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CES 2016: Huawei announced GX8 smartphone & MediaPad M2 10 Tablet

CES 2016 is already started in LAS VEGAS. All big companies and startups are trying to launch their best product.

Recently, Huawei which is a Chinese electronics company has launched GX8 smartphone and 10- inch MediaPad M2 10 tablet. In the press conference of CES, Huawei has announced one thing very clearly; they are not going to compromise with security.

Last year Huawei has built an outstanding fingerprint- equipped Google’s Nexus 6P and now with some massive security features, Huawei is going to introduced a midrange GX8 smartphone and 10- inch MediaPad M2 10 tablet, which will be more secure to you.

If we talk about GX8 smartphone


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This is the phone which is coming with some mind- blowing features. A complete metal body, fingerprint reader, Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 skin and midrange price ($349.99) can attract any smartphone freak easily.

Even the Huawei GX8 battery will come with 3000 mAh, which is way bigger than the batteries in the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6S.

This phone will be available in US in the first quarter of the year. It means you can expect to see this phone in market by the end of March.

The Media Pad M2 10 is an aluminum alloy tablet. In first look, it seems somewhat copy- paste of Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet. This is specially designed to be used in landscape orientation. It also supports a stylus.

A 10 inch full HD display (1200*1920 pixels) with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen M2 10 has also some decent features. This tablet will come with two editions- Standard edition (16 GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM) and Premium edition (64 GB internal storage with 3 GB RAM).

13- megapixel primary camera with autofocus LED flash and Geo- tagging facility is good to click snaps. The 5- megapixel front camera is also much impressive to take your selfies.

There are four speakers in this tab, which is sufficient enough to feel the boom- boom sound.

A home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor below the screen and non-removable Li-Po 4800 mAh battery is two other hardware features of Huawei MediaPad M2. This tab will come in two different colors- silver and gold.

MediaPad M2 Price is not announced by company but the date of releasing is already announced globally. This tab will be released on March last.

Note: GX8 smartphone and MediaPad M2 10 tablet will be available in the United State within few months from GetHuawei.com (Huawei official store). You can also buy these products from Amazon, BestBuy.com or some other best- buy stores.

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The Most Innovative Companies of 2015

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”- Albert Einstein

Creativity in any field is must and how creative you are- this is decided by your work and invention.

2016 is just going to start, let’s see the most innovative companies of this year. Definitely no companies have same work but if they are in this list means they are capable enough to do anything in their own field.

Warby Parker

Warby Parker sets a milestone for other companies by building the first great made- on- the- internet brands.  

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Warby Parker is an eyewear (eyeglasses and sunglasses) industry, founded in 2010. All glasses designing stuff is done in-house and sells directly to customers for avoiding retail- markups.

David Gilboa, who is one of the founder member of company; says- “The only product we sell now is glasses, but we think our brand can stand for much more than that over a long time period.”

This is the real focus which is also followed by many e- commerce companies.  Warby Parker is only one who proved them, they are best and that’s why, this company exists #1 in 2015 innovative companies.

Apple

Few days ago, the Boston Consulting group released a report, and gave apple rank one position in the most innovative company of 2015.

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Apple was established in 1976 in Cupertino, California. As the company’s slogan as it did. The slogan of Apple’s, “Think Different” and all knows Apple product is quite different from others. It produces new and unique things regularly. Recently it added many features which are more magical in iOS 8 like, HotelTonight, Instacart, Lyft, etc. If you upgrade your iOS with iOS 8, you can notice that TouchID Fingerprint sensor is more reliable.

On 2014, Apple’s sold 74.5 million iPhone in last three month, which was the most profitable quarter of any company in history.

Instagram

Most innovative company: For the beautiful relationship with fashion industries.

Oct 6, 2010- The day when Instagram was launched by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Further this app is acquired by Facebook on April 2012.

Instagram is the most prominent app for photo sharing, video sharing and social networking service with the simple design and optimization for social connection.

But now, with the help of a fashion and art community leader: Kristen Joy Watts, Instagram is developing partnership in the fashion industries. That’s why, now fashion giants are looking Instagram for promoting and advertising their product.

Google

For making the hit laptop- ‘Chromebook’

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Google is mostly known for interned related services and products. In June 15, 2011, it introduced the first Chromebook.

Chromebook is a best option for those who works in Google Chrome, and spend their most time in web browser. It runs on Google Chrome Operating System but not able to run traditional application in it.

