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Bringing your latest electronic product to market

ศุกร์, 03/09/2018 - 15:41

Developing a prototype is not easy and marketing it is a task that can be horrifying. There are many reasons for it. The primary reason being that our entire focus is on making a prototype that can be depended on. We prefer spending time on finding ideal electronic design solutions than invest our energies in marketing the electronic product. If this has been on your mind in the past, it is time to make some modifications in your approach and look for ways in which you can market your electronic product.

Here are some tips that should help you in achieving the objective.

  1. Cut down the cost: To keep the cost on the lower side, you need to use electronic modules or a development kit. Electronic modules are designed to perform specific sub-function. The other option we have here is a development kit that helps in creating an electronic prototype without manufacturing custom printed circuit boards. In this case, you can opt for electronic development kit like Arduino, which is quite popular.
  2. Work on a prototype that has the potential to be sold: While developing an electronic product, you need to be sure that the prototype you’re working on can be sold. For this, you should work on producing small numbers of the product that can be used for market testing and get feedback. Real-market feedback is valuable, and it will give you an insight of what your customers need.
  3. Hybrid prototype: If you are offering a prototype that has advanced features like WiFi, video, GPS, etc., your prototype will be a combination of electronic modules and custom-designed electronics. Modules can be used in implementing some of the advanced functions for the product.

4.    Look at the profitability: Once you are sure about the prototype, there will be a need to get rid of modules and upgrade to a fully custom-circuit. This will help in reducing your per unit cost and increase your profit margins. Taking your electronic prototype overseas might even strike your mind but when it does, make sure that you have worked on the sales volume. If the sales volume isn’t high enough, you’ll not be in a position to justify the upfront costs. With an additional cost, you might end up burdening your shoulders if you are not taking steps to minimize risk. So, be smart and take necessary steps to increase your chance of success and, at the same time, reduce your risk.

Skype Surveillance: Global Surveillance is mysteriously happening behind our backs

อังคาร, 03/06/2018 - 22:07

There is no doubt that Skype is popular for making calls and sending Instant Messages to your contacts no matter where they are located. The thing that makes it an attractive choice is that it is cheap and easy to use. But that’s not the only reason why people love it, many dissidents and journalists use it because they believe it is safe from eavesdropping and surveillance. This isn’t really true.

Skype’s security and privacy flaws

Skype was founded in 2003 and it has a pretty neat reputation for security and privacy. It is high time you know a few things about Skype. It has a long history of providing communications data to the government authorities in response of the court orders. This information includes registration details, IP address and your call logs. Then comes the major issue. It is possible for anyone to find our computer’s IP address from your Skype username when you are logged in. Once they successfully get your IP address, it is easy for them to track your location and movements. If you want to hide where you go, you should be pretty concerned about this.

If that wasn’t enough of a trouble, then comes Skype’s encryption. Like most of us, you also thought that its end-to-end encryption makes your calls impregnable to listening ears, right? We all understand that Skype could not deliver information about the content of your call even if they were to deliver information about who you were talking to. However, Stephen Collins, a representative from Skype claimed that there are no keys held by Skype to decrypt communications. That’s not all, according to the documentation leaked by Edwards Snowden, NSA agents have been listening to Skype calls since 2010 as a part of its PRISM Project. And surprisingly, it has been happening for a long time, even before Skype was bought by Microsoft. What we don’t know is to what extent government or agencies other than the USA have a backdoor to eavesdrop on Skype.

Skype eavesdrops its own services too. In 2013, it was revealed that Microsoft scans the Skype Instant Message services for URL links. But there is nothing much to worry about since it is a common practice conducted by most companies and it is not necessarily a bad thing. Companies have to check messages time after time to ensure fraudulent links to phishing websites are not being communicated.

The Cortana update can be a rising concern for some Skype users

Apart from this, The Windows 10 virtual assistant software ‘Cortana’ also does a little surveillance on you. It scans your Skype conversations for setting reminders, searching movie reviews and restaurants on your behalf. It can also reply to your messages with some witty lines. The problem is that Cortana can be interviewing in your conversation. If you add Cortana to Skype, it is virtually impossible to delete it from your contact list. It will then even access your most private conversations. A good thing is that it requires user’s permission to access the messages and location. You can also disable its unwanted features. This feature is available for the US-based Skype users only.

