DJI Have Created A Social Network For Drone Users

Enjoy your food or a video game? There’s a social network for that, all designed around bringing you together with like-minded people who all enjoy what you enjoy. If you are a fan of drones, then why not try DJI+Discover, the social network for drone users.

Create a profile and ask all those questions you’ve wondered about new parts, how to build your personalised drone or the best drone on the market with like-minded people. If you just like the idea of drones you can also use the app to search for professional drone pilots or even drone photographers (that is people who take photos and videos with drones).

With options to filter a map of your surrounding area between all, social and professional, you can quickly filter out the people you want to connect with. As an added bonus why not check out its recommended flying spots and the user-submitted photos, seeing the area around you from a drone’s point of view.

With options and choices galore, why not check out the app if you are interested in, want to hire or just curious about drones and their users. With the ability to quickly organise and share materials, drone users should check out the app and share their photos for the world to see with aspiring and experienced drone users.

Netflix Party Lets You and Friends Watch Netflix Together In Different Rooms

Remember those times you see a really good movie on Netflix and just want to watch it with a friend? If that has ever been you, you know that sometimes you can’t be in the same room to watch Netflix every time you find something interesting to watch. In this day and age being stuck in the same room to watch a film really shouldn’t be a problem, and Netflix Party looks to solve that problem.

Netflix Party is a google Chrome extension that will let you and friends watch Netflix from two different machines. Adding synchronised video playback you never have to worry about your friend being behind or in front of you, even during those embarrassing moments when the call of nature interrupts an action scene. Alongside the playback options, Netflix Party goes so far as to add a group chat to the side of the movie, meaning that if you wanted to discuss and talk during the film without microphones disturbing your experience, the option is there to write your opinions about the plot holes and characters without disturbing the experience for everyone.

You can find the extension here, and the official site has a three-step guide on how to start using the extension which we can summarise right here.

Step 1: Install the extension
Step 2: Open a video on Netflix
Step 3: Click the NP icon to start/join a Netflix party

Simple and enjoyable, just what we like to hear.

Jakarta Taxi Drivers Are Protesting Against Uber

Recent years have seen the rise of apps that sometimes disturb common practices, things that have been going on for many years already. One of the things disturbed has been Taxi’s with many apps offering similar services, often for cheaper fares. Taxi Drivers in Jakarta have had enough and are now protesting against Uber and similar apps.

Taxi drivers in Jakarta are saying that apps such as Uber and grab have impacted their business, resulting in reduced salaries. The impact they say is because unlike Taxi companies, the apps are not affected by the costs and regulations that Taxi companies have to pay.

The protests have been less than calm though with reports of violence erupting. One man stated that he saw a passenger being threatened with rocks when a taxi driver accepted a passenger and footage has shown taxi drivers being threatened and attacked for not taking part in the strikes.

No matter what their opinions on the matter, attacking other taxi drivers does nothing but harms their reputation, arguments and relationships with fellow workers as they fight for the “good of the group”. The protesters have taken to blocking roads outside many government buildings, including the ministry of communication and parliament, resulting in heavy delays in the capital.

With apps like Uber offering features that taxi’s simply can’t, such as the new Family ride service, are taxi’s able to keep up with the apps or are they sticking to a model which technology has made dated? Do you use Uber or are you a Taxi person? Which is better in your opinion and why use one when the other is available? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below

Amazon is Creating a Platform to Share Educational Materials

When you are a teacher, or anyone involved in training, you often spend more time creating resources and finding ways to reinforce a message rather than just hammering it home time and time again. In order to help with this Amazon are looking at creating a new site designed around being able to share educational materials around the world.

Amazon Education is still in its early stages but you can now sign up as part of their waitlist for the scheme here. The page states that the “future of education is open”, and with all signs pointing to the scheme working similar to Amazon’s retail site, users will be quickly and comfortably able to share resources around the world.

