Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TechTalk May 31, 2016

Another great week of techtalk on DubaiEye with Jatin from Nexa.

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May 31
This is way cool!
Dropbox folder into a website!

Just found this game!

Local ads coming to google maps!
In a blog post published today, Google said it's investing more in "branded, customized experiences" for businesses to help increase store visits.
Users will be able to tell the difference between a promoted location and an organic location by the color of the pin on the map and the word "ad" in the text at the bottom of the screen.
"For example, Maps users may start to see promoted pins for nearby coffee shops, gas stations or lunch spots along their driving route," Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's senior vp of ads and commerce, wrote in a blog post. "Local business pages are also getting a brand new look—to encourage consumers to explore your store before they even arrive, we're adding new features like special offers and the ability to browse product inventory."
Google says its mobile ads across other products are already working. The search engine giant said AdWords store visits have generated more than 1 billion physical visits around the world since it was introduced in 2014. It cited Nissan UK, which found around six percent of ad clicks led to trips to a dealership that resulted in a return on investment that was 25 times higher than the cost.

4 twitter fixes!

"We're exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations," Twitter senior project manager Todd Sherman wrote in a blog post.
Over the next few months, Twitter will begin rolling out the following:
1. No longer counting @names in replies
Usernames mentioned in tweets will no longer count toward the limit, saving users from spending their entire character count on mentions. Twitter says the improvement will make conversations "more straightforward" without all the "penny-pinching" that's needed for group tweets.
2.  Attachments won't count against characters
Everyone who has ever posted a photo, GIF, video, poll or quote tweet has likely been frustrated by losing 23 characters that are lopped off in the process. "More room for words!" Twitter said. The update was first reported last week by Bloomberg, but Twitter at the time declined comment.
3. Retweet and quote yourself
Users that want to add additional information or context to a previous tweet will soon be able to by retweeting their own tweet by using the retweet button.The feature will also allow users to retweet their own tweets that they feel are important and should be shared a second time.
4. Bye bye .@
Twitter is fixing the need to have a period before a username at the beginning of a tweet when a user wants a reply to be seen by everyone. Currently, putting someone's name at the very beginning of a tweet means it is seen only by the recipient and mutual friends. (Anyone who's been frustrated by how awkward the ".@" looks will be glad to see it go.) Under the new system, new tweets with a user name at the beginning will be seen by all followers, while replies to a user (by clicking the reply button) will still be seen only by that user and mutual friends. To have a reply seen by all followers, you'll have to retweet it.

Interesting selfie stats

A Mailchimp store!

Intel is clever showing how its tech is helping the planet!
Intel is debuting a video documentary today called "Bees with Backpacks," which shows how its technology is being used to help solve global problems -- in this case tracking the decline of bee colonies worldwide.
The film, which is appearing on YouTube, Intel's website and other channels, was created by Intel Global Production Labs (IGPL), an in-house video and content production studio that was launched in early 2015.
"The whole company has taken a shift to really start talking about the amazing experiences that are enabled by Intel," said Teresa Herd, VP-global creative director at Intel. "It was important for us to understand the storytelling opportunities, and how to bring them to life in a way that is impactful, emotive and powerful."
One of the ways IGPL is doing this is through a documentary series called "Meet the Makers," which profiles how Intel Edison micro-computing technology is being used by entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists and other "makers" in unique ways to solve problems for businesses and society at large.

Top 10 linkedin passwords

LinkedIn responded to the news of the leak last week with a statement from its chief information security officer Cory Scott, who said the company was now “aware” of the full extent of the hack.
Leakedsource claims to have obtained the list of 167,370,910 accounts (email and password), with 117m of those including passwords – the rest, presumably, accessed their LinkedIn via other social media accounts.
The combined email and passwords are apparently up for sale on the dark web, with the list of the most frequent passwords hacked the most eye-catching.
We’ve been here before, many times, but finding awful passwords remains entertaining.

The top 10 passwords:

  • 123456  (753,305 instances among the breach)
  • Linkedin (172,523)
  • Password (144,458)
  • 123456789 (94,314)
  • 12345678 (63,769)
  • 111111 (57,210)
  • 1234567 (49,652)
  • Sunshine (39,118)
  • Qwerty (37,538)
  • 654321 (33,854)

A smart suitcase!

GoDaddy is doing some cool stuff! Idea creation, cool!

Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo help entrepreneurs get their products funded and shipped to backers — but what about the process of where these ideas come from? Confidence in a product or idea is key, and sometimes we need that extra nudge and seal of approval. That’s what GoDaddy is venturing into with a new app called Flare.
You heard right — GoDaddy, the company that offers domains and hosts websites for many small businesses — has developed an app that’s part Shark Tank, part idea journal. The company says it conducted its own survey, and found that 67 percent of respondents say they have come up with a concept for a business, service, or product, but only 15 percent have acted on it. GoDaddy’s answer is Flare.

Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform that gives non-engineers the ability to add interactivity to their projects. (I teach an online Arduino course on Skillshare that 1,163 have taken with a 97% rating).
Amazon has a sale on the genuine Arduino Starter Kit for $72. It has the Arduino Uno microprocessor and a bunch of components, along with instructions for 15 projects that will give you a feel for all the things you can do with Arduino.

SnapChat is looking to go bigger!

Snapchat has raised about $1.81 billion in new funding, according to a regulatoryfiling released on Thursday.
Coming amidst a slowdown in venture capital activity, the massive cash infusion shows how highly investors value the social messaging service.
In light of the new funding, venture capital database PitchBook estimates that Snapchat’s valuation is $17.81 billion, which is up from $16 billion in February.
Yet Snapchat is clearly still trying to find its financial footing. In fact, it took in just $59 million in revenue last year, according to a pitch deck obtained by TechCrunch.
By next year, Snapchat expects to see revenue rise to upwards of $1 billion. How the social darling plans to make such a dramatic leap is not entirely clear.
Part of Snapchat’s growth strategy includes international expansion. Earlier this month, it broadened its UK advertiser base, and introduced new ad formats in the region.
Snapchat also continues to score big partnerships with top media and entertainment outlets. Last month, it announced a partnership with NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The non-exclusive distribution deal was a first for the Peacock network, but likely not the last.
Snapchat also has partnerships with Major League Baseball and the NFL, which allow it to stream exclusive behind-the-scenes video rather than game footage.
Whether it’s enough to support bullish growth estimates, Snapchat is definitely growing. At the end of last year, it had 110 million daily active users -- up about 50% year-over-year, according to the leaked deck.
Snapchat also recently surpassed Instagram as the top social destination among teens, according to findings from Piper Jaffray.
Snapchat most recently raised $175 million in March. Fidelity led that round.
Looking ahead, Snapchat is said to be gearing up for a big public offering, later this year.

Odd cool and it makes you wonder! 32 hours down to 12 seconds!
A Norwegian consumers’ group produced a 32-hour webcast of a team of readers going through the fine print of terms and conditions of downloadable apps.
Finn Myrstad of the Norwegian Consumer Council, a government agency, said the idea was to point out the absurdity and possible illegality of some of the conditions.
“We got the idea from slow TV,” he told The Associated Press, referring to broadcasts in Norway of, for instance, five straight hours of knitting, a fire burning itself out and live, minute-by-minute salmon fishing.
Mr. Myrstad said that the team decided to read and analyze the small print of selected apps over six months, and that it discovered that many of them broke the law.
“We wanted to expose the absurdity of the terms and conditions of when you download an app,” he said. “You usually don’t read them because they’re either too long or complicated, and many of them breach consumer law and data protection laws.”
The webcast began Tuesday morning, when the team started reading the terms of around 30 popular apps. It ended 32 hours later. The council later tweeted a 12-second recap of the broadcast.

No Razr returning!
Flip phone fans hoping for a new Motorola RAZR might be left disappointed, as the Lenovo-owned brand has no plans to release an updated version of the widely popular device.
A nostalgic Motorola ad released May 19 led some observers to speculate that the company would revive its iconic metal flip phone, which sold more than 130 million units over the course of its four-year lifetime. But a Motorola spokesperson says that’s not the case.
“We love how the throwback video has been embraced and the excitement it has generated,” says Morotola rep Kathryn Hanley. “The RAZR was one of the most iconic phones ever designed and redefined how stylish a mobile phone can be. While Moto is not re-releasing the RAZR, we will transform mobile again on June 9.” (That date is a reference to Lenovo’s upcoming Tech World conference, when it is expected to announce new products and make other news.)
Lenovo, a Chinese company, purchased Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014 in a deal worth nearly $3 billion. The tie-up instantly made Lenovo one of the world’s largest smartphone makers. But it has been rocky going since. The company was recently surpassed by a pair of less well-known Chinese firms in research firm IDC’s list of the top smartphone brands by shipments. Indeed, in its quarterly report Thursday, Lenovo said the integration of the two brands “did not meet expectations.”

Google email address extracter, cool!

Interesting social media and parenting study!

