Saturday, 30 May 2015

What is creating low inflation in America?

The existence of the low rate of inflation in the United States is a puzzle,most especially to economists who focus on the relationship between inflation and changes in the monetary base. After all, before now, increases and decreases in the growth rate of the monetary base (currency in circulation plus commercial banks’ reserves held at the central bank) produced – or at least were accompanied by – rises and falls in the inflation rate. And,for the reason that the monetary base is controlled directly by the central bank, and is not created by commercial banks, many believe that it is the best measure of the impact of monetary policy. Let's take for example, the US monetary base rose at an annual rate of 9% from 1985 to 1995, and then slowed to 6% in the next decade. This decelerating monetary growth was accompanied by a slowdown in the pace of inflation. The consumer price index (CPI) rose at a 3.5% rate from 1985 to 1995, and then slowed to just 2.5% in the decade to 2005. But as at then the link between the monetary base and the rate of inflation was severed. From 2005 to 2015, the monetary base soared at an annual rate of 17.8%, whereas the CPI increased at an annual rate of just 1.9%. To explain this abrupt and radical change requires examining more closely the relationship between the monetary base and inflation, and understanding the changing role of the reserves that commercial banks hold at the Federal Reserve. When banks make loans, they create deposits for borrowers, who draw on these funds to make purchases. That generally transfers the deposits from the lending bank to another bank. Banks are required by law to maintain reserves at the Fed in proportion to the checkable deposits on their books. So an increase in reserves allows commercial banks to create more of such deposits. That means they can make more loans, giving borrowers more funds to spend. The increased spending leads to higher employment, an increase in capacity utilization, and, eventually, upward pressure on wages and prices. To increase commercial banks’ reserves, the Fed historically used open-market operations, buying Treasury bills from them. The banks exchanged an interest-paying Treasury bill for a reserve deposit at the Fed that historically did not earn any interest. That made sense only if the bank used the reserves to back up expanded lending and deposits. A bank that that did not need the additional reserves could of course lend them to another bank that did, earning interest at the federal funds rate on that interbank loan. Essentially all of the increased reserves ended up being “used” to support increased commercial lending. All of this changed in 2008, when a legislative reform allowed the Fed to pay interest on excess reserves. The commercial banks could sell Treasury bills and longer-term bonds to the Fed, receive reserves in exchange, and earn a small but very safe return on those reserves. That gave the Fed the ability in 2010 to start its massive monthly purchases of long-term bonds and mortgage-backed securities. This quantitative easing (QE) allowed the Fed to drive down long-term interest rates directly, leading to a rise in the stock market and to a recovery in prices of owner-occupied homes. The resulting rise in household wealth boosted consumer spending and revived residential construction. And businesses responded to this by stepping up the pace of investment. Although a link between the Fed’s creation of reserves and the subsequent increase in spending remained, its magnitude changed dramatically. The Fed increased its securities holdings from less than $1 trillion in 2007 to more than $4 trillion today. But, rather than being used to facilitate increased commercial bank lending and deposits, the additional reserves created in this process were held at the Fed – simply the by-product of the effort, via QE, to drive down long-term interest rates and increase household wealth. That brings us back to the apparent puzzle of low inflation. The overall CPI is actually slightly lower now than it was a year ago, implying a negative inflation rate. A major reason is the decline in gasoline and other energy prices. The energy component of the CPI fell over the last 12 months by 19%. The so-called “core” CPI, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose (though only by 1.8%). Moreover, the dollar’s appreciation relative to other currencies has reduced import costs, putting competitive pressure on domestic firms to reduce prices. That is clearly reflected in the difference between the -0.2% annual inflation rate for goods and the 2.5% rate for services (over the past 12 months). Nevertheless, inflation will head higher in the year ahead. Labor markets have tightened significantly, with the overall unemployment rate down to 5.4%. The unemployment rate among those who have been unemployed for less than six months – a key indicator of inflation pressure – is down to 3.8%. And the unemployment rate among college graduates is just 2.7%. As a result, total compensation per hour is rising more rapidly, with the annual rate increasing to 3.1% in the first quarter of 2015, from 2.5% in 2014 as a whole and 1.1% in 2013. These higher wage costs are not showing up yet in overall inflation because of the countervailing impact of energy prices and import costs. But, as these temporary influences fall away in the coming year, overall price inflation will begin to increase more rapidly. Indeed, the inflation risk is on the upside, especially if the Fed sticks to its plan to keep its real short-term interest rate negative until the end of 2016 and to raise it to one percentage point only by the end of 2017. If inflation does rise faster than the Fed expects, it may be forced to increase interest rates rapidly, with adverse effects on financial markets and potentially on the broader economy.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Google App Calls For a powerful way for developers to recommend apps to users

You having a new app off the ground isn’t always easy for developers, and users often miss out on great new apps because of the overwhelming number of choices available. Google’s App Invites system is valued to aid mobile app developers grow their application’s user base with personal recommendations to prospective app users. App Invites is now in beta for both iOS and Android, and includes a set of tools for sending out app invites over SMS and email. It highlights recommended contacts, creating a more personalized on-boarding experience for new users, and helps developers monitor the success of app invites with custom reports. By the time you get an invite in your inbox or messaging app of choice, you’ll see an install button for the recommended app in the message. On Android, users can just click on “App Invite” button to download the app from the Google Play Store without being taken to a browser. Developers can also link specific pages in their apps, so can users share a discount code with a friend. For example, the cooking app Yummy, is using App Invites to suggest its app to those who love to cook. “We see this expanding beyond just inviting new users to join our app. In the future, we hope to use this to share different meal ideas and have the opportunity to share your shopping list with family members or even inviting friends over for dinner,” Brian Witlin, Chief Operating Officer of Yummy said in one of his statement. “With the power of Google and personalized app invites, making a dinner everyone agrees on will never been easier.” The App Invites developer website offers sample code and instructions on how to set up the system on iOS and Android applications. App Invites competes with Facebook’s new system, which was announced at this year’s F8 developer conference. Facebook’s app invites platform gives users the ability to share personalized messages on a more granular level. As the case is, the social network’s invites stay within the Facebook app, not over SMS or email.

