Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk

With 400 million active users monthly, Instagram is riding high on success leaving its immediate rival Twitter far behind. The recent development is going to boost advertising revenues to a great extend for Instagram.

instagram takes over twitterIn about nine months, the photo sharing website owned by Facebook has pulled in the latest 100 million users including celebrities like former athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer player David Beckham. It is worth mentioning that more than 50% of the newly-joined users are from outside of the USA. Most of them are from Europe and Asia with Japan, Brazil and Indonesia topping the list for having maximum number of users.

While Instagram users seem to be rising fast, Twitter seems to be struggling to draw in new users. Analysts are of the opinion that it is not Snapchat or Instagram, which are pulling down people’s interest on Twitter but the business model of the company itself.

Enders Analysis head of digital media Ian Maude told CNBC recently, “I think the concerns over Twitter are more general, i.e. it’s not about Instagram, it’s about while its growth has stalled, other social media, other instant messaging and communications services and tools continue to grow and it’s being outgrown and outpaced and I think that is the worry.” 

One big reason for the success of Instagram is that it is used over the phone. This allows more people to use it on a regular basis. The app is a lot more user friendly when compared to Twitter. Plus, there’s no need to think of witty lines. Images do speak louder than words.

Back home, we spoke to some people and asked them which one they preferred. They had some really interesting things to say.

Software professional Arunima Bhattacharya said, “Because Instagram is more about pictures….we humans are narcissists after all.” Simply put, the younger generation wants to share their happy moments with friends all the time. Instagram is a faster and easier way to do that.

A student Chandan Lohia said, “Both have their own utility. When it comes to sharing updates, Twitter handles it better but instant image sharing is handled by Instagram better…. !!!”

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Apps That Help You Stay Fit

Sedentary and busy lifestyles have made staying healthy difficult. Luckily, there are many apps on our phones that can help us to lead a health lifestyle. We bring to you the top 3 apps, which are a must download if you enjoy good health.

Health-Apps-PicDrug.com: A bible for medicines Drug.com offers authentic information on drugs and medicines. Find the accurate uses and formulations of medicines with this app.

With a 4-star rating on app stores, this app is highly recommended.  Users can also customize the app depending on their needs and the medicines they are taking. Also find relevant information on advice and drug use.

My Diet Coach: With a 4.5 star rating on app stores, My Diet Coach pushes you to lose those extra kilos. It sends regular reminders on what to eat and what not to. The apWhole Foods Market Appp also allows users to put pictures and constantly inspire themselves.

My Diet Coach also helps users to keep a journal. One can pen down the daily exercise routine in relation with the diet.

Whole Foods Market: Hate junk food? Then this is the place for you. The apps offers 3,7000 recipes that can be made from whole foods, which is directly related to a healthy lifestyle. With this app you can enjoy a fusion of health and taste. Mark your favorite dishes and maintain a recipe book for yourself with this app.

All these apps are free and are available both on iOS and Android. With these, you have all the reasons to stay fit.

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Pre-Order The Oculus Rift This Year; Delivery Next Year

Oculus Rift will be available for pre-order by the end of this year. However, it will only reach buyers by early 2016. This has been confirmed on a blog post by Oculus. While Oculus hosted the Oculus Rift June Live event sometime back, details about the new releases and availability was made public only now.

The blog posted today mentioned that Oculus Rift will be based on the comfort, immersion and presence of the prototype Crescent Bay. It will also come laced with an improvised tracking mechanism as well as support for standing and sitting experiences. The June event did highlight that physicality will be revamped.

What’s Up With Oculus Rift?

Oculus Rift is highly anticipated because it will be able to stream games from the XboxGet Set To Pre-Order The Oculus Rift From End Of 2015 One and allow gamers to enjoy their own virtual playground. This idea appeals to many.

Compatibility with Windows 10 adds to the benefits of the Oculus Rift. It will also be compatible with a lot of games by next year, the company has said. Oculus will be pumping in $10 million for new games for the VR headset.

