Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

As demand for mixed reality grows in the modern workplace, Microsoft has announced that it has brought its mixed reality smart-glass HoloLens to 29 new European markets.

At the Future Decoded event in London on Wednesday, Microsoft outlined its vision for mixed reality in front of over 15,000 IT and business decision makers who came to talk about current and emerging trends happening at the intersection of business and technology.

“We shared how technologies like Microsoft 365, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality, and 3D are helping companies, Firstline Workers, and Information Workers become agents of change in the modern workplace and digital transformation,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences, in a blogpost.

She said that mixed reality empowers people and organisations to achieve more and the experiences would help businesses and their employees complete crucial tasks faster, safer, more efficiently, and create new ways to connect to customers and partners.

“The era of mixed reality will serve as a catalyst for innovations in the workplace and we expect ‘Firstline Workers’ and ‘Information Workers’ to benefit significantly from solutions that blend our physical and digital reality,” she said.

With mixed reality, workers can change the content, the people, or even the location of a meeting, in a matter of seconds.

Mixed reality delivers interfaces that help workers act upon data generated from instrumented/intelligence devices, and connect seamlessly with others across physical space.

To make innovation easy and address growing demand for mixed reality solutions around the world, Microsoft said HoloLens is now coming to 29 new European markets, bringing the total number of HoloLens markets to 39.

“We are also working to bring some of the most-asked-for software updates for HoloLens to our existing customers. We are committed to delivering an update to existing customers sometime early next year,” she said.


Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Mom is not her disability — she is Mom.

Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

Say we are on a walk. I hear Mom say, “Look! There’s a bunny on that lawn.”

Heck, I’m a blind pup, but with my super nose on the job, I knew the rabbit was there 29 seconds ago — and two others Mom hadn’t spotted.

Then, a little farther down the road, she speaks up again.

“Must have been a pretty big animal coming out of the field here.”

I already have my nose to the ground where the tall grass has been flattened.

A fox had made itself a trail, my nose tells me. Cool! Too bad I can’t tell Mom, because she doesn’t have a clue.

Mom has the power to discern what I want her to write in my blog, she jumps up in the night if I seem uncomfortable on my bed beside her bed, but she’s got a heck of an olfactory disability.


It must be tough, in a world full of smells, to be aroma-impaired.

Even before I lost my sight, I delighted in the plethora of fragrances my nose pulled in and analyzed every second of the day.

Mom can smell chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, but I know they are starting to scorch long before — too late — she runs into the kitchen shouting, “The cookies! The cookies!”


And even when Mom can detect an odor, it seems too much of it gets her nose confused.

For example, she frequently shoves her shirt at someone else’s nose, asking, “Does this smell like dog?”

She says it like it’s a bad thing; but then again, sometimes people don’t smell all that good to me.

Then there was the cat we had that, so rudely, would retaliate for the smallest slight by peeing somewhere other than her litter box.

I solemnly swear here that I never prompted that revenge by teasing her or stealing her food.

Anyhow, it was absolutely sad to see Mom sniffing frantically to locate the site of the cat’s latest “accident.”

“Here it is,” she’d cry. Then, “Nope. Is it over here?” Then, after finally pressing her face right on the spot: “Eeew! I found it.”


Once in awhile, Mom’s disability becomes my advantage — like when I detect the irresistible scent of dead mouse deep in the grass in the backyard.

I flop down on it, and while she suspects there may be a disgusting scent there, she doesn’t know for sure, so I get to roll to my heart’s content.

It’s only when we’re back in the house and she bends down close to unhook my leash that l’odeur de rat at last gets translated by the “challenged” receptors in Mom’s nose.

And then she gets out the Clorox Wipes and scrubs away at the fur I just worked so hard to imbue with that delectable mousey smell.


It might seem like I feel a bit superior, what with a nose that has roughly 290 million more olfactory receptors than Mom’s does.

But I actually admire her for the way she rises above her disability.

I have never once heard her lament her nasal insufficiency. Mom takes me to my gigs at schools and libraries and talks about how I never stopped wagging my tail through all my surgeries and losing my sight and learning not to smack into doors and walls.