The only time when Skype Surveillance is just

Apart from this global surveillance, Skype surveillance is happening close to home too with a Skype surveillance app just like a Viber surveillance app that most parents use to keep track of their kids. Businesses are using these surveillance applications security reasons. It, in fact, may be written in your employer’s contract that your employer has the right to monitor your emails, desktops and company-owned devices. Unlike global surveillance, a Skype surveillance app for business cannot intercept the Skype calls but it can let an employer read your chats, check the call log and any some multimedia files shared through Skype.

A Skype surveillance app (Xnspy makes a good example) needs to be installed on the smartphone prior to surveillance. Xnspy, for instance when installed on the company-owned devices allows employers to remotely view the Skype conversations of their employees no matter where they are as long as the devices are connected to the internet. As businesses are always concerned their employees may be sharing the confidential business information with competitors, they conduct skype surveillance. Since only business communications are being monitored, this type of surveillance is not really invading your privacy.

The people who wish to communicate securely online without Government surveillance are not without options. Of course, the landline or mobile phone calls can be intercepted too, there are better alternatives to Skype that are free from such digital espionage. You can use those alternatives for private conversations.

Why Use Studio Headphones For Home Recording?

อังคาร, 02/27/2018 - 14:48

Affordable music recording and mixing equipment is more accessible today than ever before, and home studios are becoming almost commonplace. But, it takes more than just a love for music and a few hundred dollars to setup a full-fledged, quality-producing studio in your home. It also takes an understanding of which equipment is best and why and when to use it.

One of the most critical pieces of home studio equipment, that even the barest beginner should invest in, is a top-tier pair or two of studio headphones. If you need help finding the best studio headphones, click on the link for in-depth analyses of the top brands and styles.

Continue reading below to learn the difference between studio and “consumer” headphones and the difference between closed back and open back studio headphones.

Why Are Studio Headphones Superior to Consumer Headphones?

Most people are used to “ordinary” or “consumer” headphones for listening to music and prefer them to studio headphones for that purpose. That’s because consumer headphones have built-in “sound enhancements” such as boosted bass, extra treble, or other adjustments that consumers tend to like.

But, studio headphones’ great advantage in the recording studio is that they give you “flat audio,” that is “unbiased” in any direction. That is, you hear the sound just as it really is without any “improvements” being superimposed. That’s exactly what you need when you are monitoring a recording to ensure top quality.

Also, when you use studio headphones instead of studio monitors during recording or mixing, you don’t disturb the neighbors or others in the house who may already be asleep. That’s a second major reason to use studio headphones.

Third, a good pair of studio headphones will offer effective sound isolation, which makes it easier for you to evaluate the music you’re monitoring despite a noisy studio or noise emanating into your studio from elsewhere.

Fourth, studio headphones are built to be very comfortable to wear, even for many hours in a row. And they are sturdily built and relatively inexpensive, which means you can afford to have multiple pairs and not have to replace any one of them for years to come.

Monitoring During Recording VS Mixing

Both studio monitors (speakers) and headphones are best used during your recording and mixing sessions, whenever possible. Here’s why.

If you are making a voice (or even instrumental) recording, the artist you are recording needs to hear the soundtrack that they are following, so they can sing or play in sync with it. But, you can’t put the track through the speakers or it will spill over into the recording and ruin it. A good pair of studio headphones over each artists ears is the obvious solution.

And if you are recording multiple artists simultaneously, you do the same thing (use a pair of headphones on each artist) but you also have to use a headphone amplifier to ensure everyone can hear the track adequately.

Now, during mixing, the use of headphones is different. You generally don’t want to use them at all to mix a whole track since the final result will sound significantly different through monitors versus through headphones. But you also want to check the mix with headphones since so many listen to music via headphones anyway these days.

And, studio headphones can be used to fine-tune and perfect elements of a mix. It’s a detailing tool, basically, and one that you should include in your overall mixing strategy.

Open Back VS Closed Back Studio Headphones

Once you have decided to invest in studio headphones of one sort or another, the very first decision you’ll have to make is whether to buy open or closed back headphones.

In reality, you should own both, since they each serve distinctive purposes. But you may want to start off with just one or the other, depending on what you do more of: recording or mixing. Closed back headphones are mainly for recording tracks, while open back headphones are best used for mixing.

