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Hipe Messenger – The New emotional messenger lets you chat in a new dimension

Hipe Messenger let you chat emotionally for a better messaging experience

How often do you have not [enough] words to express your feelings or show your mood through messaging? We bet it happens with you almost every day. Most of the instant messengers are just a tool for communication and not the nice way to chat with loved ones. But there are some messengers in the field who can turn the communication to the more friendly side.

For example, Hipe messenger allows communicating mostly with pictures so you don’t need to try to find proper words every time you want to send a message. You can just send a nice card. [Pictures 1, 2, 3]

See it in dynamics:

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Hipe Messenger emotional chatting

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I'm Tired as Hell - Hipe Messenger emotion

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Hold on and eat some food

Let’s take a closer look into the app from the video below from our Youtube channel.

There are three main sections in the Hipe messenger app:

Hipe Messenger Public emotionsHipe — Public.

This is the collection of all public pictures in the app divided into the Popular, Trending, and Latest screens. There is also a series of thematic collections gathered by the team.

Hipe My.

Hipe Messenger My tabAll the images from the Public section and messages could be saved into user created categories under “My” section. So you could set up Hipe messenger for your own communication style.

That’s pretty awesome. Isn’t it?

Hipe  Dialogs.

Dialogs on HipeThis is the chatting room itself. Here we see the options to take photo and video, add some text, add a background and overlay from 12 preset categories of backgrounds and overlays for different situations, or your own collections, and to draw something.

There are a bunch of instruments for creating a message but if you answering to someone you have just 99 seconds for it. That could be tough at first but when you accept the rules of the game this limitations turns into the pure fun.

Conversations became more sincere and cool. By the way, you already see what your friend do this moment — there are fun statuses such as “looking at your message”, “browsing backgrounds…” etc. So you can see if they have seen your message and are they going to answer or not. That mean you won’t get yourself into a situation like this one:

If someone did not answer in 99 seconds, dialog will expire. That’s it. No history, no awkwardness.

 

To perform task or draw something through Hipe messenger

There are some more nice social features in the app such as the abilities to forward messages to friends in Hipe, share messages and your HipeID to social networks and add friends with only HipeID and not the phone number (pretty nice for those who care of their privacy). Hipe users also can send a message to a friend who’s not in Hipe yet — he’ll be able to see it on the website and even reply to it. Also, the app supports both one-on-one and group dialogs and available on the Apple store and Google Play.

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Tech Giants Smartwatch Makers vouch to make those Wearables Monitor your Health

Apple, Google, Samsung to bring health monitoring apps on their smart watch products.Smartwatch wearable

For some decades, medical research technology industries have been looking for ways diabetics can successfully check their blood sugar level on-the-go. Now, mobile tech giant companies are coming into the scene.

Apple Inc, Google Inc and Samsung Electronics are working on applications that could turn the newly innovated wearable gadgets like Smart watches and bracelets into a health monitor system such as blood sugar monitor.

Our source speculated that some of these firms have hired medical scientists and engineers and taking permission from the US regulations about developing glucose measuring features on next generation wearable gadgets.

The pioneering technology may be limited, but later the companies will graduate into competing in the world blood-sugar tracking industry that will worth more than $12 billion by 2017 according to a research figure from GlobalData.

29 million Americans are afflicted by Diabetes as about $245 billion was spent over this in 2012, a figure that will rise by 41 percent in five years. Many diabetics have to prick their fingers almost 10 times daily so as to check their blood glucose level.

Non-invasive technology could help in this area, ultrasound or electricity could pull glucose to the skin for measurement or a light could shine through the skin for the spectroscope to measure presence and quantity of glucose.

No comment was gotten from Apple, Google and Samsung, but the director of US FDA’s chemistry and toxicology device division spoke to Reuters that a marriage between glucose-sensing and mobile device has being “ordained from heaven.”

Apple executives help a meeting with the FDA last December where the FDA described how it may regulate glucometer that measures blood glucose level.

As a report that was gotten from Apple Tool box blog, such device would likely avoid regulation if used for nutrition, but may go under regulations as medical device if marked to diabetics.

Recently, Stephen Oesterle, Medtronic Inc Senior Vice President acknowledges Google as the next great rival for medical devices; it has been funding research and development or R&D.

He said that Meditronic invests about $1.5 billion annually on R&D, and its mostly “D” but Google invest about $8 billion annually on R&D, but he can tell it’s mostly “R.”

