adminJune 3, 2018


About ninety-five percent of teens today have access to a smartphone and about forty-five percent of teens are almost constantly online. But did you know that younger internet users do not connect on Facebook as much as their seniors or older peers do? Although Facebook dominated social media across all age groups over the past years, today it has taken the back seat to YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat among the teens.

Of course, Facebook is still being used by over half of all teens. But compared to YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat, Facebook has clearly taken a back seat because most teens prefer to use the three aforementioned social media platforms. Facebook did manage to outpace Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit.

Overall, Facebook is still, by a very wide margin, the biggest social network worldwide. As of the first quarter of last year, Facebook had almost 2 billion global monthly active users, of which 1.74 billion are mobile monthly active users. But it could not be denied that Facebook’s popularity has definitely plummeted among teenagers since they are ditching Facebook and picking YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram.

A Change in Norm Among Teens

The social media habits of teenagers nowadays have, in some ways, changed. In 2015, a measly twenty-four percent of teens went constantly online, which is essentially half of the number that does so today.

Three years ago, Facebook was still the dominant social media platform on the Internet. A whopping seventy-one percent of teens said that they used Facebook, while forty-one percent said that they used it often. Instagram came in second with fifty-two percent of teens saying that they use it, and almost twenty percent said that they used it often. At the time, YouTube wasn’t even named among the most popular online platform choices of teens.

Today, teens are picking YouTube and ditching Facebook. I guess I should say that it isn’t that surprising because trends are always changing. What may be famous or popular now may be forgotten three to five years from now. Of course, that might not be the case in some things.

A Reason for the Sudden Change

The young teens of today have constant changing tastes in social media. They seldom stick with that their older peers liked in different aspects and trends. Although with regard to social media, there could be other factors that explain what it is that is chasing away young teens nowadays.

The organization did not bother to speculate on a reason for this, although in general, teens often turn away from services or things that become mainstream or when it is used by their parents.

One possible reason could be that they don’t want all of the services and features being provided by Facebook. One other possible reason could be that they mainly want a platform to connect with their friends while also staying relevant; they don’t want to see motivational memes, political nonsense, fake news, spam, or any kind of advertising. Young teens of today might prefer to connect in a private and protected environment.

A Concern for Teens’ Safety on Social Media

Although there are a lot of reminders and precautions being taken, some experts express their concerns about young users on social media. As a matter of fact, the young teens themselves have a divided opinion about the subject matter. They have, in fact, reckoned whether social media is good for them; almost a quarter thinks that it has a negative effect, while a third says that it’s a good thing, and nearly half think that it is neutral.

adminJune 2, 2018


With the ever-growing and rapidly-evolving technology we have today, a lot of revolutionary inventions have emerged and one of them is artificial intelligence. We can basically see it in most of our modern gadgets such as mobile phones, smart watches, drones, self-driving cars, speakers, SIRI, and many others. But what happens if something, however remotely trivial or small, goes wrong?

The researchers at MIT Media Lab sounded a little bit scared of their latest invention: a neural network called “Norman”, whom they claim is showing thought processes that are closest to “psychopathic” than any other AI before it. Part of its introduction to the public was staged as an April Fool’s prank on the lab’s official site, on which they claimed that the AI Norman’s thought processes became permanently deranged by constant exposure to the darkest corners of Reddit. While that diagnosis may have been intentionally exaggerated, the part about Norman’s incredibly morbid point of view is terrifyingly real.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by human beings and other animals. Artificial intelligence can also be understood as an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of smart machines that work and reacts like humans. Some of them are designed for speech recognition, learning, planning, and problem-solving.

Research conducted with regard to artificial intelligence is specialized and highly technical. The main problems of artificial intelligence include programming computers for certain traits such as reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, perception, problem-solving, and ability to manipulate and move objects.

Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

There are people who have negative feelings toward artificial intelligence, but what they don’t know is that it can be quite beneficial. First and most important, it produces jobs. Contrary to popular belief, artificial intelligence actually helps companies, such as Google and Netflix, to exist. Actually, Google alone employs more than 70,000 employees. Imagine that 70,000 people are able to have jobs that don’t involve mindless tasks; this is just one benefit of artificial intelligence, and that’s just the success it has had with one company. Artificial intelligence helps businesses grow, develop, and allocate new resources to hire more people. Another benefit that artificial intelligence provides is helping reduce the effect of some of the man’s poor decisions. Other benefits are its convenience, efficiency, and its role in promoting faster advancement in healthcare and technology.

