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What is Bitcoin? Best explanation

Puzzled with what #Bitcoin actually is & whether its worth investing? Bitcoin has skyrocketed in value over the past couple of months but remains extremely volatile & risky.

Bitcoin was invented in 2009 by a person (or group) who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. His stated goal was to create “a new electronic cash system” that was “completely decentralized with no server or central authority.” After cultivating the concept and technology, in 2011, Nakamoto turned over the source code and domains to others in the Bitcoin community, and subsequently vanished.

What is Bitcoin?

Simply put, Bitcoin is a digital currency. No bills to print or coins to mint. It’s decentralized — there’s no government, institution (like a bank) or other authority that controls it. Owners are anonymous; instead of using names, tax IDs, or social security numbers, Bitcoin connects buyers and sellers through encryption keys. And it isn’t issued from the top down like traditional currency; rather, Bitcoin is “mined” by powerful computers connected to the internet.

How does one ‘mine’ Bitcoin?

A person (or group, or company) mines Bitcoin by doing a combination of advanced math and record-keeping. Here’s how it works. When someone sends a Bitcoin to someone else, the network records that transaction, and all of the others made over a certain period of time, in a “block.” Computers running special software — the “miners” — inscribe these transactions in a gigantic digital ledger. These blocks are known, collectively, as the “blockchain” — an eternal, openly accessible record of all the transactions that have ever been made.

What determines the value of a Bitcoin?

Ultimately, the value of a Bitcoin is determined by what people will pay for it. In this way, there’s a similarity to how stocks are priced.

The protocol established by Satoshi Nakamoto dictates that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be mined — about 12 million have been mined so far — so there is a limited supply, like with gold and other precious metals, but no real intrinsic value. (There are numerous mathematical and economic theories about why Nakamoto chose the number 21 million.) This makes Bitcoin different from stocks, which usually have some relationship to a company’s actual or potential earnings.

How do I buy Bitcoin?

If you’re willing to assume the risk associated with owning Bitcoin, there is an increasing number of digital currency exchanges like Coinmama, CEX, Kraken and Coinbase — the largest and most established of them — where you can buy, sell and store Bitcoins.

Getting started is about as complicated as setting up a Paypal account. With Coinbase, for example, you can use your bank (or Paypal account) to make a deposit into a virtual wallet, of which there are many to choose from. Once your account is funded, which usually takes a few days, you can then exchange traditional currency for Bitcoin.

What can I do with Bitcoin?

You can use Bitcoin to buy things from more than 100,000 merchants, though still few major ones. You can sell it. Or you can just hang on to it. Note that there are no inherent transaction fees with Bitcoin, although exchanges like Coinbase typically charge a fee when you buy or sell.

What are the risks?

Legal and regulatory hazards aside, as both an investment and currency, Bitcoin is very risky. When you wake up in the morning, you know pretty precisely how much a dollar can buy. The financial value of a Bitcoin, however, is highly volatile and may swing widely from day to day and even hour to hour.

Bitcoin transactions cannot be traced back individuals — they are secured but also obscured through the use of public and private encryption keys. This anonymity can be appealing, especially with companies and marketers increasingly tracking our every purchase, but it also comes with drawbacks. You can never be certain who is selling you Bitcoin or buying them from you. Opportunities for money laundering abound; last year, authorities in the Netherlands arrested 10 men for just this.

Theft is also a risk. The Bitcoin subreddit is rife with individuals’ stories and even established exchanges are targets. Mt. Gox, based in Japan, “lost” 750,000 of its customers’ Bitcoins in 2014 and hackers took $60 million from NiceHash earlier this month. There are few avenues for pursuing refunds, challenging a transaction or recovering such losses. Once a transaction hits the blockchain, it’s final.

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Lamborghini Urus – World’s Fastest Super Sport Utility Vehicle

Car of our dreams just got even better!! #Lamborghini has now introduced the world’s fastest SUV #Urus. #CatchItFirst #FirstCrush #SinceWeMadeItPossible

OVERVIEW

A super sports car soul and the functionality typical for an SUV: this is Lamborghini Urus, the world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle. Identifiable as an authentic Lamborghini with its unmistakable DNA, Urus is at the same time a groundbreaking car: the extreme dimensions, the pure Lamborghini design and the outstanding performance make it absolutely unique. Urus’ distinctive silhouette with a dynamic flying coupé line shows its super sports origins, while its outstanding proportions convey strength, solidity and safety. Urus’ success factors are definitely the design, the driving dynamics and the performance. All these features allowed Lamborghini to launch a Super Sport Utility Vehicle remaining loyal to its DNA.

EMOTION

A distinct Lamborghini engine sound, coupled with traits of a sports car and SUV, provide the driver with a uniquely emotional experience. With its strong personality, pure design and absolute sportiness, Lamborghini Urus is one of a kind. The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle is easy, safe and fun to drive, thanks to its ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent MAnagement) Selector that delivers pure driving emotions and new specific settings for the best driving dynamics. Urus is both a versatile car with a perfect suitability for everyday driving, and a real Lamborghini with its distinct engine sound and high performance.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Lamborghini Urus has a cutting-edge, distinct and streamlined design with multiple souls: sporty, elegant and off-road. Its muscular surfaces make it appear strong and self-secure, while the mixed tires allow a luxury super sports car look. All the surfaces are designed with a clear attention to functionality. Some Lamborghini details and iconic shapes can be immediately recognized at first glance, such as the “Y” and the hexagon elements, the front bonnet with center peak and the cross lines on rear door. The extreme proportions and the single silhouette line make Urus a real Lamborghini. Furthermore, its proportions are unique since it is the lowest SUV on the market. Urus design took inspiration from the heritage of the LM002 in regard to the power dome showing the position of the engine and the significant diagonal lines, while the frameless doors recall the iconic Gandini line.

