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Google has always followed the same pattern for last couple of years with its Android naming process and this time is no different. They go sequentially down the alphabet and you guess the name. The users are asked to give suggestions and poll for their choices. Well, this time too, they were open to suggestions and received suggestions such as Nutella, Nankatai, etc. In a short video posted before the announcement via Twitter and Snapchat, the company suggested the operating system could be called ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Nectarine’, ‘Nachos’ or ‘Noodles’. But, in keeping with previous dessert-themed names such as Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat, it has settled on “Nougat”.
The Android with its most stable release, brings new features like an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking to the mobile OS, while also improving on features like Doze that came with Marshmallow last year. The release also has Daydream, Google’s new VR platform, baked in, though it’ll only be supported by Daydream-ready handsets running the OS.
The highlight of Android Nougat is split-screen multitasking. The device screen will show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture mode. The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two in order to make one app larger and the other smaller. Manufacturers of larger devices will be able to choose to enable freeform mode, allowing users to freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.
Directly reply from notifications and one can see more app information are part of enhanced notification feature. The Direct Reply feature will let you quickly respond to text messages or update task lists within the notification interface. The inline reply action is an additional button attached to the notification. There is also something called ‘Bundled Notifications’ that groups notifications from the same app together. Grouped notifications can be expanded into notifications by tapping the new expansion button or a two-finger gesture.
Less RAM usage
Google is working on Project Svelte to minimize the RAM used by the system and apps across different Android devices. Thus Android N is focused on optimizing the running of apps in background.
In Android N, Google has expanded the scope of Quick Settings and added more room for additional Quick Settings tiles that can accessed across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. Google also lets you choose which Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed, allowing users to add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.
Now with all new features, we need to wait until Nougat is actually released which is expected to be this fall.
So what do you think of Nougat. Do let us know in the comments below.
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With over 350 million devices now running Windows 10, and 135 billion hours of use on Windows 10 since launch, customer satisfaction and customer involvement is higher than any previous versions. Windows 10 anniversary around the corner, Microsoft announced the next big thing- Windows 10 Upgrade to its users with exciting new features.
Windows 10 Anniversary update- all new features
The Anniversary Update will help people be more productive, stay safer online – and of course, have fun. Together, the Anniversary Update brings different innovations and improvements to consumers and enterprises.
Windows on your tip
Windows Ink, available for the first time in the Anniversary Update, brings the writing you do every day into your digital world using the pen, your fingertip, or both at once. One can pair it with Office apps to effortlessly edit documents. With Windows Ink, one can access features like Sticky Notes with a simple click of the pen. With Windows Ink one can jot down notes even when you don’t have time to enter a password to unlock your device.
Cortana- your personal digital assistant
Cortana is now available above your lock screen so you can do things like ask questions, play music from your PC or set a reminder without unlocking your device. Cortana can save and recall key information, add photos to make your reminders visual. Cortana can give you notifications across all the devices you have with Cortana – like sharing directions across devices or from text or messaging services on your phone.
Say Hello to your Windows
Windows Hello lets you say goodbye to cumbersome passwords. With Windows Hello, unlocking your PC and devices is as quick as looking or touching. Windows Hello will also let you unlock your PC simply by tapping your Windows Hello enabled phone. Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge – all while maintaining enterprise-level security.
New and More secured features
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) detects, investigates, and responds to advanced malicious attacks on networks by providing a more comprehensive threat intelligence and attack detection. To help protect businesses from accidental data leaks – the biggest source of lost data – the Anniversary Update delivers Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection. Windows Information Protection enables businesses to separate personal and organizational data and helps protect corporate data where ever it goes. With this update, Microsoft also provides update to Windows defender, free anti-malware service, that includes the option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, as well as provide new notifications and summaries when scans are complete and threats are found.
All new Gaming Experience
Windows 10 will deliver incredible DirectX 12 games and Xbox Live features that will transform what you expect from PC gaming. Now you can play and connect with gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. From the best casual games to the next generation of PC releases, there will be more ways to play new games optimized for Windows. And that’s not all: Microsoft Studios is bringing a full portfolio of new games to Windows 10, including the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, which will be free for Windows 10 users.
Are you Ready??
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming on August 2. So save the date & get ready for next gen experience.
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With billions of people on the planet, we generate a lot of trash. And sadly, much of the waste ends up in waters, presenting a huge problem for marine life and one or the other way, it affects us also. A non-profit organization in Netherlands Ocean Cleanup Foundation is working on a solution for cleaning up the oceans.