Open Back Headphones

Open back studio headphones are great for making mixes but not as good for recording. They give you a far more “natural” sound due to their “openness,” but this pro becomes a con during recording because it means sounds from the headphones can “leak out” and then “leak back into” the recording. And spilling over is an even more problematic possibility if you are using a click track.

But the smooth, “real,” open sound of open-back headphones is certainly great to have for a mix. And they can even be good with recordings of loud instruments like guitars or drums, where the sheer volume of the sound would mask an spillage anyway.

Closed Back Headphones

For recording, closed back studio headphones are often best. They have very intense sound isolation, isolating your ears from all but the sounds of recording that you are monitoring. This obviously makes it easier to focus on what you’re doing and to “nit pick” at the recording until you get it just perfect, even if that means going to “Take 32!”

Also, closed back headphones tend to give you superior bass reproduction as compared to their open back equivalents.

Most beginners will want to start out with a pair of closed-back headphones and focus on recording, but that’s just averages. You might be different and want to start with open-back or just buy both types of studio headphones right away. It all depends on your needs and preferences.

Some Final Thoughts

There is much more you can learn about the value and use of studio headphones and about the differences between open and closed back varieties. And, you’ll find that many people have their own rigidly held opinions about which type to use when that differ from the opinions of others no less experienced.

That’s why it’s good to “pick the brain” of multiple “old pros” and take in all the information online and offline before making a final decision and making a purchase.

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อังคาร, 02/27/2018 - 04:12

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VR And Other Technology Trends In Online Casinos

เสาร์, 02/24/2018 - 16:15

The casino industry online has been on a trajectory growth path and the technologies have been getting more advanced. With evolution in the gaming software that online casinos offer as well as mobile devices and VR apps, the possibilities in online games that are available at online casinos are limitless.

 

VR comes to online casinos

Virtual reality in online casinos can help transport you to a whole new world. Whether you log on through mobile headsets or VR stations, virtual reality is set to become big and the graphics will offer an immersive experience to your favorite casino games. The technology is being incorporated in different online casinos and the games they offer will become unique experiences. NetEnt is one such casino software provider that is delving into this space. They are changing certain aspects of popular games like Gonzo’s Quest that makes it possible to enjoy it in VR mode from your home, whether you are using Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear. In the near future, you can look up aspects at https://www.unibet.co.uk/casino and find exciting VR games here.

Augmented reality

This is another technology feature that makes games like Pokemon Go more amazing. AR brings the game experience to you while VR inserts you into a game experience. AR casino games are still being experimented upon and they are yet to become common and viable, but augmented reality through wearable technology will offer a thrilling experience. With such technology you will enjoy a table game complete with a friendly dealer and have big wins at the comfort of your own home.

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7 Steps to Creating an Online Magazine That You Can Monetize

พุธ, 02/14/2018 - 18:19

The advent of the internet has changed the way which we access and consume information. While print magazines are still alive, many people prefer the convenience and versatility of online magazines. As a result, many entrepreneurs now use online magazines to generate revenue. If you’re considering this lucrative venture and to create your own online magazine here, you should follow these seven steps to increase your chances of success.

#1) Choose a Niche

The first step to creating an online magazine is choosing a niche. You’ll struggle to attract readers if you cover every topic under the sun. Instead, focus your online magazine around a specific topic of interest, also known as a niche. Not only will this help you connect with your audience, but it can also yield new monetization options.

#2) Design Your Website With a Magazine Template or Theme

Your online magazine should look like a magazine, not just another website. If your website uses WordPress, you can install a magazine theme. The platform’s official theme repository offers more than 300 magazine themes. Alternatively, you can download one from a third-party developer or vendor. Either way, your website needs a magazine theme or template.

#3) Publish Content Regularly

You can’t expect people to read and subscribe to your online magazine unless you publish new content on a regular basis. So, try to get into the habit of creating at least one new article for your magazine every few days. The more pages your magazine has, the more readers it will attract. Each new article creates an opportunity for readers to share it with their friends and family. Granted, some of your magazine’s articles may fail to generate social shares, and that’s okay. It only takes a few high-quality articles to create a viral reaction on social media in which countless users share it.

#4) Include Images

When was the last time that you read a magazine without images? Nearly all successful magazines — both print and online — contain text and images. It’s a simple way to improve the aesthetics of your content while attracting more readers in the process. Statistics even show that articles with images generate 94 percent more views than text-only articles.

