Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What on Earth did we do on the Internet Before Youtube?!

The internet has really grown quickly and things have changed so fast over the last few years. Have you ever thought about the fact that Youtube has only existed since 2005? What did we do to entertain ourselves before we had millions of videos on demand? If you were born in the 1980s or early 1990s, you might remember some of the entertainment sources before Youtubewas on the scene.

Before YouTube there were a lot of sources of entertainment, some goofy and silly and others quite informative and educational. This infographic shows some of the ways that we used to entertain ourselves before Youtube was invented.

For example, do you remember playing one of the many CD ROM games such as A.D.A.M., which was an educational tool about human health and anatomy? Also, SIMs and SIM City were fun games that allowed you to create your own imaginary world.

After the internet was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, it wasn’t long before people found ways to waste time online. Websites like Rotten.com, AlbinoBlackSheep and Ebaum’s World were full of entertaining and mindless content.

What are the sources of entertainment that you remember from the pre-Youtube and Youtube downloader era? Take a look at this infographic and see if you can remember any.

What did we all do before Youtube? - An infographic by the team at youtubedownload

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Apple’s Latest Mac with AppleCare Protection Plan

Apple insider has been teaming with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama as part of its continuous effort in delivering the lowest price on its Apple Macs and iOS devices with a 3 Year AppleCare Protection Plans on purchase of a Mac done in the month of July.

The average savings done from purchase range from $300 and $800 off MSRP when combined with prevailing discounts up to $250 on Macs together with added tax savings benefit in around 48 to 50 states.

From the original purchase date, the AppleCare Protection Plan offers direct, one stop access to Apple’s award winning telephone technical support up to three years for question with regards to Apple hardware, OS X iLife and iWork together with global repair coverage for Mac with both labour and parts, provided with convenient service options.

Complimentary Telephone Technical Support

Every Mac has been provided with a complimentary telephone technical support from Mac purchase together with a one year warranty limit. The AppleCare Protection Plan also entitles the user to even extend service coverage to three years from the computer’s date of purchase. Users can engage the services of Apple’s technical support experts as and when needed and get their queries sorted out together with any need for repair services besides global repair coverage for Mac which is offered with convenient service options to their consumers.

The AppleCare Protection Plan can only be purchased while the Mac is covered under its standards warranty period of one year. Users could take advantage of the offers by making a choice on Mac from the Adorama and B&H Photo options wherein the 21.5 inch iMac with 8GB and a 1TB hard drive is available for $1,349 with a saving of $150 cut off from the standard price.

 Adorama and B&H have been offering the 27 inch 3.2GHz iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive at $1,679.99. Besides these, they also have the higher end 27 inch 3.4 GHz iMac for $1,679.99. 

One Year Limited Warranty

This is a great opportunity for users since buying from Adorama and B&H provides the benefit of no sales tax in several states and they charge taxonly in New York/New Jersey and New York respectively. Apple and Mac display that have been offered to their consumers, with a one year limited warranty together with 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support, have the option to extend the coverage to three years from the date of purchase of hardware product with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Moreover the facility of direct access to Apple Expert telephone technical support is an added advantage for queries relating to Mac topics inclusive of video chats connected to Wi-Fi, using Mac OS X operating system besides iLife and iWork and much more.

Since Apple has designed the computer, the operating system together with several applications, has made Mac an awesome integrated system with the AppleCare Protection Plan providing a one stop service as well as support from their expert team on boards where all issues are resolved within a single call time frame.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Apple and IBM Partnership to Revolutionize Mobile Device

Apple and IBM
Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams to revolutionize mobile device use through a new class of business apps bringing in IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. As a part of this partnership deal, an extension of IBM’s MobileFirst has been dubbed `IBM MobileFirst for iOS’, IBM has manufactured over 100 native apps and services which have been tailored to the needs of various industries.

Apple will introduce a new AppleCare tier which will be designed especially for enterprise customers when the program goes live. The new IBM MobileFirst will be built in exclusive collaboration which draws the distinct strength of respective company, with the power of over 100,000 IBM industry as well as domain consultants together with software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform, besides IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities.

These combinations will thus create apps that will transform specific aspects on how businesses as well as employees could work using iPhone and iPad enabling companies to reach new levels of efficiency and effectively with great customer satisfaction, all this done in an easier and faster manner.

IBM’s Data Analytics at iOS User’s fingertips

IBM’s MobileFirst Supply and Management program that supplies business consumers with device packages, management and activation services, are all built around Apple’s iPhone and iPad and IBM has also been offering hardware leasing options.

Supported by iPhone and iPad distribution from IBM, Apple is at an advantage in its mobile initiative making headway. According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, the best mobile devices presently are the iPhone and iPad which have enhanced the system of working with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business life.

He further stated that `for the first time they are putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS user’s fingertips which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple and this is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver’.

The aim of the partnership is to redefine the way the work can be done, spark true mobile led business change, address key industry mobility challenges, grounded in four core capabilities. Moreover, as part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, iPhones as well as iPads will also be sold by IBM with industry specific solutions to business clients all across the world.