Only in 2014, Google has sold 5.2 million units of Chromebook. Due to its secure, simple, faster speed and affordable price, Chromebook is one of the demanded laptop in current scenario.

HBO (Home Box Office)

Most innovative company: For making HBO- the beauty of the streaming- TV ball.

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HBO is an American pay television channel launched on Nov 8, 1972. In the 34 years long journey, the subscriber of premium cable network grew more in last year (2014).

When FastCompany Magazine has released the 2015 list of most innovative companies, except HBO no other television network presented on that list.

Few years ago (Feb 8, 2010), Home Box Office Inc. has launched HBO Go, which is a TV Everywhere service. This is the first inclusive mobile TV service. You can watch any episode from its library for free.

Alibaba

Alibaba- A Chinese e- Commerce Company also in the list of most innovative company, for helping consumer’s save, spend and be entertained.

It was established on April 4, 1999 by Jack Ma. All B-B (business to business), B-C (business to consumer) and C-C (consumer to consumer) services is provided by Alibaba via web portals.

Recently, in November 11, 2015 (China’s Singles’ Day), Alibaba has registered a record- break sale of $14.32 billion.

IndiGo

The largest and low- cost Indian airline-‘ IndiGo’ is only one airline company, that exists in most innovative companies of 2015 list.

 

 

IndiGo (founded in 2006) offers 647+ daily flights that carried 82 million passengers and connects to 39 destinations. Last year, it carried 21.4 billion domestic passengers alone.

In 2015, IndiGo is awarded by best LCC Aviation award for Excellence by Center for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Also See: CES Innovation Award 2016 which is going to start from Jan 6 at LAS VEGAS, NV.

 

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Google Drive New Features that will make Searching Task Easier & Faster

With the arrival of Google Drive (April 24, 2012) and other cloud services, storage devices like flash drive is getting least significant and probably will be forgotten in near future. Millions have already registered with Google drive and it keeps pouring.

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From the day of its launch, Google is trying to make Google drive the best. In many ways they have succeeded too. To make your searching task easier and faster, a new search function is added to Google Drive.

Now you can find your files by the use of granular parameters (file types, word it contains etc). You can also search for shared files by file owner using their name or email address, modification date or with whom you shared files.

By using these ways, now you can make your finding task easier and faster in Google Drive

  • In the search box of Android, iOS and the web, narrow your search to a file type.
  • Open advanced search instantly from search box.
  • If you are on iOS, you can access recent files or search drive from the home screen using 3D touch.
  • Without opening the Drive app, you can find drive using the iOS search bar.

Google Drive new features will be available on Android, iOS and the Web version.

Google Drive which is already #Number_1, when we are talking about files storage in the cloud. Either we talk about oneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive or Copy, Google drive is best. It stores up to 5 TB data (15 GB free storage); paid plans are very less as compared to others ($2/ month 100 GB & $10/ month for 1 TB). And now with this easy searching function, it’s going to take one more powerful step to retain #Number_1.

These all are the part of upcoming effort of Google Drive which will be happening in few weeks. This feature will make Google Drive the simplest place to search any file and will definitely help millions of users. Till then be on the lookout for an app update.

Because it’s gotta be super easy to find out files (See everything here).

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Google’s Team Finds Security Flaws in Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Take any popular Android phone and get a team of some real hackers to crack the security. What do you think the result would be? Apparently, within a week’s time they will come up with a bucket of major and minor security flaws.

Expert security researchers from Google has just done the same, with the brand new Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge. Google’s team – Project Zero devoted just a week to find out a subtotal of 11 high risk security flaws in Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. What’s most worrying is, out of which one even allow attackers to write a file into your device without asking for your permission.

High device security is the order of the day, you can never comprise on that. Worries like loss of data from your device is nothing in comparison to device security.

Remo Software says, “There are advanced applications to help you out in any adverse situations; loss of photos or other data is not a big deal, when you have access to the right tool. But if the device have any serious security flaw causing theft of data, it’s really hard to compensate.”

Which I think is so true, as you are totally clueless in case if data theft happens due to any serious security flaw unlike data loss where you have chances. And it could also get you into big trouble.

Execution plan by Project Zero

In order to find loop holes, team was divided into two; the North American and the European. The focus was on finding out routes to get access to contacts, messages, and photos by installing an app using Google Play which by no way have permissions to do it or through any remote access. And the research was carried out to make unauthorized code to the phone to hijack information even if it was wiped.

