Walyou » Technology http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Redditors Now Have Their Own Crowdfunding Platform, RedditMade http://walyou.com/redditmade-crowdfunding-platform/ http://walyou.com/redditmade-crowdfunding-platform/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:53 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180631

If you’re a Reddit user, have a unique idea for a design or product, but think that Kickstarter, Indiegogo and CrowdSupply are not really up your alley, then Reddit’s newly-launched crowdfunding platorm might be just the thing for you.

RedditMade, as this platform is called, is just like any other crowdfunding site out there. Or is it? At a first glance, it may seem so, but then people have to remember one essential aspect: Reddit has around 170 million unique visitors per month. In other words, any crowdfunding project posted on RedditMade has great chances of spreading like fire to its immense user base.

Redditor highshelfofsteam announced the launch of the RedditMade crowdfunding platform a few hours ago, saying that the site will enable subreddits to create personalized merchandise for their communities. Another unique aspect is that Redditors will get a lot of support in finding sourcing partners for their projects: “Whatever you want to make, we’ll connect you to our network of quality sourcing partners for a variety of products and walk you through every step of the process so your community can celebrate your connection and show off your pride without all the work.”

Redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality. Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about. It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure,” added the Redditor in the announcement.

For now, the crowdfunding site only features a couple of projects, including stickers and headphones, but the fact that the entire business will explode in the next coming days is beyond doubt.

Each project posted on RedditMade will have a section for comments and feedback. Other than that, the site resembles Kickstarter and Indiegogo a bit, in that the funding goal, the money meter and the visual content are displayed in a similar manner. On other crowdfunding sites, companies have a bit of flexibility in choosing the deadline of the project, whereas on RedditMade, this deadline is set for 30 days. I’m curious how many projects will get funded and if any crowdfunding records will be established anytime soon.

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Google’s Project Ara to Have Its Own Component Store http://walyou.com/google-project-ara-component-store/ http://walyou.com/google-project-ara-component-store/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:30:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180362

Much like the Google Play Store, which also sells Android devices besides millions of apps, the Project Ara component store will offer people plenty of options when building a modular smartphone.

Since Google did not launch separate websites for its Android devices, you might wonder what could determine the company to create a dedicated component store for Project Ara. The Play Store already offers a great experience when it comes to buying Nexus smartphones and tablets, but it doesn’t include a review system. On top of that, the Project Ara component store will feature recommendations on how to mix and match various smartphone modules in order to get the best performance for specific tasks.

Team leader Paul Eremenko explained in an interview at a Purdue University event that the Project Ara component store will resemble the Google Play Store, not just in the design, but also in the overall shopping experience.”By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform… The Ara MDK (Module Developers Kit) is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per the specifications of the developer’s kit and put it in the Ara module marketplace, which is analogous to the Google Play store, and sell directly to consumers.”

The idea of basing the component store on an already successful recipe is not bad at all. If it’s not broken, why not use it again? There are still a few questions to be answered by Google, such as the approximate number of modules will be available in the component store at the time of the launch. Also, the world has yet to find out who Google’s partners are in terms of smartphone module manufacturing. Is it the usual suspects all over again? Surely Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus and HTC have plenty of experience in making Nexus devices, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some new players besides them.

In the interview, which is available above in its entirety, Eremenko didn’t say anything about the current status of Project Ara, so we don’t know when the modular smartphone will become a reality. Considering that Google has only organized one of the three Ara Developers’ Conferences announced for this year, we might be in for a surprise this holiday season.

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Is Android Wear about to become compatible with iOS? http://walyou.com/is-android-wear-about-to-become-compatible-with-ios/ http://walyou.com/is-android-wear-about-to-become-compatible-with-ios/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180356

Jeff Chang, Android Wear’s product manager has made clear that he’d love it if his and the iOS team could collaborate and play nice. Is a revolution incoming?

Android Wear OS, Google’s open source operative system for smartwear has been getting good reception amongst techies so far, but Google would like to take it one step further and make it compatible with iOS gadgets too. According to Jeff Chang, the iOS’s user base is a very attractive target for them if only because of its sheer size. He explained that “we always want as many users as possible to enjoy our experience, so in terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we’re very interested in making that happen.”

