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3 Rumors about Apple Watch 3 !
Ahead of its Tuesday Special Event, the rumor mills are agog churning out rumors or information , if they prove out to be true.

The latest rumors about the Apple Watch 3 (if it's launched) are the inferences which are skimmed out by reputed online sources after looking at the leaked Golden Master firmware of iOS 11.

The 3 possible speculations being inferred are:

1.  New Watch Colors a Blush Gold (Premium) and Ceramic Grey(Common Folk). The Ceramic Grey may also be the new color for the Apple Watch Edition timepiece, which at present is available in white shade, some sources speculate.

2.  On the software front, there’s also evidence of a new watch or Apple Watch 3.

A new Watch face and a red digital crown is also being speculated.

3.  Apple Watch 3 may have LTE Capabilities with an built-in electronic SIM.

Only event will cease the speculations.

A bisht Monday, September 11, 2017
Red iPhone 7 and Thinking about Quality
See it as some desultory thought. A thought which might be of some relevance today.

Not very long in the past (I think in April 2017), Apple launched a red iPhone 7 with a lower price tag. By quality standards, a red iPhone does not conform to Quality standard set by Apple for itself over the years. Notably, in addition to performance, pricing; Apple is known for products with premium looks.

That's why a red iPhone 7 from Apple was a dampener. May be this way the Company made itself more familiar with the masses in countries away from US.

While writing this piece, I don't know the market's response to the red iPhone 7; but I have a remote thought that over the years this looks and pricing strategy may hurt Apple.

A bisht Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wireless Keyboard with Fingerprint ID | Microsoft Modern Keyboard
Microsoft will soon be launching a Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. The keyboard with fingerprint sensor is designed for Windows Hello -- the bio-metric login feature found in Windows 10. It features Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 and a wireless range of up to 50 feet.

The keyboard has both wireless and wired options. Having it work both wired and wireless surely extends the comfort and the battery life of the Keyboard.

According to Microsoft,

"The option of using Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID as either a wireless/wired interface gives connection options, making it more appealing to commercial audiences. We optimized the Bluetooth paring experience, enabling automatic pairing when you connect the cable at first time and the Keyboard requires some initial configuration."

As far as the Fingerprint sensor is concerned, then there's one key on the keyboard  dedicated as Fingerprint ID with a fingerprint label on it. Because Microsoft calls the Keyboard as one having a "hidden" fingerprint scanner, then instead of having a visibly dedicated key for it, the Keyboard should have provided the user with the option of dedicating any key on the Keyboard for this purpose.

Compatibility: Apart from the newest version of Windows, Microsoft Modern Keyboard will be compatible with 8.X and RT. In addition, it will be compatible with iOS, Android and macOS.

The bio-metric functionality is likely to be Windows 10 only.

Price of Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID: $130.

Availability: No word is out yet

A bisht Friday, June 16, 2017
Meet Gita, your slave robotic shopping Cart
Now this robot, named Gita, is useful. It can follow you, carrying up to 40 pounds of load you entrust it to. It doesn't use its brain, it simply follows you. It's more like you carelessly dumping down your purchases in this mobile robot's storage, without bothering about using hands to pull it all the time.

Gita your slave robotic shopping Cart

When the makers say, Gita is special in its design and the way it follows its human master, we have to believe them. Watch the video below:

Gita Robot will be available to Businesses in 2018. Consumer launch will take place after that.

Gita is being funded by the Piaggio Group, maker of the Vespa and one of the world's largets mobility companies.

A bisht Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Autonomous driving makes Intel shell out a whopping $15.3 Billion

Intel Acquires Autonomous driving Firm Mobileye For $15.3 Billion

Is autonomous driving a technology to bet on in immediate future?

I may be short-sighted with my faith in autonomous driving technology; that's why I see the real commercial use of autonomous driving in particular way. I think rather than 100 pefrcent autonomous vehicles, the technology will be implemented for dire situations. That's when the human driver becomes helpless due to manual driving control failure or the situations which need lightening fast decision making. Don't know about five years from today, but today I cannot visualize fully autonomous cars and personal vehicles. My view rests on facts such as too many cars and too little resources that can manage autonomous driving.

That said, the autonomous driving is an area which has a foreseeable future. I may not be seeing it, but tech giants surely do.

