29 April, 2016

RIP PC





As this chart from Statista outlines, the market has been shrinking since early 2012. Although 60 million PCs were sold in the first quarter of this year, that’s a decline of nearly 10% compared to the same quarter last year.

27 April, 2016

Moore's law — 1993 to 2013

26 April, 2016

Where are jobs most likely to be replaced by robots?

This chart shows the risk of jobs being replaced by automation in selected countries in 2016. 
Infographic: Where are jobs most likely to be replaced by robots? | Statista

24 April, 2016

Time to reach 100 million users (years)

Telephone: 75
Web: 7
: 4
: 2
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22 April, 2016

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies

Australia 77%🇦🇺
U.S. 72%🇺🇸
Spain 71%🇪🇸
Canada 67%🇨🇦
China 58%🇨🇳
India 17%🇮🇳

For smartphone ownership, the digital divide between less advanced economies and developed economies is 31 points in 2015. But smartphone ownership rates in emerging and developing nations are rising at an extraordinary rate, climbing from a median of 21% in 2013 to 37% in 2015. And overwhelming majorities in almost every nation surveyed report owning some form of mobile device, even if they are not considered “smartphones.”
 









18 April, 2016

Theft-proof Indian smartphone brand - CREO Mark 1

Bangalore based consumer technology company Creo today unveiled its proprietary stock Android based Operating System, the FUEL OS and its flagship smartphone, the CREO Mark 1. The device will be available on the company's official website and on Flipkart at Rs. 19,999.
While the price pushes it at the face of some serious competition, the Mark 1 claims to have some unique and compelling OS features to take on its rivals. Take Retriever, an app that would apparently ensure you never lose your phone. There's Echo, a voice based answering machine system completely independent of carriers and devices and Sense, a universal phone search that finds what you're looking for when you double tap on the home button.

Sai Srinivas, CEO & Co-Founder, CREO said, "We've been working long and hard to put out a product that redefines the way we look at hardware. In our fearless endeavor to make a smartphone that is more than just the sum of its great specs, we've built FUEL - an Operating System that'll give a new phone experience every month, with features that deliver on both, performance and functionality."

In terms of specs, the Mark 1 comes with a full metal body, 5.5" screen, Gorilla Glass 3 protection on both sides and 2.5D curves. There is a 21MP Sony IMX 230 Exmor rear camera and 8MP front camera and is powered by a 1.95 GHz True Octa Core Helio X10 Processor with 3GB RAM and a 3100mAh fast-charging Li-Po battery. There is also 32GB of storage that's expandable up to 128 GB, and 4G connectivity with smart Dual SIM.

Here are some of the Mark 1's most interesting features:

Sense - With Sense, you can find anything on your phone with a double-tap on the home button. Sense indexes everything from settings, apps, messages, contacts, photos, files to calendar events. Sense displays results as you type, letting you get to what you want in seconds.

Echo - Echo answers your calls for you when you can't. Set your own greeting and let Echo greet your caller and record messages for you. It works seamlessly without the Internet and without the involvement of carriers.

Retriever - The Retriever helps in detecting theft. It automatically triggers alerts to your Email ID anytime a new SIM is inserted into your Mark 1. The best part: it works without an active internet connection and even after a factory reset. The company claims this makes your phone 'un-stealable'.

Smart Roaming for Dual Sim - Designed for frequent travelers, Smart Roaming automatically makes sure your local SIM is set as the primary SIM and the Roaming Sim is made your Secondary SIM. Handy!

Smart Forwarding - A feature that auto-diverts calls from 'SIM 1' to 'SIM 2' in your Phone and vice versa when the network on either of the SIM cards is unavailable or unreachable.

Clean Inbox for Messages - The built-in SMS Inbox automatically detects spam and sorts your SMS's into categories like 'People' where you can see texts from people you know and business messages or spam.

Ultra Slo-Mo and 3D Photos - Mark 1's 21 MP rear cameras with Sony Exmor IMX230 sensor has the ability to shoot 120 FPS Ultra Slo-Mo videos in Full HD (1080p). The in-built camera app lets you snap 3D Photos with the Front and Back Camera.

On Demand Service - Users can just type 'CREO Support' in Sense and automatically Chat/Call with a CREO Support executive for any help with the Phone or its new features. Sense also shows the service centers closest to the user's location at that moment.



16 April, 2016

Airbnb just brought on a team of bitcoin experts from a tiny startup

ChangeCoin was best known for letting people tip each other with bitcoin, but now the majority of its team has joined home-rental startup Airbnb.

