Microsoft has smaller & cheaper Surface tablets coming soon

As Microsoft looks to battle Apple in the tablet market, reports indicate that the tech giant is working on a new version of their Surface tablet. These particular models will be smaller, lighter, and cheaper in an effort to compete with the extremely popular iPad tablets. Here are some more details about the Surface Pro tablets that Microsoft is currently in the process of building.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft Corp. is developing tablets with 10-inch screens, which are smaller when compared to the Surface Pro laptop models with 12-inch screens. The new Surface tablets will also include a USB-C connection which has never been used before on the Surface. In addition, they’ll have rounded edges rather than the squared-off edges that the current Surfaces feature.

The processor and graphics chip inside will come from Intel Corp. with the newest tablets expected to be 20 percent lighter. However, one of the early drawbacks to the tablet being less expensive and not as heavy will be the battery life. It’s been estimated at four hours less than the higher-end Surface tablets. Bloomberg indicates a $400 starting price for the new tablets slated for later in 2018. That is favorably cheaper than the $799 starting price for the high-end Surface Pro models geared towards professionals.

In 2012, Microsoft released their first attempt at the market with the Surface RT selling for just $499. However, those tablets didn’t seem to get much attention from consumers. The Surface Pro tablet was a hit for Microsoft, though, as it was geared towards professionals looking to get more power and productivity in something that wasn’t as bulky or heavy as a laptop. Apple responded by launching their iPad Pro tablets in 2015.

Microsoft’s main goal here is to introduce a tablet that will generate more sales than their previous models have. Most tablet makers are losing the game to Apple which sold about 44 million of their iPads in the past four quarters. That resulted in $20 billion in revenue compared to just $4.4 billion made from Microsoft for their Surface hardware sales. Expect to see the new cheaper and smaller Surface tablets sometime in the second half of 2018.

New Kickstarter Badges Unveiled that Keep Backers Up to Date

In a move to help smaller hardware manufacturers fulfill on their crowdfunding campaigns, Kickstarter parterned with Avnet and Dragon Innovation in 2017 to make the Hardware Studio initiative. Now, they’re taking things up a notch to help improve transparency and motivation.

This comes in the form of four new badges that will appear on some of the Hardware Studio projects in the near future. The idea behind this update is that having easily recognizable and easy to explain markers on funded projects makes it easier for backers to see how the product they put money into is coming along in development.

These badges will hopefully be rolled out for all campaigns in the Hardware Studio program, though priority is currently being given to those in the Connection program, a subset of Hardware Studio with more rigorous and competitive standards but greater access to planning tools and other perks. So far, there are four badges that can be put onto a project.

The first is the Engaged badge, which tells backers that the campaign they’ve backed has been accepted to the Connection program and that pre-planning and a working proof-of-concept prototype for the product is complete.

The second is the Ready Level 1, indicating that the prototype has advanced to a degree that it could be sold as a legitimate product, though more user testing will be required before this would happen. It would hopefully indicate that the projected cost of production is accurate, as well.

Third is the Ready Level 2, which certifies that production plans have been finalized and that all the units promised can be produced, and that testing and feedback have gone into improving the original design. Funding would typically be used for materials, tools, and finding certification.

Finally, there is the Ready Level 3 badge, which claims that the product is ready for manufacturing. Funding at this level would go exclusively to manufacturing costs.

While these badges in no way guarantee that a product will be made and shipped out, when used honestly, they could be a major help in keeping backers up to date and helping campaign managers organize and run their production.

OneLogin Can Prevent Data Breeches With MFA

Digital security can be a confusing topic for most people, even owners of businesses. No one except the best IT guys have any idea what is happening inside your network, and sometimes even they can be in the dark to certain issues that may plague a system.

 

A lot of the biggest problems plaguing a business networks are breeches. A breech is when a illegitimate entity gains access to a system with the intention of harvesting data. Sometimes this data is stolen and sold to marketing experts, cold callers, and telemarketers, but sometimes these breeches can consist of important data like credit card numbers. These breeches are often caused by end-users of a business not keeping their accounts secure.

