Everyday new phones with all new features keep on blooming in the Smartphone world. Big ‘megapixels’, Monster ‘RAMs’ and Sexy ‘unibody aluminium’ leave no stone unturned to lure the customers. If you are confused in which phone to buy, then this article is sure to solve your dilemma. Here are some of the top mobile phones this year that celebrate everything from gorgeous displays to innovation and everything in-between. The following super models have something different enough that makes them stand out. And that’s the reason why they are spotlighted.
List of Best Smartphones in 2016
Here are some of the shiny slabs of handheld goodness that have won our hearts in 2016. Let’s dive into the smartphone pool and decide which mobile suits your requirements and budget.
Most Alluring: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Pick up the pretty perfect smartphone – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s blooming gorgeous! No doubt, beginners would be drawn towards the tantalizing bends of its curved screen. The lovely solid metal and glass build will surely freeze your attention. The phone will marvel you not just with its design but the rocking power beneath the hood. Powered by 1.6GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, Samsung S7 Edge is sure to provide a divine experience. The phone runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3600mAh non-removable battery. Capture amazing pictures and videos with its 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter.
A Seriously Cool Smartphone: OnePlus 3
OnePlus 3 has managed to grab the ‘best phones to buy’ headlines quite easily by offering 6GB RAM, Snapdragon™ 820Qualcomm®, and Adreno™ 530GPU display. Born from amazing technology, design, and innovation, the all new metal Smartphone is carved from premium aluminum. Under the hood the smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 3000mAh battery. It comes with a Dash Charge technology to provide you a day’s power in just half an hour of charging. You won’t be disappointed with the 16MP camera that boasts lightning-fast shutter speed, snappy autofocus, and advanced stabilization methods to capture stunning photos or videos. OnePlus 3 truly offers unbelievable bang-for-buck value.
Most Modular & Innovative: LG G5
The magical LG G5 is the world’s first modular Smartphone to offer a uni-metal body and fingerprint sensor technology. G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and an expandable 32GB storage. Its ‘always on’ display lets you see important notifications without waking the phone. One of the biggest highlight of the phone is the ‘slide out battery compartment’. The same trick applies to the camera grip – ‘LG Cam Plus’ that provides an excellent way to take pictures. LG G5 has been awarded as the “Best New Smartphone” at MWC 2016 from the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards.
Smartphone Redefined: iPhone 6s Plus
Apple has taken the tech world by storm again with the launch of iPhone 6s Plus. The new ‘Rose-Gold’ 6s Plus offers incredible force sensitive 3D Touch technology for highest security. The ‘Live Photos’ feature in the phone will now instill life into your still image. You can now capture beautiful pictures, shoot brilliant 4K videos of 1080p HD with brilliant camera quality. The manufacturers have left no stone unturned in the phone design. The model is made more sturdy from a new alloy of 7000 series aluminum with a LED-backlit widescreen of 5.5 inch. Quick navigation, power-packed performance with ‘Proactive’ Siri and iOS 9 – all makes iPhone 6sPlus a game changer.
Omnipotent: HTC 10
HTC 10 is a beautiful looking thing. The phone surpasses all its previous models with simple, minimalist style and soft curves. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the Sense 8.0 skin on top. HTC 10 throws everything you’d expect from a modern Smartphone – Unparalleled performance, Superb 24-bit Hi-Res sound, Optical Image Stabilization in both front and back cameras, 4K resolution video recording, stellar two-day battery life and much more.
Budget King: Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus is a great budget mobile phone for all your needs. Priced at Rs. 14999, the mobile flaunts a very attractive display with rigid and hard-wearing construction. It sports 5.5 inch full HD screen. The vibrant and punchy display offers great experience for playing games and video. G4 Plus runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset. You get two options, a 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM in terms of memory.
The Prodigious: Nextbit Robin
I really love the pastel-blue colour and refreshing angular shape of Nextbit Robin. In an ocean of black, aluminum and rounded corner smartphones, the unusual Nextbit Robin is an absolute delight. The circular drilled speakers look excellent. It is a big plus point for headphone-less YouTube addicts. The phone offers unlimited storage as it focuses on automated cloud storage. The mobile is quite applaudable for breaking the Smartphone mould.
Source by Digital Vijay
More and more companies are developing mobile Apps to improve the functions and activities that users can access from their phones. Mobile application development is focused on areas such as accessing information with ease, using multiple features to use information and also transfer it along with data.
Drivers for Growth:
The forecast for the mobile application market is really good till 2016 – one of the many drivers is the rising number of tablet computers and smart phones. With the increase in these numbers, it is only natural for the number of applications and downloads to rise exponentially. The demand for free mobile application development is also rising.
As far as companies and the mobile application market is concerned, organizations look forward to using applications like WebEx meeting developed for the iPhone. It makes video conferencing easy especially with the built in camera and available mobile broadband connection. With such innovations and many others in the pipeline, companies are finding it easier to hold meetings and conferences from different locations with ease. The number of applications being developed for Businesses are now in the range of 12 -15%. The demand for business mobile apps will only rise further to keep pace with the demand in enterprise application.
Challenges in Mobile Application Development:
Currently, one of the biggest challenges in the market is the inability of software development companies to come up with mobile apps which will work across different OS platforms. Most applications are being developed for a specific OS platform. There are quite a few studies which offer insights into different aspects of the mobile apps market, along with an analysis of what vendors should invest in. Some of the key vendors who dominate the current market are Microsoft, Google, Apple, Nokia and Blackberry. Other vendors who play an important role are Archos AppsLib, Amazon Appstore, Crackberry Store, Dell Mobile Apps Store, Handster, Pocket Gear and the Samsung Apps Store.
