Today I am going to review one of the most important smartphones of 2014 – the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship device of the Galaxy S series and it was just launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Display & Design
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is quite similar in design to the Galaxy S4, it has a very similar design language with rounded corners and a metal trim alongside. The only major difference in design and hardware is actually on the back.
The back features a soft touch finish with a dimple patter, it really feels a lot nicer than Samsung’s older glossy finishes, it feels very similar to the Note 3 without the leather looks but otherwise it feels pretty much like the Galaxy S4 in your hand.
The phone comes in with a 5.1 inch display with a capacitive button for multitasking and a new fingerprint scanning home button on the front. You can still take the back cover off to access the battery and the SIM card slot.This is definitely a Samsung phone as it has got all of Samsung’s apps and helpers and things like that.
Hardware & Software
On the back of the device you can find a 16 megapixel camera, a LED flash and a new heart rate sensor that uses your fingertip to measure your heart rate. The phone has a micro SD card as well and a 2100 mAh battery that Samsung says gets 20% better battery life than the Galaxy S4.
Inside the Galaxy S5 is a quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and 2GB of RAM, this is what makes the phone really fast and responsive. There is actually no lag that I can particularly see, the interface is definitely very familiar to Samsung users even if there are some slight differences.
For example, if you swipe over the home screen you can access the My Magazine feature which was available with a swipe-up in the Note 3 but otherwise it is a pretty standard home screen. The settings menu and the tabs are gone for a more icon based approach and it is running Android 4.4.2.
The great thing is that S-health has been greatly improved in addition to the heart rate sensor on the back. It has a new exercise coach and pedometer and it has the ability to be expanded with third party apps that can tap into that Samsung feature that they will release soon.
The heart rate sensor uses the sensor near the LED on the back and in order to use it you just need to place your fingertip on it and it will give you a reading for your heart rate in about 5 to 10 seconds.
Samsung is going to be releasing the Galaxy S5 in a variety of different colored backs, there is blue, black gold and white so depending on which market it will be released the color will be available but in the U.S. they are going to launch the Black and White model.
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How does Facebook gain financially from WhatsApp?
With more than 450 million active users and million people seen signing up over WhatsApp, Facebook has simply stepped a big steps towards making loads of profits from the recent deal of 19 billion dollars. The historical deal that worked out between the owners of WhatsApp and Facebook has simply added an edge to this giant social media site in getting the most acclaimed and popular international mobile messaging services. The company CEO Mark Zuckerberg has the plans to operate WhatsApp independently rather than merging it with the giant social media site. Well, let’s check how Facebook has gained financially by acquiring this popular international mobile messaging service as under:
What is WhatsApp?
What is there for the Facebook?
This is one of the most obvious questions, which people are seen posing all across the world. So, how Facebook is going to benefit (financially) by investing a whopping amount of 19 billion dollars for this historic deal, is an important question to answer. The fact is, Facebook is supposed to gain from this deal in many ways. As per reports, a sizeable amount of teen population, which has drifted from Facebook to the messaging services like WhatsApp is back to Facebook. Thus the crisis for teen demographics, Facebook has been facing will be resolved to a great extent. One of the fastest growing markets, which Facebook was seen lagging behind, would be accomplished with this deal.
If you look at the third quarterly report of Facebook of 2013, the chief financial officer David Ebersman, was seen a bit concerned about the slower earning in this period especially the younger teens. The decline of popularity of Facebook amongst the teens was the major worry of the company heads, however, with incredible deal; the lost crowd is more likely to return to Facebook family.
With this deal FB is at the top in Mobile messaging
With the acquisition of WhatsApp, Facebook is certainly going to be the number one player in mobile messaging service, which was one of the vital markets, in which the giant of social media was seen lagging behind. With two failed efforts of Facebook to acquire the photo messaging application called Snapchat and the poor performance of company’s own messaging application called Facebook Messenger (launched in the year 2011) was one of the biggest worry, which was addressed by this deal to a great extent.