Four Best Business Phone Systems In 2015

We know that different businesses have diverse phone system needs. Some experts carried out some researches and reviewed dozens of phone systems and came up with the ones we believe are best for a variety of business types. Here you have a list of them all. 1.8x8: 8x8 provides you with everything a small business would want in a phone system.And so the most appealing thing about it is that it's a cloud-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system, which means there is no need to purchase expensive equipment or have a trained IT staff on hand to set up and maintain the system. You just need high-speed Internet access and IP phones. In addition to being easy to use and set up, 8x8 offers a reliable service, outstanding customer support, and all the bells and whistles that the most robust phone systems offer. 2.Ooma Office Ooma Office is the only one among all the phone systems designed specifically for very small businesses. The system can be set up in just 20 minutes and requires no special wiring or phones. In addition to its ease of use, Ooma Office has a variety of features that allow small offices to present themselves in a very professional manner, such as an auto- receptionist, ring groups and voicemail-to-email capability. All of this comes at a price that most other providers can't match. 3.RingCentral: RingCentral offers what any business with on-the-go employee need. The company's Professional service is designed to connect a business phone line to mobile workers on their cellphones or home phones. While other providers also offer this service, few do so with such a wide range of features — including a mobile app and the use of a "softphone" on the employee's computer — for such a low cost. While its customer service didn't live up to our expectations, the service's positives far outweigh those negatives. 4.Nextiva: Nextiva gives out what businesses running a call center need most — reliability. The system has a documented uptime of 99.999 percent in the last year, the highest of any VoIP phone service provider. We also like that the Nextiva system can serve your entire business, not just your call center team. The call center plan is a service that's tacked on to the company's general office phone service. This saves money because you only have to purchase the call center services for those employees working in that part of the business. Between the two plans, you have access to nearly any feature you could think of, all for a highly competitive price.

Best Accounting Software for Small Business For The Year 2015

It's never all the small businesses that are built alike. From startups and microbusinesses to growing and established companies, small businesses have diverse accounting needs. Some experts researched and reviewed dozens of accounting software products and picked out what we believe are the top ones for different types of small businesses. And here below you have all the list you need to know. (1)Intuit QuickBooks Online: Intuit QuickBooks Online provides you with a wide range of features for all types of small businesses. This includes freelancers, consultants, online merchants, store and restaurant owners, service providers and more. Whether you're just starting out, expanding or have an established business, QuickBooks Online is packed with basic and advanced features to meet your accounting needs. (2)Wave Accounting: Wave Accounting gives gives you a free, cloud-based accounting software specifically designed for small businesses. Unlike other free accounting software programs that limit capabilities, Wave Accounting offers a comprehensive set of accounting features without the monthly price tag. 3Zoho Books: Small businesses really need a simple accounting software. Zoho Books offers all the basic features microbusinesses need, as well as advanced tools that grow with your business. Furthermore, compared with other accounting software for really small businesses, Zoho Books has the best price for all of its capabilities. (3)FreshBooks: Some of the accounting software products have a mobile app, but not all apps are created equal. Of all the accounting mobile apps we considered, FreshBooks wins for its ease of use, excellent customer service, and for offering all the features small businesses need to manage their finances on the go. You can google the names of the above mentioned accounting software for more details eg. Download.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A light which needs no outlet, solar panels, or batteries But it’s powered by gravity

You may not realize it here in the developed world, but there are still more than 1.1 billion people on Earth that has no access to electricity. That means to say that when the sun goes down, they can’t just flip a switch and carry on their normal activities any longer, they usually have to burn something to provide light. Most households rely on kerosene lamps for their nighttime lighting needs, which are not only expensive to use (always consuming 30 percent of a family’s income), but also spout off fumes that can cause serious health problems over time. Now gravityLight offers a solution to this problem. Invented by London-based designers Jim Reeves and Martin Reddiford, it’s essentially a low-cost lighting solution designed for homes in the developing world. Okay, instead of using a traditional power outlet or expensive solar panels for electricity, the lamp uses a cheap and effective gravity-powered system to provide light. In so many ways, the GravityLight’s involves the system of pulleys and weights do the same job as an old timey water wheel: harness the power of something up high moving downward. Users start by hoisting a 25-pound weight into the air by pulling on a cord. When released, this weight slowly descends back to the ground. “This movement powers a drive sprocket,” the company’s website explains, “which rotates very slowly with high torque (force). A polymer geartrain running through the product turns this input into a high speed, low torque output that drives a DC generator at thousands of rotations per minute. This generates enough energy to power a low-power LED, which at this point provides bright white light for about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the height of the weight. When it reaches the ground,to generate more power you simply hoist it back up and repeat the process. Reeves and Reddiford developed the first prototypes of the GravityLight over two years ago, and with the help of a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign, and testing and refining the design have been carried out on it ever since then. Now, they’re back with a new and improved version that’s cheaper, brighter, and longer lasting than the first iteration — and once again they’re turning to the crowdfunding community on Indiegogo to help make it a true fact.

