adminSeptember 24, 2018
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6min

With the launching of its latest flagship phone, Google is set to conquer the hearts, as well as wallets, of consumers today. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for purchase, and many people are curious whether the device is worth every penny.

With Pixel 3 XL, it is evident that Google has invested in things that people want out of a smartphone: great screen, great camera, and a sizeable battery life, among many other elements that make a great phone. Whether the claim rings true or not, let’s try to find out.

 

Pros

  • Improved screen
  • Superb front-facing speakers
  • Exceptional camera and wide angle front camera

Cons

  • Awkward notch
  • Rear finish is prone to scratches
  • Limited availability from US carriers and internationally

 

Screen and Display

If you’re curious what the biggest improvement on Google’s newest release is, I would say that it’s the quality of the screen. The screen of the Pixel 3 XL is absolutely wonderful as it uses OLED technology, which displays vibrant and bright colors, as well as deep blacks, and significantly lowers the power consumption of the device.

Looking at it as a whole, one could easily conclude that the company has spent a lot of its time and resources to make its flagship device worthy of being called just that by means of enhancing almost every aspect of the device, including longevity, brightness, and color accuracy.

Another great thing about the Pixel 3 XL is the new color mode that Google is using as a default scheme, and it is called adaptive. Adaptive considerably enhances the vibrancy of the colors on the screen without making human skin tones look out-of-this-world. Of course, it still doesn’t compare to the screen technologies of Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, but you will notice that the purples and the reds can be quite flattering.

Going back to the screen, the Pixel 3 duo are indeed significantly larger than the previous models, which they owe to reduced bezels and taller aspect ratios. It is especially true for the Pixel 3 XL since it has been extended to the top corner, which gives it a chin and a notch.

The notch can be quite annoying for some people, but you will see that the often you use the phone the notch becomes kind of unnoticeable. Actually, it looks way worse in photos than it does in real-life.

As for the speakers, they have indeed been improved. The company is claiming that they are 40% louder, but there isn’t that much extra volume when tested out. However, instead of the extra volume, it seemed like the quality of the sound had been improved.

Hardware

Now I can finally say that the latest Pixel phones are worthy of their price tag. These top-tier models cost a thousand bucks, and I believe that it’s worth every penny. It’s not to say that it’s better than Samsung’s and Apple’s flagship devices, but it’s finally on par with these high-end phones. As a matter of fact, it’s the little things that actually make these phones feel premium.

The Pixel 3 XL finally features a Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear panel and, more importantly, its overall fit and finish are way better than the previous models. It also comes in three color: “not pink”, “clearly white”, and “just black”. You’ll also be delighted to see that the only logo you will see on the whole device is a single G on the back, which is one of Google’s logos.

Camera

The camera is definitely one of the major reasons why someone would choose to buy the Pixel 3 XL. Google didn’t really change much about the traditional camera specs as there is still only one camera at the back with a 12.2 megapixel sensor located behind an image-stablized f/1.8 lens. In addition, the Pixel 3 XL also makes use of an updated Pixel Visual Core chip for image processing.

The biggest hardware update so far is the second wide-angle selfies camera located on the front portion of the device as well as a flicker sensor at the back, which means that most of the changes would come from the software. Most of the camera capabilities and tricks are still the same although they are significantly better at it now.

Should you choose the Pixel 3 XL as your new device? Well, it depends on your preference. If you want to have a great Android experience and the best phone camera, then you should definitely try out the Pixel 3 XL.

 


adminSeptember 24, 2018
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4min

Compared to previous models of Asus ROG laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S appears to be well-built and smaller, owing to its slimmer screen bezels and thinner body. As a result, it is the smallest, thinnest, and quietest Nvidia Max-Q laptop ever. However, I am quite concerned whether the company had to cut corners in order to make the Zephyrus S as portable as possible. Let’s find out more.