Some of the research plans Google has made public includes the development of the “smart” contact lens that measures glucose. In the blog post where the smart contacted lens is broadly discussed, Google says, the LED system is able to warn of high or low blood sugar by flashing tiny lights. Recently, it said that it is looking for partners to bring the product to market.

Past attempt to accurately use non-invasive technology have been distorted by body movement, temperature, hydration and fluctuations. Tears pretty gets lower concentration of glucose making it harder to track.

But the Life science team making the lens and other research in the same line is working in the Google X facility, where major breakthroughs such as the self driving car came forth said a former employee who requested anonymity.

Apple is vigorously working on the iWatch which is expected to ship in October confirmed by three sources at a leading supply chain firm in a Reuter report, even though it isn’t confirmed if the first shipping will include glucose tracking sensors.

Yet, Apple often meets with executives and bio-sensors engineers from big medical technology firms such as Vital Connect, Masimo Corp and now-defunct glucose monitoring startup C8 Medisensors.

“The tech companies are very much interested in the field, as Google announced its smart contact lens, that was one of the best occurrence in my career said Palikaras, CEO of Mediwise, We have been getting tons of emails”

Samsung was one of the first to make moves on smartwatch, but failed to catch on widely, and since has introduced Simband, a platform for mobile health which could be connected on smart wrist bands and other mobile devices.

A Samsung employee who doesn’t want his name mentioned said the company is investing in non-invasive glucose monitoring and it is looking for partners and will allow developers to try out different software and sensors.

Reliable sources revealed that Samsung is working with startups to effect “traffic light” systems in next generation Galaxy Gear smartwatches that flashes blood sugar warnings.

Part of the investment Samsung has made in this field include Glooko, a startup that makes it easy for physicians to access patients glucose readings and had also invested $50 million Digital Health Fund in Israeli into a glucose monitoring startup.

Software developers said they are working on blood glucose data apps, which will be channeled particularly for use to athletes and health-conscious users.

Mike Lee, cofounder of MyFitnessPal said they are paying close attention to research around how sugar impact weight loss.

Image: Techhive.com

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The Average Number of Screens in a Home Has Increased

Twenty, 30 or 40 years ago, when people discussed “screens” in a home, they were talking solely about televisions. While television remains an intricate part of the “viewing” experience for many people, the way we consume information has changed dramatically. Technology, changing wants, and an advent of new services have completely revolutionized how people watch television, movies, the news, and absorb the information they want and need.

How Do People Get Information?

According to a recent Google report, 90% of all media consumption is done via a screen, whether it is a television, a tablet, a smartphone, a desktop computer or a notebook. 38% of that media is consumed via a smartphone. 90% of people are also using multiple devices to conclude a single activity. For example, people may start searching for information via their smartphone, then they quickly move over to a laptop or tablet to finish the research. They may begin using a tablet to find television programming, then switch over to a traditional television to actually view the content. The same research study also found that a significant amount of viewing is done on a device other than a television, or people are using devices while they are “watching” TV.  The Average Number of Screens in a Home Has Increased

So, what does all of that mean?

Simply put, it means that people are no longer satisfied with having a single screen as their viewing medium. Think about it; when you sit down and turn on the TV, you likely have your phone nearby. Whether you are texting, checking e-mails, or browsing the social media, your sole attention is not on the television. People have become expert “multi-viewers”, and in many cases, because of internet on the go, television has simply become a background, white noise device in many homes.

That means that the number of screens a person now has in their home has risen exponentially in recent years, just as the number of televisions in one’s home rose year after year. Better pricing, better technology, and a comfort level with the technology, leads to more people use what is available to them.

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The Average Number of Screens in a House 

Most households now have between 5 and 10 screens in the home, those numbers include tablets, PCs, notebooks, smartphones and televisions. These devices include any screen that enables users to watch content, or read content. HDTVs are counted in the mix, however, traditional televisions, without internet capabilities are largely discounted in most studies.

The number of “screens” in a home, largely depends on the number of people living in the home, and the age of those people, as well. If your household, for example, has two adults and two teenagers, it is likely that you have more screens within the home, than a house that includes two adults or those with younger children.

The number of screens in a home, also speaks vividly to how much time is spent viewing content and looking at a screen, whether for pleasure or business. According to recent studies, the average American now spends upwards of eight hours per day, every day, looking at a screen of some sort. The number of hours using a screen are higher than that for a minority of the population, particularly those who have computers at work, as well as at home for pleasure.