5great features we really wish Google to introduce with Android M

If many previews haven’t given it a away yet, this week is Google’s annual developers conference. It’s a place where dreams come true in the world of Android, and we’re all expecting Google to make some big announcements about the next version of its mobile operating system, code-named Android M. This year, just the same with the last few years—we expect Google to tease some of the marquee features of the next version of Android. As at last year, we got a huge interface overhaul with Lollipop. This year we want Google to focus on the under-the-hood fundamentals: security and privacy, updates, backup, battery, and cross-platform features. And so below we start. Granular privacy controls According to Bloomberg, Android M is going to introduce the ability to select exactly which permissions a particular app may have. For instance, if an app asks for access to your contacts for whatever reason, but you’re not too keen on that idea, you can simply remove the app’s ability to access that information and go on to use it. Sure, whatever features rely on knowing your contacts won’t work, but the rest of the app will. Previously, you’d have to completely opt out of using an app if you didn’t like even a single one of the permissions it asks for access to.
Granular privacy controls are exactly what Android requires, to also help dispel the myth that it’s the most perilous mobile operating system out there. To say the fact, it’s a wonder why this feature hasn’t been yet introduced—its competitors beat it to the punch years ago. My only concern is that the average smartphone user might not understand what this particular feature does or how to use it. My mother, for instance, is a brand new Android user, and just the mere thought of having to explain to her what granular privacy controls are overwhelms me. Regardless, making these kind of privacy controls native to the operating system is a good start. We’re finally convincing the public that they should be concerned with their digital privacy, and companies should follow through by enabling its users more control over technology they use on a daily basis. Timely Android Updates Raise up your hand if you are annoyed that you had to buy a new phone or manually flash Lollipop to your device because you could no longer wait for your carrier to push an update to you. I’m raising my hand. Honestly, if it weren’t for my job, I would probably still be on KitKat. As the case is, the answer to getting timely Android updates shouldn’t be to simply “buy a Nexus device.” Many users either don’t have that option or rely heavily on the carrier subsidy for a new phone every few years. That’s the irony of the situation, too: the carriers are typically the culprit when it comes up to holding up Android updates, but without them we’d all have to pay full price for our devices. The solution lies within Google’s ability to update Android bit-by-bit. Google needs to further separate the core operating system from the manufacturer customizations, so that the foundation of the OS can be updated straight through the Google Play store without disturbing the custom interface and features piled on by Samsung, LG, HTC, and others. Google should also look into the cracking down on manufacturers and—dare I say it—regulating software updates. It should introduce some sort of service-level-agreement in its terms and conditions for Google Mobile Services. Google requires manufacturers to bundle apps like Maps, Gmail, Chrome, and YouTube if they want access to the Play Store. In the same way, it could require manufacturers guarantee timely operating system updates. In that way, even if the software still has to run through carrier testing, at least all the OEMs will be on the same update schedule. Then we’ll have more ammo against the carriers when we eventually revolt because our phones and tablets still aren’t being updated on time. An actual backup solution I’m very sorry Google, but what you have going on with Android right now in terms of backing up data isn’t working for me. It is my job to constantly switch back and forth between phones, and I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve lost as a result of that. My contacts are never properly synched between devices, and I’m always apologizing for forgetting to respond to something because I accidentally lost someone’s number in the phone shuffle. It’s not just my contacts either. I want the assurance that all of my photos—even the numerous screenshots I’ve taken—and phone settings will transfer over to my new device without any hassle on my end. Tap & Go was supposed to fix all of this, but sometimes it doesn’t always work. Since Google’s got all that space up in the cloud, why doesn’t it just store everything up there? When I switch devices, or factory reset my phone, I want to restore more than just the last dozen apps I’ve downloaded; I want to bring over saved games, settings, attached accounts, call logs, downloaded files, and browsing histories along with it. It’d also be great to have some sort of lightweight desktop application that can create and restore backups, in case Wi-Fi or cellular data isn’t readily available (or just to speed things up). There are third-party apps that do this, but most of them require root permission to really do a thorough job. It's time for true, complete, thorough backup to be a part of the OS. Better battery life and monitoring Don't forget that memory leak issue in Android 5.0 that evolved into a rampant battery issue over time? I’m believing that that was a catalyst for change, and that’s why there have been several reports that Google is working on better battery life and RAM usage in Android.
If it is true, this news is great; it means Google is searching for a way they can use to control power consumption through Google Play Services, rather than through a deep, system-level option. Project Volta was supposed to be the answer to some of Android’s battery performance issues, but alas, we’re still dealing with devices that just won’t make it through an entire day. I know battery technology is an ever-evolving area, but as more Android phones come out with sealed batteries that can’t be removed, Google has to do something to help with overall battery life. Working across platforms I stand in the same row of cubicles as my Macworld colleagues and they’re always clamoring about how great iOS’s Continuity is. And then I get a little jealous, because I remember that if it wasn’t for PushBullet, I wouldn’t have this similar kind of seamless interoperability between my computer and my Android devices. PushBullet has its limitations, however, and because it’s third-party software, and as popular as it is, many users don't even know it exists. Google should revamp the platform’s cross-platform capabilities—like what NextBit attempted to do with Cyanogen. I want to be able to start an email on my phone and finish it up on my tablet. I’d love to takes phone calls on my Mac while I have my headset on, instead of having to drop everything I’m doing just to answer the phone. I want to see, and respond to, my notifications from my laptop, and not just when running Chrome OS or the Chrome browser. I before now have seen the beginnings of some of these features within apps like Hangouts, but there are still many kinks to work out. I have so many Android-powered things in my life—a phone, a watch, a tablet, and a television—that there needs to be an easier way to synchronize data and actions across all of those devices and non-Android devices, also!.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Good news, these next-gen hotel apps let you pick your room, unlock it, order meals and more

Presently, most hotels offer a mobile app that, at the very least, lets you check in and check out. But the most innovative hotels offer evolved apps that do much more, from requesting amenities to making dinner reservations. When talking about high-end properties, mobile apps and devices gives you the chance to a continuation of seamless service – a virtual butler picking up where the real one left off. For limited-service budget properties, mobile apps let these hotels deliver service without increasing staff or spending a lot of money. “Technology allows us to distribute our content, while enhancing guest services,” Aaron Stenhoff, vice president of Marketing and Digital at Red Roof Inn, tells us recently. He says things like apps and Wi-Fi help limited-service hotels like his deliver services customers want, without having to invest in costly infrastructure. Whether it’s a budget hotel or luxury, five-star palace, the industry is continuing to rely on mobile devices and apps to help cater to a new generation of travelers. Here are a look at some that have been implemented. While mobile apps are building some virtual concierge experiences, Marriott is adding the human touch (after all, isn’t that what hospitality is all about?). The company’s app has a new Mobile Request function with a feature called Anything Else, which puts you into a two-way, real-time chat with the property. Guests can make requests before, during, or after their stay, and Marriott personnel can confirm requests on the spot. In its testing, Marriott found 80 percent of users preferred the Anything Else option. If you’d rather cut the chit-chat, the app also lets you request things extra towels and pillows through a drop-down menu. A real-time chat feature isn’t new, as the St. Regis in New York has an app that connects you with an “E-Butler,” but Marriott says this is the first major rollout across all properties by this summer. Staff at high-end hotels, like the Wynn in Las Vegas, aim to deliver impeccable personal service throughout their guests’ stay. During the times when staff members aren’t reachable, guests can turn to a special iPad that has been specially designed to function as an on-demand concierge. These iPads, which are handed out to guests during check-in, are loaded with software called SmartTouch, from Incentient (it’s not an app you can download to your existing device). You can request many of the same services a human concierge would offer – room service, spa appointments, area information, etc. But Incentient says that requests made through the app experience shorter wait times. The real advantage is not all that much for guests, but for the hotel. As requests are made, Incentient is able to collect and study behavioral trends. The metrics allow hotels to refine their services and offerings. For example, why offer free golf lessons when everyone there plays tennis? (And yes, unfortunately, hotels could also use the info as an advertising platform.) However, it isn’t just the high rollers that get to enjoy this tech. Hampton Inn has also incorporated these customized iPads in some of its properties. rom a New York-based startup, ALICE, is being rolled out at luxury properties like the Gansevoort, Parker Meridien, Hilton, and The Setai. Unlike Incentient’s SmartTouch, the app is downloaded onto a guest’s iPad. But what ALICE touts as innovative is that all conversations are happening in real-time. That means that when a guest asks for something, the hotel’s employees see it immediately, while at the same time a manager is also monitoring the activity to either ensure it’s quickly met or if he or she needs to make improvements in the service. ALICE has raised $3 million in investor funding, and is looking to roll out new tech-based features this year. Besides letting you check in and check out, Hilton’s app also lets you pick your room. The app displays all the available rooms in a property, down to the floor plans. Now you no longer have to pray that the hotel staff doesn’t put you near the elevators, because you have control. The app is rolling out across the Hilton family of brands, which also includes DoubleTree and Embassy Suites. By the time this year is ending Hilton will be adding mobile room keys that let you unlock doors from a smartphone. With the ability to do almost everything from the app, you could literally bypass the hotel staff. Your hotel room has an iPhone dock? How antiquated, because the rooms in the new Renaissance in Allentown, Pennsylvania come with an iPad Mini. Using custom software called ICE, or Interactive Customer Experience, from Intelity, the iPad Mini replaces the need for an alarm clock or printed documentation. Like the aforementioned SmartTouch and ALICE, guests can also make service requests. In other implementations, Intelity can customize the iPad to control the climate system. Plus, if hotel employees are equipped with Apple Watches, requests can be sent directly to their wrists. Because the content can be delivered on-the-fly, there’s no need to print updated information and hand-deliver to each guest. Unlike SmartTouch, Intelity can install its software on Android tablets too, bye for now.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Facebook brings you a context to messaging with 'caller ID' for Messenger

