Bingo T30 is a smartwatch that supports SIM cards
It is priced at Rs. 1,099
The smartwatch can be purchased on e-commerce platforms
Consumer electronics company Bingo Technologies on Monday launched the Bingo T30 smartwatch at Rs. 1,099. The new Bingo T30 supports calling and SMS, though the company does not mention cellular data support in its release. The smartwatch is available in Silver, Black, and Rose Gold colours via e-commerce platforms such as Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm, and Snapdeal.
Bingo T30 sports a 1.56-inch square, LCD display with 240×240-pixel resolution and NANO toughened glass to protect from scratches. Packing a MediaTek MTK6260 chipset (with 128MB RAM and 64MB ROM), the smartwatch supports microSD cards of up to 16GB capacity, 2-megapixel camera, and weighs 75 grams. Its 380mAh battery offers 3 hours of talk time and 180 hours of standby time. It can pair with the users’ phones via Bluetooth 3.0 and direct SIM-enabling.
As for features, the Bingo T30 smartwatch has an integrated pedometer that allows users to count steps, and monitor sleep. It can deliver notifications from the users’ phones to their wrists, store contacts (up to 500), play MP3 or MP4 files via Bluetooth, power saver, thermometer, and has an e-reader functionality. There’s also a world clock, weather alerts, calculator,
“The all new Bingo T30 smartwatch is power-packed with features and its trendy design makes its a must have fashion accessory,” said Abhinaya Pratap Singh, Marketing Manager, Bingo Technologies, in a statement.
Commenting on the launch, Mr Abhinaya Pratap Singh, Marketing Manager, Bingo Technologies Pvt Ltd, said, The all-new Bingo T30 smart watch is power packed with features and its trendy design makes it’s a must have fashion accessory. Backed with Bingo’s quality assurance, the T30 will certainly be welcomed by our customers.”
Facebook’s always looking to boost sharing and interaction on the platform – as The Social Network has noted previously:
“Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to — starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook.”
Not only does this encourage more engagement (which is a crucial measure for social platform success), but more sharing means more data, and more data means better ad targeting. Facebook needs to facilitate connection in order to fuel their whole business model.
Which is why their latest test makes sense.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s rolling out a new “Discover People” option which will enable users to connect with others who are interested in similar things as they are, including upcoming events, people who work at the same company or even those who simply live nearby. The new feature was initially tested in Australia and New Zealand but it’s now in the process of being rolled out more widely.
The new option will be available within the options menu (the three lines) – some users will have access already.
Once selected, you’re prompted to update your profile bio and photo to ensure it’s accurate and up to date. Below that, you’re shown a list of all the events for which you’ve registered an interest in attending – when you click into any of these, you’re shown a listing of other people who will be heading along, and you can click onto any profile for more information.
As you can see, clicking on a profile will show you not only who each attendee is, but also any things you have in common with them, helping facilitate connection.
And as noted, in addition to events, you can also see a listing of work colleagues and people who live in the same area, further adding to the connective capacity of the tool.
It’s an interesting option, and it certainly adds something to the Facebook mix – but is connecting with strangers something Facebook users will warm to?
In the case of events – particularly business related functions – the tool makes some sense, and LinkedIn actually offers similar in their new platform prompts, introduced as part of their recent redesign.
Apple announced a ton of great stuff during their Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2016, such as macOS Sierra , iOS 10 , and updates to watchOS and tvOS .
In an unprecedented, yet widely welcomed move, Apple opened Siri up to developers, enabling Siri to work with third party apps such as Whatsapp or Facebook.
Apple under Steve Jobs was known to heavily guard its ecosystem and built a walled garden around its apps and services. Since the arrival of Tim Cook however, Apple has made several welcome moves to open up its ecosystem little by little, such as allowing third party keyboards and widgets in iOS 10, and now providing developers with Siri’s SDK.
This move, if exploited well by developers, can infinitely increase Siri’s usefulness.
However, the celebrations are a bit premature as there is a caveat. A big one at that.