The Surprises In Store

It was announced that the Oculus Rift will not have its own controller. However, it will come with the hyped Xbox One Wireless Controller following a partnership with Microsoft.

This is just the beginning of more good things, including the arrival of Oculus Touch sometime in the future. Meanwhile, the controller will work on a matrix of sensors and haptic feedback.

 

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Flipkart Co-Founders In Forbes India Rich List

The co-founders of Flipkart, Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal are the latest names on the Forbes India Rich rooster that was released on Wednesday. These new billionaires, who made a splash in the e-commerce industry, have an individual net worth of about $1.3 billion each. Forbes India lauded the fact that the e-commerce segment has added a new couple billionaire who currently stand at position 86 on the list.

Flipkart Co-Founders Make It To Forbes India Rich ListRevealing the top ranks

The top spot has not seen any shift with Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Limited retaining the position with a net worth of $18.9 billion. Ambani has been topping the Forbes India list for the last eight years but this year saw his net worth drop by about $4.7 billion owing to plummeting oil prices that adversely affected the company.

The second rank is occupied by Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharmaceuticals, who has a net worth of $18 billion. Third in line is Azim Premji, who is the chairman of IT major Wipro. He has a net worth of $15.9 billion. His figures fell by $500 million compared to last year, given that he pledging 18 per cent of his stake to a trust.

The Women’s Club

Noticeably, only a couple of women have made it to the top 100 list for billionaires in India. First up is USV Limited chairman Leena Tiwari with a net worth of $1.9 billion and Bennett, Coleman And Co Limited’s chairperson Indu Jain with a net worth of $1.85 billion.

Forbes India editor Sourav Majumdar says, “This year’s list reflects the churn in the global economy and the growing clout of emerging sectors like e-commerce in India.”… Read the rest

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Asus Transformer Convertibles Take The Middle Path

Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced two new convertible gadgets, the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200SA. These gadgets meet the requirement of people who want a tablet at one moment and a laptop soon later. User requirements of computing are so varied today that these convertibles will soon make a space for themselves.

Asus Transformer Book T100HA at a glance

The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is an easy-to-use tablet supported with a completely detachable keyboard along with 10.1-inch display at a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8500, this tablet comes with a choice of 2GB as well as 4GB memory along with 128GB, 64GB and 32GB choices for storage. Not just that, the device also offer choices of the operating system you can install. Users can choose between Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

To ensure user-friendliness of the device, the makers have offered multiple connectivity options like 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-HDMI port, Micro-USB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port and USB Type-C port. The hybrid device is available in rouge pink, aqua blue, silk white and tin gray options. It also supports a 5MP rear camera along with 2MP front-facing camera.

Asus Transformer BookTransformer Book Flip TP200SA at a glance

Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, the name hints about its hinge that can flip 360 degrees. With a 11.6-inch display, the device boasts of a bright screen with a pixels resolution of 1366×768.

Although the device runs on  an Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core processor, the company offers a choice of using it on the Celeron N3050 dual-core chipset. There are two choices for internal storage, viz. 32GB eMMC or 64GB eMMC. Storage is easy with its 4GB drive that can be extended with an 128GB SSD drive.… Read the rest

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US-Based Accessories Manufacturer Zagg Enters India With Brilyant

US-based mobile accessories manufacturer Zagg has entered the Indian market in association with Brilyant and Croma. Brilyant works with manufacturers to provide country-wide distribution of consumer electronics.

With the help of its new partners in India, Zagg will be introducing a host of products such as audio accessories, power banks, bases, keyboards and screen guards for buyers. These accessories will be available within a price range of Rs. 699 to Rs. 9999. Their products cover a number of phones and tablets.

Strong collaborations

As of now, the company will have 18,000 sale points and their products would be sold by Croma. This association has also come through Brilyant.

Zagg managing director Chris Ahern has great hopes from this venture and said that the company will make a constant endeavor to enhance and elevate the standard of mobile available in India.