In recent years companies have made a big push on technologies and Amazon are one of the companies that have pushed the most in this regard. With the Kindle being accepted as a standard for eBooks, being able to share classroom text through kindle’s would save schools hundreds on replacing books and with systems like Whispersync already in place to share materials, Amazon seems keen on getting into the business of educational resource sharing.

Do you think that being able to download and access your textbooks, homework and research topics through a popular platform like Amazon would help schools or would it make them reliant on a technology they have no control over?

UK Market Gaming Stats Revealed For 2015

The games industry is the same as any other market when it comes to analysing the performance of titles, consoles and revenue with the aim of finding trends in consumer preferences and company performance. GfK Entertainment has made a wide range of information available concerning the shape of the UK gaming scene in 2015 via trade paper MCV, the results are quite interesting and I have conveyed a snapshot below,

First up is the total revenue for 2015, as you can see below it shows there has been a slight decrease in all categories except that of gaming accessories, which have seen a rise in overall revenue.

  • 2015 total revenue – £2,112,750,781   (2014: £2.3bn)
  • Entertainment Software – £927,663,843 (2014: £948 Million)
  • Console Hardware – £689,473,076 (2014: £915 Million)
  • Gaming Accessories – £495,613,862 (2014: £431 Million)

Next up is the software market percentage share by console (units) stats, these convey a picture of the PS4 dominating the UK scene with a market share of 36.3%, Microsoft’s Xbox One is second while the ageing last gen Xbox 360 is third, not surprisingly, the PlayStation Vita does not fare as well.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 36.3%
  2. Microsoft Xbox One – 29.7%
  3. Microsoft Xbox 360 – 12.5%
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7.1%
  5. Nintendo 3DS – 4.8%
  6. PC – 3.6%
  7. Nintendo Wii U – 3.5%
  8. Nintendo Wii – 1.0%
  9. Nintendo DS – 0.7%
  10. PlayStation Vita – 0.7%
  11. Others – 0.1%

Next is the software market share by console (Revenue). As you can see, the PlayStation 4 is again the winner with a substantial slice of 41.6%, second is again not surprisingly the Xbox One followed by the Xbox 360 in third.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 41.6%
  2. Microsoft Xbox One – 34.1%
  3. Microsoft Xbox 360 – 9.0%
  4. PlayStation 3 – 4.9%
  5. Nintendo 3DS – 3.7%
  6. Nintendo Wii U – 3.2%
  7. PC – 2.3%
  8. Nintendo Wii – 0.5%
  9. PlayStation Vita – 0.4%
  10. Nintendo DS – 0.2%
  11. Others – 0.1%

Next up is the software market share by publisher (revenue) top 10, as you can see Electronic Arts (EA) is not far off having twice the market share from second place; Activision Blizzard.

  1. Electronic Arts – 23.3%
  2. Activision Blizzard – 14.0%
  3. Warner Bros – 9.9%
  4. Take – Two 7.4%
  5. Bethesda – 7.1%
  6. Ubisoft – 6.7%
  7. Nintendo – 5.7%
  8. Microsoft – 5.2%
  9. Sony Computer Entertainment – 4.9%
  10. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 3.5%

Next up is a combined look at the top-selling games for all formats within 2015, this shows that FIFA 16 is the number one selling title on the PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. This is what you would expect when you consider the release date of this title compared to that of say Fallout 4. It makes me chuckle to think that the highest selling game in terms of units for the PC is The Sims 4 followed by Football Manager 2016 and 2015.

Last up is the top 20 physical games of 2015 for all formats, the list is 50, but, I did not want to go on forever.

  1.  FIFA 16 (EA)
    2.  Call Of Duty: Black Ops III (Activision Blizzard)
    3.  Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
    4.  Star Wars: Battlefront (EA)
    5.  Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two)
    6.  Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros.)
    7.  FIFA 15 (EA)
    8.  Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
    9.  Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft)
    10. Lego Jurassic World (Warner Bros.)
    11. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Bandai Namco)
    12. Battlefield Hardline (EA)
    13. Minecraft: Xbox 360 and Xbox One Edition (Microsoft)
    14. Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games)
    15. Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)
    16. Minecraft: PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita Edition (Sony)
    17. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)
    18. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (Sony)
    19. Dying Light (Warner Bros.)
    20. The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)

Has Facebook Suffered From a 46 Year Old Bug?

