Which is the best smart phone? IPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Nowadays, the discussion between Apple and Samsung cellphones are quite hot. Some people really love Samsung, but some people are die-hard Apple users. Therefore, let’s look at this problem critically!

If you’re looking for a phone with a large screen, the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 are by far the best choices on the market right now. Both phones have gorgeous metal and glass designs, offer fast performance and long battery life, and capture excellent photos.

It’s tough to decide between the two — ultimately, it boils down to whether or not you prefer iOS or Android, and whether or not having extra features such as a stylus really matter to you.

But if your buying choice is more complicated than that, there are a few differences between the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 that you may want to consider.

Both phones will cost you a decent amount of money. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $750 off-contract, while the Note 5 starts at around $700 without a carrier subsidy.

After some research on the Internet, I found some important notes.

  • Both phones are gorgeous, but with the Note 5 you get a slightly larger screen packed into a phone that’s the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • The Note 5’s screen displays colors more vibrantly than the iPhone, but it’s not any sharper than the iPhone’s screen even though it’s a higher spec.
  • The iPhone is still much more simple to use than Samsung’s phone.
  • The Note 5’s S Pen feels natural and the multiwindow feature is useful, but Samsung’s version of Android is still too cluttered for me.
  • Both phones take excellent photos. It’s a win-win here, but, as is the case with the Note 5’s display, its camera also sometimes exaggerates color.

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Conclusion

To be clear, both phones are excellent and would be an ideal choice for those seeking a large-screened phone. But, if you’re really trying to choose between the two, here’s what you need to know.

The Note 5 has an amazing screen and lots of features that make multitasking easier, such as its multiwindow functionality and included S Pen stylus. Those are the two areas where it really shines over the iPhone.

The iPhone, on the other hand, is more simple and doesn’t come with any bloatware. Its software is less busy, which makes it easier to use from the moment you pick it up. It takes excellent photos, especially in low light, and the general app ecosystem is more polished. That’s important if you care about getting the best apps as soon as they launch, since many apps such as Instagram, Vine, and Periscope were all available for the iPhone before they launched on Android.

 

Will this change your mind?

Which one is your next cellphone?

 
Site used:http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-5-2015-8#ixzz3kKclr0os

The New South Korean Internet Fad: Watching Other People Eat Online

It’s often said that if you want to see the future look at how technology is emerging in perhaps the most connected country on the planet. The food phenomenon is called mukbang- a combination of the Korean word for eat (muk-ja) and broadcasting (bang-song). Korean viewers are glued to watching strangers binge eating that the live-streamers consuming calories in front of webcams are becoming minor celebrities in Korean culture.This new trend of live-broadcasting is a sign of way television change.

There is an article about a Korean women makes $9,000 a month just by eating in front of the webcam. Her name is Park Seo Yeon. At around midnight, she goes online perform her meals, spicy raw squid one day, crab the next. She is extravagant in her gestures, flaunting the food to her computer camera to tantalise the viewers. She eats noisily and that’s part of the show. If the audience likes the performance, they allocate her what are called “star balloons”. This latest rend runs on a “gift economy” business model where viewer are able to send the performers star balloons, which they exchange for cash. According to the article this virtual currency is sold in denominations raging from $1-$50 and the Mokbang stars are able to earn up to thousands of dollars each broadcast.

What’s the appeal of watching other people eat, and what’s the appeal of watching hem remotely from your own computer screen? Is it a kind of voyeurism, perhaps?

According to the performers said” In Korea, for women especially, the figure is quite important. There are dishes which are quite fattening, so me eating those foods for them provides them with a bit of satisfaction.”

However, to me this doesn’t seem very convincing. The point of eating is eating and “ I eat so you don’t have to” doesn’t seem to add up.

Some Youtubers reaction:

Read more:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/29/world/asia/korea-eating-room/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/24/392430233/koreans-have-an-insatiable-appetite-for-watching-strangers-binge-eat

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/eating-in-front-of-webcam-south-korea_n_4686596.html

Site Used: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31130947

Venmo & Cash- Why they are getting popular?

We often face the situation about how to pay a check together, how to pay the bill and how to payback a small fee to our friend. Cash, is not that convenient as we all feel.

With the development of the technologies, we tend to bring debit/credit card instead of cash. There comes the Venmo, which is an online money transfer app. This really changes many people’s way of living, especially college students in terms of paying money to their friends.

I personally used Venmo quite often during the summer:

1.I went traveling with a bunch of friends, and helped each other pay for the travelling fee and hotel cost.

2. When I went out to have lunch & dinner with friends, sometimes the restaurant can only accept one card to pay for all 8 people.