Speaking about the success of the deal, Brilyant CEO Suresh Reddy said that they are confident of delivering Zagg products across the country so that it becomes a popular choice in a short span of time.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Hands On Review: A Sexy Delicate Darling

With every new release, Samsung seems to be working harder to retain their space in the smartphones market. The company routinely experiments with innovative designs and features. To an extent where they have also lured avid Apple users. Latest in their kitty is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, which is quite an example of how workmanship can make a phone stand out from the crowd.

S6 Plus hand on reviewLets first talk about its design. The phone has a silver titanium built instead of the plastic casing that we are used to. Metal gives an instant sophistication to the phone. Smooth round edges and a glossy finish further refine the look. Note here that this phone is a delicate darling and will need careful handling.

A metal and glass construction makes the phone slippery but if you are one of those who really like to flaunt a good-looking phone, this one is for you. The volume rocker and power button are easy to reach. What I don’t like about this phone is the placing of the home button, which is located on the lower bezel. Why not go for a digital home button?  We are innovating right…

The curved display is appealing but a word of caution for callous people. If it drops, reviving the screen would be an arduous task.

We spoke to some users of the phone. S6 Edge Plus user Priyanka Sharma says, “Ergonomic, not really….with this size tough to achieve. Was not even expecting it. It’s expensive but it’s sexy both in looks and features. Quad HD display is sharper than any other phone available in the market.” (sic)

Not much has changed under the hood. It has a 4GB RAM and an expandable memory of up to 32 GB. The phone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 but we are expecting a Marshmallow update soon. The interface has all the general features of any other high-end Samsung phone. Gear app, S Health, S Voice, SideSync, Galaxy App store and S Planner. You get it all.

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Lets come to the camera. Avid user Manasvani Yogi says, “It has a wonderful camera, better than the iPhone 6.” The phone works well even in low light conditions and offers editing with various effects. Users can view these changes in real time. It has a 19MP rear camera with F1.9, which results in heavy pictures that often eat into your storage space.

For those who use their phones extensively, the long battery life of 14 hours helps. It has a 3000mAh battery that can be revived with a wireless charging feature.

“The wireless charger is quite cool and convenient. Camera is great too. I enjoy the big screen for reading and writing,” adds Sharma.

It also comes packed with a live broadcast feature which lets you stream your phone’s screen contents on your YouTube channel.

Lastly the phone has a superb call quality and most of the users say they have not experienced any call drops yet.

The final word here. If you want a beautiful phone with breakthrough features, go for this Samsung beauty. … Read the rest

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Is 3D Printing An Opportunity Or A Threat?

3d_Printing pros and consScientists and engineers are excited about 3D printing. It’s a breakthrough in the sense that it could be used to create costly things at a low cost, thus lowering the cost of manufacturing. The benefits should flow down to the end user because medical expenses or technical gadgets could become more affordable. However, live anything new, there are two sides to this too.

To begin with, 3D printing was being used by some engineers and technical experts since the 1980s. However, it has received hype only recently. The availability of 3D printers at cost-effective prices has allowed people to explore the benefits of this technology. Even US President Barack Obama spoke about it in one of his speeches. He said, “(3D printing) …has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything.”


Reducing the complexity of medical science

With more viable and cost-effective 3D printing solutions coming to the market, it is expected that the benefits of this technology will spread to almost every field in the near future. Medical science and healthcare are expected to benefit significantly from this technology. Reports suggest that researchers are now  busy exploring the possibility of replacing complex human organs with 3D printed objects.

Some researchers at Princeton University have even printed a replica of the outer ear using silver nano particles, human cells and hydrogel. Therefore, it will not be wrong to expect that the new technology will bring some breakthrough changes in the medical stream.

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing can also make a great difference to the lives of automotive engineers and industrial developers. They will be able to visualize the model or prototype of the product they manufacture, resulting in greater accuracy.

