4 Reasons why you should buy the new Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally official. There were more leaks of these phones than most recent Samsung devices, possibly because the design is so different that it’s been hard to keep under wraps. We’ve got the official specs, and this confirms the Galaxy S8 will be the very first Snapdragon 835 device on the market. That could give it a big advantage over competing smartphone makers.
Here are the official specs.
• SoC: Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad)
• Storage: 64GB with microSD card
• RAM: 4GB
• Display: 5.8-inch @ 2960×1440, 570ppi — 6.2-inch @ 2960×1440,
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• Camera: 12MP f/1.7, 8MP f/1.7
• Battery: 3,000 mAh, 3,500 mAh
• Software: Android 7.0
• Measurements: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155g — 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
There are a few things of note here. The storage in the base model is now 64GB, double what the Galaxy S7 came with. There’s still expandable storage as well. The curved displays are, of course, one of the highlights. There is almost no bezel on these phones, so the large screen sizes don’t necessarily mean the phones are larger. The regular GS8 is smaller than the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it has a bigger screen.

Slimmer device, bigger screen
No more bezels. That’s the latest design shift sweeping the phone industry. The bezel is that area outside of the screen on the front of the phone usually used to house a physical home button, cameras and sensors. Apple’s 10th anniversary phone, due likely this fall, is rumored to have dramatically reduced bezels. Even Android creator Andy Rubin’s upcoming stealthy startup, Essential, teased an image on Twitter of what appears to be a phone with nearly no bezels.
While Samsung hasn’t been able to completely remove the bezels in the Galaxy S8 phones, it comes pretty close. Very narrow bezels are left on the top and bottom — enough room for a row of cameras and sensors. With less bezel brings the remove of the home button. Samsung has placed the button under the screen.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen, which is .7 inches more than the Galaxy S7, and the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Even with bigger screen, Samsung is slimming down the phone — the S8 is 1.2 millimeters thinner than the S7. Samsung has elongated the display, giving the phones an 18:9 aspect ratio instead of the traditional 16:9 ratio. That will help make the viewing experience more “immersive,” Samsung said.

A better Camera than the Google Pixel
Firstly, the hardware is excellent. It’s got the same 12-megapixel sensor and the same f/1.7 lens as the S7. This gives is a basic advantage of the slightly worse lens in the Google Pixel, which is f/2.0. This difference sounds small but it’s all about the light that gets to the sensor. More light means less noise, and a much sharper and cleaner image.
Samsung’s next trick is to use the same technique that Google does. This isn’t a hardware feature, but one that works in software. To do this, the S8 and S8+ each take three photographs in quick succession when you press the shutter button. This is done far quicker than, say, a burst frame. But it’s crucial to get good low-noise images in low light.

AI assistant wars
Last year, Google made its first major attempt at becoming a premium Android phone maker with the Pixel. Google tried to differentiate itself with the most advanced intelligent virtual assistant, Google Assistant. Instead of adapting Google’s version, Samsung has chosen to risk doing it all themselves with its own assistant called Bixby. And just to show you how much Samsung is devoted to owning its own AI assistant, the company has installed a button on the side of Galaxy S8 phones — on the left and below the volume buttons — dedicated solely to the Bixby assistant. That button is a huge risk — what if users end up not liking the feature? Then there’s just a useless button hanging out on the side of their phone.
Pressing the button activates the assistant to start listening to voice commands. Samsung said users would be able to do everything in voice they could do with touch. A demo showed how users could do simple do simple interactions like rotate an image or set a timer. At the start, only native Samsung apps will work with Bixby, but Samsung is trying to get third-party developers to integrate their apps into Bixby. Bixby can also use the camera to recognize objects in front of it and pull up information. Looking at a wine bottle, for example, connects the user to a Wine seller that presents reviews and pricing for ordering online. Bixby will connect with other online services like Amazon. There’s also a personalized home screen with Bixby that supposed to show recommended content, like YouTube videos.

