Shervin Pishevar Refuses To Be Quiet

There are some in financial circles who would prefer it if Shervin Pishevar would silence himself and just go away. They do not want to hear what he has to say because he has been bad for business so to speak. Shervin Pishevar is not afraid to speak the truth as he sees it.

A few months back, Shervin Pishevar went on Twitter to talk about issues in the economy that he has seen as well as what he thinks investors and others should be doing these days to protect themselves against what he is calling a financial storm. He basically outlined the ways in which the stock market is likely to fall, Bitcoin will follow after it, and the American Dream is not anything close to what is was in the past.

It is fair to say that Shervin Pishevar is not afraid to be different than others as long as he is not wrong. He just wants to put out the best information that he has with him at any given time. Sometimes that information is critical of those in power or of the common wisdom of the crowd. As long as he is right at the end of the day, Shervin Pishevar doesn’t much care.

His tweet storm was twenty-one hours long in total and came across as fifty separate tweets. He made sure to tell people exactly how he felt and did so by laying out the dynamics for the economy as he sees them. He just doesn’t want people out there to get hurt because they were distracted by the glowing news reports about the economy and do not pay enough attention to the fact that there are many growing concerned by well-educated people about the nature of our economy as it is stacked up today.

You can hop onto Twitter and take a look at so many of the ideas that Pishevar has put forward whenever you want to. He leaves the tweetstorm up there so that others may benefit from reading it and perhaps learning something new about things in the process.

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Google’s Chrome 67 allows for “password-free sign-ins” for many websites

A stable Google Chrome 67 update has been made available for Windows, MAC, and Linux operating systems. With the recent Google Chrome browser update, the web browser is now making it easier for users to return to their favorite websites and log-in without entering their information each time. Chrome 67 is the latest version of the browser just released by Google and thanks to a new standard for web technologies it can give users ease of access.

 

A report from The Verge indicates that “password-free” sign-ins (and sign-ups) have been enabled for the new Chrome browser on “most websites.” The Verge says that Mozilla Firefox was the first to adopt the Web Authentication standard which was first launched this past March. Thanks to that standard, Google was able to integrate the password-free feature onto the newest Chrome 67 version for desktop users.

 

There are some other interesting aspects being integrated into the Chrome 67 browser. One of those aspects will help to increase site isolation. This means that users operating the browser with multiple tabs open at once won’t have to worry that one site accesses data from another on their open tabs.

 

In addition, it’s been suggested that Google is looking to have other gadgets associated with the desktop browser. For example, it’s reported by Verge that Chrome will have better compatibility with virtual reality using the Generic Sensor API. This standard has been used in many VR headsets and fitness trackers that are available today.

 

As ZDNet reported, the concept behind Chrome 67 and other browsers using “password-free” methods for website sign-ins, or sign-ups, is to allow users a way to access websites using fingerprints, facial images, or USB keys to authenticate their login.

 

In addition to the previously mentioned browser updates and features, Google also has fixed a total of 34 security bugs present in the previous version of the browser. Nine of those were classified as “high-severity flaws,” with 12 considered “medium-severity.” The flaws were initially reported by external researchers to help Google make the browser more secure.

Google planning to challenge iPhone X with new Pixel 3 phones this year

Google is looking to ramp up its competition in the smartphone market as they directly challenge Apple’s iPhone X. Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, has said they are planning two new models for release later in 2018. These will be the anticipated Google Pixel 3 smartphones with a few interesting new updates.

 

As Bloomberg reported via sources familiar with the subject on Wednesday, the newest Google smartphones are expected to be called the “Pixel 3” and “Pixel 3 XL.” The larger of the two phones, the XL model, will feature a thicker bezel at the bottom of the screen which will be almost “edge-to-edge.” In addition, it will feature a notch, something many of the smartphone manufacturers have been using in their designs. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 models will be similar in terms of their visual presentation to the Pixel 2. That means no edge-to-edge look or notch included on the Pixel 3 phone.

 

Google’s latest smartphones will also arrive just after Apple unveils its newest iPhone models. It’s expected that Apple will release a new lower-cost model of the iPhone, as well as two other phones: a new size iPhone X and a 6.50-inch screen size phone. Details of the what all the newest iPhones will include are still scarce despite plenty of speculation on the internet.

 

The news of Google’s latest updated model of their Pixel phone shows that the company is continuing to try to battle with market leaders Apple and Samsung. Both companies have sold many more units than Google’s phones, despite the fact that the Google phones have been given heaps of praise as some of the best Android model phones available today.

 

It’s being said that once again Verizon Wireless Inc. will serve as the exclusive cellular carrier for the latest Pixel phones in the United States. The new Pixel 3 model smartphones are expected to be unveiled in October of this year with prices and more specific details expected to come in the months leading up to release.

Internet Trends report shows smartphone shipments were down for first time in 2017

It appears that the growth of the mobile phone market may have stalled as a new report has shown that smartphone shipments were down for the first year in 2017. The new information comes from venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report. It presented the evidence that smartphone shipments declined by 0.5 percent in 2017, which could be a significant trend to take note of.

