Screenshot_2019-04-15 WowApp - Doing Good Through the Power of Sharing(2)

WOWApp – Messenger App that will make you the money?

 

To be honest I am a sort of addicted to app testing, in case I find something interesting I want to try it. Some apps are a bit better than the other, I would say that a messenger that pays is a great change. I have this app for years, but till now I had no wish to refresh it because it doesn’t run on Linux and I hate using mobile to type.

The fun thing about this mobile app is that we can earn in a few ways, which is good. I don’t think I will be doing much chatting, but that can be changed.

In my experience an app was easy to use, payments are legit and the users were satisfied with it, for either reason.

 


 

How to Last the Crypto Winter? Seek Simplicity, Manage Complexity

Jake Yocom-Piatt is the Project Lead for Decred, a hyper-secure, adaptable and self-funding digital currency.

The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.

2018 year in review

In 2018, we have seen the cryptocurrency market cap go from all-time highs in January to falling over 80 percent by December, despite little changing in the context of the technological fundamentals.

If little has changed with the fundamentals, then there must be other factors driving the manic buying and panic selling cycles present in these markets? A persistent pattern I have observed in the context of investors and projects in the space is one of information asymmetry.

This information asymmetry manifests itself in various contexts, e.g. either being a very informed or a very uninformed investor, the ability to determine if a project has overpromised on its technological deliverables or not. Another way of viewing this asymmetry is that it arises from hidden complexity, whether we’re talking about perceiving the value in an asset or implementing a new piece of software.

While I can describe bitcoin in a single phrase as “gamification of time-stamping,” describing and delivering a working system that implements that concept is a serious technical challenge.

With Decred, we experienced this hidden complexity firsthand while building Politeia, a time-ordered filesystem, for use as our proposal system. Making cryptocurrency markets less volatile and projects more substantive is a matter of doing what we can to eliminate the information asymmetry that arises from technological complexity, both with investors and software alike.

Complexity for Investors

I have observed a very bimodal distribution when it comes to the extent to which cryptocurrency investors are informed. There is a minority that is incredibly well informed and a majority who are quite uninformed.

This knowledge gap often benefits the well-informed at the direct expense of the uninformed, so the former are incentivized to maintain this arrangement. Similar to many other markets, the less-informed chase the carrot of easy profits dangled in front of them by the better-informed. When this herd-like behavior is combined with relatively thinly traded markets, it creates serious volatility, which has much in common with over-the-counter (“OTC”) stocks.

The perception of value drives investor decision-making, so the collective psychological state of investors determines the value of an asset. Unlike many other assets, cryptocurrency fundamentals do not change substantially as a function of time. This constancy of fundamentals is a major driver for using cryptocurrencies as a store-of-value (“SoV”) over longer timescales.

It is this SoV property that separates cryptocurrencies from OTC stocks, and it drives a longer timescale periodicity that is not present in most OTC stocks. Many uninformed investors are keen to buy low and sell high, capturing a profit in fiat terms, whereas well-informed investors understand the SoV property is a longer term play, which incentivizes them to buy low and avoid liquidating their positions.

Informed investors using cryptocurrencies as a SoV fuel these longer term boom-bust cycles, so episodic spikes in valuation occur without the value crashing to zero after each manic buying phase.

Complexity for Projects

After managing several software projects over the past decade, I can say that, even as someone who participates on a technical level, it is easy to overpromise on deliverables.

The main driver of this disconnect between promises and quality working code is the hidden complexity of the cryptocurrency development process. Over the past few years, I have seen many projects make massive promises and raise staggering amounts of capital in ICOs and similar processes, only to not deliver, deliver incredibly late or deliver barely-working software.

Similar to the situation for investors, projects have a bimodal distribution of technical ability: a minority that keeps their promises roughly in line with what they can realistically deliver and a majority that grossly overpromises on a regular basis. Overpromising on software deliverables is often the result of a combination of underestimating the complexity of cryptocurrency software and conscious overstatement on part of project leads.

Because the domain of cryptocurrency software is still rather new and complex, there are correspondingly few people who are well-suited to understand what can and cannot be achieved in a particular amount of time, on a technical basis. So, a project may make some really impressive claims about what it will achieve, but when there are so few people who are capable of realistically assessing how feasible the claims are, it incentivizes malicious actors to bait-and-switch investors.

Numerous projects that have been funded on a bait-and-switch basis have seen their valuations collapse throughout 2017 and 2018 once investors become aware they are unlikely to deliver on their claims.

Complexity in Practice

As the Project Lead for Decred, I am familiar with the process of dealing with complexity from a technical and management standpoint, and our off-chain time-ordered filesystem, Politeia, serves as a good example for how hidden complexity can delay even seasoned development teams in the space.

Our goal was to have Politeia in production as our proposal system in roughly 12 months from the start of the project in April 2017, and we didn’t go into production until six months after the projected date in October 2018. Despite building on top of a working versioned filesystem, git and attempting to avoid complexity, it still took several additional months to get the metadata formats just right and have the frontend perform suitably.

Politeia is based on a pretty simple idea “create an off-chain store of data where you can demonstrate who said what when using cryptography and an existing blockchain.”

Once you split this apart into its components, it doesn’t seem very difficult:

  • Make episodic self-contained timestamps using the Decred blockchain
  • User identities correspond to keypairs in a PKI system
  • User messages are all signed by the corresponding identity private key
  • Up and down votes are a special form of user message
  • Tracking user ticket votes based on snapshots of the Decred ticket pool

This list is pretty short and each component is relatively simple, but handling the edge and corner cases that arise between these components quickly becomes non-trivial. Despite the final working implementation being complex, it can be described as a handful of simple components that even less-informed market participants can understand.

Simplicity for Investors

There are myriad ways to become a well-informed cryptocurrency investor, but after making my own missteps, I have a few simple policies that can help cut through some of the complexity:

  • Stay skeptical – When someone makes extraordinary claims, they need to supply extraordinary evidence. If any claim made by a project sounds too good to be true, see what someone external to that project has to say about it, and attempt to understand more about how they will deliver on their claim.
  • Do your own research – There is no substitute for doing some self-directed research about a project before investing in it. Even in my case, as someone who has been working in the space for almost six years, it still takes me several hours to do a good job footprinting another project and understanding their value proposition in some detail. Are there other projects that serve a similar niche? What makes this project better than others in the same niche?
  • Dollar-cost averaging – Not everyone has the ability to dictate the schedule on which they acquire cryptocurrency, but I recommend considering a dollar-cost averaging approach, where you make regular purchases over a longer time period. It is challenging to buy at a local minimum price, so rather than load up at single price, you purchase regularly over a wide range of prices. This way, you are not beholden to the psychology of having bought everything at a single price, and you can lower your average acquisition cost by buying as prices drop.
  • Psychological periodicity – As discussed above, there is a periodicity present in cryptocurrency markets that is not present in other similar markets. Before investing, consider that you may have to wait several years for the market to cycle to a point where you have made a good investment. 2018 has had a lot of similarity to 2014 in that all-time highs occurred near the start of the year and markets have sold off in stages throughout the year. For much of 2015, BTC/USD was in the 200s and this was an excellent time to acquire Bitcoin. I suspect 2019 will be similar to 2015, where valuations stay depressed and the market consolidates throughout the year.

Simplicity for Projects

Overcoming the complexity barrier between promises and implementation for cryptocurrency projects is challenging. Here are some policies that have served me well:

  • Avoid overpromising – It is easy to be coerced or otherwise convinced that you need to make huge promises to generate interest in your project, financial or otherwise. If you care about not looking like a doofus later on, make a point to reflect on whether or not your promises can be delivered on before making them publicly. In my case, this has meant not publishing projected completion dates for work because I am often wrong about when it ends up being done, e.g. Politeia. Managing expectations matters.
  • Avoid complexity – Once you have some established promises or have otherwise chosen a path forward to address a technical problem, do what you can to avoid complexity and still achieve your goal. Cryptocurrency software is often, as a function of the domain, quite complex, so it especially important to keep things as simple as possible. Less complexity means you are more likely to deliver your software sooner.

Conclusion

By working together to increase our collective comprehension, participants in the cryptocurrency ecosystem can take many steps to help reduce market volatility, create more substantive technology, and efficiently educate newcomers.

If 2019 is anything like 2015, the cryptocurrency market is in a consolidation phase, and the next several months will continue to shake out underperforming projects. Very little has changed with the fundamentals of the space, despite the pullback in valuations, so I expect a continued and bright future for cryptocurrencies in 2019 and beyond.

Have an opinionated take on 2018? CoinDesk is seeking submissions for our 2018 in Review. Email news [at] coindesk.com to learn how to get involved.

Cracks in the ice via Shutterstock

How to Last the Crypto Winter? Seek Simplicity, Manage Complexity

China’s Chang’e 4 makes historic first landing on the moon’s far side – CNET

change4
Xinhua

Humans have landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon for the first time in history.

China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft achieved the milestone on Jan. 3, with the country’s space agency landing its lunar probe in Von Kármán crater on the moon’s mysterious far side. Official word was provided at 8 p.m. PT by Chinese State Media service CCTV.

Launched on Dec. 7, the Chang’e 4 craft contains both a lunar lander and a six-wheeled rover. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Dec. 12 before preparations for landing nudged the spacecraft into an elliptical lunar orbit, getting as close as 15 kilometres (around 9 miles) to the surface.

Unlike NASA‘s history-making mission to Mars in November and the agency’s flyby of the mysterious Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 on New Year’s Day, China’s landmark landing wasn’t televised. Social media accounts on Chinese giant Weibo reported that the lunar probe touched down at around 6:26 p.m. PT but confirmation of the reports was hard to come by. After tweets by Chinese State-owned media outlets China Daily and China Global Television Network made their way online, the Twittersphere was abuzz… but the tweets were quickly deleted.

According to Andrew Jones, a journalist reporting on the Chinese space program, Chang’e 4’s descent required “laser ranging and optical cameras for navigation, velocity and coarse hazard avoidance.” Practically, this meant Chang’e 4 was on its own as it descended to the surface with its important scientific payload, on a side of the moon marked by rugged terrain.

NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon almost 50 years ago, but navigating to the far side poses a unique communications challenge. Sometimes known as the “dark side” of the moon, even though it does receive sunlight, the far side never faces the Earth because of tidal locking. That means budding human (or robot) explorers have to find a way to establish and maintain radio contact.

To communicate with the Chang’e 4 mission on the moon’s surface, the Chinese space agency launched the Queqiao relay satellite into a halo orbit over the dark side of the moon in May. The satellite overcomes the communications challenge, allowing the lander and rover to phone home, via relay, and send scientific data back.

Both the rover and the lander are equipped with a suite of instruments that will allow the Chinese space agency to study the geology of Von Kármán crater, including three cameras. The ancient crater, part of the 13 kilometre deep South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin, is believed to hold material kicked up from deep within the lunar soil due to an impact early on in the Moon’s life, providing new insights on what makes up its interior. The lander also carries seeds and silkworm eggs within a sealed container and will examine whether the two lifeforms can thrive on the moon.

vonkarmannasa

Other instruments, developed by Swedish and German engineers, will allow the lunar robots to better study solar wind, charged particles that burst forth from the sun’s atmosphere. Payloads were also provided by partners in the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

The last lander on the moon was Chang’e 4’s predecessor, Chang’e 3, which soft-landed in a crater known as the Mare Imbrium in December 2013. In January 2014, the rover underwent a mechanical control abnormality and ceased to transmit data in March 2015. However, the lander remains on the near side of the moon. 