 

Pros

  • 15-inch gaming laptop in a 14-inch shell
  • Sturdier overall build quality
  • Lightest, thinnest gaming laptop in its class

Cons

  • Graphics max out with Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • Battery size and capacity hasn’t increased

 

Design

The previous model, the Asus ROG Zephyrus, impressed the consumers with its thin and light gaming laptop that showed no compromise whatsoever to its performance. With the Zephyrus S, consumers are sure to become even more impressed.

The Zephyrus S offers a 15-inch gaming laptop that is in a 14-inch body, thanks to its screen bezels being chipped away and by cutting down on the laptop’s thickness. You don’t need to worry, however, because the performance isn’t compromised by these. In fact, the Zephyrus S promises performance that is on par with the Dell XPS 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15 X.

The Zephyrus S measures 12 x 10.6 x 0.59-0.62 inches and weighs about 4.63 pounds or 2.1 kilograms. Moreover, the laptop has also undergone some relevant changes in terms with design, including its slightly hinge-forward design and a silhouette that is quite similar to the Alienware 15.

Performance

The Zephyrus S comes equipped with Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, which is also used by the Razer Blade and MSI GX65 Stealth Thin. So, it is quite reasonable to expect that the performance of the Zephyrus S would be on par with the two.

However, it won’t be able to support the Nvidia GTX 1080 Max-Q as a configurable graphics option. So, if you want Nvidia’s most powerful and thinnest mobile GPU, you’re better off with Alienware 15 and Acer Predator Triton 7000.

According to the laptop’s specifications, the Zephyrus S will make use of a 4-cell 50WHr battery, which can last for about two hours at best.

Price and Availability

The Zephyrus S comes in two different versions: the expensive and powerful GX531GS and the less expensive and less powerful GX531GM.

The GX531GS version, which comes equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, can be availed at Amazon for only $2,199. On the other hand, consumers can also choose to purchase the less expensive GX531GM version, which is equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card and sold at around $1,999.

Overall, I do think that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S is a decent gaming laptop as opposed to previous ROG laptop models. Well, it certainly looks the part. However, I’m not so sure about the decision of the company to limit the laptop to Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q and its less than impressive battery life.


adminSeptember 24, 2018
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9min

Although iOS is arguably the world’s first smartphone operating system, Google’s Android is without a doubt the most popular among consumers. Android has come a long way since its release back in 2008. Looking at it in retrospect, it has already been 10 years since then and a lot of significant updates have come to pass.

Seeing that this year is Android’s 10th year anniversary, let’s look back on the brief history of the OS and its various updates since then.

A Brief History

Android was first introduced to be used on an HTC-made T-Mobile device in 2008. However, the origin of Android dates back before it was even made available on smartphones. As a matter of fact, Android was first developed and released for digital cameras in 2003 by Andy Rubin.

He soon realized, however, that digital camera operating systems aren’t all that profitable, and so he shifted his attention toward smartphones. By 2005, Google purchased Android and used it to enter into the mobile device business. The company promoted Android to other manufacturers, specifically catching the eye of HTC, who used the platform to produce the first Android phone, which is the HTC Dream.

The Different Android Versions

Android mobile operating system had its origin with the release of the Android beta on November 2007. A year later, the first commercial version, which was named Android 1.0, was released to the public. From there on, there had been a number of minor and major updates to the mobile OS. Here is the complete list of the Android updates to date:

  • Android 1.0
  • Android 1.1 – Petit Four
  • Android 1.5 – Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 – Donut
  • Android 2.0 – Éclair
  • Android 2.2 – Froyo
  • Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 – KitKat
  • Android 5.0 – Lollipop
  • Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
  • Android 7.0 – Nougat
  • Android 8.0 – Oreo
  • Android 9.0 – Pie

Various Updates on the Android OS

Following the production of the first Android phone, Google released Android version 1.0, which was obviously far less developed compared to the operating system that we have today. It featured the Google Play Store, which was called the Market at the time. Moreover, it also featured the use of home screen widgets, which the iOS didn’t have at the time.