 

As The Verge reported, the 2016 findings were that smartphone shipments showed a two percent growth. However, in 2017 that wasn’t the case, as shipments declined by 0.5 percent. In addition, it’s mentioned that the average selling price for smartphones has fallen in recent times. This seems to indicate that more people are choosing to stay with an older model mobile phone they have rather than rushing out to get the newest model each year.

 

It’s also mentioned in the latest trends report that internet user growth was up seven percent in 2017. In the prior year, internet user growth was up 12 percent. The newest number seems to indicate some slowing in terms of how many new people are becoming internet users. On average, the vast number of people who do currently use the internet are doing so for about 5.9 hours per day.

 

When it comes to smartphones, there have been so many different models released in recent years that it’s become easier to get a good deal. People can buy a decent model that is a year or two old and still enjoy good specs and features with that phone. The newest phones are having trouble wowing anyone with the features which may seem too gimmicky at the moment. However, one has to think there will be some room for improvements and upgrades with concepts such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the Blockchain all becoming very relevant for future technology.

 

YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are more popular than Facebook for U.S. teens

A recent survey was released which reports on the online technology habits of United States teens. Among the findings, was the fact that 95 percent of teens age 13 to 17 years old have a smartphone. In addition, approximately 45 percent of teens in that age group are online “almost constantly.” When it comes to their desired social media platform, Facebook has fallen out of favor.

 

The latest report came from the Pew Research Center which says that its now YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat that are the most popular choices for teens online. The survey showed that 85 percent of the U.S. teens use YouTube, while 72 percent use Instagram, and 69 percent use Snapchat. Just 51 percent of those surveyed said they are using Facebook, while only 32 percent said they are using Twitter. Of the social media services, SnapChat and YouTube were each used most by often, according to the survey responses.

 

During the Pew Center’s 2014-2015 survey of teens, 71 percent of the teens who were surveyed said they were Facebook users. It was a clear favorite back then, but within just three or four years, the other more visual social media platforms seem to be taking over. Of those, both Instagram and Snapchat provide quick content for users to consume.

 

The biggest takeaway from the Pew Center’s latest survey is that no longer is there just one social media platform, site, or app that rules over the rest. Facebook used to be the “cool place” for most kids to share things with their friends, but it seems to have fallen out of favor with these newer and quicker content sharing options available.

 

Snapchat has shown the ability to offer a bit more privacy than the others, which could be part of why it is so widely used, while Instagram allows for consumption of photos and images as well. The fact that YouTube is so highly visited is a testament to the site being a new form of entertainment in the modern tech world.

AT&T and Verizon to Offer the RED Hydrogen One Holographic Phone Sometime this Summer

If you’re not familiar with the RED Hydrogen One, you should probably get in the know. It’s set to be the premium phone of premium phones, offering what is described as a holographic display that will present 3D images without the need for glasses along with a 5.7-inch screen, aluminum or titanium case, and crazy style on top of it all. Of course, it won’t come cheap with pre-orders directly from RED starting at $1,295 for the aluminum chassis or $1,585 for the titanium chassis.

No other specs are available at this time, but according to The Verge and Tech Crunch, it will be offered by both AT&T and Verizon sometime this summer. As of now, preorders have been stalled until at least August 2018 as RED works to negotiate with carriers, so don’t expect to walk into your local AT&T or Verizon outlet and walk out with one – it’ll likely be a pre-order that will be fulfilled sometime in early-to-late fall and certainly before the end of 2018. There’s also no word on whether it will be offered up by either carrier as a cash-only purchase or if it’ll be available on an installment plan.

As for now, the final release date is still a mystery, but things are certainly looking up for the phone that will surely give other premium devices like the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X some serious competition. The question now is whether or not RED will deliver and just how well that funky new screen actually works. We’ve seen the promise of “3D” screens in the past, and they have failed miserably; just think about the Amazon Fire Phone. It will be interesting to see if this phone can deliver what has been promised.

The Untapped Market of Food Delivery Services Opportunity for Tech Start-Ups

Even though investors are putting in a lot of their money into the food delivery companies, they are still unable to solve some of the major problems that the food delivery space has been suffering from. The stock prices of the topmost food distributors, US Foods, and Sysco has been rising since last year. It was the same time when Amazon had taken over Whole Foods. But, since then, the two food distribution companies have not made any effort to change the business model to be able to compete with mega companies like Amazon.

 

Companies such as Amazon are pushing their services, and it is excellent news for the consumers that buy directly from them. The problem lies with the foodservice distribution sector that has not been able to get the attention and also the money to be able to serve their customers. A lot of times, food preparation facilities such as hotels, restaurants, school, catering companies and also business cafeterias are unable to procure ingredients to cook food for their consumers. It is no doubt that this market has enormous potential but is mostly being ignored. These food preparation companies depend on distributors from where they get their fresh ingredients. But the distribution system is highly ineffective and the price of ingredients varies drastically and has some limitations.

