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Indian Domination: Will India Rule The Smartphone Market In The World?

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Through the years, India has been building its reputation as the fastest growing smartphone market in the world. The country’s efforts finally bore fruit as it cemented achieved success in 2016, selling over 27.5 million devices in the second quarter. But that doesn’t stop there. Experts have projected that the progression will continue in 2017. With such promising growth, will India eventually rule the smartphone market in the world? 

Forecast On India’s Smartphone Market 

In 2015, Digital Trends published an article predicting that India will be the second largest smartphone market by 2017. Another report from Strategy Analytics put it more bluntly, saying that the nation will unseat the US this year.

True enough; the country is currently seeing tremendous growth in the mobile industry. In fact, India recorded a 6 percent growth in the January-March period. Furthermore, shipments grew 15 percent to 29 million units in the said quarter. If the trend continues, it might be possible that India will record higher sales than the US this year.

Factors Boosting Sales

Why do India’s sales keep on growing? Let us look at some of the factors:


Affordability

More and more consumers are buying mobile handsets in India due to their low prices, and they are equipped with advanced features. There are 4G smartphones below 10000 INR, and they are sophisticated enough for work and everyday use. Aside from affordable smartphones, many telecom companies in India also offer data plans at reasonable costs.

 

Technological Advancements

Even the Indian government is contributing to the popularity of smartphones in the country. The initiative “Digital India”, for instance, promotes smart banking services.

 

Cashless Payments

India is now gaining momentum to turn into a cashless society. A report from Business Standard says that cities in the country have adopted to the system.


Rural areas are beginning to catch up as well. Khandalavadi was the first cashless village in India, where residents are using mobile wallets to pay for food delivery, taxi, and other services.


Millennials

Who else will be more welcoming of new technologies than millennials, right? India has a large and growing population of this demographic. And every time people from this age bracket begin to earn, consumers, more often than not, will contribute to the country’s digital consumption. For instance, he/she will buy a smartphone.


Competition Among Manufacturers

Another major factor that boosts smartphone sales in India is the tight competition. Moreover, it deserves a closer look due to the intriguing fact that Chinese manufacturers are dominating the market.


Yes, you read that right. Chinese smartphones are more popular in India than the local ones. At least, that is what the data shows. Here is an overview of market shares for the March quarter as provided by the Business Standard:

  • Samsung: 26%
  • Xiaomi: 13%
  • Vivo: 12%
  • Oppo: 10%
  • Lenovo: 8%

As you can see, no Indian player made it to the top five for the said quarter. These figures are prompting manufacturers, both foreign and local, to focus on new launches, marketing, and innovative payment options (such as online paying). Companies spend more money to remain competitive, thus keeping the smartphone market vibrant.

Moreover, the growing price aggressiveness in India pushes manufacturers to keep their products affordable. And as they do so, more consumers are able to buy smartphones.


Capping It Off

Based on recent reports, we can see that the smartphone market trend in the country is still growing. The nation is basically ripe for digital investments. If the growth in India continues, and if the US market remains slow, then there is a high probability that the former will replace the latter in the ranks.


We can almost expect year-end reports to declare India as the second largest smartphone market in the world. Not that far-fetched, right? Still, the question remains: will India attain a worldwide rule and unseat China?


Well, if you can see the competition in the country, it is hard to answer in the affirmative. If local manufacturers completely step up to the game and match everything the Chinese companies will offer, then there is a chance. That is a problem India has to resolve, and we’ll only have to wait and see in the coming months or years.



Author Bio: Mary Alusin is a content writer of SmartTechie.in. She is a passionate writer who has written a number of articles related to gadgets and technological advancements today. When she is not using her time typing on the computer, she spends quality time with her daughter.

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Face Off: Cloud LMS vs Open Source LMS

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When choosing an LMS, whether it is for your business or educational institution, there are quite a lot of different factors that you need to consider before you make your final decision. You need to make sure that the LMS you choose really helps you achieve your goals and, with the rising number of various Learning Management Systems on the market, it can be more than overwhelming to pick just the right one for you and your needs.


However, one of the most important decisions that you need to make regarding choosing an LMS is to determine which installation type you actually want. If you cannot decide whether you should get a cloud LMS or an open source LMS, you have come to the right place. Take a look at all the pros and cons of both solutions, so that you can make an informed decision and ensure it is the best one for you and all the stakeholders who will use and be affected by the LMS.


Cloud LMS

Cloud-based LMSs are the latest type of Learning Management Systems but, as everything else, they do have both good and bad sides, depending on what you are looking for in the first place, so here are all the advantages and disadvantages of using them.


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Pros

1. Low Initial Costs

A cloud-based LMS does not require any software or hardware installation, so it is a much more cost-effective solution than any other out there. You don’t need a big investment at all. Almost every LMS vendor provides a free trial, after which you will only have to pay the monthly fees of the package you choose. There are no hidden costs, as cloud-based LMSs come with cost transparency for any future expenses, which are not controlled by your vendor, but only by you.


2. Simple Setup with No Maintenance

The setup of a cloud-based LMS is very straightforward. All you need to do is create your account and log in – that’s it. Your LMS vendor will do all the maintenance, and they have professionals who are equipped to immediately fix any issue that may occur.


3. 24/7 Accessibility

With a cloud-based LMS, you and every stakeholder can have access to your online courses anytime and anywhere. All you need is a good Internet connection and you can access the content you need on any device, with no hassle whatsoever.


4. Excellent Scalability

A cloud-based LMS can very smoothly grow together with your organization. Scalability is perhaps the best benefit of this kind of Learning Management System. Most importantly, you don’t need to purchase or install additional software in order to scale your cloud LMS. You only need to upgrade your monthly package, but there are no hidden costs or extra fees for doing so.


5. Data Security

Your data will always be secure in the cloud, because LMS vendors have professionals who know exactly what to do in case of cyber-attacks. They can instantly track any suspicious activity and prevent any data breach. They have various safety measures in place and will always make sure that your data is secure.


Cons

1. Limited Customization

Not every cloud-based LMS enables you to customize your courses exactly the way you want to, and many of the vendors do not actually enable you to brand your cloud LMS. However, it’s important to note that a number of LMS vendors offer plenty of features and tools for customization, so make sure you do your homework before choosing one.


2. Data Security

There are LMS vendors that are not up-to-date with the latest data security measures and standards, so you need to make sure you choose a vendor that has the latest security certifications in order to make sure every piece of your data is always secure.


Open Source LMS

Open source LMSs also come with both advantages and disadvantages, but the latter can be a real deal breaker. Here’s what you can expect if you choose an open source LMS.


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Pros

1. Free

Open source LMSs are free, that is, the initial setup is free. You can install additional features and customize your LMS as per your needs.


2. Easy to Install and Use

You can easily download and install an open source LMS completely on your own.


3. Easily Customizable

Customization is also very easy with an open source LMS. You can access the source code and add any kind of feature you want in order to personalize and brand your courses, as well as to fix any potential bugs.