Of course, there will also be risks involved in such advanced technologies. First on the list is that phishing scams could get even worse. They could become even more prevalent and effective thanks to AI. Also, hackers could start using AI like financial firms. Fake news and propaganda are only going to get worse. AI could make weapons more destructive.

Meet Norman, the AI Psychopath

A neural network designed by researchers at MIT Media Lab, Normal is disturbingly different from other types of artificial intelligence (AI). Norman is an algorithm that is specifically trained to understand pictures, but, like its namesake Hitchcock’s Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Norman’s point of view was incessantly bleak; it saw dead bodies, blood, and destruction in every image. When it was shown different inkblot drawings and asked what it saw, it answered with some really disturbing responses. A drawing that a regular AI would interpret as “a close up of a vase with flowers” would be interpreted by Norman as “a man shot dead”. A drawing that a regular AI would interpret as “a black and white photo of a small bird” would be interpreted by Norman as “a man getting pulled into a dough machine”. Even when it was shown colored inkblot drawings, Norman would still interpret it as “a man shot dead in front of his screaming wife” and “a man killed by a speeding driver”. Norman is quite biased towards death and destruction because that is all that it knows. AI in real-life situations can be equally biased if it was trained on flawed and bad data.

Apparently, Norman isn’t the first AI to focus on dark subject matters.  Earlier experiments such as “Nightmare Machine”, an AI that learned to recognize images that scared people and turned ordinary photos into horrific ones, and “Shelley”, an AI that was fed text from various horror stories and eventually learned to write her own original tales of terror, came before Norman.

adminJune 2, 2018


There are currently a lot of interesting start-up business ideas that are quite confusing. Of course, you will need to consider a start-up business idea that is not only profitable but also great in the long-term. Trying out a new trend can prove to be risky, but it can also be highly rewarding if you’re successful with your business venture. Even so, it can sometimes get terrifying when you think about the money that you will be investing in this new venture. So, it is only reasonable that you take extreme caution and invest only in things that you think you are sure to give you some return on your investment.

What is a Start-Up Company?

A start-up company is an entrepreneurial venture that is typically a newly-emerged business that aims to answer a marketplace need by developing a feasible business model around a product, service, process, or a platform.

The biggest difference between a start-up and a small business is its top objectives. When compared with small businesses, start-ups are more focused on top-notch revenue and growth potential. Small businesses are driven by profitability and consistency, or more precisely, stable long-term gain.

Currently Existing Start-Up Companies

Now that you know what a start-up company is and what its objectives are, you will learn about some start-up companies currently in operation. First off is Pinterest, a web and mobile application company that operates a software system that is designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly using images – and on a shorter scale – GIFs and videos. Second on our list is Dropbox, a file-hosting service operated by American company Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Lastly, we have Airbnb, an American company that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, hostel beds, and hotel rooms.

Start-Up Business Ideas in 2018

And now, you will be shown different amazing start-up business ideas for you to try out in 2018. These ideas have been quite popular for a long time, which makes them more competitive but less risky. Fundamentally, these niche examples will help you make a lot of money.

1. Selfie Drones

The drone business is one of the highest potential business trends in the market today. There is actually a growing demand and interest for this business – from drones delivering parcels to farmers monitoring their crops to photographers and videographers looking to get the perfect aerial shot.

If you decide to start a venture on this particular business idea, you will want to choose the best market to target. A few good ideas to consider are selfie drones, toy drones, and drones with the camera for industrial use.

2. Smartwatches

One of the products that have a steady growing demand on the market are smartwatches, a wearable touchscreen computer in the form of a wristwatch. Smartwatches are very much a mainstream tech category today, with top wrist wearable companions from Samsung, Apple, Tag Heuer, and LG to name a few.

3. Dash Cams

Dash cams are one of those start-up business ideas that will continue to grow in fame since they are pretty much practical and also having a viral element to them. A lot of insurance companies accept dash cam videos in claims to be used in evidence nowadays. In a couple of years, the industry is anticipated to grow rapidly worldwide.

4. Wireless Earphones

With the advancement of technology – spurring the development of Bluetooth and WiFi – wireless earphones are a start-up business idea that is growing in popularity. However, we must not forget that there’s also a convenient component to them.