3. I traveled with a friend during summer, I just bought air tickets for my friend together to save time and avoid conflicts.

When we need to talk about how much we should pay for each other, Venmo just solve the problem, no matter how much it is, such as $50.79, $187.84 or $ 8.44. In really life, these weird amount might cost some problems with cash.

Moreover, Venmo is so convenient that the first second that you sent out the money with several simple clicks, the second second your friends got money.

Other than that, why Venmo is so popular now?

VENMO IS EASY TO USE: First, you enter your debit card number (or credit card number, although credit card-powered payments carry a fee). The entry of the debit card number is the hardest part in the whole process. Next, you just type in the first few letters of a friend’s name in the Venmo app.

I recently sent cash to a friend by entering the first few letters of his name in the appropriate field. (See image, right.) The contact info pops up and  the user enters the amount of the payment, slides their finger across a tab at the bottom of the screen and enters a PIN or password. The transaction is processed.

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VENMO IS SUCCEEDING BECAUSE IT IS VIRAL BY DESIGN: As they grow popular, peer-to-peer payment apps enjoy the benefit of a strong network effect — as more people adopt the app, the service itself becomes more valuable (you can send money to more friends), and user growth accelerates. Once a few of someone’s contacts adopt Venmo, it’s just a matter of time before they get their friends on it, since they have an interest in getting more of their social circle to accept payments on it. After adopting Venmo, I invited many of my friends to adopt it, and  five people downloaded the app at my request.

We have not seen an app spread this quickly in our networks since the days when Facebook and Instagram became mainstream successes.

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VENMO OFFERS SOCIAL FEATURES AND THE ABILITY TO ‘BILL’ FRIENDS: The app also has a social feed, which shows a stream of payments that people in your network are making to one another. While the social feed prompts mixed feelings in many users who may quickly change their setting to “private,” it tends to reinforce usage. It’s easier to remember to use an app when our friends and acquaintances seem to be constantly using it to pay one another.

And the charge feature is what really made us Venmo enthusiasts. The feature allows Venmo users to bill friends for money owed. Your contacts receive the notice of a charge within the app and via email. The feature allows users to avoid the uncomfortable experience of asking people for money face-to-face or on a phone call.

PEER-TO-PEER WILL BE THE ‘KILLER APP’ FOR MOBILE PAYMENTS: One reason why mobile payments have been slow to take off in the U.S. is that credit cards and cash already work pretty well, particularly in retail settings. Successful technologies always solve a problem, but sometimes they solve a problem that people didn’t know they had. Before using Venmo, we never really thought about the inconvenience of writing a check, or finding an ATM to withdraw cash, or asking a friend for money. But these are all hassles that Venmo helps you avoid. 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/venmo-is-the-killer-app-that-the-mobile-payments-industry-has-been-waiting-for-2014-6#ixzz3kKZB6Nc3

So, what do you think about Venmo?

Would you like to use that?

 

 

Sites used:

http://www.businessinsider.com/venmo-is-the-killer-app-that-the-mobile-payments-industry-has-been-waiting-for-2014-6

The Rise of Tech Banking

We are living in an increasingly technical world. It seems that every aspect of our lives are requiring more advanced technology, yet becoming simpler. Some people can’t even exercise without a device measuring their vital signs. Wall Street is a huge part of this technology craze, but that you probably have never heard of.

Goldman Sachs, an investment bank synonymous with Wall Street wealth and prestige, is leading the charge in an emerging industry known as “tech banking”. Traditionally, investment banks such as Goldman make money by underwriting for IPO’s and M&A’s. But with the rise of the tech start up and the opportunity to make money, these banks have developed specialized “tech banking” teams. These teams try to find tech companies in their early stages so that they can foster their growth and eventually lead them to a huge Initial Pubic Offering which usually offers a large payday to both parties.

Many of the teams are based in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley area and California in general. Goldman, in particular, has teams that rendezvous with Venture Capitalists who  in turn fund early start ups. Once the start ups gain a foothold in the tech scene, the Goldman team meets with them during various stages of development known as “touch-point”.

Those who are both inclined towards a career in technology and business can find the best of both worlds in this emerging industry of tech banking. Those who are tech savvy could join a team and help discover new talent and pinpoint start ups with the most potential. Business inclined individuals could assess risk and the viability of the company actually lasting through all stages of development and eventually providing a return on investment. It seems to be an interesting industry and the number of people joining the industry is going to steadily rise as more and more technology ideas emerge!