With this deal, Facebook will now get a massive database of users all across the world, and more data is more money for the company. This will multiply the opportunities in order to understand the mobile messaging customers and this new format of communication by Facebook. Thus the company would be able to leverage the most by this mobile channel, which Facebook was seen lagging behind at. If you look at the users of WhatsApp, a sizeable amount of its users hail from developing countries, which again the Facebook was seen lagging behind. In a sense, this deal has simply accelerated the amount of people drastically.
Interestingly, Facebook – the giant in social media was seen struggling in certain areas. This is due to a specific crowd, which was ironically seen big in number of WhatsApp. Hence with this deal, the flaws within Facebook seems to be diminishing, which means the company is all set to make huge money from this historic acquisition. Let’s wait and watch!
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Virtually everyone loves Wikipedia for what it has to offer. It is a gigantic resource that can be used by students, academics, and even doctors to help provide valuable information on perhaps the widest range of topics ever compiled. It is filled with millions of articles, images, and pieces of information in over 280 different languages. It’s also home to around 75,000 dedicated editors who are all a part of a wide ranging community that tries to keep Wikipedia as reliable and helpful as possible. With all these plaudits and accolades, you might think that Wikipedia is free from criticism. Of course, one of the major criticisms against Wikipedia is its design.
Since it was created in 2001, Wikipedia has largely stuck with the familiar white and black color scheme and utilitarian formatting. If you have ever used Wikipedia for anything, then you are probably familiar with the design. There’s nothing really flashy about it, and it’s certainly not winning any graphic design contests, but the design is functional. Over the years, it’s received minor facelifts, but nothing that has been particularly noteworthy.
Wikipedia has also received a number of different proposals for redesign over the years. As one of the most popular websites on the internet, Wikipedia has stayed surprisingly true to its design form. For anyone looking for no-nonsense information, Wikipedia is ideal. But, for creative types, the website can be almost unreadable. Blocks of text aren’t spaced out well, there is too much white space, and the typography in general is out of date. But, again, this is a website with some of the highest traffic rates on the web. Another top-ten website, Yahoo, has seen innumerable changes since it was first unveiled in the 90’s. In fact, the original Yahoo website is almost unrecognizable by comparison.
So, what’s the deal with Wikipedia? For starters, many people at Wikipedia sort of work off the philosophy of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” For the most part, this rings true. Although Wikipedia can, at times, be difficult to read, it still gets the job done quite well (especially considering it’s got over 30 million pages to deal with). Another reason that Wikipedia has yet to update or streamline its look is because most redesign proposals don’t take into account the complex infrastructure of the Wikipedia community and Wikipedia editing in general. Most redesigns focus purely on the aesthetic aspects of the site on not the functional ones.
There is even an official discussion page on Wikipedia titled “Unsolicited redesigns.” This is a place to lay out the rules for redesigns and talk about why they may or may not be feasible. One of the newest redesign proposals comes from a Swedish design studio called “1910.” The design looks very similar to the current Wikipedia, but it utilizes white space more, separates blocks of text, enlarges images, and effectively makes the website more readable as a whole.
Of course, if we’re just talking about aesthetics, most redesign proposals look nicer than the current Wikipedia design. For the most part, however, redesign proposals are largely put on the back burner. It does not look like Wikipedia is going to make a large-scale redesign any time soon, so you might as well get used to the utilitarian functionality of the site.
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BlackBerry hasn’t had a good few years, seeing their stocks plummet, their technology fail and their sales diminish. Nobody sees BlackBerry as a ‘go to’ brand like they used to, but we’ve come up with three ways the company could reclaim that former success.
Fix the design
Does a BlackBerry phone have a physical QWERTY phone or not? The company has flipped the keyboard design on and off like a light switch over the past year and the result has been far from successful.
There are very few phones being released which actually have a physical keyboard. Is that a sign of the times? We think so, and BlackBerry isn’t letting the age of the QWERTY keyboard pass, and it is paying for it.
The Canadian company needs to focus on releasing a range of phones with a responsive and vivid touch screen that is reliable. Even with the latest releases, we’ve been given touch screens which aren’t as responsive as other manufacturers, and that flaw is driving people away.