Important Questions to consider:
- What is the market outlook over the next 2 years? What growth rate can be expected?
- Key Market trends and market drivers
- Key vendors and their role
- What opportunities and disadvantages are being faced by key vendors and what should be expected?
- What are the visible strengths and weaknesses of key vendors?
According to one analyst, most of the mobile application development is done with emphasis on improving available functions on a mobile device. Many companies are using these apps for improved access to customers and improved business outcomes.
Source by Carrie Miller
People now travel all over the world for personal and professional purposes. The business realm has experienced a huge change regarding meeting clients, business associates, bureaucrats etc. in the past decade. According to a research done by U.S Travel Association, direct spending on domestic and international business travels was close to $307.2 billion in the year 2016.
To create a brand name worldwide, one has to market its product on a global level. To do that, workshops, seminars, meetings are all normal and every bit of it requires a travel plan, however, more important than a fine strategy is the technology in any industry. One business can benefit tremendously if collaborating with the right technology in the right manner.
Major benefits of using technology for business transportation are:
Presence Of Mind:
One major benefit technology provides in the business realm is the presence of mind. People can completely focus on the current task without wondering what is scheduled for the next. The innovation of the Apple watch is one such great invention. Now people can keep a regular check of their mailbox, schedule, and messages whilst sitting in a meeting and not disturbing the energy of the room by checking everything over the mobile phone again and again.
Airport Journeys Become Easy:
People who are a frequent traveler will surely understand the pain of airport travels where you need to keep everything handy; from passport to boarding pass. Rather than fetching things every time in your hand band, you can easily store your flight ticket, boarding pass details in your watch and scan it as and when required at the airport security checkpoints. This surely will save you enough time which can be utilized for reading a great novel or creating a presentation in the waiting area.
Mostly the traveler’s hands are busy in carrying luggage. In such cases, attending chauffeurs calls and understanding where is your chauffeur located, is a bit difficult task. Again, the Apple watch is a life saver here. You can attend the calls and fetch your car by just clicking on the watch. This helps you to leave the airport in style without creating a mess with your luggage while finding your smartphone in the bag.
When technology combines with the business it makes life and tasks much simpler. The usage of these technologies differs from person to person but the benefits they provide are countless.
Source by Atul Dhir
Smartphones and iPhone both are the novel introduction for communication, besides having a galore of features. Smartphone has replaced the carrying of a cell phone as well as a PDA separately as it is all-in-one gadget. It is up to the user to employ it as an organizer, a cell phone, an email device, or anything above it.
Any application or software announces its presence in the Smartphone and assures of performing everything that a phone fails to do, and hence are hotter, while iPhone has captured the attention like never before. This is a hot device and the gadget features internet browsing, listening to music and communication. This is considered to be exceptional as it offers multimedia experiences of higher levels.
Smartphones vs. iPhone comparison is interesting, however, the Smartphone platform is truly very strong, but cannot overcome iPhone in a short span of period as the latter has emerged as a block buster. Smartphones have to wait patiently and handle strategically without fancying the commercial techniques alone, as iPhones also seem to be proving.
Verizon Droid has made commercials ensuring night shots, a real keyboard, interchangeable batteries, customization and open development platform. With the specifications mentioned, Droid runs Android 2.0 and is the fastest Smartphone, however is a little thicker than iPhone 3G. This Smartphone offers a high-resolution 3.75-inch display screen, turn-by-turn Google Maps navigation (at least in beta test), a slide-out keyboard, access to Amazon.com`s MP3 store and a 5 megapixel camera. On the other hand the android platform does not feature the many program applications like the iPhone.
Meanwhile the iPhone 3GS has a 3.5-inch touch screen, access to Apple`s popular iTunes music, video and application store, a digital compass and a 3 megapixel digital camera. It runs on a fast 600MHz CPU with 256MB RAM offering fast services.
Droid is a Smartphone offering the deserved internet experience, while iPhone had to add the AJAX as well as Flash technology to reach to the levels of advancement of its competitors. Droid is incapable of providing as many applications as iPhone, but recently, more applications as well as games on the Android platform are gaining utmost popularity. Similarly, although the iPhone comes with an array of pre-installed software, there is not much indication about a feature called VOIP – Voice over IP. Meanwhile, installing software on iPhone is impossible like that ones you can do it on Smartphone, and this is one of the best pros for smartphones.
The iPhone browser is well ahead than Smartphone and facilitates loading websites such that it offers full view and allows zooming quickly. The iPhone handling is also superior to to any Smartphone available in the market. iPhone features simple strokes using two fingers to zoom in or out that it really makes a significant difference in surfing the web on the phone, besides iPhone also detects if the phone is being handled horizontally and flips the display in accordance to that offering comfort of viewing to the user. Smartphone has a lesser resolution screen than the iPhone and a memory card is for 2GB, while iPhone has 4GB and above.
There is no doubt that iPhone has a cool touch, but is expensive and Smartphones are also the choice of many for its software facilities and is comparatively less expensive.
Source by Roberto Sedycias
Fake news is increasing day-by-day. During elections, for example, people are bombarded by so much information about the candidates, and much of it is not even true. Wikipedia describes it as follows:
Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.
It’s terrible how fake news is accepted as the truth. It’s shocking to see people use untruths to deceive others. Nowadays when someone sends you the news via WhatsApp, you first have to go and make sure if it’s true so that you don’t make a fool of yourself.