#5) Follow a Schedule

Stick with a schedule when creating content and updating your online magazine. If you stop posting new articles for a week, readers may choose a different online publication. Thankfully, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress simplify the process of creating regular content. Using a CMS, you can create content in advance, scheduling it to publish at a future date.

#6) Establish a Brand

You should also establish your online magazine as a brand by using consistent elements that define your publication, including a memorable name, logo and slogan. Whenever you promote your magazine, use these elements to reinforce and grow your brand. Over time, readers will begin to remember your magazine, thus driving traffic and views.

#7) Monetize It

Finally, don’t forget to monetize your online magazine. After all, this is the primary objective for many entrepreneurs. There’s a right way and a wrong way to monetize online publications, however. Pop-up and pop-under ads, for instance, are viewed as intrusive and may hurt your ability to attract and retain readers. Using contextual ads is a smarter way to monetize your online magazine. Since they are placed directly in the content, they generate a strong response without being invasive or annoying.

Following these seven steps will help you create your online magazine here that people want to read.

How to write an essay that will be appreciated by your professor?

อังคาร, 02/06/2018 - 21:18

Assignments are something that you will have to deal with constantly when you are a student. While there are many projects where you can work with a team, we can’t say the same thing for essays. Writing an essay is not as simple as it seems, and you will have to spend a lot of time for research.

There are certain tips that can help you to write a good essay, and you should take advantage of them if you want to get a good grade. Simply follow this rules and success should come your way.

Use formal language

It is important to remember that this is an academic context, so you will have to use an elevated language. Informal words are not recommended and you should make sure that you do not get too familiar with your language.

You should also make sure that all the words you use have a precise meaning. It is not recommended that you use vague terms, as they might be a bit difficult to understand.

Read the essay after it is done

Not matter how late it is, you should always read your essay one more time. This is the only way you can make sure that you didn’t make any errors. Proofreading is essential and you will be able to correct any mistakes or make some small improvements.

Additionally, take a look at the paragraphs and make sure that they are structured correctly. You will need equal paragraphs for each part of the essay and they should be connected properly. Use connection word to make the transitions smooth enough.

Don’t use the passive voice too often

The passive voice is something that many students tend to use in their essay, and this might not be something that is appreciated by the readers. The active voice is preferred, and you should use the SVO order (Subject, Verb and Object). You can use the passive voice as well, but less often.

Choose short paragraphs

Long paragraphs are something that you should generally avoid. Readers will get bored and lost in details if your write long paragraphs. Short paragraphs are a better option and you can use it to structure your ideas properly.

Get some help

There are some situations where it might be almost impossible for you to finish your essay on time. Sometimes the topic might be too difficult for you, or you are simply out of time. In such situations you can even think about asking for some essay help. With a simple online search, you should be able to find a service that is willing to help you.

Try not to repeat yourself

Repetitions are not pleasant and you should not repeat your ideas over and over again, since the persons reading the essay will notice this thing. Even if you need more words to reach the target, you should not use useless repetitions, since they are boring and they lack value.

Light beacon for debugging autonomous vehicle

อังคาร, 02/06/2018 - 16:48

Debugging of project is as equal as building it. You need proper tools and means to see whats going on. If it is a field test, you need some sort of visual feedback. Gal Pavlin have built great looking RGB light beepers that are based on STM32F0 microcontroller. They even made a custom 3D printed cap to make it look finished.

The signal light consists of three independent RGB strips controlled by 9 PWM signals generated by STM32F0 microcontroller. LED strips are switched with N-MOSFETs. A separate MOSFET is controlling beeper for audible signal. Microcontroller receives commands from host computer via USB interface which works as virtual serial port. The color depth is 8-bit. The other parameters set by host are color fade time, beep more. For more information refer to GitHub.

Adding third hand to guitar play

อังคาร, 02/06/2018 - 15:57

Playing a guitar is fun as it is. But if you are a bit more nerdy, then why not adding something weird to it to amaze friends. Youtuber Make It And Fake It have been tinkering with Arduino, servo and couple of chopsticks and put together a crude guitar attachment which can stroke strings with different patterns.

The functionality is yet still limited as for different strokes it needs reprogramming with three control buttons. For more functionality additional coding might be needed. The fun demonstration at the end of video proves to be real fun from both – funny and practical side. With a bit of tuning one hand really can be free to play another instrument to make song even better. Servo motor seems to be too loud while playing, maybe there are more quit versions of them. The Arduino code can be found on GitHub.