 

OneLogin is one such company that is making it easy for businesses all over the world to implement a safe, more secure network. OneLogin doesn’t need you to purchase thousands of dollars in expensive equipment. What OneLogin does that is different from most other IT methods is utilize a multi-factor authentication protocol in its systems. This system not only offers a layer of protection between employees and their information, it can also distribute permissions accordingly, securing the network from employees who may have access to information their job doesn’t require.

 

What is MFA?

 

Most people have heard of two-step authentication, but multifactor authentication expands on the process just as its name suggests. MFA uses multiple methods to confirm that the account being accessed belongs to the person who is trying to log-in.

 

OneLogin’s portal requires users to log-in through a single portal. This, in-turn, logs the user into all of their necessary accounts. This isn’t the same as simply using the same password for every account, which is certainly not advisable. OneLogin’s MFA portal communicates with each of these websites or apps and, in layman’s terms, it logs into each account using your real log-in credentials.

 

One of OneLogin’s method of authentication is simple SMS. When you first log-in to the portal, a text message will be sent to your phone, requesting you to provide the sent number to the computer. This verifies that a legitimate user is logging into the machine, preventing unwanted visitors to your network.

 

Most business owners know the consequences of data breeches: spending large amounts of money on repairs and possible spending even more on lawsuit settlements. Following this large sum of money comes another large amount: to upgrade your security software. None of these upgrades will be necessary with OneLogin. OneLogin accomplishes one thing above all else: prevents your employees from leaking their own information. Employees can often write down important passwords on paper, leaving it laying around and generally being careless with the information. With OneLogin, an employee no longer needs to remember, or write down, countless numbers of passwords.

 

What Does OneLogin Protect?

 

Best case scenario: after a company wide breech, the information stolen will consist of client emails and phone numbers. This information will be sold to advertisers and telemarketers. Worst case scenario: credit card and other financial information can be obtained, costing your company millions of dollars. Potentially, a hack like this could completely kill a company.

 

As previously mentioned, OneLogin takes the most basic, yet highly effective step, of taking passwords out of the hands of employees. Despite what you see on TV, most hackers simply gain access to an account by having the log-in credentials. Hackers will have to resort to near impossible methods if they want to get into a company that uses OneLogin.

 

The Future of Digital Security

 

The world of IT has certainly seen better days. IT is filled with people with no passion for what they do, simply working in the field to make a paycheck. The more skilled IT guys realize that if they fix a problem for good that they will be out of a job.

 

OneLogin isn’t IT; OneLogin is a real solution. It is a real way to prevent costly data breeches.

 

Most business rely on third-party firms to handle their IT. These IT firms are often working with hundreds of other corporations and businesses, creating a backlog that results in your problem being put on the back burner. Every business owner knows the feeling of waiting several days, even weeks, before IT shows up.

 

OneLogin can prevent these scenarios from happening. OneLogin should be the first step to digital security at any business.

If You’re a Verizon Customer in Los Angeles, You Could Experience 5G Data Speeds by the End of the Year

Verizon has thrown its hat into the 5G data revolution in full force, now listing both Sacramento, California and Los Angeles, California as two of four cities that will receive 5G data connectivity before the end of 2018. These are two of four cities that Verizon plans to bring coverage to this year, with the other two cities remaining a mystery thus far. It doesn’t mean that you’ll see miraculous speed increases on your mobile phone just yet, though.

According to TechCrunch, Verizon plans to introduce 5G as a home networking service, catering to static wireless applications first. This means Verizon will be able to provide home internet at 5G speeds without running cables. You’ll receive a wireless router that connects to various cell towers via a cellular connection. According to Verizon, the company plans to have 1,000 cellular sites in place, all of which will be supplied with data from at least 36 million miles of fiber. The company claims it will have “hundreds of megahertz” of bandwidth when it launches its 5G data services.