Assuming that your Facebook feed is anything like that of mine, it’s filled with acquaintances, close friends, old friends, and a few people who got in due to an errant click. To help you keep everyone straight, Facebook recently announced a new addition it’s dubbing “caller ID for messaging.”
Any time you get a new message from someone it will include context information such as how you’re connected to them or where they’re from. Facebook says it will also include a larger photo. The new context can help jog your memory if an old high school friend is coming into town or an acquaintance from your community wants to say hello.
Facebook’s messaging update is rolling out to both Android and iOS users in the U.S. It’s not all that clear if the new feature will also show up in Facebook’s messaging window on desktop PCs. This is the second context-based feature Facebook has rolled out of recent. In April, the company introduced Hello for Android that provides caller ID information based on public Facebook data. Why this matters: While it’s handy to see reminders about people on your friends list, Facebook may be more interested in showing you context about people you don’t know. With more than one billion active users every month, Facebook is certainly in a good position to help connect you to strangers. To make context truly useful in messaging, however, Facebook would have to loosen the restrictions on how unconnected people can contact you without getting shunted to the ”Other” inbox. [via TechCrunch] This story, "Facebook brings context to messaging with 'caller ID' for Messenger" was originally published by PCWorld.

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How you can restart your Android phone into safe mode

Safe mode is very hard when it comes to troubleshooting pesky software problems on your computer. But have you at any time wished that a similar feature existed on your Android device? It does, and it’s easy to use: Here’s how to restart your Android phone into safe mode. First press and hold your phone’s power button for a few seconds until Android prompts you to turn off your phone—just as you would normally do to power it down. Next, tap and hold Power off for a few seconds until your phone asks you to confirm that you want to enter safe mode. Tap OK, and your phone will restart into safe mode. While it is in safe mode, you won’t be able to open any apps that you’ve downloaded onto your phone, and a “Safe mode” badge will appear in the lower left corner of your screen. You may find safe mode useful if you’re trying to determine whether an issue that you are having with your phone is due to an app you’ve installed, or due to your an Android phone itself.
Safe mode means all or nothing when it comes to disabling third-party apps—you can’t disable, say, just the Dropbox app—but it’s better than nothing. Once you’re done with safe mode, then you go ahead and power down your phone as you normally would by pressing and holding the power button, then turn it back on.

Get Buttons In Place And Turn Google Into Mobile Marketplace

Google has been busy putting serious effort into making Search more mobile-friendly, from prioritizing mobile-optimized websites to revamping ad units. Now, the company is further upgrading the platform by diving deep into e-commerce. Very soon Google will be adding buy buttons to search-results pages on mobile devices, a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed. The search giant raised controversy last year when it announced these plans, which will now be implemented over the next few weeks. This move will basically turn Google Search into an online marketplace, challenging giants like eBay and Amazon. Like Google's previous changes to mobile search, the new buy buttons aim to make Search more functional and user-friendly for the increasing number of users searching on their mobile devices. Google has been putting serious effort into making Search more mobile-friendly, from prioritizing mobile-optimized websites to revamping ad units. Now, the company is further upgrading the platform by diving deep into e-commerce. The Google buy button will appear on paid product listings on search-result pages that are viewed on mobile devices. Any time users perform a search, relevant products will appear above search results in the "Shop on Google" box. Sponsored listings will have the buy button, while nonspored products won't. And so, if customers wish to make a purchase, all they have to do is to click on the buy button and finish the transaction on a designated Google product page. Google is said to support different types of payments, but payment details remain confidential and will not be sent to retailers. Although this is aimed at turning Google Search into an online marketplace, note that Google does not directly sell to consumers; its role is limited to increasing visibility for sponsored products and processing transactions. Retailers remain as merchants and are also responsible for fulfilling orders. The service will also work a lot like the Google Ads system. Unlike other marketplaces that take commission from each sale, retailers pay on a per-click basis like the current ad pricing model.

Katy Perry And More: Everything You will Be Streaming On Netflix In June - MTV

From Katy Perry to Orange is the New Black, there you get what's coming to Netflix in June 2015. See more here‎

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The List Of 4 Best Hotels In America

Recently we came out with our list of the World's Best Hotels, and several hotels on that list were right there in the USA. This list is derived from our list on the World's Best Hotels.And here are the best hotels in the U.S. (1)Barnard, Vermont This rural Vermont hotel looks and feels like a high-end summer camp for adults, with its sprawling grounds, glamorous yet rustic cabins, and endless activities, such as snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, biking, fly fishing, and more. The resort has a laid-back vibe, yet is renowned for its excellent service and intimate feel. Rooms start from $1,725 per night. 2. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel New York, New York The Carlyle is one of New York City's most historic, glamorous, and luxurious hotels. Mariah Carey has stayed there, as have U.S. Presidents Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. It's home to the iconic Bemelmans Bar, as well as a fine-dining restaurant and large guest rooms with classic decor. Rooms begins from $675 per night. 3. French Quarter Inn Charleston, South Carolina It is located in Charleston's historic district, the French Quarter Inn is a romantic hotel that's lauded for its excellent service. Rooms begins from $329 per night. 4. XV Beacon (TIE) Boston, Massachusetts It is located in a 1903 Beaux Arts building in Boston's swanky Beacon Hill neighborhood, the XV Beacon stands out with its rooftop garden, spacious rooms with fireplaces, and free in-house Lexus car service. Rooms begins from $395 per night.