Reports suggest that some people may be spending upwards of 12 hours a day looking at a screen of some sort.

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What Does it All Mean? 

Simply put, the general public’s dependence on screens to garner information is growing very fast, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The internet, and more generally technology, has made it easier, in a lot of ways, to exist. While some may bemoan the way the internet has changed communication and entertainment, there are many positives to those changes that must be explored.

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What Is Telepresence and Why Does Your Company Need It?

There’s always something new in the business world. You don’t want to sit stagnant, but it can still sometimes feel like there are just too many advances for the up and coming business owner. You might run the best cupcake factory, hand dyed silk scarf shop, or all organic dog food company in the world but when you’re trying to take your company to that next level it can feel like everything’s holding you back. With everything that you need to know about the business world piling up, it’s surprisingly easy to understand and start implementing telepresence in your everyday life.

What do you understand about the world Telepresence?

What Is Telepresence and Why Does Your Company Need It?First, the definition: telepresence is the use of virtual reality technology, especially for controlling machinery remotely or for apparent participation in distant events. It hugs the border between just video conferencing and the shores of telecommuting. It’s more than just a web chat, it’s the feeling that you’re actually in the room with people who might really be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Though “remote control of machinery” sounds like something from a sci-fi novel, it’s getting more popular than you’d think with ordinary businesses and business owners every day. Now that we’ve covered what it is, there remains the matter of why your company needs telepresence in order to thrive.

Cut down on travel expenses

It’s easy to see why someone who works closely with teams overseas would benefit from telepresence. When you’re only seeing your team for a few days a month the work piles up, with problems waiting for your arrival and consideration. You lose full working days to airports and trains, and you eat up a lot of company money eating out while you’re traveling and while you’re in your temporary home overseas. That’s a lot of productive time lost and a lot of debt gained. The work proceeds slowly and the team that should be working together is divided.

On the other hand, a telepresence aspect to the meeting could pay off very well. You can set aside an hour in the morning to tackle any problems as they come up. The work would never hit a backlog, and people would be less tempted to slack off knowing that their next assessment is the very next morning. The food budget can be cut, plane, train, or bus tickets don’t need to be purchased and hotel rooms don’t need to reserve.

Setting up firm limits to the length of time an online conference can last will increase productivity, according to KBZ. For the cost of the equipment needed to set up this presence using companies like blue jeans network and those I listed here, you’ve single handedly reduced the travel budget by far more. It pays for itself very quickly.

However, you don’t have to be a huge company with a huge travel budget to justify making this switch. If you work outside your office, workshop, or storefront at all then a telepresence could make a world of difference to your customers. You might not have time to stop by every pet boutique that carries the dog treats you make, but you could conference call them all to tabulate which flavors sell well where and when, and create a stock for each store that will boost revenue for you and them as well. Having this presence is one of the ways that you can turn your young company into a large one, complete with a travel budget of its own.

Perks to Team Cohesion

Benefits of telepresenceWhen you have a real telepresence, you’re more than just a voice on a screen far away, according to the SFGate. People work better when they collaborate with everyone on their team even if those people live far away. When a team is split into two or more branches that work in different locations, communication issues can arise. These are described as “fault lines”, and they’re not typically malicious. It’s just that creativity flows better with people who speak regularly. Communication across fault lines is key and can be boosted by a strong telepresence, according to Telepresence Options. Setting up a system for this could be the first step to better brainstorming.

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You Have to Keep up with the Joneses

The last item of concern with business is that, when it get to a certain point you’ll have to do things just to stay competitive. Even if you’re not swayed by the idea of more teamwork and greater relations between companies and clients, you have to realize that other companies are offering these perks. A look at statistics show that 86% of organizations in the Education and Research sector alone are expecting to see a growth in their usage of video conferencing in the next year, according to AV Interactive. Though the benefits to your company are significant, telepresence is also changing the baseline at which companies compete. You now have to have at least a basic video conferencing system to even keep up with the Joneses, as the saying goes, so to speak.

Are you taking advantage of telepresence in your business? Tell us what your experience is like.

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Google I/O 2014 featuring Android for Cars, TVs and Watches

Google makes smart moves, launches Smartwatch and other Android wearable products ahead of Apple at the I/O 2014, the company’s biggest conference in the year.