So, when can you expect to see 5G data speeds hitting your mobile phone? Well, Verizon says that wireless customers could see 5G in the first three months of 2018. But, it’s not all that simple, either. There are zero 5G capable phones on the market right now. That means, if you want to be one of the first with 5G mobile data, you’ll need to upgrade to a new handset. Furthermore, it’ll only be available in a few select cities, so unless you live smack dab in the middle of the city, you’re better off waiting.

You should also remember that, while Verizon’s 5G home networking services may work well at launch, that doesn’t mean mobile data delivery will be fantastic at first. If the launch of 4G data is any indicator, 5G mobile data will have some serious issues in the beginning. When 4G was launched in major cities, getting a true 4G connection was difficult, with it only be available in certain areas within “covered” cities. It has since improved dramatically, and 4G LTE speeds are better than what some folks get from a hard-wired connection, but it’s something to keep in mind before jumping onto the 5G bandwagon so early.

Paul Mampilly Compares The Current Cryptocurrency Craze With The Year 2000 Financial Bubble

Stop pumping more investments into the cryptocurrency markets and if possible, cash out your gains as soon as possible. That was Paul Mampilly, a renowned investor and financial guru’s message to individuals investing in cryptocurrency. While he still hasn’t pointed to the exact time he expects the cryptocurrency markets to come tumbling, the Templeton Foundation investment competition winner adds that it is only a matter of time before this new technology market crashes. Follow Paul on twitter.com.

Drawing experience from the year 2000 market crash

Paul Mampilly compares the current demand for crypto coins with the second-millennium bubble burst for technology company stocks. The former hedge fund manager mentions that every investor at the time believed that wealth in the stock markets could only come through investments in technology company stocks. The greed for these stocks then saw the value of some of these stocks swell past 1000 percent. To him, such insane value increase in a short time even for companies without a solid base was in itself a red flag that prompted him to sell his shares.

In many ways, Paul likens the current greed for alternative coins with the 1999 market bubble. He notes that while the two bubbles stem from almost different industries, they have similar characteristics. For instance, just like the technology bubble culminated a notion that these companies could the future of the world economy, cryptocurrency promoters have continually hyped the need for crypto coins terming them the future of online transactions. Similarly, most of the crypto coins currently available have also shot in value by over 10,000 percent.

Why is it doomed to crash?

It can be quite difficult to tell of a market bubble but Paul Mampilly believes that the warning signs for the impending cryptocurrency crash are already up. With the most apparent being the constantly soaring popularity of the different coins that has effectively sent most investors into frenzy thereby driving the price for these coins to crazy highs. Their popularity will possibly continue growing in the near future.

But a time will come when the market can’t sustain any more investment pressure and the prices start coming down. Such an action would then throw most investors into a panic mode resulting in massive sales and would signal the beginning of the market crash. Paul Mampilly believes that just as the cryptocurrency investors are quick to buy when they think the prices favor them, most are also quite impatient and will be quick to sell when the market turns against them.

About Paul

Mampilly boasts of an investment experience of more than three decades, most of which was spent at the helm of Kinetics hedge fund. He is also the founder of Extreme Fortunes and senior editor at Profits Unlimited, two online journals offering investment advice to traders internationally.


To learn more about Paul Mampilly, visit: https://paulmampillyguru.com/

 

OnePlus to release new Bullets Wireless headphones in June

On Wednesday, OnePlus revealed their upcoming smartphone as well as their first-ever wireless headphones. They will be called the Bullets Wireless headphones with an anticipated release date in June and a $69 price tag. While they won’t necessarily overtake other popular wireless headphones or earbuds, it’s a good start for OnePlus as they move forward with their new technologies.

A recent report from The Verge indicated that the Bullets Wireless will feature USB-C support for fast charging. Estimates are that 10 minutes of charing will allow for five hours of usage while a full charge will result in eight hours of usage. In addition, the headphones will include the Google Assistant technology and be weather resistant making them somewhat of a competitor to the popular Apple EarPods.