The moon really is the place to be in 2019, with various international space agencies ready to explore Earth’s only natural satellite. Chang’e 4’s mission is slated to last a year, but a subsequent lunar exploration mission — Chang’e 5 — is scheduled to launch toward the end of the year. If successful, it would be the first mission to the moon to return samples since Luna 24 in 1976.

NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.

Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.

https://www.cnet.com/news/chinas-change-4-becomes-first-spacecraft-to-land-on-the-far-side-of-the-moon/#ftag=CAD590a51e

B78557DC-00F5-47F1-BFDB-C285F9FD56BE_2_big

Huawei P20 Pro – Camera Test

Huawei P20 Pro 

 

huawei_p20_pro_template_2048x.jpg

Source


Good morning and a Merry Christmas Eve to all that celebrate!

My trusty Huawei P20 died last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could upgrade early to the amazing Huawei P20 Pro with, wait for it, a 40mp tripple camera with Leica Lenses.


Spec-

The Huawei P20 Pro mobile features a 6.1″ (15.49 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels and runs on Android v8.1 (Oreo) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.36 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53) processor paired with 6 GB of RAM.


B78557DC-00F5-47F1-BFDB-C285F9FD56BE_2_big.jpg


Screenshot 2018-03-27 12.44.02.png


Here’s a few shots I just captured this morning in the garden after excitingly unwrapping my early Christmas present, to myself!


IMG_20181224_105452.jpg


IMG_20181224_110058.jpg


Merry Christmas everyone!

Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments, setting company record – CNET

honor-10-product-hoyle-9

Phones like the Huawei Honor 10 have helped the phone maker set a new shipment record for itself.

Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Huawei has set a record for itself by shipping more than 200 million smartphones in 2018, the company said in a statement Sunday.

The Chinese phone maker said the numbers were largely driven by the success of products like its P20Honor 10 and Mate 20 series. 

Huawei’s smartphone shipments have grown from 3 million units in 2010, it added. Last year, it said it sold 153 million units. The company overtook Apple in the second quarter of 2018 to become the world’s second largest phone vendor, according to researcher Canalys.

“In the global smartphone market, Huawei has gone from being dismissed as a statistical ‘other’ to ranking among the Top 3 players in the world,” Huawei said in its statement.

Now playing: Watch this: The best Android phone around? Meet the Huawei Mate 20…

2:21

Despite its successes this year, Huawei has still faced some challenges, particularly with the US government. In February, US intelligence officials advised Americans not to purchase Huawei products out of fear they’re being used to spy for the Chinese government. In January, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Verizon reportedly followed suit.

Still, Huawei is popular in places like China and Europe. More than 500 million people in over 170 countries use Huawei phones, according to the company. 

In August, the company raised its shipment forecast for 2018 from 180 million to 200 million, and said it aims to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: An elite phone with the looks to match.

Huawei overtakes Apple: It becomes the No. 2 phone seller in the world.

Huawei P20

https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-exceeds-200-million-smartphone-shipments-setting-company-record/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Parts of viral glitter bomb video were faked, says engineer who made it – CNET

screen-shot-2018-12-18-at-10-25-30

Mark Rober removed some reactions to the glitter bomb prank after their veracity was questioned. 

Mark Rober via YouTube/Screenshot by CNET

This won’t make you feel good. Some of the reactions in that glitter bomb video that went viral earlier this week appear to have been faked. 

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober uploaded a video to YouTube on Monday that showed him getting back at thieves who were stealing his packages. He designed a fake Apple HomePod package that blasted glitter and fart spray after the box was opened. If that weren’t enough, four phones inside the package recorded all the action. 

The package was then placed outside of Rober’s house, as well as at other people’s homes. The revenge video has racked up more than 42 million views.

Now, Rober has acknowledged that some of the reactions in his original video masterpiece may have been staged. The suspect scenes took place when the packages were placed at other people’s homes, though he stood by the fidelity of the reactions recorded at his own home.

“I was presented with information that caused me to doubt the veracity of 2 of the 5 reactions in the video,” Rober said in a statement posted on YouTube and Twitter on Thursday. “It appears (and I’ve since confirmed) in these two cases, the ‘thieves’ were actually acquaintances of the person helping me.” 

Rober has since removed about a minute and a half of the original video to delete the apparently faked reactions, he wrote. 

Viewers began dissecting the original video soon after it was uploaded and noticed some inconsistencies, BuzzFeed reported. People on Reddit wrote that they found it odd no police were involved, and also noted that the thieves’ reactions were relatively calm after getting blasted with a cloud of glitter. 

Rober didn’t respond to requests for comment.

“I’m really sorry about this,” he said in the statement on YouTube and Twitter. “Ultimately, I am responsible for the content that goes on my channel and I should have done more here.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/parts-of-viral-glitter-bomb-video-were-faked-says-engineer-who-made-it/#ftag=CAD590a51e

How Sony Digital Paper can help business pros go paperless

Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women’s Wear Daily.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-sony-digital-paper-can-help-business-pros-go-paperless/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

How to become an Alexa developer: A cheat sheet

The launch of the Amazon Echo and its voice service, Alexa, brought virtual assistants out of our smartphones and into our homes and offices. While the Echo is a solid product, Alexa as a voice platform is where the real value is.

After starting off with 100 things Echo devices could do, the number of available Alexa Skills now tops 70,000. CES 2017 showed how eager tech companies are to integrate Alexa, as the Amazon virtual assistant was everywhere at CES, despite the fact that neither the Echo or Alexa had booth space on the show floor.

As such, the interest in developing tools for the platform has skyrocketed, with many developers eager to jump into the ecosystem. To help developers and companies better understand how to get started working with Alexa and its related services, we’ve pulled together the most important details and resources.

SEE: 21 technical Alexa Skills IT pros should know (Tech Pro Research)

Executive summary (TL;DR)

  • What is the Alexa developer platform? Alexa is the voice service that powers the connected speaker called Amazon Echo. Developers can create Skills for the Echo using the Alexa Skills Kit, or integrate Alexa into an existing product or device through its API via the Alexa Voice Service.
  • Why does the Alexa developer platform matter? Alexa is one of the most popular virtual assistants available today, and it helped catalyze the current market for standalone, voice-powered assistants. It is also increasingly being integrated into a host of popular products.
  • Who does the the Alexa developer platform affect? This affects developers who want to get started working with a voice interface and writing Alexa Skills, as well as businesses that wish to utilize the power of Alexa through its available API.
  • When did this launch? Alexa launched in tandem with the Amazon Echo in late 2014, but updates and fixes are delivered regularly, and Amazon is making a concerted effort to reach out to developers.
  • How can developers take advantage of Alexa? Developers can write Skills for Alexa using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) or Alexa Skill Blueprints, add intelligent voice control to additional connected products with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), or use the Amazon Lex service to build conversational bots.

SEE: All of TechRepublic’s cheat sheets and smart person’s guides

What is the Amazon Alexa developer program?

Alexa is a smart assistant that relies on human voice commands to perform tasks. The Amazon Echo was the first device to utilize Alexa, and remains one of the primary ways through which these tasks are performed. Smart speakers like the Echo are often set up through a companion app, but the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) can be integrated into other products, as long as they have a microphone and speaker. Following the introduction of the Echo, Alexa has also been integrated into smart speakers by Bose, Harman Kardon, and others, as well as in Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire tablet series of products. In total, at the end of 2018, Alexa was available in over 28,000 devices from more than 4,500 brands. Amazon also offers the Amazon Lex service, which allows developers to build conversational bots using the same technology that Alexa is based on.

Terren Peterson, an Alexa Champion and the vice president of platform engineering for retail and direct bank at Capital One, said that many people see Alexa as simply a talking speaker. However, Peterson said that the real value of working with Alexa isn’t just the ability to talk back to the speaker, but “the ability to be able to change things with your voice.”

SEE: AWS re:Invent 2018: A guide for tech and business pros (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Users interact with Alexa through voice commands called Skills, which are created by developers to enable a specific experience through the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). Amazon provides pre-built skill models to make getting started easier. These include Smart Home Skills for home automation, Flash Briefing Skills for information and news, Video Skills, Music Skills, and List Skills. For maximum flexibility, you can create a custom interaction model.

Sarah Sobolewski, who works on the PR team for Alexa, said that it is free to use both the ASK to develop skills and the AVS to integrate Alexa. Sobolewski also said that Alexa will continue to play into Amazon’s overall business strategy and its work with developers.

“Much like mobile was a decade ago, we see natural user interfaces like speech as a major shift in computing,” Sobolewski said. “We’re excited by the customer response so far, but it’s still very early and think there’s a lot of potential in this space.”

Additional resources

Why does the Amazon Alexa developer platform matter?

Alexa has helped to drive interest in the use of voice technology. While other services such as Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana launched before Alexa, it’s the Amazon service that has become synonymous with voice assistants.

Peterson said that, for software engineering professionals, the popularity of Alexa raises questions about how professionals should be thinking about user voice as an interface. When our hands are stuck on the keyboard, or consumed with our phone, a voice assistant like Alexa gives users access to information and services through hands-free operation, without them having to give up that dexterity.

“Voice provides an entirely new way of interacting with technology that we believe will fundamentally change and improve people’s lives. While the space is relatively new, we’re seeing tons of momentum, with tens of thousands of developers getting in early,” Sobolewski said.

Being that more and more companies are beginning to implement Alexa, and similar voice apps and services, it also opens the door for new products, and potentially for even more new jobs for software developers. When considering working with the platform, Peterson said that businesses should ask: “What are the things that I can be doing with a voice platform that actually drives value?”

Additional resources

Who does the Alexa developer platform affect?

Any developers or businesses that want to build out and utilize intelligent, voice-powered services will be affected by advances and changes that are being driven by Amazon Alexa.

Alexa is built using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, but Sobolewski said that would-be developers don’t need a background in natural language understanding or speech recognition to get started. Additionally, there are beginner tutorials available as well, so even very junior software engineers can start working with the platform. Non-developers can build their own simple skills using predetermined frameworks called Alexa Skill Blueprints, which were revealed in April 2018. Amazon also offers Alexa SDKs for Node.js, Java, and Python, as well as an ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, making it easy for developers to build Alexa skills using familiar languages and IDEs.

Alexa is not confined to home and consumer use cases. Alexa for Business provides functionality for professional/productivity use cases, and Alexa for Hospitality provides the Alexa experience in hotels for controlling in-room devices, playing music, and contacting the hotel for guest services, among other features. Amazon has also introduced the Echo Dot Kids Edition, and provides guidance for developers to build Alexa Skills for children.

Brian Donohue, another Alexa Champion and a product engineer at Pinterest, noted that businesses building skills should keep in mind that the platform is new and sometimes skill discoverability can present some challenges. “Skills are not sold like a mobile app is,” Donohue said. “They are free, and Amazon has said it has no intentions of directly monetizing the platform any time soon.”

While skills themselves cannot be sold, there are ways to monetize them. Amazon unveiled in-skill purchasing (ISP) for Alexa Skills in May 2018, which allows developers to sell a one-time purchase for feature or content upgrades, or offer premium content subscriptions. If the Alexa Skill drives customer engagement, developers can earn money through Alexa Developer Rewards. Goods and services can be sold through Alexa Skills.

Startups that want to build new products and services with AVS or ASK have the opportunity to apply to the Alexa Fund, a $100 million fund for investing in new voice technologies. In addition, Amazon offers the Alexa Developer Rewards program, Alexa developer promotions, and AWS promotional credits to discount the cost of AWS resources used for Alexa Skills, or otherwise incentivize developers to build in the Alexa ecosystem.

Additional resources

When did Amazon Alexa launch?

Amazon originally debuted Alexa alongside the original Echo smart speaker in 2014. While the first Echo device was impressive in its own right, the ecosystem around Alexa has grown tremendously over the past few years.