The tricky part is getting Apple to be okay with it, as they get the last word on each and every piece of software that runs on their devices. It’s not like Apple don’t know what they’re doing, or will outright refuse, as they’ve already collaborated with Microsoft, for example, in order to bring Office to iPhones, iPads and the like. Yet, wasn’t Apple going to launch their own Smartwatch too? We’ll update you once we have more information.

Via Techradar

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deCarta and TomTom Team Up Against Google Maps http://walyou.com/decarta-tomtom-google-maps/ http://walyou.com/decarta-tomtom-google-maps/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:30:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180353

Providers of maps and personal navigation devices have a really hard time competing against Google, not only because the search giant’s maps are very accurate, but also because they are offered at no cost.

TomTom has made a name for itself over the years with the help of the mapping products it created. When Apple ditched Google Maps in 2012, it was TomTom it turned to. Well, that’s not a particularly cheerful thing to bring to mind, as at that time Apple Maps weren’t exactly accurate. deCarta, on the other hand, specializes in mapping software and local search. The solution resulting from this collaboration will tackle, among others, connected mapping and navigation, local search and real-time traffic.

In an interview with Greg Sterling of Search Engine Land, Kim Fennell, CEO of deCarta pointed out that the mapping product made in collaboration with TomTom is very flexible and permits customization to a higher degree than Google Maps. Keep in mind that the products these two companies are currently working on are not for consumers, or at least not directly for them. Instead, developers and business such as car makers, carriers, device makers are targeted as the main customers.

This is TomTom’s statement regarding the newly launched product line: “As well as integrating TomTom’s existing navigation software and service products, such as NavKit, NavKit Worker and NavCloud, customers and developers can now integrate TomTom’s online turn-by-turn navigation. This also includes TomTom’s latest maps, real-time traffic, best-in-class routing, a comprehensive search function and easy-to-use software development kits.

TomTom’s new online navigation service enables mobile device vendors and web service providers to provide online mapping and navigation applications that don’t require an offline map. The new service is also well-suited for products in the emerging wearables and internet-of-things product categories.”

Fennell is confident about their product’s success: “In August we replaced Google local search on Blackberry phones in 122 countries and we just replaced Bing at OnStar.” It’s interesting how he doesn’t regard Microsoft as competitor, saying that only TomTom, Nokia and Google are fighting for the supremacy. I don’t know how Microsoft’s mapping software looks like in cars, but the desktop version of Bing Maps is actually quite decent, and I wouldn’t hurry to dismiss it so easily.

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HuddleLamp Treats Multiple Tablets as a Single Display http://walyou.com/huddlelamp-multiple-tablets-single-display/ http://walyou.com/huddlelamp-multiple-tablets-single-display/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:30:21 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180335

When there’s no big display at hand, the HuddleLamp enables you to emulate the experience with the help of multiple tablets that are treated as a single, large one.

HuddleLamp is meant to change both the way human interact with computers, as well as the way they collaborate with one another when sitting around a table. Remember Microsoft’s Surface table, that later became known as PixelSense? The HuddleLamp was built around a similar concept of enabling the displayed things to interact, but in this case, there’s no large display, just a multitude of smaller ones.

Roman Rädle, Hans-Christian Jetter, Nicolai Marquardt, Harald Reiterer, and Yvonne Rogers, the creators of the HuddleLamp, started from the idea that people nowadays have more than just one mobile device, and in some situations, getting them to work together could have a major impact on productivity.

The device itself is a desk lamp with an RGB-D camera built into it that tracks the movement and position of the displays on the table, as well as the location of the user’s hands. The tracked data is collected and sent to a server that in return sends the right images to each screen.

As mentioned before, this could be something great for people who collaborate a lot while working in the same room. With a bit of work, maybe the HuddleLamp could proof useful for gaming, as well, and it would be really interesting to see how things move seamlessly from one screen to another. The developers of the HuddleLamp even provide access to their JavaScript APIs Huddle, HuddleCanvas, and HuddleObjects on their website, so make sure you’re checking that out, if you’re interested in writing your own apps.

Additional details are available in the HuddleLamp: Spatially-Aware Mobile Displays for Ad-hoc Around-the-Table Collaboration paper, which will be presented by its authors at the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces.

The truth is, most recently-launched smartphones and tablets are very capable, in terms of processing power, and it would really be a shame not be able to use them in tandem. Without devices such as the HuddleLamp, there’s little to no interaction between them, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a lot of time and productivity is lost this way.