An Arduino based IC tester with smart touch

อังคาร, 02/06/2018 - 15:28

IT is always a good practice to test every electronic component before mounting to PCB. You never know weather it is faulty, or worse counterfeit. Logic IC’s aren’t exception. With this smart IC tester, all you need is to wack it in and confirm it is working as should. The other potential other of IC tester is detecting unknown ICs on the fly.

The design of IC tester consist of several building block including Arduino Mega 2560, 2.4 inch TFT LCD. Custom IC tester shield PCB with ZIF socket. Arduino code is located at git repository where you might find updates and feature enhancements. Probably the most tedious task was to rpepare IC database which is saved as .txt file on SD card. Currently the list is very short and needs serious contribution to make it large enough for being practically useful.

The role and importance of the Vulkan Runtime Libraries

อังคาร, 01/30/2018 - 20:40

Vulkan Runtime Libraries, as known as VulkanRT is basically a type of graphics API. It works in a way very similar to that of OpenGL or DirectX. The malfunctioning of Vulkan Runtime Libraries or VulkanRT can lead to a Vulkan Runtime Libraries error. While it is true that not all video games make use of this graphics run time library, there is a host of new games that requires this driver module to function smoothly. The main reason why Vulkan Runtime Libraries is considered beneficial is that it helps to lower the overhead of the GPU and delivers better performance for the gaming function. With reduced GPU usage, gamers get to enjoy best quality performance for their games. As more games that are developed nowadays make use of this graphics run time library, we can expect it to find greater usage in the coming future.

The increasing popularity of the Vulkan Runtime Libraries has led many video graphics card manufacturers to have it installed on the PCs of the users when they are looking to enjoy their favorite video games. There are many distinct advantages of using Vulkan RT library which is why graphic card manufacturers regularly use the Vulkan Runtime Libraries. Some of them are listed below.

  • It allows for efficient multi-threading which guarantees smooth gaming performance at all times.
  • Vulkan Runtime Libraries works as a simple graphics driver that is uncomplicated and offers excellent performance at all times.
  • By lowering overhead it ensures only minimal GPU usage.
  • It offers cross-platform support for Android, Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • The modern and open architecture of the Vulkan Runtime Libraries makes it perfect for a wide range of games.
  • The library ensures far better control over graphics hardware than many of the other graphics programs.
  • The library offers support for Mac OS and iOS through different types of third-party solutions.

In many cases, the VulkanRT library already comes installed in the computer. Currently numerous graphic card manufacturers use the VulkanRT for delivering better and more enhanced GPU performance to their users. Some manufacturers like AMD and NVIDIA even ship Vulkan Runtime libraries with their graphic card drivers. While installing drivers for a video card, the Vulkan RT libraries are installed automatically on the PC. The unique thing about Vulkan RT libraries is that even when a user chooses manual installation, he or she never comes across the option of skipping Vulkan installation. It is due to this reason that many people are not aware of the presence of Vulkan in their computers.

In many cases, the antivirus program installed in a computer recognizes or flags Vulkan RT library as a threat. However, even though the Vulkan libraries are installed silently, the program is not a threat. The antivirus can flag it as some form of malware. Nevertheless, there is nothing to worry about. It’s actually a false positive which the user can safely ignore. A user may also feel somewhat uncomfortable about the presence of Vulkan Runtime Libraries in his or her computer and may want to delete it, particularly if the user is not aware of the functionalities of the program. The best thing to do in such cases is to just the Vulkan RT remain as it is and not remove it at all. The reason for this is that if the Vulkan Runtime Libraries are removed, then it might make it difficult or impossible to play many of the trending games that are popular nowadays. Some of the problems of not having Vulkan RT include poor quality HD video rendering and not being able to set the desired screen resolution.

10 Web Design Trends That People Are Talking About

อาทิตย์, 01/14/2018 - 16:48

It’s important to stay updated with all the changes in the web design world. While design trends come and go, there have been a significant amount of trends that have become standard in the industry. Experimenting with the newest trends can lead to breakthroughs in your engagement numbers, conversions, UX and visitor loyalty. Here are some of the popular trends that you should be paying attention to.