Transforming the phone into a desktop computer
Lastly, Samsung is anticipating a world where all our personal computing needs will take place only on a phone. The company is introducing DeX, a docking station that connects the phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Phones transforming into desktops has been played around with a bit before. HP Inc. last year announced the Elite x3 phablet that also docks into an external monitor and keyboard. For a laptop experience, HP has a 12.5-inch diagonal high-definition display that folds up with a keyboard and trackpad. The HP phone runs Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile operating system and takes advantage of Microsoft’s Continuum feature, which lets developers make universal apps that run on any screen size.

Samsung proves to be a leader in product innovation once more. Just hope this phone does burn away…

15 Top Paying IT Certifications In 2017

By Louis Columbus
• Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
• Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
• AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
• Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.
These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on the salary levels and market conditions for IT certifications. Their recent survey is summarized in the article, 15 Top Paying Certifications for 2017. This year Global Knowledge distributed the survey globally, providing the 15 top paying IT certifications for the United States recently. A certification had to have at least 115 survey responses to ensure that the data was statistically valid, and the certification exam had to be currently available.

Key insights on the 15 top paying IT certifications in 2017 include the following:
• Strong demand continues for IT professionals with Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications. Global Knowledge estimates than more than 20,000 people worldwide have earned this credential. Ninety-six percent of those who have earned it keep it current. Demand for this certification is outstripping supply, driving up salaries in 2017.

• All five AWS certifications available pay above market with the average salary being $125,591. Global Knowledge found that each of the five available AWS certifications pays above $100,000 a year. There’s clearly a shortage of certified AWS architects available today, as IT organizations often compete to hire IT professionals with this and more AWS certifications. Please see the Global Knowledge post, What It Takes To Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification for additional details.

• Honorable mentions include Cisco and CompTIA certifications, including CompTIA+ Security which pays an average salary of $89,147. CompTIA A+ certifications pay $79,877, CompTIA Network+ certifications pay $81,601, and Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching, $83,945.

• Average income across all 15 certifications is $109,721. Certifications that specialize in security pay an average salary of $127,061 a year, over $17,000 more than the median salary across the top 15 certifications. The three Microsoft certifications range in salary from a high of $101,150 to a low of $93,718, with a median salary of $98,142. Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $105,086 to $99,411, with a median salary of $102,365. The following table provides a breakout of the top 15 IT certifications in 2016 according to Global Knowledge’s salary study.

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Brand New Emojis,an Emergency system that can save your life and much more in our review of the Android Version 7 Nougat

This year’s world mobile congress has seen the launch of great new android phones. We’ve seen the new hard ware, the cameras, the sensors, the processing chips, the wearables, but what about the operating system (OS) that runs on the “doohickeys”. Google released its 7th generation Android called the Nougat. We want to take a sneak peak at what’s new and happening as we delve into Google’s android 7.0 Nougat

1. Performance
JIT compiler: The new JIT compiler improves runtime device performance, reduces the amount of storage space required for apps, and makes app and system updates much faster.
VR mode: With VR mode, Android Nougat is ready to transport you to new worlds. Coming soon with Daydream and Daydream-ready phones.

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Vulkan™ API: Vulkan API is a real game changer with high-performance 3D graphics. See apps leap to life with sharper graphics and eye candy effects.
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Battery & Data
Doze: Doze is now dozier, with your device going into lower power usage when you’re on the move. That means your Android device will conserve battery even when it’s jostling around in your pocket.
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Data saver: Limit how much data your device uses with Data Saver. When Data Saver is turned on, apps in the background won’t be able to access cell data.

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2. Productivity
Split-screen mode: Now you can multitask with ease. Run two apps side by side in split-screen mode – watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open.
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Picture-in-picture mode: On Android TV, you can continue watching your current video while browsing or changing settings.
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Quick switch: Double tap the Overview button to switch between your two most recently used apps.

