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Google Web Designer 12.0.0.0719
by Razvan Serea
Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device
When you create advertising creatives with Google Web Designer, you can use a library of components that lets you add image galleries, videos, ad network tools, and more.
New features in version 12.0.0.0719:
Add filters like blur, brightness, drop shadow, and more.
Set how elements blend with overlapping elements with mix blend modes.
You can now produce videos with Google Web Designer.
Import and edit media clip sequences.
Include text, images, and animation, all rendered in the final published video.
Preview video and audio playback directly on the stage.
Export multiple variants from a single video document.
Other notable changes in version 12.0.0.0719:
Custom components that follow the Custom Elements v0 specification are no longer be supported. Learn how to upgrade your components. The stage zoom controls now include a dropdown, with a "Zoom to fit" option that lets you automatically set the stage zoom level to maximize the available space. Fixes & improvements in version 12.0.0.0719:
Camera-based methods now account for pending camera edits. Page attributes data-gwd-width and data-gwd-height are now set to pixel values upon publishing Swirl ads. Fixed zoom limit set in 3D editor is now respected in the published ads. Dynamic
Image Effects and Transition Gallery components now support dynamic data bindings. Fixed issue where switching to a document with a bind-style attribute would mark the file as needing to be saved again. SVG
Text fitting is no longer added when binding an SVG element. Fixed issue with pasting SVG code to the stage in Windows. Fixed issue with importing an SVG twice. Fixed issue where importing multiple inline SVGs with IDs in common did not rename the IDs. Other
Fixed issue where the component editing dialog didn’t close after the source file was deleted from the file system. Fixed issue where an extra undo operation was added when switching gradient type to radial. Fixed issue with using arrows keys in the Outliner panel. Fixed issue with template filters in the Template Gallery. Keyframes can no longer be duplicated to a locked layer. Fixed issue where an element's bottom-right radius was not reflected in the Quick mode timeline thumbnail. [full release notes] Download: Google Web Designer 12.0.0.0719 | 1.0 MB (Freeware)
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Google delays its plans to re-open offices, will require employees to get vaccinated
by Anmol Mehrotra
Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out an email to all the Google employees briefing them about the company's plans to re-open offices for employees.
In the email, Pichai said that the company plans to delay the return to offices to at least October 18, thanks to the recent spike in coronavirus cases due to the Delta variant. He also assured that the company will give ample notice to employees before opening offices in order to help them transition back to the office environment. Furthermore, the company noted that it plans to allow employees with special needs to apply for an exemption and work from home till the end of 2021.
Apart from that, Pichai also confirmed that the company plans to make vaccination mandatory for all Google employees returning to the campus. The company will roll out this policy to employees in the U.S. in the coming weeks with plans to expand it to other regions in the coming months. Pichai also noted that the company will not apply the policy until vaccines are readily available in the local area.
The search giant also plans to allow employees to apply for exemption in case they cannot get vaccinated due to "medical or other protected reasons". The company will share more information about the exemption process in the future.
Lastly, Pichai also took this opportunity to announce that Google helped Gavi vaccinate over one million people in low-and middle-income countries globally.
Samsung shows off the official Galaxy Unpacked trailer
by Paul Hill
Last week, Samsung announced that it would be hosting its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11 where it will show off the third iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold. To get people excited for the event, the firm has published a trailer that teases the upcoming foldable phone but not the next Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, or Galaxy Watch devices that are also expected to make an appearance.
The tag line of the trailer, ‘Is “good” good enough?’, is posed after the narrator runs through previous devices explaining we used to think those devices were good with the aim of normalising the foldable phone format. While it’s only wild speculation, perhaps Samsung is thinking about cutting the price of the next Galaxy Z Fold so that it’s accessible to a wider audience.
The Galaxy Z Fold originally launched for $1,980 and its successor, the Galaxy Z Fold2, was even pricier at $1,999. Despite the speculation above, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Fold3 – or whatever it will be called – fetch a similar price to its predecessors. If the Galaxy Z line continues to fetch such high prices, most people will likely stick to the Galaxy S line.
To follow the event on August 11, check out the #SamsungUnpacked hashtag on social media or head over to Samsung.com to watch the event in real-time.
Vodafone: 5G could provide £6.3 billion boost to UK manufacturing by 2030
by Paul Hill
A new report from Vodafone has found that the UK manufacturing sector could be boosted by £6.3 billion by 2030 if it adopts 5G. While the sector would benefit across the country, Vodafone believes this boost would be most pronounced in the North West, North East, the Midlands, and Wales.
The ways in which 5G could boost manufacturing vary. 5G mobile private networks (MPNs), for example, would be able to share lots of data from connected devices around factories in real-time allowing for better decisions to be made so productivity can be maximised. 5G also allows for predictive maintenance so that businesses know when and where repairs will be needed allowing for downtime to be avoided. Finally, 5G will enable Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies that can be used to design and view plans before construction takes place, this will help save time and money.
Commenting on the report, Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone, said:
Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman confirmed that the government is committed to helping the manufacturing industry introduce 5G into their operations, point to a £200 million 5G trials scheme.
By Steven P.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is 20% off down to $39.99 today
by Steven Parker
It's not uncommon for Amazon to run discounts on its first-party products, and today is no different. It's currently offering $10 off of the regular price of the Fire TV Stick 4K. Regularly priced at $49.99, that puts it down at $39.99.
The Fire TV Stick is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Once you connect to Wi-Fi, it will automatically sign in to your Amazon account (unless you check the box saying it's a gift when you order it), and you'll be able to watch anything from the library of Amazon Prime Video movies and TV shows. Of course, you can also download a variety of apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and more.
Amazon's Fire TV family of products has become popular for a variety of reasons. One is that they're cheap; after all, $40 is a very low price for the ability to stream 4K content. Another reason is that because Fire OS is a variant of Android, which means that you can side-load Android apps to supplement the ones you can get from Amazon's own app store.
In addition, you can also Trade-in a qualifying device such as an older Fire TV Stick for an additional 20% off. Check out the terms in the link below.
Get the Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99 (list price $49.99) 20% off
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