 

The need for the hour is a highly developed platform where the food businesses can browse the products through catalogs of the distributors and also place their orders online. The distributors can then make the delivery while maintaining the quality of their ingredients. There are more B2B distribution platforms needed, and start-ups should think of creating such platforms that can get a huge amount of investments. Since the industry already has low margins, it becomes difficult for them to add new technologies to their investment and has only a few players in the market. But, there is a lot of opportunities that can be explored and it would be great for the food preparation businesses.

 

Hulu updates app for viewer preferences, display, & new Live TV features

As the battle over the streaming media market continues, Hulu is making some changes that faithful viewers may welcome. The streaming service is giving its desktop and mobile apps an update to allow for better control over viewing preferences or suggestions. In addition, the service is trying to make their Hulu with Live TV aspect of the subscription service even better than before.

 

The Verge reported on Thursday that Hulu users can now get a better handle on all those suggestions and recommendations that Hulu provides to them. Basically, if a viewer has little to no interest in the recommended content, they can tell Hulu to stop giving those suggestions. Hulu’s VP of product Richard Irving said when a user chooses to dismiss the recommendations it will “remove the series, movie or sports league” from being recommended in the future.

 

Hulu is also changing the way a video appears on a viewer’s screen. There will now be a “portrait player” available to give viewers a choice of that view instead of the standard landscape display. That will be helpful with the Live TV aspect of the service, as it allows for a user to view the video at the top of their mobile phone with the channel listings underneath it. Speaking of that, the guide that most Hulu with Live TV viewers are currently able to see, is finally being added for smartphones.

 

There will also be a new Live TV control on the way. The company is reportedly giving viewers an icon available in the main navigation bar of the app or web interface. That icon can be clicked or tapped on to go to the last Live TV channel a viewer was watching.

 

Hulu has said they will debut the updated desktop version of their new format next week for only Live TV customers. Other Hulu subscribers without Live TV will see the new changes as of this summer. These latest moves should help Hulu as they continue to fight within a space they were among the original streaming services in. However, the streaming TV channels battle has really seemed to take shape within the past few years as Google, DirecTV, Sling TV, Sony, and Amazon are among those fighting in the space.

Microsoft Aims a Second Shot at the Apple iPad with a $400 Surface Tablet

Microsoft tried taking on the Apple iPad once and failed miserably. A lot of brands have, including Samsung, Asus, HP, Amazon, and Sony, but none of them have ever been able to develop a device that’s truly worthy of competition. Microsoft hasn’t given up, though. According to The Verge, which sourced its information from Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on a brand-new Surface tablet that would carry a price tag of just $400. That’s $71 more than the cheapest iPad and $299 less than the current entry-level Surface Pro as of the time of this writing.

According to the report, Microsoft is completely revamping its surface line, which includes dropping the screen size from 12.3-inches to 10-inches. There’s also word of rounded corners, a lighter chassis, and it’ll even feature Intel hardware. Microsoft is also planning to offer LTE-capable models and cheaper accessories too. But, nothing in this world is free, and that’s why there’s a caveat to everything you’ve read so far. All of this lighter, cheaper, goodness comes at the cost of at least four hours of battery life. That could mean that the new, cheaper Surface will die out on you after just 8.5 hours of continuous use.

This all sounds great if you’re not a fan of Apple products but take it with a grain of salt for now. There’s absolutely zero confirmation from Microsoft, but it’s about time it has a worthy competitor for the iPad. Sure, the Surface Pro has its selling points, but with such a high entry-level cost, it’s not exactly an easy sell either. So, will a $400 Surface tablet finally put Microsoft in a position to take on Apple? Well, if there’s any merit to this report, we’ll find out soon enough.

Windows 10 Getting New Screenshot Tool in Next Update

Microsoft’s flagship operation system, Windows 10, will be getting an update in the near future known as Build 17661. Codenamed “Redstone 5”, there isn’t much known about exactly what we’ll be getting from the update. Among the number of fixes and features being introduced in this update that we are aware of, though, is a new screenshotting tool currently in testing this week.

Given that Windows 10 itself has so far been devoid of any efficient means of taking and sharing screenshots, various third-party apps like ShareX have routinely taken the stage to fill this need. Microsoft seems to have finally taken the hint that users would like this kind of feature in their operating system, introducing Screen Sketch as its own app.

Previously, Screen Sketch was simply a part of the Windows Ink software suite oriented for pen computing. With this update, Screen Sketch will be separated from Windows Ink, giving users easier access to screenshotting without losing any of the functionality that made it worthwhile before, namely the ability to draw on and annotate the screenshots taken through it.

The command to initiate Screen Sketch will become “winkey + shift + S”, which will bring up an area selection tool for users to pick how much of the screen they wish to capture. Once selected, a notification will give users the option to annotate and share their screenshots directly through the app. Traditional keyboard users will also have the option to replace the normal “winkey + printscreen” command for screenshotting with Screen Sketch, too.

Additional features of the update include tweaks to the control panel, Task View, and File Explorer, and new additions to Focus Assist’s ability to suppress notifications while you’re busy (it now blocks any that try to bother you while fullscreen in a game). More information is expected to come out during Microsoft’s Build developer conference next week.