5. Power Bank

Power banks are mobile chargers that are charged in advance for later use. It’s a great product in that it is very convenient and practical. It is perfect when you’re traveling to remote locations with limited access to electrical outlets. Since the majority of consumers, today own a mobile device, accessories, such as power banks and earphones. are expected to rapidly grow in popularity. And so, this start-up business idea might be a gold mine for those who are looking for a chance to develop their own business.

adminJune 1, 2018


Whether we admit it or not, we’ve all had that dream of being a genius and becoming rich by inventing something revolutionary. We’ve all had that secret fantasy of acquiring wealth and fame. Well, Elizabeth Holmes did just that.

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth Ann Holmes was born in February 1984. She is the daughter of government service worker Christian Holmes IV and congressional committee staffer Noel Daoust.

Ever since she started attending school, she was recognized to have a tireless optimism. And when she was in high school, she started her first business selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities. In 2001, Holmes applied to Stanford and studied chemical engineering and went to work in various labs. In March 2004, she dropped out of Stanford and used her tuition money as her source of funds for a consumer healthcare technology company.

And at just the age of 19, Elizabeth Holmes went and became the world’s youngest female billionaire when she founded Theranos, a revolutionary health technology company – which was valued then at $9 billion – that claimed to have devised revolutionary blood tests using very small amounts of blood with the use of a finger prick.

The Wall Street Journal Report

Theranos was one of Silicon Valley’s unicorn start-ups and seemed to have a really promising start – having all these big-name and famous investors such as David Boies, Tim Draper, Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch, Bob Kraft, John Elkann, George Schultz, and James Mattis – but it all came crashing down on October 2015 when John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist working for The Wall Street Journal, wrote about Theranos and exposed the company’s so-called revolutionary technology as being unstable and not yet commercially-ready.

John Carreyrou’s reporting sparked the beginning of the revolutionary company’s downward spiral. By 2016, the FDA, SEC, and Centers for Medicare were all looking into Theranos. In July 2016, Holmes was banned from the laboratory-testing industry for two years. By October 2016, the revolutionary Theranos had shut down lab operations and wellness centers. And in March 2018, Theranos, Holmes, and Balwani – the company’s number 2 – were charged with “massive fraud” by the SEC. Once valued at $9 billion, the revolutionary Theranos has now become essentially worthless.

Judge’s Ruling on Theranos Case

A lot of people, including the company’s investors, we’re happy to hear the news. But just recently, a US judge ruled that investors who claimed that the revolutionary Theranos defrauded them into investing money in the company cannot pursue their claims as a class action.

“It is easy to imagine, for example, that someone invested simply because a friend suggested it, or because all that percolated down the grapevine was the vague insight that Theranos was a fast-growing company, or had promising but unspecific technology,” Cousins wrote in a 34-page order.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs – Reed Kathrein – said that he may appeal or seek reconsideration. “It is too early to say anything other than we are very disappointed,” Kathrein said in an email.

Michael Mugmon, a lawyer for the revolutionary Theranos, said, “We are pleased by the court’s ruling, as it brings the company a step closer to resolving its outstanding legal issues.” Meanwhile, Holmes’s and Balwani’s lawyers did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The ruling by US Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California came as a surprise and is a setback for the company’s investors. The proposed class had included over 200 people who invested in funds from 2013 to 2016 for the purpose of buying shares of the revolutionary Theranos.

It is indeed disappointing and a piece of sad news for investors and patients alike. But what’s really important is that Elizabeth Holmes should have given an apology. As what Sheri Ackert, a Theranos patient, said in an interview, “I would just really appreciate an apology. I don’t need to know what went wrong. Just apologize for your mistake.”

adminJune 1, 2018


Walking downtown I could hardly turn every corner without seeing someone holding a Smartphones. With the way technology is developing faster and consistently, Smartphones nowadays are more common than the cold and flu. And there are a lot of Smartphones in the market today so it is difficult to pick the best one to buy. Of course, among all of these Smartphones being marketed today, the best Smartphones are those with the established brand name – such as Samsung, Sony, ASUS, iPhone, et cetera.