Mothers of young children who spend more time on social media are more likely to report feelings of anxiety than peers who spend less time on social media on average, according to a new study from Deakin University in Australia. As always, it’s important to point out that correlation doesn’t prove causation, meaning that social media doesn’t necessarily cause anxiety.
The researchers polled 528 mothers of pre-school aged children, and found that their levels of self-reported anxiety rose with each additional hour they spent online, with women ages 25-44 twice as likely to report feelings of anxiety as men were in previous studies.
Researchers noted the results of other studies on social media usage, which have “shown that nearly 50 per cent of female Facebook users felt ‘addicted’ to Facebook, 77 per cent reported being online longer than they intend to be, and one quarter lost sleep because of Facebook.” Researchers also speculated that “spent using the computer or device may remove them from other responsibilities such as chores or engaging with their children, which may subsequently lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Middle East Indie Music Jukebox May 25, 2016

You are like us always looking for the best new bands out there and wanting to learn a bit about them.

Well, every week the guys from Triplew.me bring together a fantastic playlist for what we like to call the music of the week club.

This week we have a great lineup.

Mr Fari_Stay For The Night
Norman Bataille_Nothing But You
Gurumiran_Sweet Lord
Empty Yard Experiment - Entropy

The easy podcast link.

School's and Discipline Callin May 25, 2016

We have all been there, we go to school, get a little out of line, and are punished.

Back in the day punishment was pretty hard, today it may be a bit soft.

Some are suggesting a little more real world labour may keep our kids in line.

As you would expect the jury was out on this one.

The easy podcast link.

The show notes.

Discipline and youth, have we lost the plot? Are we letting our youth run all over us with no consequences for their actions? I am not saying we need to physically discipline our youth for errors in judgement, breaking the rules BUT there needs to be consequence for action doesn’t there?

Listening today to a couple of people talk about discipline they spoke about a school in US that punishes pupils by having them do work at the school! Clean the toilets…

Youth break the rules don’t send them to detention send them out to pull weeds, scrub the floor, clean…

TechTalk May 24, 2016

If there is one thing we all know something about it is technology.

Yes, while we know so much about the tech world it changes as fast as we can get a grasp on what is going on.

So, every week we sit down with the team from NEXA and try to untangle the web of what we know and what we don't know about tech, along the way we review the latest gadgets and maybe talk about an app or 2.

The easy podcast link.

The Show Notes.

Galaxy View 549.99US
18.4 inch tablet

Interesting social media and parenting study!

Mothers of young children who spend more time on social media are more likely to report feelings of anxiety than peers who spend less time on social media on average, according to a new study from Deakin University in Australia. As always, it’s important to point out that correlation doesn’t prove causation, meaning that social media doesn’t necessarily cause anxiety.
The researchers polled 528 mothers of pre-school aged children, and found that their levels of self-reported anxiety rose with each additional hour they spent online, with women ages 25-44 twice as likely to report feelings of anxiety as men were in previous studies.
Researchers noted the results of other studies on social media usage, which have “shown that nearly 50 per cent of female Facebook users felt ‘addicted’ to Facebook, 77 per cent reported being online longer than they intend to be, and one quarter lost sleep because of Facebook.” Researchers also speculated that “spent using the computer or device may remove them from other responsibilities such as chores or engaging with their children, which may subsequently lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.”

May 24

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Why can't he go back once he upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy View is an immersive viewing experience in a portable design that lets you take in every moment – from any room in the house.1
-great built in sound
-big screen

This would be good for presentations
This is not a new device
Internals, design, screen, memory all say last gen

1.6 gig processor
2gb ram
32/64gig onboard

Built in handle

Galaxy TabPro s 3899 DHS
Dual core 2.2GHz chip

12 inch,wifi, NFC,
Intel Core M Processor
4 gig ram
128 GB

This is another contender for the 2 in 1 category and is seen as a good mobile office. Yes it is good for on the road, can it replace your laptop? Probably not.

XBoxOne game streaming capability!

Comes with a keyboard case, At first I thought it looked a bit flimsy but it wasn’t and actually worked really well the track pad was great, they keys were a bit hard, probably would upgrade the keyboard.

Love the fact it is also a touch screen.

I am not sure if I like the boarder around the screen, so the screen does not stretch to the end.

No USB ports, just the chargin port so I am not sure this could replace a computer as much as compliment one.

The fact that it is running windows 10 is a bonus.

Battery can work for up to 630 minutes 150 minutes for full fast charge.

I found the screen just a bit too small given the resolution, usable for a sometimes device but not as my default, but `i am use to a 17 inch MacBook Pro!

sAMOLED display is crisp and clear.

Cool App

Originally a powerhouse of a program on Windows, Poweramp is now available for Android too, bringing with it just about every feature you could want: support for a whole host of formats, equalizers, crossfading, gapless playback, lock screen widgets and more.
You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you. The app comes with a good amount of built-in customization options too, so you can really make it your own. [$3.99, Android]

How many messenger apps does Google need?