When Siri launches with iOS 10 in September, it won’t be available for use in all applications, but only a select few.
In fact, Siri is only limited to six categories of applications, which does not include music and multimedia apps. There are strict restrictions in place regarding which kind of applications Siri can integrate with, and which kind it cannot.
Here’s what you can currently do with the new Siri in iOS 10 :
Apps like Lyf can integrate with Siri allowing you to book a cab with your voice.
You can search photos on apps like Pinterest and EyeEm. This will even support Apple’s new location search for photos demoed during WWDC 2016.
You can ask Siri to “send, search and read back” texts. As of now WeChat and WhatsApp are confirmed to support this feature.
Siri can be used to start your workout, log an activity session, save workouts in many health based apps such as MapMy Run, Runtastic and Runkeeper.
Siri will let users make payments using just their voice. Confirmed apps supporting this feature as of now are Venmo and Square.
Siri in iOS 10 can also be used to initiate phone calls on apps like Skype.
You can try these features out by downloading the iOS 10 beta through beta.apple.com. However, we recommend waiting a few weeks as the official release of iOS 10 is just around the corner. In fact, rumors point to a September 15 release date for iOS 10.
In a definite shift towards platform parity, Affinity Photo has finally been relased for Windows, delivering everything that the hugely popular Mac software does.
The availability of a Windows version coincides with the release of version 1.5, which is a huge update packing the Photoshop rival with new features.
Here’s a rundown of the best new features:
1.5’s RAW engine now features profiles for thousands of lens-camera body combinations delivering auto lens correction.
COLOR PICKING TOOL
In response to user requests, there’s a new color picking tool outside of the color lab.
32-BIT EDITING ENABLED
32-bit unbounded images can be composited and edited together with full Radiance HDR as well as OpenEXR file support.
Designers are able to record any number of operations, save them, and then play them back later on, just like Photoshop’s Actions panel.
BETTER METADATA MANAGEMENT
1.5 features a substantially upgraded detection of metadata for JPEG and RAW formats.
FILE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES
This version comes with significant improvements to PSD and PDF import and export.
TONE MAPPING PERSONA
Users will enjoy dramatic results thanks to the full, tone-mapping workspace for LDR and HDR images with local contrast control. The new release features a complete workspace, where users are free to move between color spaces.
360 IMAGE EDITING
It’s now possible to both pan and zoom around 360 images. Designers can utilize Affinity Photo’s complete suite of tools to edit them live.
Users now have the chance to create customized spatial fillers with limitless flexibility, all thanks to the equations filter.
PIXEL ART DOCUMENT RESIZING
1.5 incorporates two, brand-new resampling algorithms. This ensures more precise resizing of pixel-based documents.
PIXEL TOOL CHANGES
After many requests, Affinity has added shift constrain and configurable CMD-drag behavior to this tool.
NEW EXPORT OPTIONS
The export persona has been changed forever. Now, users can enjoy limitless flexibility to export multiple formats and resolutions for each slice.
All workflows will be supported with the multichannel OpenEXR Import/Export and options like alpha pre-multiplication.
CLONE SOURCES PANEL
Users have the ability to store an unlimited quantity of global sources for the clone brush; they can also work across multiple documents.
TEXT STYLE SUPPORT
The styles of text objects can be linked together now thanks to full text style support.
MARQUEE SELECTION MODES
Magnetic, polygonal, and freehand are the three new modes for the freehand selection tool.
BETTER RAW PROCESSING
A more powerful RAW engine gets designers results more immediately while the presence of more than 70 new RAW camera formats makes for a better user experience.
Frontend frameworks, such as Bootstrap, come with their own button styles, but they don’t usually have much variety.
The free Butns library offers a slew of custom button styles without the whole framework attached. This is perfect for developers who already have a custom page design but don’t want to deal with crafting their own button styles.
You have practically limitless choices and combinations to pick from. Butns has over 30+ different background/border colors that you can mix & match for traditional flat buttons or pill buttons or even ghost buttons.