Facebook is certainly a phenomenon which has travelled to huge swathes of the globe and, in turn, gained huge adoption. From celebrities being able to instantly update followers regarding their latest escapades to Mr and Mrs Blogs posting various life events, including cat pictures, the tech giant has certainly been a force. But! Did you know Facebook has been around for 46 years?  Well, a new bug has been unearthed congratulating many users on reaching the milestone of “46 years of friendship on Facebook”.

As you would expect, this is slightly odd considering the social network has not even been around for 15 years, below is an image to illustrate the notification which many confused users have received.  So, what is going on?  Facebook has not disclosed the exact cause of the bug but has released the following statement.

We’ve identified this bug and the team’s fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again.


There is speculation that the bug originates from Unix, let me explain, the aforementioned Unix “underlines many of the world’s servers and it keeps time by counting up from zero at one-second intervals from the date with which the clock began, this is also known as the epoch.  Therefore, this conveniently happens to be January 1st, 1970 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, or 46 years ago today going by Eastern Standard Time.  Every second from that point on is known as epoch time and thus is why some gadgets may in theory switch to December 31st, 1969.

Has Facebook suffered from its very own Y2K or millennium bug?  If it has then it’s been very small considering it has been subsequently rectified at speed.  On a side note, even users who are significantly under 46 years of age have also seen this message, perhaps someone at Facebook has been on the New Year drink too soon.

Eating an Epic Meal? Google Wants to Share your Experience

Google wants to know anything and everything about our lives, from knowing where we live by accidentally searching more than 3 times to your home address or predicting the calories in your food. Well, now the information super giant wants your photos of food while you are dining out, or if you’ve just made something that looks good.

In recent years, Instagram users have taken pictures of their food and applied all manners of filters to show off the fact they’re eating out and you’re not and don’t lie, you’ve done it at one point too. Deep down you know that was shameful and people looked at you, but now Google wants those pictures too so you have a reason.

The feature, dubbed “Photo Notifications”, is only currently available to high-ranking members of the Google Maps “Local Guides” community. It works by scanning your pictures for identifiable food and requests for them to be uploaded to a central server and load them onto Google Maps for others to view.

This move could be another step towards Google becoming the ‘One Stop Shop’ for all of your information needs (if it already isn’t). Will you be interested in uploading your meals to the cause or would you use the system yourself to check out the quality of the food? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Android Police for providing us with this information.

Here Is Why Windows 8.1 Gained a Big Lead Over XP and Why It Matters

I know most people who loved Windows XP still stuck with it, even if Microsoft dropped support for it back in April 2014. The people who upgraded went to Windows 7, which now has the majority shares between all OS’. But why does Windows 8.1 need to be in front of XP?

Ok, the main reason XP needs to be something of the past is linked to its legacy security flaws. Since there is no more support, the remaining security issues can be exploited by everyone out there and you are pretty much using something you know you shouldn’t. But still, people are using it and it may pose a high security threat to anyone on the same network as an XP user (not to mention the user himself).

However, statistics show that Windows 8.1 now has a big lead ahead of XP. Statcounter shows that Windows 8.1 is roughly 5% ahead of XP and Netmarketshare shows only a 1.14% increase in usage. The big gap between the two services is due to their methods of analysing different OS’ and browsers out there, but it still shows promise.

While people are adopting real quick the 60.98% market share is still dominated by Windows 7 users. This is a big thing and the reason this matters is that it shows a view of how many people will adopt Windows 10 once it gets released. While we see a lot of XP users moving towards the newest Windows 8.1 release, the same cannot be said for Windows 7 users.