Cons

1. Plenty of Hidden Costs

Don’t be fooled by the price tag that says “free”. There are a lot of hidden costs when it comes to open source LMSs, and those include fees concerning hosting, upgrade, licensing, customization, and maintenance, as well as backups and additional storage space, not to mention tech support and the necessary training that you and your users may need. Not so free after all, right?


2. No Technical Support

With an open source LMS, you don’t get technical support, so what are you going to do when a problem occurs? You need to have experts in the field who can always be available to fix any potential issue, which also comes with additional costs.


3. Poor Security and Privacy Controls

More often than not, there are no built-in security and privacy controls when it comes to open source LMSs. You would have to invest a lot in security in order to make sure that your data is safe, not to mention that your and your users’ personal information is not stolen or misused.


Which One Is Better?

Open source LMSs can be a good solution for some educational institutions, while they may carry a certain number of risks when it comes to businesses. When all the pros and cons are weighed, cloud-based LMSs seem to be a much better choice for every organization, especially for businesses. Don’t forget that the aforementioned disadvantages of using cloud-based LMSs can be completely avoided, which is definitely not the case when it comes to open source LMSs.


According to the Capterra survey, 87% of respondents said they use a cloud-based LMS. 66% of users said they have switched to a different LMS because the previous one lacked the features they needed, which shows that customization is placed very high on the list of LMS priorities.



Author Bio: Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He has 7+ years of experience working with  ProProfs LMS Software and other eLearning authoring tools, which has given him a hands-on experience of the latest course authoring software and an exclusive insight into the eLearning industry.

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5 Emerging Technologies in Teaching, Learning, and Creative Inquiry on a Global Scale

The quick and constant advancement of technology means that the world is always changing. Change is not bad, as long as it spreads across multiple areas, especially if said areas are interconnected and interdependent. Unfortunately, for a very long time, education was one of the areas that was resistant to change, and was thus the weak link of the chain. Fortunately, technology has finally made its breakthrough in this field, and education as we know it will never be the same again. Here are 5 emerging technologies in teaching, learning and creative inquiry on a global scale.

 

3D Printing

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Education puts a great emphasis on the theory part, but theory alone cannot always suffice. There are certain subjects that can be easier to understand by using physical representations of certain aspects rather than theory alone, and while an image can be worth more than a thousand words, an actual physical object can be worth more than a thousand images. 3D Printing is a technology that allows the easy creation of physical objects of any shape from scratch, thus allowing teachers to create physical representations of the subjects or concepts they are talking about. This makes it easier for students to interact with said objects directly, and thus obtain a better understanding of how they work.

 

Virtual Reality

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While certain subjects can take advantage of physical elements being present, that possibility is not always available and does not apply to all disciplines – some are simply too complex or would not benefit enough from a physical model. This is where the most recent technology truly kicks in in the shape of virtual reality. This technology, exactly as its name suggests, can create a virtual reality that can be generated and controlled as per the needs and requirements of the teacher and the subject at hand. With the help of virtual reality, a history teacher could bring his students to the scenes of various historic events, for example. While Virtual Reality recreates an entirely different reality from scratch, there’s also its twin technology – augmented reality, which blends the real world with digital elements, allowing for a highly interactive and entertaining learning environment.

 

Gamification

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Gamification is more of an implementation method for other technologies rather than a technology in itself, but it is still an important element that shapes the future of teaching and learning. By taking students’ interest for gadgets and gaming and combining it with virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification seeks to stimulate learning through playing. The concept brings a creative approach to the learning process and is aimed to allow students to learn new things by playing specially created games that incorporate educational elements and methodologies. Putting it simply, the students learn by playing.

 

MOOC

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One of the biggest advantages of the Internet is that it provides instant access to information, and in an educational environment, this is pure gold. However, while information is available, a user has to know where to look for it, and searching through a ton of information can be a daunting and time-consuming task. MOOC platforms aim to change that. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, and the name is pretty self-explanatory – it is a huge collection of courses carefully curated and organized to fit in with curriculums. Thanks to MOOC platforms, teachers have access to more up-to-date information than what’s usually found in manuals and textbooks, so the materials they teach is more accurate. On the students’ side, MOOC platforms allows them to revisit some lessons for a better understanding, and even go through them with a private tutor for the best possible results.

 

Cloud Computing

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With most of the learning process digitalized, it was only logical that homework and grade systems to enter the digital era as well. Cloud computing allows teachers and students to stay in touch and exchange information on dedicated school platforms, from the comfort of their own homes, and even while on the move, using devices such as laptops or smartphones. Students can submit their homework, access their grades and schedule, and get access to everything that is school-related in one single place, while teachers have easy access to the entire situation of any student with just a few clicks or taps.

 


Author Bio: Daniel Lewis is a writer and blogger who writes articles for smiletutor who provides reliable home tuitions in Singapore.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Change the Future

Artificial intelligence is already here. When you visit a website and a popup window featuring an attractive face asks you if you have any questions, that’s probably not a real person. Instead, it’s a bot that has learned to answer questions just like a human. AI is also behind all of those driverless cars you keep hearing about but have probably not seen in person.

 

Artificial intelligence is simply the capability of computer systems to learn from various sources of input and to become more and more intelligent. Google, Amazon, NetFlix, and Tesla are just a few examples of brands who are doing amazing things with this technology.

 

In fact, you probably couldn't spend more than an hour online without running into some type of technology driven by artificial intelligence. AI is used to learn patterns, make predictions, and formulate appropriate responses.

 

While AI capabilities have been around for decades, there weren’t many practical uses for it in the past. This is why for many years, references to artificial intelligence remained largely in the realm of sci-fi. Now, that has changed.

 

Thanks to the internet, big data, and consumer demand for better user experiences, AI has a newly found usefulness. What’s even more exciting than that is the fact that AI will have a huge impact on the future. To put it into perspective, 32 percent of software technology and IT companies invested in AI in 2016. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Here are just a few of the ways that AI will impact our future.

 

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Our Possessions Will Become Smarter And More Connected

Fifteen years ago, you could expect to invest around 2 grand in a decent home computer system. Now, this technology has gotten significantly smaller. It’s also cheaper as well. Because of this, nearly anything that is powered by electricity can have a computer or processor put inside of it. Our thermostats, home security systems, appliances, and other items are now available as connected devices.

 

At the moment, the internet of things is still relatively small. This is partial because people might go more than a decade before they replace a dishwasher or refrigerator. That means adopting these new technologies is a slow process. However, in the future owning connected appliances, cars, and other devices will be the norm.

 

That isn’t the only change the future will bring. Most IOT devices only communicate with one or two sources. For example, your thermostat might be connected to an app on your phone. However, in the future that is likely to change. Imagine your car sending a signal to your thermostat when it senses you are fifteen minutes from home. The thermostat could then automatically adjust from a budget friendly temperature to one that is more fit for humans in anticipation of your arrival. The head of your electric toothbrush might even work with your refrigerator to include ‘new toothbrush heads’ on your weekly shopping list.

 

As connected devices become the norm, businesses will find new ways to use artificial intelligence to create more connections. This will create better customer experiences, and make life more convenient for us all.

