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Month: July 2018

  • Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today. You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app. WhatsApp I have to say its about time.
  • Facebook has just acquired startup Redkix in order to better compete with Slack The social media giant hopes to integrate Redkix into Workplace by Facebook Workplace by Facebook differs from its traditional counterpart in several ways Social media titan Facebook has recently acquired Redkix, a startup company that seamlessly blends instant messaging, email and calendar services into one app. The social media company declined to publicly state what it paid for the acquisition. Facebook reportedly acquired the startup to help to try to expand its communications features for Workplace by Facebook, the social media platform’s enterprise version, in hopes of better competing with the cloud-based communication applications offered by Slack. DailyMail I don’t picture Facebook in the commercial space but it looks like they are training to gain some market share there but I think without productivity suites like GSuite or Office365 it won’t work out for them.
  • Nokia Oyj won a $3.5 billion order from T-Mobile US Inc. to build fifth-generation mobile networks in the U.S., one of its largest contracts to date and a sign that network equipment vendors are starting to gain business from the new cellular technology. Nokia will help build a nationwide 5G grid for the No. 3 wireless carrier, which has said its customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas will be first to run the technology early next year. The deal, which follows earlier announcements about the cooperation, is welcome news for the Finnish company. Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri has urged investors to look beyond weak results in the past couple of quarters, saying that the situation should brighten in the second half of the year as operators start spending on faster 5G gear. Bloomburg This must be a lifeline for Nokia. They have been on life support for a while.
  • I recently tried the Apple Watch Series 3 as my everyday driver for smart wearables and I have to say I was not overly impressed. I would like to say that this is my first impression I will need a few weeks of using it at the gym and wearing it every day to give you my final review. My first and probably biggest issue with the Apple Watch Series 3 is the design and build quality. While Apple is known for always making a premium product the Apple Watch Series 3 just reminds me of the touchscreen iPod Nano with a wristband. I was not overly impressed with the design or look while there are millions of different bands and cases for the device it just does not have a slick sporty design to me as a consumer. My other issue with the design is the edge to edge bezels design that Apple has done on every model since the original series one. The design just makes me uncomfortable using it at the gym. Without a case or bezel, the glass just seems to exposed and able to break when hit into something at the gym like an exercise machine or weights. One thing I really loved about the Apple Watch Series 3 was the LTE the fact that you could exercise and leave your phone behind while still getting streaming music, calls, texts, and notifications is great and really did move the needle for me as a smartwatch.  I would like to point out there are Android Wear Watches with LTE as well.  I did have one issue with the music streaming you can read about that in my previous article titled Music Apps on the Apple Watch Series 3 The fitness portion of the watch was ok...
  • July 26, 2018

    How To Start A Podcast- A Simple Guide

    What is a Podcast? In simple terms, a Podcast is a radio session conducted over the internet on specific topics for listeners. The word Pod in Podcast stands for iPod, while Cast refers to broadcasting that is similar to a radio transmission but in this case, is exclusive for internet devices. The content of the Podcast is portable and one can listen to a Podcast from anywhere. Today Podcast is a phenomenal platform that hosts brilliant performers conducting interviews with guest speakers or doing a single monologue. Some Podcast is by individuals who are merely sharing their thoughts creatively and getting huge audience and followers. How to Start a Podcast? Is the idea of starting your own Podcast intriguing? Here is a simple guide on how to start a podcast through which you will be able to launch and start your own. Decide the Content and the Audience Before starting the Podcast decide the topics and the audience for your transmission. It is advisable to stick to your expertise when planning your broadcast. For example, if the political analysis is your strong area you can express your opinions through the Podcast. Do not be tempted to go for a domain you are not familiar with as you will fail to make any impact or get the attention of the audience with a lackluster broadcast. Once you know the topic for your Podcast time it out so it can reach the intended audience at the right time. Add Value to your Broadcasting Your Podcast is for the listener and it should give them good value for their time. If you are doing a health-related Podcast, you can add useful tips that can help your listeners. If you intend to do a comedy Podcast use original jokes. If you like to give...
  • After making it possible to set a timer on the YouTube Kids app, the company has launched a similar feature on its main app. The YouTube app is getting a time well spent feature that was first launched on its Kids app, as well as two new options designed to limit distracting notifications. The latest updates aim to build on Google’s support of digital well being. Questions remain whether these increasingly popular options to give users more insight and control into their daily habits on mobile devices and the apps will impact marketers. Users can now set a timer within the main YouTube app to send an alert reminding them to take a break. YouTube has also released two other user options aimed at cutting back the number of distracting notifications they receive from the app. Marketing Land
  • Not long ago, if you wanted to watch video online with your friends and family, your easiest option might have been to huddle around a laptop screen. If you wanted to watch on your TV, you had to search using your remote via a clunky on-screen keyboard—or if you were really enterprising, you’d figure out how to connect your computer to your TV. It wasn’t easy. Then, five years ago today, we introduced Chromecast to make watching streaming videos on your TV easy as pie. Just by opening one of thousands of content app on your phone, casting and pressing play, you can enjoy watching your favorite TVs, movies and more. Today, you can use Chromecast to stream thousands of apps to your big screen, and we continue to make it easier to watch your favorite show. Google I can’t believe this product came out 5 years ago I remember the first one looked like a USB stick now they are all circle looking.
  • For a week, we have been seeing reports that the newly released MacBook Pros run hot, which all kicked off after this video by Dave Lee. They run so hot, in fact, that the very fancy 8th Gen Intel Core processors inside them were throttled down to below their base speed. Apple has acknowledged that thermal throttling is a real issue caused by a software bug, and it’s issuing a software update today that is designed to address it. The company also apologized, writing, “We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems.” Apple claims that it discovered the issue after further testing in the wake of Lee’s video, The Verge If you want to download the patch by itself without going through the App Store its available on the Apple Support Site.
  • Chinese technology company Lenovo on Tuesday launched “HX06 Active Smartband” under its fitness category for Rs 1,299 in India. The smartband comes with advanced health and fitness features like organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, sedentary reminder along with movement and sleep monitoring, the company said in a statement. “At Lenovo, we ensure that we provide smart devices in innovative designs that enable people to live in a new smarter technology world of fitness,” said Sebastian Peng, Head of Lenovo MBG Ecosystem. India Times All hardware companies are going to be getting into the wearable market either with fitness or something else.