In my opinion, Windows 10 would bring a lot of features and restructure the user interface to something more familiar that is now found in Windows 7. However, the number of users upgrading to Windows 10 will be quite interesting to view as will mark a big turning point. Windows 10 is designed with a lot of new cloud services and business-oriented software in mind, as well as a lot of new and interesting features for the users themselves. The question is, will it be enough to change people’s minds about new software upgrades?

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

Tumblr TV Is the Latest GIF Video Player on the Web

Tumblr just added a GIF search engine earlier this month and it now launched yet another GIF dedicated feature, namely Tumblr TV. From the looks of it, the feature aims to be a 9GAG.tv service, but for GIFs.

Unlike its GIF search engine, users don’t have to be logged into Tumblr to use the feature. Users will see that the player automatically starts in full-screen mode, but it’s not that great since GIFs tend to have a low resolution.

The feature is called ‘TV’ because it lets users pause, play and navigate to the previous and next GIF. With it, Tumblr says it wants to give users more ways of fiddling with its GIF feature. However, the social media platform doesn’t have integrated sharing options, which means that GIFs cannot be shared on your Twitter or Facebook accounts.

It’s a shame to see Tumblr miss out on further promoting its service through third-party sharing features, but Tumblr hopes this will attract more users to one of its popular ‘exclusive’ features, namely GIFs. The feature is now available on the web, but Tumblr hopes to bring it on the mobile version soon as well. You can view the feature and what it has to offer by clicking the following link.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Tumblr

Meet the Guy With the Largest Number of Facebook Friends

How many friends do you have on Facebook’s popular social media platform? Studies say that the average person between 18 and 28 years old has around 300, while older users have around 200. I personally have around 300 as well, but this guy from Melbourne would really make true Facebook users jealous.

Justin Tayler, a nightclub promoter, has reached the 5000 friend cap, making him one of the most popular people on Facebook. He says that people constantly communicate with him and leave likes/shares and other dozens of notifications, so it makes it very difficult for him to leave his account unchecked for a long time.

The guy started out as a PE teacher at a university and created his account back in 2009. He also had around 300 friends at first, but once he switched careers and became a nightclub worker, his friends list started to grow exponentially. His passion for nightclubs made him a very popular figure, having people adding him to their friends list to see what events he is attending.

The whole Facebook hype also brought him some business opportunities too. Tayler found out about a 17-year old who was throwing underage parties and making up to $1200 in entry fees. Of course, when you mix underage with parties, you don’t get something that authorities would agree with. So Taylor struck a deal with the kid and now he can still sale his tickets, but under adult supervision.

Thank you News.com.au for providing us with this information

Statistics Show That Apple Dominates the Online Video Streaming Shares

We’ve all heard that Apple will not continue with its Apple TV products, but the latest statistics coming from Adobe prove that Apple might not need a new TV device after all. Statistics now show that the company already owns the majority of online video streaming shares as it stands, so this places it on a very important position in this market.

The old Apple TV now jumped from 5% to 10% shares and is now over Roku with only 1%, which means that people still enjoy their old Apple TV, even after all this time. Furthermore, iOS video streaming has now grown from 43% to 48% in shares, leaving Android behind at 15% shares.

If we are to break down iOS devices into iPhones and iPads, we see that 30% of video streaming comes from the iPad and 18% from iPhones. This is not good news for Microsoft too, since its Surface came in with just 2% shares.

Adding the Macs to the equation, we see that Apple products accounts for 62% of all online video streaming shares. To be noted is that Apple did not come on top in Browser video streaming shares, having Safari touching only 15% shares.

The latter market is still dominated by Google Chrome with 18% shares, but for how long? WWDC is coming and we are bound to see a lot of stuff aimed at getting Apple on top of everything in the end.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Emergency Smartphone Charging with USB Type-C

With the recent announcement of Android M at the Google I/O developers conference, it has been stated that smartphones running this operating system and that are equipped with USB Type-C (or USB-C that Apple has fondly called it); has the ability to charge another smartphone or similar device with the use of a reversible USB-C cable.