The Bullets Wireless buds are made from aluminum and are magnetically able to be snapped together. Users will be able to pause and resume music simply by clipping the buds together or unclipping them from one another. For this to happen, a user will have to use the headphones with a One Plus 5 or 5T, or the soon-to-be-released OnePlus 6 model smartphone.

While there are no reviews as of yet, the Bluetooth audio quality on the new wireless headphones should also be good as the AptX codec will be part of the build. OnePlus has noted that the Bullets Wireless feature “energy tubes” to help create a “clearer, richer audio” experience. Those tubes will help to isolate or stabilize sounds by reducing any reverberations that might happen within the headphone wires. As this is the first version of the headphones, there may be some kinks to work out, but it seems like they’ve integrated some helpful technologies into them.

The news of the new Bullets Wireless headphones accompanied OnePlus’ bigger announcement on Wednesday. The company is set to release the new OnePlus 6 smartphone in North America and across Europe on May 22nd with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models available. Prices start at $529 for the 64GB models in the United States. Now customers will be able to pair them up with the first edition of the company’s wireless headphones, but it may be worth waiting to see if reviews give them favorable remarks first.

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s ruling to end net neutrality

The senate voted 52-47 to overturn FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to overturn Obma-era net neutrality rules. Despite overwhelming public opposition to the repeal, the decision of the FCC board was unanimous, and President Trump expressed his support of the repeal.

Tech sites, unless they are owned by telecommunications company overwhelmingly support keeping net neutrality rules in place. Verizon, Sprint, Comcast and other telecom providers routinely oppose it and misrepresent the definition of the concept.

Net neutrality means that ISPs must treat all traffic the same regardless of source. An ISP cannot block or throttle traffic as long as the content is legal. Representatives of the telecom industry support repealing the rules because it means they can charge higher prices.

Ajit Pai’s decision has also been scrutinized. Pai served as a Verizon lawyer before being appointed to his current position by then President Obama. When the decision to repeal net neutrality rules were made, he said the Internet now belonged to the software and hardware engineers. He added comments that it would promote development. Steven Wozniak, formerly of Facebook, has spent a good deal of time trolling Ajit Pai on Facebook for what Wozniak considers to be a bad decision.

The passage of the senate bill does not mean Pai’s decision will not stand. The bill merely goes to the house, where the votes of at least twenty republicans are needed to overturn the bill. Because Republicans seem to oppose the bill and are more likely to be lobbied by telecom providers, it is uncertain the house version of the bill would gain enough votes to pass.

Esquire Magazine hailed the vote as a victory for common sense. The Wired and the PC Mag websites were more restrained in their coverage, but they praised the three Republican senators who voted across party lines for making the right decision. Even if the House passes reviewing the rules under the Congressional Review act, the bill faces a final hurdle. President Trump needs to sign it for it to become law.

YouTube Adds New Section to Videos for Additional Song Information

As of May 16, 2018, YouTube has officially made a long awaited change to how its video descriptions work, adding an additional section to include specific song information for music used in a particular video.

So far, over half a billion videos have been given this treatment with more to come in the future as the feature is progressively rolled out. Labeled as the “music in this video” section under the “SHOW MORE” tab, certain videos can now offer information on song titles, their artists, their writers, and the licenses associated with the music. Some videos will even feature a link to an artist’s official channel if the song isn’t being played from the channel already.

This decision was likely made either as part of or in response to the settlement YouTube and the National Music Publishers Association, which cost the Google-owned entity around $40 million worth of royalties to artists. Properly crediting those who make the music on videos would just be one way in which they could avoid this happening in the future, especially if it meant steering viewers back to the artists’ official channels and away from unauthorized uploads.