Mission of hunting for ocean waste
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has unveiled a huge, 328-foot-long floating barrier that will collect the miscellaneous pieces of plastic bottles, bags, fishing nets, and other trash that floats in the seas. And ideally, the barrier would replace the boats that are currently tasked with the mission of hunting for ocean waste. It has just launched this floating barrier in North Sea and If it can survive the rough conditions of those waters, the plan is to deploy a 62 mile-long (!) barrier in the Pacific Ocean and reduce the size of the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the hope is to halve the size of the trash field in 10 years.
The Ocean Cleanup’s cleaning technology makes use of long floating barriers which act as an artificial coastline, passively catching and concentrating ocean debris. The system is powered by the ocean’s natural currents. Testing the barriers is important because of their crucial role in the cleanup concept. Although some trash may be caught during the North Sea prototype test, collecting plastic is not its objective.
No danger to marine life
Over the course of the next year, researchers will test the effectiveness of the boom, including how it withstands ocean currents, waves, and the elements, and ensure that it doesn’t disrupt marine life. As for the cleaning process itself, the barrier comes with a two-meter deep screen that creates a sort of curtain, collecting trash as water passes through it. Should the results prove satisfactory, the next step would be to send the full version to the waters between Hawaii and the west coast of the United States.
Other installations are planned in the years following, before a 100 km (62 mi) floating system is rolled out at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California. The system could make it possible to cut the time required to clean up the world’s oceans from millennia to mere years.
Whether or not it’s an ideal solution is up for debate. The 6.6-foot-deep design shouldn’t interfere with wildlife (unlike existing nets) and is intended to last through vicious storms. However, there is a possibility that such a heavy barrier can affect the distribution of marine life in the region.
Also, this problem is an outcome of a larger problem. The bigger challenge is to make people understand not to throw garbage in the seas.
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With thousands of expressive emojis and funny GIF reactions out there, it can be hard to choose the right one in the heat of the conversation. But now a new application Dango suggests which emoticon, gif, meme is best suited for what you are writing. Dango, a new Android app from the Toronto-based startup Whirlscape, aims to make it easier to sift through the ever-growing array of choices after being launched for android on June 8. It uses innovative machine learning algorithms that are designed specifically to suggest users with appropriate emoticons.
The Dango app is named after a Japanese dessert consisting of sweet dumpling balls on a skewer (and yes, there’s an emoji for it). It sits atop other communication apps like Slack, Snapchat, or the built-in texting app on your phone. It suggests emoji that it thinks fit well with what you’re typing or in response to what someone just typed to you. You tap on the suggestion to add to the conversation.
Dango spins its emoji prediction game everywhere
According to its creators, Dango spins its emoji prediction game everywhere, no matter if you’re using Messenger, Kik, Whatsapp, Snapchat, or any other messaging app. It’s also compatible with any third-party keyboard apps you might be using, although it may still vary. If you face incompatibility, just shoot the developers an e-mail and help them support your keyboard.
Rather than simply coming up with word associations (such as a chicken emoji if you type “chicken”), Dango uses deep-learning techniques to try to figure out what whole sentences are expressing and then give you suggestions it thinks are related. For instance, if you type “She said yes!” Dango will show you the emoji for a ring and a bride with veil, among others.
In order to understand the meaning of what you are saying, Dango uses neural network- a computational structure with millions of adjustable parameters connected in ways similar to network of neurons in brain. The team created neural network by randomly initializing these parameters and then showing the network millions of real world examples of emojis use taken from across the web. At first the network just guesses randomly, but over time with each new training example, it slightly adjusts its millions of parameters so it performs better on that example.
While there are currently 1,624 emojis, this does not mean that there are only 1,624 meanings. When you use emoji, their meaning is determined by how they look and the context of their usage, which can be highly diverse. For example, a waving hand can mean hello, goodbye or simply a high five. This means the number of concepts Dango can represent is much greater than simply the number of individual emojis.
Currently, Dango is completely free and available only on Android. Further updates will probably introduce additional functionalities.
You can download Dango from here-
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KFC is one of the leading fast food chains in India. In March, the fast food chain launched the 5-in-1 Meal Box to provide a complete meal at an affordable price to their customers. But with a step forward, KFC has tied up with a digital agency, Blink Digital to launch ‘watt a box’. The box will have 5-in-1 meal with a built in power bank to charge a phone.
