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Month: April 2018

  • Technology is rolling like craziness. So, it is spreading all over the world by leaps and bounds. There are many centers all around the world that are busy modifying their existing technologies and also finding newer ways to make them even more innovative. In the fast running world, people are somewhere busy thinking about how to bring changes so that they can truly compete with their competitors with their boosted technologies. So, today the discussion shall be about one such state. FIBRE OPTICS Fiber optics is the science that deals with the transmission of data, voice, images which are done by the passage of the light through the thin and the transparent material which allows the light to pass. In the field of telecommunications, the fiber optics finds the purpose of replacing the copper wires which were used in the long-distance telephone lines and also has provided a link to the computers which are operated in the local area networks. In the modern days, the material that is used in the fiber optics is especially very thin materials or glass. The diameter of such an optic is usually about 125 micrometers. These days such an innovation is finding popularity because they are easy to use, can be used for the long-distance communications and are also free from dissipation. FIBER OPTIC INTRODUCTION IN CHATANOOGA Chattanooga was once a quite simple city, but with the moving days it has proved to be a large technology hub and is out beating many other places. One of the most incredible thing about this place was the introduction of the fiber-optic which had a capability of delivering on the internet with speed of 1 gigabyte per second to each and every resident. It was unbelievable that a city can be so a developed to do...
  • April 18, 2018

    Why Can’t I Stop Using Skype

    I don’t know what it is about Skype it’s just one product I can’t seem to move away from for my daily needs. I travel a lot for my job and places I go sometimes don’t have the best cell service or people I am working with need face to face meeting. My first issue has been and will always be cell phone reception. Places I go to generally have Wi-Fi coverage but when you’re deep in the basement of a building, in middle of a huge hospital or at an event center cell phone coverage is always an issue. I find myself many times needing to call support numbers with no cell phone service present. Most places don’t allow Wi-Fi calling on iPhones and Androids but using Skype is fine at these places mainly because they are Microsoft owned and considered secure. The other issue is usually my laptop is connected to Wi-Fi and you can use Skype to call a landline number as well. The other reason I use Skype is for meetings and conference calls. I know it sounds kind nuts but since Microsoft is putting Skype on all Windows 10 machines this has been great for me when it comes to setting up meetings. I know a lot of readers have said just use FaceTime the issue is many of my clients are Android users and FaceTime only allows one video chat at a time there is no group video chat capability. I have tried many alternatives to Skype over the years for just video calls with Android users Hangouts is great but it does not support landline calling the same goes for the WhatsApp.  I have found ooVoo and Viber as alternatives to Skype with some limitations that keep me from making the switch. ooVoo...
  • Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services. The Cupertino, California company agreed last month to buy Texture, which lets users subscribe to more than 200 magazines for $9.99 a month. Apple cut about 20 Texture staff soon after, according to one of the people. Bloomberg Apple realizes that subscription services are a big money maker and are capitalizing on it with Apple Music and now Apple news.
  • In celebration of World Book Day, Amazon is offering nine e-books of translated fiction for free. It’s a great-looking list, and if you do use the Kindle platform, it’s worth grabbing each for your own library. “We believe books have the power to connect us across language, country, and culture,” Amazon’s Mikyla Bruder says in a prepared statement. “Today we are making an investment in books in translation and giving readers access to stories from diverse cultural perspectives with an aim to reach one million readers in honor of World Book Day.” The following e-books are available for free for the next week: Thurrott Is great to see Amazon keeping the book industry alive and well and celebrating World Book Day.
  • It’s not just web browsers that are moving beyond passwords. Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10’s next update will support the new FIDO 2.0 standard, promising password-free logins on any Windows 10 device managed by your company or office. You could previously use Windows Hello to avoid typing in a password, of course, but this promises to be more extensive — you could use a USB security key to sign into your Azure Active Directory. Engadget  
  • Microsoft admitted yesterday that the reason it did not launch the Spring Creators Update for Windows 10 last week was because of technical issues the company encountered with the supposed final release. More precisely, Microsoft says it encountered a higher percentage of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors on PCs, the company’s Insiders Program managers said in a blog post yesterday. Microsoft says that instead of shipping the Springs Creators Update faulty as it was, and then delivering an update later to fix the issues, it decided to hold off on deploying the defective build altogether. BleepingComputer I am glad Microsoft realized they had an issue with their update and are holding back the update.
  • Microsoft has recently released a new browser extension for Google Chrome. This new extension named Windows Defender Browser Protection will protect you against online threats, like phishing and malicious websites, with real-time protection from Microsoft. If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a phishing site, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft and warn you from visiting those links. MSPowerUser I am not sure I trust Microsoft AV enough to use it as my primary Anti Virus.
  • Recently I have been messing around with Pandora and their full music service and I have to say it has a great look and feel. Pandora is considered the godfather of music streaming as they were one of the first music streaming services online. Pandora has struggled in recent years with Spotify and Apple Music growing in numbers but it’s important to remember Pandora is an internet radio company and makes the majority of their revenue on ads. Recently in their earnings report, Pandora mentioned they have about 5.5 million subscribers to their paid services. Pandora does two paid service tears one being Pandora Plus $4.99 which is internet radio only with no ads or Pandora Premium for $9.99 being their fill on music service. Pandora has not disclosed which service has the majority of subscribers. Apple has over 40 million subscribers and Spotify has 70 million subscribers making it look like Pandora has little to no market share. Pandora has mentioned that they have over 90% of users listening through mobile which is very impressive, to say the least. Pandora who does make a majority of its revenue via advertising like most radio companies. Back in September SiriusXM invested $480 million dollars in a strategic investment with Pandora. Then in March Pandora acquired tech startup AdsWizz. AdsWizz tech aligned with Pandora’s specifically in the areas of audio monetization and ad-buying capabilities. Pandora says that it will continue to invest in AdsWizz technology that supports its core business. It’s important to realize that Pandora has 74.7 million active users which is a drop of about 6% compared to the previous year. It’s import to realize that Apple and Spotify offer artist based radio which can and has hurt Pandoras business. When you are comparing Apple Music to Pandora it can be hard because Apple Music...
  • That’s $5 cheaper than paying for them separately Spotify and Hulu are today expanding their partnership and offering a bundle of both services to all consumers for $12.99 per month. That price gets you Spotify Premium and traditional, video-on-demand Hulu (with ads). Initially, this deal is only available to current Spotify Premium customers. The companies say everyone will be able to sign up for it sometime this summer. Existing Spotify Premium customers can do a three-month trial of Hulu for an extra $0.99 / month before deciding if they want to make a full switch to the $12.99 plan. The catch there is that the trial is only available to either brand new Hulu subscribers or those who cancelled at least 12 months ago. The Verge Spotify knows they have to stay competitive if they are going to continue to beat Apple.