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3. System usability improvements
Customizable Quick Settings: Rearrange your Quick Setting tiles so you can get to what you want faster.

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Quick Settings bar: Quick Settings has been redesigned so you can get faster access to top Quick Settings tiles directly in the notification shade. Improved Settings navigation also helps you find the right setting faster with an updated navigation menu in Settings.

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‘Clear all’ in Overview: Instantly close all of your apps running in the background by tapping ‘clear all’ in Overview.

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4. Emergency information: Emergency Information lets you add information such as name, blood type, allergies, and an emergency contact so that emergency responders can view this information through your device’s lock screen.

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Lockscreen wallpaper: You can now have different wallpapers on your device’s homescreen and lockscreen.

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5. Emoji
Unicode 9 emoji: Bring your words to life with all-new emoji, including redesigned human emoji with multiple skin tones.

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6. Privacy & Security
Direct boot: When restarting your device, Direct Boot helps it start up faster, and ensures that important communications still run. So before you even put in your password, you’ll still get that important text message and hear your alarm clock ring.

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Seamless software updates: On select, new devices running Android Nougat, OS updates can download in the background, so you can go on with your day while your device syncs with the latest OS.

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File-based encryption: Building on top of our security platform, Android Nougat introduces file-based encryption. By encrypting at the file level instead of the block level, Android can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

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Scoped folder access: Apps can request access to specific folders that you can allow or deny access to (just like app runtime permissions). This is a reduced-scope version of the Storage permission for Apps that only need access to certain folders. It can also allow Apps to request direct access to removable media (on devices with that hardware).

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Trusted face: Trusted face, a part of Smart Lock, makes unlocking even easier thanks to a new face recognizer. The new recognizer is less sensitive to conditions like lighting, facial decorations (eyewear, facial hair, etc.), and how you hold your phone. Available on select devices.

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7. Device setup & migration
Improved system backup coverage: More device settings are covered by Android Backup, including accessibility settings, run-time permissions for apps, Wi-Fi hotspot settings and Wi-Fi network restrictions.
8. Internationalization
Multi-locale support: Select multiple locales in Settings to tailor experiences for you, such as showing search results in multiple languages and not offering to translate webpages in a language you already know.
New languages supported: Coupled with allowing you to select multiple languages preferences, Android Nougat allows you to select from 100 new languages and 25 locales for commonly used languages such as English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This enables Apps to better support and understanding your language preferences even if your devices lacks official support for it.
New language preferences: Sort your language preferences so that apps can pick the right keyboard & text for you.

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9. Accessibility
Accessibility settings in setup: It’s easier than ever before for you to discover and configure accessibility features on your new device. Set magnification gesture, font size, display size, and TalkBack right out of the box.
Display size: Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of all the display elements like icons and images.

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Accessibility mono output: Accessibility mono output assists users with hearing loss in one ear by combining stereo left and right channel output to a single mono stream.
Variable text to speech speed: Variable text to speech speed increases productivity of text to speech users by allowing setting wider range for speech speed and pitches.

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10. Android at work
Work mode: Work mode allows you to turn on and off your device’s work apps and notifications for a better work, life balance.

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All these features have been put in place to optimize the user experience. The question of whether it works or not is up-to the user to answer.
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Out with the old and in with the new. The full list of Smartphones launched on February 27, 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

What is Mobile World Congress?
Mobile World Congress is an annual trade show run by the GSMA. The location moves around Europe, but in recent years it has been held in Barcelona, Spain.
It is the launch platform for many of the year’s big smartphones, but it has also given us a range of tablets, smartwatches and other connected devices in recent years.
Outside of the consumer sphere, it also draws in many of the industry heavyweights to talk about the future of mobile, like 5G, chipsets, VR and other technologies.
When is Mobile World Congress 2017?
Mobile World Congress 2017 is running from 27 February to 3 March. These are the days that the show itself is open, the press days – where the big announcements are made – fell before this.
Sunday 26 February was the big launch day therefore and we saw many of the devices detailed below during that day.
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In brief, here are the major phones launched so far at MWC 2017.
BlackBerry KeyOne
LG G6
Moto G5
Moto G5 Plus
Nokia 5
Nokia 6
New Nokia 3310
Sony Xperia XA1
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZs
Huawei P10
Huawei P10 Plus

