The Thriving Market Of Smartphones

If there is one thing that can be said for the smartphone market, it is that it is thriving. One thing that can be said is that almost everyone has a smartphone, and yet people are still buying it. One good way to profit and continue to profit in the market is to come up with something that is highly advanced and come up with ways to keep it updating. There are always updates being made to smartphones which will keep attracting customers. This is a bit like computer hardware and software. Given that the world is more or less computerized and online, people are going to be looking for the latest technology so that they can handle their entertainment as well as productivity.

People that are in the market for smartphones are probably looking for the best smartphones they can get their hands on. These smartphones will cost a lot so they may have to save money.

It is hard to think of a time before smartphones. People were still enjoying their flip phones. The idea of watching high definition video was not considered possible. Now, these phones have large enough screens to display video that is easy to see. Another thing is that the phones have a high resolution so that images are clear and sharp.

One of the best aspects of smartphones is how simple and accessible entertainment is. While in older days, people would have to put on a physical media device to watch something on T.V. the smartphone makes it possible to watch high quality programming on their small screen. This makes things better for people who are constantly on the move.

Bob Reina: He’s Ready For It

This is the moment Bob Reina has been waiting for his entire life. Everything he has done in his career and in his life, it has built up to this moment. Now that it is here, he is not going to let it pass him by and he is not going to take it for granted. That is not in his DNA. He was put here to inspire people, work hard, and get the job done properly. It is how he is wired as the founder and CEO of Talk Fusion. It is truly remarkable to think the company has been around for over a decade. It started in 2007, and now Bob Reina is all over the news talking about the product. Learn more: http://blog.talkfusion.com/

 

One of the things he said is truly remarkable and that is the fact he is always looking out for the next big thing. He is always working hard and he has a desire to truly create something that is going to transform people’s lives. He knows the people out there need it, and he wants to give it to them. Right now, as a matter of fact, Talk Fusion has 30-day free trials. If someone is unsure about Talk Fusion or they are a little hesitant, now is the time to jump on board.

 

They don’t need to feel that way because Bob Reina is for real. He is a good man with a good heart. He wants to help people out, and he wants to be there for them. If there is anything he can do to lend a helping hand, he is going to step up and do it. He is not going to wait for someone else to do it. He knows it is up to him to do it and he is going to do it big. It is why he is always on the lookout for different charities he can help with the profits from Talk Fusion.

 

It is the kind of guy that Bob Reina is when it’s all said and done. When he does something, he goes all the way with it. He doesn’t have a slower speed when it comes to doing something positive for the people out there. He does not want to leave anything to chance in any situation. He knows what this product can do for people. With Talk Fusion, he likes to make sure people are going the most they can out of it when they use it. This way, they will feel like they got exactly what was advertised and exactly what they wanted.

 

He is not doing this to pat himself on the back. He is doing this because he believes it is the right thing to do.

Facebook Adds New Feature to Give Users More Control

When it comes to what form of technology most people are dependent on, chances are it’s their smartphone. Many find themselves checking their phones constantly throughout the day to make sure that they aren’t missing out on anything. Most people head on over to Facebook to learn what’s the latest with their friends, family, favorite actors, news stories, and more. People waste a lot of time scrolling through Facebook in an effort to find the content that they want to see. It seems that finally, Facebook has a way to figure out what should and should not show up on your homepage.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is launching their newest form of technology. They’re adding a snooze button which will allow users to mute people, groups, and pages for a month. This new feature allows users to hide the content they don’t want to see. This is a much more practical solution then unfollowing or unfriending someone. Perhaps, what you’re looking for this month won’t be relevant next month or thereafter. This is great for people who are preparing for a vacation but don’t want to be reminded of it until the future.

The new feature is easy to access. Users just have to click the top-right drop-down menu that is found on a post. They then have the option to mute that content for 30 days. Many users are digging this whole idea for those going through a breakup. Many people end up being friends after a breakup and therefore deleting them off of Facebook altogether seems a bit soon. This option is great for that because a user can hide them and the painful memories while the breakup is still fresh. After a while, they can choose to unhide them or hide them again.

Although this seems like a minor update, Facebook hopes it will have a big impact. There have been numerous studies done where Facebook and social media, in general, is having a negative impact on user’s health. This feature will help combat that by giving them more control over what they want to see.

Practical Uses Of Technology

Recent news on the robot dubbed K9 brings up questions on the practicality of some of the uses of robots we are seeing. This particular robot has been used to patrol the area around the San Francisco offices of the SPCA. The main selling point the SPCA uses when asked why it is replacing human security guards, is the cost. It costs roughly 60% less to utilize the robot than a human. Reports of vandalism, break-ins and other small crimes to the SPCA drops when using the robot, but they also drop when using a human as well. From that, we get the explanation that a human cannot report such crimes in as timely a fashion as a robot can.

