investing on the development of LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform, including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources for a further development of LibreOffice Online.”

Development of LibreOffice Online started back in 2011, with the availability of a proof of concept of the client front end, based on HTML5 technology. That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard.

“It is wonderful to marry IceWarp’s vision and investment with our passion and skills for LibreOffice development. It is always satisfying to work on something that, as a company, we have a need for ourselves,” says Michael Meeks, Vice President of Collabora Productivity, who developed the proof of concept back in 2011 and will oversee the development of LibreOffice Online.

The availability of LibreOffice Online will be communicated at a later stage.

reddit now allows embedding of public comments

reddit has finally decided to adopt some of the social features from rival platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

The company has started offering embed codes for publicly shared comments for embedding into third party services.

This is a great new feature as reddit gets a lot of groundbreaking discussion which can now be embedded by news sources and other media outlets.

reddit gains visibility on third party sources as embedded content offers more value to the user compared to a static link placed at the bottom of articles on these external sites.

The company said:

Embeddable comments make it easy to showcase reddit comments on your website or blog without having to take screenshots or copy & paste long blocks of text. Embedded comments will respect the comment author’s edits and deletions, and they’ll always feature a link back to the original comment thread and subreddit.

blog.reddit — what’s new on reddit: Announcing embeddable comment threads

Latest Synopsys Virtualizer Release Accelerates VDK Performance by Up to 5X for Early Software Development

New VirtualizerMultiSimand SimSightFeatures Boost Simulation Speed of VDKs for Complex SoCs

Synopsys Virtualizer tool suite enables the development and deployment of VDKs for early software development

· VirtualizerMultiSim provides up to 5X faster VDK simulation speed by taking advantage of multiple cores on the host machine to enable parallel execution of VDKs

· VirtualizerSimSightenables quick visualidentification of simulation performance bottlenecks,resulting in up to 5X performance gains

· VirtualizerFastBuild reduces VDK build and link time and accelerates deployment of incremental VDKs to software developers

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) today announced availability of the latest release of its Virtualizer™ tool for creating Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs), software development kits that use virtual prototypesas the embedded target toenable the fastest time to qualitysoftware.The latest Virtualizer release implements new features including MultiSim, SimSight and FastBuildto increase VDK simulation performance by up to 5X and accelerate VDK availability for earlier software development.

“One of the benefits of virtual prototyping is the ability to scale the prototypeto an entire system,” said Andreas v. Schwerin, principal engineer at Siemens. “By using the Virtualizer MultiSim feature of the VDKs, we were able to simulate our system up to fivetimes faster than with a regular virtual prototype simulation.”

The latest features in the Virtualizer tool enable virtual prototyping teamsto create VDKs more quickly and with higher performance compared to using build-your-own SystemC-based modeling efforts:

MultiSim optimizes the use of multi-core hosts for parallel execution of VDKs, accelerating simulation performance by up to 5X for SoCs consisting of independent subsystems or electronic systems using multiple SoCs

SimSight delivers enhanced system widesimulation profiling,whichshows the number of SystemC process activations, signal events and TLM-2.0 transactions, to address simulation speed bottlenecks and identify where to optimize the code for up to 5X increased performance

FastBuild improves virtual prototype development timeby usingdynamic libraries to assemble a VDK,speed turnaround time of complex full-scale virtual prototypes, createderivative versions and quickly deployupdates to software teams

“With the rise in SoC complexity, developers are relying on Synopsys Virtualizer toolsto help speed theirsoftware development effort and achieve quality software faster,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “This latest release of Virtualizer incorporates differentiated virtual prototyping features that help developers start their software development even earlier and increases the simulation performance of VDKs for more efficient software bring up, debug and test.”

Availability & Resources
The new Virtualizer 14.12 release, which includes MultiSim, SimSight and FastBuild features,is available now.

Learn more about Virtualizer and VDKs:
http://www.synopsys.com/Systems/VirtualPrototyping/Pages/Virtualizer.aspx
http://www.synopsys.com/VDK

India leads the world in economic confidence; outweighs global outlook on higher investment and spending: American Express Survey of Global Finance Leaders

India leads the world in economic confidence and plans biggest increase for investment and spending, as reported by Indian finance leaders, in the eighth annual Global Business and Spending Monitor– a survey of global finance leaders by American Express, carried out in partnership with CFO Research.

A resounding 94% of Indian finance leaders surveyed expect to see economic expansion. A similar number, 94%, expect to increase spending and investment either aggressively or moderately.

85% of companies, surveyed from India, reported revenues higher than last year and 74% of them expect to continue their growth story due to the improved economic sentiment in the country.