Mass Device/Management/Security/Analytics/Mobile Integration 

Besides the tailor made software, IBM would also be offering services such as mass device management, security, and analytics together with mobile integration. Its MobileFirst platform for iOS, delivers end to end enterprise solution which includes analytics, security, cloud storage and integration tools.

 Moreover, IBM will also make available private app catalogs, data and transaction security services as well as its first party productivity suite which has been specifically designed for the MobileFirst initiative where services will have tie-ins with IBM’s Bluemix development platform, made available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

 With regards to support, Apple will be rendering special class of AppleCare services for twenty four hours through telephone and email support while IBM will be handling on-site repairs.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Apple Invention – Behaviour Recognition

Apple patent
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office recently published an Apple invention indicating the method in which an iPhone could set off an alert or lock the device automatically depending on detected changes in the user behaviour.

As per its patent application for Generating notification based on user behaviour, an iPhone or even other mobile can employ behaviour recognition techniques wherein they can determine if the current user is the owner of the device or not. When the usage pattern does not match up with the owner, an alert, notification or system action gets triggered.

The system depends on pattern recognition and learning to identify unusual behaviour and any form of input or interaction with the device is compiled for behaviour data acquisition and system data such as location, input gesture patterns and motion sensor data. Besides this, other data like vocabulary, grammar as well as keyboard orientation preference could be stored for later analysis and recall.

Sensor Laden Device – Generating Information 

With Apple’s new invention, there is a continuous monitoring of user behaviour which is compared to historical data known to be associated with the owner of the device. For instance, an iPhone’s accelerometer generated data on the user’s gait comparing the information with the data that is stored on-board or on a remote server and analysis could take place offsite on a pattern learning server.

A sensor laden device is in constant contact with the user most of the time, generating a lot of information. All details from common misspelling of words, routine device interactions to frequently used phrases and all personal information are gathered by the device.

The behaviour learning server, due to privacy, can be programmed by the user to overlook certain types of behaviour such as location preferences, in which case, generalizations and relative positioning replace granular data thereby protecting the individuals for intrusive analysis.

To overcome computational stress, the pattern learning server can manage group behaviour, classifications and data in clusters rather than analysing and comparing individual action separately. The clusters of behaviour can be compared with one another and data should fall within predefined boundaries in order to proceed with normal operation.

Recognition Server Transmits Signal 

If the boundaries are crossed, it indicates unusual behaviour has been detected and the recognition server then transmits a signal to remotely lock the device till the user verifies through password or any other form of trusted identity like Touch ID credentials. The server can also send notification to third party device or any other mobile phone owned by a different party.

It is not known if Apple will be adopting behaviour learning features in future iOS versions but the latest iOS 8 beta builds does not currently support these functions Due to concern over the growing data privacy, users would be likely to manually opt in to the feature if the technology were to roll out one day and the breadth of measured behaviours would tend to narrow down.

Behaviour learning patent application of Apple was first filed last January and creditsas its inventors, go to Gregory T. Lydon and Sylvain Rene Yves.

All In One App For Your Smartphone

In this technology world, smartphones and internet have been ruling the show and have influenced the system of communication besides providing all the required information and details needed by individuals.

Enhancing the use of technology, an Android application which is powerful enough in bringing about the quickest and easiest means of navigation as well as obtaining useful information, classified, great deals etc. has been made available by Askme which is a free app for all interested users.

All this is made available on one’s Smartphone screen and this application can bevery useful where everyone presently is in possession of mobile devices. While on the go, individuals can now make use of the facilities provided in the technology world, making various functions and activities much quicker and easier than bygone days.

Askme app also known as `The Bapp of all Apps’, is a one-in-all app which has made it possible in providing details of millions of businesses in the locality and power of searching is all present on the smartphone.

It provides the basic details together with the contact details of local business listing which may be useful to the user. When the need of searching for a store and its contact details arises, this app makes it possible to obtain the required details before visiting the stores or even making an online purchase.

Various Benefits with Simple UI

One can post advertisement by using Askme which can be profitable to the user since the level of audience here is very large. One can get to know about the latest local business dealswhich are available there to draw the attention of the viewer who could take advantage of the same.

Shopping online is also made easy with simple UI online portals in this app and by using askmeBazaar one can purchase a variety of products from this online portal. This app provides several benefits such as enabling the user in searching and locating business within the vicinity, take the opportunity of the latest deals and offers placed by favourite local businesses, check on addresses and contact numbers from various business and call them from the Askme app instantly, check on the updated classified on real estate, cars, jobs and various other products listed.

Application for Smartphone Users in India

Moreover, users also have the opportunity of going through reviews posted there by other users, which will provide good insight and information from the users’ experience to the other users thus enabling them in making appropriate and quick decisions.

Besides these, one can also add reviews, photos and other tips for favourite businesses, share favourite business with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and SMS. Business information like rating, payment methods with opening hours could also help in making choices much easier for the user.

The design of the user interface is very powerful and intuitive which brings about an easy and concise list of products that are provided in a systematic and efficient manner than other apps. Taking into account its productive features and simple UI,with adequate database. Askme app is one of those applications for all Smartphone users in India.