The Car Company of the Future

Tesla Motors has been in the news recently as the specs of their newest car, the Model 3, have been revealed. The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, while it can reach speeds up to 155 miles per hour. The Model 3 can do this while in “insane” driving mode. For a price, consumers can upgrade to “ludicrous” driving mode which allows 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

While these specs sound impressive, to the average consumer, Tesla is just another one of those luxury cars that they can only dream of owning due to the high price. Now while Tesla does make some rather expensive luxury cars, the Model 3 is aimed at having a base price of $30,000. This still is a bit expensive for a car, but cheap by the standards of European luxury automakers.

Moving back the specs of the car. A single charge can take the car for a range of 200 miles. The car averages 87 miles per gallon. Recently, two Danish men took tested the Tesla to the extreme and made the car last over 400 miles by driving it only 24.2 miles per hour. The Model 3 was tested by Consumer Reports and actually broke their ratings system achieving a score of 103.

The Tesla Model 3 is an impressive car. Its sleek design is aesthetically pleasing and it looks like a car you’d be driving off of a Mercedes lot. The specs are even more impressive with the car being able to drive great distances on a single charge. To top it off, founder, chairman, and CEO Elon Musk is staying true to his promise of making technology available to normal consumers with a cool base price of $30,000.

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The Apple Watch: Is it a bust?

When the idea of the Apple Watch was published earlier this year, I was skeptical. As we know, Apple is a leading force in the technological world. Almost everyone you see walking down the street is either talking on their iPhone, listening to music on their iPod or using their iPad or Macbook. It is hard to escape Apple products. The demand for Apple to come out with the “new best thing” was high. Apple describes the Apple Watch as “our most personal device yet.” Wikipedia describes the Apple Watch as a smartwatch developed by Apple Inc. that incorporates health-oriented capabilities as well as integration with iOS (Apple product software) and other Apple products and services (Wikipedia). The Apple Watch is basically supposed to be an iPhone or Macbook on your wrist. Since people were skeptical about the Apple Watch, many were expecting sales to follow the trend of the skeptical views. Surprisingly, Apple Inc. sold more Apple Watches in their first quarter that the Apple Watch was available, than it did iPad or iPhones (Wakabayashil). This raises the question, why were people so skeptical? Is the Apple Watch a bust? Wall Street Journal says that after the Apple Watch was first introduced in April, customers were not able to buy any models of the Apple Watch in store until the middle of June. Wall Street Journal suggests that it would be unfair to call the Apple Watch a bust. Even if Apple were to sell all of their least-expensive models, the Apple Watch revenues would have surpassed $1 billion (Wakabayashil).

So? What do you have to think about the Apple Watch? Does anyone have an Apple Watch? If so, was it worth the purchase?

Original Article:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/08/27/apple-watch-sales-may-be-pretty-good-after-all/?mod=ST1

Sites Used:

http://www.apple.com/watch/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Watch

MOOCs and College Admissions

http://www.wcvb.com/money/mass-schools-among-best-online-colleges-in-us/32867624

Stellar academics, honors classes, great SATs. Sports, clubs, leadership positions, community service. Letters of recommendation, flawless essays. This is how I stood out on my college applications– or at least, what I was taught that I needed to have in order to have a shot at getting a spot at the university of my dreams. As institutes of higher education get increasingly competitive, ambitious high school students are looking into everything and anything they can do to stand out, and massive online open courses are catching their attention.

MOOCs (as their name suggests) are online college-level courses that are generally free to enroll in and are usually tied to universities (like Harvard and MIT, to name a few). There can be thousands of students in each course, and while actual college credits cannot be earned one can purchase a certificate upon completion (the rates of which are, on average, low). These courses draw the big appeals from those who already have graduate education and are keeping up with changing areas in their field, as well as students from universities in places like the UK where higher education is very specialized. They are now capturing the curiosity of students like Dan Akim, a junior at a competitive high school in New York who wanted to do something with his summer in between family vacations and debate camp. While high schoolers and universities alike have begun to take notice of this growing trend, it’s not clear just how many students are putting MOOCs on their applications and how universities are factoring them into to their final decisions. The Common Application does not currently have a designated space to include MOOCs on applications, and therefore cannot gauge how many students have included them in additional information sections. Pomona’s dean of admissions Seth Allen has said that at the moment, they’re seen as an indication of curiosity on behalf of the student, rather than an academic achievement. This appears to be the case in many admission offices, because there are major hurdles in counting MOOCs towards a student’s actual academic performance (such as the inability to catch or combat cheating).