At 38%, the survey found India’s finance leaders twice as bullish as their global peers (worldwide average 17%)to boost top-line revenues by spending and investing aggressively. In comparison, 28% of finance leaders from China see aggressive investment and spending ahead. India also leads the way in terms of improving production efficiency and business intelligence and analytics with 45% of respondents planning increased investment.

Ms. Saru Kaushal, Country Business Head, Global Corporate Payments, American Express said,”The survey endorses the high level of optimism around the domestic economy. It appears companies are enthused by the development agenda of the government and planning to increase spending and investment across business functions while seeking gains in productivity and efficiency.

“As a global leader in payment, American Express works with businesses to help them find the expense management solutions that can best meet their needs. While senior finance executives focus on smart strategies to drive future growth for their businesses, we partner to streamline processes and transform them into opportunities for savings, control, and efficiency.” added Ms. Kaushal.

Investing in IT and Big Data Analytics to increase customer service and drive profitability

Finance leaders from across the globe have stressed on the need to leverage cutting edge IT solutions, with emphasis on cloud computing solutions, in serving customers and adding value to their businesses. Indian finance leaders resonated this belief with 44% of them saying that spending on cloud computing will form a critical component of their increased spending on technology apart from enterprise level IT Systems (41%) and business intelligence and data analysis capabilities (34%).

A move to ‘mobile first’ mindset is also evident among the Indian financial minds. Nearly 69% of respondents from India say that the use of mobile technologies can significantly enhance customer service. 50% of them believe that such an investment would have a positive impact on sales.

Indian finance leaders most optimistic about economy

84% of Indian finance leaders polled say exports will drive growth for their company.
India stands highest at 66%, among the countries which Indian respondents look at, for expanding business activities including sourcing, distribution, production and/or outsourcing.
More than half of those polled from India, or 56%, cited that domestic political changes may have positive impact on their company.

Indian finance leaders upbeat of investments and expansion

Of the Indian finance leaders polled, 94% look at increasing their spending and investment to drive their top-line.
25% of the Indian finance leaders expect spending and investments to increase by 10-15% while more than half the respondents, or 54%, see 15 to more than 30% increase.
81% of Indian finance leaders say that fresh spending and investments would help their companies enter new markets. Three out of every four finance leaders felt that it could help in acquisitions or new business partnerships.
72% of the Indian respondents say that the fresh investments would help maintain their market share and improve the returns for shareholders. 69% opine that it could help in better serving their customer needs.

Blizzard, King, Sony, CCP announced for 2015 Game QA Loc Forum

Theres more, Europe’s only meeting dedicated entirely to QA and localisation in the games industry is heading to Barcelona!

That’s right, the third installment of the European forum is trading London for sunny, summery Barcelona… sun, sand, sangria – and now a Game QA and localisation event to boot. More than 180 people met in London last year, where the Game QA and Localisation community focused on automation, hearing some fantastic talks and examples of the how, when and why of implementation. With that in mind, I’m very pleased to announce some the fantastic speaker line-up for this year, which includes Blizzard, SEGA, King, CCP Games, SEGA, Bigpoint, Rockstar Lincoln and SCEE to name but a few.

While automation is still a hot subject in both fields, this June with the change of scenery comes a change of perspective. This arena will examine the role and place QA and localisation have within game development. While historically seen as a ‘necessary evil’, these days it feels like it’s finally turned a corner, entering a new era where quality and immersion – both outcomes of effective QA and localisation – are actual selling points for games, even going as far as differentiating against competition. Yet why is it that both internally & externally the old perception of being the outsiders, or not as critical to the end result, still commonly persists?

The event will look to explore that role that these essential functions play in the bigger picture, and to equip ourselves with the ammunition and confidence to sell our functions and demonstrate their ROI; both to studio or publisher execs and – eventually – to the public. Of course, attendees will also discuss the ever-important matters of planning, budgeting, team culture and people management, best practices and further thoughts on automation, continuing the mission to help raise the bar for the quality of QA and localisation throughout the games industry.

People wishing to attend can book online or for more information that brochure is available for grabs online.

Media Contact: Jane Cook at Jane.Cook(at)iqpc(dot)co(dot)uk / +442073689327

Twitter working with Foursquare to improve location tagging in tweets

Twitter announced today that they are working with Foursquare improve support for location tagging on tweets.

Users would now be able to tag their tweets with specific locations instead of cryptic latitude/longitude data.

The company said:

Coming soon! We’re working with @foursquare so you can tag specific locations in Tweets.

Twitter Help Center | Adding your location to a Tweet