In the Lamborghini Urus interior, luxurious Italian craftsmanship meets state-of-the-art technology. The aeronautic design and the driver-oriented instrument concept with three TFT screens (one for the instruments, one for infotainment and one for comfort functions and virtual keyboard with hand-writing recognition) put the driver’s needs at the forefront and make the overall experience more comfortable and enjoyable. The dashboard architecture follows the “Y” theme inspired by iconic Lamborghini models. The interior can be customized to be more elegant or more sporty, through the selection of different kinds of colors and materials, such as: natural leather, Alcantara®, wood finish, aluminum or carbon – with the option for further sophistication on select materials through contrast stitching or Q-citura. Urus features the largest range of options ever presented on a Lamborghini , with multiple souls converging to create a unique vehicle. Furthermore, Lamborghini Urus is the first five-seater super sports car.

Lamborghini Urus is equipped with state-of-the-art of vehicle dynamics technology. It provides the most comprehensive standard driving dynamics equipment in the SUV segment. Urus ensures the best performance in every situation while also attaining the best weight-to-power ratio in the entire SUV segment, mainly thanks to its best-in-class driving dynamics with an outstanding and completely adaptable package: 4-wheel-steering, 4-wheel-drive system with active rear torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension with active dampers, a roll stabilization system with continuous and immediate response, carbon ceramic brakes and mixed tires.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Lamborghini Urus integrates a V8 bi-turbo engine with a maximum power output of 478 kW / 650 HP, the best weight-to-power ratio on the SUV market. For this reason, Urus’ performance level is unrivalled. The 8-gear automatic transmission, together with the permanent 4-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring, enable the driver to perform exceptionally on every occasion and in every situation. Urus can be enjoyed whether in the city, on the racetrack, on a snowy mountain, on gravel country roads or in the desert. The torque is directed mainly to the rear axle, so that the general dynamic behavior is sport-oriented.

SAFETY & ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Lamborghini Urus is a versatile car in which the latest technologies offer an unparalleled level of everyday usability. It is set up with the latest safety and driving technology systems that can be tailored to different customers’ needs. Urus is easy and safe to drive: it ensures maximum comfort and safety at 360° for city driving and long trips. An array of features makes the drive very comfortable, and great attention has been given also to the rear passengers’ comfort. There are two ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) packages: “Urban Road” and “Highway”. They contain new, innovative and intelligent assistance and safety systems enabled to suit individual driving preferences.

ANIMA

What really makes Urus a true Lamborghini is the electronic platform that controls the systems and radically transforms its dynamic behavior, taking the driver experience to another level. The ANIMA Selector is the secret of Lamborghini driving dynamics, the key command to choose the desired setup. The vehicle adapts according to the driving mode selected. There are three on-road modes: STRADA for easiness of driving, comfort and safety; SPORT for agility, responsiveness and fun to drive; CORSA for precision and maximum performance. The three off-road modes enhance the Urus performance even more: NEVE ensures ease and safety even on slippery surfaces; TERRA ensures comfort and ease in off-road conditions; SABBIA is perfect for sandy surfaces. Finally, the EGO mode enables the driver to redefine the vehicle’s dynamics according to preferences and needs in terms of steering, suspension and traction.

TECHNOLOGY & INFOTAINMENT

Lamborghini Infotainment System III (LIS III) provides astonishing technological comfort including two intuitive touchscreens with haptic feedback and a total of three innovative high-definition displays. In the cockpit, their representations and icons change according to each driving mode selection. A high quality of usability is also guaranteed by an up-to-date multi-connection concept, thus enhancing productivity and entertainment. A highlight is the advanced 3D surround Bang & Olufsen sound system ensuring the best travelling experience for front and rear passengers, by providing a detailed sound in the entire car with its 21 loudspeakers and a power output of 1700 Watts.

DRIVETRAIN & CHASSIS

Urus is equipped with state-of-the-art of vehicle dynamics technology and features excellent adaptive technologies for every situation and road condition: 4-wheel drive system with active rear torque vectoring, 4-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, electromechanical active roll stabilization system with continuous and immediate response and CCB (Carbon Ceramic Brakes), offering the best braking performance in the SUV segment. This unique technical package is fully managed by the ANIMA Selector and gives Urus the outstanding driving dynamics and handling of a pure Lamborghini.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

Lamborghini Urus is equipped with state-of-the-art of vehicle dynamics technology. It provides the most comprehensive standard driving dynamics equipment in the SUV segment. Urus ensures the best performance in every situation while also attaining the best weight-to-power ratio in the entire SUV segment, mainly thanks to its best-in-class driving dynamics with an outstanding and completely adaptable package: 4-wheel-steering, 4-wheel-drive system with active rear torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension with active dampers, a roll stabilization system with continuous and immediate response, carbon ceramic brakes and mixed tires.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Lamborghini Urus integrates a V8 bi-turbo engine with a maximum power output of 478 kW / 650 HP, the best weight-to-power ratio on the SUV market. For this reason, Urus’ performance level is unrivalled. The 8-gear automatic transmission, together with the permanent 4-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring, enable the driver to perform exceptionally on every occasion and in every situation. Urus can be enjoyed whether in the city, on the racetrack, on a snowy mountain, on gravel country roads or in the desert. The torque is directed mainly to the rear axle, so that the general dynamic behavior is sport-oriented.