4 ways you can use to improve food productivity

Almost all the country in the world dealing with some form of malnutrition, and food production, and this accounts for the most important driver of climate change and environmental damage, the world needs to find a way to feed its growing population with a sustainable, healthy diet. In the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region) this challenge is particularly complex. In contrast to other regions of the world, the proportion of undernourished people has increased from 16 million in 1990-92 to 33 million today. Almost one-third of children under the age of five face lifelong health and development impairment due to insufficient access to nutritious foods. At the same time, the region is grappling with rising rates of overweight and obesity, creating an unforeseen “double burden” of malnutrition. Truly speaking, more than 50% of the region´s adult population is currently overweight or obese, causing a dramatic increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and heart disease. It places an enormous burden on healthcare systems. In the MENA region, the food system is becoming more complex. Climate change, population growth, shifts towards urban living and the adoption of Western diets bring mutually reinforcing challenges. The MENA region has the highest rate of population growth worldwide and a rapidly growing urban population, with 66% expected to be living in cities by 2030. These trends place enormous pressures on the environment and finite resources such as fresh water and land. Half of the population of the MENA region already lives with water stress. As the population grows to nearly 700 million in 2050, water availability per capita will be halved. The effects go far beyond poor health. Recent research by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) revealed that food insecurity is one of the main drivers of unrest and conflict in MENA. Economic performance is also compromised by poor nutrition. In Egypt alone it is estimated that the consequences of child malnutrition reduces GDP by almost 2%. Tackling the emerging public health crisis, without exacerbating climate change and environmental damage, requires a radical rethinking of the entire region´s food system, from producer and importer to the end consumer. This will not be an easy task, but there are some priorities that can change the current paradigm. First, improving nutrition and minimizing the environmental footprint of the food system by making food supplies more diverse, nutritious and sustainable is essential. This means rebalancing production from mono crops and cereals, dairy and meat towards the more diverse production of fruit, vegetables and semi-arid nutritious crops that use less water and are more tolerant of heat. Smallholder farmers, who are often among the most malnourished, and who lack the technology and knowledge necessary to be more efficient and sustainable, are crucial stakeholders in diversifying the food system. Second, urgent action must be taken to tackle the growing burden of obesity and NCDs in the region. Changing the increasingly obesogenic environment must become a top priority, ensuring everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. A new policy framework aimed at protecting consumers – especially children – from diets that are high in added salt, sugar and saturated fats, and low in micronutrients, is vital. Furthermore, measures and incentives to ensure that healthy, diverse and sustainably produced foods become easily available and affordable must be developed. Third, investment is needed to facilitate innovations and development of interventions that can improve nutrition in a cost-effective, sustainable way. Fortifying staple foods and condiments with nutrients, for example, is both effective and cheap, costing as little as a few cents per person, per year. There has been significant progress in the region since Saudi Arabia first made adding iron, folic acid and vitamin A to wheat flour mandatory in 1978. Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Oman and Yemen are now all using fortification to reduce micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable groups. But, there is still much to be done to expand these programmes. In conclussion, the private sector needs to be engaged in a meaningful way in finding solutions to a more sustainable and nutritious food system. The food industry is a key stakeholder and a major catalyst for change, so it is important that businesses are included. This will enable policy-makers to create regulatory frameworks that encourage the private sector to step up to the nutrition challenge and invest in more sustainable business operations. Today, the international community is coming to terms with the importance of addressing the multiple, overlapping challenges of the food system. But, it’s not enough to merely imagine what a better food system will look like. The MENA region has an enormous amount of innovation, technology, resources and expertise. Let’s use them to build a food system that has at its core the provision of sustainable nutritious diets that are accessible to all, and which have both public-health and environmental benefits.

An electroloom prints ready-to-wear clothing like a cotton candy machine gone haywire

If we are to talk about shopping for clothes, we generally have two options in place: either travel to a physical store to get everything, or stay at home and buy online. Shopping at physical stores requires travel and time, but you receive your items of apparel right away. Shopping online is ridiculously easy, but you typically don’t receive your goods for a couple of days. But what if there were some more better ways? that could have be, instead of traveling to a store or waiting a couple days for something to arrive, you could simply click a few buttons and have a piece of clothing materialize right before your eyes? It might sound some how starnge but that’s exactly what SF-based startup Electroloom is working on. For the past few years, the company has been developing a machine that can create real, fabric-based (though non-woven) clothing. electroloom-2 The company’s eponymous device is difficult to describe. The creators liken it to a 3D printer for clothing, but it’s unlike any 3D printer you’ve ever laid eyes on. Rather than creating garments with a series of snap-together plastic parts, the Electroloom uses a process it calls Field Guided Fabrication — which looks less like 3D printing and more like a cotton candy machine that’s gone haywire. Basically, this machine employs a technique called electrospinning to convert a liquid solution into fibers, which are squirted out of a nozzle and guided onto a 3D mold by the machine’s internal electric field. Once there, they bond together to form a non-woven fabric that can flex, drape, and fold just like the fabrics you’re wearing right now. The process is still a little rough around the edges, but the team’s latest prototypes are already capable of producing things like tank tops, skirts, and beanies. The team is also working to develop new liquids that can be spun into fabric, so users will have more options on color and fabric type. It’s a work in progress, and to help raise money for further development, Electroloom’s creators have recently turned to the crowdfunding community on Kickstarer for help. You can’t pre-order the finished product quite yet, but the company is offering a small number of alpha prototypes to developers interested in helping refine the technology. You’ll need to dish out $4,500 to get your hands on one, and if that’s too steep, a pledge of 100 bucks will get you one of Electroloom’s printed skirts or tank tops that is all for now.

Monday, 18 May 2015

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

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Samsung Wallet turning off by June 30 to make way for Samsung Pay

The run down of Samsung Wallet has a hard date. The company is killing off the service on June 30, with Samsung Pay set to rise from its ashes. The Samsung Wallet site now has a turn off notice, informing visitors of the bad news. However, the focus is shifting to Samsung Pay, which packs technology that will allow for non-NFC payment terminals to accept mobile payments. The story originating the story: Samsung has a very big ambitions for Samsung Pay, counting it to be more secure and superior to Google Wallet and Apple Pay. The key is making the process seamless enough so that pulling out your phone will be more convenient than taking out your wallet. Google is cooking up some type of alternative to Google Wallet dubbed Android Pay, which we'll be on the lookout for at Google I/O later in May. The uprise of Samsung Pay The company does expect better results from Samsung Pay, which will be launch first on the Galaxy S6 this summer. It uses a technology Samsung acquired from LoopPay that allows the phone to interact with any payments device. Even older machines that rely on swiping the card can talk to Samsung Pay, as the technology communicates a phantom swipe to the terminal. Currently Google Wallet and Apple Pay require NFC (Near Field Communications) transactions. Here you have the full announcement from Samsung: Dear Samsung Wallet partner, Above all, we want to thank you for being a part of Samsung Wallet for the last two years. Since our announcement at MWC and our launch in 2013 we have tried to make Samsung Wallet a successful service that would help users throughout their daily lives and help our partners reach their customers in new ways. Unfortunately, the usage rate of Samsung Wallet was not what anyone expected. One of our company’s core values is to guarantee the best user experience. We feel today that we can no longer guarantee this experience. This is why we have officially decided to discontinue Samsung Wallet on June 30, 2015 in all counties. We greatly appreciate all your support and enabling Samsung users to enjoy your content and service through Samsung Wallet. (1)Samsung Wallet will be discontinued as of June 30, 2015. At the same time, all features of Samsung Wallet will stop functioning. (2) Samsung Wallet partner portal the will no more be available Your company’s information will be taking care of in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Your Samsung Account will still exist with no changes. (3) Samsung Wallet Open API will no more be available By June 30, 2015, Samsung Wallet Open API will be out of service. We highly recommend you to remove all buttons related to Samsung Wallet off of your App/Web properties (Load/Open/View Samsung Wallet Buttons) so that users do not get confused by clicking buttons after Samsung Wallet service termination. We highly recommend that you discard the API, documents, and any other data related to Samsung Wallet API after Samsung Wallet service termination. The time scheduled for Samsung Wallet service termination is subject to change. We will keep you informed in such cases. This project was very insightful for us and will help us create better services in the future. We sincerely appreciate all your support once again. Our Customer Support team which you can get @ will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Best regards, Samsung Wallet team Thanks

Saturday, 16 May 2015

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Which country comes top when talking about skills and education?

