Multiple calendars let you share calendars, but they can also complicate scheduling. Here’s how to export and import Google Calendar data to reduce your number of calendars.
Google Calendar gives people the ability to create, share, and access multiple calendars. This can make it easier to schedule an event with a colleague, since a shared calendar allows you to determine whether or not a person has an event already planned for a particular time. A shared calendar also can convey the availability of a shared resource, such as a conference room.
Some people rely on different calendars for distinctly different roles. For example, one person I know used five different Google calendars: One for work, two for community volunteer roles (with two different nonprofit organizations), one for a role as an elected official, and yet another calendar to manage personal activities. This configuration allowed the person to share each different calendar with a different set of people, while still being able to view all five calendars at once.
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However, maintaining multiple calendars can make it difficult to verify availability, since you need to check several calendars for events. I recommend that people maintain as few calendars as possible. For many people, two calendars suffice–one for work-related activities and one for personal events.
To reduce the number of calendars you use, first decide which calendars you want to keep. If you use G Suite for work, the primary calendar associated with your G Suite account will typically serve as your central work calendar and a primary calendar associated with a personal Gmail account might make sense for personal activities. Next, follow the steps below to export calendar data from each calendar you no longer need, then import that data into a calendar you will continue to use.
To export Calendar events, you’ll need to use Chrome on a laptop or desktop system as you work through this calendar consolidation process.
2. Select the sprocket (in the upper-right corner area, to the left of the day/week/month/etc. drop-down selector), then Settings (Figure A).
3. Scroll down the left-side menu to Settings For My Calendars where the system displays your calendars.
4. Click on the name of the calendar you want to export.
5. Calendar settings will display to the right. Select the Export Calendar button (Figure B).
6. Chrome will download your calendar events to a file. Note: This file is typically named with your account information, followed by “.ical.zip.”
7. To access your exported file from Chrome, select the three-vertical dot menu (in the upper-right area of your browser), then choose Downloads. Select Show In Folder to locate the downloaded item. On most systems, you may double-click to open the .zip file and access the .ics calendar file.
How to import to Google Calendar
You may import calendar data (in .ics or .csv file formats) to any Google Calendar displayed on your My Calendars list.
2. Select the sprocket (in the upper-right area) to access Settings. (Figure A)
3. Select Import & Export from the left-side menu.
4. Click on or tap Select A File From Your Computer, then navigate to and select the exported calendar file you want to import (Figure C).
5. If needed, adjust the calendar listed below the Add To Calendar menu.
6. Select Import to add events from your chosen file to your selected Google calendar.
After you import a calendar, review events to make sure the data imported correctly. Note: Not all information from every type of exported calendar file will import. For example, in some cases, only the first event of recurring activities might display. In other cases, event guests or details may not import fully.
How to delete a Google calendar
When you no longer need a Google calendar, you may delete it. Only do this after you have reviewed your calendar items to ensure you no longer need the data. If you like, and if your organizational data preservation policy permits, export and then save your calendar data first. If you preserve this calendar data file, you might use it to import and recover calendar data in the future.
You may not delete the primary calendar associated with your Google account. At most, you may delete all events from your primary calendar. You may delete any other calendar that you have created.
2. Select the sprocket (in the upper-right area) to access Settings (Figure A).
3. Scroll down the left-side menu to Settings For My Calendars and click on the name of the calendar you want to delete (Figure D).
4. In the main settings area, scroll to the end of the section, then select Delete.
Note: If you have selected your primary calendar, and then choose Delete, the system will delete all events on your primary calendar.
5. The system will then ask you to confirm by selecting Permanently Delete.
What are your calendar practices?
How many different calendars do you consistently rely on and use? If you use more than two calendars (one work, one personal) how do you find multiple calendars benefit you? If you’ve consolidated your calendars, what prompted you to reduce the number of calendars you use? Let me know how you choose to use calendars–either in the comments below or on Twitter (@awolber).
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A Human-Computer Duet System for Music Performance
Despite the popularity of virtual musicians, most of them cannot play together with human musicians following their tempo or create their own behaviors without the aid of human characters. The authors of a recent paper created a virtual violinist having these characteristics.
It can track music and adapt to the human pianist’s tempo varying with time and with performance, making the two voices harmonized. The virtual musician’s body movements are generated directly from the music. The motion generator is trained on a music video dataset of violin performance and a pose sequence synchronized with live performance is generated.