Before you make a choice on which Smartphones to buy, let me just remind you that expensive doesn’t always mean the best. You could actually get good quality phones without spending a lot. We have a lot of budget Smartphones in the market and you don’t even know about them. So, let me take this opportunity to share my top 5 budget Smartphones for 2018. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. ASUS ZenFone Max M1

ASUS ZenFone Max M1 makes it to my top 5 list of budget Smartphones because it is highly affordable (currently priced at Php 8,995) and it has a big-battery (4,000 mAh) handset. Additionally, it also has dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor – two features you wouldn’t usually find in a budget phone.

The new ZenFone Max is also equipped with a Snapdragon 430 chipset that’s both fast enough for everyday tasks and highly efficient at optimizing every ounce of energy from the battery. There is even a facial recognition using the front camera to unlock it. So, large battery, efficient processor, reasonably low price, all the features you need – do you need anything more?

  1. OPPO A83

If you’re the type to obsess over a Smartphone with a near-borderless display, you definitely wouldn’t go wrong with OPPO 83. It is not just OPPO’s best budget Smartphones (priced at Php 9,990); it is also one of the cheapest Smartphones you can find anywhere. Although it’s most remarkable feature is an 8-megapixel front camera with artificial intelligence built in for smoother selfies.

Usually, budget phones get low-powered processors, but that is not true for OPPO A83. Even though screen resolution and security features were downgraded, OPPO didn’t sacrifice the performance. It has the same chipset as the F5 series – the MediaTek Helio P23. It has the new Mali-G71 MP2 graphics for better gaming performance. Memory and storage configuration is also fine at 3GB and 32GB.

  1. Lenovo P2

Lenovo P2 quickly drew high acclaim since it has the best battery life of any Smartphones we’ve tested so far. It can last for almost 30 hours on a single charge, which is quite noteworthy. The Lenovo P2 is the budget Smartphones to beat if we are talking about longevity.

Although it is a bit chunkier than most budget Smartphones, it is a small price to pay for the longest lasting Smartphones in the market. There are also quite a few amazing features offered by Lenovo P2 – Lenovo P2’s display, performance, and overall build quality are all first-rate. In fact, it’s actually giving the other mid-priced handsets a run for their money.

  1. Samsung Galaxy J5

Samsung has always performed far better than any of its competition and has a great track record of pumping out fantastic budget Smartphones. For the past few years, it is Samsung’s J-series line up that has mostly drawn the headlines, and the Galaxy J5 is no exception. Not only does it have monstrous battery life, but its super AMOLED display (despite being the only 720p) is a true beauty. As a matter of fact, its colors are so vibrant that it puts other LCD displays to shame.

Camera performance has also had a notable upgrade, too. In fact, it’s even better than the sensors on the previous Moto G5, if I would say so myself.   Together with its eye-catching display, you could definitely snap some Instagram-worthy photos.

  1. Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Huawei never fails to offer complete packages with prices below $200. And as proof, Huawei offers Nova 2 Lite, which comes equipped with dual main cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, and some of the thinnest bezels among the budget Smartphones offered in the market today. Its pricier counterpart Nova 2i may have more features, but this is where Huawei shows their true value and where they shine.

Each and every smartphone showcases their unique and amazing features. And after sharing all these features and reasons to buy these budget Smartphones, I do hope that you have an idea which of these Smartphones best fits your needs.

adminMay 31, 2018


Nvidia Corporation, most commonly known as Nvidia, is an American technology company based in Santa Clara, California. They basically design graphics processing units (GPUs) for the professional and gaming markets, as well as a system on a chip unit for the automotive and mobile computing market.

Ever since 2014, Nvidia has shifted to becoming a platform company focused on four markets: gaming, data centers, professional, and auto. Nvidia is now also focused on artificial intelligence.

Just yesterday, Nvidia launched a monster box called the HGX-2 and it’s exactly the kind of thing that technology nerds would die for. It’s a cloud server that is purported to be extremely powerful in that it combines high-performance computing with artificial intelligence requirements in one phenomenal and compelling package.

Now, let’s see the specifications since I’m sure you are all waiting for it. The Nvidia HGX-2 starts with 16x NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. That is really good for 2 petaFLOPS for artificial intelligence with low precision, 250 teraFLOPS for medium precision, and 125 teraFLOPS for those times when you require the highest precision. It also comes typically with a ½ a terabyte of memory and 12 Nvidia NVSwitches that enables GPU to GPU communications at 300 GB per second. Compared with the HGX-1, which was released last year, they have doubled the capacity of the HGX-2.