A year later, Google made its first two updates to the operating system: Android 1.1 and Android 1.5. Not only did the OS get a new version number; it was also the first update to use Google’s unique naming scheme as well. Android 1.1, which was called Petit Four, was released on February 9 and featured a few minor changes, including longer in-call screen timeout and the ability to save attachment in messages; whereas Android 1.5, which was also known as Cupcake, was significant for a lot of reason. The most important one would be that it was the first version to have an on-screen keyboard. The new update also allowed users to capture photos, which they were not able to do with the previous version.

The next big update on Android came in the form of Android 1.6, which is also called Android Donut, in 2009. The much recent update offered support to CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint, and other big networks in Asia. Donut was primarily aimed to making Android more user-friendly, for example, by enabling it to support different screen sizes. By doing this, manufacturers could create devices with varying display sizes and Android could still run in them.

In the same year, Google made another update on Android, which has now become Android 2.0 Éclair. Éclair perhaps is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, update on Android to date. Most of the changes it brought are still prevalent today, including Google Maps navigation, HTML5 support, and the lock screen.

The following year, Android 2.2 Froyo was introduced, which served as a means to refine the Android experience for users. Froyo also brought mobile hot spot support to the table, as well as the PIN lock screen.

In the same year, Android 2.3 Gingerbread was released and offered a redesign of Android’s widgets and home screen. The update also came with an enhanced keyboard, which lets users to press on multiple keys in order to get access to a second set of keyboard, and the front-facing camera. Would anyone care for a selfie?

In 2011, Google made two other updates to the Android OS, namely the Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. These updates were made to refine most of what is seen on the home screen as well as the widgets. Other features that were added were face unlock, data usage, analysis, and apps for the calendar and mail.

Another big update on Android came in 2012 with the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There are a number of significant changes made by this update, but I would say the most important would be Google Now and Project Butter, which aimed to notably improve the touch performance of the OS by tripling the buffering graphics.

After Android Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat was launched and brought with it a number of amazing features, mostly focusing on aesthetic changes to the OS at the time. KitKat also brought changes like the “OK, Google” command prompt, a new phone dialer, and the Hangouts app, among many others.

Android 5.0 Lollipop was then released a year later after Andoid KitKat was released. Lollipop featured the company’s “Material Design” philosophy; however, the changes were not all about aesthetics alone. Google also made some major changes under the hood.

After Android Lollipop, along comes Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which brought some design changes as well as changes under the hood. The most significant change would probably be the app menu. In the new update, the background is white rather than the typical black background from the previous OS versions.

The 14th Android version would be the Android 7.0 Nougat, and it is arguably one of the biggest updates to Android since its first release. Google Now got replaced with the much better Google Assistant. Other notable changes are the split-screen mode, an improved multitasking capability, and an enhanced notifications system.

A year after Android Nougat was released, another update was made and was subsequently called Android 8.0 Oreo. This new update brought about a lot of amazing features, such as picture-in-picture, notification dots, and native split-screen.

The most recent Android update, which was released just recently, is named Android 9.0 Pie. Android Pie offered a lot of visual changes; as a matter of fact, looking at a visual standpoint, it is arguably the biggest update to Android in the last few years.

All these complete the evolution of Android, from its simple beginnings to how impressive it is now. With that, I do believe that we will be seeing a lot more impressive things from Android in the coming years.


adminAugust 1, 2018
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6min

Samsung has announced that it has updated its Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji creator tool with better facial tracking as well as a few new options for customization, which would enable the AR Emoji to capture each user’s individuality.

The latest update on Samsung’s AR Emoji tool will make it possible for users to tweak various features of the creepy avatar; from the shape of its soulless eyes to the size of its disconcerting grin.