This effectively turns any Android M and USB-C smartphone into an emergency battery pack. Just say your friend needs a quick boost of juice, simply plug the phones together and hey presto, you’ve just given life. This could be used across a wider range of products, such as smart watches (if they use cables) and possibly even laptops and tablets; however, we charging a larger device probably wouldn’t yield huge power transfer due to the comparable size of the smartphone battery compared to the tablet or laptop.

USB-C is the future, not only is it reversible at the plug, but it can give power, provide video output and transfer data. Larger hardware such as laptops and desktop computers haven’t fully embraced USB-C due to the lack of components out there that use the new standard.

I can’t wait for this to become the true USB standard; not having to worry about what way the cable goes in just seems like a dream when you’re constantly unplugging peripherals.

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information.

Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

Windows XP Has More Users than Windows 8.x, Not Bad for an OS That Is 14 Years Old

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are still many people using Windows XP. Though, it may be surprising to learn that the desktop market share of the 14 year old OS has more market share than the recent Windows 8 versions (Win 8/ Win 8.1).

According to Net Application’s collected data Windows 8.x ended March with 14.07% of the market share for desktops. Windows XP ended the month with 16.94%, beating Windows 8.x by 2.87%.  Going back to November 2014 Windows 8.x had a combined market share of 18.65% against XP at 13.57%. Surprisingly November 2014 was the only month that Win 8.x beat out XP. This is pretty surprising given that XP is no longer officially supported by Microsoft, with support having been ended a year ago. Could this be the reason for Microsoft saying that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade? It would be a safe bet just by looking at the numbers, and with Windows 10 actually looking pretty great, it is a win for everyone.

Source: Hot Hardware

iPhone Sales Take Over Android in US For First Time Since 2012

For the first time since 2012, sales of iPhones alone overtook all of the combined sales of Android handsets. According to market research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, iPhone sales made up 47.7% of US smartphone sales in the final quarter of 2014. The thing is though, the competition between Apple and Android is now really neck and neck – Android sales made up 47.6% of the market – only a 0.1% difference.

So is this really a big deal? Yes and no. It’s a big deal in the sense that one manufacturer can sell pretty much just as many phones as that of a load of other manufacturers combined, but not much of a big deal in the sense that Android and iOS have been pretty much neck and neck for ages.

Another important number from this report, is that of Windows Phone’s share. Phones running Microsoft’s’ mobile OS only took a measly 9% in that same quarter – making Windows Phone barely a 3rd place in the market. The question is then, will Windows 10 make any difference to that?

Source: TechCrunch

YouTube Testing GIF Maker

Surely this is the biggest tech story of the year – soon you’ll hopefully be able to make GIFs from any video on YouTube with no effort whatsoever.

Well obviously it isn’t that big of a story, but it still looks pretty cool. Only available on the PBS Idea Channel (for now), the tool is embedded directly into the YouTube share functionality, allowing you to make 5 second GIFs from any portion of video as you wish.

You are then offered a link and an embed code, to use just as we’ve used bellow.

Source: The Next Web

Intel Announce 10nm Chips Capabilities and Release Plans

We reported early in 2014 of Intel’s 14nm “Fab 42” plant remaining closed and the rumors surrounding 10nm chip manufacturing that came with it – from recent reports it now seems like it’s a a reality.

As IBM and NVIDIA have teamed up to win the next generation of top-level US government supercomputers, Intel is not to be left in the dust. After 50 years of global supercomputing, the Intel platform occupies a massive 85.5% of all machines, with a reported 97% ownership in new age systems. Today, Intel have announced the details of some of their planning in high-performance computing.