You can also pick between different gradient styles that mesh two different colors together. These gradient buttons look awesome with a drop shadow for a raised embossing effect.
Along with colors and shadows, you can also change the shape, size, and transparency of any button.
Everything is controlled via CSS classes, so you really have complete access to everything in the library.
What I like most about Butns is that you can easily switch between different styles just by updating one class name. There’s no overly-complex system of adding styles or editing a stylesheet. You just swap classes, and you’re good to go.
Although there’s no harm in overwriting some of these classes with your own preferences. That’s the beauty of the cascading effect in CSS.
To get started just download the .css file from the Butns home page or from the GitHub repo. They both link to the most up-to-date version so either way is OK.
Once that’s added to your web page, just append the class .button to anything you want to be shaped like a button. From there it’s a matter of adding extra classes based on the colors, size, and style of the button you want.
Take a look at the GitHub page down near the classes list. You’ll find a full list of all classes for customizing the color, button type, and display options like small/large or semi-transparent.
Butns.css is easily one of the most comprehensive button stylesheet on the web. You can add it to multiple web projects, and all of them can have a different look with this one library.
It also plays nicely with other frameworks such as Bootstrap since the classes don’t overlap. So you can merge Butns with almost any other frontend framework on the market with no hassle.
Microsoft Germany blasts its own operating system for being ‘outdated’
Despite being three years away from the end of its lifecycle, Windows 7 is no longer fit for business use, according to Microsoft Germany.
The company’s German division yesterday said Windows 7, which will receive regular security updates until 2020, lacks the security needed to deal with modern threats.
Basic support for Windows 7 ended two years ago, and since then the operating system has suffered from higher operating costs and downtime due to malware attacks, and a general lack of support for newer hardware peripherals, according to the blog post.
“Even today, (Windows 7) fails to meet the needs of modern technology and the high standards of security required by IT departments.,” said Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland, quoted in the post (translated by IT Pro).
Support for the Windows 7 platform is due to end in January 2020, at which point customers still using the OS will no longer receive security updates or technical support from Microsoft. But Monday’s blog post argues that companies not planning a transition away from Windows 7 within three years face “enormous dangers”.
“As we saw with Windows XP, companies should start making the switch early to avoid risks and costs later on,” Nitschke added.
While Microsoft counts 400 million devices running Windows 10, its newest operating system, as of December 2016, Windows 7’s user base was still double that of Windows 10, with 7 running on 48.34% of desktop and laptop devices and 10 running on 24.36%, according to NetMarketShare.
Yesterday’s blog post refers to services such as Cortana and Windows Ink, both new features with Windows 10. The post does not mention the extra layers of security businesses might employ to increase overall protection.
But the fact remains that Windows 7 is now an outdated operating system, and as with any older platforms, users are likely to encounter compatibility issues. The blog post points out that “Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that offers support for the latest chips from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm”.
Windows 7, released in 2009, was “developed for the wireless world of the late 2000s”, but Microsoft said the platform is built on outdated security architectures and, since basic support ended, it hasn’t been upgraded with any new features.
In contrast, users on Windows 10 can take advantage of improved security through Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, and Microsoft has boasted that the latest Anniversary Update was able to stamp out exploits before they were specifically patched.
IT Pro has contacted Microsoft to ascertain if the blog post’s view is shared by Microsoft’s UK division, but had not received a reply at the time of publication.
Images and videos with glitch have become one of the hottest trends in web design lately. Just a few lines of code can give you an interactive effect which will add a lot to the creativity of your web design, and can give life a boring UI.
In this post we have put together websites that have given an artistic touch of malfunctioning videos and images to produce glitch effect in different ways. Take a look at the following to tickle your inspiration.
1. Design Embraced
Design Embraced is a portfolio of British freelancer Creative/Art Director and Designer Anthony Goodwin. The glitch effect of the website is interactive and looks like a old-style broken TV.