One killer messenger app. That's all you need. Not the four that Google seems to think you do. At Google I/O, the Internet giant's annual conference for developers, Google unwrapped two new, very distinct messenger apps that will work on iOS and Androidphones "this summer." There's Allo, for messages and emojis, and Duo for videoconferencing. This is already on top of Google Messenger and Hangouts, each of which handles both texts and video calls.
What gives, Google? Do we really need all these messaging apps?
Google says we do. Allo and Duo are both apps that Google built from scratch, not based on any existing code for Hangouts or Messenger. And both new communication apps draw deeply on machine learning as part of the artificial intelligence future that
Allo's goal is to learn your rhythms and responses and offer suggestions in the form of quick replies. So if someone asks, "How're you doing?" the app might suggest you type in "Awesome!" alongside an emoji of dog doodoo. You choose the suggestion you want, or respond with something else, and behind the scenes Allo records and remembers your answer, maybe for next time.
Duo's flashiest video-calling trick is Knock-Knock, which essentially rings your buddy with a preview of what you look like and what you're doing this very minute. That means there can be no delays between broadcasting your goings-on and the moment the person on the other end receives the knock and picks up the call (or not).
Allo and Duo work as they do, Google says, because the programs stand on their own; they're light and finely tuned, not burdened by too many features that do other things.
"We didn't want to weigh down the [engineering] team with decisions from previous products," Erik Kay, Google's engineering director for communication software, told CNET. Because coders were given the freedom to create from the ground up, Google said, they were able to concentrate on fresh, innovative ways to make next-gen talking tools.
Focused engineering may be Google's reason for keeping the two separate, but there are other considerations as well. These apps work on phones and tether to your phone number, whereas Hangouts is purposely cross-platform, so it works on desktops as nimbly as it does on mobile.
Google also says that different consumers use apps for different purposes, so you might turn to Hangouts for a certain group of friends and Facebook Messenger for another. Meanwhile, you might Skype your in-laws on the weekend but call up Duo's Knock-Knock video to chat with your sweetheart.

Spark Video from Adobe

Bluetooth Nespresso Machine
Nespresso's Bluetooth-enabled espresso machine whips up delicious coffee drinks and connects to your Smart device for easy scheduling, alerts, capsule reordering and more.

Google and Amazon trying to win the home!

Google on Wednesday unveiledGoogle Home, a voice-activated, Internet-connected speaker with a built-in virtual assistant powered by Google’s smarts. Home is Google’s answer to the Echo, a similar device from Amazon that has become a surprise hit with shoppers.
For consumers, Google Home and the Amazon Echo can answer questions about the weather, set alarms, and manage appointments, among other tasks. For the companies that make them, the devices offer a new source of valuable data about their customers — as well as a shiny new gizmo to keep consumers tied more closely to their respective ecosystems. (The Echo in particular makes it almost frighteningly easy to buy more products from Amazon.)
Which device might win? Amazon has a head start. The Echo went on sale in late 2014 and has sold 3 million units, according to estimates. But Google could quickly catch up, experts say. “Amazon may do a better job at anticipating what I want to buy and keeping my refrigerator stocked,” says Julie Ask, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, a research firm. “But Google has a better shot at making my life easier day to day.”
Indeed, Google’s expertise in delivering answers to complex questions may give the search giant an upper hand. “I think the way Google may be superior to its competition in the smart home space is that its technology is truly smarter,” says Mark Hung, research vice president for Gartner. The fact that Google software like Google Maps, Gmail and Google Calendar are already collecting troves of data about us could mean Home is more useful from the get-go, as it should be better equipped to anticipate our needs.

Uber’s Self driving car hits the street
Uber is advancing its driverless car efforts by deploying a test vehicle in Pittsburgh over the coming weeks, the company announced Thursday.
The company’s autonomous Ford Fusion, which has been outfitted with sensors from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, will have a human in the driver’s seat to monitor operations. The car will be used to collect mapping data in addition to testing self-driving capabilities, and will include laser scanners, radars, and high-resolution cameras.
Uber says the technology is in its early days and that the company has informed local officials and law enforcement of its plans.”Right now we’re focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it’s safe for everyone on the road,” Uber wrote in a blog post.
Last month, Uber joined with Google, Ford, Volvo, and Lyft in announcing that they would form a coalition to urge lawmakers to pave the road for self-driving vehicle technology. Investors value the San Francisco-based Uber at over $60 billion.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has long envisioned a future where his company’s cars operate autonomously. What that means for Uber’s drivers, however, remains unclear.