1. Magazine Style Content and Layouts

Magazine style editorials have always been designed to grab the attention of the readers. Many websites are using this content and layout format to get and keep their visitors glued on their site. They’re using well placed photos, blurb excerpts from the content, multiple font faces/sizes and other elements to keep the reader engaged through lengthy articles.

2. Mobile First Design

Having a mobile friendly site today is essential whether the business model is based on reseller hosting, professional services or eCommerce. But many businesses have learned how hard it is to optimize websites for mobile even with responsive design. As a result, many businesses have adopted a mobile first design approach. The idea is to start designing for mobile first because it’s the more challenging task and to extend it to the desktop browsing experience later.

3. User Experience Design

User experience design has gotten the attention it’s deserved only in the last few years. But it’s going to receive even more attention as the user experience will have a direct impact on search engine rankings. With a large number of businesses relying on the search engines to generate revenue, they’re going to be investing more heavily into user experience design. The main focus will be reducing bounce rates, faster loading times, increased engagement numbers and better navigation menus just to name a few things.

4. Infinite Scrolling

More content sites, blogs and eCommerce stores are using infinite scrolling to serve continuous content to their users. Implementing infinite scrolling gets rid of the need for the user to click a link that takes them to the next page of content. It also loads up the next page only when the user has reached the end of the current page. The reason why infinite scrolling has been receiving a lot of attention is that it reduces bounce rates. This can mean big things for both content and eCommerce sites as it has a strong correlation with their earnings per visitor.

5. Visual Storytelling

For a long time, visual storytelling has been something that only big brands have been talking about. The visual storytelling approach would help tell their brand story and replace the cold corporate voice that is commonplace with big brands. But smaller businesses have embraced visual storytelling. They’re using strong visuals in their sales copy, content and in their website design. The storytelling approach also helps them connect better with their audience and differentiate their businesses from competitors. The great part about it is that it can also be used for all types of businesses from reseller hosting services, fashion boutiques, restaurants, to medical practices.

6. Modern Retro

Designers have always avoided retro style designs because they were scared of making their websites look outdated. But retro has made a big comeback in the last few years. Designers are updating the retro look to make sure it fits in with modern times. The reason this design style works so well is that it stands out in the sea of websites that follow traditional designs. It also managed to strike an emotional chord with certain demographics like millennials and Gen-Y who remember these classic styles.

7. Bolder and Richer Colors

More companies are taking risks with their design in terms of colors. There are more websites that are using big bold colors, a wide range of pastels and even neon colors in their designs. Some sites are even designing their sites on a dark or black background and creating contrast with brighter colors. While many traditionalists will say that these colors serve as a distraction to users, there are many examples that show that they can work very well. In fact, these colors really help distinguish these sites from all the others.

8. Animated GIFs

One interesting trend that the industry is starting to see is the use of animated GIFs. GIFs are small image files that work well with short animations that are compiled with multiple images. Websites are using it to demonstrate how their product works, provide instructions to users and even using it as part of their background designs. It’s a great alternative to videos which are bigger files and take a longer time to load up, especially on mobile devices.

9. More Accessible Navigation Menus

More sites are making sure that their navigation menus are always accessible to users. Traditionally, the user would have to scroll all the way up to get back to the navigation menu. Instead of forcing users to go back up, websites are using a wide variety of solutions. Some are using fixed headers to make sure the navigation is available. Some are offering tabbed navigation menu in addition to the standard menu. There are even sites that are using navigation menus that fade out until the user puts their mouse cursor on the top of the page.

10. Ambient Video

Instead of big hero images, some websites are taking that space and placing an ambient video for a more interesting presentation. The ambient video is simply a short, lo-fi video that loops in the background. It’s hard to deny that it’s a big attention grabber and is quite captivating when you land on a page that has an ambient video playing. Many sites are using it to add context to their headline and since it’s an actual video, it goes so much further than a big image. The only problem with this setup is that it may not work well with mobile devices.

These are some of the latest web design trends that people are talking about. This should give you plenty of ideas to experiment with regardless of what type of website you have. As always, don’t be afraid of trying new things as you may discover a small design adjustment that can significantly improve your website’s performance.

6 Reasons Face ID Is Game-Changing Technology

พุธ, 01/10/2018 - 21:42

Face ID technology is a new feature on the Apple iPhone X that’s created quite a buzz. This clever innovation analyzes the user’s face for phone security and secure payments. Though Face ID provides some convenience and is interesting today, the future has lots in store for this feature as well. Here’s a closer look at why this is a game-changing technology.