An interesting website that gives you only 90 seconds to challenge your retro culture knowledge and guess the name of the actor or singer displayed on the screen. It also has retro vintage background music.
3. Active Theory
Active Theory is a portfolio of developer Michael Anthony, featuring responsive design and development. Move your mouse across the screen to see the interactive effect.
The website gives you experience, inspired by HBO’s VINYL and New York City circa 1973. It reconnects us to the cultural touch points of past years that changed music forever. The design looks like a vintage rock magazines.
5. KIKK Festival
This website is dedicated to KIKK which is an international festival of creative and digital cultures. Its interest lies in the economic and artistic implications of new technologies.
6. Makoto Hirao
A portfolio of Makoto Hirao, a web designer from Tokyo, the website features vivid colors and psychedelic images. Make sure to scroll down to see the glitch effect on About Me page.\
At Dell, social media has been around much longer than Facebook or Twitter. The popular Dell Community Forum was borne out of the original Dell.com website, so its community is well established. It’s a user-to-user forum where anyone – including Dell employees and other customers – can answer a user’s question.
“Facebook and Twitter are typically folks that are having issues at the moment that just want to be heard,” says Amy Bivin, manager of community outreach for Dell. In contrast, the Forum often features more complex or esoteric questions, sometimes from owners of older legacy systems.
Dell has a global team of more than 200 social media customer service agents, providing support primarily on Facebook, Twitter, and the Dell Community Forum but also on Google Plus, YouTube, and WeChat and Sina Weibo in China.
Bivin’s background in technical support, quality auditing, and executive escalations has helped her adapt to social media customer service, and she has hired other agents with similarly varied backgrounds. “Those were really great skills and experiences to have,” she says. “It empowered us with the knowledge and the ability and the tools to be able to resolve just about any problem that Dell hears about from our customers.”
Bivin says that Dell strives to provide a consistent customer experience across social channels and across time zones.
“We all try to use the same policies and procedures across the globe,” she says. “That’s been probably one of the most difficult things to do because as we put the teams together, everybody has their own best practices. So we’ve been working really hard over the years to consolidate and be consistent across the board to deliver the same experience in all languages across the globe.”
There is a group called “Dell Community Forum Rock Stars” which answers about 30% of inquiries, with Bivin’s team ensuring that questions without an answer from the community are properly addressed.
“It’s a great community,” Biven says. “They are expert users and each of them has different specialties and they just enjoy helping other people.” The Rock Stars aren’t paid, but they do enjoy certain perks like early access to new products and occasionally the ability to meet Dell executives.
The community has generated so much content over time that SEO drives a ton of traffic, with customers often Googling “Dell” and a question about their product and being directed to the Forum. Agents in other customer service channels also leverage the community’s answers.
“We encourage our agents that are on these other properties like Twitter and Facebook and even YouTube, if there is an existing document either on our Dell Community Forum or on our support site, we want to drive folks there so that they can sell-solve online,” Bivin explains.
Bivin took some time out from the recent Incite Customer Service Summit to discuss Dell’s integrated social support model.
Here are some key moments from Episode 46 of the Focus on Customer Service Podcast and where to find them:
00:55 Amy explains her background and how it helped prepare her for social media customer service
02:33 How the community support and “traditional” social media support teams interact at Dell
03:28 What types of questions are received on “traditional” social channels vs. the Dell Community Forum?
05:11 Amy explains the “Dell Community Forum Rock Stars” group
08:02 The Community’s role in boosting SEO results
10:28 What has changed in social customer service in the last few years?
12:08 How the Dell Customer Service and Marketing teams work together
14:37 Amy shares a particularly memorable customer interaction
16:21 Amy’s advice to other companies looking to excel at social care
BlackBerry is currently working on its last in-house smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, rumoured to be called the Blackberry DTEK70 aka Mercury. Recent leaks indicate the smartphone will be launched at CES 2017. Fresh leaks, however, shed more light on display specifications, design, and more.