SAFETY & ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Lamborghini Urus is a versatile car in which the latest technologies offer an unparalleled level of everyday usability. It is set up with the latest safety and driving technology systems that can be tailored to different customers’ needs. Urus is easy and safe to drive: it ensures maximum comfort and safety at 360° for city driving and long trips. An array of features makes the drive very comfortable, and great attention has been given also to the rear passengers’ comfort. There are two ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) packages: “Urban Road” and “Highway”. They contain new, innovative and intelligent assistance and safety systems enabled to suit individual driving preferences.

ANIMA

What really makes Urus a true Lamborghini is the electronic platform that controls the systems and radically transforms its dynamic behavior, taking the driver experience to another level. The ANIMA Selector is the secret of Lamborghini driving dynamics, the key command to choose the desired setup. The vehicle adapts according to the driving mode selected. There are three on-road modes: STRADA for easiness of driving, comfort and safety; SPORT for agility, responsiveness and fun to drive; CORSA for precision and maximum performance. The three off-road modes enhance the Urus performance even more: NEVE ensures ease and safety even on slippery surfaces; TERRA ensures comfort and ease in off-road conditions; SABBIA is perfect for sandy surfaces. Finally, the EGO mode enables the driver to redefine the vehicle’s dynamics according to preferences and needs in terms of steering, suspension and traction.

TECHNOLOGY & INFOTAINMENT

Lamborghini Infotainment System III (LIS III) provides astonishing technological comfort including two intuitive touchscreens with haptic feedback and a total of three innovative high-definition displays. In the cockpit, their representations and icons change according to each driving mode selection. A high quality of usability is also guaranteed by an up-to-date multi-connection concept, thus enhancing productivity and entertainment. A highlight is the advanced 3D surround Bang & Olufsen sound system ensuring the best travelling experience for front and rear passengers, by providing a detailed sound in the entire car with its 21 loudspeakers and a power output of 1700 Watts.

DRIVETRAIN & CHASSIS

Urus is equipped with state-of-the-art of vehicle dynamics technology and features excellent adaptive technologies for every situation and road condition: 4-wheel drive system with active rear torque vectoring, 4-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, electromechanical active roll stabilization system with continuous and immediate response and CCB (Carbon Ceramic Brakes), offering the best braking performance in the SUV segment. This unique technical package is fully managed by the ANIMA Selector and gives Urus the outstanding driving dynamics and handling of a pure Lamborghini.

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iPhone X – All you need to know

Apple unveiled the new #iPhoneX yesterday along with new iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus.

Best Features:
– Bezel Less Display
– A11 Bionic Chip
– Portrait Lighting, New Camer Sensor
– Face Id, Touch id is no longer supported

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iPhone 8 / X – Rumor Roundup

#iPhone 8/ iPhone X is 10th anniversary edition from #Apple. Expected to Launch on 12th Sept.

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Here are all the rumors that matter:

1. Higher Resolution Cameras on Front & Back with 3D sensing technology & scene recognition. Camera on the rear will be stacked vertically.

2. A10 processor: iPhone 7 plus is already the fastest phone in the market but the new A10 chip is expected to beat this benchmark.

3. Wireless Charging

4. Faster Charging through Lightning 2 connector compatible with USB Type C

5. OLED display with Bezel less design similar to Samsung

6. AR kit compatibility: similar to Pokémon Go, This edition of iPhone will aim to combine the virtual world with real world.

7. Facial recognition: Apple is expected to pitch facial recognition as a more secure way of unlocking your phone

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Rolls Royce – Sweptail

#Trending #RollsRoyce The most expensive car in the world, 13 million dollars to be exact. 🙂

Free of the constraints of time and unburdened by limitations, Rolls-Royce Coach build represents rarity in its most authentic form. This is #Sweptail, made exclusively by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Highlights
– The one-off car took almost four years to be made
– The car is a tribute to the swept-tail Rolls-Royces of the 1920s
– The design is yatch inspired and has a full-length panoramic glass roof

rolls royce front look

The Sweptail resembles the Phantom from the front. The coachbuilt vehicle takes inspiration from the 1925 Phantom I Round Door and embodies the svelte tapering glasshouse. The 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon, 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon were all considered by the designers in the creation of the Sweptail.

rolls royce
Rolls-Royce Torpedo
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

rolls royce
Rolls-Royce Torpedo
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
The front grille is milled from solid aluminium and polished by hand to a mirror finish. The coupe has a gently sloping roofline. The cherry on top – or rather the front – is the 08 numberplate, milled and polished from ingots of aluminum.

Inside this yacht-inspired motor car, all buttons and switches are shielded behind Macassar Ebony wood. The passengers enjoy a full-length panoramic view through the glass roof.

rolls royce panoramic view
Rolls-Royce Torpedo
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
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Just Launched Samsung Galaxy S8

All you need to know about the new #Samsung Galaxy S8 in 5 minutes.

Article Courtesy | The Verge

Preorders begin March 30th, three weeks before the release date.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the nicest phone I’ve ever held. It’s a beautiful combination of glass, metal, and an absolutely massive screen in a body that’s much smaller than you might expect.

And that might not be enough to make it stand out anymore.

