Apple Reports 12% Growth in Profit; Stronger iPhone Sales

In its third quarter report, Apple has posted 12% growth in profit along with strong sales of the iPhone 5. However, iPad sales Apple Starts Mass Production of 4.7-inch iPhone 6slunk for the company. The company said that they sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter ended June 28, up 12.7% from the same period last year. However, it is a little lower than analyst expectations. While most of their sales were in the United Sales, BRIC markets–Brazil, Russia, India and China–also showed higher sales for the iPhone.

Higher iPhone sales led to greater Q3 profit at $7.75 billion, up from $6.9 billion in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% to $37.4 billion. This is the second quarter of double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales for Apple. … Read the rest

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Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project: Know Your Blood Glucose Level Constantly

US-based tech giant Google has joined hand with Novartis in order to its smart lens project a reality, offering measurements of a user’s blood glucose levels constantly.

Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project
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The company announced about its smart contact lens in January that would have the capability to measure blood glucose levels. This will help the people suffering from diabetes, enabling them to constantly measure their glucose levels throughout the day. The results will be displayed on their mobile phones, allowing them to monitor and manage their condition in an easier and more convenient manner.

The lens makes use of non-invasive sensors that would analyze tear fluid in the eye in order to give the aforementioned measurements.

Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has been quoted saying that “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our intensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs. This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.”

Meanwhile, Google co-founder Sergey Brin says “Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people. We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true.”

The deal still requires regulatory approvals before coming into existence.

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Self-Driving Cars: Google to Launch Cars Without Steering Wheels in Few Years

Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers.Google Self driving car prototype (1)

The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers.

“Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars.

Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has the potential to operate as fleets of interconnected “trains”.

“Ten seconds after getting in I was doing my email, I had forgotten I was there,” Brin gushed about his experience of riding the vehicle, adding, “It ultimately reminded me of catching a chairlift.”

The prototypes being build by Google are redolent of a Smart car and Volkswagen Beetle.

Moreover, the driverless car is limited to have speed of 25 miles (40 km) per hour, but can go up to 100 miles in future.

“Within a couple of years I hope we will surpass the safety metrics we’ve put in place, which is to be significantly safer than a human driver, and we will start testing them without drivers and hopefully you’ll be able to utilize them at some limited cities, “ Brian further said about the possibility of putting the car in practical use.

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PowToon #Slides: Present Like a Rockstar

If you are looking for a way to make your presentations more engaging and awesome, PowToon’s soon-to-be-released presentation software, #Slides, will can be the solution to your problem. We dig a little deeper into the company, and its latest offering, in a top secret conversation with PowToon’s CEO and Co-founder, Ilya Spitalnik.

Legend has it that a few years ago a group of renegade scientists banded together to fight a huge problem that was taking over both the business and academic world: Boring Presentations…

In fact, PowToon was born out of Ilya’s own needs and desires to make presentations both more fun, and all together awesome and engaging.

PowToon’s first “antidote” for the boring presentation problem was a software focused on creating animated short video clips, or “Powtoons” as they have come to be known, which took the world by storm, amassing over 1 million users in a mere 18 month period, and quite literally disrupting the animated video industry. Now PowToon is releasing their second “antidote”, a software codenamed “Project #Slides”, which is specifically designed to address the need for stunning and engaging slideshow presentations in the corporate and educational world.

About #Slides:

The idea for #Slides came about when the PowToon scientists started receiving requests from their users for a tool that would allow the fun and engaging aspects of PowToon to be transposed into a professional, boardroom setting slideshow format.

After extensive research, polls, and customer interactions it became apparent to the scientists that there are three main problems people experience when they create presentations:

1. How do I look cutting edge when I present? I don’t want to look outdated and boring!

2. How do I get my audience to pay attention?

3. How do I maintain my audiences engagement?

“So the Scientists set out to create an antidote for our customer’s problems” says Ilya “and we came up with a product that gives users the ability to make truly stunning and engaging presentations. We knew that we had to create a software that will allow users to achieve an incredibly professional and polished result, that will wow any audience, in just a few clicks, because if the tool is too complicated, users will always revert to PowerPoint….”

PowToon commissioned a team of brilliant designers from all over the world to create the designs, themes, and templates for #Slides so that users will be able to create dazzling presentations through mere click and point actions. In short, #Slides is effectively an outsourced presentation design center. Where previously you could only create a truly polished presentation with the help of an expensive designer, with PowToon #Slides you will get a level of artistry and professionalism from the very first moment you start working with it, effectively eliminating any need for outside help.

The Market Opportunity for #Slides:

In a broad sense, #Slides is looking to attract the over 500 million people worldwide that currently use PowerPoint and various other presentation softwares. Though many of these softwares are great applications, they haven’t found a way to truly allow users to brand themselves as cutting edge, amazing presenters, which is an issue that #Slides is committed to address successfully.

“We have built design templates into #Slides that will inevitably make your content look awesome, and, by doing so, you will look great as a presenter”, says Ilya “Visuals and design are super important aspects of any presentation, and #Slides will allow anyone to create masterpieces that look professionally designed without any extra costs for outsourced help. #Slides is aiming to become your one-stop presentation design center.”

People from all sectors and professions will benefit from PowToon #Slides, but the specific target market for the product includes marketing managers who use presentations to generate content for their customers, organizational staff who constantly need to create presentations for both colleagues and clients, and businesses, small and large, that use presentations to both promote and enhance their company’s brand. 

“Our target market consist of people who need to create highly professional presentations that are innovative, creative, and all together awesome”, says Ilya.

What Sets #Slides Apart?

“Our focus is really on allowing presenters to look great from the first moment the audience sees the screen until the last moment when the presenter’s call to action has been communicated.” says Ilya, “We are giving #Slides users a bag of tricks that will captivate their audience so much so that they will literally be on the edge of their seats anticipating the next slides. Our bag of tricks includes animated scenes, funny and innovative slide transitions, and the crown in our engagement-arsenal; a video feature that allows you not only to embed, but to choose the exact part of a video clip that you want to present.”

With #Slides a person will present like a rockstar from the very beginning, and keep their audience wowed and wanting more up until the very end!

Though, like the PowToon product, #Slides will implement a level of restriction on its basic version, it will still allow users to create amazing animated presentations. #Slides will offer anyone the ability to add animated scenes, animated graphs, and video into their presentations with the ease of a mouse click.

Key Strengths of #Slides:

Design and animation are what makes the #Slides software such a strong product. When creating #Slides the PowToon scientists really took into consideration what their customers wanted and worked hard to make it happen.