An article with the heading ‘Fake news’ has become a business model, researchers say, appeared in Fin24Tech. Say what? Untruths have become a business where people make money by lying. Whatever is happening to the world?!
Even the pope had something to say about it in an article in the online newspaper, CRUX, under the headline: Pope Francis want the Catholic Church to tackle fake news.
But it’s nothing new. Untruths have been spread since the beginning of the world. I cannot understand why people would do such a thing. Do they enjoy leading people in the wrong direction? Does it make them laugh when they see people being led into darkness by their lies, groping around in the dark looking for the truth?
I cannot believe there are people like that. But it is so, and has been from the earliest times: 2These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth.
Then I wonder why people are so foolish or ignorant to run after untruths? But before I’m too critical of people, I realise that I’ve fallen for false stories too… only to realise later that I’ve been taken for a fool. Like the time long, long ago when I bought an iPad for a fairly good price, only to realise later that there’s no apple in that iPad…
You see, these people are so convincing. And they make every effort to convince you too and you have no choice but to believe them. Many people have lost their savings in this way.
As the English saying goes: If it is too good to be true, it probably is…
Each of us is responsible for ensuring that we’re not being deceived. Often, we first have to get rid of the emotions before we make a decision. We first have to get the opinion of others to make a good decision.
And I ask God to help me. I ask for peace. I ask that uncertainties stand aside so that I can get clarity. For this, I have to sit quietly, because the Holy Spirit is not known for shouting, but rather for whispering softly.
Think about this
Have you been deceived?
How can you prevent it from happening again?
Does the Holy Spirit bring you peace?
Lord, we are so easily deceived. We easily follow people who seem as if they know everything. Please protect us against them and help us fulfill our responsibility by making sure that we are on the right road. Amen.
Source by Gerjo Ben Van Der Merwe
This newish technology, which provides a continuous stream of data, is awesome for many reasons. From the consumer’s perspective, it implies saving time since one does not have to download a file first, and then consume it. Also, members of the public do not have to manage vast quantities of data and space on their computer’s hard drive or external disks anymore, since there is no data to download and save as such. From the content producers’ perspective, streaming also offers great opportunities: with internet videos and webcasts of live events, there is no file to download, therefore it is hard for most users to save content and distribute it illegally.
Streaming is a relatively recent development, because broadband connection had to run fast enough to show the data in real time. If there is an interruption due to congestion on the internet, for example, the audio or video will drop out or the screen will go blank. To minimise the problem, computers store a “buffer” of data that has already been received. If there is a drop-out, the buffer goes down for a while but the video is not interrupted. Streaming has become very common thanks to the popularity of internet radio stations and various audio and video on-demand services, including Spotify, Soundcloud, Last.fm, YouTube and the BBC’s iPlayer. While streaming initially made its mark in the music sector, with music streaming revenues generating $3.3 billion at the end of 2014, streaming is currently making phenomenal headway in the video distribution and consumption space.
The video streaming market today: beyond distribution and into content creation
Video streaming: the technical bit
Video streaming technology has come a long way: the most influential group, of course, are the streaming technology providers themselves, who choose which technologies and services to integrate into their platforms. These include Apple, which provides QuickTime as well as the HTML5-based technology to reach iOS devices; Adobe with Flash; and Microsoft with Windows Media and Silverlight. In the early days of streaming, the most relevant playback platforms were Windows and Macintosh computers.
While Apple and Microsoft still hold tremendous leverage, computer platforms tend to be more open than mobile devices, while the latter comprise the fastest growing segment of streaming media viewers. Because Apple owns both a very popular platform (iDevices) and operating system (iOS), it retains absolute power to control standards adopted by Apple devices. Other mobile influencers tend to be split between hardware vendors – like LG, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and HTC – and mobile operating system providers like Google (Android) and Microsoft (Windows Phone).
Streaming media delivery providers such as online video platforms (“OVPs”) (which are productized-services that enable users to upload, convert, store and play back video content on the internet, often via a structured, scalable solution that can be monetized) and such as user-generated-content sites (“UGC sites”), also influence streaming technology adoption. For example, though Microsoft introduced Silverlight in 2007, it wasn’t supported by any OVP until 2010, stunting its adoption. In contrast, OVPs like Brightcove and Kaltura, and UGC sites such as YouTube and Vimeo were among the first to support the iPad and HTML5, accelerating their adoption.
While there are dozens of providers in both markets, the key OVPs include Brightcove, Kaltura, Ooyala, Sorenson Media, Powerstream and ClickstreamTV, while the most notable UGC sites are YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Viddler and Metacafe. On the video live-streaming front as well, technology has made significant strides. Specialised OVPs such as Ustream and Livestream offer instant broadcasting of user-generated live videos with a live chat window running alongside the video player, giving users an opportunity to not only watch events as they unfold but comment on them, too.
YouTube made a video live streaming service available to its users too. And now, the icing on the cake: video streaming distributors and providers. The description of this whole ecosystem of video streaming would, indeed, not be complete without mentioning the providers of on-demand internet streaming media also called streaming video on-demand services (“SVoD services”). From 2011, the press began blogging about the most popular streaming media services that would bring high-quality commercial content streamed to the TV sets, smartphones and computers of the masses.
Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand (now rebranded Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime), Hulu Plus and Vudu came out on top (“SVoD providers”).
Replicating the successful business model of music streaming in the video streaming sphere: it’s all about scale, baby
SVoD providers have it so good: not only can they benefit from the great strides made by streaming media technology since the mid-noughties, but they can also educate themselves faster thanks to, and avoid the pitfalls which threatened, their predecessors, i.e. streaming music on demand providers such as Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Rdio, Grooveshark and Beats (the “SMoD providers”).