There are two versions of the S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are available for preorder on March 30th and will be shipping in the US on April 21st. Pricing, as always with Samsung, is up to the carriers — but you can expect them to command a premium price. The early word is that it will start at $720.

Here’s everything we learned about these two phones after using them for an hour or two last week.
Holding the S8, I’m struck by the fact that nothing about it feels especially surprising, and not just because damn near everything about it has been leaking for the past few months. The boldest feature is every phone’s more important feature: the screen. On the S8, it extends up and down to cover nearly the entire front of the phone. It also curves around the left and right, something Samsung is calling the “infinity display,” which gives it the look of not having any bezels at all. And speaking of curves, the four corners of the screen are also slightly curved instead of squared-off, which adds some elegance and perhaps some screen durability.

The S8 and S8 Plus fulfill Samsung’s promise of fitting a big screen in a smaller body, and so they’re quite a bit more usable than other large-screened phones. I didn’t experience some of the accidental touch issues that I still get with the Galaxy S7 Edge. But I also only had about an hour with the phone, so it’s possible that it could still be an issue.

More than anything else, the S8 is nice. It may seem like table stakes in 2017, but these phones are incredibly well-designed. There are no seams, only the barest of camera bumps, and everything seems milled down to sub-millimeter tolerances. They feel inevitable in a way that almost becomes boring. Many of the design touches are evolutions of the S7 Edge and Note 7, but refined to their Platonic ideals.

Extending the screen to near the bottom of the phone means that there’s no room for Samsung’s traditional hardware home button. Instead, it uses software buttons like other Android phones. It also uses some haptic feedback like Apple’s iPhones to create a virtual feeling of pressing a home button, though it only works on the very specific spot where the software home button appears. One neat feature: some Android apps hide those main Android buttons when they go full screen, but you can still firmly press the bottom of the screen to activate the home button.

SAMSUNG BORROWS FORCE TOUCH FROM THE IPHONE, AT LEAST FOR THE HOME BUTTON

Getting rid of the physical home button also means that Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor. It’s on the back now, right next to the camera. That’s not a very convenient place for it, honestly. It’s too high up on the phone to comfortably reach and it’s also right next to the camera module, which might mean you’l be getting fingerprints on the camera more often than you’d like.

Speaking of fingerprints, because the S8 is nearly all glass, you’ll see them on the back a lot, but they’re not as prominent as you might expect (they’re worse on the LG G6, for example).

Both the USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack (hallelujah) are located on the bottom of the phone. You have power on one side and volume buttons on the other, underneath which you’ll find a whole new button that’s dedicated to the big new software feature on the Galaxy S8, Bixby. There’s much more on Bixby below, but for now I’ll just note that dedicating a hardware button to this software feature is a big bet on Samsung’s intelligent assistant. If Bixby ends up being not that great, I expect many people will be looking for ways to remap that extra hardware button (or decrying that it’s vestigial).

GALAXY S8 SPECS
Processor

US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad)
International: Samsung Exynos Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHZ Quad)
Display

Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 570ppi
Galaxy S8 Plus: 6.2-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 529ppi
Cameras

Rear: 12-megapixel, OIS, F1.7
Front: 8-megapixel, auto focus, F1.7
Batteries

Galaxy S8: 3,000 mAh
Galaxy S8 Plus: 3,500 mAh
Dimensions

Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155g
Galaxy S8 Plus: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
Other specs

Android 7.0 Nougat
USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
IP68 water and dust resistant
Wireless charging
LTE Cat.16
Bluetooth 5.0, can stream to two devices
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
As you’d expect, the S8 has the best specs you can get on an Android phone. Depending on the region, you’ll either get Qualcomm’s newest (and slightly rarer) Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos. In both cases, Samsung is touting that they’re built on a 10nm chip, which should theoretically help with power consumption. In my brief time with it, everything was whip-fast. Hopefully it will stay that way over time — Samsung phones often don’t.

The standard S8 has a 570ppi 5.8-inch screen, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The S8 Plus has the exact same resolution on its 6.2-inch screen, which works out to 529ppi. For my money, the standard S8 is the way to go. It still feels like a massive screen and the body is significantly smaller. The height of the screen is interesting, too: the aspect ratio is a super-tall 18.5:9, which adds a bunch of screen real estate to scroll through. I didn’t get to test a bunch of third-party apps, so hopefully we won’t see too much weirdness with the new aspect ratio. Even if we do, Galaxy phones are popular enough to prod developers to update their apps to support it.

In terms of other specs, it’s pretty bog standard stuff: 4 gigs of RAM, 64 gigs of onboard storage, and an expandable SD card slot.

GALAXY S8 BATTERY
Nearly 900 words in and I haven’t made an exploding phone joke (you’re welcome, Samsung). But now is the time to point out that the last time the phone maker released a phone this big and beautiful, it literally set itself on fire on a disturbingly regular basis. The company’s responses to this issue were botched and bad for some time before it pivoted, apologized, and introduced a new process for checking battery safety. Those safety checks are important, but Samsung still has to own all the exploding phone jokes and hear them at every mention of its phones for a while.

So on the S8, Samsung did not push the envelope when it comes to capacity. The S8 has a 3,000mAh battery and the S8 Plus has a larger 3,500mAh battery — the same capacity that the Note 7 had. But neither is especially large when you consider the fact that they need to power towering screens. Samsung claims it has tweaked the battery chemistry to help the batteries last longer after a year or two of use.

