Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Potato Salad Has Raised More Than $ 11,000 on Kickstarter

The Kickstarter is a hotbed of news and innovation in all areas where you can be creative, but not only this type of website design is done and one that was published on Friday is proof of that. Not only for being, shall we say, unusual, but as one of the most successful financing of the history of the site. It is called Potato Salad and, as the name implies, is a potato salad. Continue reading

This is How the Spotify Aims to Improve Music Recommendations

The market audio streaming is quite disputed. To differentiate, branch companies arebetting on enhancing features. Take the example of Spotify that, among other things, stands out for playlists suggestions. And this feature can get better: the company wants to use artificial intelligence to which the recommendations to approach more of the tastes of each user. Continue reading

What is NFC?

NFC technology described on abbreviationfinder has evolved to quickly facilitate the way in which we live with technology and although at the beginning it was a feature of high-end phones, today by hor is on phones of middle and low range of Sony, Motorola, Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Huawei and others brands competing in more accessible telephone market. Such is the boom of this technology that even Apple finally integrated the iPhone 6, although in reality in this work in a limited way, since while other smartphones let you use it for the exchange of information, in the iPhone was installed specifically for a mobile payments system. But to better understand its mechanism you answer the following questions.

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Carnival Face Makeup Ideas

Approaching the day of Carnival and inevitably both adults and children begin to think of the costumes to wear in parades and costume parties.

Often, however, buy costumes is very expensive, far cheaper is to make DIY costumes and bet much on make-up. Don’t fret: Carnival tricks are not that hard to make, just a steady hand and a little patience.

Don’t rush and don’t bother to play to perfection the trick you have chosen: your trick to Carnival will be even more beautiful if you customize with your imagination! Continue reading

“More Premium of Zenfones” Zenfone Zoom Reaches Brazil from R$2,700

Promised more than a year, the Zenfone Zoom reached the Brazilian market – already has price and release date. The device, announced at CES 2016 and seen by the two eyes that the earth is to eat at least three other international fairs (always in development), finally stopped being a promise to become reality.

According to Marcel Campos, marketing director for Latin America and India from Asus, this is more premium of Zenfone and comes to compete with Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s – although it is a product that fits best in a category “pre-premium”. The prices at least are in line with rivals: R$2,700 in the version with 2.3GHz processor and 64GB of internal space and R$3,300 in the 2.5GHz processor and 128GB. The Zenfone Zoom will be available in the store Asus already tomorrow (26) and in retailers from Monday (28).

The Zenfone Zoom, as the name suggests, is a returned phone not necessarily professional photography fans. Its great advantage is the main camera of 13 megapixels and lenses with aperture ranging from f/2.7 to f/4.8 and a 28-84 mm lens that delivers to the user an optical zoom, that is, physical, of 3x, and more 12x with digital zoom. In addition, the group has optical image stabilizer, auto focus laser and LED flash with two tones.

In a way the Zenfone Zoom closely resembles the Galaxy S4 Zoom and its successor, the Galaxy K Zoom, attempts to make a device for photographers. However, and this is a point in favor of Asus, the Zenfone Zoom is much closer to a smartphone than a compact camera, as were the Samsung models. According to Asus, the Zoom is set with optical zoom three times the world’s finest. (On the other hand, it is not as if there are many others to compare, right?)

In front, the Zenfone Zoom features a 5 megapixel camera and f/2.0. With regard to hardware, it has an Intel Atom Z3590 SoC with dual-core processor at 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz and 4GB of RAM, specified that Asus strong bet from the Zenfone family 2. Running Android 5.0, but with the ZenUI interface over which greatly modifies the Google operating system. The battery has the same 3000 mAh the other Zenfone 2 and rapid charging, according to the manufacturer provides 60% of battery 40 minutes.

Notice that the “chin” of white Zenfone Zoom has the concentric circles of the black version.

The design is also new because it does not follow the pattern of Zenfone line with brushed steel, concentric circles and curved back with LG fashion buttons. A curious detail is that the finish of the “chin”, the front bottom, changes depending on the unit’s color – compare the photos above.

According to Daniel Alenquer, Asus design director, everything was created from the lens, since it is from there that comes the main unit function. “Our goal was to communicate the resource with the design,” he said. According to the executive, the lens elevation on the back and the fact that she is out of the hands were on purpose, to protect all the fingers greasy users. As the leather marking on the back, whose goal is to help the user to set the phone in hand, when it is horizontal. And to make it even closer to the camera, the device has physical buttons dedicated to photos and videos in one of the side. The back cover is leather, not plastic, but remains removable, although the battery is not.

Screen 5.5-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass protection and 4, the device is compatible with 4G networks and supports only a chip (standard micro SIM). As in other markets where it already landed, the Zenfone Zoom will be sold in white and black colors. In the box, in addition to the most common accessories also has a leather strap that holds the smartphone, making it more similar to a camera. Colored covers to change the rear will be marketed by Asus in Brazil.

But beyond the device, you were also curious to understand why the delay of Zenfone Zoom, when it comes Android 6.0 and other issues concerning the design and sales strategy, do not worry: the launch of Zenfone Zoom happens during AsusOnBoard 2 offshore event which takes place this weekend of the Easter weekend.

Emily Nunes Canto are browsing the Brazilian coast at the invitation of Asus.