While growing, the number of students including MOOCs on their college applications is still small; that being said, what if universities started requiring prospective student to enroll in a MOOC? One could argue that they are a better indication of performance than GPA or ACT scores as they are bona fide college-level courses. Students could take a Stanford MOOC to get an idea of the rigor and expectations a college course requires. Taking it a step further, what if employers starting putting a similar weight on MOOCs as they did college degrees? We’re probably a long way off from that, but with online education ever-growing in popularity, it can beg the question of which is worth more: the certified completion of 30+ business MOOCs from Harvard University’s free edX, or a business degree from an online for-profit like the University of Phoenix? Think of the societal consequences if MOOCs became mainstream and respected by university admissions and employers: low-income students could get an education free of financial worry, students in low-performing high schools could supplement their under-funded learning with university classes. In a way, MOOCs level the playing field.

What are your thoughts?

 

Technology in the Automotive Industry

As I was growing up I was constantly around cars, so I’ve always taken an interest in them. Obviously there’s a lot of technology that goes into cars to make them easier to use, more efficient, etc. The differences between Henry Ford’s Model T in 1908 and the automobiles we see today are absolutely incredible due to the technological advances that have surfaced along the way.

In a CNN article that I found the Consumer Reports review of one of the newest Tesla models is discussed. Tesla’s Model S P85D, which is completely electric, is rated by Consumer Reports based on multiple criteria. “Consumer Reports rates vehicles on a zero-to-100 scale, but Tesla’s high-performance, all-wheel-drive car scored 103” (CNN). Because scientists and engineers have made so many advances in the technology behind automobiles, Tesla’s electric car is able to put forth an almost perfect performance. Granted there are some features that do still need to be developed further. Factors such as the fuel efficiency aspect have increased though, which is one of the reasons why it can put out such a great performance. Even though the P85D is an all-electric car, it is able to achieve the equivalent of over eighty miles per gallon. Looking back at the Model T’s fuel efficiency of around eighteen miles per gallon, the difference is quite clear. The enormous strides in the technology industry can clearly be seen throughout the automobile industry as well.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/27/autos/consumer-reports-tesla-p85d/index.html

The Terrifying Reality of 3-D Printers

The idea of a 3-D Printer is nothing new in today’s society. In 3D printing, additive processes are used, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. 3-D printers have unlimited capabilities, including building houses and producing food. Although we tend to think of the big picture, other day-to-day objects can be made with a 3-D printer. About 2 years ago in May 2013 the world’s first gun made with a 3-D printer was unveiled.

Ever since the first 3-D printed gun was created, advancements have been successful. I attached a video below of the man, Cody Wilson, who has received much attention for his innovation. About two years ago, Cody Wilson published his blueprints of the Liberator pistol, for others to create their own guns. The major controversy surrounding the subject is the commonality of shootings in the United States and if this innovation will supplement to the already high numbers.

This controversy has become monumental, already becoming a landmark lawsuit making it to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Wilson was ordered to remove the blueprints from the Internet, due to the international export of unapproved firearms. Later, Wilson filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Department’s order was a violation of his First Amendment rights. Although many see this as a Second Amendment issue, this case will make precedent for the 3-D Printing industry as a whole. Do you think it should be legal to 3-D print firearms at home? Will 3-D printers have to block certain blueprints from being used? Do you agree that this is a First or Second Amendment issue?

 

The information technology used for Online Shopping

As the techonology develops rapidly nowadays, more and more people prefer to purchase things online. Online shopping is undoubtedly a very convenient way for consumers for they don’t need to be in the mall physically and still could buy what they want.

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According to the latest statistics shown that, in the U.S., more and more teenagers choose to shop online. You can see that the trend of online shopping is getting higher year by year.us-teens-shopping-online Online shopping is also a low-cost choice for many retailers to hire less employees so that they could earn more money. Many groceries stores now choose not only to own physical stores, opening an online store becomes a popular option.  Read more

I am definitely crazy about shopping online because it really saves me time, and it has the delivery service so that I don’t have to carry those heavy bags home. Also, when there is a festival such as Thanks-giving, I don’t need to go to crowed and crazy stores like this:

Crazy Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV

There are also disadvantages of online shopping. For one, we must be very careful with our personal information, such as the passwords and debit card number. Also, we might receive an inferior product. What’s more, it is difficult to return the purchased items.

Online shopping is not as simple and straightforward as it seems to be. It requires a great deal of information technology to keep the business running. For example, whenever you encounter a problem, you might go to the ‘automated help desk’ for help, and it could answer your questions by retrieving the key words in your sentences, and it takes those key words to the background system that contains complete instructions for every possible question a consumer might ask. Matching the key words and the proper solutions, the automated customer service then reply to your question. There are many other information techonogies used in online shopping. Here is a BBC news introducing online shopping behind the scene: read more.

With both advantages and disadvantages, shopping online is becoming a part of our daily life. What’s your opinion of shopping online- do you think it is a good thing or a hidden trouble? And how do you know the information technology used behind the scene?