To make up for it, Samsung is offering the usual suite of power options: Qualcomm Quick Charge and support for both major wireless charging standards. But I still have reservations about how long the batteries will last on these phones. In fact, it may be a reason to seriously consider getting the larger S8 Plus.

GALAXY S8 CAMERAS
Another place where Samsung hasn’t really pushed the envelope is the camera. The S8 uses the exact same rear camera as the Galaxy S7, a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS. Samsung says it’s done work on the software side to improve picture quality, and in my short time with it I found it to be significantly faster than the camera on the Galaxy S7 Edge.

It is notable that the S8 Plus doesn’t get a better camera or a dual-camera setup. Excepting screen and battery size, both phones are identical.

I suspect it’s using the “take pictures all the time in the background and just save them when you hit the shutter button” trick we’ve seen on other phones. It also borrows another trick from other Android phones: the shortcut to launch it is double-pressing the power button now (since the home button is virtual).

AFTER THE SMOKE CLEARS: SAMSUNG’S QUEST FOR REDEMPTION

The definitive story of the making of the Galaxy S8

The front-facing camera (aka the one you really care about) has gotten an upgrade. It’s an 8-megapixel sensor now, but more importantly it has autofocus. Switching between cameras was fast and easy, as was swiping over to get to Samsung’s kajillion photo gimmick settings. But some of those gimmicks are pretty neat, I’m especially fond of the GIF mode, though I do wish it was just automatic like you can do with Apple’s Live Photos and the Motion Stills app.

In any case, the competition for the “best smartphone camera” is way more interesting now than it was a year ago, when just Samsung and Apple were at the top. Now, Apple and LG are sticking multiple cameras in their phones while Google’s Pixel has jumped to the top of the Android camera quality game. It’s too early to say that Samsung is resting on its photography laurels with the S8, but it is fair to say that there’s probably nothing here that will give other companies reason to worry.

GALAXY S8 SOFTWARE
That Samsung is capable of making great hardware should come as no surprise to anybody. It’s the software where we have reason to be skeptical. Running all the way back to the bad old days of TouchWiz, Samsung has a well-earned reputation for taking Android and mucking it up with bad ideas.

For the past few years, though, the common refrain has been restraint, and I’m going to repeat it again today. Samsung has done a pretty good job keeping its worst instincts in check. There are a ton of weird features to find in the dark recesses of the settings menu, but out of the box the basic look, feel, and functionality of Samsung’s Android skinning is pretty good.

And there are some genuinely great parts, too. The iris scanning that lived all-too-briefly on the Note 7 is back, if you’d like to unlock your phone that way. But the best way to unlock the phone is Samsung’s new face detect system. It takes about 20 seconds to set up and once you do, it works really well. It’s not the same, bad face unlock that was introduced in Android years ago, it’s an entirely new system Samsung made.

FACE UNLOCK IS AMAZING; DEX IS SUPER, SUPER NERDY
In my 10 minutes or so of playing with it, it didn’t fail to unlock a single time. In fact, it was so fast that we a hard time filming it. I had to point the phone away from my face and then just tilt it up to look at myself. I unfortunately forgot to print a glossy 8 x 10 of my face to test with, though, so I can’t say if maybe it’s tuned to be a little too forgiving when it tries to see if it’s you. Samsung admits the face-detect system is less secure than the other ways of unlocking, so you will still need to set up the iris or fingerprint scanners to make payments.

There is one gimmick that in theory I should be excited about but in practice I’m just not: DeX. It’s a feature where, after buying a specialized dock, you can plug your Galaxy S8 into a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and get a full desktop mode. Unlike solutions we’ve seen in the past (RIP Motorola Atrix), the desktop mode here simply offers Android apps instead of a full desktop browser. It looks well-designed for what it is, offering full access to your notifications and resizable windows. But it can’t escape the fact that outside a few apps like Samsung’s own browser, Microsoft Office, and Adobe’s creative suite, Android apps are bad on big screens.

People who unironically call themselves Road Warriors like they’re IT managers in 1999 will love it. The rest of us probably won’t use it. And that’s fine.

BIXBY, SAMSUNG’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Samsung may not have put a ton of effort in changing its hardware design language, updating its camera, or packing in a bigger battery. But it has been focused on figuring out how to make software that people actually like, and it’s all centered on a new virtual assistant called Bixby.

As I mentioned above, Bixby is launched by pressing an honest-to-god dedicated physical button. It has basically three modes:

A short-press of the button takes you to Bixby Home (you can also swipe over to it from the home screen).
Long-pressing the button turns on Bixby’s voice features.
There’s a small button on the camera app for Bixby’s augmented reality features.

Let’s start in the middle with voice, because speaking to Bixby is the most interesting and challenging set of features here. Essentially, what Samsung is trying to do is create a new kind of virtual assistant, one that helps you use the device directly in your hands rather than ask random questions from the cloud.

I wasn’t able to test this myself, unfortunately, but Samsung did run us through a couple demos. In one, you can open the gallery app and then issue voice commands for editing a photo rather than trying to dig through the interface to find the right button. “Bixby, rotate this photo left,” and “Bixby, send this photo to Dan.” If you live that Samsung Life, you can use Bixby to send videos to your TV or turn off your smart lights, too.

The goal is that “anything you can control with touch, you can also control with voice.” It’s a laudable goal, but it’s also one I very seriously doubt Samsung can achieve. For one thing, it only works with about 10 Samsung apps at launch. Also, it can only work with apps that are written to support Bixby. Unlike Google Now on Tap, Bixby doesn’t do any screen reading to try and guess what’s on the screen. So it might be a virtual assistant, but it’s very far from an artificial intelligence.