Android smartwatches

Even if you deny Google and avoid her on the internet, she could make her way into your home, your car and even on your wrist soon. In its biggest event of the year, the company announced a handful of new Android products.

The I/O 2014 developers conference in San Francisco showcase Google’s next move into the wearable industry, following the launch of the Google Glass earlier in the year.

Taking it ahead of the launch of the rumored Apple’s iWatch, Google announced the LG’s G watch, Moto 360 model, Samsung Gear Live which is all running on its Android software.

The voice-activated gadgets from Samsung and LG both has square faces and pre-order will start on the Google Play store today, while the Motorola’s round face classic will be coming later this summer.

Other models of the Android wearables to showcase at the I/O 2014 will include pedometers and heart-rate monitors. User will be able to activate a do-not-disturb setting by swiping down on the display. Voice command can also be issued to find out things such as “how many stops before their bus ends the journey”

User will also be able to control music on their Android phones via the smartwatch.

Google’s director of engineering, David Singleton demonstrated the simplicity of the Android smartwatch at the Google I/O 2014 event; he ordered and paid for a pizza using an app within 20 seconds.

The Google smart wearable device arrives months before rival Apple is expected to debut its own version of iWatch later in the year.

Google and other rival companies have been looking up to the wearable as a new industry of opportunity as smartphone and tablet are growing slowly.

Android Drive is another big announcement from Google; the device is designed to automate common functions in cars.

Head of Google automotive, Andrew Brenner said that the software enhances communication; navigation will be voice and contextually controlled. The company claimed that 40 auto makers have already signed up and the software will come into market later in this year.

Another is the Android One, a low-cost Smartphone targeting emerging market. The Android handset will include FM radio, a screen slightly smaller than 5 inches and will go for less than $100.

Google’s Snr. vice president Sundar Pichai said Android users has skyrocket over the last year and the search guru is about to challenge Apple Inc and other big tech conglomerates to extend its business into a rapidly broadening field of Internet device.

Today, we live in a multi screen world, TV, wearing screen things on our body and now in our car said President to his 6000 audience.

“We will like to know where you are, and we want to be voice enabled. The device you are using isn’t what matters here; we should pick up where you left off.”

We now have more than one billion Android users and as we estimate, there are 93 million selfies taken each today, “he proclaimed.

“We are also having amazing growth in Android tablets, Android tablets have taken 62 percent of overall market – and that excludes Kindles.”

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Now is not the time to fear, PayPal Nigeria is not after your business! + True life story inside.

Nigerian financial institutions shouldn’t be stressed yet because PayPal has confirmed its business won’t be interfering with their offering. Good news for them. Isn’t it?

At least an ounce of discussion among the youths online are based on PayPal Nigeria entrants into the country.

PayPal is the provider of the world fastest and easiest mode of payment system. And its entrant into the Nigerian economy, as announced by Rupert Keeley in an interview he granted to Reuters, may not mean so much to an ordinary user, but financial institutions in the country has different story to tell. With lots of excitement everywhere among business owners to online service providers and freelancers in the country, there are some guys somewhere who are not really happy with the development – you’re guessing! Keep it up. 🙂

Bank MDs, online service providers won’t like PayPal Nigeria to take a cut in their business!

But the question is, does PayPal Nigeria really interested in taking a cut or taking over the industry? I can’t say much on this yet.

The financial institutions in the country will not be totally happy that PayPal will be competing with them over the African’s #1 ecommerce market. Frankly, Rupert has made it clear that they needn’t to fret yet because peer-to-peer functionality will not be activated to people in the region at this time – user will now be able to create an account and pay for services online. It is only the “send money” feature that will be working for now.

So, the entire bank MDs and GMs in Nigeria shouldn’t worry due to PayPal entrants into the African leading e-commerce market. And I’d suggest they shouldn’t relax either, pending the time the fully functioning PayPal service will be introduced. Instead, they should try as much as possible to improve on their product and services to better improve the livelihood of the people doing business in the country.

Hmmm, someone has a story to tell here.

True Life Experience of a Nigerian freelancer regarding PayPal services


My PayPal Nigeria experience: A short true life story!

I’m a stranger in my own planet! 

