Twitter ‘Night Mode’ Soon on Desktop Screens

Last year, when Twitter introduced the ‘Night Mode’feature for its mobile app, people just could not stop gushing about how much they liked it. Now, the company is introducing this ‘Night Mode’ option to its desktop website. Some fortunate users are already enjoying the feature, which is yet to be rolled out to large masses.

How does it work?

Clicking on the profile picture on the top right side will display a menu containing ‘Night Mode’ option. Clicking on ‘Night Mode’ will turn your Twitter screens dark. As of now, the feature is only available to few Twitter users for testing. It is not clear when this feature will be available officially. However, Twitter users are already excited about the new desktop feature that is easier on the eyes. The Night Mode feature will allow you to tweet in a night-friendly mode. It has a relaxing influence on the users. Some find the site much better in Night Mode on their mobile devices. Last year, the new feature was introduced for iOS and Android devices. Some users say Night Mode on their mobiles is encouraging them to use the Twitter app more frequently on their mobile.

What do we expect?

The Night Mode feature on Twitter is giving users a chance to enjoy the social networking site in a different color theme. If you are bored with existing Twitter appearance, try the new Night Mode feature and see the magic. But, for now, the feature is only available on mobile apps. What’s more, the new feature will help users avoid strain to their eyes by shifting to Night Mode that is easier to the eyes. By clicking on the ‘Night Mode’ on your desktop screen will replace the white screens areas with a dark gray screen. The Night Mode feature can be found by clicking on the profile picture. After you click, you will find an option at the bottom of the pop-up list.… Read the rest

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All That Glitters is Rose Gold

When Apple launched its Rose Gold Apple Watch priced at $ 10,000 plus, a new colour trend came into being. Warmer than white gold and cooler than yellow gold rose gold is a fancy name for something that is little more than a pale metallic pink. ‘Rose’ gold sounds ~dainty~ and ~fancy~; a step above gold and pink.

According to a writer for the New Yorker, “rose gold is warm and flush—what yellow gold would look like if it suddenly suffered an embarrassment.”

Rose gold gadgets have been around for a long time. Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note 3 in 2014, with a gilded rose gold edge. Back in 2003, Motorola offered a pink Razr but called pink instead of rose gold. There are the Huawei Watch and the Mate S smartphone in rose gold. Samsung has a rose gold Gear S2 smartwatch and the Galaxy S7 in ‘pink’ is pretty much rose gold too.

But it was after the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S in Rose Gold, followed by the iPad 3, MacBook and the Beats by Dre Headphones- all in a charming Rose Gold colour – the trend really took off.

Here are the latest rose gold-tinted gadgets from the rose-tinted world of technology that charges a lot more money for a change of colour:

  1. Apple iPhone 7

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With a wonderful 5.5-inch retina HD display, responsive 3D touch,2 rear facing 12-megapixel cameras, 4K video and a re-engineered enclosure that makes it the very first water-resistant iPhone, iPhone 7 plus offers an enhanced user experience, bolstered by the 64-bit A10 Fusion chip that offers a faster CPU performance.

It comes in 3 variants: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Price: Starts at INR 67,000 (Feel free to look out for online discounts!)

2. Apple MacBook

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Sixth generation dual-core Intel Core M processors, a Turbo Boost feature that gives 3.1 GHz of processing, an 1866 MHz memory, new Intel HD Graphics 515 and faster flash storage bumped with better battery life on a 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display is what the latest MacBook offers.

Price: Starts at INR 106,900

3. Beats by Dre Solo2 Wireless

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Offering up to 30 feet of wireless listening, 12-hour rechargeable battery, an ear cup padding that buffers outside noise and a durable, compact folding design for easy portability the Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones offer a wonderful experience.

Price: INR20033

4. MI In-Ear Headphones Rose Gold

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To satisfy the lust for rose gold earphones, try the MI In-Ear plugs by Xiaomi. These are classy and go with your other rose gold accessories. Don’t miss the really sophisticated box that comes with it.

Price: INR2000 (approx.)

5. Unitek Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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With its roundish rose gold aluminium unibody with Bluetooth 2.1, up to 3.5 hours of playtime, built in micro phone hands free function, auto-scan FM radio, 3W speaker with enhanced bass and a micro USB cable that acts as an antennae, this little wireless speaker packs a punch and matches all the rose coloured gadgets you may have.

Keeping in tune with the trend, it should be mentioned that the world of rose gold gadgets expands to rose gold charging cables, electric toothbrushes, clip-on phone cameras and watches. One could also simply purchase some of the gazillion covers available in this colour till another colour (metallic anything) becomes the next big thing.