BIXBY IS SAMSUNG’S BIG BET
The other big question with Bixby is how exactly is it differentiated from the Google Assistant. It seems pretty clear, but then you discover that there’s a bunch of overlap. For example, you can do things like set alarms with Bixby. There’s also Bixby Home, which so far as I can tell is a giant, random set of information cards for things like your smart light bulbs, fitness data, local news and weather, and whatever else Samsung thinks belongs in a virtual assistant home screen. It looks like every widget screen you’ve ever seen on a phone, which is to say it looks like sort of a mess that you probably won’t use very much.

Last but certainly not least are Bixby’s camera features, which are Bixby’s best features. You can launch it either directly in the camera app or from Bixby Home, and what it essentially does is turn your camera into a photo search machine. Point the Bixby camera app at anything and it will identify it and suggest web searches for it. I tried on flowers and it gave me options to buy flowers on Amazon or look at more flowers on Pinterest. It wasn’t able to precisely identify my Android Wear watch, but it did know it was a round watch and offered to let me buy a real one on Amazon.

It also works with more prosaic things. Samsung ran a demo with wine labels and book covers, both easily identified and given options to buy. Samsung says it’s working with specific partners for Bixby — including Amazon and Pinterest — but it doesn’t appear that it works with the biggest search engine of them all, Google. That’s not really a surprise.

GALAXY S8 RELEASE DATE, COLORS, AND PRICE
In the US, the S8 and S8 Plus will come in black, gray, and silver. Gold and blue are options internationally.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are available for preorder starting tomorrow, March 30th, and you should get a free Oculus headset with a controller and a set of games along with your preorder. The official release in the US is on April 21st. Unfortunately, Samsung won’t confirm pricing, leaving that to its carrier partners — again, it looks like it’ll start at around $720.

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Go Pro Best of 2016 – A Year in Review

Another breathtaking video from #GoPro team. Enjoy!!

Rewind through the best of 2016 as GoPro captures the most epic moments around the world. Follow along through the GoPro lens as Matt Mingay takes the track on two wheels, as Julia Mancuso shreds a mountain with her mother and as Devin Williams sinks basket after basket. From family outings, to hard core base jumping, to dance and music, GoPro camera’s immortalize all your epic adventures.

GameofThrones Season 7 Promo: “Reign”

#HBO recently released the promo for #GameofThrone #Season7. Its simply mindlblowing is all we can say.

The most interesting new shot is the above image of Arya Stark. She’s got a new wardrobe, though it’s not surprising considering she arrived back in Westeros at the end of Season 6. Based on her cloak, it seems more likely that she’s heading north instead of south this coming season.

Meanwhile, Sansa is once again in the Winterfell godswood, the same place where Littlefinger suggested she should be Queen in the North in Season 6’s finale. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Sophie Turner teased of her Season 7 arc: “She’s seemingly in control for the first time — and it really suits her. She’s kind of having a bit of a power trip. But she’s also becoming more insecure, because there are threats to the power that she holds.”

Speaking of threats to her power, Jon Snow looks like his new digs as King in the North really suit him.

This isn’t the first promo HBO has released for Game of Thrones: Season 7. Back in July, the network also released a video announcing the new season was in production.

#iPhone7 – All you need to know

All you need to know about #iPhone7..

Pros:
– Improved front and rear cameras (optical image stabilization, better low light performance)
– Better battery life.
– More onboard storage than last year’s models for the same price.
– Wider Color Gamut
– Stereo Speakers
– A10 Processor, this processor is currently the fastest is giving Intel a run.Apple claims 50% faster performance with lesser battery consumption as compared to A9 chip.
– Dual Camera setup for iPhone 7 plus, Bogo effect finally makes it way from DSLR’s to phones.
– Lighting Audio. Digital Audio as compared to Analog audio through age old headphone jack.
– Fully Water Resistant

Cons:
No Fast Charging
No Wireless Charging
No Headphone Jack (Apple had added an adapter to ensure your old headphones still work) 🙂

#DontLetHerGo – Swachh Bharat Latest Ad

All Indians worship Lakshmi ‘Goddess of Wealth’ & there is a saying that Goddess of Wealth resides only in places which are clean.

Everyone in India loves wealth but no one realizes that keeping India clean is also each & every citizen’s responsibility. Latest ad for #SwachhBharat campaign is a fantastic video exposing this sattire & is an eye opener for a lot of people who love littering.

Nike Presents Da Da Ding

#Nike soundtrack ‘Da Da Ding’ from Gener8ion feat Gizzle & #DeepikaPadukone is Super Addictive. 🙂

Lyrics:

Da Da Ding
Da Da Ding
Da Ding

Wake Up In The Morning
All Systems On Go
Cuz I Got Goals And
I Won’t Take No

For An Answer
Got The Grace Of A Dancer
The Heart Of A Panther
I Don’t Understand Ya

If Quits In Your Vocab
I Cannot Quote That
I Want This So Bad
I Cannot Go Back
I Cannot Back Down
I Will Not Give Up

You Vs Me Huh?