Unfortunately, this isn’t all good news. In order to help locate videos and provide the proper credit, YouTube has turned to its favorite solution to all problems: The algorithm. To make matters worse, the company says it will be using the same technology that goes into its Content ID system, considered by many to be a disastrous piece of code notable for causing many, many, many problems over the years related to false flagging, improperly flagging, or simply not flagging at all copyrighted material and works allowed under fair use.

If the company can manage to properly utilize this feature, however, it could provide much needed credit and revenue to the artists who make the songs we love. Execution will likely be the determining factor of how things end up.

“Music in this video” is now available for a large number of videos on both the desktop and mobile app versions of YouTube, with more to come in the near future.

A New Think Tank Is Embracing Digital Technologies

A new think tank is being launched by executives from Hearst Digital Media, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Lego, Universal Music, Vice, Sony Music, Havas and several of the global advertising and entertainment majors this summer. The idea is to advance the intergration of emerging and media technology.

The kick off of the Digital Future Council will officially begin in June during the Cannes Lions Festival. Blockchain technology will be examined through a series of events. The topic was chosen due to the popularity of demand from the creative communities. The impact blockchain has on monetization, content distribution and audience interaction will be explored. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is often referred to as the Oscars of advertising. This is an awards ceremony and global showcase for creative communications.

There will be worldwide quarterly events focusing on Big Data, AI and additional emerging technology. This is meant to ignite meaningful conversations and debates, promulgate the practices best for the advertising communities and global marketing and formulate tangible advice. For more information please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/jillgoldsmith/2018/05/03/global-ad-tech-execs-launching-new-think-tank-in-cannes/#3b8695af1977.

The Cannes Lions former head is Rob Dembitz. He believes stakeholder returns can be driven through creativity and technology but usually occurs through a lack of understanding. He feels the prospect of bringing together technology, media and communications is extremely exciting. The additional founders include the head of marketing innovation for Havas Media, Jason Jercinovic, Vice Media’s Mark Adams, Mic publisher Cory Haik, Hearst Digital Media’s executive director Sheel Shah, The Lego Group’s James Poulter, Dani Murray of Warner Bros., Martin Schönberger of Sony Music, Joshua Burke of Universal Music, Adam Boita of Pernod Ricard, Mary Keane Dawson of the Truth Media Agency, Ben Sutherland of Diageo, Kate Cox of GoDaddy and Kavin Abosch the photographer and artist.

Kate Cox is always scanning digital technologies capable of driving the marketing efforts of GoDaddy forward. This is how the company powers the online presence of small business customers while enabling them to succeed. This enables the business to remain ahead of any industry developments while providing a forum for creative technologists and senior marketers to debate future technologies.

Chris Linkas – An In-Depth Look Into Strategic Investing

Chris Linkas is an established financial investor with a background in the industry. His previous investment experience allows him to assist others in the financial industry and help them get started with simple investing. He has previously expressed his concerns in regards to college students and high school graduates not pursuing a financial lifestyle with investments in the stock market.

 

One of Chris Linkas’ main focuses is to try and convince college students in their early twenties to try and start investing to build for the future. This is one way Chris believes that younger adults can better establish their financial footprint in the investing markets.

 

Chris Linkas has financial experience in several international markets, and there are several different strategies that he supports when trying to establish a personal investment strategy for a newcomer to the industry. One of those strategies is to allow the concept of compound investing to take place. This essentially means to reinvest funds rapidly, for example to reinvest a dividend payment back into the market so that the money can build off of itself. This is a great way to establish a passive income while still investing. Having your investments work for you is ideal, and requires little to no effort to generate new revenue. Chris Linkas is a master of this type of investing, and following these basic concepts could potentially allow for you to invest dozens of years earlier than your peers.

 

There are obviously additional factors that Chris Linkas has experience with, and that includes risk and volatility strategies that could potentially setup for longer term returns, while providing a large amount of risk earlier on in that specific investment. When dealing with riskier investments, mistakes can happen and sometimes the returns will be less or even negative, it is important to not be discouraged from mistakes and to learn from them rather than completely quitting from investing.