 

Brands Will Use Machine Learning to Serve Customers Better

If there is one thing that meets the ‘classical’ definition of artificial intelligence that is familiar to most, machine learning would be it. If you’ve ever interacted with Cleverbot or seen the movie AI, what you have seen is a humanized version of machine learning. This is essentially a computer system that not only memorizes input but adapts as well.

 

Picture a chatbot offering up automated customer service on a website. However, instead of just being able to answer direct questions or memorize some basic exchanges, the bot can detect when a customer is getting frustrated. This could then be used as a signal to provide reassurance or to ask the customer if they want to escalate the issue. Even more exciting for brands would be a bot driven by artificial intelligence that could sense when a customer was most receptive to making a purchase or listening to a sales pitch. The bot could then signal a real sales rep or customer service representative to take over. It could also initiate a discussion about special offers or discounts. Machine learning can even play a role in improving the internal processes and procedures in an organization. For example, by analyzing customer responses to social content, a system might recommend that a marketing team improve writing to increase engagement.

 

More Brands Will Start Using Their Data For Analytical Purposes

A large part of artificial intelligence will be in the area of data and analytics. Unfortunately, most companies are not taking advantage of the data they have stored beyond operational purposes. The result of this is that they don’t truly have the insight into their customers’ behaviors, values, and needs that they should. In fact, companies that aren’t using data are missing huge opportunities to gain and retain loyal customers.

 

Currently, there are many tools available that can be used to clean and refine data for analysis, as well as tools that can be used to perform that analysis. In the future, there will be even more of these tools available, the price points for them will lower significantly, and this will make the process of data analysis more accessible to smaller businesses.

 

What’s the role of AI in all of this? Currently, analytics tools only give users the information that they ask for. When artificial intelligence is added to the mix, the tools will be able to anticipate which data is useful and even arrange that data in ways that are most useful for the user. As a result, the information can be used to gain even more insight. This can be used to enhance customer experiences, and recognize points of disconnect.

 

Predictive Analytics Will Become The Next Big Thing

Data itself, and even the analysis performed using that data all contains patterns. Just like you used patterns in school to predict what might come next in a row of shapes and symbols, artificial intelligence can be used to recognize patterns as well. Then, it to can predict what comes next. However, rather than predicting a shape or color, AI might be used to predict customer behavior or the popularity of a product at a given time.

 

Over time, systems can become smarter and even better able to formulate predictions that are accurate. The development of this intelligence will likely come from not just better capabilities within the systems themselves, but also an increased availability of data from which to learn. Think of all of those connected devices and appliances that people will have. Now, imagine those all feeding data into a household management system that will eventually learn your family’s patterns of behavior. This could then be used to recommend schedule changes and other things to help make your daily life run more efficiently.

 

It’s not difficult to imagine non-competing brands sharing data with one another to enhance their predictive analytics abilities as well. Imagine airlines, hotels, and rental car companies sharing aggregate data with one another so that each brand could improve their abilities to predict patterns in the behavior of travelers.

 

Conclusion

There likely will not be a watershed moment that changes the way AI impacts our daily lives. Instead, it will be a gradual process where data becomes more available and AI is slowly incorporated into analytics tools.

 

About Author:

Malia Keirsey is an ambitious guest contributor, writer and web designer for this reviews page. She has finished the University of Chicago with master’s degree in sociology. Today, she is fond of blogging and writing about internet marketing, tech, and education. Follow @MaliaKeirsey on Twitter.

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My Story of One in 50M JIO Subscribers is Yours Too

If you are living in India, you must be familiar with Reliance Jio. But if you’re not, it’s high time you came out of your cave. (Just Kidding!)
 
Ever since Reliance Jio has made to the market this year, there has been no news that could surpass Jio in terms of popularity. Oh wait, there has. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #demonetization scheme. But they weren’t connected, were they?
 
Reliance Jio crossed 50 million users in just a matter of 83 days. That is some applaud worthy achievement! I would heartily like to congratulate for this milestone being achieved. But being a Jio customer, I’m not really happy with the ways things have been with me since the beginning. Let’s walk down the memory lane.
 
I got my SIM on 1st September. I did not just get it, I literally fought for it. I had to stand in the queue outside the mall for 2 hours. As soon as the gates were opened, I (along with 50 other men) ran a flight of 4 stairs to reach Reliance Digital. Once I was ensured that I would get the SIM, they said that they were out of stock and I would have to come back again the next day. The next day was 1st September, the day when Jio was officially announced.
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My first Jio SIM (never got activated)
 
Since that very day, the way the SIM would be activated changed. Before that we had to wait for at least a week, but now the SIM will get activated within a couple of minutes. I did not have my Aadhaar card back then so I could not get it instantly activated. A month and a half just went by. I made many calls and mails, none were answered. You see, not a good experience.
 
My mom finally managed to get a SIM. By the time I got the SIM, the unlimited data facility was over! Data per day was limited to 4 GB per user. Many bloggers and YouTubers came up with tricks to excess the 4 GB threshold, but Reliance managed to curb all these hacks. On the other hand, people started using more than 1 Jio SIM, cause there was no limit on the number of SIM that could be allotted per Aadhaar card.
 
There is another rumor afloat which says that Jio Welcome Offer will be extended till March, 2017. I really don’t want this to happen. Do I not love free data? Of course I do. But this massive Jio user family comes at the price of the internet speed for us. On an average, every user has started experience a drop in the net speed. However, the speed is very impressive in any of the Jio apps. But people will low internal storages in their phones can’t enjoy them.
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Reliance Jio Apps

I really hope that Jio Welcome Offer ends soon. As soon as the freebies end, all those who were sucking up the services for free would vanish. This, in turn would help decrease the network congestion and give us better internet speeds. (Was it too technical? Never mind.)

On 1st December at 1.30 PM the Chairman of Reliance Industries (Mukesh Ambani) will make some important announcement. The event was supposed to broadcast LIVE. I really hoped the Jio Welcome Offer would not be extended till March, 2017. There were some chances of the offer no lasting till that long cause TRAI had also warned Reliance Jio to end the Welcome offer by 4th December.
 

What happened at the LIVE Event?

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The Jio Welcome offer has been officially extended to 31st March, with slight modification. From 1st January, 2017 every Jio user will come under the Jio Happy New Year offer. According to the stats produced by Reliance, 80% of Jio users use below 1 GB of data whereas the rest 20% of them uses abnormally high amount of data. They also admitted that there were congestion in the network cause of these 20% of the users. To put a check on that, Reliance has come up with the Jio Happy New Year offer. Calls and messages won't be affected in this offer. However, after you cross 1 GB usage then your net speed would be dropped to 128 kbps. Yay!
 
I'm happy with the Jio Happy New Year offer. Are you? Don’t mumble, say that in comments.
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Note 2000: The Cheapest Note That Dominates All Other ‘Notes’ with Flagship Features

ALERT: The following article is another tech-humor, a mockery of the hoax that Rs.2000 Note is installed with Nano-GPS chip, after ‘Cooking with Smartphones’. So, don’t take this information granted. You can laugh out loud at your convenience any way.