The researchers found most of the holes were coming from the device drivers; the researcher Natalie Silvanoich says these were found in less time and she also pointed out some of the issues were so trivial to exploit, making it really dangerous as a malicious hacker could easily exploit these loop holes to abuse a person.

The team submitted their findings to Samsung, where they claim to have already resolved eight out of the 11 reported. The unpatched issues are not that severe and will be fixed within November.

Even if the security holes were fixed by Samsung, the worrying factor is, a dedicated team were able find 11 bugs in such short time. However, Silvanovich praises Samsung for resolving most of the issues so quickly.

The decision of issuing updates to their devices more frequently were taken earlier by Samsung and Google to handle security issues. And Google is pushing updates with its Nexus phones and tablets on weekly basis whereas Samsung is updating its Galaxy series every month.

The news of security flaws in Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that is being discovered now in Android software is potentially going to affect over a billion Android devices. And boy seriously security flaw is not something which you want to hear from a major brand.

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Twitter will Soon Lift 140 Character Limitation

For the past several months, there were rumors that Twitter is going to lift the 140 character limit from tweets. And the rumors are going to be true. But what worries me is that from now on we will start receiving long tweets which may not be worthy to read. Anyway it’s not in our hands at this moment. However, most people still don’t have any idea why 140 character limitation at first place. I will start with the reason behind that.

Why Twitter came out with 140 character limitation?

The reason is Twitter got started using Short Message Service or SMS. And this is when most of the SMS carriers had a 160 character limit on each message. But when Twitter launched they decided to reserve 20 characters for the username and hence tweets were limited to 140 character limit. This is the shortest version of 140 character story. And the inside story is even bigger.

Inside Story:

The whole idea of this short message service came up in the minds of Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey. How a city actually functions in real time, this is what fascinated him. This thought made him to map the city’s services, support system that includes emergency services and vehicle dispatches so and so. But he found something missing out there after creating the whole picture of the city. The missing element is nothing but the people, which really makes the city alive for the most part.

When Dorsey signed for a Live Journal account, this whole idea of creating a digital service took rebirth. He worked on it and for the medium he decided to go with SMS protocol and this resulted in this 140 character limit into play.

But we cannot emphasize only one part of the story, there is of course a lot more into that which eventually led to the birth of Twitter.

So, what’s your take on 140 character limit? Is it really required to lift 140 character limit? Or Should Twitter keep this constraint to stop people from posting long stories? Or do you think long tweets are the order of the day?

Share your opinion in the comments!!

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3 Step Strategy to Counter Virtual Violence in Germany over Facebook

It is more than a month since we are informed about the first “racist post” report on Facebook. This issue has escalated to diverse levels within these days by receiving attention of the whole social media. Now, it is in crossroads as Heiko Maas, the German justice minister is about to discuss with Facebook officials about this matter. But there is one thing that demands more deliberate talk. Well, Facebook’s 3 step strategy to counter virtual violence or forbid xenophobic posts have adequate value to get considered.

Step 1: Partnership with FSM

FSM is a German non-profit association which is accredited as a self-regulatory body of online media. Facebook believes that it is on the right track of diminishing social disconcert by building effective associations with these kind of non-profit groups. Another point is; this social media giant may be considered the value of FSM as a local body of social media regulation.

Step 2: Set Up a Taskforce

This step has a general intent as it is not only limited to this regional case. It is a collective move from Facebook spanning Government Officials and non-profit organizations against all kind of hate speeches on internet. Facebook’s decision to give financial support to organizations that gather complaints against xenophobic posts can be read along with this.

Step 3: Campaign to promote a Counter Speech in Germany

Well, it is an interesting move. Rather seeking public campaigns, it focuses on expert level advices to combat racism through social media discussions. Experts from Scandinavia as well as from UK will be a part of this mission.

But, what does actually happen now on German FB?

According to Facebook community standards, there are clear-cut guidelines about racial abusing and hate speech. But in actual situations, deletion of racial comments happens only after evaluation of such comments which are flagged by users. Facebook always decline to take a decision on the material without a sufficient explanation. This company also claims that its community standards complies with German law in removing content.

