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Facebook Snooze makes Temporary 30 Day silencing Possible!
We knew that Facebook has been testing the snooze option for some months now. The snooze option works simply. If you don't like the Facebook shares of a particular person, group or page, all you have to do is select the "Snooze or Unfollow" option from a dropdown menu besides the post. What makes snooze different from Unfollow is that it just mutes the shares from that Facebook user. It doesn't unfollow the Facebook user. It's much like the Twitter Mute feature, which silences an obnoxious tweeter from your timeline. Now Facebook is reported to have refined its "Snooze" option. Instead of permanently snoozing a Facebook user on Facebook , you can silent him/her, get away from him/her for 30 days. Once done, no shares, Likes from that person will feature on your timeline for the next 30 days. You can extend the snooze period from time to time.

Temporarily muting a Facebook user may prove to be a useful feature.

With so much noice on social networks, a snooze or mute feature in any social network seems quite useful. Although it might be designed keeping in Facebook marketers in mind who may need to pay attention to a certain news at any point of time, the option seems to be useful for ordinary Facebook users as well. There are certain times when one needs to snooze (keep silent/ make distance) from certain Facebook Friends. Such occasions can be when someone is looking for a new job, is one vacations or is spending quality time with near and dear ones.

The options such Facebook Snooze or Twitter Mute are better features than Unfriending. As Unfriending someone might not go well with the other person. But if you're a political figure or a Leader you must not follow someone whose behavior you don't approve of.

This is how Facebook defines its Facebook Snooze:

“We’ve heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it,” noted Facebook product manager Shruthi Muraleedharan, in a blog post. “With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end, and the setting can also be reversed at any time.”

A bisht Saturday, December 16, 2017
USELESS Gifts are the Best Gifts | Study
2017 is coming to an end and the new year is just round the corner. The festive spirits are already there as Christmas is only a week ahead. So just like millions of others you are also making Gift lists and manage your expenditure on gifs. But irrespective of how you see it, you do want to give a memorable gift to your loved ones within the family and friends.

And that is the biggest problem, giving a gift to a professional contact or work colleague (who you may not love) is easy. You know the money their money worth and their lifestyle. Plus this gift niche has  advanced so much that it's not that difficult to decide what to Gift. All sort of help is available to you online and in real world.

The problem arises when you have to give a gift to your loved one. What to Gift? Should the Gift be useful? ... and you suddenly become indecisive. And in most cases, you decide to give either cash or something of utility.

But if you gift cash, gift card or something useful, you will go plain wrong.

According to a new study, the gift are neither useful nor having some pecuniary value which can be spent later on or as per the receiver's discretions. The best gifts are those which are USELESS, but offer some memorable experience. Something which the receiver can link with happy memories. For instance it can be a fun outing with your wife or kids, or your parents.

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Left and Right swiping navigation bar at HTC U11+
The left and right swiping navigation bar at HTC U11+ allows you to do many things such as highlight, copy, paste, click, Save, Share & Access Info All with One Hand. Or just a finger. Now this seems handy!

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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