Intel is waging a big bet on autonomous driving

According to reports, Intel is acquiring the Jerusalem, Israel based self-driving tech firm Mobileye. The deal is worth $15.3 billion, making it the most valuable acquisition in the history of the Israeli tech industry. Intel’s acquisition of the company will see it purchase all of Mobileye’s issued stock, as well as all of its outstanding ordinary stock for $63.54 per share.

Mobileye is currently valued at approximately $10.5 billion according to its New York Stock Exchange. Mobileye is a relatively established name in the industry and is already collaborating with a number of major automakers. Intel and mobile Eye are already working together from 2016 in the area of autonomous driving. Intel plans to to invest approximately $250 million into developing autonomous driving solutions by 2018.

Intel along with Mobileye and BMW, are planning to bring the first prototypes developed through this partnership in the United States and Europe later this year. Mobileye has previously collaborated with Tesla.

Intel is waging a big bet on autonomous driving even if it's facing an increasing competition from the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia in autonomous driving. The deal has a potential of bringing Intel, Mobileye's expertise along with a know how into Tesla's dominance.

A bisht Monday, March 13, 2017
Why Snap can't be Facebook | Snap at $17
Snap Inc., the company behind snapchat, has gone public, at $17 per share, valued at USD 24 Billion.

The question is : Is the Snap IPO price per share too high?

Snap at $17

I think Snap is more likely to follow the Twitter path than the Facebook one. At present Facebook is trading at around three times the IPO price, while the Twitter is trading at half.

I've found that apart from the revenue itself, another factor which is deciding the performance of public tech companies in US, is the growth potential. In other words, it's not necessarily the active user growth. It's something else. It's something which keeps the hopes or positive image alive. It's what is in the basket in the form of patents and acquisitions.

Today, long term investors are upbeat about Facebook, Google and Apple because they see a big basket. In simple, they are hopeful that if one revenue stream dries up; there's something to replace it. But even for them the extension of time horizon at a time is not more than 3-4 years.

From this perspective, Snap looks more like Twitter.

Thus there will be no surprise, if Snap sees a decline in coming months.

A bisht Thursday, March 2, 2017
World's First 5G phone with Download Speeds of 125 MB per second | Gigabit
The Concept Smartphone is capable of download speeds up to 1Gbps.

On Sunday, ZTE unveiled its first 5G-capable smartphone, the ZTE Gigabit Phone.

ZTE Gigabit Phone is a concept smartphone, created to showcase what a 5G capable smartphone is capable of once 5G networks arrive. The 5G concept smartphone is capable of lightning-fast upload and download speeds at 5G speeds.

ZTE Gigabit 5G smartphone 1 Gbps download speeds (125 MB per second)

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which features an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. The integration combines wireless carrier aggregation with 4×4 MIMO antenna technology and 256-QAM modulation to achieve download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

gigabit 5g smartphone concept

According to ZTE,
“Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development. ZTE will be very glad to leverage its technology strength and experience in 5G to cooperate with government and business partners to discuss and facilitate the upcoming 5G era.”

Verizon is planning to bring 5G networks in at least 11 different markets this year.

A bisht Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Smartwatch App to verify signatures developed by Israeli Researchers
Signature verification is a tricky thing. It's often seen that unless a person is very familiar with a signature, he/she is not able to distinguish between a genuine and a forged one. It needs trained human eyes to distinguish between a genuine and a forged signature. There's an opposite side to signature verification as well. Sometimes when the detection of forged signatures is good, there're always the chances of having a case of false positive. That's the signature is not forged and is
Smartwatch App to verify signatures by using motion sensors in smartwatch developed by Israeli Researchers
rendered by the correct person; but due to some human impulses such as palpitation, perspiration or; due to the uncomfortable writing instruments and surfaces (such as a tablet, smartphone or other devices), the signature strokes change dramatically.

This makes signature verification tricky.

That said, we may be getting into the habit of signing perfectly on digital surfaces, but still the accuracy of strokes will come with time. This makes we susceptible to Financial frauds linked to forged signatures.

Signature verification technologies therefore are extremely important in online finance and e-commerce.

Israeli researchers, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Tel Aviv University (TAU), have developed software that uses motion data gathered from the movements of a person’s wrist to identify the writer during the signing process.

The researchers' software works by sensing the motion through the motion sensors in present day smartwatches, activity wrist bands etc. The software does two things : It senses changes in rotational motion and orientation of the wrist while making a signature, using accelerometer and gyroscope sensors present in the smartwatches; then the software verifies the signature from its database having multiple signatures made by the same person.