Price: INR3000 (approx.)… Read the rest

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In a spin over fidget spinners

Till sometime back, you would have been reprimanded for being fidgety.Currently, a restless nature is trending and help is available at your fingertips. Or that’s how the marketers of fidget spinners would like us to believe.

It’s unlikely you haven’t heard of fidget spinners until now. It is has been reported as the biggest gadget trend of 2017 and we are just half way through the year.In fact, Amazon has listed it as one of the top-selling products under its ‘Toys & Games’ category.

For the uninitiated, a fidget spinner is essentially a toy/gadget that doesn’t require technology or batteries to run. It has three spokes along with an inline skate and ball bearings that make it a spin. Extremely popular across age groups –school children form a major chunk of users – it’s easy to use, cheap to buy and portable. Promoted as a fun way to beat stress and restlessness, fidget spinners have gained a steady fan following. There’s even a Fidget Spinner Association that is looking to host a championship in September.YouTube has enough videos gone viral that prove the gadget’s popularity.

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Now here’s the not so good part about what seems like a harmless toy. Parents across the world and health experts are raising concerns about the safety of fidget spinners and its repercussions on mental health. New videos about children taking the spinners to school and cases of addiction of the gadget have surfaced. Some schools have even banned the toy.

In some cases, new versions of the spinner have caused injury. The spinners with lithium button batteries also have small parts which pose a choking hazard. The toys are now being called ‘dodgy’. So can fidget spinners help with attention and anxiety, as claimed by those who make them?

“The jury is still out on whether a fidget spinner is simply a toy or a gadget that can eliminate anxiety in children and adults, and even help those with ADD or ADHD focus,” Claudia Swartzberg, chief executive of Top Dog Education was quoted in a news report. “While many are claiming they aid mental focus, there’s no science that supports the notion they have therapeutic properties. However, even though there is no data to show that fidget spinners are beneficial rather than being fun, teachers, many parents, and learners claim they’re helping their mental focus in and outside the classroom,” Swartzberg was stated as saying. In an interview that appeared on www.healthline.com, Dr. John L. Bender, a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians says, “It would not be proper to claim that there was a level of evidence comparable to a full scientific study to base such a claim.”… Read the rest

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The New Snapchat Update Has Parents in a Tizzy

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Almost every few days, Snapchat rolls out a new fun filter for users to play around and click photos with. You could be a furry Koala one day, a ferocious looking gorilla or a cute puppy the next. It’s mostly harmless fun with your friends and those who follow you.

But the newest update to Snapchat has parents worried. Snap Map, the new addition to the App, lets friends and anyone who follows you see your location. “You can share your locations with each other so you can see where they’re at and what’s going on around them,” reads the official update.

It’s this sharing of location that has raised security concerns among parents.

The main concern is that once a story is shared in the ‘Our Story’ option in Snapchat, anyone anywhere can see the location of those in the story. It’s like everyone’s watching every step you take. It comes as little surprise that many concerned parents and adults have shown their dislike for the feature by posting views using the hashtag ‘stalking’ (#stalking).

Even though Snapchat recommends adult users, the App enjoys huge popularity among pre-teens and teenagers. According to a news site, parents have concerns that if children added a potential predator, bully, or other undesirable people to their friend list, they could be easily located.

“Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person,” said child safety group Childnet International in a post on their site. It went on to issue a safety alert saying, “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.”

But in their defense, Snap Chat lists out that “only the people you choose can see your location — so if you’re friends with your boss, you can still keep your location on the down low during a ‘sick day’.”With Snap Map, location-sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional.

How to be safe?

We live in unpredictable times. With social media penetration on the rise, especially among children, here are some safety guidelines you could get your child to keep in mind when using Snap Map, courtesy Internet safety website Webwise.ie:

  • Location setting: Consider using the Ghost Mode or selecting close friends, this will give you more control over who can see you. If you choose the Friends setting – Ensure you review your friend list. Do not share your location with people you do not know in real life.
  • Location-sharing services can give other users a clear picture of the places you regularly visit (home, school, etc.). Consider whether this is information you want to share with others.
  • If you choose to share a story using the ‘Our Story’ feature anyone can view that story regardless of what sharing setting you choose for Snap Map. Consider how much information you want people to see.

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Radio Hopping in Virtual Garden

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Picture this. It’s late in the night and you are tossing and turning in bed, trying hard, very hard to get to sleep. You have exhausted your song playlist and can’t fathom switching on the television for some late-night viewing. You reach for your phone. A message pops up‘You don’t want to miss this’ it reads along with a link to what seems like a radio station. Only this is no ordinary Internet radio station. It’s nearly 8,000 of them. From across the world.Welcome to Radio.Garden.