Europe from findings dominates the global league table for skills and education with seven of the top 10 places. There are two representatives from Asia, one from North America, and none from the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean or Sub-Saharan Africa regions. However as the case is, detailed statistics from the World Economic Forum’s Human Capital 2015 Report show a more nuanced picture of the investments that nations are making in their people. This is a summary of the report in 10 charts.
The Finland comes top of the global league table on the back of high rankings for almost all measures of education, skills and training and for all age groups. The country is best in the world for the quality of primary schools, youth literacy rates, and the ease with which businesses can find skilled workers. Norway (2nd) and Switzerland (3rd) perform almost as well as Finland across all age groups. In Europe, France is the bigest economy to make the regional top 10 list with Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom all failing to make the grade.
In Asia, Japan occupies both the world’s highest age-dependency ratio and the best education and skills provision for the over-65s. It also has the world’s highest rate for tertiary education of its working age population (50%). New Zealand is the only other Asian nation to make the global top 10 with youth unemployment below 5% and 90% of workers in medium- or high-skill jobs. Singapore scores highly for its young generation but gets marked down for the relatively weak educational attainment of its older population.
Sub-Saharan Africa ranks in the lower half of the league table despite a solid performance by several nations in the region. Mauritius, Ghana and Zambia all have made enormous progress in education in recent years.
Gender gaps in secondary schools and the high incidence of child labour in certain countries of the Middle East and North Africa region risk leaving a lasting impact on the workforce of the next generation. Only three nations appear in the top half of the table with Israel scoring notably well on tertiary education and the United Arab Emirates and Qatar boasting very high ratings for overall education systems (9th and 3rd respectively.)
The United States comes near the top of the table for higher education and also leads the world in the number of graduates in the Arts and Humanities.
Luxembourg, meanwhile, tops the list of countries with the largest share of people in high-skilled employment, followed by Singapore and Switzerland.
Russia has more graduates in engineering, manufacturing and construction than any other nation, ahead of the US, Iran and Japan.
Saudi Arabia has more inactive tertiary-educated people than any other country – 37.3% of the population have post-secondary school qualifications but are not currently working.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Master multitasking on Android with some clever apps and tools

The ability you have to tweak and manipulate the way your smartphone behaves is probably one of the reasons you use Android. The Google operating system has plenty of flexibility and power features in its own right. But if you are hankering for more, you’ll be pleased at what some developers have engineered for you. This small collection of apps give you more control and customization options over things you do everyday, like saving a link, multitasking, or launching a new app. Every smartphone user’s palette is different, but odds area at least one of these apps will give you that “How did I live without this?” feeling. Lazy Swipe is a customizer’s dream
Honestly i really dig Lazy Swipe. Truely the name is a little misleading—it’s not really about being lazy, it makes you feel more empowered and able to fire up apps more quickly. Lazy Swipe creates a separate launcher that’s always at the ready just off your home screen. By swiping in from the corners (or the middle if you prefer) you’ll get a semi-circle of your most recently used apps, tools, and quick links to functions like the flashlight. It’s the first new take on tweaking how you access your apps that I’ve really liked after many attempts by launchers like Avitate or HTC’s new widget that try and predict what apps you need based on time or location. It’s especially useful if you have a bigger phone like a Galaxy Note 4 or Nexus 6, as some of those app icons situated near the top of the screen may require you to really stretch your fingers. You can also tweak it by adding in different themes, most of which have a stark color that hints of Material Design guidelines. My favorite was the bubble theme (it may remind you of the app layout on the Apple Watch, which is not a bad thing). If you really like Lazy Swipe check out the companion Lockscreen, which gives you access to the toolbar without needing to unlock the phone. Lazy Swipe is free, though the payoff is that one of the app slots is dedicated to a promoted app from the Play Store. It’s not terribly intrusive, but I’d be willing to pay a few dollars to eliminate it. Flynx simplifies opening link
This one is a pretty clever app for saving articles that you may want to read in just a few minutes after you’ve finished your social media session. It’s kind of like Pocket meshed with Facebook’s chat heads. When you enable the app it will open links in a tiny bubble, collecting them on the side of the screen until you want to power through reading them. The app also reformats the text and strips away the graphics and advertisements to make it more reader-friendly. It’s great for social network surfing, when it’s easy to accumulate a ton of things you want to read. For longer pieces I still prefer to save them to Pocket, but Flynx keeps them in the foreground if you want to zip through some shorter articles. It also has a Pocket-like vault for your stories, which you get to by going into the Flynx app. TapPath is for quick sharing and saving
There are so many to read out there. This is another good add-on if you’re a heavy Pocket user or end up doing a lot of sharing or saving of links while on your Android phone or tablet. While Android has a great extendability for letting you open a link with the app of your choice, the process of selecting an app can get a little slow when the Share button fills up with so many options. TapPath lets you choose what happens when you tap a link once, twice, or three times. Each action then corresponds to a specific application. For example, you can tap once for Chrome, twice to save to Pocket, or three times to pull up the Share Picker (pictured). You of course can choose your own service, so if you want to clip stuff to Evernote or elsewhere you just have to tweak that setting in the TapPath app. Once you memorize which combination does what, you’ll find it’s tremendously faster and more convenient than the traditional route. Last App Switcher
Android is already very good about multitasking, but like any hard-core Android user you’re probably always looking for that extra edge to speed things up. Last App Switcher serves as a great tool for this. It puts a floating button on your screen (notice the theme, here?) that takes you directly into the last app you were using. You get to skip right past that multitasking layout of cards. It’s rather quick, until you get to a point you’ve used 20 different apps. I found it got a little sluggish then, but of course your experience may differ depending on your hardware or custom interface. But don’t let that stop you. In many ways Last App Switcher is a better implementation than Android’s back button, which can sometimes be inconsistent depending on which app you’re using. You may only find one or a couple of these are to your liking. But that’s one of the niceties of Android, that you can extend this much control over the operating system to work the way you wish to have it work.