On my behalf, she recites my motto: “I’m not my disability; I’m me,” and never applies it to herself.

She probably doesn’t want me to feel bad, since my physical challenge is so much less severe than hers.

My mom is so brave, living life to the fullest despite all she’s missing.

I hate to say it, but I don’t think her ears work all that well either.

Pepper is the Press-Republican’s ambassador for unwanted animals — she promotes their adoption through the feature Pepper’s Pet Picks in the paper. She is also official mascot of the Plattsburgh Lion’s Club, helping to promote the club’s vision and diabetes education programs. Her other message as she travels around the region is: “When life gets ‘ruff,’ keep wagging your tail.”

To learn more about her Blind Pup Project presentations, email Pepper at [email protected]; call Suzanne Moore, 570-2052; follow Pepper’s tweets, @blindpupproject; or search for BlindPupProject on Facebook.


29 Places to Market Craft Tutorial Videos to Attract Buyers

Let’s face it, there are a lot of people selling crafts online. It’s hard to break through all that noise, but it can be done by pouring some of your amazing creativity into marketing handmade crafts online. How? By discovering the best places to market craft tutorial videos.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) crafting is a hot topic. According to Google’s Keyword Planner, the term, “DIY crafts” was searched an average of 60,500 times per month over the past year. That’s a lot of interest and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. A number of craft tutorial video sites have sprung up and by uploading and sharing your own DIY craft tutorial videos on those sites, you can leverage that interest to your benefit.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You create craft tutorial videos (a combination of video, text and images).
  2. Next you publish your craft tutorial videos in one of four places:
    1. Upload it to one or more of the sites where you can publish your DIY craft tutorials listed in the first set of sites below.
    2. List it on one or more of the sites where you can sell your DIY craft tutorials listed in the second set of sites below.
    3. If it’s all video, upload it to a social video network such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo and so on.
    4. Add it as a post on your website’s blog.
  3. Then you promote your craft tutorial video by sharing it everywhere you can:
    1. Submit it to one or more of the sites where you can list your DIY craft tutorials included in the third set of sites below.
    2. Publish an update on social media networks such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and so on.
    3. Use other marketing channels such as email marketing, an advert included in your packaging, etc.
  4. Now the magic happens — those 60,500 people who search for “DIY crafts” each month discover your craft tutorial videos, at which point you can lead them back to your site/shop to learn more about you and your handmade products.

The best part of this strategy is the fact that the folks who click through to your site are qualified. They’ve already shown interest in what you do by looking at your craft tutorial videos. Qualified leads are much more likely to buy from you, so you want as many of them as you can get.

Ready to sell your crafts online? Below are the best places to market craft tutorial videos.

Places to Market Craft Tutorial Videos

These sites are social networks for crafters. The one thing they all have in common is they allow you to publish your DIY craft tutorials to their collection. This is super-handy because they’ve already done the hard work of building their search engine rank and gathering an audience. By uploading here, you’re riding their coattails and will garner much more attention than you could otherwise.


The giant in this category is definitely Instructables. They make it easy to publish your tutorial, have a large community and even have contests you can enter and win truly useful prizes.

Best of all, Instructables is mobile on both iOS and Android devices so people can find your tutorials even on the go.

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As it’s name implies, VideoJug offers tons and tons of videos on every subject. Crafters will most likely be interested in their Scribble channel where your own DIY craft tutorial videos can find a home.

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The home improvement site Hometalk has a whole area for crafts just waiting for your DIY craft tutorial. This is one site where using videos is easy. So if you like creating video tutorials, you should definitely check them out.


Kollabora is a unique site as you can add tutorials on projects, techniques and skillsets. You can also buy and sell PDF patterns here. This site is somewhat of a hybrid as you can either publish your entire tutorial here, or publish a tease video that then links to the full tutorial elsewhere.


The home of truly step-by-step tutorials, CraftStylish is definitely the place to show off your stuff. If the number of comments per post is any indication, this site is a lively and often-visited spot to engage potential customers.