While SMoD providers typically charge USD4.99 per month for an access plan to their services, and up to USDD9.99 per month for a premium plan, SVoD providers start their monthly subscription plans at USD7.99 with a maximum price of USD11.99 per month for SVoD services on up to 4 screens per household. Fearless Netflix even got a lot of flak, in April 2014, for hiking up its new subscriber fees globally by USD1 to USD2 a month. If we quickly do the maths, we can forecast that there is more money to be made in SVoD services, than in SMoD services, provided that these services are scaled up.
And scaled up they are: on 23 April 2014, Amazon announced a licensing agreement that gives Amazon Prime members exclusive access to highly-sought after HBO’s library of original content, hence undoubtedly increasing the appeal of becoming an Amazon Prime’s subscriber. On 24 April 2014, competitor Netflix announced that it had contracted with three small cable companies to provide subscribers access to its content via TiVo DVRs, while on 28 April 2014 it announced a deal with Verizon to provide Netflix subscribers high-speed online access to streaming content, the second such deal Netflix has made with an Internet service provider (“ISP”).
As the technology industry – and to a degree the entertainment sector – function very much on a “winner take all” economic model, streaming content is an evolving battlefield teeming with opportunities and risks, in which companies assert their dominance and grow their market share. There are some clear winners, in the SVoD services’ sector, such as Netflix which, in the first quarter of 2014, added 2.25 million streaming subscribers in the US and a total of 4 million worldwide. It now has 35.7 million US subscribers and more than 48 million globally, in line with its long-term goal of 60 to 90 million domestic subscribers. It all makes sense from the consumer’s standpoint too: streaming is converting the most valuable downloaders (of music and video content) into subscribers and in doing so is reducing their monthly spending from USD20 or USD30 to USD9.99 on average.
By the end of 2014, music streaming revenues accounted for USD 3.3 billion, up 37% from 2013. In comparison, online and TV-based video streaming services combined to pull in a revenue of USD 7.34 billion in 2013, a figure that PriceWaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) says will rise to USD 11.47 billion in 2016, before reaching USD 17.03 billion in 2018. That rise will be driven primarily by subscription video services such as Netflix and Hulu, PwC says, rather than by through-TV subscriptions.
The leap into content creation and production
What is interesting is that SVoD providers are going beyond what SMoD providers have ever done: they are entering the content production sphere, in order to enrich their catalogues and offerings; to expand their networks of, and reach to, high-powered executives, producers and movie-stars as well as to assert their newly-acquired status and clout. Online streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu will make more money per year than the US movie box office by 2017, according to a new report release by PwC.
The report projects that streaming services will be the biggest contributor to the American filmed entertainment industry in four years, as the revenue generated by TV and subscription video on-demand providers reaches almost $14 billion, $1.6 billion more than the amount earned from the traditional cinema box office. Therefore, SVoD providers have, and will keep on having, a lot of disposable cash to invest.
How to better invest this available income than in producing high-quality video content, to enrich one’s catalogue and products offering? The main area streaming services will have an impact on the traditional box office, the PwC report says, is in release dates. At the moment, most movies are given months in theaters before they slowly make their way to streaming services. PwC says the strength of companies such as Netflix is expected to put pressure on the industry to make this transition faster, offering filmed entertainment to consumers earlier.
More importantly, SVoD providers keep on expanding their content inventories. Netflix already has USD 7.1 billion in existing obligations for original and licensed content, and it recently contracted for an original Spanish-language series; a new series from Mitch Hurwitz (the creator of much-loved Arrested Development); a third season of House of Cards and a final season of AMC’s The Killing. Indeed, the economic returns of House of Cards, the test case, were as successful as the critical reviews. Netflix’s new strategy fortified its existing revenue model-acquiring and retaining subscribers-and even opened up new revenue streams such as content licensing or even a branded channel with traditional distributors. Netflix spent roughly USD 100 million to produce the first season of House of Cards plus additional marketing investments, including advertising buys for primetime TV spots and high-profile billboards. If House of Cards brought in half a million new Netflix subscribers, with the same average life span as current subscribers (an estimated 25 months), the show would have just about broken even in two years. The real test was the lifetime value of these new customers.
What if many or most turned out to be opportunistic viewers who ended up canceling their subscriptions a few months after watching House of Cards? Then the breakeven opportunity looked vastly different. For example, if the average customer life span was closer to four months, then Netflix would have needed more than three million new subscribers for the project to breakeven-essentially, a 43 percent increase over its current average acquisition rate. Needless to say, this debate is now closed and, in addition to its string of series, very successful Netflix has brokered many recent theatrical deals – it plans to release the sequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon day-and-date online and in Inmax theatres, and has struck an exclusive four-picture deal with Adam Sandler – which have supposedly enraged many in the business.
Speaking at a keynote in Cannes’s MIPCOM in November 2014, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos insisted that the company was only looking to modernize a theatrical distribution model that “is pretty antiquated for the on-demand audiences we are looking to serve”. Netflix, he said, is not looking to kill windowing but rather to “restore choice and options” for viewers by moving to day-and-date releases. Not only that, but Sarandos said Netflix would be expanding into more niche genres, including the financing of documentaries and art-house films. Hence, the marketing stunt with teaming up with mega movie star Leonardo di Caprio on the release of documentary Virunga focusing on the fight against poaching endangered gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The documentary was released simultaneously on Netflix and in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on 7 November 2014. Amazon Prime’s tally in content creation and production is also impressive, most notably thanks to its decision to engage Woody Allen to write and direct a series for its SVoD services in January 2015 and its competitive force in TV by landing two Golden Globe trophies for best comedy for its critically praised Transparent and actor for series star Jeffrey Tambor also in January 2015.