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Google launches Inbox: E-mail, evolved http://walyou.com/google-launches-inbox-e-mail-evolved/ http://walyou.com/google-launches-inbox-e-mail-evolved/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180332

As Google revolutionized the world with Gmail, they claim to be ready to do it once again with Inbox, a new service launching now.

E-mails have long ago stopped being exciting to become more of a chore, especially if you use them for both work & personal stuff. That is why Google, well aware of what a mess most of our inboxes are (and they should be, they host most of them!), are introducing a new service called simply Inbox.

Inbox is, according to the Google team, a different type of inbox with a “focus on what really matters”. The idea is that we get so many e-mails a day that inbox will cleverly sort them out so we don’t have to. Inbox works expanding on the Gmail categories introduced last year and bundling e-mails in groups, while providing highlights from important e-mails at a glance. Say, if you have a travel itinerary e-mailed to you, only the relevant information will be displayed with none of the fluff.

Inbox will, as well, become a personal organizer of sorts with configurable reminders for everyday tasks: from working out to picking your laundry or calling your parents. All these things you can sort of already do with different apps, but Inbox aims to be a centralized resource for things and save you valuable time you can spend doing whatever else. Will it work? Well, how about you tell us? Sign up for the beta by asking for an invitation at inbox@google.com.

Via Google

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UK Internet Trolls Could Face 2 Years in Prison http://walyou.com/uk-internet-trolls-could-face-2-years-in-prison/ http://walyou.com/uk-internet-trolls-could-face-2-years-in-prison/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180281

With Internet abuse on the rise, the British government has now taken moves to enforce a harsh penalty on online trolls.

Internet trolling: harmless joke or wave of abuse? It’s a bit of both, actually. At the best of times trolling is just a case of you sending a Rick Roll video to your friend, knowing that they’re foolish enough to click it and be serenaded by the ultimate 80s jam. But, at its ugliest trolling can cause serious repercussions. From threats of murder and other violent crimes to general abuse that mocks someone’s appearance, the nasty side of trolling is encouraged by the anonymous nature of the Internet. It’s a real problem but not one that existing laws are fully equipped to combat. In the UK however, that could be set to change.

As it stands, the UK has a law called the ‘Communications Act’. Passed in 2003, the law aims to govern all media including online and broadcast making sure that while users’ rights of free speech are kept in tact, misuses of that freedom are dealt with appropriately. The problem is, the Communications Act is over a decade old and the world as we know has changed massively in that time. For example, sending malicious messages on social media is listed as a criminal offense thanks to the law but if convicted the maximum sentence is just 6 months. Granted, that’s certainly harsh enough to deter anyone from misusing Twitter, Facebook et. al, but for the lasting damages that it can cause many would agree that this is not nearly enough.

Affecting England and Wales only, under the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 to 2014-15, that 6 months offense would be upped to two entire years of jail time in the most serious of cases. It’s needed, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says, to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”. He also adds that “No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

But how would people decide which messages posted on social media are the most serious? Presumably, threats of violent crimes would be at the higher end of the punishment scale but ultimately, changing the law could cause an uncertain grey area. There’s also a concern that sarcastic or jokey posts could be misunderstood as genuine and so like some crimes, would it be up to the victim to report the posts or press charges? These are all questions that will need to be answered before the amendment to the law is made so when the bill is debated next week we should know more.

Source: BBC

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New Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Android Sports Better UI, Multiple Sessions http://walyou.com/microsoft-remote-desktop-app-android/ http://walyou.com/microsoft-remote-desktop-app-android/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:01:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180268

While this is not exactly the first remote desktop app for Android developed by the Redmond giant, it features so many changes both in the user interface and functionality that it could be considered a new app entirely.

The first remote desktop app created by Microsoft for Google’s mobile OS was launched a year ago. The new app, which is currently in Beta stage, is listed separately in the Play Store, meaning that it’s more than just an update to the older one. Despite all that, a changelog from the stable version has been included, but maybe just to point out the improvements.

One of the main changes over the old app is the user interface, which went through a major overhaul. As all changes in this department, the new UI is meant to boost the app’s functionality by providing quicker access to essential controls and settings.

While still using the reliable RDP protocol, the new app now includes support for multiple sessions. In other words, you can have remote access to your work computer, along with the ones from home, all while being on the road (even though you probably shouldn’t run remote desktop apps while driving, no matter who developed them).