Samsung’s AR Emoji

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

The feature works by generating a digital version of your face that can then be used to log your facial expressions. In a nutshell, the feature creates an avatar of the user and allows him or her to modify elements like hair, complexion, clothes, and so on.

Galaxy S9 will use the avatars to create a set of 18 animated stickers that can eventually be used in other messaging applications like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, which would allow users to share the AR Emoji with friends that don’t have the AR Emoji feature on their gadgets.

Interestingly enough, users who don’t want to use their own face can opt to use the face of Disney characters instead. Samsung has collaborated with Disney in order to let you use the feature with characters like Mickey Mouse and The Incredibles, for instance.

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

How to Create and Use Galaxy S9 AR Emoji

In order to start the process of creating an AR Emoji, you would have to launch the camera application on your mobile phone and then tap on the AR Emoji mode, which can be found on top.

Then, you take a photo of your face, just as you would when you are taking a selfie. The AR Emoji feature will then automatically spot key data points, such as your eyes and nose, to create a digital version of you.

Just as a warning though, the digital version that the feature creates may not initially look like you. This is where the abovementioned options come into the picture as they can be used to fine-tune your avatar to perfection. The hair, eyes, nose, cheeks, ears, complexion, and other features can be adjusted with the use of sliders.

Once you’re satisfied with the avatar you’ve created, you can then use the front camera on the Galaxy S9 to record your voice and facial expression. After that, you may send the animation you’ve created to your family and friends.

AR Emoji feature

How Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

When compared to Apple’s Memoji feature, one can say that Apple did a lot better job of creating a feature that most people would want to use. From the beginning, Apple offered a variety of options for customization, which gave users more control over what they look like.

Additionally, when it was examined, it became clear that Samsung’s AR Emoji relied only on software, as opposed to Apple’s Memoji, and so that maybe the reason for the quality gap.

Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

However, Samsung actually did something right, in one aspect at least, by giving users sliders that allows them to hone specific elements. Now that is something that Apple may want to consider incorporating in their Memoji feature.

Overall, I think that the Samsung S9 AR Emoji is worth a try. Although I have to admit that there is still more room for improvement and that it is still a tad creepy, the new update could make the experience more interesting and fun.


adminJuly 29, 2018
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6min

Fake products are steadily invading the market nowadays; from fake CDs to fake designer bags and fake smartphones. I’m sure most of you won’t be surprised if some of the accounts following you on your social media accounts are fake, too; in fact, it has totally gone mainstream.

For sure there are also others who do not realize that they are being followed by a number of bots and fake accounts. This is not anybody’s fault. Bot accounts, by nature, tend to follow popular accounts.

Facebook fake accounts and bots

In order to keep social media clean and authentic, people should take initiative in keeping an eye on their followers on social media, blocking or reporting anyone with a suspicious or spam account.

To do all that, you will need to know how to spot fake accounts. Since most of them are pretty authentic-looking, it is kind of hard for most internet users, especially those who are not tech-savvy, to distinguish the difference. To help you on your quest for a cleaner and safe social media experience, I’ll share some useful tips. Here they are;

Fake Accounts have Lots of Followers but Low Engagement

The easiest way to determine whether an account is fake is to see if it has a lot of followers, accompanied by a low level of engagement. It isn’t normal for an account that has over 1,000 followers to only have 2 or 5 likes per post. An authentic account usually has followers that are active and engaging; they regularly like or comment on each post.

Fake Social Accounts

Fake Accounts have an Engagement Rate that is too Fast

Most con artists today are getting wiser, and so they try to make an authentic account by having more followers and likes. They are able to do so by means of purchasing likes, which automatically likes anything that the account posts. What makes it more obvious is that these likes are accompanied by zero comments.

In addition, genuine accounts have an engagement that gradually takes place and usually has a decent balance between likes and comments.