Last week, a render made it to the Internet with indicating the BlackBerry DTEK70 aka Mercury smartphone would be launched in January, and will sport a fingerprint sensor on the space bar. The render alongside another image showed some minor design differences since the last leak earlier this month.
Separately, a screenshot shared by tipster Roland Quandt hints that the BlackBerry Mercury is expected to run on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is also expected to sport 1080×1620 pixel resolution along with 420ppi pixel density. Doing the math, the display size is therefore presumed to be somewhere close to 4.5-inch.
Anzhuo leaked fresh renders of the BlackBerry DTEK70 aka Mercury as well reiterating past rumours . Below the elongated display lies the QWERTY keyboard that does not slide in and out like the BlackBerry Priv. Furthermore, the fingerprint scanner is reportedly integrated underneath the space bar as well.
The tipster also separately claimed that the BlackBerry Mercury will be sold by Verizon in the US, and the smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. He also asserted that the BlackBerry Mercury will sport an amazing battery life. The smartphone recently even passed through an Indonesian certification site, confirming its arrival soon.
Past leaks suggest that the smartphone will come with a 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
BlackBerry will officially stop producing, stocking, and distributing its own phones, after this one last treat for all its (remaining) die-hard fans. Moving forward, it will license the BlackBerry brand to outside companies to put on phones they build themselves.
In any case, all the details of the BlackBerry Mercury are expected to be revealed at CES, where TCL is also expected to launch BlackBerry Android smartphones.
In the chaos that followed the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon, bomb squads scanned packages at the scene for explosive devices. Two homemade pressure cooker bombs had killed three people and injured more than 250, and techs quickly had to determine if more were waiting to blow up.
They got help from X-Ray Toolkit (XTK), an image-processing and analysis software developed at Sandia National Laboratories that has swept the ranks of the country’s bomb squads. In fact, XTK has spread through the military and emergency response communities so rapidly that it’s now in the hands of more than 20,000 users across the globe. It also was adopted by the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School, which certifies the 467 recognized state and local bomb squads in the U.S., as its benchmark for all courses.
“XTK is the standard in the field not only nationally, but internationally. It made the average bomb tech a better bomb tech,” said Craig Greene, a special agent and bomb technician at the Albuquerque FBI. “In the past 20 years, the bomb technician community has progressed from the Stone Age to the 21st century in terms of equipment and procedures, and XTK is a major part of that progression.”
The toolkit got to the people who needed it so quickly due to a thoroughly unconventional approach to technology transfer. “The objective was to get the technology out so it could be used to save lives.” said Justin Garretson, lead developer of the XTK software.
Sandia recently won the 2016 national Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for its XTK effort. Licensing specialist Bob Westervelt said Sandia did three things:
offered it to military and law enforcement bomb squads to download free from the XTK website;
offered no-cost test and evaluation licenses to X-ray scanner manufacturers so they could make sure XTK worked with their hardware; and
offered low-cost licenses to companies willing to give high-quality training to end users.
“Those were foundational elements of the XTK licensing. It was a unique approach,” Westervelt said. “We hadn’t done anything like it on that scale before.”
A specialized visualization tool
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians use portable X-ray scanners with image-processing software to look inside and analyze suspicious objects ranging from backpacks to battlefield improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to shipping containers. It’s a high-pressure, time-sensitive job. “Every mission is different,” Garretson said. “Maybe it’s just someone’s lunch or a hoax, but maybe it’s a pipe bomb. It’s all about speed, precision and accuracy. It’s about having all the tools you need, none that you don’t need and supporting the bomb tech’s natural work flow.”
Before XTK, bomb techs had to learn to use multiple software packages, most developed for medical X-ray or photography applications rather than emergency response.
The federal government wanted a specialized X-ray visualization tool, and Sandia was tapped in 2009 to develop XTK with funding from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. “We wanted something new and specific to the needs of national EOD personnel responsible for responding to nuclear terrorism events,” said Marc Phipps, a former Army non-commissioned officer and bomb technician who headed up the XTK project for NNSA. “I was an Army guy and knew we could do better.”