Compatibility With Apple Pay

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Consumers can use their smartphones, as they always have, to authenticate purchases via Apple Pay. But Face ID has replaced the thumbprint scanner that’s required on older devices and uses facial recognition instead. After setting up Face ID on their new iPhones, users can simply look into the camera to finalize Apple Pay purchases.

Seamless Sign In

A major benefit of Face ID is that you no longer have to type in your Apple ID every time you want to open an app on your phone. Instead, you can use the X’s facial recognition tech to sign into apps and make purchases from the app store. This is just one way that Apple has streamlined functionality on the X. Facial recognition, combined with an iPhone X running on a reliable network like T-Mobile’s 4G LTE, delivers unprecedented speed and extremely convenient usability.

Compatibility With Other Third-Party Applications

In addition to signing into apps, third-party developers will be able to use the tech in practical and fun ways. For example, since the TrueDepth camera system projects dots over the user’s face in a manner similar to motion capture technology, Face ID could be extremely useful for visual effects artists and animators.

There are many other industries that may benefit from this technology. Face ID could notice signs of aging or tiredness over time, for example, and recommend ways to be healthy. The ability to recognize “Yes” and “No” shakes of the head could make completing surveys much easier, and developers could even use expressions (such as raising an eyebrow or looking left or right) to navigate a website or application.

Animojis

This tech isn’t just about practicality. Face ID is literally game-changing in that it will introduce new ways for you to play and have fun on your device. For example, iPhone X users can create custom animated characters — called “Animojis” — through the Messages app. After selecting an Animoji character, users can record short videos (up to 10 seconds) and send them through a text message. Though this is goofy and fun, it shows off Face ID’s ability to recognize nuanced expressions.

Growing Alongside You

You’ll be finished calibrating Face ID after your initial setup, but the tech doesn’t stop working at that point. Face ID will continue collecting data about your facial structure to ensure you can log in whether you are smiling or frowning, are growing a mustache, or just got a haircut. After learning a bit about your face, the tech will even work if you wear a scarf, hat, or glasses — certainly a plus on blustery days. Face ID even updates as you age, guaranteeing that you won’t have to recalibrate the system down the road.

Biometric Security

Biometric security is one of the most important applications of this technology. Essentially, biometric security aims to replace security measures, like passwords, with human characteristics totally unique to the user.

We’ve seen this in the past with thumbprint scanners on older iPhone models, but Face ID is a much more secure system. We’ve also seen how this security extends to other apps on your phone. But biometric security could also be applied to something like a smart home or car, for example, where a person could gain access with Face ID instead of a key. Once widely adopted, this technology promises to revolutionize modern security.

Apple is doubling down on this tech, having recently acquired a company that produces the laser technology powering Face ID authentication. Apple is also looking to add this feature on all its next-generation iPhones and to an iPad tablet slated for release in 2019. Face ID is interesting now, and the future promises a lot more functionality, convenience, and security thanks to this innovation.

How to Turn Your iPhone into a Music Studio

พุธ, 01/10/2018 - 21:38

You’ve made great strides in your music career, and you’re ready for the next level: sharing your talent with the world. But finances may be the problem. Music studios vary in cost, with the average price ranges for studio time being $50 to $100 an hour.

You don’t have to spend much money to create a music studio at home. In fact, you can use several apps designed for both beginners and pro musicians on your iPhone to create great music.

The Music Studio App

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This app turns your recording session into a full-fledged music recording studio. If your style of music varies, then this app is for you. Music Studio comes with 123 studio-recorded instruments reflecting sounds of jazz, rock, hip-hop, and more. The instruments on Music Studio were recorded using professional studio equipment so that you get the best sounds.  

Another significant feature is the innovative keyboard. The keyboard offers features such as three key label modes, loop recordings, chord buttons, and chord programming. You’ll also enjoy other features such as track editing to quickly make adjustments to your songs. This app is musical instrument digital interface, or MIDI, compatible, allowing you to import and export, share via email and Dropbox, share files through iTunes, and more. This app costs about $14.99.