Amazon and its partners have rapidly multiplied the number of Skills for Alexa from a handful when the Echo launched to over 70,000 available today—with more being added almost daily. Amazon has continued to advance the product with new services like its Alexa-powered Music, updates to the Alexa app, and new form factors like the low-cost Echo Dot, the Echo Tap, the Echo Look, and the Echo View, which have helped drive additional interest in the product. Amazon recently added new developer tools like the Alexa Presentation Language (APL) for the Echo Show series, and the Alexa Smart Screen and TV Device SDK, which allows developers to bring the APL to more screen-based smart devices.

Outside of Amazon’s proprietary hardware, Alexa is showing up in new and interesting integrations for major brands around the world. Alexa can now be found in notebook PCs, headphones, wearable and smart home devices, as well as in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Ford, Lincoln, Lexus, SEAT, and Toyota. Additionally, some hobbyists are even creating their own versions of the Echo using a Raspberry Pi.

Additional resources

How can developers take advantage of Amazon Alexa?

Getting started with Alexa as a developer requires an understanding of what pre-formed Skill type is best suited for the use case of your app, or if a custom interaction model is needed to achieve the outcomes desired for your use case. Building with the pre-formed Skill types and associated APIs is easier when getting started with Alexa.

“These APIs give less control over the user’s experience, but simplify development since Amazon has already done the legwork to create the voice user interface,” Sobolewski, said.

Donohue explained that the Flash Briefing skills “use either an RSS or JSON feed containing the daily items that would be part of the flash briefing.” However, using the Smart Home skills API “requires an AWS Lambda function that acts as an adapter for the integration, and an account-linking integration that allows the end user to link their Amazon Alexa account with the smart home appliance account for authenticated control of smart home devices,” Donohue said. One example of a Smart Home skill would be using Alexa to control a Philips Hue lightbulb.

For use cases not suited to the aforementioned Smart Home or Flash Briefing Skills or Video, Music, or List Skills, deve;p[ers can use a custom interaction model. “This is the most flexible kind of skill, but also the most complex, since the developer will need to provide the interaction model,” Sobolewski said. “The interaction model is essentially the ‘conversation’ between Alexa and the user. It maps the various ways users make their request, how Alexa collects more information from the user, how the user can respond, and how Alexa completes the user’s request.”

SEE: Amazon’s Alexa Skills can borrow each other’s tricks now (CNET)

Custom interaction models can use either AWS Lambda or a custom HTTPS-enabled web server for the integration, Donohue said. Although, a “complicated certificate verification that’s enforced by Amazon makes developing with Amazon Lambda generally easier,” Donohue added. Custom interaction models also support custom slot type syntax, allowing developers to go beyond Amazon’s built in types. One Skill utilizing a custom interaction model was developed to tell users the status of the BART transit system in the Bay Area, offering information like when a train is leaving Balboa Park or North Berkeley, for example.

Developers who opt to use Lambda can author the functions in Node.js, Java, or Python, Sobolewski said, while a web service can be built in any appropriate language.

Even if you don’t plan on utilizing Lambda, it would be worthwhile to know as you begin to experiment in the ecosystem. Additionally, Peterson recommends that would-be Alexa developers learn Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML). There is documentation for it provided by Amazon, and it is worth diving into, Peterson said.

“If I were to do it all over again, I would have probably not skipped by the [SSML] chapter, if you will,” Peterson said. “Amazon provides that documentation, I think that I just glossed over it.”

Another thing to keep in mind with custom skills is that there are specific formats for the response that your service returns. For example, a JSON response is limited to 8000 characters in its output speech and 24kB.

SEE: Amazon Alexa, why aren’t more people doing voice commerce? (ZDNet)

As with any application, understanding how it will be used and what features will be critical is important to do before starting the building process. Unfortunately, Peterson said, analytics for the platform are weak, so potential builders won’t be able to glean that many insights. It is very important to learn some of the tenets of voice interface design.

“The ideal scenario is to avoid what some at Alexa have called ‘unhappy paths.’ Remember that you don’t have an ‘X’ in the upper right corner to click, so if someone goes down a path of no return, they’ll get frustrated and never use your skill again,” said Joel Evans, an Alexa Champion and the co-founder of Mobiquity.

To get started at the basic level, Amazon provides a tutorial for building a trivial skill in less than one hour. Amazon offers Skills templates and training tutorials in the Alexa Developer Portal. Additionally, developers can tune into live webinar office hours to get answers to technical questions and learn best practices, and pursue more advanced training and certification through Big Nerd Ranch.

Additional resources

This article was written by Conner Forrest and first published on Feb. 2, 2017. The cheat sheet was updated and republished on Dec. 21, 2018 by James Sanders.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-become-an-alexa-developer-the-smart-persons-guide/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

How the Eclipse Foundation is saving enterprise Java

programmingistock-943655372nattaponkongbunmee.jpg

Image: Nattapon Kongbunmee, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Amidst the angsty finger-pointing over the cloud giants’ supposedly one-sided relationship to open source (all take, no give), with the accompanying claim that open source will dry up without someone lining the pockets of the VCs who fund (very little of) the code, foundations keep generating lots of fantastic open source code. Often overlooked, these foundations play an unusually important role in the development of open source software, offering a vendor-neutral setting for competitors to cooperate with legal protections around IP and antitrust.

SEE: Open source vs. proprietary software: A look at the pros and cons (Tech Pro Research)

We’re familiar with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, given its role in pushing Kubernetes development, among other things. Less familiar to many, however, is the quiet but important work being done by the Eclipse Foundation, now home to the future of enterprise Java under the community-voted moniker of Jakarta EE, the successor to Java EE (which remains licensed by Oracle and maintained under the JCP). Seemingly overnight this 15-year-old organization has put itself at the center of what many hope will be a modernized cloud-native Java environment. Eclipse has also been embraced by the burgeoning growth of Internet of Things (IoT) projects in open source.

Old dog, new tricks

Created in 2004 as the home for the Java integrated development environment (IDE) toolset called Eclipse, the Eclipse Foundation has recently been revitalized. With a relatively spartan professional staff of 30 people based mostly in Canada, the Eclipse Foundation today claims oversight of more than 360 projects and 1,550+ code committers who have contributed more than 162 million lines of code to date with an estimated software value of some $9 billion.That’s a lot of code and a lot of money. And a lot of thankless work.

SEE: How to build a successful developer career (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

No code is as important as the work with Jakarta EE. As Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich has said, Java had “always been single vendor, and always been specification-first, which I think [has] helped slow down the pace of innovation.” Indeed. Under Oracle’s stewardship, Java EE 8 was a year late in being released, and the enterprise edition hadn’t seen an update in four years.

Now with the Eclipse Foundation behind it, Java is moving faster, having already issued two releases in 2018. Whether it will maintain this pace is up to the community developing it, but given the need to keep pace with the rise of microservices and other innovations, Java (Jakarta) risks losing relevance if it can’t indulge modern developer requirements. With the help of the Eclipse Foundation, Jakarta is doing just that.

Credit where credit is due

It can be easy to overlook the hard and political work of keeping vendors with market caps that approach a trillion dollars aligned with a global community of dedicated developers (most of whom now work for these very same vendors). These groups have their flaws and shortcomings, and open source software can be very messy by the very nature of its open development processes. You don’t get access to the developer Slack channels at proprietary software vendors, but anyone can peruse the Linux Kernel mailing lists.

SEE: Where does Java in the enterprise go from here? (ZDNet)

But this generally thankless work by foundations like the Eclipse Foundation pays enormous dividends for all of us. It can even move markets. For example, the biggest tech acquisition in history? That was IBM buying Red Hat for $34 billion. Indeed, for all of 2018, open source software drove more than $65 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs.

So this year take a moment to thank the people behind open source who help create the environments where developers can focus on developing cool software and leave the thankless work of code hygiene to others. Thank the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation, and the newly revitalized Eclipse Foundation, among others, for the work they’re doing to corral corporations to give more, and to do so more efficiently.

Better yet, join with them and contribute your time and energy to their good works. Make 2019 an even better year for you and open source.

Also see

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-the-eclipse-foundation-is-saving-enterprise-java/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

iPhone XS, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T and 20 other phones without headphone jacks – CNET

Phones without a headphone jack

Continuing a trend that started in 2016 with Lenovo/Motorola and Apple, phone makers are turning away from the 3.5mm headphone jack and selling more phones that exclude this feature.

There are a handful of reasons for doing this, like saving space for other key components inside or eliminating it for better water resistance. But with these phones, users have to listen to their calls and music with either wireless Bluetooth headphones, or USB Type-C and Lightning port headphones. 

To see which phones waved goodbye to the headphone jack, click through the slideshow. And be sure to check out “22 great phones with headphone jacks you can buy right now.”

Published:
Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

https://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-phones-without-headphone-jacks/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay: ‘I couldn’t go bigger’ – CNET

It must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren’t just the movie’s producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film.

ET was my spirit animal in this movie”, explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. “I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it … On some levels Steven’s films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker.”

And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of ’80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy.

Now playing: Watch this: Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorable

1:34

Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay — the man who resurrected Transformers by directing all five previous movies in the series.

“From a director’s perspective he was a dream producer,” Knight says of Bay. “We sat down early on and it was great for me, director to director, to pick his brain, to get a sense of his philosophy on the Transformers. He was really respectful and recognized this was someone else’s movie, my take on these characters, and the best thing that he could do was to support me and protect me. He let me do my thing, and I’m really appreciative of it.”

Bay gave Knight one memorable piece of advice for working on a mega-budget franchise movie surrounded by people from the studio, the toy company and elsewhere all pulling a director in different directions.

“He said the one thing you have to do is protect the movie,” Knight remembers. “That was advice Jerry Bruckheimer gave him, and he passed it on to me — remember the movie you intended to make and protect it.” 

Knight’s previous filmmaking experience was as an animator, directing the stunning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.

“Stop motion is probably the subset of animation that’s closest to live-action,” he says, “in the sense you’re physically shooting these things with real lights and real cameras, and there’s props and sets and costumes and hair.”

But there were still plenty of new things to learn on this, his first live-action film.

“A lot of times I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he says, laughing.

Knight brought what he called “an animator’s discipline and planning” to the film, mapping out each sequence in detail.

“I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry,” he says. “Animation is very organized and disciplined. You can’t shoot coverage, you can’t play around. But in live-action, you can play around, and sometimes you’ll create little magical moments.” 

John Cena provides several comic highlights in Bumblebee.

Jaimie Trueblood

He particularly enjoyed John Cena‘s ability to improvise in the role of a burly secret agent pursuing Bumblebee.

“John’s like a one-man ad-lib factory. We would do the scenes, and then we get to the end of the scene, I’m like, ‘All right, John, now let’s play a little bit,’ and he would always do something really unexpected. He’s just a very, very clever, funny man.”

Eye candy

A major criticism of Bay’s past Transformers movies is the fast-paced computer-generated action, an assault on the senses that’s often hard to follow. While it has plenty of action, Bumblebee tones down the CG carnage. But Knight insists this shouldn’t be seen as a criticism of Bay’s style.

“It wasn’t in any way addressing any feedback from the fans,” he says. “It was just a story I wanted to tell. That last one [Transformers: The Last Knight] is one of the biggest movies I’ve ever seen — and I couldn’t go bigger than that. So let’s go the other way, let’s focus in on a small corner of this canvas and really get to know one of these characters. Let’s balance the emotions with the explosions … The core relationship mattered to me more than anything else. And if that didn’t work, none of the other stuff matters. It’s just bombast. It’s just eye candy.”