The XTK team spent hundreds of hours with EOD technicians learning how they work and custom built the software to meet their needs. “There was a lot of collaboration. As a response organization, we were able to guide the software where it needed to be,” Phipps said. “We went out with local bomb squads and brought Sandia coders with us to the field. Justin would be in the classroom writing code while the techs were testing the software. We would de-bug it right there. He wrote the code during lunch and when the techs came back it was ready. We gave everybody everything they ever wanted. It was awesome.”
Garretson said Phipps had “a vision of what this software could be.”
“We’d get something done and he’d give us more,” Garretson said. “Make it do this, make it do that. Have it talk to the scanners, stitch images together, enhance so we can see things better, now add measurement tools. We did all that. Now make it compress the images so I can upload them over a satellite data-link. Piece by piece, Marc had us put into one user-friendly package all the tools that could make the bomb tech more effective.”
Customize features, manage incidents
Phipps said there were dozens of versions of the toolkit before XTK 1.0 was ready. “We made it simple to use,” he said. “EOD personnel can customize the features and set it up the way they want to use it. They can manage an incident as needed.”
A bomb tech scans an object and acquires an image, then applies “all our XTK magic to it,” Garretson said. “But it doesn’t begin or even end with looking at the images. XTK assists the bomb tech in every step of the operation from planning X-ray exposures to transmitting images out of the field.”
The software tools can help optimize X-rays, identify critical device components, create 3-D visualizations, stitch multiple images together to cover large objects and compress large images for transmission. XTK also offers file management, measurement, markup, image-sharing tools and the ability to create training scenarios and after-action reports. “We wanted to equip responders to be better able to respond,” Phipps said.
Greene said bomb techs must manipulate a radiographic image to learn what it is. “XTK is very versatile and lets us manipulate the X-ray to identify certain components. There are no alternatives to identifying what’s in the X-ray,” he said. “That’s the key to rendering safe any IED or explosive. If you don’t know what’s inside the packet, the render safe tool might be wrong.”
In tandem, Sandia designed the patented Grid-Aim system, an optional hardware accessory kit for XTK that lets users quickly and precisely disable the internal components of an IED with minimal damage to surrounding property and infrastructure, preserving the rest of the device for evidence.
‘How do we get that?’
As XTK and Grid-Aim were being developed for government use, Phipps saw that the system could help military and civilian bomb techs do their jobs better. “We were working with FBI and state and local EOD people,” he said. “All the local guys said, ‘How do we get that?’ Well, the government paid for it, why not give it to them? So we gave it away.”
The technology transfer began in 2012 when the government began outside distribution of XTK software. “It was huge. People everywhere wanted it,” Phipps said. “We were teaching classes all the time and set up a website and 24-hour phone number. It was almost a full-time job answering emails and phone calls. It took off because it was what people needed.”
Sandia wasn’t able to train the tens of thousands of people who wanted XTK so the technology was licensed to multiple companies that provided training and helped get XTK widely distributed in a short time. Westervelt said instructors are tested and certified every year to maintain high-quality training. Grid-Aim was licensed separately to four companies that produce and sell the hardware.
A success story
XTK is used by the Department of Justice, Department of Energy and Department of Defense. U.S. allies including the United Kington, Australia and Canada use the software, with more requests coming in from international training partners. Sandia updates XTK regularly with new features and versions designed for mobile computer platforms, such as touch-screen tablets. “It keeps getting bigger,” Phipps said.
“XTK is a success story, taxpayer money put to good use,” Garretson said. “Even after all these years I get feedback all the time about how much of a difference it has made for people. One guy calls it the single most impactful, game-changing thing he’s seen in his years as a bomb tech. It bridged the gap between our world at Sandia and the rest of the world.”
Greene said bomb techs know and appreciate that NNSA, which funded the initial work, made the software available as a free app and continues to update it. “That’s important to them,” he said. “It’s their lives and the lives of others on the line.”