Twitter is working on something new in order to get people to participate more. One of the new ideas is to pay users to upload videos. The social media platform wants the same type of popularity that YouTube has. Twitter is offering a percentage of revenue for people that upload their videos. This type of revenue is a lot different from other video platforms like YouTube which offers 55% of revenue to creators with 45% to be kept to itself. Twitter is offering 70% revenue sharing to the content creator with the rest of the money being kept. This is the same type of plan that it offers Amplify video partners.
The reason this is a good idea for Twitter to offer such a generous deal to video creators. For one thing, it is not really big in the video department like Facebook and YouTube. It is also very late when it comes to video offers. Also, there have been requests by some of the highest profile stars of the network. They have wanted to split revenue so that they can gain incentive for their recognition. After all, it is the views that the high profile stars bring that bring about success to Twitter. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Twitter is able to encourage enough creators to participate. For one thing, it might be too late.
Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. In fact, it is actually very simple to use. People will find themselves having an easy time getting followers. It is not hard to find a topic that they can comment on compared to some other platforms. There is also no limit placed on the amount of replies one could do at a time.
As of right now, Twitter is looking to attract YouTube style stars so that it can gain a piece of the pie that YouTube has a large share in. Facebook has also taken behind YouTube when it comes to videos. It is most likely that Twitter is going to become one of the other companies that allow and encourage users to shoot videos.
Apple has made a statement towards the EU that stood against the tax arrangements. Apple has told the EU that they could either have taxes or jobs. Apple is not going to give them both. This came after Apple learned that the EU is expecting 13 billion euros from Apple in back taxes. Apple’s response is that paying that kind of money is going to be very harmful to the prospects of job development in Europe. While it is not meant as a threat, it will be seen as one by the politicians in the EU. After all, they are trying to get new companies into their country.
Back in the beginning of the 90s, Apple has made a deal Ireland that it would pay some low taxes if the operations were based in Ireland for Europe. Thousands of jobs have been created in Ireland for the 25 years that it has lasted. 2015 saw a total of 5,000 employees. There were plans for up to 1,000 more jobs when they were hit with the dilemma. As of right now, there is a plan to open a new site in Athenry. This would result in as much as 200 jobs for people in the country.
When Apple has made its statement to the EU about taxes or jobs, it was in fact honoring the original agreement about low taxes and jobs. Also, the taxes actually make it harder to hire people since jobs cost money. It is definitely not a threat, it is a limitation that they see in their budget. As of right now, Apple pays the largest amount of taxes in Ireland. Therefore, it can make the negotiations needed so that it can get what it asks for. Also, these arrangements were agreed to over and over by the Irish Government. Therefore, it is only expected that they will honor the agreement. This is actually a very sound move for companies. If they are taxed, they are not as able to offer jobs.
Google Fiber has reached a point in its business of high speed internet has hit an obstacle. There is now a lot of consideration being made on the services of high speed internet connections in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Among the things that they are considering for their customers is going wireless. This is when they realized that the underground fiber-optic cables are not catching on to the customers like they hoped it would. Their plans for fiber optic connections have turned out to provide a lot more difficulty for the company than they deem it worth.
Among the issues they have faced was that it is a lot of work to dig up the streets for laying down thousands of miles worth of cables throughout the city. This has also proven to be very costly. Therefore, Google is cutting their losses with this initiative in favor of the more efficient and cost effective wireless initiative. For one thing, Google Fiber has encountered quite a few obstacles in the communications industry. This is to be expected since Google is primarily a software company. Going into the communications sector is going to be really challenging for a company like Google.
As of right now, the plans to bring the fiber-optic services to other cities like Palo Alto are being put on the back burner. They are going to take six months away from the project in order to figure out what it is they can do that is cost effective. Otherwise, Google will still provide exceptional and innovative services to people. Given that Google has always been a software company that has come with really effective solutions, they will figure out something that works very well for them, and their customers. The wireless service does seem like a great solution to go with because it is a much easier alternative. They will be able to reach more cities and connect more people with a more effective solution.
Tim Berners invented the internet 27 years ago as a platform that allowed scientists to share and find information easily. Several years down the line, his creation has grown into one of the world’s most powerful medium for knowledge, networking and business. Despite all these milestone achievements, Tim Berners is not a happy man.
He describes the World Wide Web as creation that has shifted from its core purpose to become a more detrimental platform unsuitable for human survival and co-existence. He highlights how spying, site blocking, hacking and other forms of cyber crimes are rampant in the modern day web. According to him, the web is no longer a platform that provides users with mechanisms to interact, but a place where people completely destroy the value of helping others and peace.
It has become a system that can be controlled by corporations and governments. Countries like China no longer allow their citizens to interact and share information freely through the web. Therefore, Tim Berners want to make some changes in order to make things right and great again.
The computer scientists alongside other top scientists gathered at San Francisco to discuss the possible future of the web.