Mixing the spectacular, visual effects-driven action with a character-led story was “a high-wire act”, but Knight credits writer Christina Hodson for striking the right balance.

“She’s gained something of a reputation in Hollywood as this kinda badass chick writer with these cool, action movies,” he says, “When you talk to her, the films that she always references are cool action movies like T2 … But when I sat down and talked to her about the film and my vision of it, I realized very quickly she has a big soft gooey heart just like I do.”

Knight’s next big project is 2019’s Missing Link, a new stop-motion adventure from his animation studio Laika. As for where the Transformers movies go next, Knight is sanguine.

“It’s hard to say. I think at this point, candidly, they’re probably just waiting to see how people react to [Bumblebee]. If people vote with their wallets for these kinds of Transformer movies, then they’ll get these kinds of Transformer movies.”

Bumblebee opens in Australia on Dec. 20, in the US on Dec. 21 and in the UK on Dec. 24.

CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.

Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. 

https://www.cnet.com/news/bumblebee-director-on-replacing-michael-bay-i-couldnt-go-bigger/#ftag=CAD590a51e

5G outlook: What’s to come in 2019 and beyond

The future of 5G is coming more into focus as we approach the end of 2018. I talked with Steve Ranger about the technology that is right around the corner and what we can expect to see by 2020. The following is an edited transcript of our interview.

Steve: So where we are right now with 5G is a lot of hype, a lot of excitement, not a huge amount of actual stuff happening. We have a lot of trials going on right now, quite a small scale. I mean, in the UK they’re happening around London. Small kind of things where the operators are testing out the aerials and things like that. But really, the action is going to be next year and into 2020.

See: IT pro’s guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)

Karen: So looking ahead to 2019 then, Steve, what is on the horizon, what are you seeing?

Steve: So that’s when things start to get a little bit more interesting. In the first quarter, maybe half of next year, we’re going to start seeing some actual smartphones with 5G on them. Which is a really the really important thing. You know, there’s no point in having a 5G network if you’ve got no 5G smartphones. So we will probably see the first of those April, May, June. And that’s kind of when it gets interesting to the consumers because they can see these things, they can actually work out whether they want to buy one.

Throughout the rest of next year what’s going to happen is those trials I talked about that are happening now, they will get bigger and bigger. So you’ll probably see that metropolitan areas, big cities, the bits of big cities that are really super busy. So railway stations, that kind of thing, big shopping areas. Increasingly those will have some kind of 5G in them. So you won’t see 5G everywhere, but you’ll see 5G in the places where is the most traffic requirement. Most people using video or doing whatever. So that’s what you’ll see.

Really as the year goes on through 2019 you’re going to see more and more of that, more and more 5G in more and more places. Probably what’s going to happen at the end of the year is you’ll have major metropolitan areas equipped with 5G for people with smartphones. The other wrinkle here is that 5G isn’t just about smartphones, it’s also about maybe replacing your home broadband with kind of a wireless, rather than a fixed router. So instead of having a cable to your house or wires, or you’ll have a wireless one. So that’s another business model that a lot of people are looking at.

Looking into 2020, that’s when 5G becomes more a real thing.

Karen: So when you talk about the benefits, we’re talking about some of these big major metropolitan areas that will be moving to 5G. What is it that people can look towards, how will it improve day to day operations for just individuals, or companies, or a major metropolitan area in general.

Steve: In the short term what you’re going to see is, whereas before your signal might drop out or you wouldn’t have enough of a signal to watch a movie or watch a video. Increasingly you’re going to have enough bandwidth, high speed bandwidth, to do pretty much what you want. So, kind of the way that 4G was sold to us as a way of being always on the internet on your smartphone. With 5G that becomes a reality. That’s kind of the short term benefit, and certainly a lot of the mobile operators really pleased it’s going to give them extra bandwidth to keep their customers happy because you know, we’re always using more video, we’re always sending more images, we’re always doing more with our phones.

Longer term, there’s some more interesting stuff that comes in. You could see, because 5G offers much lower latency, so the network will respond much quicker. You could have new things, like virtual reality might work better, or augmented reality. So if you’re doing either of those things with your phone, or even maybe on Smart Glasses in the future. At the moment there’s a bit of motion blur, a bit of motion sickness. In the future 5G will mean that that signal is very, very smooth, very very responsible. So you could do things in real time that you can’t do now.

Even further down the line there’s all sorts of things like, internet of things advantages, where you’ll be able to put sensors in everything because there’s so much bandwidth out there. That kind of stuff is a little bit further out. In the short term, it’s about getting you a lot more bandwidth so that your streaming video works properly. Way down the line, we’re talking about the interesting stuff around virtual reality or internet of things. But that’s maybe a few years down the line.

Karen: Steve, you mentioned 2020…talk a little bit about what is to come, what we can expect in that year.

Steve: So what’s really happening in … 2019 is the year where all the pieces start to come together. 2020 is probably when we’re going to see the real benefits here. Probably most importantly the thing that’s going to happen in 2020 is that a 5G iPhone will arrive. Obviously you never really know with these things, but at the moment there are lots of stories, lots of rumors suggesting there won’t be a 5G iPhone this year, so the version of the iPhone turns up in kind of, September, October, November time. Won’t be a 5G one. That doesn’t seem to be implausible because Apple usually tries to be a little bit behind the cutting edge with this stuff. By 2020 it’s entirely conceivable there will be a 5G iPhone. That 5G networks will be up and running. And that’s when we really start to see the benefits of this stuff.

Karen: Lots to look forward to. Steve, thank you so much for your insight. For more on the future of 5G, check out ZDNet and TechRepublic.

Also see:

20181214steve5gkaren.jpg

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5g-outlook-whats-to-come-in-2019-and-beyond/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

The worst passwords of 2018 are just as dumb as you’d expect – CNET

It doesn’t look like we’re getting any smarter about our passwords.

Software company SplashData released its annual list of the top 100 worst passwords on Thursday, and it includes some pretty obvious blunders. Coming in at #1 is “123456,” and in second place is — you guessed it — “password.” This is the fifth year in a row these passwords have held the top two spots.

Newcomers to the list include “666666” (#14), “princess” (#11) and “donald” (#23).

“Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news – using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a release. “Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”

SplashData evaluated more than 5 million leaked passwords, mostly from users in North America and Western Europe, when compiling the list. The company estimates around 10 percent of people have used at least one of the top 25 worst passwords, and about 3 percent have used “123456.”

“It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year,” Slain said.

Celebrities and government officials aren’t immune to choosing terrible passwords, a Wednesday report from Dashlane revealed. The top offender on that list was Kanye West, who revealed at an October meeting with President Donald Trump that his iPhone passcode is “000000.”

Here are the 25 worst passwords of 2018, according to SplashData:

1) 123456
2) password
3) 123456789
4) 12345678
5) 12345
6) 111111
7) 1234567
8) sunshine
9) qwerty
10) iloveyou
11) princess
12) admin
13) welcome
14) 666666
15) abc123
16) football
17) 123123
18) monkey
19) 654321
20) [email protected]#$%^&*
21) charlie
22) aa123456
23) donald
24) password1
25) qwerty123

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-worst-passwords-of-2018-are-just-as-dumb-as-youd-expect/#ftag=CAD590a51e

3 tips for choosing Chrome or Android devices for work

With G Suite, hardware often follows software—after a company moves to G Suite, I usually see Chromebooks replace Windows or macOS systems, for at least a few people in the organization. In my experience, this typically happens within 12 to 18 months of the initial adoption of G Suite.

What’s Hot at TechRepublic

The move to Google hardware makes sense because G Suite includes device management tools. Mobile device management capabilities for Android and iOS devices are part of the core G Suite services. An administrator can adjust many settings that apply within Chrome on all platforms, with comprehensive Chrome OS management available as a per-device subscription. When you begin to select Chrome or Android devices, the criteria you consider is a bit different than the criteria you use when you buy a Windows laptop or current model iPhone. As always, you need to be clear that a device will meet each person’s individuals needs and preferences. The standard criteria of device size, weight, battery life, speed, and screen resolution all will help refine your options. The following additional considerations may help you more quickly identify hardware that will work well in the long run for your organization.

SEE: G Suite: Tips and tricks for business professionals (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

1. Get Google hardware

The most obvious and simplest choice? Standardize on Google’s Chrome and Android devices. As of December 2018, Google offers the Pixelbook laptop, Pixel Slate tablet, and Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones. These devices receive regular security updates and typically also receive new features first.

Prompt updates and premium performance come at a cost. The Pixelbook starts at $999, the Pixel Slate starts at $599, and the Pixel XL starts at $699. Preferred Care for each of these adds $249, $149, and $129, respectively, to the cost, as does the price of optional accessories, such as a keyboard for the Slate ($199) or a stylus pen ($99).

2. Consider Chrome devices

Several vendors, such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, offer Chrome systems at lower prices than Google devices. In the $500 to $850 range, you can find excellent Chrome devices for work, including standard laptops and 2-in-1 format devices.

Before you buy one of these devices, look for Android app availability and the Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date for the device.

Most, but not all, newer Chromebooks allow you to install and run Android apps, which helps when a web-friendly app isn’t otherwise available, or when the Android app supports capabilities not offered via the web. Check the list maintained at The Chromium Project to see Android app support status for your device. If in doubt, I’d recommend a system that lists Android app status as available on the Stable Channel, which is the current standard version of Chrome OS.

Also check the AUE date list for your Chrome device: That’s the date beyond which your device is no longer guaranteed to receive Chrome OS updates. For example, the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 has an AUE date of November 2022, while the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 has an AUE date of June 2024, since the Spin was released more recently than the Flip. The later the AUE, the longer your device will receive system and security updates.

3. Standard Android devices for work

When purchasing an Android phone, other than the latest Google Pixel model for work, I recommend a recently released device that appears on both the Android Enterprise and Android One lists.

These Google-maintained lists filter for two slightly different goals. Android Enterprise devices allow for bulk device enrollment, deliver a minimum of eight hours of battery life, and meet minimum hardware requirements (e.g., 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage or 16 GB for rugged devices, and have a 2 MP front camera and 10 MP back camera). Android One devices offer a standard Android user interface, with minimal tweaks or customizations, and also include support for all the latest Google software. Devices on both lists will receive regular and consistent system and security updates.

SEE: BYOD spotlight: Mitigating risk and implementing policies and solutions (Tech Pro Research)

Choose a device that appears on both lists to ensure easy deployment, consistent security patching, and a relatively consistent user experience. For example, the mid-range Nokia 7.1 (about $350) released in 2018 appears on both lists, as does the less expensive Nokia 6.1 (about $180).

Your criteria?

If you use G Suite, what criteria does your organization use to select Chrome or Android devices? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@awolber).

Also see

Photo of Chromebook (left) with Chrome logo on screen; Android phone (right) with Android logo on screen

Photo: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-tips-for-choosing-chrome-or-android-devices-for-work/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

NASA solar spacecraft snaps first image from inside sun’s atmosphere – CNET

wisprcrop
NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on a mission to land the world’s hottest high-five as it orbits the sun, zooming ever closer to our solar system’s star.

Over 12 days in October and November, Parker sped through the corona — the ultra-hot cosmic oven of atmosphere that surrounds the sun — and snapped this absolute pearler of an image.

This is practically the first image from inside the sun. 

NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the image above was captured by Parker’s WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) when the prove was a mere 16.9 million miles from the sun — inside its corona. It clearly shows two distinct jets of solar material, known as coronal streamers, emanating from the left of the image. That bright spot in the distance is gas giant Jupiter, while the black spots are artifacts of background correction.