BlackBerry at MWC 2017

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BlackBerry has stopped making its own phones and has handed the license to TCL. The company held an early launch on 25 February to unveil a new handset, the BlackBerry KeyOne.
Previously known as Mercury, the BlackBerry KeyOne offers a touch and type arrangement, giving you a full Android experience through the display, paired with a traditional BlackBerry-style keyboard beneath it. It’s like the Priv, but without the slide action. It’s a new BlackBerry, in a new format, but it’s one that might just work.

Google at MWC 2017
Google always has a good time at MWC, using it as an opportunity to show off all its Android partners. Google doesn’t typically launch at MWC, but we saw the announcement of Android Wear 2.0 on 8 February. We’ve also seen increasing chatter about the wider availability of Google Assistant.
Google Assistant was a Pixel exclusive, the coming to Google Home, but has already been confirmed for Android Wear 2.0, Android TV and some future Android smartphones. We’re expecting this new Google AI to become the centre of a lot of future communications between your Android devices and other services.

Huawei at MWC 2017
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Huawei has a mixed history with MWC, often using the conference to launch new devices, but not always the new flagship, which often gets its own, large, launch event a month later.
However, this year it decided to use the event to unveil the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones, weighing in at 5.1 and 5.5-inches respectively. They both run on the latest Kirin 960 octa-core processor, and come with stacks of graphical power for palm-sized devices.
They also each come with Huawei’s Dual Camera tech.
Huawei also announced the Huawei Watch 2, which runs on Android Wear 2.0 and comes in Classic and Sports formats. They also add GPS functionality, so you can go on a run without the need of a smartphone in your pocket. A Porsche Design Huawei Watch is also on its way.

LG at MWC 2017

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LG used its MWC press conference to exclusively unveil the LG G6 – much as we expected. It is a 5.7-inch 18:9 device with a 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution. It is also the first phone with Dolby Vision HDR support to offer better contrast and a wider colour gamut for video playback.
The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, which is supported by 4GB of RAM so every indication is that it will move like the clappers. The rear camera is made up of two lenses with a 13-megapixel sensor. One of them is wide-angle.
Price and release date are yet to be revealed, but several networks have confirmed they will be carrying it.

Motorola at MWC 2017

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Motorola was rumoured to be unveiling the Moto G5 handset during owner Lenovo’s press conference and it didn’t disappoint.
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were both launched in the budget phone space, but with premium tech that belies their price point.
The G5 has a metal body, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor and 3GB of RAM. There’s a 2,800mAh battery inside, plus a 5-inch Full HD display and 13-megapixel front camera. Its larger sibling has a 5.2-inch Full HD display instead, with a faster 2.0GHz octa-core processor and bigger 3,000mAh battery.

Nokia at MWC 2017

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Nokia’s pre-show hype focused mainly on the return of an old favourite, the Nokia 3310, and the brand didn’t disappoint.
Using the Nokia moniker, manufacturer HMD Global has reintroduced a simple feature phone with the same styling as the 2000 classic handset, but with a full colour screen and slimmer build. It looks the part but don’t expect tech miracles – it’s not even 3G so is basically just for calls, texts and, of course, Snake.
Along with the 3310, HMD Global has three Android phones releasing under the Nokia name. The Nokia 3, 5 and 6 are budget handsets, priced from just €139. They come in 5, 5.2 and 5.5-inch screen sizes respectively.
The Nokia brand is also to be used by, erm, Nokia, it has been announced. It will be releasing a range of new Withings fitness and health products under the name now that it owns the French tech firm.