User accounts have also gone through a change, their management being now much improved over the previous version of the app. Regardless of the number of users, you must rest assured, as your connection to your computers will always be secure. Microsoft employs the Network Level Authentication (NLA) technology for that particular aspect.

Microsoft also tells us what to expect in the future releases. First of all, there’s access to Remote Resources via the Remote Desktop Gateway. Secondly, there will be Azure RemoteApp preview access.

The app is fairly new, so there aren’t that many reviews on the Play Store. In fact, at the time of writing, there were only three, and only two of them were favorable. Just a piece of advice for anyone writing reviews for an app store. Please state in your comment the reason you gave the app that rating, regardless if it’s positive or negative. A single word isn’t enough for summarizing why the app is good or bad. In the end, the device on which it’s used could influence the experience dramatically, and others may not have the same problem.

To install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta app, head over to Google Play Store and choose to have it downloaded to your devices.

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Google Adds an Extra Layer of Protection with USB Security Key http://walyou.com/google-2-step-authentication-usb-security-key/ http://walyou.com/google-2-step-authentication-usb-security-key/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180263

Mountain View’s two-step authentication is about to get even better in Chrome, as the company announced the launch of physical USB Security Keys.

Until now, logging into your Google account while having the 2-step authentication active required you to enter either a code received on your phone via text message, or one generated by the Google Authenticator smartphone app (which in case you didn’t know, also works with Dropbox). Unlike Dropbox and other companies who have had security issues in the recent past, Google didn’t wait for its accounts to be compromised before beefing up its security measures, fact that should really be appreciated by its users.

In Google’s opinion, there are two reasons why the safety of the two-step authentication needed to be improved. First of all, there’s the risk of phishing. Hackers are able nowadays to replicate not only the login page to your Google account, but also the two-step authentication one. This way, if you’re not paying attention to what’s written in the address bar of your browser, you could become a victim and have your Google account compromised.

Secondly, there are situations when your smartphone doesn’t have a data connection, or when its battery runs out prior to using the Authenticator app. The USB Security Key, on the other hand, is always in your pocket, and can be attached to your keychain, so that you don’t misplace it.

The Google 2-Step Authentication Security Key isn’t pretentious in terms of the platform you’re using, as long as you have Chrome 38 or newer. In other words, it will work just fine on any device running ChromeOS, Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. Since both Chrome and the Security Key include the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) open-standard developed by the FIDO Alliance, so any USB key compliant with this standard can be used.

Just to make sure that there are no misunderstandings, the Security Key isn’t here to entirely replace the codes that were used until now for the two-step authentication. As a matter of fact, you can continue using those, especially if you only use your Google account on mobile devices (even though USB OTG could be deployed in that case), or if you don’t use Chrome as your browser.

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Windows 10: Over 1 Million People Sign Up for Microsoft’s OS http://walyou.com/windows-10-over-1-million-people-sign-up-for-microsofts-os/ http://walyou.com/windows-10-over-1-million-people-sign-up-for-microsofts-os/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:33 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180189

With Windows 10 being announced just weeks ago, over a million people have already signed up to test Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.

I have to hand it to Microsoft. Windows 8 was a stonking great disaster because they tried to do what they ‘thought’ we wanted, actually alienating many of us in the process. With Windows 10, the new operating system that they announced a few weeks ago, not only did they actually listen to our concerns and bring back most of the features we asked for, but they also prepared the Windows Insider Program. Meant to give tech enthusiasts, developers and critics alike a chance to poke holes into their new OS, the Windows Insider Program gives us an early chance to see what Windows 10 will look like when it launches next year. The WIP seems to be going well too as Microsoft has revealed that over 1 million people have signed up.

That doesn’t mean that 1 million people are running around with Windows 10 installed on their machines though, but as the WIP is the only (legal) way to gain access to the operating system, it’s a pretty good indication of how many people want to have at it. Furthermore, Microsoft is also fairly certain that people are genuinely using it (as opposed to downloading it just for bragging rights) as 64% are using Windows 10 on actual PCs and 36% are using it on Virtual Machines which suggests that plenty of people are using it in their day to day.

This actually quite large pool of early Windows 10 testers is actively helping the OS become better for the rest of us too. Microsoft adds that they’ve gathered over 200,000 pieces of feedback from testers. Granted, that could be anything from ‘Windows 10 sux!!11!!’ to genuine responses but it bodes well given how much the company failed to listen last time with Windows 8.

We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: Windows

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