The image was released in conjunction with a press conference held at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, where NASA scientists discussed what they hoped to learn from the probe as the first data begins filtering back to Earth. The first set of data began downlinking to Earth on Dec. 7, but radioing back the complete data set won’t be complete until Parker undergoes a second flyby in April 2019. 

At four months old, the spacecraft has already had a busy working life. On Sept. 19, it beamed back its “first light” images from space, allowing NASA scientists and engineers the opportunity to ensure all its instruments were working as intended. Then in October, Parker smashed two long-standing records, becoming the closest object to the sun we’ve ever made and the fastest spacecraft in history.

That speed is important. Eventually the probe will travel so fast it will match the rotation speed of the sun. In such circumstances, the probe will be orbiting over the same region of the sun for short periods of time, giving NASA’s scientists the opportunity to discount the effects of the sun’s rotation on any data they may receive. 

With its suite of instruments examining the sun’s electromagnetic fields, ions and energetic particles, the Parker Solar Probe is perfectly poised to reveal some of the sun’s biggest secrets, like why the corona is so much hotter than the surface. Its mission continues until 2025. 

CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.

NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.

https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-solar-spacecraft-snaps-first-image-from-inside-the-sun/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Samsung rumored to bring cryptocurrency wallet with Galaxy S10 launch

Samsung is developing a cryptocurrency wallet service, which may be available as soon as the launch of the Galaxy S10, according to a report from SamMobile. The report cites the Korean smartphone giant as registering trademarks “Blockchain KeyStore,” “Blockchain key box,” and “Blockchain Core” in the European Union, though the report indicates that the names for the cold wallet and crypto wallet products have not been finalized.

Reportedly, Samsung will launch two different cryptocurrency services. The first is a cold wallet, which stores cryptocurrency offline, and requires physical access to a device to retrieve. The second is a hot wallet which can accept incoming and make outgoing transfers, as well as view account information and transaction history.

SEE: Research: The current state and predictions for the future of blockchain in the enterprise (Tech Pro Research)

Samsung’s reported entry into the blockchain space comes as a blow to former Android leader HTC, which launched the Exodus 1 blockchain phone in December. According to CNET, the Exodus 1 includes a Social Key Recovery feature, “which lets you pick a few trustworthy contacts to hold a portion of your crypto keys, so you can get access to your cryptocurrency if your phone is lost or stolen or if you forget your info.”

HTC’s attempt at a blockchain phone—which can only be purchased from HTC, using cryptocurrency—was widely seen as a desperate attempt at reclaiming relevancy, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker fell below 1% market share in 2018. Google purchased roughly half of HTC’s smartphone division, along with a non-exclusive license for HTC’s phone-related intellectual property for $1.1 billion in 2017.

Samsung is apparently working to make the Galaxy S10 everything to everybody, as reports indicate that Samsung is planning a gigantic version of the Galaxy S10 featuring six cameras, 5G support, and a monster 6.7-inch display. Presently, it is unclear how many models will be marketed under the Galaxy S10 name. Traditionally, Samsung’s flagship phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs in North America and Japan, and with Samsung’s internally developed Exynos SoCs in the rest of the world. It is likely that non-5G versions of the S10 will be made available as well. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told CNET that 5G-enabled OnePlus phones could be sold at $200 to $300 higher than LTE versions. On the opposite end of the price spectrum, rumors also indicate the potential for a budget-priced Galaxy S10.

Samsung’s blockchain aspirations should be taken with a generous amount of skepticism, as cryptocurrency website Cointelgraph reports that a Samsung representative declined comment on the report, calling it “rumour and speculation.” The cryptocurrency market has also faced sharp losses over the last month, with the price of Bitcoin falling $2,900 over the last month to a valuation of $3,500.

The big takeaways for tech leaders:

  • Samsung applied for the trademarks “Blockchain KeyStore,” “Blockchain key box,” and “Blockchain Core” in the European Union.
  • HTC launched a cryptocurrency-focused phone in December, though it can only be purchased directly from HTC using cryptocurrency.

Also see

samsung-fold.jpg

Image: Juan Garzon/CNET

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/samsung-rumored-to-bring-cryptocurrency-wallet-with-galaxy-s10-launch/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

China’s US-built vehicle tariff will reportedly drop from 40 percent to 15 percent – Roadshow

The Trump administration has successfully negotiated a rollback of Chinese tariffs on vehicles imported from the US from 40 percent to just 15 percent.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

We reported last week on Donald Trump’s tweet that China would be slashing its tariffs on US-built vehicles, though at the time neither US nor Chinese officials would confirm it, so we remained somewhat dubious on the subject. It turns out the President was right, and China is reducing its tariffs from 40 percent to just 15 percent, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He informed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer of the decision to reduce the tariffs in a phone call on Monday night, WSJ said. This move shows a willingness to negotiate with the US and could spell a cessation to the expensive and problematic trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

According to the WSJ’s report, Vice Premier He didn’t give the US a specific date or time that China would effectively flip the switch on lower tariffs, but it’s likely that it would happen soon. The tariffs on both sides of the Pacific have had a significant impact on the American automotive industry. Ford CEO Jim Hackett claims that the escalations have cost Ford upward of a billion dollars in profits.

The 15 percent Chinese tariff that will remain on US-imported vehicles is comparable to those placed on vehicles imported from other countries, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative. The US currently puts a 27.5 percent tariff on Chinese-made vehicles such as the Buick Envision and the Volvo S90. The Cadillac CT6 Hybrid is also built in China, but Cadillac is killing that model off.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/china-us-auto-tariff-reduced/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Decentralized Twitter alternatives – Memo.cash and BlockPress

 

Blockchain-based social media … is here, but still not … there. It requires work. I will list only a few where I made a profile, fund it and started to post.


Just for the record, all these websites are blockchain-based and if you wish to participate, send a message, or sign a memo you have to fund your own stake.

In the long run, this is ok, not much spam to start with, for the beginner can be a bit awkward. Also, all messages are permanent, so no censorship whatsoever.

I am using both websites to promote my blog posts, I started with the Whaleshares first. I hope people there will like it. We don’t know, if we don’t try.

? Memo.cash

Screenshot_2018-10-19 Memo - aschatria's Profile.png

Based on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. 10 cents USD is enough to start. The average action costs 0.2 cents, which I find ok and rather cheap.
After you fund your wallet with some change you can start communicating and sending messages.
The website is not perfect, but it looks decent enough.
Alexa global rank falls on deep 277 219 place.

? Blockpress

Screenshot_2018-10-19 BlockPress Decentralized Social Network and Communities Powered by Bitcoin Cash and IPFS.png

This is a Twitter cloner built upon Bitcoin Cash blockchain, and a principle is pretty much the same. Fund your wallet, edit profile and start networking.
This website looks far better than the previous one, but assimilating a complete look of Twitter does look a bit strange.
Alexa global rank ranks it on 2 671 324 place.


If you want a few cents to try these website you can easily use Bitcoin faucet, download a smartphone wallet and fund your wallet for free. You will find all necessary instructions on the Memo.Cash.


Cover image attribution


Love, joy and perpetual happiness to all good people. Thank you for visiting my blog

I write for Whaleshares | Trybe | Scorum | Steemit | Memo.Cash | BlockPress | Minds
Somee | WeYouMe | Smoke | Weku | Stish | Sola | Lit |
Social: ~~Twitter~~ | You?
Promo: Spectrocoin
Web site: aschatria.github.io
Contact: [email protected]
Discord: aschatria#1254


Comprehensive tutorial with videos and all – How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster – by SpaceX

 

The SpaceX keeps on lifting rockets, but little the people know how many of them fell down or exploded. This is a video that shows teh finest examples. I personally think that the detailed reports of the incidents should be put in a written form and shared around to the people who wish to know more about this rocket business. Future is not far away and flying around the planet in the lower orbit can be just around the corner. You can’t learn from the success the same as from the things that failed.

FB Messenger Warning

Source: dailymail.co.uk

FBI has issued a warning about IMs including FB Messenger being used by hackers to trick users into opening malicious links. The links send them to URLs that harvests their personal data.

The hackers prompt unsuspecting users to open links with enticing questions like ‘Hey I waw this video. Isn’t this you?’. Curious people will open the link. Didn’t curiosity kill the cat? The most common ploy is a link that leads the user to a site that mimics a FB login page. Another ploy leads the user to a site that automatically harvests the personal data without requiring the user to manually enter the data.

Many users use the same email and password for login data on other sites, so the harvested data can be used to access their bank accounts, frequent flyer miles and other financial assets.

The FBI recommends to avoid clicking on any links unless you can verify the person sending you the link.

3D AI Computes With Light

Source: techcrunch.com

This form of artificial intelligence uses light refraction in lieu of processing numbers with algorithms. Back several decades ago, the cutting edge was a light computer. Mind that I read about this idea at a time before computers were ubiquitous. The prospects for a computer which is powered by light rather than electricity would theoretically run faster and cooler than one that used electrons.

The light computer would have a light pump instead of a power source, it would use optical fibers instead of wires and the processing components would also work with light. As far as I have read, they are still working on devising components that will operate on photons rather than electrons.

As a thought, I am researching the use of available components but the wiring would be optic fibers. This would lower the use of electricity but it would still be required. That isn’t an issue as a power source is still needed to run the light pump. Replacing the wires or circuit board traces with optics would lower the time for the signal to be routed from chip to chip as they would move a close to the speed of light rather than the speed of electrons running through a conductor. The overall heat will be reduced as the optic fiber has less resistance than the electrical conductors. To convert the light data to electrons, the fibers need to have an optocoupler.

Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated this AI computing by printing 3D layers of transparent material. The layers have a diffraction pattern imprinted. These patterns work to diffract the light being inputted and manipulates the light to perform mathematical operations on the light.

There are different ways to encoded information on a light beam. One way is to toggle the light on and off, by this method the ‘on’ state would be seen as a ‘one’ and the ‘off’ state of ‘zero’. This is similar to how computers pass their data through electronic conductors, only it uses voltage. Another way is by having light with data encoded interfere with another light with encoded data. When the light patterns both are in the ‘on’ state, the output will be a brighter light. When one is ‘off’ and the other is ‘on’ the output will be a dimmer light and when they are both ‘off’ the output will be no light.

This is the basic method of what they have done with these transparent layers. By having the diffusion pattern on one layer in line with another diffusion pattern on the next layer, the output from one layer will be transferred to the next and the interaction of the data will manipulated on by each layer.

Source: techcrunch.com

This could be used like a traditional computer uses a math co-processor and even a video rendering board. A co-processor runs along side of the CPU, when the CPU has a math calculation it will output the data to the co-processor and the CPU can process other data at the same time the co-processor is doing the math computation. When the co-processor is done, it sends the answer back to the CPU.

Convenience is Inconvenient

Source: usatoday.com

When cars went remote, we all were pleased with the convenience in not having to try finding the keyhole when the lighting is bad.  Next they upgraded it so that you could not only unlock the door but you could remotely start your vehicle.  This was even better especially for people living in colder climates, they could start the car to warm it up and not have to go outside.

All these conveniences are now being used by car thieves to steal your vehicle without needing the keys.  The car fob’s signal can be intercepted and recorded by a device which is readily available.  The device can receive as well as transmit on a wide spectrum of wavelengths.  The fob can be activated by the device even though a button was not pressed.  The fob will transmit it’s code which is captured and recorded by the device.  The code signal can be use to access the car.