Google is revamping its search to include voice!
Google became one of the most valuable technology companies by building a search engine that processes billions of questions and queries that people type into the Web. Now it will process billions of voice searches as people become comfortable speaking to a virtual assistant in a home networking hub, once again changing the way people find and use information.
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, wants to create an ongoing dialogue between the company's technology and users, he said during the Google i/o, developers' conference Wednesday. That conversation occurs through Google Assistant, rebranded from Google Now. It becomes the voice with which users interact with Home as well as the experience that links across devices such as tablets, smartphones and PCs.
About 20% of queries in its mobile app and on Android devices are voice searches, per Pichai, who said Google has invested the last decade in building a natural-language processor, which allows Google Assistant to follow the context of several queries when one follows the other. The ability to recognize sequences in language will change advertising. It brings search into the next phase where artificial intelligence removes the barriers of data stuck in silos.
Creats/Selfies and cash!


What Happened
Crest is among several brands using a new app named Pay Your Selfie to gather insights on consumer behavior from selfies. The app works by paying users who complete specified “selfie tasks,” such as taking selfies when they are brushing their teeth, eating ice-cream, having a protein bar, or drinking their favorite soda. Users receive anywhere from 20 cents to $1 for each “task” completed. In Crest’s case, the P&G brand asked for selfies taken “while brushing your teeth with your favorite Crest product,” and discovered some interesting findings that will help inform its future marketing efforts.
What Brands Need To Do
As Crest’s testing shows, this Pay Your Selfie app functions as a decentralized, photo-based focus group that grants brands a peek into consumers’ daily lives so they can better understand their customers. Depending on how they phrase the tasks, brands can get insights on how their products are being used, which competitors’ products are getting popular, and other observational insights on consumer behavior.
However, given that the app has attracted only 100,000 users since launching in September, the sample size for most “tasks” is probably not large or diversified enough to replace traditional market research. Until it manages to acquire more active users, this app is best suited as a complementary tool for brands to obtain information that people typically don’t or can’t articulate in focus groups or other traditional research methods.

The FitBit there are questions!
new study shows that maybe they’re not as accurate as some would lead you to believe.
The results of a study conducted by researchers at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in which participants’ heart rates were simultaneously measured by a Fitbit on each wrist and an echocardiogram, found that the PurePulse heart rate monitors on two Fitbit models - the Surge and Charge HR - can be off by up to 20 beats per minute. Additionally, there were inconsistencies between the two devices and at times, the device didn’t record a heart beat at all. Between the two devices, the study found a greater discrepancy with the Surge than with the Charge HR.
Forty three adults were put through differing levels of activity throughout a 65-minute session, from jogging to jump-roping to full-out treadmill running. Results showed that the more intense the exercise, the greater the margin of error.
“The PurePulse Trackers do not accurately measure a user’s heart rate, particularly during moderate to high intensity exercise, and cannot be used to provide a meaningful estimate of a user’s heart rate,” the researchers wrote.
The study was used in an amended complaint in a class action lawsuit filed against the company by several Fitbit customers who claimed that some trackers didn’t accurately measure heart rates during exercise. This skews the results a bit due to bias, but it isn’t the first investigation to be done into Fitbit accuracy. WTHR, a news station in Indiana, manually recorded things such as steps taken and calories burned and found similar results when compared to the Fitbits participants were wearing. A 2014 article in the Berkeley Science Review also found that the more intense the exercise, the more the Fitbit was prone to error.
We’ve reached out to Fitbit for comment, and will update if we hear back.

Nokia big changes!

As a late Friday coda to this week’s news of Nokia’s old feature phone business getting sold once again, today Nokia quietly confirmed it is laying off 1,032 employees in its home market of Finland. The cuts will come across all business units.
On top of putting the news out in the evening on the very last day of the week, the announcement was further downplayed by being released only in Finnish.
The layoffs are the conclusion of a formal process that started in April, when Nokia said it would lay off up to 1,300 people in the country. At the time, some reported that the cuts were part of a wider cost-cutting process that would reportedly see up to 15,000 jobs cut globally in the wake of Nokia’s merger with Alcatel Lucent and a bid to cut some €900 million ($1 billion) by 2018. Nokia has never confirmed the larger number of layoffs, but it has said half of the 1,000 layoffs confirmed today will come out of its HQ in Espoo, with a quarter each in Oulu and Tampere. The majority of cuts will happen by this summer.
The layoffs are a difficult but inevitable progression of a bigger shift at the company as it has moved from being the world’s biggest mobile phone maker into one that focuses primarily on networking technologies as well as developing and licensing IP related to that and its historical business.