As a contrary to these hate-speeches, various reports have released so far elucidating the support of Germans towards refugees. The findings of a recent survey conducted by Germany’s public broadcaster ARD, illustrates this clearly. About 59 percentages of Germans are in favor of accepting as many refugees or even more than currently expected. 67 percent are willing to volunteer their time for supporting refugees. A whooping 88 percentage of people are willing to donate clothing and money to the refugees.

Anyhow, let us wind up this discussion by mentioning Angela Merkel’s talk to Rheinische Post on racist issue, “When people stir up sedition on social networks using their real name, it’s not only the state that has to act, but also Facebook as a company should do something against these paroles.”

ALSO READ: Facebook Pages is Getting More Friendly for Business Users

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More than half of the Worlds Population have no Internet Connectivity

To start with, I will say you are fortunate enough to read this article.

The reason for why I said fortunate is this; according to the study of United Nations Broadband Commission’s global stats of Internet connectivity is not even near to what we really fancy ourselves. Even though we keep saying that we are connected across the border, the fact is something different. In reality more than half of the worlds population have no internet connectivity. To hear that internet connectivity is a fairy tale story for more than half of the world is really saddening. The sources say that around 57% are still staying away from the regular use of internet. I.e. more than 4 billion people.

Let’s look at the interesting stats put forth by the committee:

  • Out of 7100 languages across the globe, only 5% of it is represented on the Internet.
  • The developing world only records 25% women have internet access as compared to men. In the sub parts of Africa the number goes to around 50%.
  • In the past year, the stats say that an average of 300 million people have gained access to internet.
  • The poorer countries still remain offline, 90% of the population in the 48 of world’s poorest countries still don’t have access to internet.
  • In the month of June, another study illustrated that 15% of Americans is still offline but which is far better comparing the previous study, which recorded 48% don’t use internet back in the year 2000.

The goal of United Nations to reach 60% of World making use of internet by 2020 seems like a taunting task by seeing the rate of growth since 2012. The major reason given for this is the lack of infrastructure when you go away from the urban areas. The rate of growth is even slowing down and is a major concern for all. The report also says, all these is true even for mobile subscriptions, we have reached to a saturation point almost and hence bringing new people to internet is getting slower than what have been imagined.

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Can Googles Instant Articles Compete Facebook?

Facebook instant articles have certainly helped media to create faster loading mobile versions of their stories. Facebook have took over what search engines were not able to provide. But by seeing this response now Google and twitter have decided to create their version of instant articles by teaming up together. What has led to this decision is quite clear? The potential competitive threat posed by Facebook is something which is seriously thought of by these giants.

Whether Google will be able to beat Facebook instant articles can’t be predicted at this stage. Google and Twitter is developing this open source project hoping that other companies will start adopting the platform.

Facebook’s instant articles and Googles Instant Articles?

The major differentiator between Facebook’s instant articles and this project is that Google and Twitter stay away from hosting content by themselves. Instead a snapshot of cached webpage will appear by clicking on a webpage. The user experience doesn’t make any difference though, it is similar to instant articles of Facebook, and publishers may be much more pleased by hosting their own content. Right now web publishers are hugely inclined to Facebook as they are the biggest traffic driver to their website. The same factor also turns out to be a fear for them and hence they were also looking to sort out a way to elude from this risk.

Everyone knows Facebook is growing big day by day, they are acting friendly but at the same time the hunger factor is evident as well. When they get even bigger, things can go out of hand as well. Tougher competitions from other sides will be beneficial for users rather than Facebook becoming a tyrant.

When Facebook rolled out Instant articles, web publishers were in kind of dilemma, as they were not sure of what they have to do. Staying reluctant to Facebook Instant articles wouldn’t be a great idea but relying too much on Facebook for getting traffic was also a matter of concern. Although there are number of things in favor of Facebook, the paradigm shift may happen if Google and Twitter works out this mission brilliantly.

Another giant who is working on a news platform is Apple with its iOS 9 which is called as News that helps to host content inside the app. As if now Apple and Facebook allows its publishers to keep the revenue of ads with themselves.

Right now it is not a win-win situation for Google and Twitter. They have to seriously challenge Facebook and come out by offering a much faster mobile experience to make any impact among users. It’s too early days to define anything more on Googles instant articles.

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Facebook Pages is Getting More Friendly for Business Users

Facebook have moved from just being a social website to business website, they are making it easier for companies to run their businesses through Facebook.