As a blogger and an aspiring millionaire (through hard work), I don’t see the reason why a particular company will come in between my dreams and its actualization. I’ve tried all I could in order to deliver what is said to be the best of services to the world, but the world ain’t paying me back in actual currency that I’m due for. Instead, the world is turning its back against me, claiming I’m from a particular neglected region of the world, and because of that, I cannot benefit from what they are enjoying.

This narrative story is the case of Chukwuozor Johnson Ezimora, a Nigerian-based freelancer who practices all of his online business activities right from the comfort of his bedroom. He has been working online ever since he completed his University education and served his fatherland under the youth service corps system (NYSC) in the northern part of the country, Nigeria.

Jobless, Frustrated, and Tired.

He’s tired of government’s inability to provide room for creativity to flow from the youth sets of his time, lack of social amenities to make life easier, and the low patronage on local products by the people. Man must chop!, as he stylishly phrased his message to me, so he took to the internet to learn what he could do, that will earn him a living aside from following his discipline in school as an agricultural scientist.

That means, he has borrowed from Alvin Toffler’s idea about LEARNING, UNLEARNING, and RELEARNING concept of life. You can read it below:

“The illiterate of the 21st century are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot LEARN, UNLEARN, and RE-LEARN what has been learnt in the past for effective use for the today’s progress.”

In due course, he became a full time online writer-cum-blogger and works with several clients in all continents of the world. He enjoys doing this and making money from it, but…he has issue with collecting his sweat-money.

It’s just too easy to work for him, but collecting the money he worked earnestly for has proved to be his insurmountable mountain for so long.

Whenever clients wanted to hire him, they prefer to pay him through PayPal which doesn’t support his country and he could not help the situation. He had missed lot of juicy and exciting offers due to barrier and he instead sticks to clients who can make direct payment to his home country bank account – which is very timely and demanding.

What a poor soul!

But favor smiled on him just this morning when he got to know the same PayPal that had refused his country has eventually removed the embargo placed on the country to enable their services in the country. He was so happy that he almost got himself injured all because of PayPal!

Not long after, while he was still basking in the euphoria of PayPal acceptance of his country, that he got to know that this service will be limited to sending money out of the country alone.

Who cares? That was what he thought!

While reverse is the case for him, he could still do some things pending the time they’d eventually enable peer-to-peer PayPal services in the country. He could go about doing his works, knowing sooner than later, they’ll enable this service. His lifelong dream has eventually came true.

Editor’s note

Chukwuozor story reminds me of my plight in similar wilderness of PayPal denials. Four years ago when I first started making legitimate money online, just around the time TECHATLAST was founded, story time! hehehe :), the first income that came from the very first series of ads published on the blog were lost to an intimate friend in India due to the fact that Nigerians are not allowed to use PayPal services.

Curious to know how much, ehn? 

Then, it was around $650 (that was a big money then if you compare that to what such kind of money could achieve for you at the time). But the rest is history now!

I’m happy for Ezimora and hoping PayPal Nigeria will look at this sincere feeling about their product/service and consider allowing Nigerians to have the real feel of their Peer-to-peer functionality. 

I think this is the first major positive step to achieving more feats in the Nigerian online payment sector for PayPal Nigeria. What do you’all think?

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PayPal Extends Service to Nigeria and Other New Markets

PayPal has extends its services to NigeriaCongratulations, this will be a new milestone of achievement in the history of online payment in Nigeria and the other countries of the world as PayPal has finally began to roll out its services into the Nigeria commerce market.

For a while now, online transaction has been a hell in certain countries including Nigeria, especially to bloggers and the whole lot of internet marketers and online service providers.

PayPal in the early 2000s shuts down its service in these countries because of the rising rate of online fraudulent activities. A lot of these activities became the order of the day as information technology began to take its full shape in the country. Many cases of online scam, identity theft and credit card cracking became so popular.

It was as at the same time that the internet opportunities: such as (blogging, online ads, internet marketing, affiliate market etc.) began to take its shape in the nation. Things became tough as the most reliable and widespread online payment processor has denied users from these countries. Making online payments also became very difficult which make many intending local internet entrepreneurs dropped their dreams of owning online real estate businesses for something else.

Most of us who pressed forward switched to alternative services to PayPal although we still experience loads of setbacks because for real, they couldn’t measure up to standard.

Read my article about Top 10 PayPal alternatives

Other method we employed was using our friends, colleagues and business partners over at the UK or US to help us collect and make payment, it wasn’t pleasant enough as this is a third party interference into your business.

