IDC sees gains for detachable, 2-in1 devices, credits Windows 10

surface pro 4

Detachable tablet devices — better known as 2-in-1’s — have become the latest rage in computing.

With a detachable, users can connect a tablet and keyboard to substitute for alaptop or use the tablet separately. Analyst firm IDC recently started calling the hybrid devices “detachables” after using the term “2-in-1’s” for two years.

Microsoft — with its latest Surface Pro 4 — and a slew of other vendors are offering new detachable models running Windows 10. Several models were launched last month at Mobile World Congress, although prices and availability weren’t always included in the details.

At the event in Barcelona, Alcatel introduced the Plus 10, (starting at $651, although U.S. availability hasn’t been announced); Huawei, rolled out theMateBook; and Lenovo touts the IdeaPad Miix 310.

Samsung launched the Galaxy TabPro S detachable in January, although it hasn’t gone on sale in the U.S. yet. With Windows 10 Pro and its detachablekeyboard bundled in, it is expected to cost about $1,200.

There are also low-cost Android detachables hitting the market, like the RCA Viking Pro, running Android 5.0, which costs just $130 or $99 at WalMart(Amazon price).

Apple’s iPad Pro running iOS starts at $799 (Amazon price) and connects to a new Smart Keyboard for an added $169 (Amazon price). Together, IDC counts the two as a detachable computer.

As slate-style tablets fade in popularity, detachables will begin to take their place, IDC said Tuesday. For all of 2016, the research firm predicted a near 6% decline for all tablets compared to 2015. After this year, the tablet market is expected to see a resurgence with the help of detachables, jumping from 16.6 million tablets shipped in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020.

“The reason people want a detachable is that they want a bigger tablet screen with a keyboard,” said IDC analyst Jean Phillippe Bouchard, in an interview. “People want the performance you get with a larger screen and keyboard, not just the tablet for browsing and consuming of content.” Even so, a tabletwithout the keyboard can be the simplest way to view videos and other content.

Bouchard also noted that desktops and laptops are considered “super old,” with buyers looking for something new. Another factor in the emergence of detachables is that the slate tablet form factor has by now saturated the market.

“Everyone in the industry recognizes that traditional personal computers like desktops and notebooks will potentially be replaced by detachables in coming years and this is why we will see a lot of new products being introduced this year,” Bouchard said in a statement.

The timing of the Windows 10 launch — coupled with the rollout of the Surface Pro 4 — has also been perfect for attracting other vendors, he added. “We’re expecting a lot of adoption of Windows 10,” Bouchard said.

The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 (Amazon price), plus $129 (Amazon price) for a basic Surface Pro 4 Type cover that doubles as a keyboard.

Still, “Android is not out of the race,” Bouchard said. ThePixel C from Google, starting at $499, runs Android 6.0. and features an optional Pixel C keyboard for an added $149.

Bouchard and IDC analyst colleague Ryan Reith are curious to see how and when Google will align Android with Chrome, which could result in more detachable products from Google. Also, touch could come someday to the OS X, allowing Apple to expand its offering of detachables.

Until Apple and Google take more such steps, Windows will remain the logical choice for most detachables, Reith said.

IDC predicted Tuesday that Android will have about 18% of the total detachables market in 2016 as well as in 2020, while Windows will grab the majority of the market — 53% — this year. That figure will jump to nearly 75% in 2020.

Apple’s iOS is expected to take 28% of the detachable market in 2016, then decline to just 7.3% in 2020.

IDC said detachables made up 8% of the overall market in 2015 and will comprise 30% in 2020.

 

[Source:- Techworld]

Facebook to Overhaul U.K. Tax Setup, Pay ‘Millions of Pounds’ More

Facebook will restructure its tax setup in the U.K., leading to millions of pounds of additional taxes, the company announced on Friday. The social media giant was panned last year when it was revealed that its 2014 U.K. tax bill was only 4,327 pounds ($6,128), the result of a “Double Irish” tax arrangement that routed advertising revenue through its Ireland office.

Image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Starting in April, Facebook’s largest U.K. clients will be billed from Facebook U.K. and not Facebook Ireland, said the company in an internal memo reported by the BBC. “What this means in practice is that UK sales made directly by our UK team will be booked in the UK, not Ireland. Facebook UK will then record the revenue from these sales. In light of changes to tax law in the UK, we felt this change would provide transparency to Facebook’s operations in the UK,” said the memo.