Spire Studio

Spire Studio is a mobile recording device that connects to your iPhone and is easy to use. If you’re a beginner, you’ll appreciate the easy-to-follow introduction to making a multi-track recording. For the pros, this app is an easy way to record a multilayered demo while you’re mobile. In fact, the design premise of the Spire Studio app is about allowing musicians to capture ideas quickly from any location.

Musicians can also collaborate by exporting multi-track files to other audio programs as well as share project files with other musicians so that they can edit as they choose. This device is so versatile that once you’ve created your masterpiece, you can export tracks to other programs such as Pro Tools.

While most apps are free or inexpensive, this app will cost you about $350. That fee is still cheaper than the hourly cost to use a studio, and you can use Spire Studio multiple times.

Retro Recorder

You’re trying to record an important note from your acoustic guitar, but the background noise is making your recording difficult. The Retro Recorder is the only app that lets you record distortion free.  Audio Level eXtension technology processes the audio recorded. Then low- and high-level signals are brought into balance so that your recordings are louder and clearer. If you’re constantly on the go and you sample sounds, this app is a great tool to use.

For better results, add JBL speakers from a carrier such as T-Mobile, and the sound will be magnified 100 times, delivering amazing quality. You can’t go wrong by pairing these speakers with T-Mobile, America’s top-ranked unlimited 4G LTE network. This app will cost you about 99 cents.

iStroboSoft

The iStroboSoft app delivers unmatched accuracy of the highest precision for tuning software. Plug in your acoustic guitar or use the built-in microphone, and you can easily tune with accuracy better than 1/1000th of a semitone. A display in cents value allows you to see how far out of tune your note remains. You can check your instrument tuning before you record so that you can make sure the pitch is perfect. If you find your pitch is off, iStroboSoft can be calibrated to an external source with 1/10th cent accuracy.

Other features include an enhanced spectrum analyzer, note and octave window display, automatic or manual note select tuning, and full-screen mode so that you can get a better view of the display if you’re far away from it. This app is also inexpensive and will cost you about $9.99.

Whether you’re a novice or expert musician, you can use your iPhone to showcase your talent without breaking the bank. With many options available, you are only a click away from creating awesome music at home.

Key Considerations When Selecting Security Software

พุธ, 01/03/2018 - 16:45

In today’s era of technological advances and its numerous conveniences, security software is practically a necessity. The more people use the Internet to send and receive personal or corporate information, the more vulnerable they are to the cyber thieves lurking around.

Despite numerous legal measures which have been enforced, there is a need for more immediate prevention of such breaches in security. For that purpose, developers have come up with all kinds of security software solutions that protect your data from the public eye. Having in mind that every user’s needs are unique, it is important to know the major features of the software in order to be able to choose the most suitable solution. Read on to get a better understanding of its functionalities and how they can assist you in your everyday activities.

Encryption

One of the main features of this software is its encryption capacities. This is basically the software’s capability to turn your data into an incomprehensible string of codes that renders it useless to anyone trying to intercept it, regardless of their intents. NetBet casino is among the numerous reliable online platforms that openly use their own security encryption protocols to protect their visitors, but the number of sites that leave visitors to fend for themselves is constantly on the rise. As a result, encryption has become one of the priority features in any of the security solutions you are likely to select.

Antivirus

While the first form of protection deals with preventing data from getting into the wrong hands, antivirus functionalities have a different purpose. This type of feature is found in most security solutions, and basically prevents worms and viruses from corrupting your private data.

Nowadays, the feature is more frequently found under the term anti-malware, as it refers to any sort of malicious threat to your privacy.

Firewalls

Firewalls are a primary necessity to any digital device connected to the Internet. They are used to regulate the traffic on the device, and the nature of the data coming in and going out from your device into the cyber space. While the previous two features can be established on a more general basis, the firewall protection you are planning to use needs to be fully customizable and compatible to your online browsing habits. Namely, those worried about the reliability of the network they use could be better off with a secure web gateway instead of the standard firewall traffic control.

Threat Detection

Security software needs to protect your system from both external and internal threats. The features mentioned above, as well as some other like email protection and scanning, tend to focus on the external aspect, which is why those interested in internal security measures should also consider threat detection and vulnerability scanning capabilities as part of their security solution package.

Value for Money

Just like any other purchase you are likely to make, the security software of your choosing needs to offer value for its price. In this regard, buyers are advised to note the software’s price, ease of use and even customer support responsiveness.