The announcements have come to us thanks to CNBeta and Chiphell, these are listed in dot point form as:

  • The third-generation Xeon Phi family, codenamed “Knights Hill”, will use Intel’s 10nm process. This is the first publicly identified 10nm product, as well as Intel Omni-Path fiber optic interconnection technology. Intel’s upcoming second generation “Knights Landing” will be the first commercial system set to debut early next year.
  • The industry’s interest in Xeon Phi is more concentrated. There are already a large number of customers looking to order Knights Landing, of which more than 50 percent will use the processor version, and the rest set to utilize the PCI-E accelerator card version. The total computing capacity is said to contain more than 100 PFlops (10 quadrillion floating-point calculations).
    NOTE: Using the Intel Xeon Phi to accelerate your system is done through a PCI-E expansion card, this card must be used with Xeon processors and can only be used as a coprocessor. The next generation will have separate processor and coprocessor versions.
  • Knights Landing’s latest implementations include: Los Alamos, Sandia Supercomputers “Trinity”, the US Department of Energy National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) ultra-count “Cori”, Earth Science Enterprise DownUnder GeoSolutions, large-scale cooperation projects in SGI and the National Supercomputer Center IT4 Innovations projects in Europe (to deploy large clusters).
  • Omni-Path Interconnect architecture with provides 100 Gbps of bandwidth, fiber-optic switching and medium-sized clusters. Comparing this to the now popular InfiniBand, latency can be reduced up to 56%. The product architecture will use a 48 switch chip, in comparison to InfiniBand using up to only 36.
  • Intel Fabric Builders project has started, created based on the ecosystem Omini-Path. The Intel Parallel Computing Center also announced their expansion will be the construction of 40 facilities in 13 countries and regions.
  • Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre v2.2 has been scheduled for release.

That’s quite a lot of information to take in one hit, so we will continue to report on this as the story develops. We’re sure that Intel will now sit down and take a look at these siz points one by one in the near future, so help keep it streamlined and easy to track for consumers.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

PS4 System Version 2 Will Allow Shared Gameplay

Sony has announced some of the features of its upcoming software update to version 2.0 for PlayStation 4. One of the new features is called Share Play and is definitely something that should be interesting for many gamers.

The Share Play features include two new remote multi player modes, both of which give players the chance to experience playing with friends despite not actually owning their friends’ games. Pass The Controller lets two players alternate turns on a game, as if they’re sitting next to each other on a couch just passing the controller between them.

Play Together works in a similar way, but allows users to actually play together in real-time, head-to-head, instead of sequentially. This means you can play fighters or have collaborative game-play without one of the players involved actually owning the game. This is game changing for games. It greatly lowers the cost of entry for having great multi player experiences. Lets hope many developers with join in on this new system.

In the official blog post, Sony mentions NBA2K, Towerfall and Child of Light to work with the new feature, but we don’t know how many more titles it will include. System software update 2.0 for the PlayStation 4 is scheduled to ship this fall, and also includes YouTube app support for sharing and probably many more new features and bug fixes.

Thank you Sony for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Sony.

How to Share Video Clips on Any Device Anywhere?

Video conference calls are invaluable in the business place. Providing a means for quality video communication and the seamless sharing of relevant information and media, Blue Jeans video sharing is the perfect choice for business owners interested in creating an ideal communication environment. Brainstorming, figuring, and drawing up ideas has never been easier; the innovative video share technology available today allows businesses to share at any time and from any location for the ultimate communication experience– and without the hassle and frustration resulting from other lesser quality communication systems.

Why Is Video Sharing Important?

In today’s fast paced and technologically immersed society, a great deal of vital business information is relayed with various forms of media. These forms of media include charts, images, tables, infographics, social media clips, and (of course) video clips. It is time to face the reality of modern day business; thick manuals loaded with tiny print are no longer useful to present day employees and business managers.

Statistics indicate that the human attention span is becoming lesser and lesser due to the constant immersion of society in technology and fast-paced, “easy” communication methods. The average attention span of an adult last year was just 8 seconds– shorter than the average attention span the typical goldfish found in bowls on office desks everywhere. 17% percent of internet users view a page for four seconds or less before losing interest and moving on. With an attention span shorter than that of a very small fish, human beings are in need of a communication method that gets the point across quickly and effectively while maintaining interest. Blue Jeans video sharing allows for exactly that by providing real time video share no matter the circumstance.