Fake Accounts have an Engagement Rate that is too Fast

Fake Accounts Usually have Very Few Posts

A real account has many followers because they’ve done something to deserve it; just like how in Instagram you post pictures so that you can influence people to follow you. Now, isn’t it fishy to see an Instagram account that has over 1,000 followers to have only five to ten posts? Most likely those are fake accounts that are populated with fake followers.

Fake Accounts Usually Contain Shady Contents

Sometimes, you can just tell that an account is fake because it obviously looks shady. For instance, the account may have a photo of a handsome guy or a gorgeous girl as its profile picture, but when you look at the content, it is populated with blurry selfies or photos of beautiful landscapes. In short, the content of the account is populated with amateur content. The photos are probably stolen from accounts of other users in an effort to make their account look authentic.

Now that you are equipped with these pointers, you have a higher chance to avoid falling victim to bots and fake accounts. Always remember: “Stay safe on the Internet.”


adminJuly 27, 2018
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7min

Ways of committing crimes have drastically evolved throughout the years; from cavemen using sticks and stones to modern men using devious tactics to steal, kill, and dupe other people. As the world continued to advance, people also found ingenious ways and developed sophisticated technology to help them protect their properties and well-being in general.

At present, you will see that most gadgets employ artificial intelligence software and various technologies, like biometrics, for instance. Some devices use fingerprint scanners; others scan your entire face; other devices just scan your iris.

As people got smarter in setting up safeguards, most thieves adapted and learned how to circumvent these safety measures. Speaking about theories, it is believed that iris scanners can be duped by using an eyeball plucked from another person. For those of you who have read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, you will probably remember that the antimatter was stolen because the thief cuts out the physicist’s eyes and used it to fool the biometric scanners. That, indeed, is a pretty disturbing thought.

So, now, the most important question that should be asked is this: “Is there any way for iris scanners to confirm if a scanned eyeball belongs to a living person?” Recently, a group of researchers based in Poland have studied whether a machine learning system could tell between living eyeballs from dead ones.

Living Eyeballs

What Exactly is Iris Recognition

To inform you a little about iris scanners, it uses iris recognition in its processes. Now, iris recognition is an automated process of biometric identification that utilizes mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises; its complex patterns are distinctive and stable, and it can be seen from a distance.

Some people might confuse iris recognition with retinal scanning. In order to point out the difference between the two, retinal scanning is an ocular-based biometric technology that uses the distinct patterns on an individual’s retina blood vessels and is frequently confused with iris recognition. Iris recognition, on the other hand, uses video camera technology with subtle near-infrared illumination to obtain imagery of the intricate and detailed structures of the iris that are visible.

Iris Recognition

How Dead Eyeballs can be Distinguished from Living Ones

Thanks to Mateusz Trokielewicz at Warsaw University of Technology in Poland and a couple of his colleagues, we may have an answer to that glaring question. This group of researchers has created a database of irises that were scanned from both living people and dead bodies and then trained a machine-learning algorithm to recognize the difference.

Trokielewicz says that their algorithm can differentiate a living iris from a dead one with an accuracy of 99%. Even with this high accuracy percentage, is it still possible to beat the detection system?

Mateusz Trokielewicz

Efforts in Fool-proofing the System

The system was made fail-safe by means of an unusual database: the Warsaw BioBase PostMortem Iris dataset that contains 574 near-infrared iris images that were gathered from 17 people at different times of death; the dates of the images range from five hours to 34 days after death.

The group of researchers also gathered 256 images of live irises. In order to avoid future technical hitches, they were cautious enough to use the same iris camera that was used on the cadavers. They also cropped the images so that only the iris is shown in order to further fool-proof their results.

Efforts in Fool-proofing the System

Even though Trokielewicz and his colleagues were able to yield very good results, there is still one drawback: the system’s accuracy does not apply to fresh irises. It can only produce a valid result to irises that have been dead for 16 hours or more.