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Cut Out + Keep

As you can see below, Cut Out + Keep makes it super-easy to add your own DIY craft tutorial videos to their site and with tons of categories, this is a good spot to consider.

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craftbits adds a different spin to the whole “add your DIY craft tutorial” thing. You can submit your tutorial and get paid or submit it for free (or as they say, “for the glory”).

The advantage of submitting your tutorial for the glory is that it’s published immediately with no review. If you submit to get paid, your craft tutorial videos will go through an editorial review process. The choice, of course, is yours and in the end, neither is a bad one.


Anyone can submit craft tutorial videos at FaveCrafts. However, all submissions must pass through a review process and are published based on timeliness, quality and overall need on the site.

Sites Where You Can Sell Your DIY Craft Tutorials

You can sell your DIY craft tutorial videos on both of the sites listed below. This approach enables you to supplement your income while marketing yourself at the same time.


The special crafts section of Tuts+ is a well-designed marketplace for DIY craft tutorials. If you’re interested in creating a tutorial for sale, start here.


Patreon is the latest crowdsourcing phenomenon online. Essentially, your “patrons” pledge to support your creative efforts and some crafters, such as these guys – leveraging this system to make bank while also promoting their wares.

Sites Where You Can List Your DIY Craft Tutorials

No matter where you’ve published your DIY craft tutorials online, you can list media rich (e.g. with images) links to them on the sites below. This is an easy way to promote your tutorials so more prospective customers find you.

This is a long list so we’re just going to provide links to the sites, most of which will take you directly to the spot you need to be in order to submit your tutorials.

  • 30 Minute Crafts
  • And Sew We Craft
  • craftgawker – register then select “Submit” under their menu.
  • Crafttuts
  • Copycat Crafts
  • DIY Cozy Home
  • DIY Crush
  • DogTipper – if you create crafts for pets, this is the site for you!
  • Dollar Store Crafts
  • Geek Crafts
  • Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
  • Looksi Square
  • Roadkill Rescue
  • Recyclart
  • Serger Pepper
  • Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom – look at question 6 on this FAQ page.
  • Tangled Happy
  • Totally Tutorials
  • What the Craft – they offer free advertising in exchange for 1 month of exclusive use of your original tutorials.


Creating, publishing and promoting your own online DIY craft tutorial videos is a creative way to attract the attention of your targeted craft customers.

The best part is that the folks who find you this way are qualified. They’ve already shown interest in what you do by looking at your craft tutorial videos – and qualified leads are much more likely to buy from you.

Additional Reading: 25 Places to Sell Handmade Crafts Online

Craft Image via Shutterstock


Facebook Is Killing Paper App on July 29, Removes It From App Store

Facebook Is Killing Paper App on July 29, Removes It From App Store


  • The news reading app was released in January 2014
  • Facebook will shut it down on July 29
  • The newspaper-like design of the app was lauded by many

Two years ago, Facebook unveiled a Flipboard-style news reading app called Paper for its iOS users. Even though the app was well received by critics, it failed to garner a sufficient audience that could motivate Facebook to make it thrive. The social giant has now announced that it will not support the Paper app from July 29.

Users who have Paper installed on their iPhone reportedlygot a notification announcing the death of the app. The Paper app was just like any other News apps, collating news and disseminating it across categories like politics, technology, and food. The design of the app was one of the key highlights, giving it a newspaper-like feel. It opened and closed an article like a newspaper would, and the overall design of the UI was lauded by many.

The app courted copyright controversy soon after launch in February 2014. Another app by the same name made by New York-based FiftyThree raised objections, and accused Facebook of stealing the name. The Paper app by FiftyThree is a drawing and colouring app for iPhone and iPad users, and has been downloaded more than a million times from the App Store. At that time, Facebook did not pay any heed to the threat, and continued with the launch of the app.

Two years later, it’s clear the app did not fly as Facebook intended it to. According to research firm app Annie, Paper has not managed to enter the 1,500 most downloaded apps since December 2015. The app last received an update in March 2015, and was of course never even released on Android.

As of Friday, the app has removed from the App Store, and can no longer be downloaded by new users. For all existing users, the Paper app will stop functioning from July 29.

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