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Diversify Your Life with Internet of Things

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There are a great amount of benefits with modern technology in our everyday life. With the help of mobile technology, we can talk to our friends and relatives who are living far away from us. With the help of the internet, we can learn new things and online courses etc. With the help of aviation, we can get to distant places within hours which took years of time to reach in the past.

We use IT development to overcome time, distance and much more. We use it, basically, to optimize our life, make it faster and more convenient. Today’s world is ruled by the principles of management. Its basic principles are productivity, easiness, time-efficiency.  Very up-to-date technology “the Internet of Things” is an answer of creative entrepreneurial people to the necessity of our life to become better managed.

Innovative Solutions Offered at Internet of Things Platforms

The concept that lays behind Social Internet of Things platforms and unet, in particular, is generally quite simple: it reproduces in its interface all activities we experienced before in the e-space. We talk not only about social networks, but workload management, eemails trading, currency convertor and many other applications. Moreover, Internet of Things platforms give a unique opportunity to manage the whole enterprises and organizations online. You have heard once for sure about the concept of Smart Home. Modern and efficient idea lies behind it.  It aims to ensure that your home is manageable from wherever you are.

Innovative Solutions Offered at Internet of Things Platforms

Using Smart Home software on these platforms you can easily regulate the temperature heating and any other household processes at your house. Isn’t it fantastic? But Internet of Things offers even more. The whole cities as well can be governed using Smart City application. From the hardest problems to the most mundane issues can be easily resolved by city executives from any point in the world.

Social Internet of Things platforms become indispensable in our lives. Little bit by little bit they constitute regular individualized services. Believe, far more convenient is to have all necessary and available e-services at one platform, interface of which, by the way, is easily manageable. The Internet of Things is a revolutionary solution to the massive amount of valuable but still separated e-applications and services. Today, a few users got used to such a service. It did not have much of advertisement so to say, but advantages of it are enormous. In the internet there are many platforms that offer Internet of Things. Chose the reliable one and open to yourself a better world, more productive daily work and better manageable private life!

Use these apps for your good! You will soon discover that IT-sphere never stops to bring to our lives even more comfort! It empowers us with new possibilities and creative solutions! The Internet of Things is your chance to enjoy your life, even more, make it richer and more productive! Get used to the Internet of Things and you will be amazed how easy your life can become!

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PlayStation’s $30 PS4 gamepad for kids is totally adorable

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Is this controller cute as hell or what? Sony’s teamed up with hardware accessory maker Hori on its new Mini Wired Gamepad, which is designed for younger PS4 players with smaller hands, and it looks nice enough that I want to try it too – despite my giant paws.

The $30 Mini is half the price and 40 percent smaller than the standard DualShock 4, making it easier for little tykes to grip. However, it’s a rather bare-bones accessory as it lacks the touch pad, light bar, headphone jack, and motion sensing and vibration functions. For what it’s worth, Sony says that you can mimic certain touch pad inputs with the joysticks.

That means it may not be suitable for some AAA titles, but it should be fine for when you take on some baddies with kids in age-appropriate games.

The Mini will be available in the US and Canada this holiday season; you can find out more about it on this page.

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Facebook’s Explore feed is a missed opportunity for expanding your horizons

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Facebook is now rolling out its Explore feed to desktops; the new feature looks just like your existing feed, but surfaces content from pages you don’t yet follow, but might be interested in.

The feature has been available on mobile since April, and been in testing for a while on desktop. Facebook’s recommendations are based on your tastes, and also include popular posts from the vasts expanses of the social network. You can find it by visiting facebook.com/explore or clicking on the rocket icon labeled ‘Explore Feed’ in the Explore menu on the left of your news feed.

That’s just fine, and it probably works well enough for Facebook’s needs to present you with more content, keep you on the site longer, and deliver more ads between posts and within videos. What it doesn’t do is help you gain more perspective by delivering content you may not encounter in your day-to-day browsing, and that leads to people staying stuck in their echo chambers.

As I wrote last November shortly after President Donald Trump’s electoral victory in the US, Facebook allows us to create filter bubbles for ourselves and perpetually see only content that’s agreeable to our views and tastes. That’s the sort of thing that leads people to have no idea about why an incredibly unlikely candidate with zero political experience could become the president of the United States.

It’s also worth noting that Facebook is really good at figuring out what you’ll like and what might be relevant to you: save for the unfamiliar Pages that the content originates from, my Explore feed is awfully similar to my own News feed, filled with comics, science and tech posts and videos, as well as India- and Bollywood-specific memes. Nothing in there that I would be annoyed with in the least.

To be fair, that’s not entirely Facebook’s fault: it’s ultimately up to us to shape these bubbles we live in online, and it’s us users who inadvertently curate feeds that only suit our world views. But it’d be nice to have a way to see what others outside our circles see – kind of like The Wall Street Journal’s excellent working concept from last year.

Sadly, that may not be on the cards for Facebook now or ever. Showing you posts you haven’t indicated interest in is a wrong move from a product management standpoint: you’re not likely to engage with the content, and you’ll probably leave the page sooner than if you were shown content tailored to your tastes.