Certainly, this will give thieves and criminals a window of opportunity to perform their wicked deeds, but it will also undeniably give people some comfort in knowing that plucked eyeballs will eventually lose their ability to dupe the system in just a few hours.


adminJuly 25, 2018
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7min

Not too long ago, during Google I/O this year, Google showed Google Duplex to the public. Now, it has been a long-standing objective of computer technology with regard to human-computer interaction to make it possible for people to have a smooth and natural conversation with computers.

You could note that in recent years, there has been a tremendous development in the computer’s ability to understand and generate natural speech; however, even with today’s advanced technology, it can get quite frustrating when you converse with the computerized voices in your gadgets that simply don’t understand natural language.

Most systems and software are evidently struggling to comprehend simple words and instructions; they also don’t engage in a smooth conversation flow and compels people to adjust to the system rather than the other way around. There are also times when software, like a virtual assistant, for instance, hears something completely different from what was actually said, but all that is going to change because of Google Duplex.

Google showed Google Duplex to the public

Google Duplex: What it is Exactly

Google Duplex is a fully automated system that is capable of making calls on the user’s behalf, doing so with a natural-sounding human voice and using fillers, such as “um” and “uh”, rather than the typical robotic voice that we are much accustomed to. In addition, Google Duplex is also able to comprehend complex sentences, slangs, rapid speech, and long dialogues.

Because of all these characteristics, Google Duplex is the appropriate solution to the past struggles with human-computer interaction. By letting users have a natural conversation with computers, users don’t have to keep repeating their commands and will be assured that the computer understood everything that they have said.

Gone are the days where you adjust to the system; gone are the days where you shout at your phone just to get your message or command through; gone are the days where you keep repeating your command because the system keeps hearing differently. Now, users can speak like usual, just as they would if they were speaking to another human being, without fear of not being understood.

Google Duplex

Google Duplex: What It Can Do for You

At present, Google Duplex can be used to complete three separate tasks: making reservations at restaurants, scheduling hair appointments, and getting businesses’ holiday operating hours.

Additionally, if the business establishment you are trying to book with accepts online reservations, Google Duplex will make use of that. If not, Google Duplex will call the business establishment on your behalf. All you have to do is instruct Google Assistant; for instance, saying “Call ABC restaurant and make a reservation for two people on Tuesday night at 6”, or something to that effect.

As soon as an appointment or a reservation is made, Google Duplex will immediately notify the user that arrangements have already been made.

It is, of course, a bit creepy to carry a conversation not knowing whether you’re talking to a computer or a genuine human being. Perhaps as an answer to that growing concern, Google later made an additional announcement that a call from Google Duplex would identify itself as such before starting a conversation.

Google AI

Google Duplex: Potential and Practical Use

I think we’ve all experienced calling the telephone or cable company, for instance, and listening to an automated system telling us to “press 1 to talk to a customer service agent or press 2 for accounting”. Integrating Google Duplex into their systems would certainly cause serious improvement.

Another potential use of Google Duplex would be in government offices; people would no longer wait an hour or two just to get hold of a representative since they could ask the AI system directly about their concerns.

There is, without a doubt, still room for improvement left for Google Duplex, but it is clear that it is taking the right step in ensuring a significant improvement in man’s day-to-day interaction with computers.


adminJuly 23, 2018
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6min

A couple of years back, only a select few felt that information technology would blossom into what it is today. In fact, most companies believed that information technology was not very significant for their company, and so they didn’t invest enough time and money on it.

Well, today, that is no longer the case. Any company today ought to think about information technology and work out a way to use it to their advantage. From there, you can see how vital information technology has become, not only for businesses but also for us individuals.