Unique Real Time Share Opportunity

As mentioned before, a large emphasis must be placed on maintaining employees’ attention during a presentation of valid information. Video clips are one of the best ways to do this; however, an even better option is available to those who partake in Blue Jeans video sharing. Nothing says “relevant” like a real time video clip sent during a video conference call; luckily for businesses, “relevant” is the key to hooking employees and business colleagues alike when conducting business meetings.

Advantages of Video Share

There are many benefits to utilizing real time video share during video conference calls. Most of them are common sense, but many people may be surprised by the many advantages available:

  • Save money. Traveling is one of the most expensive aspects of business; in fact, most employers dread the calendar days marked “business trip,” simply because the hassle and financial stress involved can lead to a great deal of drama in the office place. Thankfully, important information and media can be relayed via video conferencing– a travel-free option. Avoid financial stress by using video conference calls instead of filling up gas tanks or buying plane tickets. The potential savings involved may surprise those who make the switch.
  • Find a balance. Video sharing allows individuals to spend time with family and friends. In other words, it allows individuals to leave the desk every now and again. When an employer is able to communicate with his or her employees over long distances, geography becomes less of an issue and communication becomes far more efficient. Plus, employers and employees alike are provided with a way to balance their personal time and work time to create healthier lifestyles and better attitudes all around.
  • Be personal. Sending a video clip during a “face to face” conference call is far more personal than sending a video clip via email. In order to make the biggest impact, most business people utilize video calls and real time video clips– they get the job done with less hassle and a significantly smaller margin of miscommunication.
  • Stay present. Everyone is familiar with the saying, “while the cat is away, the mice will play.” Unfortunately, this saying can apply to employees who are left unattended for long periods of time. The ability to meet with employees via video conference calls allows management to remain involved and aware, even while away on vacation or business trips. Video clips add yet another dimension to this aspect, providing a way for employers to relay key information to employees in an efficient, thoughtful fashion.

Those involved with business may find that video conference calls are the best way to relay real time video clips within their business system, especially if maintaining employee attention is an area of concern. Individuals who have never experienced the advantages of video sharing may be pleasantly surprised by the efficiency boost that takes place upon making the switch. Try video sharing today to learn more about how industry leading, innovative video technology allows for the top-of-the-line relay of relevant information among business staff and colleagues.

Google Planning on Bringing ‘Fiber’ To 34 Cities In The U.S. By The End Of 2014

It appears that Google is interested in providing its fiber services to even more cities in the US. The company giant has reportedly invited nine metro areas to analyse the requirements of bringing Google Fiber into their ‘neighbourhoods’.

“People are hungrier than ever for faster Internet, and as a result, cities across America are making speed a priority,” Google says. “We’ve long believed that the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, so it’s fantastic to see this momentum.”

Google has stated that up to 34 cities around the US could be potential candidates for its fiber services. The metro areas stated are Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Jose, California. It is said that Google will come up with a list of Fiber cities by the end of this year

“Between now and then, we’ll work closely with each city’s leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face,” Google says.

Potential cities will also join Google’s initiative by providing feedback on their requirements on implementing the Fiber in their home town, along with a map of other service lines, such as gas, electricity, water, etc, that need to be avoided when working on the infrastructure.

This move could also be seen as a treat to competitors such as Comcast, which has cited Google as being a ‘legitimate competitor’. However, Google has stated that nothing is guaranteed at the current stage, but a lot can be learned from successfully implementing the Fiber in some cities and shared with others for future development.

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Sony In Hot Water After Couple Streams Their Sex Session Via PlayStation 4

Sony have landed them selves in trouble once again as two PlayStation 4 owners misuse the chatroom function on their console. A Russian couple decided it would be a kinky idea to broadcast 20 minutes of them getting down to business to a chatroom of around 1000 people, going as far as performing various sex acts on each other, and even tweaking the camera half way through to give people a better view.

The couple obviously knew what they were doing, you don’t accidentally setup a video stream from your PlayStation 4, and if you didn’t know it was sending a live video feed to a thousand spectators you wouldn’t turn and smile at the camera from time to time as the users, going by the handle “g12051992”, reportedly did.