Getting updated with features integrated with Facebook is part of the business strategy by companies these days. To help businesses of companies, Facebook have opened up the social network into two new sections, i.e. shopping and services. This allows the businesses to feature products and services directly into their Facebook pages. The new update was recently introduced by Sheryl Sandberg at company headquarters in California.

In the event at company headquarters, Facebook revealed there are around 45 million Facebook pages at present. These changes are already in effect and the page owners can hold the advantage of these additional sections for managing their business pages.

What does Shopping and Services sections have on offer?

Shopping section allows the retailers to showcase the products and sell it from their page itself. The Services section is aimed for companies that offer professional services such as technicians, where they can highlight the offers and different services.

The new sections are opened up for further possibilities as well, as Facebook reveal the sections are still in its testing phase with limitations. In coming days, you can expect more features inside these sections.

Facebook is exploring new ideas that can boost up businesses. It constantly evolving too, already in pages there are additional features like call to action, call now, send message and contact us, which is already being tested. And for non-profitable organizations another feature that is going to be added is “Donate” button, which will appear on the top of your page.

All these new features will take effect pretty soon, which is equally good for companies as well as customers. Customers land on a page to seek help from companies, information on the page should be precise for that. Companies can constantly keep in touch with customers to make more businesses.

Facebook is constantly working on adding more sections on pages to create more options to ramp more features for businesses. All the updates, which are happening around meant to optimize the Facebook pages of companies on the type of business and thereby increasing their Facebook presence.

Better control to page administrators

Another highlighted feature is increasing the role of Page administrators, giving them a better control facility that would help page administrators to have a better interaction with customers. The features like creating canned responses like in Gmail, where you can respond to common questions with the help of saved reply option. The newly added feature “reply privately” allows the admins to give reply privately to a customer who have commented publicly.

Facebook also emphasized on its forthcoming virtual assistant “M”. It is early days to predict anything on the artificial intelligent assistant service that Facebook has on their mind, as if for now the news is that it helps you to complete your tasks, make appointments, complete online orders. If all these features works out well then Facebook page can certainly do lot of stuff for you.

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IBM and Xerox Claims Brain Controlled Apps is the Future

Mobile applications are part of our daily routine already. People keep in touch with the friends around the world using Facebook, WhatsApp and similar applications. Have you ever imagined calling your friend by using the power of thought? This is something crazy to imagine, isn’t it? One day may be you will see an app for that too.

Researchers are exploring the possibilities of developing smartphone apps that are capable of controlling the brainwaves as per IBM and Xerox paper which summarizes on Brain Computer Interfaces and its state of art. Mobile applications that are brain driven for dialing numbers, messaging and calling the contacts is not far from reach it seems.

So, how does this work? Today most of the devices rely much on touch screen to trigger the action, but these software listens to the patterns of brain activity. It uses Electroencephalogram to detect the electrical activities of brain, which is actually worn on users head.

Is it feasible?

You might think of the complications involved in using such a software. Brain controlled apps is not that far away as you imagine. Now there are lot of study going on in this field of study. With the development of light weight EEG readers, these software have become much more feasible. EEG readers allows users to communicate phone wirelessly.

The little hold back in making this project is the accuracy problems faced by BCI. Cornell University have already built a Neurophone which facilitates a brain controlled apps to call the contacts with the help of Emotive headset.

Working of Neurophone?

Neurophone chooses the desired contact to make a call by flashing images on the contacts saved on your device. When it finds the signal, this will make the call. However, the ability to detect the right contact depends more on the accuracy of the interface.

Accuracy of systems that detect the signal falls when some physical tasks is being carried out. In order to bring up the accuracy levels to a bit higher, researchers put forth suggestions that control brain signals with the help of head and eye tracking. The user’s choice can be refined further from the list of contacts, say for example restricting to the most dialed contacts.

Users may not get the comprehensive answer for how it is being done until the complete simulation is worked out. Using BCI for mobile can become really useful in developing applications in all sectors. These significant developments in the field neurology is a major outbreak, it will help to increase the computational power of mobile devices and the cloud storage. BCI based mobile brain controlled apps paves the way to the future and mobile will even get smarter than you believe.

The paper by IBM and Xerox concludes by saying in an optimistic tone: “The use of BCI for mobile holds promise, as it would be useful for developing both assistive and general entertainment technology for the evolving mobile user”.

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