The corporate restructuring means Facebook will generate larger revenues and pay Britain’s corporate tax rate, levied at around 20 percent.

The UK Treasury welcomed the change, saying in a press release, “The government is committed to making sure multinationals pay their fair share of tax. That’s why we’ve taken unprecedented action both domestically through introducing the diverted profits tax, and internationally through leading the world’s major economies to introduce new rules to tackle aggressive tax planning by multinationals.”

Facebook’s operations in the U.K. include 850 employees and a new headquarters under construction in London.

 

[Source:- Nbcnews]

3 Simple Online Errors Killing Your Business

3 Simple Online Errors Killing Your Business | Social Media Today

With all the challenges your business already faces – competitors in your field, changing marketplaces, etc. – the last thing you want is to fail over something simple and solvable.

Here are a few online errors to avoid – or fix, as the case may be: <!–break–>

BIG NO-NO #1: NOT HAVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

In 2016 you’re more likely to get praise and complaints via Twitter or Facebook than a webform or phone call – and it’s the complaints you especially have to worry about.

Why? Because as social listening experts at NetBase point out, “When that one customer rants to their 500+ Facebook friends, including influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers, your brand can find itself in serious trouble.”

Not to mention, 67% of consumers look to social platforms like Twitter and Facebook to solve customer service issues, according to JD Power. And there are plenty of other stats that drive the point home: social customer service isn’t optional.

Not everyone has caught on, however, so you can stand out even more by being one of the businesses that has. And handling problems well can sometimes impress a customer enough that they become more loyal than they were before.

But part of the trick with social customer service is timeliness – so if you can’t keep up with your audience, it’s a good idea to look into social monitoring software. There are plenty of options for every budget, so don’t think being a small business counts you out. It doesn’t. And sometimes you have to rely on outside expertise.

BIG NO-NO #2: WEB ERRORS

Most business owners are not web developers, but these days you don’t have to be, with so many great options for setting up functional, beautiful websites.

But whose job is it to make sure all your site’s features are working at any given time? Would you know if your site was crashing, or had pages returning a 404 error? You probably wouldn’t, unless one of your site’s visitors took the time to alert you in some way, but most won’t bother. They’ll just go on to the next site.

This doesn’t just apply to smaller businesses though. In fact, Searchmetrics asserts that the more people involved in your website’s operations, the better the chances you’ll have errors you don’t know about.

So how do you make sure your site is working properly at all times? Software like Visibility Guard saves the day by crawling your site to find the most common errors like:

  • HTML status codes like 301 redirects or 404s
  • Meta and x-Robots-Tag “No-index” and No-follow
  • Canonicals and redirect chains
  • Significant changes to word count in content

And if all that looks like a foreign language, even more reason to have a program monitoring things on your behalf. You don’t have to be a tech wizard yourself, but you have to know what matters and get things done.

BIG NO-NO #3: NOT ACCOUNTING FOR MOBILE

Speaking of knowing what matters – your site needs to be optimized for mobile. No business should be making this mistake anymore, but surprisingly plenty still are. Why the big deal? Mobile digital media time has surpassed desktop at 51%, and that number’s only going to get bigger.

Mobile optimization isn’t just about design, it’s about function. Consumers will move on quickly if your pages load too slowly, or they can’t navigate to the page they want easily. Even if your product or service is the best around, if your site isn’t optimized for mobile, you’ll lose business.

In fact, mobile users may judge you by your non-mobile-optimized site, assuming your business is outdated as well. It’s a hard truth – and one that’s avoidable.

And though mobile optimization can be costly, it doesn’t have to be. Most web builders – even drag and drop options like Weebly, etc. – have mobile builders now. And if you do have a bit of technical know-how, Moz has a number of suggestions for optimizing.

So whether you’re into DIY, or have enterprise-sized resources, you have options for making sure the small stuff isn’t what trips you up. Running a business isn’t easy – but a few simple fixes to your digital strategy can make it feel like it is.

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Slack and Microsoft: The unrequited love affair that is better off dead

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Slack is a company seemingly on a roll. The service, for those who haven’t used it, is heralded by many as the way to fix email in all its broken, reply-to-all glory. Listening to the shouts of the Silicon Valley cognoscenti, one would be excused from suspecting that everyone on earth uses Slack but, while Slack has seen some stellar growth, it’s not quite hit the mainstream to that extent.