This has all come about because the area of town in question is rife with homelessness. This is the main reason for security and every company in existence looks for ways to decrease their overhead costs. In this day and age, security is considered overhead, and robots can be made just for that function. But if the main reason stated for using a robot vs. a human is that it can relay pertinent information faster, two questions need to be answered.

One, how does the quicker relay of information ultimately deter individuals from committing crimes?

And secondly, if the deterrent is realized, does that justify the 60% savings?

More math would be needed to calculate that one, but chances are the answer would be no. Robots cannot stop a crime from happening, whereas a human can. In addition, it is more cost effective to stop a crime than spend money fixing the result of that crime. We all know that technology is ever-advancing and it will play a larger part in our society whether we like it or not. We just need to keep in mind that practicality should always trump using technology simply for the sake of it.

Google Chrome Ad Wars

One of the most frustrating things about surfing online and visiting various sites is the number of popup ads and other ads that pop up out of the blue and make visiting certain websites a very frustrating and annoying experience. Over the last few years, the experiences with pop up ads and other types of ads has escalated to a frightening point. Enter Google to the rescue. Google recently announced that Google Chrome will stop showing certain annoying ads, even the one’s that were produced or served by Google. Only time will tell if this is true.

The Date Is Set
For a long time, Google was kind of sketchy about the date that the Google Chrome Ad-Blocker would go into effect. However, they recently revealed that the date is set for February 15, 2018. The real deal is that Google is going to remotely transform Chrome Browsers into automatic ad blocking machines for their users. However, the word is that this is a function that will only be available to a select few users.

Banned Ads
Those that have been on the Internet for a decade or longer, probably remember the early ads that seriously interfered with browsing a website. Flashing banner ads would pop up along with irritating sounds and full page ads that would not go away, unless the visitor clicked on the ad. The Better Ads Program changed that through the development of a set of standards that must be followed by those producing or distributing ads online. Now, Google is stepping up the game too. Google Chrome will remove all ads that violate The Better Ads Program Standards. This is something to watch. Pulling ads will certainly diminish ad profits for violators.

A Better Ad Blocker
Google’s Chrome Ad Blocker is thought to be a better ad blocker. It is thought that other third party ad blockers block all ads, even those that are not violating ad rules and regulations. The Google Chrome Ad Blocker is able to differentiate between violators and non-violators.

Device Addiction Explored

With more studies coming out about how much we use our devices, the subject of device addiction is bound to come up. These studies cover all ranges of ages and geographical locations. They paint a fairly clear picture of who uses what, and how much. These numbers, how much time is spent on a device, seem to go up almost every year. So, to combat these high numbers, app companies are starting to devise ways and ideas of cutting down usage time on cell phones, tablets, etc. Especially among the younger users. Everyone seems to be on board with the idea that getting used to spending hours on end on a cell phone, is not a good idea.

This is how people become addicted to their devices and probably not even realize it. Similar to the boiling frog analogy, we wake up one day and realize that we cannot go about our daily routines without checking our phones every minute. One such solution is one that begins at home, yet is dependent on technology taking the step to make it possible. That is, creating a home network designed to curtail usage time, app usage and data limits. This would give the administrator more leeway into what their children do than what is currently available.

Another idea is to make the next generation of phones to where default social apps are not displayed on the home screen, as is currently the case. These apps are the main culprits in making people use their phones much more than is necessary. This would discourage the youngest of users from using those apps so quickly if have they to dig through their phones to find the apps. Ideas such as these are designed to get the new users not as dependent on their phones when they first start using them. It gets them into good usage habits, such as not spending nearly as much time on them as they do now.

Apple’s Recent M&A Purchase Reflects a Departure

Apple recently made a tremendous investment in another company. The tech giant has just spent $400 million to acquire a “music discovery app” known as Shazam. The purchase drew attention not so much for the sale price, but for Apple’s involvement. Apple’s business model does not greatly emphasize the purchase of startup properties.

Apple’s past presents a business model many startups seek to emulate. Steve Jobs’ launch of a startup computer company eventually changed the face modern technology. Apple, despite owing its inception to a successful startup plan, has not chosen to take the reigns of other startups. A common business model in the tech industry is to pinpoint startups on the verge of success and purchase them. Hotmail may be one of the most famous examples of a startup purchased by a major player and then taken to lofty heights. Apple continues to leave that business approach to others.

Mergers and acquisitions do not often factor into the Apple business model. The company continues to focus on spending funds, significant funds, on developing new products and concepts in-house. Exceptions to this approach to take place at times. The purchase of the Shazam app indicates Apple may find certain startups valuable enough to acquire. In 2014, Apple spent a massive $3 billion to acquire Beats Electronics. Overall, the past five years have not reflected significant acquisitions activity.

Apple does things a certain way because the established method clearly works well. Apple’s profits and stock prices indicate current policies. Making drastic changes such as shifting resources to expand mergers and acquisitions might not be the best strategy. Things could change in the future. At this time, however, Apple prefers to remain on its traditional course.