So the future is more than bright, for SVoD providers, but what are the threats to their growing supremacy and market share?
A sorry state of affair for SVoD providers and traditional video distributors: counterfeiting in the video streaming market
A tentative expansion to international territories? A false alarm
Initially, the major threat to the rise and scaling up of SVoD services worldwide came from the reluctance, by several European countries to accommodate and “psychologically adapt” to the business model offered by the likes of Netflix.
The French, in particular, were a headache: In the own words of then French Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti, “(the French) are absolutely not going to close the door to (Netflix), but they need to get used to the differences with the French market and how they can participate constructively.” France has some of the world’s toughest rules for protecting its home-grown film and music industries, and none of these will make it easy for a foreign service like Netflix to make a serious dent in the market. The company, which eventually started offering SVoD services in France around November 2014, faces higher taxes than it is used to, including 20 percent VAT, as well as obligatory investment quotas from its profits. Indeed, SVoD services based in France with annual earnings of more than 10 million euros are required to hand over 15 percent of their revenues to the European film industry and 12 percent to French filmmakers.
Meanwhile, France insists that 40 percent of mainstream broadcasters’ content must be in French, while existing SVoD providers – including Canal Plus’ “Infinity” and Wild Bunch’s “Filmo TV” – are currently forced to wait 36 months after a film’s cinema release before they can stream that content online. These rules – the so-called “Cultural Exception” – mean that France retains a healthy film and music industry despite fierce competition from the Anglo-Saxon world. And while some commentators have said this model is outdated as ever-increasing numbers of people get their audiovisual entertainment online rather than from more traditional TV and radio media, France is nevertheless continuing to do all it can to protect its homegrown industries.
As mentioned above, despite these hurdles, Netflix eventually started offering SVoD services in France, the toughest foreign market to enter as of yet, during the fourth quarter of 2014. At MIPCOM 2014, Netflix chief content officer Sarandos went on record for saying that viewer behaviour, in Germany and France, was “on par with our successful launches elsewhere in the world” and that Netflix prison dramedy ‘Orange is the new black’ was the most watched show on the SVoD service in all of the six new European territories. Sarandos added that the viewing mix in Europe – about 70 percent television series and 30 percent feature films – was also similar to that on Netflix services around the world. Therefore, the major threat to SVoD providers, and their more traditional video distributors, lies elsewhere.
The culprits: illegal video streaming programs and providers
While the illegal downloading of music has decreased compared to previous measurements (about a quarter of people who use music streaming services still download music illegally, compared to 32 percent in September 2014), 35 percent of people who use SVoD services are still downloading movies and TV series illegally. This is according to the study Trends in Digital Entertainment, from January 2015, which is conducted by GfK and appears once per quarter. Some illegal SVoD providers are alive and kicking such as Time4popcorn. They offer SVoD services to members of the public, on the internet, without having paid proper and agreed licensing royalties to the owners of the rights in the video content which is being streamed on their channels.
One of these illegal SVoD providers was Aereo.com, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in November 2014. In June 2014, the US Federal Supreme Court handed down a decision in ABC v Aereo. Aereo, a TV-over-the-internet service, had introduced a disruptive business model, using thousands of very small antennas stored in a warehouse, to live stream broadcast signals which they had encoded into packets, directly into the home of users. It was sued by the broadcasters (originally including 21st Century Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC) for infringement of their copyright in public performance. Aereo defended its actions claiming that all it did was to provide a device to watch a programme that was already available. The Supreme Court decided in favor of the broadcasters, ruling that Aereo and its cloud-based technology was too similar to a traditional cable company to say that its service did not infringe. The failed watch-TV-on-the-Internet startup Aereo.com may come back though, since TiVo bought its trademarks, domain names and customer list at auction, for the bargain price of USD1 million in March 2015. TiVo could be looking into offering an Aereo-like service but one that is licensed by TV networks.
During the AIPPI Congress in September 2014, Elizabeth Valentina, Vice President Content Protection for Fox Entertainment Group, (speaking on her own behalf as Fox was still litigating the case), pointed out that Aereo’s business model involved the streaming of broadcast content obtained without permission, authorisation or license, and for which service Aereo were charging their subscribers. This business model was harming that of the broadcasters and content owners, by devaluing their content, interfering with exclusive deals for content to be delivered over the internet and to mobile devices, as well as diverting eyeballs from TV advertising revenue. It was a harm clearly recognised by Judge Nathan at first instance, in the broadcasters’ motion for a preliminary injunction. During the same congress, Sanna Wolk (Associate Professor at University of Uppsala, Sweden and co-chair of AIPPI’s copyright committee) compared the US position with that adopted in the EU where the CJEU in March 2013 ruled that online near-live streaming by the UK Company, TV Catchup, was an unauthorised “communication to the public” within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29 (InfoSoc Directive) and therefore an actionable infringement of copyright. The CJEU concluded that as TV Catchup was making the works in the original “terrestrial” TV broadcast available over the internet, and hence using different technical means to retransmit the broadcast, this retransmission was a “communication” within the meaning of the Article 3(1). Furthermore in the circumstances the court did not have to consider whether communication was to a “new public”, as the new transmission required an individual and separate authorisation from the copyright owners. While full-blown litigation seems the obvious and mostly-used response to copyright infringement and counterfeiting in video streaming services, it is debatable as to whether an ardent battle against streaming video piracy is worth it. Indeed, drawing on the experience from the inconclusive fight, led by the music industry, against illegal downloads of music tracks offered by peer-to-peer websites in the early noughties, it may be worth biting the bullet and exploring non-legal avenues to this endemic and crippling infringement.