Car manufacturers have strengthened the security for their fobs.  One upgraded security technique is called rolling code.  Unfortunately soon after a new security is created, hackers will develop a way to defeat or get around the new security.

https://www.freep.com/videos/money/cars/2018/07/06/how-we-keep-key-fobs-safe/761312002/

Source: usatoday.com

One suggested way to cheaply block the hacker’s signal is by storing the fob in a metal container.  The metal will block the signal from reaching the fob.  For mobile protection, it has been suggested to wrap the fob in metal foil.

Smartphone Batteries Spy on User

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Researchers have discovered a method to track information users enter on their smart phones.  The method involves monitoring the battery level, they attached a micro controller into the battery to record the levels.

The information is extracted by analyzing the recorded levels and matching it against the amount of power used when pressing individual keys.  They claim that this technique allows hackers to record passwords, identify what sites you visit, when the camera is used and when you make calls.  It doesn’t claim the ability to log the contents of the calls but that is already recorded by other government agencies.

The technique is dangerous to user because it can record passwords and banking account information.  This makes one whom conducts transactions on their phone to be exposed to financial loss.

One way to prevent this is by using the phone when it is connected to the charger.  The power draw will come from the charger and the battery is by passed so the chip that records the battery level will not be able to record the fluctuations in the power usage.

Introducing STISH and Stishit!

 

Here is my most recent contribution to Stishit (submitted for publishing).

What is STISH?
According to the Urban Dictionary, Stish is defined as “chill.” STISH on the other hand is a “cryptographic currency,” or cryptocurrency for short. It is a form of currency that only exists digitally (like Bitcoin), that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority, like a bank.

Cryptocurrency uses this decentralized “blockchain” system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units. The “cryptography” of it all is to simply prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions. Cryptocurrencies use blockchains to order and validate transactions. Blockchains are a natural fit and the best (and perhaps only) way to maintain a consensus about the state of a record among a decentralized, trustless network. In summary, posting to the blockchain it is like writing a check from your checkbook, and having multiple accountants verify your math and your checkbook balance for accuracy.

How Is Cryptocurrency Valued?
A Cryptocurrency has value because people think it has value. Just like fiat currency, people believe that it has value therefore it does. Is it backed by any physical asset? Nope. Just like fiat currency is no longer backed by gold. While there might be several factors that determine the value of cryptocurrency, the most important is utility and supply and demand. Some cryptocurrencies like STISH are also valued based upon a proof of work (POW) system whereby it takes work to create the currency, therefore it has value.

WHAT IS STISHIT? (STISH-it)
Stishit is a social media platform where members earn rewards that easily convert to the digital cryptocurrency STISH. Because many people are now getting involved with cryptocurrency for the first time, we created an entry-level platform that makes learning about cryptocurrencies easy.

Do you like Facebook but hate that you are doing all the work and they get all the profits? Is Twitter or Snapchat your go to app but you feel like it is missing something? Are you posting on Instagram and building a massive following but think to yourself, “Wow, I take all of the pictures and do all of the work and these guys get all of the money!” If you think that it just doesn’t seem fair, you are not alone. Have you ever thought that perhaps maybe they could all share the wealth with their content creators that make their platforms so great! Don’t count on it.

On Stishit, members essentially do the same things as they would on any other social media platform and they are rewarded with a digital token that can be exchanged for #stish. It can be exchanged for cash or traded for the cryptocurrency of their choice, even Bitcoin. Thousands of people have already joined our new and innovative community and are already earning!

The way we see it, Social media shouldn’t take up your valuable time without some reward. Earn it, Buy It, Trade It. Live the Stishit social way where people chill and enjoy life. STISH is Cryptocurrency made easy by Stishit. Get your STISH today!

Stishit is Upon Us!

Well, this pretty much sums up what the pole at Master Binkley’s house is going to look like soon. Better get some solar panels to go along with it!

Net Neutrality

Source: kansascity.com

Net neutrality is sidelined as of Monday, the law barred internet companies from throttling speeds of traffic and required them to treat all internet packets as equal.  It also restricted them from charging streaming providers an additional fee to assure that their video content was not degraded.

 

With the repeal of the law, this activity is now legal allowing that the internet providers post their policies regarding the handling of the information.  Some states are moving to plug the repeal by enacting state laws to restore the law at least within their boundaries.  These state laws are pending so they will not stop the initial effects of the repeal.

 

Ones who understand the logistics of how the internet information flow works will have many questions on what will result from some states throttling while others don’t.  A computer initiates a packet requesting information from another computer.  The requesting computer is in a non throttled state and the other computer is in a non throttled state but the traffic linking the two needs to go through a throttled state.  I assume what will happen is that the requesting computer traffic speed will move at a fast speed until the packet is received at a router in a throttled state.  The speed will be throttled.  When it is received by a router in a non throttled state, the speed can’t be returned to its original speed.  Even if it were, the overall stream would be slowed down because the way streaming works is the entire file is broken into smaller packets, these packets are numbered so when the are received by the end user’s computer they will be played back in the correct order.  When a packet is slowed, it works to slow down the playback as the receiving computer is programmed to play the packets in the correct order.

AI Being Used to Build Atom by Atom

Source: wired.com

About 35 years ago, IBM invented a scanning probe microscope. This opened the door for scientists to exam materials down to the atoms. After years of learning how the atoms are assembled to create the material, one scientist has been using the scanning probe microscope to build things atom by atom.

Bob Wolkow, a physicist at the University of Alberta has the goal of creating microprocessors using this technique. His process involves breaking down the processor into smaller circuits and assembling them on a substrate atom by atom. This method gives the assembler a more precise control over circuit placement. This method will produce a chip that is more efficient and will operate at faster speeds.

The way CPUs work are by manipulation electrons. There several circuits built into the CPU, some are used to move the data in a sequential fashion. The data is maintained as a combination of ‘1’s and ‘0’s, these are not actually 1s or 0s but they are voltage levels. It is these voltage levels that are manipulated by the circuits to process the data.

By having control over the placement of the circuits, designs can be facilitate the flow of data. Energy can be conserved by reusing the electrons. Under current designs, when the CPU needs to change a ‘1’ to a ‘0’, it grounds the circuit that is at the ‘1’ voltage level and the voltage drops to a ‘0’ voltage level. Wolkow’s design will move the voltage drop to a circuit that needs to change a ‘0’ to a ‘1’ so the voltage is not wasted by sending it to ground.

To give an example that simplifies the process. Assume we have two capacitors, when the charge is 5 volts it will be considered as a ‘1’, if the charge is 0 volts it will be considered as a ‘0’. Lets assume that one capacitor (A) is charged to 5 volts and the other (B) has no charge. To move the charge from A to B; one way is to short capacitor A to ground, this will bring capacitor A to 0 volts and apply a battery or power source to capacitor B to charge it to 5 volts. The other way is to connect the two capacitors and transfer the charge. The first way we wasted the energy by shorting the capacitor A to ground and we had to use more energy to charge capacitor B. The second way, we used no energy, it was just transferred.

Note, in my example if you connect the capacitors, the whole charge will not transfer. The charge on each capacitor will equalize and both will have about 2.5 volts. I just used this so it would be easier to visualize moving a charge.

Largest Metal 3D Printer

Source: newatlas.com

Titomic, an Australian company, claims to have the world’s largest metal 3D printer. The printer has a build area of 9 meters long X 3 meters wide X 1.5 meters high. They say even though this is the size of the booth, the build can be larger than the booth size.

The printer works like other 3D printer, it layers material over layer building the piece to specifications. Instead of using metal powder as a base their process shoots the titanium powder out at a supersonic speed, about 1 kilometer per second. Layering the piece using metal powder requires that the piece must be heated so the layer can fuse together.

By shooting the metal powder at high speeds the particles have high kinetic energy. When they strike the other layer, the particle comes to a stop and the kinetic energy changes into heat, the heat is hot enough to fuse the metal particles onto the previous layer. Using this method, the piece requires no heat to fuse the layers.

Source: newatlas.com

Noise Canceling Windows

Source: newatlas.com

The answer to people whom live by busy streets or airports. These windows unlike the ones many homes have actively cancel out the noise. They are an improvement as they don’t rely on the thickness of the panes to reduce the noise.

The noise canceling features of these windows are based on the same technology that noise canceling headphones use. The technology has been successfully employed in ear plugs, motorbike helmets, cars and anti snoring devices. The window unit will be a little more elaborate as it will consist of many sensors or microphones so that they can monitor several spots instead of the small area around a person’s ear.

They have a sensor or microphone that monitor the noise, the noise is analyzed to determine its waveform. An inverted waveform is created and transmitted through speakers, this inverted waveform combines with the noise waveform and effectively cancels the noise.
Source: newatlas.com

Water Based Battery

Source: rt.com

Stanford scientists have developed a manganese hydrogen battery that is water based. There are many scientist working on a lower cost replacement for the current battery technology. The scientific community is working to deliver a way to store electricity that is economical and safe. As our society is growing more energy reliant.

Energy from traditional sources is reaching a tipping point. Most of our energy is generated by non renewable source like coal or natural gas. Other energy comes from nuclear plants which have been plagued by flaws that are very detrimental to the environment. There is a push to produce reliable energy from renewable sources.

As new technology discovers ways to produce the energy, there must also be improved ways to store the energy. A limitation of energy is that once it is generated it must be stored for future use. If it is not able to be stored, it will just dissipate and be wasted.

Batteries are a good method to store energy but today’s batteries are not ideal storage vessels. They are expensive and they can only be recharged a limited number of times before they will no longer hold a charge and must be replaced. The material used in some batteries is in short supply like lithium.

The battery developed by Stanford scientist uses manganese which is the 12th most abundant of the elements found in the Earth’s crust. The battery operates by using a reversible electron exchange between water and manganese sulfate. Once the electrons meet the manganese sulfate it will dissolve in the water leaving manganese dioxide on the electrode and hydrogen gas will be given off. The hydrogen gas is used to generate electricity. Once the electrode is depleted of the manganese sulfate, the battery can be recharged by reversing the electron flow. This will cause the manganese dioxide to combine with the water and change back into manganese sulfate.
Source: myseience.org

DNA Hard Drive

Source: gizmodo.com

A nascent technology is researching encoding data into DNA. By encoding data bits into tiny molecules of DNA, they are hoping to fit entire data centers in a few flasks of DNA. They predict that it will be accomplished by the end of the decade.

As the computer has evolved, there is a need for more storage. In the early years of computers, a few kilobytes were satisfactory to accomplish most programs. Today we the computer has expanded the need for storage into the terabytes and it is still growing. They anticipate that by 2025 global storage capacity will require zettabytes. Per Moore’s law, the growth for increase storage is not waning. The problem now is the physical space needed for all the storage drives.

DNA storage is a possible alternative. First, it is extremely dense so that more data can be stored per space. DNA is a double helix chain consisting of four nucleotide bases, adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). The DNA chain is folded tightly thus it is very dense. By encoding the data into combinations of the nucleotide bases, it can be used as a storage media. For example, by use of an algorithm an A can represent a ‘0’, an T can represent a ‘1’, a C can represent a ’10’ and a G can represent a ’11’. The numbers represented by the nucleotide bases can be changed to represent any binary number. The end result is that data can be stored in a stable media take requires a much smaller physical space.

To retrieve the information, the DNA can be read by using a sequencing technology such as Oxford Nanopore’s MinION. Over all this storage technology is a cost effect alternative that provide greater shelf life and a stable media without using as much physical space.

Source: singularityhub.com

 

About Bitcoin ?

What Is Bitcoin?

As a brand new user, you’ll start with Bitcoin while not understanding the technical details. Once you have got put in a Bitcoin bill fold on your pc or portable, it’ll generate your initial Bitcoin address and you’ll produce a lot of whenever you would like one. you’ll disclose your addresses to your friends in order that they’ll pay you or the other way around. In fact, this can be pretty like however email works, except that Bitcoin addresses ought to solely be used once.