The $16 billion company "acqui-hired" approximately seven engineers from the bitcoin company who had worked on ChangeTip, a feature that enabled individuals to tip each other with the digital currency via Twitter or Reddit, a source familiar with the acquisition said.
However, while Airbnb is reportedly interested in studying the technology behind bitcoin, the acquisition did not include any IP or assets of the company, so tipping via bitcoin won't become a standard on Airbnb yet.

ChangeCoin founder and noted startup mentor Nick Sullivan could not be reached.

Rumors swirled after its cofounder and CTO Nathan Blecharczyk hinted that the company was interested in ways that people's online reputations could be shared to build trust in response to a question about the blockchain. Typically, only Airbnb would know if you trashed your last rental, but with blockchain technology, you could potentially be able to share that information so other people, like your landlord, could know if you're trustworthy or not.

Whether that will be come a priority to a business that's still embroiled in regulation battles and is rumored to be launching new trip experiences soon is unlikely. The company has split the ChangeTip engineers onto different teams already, the source said.



15 April, 2016

Twitter is boosting its partnership with SoundCloud and letting people listen to tracks within Moments

Twitter users can now listen to music tracks on SoundCloud within Moments - a part of Twitter that aims to help people quickly discover the most relevant content on the social media platform at any given time.

Twitter already allowed people to listen to tracks on SoundCloud's music streaming service through Twitter audio cards but showcasing SoundCloud music within Moments is a significant step forward in the duo's partnership.

A Twitter spokesman told that this "deeper integration into Moments will allow for a seamless listening experience across the platform."

"SoundCloud's inherently social infrastructure makes it easy to bring the newest music to the forefront, with 12 hours of new content shared on SoundCloud every minute."

Twitter launched Moments last October. The San Francisco-headquartered company built Moments in a bid to showcase the best text, photos, videos, music, and recordings from the sources that matter most.

"SoundCloud's millions of tracks will enhance Moments by adding a new/unique audio component," said the Twitter spokesman.

14 April, 2016

Facebook wants to make it easier for you to communicate with businesses

People are now exchanging more than 60 billion messages a day through Facebook's two chat products, WhatsApp and Messenger.

That's three times the number of traditional SMS text messages sent per day, Mark Zuckerberg said on stage at the company's F8 developers conference. The company also announced its widely expected Messenger Platform to help businesses build intelligent chatbots to let companies and users communicate in Messenger.

Facebook's thesis is that some people hate talking on the phone and would rather do something - buy a shirt, order an Uber, make a dinner reservation, check their flight status - within a chat interface.

"You'll never have to call 1-800-Flowers to reach 1-800-Flowers again," Zuckerberg said on stage.

Messenger currently has 900 million users around the world."You're going to be able to build your bot for Messenger starting this afternoon," Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus later said on stage."Today could be the beginning of a new era," he said.

Facebook also officially talked about how its going to be making money from Messenger.For example, Facebook's going to start letting companies buy News Feed ads that will take users directly to their bots.

13 April, 2016

Ola Auto launches into 12 more cities; Target up to 2 million bookings a day by 2017

Ola announced today its launching the auto-rickshaw service in 12 new cities across India. Ola Autos is now available in a total of 24 cities across the country. The company targets to serve at least 2 million daily rides by end of 2017.
The new cities that were launched today are Tier II markets of Bhopal, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Kota, Surat, Madurai, Guwahati, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Jodhpur, Visakhapatnam and Udaipur. The24 cities in which Ola Auto will be present currently has over 3 million auto-rickshaws, and does over 30 million rides per day.

Nitesh Prakash, Senior Director, Operations at Ola said, "We are widening the choice of urban mobility for citizens over and above our current offerings like Micro and Mini in these markets, taking us closer to our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians."

The Ola app for auto-drivers is currently available in 8 Indian languages including English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. The company has over 100,000 auto rickshaws registered on its platform across 24 cities and plans to launch in more cities in the coming months.

Snapchat is stealing Instagram's teen users away

Snapchat is absolutely crushing Instagram when it comes to teens, according to a new survey by investment bank Piper Jaffray.
In fall 2015, Piper Jaffray's semi-annual survey of 6,500 US teens showed that 33% of them considered Instagram their most important social network. By this spring, that number had fallen to 27%.
The story for Snapchat is the complete opposite. In fall 2015, just 19% of teens said it was their most important social network. That ballooned to 28% this spring, edging out Instagram.
Twitter continued its slow decline, while Facebook saw a slight bump.
Here is what the full table looked like:
Here is another chart from Piper Jaffray that shows Snapchat's striking ascent among teens (the average age of respondents was 16.5 years).