For example, Popcorn Time, dubbed the “Netflix for pirates” was recently on the run. Time4Popcorn.eu, one of the most popular iterations of the illegal movie site, has had its URL suspended by European regulators in October 2014, effectively turning off the lights for a site that had attracted millions of users in just a few months.
The European ID Registry knocked Time4Popcorn.eu offline due to suspicion that the page was registered with inaccurate administrator contact details. The site’s developers, rather than provide accurate contact information, simply relocated to Time4Popcorn.com. With more and more court decisions forcing ISPs to block access to certain websites in the territories that they cover, the best legal approach seems to request an injunction, in key territories, for ISPs to block end users access to the websites of illegal SVoD providers.
What’s in the stars for video streaming players and traditional feature film and sitcom producers?
In the short term, I think that traditional players in the TV and film industries, including Hollywood major studios, are going to start feeling the pain, as revenues are derailed by the economic and creative successes of legal and illegal SVoD providers alike. As a result, traditional feature film and TV series producers will have to up their game, focusing their financial and creative efforts on solely “block-buster” material projects. It is going to become even more difficult for independent and young directors and producers to finance their content creation processes, in the future.
In the long term, there will be a leap towards more high-quality content being produced (with stronger plots, bankable stars and exceedingly talented writers, directors and actors included in the content creation mix) by both traditional and SVoD content providers: Darwinism will be in the works, with the survival of only the fittest. Major film studios and distributors will have to adapt or die because video streaming is here to stay and will eventually scale up even more due to easier accessibility and affordability on major consumers’ territories, better wifi connections (in particular, due to the generalisation of optical fibre), a wider spectrum of devices on which to watch and stream videos (smartphones, tablets, PCs, TV screens, etc.) and changing habits towards culture consumption (such as, the reluctance to pay to watch movies, an inability to stay in front of a movie screen for around 2 hours for younger generations of consumers and the growth of cocooning).
All in all, the advent of SVoD services and the choice in various SVoD providers is a boon for consumers, as they are spoiled for choice in order to consume only high-quality content; will be able to avoid watching tiring and mandatory advertisements which are crippling TV shows, especially on US TV channels; and will be more in control over the devices on which they wish to consume TV series and feature film content.
The law and its actors (i.e. lawyers, judges, legislators) should accompany this change in consumption habits and video market offering, by being flexible and pragmatic, while protecting, enforcing and defending the rights of content owners and creators to stimulate the creation and production of the highest quality content in a competitive environment. “What the numbers tell us about streaming in 2014” by Mark Mulligan, Music Industry Blog, 16 October 2014.  “Occupy video showcases live streaming” by Jennifer Preston, The New York Times, 11 December 2011.  “5 of the Best Streaming Media Services Compared”, Christina Warren, Mashable, 14 February 2011.  “What the Netflix price increase means in the current streaming content market”, Tom Caporaso, Money for Lunch, 30 April 2014.  “TiVo buys Aereo Assets at Auction. Is a legal Aereo coming?”, Forbes, 1 March 2015.
Source by Annabelle Gauberti
Mobile phones come in different designs and shades. The year 2015 offered different designs of smartphones. Look ahead for the year 2016 for the best smartphone. From screen resolution to the battery, every aspect of the mobile phone is analysed. The year 2016 promised to deliver a hand full of smartphones for the customers.
The 5 best smartphones in 2016 are
1. iPhone 7
2. LG G5
3. Microsoft Surface Phone
4. OnePlus 3
5. Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Apple has not made any announcement regarding the release date. But iPhone 7 will be a new smartphone which will not follow the own beaten path. The release date is assumed to be September 2016.
iPhone 7 is sure to hold changes in the design with eSim, water proof technology and D shaped headphone. New iPhone 7 will be faster with 2 GB RAM, A10 processor and M10 co-processor.
The LG G5 will be released by spring 2016 and it is not too long since we had seen the release of LG G4 in 2015.
LG G5 has huge battery capacity which is 4000 mAh. The users will be able to remove the battery to charge it wirelessly.
Microsoft Surface Phone
The Microsoft VP, Panoy was seen working on the prototype of the model before the release date is announced. The smartphone is expected to release by 2016.
The physical features of the phone are S-Pen, USB-C, 5.5 inches AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 64 and 128 GB storage, 64 bit Intel processor and 8Mp front and 21 Mp rear cameras.
OnePlus 2 was released in the year 2015 along with OnePlus X. The rumours are out about the release of OnePlus 3.
OnePlus 3 might come up with Iris-scanner but there is no signs of fingerprint-scanner. There is a chip – Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm 3.0 and Adreno 530 that supports graphics.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
There was rumours about the Samsung S6 Edge; and S7 is not away from it. Samsung never sticks to the laurels and in March 2016 the product is to be discussed in the World Mobile Congress.
In S6, Samsung did not use Qualcomm but used Exynos. Samsung now has began to test Snapdragon 820. In addition, the details are that Samsung will use Andreno 530 LP-DDR4 Ram and 4GB or as much as 6GB RAM.
Source by Prashanth Raveendran
0x81000037, 0x80070001 & 0x80070003 are errors caused by Windows encountering a “reparse point” inside a folder which you’re trying to back-up.
