iPhone X users don’t even notice the notch that Android fans seem to hate so much

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As we learned this week, Android fanboys really hate the “notch” that’s cut out of the iPhone X’s display. This could end up being a problem for them, of course, since many Android smartphone makers insist on copying Apple so shamelessly. In fact, Android vendors are so eager to rip off Apple’s design that even some of the biggest smartphone brands out there can’t even be bothered to do it properly. They just want to hop on the bandwagon, embarrassing though it may be, and sell smartphones that feature Apple’s latest designs. Even Google itself knows that Android vendors are going all-in on Apple’s iPhone X notch, so it’s building notch support into the new version of Android that will be released later this year.

The notch on the iPhone X and the ever-growing flock of Android copycats will continue to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future — at least until next year, when Apple is rumored to be planning a new generation of iPhones that ditch the notch. If that is indeed the case, it’ll be hilarious to see all these Android phone makers coincidentally begin to ditch the notch on their own phones. In the meantime, Android fans may have to make do with notched smartphone screens, unless they don’t mind choosing a new phone from an increasingly small number of notchless options. The irony here is that people who actually own the iPhone X don’t even notice the notch anymore.

Like many other iPhone users, I thought the notch on the iPhone X was an abomination when I saw it in leaked photos ahead of the phone’s debut. And like many other users, I ate crow and started to sing a completely different tune once I finally got my hands on the phone. I’m a big fan of the design now. On the rare occasions when the notch does catch my eye while I use my iPhone X, I like the look of it. But most of the time I don’t think about it at all.

As it turns out, I’m not alone.

A prospective iPhone X buyer took to Reddit to see what people who have been using the iPhone X for a while think about the notch. The answer turned out to be pretty simple: They don’t think about it at all anymore.

“iPhone X users, do you get used to the notch?” the user asked. “Deciding between buying the 8 or the X, mainly for the camera.” With more than 100 comments having been posted in the Reddit thread at the time of this writing, the vast majority of responses were from people who said they don’t think about the iPhone X’s display notch at all anymore. In fact, many people said that it only took a day or to for them to get used to the notch.

Much ado about nothing? It sure looks like that’s the case.

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I still hate email, but I love Canary

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Facebook bans hate group Britain First

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Facebook has announced it has permanently deleted the accounts of the far-right extremist group Britain First, and its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Britain First are perhaps one of the most controversial elements in British politics. Although the party has never known success at the ballot box, it’s boasted the one of the largest social media reaches of any British political institution. They became known for their inflammatory, emotionally-provocative, often ALL-CAPS posts, which pushed an unashamedly anti-Islam, anti-immigration, and eurosceptic perspective. In a blog post published earlier today titled “Taking action against Britain First,” the company elaborated on its…

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How to Fix All the Things You Hate About Meetings with AI

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Meetings have gotten a bad rap over the years, with people mistakenly assuming every meeting is a productivity drain. In fact, good meetings can be a huge boost, especially if they help you work through issues and come up with new ideas.

For meetings to be useful, though, it’s important to find ways to overcome the very things that have traditionally spoiled meetings.

Here are five common meeting annoyances, as well as some tips that can help fix them.

Too Many Notes

Capturing information in meetings has always been complicated, especially once flip charts and whiteboards get involved. Some businesses still rely on this method of data gathering, finding that their frantic scribbles help get their ideas on paper.

However, at the end of the meeting, someone is usually tasked with collecting all that information, which too often means trying to decipher handwriting and turn incomplete thoughts into something coherent.

Microsoft Pix, along with tools like smart markers and electronic whiteboards like Kaptivo, provide a way to capture those scribblings, improving on the information to create useful content that can be later used. All this done through new advancements in AI.

It’s important to find a way to make sure any data gathered during a meeting is collected and shared with those who can use it to get results for your business.

Nobody Is Taking Notes

As you’re speaking to a roomful of people, is anyone taking notes? If not, how can you be sure the information discussed will be remembered after everyone leaves the room?

Note-taking is an ongoing issue for meeting leaders, especially as technology has gradually made offices paperless. It’s important that meeting organizers fully embrace technology, making it as easy as possible for participants to bring their laptops or tablets into the meeting to take notes.

Applications like GoWall move meetings beyond talking heads, equipping attendees with the tools they need to not only take notes, but to share them with others in the audience. As others speak, employees can add their own notes to a group wall, inspiring others in attendance to build on those thoughts.

Virtual Attendees Don’t Share

Virtual meetings with AI have given remote team members the ability to attend meetings, whether they’re on the road or they always work from home. Unfortunately, those same remote attendees may not be as engaged as those who are in the room, since doing so means finding a way to chime in.

Zoom provides a “raise hand” feature that lets your remote workers signal that they have something to say. Always pay close attention to avoid missing these alerts. You should also make a concerted effort, with every meeting, to give remote workers an equal chance to participate in the meeting. In addition to asking each person to give a brief update, also include some of your remote workers in the agenda each month to make sure they feel included.

Several People Dominate

Everyone has been in a situation where a “meeting hog” takes over the conversation, either lengthening a meeting or cutting into the time that might have been used by others. It’s up to meeting organizers to keep everyone on track, quickly steering the conversation if someone begins to dominate.

SmartSheet’s free meeting agenda templates can give you the start you need to create professional-quality agendas. You’ll find with an agenda in place, your meetings are shorter but on topic and your attendees are engaged, since they’ll know what to expect.

Participants Aren’t Engaged

Is everyone in your meeting paying attention from start to finish? The only way to gauge this is to look around the room and see if anyone has checked out, but even then you may not know. This becomes even more complicated with remote workers, since they could be surfing the internet or watching TV and you’d never know. If they aren’t captured on video at all times, they may even get up and walk way at various intervals.

One long-popular trick to ensure people stay engaged is to randomly call on people to speak on the topic at hand. Make an effort you include remote participants in that effort. If you’re hosting virtual events like webinars, coordinators like Virtual Venues specialize in helping hosts keep attendees interested.

Although many have preconceptions about meetings with AI, they don’t have to be a reality. With the right tools and techniques, you can change the way your staff feels about meetings, whether they’re in the office or working from home. Make sure you measure the results to determine whether your tools are working, including pulling reports and noting whether the items discussed in the meeting were followed up on after the fact.

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