Delicious Fried Chicken with Phone Charging
This special box will contain features such as USB, micro-USB and Lightning connections — and even includes the cables — to charge your mobile devices with delicious 5 meals. The box comes with magnetic flaps and contains your usual meal but has a power bank integrated on its side. The best thing is the power bank is removable, so you can carry it along. The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery.
The fast-food chain has launched this limited-edition “Watt-A-Box” packages in Delhi and Mumbai. Most of these boxes are up for grabs through an online contest, although some are being gifted to customers at select stores. If you are one of the lucky winners of a Watt a Box, you’ll not only get some truly unhealthy (but simply amazing) grub, but a 6,100mAh battery with all the connections — and cables — you’ll need to charge your favorite device.
Do It satisfy the claims??
According to the test conducted by BGR this Box fall short for the claims made. They tested on iPhone 5s with the battery pack and gained 17 percent after half-an-hour. Not terrible, until you factor in that the battery bank was completely drained during that time. After recharging it to 100 percent, they attempted to charge a Redmi Note 3, but only managed to get 7 percent before the battery died again.
Clearly the box doesn’t fulfill its claims but can charge your phone at least till the time you finish your yummy food. So, as unlikely as it may seem, the best portable battery banks probably aren’t coming in KFC containers. But, that doesn’t make the promotion any less cool.
Besides, this isn’t the first time these fast food Brands—Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell—has tried such innovations. Back in September last year, KFC came up with the ‘Don’t Panic Man’ campaign in Romania, which rewarded people with a free meal for coming to a KFC store when social media platforms were down. KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald’s had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons.
So you never know what is next in store for these Brands to attract their customers.
If anybody tried “Watt a Box”, they are welcome to share their experiences with us. Do comment below and we are all ears to listen to your feedback.
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Apple products are news makers and there is nothing different with the most awaited iPhone 7. Since the start of the year, iPhone 7 has been in the news, be it for its design, specifications or expected features and what not.
iPhone 7, which is expected to release this fall, is rumored to have a close resemblance with its predecessors. The Tech Giant follows a traditional pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, but this seems to change this year. Apple is rumored to release iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus with the screen size similar to the previous generation of iPhone 6s & 6s Plus i.e. 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.
No more standard 3.5 mm earpods
According to Wall Street Journal, only noticeable change will be removal of 3.5mm headphone jack and replacing it with its new Ear Pods with standard Lightning Connector which is used for fast charging as of now. According to the recent news, apple could be offering a lightning adapter in order to allow its customers to use their conventional Ear pods or Headphones with new iPhone. As with the removal of headphone jack and using the charging port for the headphones, there are doubts about charging the phone while the Ear Pods are plugged in. To resolve this issue, Apple is also exploring the option of Wireless charging technology that could be included in the new iPhone 7. Additionally, Apple is said to be updating the proximity sensor to a “dual specification” that the company hopes will be more accurate. It’s not entirely clear what the report means by dual specification, but presumably the omitter and receiver will be broken into two.
At the same time, it is rumored that headphone jack can be stayed and can be joined by a Dual SIM tray, given the fact that no iPhone has featured such capabilities before. However, we don’t believe Apple will ever go in that direction and offer a dual sim phone.
A Dual Lens Camera Setup
Sources have suggested that a dual camera set up could be offered on iPhone 7 plus model while its sibling could only get a larger camera with just one lens. It is rumored that Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi are also exploring dual lens camera for their upcoming smartphones, so it will be interesting to see what the mobile industry offers.
Now an iPhone with even larger storage
The iPhone 7 Plus model could also be an only model receiving a 256 GB storage option. Thus iPhone 7 plus can be offered with 16 Gb, 64 GB, and 256 GB, i.e. Apple is all set to remove its 128 GB version. Moreover, iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB RAM compared to 3 GB option in plus version.
Recent leaks about the product suggest that Apple is rethinking its home button for this year handset. Instead of a button, it will provide a touch sensitive pad. Users will have to perform tapping actions to activate specific actions. Battery life is expected to be same or slightly better than its predecessor iPhone 6s plus. Apple is also working on AMOLED displays for future products, but this may not be included in the coming release.
The rumored release date of the awaited iPhone 7 is this fall, i.e. at the end of September 2016.
Whatever the final product will be, Expect even longer waiting queues in front of Apple Stores this fall. So which features you are most excited about. Share your views in comments with us.