Seniors Should Be Dialing In On Smartphones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#smartphone Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces With one billion smartphones now on our planet, it is amazing that one device can provide such utility to so many different people. The combination of apps on my LG Spectrum let me do things I couldn’t do without it. However within my over-sixty demographic, I find myself in a small group of smartphone users. I find myself wondering why something so useful to me is embraced by so few of my friends? Estimates for smartphone users my age range between 8% and 24%. Actually, among friends of my age, I suspect only around 10% of the people I know have a smartphone. That number is exclusive of my former colleagues in the real estate industry where smartphone usage is very high, even as the average age of agents is 54.Making ProgressSeven years ago, I was just happy to have the contacts on my Mac computer sync with my Nokia 6620 cell phone. I gave up even that when I went to work in real estate in January 2007, where many were hooked on Blackberries and Windows computers were the standard. That summer, though, Apple introduced the iPhone and the world of cell phones began to change rapidly.In March of 2010, I bought a Droid phone mainly because of Verizon’s network. I was impressed that the Droid could be populated with my address book and Gmail accounts while we were paying for the phone and signing the terms of use contracts.The increasing sophistication of the apps that helped us do business in real estate convinced me of the utility of smartphone. It was great to be riding around in car with a client and be able to instantly find out information on a home that caught their eye.Even outside of business, I found some great uses that helped me become a dedicated smartphone user.Apps For Every PursuitWith a life long love of GIS and maps, I became smitten with a wonderful free app by Google called My Tracks. I love to hike, boat and kayak. My Tracks records those adventures and lets me store them on the web at My Places, which is in turn hooked to my Google account. I can see how far I walked or kayaked and share the maps with others. I can also edit the maps and attach pictures to the locations. It is really neat to take someone on a boat ride of our marshes and then share with them a map of their trip.I also love to take pictures and it is not unusual for me to take hundreds in a day. The edited ones I want to keep are uploaded to my Picasa web album account. Since my original Droid, the Gallery app has been a repository for not only the photos I have taken with my phone, but also all of the pictures stored in the cloud within my Picasa account.Last year, I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and desperately wanted something similar to the Android Gallery app. I ended up finding a neat app called Portfolio. At the time I was experimenting with Microsoft’s SkyDrive so I ended up putting Portfolio for SkyDrive on both my Android devices. It is the easiest way to create a slide show. Now if I know that I want to show some photos, I just drop them in a folder on my SkyDrive and can show them from my phone or tablet. They also have apps for Flickr and Picasa.Another neat app that I find very useful is Google’s Latitude. My son and I often use it to track each other when we are traveling. If you are trying to meet someone, Latitude is hard to beat. You can see other person’s progress on a map showing your current location. Latitude is another tool integrated with Google Maps.I will also admit to using Evernote, Instagram and Foursquare. My Tracks is great for a full hike, but with Foursquare I can check in at landmarks and see how long it takes me to get to the next one. I also find Foursquare a good way to keep track of restaurants and places that I like. I had some great lobster in Maine this fall. I may not immediately recall the name of the restaurant, but I could find it easily in my Foursquare history.Another app that I like is Share My Position. When I am on the road and take a different route, the first chance that I get, I will share my location with our children. If I drop dead, they will at least know where to find me.Texting on a smartphone is a revolution compared to the old way of using a numeric keypad. It gets even better using voice input or when you install Mighty Text on your computer and your smartphone. I can send texts via my smartphone easily from my computer. Once in a while I even get a response from my grown children.I even use the Alarm/Clock app to keep my afternoon naps to a reasonable length.I also use CallTrack in conjunction with Google calendars. It records the date, numbers and durations of all my cell phone calls. With the calendar app it is easy to synchronize with my Google calendar, which has everything from our church calendar to the local tide tables.There is one final app that I have to mention. It is the Sea Tow app. Sea Tow is like the AAA for the water. You pay a yearly fee and if you run out of gas or get stuck, they will come rescue you. I boat a lot. This summer for the first and I’m sure not the last time I got my skiff stuck on a sandbar. I used the Sea Tow app to send the GPS coordinates of our location to our rescuer. Even with a drive to launch his boat, he reached us in about an hour after I sent the message. It only took a few minutes to get us off the sandbar and on our way. It would have been a lot harder without the app since their captain was unfamiliar with the area. While I have a GPS on the boat, coaxing the coordinates out of it is more difficult than tapping “send.”While I could live without my smartphone, it has become a great tool that I use all the time. Given the useful and personal nature of all of these apps and more, it still surprises me that more people my age don’t take advantage of smartphones.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology david sobottalast_img read more