Hey, what garden?

Firstly, Radio.Garden is not an Internet radio station. It is a website with links to radio stations across countries, cities, genres, languages, all just a click (truly just one click) away.Designed by Amsterdam-based Studio Puckey, Radio.Garden lets anyone, anywhere in the world tune into a radio station at any point in time for a live feed.

How does it work?

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Log on to the site and the first thing you see is a 3D globe (Google Earth interface), which in a few seconds gets covered with tiny green spots. There are no names marking the countries or cities. A tiny pointer lets you glide over the world and as you rest it on any of the green spots, it tells you the name of the city and country you have reached and the radio stations you can tune into.One minute you could be listening to Celtic music from Glasgow and a few minutes later, be plugged into ghazals from Karachi or enjoying classic country numbers playing out from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Why are we gushing over it?

We have to admit, it has us hooked. The number one reason is easy accessibility. The interface is very easy to use and there are no long sign-ins required (not just yet). You don’t need to download an app or register to use the service. Heck, you don’t even need earphones to get the radio on.Though it will definitely help if you have them on while listening to a popular talk show streaming out of North America. Also if you were good at geography lessons, you won’t take long to zero down on your favourite place on the planet. Finding Boston on the map took us a while.

Nevertheless, it’s good fun to place the pointer anywhere in the world and be surprised with what’s playing. Hop across continents and find your favourites. There’s also an interesting history section on the site that plays out a compilation of sounds from a particular place recorded a decade ago. We tried Kolkata and it took us to 1986 with sounds of a Durga Puja, hawkers and street noises coming through.A delight to hear. Are you ready to tune into the world?… Read the rest

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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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Apple Likely To Postpone the Launch of 12-inch MacBook

A new report has suggested that US-based tech giant is likely to delay the release of its rumored 12-inch MacBook as Intel is still witnessing Broadwell delays. This new report has been released by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News; however, the company has not yet revealed any launch dates for the 12-inch MacBook.

A new report has suggested that US-based tech giant is likely to delay the release of its rumored 12-inch MacBook as Intel is still witnessing Broadwell delays. This new report has been released by Taiwan's Economic Daily News; however, the company has not yet revealed any launch dates for the 12-inch MacBook.
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The publication has claimed that the company is unlikely to ship its rumored 12-inch MacBook Air until late 2014 or early 2015, as it is exoected to be equipped with Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips. The chips have been witnessing several delays and the issues apparently persist. It has also been rumoured that Intel’s U series Broadwell chips for Apple’s upcoming MacBooks are not likely to be shipped until February 2015.

 

The rumors related to the launch of the tablet have been doing rounds since October 2013,when trusted KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo claimed that the device would combine the portability of an 11-inch MacBook Air with the productivity of the larger 13-inch version. The analyst also said that the company would also feature its iconic Retina display onto this 12-inch MacBook.

 Several sources claimed that the company is likely to launch this model in the fall of 2014, with mass production scheduled to start in the third quarter. Meanwhile, other rumours suggest that the device would be having a redesigned chassis with an ultra-thin profile as well as a revamped trackpad.

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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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Apple’s iPhone 5S is the Best Smartphone In 35 Countries

The Counterpoint Technology Market Research has recently revealed that Apple’s flagship smartphone iPhone 5s is the most popular device, topping smartphone sales in as many as 35 countries worldwide.

he Counterpoint Technology Market Research has recently revealed that Apple’s flagship smartphone iPhone 5s is the most popular device, topping smartphone sales in as many as 35 countries worldwide.
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It is very much known that the company has a loyal fan base its iOS devices are popular worldwide, and the new market research adds starts to its popularity.

The officials behind the survey have been quoted saying that “Apple’s iPhone 5s is still the bestselling smartphone in May 2014, 8 months after its launch last year. Samsung’s new flagship, Galaxy S5 comes in at second.”

“Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, a spot that many expected to be taken by Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. The highly anticipated Galaxy S5 comes in at second place but still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales. The iPhone 5c shipments continue to decline but Apple continued clearing excess inventory for the iPhone 5c during the month. Apple iPhone 5c sales put it behind Samsung’s last year’s flagship Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III.”

The 8GB iPhone 5C is having a 4-inch retina display, featuring 8-megapixel rear snapper with 1080p video recording and 1.2-megapixel front snapper. The smartphone is powered by a 1GB RAM, Apple A6 chipset, iOS7 and 1.3 GHz dual core processor. The smartphone is available in the exciting color options of White, Green, Pink, Blue and Yellow.  

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