Samsung at MWC 2017

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Samsung wasn’t expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 – that is looking more likely to make an appearance at a separate event in Match. Instead, it used its press conference on Sunday 26 February to launch the Galaxy Tab S3, a new premium Android tablet with an included S Pen stylus.
The company is also taking on Microsoft and the Surface Book with its own Galaxy Book 2-in-1 tablets/laptops. There will be two sizes available – 10.6 and 12-inches – and both Windows 10 devices come with a detachable keyboard to switch them between notebook and slates. They also come with Intel processors inside and can be used with an optional S Pen.
Finally, Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Gear VR headset which comes with a dedicated touchpad controller.

Sony at MWC 2017

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Sony usually launches new smartphones at MWC and this year’s event has been no different. It has announced four new handsets, with models in the premium and mid-range price brackets.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is top of the tree. It has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display, 19-megapixel rear “Motion Eye” camera and a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with water and dust proofing to a high standard.
The Sony Xperia XZs is an upgrade on the existing XZ and also sports the Motion Eye camera and 4GB of RAM. It’s a 5.2-inch Full HD device, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 2,900mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra are mid-range handsets with 5-inch and 6-inch displays respectively. The XA1 has a 720p screen while the XA1 Ultra’s is Full HD. They both have an impressive 23-megapixel rear camera however, and octa-core MediaTek processors.

ZTE at MWC 2017
ZTE has been looking to raise its profile outside China and appearing at MWC is one way to do that. It used this year’s show to launch the ZTE Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite.
The Mini has a 5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. But the rear camera has two sensors for depth of field effects, with the 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors combining for better “bokeh”.
The Blade V8 Lite has a 5-inch Full HD screen and octa-core processor. But the camera on the rear is 8-megapixels and with a single sensor.
They are both decidedly budget handsets, but the company also used the event to announce the world’s first 5G handset, the ZTE Gigabit Phone.
To be honest, you won’t be able to use it for quite some time as networks and firms like Qualcomm are only just testing the new data standards, but the Gigabit promises 1Gbps download speeds when ready.

Withings at MWC 2017

As explained under “Nokia” above, the Withings brand is being phased out and replaced by Nokia, now that the companies are one and the same.
A range of new health products and fitness trackers will be released under the Nokia brand in summer 2017.

Oppo at MWC 2017
While some Chinese companies, like Xiaomi, aren’t attending MWC, Oppo has declared that it is. There’s talk about a new technology that is revolving around 5x – possibly that it’s going to be offering 5x zoom on smartphone cameras. This might be a dual camera setup like the iPhone 7 Plus, but at the moment, we only have the odd vague tease from Oppo.

Qualcomm at MWC 2017
Qualcomm underpins a lot of the technology in modern mobile devices and the company is looking to reinforce the position of Snapdragon 835 as the chipset of choice in mobile devices.
It made several other announcements during MWC 2017 too. It is working extensively on trials for 5G networks, partnering with different carriers and manufacturers to bring through the next generation for mobile data.
And Qualcomm has highlighted the rise is adoption of Bluetooth aptX HD for high resolution audio support.

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If you’re still doing snaps with your phone, you’re old fashioned. Check out snapchat’s new spectacles

By: Lexy Savvides  Reviewed: February 20,

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They do one thing — record video for Snapchat — but they do that one thing really well.

I took them to the beach, jumped on trampolines, dodged balls, climbed a pyramid play structure, watched the sunset and played tennis with them. A whole lot of fun captured from my point of view.

Regardless of age (or activity), if you use Snapchat a lot, Spectacles open up the possibility of capturing hands-free, phone-free moments.

Best of all, Spectacles are now available to buy for everyone — in the US, at least. Previously, they were only available via pop-up vending machines that would periodically appear in random locations. As of today, however, Spectacles are finally available online. They cost $130 (that’s about £105 or AU$170).