I Say Good Luck
You Don’t Want This Problem
Cuz I Don’t Do It
Unless I Go Full Throttle

And I Might Throw It On The Instagram
Just To Show You What The Difference Is

For Instance, I’m Up With The Roosters
Out Run The Runners
Out Shoot The Shooters

Looking In The Mirror Like
“aye Girl Let’s Do This”

My Only Competition Is Myself
That’s Why Keep Some Trophies On My Shelf
Never Lazy Cuz It’s Bad For My Health

Da Da Ding
Da Da Ding
Badda Boom Badda Bing

Chorus:
Now Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)
Let’s Go (da Da Ding)

Da Da Ding Da Da Ding Da Ding
Game On
I’m ’bout To Do My Thing
Guess Who Stepped In The Ring
The Last One Left In The Ring

Can’t Lose ‘cuz I Work Too Hard
Ab Game Like Oh My God

Boss Chick
My Pull Up Game
So Sick
Don’t Think I Lost It

I’m Just Getting Started
Time To Sweat
Another Rep Another Set
Oh Yea
Another Lap, Another Mile
I’m About To Turn Up That Dial

Da Da Ding
Da Da Ding

I’m In The Gym Making Me Proud
Then I’m On The Track Holding It Down

Now, Where My Girls At?

Let’s Go Hard And Show The World That
Anything They Can Do We Can Do Better
Just Do It…together

And Fail Is Not Part Of The Plan, But If I Fall I’m Going To Stand Again
Play Hard ‘cause I Aint Worried About Getting A Tan
I’m Still Just As Beautiful, Man
Da Da Ding, Da Da Ding, Bada Boom, Bada Bing
Let’s Go

Da Da Ding
Da Da Ding
Badda Boom Badda Bing

Da Da Ding
Da Da Ding
Da Ding

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What is Pokemon Go?

Wondering what is #PokemonGo which is driving the world crazy..? 🙂

It’s a pseudo reality game where players hunt virtual Pokémon on their phones in real-life locations. It uses the camera and GPS on the player’s device to catch Pokémon

Get ready for an all-new Pokémon experience! Pokémon GO opens a universe of Pokémon to find, catch, trade, and battle on your iPhone or Android device!

With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO uses real location information to allow players to experience catching, trading, and battling Pokémon.

People have to walk around their neighborhoods to catch Pokémon, which prompted Australia police to issue a statement, urging people to look away from their phones. “It’s … a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street,” a statement from Australia’s Northern Territory Police read, according to The Telegraph. “That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”

Luckily, there is a way to catch eggs without leaving your house. BroBible suggested grabbing some tape or glue and sticking your phone to a rotating surface. This way, your GPS thinks your moving. It’s probably safer than crossing roads with your head down, but it’s not much fun.

Because of it’s popularity, “Pokémon” Go could become as big as Twitter one day. “Over 60 percent of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it daily, meaning around 3 percent of the entire U.S. Android population are users of the app. This metric (…) has put “Pokémon GO” neck and neck with Twitter, and in a few more days, “Pokémon GO” will likely have more users Daily Active Users than the well-established social network,” SimilarWeb’s Joseph Schwartz wrote in a blog post Sunday via Mashable.

The game hasn’t launched without problems. “Pokémon GO” has a ton of bugs that users have to work through. The biggest issue is that it drains battery life and sometimes deletes progress.

Apple Spaceship Campus

Steve Jobs had a vision in 2013 to build the best office in the world for #Apple & now this campus in near completion in Cupertino. Apple is expected to move in to their new headquarters in 2017.

Apple is planning to use 100 % renewable energy in this new building, & have designed it to utilize a combination of solar & fuel cell technology to meet its energy demands. Apple is planning to distribute the additional electricity generated to the national grid.

This building will be directly connected to underground express highways to enable efficient transport for Apple staff, we can bet that even aliens would be amazed to see this design if they confuse this as a spaceship.

Steve Jobs vision depicted in the video below:

Current progress:
Apple has made quite a lot of progress on its under construction “Campus 2” set to become the company’s new headquarters when complete around the end of the year. Since last checking in a month ago, a video update published today by Matthew Roberts for June shows continued progress on the roof of the main circular spaceship building, including a look at the heating and cooling systems installed throughout, and what looks to be some new outdoor areas surrounding the entrance of the underground theatre.

Priyanka Chopra and Jimmy Fallon Wing-Eating Contest

Priyanka Chopra is all over the headlines nowadays, bagging a Hollywood movie ‘Baywatch’ post the hit TV series ‘Quantico’

No Smoking #11minutes

Latest trending video in India featuring Sunny Leone, Deepak Dobriyal, Alok Nath with an amazing social message for all of us..

Taylor Swift – 2016 GRAMMY Winner Album of the Year

#FirstCrush Taylor Swift the only woman to win grammy for album of the year twice. She won a grammy for her album 1989 last night..

What an inspiring speech to all the young & beautiful women out there.. Keep it up swifty 🙂

What is #Love?

#FirstCrush #HappyValentinesDay everyone.. No better way to understand Love then from Kids…

Check out this hilarious video from Jimmy Kimmel show, you are guaranteed to have a good laugh..

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Gravitational Waves Explained

#FirstCrush Gravitational waves explained ..

Einstein’s theory of general relativity completely altered how we perceive the Universe. Originally, scientists thought that space and time were two fixed and independent concepts. But Einstein’s theory combined space and time together into one four-dimensional model called space-time. And space-time isn’t fixed at all.