Microsoft mentions that “reparse points” are the Windows equivalent to symbolic links in Linux. They allow you to “link” a folder to a different location on your hard drive, without having to move the folder.
The reason the error shows is because when Windows attempts to “backup” the folder in question, it cannot find the file that’s linked inside it. This makes Windows think that the file doesn’t exist, is inaccessible, or corrupted.
The errors will generally appear with these messages:
0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up
0x80070001: (Invalid Function)
To fix them, you have to remove any reparse points inside the folders you’re trying to back-up.
The main cause of the problem is that Windows does not recognize the location of a file.
The error may appear when using Windows Update, scheduling a Restore Point or generally show when you are using your system.
To fully understand the problem, you have to appreciate that whenever you use a personal computer, all it’s doing is processing billions of lines of code – much of which are stored in “files” on your persistent storage device (either Hard Drive or SSD).
In most OS systems, you can actually allow applications to load particular files by way of “linking” them to other hard drive locations.
For example, you may have a saved game file in your “Saved Games” folder – which you will be able to include in your actual game folder by way of a “symbolic link”.
The SymLink functionality is native to Linux, and Mac uses it too. Windows being Windows, it doesn’t use “symbolic links” – but “reparse points”. The functionality is the same in both cases.
The errors you’re experiencing are caused by your system being unable to load particular files – due to its lack of physical presence on the drive. To fix it, you need to fix the underlying bugs causing the error to show.
The way to fix the problem is to ensure that you’re able to clean up any of the folders that may be causing issues with “reparse points”.
Microsoft gives 3 ways to resolve the problem:
- Reparse point directs to a volume that uses FAT as the file system
- Reparse point is a “mounted volume” that contains compressed files (EG zip files etc)
- Reparse point directs to the “root” of another volume
To resolve, you should follow the steps outlined below:
1. Remove Any “Mounted Volumes” / “Reparse Points”
The first step is to ensure that you don’t have any “mounted volumes” or “reparse points” on your system.
This might sound complicated, but is actually relatively simple:
- On your keyboard, press “Windows” + “R” keys
- This will bring up the “Run” dialogue – into it type “cmd” and press “Enter”
- From the cmd prompt that appears, type “DIR /AL /S” and press “Enter”
- This should show a list of the directories classed as “Reparse Points”
- From the list, take the ones you feel are corrupting the backup, browse to them in “File Explorer”
- When you identify the folder, right-click the volume and check if it says “Mounted Volume”
- If it is, delete it by holding SHIFT and pressing DELETE
- Once this has completed, restart your computer
After the restart, you should be able to test out what you were attempting to do before.
If the error disappears, it means that the problem has been resolved; if not, you’ll need to move onto the next steps.
2. Ensure Permissions
Next, the other problem you may have lies in the permissions of the system.Permissions are used in computing to determine which users can – and cannot – manage various resources within the system, and is typically based around “user roles” (admin etc).
To ensure that the errors are not replicated, you may be experiencing issues with regard to the way in which your user account is able to access particular files / settings.
To fix this, you need to be able to correct any permissions issues your system may have:
- Go to the folder(s) you’re trying to backup / restore
- Right-click on the folder and select “Properties”
- From the “properties” dialogue, select “Security”
- In here, press “Edit”
- From the window that appears, type “Everyone” in the box and click “Check Names”
- If the “Everyone” text becomes underlined, click “OK”
- With “Everyone” selected, click “Allow” for “Full Control” in the bottom panel
- Click “OK”
- Try backup / restore again
If this doesn’t work, make sure you repeat the process for any other folder you’re trying to backup. Whilst it should not be an issue for most users, it will likely cause problems *if* your system has a lot of use (permissions not working etc). Further issues will likely be caused by some sort of “block” on the folders, either from antivirus or perhaps a virus infection on the system.
3. Clean Out Viruses / Malware
Next, your computer *may* have issues with virus / malware infections.
Whilst this may not seem like a cause of a file-system error, the problem lies in the way that many newer viruses end up targeting underlying files / folders, in order to block user access OR ensure that the infection has the ability to perform its nefarious work.
The point is that if you’re still experiencing the errors, it may be caused by a virus infection temporarily overwriting certain files/folders on your hard drive.
To fix this, you need to ensure you have adequate virus / malware protection:
- Download MalwareBytes (free)
- Save and install it onto your PC
- Open the zip file and then run the software inside
- When the software runs, set it to perform a full scan
- After the scan completes, restart your system
Unlike viruses, “malware” (malicious software) often disguises itself as legitimate software applications, only causing problems *after* they gain access to your PC.
MalwareBytes is the only tool entirely dedicated to removing malicious infections from Windows systems. If after performing the steps above, and cleaning out any potential malware threats, you find Windows still unable to perform a backup, you’ll be best seeking the opinion of someone with more specific knowledge of your system. You may also want to disable any antivirus applications you have running as these could conflict with (block) the backup process.
4. Run “Troubleshooter” Tools
If you’re still experiencing the error, you should run one of the “troubleshooters” inside Windows 10.
The troubleshooter systems inside W10 actually relatively effective, and work as follows:
- Click on the “Start” button (bottom left taskbar)
- Select the “cog” / “Settings” icon from the left “charms” menu (just above the power button)
- When the “Settings” screen loads, click on “Update & Security”
- From the left menu, select “Troubleshoot”
- From the list that appears, you should first click on “Windows Update” and then any other which pertains to what you’re trying to do
- A small applet will load up – let it run and then just let it clean out any of the issues it finds
- Once complete, restart your PC
This will generally resolve any of the core issues that Windows 10 has preventing the likes of Windows Update working. It’s not guaranteed to work, but it works for many common errors that inhibit the core functionality of W10.