In this article, you will get acquainted with some of the best technology franchise opportunities to invest in.

uBreakiFix

CEO: Justin Wetherhill

uBreakiFix, which was founded in 2009, is a professional electronics repair franchise. It grabbed the 18th spot on the Franchise 500 list, which is published by Entrepreneur magazine based on a submission and review method.

uBreakiFix is offering mail-in and walk-in repair services. At the beginning of 2017, the franchise has rapidly expanded, reaching over 300 locations because of the explosion of smartphones.

uBreakiFix started franchising in 2013, with an initial investment ranging from $60,400 to $220,850 and an initial franchising fee of $40,000. They will provide training, which will last for about 3 weeks on the site and 120 hours in the classroom. Their marketing support includes but is not limited to Ad Templates, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing, and a loyalty program.

uBreakiFix

CPR: Cell Phone Repair

CEO: Josh Sevick

CPR, or Cell Phone Repair, is the oldest electronics repair franchise in the country; it was founded in 2004. It was ranked 26th among the other franchise on the Franchise 500 list.

Like uBreakiFix, Cell Phone Repair provides fast and affordable electronics repair for tablets, laptops, mobile phones, and even gaming consoles. Aside from this service, Cell Phone Repair also sells game systems, smartphones, and many more. At the beginning of 2017, the franchise significantly expanded, having 365 franchises all over the world.

Cell Phone Repair started franchising in 2007, three years after it was founded, with an initial investment ranging from $58,150 to $176,000 and an initial franchising fee of $45,000. They will provide training, which will last approximately 400 hours on the site and 24 hours in the classroom. Their marketing support includes but is not limited to Co-op advertising, ad templates, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, and email marketing.

Cell Phone Repair

CMIT

CEO: Jeff Connally

CMIT, formerly known as Computer Moms, was founded in 1994. It initially focused on in-home computer services and training. By 2014, they shifted their concentration and served small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and also changed their name to CMIT Solutions (or Completely Managed IT Solutions).

Jeff Connally

Apparently, their business strategy worked because, at the beginning of 2017, CMIT already had 175 franchise and is currently ranked 186th on the Franchise 500 list.

CMIT started franchising in 1998, which is four years after it was founded, with an initial investment ranging from $127,200 to $173,200 and an initial franchising fee of $45,000. They will provide training, which will last approximately 400 hours on the site training and 24 hours for in-classroom training. Their marketing support includes, but are not limited to, Co-op advertising, ad templates, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, and email marketing.

People might shy away from investing in a tech franchise, probably because they think they’d have to be all tech-savvy in order to do so, but I think it’s a great opportunity to learn, to expand a business, and to shatter that age-old false myth.


adminJuly 21, 2018
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7min

During the last few decades, technology has been continually evolving in a rapid fashion. It started with the rise of the Internet and smartphones. Aside from that, other smart gadgets and technologies began to circulate the market as well.

At present, breakthrough technology is dramatically changing how things work in various industries in countless and unexpected ways. For instance, modern technology makes it easier for people to make accommodation and travel arrangements, and so technological advancement has boosted tourism and travel.

If you look at the manufacturing industry, technology has also played a key part in assisting production with the help of the computational power and data availability that it provides. Technology has also helped other industries such as farming, healthcare, automotive, music, and transportation.

In short, technology has been an indispensable factor in changing various industries and helping them to thrive and survive in better ways than they did before.

Below you will read about some of the hand-picked breakthrough technologies that are included in this year’s MIT Technology Review.

MIT Technology Review

3-D Metal Printing

3-D printing began as far back as 1981, but it was mostly used by hobbyist and also for designing purposes. Currently, however, 3D printing has been viewed as a sensible approach in manufacturing metal parts. 3-D printers can easily make metal objects quickly and, most importantly, in a cheaper way.

Looking at it as a whole, this technology is capable of making large and complex-looking metal objects and parts that are on demand. It could, in turn, potentially transform manufacturing as we know it and open up new doors of possibilities and opportunities.

The current key players of 3-D metal printing are Markforged, Desktop Metal, and GE.

Artificial Embryos

This technological breakthrough has given a completely different meaning to how life can be created. Experts working at the University of Cambridge have cultivated real-looking mouse embryos just by using stem cells. No egg or sperm was required; just stem cells that were harvested from another embryo.