According to the computer savvies, the internet could be a better place if scientists could harness new and high-powered technologies to create a more consolidated and private platform that cannot be controlled by the government and corporations.
It is evident that the way the internet is used today is creating a lot of anxieties among technologists. Edward Swoden highlights how the web has been used by governments for spying. The fact that other companies like Amazon and Google have changed to gatekeepers to people’s digital life is also alarming.
To tame the current developments, Tim Berners and others discussed the possibility of distributing web pages without them passing through the web servers. They also brainstormed on ways through which users can store data on the internet without having to pay fees to cloud service providers. Both individuals insist that the web needs decentralizing and that perhaps technology will play an integral part in restoring the web to its good old days.
Several years ago, people in the tech industry and the consumer were very excited about the prospect of having a 3D TV in their very own home. Local retailers started carrying the latest 3D models that were relatively high in the beginning. Soon, cable television and satellite television joined the excitement surrounding this new technology by introducing channels that were primarily devoted to 3D television. Fast forward several years and all the big cable and satellite companies are dropping their 3D channels in favor of a more universally acceptable technology. The fact is that people were simply not purchasing the 3D model televisions.
Say Goodbye to 3D
News broke that Comcast, Sony, and several other high profile companies were pulling the plug on their 3D channels. The fact is that the technology has not evolved enough yet for the home theater. Many think that it was just not worth the extra money. Cerainly, the rising interest in this technology was due to the movie produced by John Cameron. Avatar has great graphics and wonderful colors that really captured the attention of the consumer. However, insiders report that the movie industry was having a tremendous amount of problems producing 3D content with the same type of quality graphics that were present in the Avatar movie. In addition, the average consumer was simply not that interested in the new technology that required them to wear a pair of goggle like glasses to view the 3D material on their home television screens.
Quickly Evolving Technology
Certainly, it is safe to say that the average consumer was not all that thrilled about the home 3D experience. Evolving technology has pushed 3D back into oblivion. Now, consumers are busy with their tablets, computers, and smart-phones that are now able to produce amazing quality graphics. Features like 4k/UHD and HDR are much more relevant to the consumer today. Most assuredly, 3D had its day. However, ever evolving technology has diminished its perceived popularity.
Google Chromebooks have focused on education ever since the first ones were released back in 2011. Since that time Google has enjoyed excellent success in the education market. By some accounts, in the United States, Chromebooks now account for over half of all K-12 education portable computers. With the release of two more Chromebooks, Google is looking to expand its already dominant position.
The first of these two Chromebooks is the Acer Chromebook Spin 11. The Spin 11 is a convertible version of the Chromebook 11 N7, which was announced earlier this month. As with the N7, the Spin 11 contains an 11.6 inch touch screen, an Intel Celeron processor and is highly durable. Wireless connectivity will be achieved through 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. For wired connectivity, it has two USB Type-C ports, two type A USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card reader. Also included is support for the Wacom stylus and “World View Camera.” Students will be able to use the camera as a microscope. Functionality like this really demonstrates what a versatile and powerful tool Chromebooks can be for education.
The other Chromebook that has been announced is the Asus Chromebook Flip C213. While the Chromebook Spin 11 is quite durable, the Flip C213 takes things a step further. The C213 contains rubber bumpers and is modular in construction so that should a piece break it can be replaced. The Asus Chromebook Spin 213 also contains an 11-inch Gorilla Glass 4 display, dual HD cameras and a 46Wh battery. Neither Chromebook have pricing information available.
Google also has recently announced that Chromebooks will soon be compatible with Android apps. Additionally, Google is releasing software better software to help manage these Android apps. This could really help drive Chromebooks to sell even better than they already have, as there are a tremendous number of excellent Android education apps available today. As the user base for Android apps grows on Chromebooks, many developers will be sure to refresh their apps to better take advantage of these Chromebooks. This will further strengthen the case for purchasing Chromebooks. With such dominant positions with both Android and Chrome OS operating systems, Google will likely have a dominant market position for many years to come.
Teachable is a start up formally known as Fedora is an education tech company that has raised $4 million during the first round series funding this is according to its CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company main aim is to offer a platform that similar to a Shopify or Squarespace to be used by the teachers as well as tutors. The platforms let the tutors with expertise on a particular subject matter to quickly make an online course and auction them or offer for free to their students, the experts sets their own pricing, make a decision on how their content should be accessed and owning all their customer’s data.
The tutors of any particular field can use Teachable for free, however, they give the start up a $1 and 10% commission on each sale they make. Teachable does not charge the tutors for offering a course on their platform. The firm also provides another alternative of accessing their platform, the tutors can choose to subscribe to various monthly plans ranging from $39 to $299 with low commissions or none at all.
Most of the courses that are offered on the Teachable platform are not for the college credit. Many are entails non-academic fields such as how to decorate a cake, how to fly a drone. While some are courses involving the professional frameworks or how to manage a martial arts schools amongst others. Large companies do offer their employee learning and development programs through the Teachable platform.