5. Run SFC/DISM
Finally, if you don’t have any success with the above, running the SFC (System Files Checker) & DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tools are a great way to ensure the core Windows system is running as effectively as possible.
To do this, you need to follow the steps outlined here:
- Press “Windows” + “S” keys on your keyboard
- Type “CMD” into the search box
- From the list that appears, right-click on the top listing and select “Run as Administrator”
- When the CMD window loads, type “SFC /scannow” and press “Enter”
- After this completes, type “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” and press “Enter”
- Once this completes, restart your system
If the errors persist beyond these steps, it suggests a more specific issue with your particular system – which an Internet article will not be able to resolve on its own.
Further steps to resolve the error would need to involve someone who has specific access to your specific Windows system. To do this, there are a number of services online which can help – including the likes of SuperUser and Microsoft Answers. If you need more specific support, you may wish to contact a dedicated technician, although that will involve paying someone.
Source by Richard Peck
Crossover is a software that lets you run Windows-based applications on a Linux computer or MAC.
CodeWeavers, the company that developed CrossOver, has been working on an Android version of the tool that would enable you to run Windows programs on Android devices.
Last month, Google made its Play store available to the at least three Chromebooks, allowing their users to run apps developed for Android phones on their machines.
This means the users of compatible Chromebooks will also be able to run Windows programs by installing CrossOver for Android app. However, for now, this software won't run every single Windows app or even all those Windows apps that you can run on Linux or MAC platforms using Crossover.
While CodeWeavers's Android app is yet to be released, the Minnesota-based company this week posted a video on their official blog showing the Windows game Limbo and Steam game client running on an Acer Chromebook.
The company said the CrossOver for Android supports DirectX 9 graphics and detects the inputs from keyboard and mouse.
It is worth mentioning that the software works only with the devices featuring x86 processors. Since a large number of Android smartphones and tablets boast the chips are manufactured by ARM, most of its users will be not able to run Crossover.
But, most of the Chromebooks have Intel processors, and they would be the main beneficiaries of Crossover once Google widens its Android app support to these machines and once this software is officially launched.
Currently, the Android app support is available in Acer Chromebook R11, Google Chromebook Pixel and Asus Chromebook Flip but Google has said that it will roll out to the feature to other Chromebooks in the market as well by the end of this year.
Since Chromebooks tend to be cheaper as compared to Windows, Apple's MAC and OS X laptops, their sales have increased over the last few years.
However, due to its lack of support for Microsoft Office, Photoshop and many other programs, critics call Chrome OS "just a browser" which "not works without an Internet connection".
But the arrival of Google Play Store will make Chrome OS a powerful and versatile operating system.
And, support for even some Windows apps would be a handy addition and will is expected to boost further the sales of Chromebooks.
If you want to be notified about when Crossover for Android will be officially released, you can send an email to CodeWeavers at email@example.com , the company said.
Source by Adam Saad
The use of mouthwash has become a part of your daily at-home oral hygiene routine, after your thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. You believe mouthwash offers your mouth an additional level of clean by getting into those really tight places in between, on and around the teeth and on other surfaces of the mouth that floss and your toothbrush can't reach or adequately clean. You can't image not using mouthwash to top off your oral hygiene routine.
However, the sting of the alcohol in the mouthwash is something you could live without. You begin to research and discover that there are numerous other artificial ingredients, like sweeteners, included. You're not too sure if you should be putting these ingredients in your mouth. They surely can't be good for your teeth and gums. After all, you take the health of your teeth and gums seriously. You don't want to be accidentally jeopardizing your effort in caring for them as best as possible.
Regardless of whether you're looking for chemical, alcohol or artificial-free mouthwash for healthy, clean living or you're allergic to any of the ingredients or you simply don't like the sting or after taste of traditional mouthwash, there are all -natural mouthwash alternatives to choose from. Many of these you can even make yourself at home using inexpensive, readily available ingredients.
Below are common natural mouthwash alternatives you may want to try or consider:
- Oil Pulling
- Activated Charcoal
- Baking Soda
- Sea Salt
- Essential Oils, especially tea tree, peppermint, spearmint and cinnamon
- Coconut Oil
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
There are many easy recipes you can find online about homemade mouthwash, many of which combine two or three of the above ingredients. The most basic and highly favored DIY mouthwash recipe combines baking soda, sea salt and water. For a better tasting solution, peppermint or spearmint essential oil can be added.
People began using a form of mouthwash since around 2700 BC! These ancient mouthwashes treated gum disease, whitened teeth, treated infections in the mouth and freshened breath. Ancient mouthwash was simple and basic using only natural ingredients. Today, there are more than 100 different mouthwash types and brands to choose from. The vast majority of these mouthwashes contain artificial ingredients and have alcohol and extra sugar included.
With today's mouthwash, you may get a good clean, but you could also be harming and irritating your mouth. If you take the care of your teeth and gums seriously by maintaining a daily, adequate oral hygiene routine at home as well as regular visits to your dental office, you have good reason to be hesitant about using traditional mouthwash.
Whether you continue to use traditional mouthwash or make your own, natural mouthwash, the use of mouthwash can greatly compliment and enhance the cleaning power of flossing and teeth brushing. If you're not sure which mouthwash is best for you, ask your dentist for recommendations.
Source by Anna Bird