After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 4: Editing & Animating Text

first_imgLearn how to animate text in lesson 4 of our After Effects Fundamentals course.We’ve arrived at lesson 4 of our 10 part Fundamentals of After Effects series. Up to this point we’ve learned about the After Effects interface, basic expressions, and keying. In this lesson we share some tricks for working with text in Adobe After Effects.Learning how to animate and work with text is an essential skill for every motion graphic designer to know. Unlike still designs made in Illustrator or Photoshop, text in After Effects requires a designer to take into consideration the length at which the viewer will be reading the text. This makes it more complicated but also more dynamic . This After Effects video tutorial covers:Text layersThe character windowStylizing textKey-framing source textWorking with path optionsAnimating textIf you are still feeling inspired after watching this tutorial check out some of the other awesome text based tutorials on the PremiumBeat blog like 3D corner text and how to create animated hipster logos.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 6 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks!What did you think of this lesson? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Muzaffarpur rape case : former Bihar minister Manju Verma’s husband surrenders in court

first_imgChandrashekhar Verma, husband of former State Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Monday surrendered in a local court in Begusarai.Manju Verma had to resign from the Cabinet of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after her husband’s name had cropped up in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of 34 minor girls.The wife of one of the accused persons in the case had alleged that Chandrashekhar Verma visited the shelter home regularly.Chandrashekhar Verma was also accused of having links with the main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur. He was said to have spoken with Brajesh Thakur several times between January and June this year.As many as 17 people, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of minor girls and sent to jail.Thakur was recently shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Muzaffarpur jail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)  had informed the Supreme Court, due to his influential status.Later, a CBI inquiry was ordered in the case which is being monitored by the Supreme Court.A Special Investigation Team of police had earlier conducted raid at residence of Chandrashekhar Verma in Begusarai district of Bihar where about 50 cartridges were recovered.Recently, Supreme Court had asked the CBI and Bihar police to explain the delay in tracing the whereabouts of Chandrashekhar Verma.The court had also asked Bihar police to probe the alleged recovery of a large quantity of ammunition from the residence of former minister and her husband.Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered at Majhaul civil court in Begusarai district.last_img read more

Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs

first_imgTom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The previous time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened a season at home against Kansas City in 2008, it ended with him limping off the field with a season-ending knee injury.Now nine years removed from the most significant injury of his career, Brady said it is the furthest thing from his mind as New England prepares to host the Chiefs on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With minimal new film of Kansas City’s starters to dissect at this point, Brady is expecting to see plenty of wrinkles from what he called an “explosive” unit.One of the players he singled out was cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions during the 2015 regular season. He followed that up by tying for second in the league with six picks in 2016.Brady also is expecting to be challenged by safety Eric Berry and the active linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston.“They have playmakers,” Brady said. “When they’re roaming around, you can’t just stare them down right where you want to throw the ball. It’s always a little cat and mouse with safeties and cornerbacks. … That’s why they force that many turnovers.”But Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said familiarity alone won’t be enough to get Brady off his game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Yeah, I didn’t think about that,” Brady said Monday. “Time flies.”What’s also a distant memory is the unfamiliar situation he found himself in last season when he was forced to sit out the first four games of 2016 after accepting his four-game “Deflategate” punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBrady brushed off that disappointment by capturing his fifth Super Bowl in February. Now he’s happy just to be thinking about football and how to get the best of a Kansas City team that was the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs last season.It’s a unique challenge for a Patriots offense that will have several new options for the 40-year-old quarterback to utilize as he tries to deal with a defense that ranked first in the NFL last season with 33 takeaways. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I don’t know if it helps. You’re aware of how good he is,” Sutton said. “When you play (271) games, pass for 61,000 yards — or whatever he has — you’re playing against a football player, a quarterback that’s really talented, that has a great skillset — great command of his offense in all regards. It’s just a huge challenge.”But even at 40, Brady said opening a season in prime time still offers the same excitement as it did early in his career.“Everyone’s pretty amped up for this one,” he said. “It’s been waiting a long time for this. … It’s a big game and it’s an important one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Federer calls medical timeout ‘precaution’; del Potro nextcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets, take 4-0 lead