Slack’s raison d’etre is to remove much of the need for email. Instead of constant backwards and forwards and cc’s that are hardly required, Slack users set up teams, channels and topics and have a constant stream of the most relevant communications for them. That can be by way of direct messages between two parties, conversations between teams or automatic feeds from other sources (RSS notifications, feeds from alternative social networks, etc.).

Slack isn’t alone in trying to displace email, or, at least, a large proportion of the email that individuals receive. Microsoft’s Skype, Salesforce’s Chatter, Microsoft’s Yammer, SAP’s Jam and a host of other solutions all try and do similarly. Add to that the more consumer-orientated channels that many people use in a work environment, and you have a cacophony from the various channels — Facebook Messenger, the consumer version of Skype, Twitter, etc.

But, as I said, Slack seems to be the breakout right now. Slack has been pushing a platform story and recently began investing into a developers’ fund and launching a new app directory. The business, after only a couple of years in operation, now has 2.3 million active daily users, with 675,000 paid seats. In terms of financial metrics, the company says it’s seeing more than $64 million in annual recurring revenue.

And, given that Slack recently announced voice and video services to run on its platform, it is perhaps unsurprising that Microsoft, the company that famously acquired Skype and rolled it into its business suite, was sniffing around Slack for a potential acquisition. Silicon Valley scuttlebutt suggests that an $8 billion price tag was discussed but that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, along with CEO Satya Nadella, put the kibosh on the idea, preferring instead to invest in building out Skype’s features set. The price tag itself is impressive — not bad considering the company is contemporaneously fundraising at a valuation roughly half that.

But . . . would a Microsoft acquisition of Slack actually make sense?

Hell no. Microsoft, as mentioned previously, paid over $8 billion for Skype only four and a half years ago. Since then it has slowly gotten around to integrating the voice and video application into its office productivity suite. Skype for Business is now a slightly flaky, but fully integrated tool. Bear in mind that much of what Skype did when Microsoft acquired it was already core functionality for Microsoft’s existing product of this type, Lync.

To demonstrate that this was less about functionality than it was about taking out a perceived threat, only a year later, Microsoft followed the Skype deal up by acquiring Yammer, a messaging application that seemed to be setting the world on fire, for over $1 billion. Much of what Yammer offered could have been delivered by (or could have been developed on top of) Microsoft’s SharePoint product.

Many suggested that the Yammer acquisition was simply a case of Microsoftremoving a possible competitor from the landscape. But if that summation is correct, Microsoft has embarked on an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole. The cost to start one of these companies is pretty low — over the past few years, we have seen an incredible number of similar services borne.

But the chance of these services actually being viable post their initial early-adopter usage, or being sustainable once a large corporate buys them, are remote. Socialcast, one of the early Yammer-like applications, was famously acquired by VMware in 2011, only to essentially drown in murk as VMware insiders and customers tried to work out what to actually do with it.

Of course, some suggest that acquiring Slack would giveMicrosoft a healthy injection of creative thinking. That was, after all, partly the reason that Redmond bought email application Acompli and calendar app Sunrise. But there is only so much creativity one company can use, and there would be as many negative impacts of chasing the latest “cool kid” in the messaging space as there would be positive ones.

Apart from the highly questionable approach of trying to take out every possible competitor that surfaces, the jury is out on whether Slack actually makes a difference to the problem it’s trying to solve. I have to admit that I use Slack, but I also use Google Hangouts, Skype, Twitter, Facebook Messenger and, of course, email. Slack hasn’t removed any of those channels in any way. Indeed, watching the general pattern across the half-dozen organizations that I’m involved with who use Slack, there seems to be a general early flurry of excitement and activity, followed by a typical return to email, the status quo of messaging.

In a recent post, one Slack user details why he was giving up on a failed Slack experiment:

“Hey there, Slack. This won’t be easy, but it’s for the best. As you and I both know, things started out so wonderfully. Me with my exploding inbox, you with your (very sexy) ambition to make email obsolete. Only, I don’t know if we’re so good for each other, after all. Or, more to the point, I don’t know if firing up a relationship with you ever really fixed what was broken in my other one to begin with . . . I’ve stopped using you entirely over the past couple days, and it’s honestly been remarkable to see both how hard it’s been to disentangle from you from a social perspective, and how amazingly helpful doing so has been from a productivity one.”