This breakthrough of artificial embryos will certainly open up new doors for us to better understand how life develops. However, it also poses various concerns such as ethical and, surprisingly, even philosophical problems.

The current key players of artificial embryos are the University of Cambridge, University of Michigan, and Rockefeller University.

Artificial Embryos

 

Cloud-based AI Services

Artificial Intelligence has always been making huge splashes in various industries; however, it is dominated by only a select few. Now, by making it a cloud-based service, AI can easily be available to many others and offer the economy a significant boost.

The current key players of Cloud-based AI services are Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Together they are working to increase people’s access to machine learning and artificial intelligence and make it relatively affordable and easy to use.

Cloud-based AI Services

Babel Fish Earbuds

Ever since time immemorial, language has always been one of the greatest barriers to communication and it still is. With the help of near-real-time translation, people can have their conversation in different languages and in near real-time, which is not just effective but also efficient.

It has been reported that the earbuds are still in their early stages, but it cannot be denied that the underlying technology in this is truly promising.

Babel Fish Earbuds

These are truly exciting times as technology advances with blinding speed.  It is just as hard to imagine what the next 20 years will bring just as it is was hard for us to imagine what today would be like 20 years ago.  What is truly extraordinary about breakthroughs today is that they are spreading out into different industries rapidly, and are no longer mostly just limited to just a few industries, like the way they were 20 years ago.


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By now, you’ve probably seen thousands of memes all over the Internet, thanks to social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram among others. Well, have you ever wondered where they came from?

Before we go deeper into that, let me give you a simple definition of what a meme and internet meme is, for the benefit of those who don’t know.

Internet Meme

A meme, according to Wikipedia, is an idea or style that spread from one person to another within a culture. A meme’s main goal is to express a particular theme or meaning that it represents.

On the other hand, an Internet meme is a concept or catchphrase or a piece of media that spreads, usually as a type of impersonation or for entertainment purposes, by means of the Internet.

piece of media

Where do They Come From?

If truth be told, a meme can be quite complicated to define since it could take on any form. It could be an idea, a photo, a video, a person, a quote, a word or group of words, or even a fictional character. It could even be said that a meme is something that is broadcasted for fun, which eventually becomes viral.

Now, there are a number of online communities that create and spread memes with the purpose of making an idea viral; this practice is known as attention hacking or weaponizing. Because of the global fame that memes have, these communities became especially influential.

Through it all, there is only a little information about how memes spread and how they make use of their influence.

spread memes with the purpose of making an idea viral

How do They Affect the Society?

Memes might look quite harmless, just something that people do to kill time and to entertain themselves, but they actually have a big impact on our culture. Memes can, believe it or not, change the way people live by influencing popular culture. And certain memes at times target particular demographics, such as teenagers and young working individuals.

Due to its economical and viral nature, memes are also being used by most advertising and marketing professionals. Not to mention that memes have also provided a significant means for many people to gain fame and fortune.

Memes affect the Society?

Why do They Matter?

All of that being said, there is still one more question that we all need to ponder upon: “Why do memes matter? Why do we need to care about how memes impact our culture and society as a whole?”

Many people believe that they become a different person online, but that is far from being true. Whatever we do online actually do reflect who we are as a person when we are offline, and so it is something that should be taken more seriously.

I agree that memes have become a natural way for many people to express themselves, but all of us should also remember that everything we do is bound to have some consequences and that we have to be responsible for whatever we do or post online.

Since so many memes are being shared in virtually all social media platform, and mostly done by teens and young adults, it is extremely crucial for them to understand a meme’s true meaning and how it impacts society.

Looking at different posts online, you can see various versions of the same meme, and you can see how some people showcase their ingenuity. However, it is also important to remember and keep in mind that what might seem funny to one person could, in fact, be offensive to another.



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