The sad part about all of this is you won’t be able to buy one of these boxes. As a matter of fact, Nvidia is distributing them strictly to resellers, all of whom would most likely package all of these boxes and sell them to data centers and cloud providers. “The beauty of this approach for cloud resellers is that when you buy it, they have the entire range of precision in a single box,” Paresh Kharya – Group Product Marketing Manager for Nvidia’s Tesla data center products – said.

“The benefit of a unified platform is that while companies and cloud providers are building their infrastructure, they can standardize on a single unified architecture that supports the whole range of high-performance workloads. So, whether it’s an artificial intelligence or high-performance simulations, the whole range of workloads is now possible in just a single platform,” Kharya further explained.

“In hyper-scale companies or cloud providers, the main benefit that the Nvidia HGX-2 provides is the economies of scale. If they can standardize on the fewest possible architectures, they can ultimately maximize their operational efficiency. What HGX-2 allows them to do is to standardize on that single unified platform,” he added.

While Jensen Huang – Nvidia’s founder and chief executive – said, “The world of computing has changed. CPU scaling has slowed at a time when computing demand is skyrocketing. Nvidia’s HGX-2 with Tensor Core GPUs gives the industry a powerful, versatile computing platform that fuses high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to solve the world’s grand challenges.”

But this GPU-driven technological powerhouse is just the beginning. Although it is incredibly capable in its own right, it could also just simply act as the basis for even more powerful arrays of technologically-advanced creations.

The Nvidia HGX-2 powered serves will be available in the market later this year.

adminMay 31, 2018


Net Neutrality is a hot topic in the world of US politics these days but what exactly is it?  The issue of Net Neutrality is said to have united those on the Right and those on the Left, Republican, and Democrat.  Net Neutrality is the premise that internet providers can not throttle or slow down certain websites based on that internet provider’s economic and or political motives.

The greater issue of the free market vs. government intervention is demonstrated perfectly in this hot button issue.  Those against Net Neutrality, such as current US president Donald Trump, argue that having Net Neutrality is too much government intervention in the free market.  Furthermore, internet cable company providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, have very valid arguments that certain websites, such as YouTube and NetFlix, are essentially bandwidth hogs.  As you may very well know, both YouTube and NetFlix are video streaming websites which demand a great amount of bandwidth from Internet providers.  Comcast and Verizon’s argument goes a bit like this:  Imagine two customers, both pay the same rate, but one customer is a 16-year-old who uses YouTube all day and the other customer is an 80-year-old grandmother who does nothing more with her internet service than read static websites that tell stories about history.

The infrastructure needed to support the 16-year old’s internet usage is obviously greater than the 80-year-old woman’s internet usage, thus the profit margins between these two customers are not the same for Internet providers.  Therefore, according to the likes of Comcast and Verizon, YouTube and NetFlix should have to pay additional for their increased bandwidth needs.  This would essentially result in the 16-year-old having to pay more for his internet “package,” as the cost would be passed on to the consumer and not to YouTube and Netflix directly.

For those who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality, their fear is that the Internet providers will simply try to introduce their own version of YouTube and NetFlix by offering clone services for cheap.  There is also the dark nefarious fear that entire news websites will be “blocked” out by Internet companies that do not like the politics of such banned websites.

As it stands right now, the internet is essential “even” or somewhat “open” in America right now, but without Net Neutrality the internet could resemble something more like a cable TV package.  As you may know, cable TV packages are the dread of the entire consumer industry.  Overpriced and bundled with a bunch of crap, most cable TV packages are despised by Americans a million times over.  Without Net Neutrality we could be looking at a future where getting YouTube and NetFlix will cost extra.  It is my dear opinion that the free market people, who argue against having Net Neutrality, have one fatal flaw in their argument:  There is no free market in the world of Internet providers.

Internet providers are monopolies who collude with the government to keep competition out.  Therefore, internet providers need to either be regulated with Net Neutrality, or some derivative of it, or they need to be broken up into smaller companies like Bell Atlantic was in the 1980s.  The future of Net Neutrality is uncertain as the battle to maintain it or destroy it rages on in Washington D.C.  If you are not American, you may think that this has nothing to do with you, but you would be wrong.  The future of Net Neutrality in America will lead the way for Internet providers all over the globe, as the US is always a trend maker in many markets.

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