Before I go any further, here’s a cheat sheet review in case you’re already feeling the need:

What I like

  1. They feel like regular sunglasses and they look pretty good on just about everyone.
  2. Video quality is great for Snapchat. If the light is good you’re getting a pretty decent picture.
  1. Spectacles record circular video. You can rotate your phone to see more of the image.

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  1. Filters, emojis and text. Once the video’s in Snapchat, it’s just like editing a regular snap.
  2. They don’t need to be connected to a phone to work, only when you want to view and post snaps.
  3. They won’t fall off your face if you jump around or play sport.

What I don’t like

  1. You look like an idiot wearing them indoors, at night or with prescription glasses underneath.
  2. Spectacles only work with Snapchat.
  3. No face filters (aka lenses) allowed. Sorry, those funny Snapchat face swaps and Bambi ears won’t happen here.
  4. The audio is good, but not great. It picks up sound pretty well from the wearer so narrating the action is what you’ll end up doing most of the time.
  5. Mirror selfies. Unless you take off the glasses or have a friend wear them to film you, selfies are hard.
  6. Spectacles take video only. No still images.

Who would want Spectacles?

Athletic types: Unless you’re going bungee-jumping or riding a roller coaster, they’re probably not going to fall off your face. I wore them playing trampoline dodgeball and they didn’t budge.

Parents: Being able to film your kids (or pets!) hands-free is probably worth the price of admission. I played fetch with a dog and captured 10 awkward seconds of him not returning the ball — perfect Snapchat footage.

Someone who wants to be part of the action: They’re on your face so they don’t get in the way and other people are less likely to be weirded out when being filmed. (Try not to be such a creeper.)

Anyone who needs a point-of-view perspective: You can see what I see. Cooking, dancing, singing, hands and all.

How do they work?

Spectacles take 10-second bursts of video at a time.

Those two distinctive circles on the glasses are a video camera on one side and an LED light on the other. When you’re snapping, the front light spins to let others know you’re recording.

A smaller light faces inwards so you know you’re recording. It’s subtle in daylight hours but at night expect to feel your retina burn.

Transferring videos is a lot faster and more automatic than I expected

Once you’ve paired Spectacles and opened the app (iPhone or Android), snaps transfer across seamlessly. Videos live in a separate section of Snapchat Memories and they don’t get sent out until you say so.

Annoyingly, Spectacles snaps are automatically categorized by date and linked as one long story every day. If you want to break them out to view, edit or post individually, you can. But if you’ve taken hundreds of snaps in a day (which, let’s face it, I did), flicking through to find the right video is frustrating.

… But good luck posting that video anywhere else

You can export video, but only from within Snapchat. It comes out as a 1080×1080 pixel square, with the circular video inside a white border.

Videos are transferred at a lower quality first

This is so you can get snaps out quickly. If you want higher-quality HD versions, you can tether to the Spectacles via its own Wi-Fi network and import them to Snapchat. (It’s easier than it sounds: Head to Settings > Wi-Fi > join the Spectacles network. Boom.)

The battery life — and charging case — last a looooong time

When you need to recharge Spectacles, put them in the case. It has enough juice for four charges. The Spectacles can also charge away from the case with the included magnetic cable (it’s USB on the other end)

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I took 130 snaps in a day (that’s around 21 minutes of video) and still had four full charges left from the case after I was done.

Oh snap. OK, but are they worth $130?

If you’re serious about Snapchat, the answer is yes. Otherwise, they might just end up being an expensive pair of sunglasses.

But even when I gave them to people who weren’t big on Snapchat, they got it. Just press the button and you’re recording.

The coolest part about them is that you’re actually filming what you see. You don’t miss the moment by pulling out a phone, opening up Snapchat and taking the video — the camera is there on your face, ready to go. And that’s a snap.

Follow this link to get a video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lkDyH53H4I

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Janet Jackson just had a baby at the age of 50, see how in vitro fertilization helps career women achieve this

In vitro fertilization (or fertilisationIVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro (“in glass”). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilized egg (zygote) is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then transferred to the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.