My view and one obviously held by the upper echelons of Microsoft is that the decision not to acquire Slack was the right call. Call me a skeptic, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be scratching our heads in a decade trying to remember what that Slack thing was all about.

 

[Source:- Techworld]

 

Microsoft prepares to unleash Office 2016 full desktop apps on Windows Store?

Microsoft prepares to unleash Office 2016 full desktop apps on Windows Store?

It seems that Microsoft is getting ready to push out a Project Centennial version of theOffice 2016 suite on the Windows Store – or at least, a test version is now available, which certainly points to the possibility of this happening before long.

Project Centennial focuses on allowing developers to convert their Win32 desktop apps to ones which are compatible with the Windows Store and optimised for Windows 10.

So, in other words, you’ll soon (in theory) be able to download the full desktop apps for Office on the store (as opposed to the touch-focused Office apps), and the process will be simplicity itself, as WinBeta notes.

With one click, the entire suite will be downloaded swiftly, installed and ready to run, no mess and no fuss.

Not functional yet

At the moment, the apps are apparently listed on the store, but they’re not functional – this is clearly labelled a test version, and while it will install, when you launch any of the apps, nothing happens. So there’s not much point downloading it now, and indeed some folks who have installed this version have reported trouble with uninstalling it.

We’d leave it alone, then, but this is exciting because it shows that hopefully the full implementation of the Office suite on the Windows Store will soon be live. Although there is no guarantee of that, of course. Redmond is only playing at testing right now.

Microsoft is naturally enough pushing the Windows Store (and indeed Windows 10 in general), and earlier this month introduced the ‘Built For Windows 10’ label which highlights those apps specifically built as universal apps for its newest OS.

 

[Source:- Techradar]

Twitter Provides Tips on How Brands Can Use Twitter Polls

Back in October, Twitter introduced a new feature called Twitter Polls, which, as the name implies, enables you to poll your Twitter audience on any topic you see fit.

Initially, polls were restricted to 24 hours and two possible responses on each poll for users to select, but Twitter’s since expanded the responses to four, with a time limit of anywhere from 5 minutes to 7 days. It’s an interesting tool – while not a game-changer, it does add a fun new element to the Twitter experience, and as noted by Twitter in a new post, brands have found some interesting ways to use the function to generate engagement and gather responses from their audience.

Twitter’s highlighted seven ways brands are using polls to best effect – they are as follows:

1. “REGULARLY POST BRANDED POLLS”

Some brands have already adopted Twitter Polls into their weekly social routines, with TV host Stephen Colbert and Marvel Entertainment using them to gather audience feedback on engaging queries.

This is an interesting and engaging way to use the option, prompting regular engagement with the brand, which, of course, will help bring them back to your social properties not only to see the question of the week, but also to see the results. It may seem like a basic level of engagement – these tweets would just slip through people’s feeds and they could easily just click and move on – but even just having that presence, giving your audience a reason to keep your brand top of mind and to engage with you on some level, can help improve recall and affiliation, which, in turn, helps boost brand loyalty.

2. “GIVE PEOPLE A SAY IN DECISIONS”

This is probably one of the top ways to use Twitter Polls – inviting your audience to contribute to actual brand and product decisions.

Not only is this great for feedback purposes, but it also helps build brand affinity by making your social community a part of what’s happening, by bringing them into the actual process. This then gives them more connection to the actual decision, and more reason to pay attention to the final product. Engagement, in general, is a great way to build your social communities, and being able to invite users into the process, even in a simple way, can also help by showing people that you’re listening, that you value their opinions, and that you’re keen to make them a part of an actual community, rather than simply broadcasting your brand message.

3. “TAP INTO LIVE EVENTS BY HOSTING RELATED CONVERSATIONS”

As noted by Twitter:

“Using a Twitter Poll during live events can increase your brand relevance by putting you in the middle of what your followers are talking and thinking about right now. Then, people can also look to your poll later for group consensus about what’s happening. During live events try asking your followers questions related to what’s happening.”

It’s an interesting angle on newsjacking and tapping into trending topics, and done right – and on-brand – it could be a good way to engage your audience, utilizing a topic that they’re already interested in.