 

The pace at which the technology is racing through is proven with the flagship specifications when every gadget is released to dominate the processors and competitors in the market. The flagship series has got a new face of gadgets with bigger screens than the bigger ones (5.5 inch ones I mean) along with some added special functionalities.

 

Talking about the bigger screens, we should also talk about the value of them. Generally, the Note series devices from any manufacturer costs premium rates compared to that of normal ones.

 

RBI has released the cheapest and new flagship note of value Rs.2000 which comes with all technical specifications that a smartphone would have. Let’s take a look at the Rs.2000 note and see what it got to be called as a flagship.

 

Note 2000 INR is the successor of its predecessor Note 1000 INR which is duplicated at the most possibility. The Note 1000 INR featured no special technology but the strip on the middle for the scanners and some camouflage logos and images for identification. But the new Note 2000 INR comes with a built-in GPS chip which is not only identifiable if lost, but also identifies the other notes when stored in bulk. This new NFIGPS (Near Field Identification GPS) helps to curb the duplication and cloaking of stock that is produced.

 

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The 2000 Note looks a bit longer and thinner than 1000 Note. It has Mahatma Gandhi’s picture on the front and Mangalyaan Satellite on the back that promotes the success of India into Space. We have the language options shown at the back in all major Indian languages. We will have to wait and see for the support of more languages including tribal in next possible update.

 

Thank god, the Nano-meter wide Note didn’t ditch the headphone jack like Apple did for iPhone 7. More than that, it has built-in radio antenna that minimizes into the width like never existed.

 

The 2000 Note features a 16MP camera that will not give a bump of the back of the Note. All the pictures taken will be saved on the Indi-Cloud which is maintained by the Indian government. This camera also acts a spy camera if you keep more than 125 Notes with you. The NFIGPS counts the number of notes and activates the camera if the max limit is reached. However, the banks will be given the camera disabler gear to disable the cameras when in storage.

 

The Note 2000 comes with 200GB USB drive and 3-Blade Razor for smooth shave. Looks like the government is taking care of the personal grooming as well. Releasing this Note in the month of November shows the government vision about the ‘No Shave November’. So, boys! Note 2000 is definitely for us.

 

The government of India has managed to pull off 1000s and 500s in the market after being analyzed as duplicated. So, it is not just Samsung or Apple that hold the record of pulling off their gadgets from the market.

 

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The hype for Note 2000 has incredibly went high. People all over the country lined-up for exchanging their old 500s and 1000s to get the new Note 2000. It may break the record of demand for iPhone and JIO sales very soon.

 

What’s your take on this? Please comment your thoughts in comments section below.

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FotoJet Makes a Good Alternative to Canva But Not Fully

Canva is my favorite online photo editing tool and I wrote about its features in the past. I won’t complain that it didn’t have features that I wanted the most, yet I used the most of it in preparing graphics for my blog posts and social media campaigns.

 

With the times, I got used to all the free designs of Canva interface and I kind of got bored of them.

 

Photoshop is my lifebuoy when the internet connection troubles me. But, loading all heavy Photoshop tools every time by quitting the browser is a fatigue that you would not expect to get.

 

During that times, I found out this new online free photo editing app which makes a good alternative to Canva, and with more new designs and possibilities. I am not paid a shell for this review and it is wholly out of inspiration that this tool has provoked me to do.

 

To make the possibilities of FotoJet in a simple 3 word tagline, it makes a collage maker, graphic designer and a simple photo editor.

 

Let me show you what a collage maker tool from FotoJet can do.

 

FotoJet’s collage maker offers us a few types of collages and frames to make a good photo frame. The photo templates for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are also available on their collage tool.

 

What I like in FotoJet

The simple drag and drop interface reminds me of the Canva’s beautiful interface. Like Canva, FotoJet also has the drag and drop interface with the facility of the bringing media into the workspace from the computer.

 

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One more interesting thing that I found on FotoJet which Canva couldn’t offer is that the importing of images directly from Facebook into the workspace.

 

There are different readymade designs which can easily be modified in a minute and used. Canva also have this feature, but I am specific about the type of readymade templates that FotoJet has.

 

What I hate in FotoJet

The ads. Yes! The ads in the free graphic designer are annoying. They are as disturbing as the malware or adware installed on the computer. It distracts a lot. To get rid of the ads, FotoJet suggest us to upgrade to the FotoJet Plus plan.

 

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But, Canva is clean even in its free designer. The fluidity of the application interface of FotoJet is spoiled by the addition of the bottom bar and sidebar ads. Canva on the other hand yet offers the clean interface.

 

FotoJet makes a good alternative to Canva but cannot dominate it with some minor glitches and interface distractions.

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Has Apple Lost It After All These Years?

What comes as a symbol of richness and dignity in movies and TV ads? Why a glowing bitten apple is on the back of the laptop lies in a selfie shot? Did you see any mirror selfie shots being taken without the Apple logo on the back of their phones?

 

Okay! I’ll slow down a bit and let you think.

 

Times up!

 

It is because Apple products are the symbol of richness, dignity and even royalty of this era. The middle class hero in the movie will be using the MacBook and the world doesn’t care how does he get such a costly piece of computer.

 

Yeah! I know. That’s Bollywood logic and Bollywood logics have no scientific proofs but a blind belief.

 

If we talk about selfies, they are most popular even from the days of earlier camera phones where the selfie taker do it in front of the mirror with his/her phone. It was started a rare practice and has been an addiction since the Apple iPhones. People, yet love to take selfies with their back camera in front of the mirror even having the very good front camera on the phone and that phone would be an iPhone.

 

That’s because they just want to show off their iPhone and the Apple logo on the mirror. It’s more than a phone and to pride itself when held in hand.

 

Voice from the sky: Excuse me! I thought this would be a technical story and you are literally talking like a drunkard.

 

That’s being said. Let’s skip into technical.

 

The reason why people started loving Apple products is because of the passion and the art of work in their every product that they put and how it integrates into the lives of humans.

 

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Voice from the sky: That’s deep.

 

The very first idea of making a computer that can be carried everywhere is innovation that is admired by the whole world for the era of computers. You may not know the father of digital computer, Alan Turner but you know Steve Jobs very well.

 

Apple stood for innovation. The perfection of design has also been taken inside the shell, thereby standards of computers.

 

The whole music library in pocket

When Steve Jobs was thrown out of Apple, the company started to fall in the world market with their meaningless un-unique designs which even Steve Jobs hated once a while. Later, when he came back, he created the smallest MP3 player, iPod as he named it, that fits in your pocket like anything. The invention of iPhone with touch screen and no stylus to operate hardware and software integration amazed the world. That was the best cell phone that world has even seen thus far.

 

 

The dream of thinnest laptop

The dream of carrying a laptop without much strain to muscle and storage space is made a reality by the Apple Inc. with the introduction of the thinnest MacBook, named MacBook Air. Jobs actually inaugurated pulling it out from a office document cover. That inspired the world of computers. Other manufacturers started to make thin computers.

