#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
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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) 🙂
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 soundtrack ‘Da Da Ding’ from Gener8ion feat Gizzle & #DeepikaPadukone is Super Addictive. 🙂
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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:
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.
#FirstCrush A tiny startup made a big splash this week by pledging to deliver a wireless Internet service fast enough to replace your home broadband connection.
Starry is taking on cable broadband with a wireless service that promises to deliver 1 gigabit per second downloads.
Starry, a company based in New York and Boston, on Wednesday unveiled a 1-gigabit Internet service, which will launch with a trial in Boston over the summer. That’s about 10 times faster than the average home Internet connection and speedy enough to let you download a two-hour high-definition movie in 25 seconds.
If the promise holds true, Starry could offer you a viable, potentially superior, alternative to the broadband service provided by your local phone or cable provider. The company believes it can undercut traditional broadband providers because it doesn’t have to dig up streets to install physical lines. It would bring much needed competition and higher speeds. What’s not to like?
It turns out that Starry’s promise may be too good to be true. The service is based on a type of super-high radio frequency that can only travel over short distances and is easily distorted by walls or even rain. While this technology has been used to provide fat Internet pipes to businesses, its technical limitations make it expensive to deploy.
“It’s extremely difficult to deliver a highly reliable, high-speed Internet service using these frequencies to residential customers,” said Towerstream CEO Jeff Thompson. His company specializes in delivering wireless broadband to large buildings using microwave dishes and similar high-frequency radio waves.
But Starry CEO Chet Kanojia, best known for his failed attempt to shake up the broadcast industry by bringing live-streaming TV services to consumers through a company called Aereo, believes he’s found the answer.
“The technologies we’re using have been around for a long time and are dirt cheap,” he said in an interview. “But no one else has stitched them together the way we have.”
Starry is taking advantage of technological advances and off-the-shelf components used for Wi-Fi and satellite technology to work around these issues.
The Starry Beam radio will sit on atop a building to capture incoming signals. While a traditional provider installing cable or fiber for broadband might spend $2,500 for every home it hooks up, Starry can do it wirelessly for $25 per home, Kanojia said. That’s thanks to a combination of tricks to amplify and direct the signal. He said the technologies allow him to transmit a signal 1 to 2 kilometers away.
Starry Beam radios will sit on top of buildings to capture the incoming signals. They’re then transmitted to the Starry Point, another box that sits outside of the customer’s window in their house or apartment, which then pipes the signal inside to yet another device called the Starry Wing. Starry Wing then broadcasts the connection throughout the home.
Starry hasn’t offered pricing details on any of these products, but Kanojia said customers will not be responsible for the cost of the devices. Instead, pricing will be bundled into the service.
Dialing the right frequency
That all sounds great, but many are hung up on the airwaves that Starry plans to use.
Radio waves work like this: Higher frequency signals allow you to carry a lot of bandwidth, but at shorter ranges. That means you have to place more radios closer together. Wireless companies prefer to use lower band spectrum because they don’t have to build as many cellular sites and because the signals can go through walls.
Starry is employing radio waves that range between 37 gigahertz and 39 gigahertz utilizing a technology called millimeter wavelength. At that high rate, walls and even heavy rainstorm or foggy mist can cause disruptions. In comparison, many of the US carriers use spectrum in the 700 megahertz band.
Some experts say that Starry is likely using the right technology to overcome technical hurdles, but they’re skeptical the company can deliver the reliable performance at low costs.
Beyond technology, the bigger hurdle will be the cost to deploy the network, said Khurram Sheikh, president of SiBeam, which is working on chips that can tap into millimeter wavelength technology.
It’s all about real estate
One of the biggest expenses will be finding enough rooftops for Starry to build a dense network. While the radios are relatively small and use little power, the company still needs to negotiate deals with building owners for access to rooftops and other places to put the equipment.
“All wireless providers are real estate plays,” Thomson said. “The success of our business depends less on the technology and more on our ability to negotiate great long-term real estate deals.”
Kanojia isn’t too worried. He struck similar deals to get radios up for its Aereo service, which plucked broadcast TV signals and sent them down to its customers.
“That’s just a process you have to go through,” he quipped.
Many in the wireless community, especially those working on 5G, which also plans to use higher frequency radio signals, will be watching Starry closely.
“We like to see others innovating in this area,” Sheikh said. “If a startup shows something real, it will accelerate things and we’ll get more of this technology to market faster.”