This can also help better align your content – if you were to conduct a poll among your Twitter users and find that the majority lean one way or another, that can then help you decide how you could use that data in future communications. If you were to find that the majority of your audience likes one political candidate over another, for example, that might better inform you about what political issues are likely of more relevance to them, which could then help you better focus your marketing efforts by touching on the key issues highlighted by the more popular candidate and how they relate to your offerings, if relevant.

4. “CONDUCT MARKET RESEARCH ON YOUR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES”

The most obvious potential benefit of Twitter Polls, from a brand perspective, is in immediate audience feedback, particularly around what they like/don’t like about what you’re doing. You need to have a few options under consideration, of course, but if you have variable choices or you’re looking to make a decision about a new product addition, Twitter Polls can help give you some sense of what your audience is after – and that feedback might just help validate your final decision.

5. “CREATE POLLS ON TOPICS RELEVANT TO YOUR BRAND”

Twitter suggests that by creating on-topic polls, relative to your brand, you may actually be able to get your audience thinking about your products or services, which might then lead to them connecting with your brand.

In this example, AirBnB’s question is designed to get their audience thinking about holiday plans, not so much to answer the query in itself, but to inspire them to start considering their next holiday, and how AirBnB might be able to facilitate such desires.

6. “PROMOTE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS”

Similar to conducting market research (point 4), by polling your audience on their thoughts around your products, you’re inviting them into the process, for one – but you’re also subconsciously planting reminders of your products into their heads. This can be particularly effective when you’re trying to promote new products which the audience may not be aware of.

Because the feedback mechanism is so simple, polls can be very effective in this regard – people might not want to read your ad or blog post examining the features of your latest products, but a quick poll question can have similar effect in getting your audience to think about your offerings.

7. “HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH FOLLOWERS”

Depending on your brand voice, Twitter Polls can be a great opportunity to engage with your fans in a fun way.

Remember, the key word in ‘social media’ is ‘social’ – people are on social to voice their opinions, to share in the conversation and interact with others. In this sense, having some fun, showing the human side of your business, can be a great way to show that there actually are humans on the other end of the line, that your brand is run by real people, thereby making your brand more relatable, more social, be definition.

As noted, while Polls haven’t exactly set the social world on fire, and their significance has likely been somewhat overlooked in amongst the other doom and gloom stories around Twitter more widely, they are an interesting addition, and can be used to boost engagement, especially because they’re so easy – it’s much more engaging to read a question and tick an answer than it is to fill in a feedback form or even follow a link to another site. There’s some great tips here, great ways to use polls to good effect – it’s worth having a think about how you might be able to use them for your business, and how they could help spread your brand message across the platform.

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Raspberry Pi 3 Launched With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Connectivity

Element14, the leading manufacturer of the low cost, credit-card sized computer Raspberry Pi, on Tuesday launched the new faster, more powerful “Raspberry Pi 3 Model B” that comes with built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity.

 
The Raspberry Pi board plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

It is capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing and playing games.

“At $35, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B offers a higher level of performance than any other Raspberry Pi board on the market,” said Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi at element14, in a statement.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 model is built on a new QUAD Core Broadcom processor running at 1.20GHz, a significant increase from 900MHz on the Raspberry Pi 2.

It has improved power management and an upgraded switched power source – up to 2.5 amps – to support more powerful external USB devices.

With support for Bluetooth Low Energy and wireless LAN, the Raspberry Pi 3 can support new and exciting application areas “out of the box”, such as “Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, streaming to Bluetooth headphones or speakers, Wi-Fi gateways and home cloud storage.

“Supported by our growing accessory portfolio, the new Raspberry Pi 3 allows customers to develop specific applications and build new projects – and we can’t wait to see what customers will do with it!” Doyle added.

“The new Raspberry Pi opens up even more possibilities for IoT and embedded projects,” noted Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.

[Source:- Siliconindia]

No folks, Firefox OS is not dead yet

No folks, Firefox OS is not dead yet

A couple of years ago Mozilla tried its hands at the Mobile OS and had tied up with Intex for the same. However, the idea really could not take off and with that all the big (and bold plans) it had for its mobile OS went in cold storage.

We thought this would perhaps be the last of what we might hear about this OS. We also had read up news reports that suggested Mozilla will be pulling the plug off the Firefox OS by May this year.

However, we are now hearing that Panasonic has announced that it will be deploying the Firefox OS which will power its new DX-series UHD Televisions.

Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS are already available worldwide. These televisions have customisable screens that have “quick access” to Live TV, Apps and personal connected devices. Panasonic now plans to upgrade the DX-series UHD TVs with a new version of Firefox OS later this year. We thought that given that Firefox was not able to get a momentum in the mobile space, Panasonic might ditch this and stick to something as conventional as Android for its Smart TV.

It is noteworthy that LG too is using its WebOS for its smart TVS. It will be interesting to see how this space evolves in the future.

 

[Source:- Techradar]

8 Gadgets That Can Turn Your House into a Smart Home

From smart locks to smart light, home technology is getting magical. The addition of newest devices and apps are simplifying tasks, making better use of resources, and transforming the way we live—just at a click from your smart phones. Using internet, you can now assemble your favorite gadgets from phone to make your home intelligent.

 
Though some of these gadgets are complex to use but most are handy and blends with the day-to-day activities in our lives. Here are some of the most promising gadgets that will allow us to automate our house, securing our lives and enhancing our convenience, reports Independent.

 

Nest smoke detector

 

 
Connect this smoke detector and it will talk to you if there’s smoke or CO and tell where the problem is so you know what to do. It also sends a message to your phone if the alarm goes off or the batteries run low. It is as dependable as a normal smoke and carbon monoxide indicator.

 
Philips Hue starter kit

 

 
Experience the peace of mind by controlling your lights wherever you are, with Philips’ Hue lights. It enables home automation through the light scheduling function. The Philips Hue white starter kit is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology. Not too bright, not too dark, just the right brightness.

Nest thermostat

 

 
Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself accordingly. And if you don’t like that, all options are accessible from an app. It helps you save energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away. It’s very easy to install, sometime consuming less than 30 minutes.

 
Canary security system

 

 
It is a perfect and all-in-one environment security system for your home. You control it from your phone, connecting all your smart devices together and making one security system that can do a lot. It’s built to learn and sends intelligent alerts with HD video and audio directly to your phone. This easy to set up system watches for intruders, sends you video of any irregular activity and also checks in on the temperature and air quality using a set of built-in sensors

Belkin WeMo switch

 

 
No worries now, if you left the iron, coffeemaker or hair straightener on, smart electricity switches can be hooked up to anything to make them internet-enabled. It set schedules and receives customized notifications. For instance, plugging a lamp will mean you can turn it on and off over the internet. You can also connect it to other services like thermostat or your phone’s location so that they’ll go off and on when you arrive and leave.

 
Netatmo weather station

 

 
It enables you to discover your environment and maximize your well being. The weather station’s outdoor module gives you real-time weather information that matters like wind and rain reports around the house even from afar using an app. the weather station’s indoor module measures your indoor comfort by providing vital information, alerting you when you need to air out your home to bring down its pollution levels.

 

iKettle

 

 
Creating a connected kitchen that works for you, this internet-connected kettle will mean that you’ve got boiling water ready for your tea before you arrive in the kitchen. It helps you avoid that bitter taste and brew at the right temperature.

 
Logi Circle

 

 
Record and download video of the people and pets with Circle. You can place this portable sphere anywhere in the room you want to capture the video. For example, you can login live via the app. It’ll save any moments where there’s visual or audible activity that you can rewind. And you can also talk through your phone, if you want to shoo your kitty off the furniture.

[Source:- Siliconindia]

Xiaomi creates ‘Mi Mover’ app for easy data migration

Xiaomi creates 'Mi Mover' app for easy data migration

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is finally launched in the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The smartphone is stuffed with features and can easily take on any Android smartphone in the market, even those priced higher than it.

The smartphone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Xiaomi’s MiUi 7 running on top of it, which now comes with an app to easily migrate data from your previous device to the new Redmi Note 3. Named as Mi Mover, the app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and will allow users to backup and transfer their data from one Android phone to the other. It is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.2 JellyBean OS and above.

The app utilises QR code and allows users to transfer your contacts, messages, applications and other multimedia files from one Android device to another. The application creates a Wi-Fi hotspot and doesn’t require any wires or Internet connectivity to migrate the data.
As per Xiaomi, the data transfer speed can reach by up to 6MB per second and will not expose the user’s data to any other smartphone or application.

As noted, Motorola, HTC, Lenovo, etc. has their own data transfer applications that allow users to easily migrate from one device to another. Besides, users can store their data on cloud with the help of application such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft One Drive, etc.

 
[Source:- Techradar]