Facebook looking to put “video first”

Although Facebook is the undisputed leader in social media with high user engagement, competitors such as Snapchat are gradually establishing bases of loyal users. Facebook has been thriving off its textual based social media for years. Now, as companies like Snapchat are on the rise, Facebook is looking to become more visual, more picture and video based. With that, they are trying to target high school and college aged users, to keep the app “new.” Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spoke saying, “Ten years ago, most of what we shared and consumed online was text. Now it’s photos, and soon, most of it will be videos.” He continued “We see a world that is video first, with video at the heart of all our apps and services.” He believes images, and specifically moving images, will eventually take over words as the preferred means of sharing and messaging on social media.

Recently, Facebook has been testing a new camera that uses Snapchat-like photo and video filters. Placing this camera in a prominent spot in the News Feed will allow users to be more creative and expressive when sharing photos and videos. During the Summer Olympics, Facebook experimented with a new camera for those in Brazil and Canada. The idea was to offer more tools like filters, frames, and masks (made popular on Snapchat)- to make statuses more personal. The masks are from a startup called MSQRD that Facebook bought back in March. MSQRD makes imaging software that changes up videos and selfies with masks, and fun filters.facebookcamera

While Facebook is just too large to be seriously threatened by competitors, the company still strives and does need to constantly innovate in order to improve user engagement as well as grow its advertising revenues. The push towards video-based technology should allow Facebook to retain younger attention.


Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/10/29/facebook-ireland-test-camera-news-feed-snapchat-video-photos/92959110/

Alipay Is Taking Dominant Place in Mobile Payment

Alipay, originally created by Alibaba, is a payment platform. It is rapidly expanding it’s service in Asia, Europe and United States. With the dramatic increasing in the use of smartphones, e-commerce is more and more mobile. Euro Monitor estimates that mobile commerce will amount to $972 billion by the end of this year. By 2021, mobile payments are expected to reach $3 trillion.

Alipay’s first strategy is aimed at the oversea’s Chinese tourists. These tourists have used to use Alipay for their mobile payment while Alipay is wide spread in China. Last year, more than 120 million Chinese traveled abroad and spent nearly $200 billion. With this large purchasing power, last month alone, 11 international airports including Munich, Tokyo, San Francisco and Aukland signed up with this payment system.

In United States, there is no clear market leader is this area. Apply pay and Paypal’s position may be challenged by Alipay with more than 450 million users.

In my opinion, Alipay is not only for Chinese tourists. Once it has been widely accepted as a payment method in U.S., Alipay will challenge the position of Apply Pay and Paypal. As it already become popular in South Korea, Thailand, HongKong, Japan and other countries, it will continually expend to European countries and United States as well, especially Apply Pay and Paypal left the market leader space blank.

Microsoft’s Head of IoT Quits to Work For Amazon

Lee Hickin began his career with Microsoft in 2005 eventually becoming responsible for driving their business plan for the Internet of Things. In 2015, Hickin became the head of Microsoft’s IoT division in Australia. But this month, only about a year later, Hickin left Microsoft and has switched his allegiance to Amazon.


As our technological age continues and evolves, there has been immense discussion and emphasis on the subject of the Internet of Things. And in this movement, “Amazon is becoming somewhat of a leader in the IoT.” Lee Hickin has become a part of the Amazon Web Services team for the Asia-Pacific region as the IoT business lead. His responsibilities encompass marketing, sales, and partner development around the Amazon Web Services IoT platform in the region.

I find this situation very interesting because it connotes how important and powerful IoT currently is or is going to be in the world. The fact that a great authority in the field of IoT, who had a ten-year career and leading role at a company like Microsoft, made the decision to move to another company, which is regarded as a leader in IoT, says a lot about how influential this technological movement is going to be.


How Microsoft wants to dominate VR

Last Wednesday the new Surface Studio might be one of the most amazing things on the Microsoft show. Instead of focusing on its wonderful performance and appearance, we could turn our attention to how Microsoft wants to dominate the markets in VR and augmented reality, which are considered the future of computing.