I suggest you create a Account in coinbase bitcoin address generator site for example like this feiw word

address:1JS8XN9aCWg2HpypGXEVxReVddS4esHhNE generate and use any bitcoin sites address bar and free make money your first thing is signup Any bitcoin address providers sites.

I,m providers links top free bitcoins earning sites lists post to my blog any asked questions to leave comments on box and send email I will help you every times.

Signup Coinbase 

Advertising Informations:

  1. Paid to click on internet sites  bitcoin incomes.
  2. P.C bitcoin advertising and promoting bitcoin sites.
  3. Paid to click advertisements 250 bitcoin satoshes.
  4. Pay in line with click internet sites pinnacle incomes bitcoin.
  5. Quality pay keep with click websites and publishers.
  6. Pay in step with click on sites while not investment and funding sites.
  7. Exceptional manner to earn bitcoin faucets earning internet sites list top  ten.
  8. You like to my site advertising ads to contact me any time.

BUSINESS PLANING AND CONTROL

image
INTRODUCTION


FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO DEFINE PLANING
image


Planning refers to the process of deciding what to do and how to do it .Planing occurs at many levels, fromday to day decision made by individual and families, to complex decision made by businesses and government.


WHAT ARE THE PLANING PRINCIPLES YOU NEEDimage
Good Planing Requires A Methodical Process That Clearly Define The Step That Lead To The Optimal Solutions


It. Should be more comprehensive
It should be efficientThe process should be inclusiveIt should be informative It should be integrated


BUSINESS CONTROLimage
Control is the process of comparing actual result with planned or budgeted result and reporting upon variation.The purpose of business control is to i identify unfavorable business performance so appropriate action can be takenHaving control a system allows the owner to manage ,monitor ,measure and adjust where necessary, organisational performance.
BUSINESS CONTROL PROCESS INVOLVES SEVERAL ACTIVITIES SOME OF WHICH ARE:


Establishing performance StandardReporting or monitoring performancePursuing appropriate action to correct significant deviation in performance


control of business activities take place at 2 levelsINTERNAL CONTROLEXTERNAL CONTROL


BUSINESS PLANBusiness plan is a document that details the business objective and means of achieving the objective By my way of definition, a business plan could be define as a document prepared by management that summarizes the operational and financial objectives of a proposed or existing venture and contains the detailed plans and budget showing how the objective are to be realized.Business plans may be externally or internally focused


HOW TO PREPARE A BUSINESS PLANThere are no fixed content for a business plan .Rather the content and the format of the business plan is determined by the goals and audience.
If you are to prepare a business plan the following check list shows the information items you will require .


THE CHECK LIST{a)Background of the business:This should provide information on :Name of businessBusiness AddressTelephone and E-mail addressDate business will commencedType of businessPrincipal activities of the businessDescription of the business locationDescription of the business premises including size


(b)Products/service: This section describe your product offering .this will include details of product of features and an overview of unique technology or processes


(c)Personnel for running the business:State the key personnel in running of the businessIf there are any additions necessary to the management team necessary to the growth of the business you should state the special skills required, position to be requied ,Date required and salary to be paid State the contingency plan you have if your key personnel are unable to work thorough illness or injury.
THANKS FOR READING

How Nigerians can Exchange their SBDs to Naira

image

IF you are Nigerian and you are on steemit looking for a means to withdraw your steem dollar to cash in a reasonable rate. I think this post will help you on ways to converting your SBD to Naira.
.


To Begin using the escrow service by@airhawk-project, you need to Join their telegram group that will connect you with different people who might be interested in giving you instant cash for your SBDs.follow the link here to join there telegram group
https://t.me/airhawkexchange


HoW TO FIND A BUYER).
Once announced, a user interested in buying your steem dollar will signify and tell you how much he/she is willing to pay per SBD.


If you agree with the buyer’s rate/price on your SBD, simply send the stipulated amount of SBD to @airhack-project using the buyer’s steemit username as memo


Now, send in your bank account details notifying the user of the payment you have made. The buyer verifies that you have transferred the SBD to @airhawk-project and sends your money at the agreed rate x the amount of steem dollar, through your bank account.


Once cash have been received in naira, confirm payment by notifying the buyer/group that you have received your money. @airhawk-project in turn releases sold sbd to buyer and the process comes to a clean end.thanks for reading

Syncing Your Utopian account to Your Github account.

If you want to sync your Github account with utopian all you need to do is to click the ‘Synch with Github’ button.

If you are new in github and still dont have an account you can follow this step below.
1st click the link below to register an account.
https://github.com/

Fill up the form and click ‘Sign up for Github’
Capture_2017_10_29_14_52_52_279.png

Now we’re going to complete our plan in Github.
Capture_2017_10_29_15_41_48_648.png

Check the Help me Set up an Organization next and Send me updates on Github News, Offers and events. Click Continue to Setup Organization.


in setting up your organization. Insert Organization name and Billing Email Address
Capture_2017_10_29_15_43_44_107.png

Scroll down and Click ‘Create Organization’
Capture_2017_10_29_15_44_31_539.png

Now Open you’re Gmail account to verify you’re Email Address.
Click ‘Verify email address’ after you’re account get verified you can now make your own repository.
Capture_2017_10_29_15_47_19_761.png

Creating Repository.

go to the bottom and click ‘New Repository’ button.
Capture_2017_10_29_15_47_49_40.png

fill up all the blank, check Initialize this repository with README then click Create Repository.
Capture_2017_10_29_15_49_13_674.png

Now Go to your utopian account and find the ‘Synch with Github’ button and click it.
Capture_2017_10_29_16_19_35_636.png

Authorizing utopian to sync with Github.

Click ”Authorized Utopian.io’ button.
Capture_2017_10_29_16_22_40_333.png

Your Github account is now Synced with utopian.io.
Capture_2017_10_29_16_50_12_614.png

Want to resynch another Github account with Utopian.io?

All you need to do is, Go to your Github account and sign out.
Capture_2017_10_29_16_38_22_144.png
Login with youre another github account and synch it to your utopian account.
and click again the Synch with Github button to resync a new account.
Capture_2017_10_29_16_19_35_636.png
Here you go new account successfuly synced.
Capture_2017_10_29_14_46_51_734.png

For those who dont have github account I encourage you guys. to make one to try this new features.
You can make you’re own project.
You can also make :
Idea Contribution for your Own project.
Development Contribution for your Own Preject.
Bug Hunting Contribution for your own project.
Translation, Graphics, Documentation, Analysis and Visibility.

All is well

All is well

pressemman (29) in poet •  3 hours ago

The world is topsy-turvy
You don’t know what to do
Just believe that
All is well

You are afraid
Of what your tomorrow will be
Just be sure that
All is well

Not that all will be well
Be rest assured
It will soon manifest
All is well

All cannot be well
Except you do your best
Then I assure you
All is well

Weeping has become your breakfast
Difficulties have become your neighbour
It will soon be over
All is well

Take life simple
Don’t be too anxious
Don’t be depressed
All is well

Reject worries
Tell yourself every morning
Reiterate it every moment that
All is wemm am using this medium to tell you that ALL IS WELL in all situations.

THE BIGGEST AIRDROP EVER!!

IMG_20180418_193459.jpg
Apple Corporation has just launched IOST(IOS Token) as their official cryptocurrency. Now we all know that apple is popular and within a short time people will want to invest in their cryptocurrency and then it will appreciate in value.

So if you are wise you would participate in their airdrop now while it is cheap.

Participating in the airdrop is free all you need to do is click the link below
http://telegram.me/iostokenairdropbot?start=847833

Note: you must have telegram, an active email address and an Ethereum wallet address.

Good luck
Thanks for reading

PAYMENT PROOF of app that will mine btc for you 100%real

100%real

oyinkan (45) in altcoin •  6 days ago

image

SlideCoin™ Bitcoin Lock Screen – Android Apps on Google Play
It is a bitcoin miner which uses the spare processing power of your device to mine Bitcoin
How to earn through this app download slide coin on playstore.

While doing registering with the app it will ask for refferer code In put this as your referrer code jul587
NOTE: its important to use referrer code
With referrer code you will be given 0.00000300 as signup bonus , you can request for payment immediately after signing up.

PAYMENT PROOF
Once you request for payment you will be notify through your email account that your payment has been sent image

image

Ways to earn through this app

By simply lock screen ads
By using as a text messaging app
Best way to withdraw is by have a coin base wallet

ENLTE WILL EARN YOU MORE MONEY THAN STEEMIT

image
ENLTE is just like Steemit you get reward by sharing your experience and uploading pictures,you will earn money when people like your post image,
01 JuLy 2018 ENLTE will launch its beta internal exchange you will be able to spend and transfer ENLTE coin after the launch.

First Decentralized social Internet which will transform everything we do today

Download the app and join the revolution

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mpas.enlte&hl=en
Earn upto 500 enlte coins on registration as a new user and beta tester

Mine Enlte Coins with use of your android app.

Use this as referrer code:[email protected]
NOTE ITS IMPORTANT TO USE referrer code

INVEST IN ICO AND JOIN THE TRIP TO THE MOON
Thanks for reading

Free Auto Bitcoin Earning tricks & Tips 2018

How to free online Earn you Billion Bitcoin Satoshes ? 

So friends Let us start tips and tricks that how 
can you online free earning money very fast or relabel 
today I tell you all About method online earning free bitcoin some one Automatic making money example you say to Autopilot any how Automatic means without any works on site for example mining 
sites mining sites is very benefit sites but you choice trusted paying site some site Automatic earning bitcoin I,m post a some links you check it on scanylize site then you design to any site on do works friends some real Paying site is free or some sites Investment site let me tell you free sites names.  

Color full images

Eobot.comCryptofly.net

1 Eobot site in to options provided you 1 free daily faucet free earning any currency.
Second option is invest in hash power as you wish that how to do works on there.
2 Cryptofly.net is A great free and investing mining site first time signup free some bonus give you more detale to visit on site.
Next step is free faucets on works Earning some time some BTC satoshes dailly bases 100 up to 500 BTC.

Copyright Videos tricks 2018 for YouTube channels

4-Nature-Wallpapers-2014-1_ukaavUI.jpgHi there guys and welcome to tube machanics where I use my screncapture videos to show you the tools that …will make building and growing your channel a breezeIn todays video we are going to be looking at how to use other peoples videos on youtube without being …ponish by youtube copyright stirke.Here is a video I created and used a short video clip from one of the videos of a channel …called slow motion guys… the aim was to show the effect of slow motion since the video was about how …to play youtube videos in slowmotion and then with the hope of linking back to the original video.I thought at the time that by using just this short clip not a greater potion of it adding some …value to it and by using my own voice over will save me from copyright strike.Well as you can see I was wrong…. when you click for more details about the strike you will see …here it says the strike is because of visual content.To cut the long story short, since then I have learned my leason, I now know exactly were to get …videos to download and tweek a little to reuse on my videos.Now if you have been in the same situation or you are simply looking for extra video content that other …people havealready created to remix on your next new video then stay tuned for that and much more coming up.On youtube creative common video library you will find tons of videos you can use. what you should also understand …here is that when you just download and reupload the same video, sometimes you can still get a copyright strike.we will talk about that a little later in this video.But first to get to this page you have to be logged in to your youtube channel click on the …icon image on the top right of the page and then on creator studioOn the left side menu sroll down and click on the create tab and then on video editor.On the video editor page click on the creative common sign here . Now you can use the search bar …hee to search for the type of video you want to use.You are allowed to use any video here for your video creation. You can remix the video right here on …youtube by using the video editor tool hereYou can also download the video and use on any video editing tool. To downlod the video simply right click …on the video and copy the url linkOpen the video on a new page Go to the url on your brwoser and just after the dot type …in ss and hit the enter button on your keyboard.that will take you to this online service were you can eaily download the video.Now you can not just turn arround and upload the exact video thinking you will not get a strike for …it. You have to tweek it a little before uploading on your channel if you want to avoid the strike.Here are a few ways to do that. 1 By reducing the size of the videoChnaging the audio of the video…if you want to use the music audio make sure to cross check its copyright …policy. You can find a video that will show you how to to do that by clicking on the card …icon on the top right.Cutting and remixing the video slidesSO THERE you have it how to use other peoples videos on youtube without any copy right strike. Not I …will like to know in the comment area if you have used any of the creative common videos on youtube …and what were your challengesDont also forget to give this video a thumbs up and also share it to your friends on other social …media sites.If you are new to this channel make to subscribe for more tube mechanic videos like this every tuesdays and …thursdays of the week.
Don,t foget follow and vote
Thank you.
http://zap.in/9ZSav

Free online earning Without works

how to free Earns without any works daily 5$ t0 30 $

How can you start making money without any works with sort links 3 way,s free earning for example links sharing social media or other,s and affiliate programs.
first crested a Account any web site shrink a links post any wen blog.
Signup today now? image.png

More free earning to visit now this links.
Tahnk you.