These features mean that the human musician can practice, rehearse, and perform music with the virtual musician like with a real human, by following the music content. The proposed system has successfully performed in a ticket-selling concert, where a movement from Beethoven’s Spring Sonata was played.
Virtual musicians have become a remarkable phenomenon in the contemporary multimedia arts. However, most of the virtual musicians nowadays have not been endowed with abilities to create their own behaviors, or to perform music with human musicians. In this paper, we firstly create a virtual violinist, who can collaborate with a human pianist to perform chamber music automatically without any intervention. The system incorporates the techniques from various fields, including real-time music tracking, pose estimation, and body movement generation. In our system, the virtual musician’s behavior is generated based on the given music audio alone, and such a system results in a low-cost, efficient and scalable way to produce human and virtual musicians’ co-performance. The proposed system has been validated in public concerts. Objective quality assessment approaches and possible ways to systematically improve the system are also discussed.
Xbox Series X, Series S India Pre-Order Time, Online Retailers Announced
India pre-orders for Xbox Series X and Series S will go live at 9am IST on Tuesday, September 22, Microsoft India has announced. Both Series X and Series S will be available on Amazon, Flipkart, and Reliance Digital’s online store. No offline stores have been announced. India is one of 37 countries where the new Xbox Series family will be up for pre-order on Tuesday, in addition to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
While the Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order date was announced alongside the prices — Rs. 49,990 for the Series X and Rs. 34,990 for the Series S — and launch date (November 10) last week, we didn’t have details on an exact pre-order time and where it would be available. Now we know. Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Microsoft India on details regarding special discounts (credit / debit card cashback offers) and financing options (no-cost EMIs), and we will update if we hear back.
For those outside India, here’s where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. In the US, pre-orders go live Tuesday, September 22 at 8am PT / 11am ET on Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers. Up north in Canada, pre-orders also go live at 8am PT / 11am ET on Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers.
Across the pond in the UK, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders will be available Tuesday 8am BST on Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers. In mainland Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa, you can pre-order online starting at 9am CEST on Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers.
Down under all the way in Australia, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders kick off Tuesday, September 22 at 8am AEST on Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers. And in nearby New Zealand, you can pre-order both new Xbox Series consoles starting 8am NZST on Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers.
In select markets, both Xbox Series X and Series S are available under a subscription programme, Xbox All Access, which bundles the consoles with the Xbox Game Pass membership.
Xbox Series S and Series X will launch in 37 countries — including India — on November 10, and 41 countries during “holiday 2020”.
Netflix engineer builds SnapCamera lens to bring a comic book vibe to video calls
Snapchat’s Lens Studio has built-in recognition for 5 hand gestures that means you don’t have to unmute to say hi or BRB.
If you need something to ease the frustration of conversations via video chat, consider a new Snap Camera lens. Cameron Hunter, a senior software engineer at Netflix, created Meeting Gestures. Instead of unmuting to say, “hi,” or “ok,” this lens communicates the information with a gesture instead.
When you raise your index finger, “Question” pops up on your video feed in a red comic-book word bubble. Hunter used the smile recognition in Snap Camera to display “ha, ha” bubbles. Moving outside the frame brings up “I’ll be right back” in a word bubble that fills the screen.
Snap Camera is simple to install and use. It works on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Twitch. Once you’ve got Snap Camera installed, set your video conference camera to Snap Camera. You have to run Snap Camera and your web conferencing software at the same time.
Most lenses have a more user friendly name. On Tuesday, Hunter said he was working with SnapChat to resolve an issue with the name of the lens.
That link will bring up Hunter’s lens. The word bubbles will look backward to you but will read correctly for viewers.
Build your own lens
Hunter’s Twitter post sparked several ideas about additional gestures for the Snap Camera library, including sign language. Hunter tweeted that you can lock messages or images to tracked objects such as a hand or a head. Snap Lens Studio does not support the middle finger gesture. Twitter user Johnny Xmas suggested the Meeting Gestures lens would be helpful during a large-scale scrum.
Ryan Brown, content and creative lead at Twitter, built his own meeting friendly lens. When you hold up an open palm, a flash of fire pops up and a heart flashes up when you hold up an index finger.
Lens Studio has a guide that explains how to make a lens. You can create Face Lenses for front camera experiences and World Lenses for rear camera experiences.