Microsoft executives testing HoloLens

Microsoft will have an update on Windows 10 giving our PCs ability to work with a VR headset. And the VR headsets are relatively very inexpensive, and they are able to support free range of motion using no external camera tracking the user. Although the headsets may not be able to compete with Oculus Rift on display quality, they can be more accessible and capable. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive now requires very powerful PCs, but the headsets can run on any computer with a Windows 10 system. This is a huge advantage since VR is still not so accessible to lots of people.

Microsoft will suddenly strengthen its competitiveness in the market of VR. It would win by its affordability and accessibility.


Apple: Decline in Revenue

Amidst all the hype about the iPhone 7, Apple for Inc. has for the first time in a decade and a half experienced a decline in revenue. Interestingly enough, they lost twenty billion dollars from unusually weak iPhone sales. They account for around two-thirds of all Apple’s sales. However, this significant loss was not due to only iPhones. MacBook and iPad sales also fell a few percentage points.

How much of an issue could this be for Apple? It seems like it should be since they have never experienced a decline in sales over the past 15 years. I think that it is interesting to consider that this is only data recorded over three consecutive quarters. The apple experts predict that revenue will come December in the new quarter. The iPhone 7 seems to have many features and capabilities that are drawing customers towards purchasing one.


Nevertheless, Apple could be planning a major software update come its anniversary next year with the iPhone. It could give it a brand new look that attracts customers who are on the fence between Apple and Samsung. This decline in revenue is most likely an anomaly. For apple, they can hope that the recent hardware issues Samsung is having with phones catching on fire allows an opportunity to regain monetary growth.


Apple New MacBook — “Magic ToolBar”

Early this week Apple released the new MacBook, the most impressive of this new product is Apple add a OLED touch panel that is located on top of the keyboard. And they called this new technique ToolBar. The toolbar replaced where the function keys would normally be , and it supports Touch ID as it used with Apple Pay.

The ToolBar appears to be contextual that changes based on what’s on the screen. In the images, Apple Pay asks a customer to confirm a purchase with a finger on the panel. It appears Touch ID is built at right side of toolbar very close to the display.


However, beside the toolbar, the new Macbook looks very similar to its previous version. So I am not that excited to the new release. And another reason is because I am not a fun of mac system, I prefer to get a Alienware for the same price rather than the MacBook Pro. The retail price for the MacBook Pro is from $1799 to $2799.

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2016/10/25/images-of-new-macbook-pro-leaked/

New way of Encrypting?


In the wake of the huge DDoS attack that chop down huge swaths of the web a week prior, bracing cybersecurity is on everyone’s brains. It’s hard to devise structures that are truly secure, in light of the way that as security grows, so do the all inclusive community endeavoring to hack those systems. In any case, another examination from Google showed a possible course forward using synthetic intellectual competence.

Google made an encryption beguilement using three unmistakable components – Alice, Eve, and Bob- – made by significant learning neural frameworks. Alice sent countless character arrangement of ones to Bob, encoding them with a shared key. Eve sat in the middle, endeavoring to unscramble the messages. As the redirection propelled, Eve compensated for lost time quickly to the encryption, and Alice was constrained to conform, considering new styles of encryption that Eve couldn’t part. The frameworks were not demonstrated anything about encryption before the redirection began, inferring that the strategies they considered were totally interesting.

For the original messages, Alice and Bob imparted in a core code that was simple for Eve to open. Be that as it may, throughout the following words, Alice’s encryption turned out to be more cutting-edge. While Bob could even now decode every one of the messages precisely, Eve was just ready to figure around 7 of each 16 characters, about a similar rate you’d get from flipping a coin. The achievement of this trial demonstrates that deep learning could be a critical apparatus in the continually moving universe of cyber security.



Is Hacking Possible to avoid?