first_imgYusuf Pathan hits a six during his 96-ball knock of 123. Photo by PTIYusuf Pathan scored a quick-fire century and claimed three Kiwi scalps to lead India to an impressive five-wicket victory during the fourth ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.Batting at his usual pace, Pathan struck left, right and centre as the New Zealanders desperately tried for options. But, the option never came by as he went on to score an unbeaten 123 in an explosive batting show, which saw him hit as many as seven over-the-fence shots and an equal number of fours.Yusuf Pathan raises his bat after his half-century as Saurabh Tiwary looks on. Photo by APComing in after Andy McKay and Nathan McCullum had delivered double blows and the score was a poor 108/4, he changed the face of the game, which was gradually shifting towards New Zealand.McKay had dispatched Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli in the 10th over, while McCullum had dismissed Yuvraj Singh in the 18th and followed it up with Parthiv Patel’s wicket in 20th over. Patel put 53 on board.But, Pathan had other plans. He formed a partnership with Rohit Sharma and after his dismissal got involved in another partnership with young Saurabh Tiwary by his side. Together, the duo put on 133 runs for the sixth wicket to end the day on 321/5. Tiwary scored a fine 37.James Franklin raises his bat after an unbeaten 98. Photo by APEarlier after being put to bat, Kiwi James Franklin hit 22 runs in the last over amassing an unbeaten 98 to help the visitors put up an impressive 315/7 in their quota of 50 overs against an Indian attack that went wrong towards the end.In keeping with India skipper Gautam Gambhir’s plans of early inroads under overcast conditions, Ashish Nehra claimed opener Martin Guptil (30) and Jamie How (4) in quick succession. But, his efforts came a cropper when Franklin scored 22 off his last over.advertisementPathan claimed important wickets of Scott Styris (46), skipper Daniel Vettori (17). Later he increased his victims list by adding Kyle Mills’s name in it.R Ashwin claimed two wickets on the day getting rid of danger-man Brendon McCullum (42) in the 14th over with Rohit Sharma performing the final rites at the short mid-wicket region and then dispatching Ross Taylor on 44.With this win India will be aiming for a series whitewash in the final ODI in Chennai on Friday.NUMBERS GAME6 Number of years taken by Parthiv Patel to make his comeback. He last represented India against Sri Lanka in Colombo on July 27, 2004.3/ 49 Are the best bowling figures of Yusuf Pathan in his 41st match. His previous best was 3/ 56 against West Indies in Kingston on June 26, 2009.98 * Is the highest score of James Fraklin in his 77th match. His previous best was 72 not out also against India in the previous match. Overall, it was his second half century.315/ 7 Is the highest score of New Zealand at this venue.Their previous best was 236/ 8 in 50 overs also against India on October 14, 1987.Compiled by Manoj Kumarlast_img read more