People who brand themselves as long life learners may not even be aware that they are using the Teachable platform after they sign up for a course to follow a person who inspires them. On the other hand, Teachable competitors that include Udemy, Edx or even Coursera provide students with as online course catalog that they can peruse prior to committing to purchase. This format means that the tutors are competing against each other for the attention and money of the student.
With the funding made possible, the company aims at using the money to do more of what it has been doing that is hiring acquiring users at a low cost, while at the same time providing support to its customers and the all its users. However, the company CEO recognizes that they have some features that they need to work on for example integrating Teachable to other platforms.
Tesla the leading manufacturer of the electric vehicles has one of the most advanced Autopilot systems. One important factor to note about Tesla is its capability to determine the exact position of the Autopilot crash if incase is does happen, Tesla does all this better than any other vehicle manufacturer. This is made possible by the way Tesla has designed its technology. While all Tesla vehicles do comes with all the required hardware that make it possible for the Autopilot to work, drivers do need the necessary software upgrades that do cost a lot of money to perfect that’s making it possible for the Tesla driver to make a comparison.
According to Tesla, their autopilot feature assists the driver to avoid the collision by a margin of up to 40%. This information has been proven by the transport and safety officials. It is not an exaggeration that Tesla has changed the way people think about self-driving cars. Tesla has outdone its competitors because it had been driven 130 million miles without ever having a collision accident this is the U.S rate of 94 million miles per fatality.
Tesla continues with its commitment to evolve it autopiloting features so as to make it even better. Tesla just released the new update of its software that is known as Tesla 8.0. The update requires that the drivers touch the steering wheel more often so as to increase the reliance of the Autopilot on the radar, as well as the ultrasonic sensors and the cameras. The Tesla CEO says that the new update will be able to detect accident that might occur and prevent before they happen.
Last year October the electric car company started shipping the Autopilot hardware that has an enhanced sensors that will finally be in a position to allow full autonomous driving. Every of the Tesla cars comes with eight cameras and several sensors that provide 360 degrees view. The company is releasing this feature that utilizes the use of the sensors suite on the regular remote updates. Musk says as they work toward improving the hardware, the car manufacturer is targeting at about 90% reduction of the car crash. Tesla is doing a great job of improving safety and making the Autopilot more useful.
Public interest about vehicle automation has increased over recent years. However, seeking positive reception of scientific advancements made within the car industry isn’t new. For example, Henry Ford’s idea of ethanol being a serious fuel source for cars was not initially accepted.
Today, there are numerous companies that’s venturing into the concepts made in the mid-1920s. Remember, the recognition of renewable energies within the car industry has been a slow journey. Currently, companies such as BMW, Tesla, and Volvo are investigating practical operation of self-driving vehicles.
The concept of using rechargeable batteries has propelled the automobile industry into a different stratosphere. Yet, there are similar innovations that were made in the late 1800s. This includes the electric car. One of the first electric vehicles was made in 1888. During that time the Flocken-Elektrowagen was driven in Germany. This is a remarkable instance of historical interest within the automobile industry. Also, the invention of early electric cars helped set the stage for today’s self-driving cars.
A concerning aspect that many automakers face is the public acceptance of the self-driving cars. Many individuals are concerned about the safety issues that may arise. For example, many automakers urge drivers to keep their hands near the steering wheel when utilizing self-driving features. Other threats that concerns car owners may include the hacking of car systems.
Many companies are still in the research phase regarding this issues. Furthermore, this leaves customers with several unanswered questions about self-driving vehicles. More than a few automakers are aware of this perplexity. In implication, the recreation of future models for the public is one of the major challenges automakers face.
Microsoft’s most recent Windows Insider build includes a lot of improvements for the platform, but users might really appreciate one in particular: a setting that helps you sleep better.
This feat is made possible through a setting that enables you to adjust the blue light coming from your PC’s display, an addition that Microsoft has tacked on to the latest Windows Insider build after seeing features and programs like Apple’s Night Shift and f.lux grow in popularity.
A lot of research has been done into the effects our PC displays can have on your eyes, and a consensus exists that blue light causes a release of melatonin into your system. That melatonin makes it difficult to fall asleep and explains why you might feel restless in bed after spending time in front of your screen.
With peers already introducing a similar feature, the onus fell on Microsoft to play catch-up. That said, the inclusion of the blue light setting is a welcome move from Microsoft, even if it came a bit later than everyone else’s implementation. More and more people are spending their evening hours looking at a Windows PC display or a Windows tablet, and the more Microsoft can do to help those people sleep well and stay efficient, the better.
Personally, I’ve been utilizing f.lux on my Windows 10 tablet and Night Shift on my iPhone 7 for several months, but I’m eager to try Microsoft’s built-in version to see if I notice any kind of improvement. I can already report that I’ve been sleeping better since reducing the amount of blue light I’ve been taking in, but if the potential exists to catch a few extra winks, I’m interested.