A week back, software engineers pushed an amazingly limitless ambush on the web, and they could do it since they had an expansive number of web related sharp devices in their equipped drive. It’s unreasonably easy to hack a substantial bit of these sorts of gadgets, and The Atlantic shows precisely how fast this hacking could happen.

As a trial, The Atlantic set up a fake web toaster; a server proposed to look as if it were a web related contraption and a primary center for an ambush. It was tested inside its first hour of nearness, and the ambushes are continuing consistently right now, as reported by The Atlantic’s post.

Sharp contraptions are enormous to software engineers because various developers’ wellspring of compel doesn’t start from what the devices under their control can do, yet what number of them there are. Right, when using Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) ambushes, you mainly need to clobber your target with however much action as could sensibly be normal, a toaster or a tablet, it doesn’t have any effect at all from where it starts.



The primary certified response for this issue is to keep up a vital separation from wise devices or make them harder to hack. For some circumstance, which can infer that you should change the executive mystery word on your new cooler, yet in various cases, it is up to makers. A couple of webcams used as a part of a week prior’s ambush had their passwords was hard coded into their firmware, requiring a survey to adjust.

So next time you wind up considering a splendid device over its blockhead choice, permanently stop for a moment to think whether you genuinely need to incorporate this bit of inherent ability to the web, and how you can keep it from falling into the wrong hands.





The Bezel-Less Xiaomi Mi MIX might be the Future of Smartphones

Xiaomi, a Chinese digital company, is the 4th largest smartphone producer in the world. On the recent press conference of Xiaomi company, Lei Jun —  the CEO of Xiaomi introduced a revolutionary model of smartphone. It  is trying to shape our vision of the future with its new smartphone: Mi MIX. It is very impressive for its amazing design and very good performances. This is the first one to have a bezel-less display.

The new Mi MIX is designed by Philippe Starck. It has a staggering 6.4-ihch IPS LCD edgeless display with 2040*1080 resolution and 362 PPI pixel density. Mi Mix is made out of ceramics and has only black uni-body construction. On Mohs scale of hardness, Mi MIX has a score of 8.5 while iPhone 7 only has 6.

Talking about its performance, the Mi MIX is equipped with a 5500 mAh battery, “backed up with fast-charging technology that allows charging the phone to its full capacity in less than an hour”. Tests showed that the smartphone can work for more than 250 hours in sleep-mode and about 13 hours keeping playing games.

Mi MIX will soon be available on November with a price between 510 and 590 US dollars (http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/10/30/xiaomi-mi-mix-smartphone/)

Self-Sterilizing Door Handle

I don’t know about you, but I hate touching public bathroom and heavily used door handles. Germs are everywhere, especially at schools and workplaces. Door knobs and handles are full of bacteria from hands after hands touching them. I came across this concept of a Self-Sterilizing Door Handle. This is not a real product yet, but rather an idea. I would love for this idea to come into fruition in the near future. The way that this door handle would work is that when it is not in use, a UV light comes on and will radiate throughout the whole handle. When the door handle is used, the light goes off and the handle is pushed down by the user. There will be a button that can sense what position the handle is in, therefore controlling if the light is on or off. (Seen in photos below.)

door-handle-2door-handleThe use of the UV light stops the bacteria from growing and spreading. This could ease many people’s minds over the spreading of germs and sicknesses in public places.

There are some arguments against this that I can think of. The first argument is that why use this when there is hand sanitizer and soap and water available? Well, according to the article, bacteria can adapt to hand sanitizer and soaps, thus making it harder and harder to get rid of germs. Hand sanitizer is also extremely drying when used excessively. The other issue could be the use of UV light and skin contact. The UV light automatically turns off when the handle is being used. Also, the time spent opening a door is very small, making the effect of the UV light on the skin non-existent. While this product would have to go through some trials and research, I do believe that the UV light involved will not be an issue.

This concept is even more evidence showing how fast technological products are surrounding our everyday lives. Eventually, I believe that mostly everything around us will have technology involved, making things easier, safer, and cleaner.