Mi Band 3 quick review: One of the best gadgets Xiaomi has made so far

first_imgXiaomi is already very popular among the smartphone buyers in India. But that’s not all that it wants. It wants more. Xiaomi wants to occupy each and every corner of people’s homes, and it wants to do so with products like Mi TVs, Mi Air Purifiers, Mi Smart Security cameras, Mi Bands and so on and so forth. Last week, Xiaomi launched seven new smart home products at its Smart Living event held at the company’s India HQ in Bengaluru. One of these products is the Mi Band 3.The Mi Band 3 is affordable and comes with a price of Rs 1,999. And my first impression of it is that it’s fantastic.The Mi Band 3 is way more than just a fitness band. After using the Band 3 for some time, I believe it’s the best fitness band Xiaomi has made so far, and also overall the best that you can get under Rs 5,000. There are no two thoughts about it.The Mi Band 3 is already available in India and is selling for Rs 1,999 on Mi.com and Amazon.in. Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — Blue, Black, and Orange.I have used the Mi Band 3 for a while now, and love almost everything about it. Starting from the OLED display to the durable strap and the range of new features that it packs, the Mi Band 3 has almost everything that one wants from a fitness band.More than just a fitness bandThe Mi Band 3 not only monitors the sleep quality or the heart rate or measures the number of steps walked like the way the Band 2 would do, but also shows three-day weather forecast, and notifies users with new WhatsApp messages, emails, or calls. Unlike the previous generation Mi Bands, the Mi Band 3 is different in several ways.advertisementThe Band 3 not only notifies the user about a new message or a call but also displays the name of the caller and shows the content of the message or the email. This means the Mi Band 3 users may not have to switch to their phone to read messages or office emails. They can read them on the band, although the experience on its small screen is obviously not as good as what you get while reading the mail on a phone. To reply to messages or respond to calls, users need their phone.The Mi Band 3 comes with the ability to track sports activity and heart rate in real-time. For instance, whether a user is running, jogging, cycling or skipping, with Mi Band 3 they’ll be able to measure their heart rate on the go. The Mi Band 3 also comes with features like auto monitoring of sleep quality and, of course, counts the steps you take. The Band 3 also shows weather updates for three days and pack features like stopwatch and find a device, a feature I found unique and very useful while using the Band 3. For instance, in case a user misplaces the phone, the “Find Device” feature will let them remotely make the phone ring. So, the user will know that the phone is in the folds of sofa seats. Then there is the Idle Alert feature, which is similar to what you get in more pricey smartwatches or fitness bands. This feature lets users know that they are idle if they are sitting for over an hour by vibrating the band.The Mi Band 3 is also water resistant up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that users can go for swimming wearing the Mi Band 3 as it comes with a 5ATM rating.Easy to connect to the phoneI connected the Mi Band 3 to the Redmi 6. To connect the Mi Band 3 to the phone, users will first need to install the Mi Fit app on their device and then sign up with either Mi, Facebook, or Google account. They can also use their phone numbers to sign up with the app. After signing up, the users will need to follow these steps to connect their phones to the Mi Band 3:– Enter some of their personal details like weight, height and age– Ensure to switch on the Bluetooth on the phone and the band, and then search and pair the phone and the fitness band — To receive WhatsApp, email or call notifications on the Band 3, users will need to enable the incoming call, App alerts options on the Mi Fit app– Users will be able to manually select only the important apps that they want to receive notifications from.advertisementCan be worn for hoursThe Mi Band 3 comes with a much bigger display compared to the Mi Band 2, which shows the notifications clearly. Although it is not a smartphone, you can read short messages on this screen. The Mi Band 3 comes with an OLED display which measures about 0.78 inches and has 128×80 resolutions. It is also quite comfortable to wear as it weighs just 20 grams. Basically, you can wear the band whole day without any hassle.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Mi Air Purifier 2S, Mi Luggage, and Mi Home security camera launched in IndiaI am still in middle of testing the Mi Band 3 but so far indications are that it has pretty decent battery life. The Band 3 comes with 110mAh battery, which is almost 60 per cent bigger than the Mi Band 2 battery. Xiaomi claims that the Band 3 can offer up to 20 days battery life. So far, the Mi Band 3 battery has held up pretty well for me. I used the fitness band for one full day to monitor heart rate in real time, get WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and email notifications, call alerts, and more, and only 15 per cent of the full battery was consumed by the end of the day, which is quite impressive. For active users and who get a lot of notifications, 20-day battery life claim may not come true but even if the Mi Band 3 battery lasts one week, that will be best in the industry.last_img read more