 

Also Read: The Most Fascinating 3D Printing Technologies:Fused Deposition vs Selective Laser Sintering 

Creative professionals are worried sick

Those who are working in the creative fields are worried about what 3D printing would do to their business. It is already being expected that the retail and sports sectors could also enjoy some significant changes if 3D printing becomes a more viable option in the coming times.

However, designers are worried that this technology could sound the death knell for creativity. Kayne West spoke about it on the show Keeping Up With The Kardashians,  “This is what I’m afraid of–because the Internet destroyed the music industry and now, this is what we’re afraid of right now with the textile industry.” He added, “There will come a time when people are making their shoes at home.”

Tell us what you think about this technology. Would it cause more harm than good? Would it be good to have a check on 3D printing practices?

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Hands On Review: Asus ZenFone Go Is Average

Asus Zenfone 2 Release DateAsus has launched its new phone ZenFone Go for the Indian market. We picked it up quickly from Flipkart to realize that it might not be a stellar phone but it’s comfortable to work with.

Features of the Asus ZenFone Go

The latest Asus phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based ZenUI because of which it is user friendly and rich in features. Like many newcomers, this is also a dual sim phone. I like this trend because you can easily swap from one network provider to another without any hassle. It houses a quad-core MediaTek (MT6580) processor clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. To start with, most of the apps worked fine. Only time will tell how this phone faces the onslaught of more apps and multiple downloads. It could get sluggish in the longer run.

A sigh of relief comes because it has an 8GB inbuilt storage. Like most other phones, it also offers expandable storage. Memory of the phone can be extended up to 64 GB. 

We loved…

It’s the look of the phone that really floored us. The angled bottom and clean black finish are delightful. A fairly large display of 5-inch with IPS display provides clarity when in use. Image quality is good with a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels. 

Let’s come to the camera. The phone has an 8MP camera at the back with an aperture of f/2.0. So the pictures came out well. However, the 2MP front camera was a dampener. It has a dull look so people who enjoy selfies may not like it.

Sure enough, there are the regular features of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/A-GPS and Micro-USB connectivity options. Additionally, the phone comes with 100GB Google Drive storage. The price of this phone is about Rs.7999. Pick it up if you don’t want to do much with your phone.

 

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A Teardown Review of the iPad Mini 4

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Air 2When Apple launched the iPad Mini 4, they claimed it was similar to the iPad Air 2 in terms of hardware specifications. iFixit has cracked open the new kid on the block to reveal their similarities in terms of features and design. From the features suggested on the apple website, one could easily give it to the iPad Mini 4 that it’s a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. Lets look at the similarities they enjoy according to iFixit.

Measurements of the iPad Mini 4 are pretty close to the iPad Air 2. Both the devices are really thin at 6.1mm. At the same time, iFixit has pointed out that the iPad Mini 4 also comes with the full laminated screen technology,  much like the iPad Air 2.

Also Read: Apple Launches iPad Mini 4- Indian Buyers Will Have To Wait 

The website also suggests that the Touch ID cable of the iPad Mini 4 is now directly integrated into the display cable, which was also brought into the iPad Air 2. Note that this makes it extremely hard to repair the display panel if needed.

iPad Mini 4 has a single cell battery, which makes it easier to take it out when required. Not only that, the iFixit review suggests the battery is thinner and smaller than that of the iPad Mini 3. The Apple website says iPad Mini 4 has a 19.1 Wh battery.

Some other feature worth noting are the 8MP rear camera along with 1.2MP front camera, which are also provided with the iPad Air 2. Again, both tablets enjoy Apple’s A8 processor and M8 co-processor. However, the iPad Mini 4 now comes with the iOS 9, which makes it an advancement over the bigger iPad Air 2. 

The problem with most of Apple’s products is that they are hard to repair. This issue is going to haunt iPad Mini 4 users as well since extreme amount of adhesive has been used inside the tablet. Even the lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, making the device immensely hard to open and repair. iPad Mini 4 has got a reparability rate of 2 out of 10 according to experts.… Read the rest

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