The Nine Successful Businesses Run by Parents and Kids

From generation to generation differences are often a source of tension and also the struggle between parents and their children. In so many cases, though, these differing perspectives — along with a strong, loving familial bond — can serve as the basis for a successful business partnership. We asked the leadership teams of nine family-run businesses about the advantages and challenges they've had working with their parent or child, and their advice for other parent-child business owners. Authentic Foods This wheat- and gluten-free food manufacturer was founded by Steven Rice in 1993. His son, Aaron, now works with him as Authentic Foods' vice president of sales and marketing. Business News Daily: What do you see to be the greatest advantage of running a business with your father? Aaron Rice: It makes communication easier because we know each other well. There is something different about the communication of a father and son than other relationships. BND: What has been the greatest challenge you have? A.R.: Having my father to give up some control. He's been doing everything himself for many years and it is an adjustment to have a partner. BND: What advice can you give to other parent-child teams? A.R.: Open communication is a key. Start by delineating clear responsibilities about who is in charge of what and fall back on those when there is conflict and a decision must be made. Beija-Flor Jeans Mother and daughter Kathy Moça and Emilie Whitaker were inspired by the figure-flattering jean designs of Brazil and created Beija-Florjeans together. BND: What can you say is the greatest advantage of running a business with your mother/daughter? Emilie Whitaker: Having in place a partner who really knows me, and whom I have a great amount of respect for. When we started, we didn't have to go through the process of getting to know each other and figuring out how to work with one another, which allowed us to produce quick results. Kathie Moça:The shared passion we have for our company. This is truly what has carried us through tough times. When one of us is running a little low on passion, the other one kicks it up a notch! BND: What has been the greatest challenge in your partnership? E.W.: As in all family businesses, boundaries are hard to set and even harder to preserve. From my experience i think both of us have a hard time "leaving the office" and transitioning back and forth between partners and mother-daughter. BND: What advice can you give to other parent-child teams? E.W.: Always be patient and kind to each other. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easy to treat those we love the most with the least care. K.M.: We also have to share the work. From the very beginning we had a division of roles and responsibilities, with the understanding that sometimes we have to cover for each other. John Paul Mitchell Systems John Paul DeJoria, co-founder and chairman of the company responsible for the renowned Paul Mitchell hair care products, currently works with his daughter, Michaeline, who is vice chairwoman. BND: What can you say is the greatest advantage of running a business with your father/daughter? Michaeline DeJoria.:Gaining wisdom and knowledge that you wouldn't otherwise get. Many people get to observe what [my father] does, but to have the opportunity to have it explained and taught to you behind the scenes throughout your life, and the understanding behind it, is really special (and so valuable!). John Paul DeJoria: The pride i get in having and seeing a very proficient daughter. She never ceases to amaze me, but most importantly ... my executive staff feels the same. I'm definitely a proud dad. BND:What has been the greatest challenge? M.D.: Our generational differs. Most time just like the social media, for example, took me ages to convince him was a relevant thing. We think a lot alike, but have very different sets of eyes in some ways. Bridging that gap between things being the way we know them and things being totally new and different in this day and age sometimes takes a little extra effort. J.P.D.: The biggest challenge we have been having in working with my daughter was ... letting go of certain areas so that she can complete her mission. She is part of the millennial generation, so it's also a matter of keeping up with her and learning from her. BND: What advice can you give to other parent-child teams? M.D.: Never you have an ego. It's not about who is the boss, who is entitled to what, and certainly not about who knows better. We both have one goal: to grow the business for our staff and our customers' sake. When you have selfless intentions that are united, just do what needs to be done. J.P.D.: If the case occurs and you are lucky enough to have a child that is proficient, you learn that your past knowledge may not always be right, so be open to your children informing you of what they think and why.

Google Docs and Slides at last let you insert images from your phone or tablet

An update to the Google Docs and Slides apps finally allow you to insert an image when working with these apps on your phone or tablet. It's another big missing piece in Google’s productivity suite. With the update, you can now grab a picture from your camera roll or take a new photo with the camera in both Slides and Docs. The slides allows you to double-tap the image and crop it down to where you want it to fit on the screen. Google says these features will still function if you’re working with a file offline. And you can round out the updates to its suite, Sheets is getting some bug fixes and stability improvements. Google Drive can now view form data in a PDF and includes some interface tweaks. You may wait for these updates to hit your device or grab them now from . The story that was behind the story: the Google productivity apps are playing catch-up with some features corrently that Microsoft has its own suite of Office for Android. We found Microsoft’s alternative a worthy competitor in our Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office comparison.

15 Best Jobs That Don't Require you to have a College Degree

Most people thinks that earning a four-year college degree might be the quickest path to professional success,but its never the only way. "To start a career without a degree may be unconventional, but succeeding in the workplace without one is far from impossible," Tony Lee, CareerCast publisher, said in a statement. "An entrepreneurial spirit and specialized training can help overcome the lack of a four-year degree." Instead of fighting for four-year degree, many of the positions on this year's rankings from CareerCast of the best jobs for those without a college degree only require some specialized training. Specifically, you only need a certificate to become a skin care specialist, dental hygienist or personal trainer, while trade crafts such as electrician and carpenter demand either advanced training or apprenticeships. These are the careerCast based its rankings on annual median salary and projected hiring outlook by 2022. In this year there are upto 15 best jobs for those without a college diploma and they are: Administrative assistant: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) it recommends at least a high school diploma or equivalent for those who are pursuing these positions. The annual median salary is $35,330. Appliance repairer:So many community colleges and vocational trade schools offer courses for those wanting to enter this field, which has high growth potential, according to CareerCast. The annual median salary is $43,640. Bookkeeper: For you to become a bookkeeper, the BLS says only a high school diploma or equivalent is necessary. The annual median salary is $35,170. Carpenter: Apprenticeships, which include144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training, are required to become a carpenter, according to the BLS. The annual median salary is $39,940. Computer service technician: The requirements for this position vary, depending on the nature of the work. The BLS reports that a high school diploma and applicable experience will suffice in some cases. The annual median salary is $48,900. Dental hygienist: In this aspect you only need the associate degrees in dental hygiene and state certification are minimum requirements. The annual median salary is $70,210. Electrician: The vocational schools and community colleges offer the courses needed to become an electrician. The annual median salary is $49,840. Medical records technician: For you to launch a career as a medical records technician, a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree is required. The annual median salary is $34,160. Multimedia artist: Some of the trade schools offer programs specializing in multimedia art. The annual median salary is $61,370. Paralegal assistant: For this one an associate's degree from an accredited program is required to become an entry-level paralegal. The annual median salary is $46,990. Personal trainer: For those wishing to become personal trainers can earn certification from a variety of specialty programs. The annual median salary is $31,720. Registered nurse: In this aspect there are two ways registered nurses can start their careers without a four-year degree, according to the BLS. They can earn an associate's degree in nursing or a diploma from an approved nursing program. The annual median salary is $65,470. Respiratory therapist: For you to become a respiratory therapist, you need certification from the National Board for Respiratory Care. The annual median salary is $55,870. Skin care specialist: For you to be a skin care specialist, you are required to earn state certification, which includes completion of an esthetician program and passing a board exam. The annual median salary is $28,640. Web developer: For you to become a Web developer, training is required in such as Web-building disciplines as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The annual median salary is $62,500. Now for you to boost the chances of landing on one of these jobs, or any others, CareerCast recommends that those without a college degree work pro bono and take on contract work to build up their portfolio. Additionally, unofficial apprenticeships are invaluable for job seekers without a college degree.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Finally, Microsoft reveals its seven versions of Windows 10