Sicne the software system trains a machine-learning algorithm to distinguish between genuine and forged signatures, hence over a short period of time time, the system is able to verify handwritten signatures and detect even the most skilled forgeries.

How the new Signature Forgery detection system works

The person has to wear the motion sensing device on the wrist of the hand, he/she signs with.

The software tracks the motion of the wrist while signing. It then compares the multiple signature copies rendered by the said person from its database.

Since the system uses machine learning artificial intelligence, hence it detects the genuine signature within a time window of a few minutes, if not seconds.

The system is novel as it can be used with the signature rendered with a traditional pen, on the most commonly used surface, Paper. The app sees a market for it as at present , 1 in every 6 people on this planet (around 16 percent) own a smartwatch.

The researchers plan to make the system more accurate by incorporating the biological data tracked by the wrist trackers.

A bisht Monday, February 20, 2017
Transfer images, videos in Xiaomi smartphone to PC via Data Cable

How to connect Xiaomi smartphone to a PC using Data Cable.

You can connect your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Mi 4 smartphones etc. to your PC using micro USB data cable.

Transfer images, videos in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Mi 4, Mi 5, Mi max prime smartphone to PC via Data Cable
Follow the steps below to transfer images, videos in Xiaomi smartphone to PC using a Data Cable:

Step 1: Download Mi PC Suite to your PC or Computer. Download from Here

Step 2: Install Mi PC Suite on your PC. During installation, the PC suite will ask you to connect your smartphone to PC using micro usb Data Cable. The installer will detect your smartphone. It will at least detect your smartphone as a storage device.

Step 3: If you're able to see the videos and images in smartphone in Mi PC suite, great. If not, then your Xiaomi smartphone is detected by PC as a storage device such as contents a Pen Drive. In that case, Open explorer and locate the DCIM Folder. You will find your images and videos there.

A bisht Friday, February 17, 2017
Pinterest Lens: Visual Search Images for ideas and Buying
Pinterest earlier this week unveiled a test feature Lens for its users on its virtual bulletin board platform. What is a Pinterest Lens?

From the video not meant to be shared publicly, it's seems to be a feature inspired by the quote: A Picture speaks a thousand Words.

Pinterest Lens, pinterest visual discovery, Visual Search the images
From Business perspective, Pinterest Lens is one of the ideas Pinterest is pushing itself to the e-Commerce. That's one of the ways which can enable Pinterest make its users genuinely interested in buying things from its platform.

For instance, what will you see if you see a picture of girl standing in front of a Sofa wearing a an asymmetric long top with a pair of jeans, and slippers with artificial flowers on thongs. The girl is looking great.

In the picture you're not just seeing an asymmetric top or a pair of jeans or a great sofa. You're seeing many other things in their individuality and in totality. You're also seeing seeing colors from numerous perspectives. For instance the sunflowers on the slippers, may remind you of some beautiful flowers you saw some time back.

A Pinterest Lens understands this and acknowledges that when a person sees a picture, she/he just does't see the picture, he/she sees numerous other pictures, objects, experiences in the mind. A polka dot a front can remind the user of polka dots on a skirt. Or the color of the skirt can remind the user of a similar colored top with no polka dots.

Its Visual search for images called Visual Discovery works on this understanding.

Pinterest Visual Search 

A test version of "Lens" lets people take pictures with smartphones from inside Pinterest applications, which then uses "visual search" to find similar objects and experiences similar to user's. It would not be wrong to say that with this visual search, more focused or pictures with lesser details will offer more focused search results

How it works? 

Pinterest has introduced a "shop the look" feature that lets people tap on circles on items in a picture, such as clothing or furniture, to explore or shop.

Don't know whether these circles are user controlled. Or they are placed based on some algorithm. Or the'r position is determined by the Pin Creator. But by whatever method they're placed, they still are an idea worth taking a tab on.

An Instant Ideas feature lets people tap on a circle in the bottom corner of a "pin". Doing so also leads to search results focused on similar ideas or concepts.

Pinterest Visual search makes sense for Pinterest, which is a virtual bulletin board platform, where users communicate with pictures. With its 150 Million users, Pinterest's images do feature on online searches. But somehow Pinterest is not benefiting from this exposure. It needs some way to monetize those pictures with online commerce. Using pictures to benefit from e-commerce seems the way forward.

A bisht Saturday, February 11, 2017