The theory also altered our understanding of gravity. According to Newtonian physics, all objects in the Universe are innately attracted to one another. Einstein instead proposed that objects actually warp the space-time around them, creating gravitational “pull.” Imagine a bowling ball on top of a stretched blanket. The ball bends the blanket, creating an impression in the fabric. Planets and stars are the bowling ball; space-time is the blanket. Now, imagine rolling a marble across that blanket with the bowling ball on it. The marble is going to follow the curve of the blanket down toward the ball. Smaller objects like asteroids act like the marble when near a bigger mass: they following the curvature of space-time the larger object creates.

gravitational

Most everyone in the scientific community believe gravitational waves exist, but no one has ever proved it. That’s because the signals from gravitational waves are usually incredibly weak. “When we move, the gravitational wave is so weak it is effectively zero,” says Kamionkowski. “The Earth going around the Sun produces a gravitational wave signal, but it is still very, very weak.”

But the more mass an object has, the bigger the wave it produces. Super-dense objects like black holes or neutron stars moving at rapid speeds can produce big enough gravitational waves that can be measured here on Earth. So that’s what LIGO’s scientists targeted.

Article courtesy: The Verge

HyperLoop Concept – 700 MPH in a Tube

#FirstCrush All you need to know about ongoing Hyperloop research.

It’s Elon Musk’s idea, but Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is trying to make this “pipe dream” a reality.

The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system originally put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors.

Hyperloop

The Hyperloop does indeed sound hard, and expensive, but it’s the alternative to a $70 billion high-speed rail plan that’s been widely criticized already, and that one’s going into production. The Hyperloop features tubes with a low level of pressurization that would contain pods with skis made of the SpaceX alloy inconel, which is designed to withstand high pressure and heat. Air exiting those skis through tiny holes would create an air cushion on which the pods would ride, and they’d be propelled by air jet inlets. And all of that would cost only around $6 billion, according to Musk.

You Tube Video Courtesy: CNN Money

Latest Progress:

Hyperloop One reaches 187 kph in first run

 

Twitter New Algorithmic Timeline

Article Courtesy: The Verge

Twitter went into an uproar Friday after a BuzzFeed report that the social network was on the brink introducing an algorithmic, more Facebook-style feed. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tried to calm fears this morning in a series of tweets, but he did not deny the substance of the report. High-profile users have threatened to abandon the service, and the changes reportedly could arrive as soon as this week. The Verge has now seen the redesigned timeline and can share new details about how it’s going to work.

So, how will your new Twitter timeline look? With the caveat that some things could change in the final shipping version: a lot like the old timeline. Here are a couple of screenshots from a tipster who has been in the test group for several months:

Twitter

You have to look close to see that the tweets are out of order: in this case, a few tweets from nine or ten hours ago show up before one that was posted two hours ago. But screenshots like these have been floating around for a few months now. What’s really important is how the new timeline works in practice.

Yes, you can opt out

The algorithm that will re-order your timeline is based on the one that ranks tweets for the “while you were away” feature that Twitter introduced a year ago. The best way to think of the new timeline is as an expanded version of this feature. Spend an entire day away from Twitter, and when you open the app again, you’ll see highlights from the day. If you open it up a few times a day, you’ll see a handful of “while you were away”-style sections breaking up the chronological tweets. And whenever you pull down to refresh your stream, it’s back to the regular, reverse-chronological timeline.

Here’s one way to think of it: scroll down through the timeline, and it’s like the Reddit homepage, showing the most popular things first. Scroll back up, and the feed turns into regular reverse-chronology Twitter. One tester told me that the new timeline will also show you related posts for popular tweets if you want to dive deeper. In any case, this will be the new Twitter by default — but you will be allowed to opt out of the new timeline, The Verge has confirmed.

Former Twitter employee Paul Rosania, who was the product manager for the timeline before leaving recently for Slack, mounted an impassioned defense of the re-ordered timeline this afternoon. “In a purely chronological feed, tweet quality is distributed *randomly,*” he wrote. “If you miss any tweets, *any at all,* there will be just as much good stuff in there as there is in what you actually see. Delivering some of that, by pushing down something else, is *guaranteed* to give you a better experience. Not by principle, just by math.” Rosania concluded: “Someday soon, the tweets you see will be a little more interesting, and the tweets you miss won’t be as important. And guess what: You won’t even notice. You won’t! You think you will, but you won’t.”

“It tears conversations apart.”

The Verge spoke to two users who have been testing the new timeline for a few months. Neither particularly liked it. “I started to get used to it but I still think that it is a terrible idea,” Twitter user Robin Bonny told me. “It tears conversations apart, and it’s really confusing when some people have been live-tweeting an event and those things get scattered all across my timeline. It makes it extremely hard to follow events, and destroys one of the core values of Twitter, in my opinion.” Another user, Coady DiBiase, was only slightly more positive. “It’s definitely nice in terms of catching up on things I might’ve missed, but it’s a departure from the core idea of Twitter, so overall it complicates things.”

But both are daily users of the product, and Twitter is in search of product changes that will bring them hundreds of millions of new users. The analyst Ben Thompson wrote recently that an algorithmic timeline has been one of Facebook’s core advantages over Twitter, allowing it continue to grow rapidly as Twitter’s growth slowed. As Bret Taylor, former chief technical officer of Facebook, put it this morning: “Algorithmic feed was always the thing people said they didn’t want but demonstrated they did via every conceivable metric. It’s just better.”

Now we know how Twitter’s algorithmic timeline works — but aside from those who have been testing it, it’s unclear how it will feel. Is it truly the best of Twitter, delivered effortlessly? Or, like Bonny says, does it break up conversations and take other tweets out of context? It does not feel like an overstatement to say Twitter’s future could hinge on the answer.