TV, Mobile and the Living Room

“I also want to share some additional thoughts on the Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I believe it is essential to define its core, but it is important to make smart choices in other businesses where we have fundamental impact and success. ”

(Translation – Xbox is no longer central to Microsoft) – Satya Nadela

The technology industry has sought to get the TV for decades. For a long time it was common to think of PCs as transition devices and the normal experiences of home computing and “interactive media” would happen on TV, with a user interface adapted to the big screen, driven by “super information highways”. The TV would become “interactive TV” and this would be a big part of how computing come to normal people.

Obviously, the technology industry has managed to make the way to the TV in closed devices with only one purpose: video games consoles on one side and set-top boxes for cable TV from another. The industry has tried to use them as platforms: video games are connected to the Internet, in part because they had to, and devices to play, but also as a step towards a broader view, and Microsoft also tried the other way, acquiring the WebTV.

But none of it worked. None of the attempts to separate the set-top boxes from cable companies or add some interactivity in addition to an electronic programming guide gave result. The Xbox and Playstation are online has become important for the games, but not much for other things. Attempts to bring the PC the way he is the living room (Windows Media Center and Front Row, Apple) are probably best forgotten (I could also mention the Smart TVs, but seriously: to bother me). You can then discuss whether Sony or Microsoft did better in the war of video games, but it does not matter to that broader view (and of course, more and more games will migrate to mobile).

Today we have a new wave of products trying to get there – Chromecast and the (new) Apple TV, which are actually iterations of a wave of previous products (Vudu, Roku, Boxee) that also never reached a mass market (There is a complex discussion here on content availability, the largest US very specific part). But what interests me most is that both devices are made to make TV a donkey glass – a peripheral for your smartphone. Chromecast not have a user interface on the screen. They are both made to the smartphone market: made to sell smartphones (they are very cheap products with low profit margins to make money for themselves and most of the content of the profit goes to the content industry) and content that comes smartphones.

That is, even if Apple or Google finally “win” and put your connected device on each TV in the developed world, is like a sideshow. TV is not the end point of consumer technology in every sense of the term. The revolution of consumer computing has happened anyway, without even touching the TV.

First the web, not the “interactive media” or “super information highway”, took the PC into every home in the developed world, and now smartphones led a truly personal computer for every pocket of the world. And it turns out that smartphones and tablets are the means by which computing comes to the living room, and the way the technology industry dominates the video content, whatever that means (This, if it has not been clear is why Satya Nadela said the Xbox is no longer central to Microsoft’s strategy).

We hear a sensational quote on CBS last year, they are less concerned with DVRs to skip commercials “because people are too busy on their smartphones to bother skip commercials.” You can see very clearly that change UK chart: short videos are made for smartphones, and also, increasingly, so are the long videos:

From all this, there are two things that make me think:

First, the fact of linear programming TV will no longer exist to the extent that the content restrictions and the user interface finally fall? Do everything except live events and especially sports coverage, falls and becomes a demand, or will the passive act, accommodated, “just show me something” will remain a big part of the experience on the big screens? And as the act of watching changes, it changes the distribution of watching different types of content on different screens.

Second, how much we, in fact, we need a big screen, and as it continues as something that just is there, it turned a few times but used less and less, with the device we hold in our hands is a truly better experience? And what types of content?

These questions are obviously connected – if you watch many series of big budget probably will use more the big screen and will use more also linear programming. This is somewhat reminiscent of the onslaught of Hollywood to show in response to the TV. Thus, the stronger the linear programming, stronger live events and stronger the big shows are, the more important the big screen will (even if only as a donkey glass). The more TV change, the more it changes device. And then, you put this series that you’re kind of watching on the big screen so you can do more important things on your phone, and look at the Wikipedia page to find out what happened while you were not watching? Perhaps even the small screen that really gets the attention anyway.

Finally, this is a case study of open and closed approaches. The gaming consoles closed ecosystem delivered huge innovations in games, but not in many other things. The open and permissive innovation web surpassed the closed view from top to bottom, interactive TV and super information highway. The user experience more abstracted, simplified and closed smartphones, especially the IOS, help take it to an audience much broader than the PC could reach, and the relative security install an app because of this aspect “closed” enables billions facilities and a new path to the video market. Not that the open or closed approach won, but it needs is a right kind of opening in the right place.


Scandinavian Apartment Decor

Scandinavian apartment decoration: how about choosing a different style to decorate your home? Thinking of you choice, we decided to create this post with tips and ideas on Scandinavian decor. This style is strong trend in decorating. So, how about trying to incorporate it in your environment? So there is no danger of mistakes, check out a beautiful example of Scandinavian apartment. This project is the Dvoetochie Design Bureau. Worth checking out this beautiful work, done with so much talent.

Everything in this project was chosen in the minutest detail. Notice that the chosen colors and decorative items are in harmony. All the rooms were very well thought out and planned. So, how about trying to do the same in your apartment? Know that it is possible. Just think of all the details of your apartment. After all, small details make all the difference. Therefore, nothing can be forgotten. All together makes a difference in the decoration.

What is Scandinavian Apartment Decor?

Scandinavian Style of decorating: homes decorated in this style are packed full of good choices. The lighter decor is the main feature. The white walls mark this mode of decorating, mixed with colors or prints in the decoration of the environment. How about decorating in this style you too? Here you can see that it’s not as complicated as wall.

After all, where did this style? The Scandinavian style emerged in the early 20th century and started in a region of Northern Europe, which includes Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The style took on the characteristics of the crafts of the region. Who influenced the Scandinavian style, was the designer Carlo Larsson. One of the features of style is to mix the traditional with the modern. The Dvoetochie project Design Bureau, it felt good to combine the two styles with success.