Why Interswitch has not Made Good its Promise to go Public

In 2016, speculations were rife that Interswitch, a payment processing firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, would be the first African tech firm to be listed both on the Lagos and London stock exchanges. The tech firm would be listed at a $1 billion valuation. All indicators were right, Interswitch had selected investment bankers, and Helios Investment Partner stood by the company as a primary backer.
Almost two years later, Interswitch has not gone public; neither has any other VC backed African tech firm. TechCrunch sought to establish why Interswitch has not made good its promise. However, it appeared as if Interswitch is unwilling to discuss the matter as the spokesperson for the tech firm reserved their comments regarding the pending IPO. Nevertheless, TechCrunch found out that Interswitch had partly addressed the matter in the last quarter of 2016. Through Akeem Lawal, Interswitch divisional officer, Interswitch had blamed “unfavorable equity markets,” while affirming it would go public before the end of 2019.
In pursuit of more information on Interswitch’s delay to go public, TechCrunch sought the opinions of some Nigerian tech insiders. Also, TechCrunch wanted to establish whether another company could be publicly listed before Interswitch.
Tayo Oviosu, the CEO of Paga—a Nigerian mobile money firm—suspects that Interswitch had not gone public owing to macroeconomic dynamics in Nigeria. He added that 2016 was unfavorable economically to launch an IPO. The weak Naira made it impossible to fetch a reasonable IPO valuation or opening share price. Consequently, Interswitch would have been valued lower than its actual market standing. Omobola Johnson, a senior partner at TLCom Capital, echoed Oviosu sentiments. Apparently, all analysts agree that 2016 was a bad year for a private company to go public. Johnson is also a former Minister of Communication Technology.
While Interswitch remains capable of going public anytime, Johnson named some companies which he believes might be listed soon. They include Andela and Flutterwave and Kenya’s Twiga Foods. Nigeria’s 2017 economic outlook is a marked improvement from 2016.

Addicting Apps Are No Accident

When an addicting app is released, people look at the developers and say how lucky they are that the public loves the app. Addicting apps are rarely happy accidents though; there is big money in having teens glued to their phones, using their favorite apps all day long. In 2016, apps revenue was $52 billion worldwide.

 

Hooking people through apps is a science, at least according to California startup Dopamine Labs, which uses neuroscience and artificial intelligence to advise companies on how to build addicting features into their apps. With more than a quarter of all iOS app developers earning approximately $5,000 per month, it is easy to see why companies would pay Dopamine Labs to give them an edge in the increasingly crowded app market. Game apps bring in more revenue than any other type of app, primarily through purchases made in the app.

 

Addicting apps trigger a burst of dopamine in user’s brains, creating a euphoric feeling that they want to repeat by using the app multiple times per day. Facebook excels at the practice; the helpful notification that someone commented on the user’s post is a trigger, designed to get people to open the Facebook app. When someone likes the post, a reward encourages the user to keep opening the app and posting, hoping for more rewards.

 

Dopamine Labs uses artificial intelligence to advise clients when to reward app users, to keep them using the app for as long as possible at a time and repeatedly come back to it. Addicting features, such as push notifications, are literally built into apps that depend on advertising for revenue. Fortunately, the addiction is not self-destructive, and it is one parents can control easily with the push of a button.

NASA Sets Sights on the Moon

It’s been awhile since NASA has sent mankind to the moon and that always leads people to beg the question: are we ever going back? Over 45 years ago we made our first trip to the moon by way of a process called trans-lunar injection. Now, NASA is aiming to do it again with testing beginning at some point in 2019. This will be the first time that NASA has tested their Space Launch System along with the brand spanking new, Orion ship.

 

The Orion is going to go down in history books around the world if all testing goes to plan and the mission hits its expectations. The Orion mission will eventually have a crewed spaceship heading farther away from our planet than any other spacecraft has ever been. Orion will get nearly 270,000 miles away from Earth. To compare this distance a little easier: 270,000 miles away from Earth is the same as flying up to the Space Station and back home to Earth over 500 times.

 

The entire Orion mission is slated to take nearly 25.5 days. The mission will start with a four-day cruise up and to the moon before it is ‘injected’ into an elliptical orbit around Earth’s moon. The Orion Mission, also known as Exploration Mission 1, will sit in around the Moon’s orbit for nearly a week before spending another four days getting back home to Earth, where it will land somewhere in the Pacific Ocean near the assigned recovery utilities.

 

If this mission is a success, NASA plans to move toward manned expeditions in a similar fashion. Mike Sarafin is a NASA Mission Manager and he said, “This is the first of many missions to come that will use the deep-space exploration system to prepare our team.” Sarafin and his crew lately confirmed that they are hoping to have a ‘human test mission’ slated to take off at some point in 2023. These missions are considered the first step toward a manned mission to Mars.