 

 

Biometrics and computers

iPhone 5S was the first best S model that the Apple has introduced. It has integrated the biometrical security in the mobile phone which is a whole new thing to the world of smartphones.

 

 

No smartphone thus far has featured the gold colored back panel. Who would you think will like to buy a gold colored mobile phone instead of conventional black and dark colors. This seeded the invention of new colors to the smartphones as we see them today.

 

The software and hardware policy

One of the best reasons why people always love to use iPhones is the software on the top of their wonderful collaboration of hardware. The smoothness, graphics and the simplicity hits the bulls-eye of any user in no time, every single time.

 

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Named iOS, the iPhone’s operating system is the best operating systems that once can use on earth on a mobile phone with minimal hardware configuration to the fullest. They believe that the hardware and software should be made by one manufacturer unlike Android phones. The exclusiveness of the software helps in maintaining the privacy and security of the user data.

 

What Apple has lost now?

Things were perfect till 2011. Later Steve Jobs died and the company has started to make their borrowed cup of ideas which are not of the Apple kind.

 

iPhone 7 which is a sheer disappointment with no new design and no proper upgrades, criticized as the iPhone 6SS (the next version of iPhone 6S), instead of 7. Apart from the camera module and the iOS upgrade, the whole phone looks and works like iPhone 6S and an average user won’t find the difference until tested by some benchmarking tools. The depreciation of 3.5mm audio jack with extra connectors and adaptors really upset the users this time.

 

When the world is waiting for new MacBook, the company has announced a new MacBook 2016 with deprecated function buttons and introduction of new touch bar and touch ID. The touch bar, they say turns into application specific controller which is of course an upgrade but not a complete one.

 

Microsoft, the main competitor of Apple from beginning, on the other hand is improving its status with the introduction of the new Surface Studio which dominates the new MacBook 2016.

 

Apple has lost the passion to create new things. The brand value of Apple in people is blinding the company to run behind the money train instead if the vision and a mission. The company has forgotten the innovation that it stood for in the initial stages. After all these years, Apple has lost it.

 

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Xiaomi Mi Mix May Spoil Apple’s Decade Special iPhone 8 Concept

Xiaomi, once known as the Chinese Apple, has now got evolved into a separate hybrid and been proving it from the last few device releases. With the new design ergonomics of the Mi 5 to the flagship budget release of Redmi 3S and 3S Prime, the company has put a dent in the smartphone universe (excuse me if that is a Apple thing).

Apple has disappointed us this year with the iPhone 7 which has same old design but a few strike offs and discontinuing of most needed hardware specifications. This is not the era of forgetting the 3.5mm audio jack yet Apple did it with no other thought of present but future. The iPhone 7, in the performance wise still stands out and it has notable significant changes if observed.

We all know that by 2017, Apple turns 10 and it would be a big thing for the company. Even Microsoft made it special with the release of the Windows 10 which is of course yet not liked by many users all over the world. It looks like a business gimmick to present something that glitters in the dark that they create themselves. Windows 10 is such a successor or bi-judgemental Windows 8 and 8.1. Now, Apple is going to do the same with the next version of the iPhone.

It is leaked in some interviews of the Apple employees that the next version would be called as iPhone 8 and it is better to do for Apple as the people are no going to tolerate another old iPhone 7 model with some extra features named as iPhone 7S.

Apparently, there could be new iPhone with whole new design and specs next year. As Samsung is already identified by its curved displays, it would be brand defaming if Apple follow the same. The next possible alternative could be the full screen iPhone. The bezel less display is rumoured with iPhone 7 till some factory leaks happened. May be the company wants to release the new revolutionary tech in the decade anniversary.

Coming to the Mi Mix makes the wildest tech dream of an average smartphone user true. With the help of Philippe Starck, a French designer Xiaomi makes the techie’s dream of having a bezel less smartphone true. This concept phone from Xiaomi sports a 6.4 inch display, Snapdragon 821 Processor, 6GB RAM and 256GB internal memory along with the fingerprint scanner on the back placed side-by-side with the single camera module.


Mi Mix is the first smartphone to have 91.3% screen-to-body ratio in the smartphone evolution and has created history. The body is full ceramic with 8MoHs hardness on all sides gives a glossy looks to the device. The bezel less screen leads to the 17:9 custom ratio display which is again a new introduction to the smartphone market.

The Mi Mix features a 18-karat gold rims around the camera and fingerprint sensor that adds beauty to the glossy back. It comes with 4400mAh battery which adds long lasting power backup to the device. Compared to the Mi Max, Mi Mix’s battery is a fine justification to the new tech introduced.

Mi Mix is available in two versions, 4GB RAM+128GB storage and 6GB RAM+256GB storage. Just like all other concept phones, Mi Mix is not a showcase piece device. Xiaomi releases it into the market from November 4 in China, initially. It is available for 3499Yuan and 3999Yuan which is $517 USD and $590 USD respectively. The Indian price of this revolutionary smartphone/phablet could be around Rs.34,999 and Rs.39,999.

How Mi Mix might spoil the Apple’s 10th year anniversary and iPhone 8?

As we discussed about how Apple is planning to make it big on its 10th year anniversary with the new iPhone 8 which would have special futuristic design, The availability of the Mi Mix in the market with the beast specifications, battery, screen and the price it is available for, might get butterflies on the stomach of the ‘putting a dent in the universe’ company.

To save the unique design fame and branding name, Apple should looks for a new technology to introduce in a smartphone or should take over the Xiaomi which is impossible in a year if even planned so.

Xiaomi really put a dent in the face of Apple this time. Let’s see what way this cold war of technology implementation leads to. What’s you point on this? Do you think Apple will release the same bezel less screen for iPhone 8? Or something else that will compensate the brand name that it has lost with iPhone 7? Don’t hesitate to post your comments on this below. I’ll be excited to read them.
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Blogger(BlogSpot) Homepage Gets a Makeover Too, Not Internals

Google is changing the way its products look one by one. Yesterday it was AdSense and I read somewhere that Google Analytics also getting this user interface upgrade. Today I noticed Blogger.com home page also getting the latest UI makeover, not internally but only on the sign in page.

 

new-blogger-homepage

 

The new homepage is very much appealing to the new bloggers to choose Blogger.com as a blogging platform. It looks more like a landing page specifically to make conversions.

 

The reason could be the increasing popularity of the WordPress platform which has now become an affordable choice for the beginners as well. I hope you know about the cheap domains and hosting plans. If you are not yet aware of how to choose a best hosting service, read this article.

 

Sadly no changes are made to the internal dashboard and options. On scrolling down the upper fold of the page, little snippet of information about choosing the template is shown. Though, it is not a full revamp, it could be hinting that Blogger also will be bringing changes to its new default templates which are naturally ugly.

 

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If Google revamps it’s new default templates, I’d be one of the first one to ty them out. I even expect some changes to the blogger dashboard interface as well. The stats could be made even better and more informative dynamically. As Google Analytics is already there as a reporting tool from Google, no uniqueness might be seen but the sub-application of Analytics can be implemented.

