The Register: Biggest takeaway from pandemic lockdowns for Microsoft? Teams stopped talking to each other

The Register: Biggest takeaway from pandemic lockdowns for Microsoft? Teams stopped talking to each other. “As the majority of the desk-based workers lurched to working from home during the pandemic-induced lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, communication between teams fell and working hours increased. In a peer-reviewed study published in Nature Human Behaviour today, researchers from Microsoft showed how colleagues at the Redmond-based software biz changed their communication and collaboration patterns during the first months of isolation.”

MakeUseOf: 8 New Microsoft Teams Meeting and Search Features You Must Try

MakeUseOf: 8 New Microsoft Teams Meeting and Search Features You Must Try. “As more people work remotely than ever before, tech companies are enhancing their online productivity suites to provide a seamless user experience. As part of the same effort, Microsoft has added new search and meeting features to Teams. Let’s find out how you can work more efficiently with these new features.”

IAEA Data Animation: INIS Scientific Database Evolution Proves Power of Global Cooperation (International Atomic Energy Agency)

International Atomic Energy Agency: IAEA Data Animation: INIS Scientific Database Evolution Proves Power of Global Cooperation. “All for one and one for all: A new IAEA data animation demonstrates the power of global scientific collaboration, charting the 50-year evolution of the Agency’s International Nuclear Information System (INIS) into one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of scientific and technological literature which is now visited by around 8000 researchers every day. The animation shows the Repository’s exponential growth over five decades, breaking down the contributions by country and international organization.”

Wired: TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse

Wired: TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse. “The platform, thanks to its duetting and stitching functions, automates a lot of what the Surrealists were doing. It’s not exactly an exquisite corpse, since TikTok records the entire genealogy of any given work, and there is a want for continuity with what others have contributed before. But there is a similar spirit of spontaneous collaboration, and a kindred quest for the absurd. Grocery Store: A New Musical’s voices are automatic doors and produce misters. They may be singing in harmony, but they’re far off-script from the story Mertzlufft started.”

VentureBeat: Rows raises $16 million and launches next-gen spreadsheets with built-in data integrations

VentureBeat: Rows raises $16 million and launches next-gen spreadsheets with built-in data integrations . “Founded out of Berlin in 2016 as Dashdash before its rebrand just a few months back, Rows is targeting business teams with a new online spreadsheet platform that features native integrations with third-party services such as Salesforce, Slack, Stripe, Google Maps, and LinkedIn, while also making it easy to transform the spreadsheet into a fully functional web app in a single click. Moreover, Rows supports all the familiar Excel functions, such as SUMIFs, that business users are already accustomed to.”

Nature: How to shape a productive scientist–artist collaboration

Nature: How to shape a productive scientist–artist collaboration. “Art can be a powerful medium for exploring the deeper meaning of scientific endeavours. Collaborations between scientists and artists are under way around the world, and daily postings to social media with the #SciArt hashtag suggest that the often-disparate domains are merging in fresh and exciting ways. Although many such collaborations aim mainly to engage and educate the general public about science, scientists and artists are recognizing that creative partnerships can turn science into captivating art.”

Ocula: Following Martial Arts Trope, Galleries Try to Be Like Water

Ocula: Following Martial Arts Trope, Galleries Try to Be Like Water. “‘You must be shapeless, formless, like water,’ said Bruce Lee, playing the part of a martial arts instructor in the ’70s cop show Longstreet. A group of galleries have adopted the same strategy for 2021, morphing in response to fast-changing circumstances. Jan Mot in Brussels, Experimenter in Kolkata, and Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg are among 21 of them taking part in the new GALLERIES CURATE initiative, which seeks to create more flow between gallery programmes around the globe.”

The Verge: Facebook launches its Collab music app to the public

The Verge: Facebook launches its Collab music app to the public. “The app allows users to create short-form music videos by combining up to three independent videos. So, for example, three musicians could each play a different part of a song and combine them into one video. But each video that’s created is also posted to a public ‘Collab’ feed, where people can view and play along with it if they choose.”

The Verge: Microsoft Teams gets an overhauled calling interface, CarPlay support, and more

The Verge: Microsoft Teams gets an overhauled calling interface, CarPlay support, and more. “Microsoft is overhauling its calling features inside Microsoft Teams today. A new calling interface will now show contacts, voicemail, and calling history in a single location. It’s designed to allow Microsoft Teams to more easily replace your desk phone, with built-in spam call protection, reverse number lookup, and the ability to merge calls.”

Coronavirus: Youth orchestra’s digital Tchaikovsky triumph (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Youth orchestra’s digital Tchaikovsky triumph. “The coronavirus pandemic has silenced many orchestras around the world. But the 70 young musicians who make up the Ulster Youth Orchestra have found a way to make themselves heard. Under the supervision of Daniele Rustioni, the Ulster Orchestra’s chief conductor, they remotely recorded an ambitious piece of musical magic.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Apps for Creative People and Teams to Collaborate Digitally

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Apps for Creative People and Teams to Collaborate Digitally. “Creative teams depend on the free and easy flow of ideas to collaborate and inspire new thoughts. When you have to work digitally, these free apps help foster creativity and brainstorm fresh ideas. The most obvious starting point for creative brainstorming is to use a mind-mapping tool. This article won’t go into that because we’ve already reviewed the best free mind-mapping apps for single users or teams. Instead, we’ll focus on tools that ease creative collaboration across a range of fields, like design, writing, music, and more.”

Neowin: Wikipedia is instituting new rules to battle “toxic behavior” by volunteers

Neowin: Wikipedia is instituting new rules to battle “toxic behavior” by volunteers “In a bid to ensure safety against abuse on harassment on its platform, Wikipedia is putting a new code of conduct in place. Several members, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community, have complained of the portrayal of “toxic behavior” by fellow editors on the platform. The website relies on these volunteers to keep it updated.”