About few weeks ago, I got a petition on Change.org indulging us to sign so that PayPal can bring their service back to Nigeria. I signed the petition and even promoted it. Some of my friends laughed out their ass on me that this was not going to be possible.

What I have foreseen is that, Nigeria and other countries are fast growing emerging markets for eCommerce business, PayPal had already been missing in this for over some years.

But today, I am pleased to announce that PayPal is finally bringing its service up to about 200 countries including Nigeria.

On the Paypal blog post today, Rupert Keeley, SVP, PayPal EMEA wrote;

“Our mission was to change the way the world thought about and used money”

This week we hit a major milestone on our world journey, beginning from today, we will be extending services to ten new markets, making the total number of countries we serve to 203.

Congratulations to the people of Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Macedonia, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Paraguay and Zimbabwe.

As technology continues to take its shape, the world is becoming smaller, we can now buy things we want from almost any location in the world and many of these new markets depends on oversea websites to access goods and services they won’t get at home.

There is a major problem, people are not really convenient giving their credit or debit card information to an anonymous store owner who operates from a distant country and for the seller, accepting credit or debit payment from an anonymous buyer from a country they no nothing about.

Now by signing up for a Paypal account, people in these ten new markets will be able to shop online with rest of mind because Paypal ‘will never share users financial information with any merchant’ – at least for now. 😉

And even if something goes wrong maybe service delivered or goods being expected is of bad quality, PayPal Buyer protection is available to protect you.

All the same, this is great news for business in these ten markets, more doors of opportunity is open as they can sell product and services all over the globe through instant and trusted payment provider.

To the Nigerians; bloggers, online marketers and netpreneurs, I say a big congratulations to you guys and to PayPal Inc. or should I say PayPal Nigeria like Olawale? 😉 Anyway, joke apart, I challenge you guys to do more than this.

2014 is now revealing its promise of Overflow!

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Sony and Facebook on the Mark to Rival over Virtual-reality Goggles

After a big battle with Apple and Samsung for more than a decade, Sony sets to return as the leader in the video game industry, planning to give it its best shot in its latest moves.

The company which has refused to announce profits for five out of the six past years is on the verge of building its popular PlayStation4 gaming console into a great entertainment kit and develops a virtual-reality headset for the addicted gaming world.

Virtual reality technoloy

Project Morpheus headset is the new business the Japanese company is working on and has already unveiled at the Los Angeles electronics expo.

It is expected to compete Oculus VR, the virtual-reality goggle pioneer recently acquire by Facebook.

One of the biggest hopes Sony has is in its video gaming department as its television, Smartphone and tablet industry has refused to make profit in about a decade as they continually run a big race with the giant companies; Apple and Samsung.

Virtual-reality is more than just gaming, but video gaming is seen as a killer application to introduce the concept commercially, later inside the action, watching sports and even taking classes online will come on board.

The Rift, which is the name of the Oculus headset, has to be connected to a high-powered PC for it to perform well.

Virtual-reality goggles have been in demonstration for decades, but the screen technology has only become cheap not until recently and can now be mass produced for market purpose.

In match, Facebook announced its interest in buying the California based Oculus for $US2 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO said “the technology opens up the possibility of completely new kind of experiences”.

Oculus Chief, Brendan Iribe admitted that Sony coming into the industry will make the game change, they are early adopters who had discovered how virtual-reality and gaming entertainment work together.

“A decade from now, VR glasses are going to be ubiquitous and disrupt many of the industries as we know them today” Said Iribe.

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Tetris turns 30 still Playing Evergreen

If I will talk about the first game I ever played on an electronic device, it’s Tetris. The block building system is simple, yet addictive with its theme song that is nearly impossible to get out of your head even after decades.

On Friday, Tetris will be 30 years old and still going strong.

Tetris clocks 30

The game was invented by a Russian scientist Alexey Pajitnow in 1984; it involves several falling of different shaped blocks to complement rows. Failure to find space for the cascading falling blocks will run you into a game over.

The game quickly went popular around the Soviet Union and in the late 80’s, it achieved it first commercial milestone. Nintendo in 1989 got the license for Tetris and it was launched in its popular Game Boy.

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Nintendo sold over 35 million copies of this Game Boy flagship out of the goodwill of Tetris and it got a Guinness World Record of the sixth most sold video game of all time.