 

Do you expect some UI changes in the Blogger dashboard just as I do? What they could be? Share your thoughts in comments below.

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This is the Reason Why Google Celebrates Birthday on Different Dates | Confusions Clarified on Google Birthday Date & Doodle

Google needs no introduction and its birthday either. Because you might have seen it displaying this following doodle for the year of 2016, as its birthday.

 

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By 2016, Google turns 18 and is officially an adult now. The confusion among the dates of Google’s birthday leaves some fuses of Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s belief in calendars.

 

In 1998, the official Google birthday was marked on the September 27th (the same day now after 18 years). But, later it was observed on September 8th till its 6th birthday. Later in 2004, the birthday doodle went live on September 7th which is a day prior to last year’s. In 2005, it was observed on September 26th and in 2006 it was seen on September 27th again.

 

Ryan Germic writes to the users about celebrating Google birthday on different dates on its 15th birthday. He says that the first Google birthday doodle was posted even before the company is officially incorporated. You can read this Wikipedia article informing that the Google was founded on September 4th 1998 officially.

 

No birthday doodle on Google.com

For your surprise, we have tried to check the Google’s birthday doodle on Google.com which showed nothing but the regular logo.

 

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Isn’t that surprising?

 

Of course it is! I think you have fund a clue why Google celebrates different birthdays by this simple check.

 

Still didn’t get it? See some more examples below

It is showing the birthday doodle on Google.co.in (we are from India after all) and when we tried to open Google.com, it showed a normal logo.

 

We didn’t stop. We tried it fro some more location specific domains. Here is what we found:

 

Google.co.uk (United Kingdom):

 

gogole-uk-birthday-doodle

 

Google.co.ao (Angola):

 

google.co.ao

 

Google.co.cr (Costa Rica):

 

google.co.cr

 

Every .co.xx Google domain we have seen is having this birthday doodle displayed. We didn’t quit yet. We moved onto (check) non .co.xx domains as well. Some of such kind of domains are structured as www.Google.com.xx and www.Google.xx. All such domains other than Google.com is displaying the birthday doodle all over the globe.

 

I hope you understand why Google celebrates different birthdays by now. Before you thank me in comments below, learn more about Google company information.

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If This Is True, Turing Cadenza Is The Redefined Future Of Smartphones

While the smartphone manufacturers are in the rat race of flagships with a little bit extra powerful specifications each time they release a new smartphone, Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) company have announced a phone that redefined the word ‘flagship’ itself. Turing Cadenza it is called, comes with the monster specifications which is hard to believe.

Turing Cadenza that is claimed to be launching next year (2017) most probably, is said to be having the dual Snapdragon 830 SoC, 12GB of RAM (two 6GBs), 60MP+20MP camera module, 1TB storage (256GBx2 and microSD 256GBx2), triple power source 2400mAh Super capacitor battery along with 1600mAh Li-ion Hydrogen fuel cell and 5.8 inch 2K display.

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Seriously? Is that a phone? Unbelievable

If the claims are true and the specifications leaked are really happening, the future of smartphone flagship is going to start with the year 2017. The next technological transformation of the palm computers will see a tremendous change.

Some of the critics say that this is going to be the biggest prank for the year 2017 and the company is supposedly cooking it from now.

What would be the price of Turing Cadenza?

What is the best configuration you have known so far? Probably the SD 821 SoC with 6GB of RAM along with 128GB of internal memory. If that is premium configuration and is so called beast, the specifications of Cadenza would make it a monster.

The highest pricing scale of an Android smartphone today goes up to $1000. If priced, what could be the price of Turing Cadenza blows off the minds of the tech experts. it could be closer to $1000 or cheaper than that. If it comes cheaper than $1000, Samsung, Apple and recently Asus would have to find numbers under affordable scales.

Hoping that this leak is a true news and this would change the face of mobile computing in the next year to come, I would like to welcome Turing Cadenza into market with all pleasure.
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Everything About WhatsApp Sharing Data to Facebook

Since the day WhatsApp introduced the end-to-end security encryption to the messages, the respect over this messenger has increased among people and they even protested against governments that wanted to channel all the messages under their watch for security purposes.

 

Privacy is a big thing than the system and the government here. Facebook, after acquiring the world’s largely used messenger (WhatsApp), have brought significant changes like the blue ticks, end-to-end security, document sharing and revised the number of people limitations for groups.

 

Recently, WhatsApp made changes to their terms and conditions that share the chats and phone numbers to Facebook for improving your Facebook ads and product experiences.

 

What’s wrong? Why would WhatsApp share data?

WhatsApp chats and your phone number are the private data. The main aim of end-to-end encryption is to provide that privacy to people and their conversations. If that private data is shared to improvise the marketing strategies of super node Facebook, privacy should be compromised internally.

 

WhatsApp is no more an individual company. Facebook acquired WhatsApp and now it is a child company. Facebook has authority to take any decisions about the WhatsApp now.

 

However, the private chats and phone number would not be shared to anyone outside the corporation. The data is not sold or leaked to any other company or organization. It will be kept secured encrypted within the WhatsApp and Facebook servers only.

 

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You would see this option on your screen when opening WhatsApp. It says,

 

Share WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and product experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting.”

 

This means, unless you opt-in this option, WhatsApp will not share its data to the Facebook for better marketing. It also means that they would be sharing your phone number to the brands. If supposedly not shared with brands, the phone numbers might be used to notify you about their advertised products.

 

Didn’t understand? Let’s talk about some examples

Example 1: Let us suppose that you are chatting (WhatsApp) with your friend about the wedding shopping. The chats will be shared onto Facebook and analyzed. The analyzed data will be matched with their advertisers' demand by their marketing team. Then you would be shown the sponsored posts on Facebook newsfeed related to the products specifically that you were talking about with your friend.

 

Let’s consider that you were talking about the wedding jewelry. When you log in to Facebook and scroll through the newsfeed, you will be shown the ads for wedding jewelry. 

 

You will also be getting SMSs related to the jewelry products from Facebook about their advertisers.

 

Example 2: If you are searching for best smartphones under some budget say $200. You will be shown the sponsored posts on the Facebook newsfeed with all the smartphone phone ads.

 

This happens generally because of the safe cookies and the search analysis of your queries on Facebook. This sort of usage stats are being gathered without our notice or as the part of terms & conditions.

 

This is not new to us. They are just expanding the reach

This marketing strategy is not new to us. Even search engines do the same through the safe cookies. Facebook also does the same by taking the information from these cookies.

 

Remember, you would realize Facebook showing relevant ads in the newsfeed. Never mind if you don’t. I will give you an example screenshot.

 

facebook-sponsored-ad

Pic: The above screenshot is from Facebook

 

The Titan company page admin might have bought ads focusing the keyword for watches. I was watching for the watches a day ago and this comes up on my newsfeed. The purpose of the WhatsApp sharing the data Facebook relates closely to this.

 

How does sharing  WhatsApp chats data and phone number help them?

It’s simple. Collecting more data will increase the productivity by increasing the advertiser’s target accuracy and in turn earns good ROI.