IVF techniques can be used in different types of situations. It is a technique of assisted reproductive technology for treatment of infertility. IVF techniques are also employed in gestational surrogacy, in which case the fertilized egg is implanted into a surrogate’s uterus, and the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate. In some situations, donated eggs or sperms may be used. Some countries ban or otherwise regulate the availability of IVF treatment, giving rise to fertility tourism. Restrictions on availability of IVF include costs and age to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. Due to the costs of the procedure, IVF is mostly attempted only after less expensive options have failed.

You may ask “what has all this complex biology got to do with a woman chasing her career”, my answer is everything. In our African context it’s customary that a woman goes to school to at most her degree level and then finds a husband, gets married, has kids and be contented with her husband bringing in most of the “money” to the household. However with the turn of the 21st century and the propagation of gender equality women are taking the professional “bull” the horns drawing inspiration from top career women like SHERYL SANDBERG (Chief Operating Officer of Facebook), HELEN GURLEY BROWN (American Author, Publisher, and Businesswoman, and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine), ELLEN ALEMANY (Chairman and CEO of RBS Citizens Financial Group; Head of RBS Americas), HEATHER THOMSON (President and Founder of Yummie Tummie; Star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of NYC), CINDY BARSHOP (Founder and Owner of Completely Bare Hi-Tech Spa) to name a few. That said many women now are following very much extended academic and professional careers before considering procreation as an option.

In some societies young women develop a stigma for getting pregnant and make such statements as “children will slow me down” as they seek to match their male counterparts. However with the development of IVF women can now put in place a stable professional career before considering building a family. It goes without saying that career women are intimidating and repulsive to a majority of men because and as such IVF may help reduce a woman’s dependency on a man to start a family.

Dr. Piave Lake, of the Mental Health Professionals Group at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said it’s important to point out that when a woman chooses not to have an intimate relationship, there can be cultural or religious factors in their decision.

 

“Ultimately, women have the right to reproduce in the way that they want,” Lake said. “If they have the means to pursue that, who are we to say no? I do think we need to understand what their cultural and religious context is and what their reasons are for wanting a child.”

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Facebook Is planning an attack on linkedin

In the past week, Facebook has been giving hints about creating a job publishing serving on its social media network. Facebook, which has more than 1.86 billion monthly active users as of December 31, 2016 , wants to give its users more functionality on its site.

John Koetsier, a contributor on Forbes did a review of the Facebook’s job posting mechanism and gave the following comments “Facebook’s new job-posting functionality couldn’t be simpler. I’ve posted a few jobs to LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and a few other career sites, and this beats them all.” From the review, the following facts were unraveled

Five interesting things about jobs on Facebook:

  1. This is an opportunity to get your biggest fans — people who already follow you on Facebook — working for your brand. That can be a big win.
  2. Facebook is sending you job notifications via messages to your page. Guess what: now you actually have to check your page messages. Second guess what: now you’re more tightly integrating your business into Facebook and Messenger.
  3. Right now, publishing job posts is free. Don’t expect it to stay that way forever. As soon as there’s significant scale, expect Facebook to find ways to monetize it.
  4. Generally, when Facebook releases something new, it prioritizes the new thing in its algorithm that determines what people see on Facebook. Jump on this initiative quickly to benefit the most.
  5. This is yet another reason for people to “like” pages from brands and companies they’re interested in … especially if they’re job-hunting. And that, in turn, ties companies tighter to Facebook.

 

If this scales, I wonder if we won’t see some kind of antitrust rumblings from the job postings industry, including LinkedIn. Particularly if Facebook prioritizes job postings in its news feed, making them easy to see, easy to find, and potentially sucking up a large portion of the job-search ecosystem.

Facebook job postings are clearly going to be exceptionally interesting for the low end of the job market, and certainly for local companies. It’s unclear if it will work for high end professional postings.

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