Wallet Erc 20 or Imtoken Wallet

Hi friends Steemthat.com friends there are some ERC 20 that is allowed, in short, among others Wallet IMToken. I also use this Wallet, I think is simple and practical, suitable for us active smartphone users. If the security problem is certainly fixed, I think if the security is not tested it is unlikely that PlayStor will allow it. That’s a simple logic from me. And here’s some evidence of tokens I’ve received on my MyToken Wallet.

This is proof I have received the STISH tokens…

Imtoken

 

The Imtoken Wallet is also part of the Ethereum ERC20 swallow
1. Download and install imtoken in playstore.
2. After successful install open its imtoken application.
3. Will appear Own Own Asset .. Click the right shift to the left.
4. Will appear Peer To Peer Transfer .. Click the right shift to the left.
5. Selected Next Generation DApss will appear. Click the right shift to the left.
6. Easy Easy Trade will appear .. click right slider to left.
7. Wellcome To New World will appear.
8. Click Enter Imtoken Will appear Imtoken Your First Digital Asset Wallet.

9. Click Create Wallet.
10. Fill in the Form:
– Wallet name = username
– Password = The contents of the password we want there are uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols.
– Repeat the password we created in Repeat Password.
– Password Hint (optional) = second password make 6 numbers we want.
Click Create Wallet.
12. New Wallet Created Succesfully.
13. After the immediate success of Go Back Up Now.
14. Back Up Mnemonic.
15. We are asked the contents of the first password that
We made it.
16. Will appear 12 syllables, immediately we note on paper in sequence or SS (Do not get lost).
17. Click Next ..
18. Enter or click 12 randomly sequential syllables into the provided box.
19. Confirm.
20. Confirm again to delete 12 mnemonic syllables.
21. Click SAVE on top left.
22. Wallet Addres our imtoken success and ready to use.
23. Click on our wallet address under the username we created.

Please Download here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.consenlabs.token. Read carefully.

Intel Claims Hardware Chip Fix

Intel’s chip coming out later this year will have improved changes at the hardware / architecture level which will correct the flaw that allowed the Spectre and Meltdown viruses to affect the computer with Intel CPUs.

Source: techcrunch.com

They determined that the virus Spectre has three variants. The new chips will protect against variant 2 and variant 3 (known as Meltdown) but they haven’t cracked variant 1. The redesigned the processor by creating a partition and introducing new levels of protection, this works against variants 1 and 2. This new design will be incorporated in the 8th generation Core and the Cascade Lake Xeon.

Regarding hardware fix for variant 1, they are still working on a solution. As for existing CPUs, there has already been software patches released. They will continue to release updates when and if they discover new fixes. They advise users to keep there software up to date.

Source: techcrunch.com

Vodafone and Nokia will Install 4G Network on The Moon by 2019


San Francisco – The moon will get a 4G mobile phone network next year, 50 years after the first NASA astronaut landed on the lunar surface, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Vodafone Germany, Nokia and Audi say they work together to support missions that allow rover (moonlight) to communicate with each other.

If it continues, it will also allow high definition live streaming of the Moon landscape to Earth. This is part of a project that aims to travel to the moon commercially.

Vodafone says it has appointed Nokia as its technology partner to develop a space-class network, which is a small piece of hardware weighing less than a bag of sugar.

The plan is to connect two Audi month rovers to the base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).

The 4G network will allow the Audi moon rover to transfer HD scientific and video data as they study the NASA Apollo 17 moon explorer used by the last astronaut to run on the Moon.

The researchers said the two rovers will also send HD images directly to Earth as they travel within 200 meters (656 feet) of the rover.

The companies are working with the Berlin-based PTScientists company on the project, with a scheduled launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral with SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Vodafone said.

“This project involves a radical innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure,” said Vodafone German Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter.

An executive involved said the decision to build a 4G network, not a sophisticated 5G network, was taken because the next generation network was still in the testing and testing stages. This means it may not be stable enough to work from the lunar surface.


Development of Infrastructure Outside The Planet


PTScientists, a Berlin-based company, announced that the moon will have its own 4G network next year. This network was developed as part of Mission to the Moon, a project that aspires to land the first private mission on the moon.

“In order for humans to leave the earth, we need to develop infrastructure outside our home planet,” said Robert Bohme, CEO and founder of PTScientists.

To do so, PTScientists collaborated with Vodafone Germany and Audi to develop a tool called Ultra Compact Network.

Vodafone also announced that it has demonstrated Nokia as a technology partner to make the Ultra Compact Network small enough and no heavier than a kilogram. The plan, the network will be used to support communication between two Audi robots with the earth when exploring NASA’s Apollo17 moon vehicle.

This communication can be either high resolution video or data. When running smoothly, PTScientists predict that the project will be launched in 2019 along with SpaceX’s Falcon9 rocket. “With the Mission to the Moon, we have determined and tested the first element of the communication network on the moon,” Bohme said.

He continued, the interesting thing about this LTE solution is that it uses less power, and the less energy we use to send data, then we will have more opportunities to do science.


 

https://steemit.com/busy/@nabilah48/vodafone-and-nokia-will-install-4g-network-on-the-moon-by-2019

 

Apple Will Release Headphones with Better Capabilities from AirPods?

Apple is rumored to be adding an array of audio accessories its made. This time, the company is reportedly wanting to launch headphones with capable capabilities.

According to AppleInsider report, this news first glide from KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, which is often provide leaked around the latest Apple devices. Not only that, the leak is usually also fairly accurate.

Quoted from The Verge, Tuesday (27/2/2018) this headphone will certainly have a better ability than AirPods. Nevertheless, Apple plans to offer an equally good experience with these earphones.

These headphones, according to Kuo, will carry a completely different look from other models. Unfortunately, he reveals further the differences as to what this product offers.

Given the capabilities offered, Apple will certainly membanderolnya with a higher price than AirPods. Just for information, wireless earphones are currently sold at a price of US $ 159 or approximately USD 2.1 million.

The plan, Apple will introduce these headphones towards the end of 2018. Along with these headphones, the company also plans to bring the latest version of AirPods.

Reportedly, this latest generation AirPods will support voice commands via Siri. Not only that, Apple also called will present AirPods are waterproof in 2019.


AirPods are very salable

To note, Apple’s decision to develop their own headphones is actually not a strange thing, because the company already has the Beats brand, which is focused on audio accessories.

However, with this brand-new product, Apple is rumored to want to answer the needs of users who need more qualified accessories from AirPods.

Just for information, AirPods that go on sale late 2016 is indeed reported to get a positive response. After several months of release, sales of AirPods even reportedly sold well.

Based on a survey of Ben Bajarin and Experian analysts published in Business Insider in May 2017, 82 percent of the 942 consumers who bought AirPods, were satisfied with the white earphones that were identical to the white ones.

Overall, 98 percent of respondents admitted very satisfied with the performance and functionality of these earphones.

In fact, the level of customer satisfaction with AirPods has in common with the level of satisfaction when first generation iPhone was released. At that time, the level of satisfaction with the iPhone skyrocketed up to 92 percent.

When described in more detail, 98 percent of consumers admitted satisfied with AirPods content performance, 97 percent like AirPods casing design and pairing process AirPods with iPhone via Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, 95 percent are very satisfied with the performance of power and comfort when AirPods are used. And, 93 percent also claim to be safe because AirPods are not slippery and not easy to fall when used exercise.


AirPods Shipment is Predicted to Break 28 Million Units 2018

Given the market’s response, AirPods shipment is also predicted to be higher this year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that AirPods shipment will reach approximately 26-28 million units by 2018.

If proven, then sales of AirPods will increase twofold year over year. However, the journey of these accessories is not without a hitch.

There are a number of people who deplore the decision Apple is no longer using headphone jack, but on the other hand the presence of AirPods also get a lot of praise from consumers.

At the start of its launch, AirPods experienced several delays until mid-December 2016. Not only that, Apple also still have to struggle to meet the demand due to the limited supply of products.


https://steemit.com/news/@nabilah48/apple-will-release-headphones-with-better-capabilities-from-airpods

 

Eco Friendly Battery

Source: giphy.com

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) has developed an eco-friendly battery. They claim the battery can be disposed of in soil without harming the environment.

Conventional batteries contain zinc alloy, rare metals and other materials which are harmful to the environment. The eco-friendly battery contains fertilizer and natural elements which will not harm the soil.

To test if the battery is environmentally friendly, they smashed the battery into small pieces and buried the pieces in the soil next to a vegetable plant. The plant showed no adverse effects from the battery.

There is still a problem with the battery because it has limited capacity. They will continue to research to find ways to increase the capacity.

Source: japantoday.com

howstuffworks.com (Title photo)

Create Your ERC-20 Wallet For New Coins Easy

Things You Will Need To Set Up Your Wallet

If you need an ERC-20 wallet this is the easiest to get set up… Visit https://www.myetherwallet.com/ to get your wallet now. Here is a video that shows you how to setup your wallet for New TOKENS like Stish.

You will need to send a small amount of Ethereum in your wallet address. If you do not have any coinbase or changelly sells it fast. $20 bucks of Ethereum will help you make trades down the road.

Your New Ethereum Wallet Address Will Start With 0X.

You can send Ethereum or ERC 20 tokens (such as Stish) built on Ethereum to this new address. 

Ethereum is not required but highly recommended to have some in your wallet. Ethereum does require you to pay fees to transfer the funds between members. These fees are referred to as gas fees as if their miners use gas fuel to do the mining or verification of the tokens!

This video is good too in case you need more detailed info on setting up the custom tokens like Stish:

To set-up your wallet for Any ERC20 You Will Need A Few Things For The Custom Tokens Area:

  • Stish Contract Address: 0xb472C71365eF9ed14226bB0AA4C9a3Fa45EcE510
  • You will need the name of the Crypto: Stish
  • You Will Need The Decimals: 4

Once setup you should be able to see that your tokens are in your wallet. The way I look at is in my real world wallet I usually had  slots for bills. One slot I used for small bills like 1,5, 10 and then the other I put 20,50, 100. It helped me to organize my funds.

Update to post: The MetaMask Browser Extension or Plugin now allows Stish and other Ethereum Based Tokens to be sent directly from MetaMask. There are also many mobile apps that work with Stish and other Tokens now!

StishApp

FREE
VIEW