 

For example, if you and your friend are talking about a new pair of shoes for the next week’s bday party and you don’t do much Facebooking. When you login for one in thousand reasons that day itself, you won’t be shown the sponsored posts of relevant products and ads. It won’t help you as well as Facebook as you won’t be interacting to them. 

 

#Take a minute to understand the logic. I’ve all the time in the world.

 

To tackle such situations, Facebook takes the data of your chats and brings up the relevant ads on the newsfeed (like as that Titan sponsored post that I shared above).

 

Should you stop sharing data to Facebook?

Are you interested in getting relevant ads for your chats?

 

If you answer ‘Yes’ to this question, you should opt-in to share your data. If it’s a ‘No’, just opt-out.

 

There is a possibility that Facebook might bring textual sponsored messages intruding into your chats in the middle of something like the online dating apps do suggesting the premium membership while chatting.

 

WhatsApp had promised that it will not introduce the ads in the form of banners. That is not everything. The creativeness of advertising and marketing may take any forms. It may take the words that you type (keywords I mean) and turn it into hyperlink pointing to the advertiser’s link Hike do it for inserting emoji’s and stickers.

 

So, it’s all about your priorities. The privacy may be compromised but not the security.

 

How to block WhatsApp from sharing data to Facebook?

The sharing of data is not a knife on the neck. You can opt-out from sharing your chats and your phone number. There are two ways to do this.

 

Method 1: You can opt-out by unchecking the checkbox when it shows on the screen about their new terms & privacy policy. It would something look like this,

 

whatsapp-share-data-opt-out

After unchecking it, just click on Agree to continue using WhatsApp as usual.

 

Why would you need to click agree even after unchecking? Is it a trick?

No. Not at all. Whether you agree to share your data or not, you have to agree to the terms and policy updates of the product in order to use WhatsApp. This would be common to any application.

 

Method 2: Go to Settings > Account > Uncheck the option ‘Share my WhatsApp account information to Facebook..”

 

Just a second

I hope this long post has helped you understand the corporate operations behind the companies. Opting in or out is still your own decision.

 

Share this to your social media timelines to help your friends also understand this. I would consider that your thankfulness for my efforts I put here in this article.

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Learn How Salesforce and WordPress are Integrated Today

One of the services that is provided on the Internet today is Software As A Service (SaaS). This is where some software resource is hosted in the Cloud and businesses can access it through their browsers on a subscription basis.

 

One of the software that is offered in this way is the Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. This is a resource that helps businesses to attract new clients, get closer to their current ones and eventually convert them into loyal customers.

 

Another type of software that is offered is the WordPress Content Management System (CMS). This one helps businesses to build and maintain company websites and portals. These online resources are very popular among businesses today. Initially, they were run separately but they can now be integrated to work cooperatively.

 

How is this done? Read on to find out.

 

Integration applications

There are some specially constructed applications that can help businesses to integrate WordPress and Salesforce. They are developed by the WordPress development team and posted in the WordPress Plug-In Repository. Some of these applications are free to download while others require purchase. They have some unique characteristics which are:

  • They are easy to install
  • They can be installed across your entire Salesforce architecture
  • They allow you to retrieve data from multiple forms at the same time

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How are these applications helpful to your Salesforce CRM and your business as a whole? According to the salesforce git, they help you to retrieve information about visitors and customers who view your company's WordPress website. This information is important to a business because it can help the business to create leads and follow them up until they get new customers. There are various sources of this information.

 

They include:

  • Subscriptions to e-newsletters
  • Reports of recruits who have volunteered for jobs online
  • Reports full of people who have registered to attend events

This is the type of information that these applications are capable of retrieving for you. Read on to learn about the specific applications.

 

Integration applications

As indicated above, some of these applications are free while others require to be purchased. The free integration applications are:

  • WordPress to Lead
  • Gravity Works

These two applications are available for free on the WordPress Plug-In Repository. They will collect data from the website and push it to the Salesforce CRM. They can also allow you to manipulate more than one form at the same time.

The premium applications that require payment include:

  • Click & Pledge FaaS
  • Zapier
  • Snap Logic
  • Visualforce
  • Salesforce API

These premium applications are capable of many more activities than the freely available ones. They can perform collection of complex data from WordPress websites and channel it to the Salesforce CRM. With this information, the CRM can create contacts, cases, leads and identify opportunities for the business.

 

Conclusion

Integrating the WordPress CMS and the Salesforce CRM is a great business strategy. With more information coming in from WordPress, you can use the Salesforce CRM to create high quality customer relationships and follow more leads to greater revenue. These applications can help you to achieve this for your business.

 


Author Bio: David Wicks is a WordPress developer. He plays a major role in developing these integration applications for businesses across the globe. He has been quoted in a number of Salesforce and WordPress articles, interviews and salesforce git posts and shared that knowledge in this report.

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Want To Be a Freelancer? This Would Be Your Life; Pros and Cons

Being a freelancer is now rather a trend than a thoughtful decision. Hundreds of specialists dive into self-employment because of income rates, working environment or in a pursuit for freedom. It is fashionable now to work while travelling, talk about amazing life of a happy slacker and write sweet posts about work-from-home to various social media.
 
I have been freelancing for already three years and I can honestly claim that such lifestyle isn’t all roses.
 
Sometimes you will be able to count only on yourself, and sometimes there will be things that make you feel desperate.
 
Not that you’re a crybaby, but when your computer crashes in the middle of work, even the toughest heart would tremble. So, cutting the long story short, here are top pros and cons of being a freelancer.
 
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Work from Home vs Side Expenses

Those who have worked at office know how much effort it requires to deal with company politics and workplace drama. Besides, at office you’re always bound with all those politesse things and pointless formalities.
 
If you work from home you will only need a stable Internet connection, a phone and possibly some other appliances (if you still invoicing on paper etc.).
 
Also, the great thing might be that you will be done with meetings, urgent sessions and monthly reports. At home, you can focus more on getting the things done.
 
Ha! Have you considered hidden costs of home office in your budget? Because your bills for phone, electricity and WIFI will rise right away, as well as those for water and other utilities.
 
Why?
 
At office, the company takes care about the building, bathrooms, coffee and those cookies you eat for snack. When your computer breaks, your company pays for replacement.
 
At home, these expenses will be your burden. Let aside additional hidden costs for being self-employed.
 

Flexibility vs Deadlines

Actually, flexibility is one of the most referred reasons as to why people switch from fulltime jobs to freelance. People want to work when they like, travel, communicate and not be bound by any location or time. This also is critical for important matters – like when you need to visit hospital or go to your child's school.
 
Yet, together with such freedom comes great responsibility. You are to manage everything in your life, including your working hours.
 
And you can’t simply choose three or four hours a day solely for your business (unless you earn really big bucks per hour).
 
There will always be some distraction factors, such as your family members, neighbors, pets, phone calls or whatever else calling out for your attention. You will have to handle with them and keep in mind the deadlines.
 
Your clients won’t accept excuses for failed projects, unless it is something really serious. Oh, and did I say about the safety net?
 