To put it simply, BlackBerry needs to fix the design issues, if it doesn’t, it’s unlikely that the firm will exist this time next year.
Change its Audience
Another thing BlackBerry could do is change its audience. For the past few years BlackBerry has been targeting younger audiences, losing track of where its original success was found: in the business sector.
Instead of trying to focus on the teenage audience, why doesn’t BlackBerry head back to basics and become the business phone manufacturer on the market.
When business people are looking for a new handset, you won’t see them hunting around for the best phone deals, instead, they will know to head straight for a BlackBerry. This is the ideal situation for BlackBerry and what it should be striving to secure.
Sort out the OS
If your own system doesn’t run well, it’s unlikely people will buy your phone, simple as that. The BlackBerry 10 operating system wasn’t bad in all fairness, but before that BlackBerry was a much maligned system, thanks to multiple issues from lack of apps to constant crashing.
Windows Phone 8 was released at a similar time to BlackBerry 10, so why has it stuck around when BB10 hasn’t? Because WP8 secured the most important apps, and released the most important updates to its users when BlackBerry didn’t, and now it is stealing away the users BlackBerry once had.
If BlackBerry is to get out of the mess it’s found itself in, it needs to keep improving its OS in an effort to bring more customers in.
If BlackBerry improves its OS further, it could begin to compete effectively against the likes of Windows Phone, Android and Apple, just like the good old days.
If BlackBerry does any one of these three things, it might be able to climb out of this hole it’s stuck in. Hopefully we might just be seeing BlackBerry make a resurgence this year if it gets things right.
Almost all companies across the world use hosting services, but dedicated server hosting offers the resources and capabilities of the entire server with the whole server completely devoted to the cause of the company. Dedicated servers are for those who don’t want to share their hosting server with any other hosting partner. This kind of hosting is much easier in comparison to shared server hosting. This is because in this type of server, there is an option for devoted assets like hardware and software. Therefore, a dedicated server web hosting service, a dedicated server, or an organized hosting service is a kind of Internet hosting in which the purchaser leases a whole server, not shared with anyone else. There are many advantages of using a dedicated hosting.
If you share your server with other server hosting clients, you are inviting risks. There is the risk of losing memory or bandwidth of the server as others are using it. Dedicated server web hosting can easily solve those problems by providing you the entire server to your service without the interference of others.
It is one hundred percent secure with 24×7 day and night support system. Regular system updates and security patches are available. As business across the world is increasing with innumerable companies coming up in the global scenario, no one can afford the luxury of risking security questions. Dedicated server hosting is secure and the data is safe from outside traffic.
Control and Flexibility:
If you share your server with other clients, there are many things you cannot control over the server. But dedicated server hosting provides this opportunity for the growth of your business. It can provide flexibility by managing almost everything for you with your own developers and engineers.
Dedicated hosting, not being shared with any other client, can raise the performance of your server. Whether your server is crowded with web traffic every day or loaded with high-resolution photos and videos, the dedicated server hosting service make your server work smoothly and accurately. As competition across the world is growing with bitter rivalry, better performance in quick succession of time is what the companies require. Dedicated web hosting provides them with the desired quality performance.
Many hosting services like the shared hosting service do not provide the opportunity to install or manage any new software of hardware to your server, as being shared by other clients. The traffic is also very dense, affecting the performance of the server a great deal. However, the dedicated web hosting service allows custom configuration of the server by allowing you to install special software or configure the server according to the need of the company’s profile.
Unique IP address:
Most of the shared hosting services use a shared IP address, risking the security of the server but the dedicated server hosting service has its own unique IP address.
Gone are those days when the majority of enterprises chose to host their websites overseas. The United States was the most favored hosting place visited amidst many businesses. Today, thanks to the growing IT sector, countries like India are emerging destinations in the arena of dedicated server hosting.
About the author: Ted Garza is a professional teacher. He has worked at kindergartens in USA and abroad for most of his professional life. In his free time he likes to write texts and articles on the topics of technology and also its implementation in everyday life for different websites (for example for the Danish UnoEuro server hosting domain campaign. He is always excited to share and comment his views on modernity with other people interested in such discussions.