Microsoft At last provided more details on all of the versions of Windows 10, which is slated for a summer release. The company posted all of the information in a blog post, specifying that there will be seven editions of the operating system – Home, Mobile, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Windows 10 IoT Core, and Mobile Enterprise. Home is going to be the mainstream consumer version of Windows 10, and it will come with Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hello (face recognition technology) and fingerprint login. It will also be compatible with tablets, PCs and 2-in-1 computers. The Mobile edition is designed for touch-centric devices, such as small tablets and smartphones. The key difference between Mobile and Mobile Enterprise is that the latter is designed for those seeking a business experience. Mobile Enterprise will deliver Windows 10 with extensive security and mobile device management capabilities. Both editions will be designed to allow you to use your personal devices seamlessly at work. Pro is going to include features that meet the needs of small businesses. This version is targeted toward the effective management of devices and apps. Additionally, it will help you protect any of your sensitive business data. Enterprise, on the other hand, is designed for more large-scale business operations. It has special capabilities that allow it to combat modern security threats that are aimed at specific devices and applications. Additionally, it has a wide range of operating system deployment options, as well as enhanced app management. Education is being geared toward schools – staff and students will be able to use this edition of Windows 10 through volume licensing. Then at last, Windows 10 IoT is going to be released for low-power devices. This will allow the operating system to function on devices such as Raspberry Pi 2, as well as functioning in single-use operations like ATMs or point of sale terminals. “We are making strong progress with Windows 10, and we are on track to make it available this summer,” wrote Tony Prophet, corporate vice president at Windows, in the blog piece. “And because we have built Windows 10 to be delivered as a service, this milestone is just the beginning of the new generation of Windows.” By the time Windows 10 debuts this summer, it will be available in 190 countries in 111 languages thanks.

The Ikeja Electric decries rising energy theft

Ikeja Electric has raised an alarm over what it describes as rising cases of energy theft on its network. The management of the company, in one of his statement, decried the activities of individuals who connected electricity illegally to their premises without paying electricity bills. Describing such persons as “energy thieves”, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr. Abiodun Ajifowobaje, in the statement, gave an explanation which reads that such activities were affecting the billing of other customers “as the energy allocated to an area is measured and people may be paying for the power being consumed by the energy thieves.” “We have put a process in place to migrate individuals involved in this practice into our network. However, we seek the cooperation of community leaders and customers in our efforts to eradicate energy theft and ensure quality service delivery for all customers within the Ikeja Electric network,” he added in the statement. In a related development, the firm also attributed the current power interruption across its network to low power allocation from the national grid. Ajifowobaje also said that in the last one week, the average power allocation to Ikeja Electric was 350 megawatts as against minimum load demand of 1,250MW. He further explained that the huge shortfall was seriously affecting the operation of the company as it had to resort to load-shedding, which was having adverse effect on both the company and its customers in terms of man-hours being used to carry out load-shedding as well as service delivery to customers.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The best gallery app alternatives for your Android

Most of the time you take a lot of pictures with your smartphone. Whether it’s a top-of-the-line shooter like the Galaxy S6 or a middle-of-the-road device it’s always at the ready for that photogenic moment. For sure, that means you probably have tons of photos. Too many for any human to manage, unless you have hours of free time and lots of patience. This is the major reason why you need an Android camera roll app that goes beyond just displaying your images. Your phone probably came with an app called something like "Gallery," and Goole's Photos app may be there, but you can probably do better. Several third-party apps will help you pare down your collection and better organize your photos do you’re not swiping endlessly on your phone the next time you want to show your friends the latest cute baby pic. MyRoll gives you a surprises with the best moments In case you want your photo gallery to do some of the heavy lifting for you and surprise you with what it thinks are the best images then check out this link It is a lovely classic camera roll layout called myroll and a grid of image previews make it easy to navigate. But what separates it from other apps is the way it organizes groups of photos into Moments, which are pictures you take together in a batch around the same time or at the same location.
It’s very useful for vacation photos or when you’ve taken a bunch of pictures of a cute baby (pictured). Machine learning isn’t perfect—I’ve been notified of a cool new batch of pictures, only to find it was a group of 10 screenshots. Though MyRoll does have a solution to this problem in the form of its companion app: you can find the solution here it is called the Gallery Doctor
The Gallery Doctor will help you to clear up space by getting rid of poor photos. The work it does is that it analyzes your photos and recommends “bad” images to delete, such as screenshots or those of poor quality. You get to sign off on which ones it dispenses with so it doesn’t accidently delete your wedding pictures. It does a pretty good job, however, at sorting them out. I’m obviously an outlier for how many screenshots I take, but it will help you cut down on all those poorly captured images you’re probably never had time to delete. A+ Gallery, best for Facebook addicts If by any means Facebook is your go-to service for sharing photos then A+ Gallery might be the best option. It can connect with Facebook’s photo backup service so your pictures are right there for sharing; something you usually have to do within the social network’s app.
A+Photos has a clean interface in place and lets you search out pictures by their color. It also has an interesting feature that lets you search for photos by color. It’s a little odd and not something that I would use all the time, but perhaps others will feel differently. In general it has a clean look, making it a great alternative if your default gallery app isn’t all that nice, which unfortunately sometimes is the case with phone manufacturers. Quickpic is the king of tying in to backup services Quickpic can reveal to you all your photos if you use a variety of different cloud storage accounts. Google Drive/Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon, Box, and others are all supported. You can also share a photo directly with another device via Wi-Fi, though I’d recommend Bluetooth or Android Beam for this.
QuickPic ties in to all the major backup services. You can also decide to glance at your images as a stack, grid, list, or organize it into folders. The interface has a lot of Material Design elements, such as the navigation bar and slide-out menu, so it’s easy to use and great to look at. Piktures offers a clean and clever interface Piktures: This one, is one of the best-looking gallery apps out there. You navigate the app by swiping through the different sections, which put your photos in several key categories on different screens. You can then swipe to see your albums, photos grouped by location, or a calendar view that peeks at featured images across different days.
You can navigate your photos and videos by swiping through the Piktures interface. You can also can add a little splash by selecting one image to be the featured photo for a folder. It adds a little eye candy and makes it easier to get an idea of what might be inside the folder. Don’t ignore Google’s photo ambitions Since all of these apps are admirable implementations, it’s worth keeping an eye on Google’s evolving efforts in the photos space. Most manufacturers don’t make it default, but Google+ Photos will come on your device as a companion to Google+. Google is unbundling it from its social network and in the process of moving the main storage hub to Google Drive. This is meant to be that you can check out your gallery inside either app; the main advantage to the standalone photos is that it does Auto Awesome and automatic image adjustments. It also has light editing capabilities, many of them borrowed from Google’s purchase of Snapseed. Pictures are a huge deal with smartphones—think of all the emphasis that Samsung put on the camera with its Galaxy S6, and LG with the G4. This means the applications that manage your pictures need to keep improving if they want to stay installed on your phone, is that okay? Bye.