150 comments, 1000 viewers and 20 minutes later the show was over, but it has left Sony under fire from Heike Diaferia, the Executive Director of Stop Porn Culture, who has slammed Sony for allowing such explicit content to be available, although personally I can hardly see how Sony could have know at the time. People stream their video games all the time, it’s hard to know if and when any of these people may just strip their kit off and get down to business… Sony can’t watch all the live streams at once after all.

It’ll be interesting to see how Sony respond to this matter, although we can only assume they’ll state that their going to ban the user in question from using the streaming service.

Also, no we do not have any screenshots!

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Japanese Camera Manufacturers Suffer Losses

Panasonic and other Japanese camera manufacturers struggle to keep up with today’s smartphones. Since most people nowadays prefer more portable and mobile devices, and most importantly, everything compacted, it appears that the smartphones and tablets are the best solution. Therefore, giants such as Panasonic and Fujifilm Holdings have been losing money and have suffered a fall of more than 40%, with only 59 million cameras sold.

On the other hand, sales of single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras are flourishing as users prefer connectivity above picture quality. Looking at a mid to long term, the imaging companies need to turn around and rethink their strategy or face the consequences in the future, and they aren’t looking pretty. Panasonic is said to have had a downfall of 0.7 form 3.8% to 3.1% during the course of this year.

“If you look mid-to-long term, digital camera makers are slipping and the market is becoming an oligopoly,” said Credit Suisse imaging analyst Yu Yoshida. “Only those who have a strong brand and are competitive on price will last – and only Canon, Nikon and Sony fulfil that criteria,” he added.

In the meantime, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus are trying to fend off the smartphone threat by cutting compacts, targeting niche markets such as deep-sea diving, and launching the higher-margin mirrorless models. The mirrorless format promised mid-tier makers an area of growth as the dominance of Canon and Nikon all but shut them out of SLRs, where Sony is a distant third. Neither Panasonic nor Fujifilm makes SLRs, and Olympus stopped developing them this year.

“SLRs are heavy and noisy, whereas mirrorless are small and quiet. While some people say SLRs still have better image quality, mirrorless (cameras) have improved to the point where they’re equivalent, if not superior,” said Hiroshi Tanaka, director of Fujifilm’s optical division.

However, Sony still keeps up to date with its two QX lenses released this quarter. These come with their own sensors and processors, and clip onto smartphones through which the user operates them wirelessly. They are pocket-sized and produce photographs of a quality rivaling that of a compact camera. But Sony appears to have connected with consumers as demand soon outstripped production. Some are even using the lenses in a way Sony didn’t intend, like place them at a distance while they press the shutter on their smartphone to take self-portraits, or selfies.

“We had no idea how much the QX would sell initially when we put it out. We didn’t set any targets,” said Shigeki Ishizuka, president of Sony’s digital imaging business. “There are so many consumers that were hungry for Sony to do this,” said Chris Chute, IDC’s digital imaging research director. “They’ve (waited for Sony) to come out with something really innovative, almost like the Walkman (portable music player).”

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Facebook Rolls Out New Like And Share buttons

It appears that Facebook’s “Like” and “Share” buttons are changing according to Facebook Developer Blog, and the thumbs up symbol we’ve long associated with it is no more.

Both buttons are seen daily around 22 billion times across 7.5 million websites, making the buttons a very important feature for Facebook. We see changes in design everywhere, some for the better and some not that great. But the change in design for the “Like” and “Share” buttons is more important than people think. It also has a pretty serious impact web content and the way that businesses promote their products.

Facebook’s Ray C. He had this to say on the blog:

“Today, we’re introducing a new design for both Like and Share to help people share more great content across the web. We’re already seeing a favorable increase in Likes and Shares with the new design and will be rolling these buttons out to everyone in the coming weeks. If you are currently using the old Like button, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the new design as part of our roll out.”

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