More Money vs Unstable Payments

The one of most popular questions I get is how much a freelance writer can make. Let’s face it – we all have certain amount of monthly expenses. So it is crucial to clearly understand whether freelancing can provide you with a sufficient, bill-paying level of earnings. Of course, it largely depends on your field, but, on average, freelancers make more than regular workers.
 
The reverse side is that freelancers usually don’t receive regular paychecks. Unless you’re a part of a freelance team of the best essay service or another big company, you will probably flounce among minor projects hoping to earn enough to cover month’s bills.
 
Another unpleasant thing – bills pop up regularly and they won’t wait for “another little bit” until you receive the money.
 

Independence vs Dealing with Taxes

People dream of doing what they love and being free from reporting their progress to any kind of a boss. They want to make own decisions and opt for what suits them best.
 
Certainly, individual freelancing has such benefits. You don’t have to get any instructions from managers, force yourself into boring tasks or ask for day offs. Freelancing will provide you with a bunch of challenges so that you can grow both in personal and professional spheres.
 
Yet, when it comes to doing the actual thing, many realize that freelancers are considered as business owners. And as any business, they must file their taxes and report all sources of their income.
 
Tracking of all the income and expenses can cause additional troubles for a person, not familiar with taxation system. Also, it requires additional time commitments, which can only worsen the situation for a solopreneur.
 

New Career Options vs Learning from Scratch

Freelancing opens plenty of career possibilities. It also sharpens your professional skills, and for those who learn new things fast, there is no limit for improvement.
 
You may join a project you’ve been interested in and make many useful connections in professional sphere by attending job fairs, conferences, seminars and other events.
 
At first, however, things might go slower than you expected. It is not easy to jump into business without deep knowledge of marketing or sales mechanism. Also, you will have to learn about time management, accounting, SMM and other disciplines that might even have nothing common with your main occupation.
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Will Android Instant Apps Kill the Smartphone Flagship Tradition?

The best of the Google I/O 2016 I’ve known is the Android Instant Apps. As we have seen in the past, Instant Apps load like a website on the android devices with Jelly Bean and above without being installed.

 

The Google’s intention of making the user access the app in a very few click as possible can be achieved. But this will show some side effect on the smartphones’ flagship configurations.

 

Wondering how? Read more..

 

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During 1GB RAM times, the smartphones are considered to be great with such a lot of physical memory on board. Later, with the next versioning of the Android operating system, the necessity for more physical memory has also been increased.

 

The reason is the OS alone started consuming a lot of memory, say 1GB at least to run. If a device had 2GB of RAM, the rest of the 1GB is used for the apps. This is very close situation to those 1GB RAM devices of the past but masqueraded by the on-paper specification of 2GB RAM on board.

 

With only 1GB left for apps, one cannot use more than 5-6 apps on the device as they occupy it to run some background services always. This couldn't satisfy the hunger for more apps. By the way, one can install as many apps as one can until the ROM fills in.

 

Later with the launch of smartphone startup companies and their new flagship devices with 3GB and 4GB RAM on board have satisfied the hunger of having more apps on the phone. Smartphones like OnePlus One and Asus Zenfone 2 have set some standards in the industry for flagship for their competitors. 

 

Now let’s get back to the story;

 

Those 2GB RAM devices are good enough to run web browsers on the devices and they are good for running some apps with exclusive usage of system resources. Instant apps, as we know are not necessarily be installed on the device, can run without any lag as the code and services will be loaded in modular basis from the Google servers.

 

Does this give you any catch?

 

If that happens, what’s the need of having powerful flagship devices spending hundreds of dollars. The smartphones flagships in different pricing scales that are available now would have to come down with the prices. Don’t you think?

 

Android Instant Apps & Smartphones Flagship Tradition

It is not always about the on board memory. Flagship includes new hardware and new processors. Some processor need the most of the memory to give their best in performance.

 

If we take an example of Asus Zenfone 2 with Intel Atom processor, it would consume more RAM than the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. So, it’s not just the apps and other software that consume the memory it’s the processor capability too.

 

Google have already invited the developers to include the instant app modules in their future apps and upgrade the old ones. That means, the new apps might not need any new hardware specifically.

 

On the flipside, some application with heavy graphics like games cannot be instantiated. Because, they need the real resources from the native device to run smoothly. To run applications of those kind, we might need the flagship tradition to go on.

 

Android apps that can be instantiated would be the shipping apps, paying apps, particular shops, or product apps for checkout, news apps, information apps, form filling apps, enquiry apps and some social media apps.

 

Apps like games, and graphics applications might not be possible to instantiate. So, we would need the flagships for those that cannot be made Instant apps.

 

Android Instant apps might not kill the flagship tradition completely but might slowdown its rate for budget category phones.

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Understanding How Android Instant Apps Work in an Easy Way

Google has announced a new word in the #IO16 along with the messaging and video calling apps, Android Instant Apps to enable the quick accessing of power and flexibility of android.

 

Instant apps doesn’t need installation. Yes, They don’t!

 

In fact, there is nothing to do with what Android (at least Jellybean 4.1) phone do you have. You no need to install any special software or need any upgrade to your hardware. Android Instant Apps work faster, safer and functional.

 

What are Android Instant Apps actually?

Android Instant Apps are just android application that run without need to install them on the device.

 

Let me bring out an example, Your friend has shared a video link from the Super Videos (let’s assume) app through WhatsApp messenger. When you click on the click from your phone, it, instead of asking the user to install the app (which is what happening so far), will open the app itself like a website instantly and show you the content.

 

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Let’s consider another example, you went for shopping and the shop gives some exclusive discounts on some products if bought only from their app. You don’t have enough space on the device for app installation but you want the app to avail the discount. Then if you can access the instant app link of that particular product to checkout.

 

How is it possible? How apps can run without installing?

Interesting. Isn’t it?

 

The Google’s intention behind introducing the instant articles is that they want to reduce the breadcrumbs to reach the target page of content. They want people access the app in just a few clicks and get their job done.

 

To enable such access, Google has introduced a new update to the Android with some Instant App modules that generate the content with instant access.

 

That’s okay! But how do they open without installing?

 

Remember I told you about the friend sharing a link? Yes, the apps with Instant App code modules will be hosted on the Google servers automatically and will be served on to the devices on request and requirement.

 

I guess a clean picture will help you understand well:

 

how-google-android-instant-apps-work

 

Let us suppose the green triangle as the Google Server/Google Play Store, the two orange rectangles as two android smartphones and the grey circle as the external source such as internet.

 

The both android phones can download the application from the Google Play Store as usual if they want to use it or, they can access the particular piece of functionality of the application through the link shared in between the phones or provided from the other sources of the internet.

 

 

The application works the same either ways and is fast, reliable and secure too.

 

Google have already updated some of the famous applications as the instant apps that can be accessed as we have discussed above. They are BuzzFeed, B&H Photo, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney. Google announces the access to developers to turn their apps into Instant apps.

 

Watch the Google I/O 2016 introducing of Android Instant Apps:

 

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