The goal for Facebook is to keep you glued to your screen longer so it can make more money from advertising, and idealistic features like this simply don’t make business sense. If you’re looking for a way to understand opposing views better, the Explore feed isn’t the answer. But if you enjoy what Facebook already has to offer and want more of the same, this will be right up your alley.

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Review: Meizu’s M6 Note is a budget phone with a flagship portrait mode

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If you live in the US or much of the West, you probably haven’t heard of Meizu. Though it’s occasionally made headlines for some interesting designs – see the rear display on the Meizu 7 Pro – it’s ‘only’ the world’s 11th largest smartphone maker, operating mainly in China and small pockets around the globe.

Still, when the company asked me to review its new M6 Note – a budget phone which does not actually have a stylus, despite the name – I thought I’d give it a shot to see what the other side of the world is up to. I’m glad I did.

The device’s hardware feels very well-built for a device that retails starting around $160-70 dollars (CNY 1,099), if a little stoic. It’s a thick device, thanks to a chunky 4,000 mAh battery, but I appreciate the heft. My favorite design detail by far is how the company integrated the flash into the antenna band – it’s such a clever touch I can’t believe I haven’t seen it on another device. Less pleasant is the choice of a micro-USB, but at least it has a headphone jack.

It’s 2017, so we need to talk bezels. The Pro6’s are average, which is to be expected from a mid-range phone. The display itself is decidedly average too – colors are a little too dull and cool out of the box. You can adjust the color temperature in the display setting, but the colors remain unexciting.

At least there’s a fingerprint sensor below the display, which pulls double duty as a home button and gesture pad. The fingerprint sensor is actually a button, so a full press goes home and a tap goes back. To access the recent menu, you swipe up from the bottom of the display on either side of the sensor. I would have preferred the traditional trio of capacitive buttons, but Meizu’s implementation is totally servicable and helps with one handed usability.

As this phone was meant to sell in China, it doesn’t come with the Google Play Store pre-installed, but it takes just a few minutes to download it from Meizu’s App Store. The device is running a heavily skinned version of Android called Flyme OS. The name that sounds a little too close to phlegm, but as far as heavy Android skins go, this is one of the better ones. I’m always appreciative of features like power-saving modes and theming engines as long as there’s no major performance hit.

Despite mid-range components – Snapdragon 625, 16/32/64 GB of storage, and 3 or 4 GB  of storage – and heavy skin, the Note quite frankly was comparable to many flagships I’ve tried this year for everyday tasks. We’re simply at a point where optimization matters a great deal more than raw specs for typical performance.

Similarly, the Note has truly superb battery life – I generally comfortably got two days of use out of it, and never managed to kill the battery before a full day. If only more manufacturers would sacrifice a few millimeters for battery life.

The Note’s headline feature is its camera, something that’s generally the weakest point of mid-range devices. While it definitely has significant drawbacks and flawed and doesn’t outclass the best on the whole, it does excel in one area: Portrait mode.

Specifically, the portrait mode is beyond what you’d expect for the price. What I  thought would be little more than a tendy cash grab actually turned out to be the camera’s best feature. Meizu, somehow, managed to create one of the most realistic portrait modes I’ve seen to date.

Meizu consistently does a good job of selecting around complicated edges – better than Samsung’s Note 8, OnePlus 5 or the Moto Z, in my experience. It’s not that it doesn’t screw up sometimes, it’s that it seems to be better at masking artifacts on the whole. Moreover, Meizu’s bokeh just looks more realistic than many others I’ve tried. It’s closer to something shot from a real camera than looking like someone just applied a Gaussian blur filter in Photoshop – at least compared to the competition.

To my eye, that’s largely because the Note tends to create smooth transitions between in-focus and out-of-focus areas – as opposed to making your subject look like a cardboard cutout. It also creates pretty realistic bokeh circles on highlight points, something other phones tend to miss.

I’d put it right up there with Google Pixel, Huawei Mate 9 and iPhone 8 among the best portrait modes I’ve used. I just wish there were a way to tone adjust the amount of blur; it can sometimes be too much.

The rest of the camera is more midrange-y. I like Meizu’s color rendition, and low light performance alright is when you turn HDR off (it’s much too grainy otherwise). It’s main shooter a uses an f/1.9 aperture on a Sony IMX362 – a solid sensor – but without OIS, the noise reduction algorithms could definitely use some work.

Side-note: The Note stamps a watermark on your photo by default. Why, Meizu? Thankfully it’s easy to turn off in settings.

The more frustrating issue is the lack of an auto-HDR mode, which seems baffling in 2017, even at this price point. Though the shutter is instant, it also takes a second or too to process HDR images, which feels slow for 2017. The HDR processing is pretty good though, so I just left it on all the time. Thankfully, Meizu says it’s working on implementing auto-HDR.

The Meizu M6 Note is available in a motley of countries around the globe. Though you probably won’t be able to get one easily in the US or much else of the world, the Note is surprisingly capable budget phone. If it were available more easily round these parts, it would be an solid recommendation in its price range.

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