Today, Tetris has moved from its old fashion 8-bit world into the modern tech of Apple, Facebook and Android devices. In 2012, report showed that it was played online more than one billion times. Earlier this year, it got played in lights on one side of a Skyscraper in Philadelphia.

Tetris has also build fans from world mega stars, on its official website, it was stated that the R&B singer Beyounce Knowles, and Patrick Stewart, formal Star Trek captain and Shakespearian actor are lovers of the evergreen Tetris game.

Finally, Tetris is a great success, making it into the academic community like no other game; it has been credited to improving the brain function, reducing post-traumatic stress disorder and even helping people to stick to their diets by causing them a distraction form craving for food.

Another big thing happening to Tetris is its digital release on Xbox One and PS4 by Ubisoft.

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Apple HealthKit: Lets Hope Health and Fitness is All it Tracks

Apple’s announcement of iOS 8 at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) hardly came as a surprise, though many Apple enthusiasts were hoping against hope to get a word on a new iPhone. The latter have no one but themselves to blame for the disappointment, as the WWDC is, and always has been, about software. Getting back to the tech giant’s latest offering, it’s due this fall for current and next generation Apple devices. The newest iteration of the iPhone and iPad operating software doesn’t come with a whole lot of additions, though there is one that definitely caught our eye; HealthKit.Is Apple healthkit for real?

The caring side of Apple

It is hardly a surprise to see Apple jump onto the health and fitness bandwagon with HealthKit, considering the growing level of health consciousness in smartphone users. While the company may have been influenced by the popularity of other such apps to step into the health scene, it sure deserves the benefit of doubt. Let’s pretend that the tech giant is genuinely concerned for iPhone and iPad owners and their health. HealthKit is what the developers would work with, whereas the users will have the resulting Health app on their phone. It is being touted as a convenience that was otherwise missing. Apple acknowledges the fact that a health and fitness app is not its brainchild, but asserted that different apps were storing different health and fitness information in different “silos”. The Health app, on the other hand, will allow users to conveniently access all health-related information by serving as a hub that pulls in data from other third-party apps. It will let users track everything from monitoring their weight and activity level to chronic medical conditions like diabetes and blood pressure. Mayo Clinic and Nike+ are already on-board, though it’d be safe to assume that the list would grow in the coming months.

Convenience and utility, but at what price?

Upon looking at HealthKit, it’s hard not to think about similar apps created for the Android platform. Those apps were mostly debunked as bloatware by Apple loyalists. There hardly seems to be any reason to think the health app coming with iOS 8 will be any different. It’s likely to put a lot of weight on both RAM and memory. Another thing about HealthKit is that it comes off as an ideal target for hackers. With a license to gain access to other apps and track various user activities and other information, it surely looks like a ticking time bomb. For a company that was praised, and sometimes condemned, for its strong focus on keeping things nice and tight, Apple sure seems to have lowered the walls of the iOS fortress in a bid to offer more freedom and convenience. Let’s just hope this is a calculated risk.

Apple’s long standing history of keeping its products neat and its software without bloatware is what makes it a unique company among a world filled with tech products that come burgeoning with bloatware. But bloatware is not the only thing that can overwhelm a user’s experience of interacting with an interesting piece of hardware, there is a threat of giving too much to the user to choose from, or to use, that it may overwhelm them and leave them not using many of the features that a company touts to be the best it has produced. One hopes that this useful piece of software, HealthKit, is not one of them. And if somehow Apple can manage to pull that off, it could take a lead on its competitors.

Paranoia not without merit

Apple is no doubt a decent bet when it comes to security and privacy, but iOS 7 was a reminder of the fact that even one of the best in the business can slip up. One security flaw after another popped up during the course of its life, which, let’s not forget, haven’t come to an end yet. If Apple leaves a staggering security loophole in iOS 8’s security, the damage done may be of an entirely different level. And how can one forget about NSA enjoying complete freedom of tapping into anyone’s iPhone, courtesy of the backdoor access that offers a 100 percent success rate. If the NSA can get their hands on such an exploit, surely it’s only a matter of time before hackers follow suit.

There is still a fair amount of time left for iOS 8 to launch. Let’s hope Apple has a thing or two to say about some new security protocols that it’s introducing to ensure a safe and secure iOS experience for the users. Surely Apple couldn’t have decided to take the same road as Google and started giving more importance to user experience than user safety and security.

Do you think Apple HealthKit was meant for what it promises to deliver or something else? I’d like to know your view.