S.E.L.F.I.E, a mirror takes your selfies and shares it to twitter


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Now-a-days, “Selfie” is a most common and widely used term for youngsters. Selfie is a self-portrait picture taken with a camera held at arm or in front of a mirror. People often taking selfies for having fun and sharing with social networking media. Recently, Ellen DeGeneres’s Oscar selfie was an epic moment in Oscar’s night, which have got 3 million retweets in the twitter. This might be a cause for inventing this magic smart selfie mirror.

S.E.L.F.I.E mirror is actually called as “Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine.” This mirror acts as a two-way mirror that can take your selfie and shares it with social media. The iStrategy Labs was developed this smart mirror, which consists of a mini Mac behind the mirror, a webcam and some colorful LED lights.

 

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The webcam behind the mirror automatically detects the face of the person standing in front of the mirror with the help of the facial recognition software installed on the Mac. The Colorful LED light is used for indicating the process of taking photos. After the image was taken, it will automatically share it to twitter along with your logo with the help of the software. But still it’s a prototype of iStrategy Labs. If you want to own one for yourself, you can contact with the team of iStrategy Labs.

Watch the magic moments of smart S.E.L.F.I.E Mirror

Source: www.worldleaks.com

Mozilla Comes Up With A New Smartphone That Costs Only 25$ But Has A Huge Touchscreen


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We all know Mozilla as the developer of the famous Firefox browser, but the company is expanding itself to new horizons. The company has coupled with a low-cost Chinese chip manufacturer Spreadtrum to create a new, cheaper smartphone for the masses.

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The phone may not be as capable as it’s high-end counterparts, but it will support apps and mobile Internet. This phone will appeal to users who are looking for a “cheap” feature phone that can do all the basics. This phone will act as a bridge between “plain” cell phones and smartphones. Mozilla’s main target market is developing countries where smartphones are seen as an excessive luxury. The phone will be available this year for a price of $25 and is currently known as the SC6821. This budget smartphone will feature a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as FM and camera functions. Details of the processor are scarce, but the Firefox OS is said to require only 128 MB of RAM which means, we can expect a Spreadtrum chipset with medium processing power.

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With the Mobile World Congress underway, the mobile industry is seeing great changes and this new step taken by Mozilla is certainly a game changer. Though the new phone will have to compete against more well-established brands, Mozilla believes that it will be able to capture its target market with great ease. They believe that their phone will “redefine” the entry-level phone market. This phone will be a savior for those consumers in developed countries as well, who have to buy expensive contracts to reap the benefits of a smartphone.

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The phone will run Mozilla’s own operating system, which could act as a negative point since there are not much apps for this OS . However, Mozilla seems confident and has even released high-end phones from Huawei and ZTE that run Mozilla OS . With a retail price of $25 and availability in all developing and developed countries, the new Mozilla OS is bound to make a place for itself in the ever-growing market.
Would such a basic phone suffice your needs? Let us know in the comments section below

Source : www.worldleaks.com

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent


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Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.

A termination fee is attached to the deal that would cost Facebook $1 billion in cash and $1 billion in shares if the deal fails to pass regulatory muster.

Facebook has posted on its blog, detailing the reasoning behind the acquisition, as well. The post notes that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and retain its brand. In addition, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board.

Facebook notes that WhatsApp has over 450 million MAUs, with 70 percent of those active each day. In a staggering comparison, Facebook also notes that the messaging volume of WhatsApp approaches the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry — and that it’s adding 1 million users a day.

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO in a statement.

“WhatsApp had every option in the world,” Zuckerberg continued in a post to his Facebook page, “so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.”

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Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said, “WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide.”

Facebook specifically calls out its deal with Instagram as a template for how it will deal with WhatsApp:

Facebook fosters an environment where independent-minded entrepreneurs can build companies, set their own direction and focus on growth while also benefiting from Facebook’s expertise, resources and scale. This approach is working well with Instagram, and WhatsApp will operate in this manner. WhatsApp’s brand will be maintained; its headquarters will remain in Mountain View, CA; Jan Koum will join Facebook’s Board of Directors; and WhatsApp’s core messaging product and Facebook’s existing Messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications.

In a post on the WhatsApp blog, Koum elaborates on that:

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.

The note about no advertising is interesting, as that’s obviously Facebook’s primary method of monetization on its main platform — and now Instagram. WhatsApp will also keep its subscription fees, which amount to $1 per user after the first year of use.

WhatsApp investor Sequoia has also posted some information about the acquisition, specifically its very large valuation. The company notes that it only has 32 engineers — making the ratio 1 engineer to every 14 million users. It processes 50 billion messages a day across seven platforms.

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The image above is a note that Koum keeps on his desk, outlining the focus of the company on building a ‘focused messaging experience’. Sequioa’s Jim Goetz says that founder Koum’s time growing up in a communist country shaped how he developed WhatsApp.

“Jan’s childhood made him appreciate communication that was not bugged or taped. When he arrived in the U.S. as a 16-year-old immigrant living on food stamps, he had the extra incentive of wanting to stay in touch with his family in Russia and the Ukraine,” says Goetz. “All of this was top of mind for Jan when, after years of working together with his mentor Brian at Yahoo, he began to build WhatsApp.”

Goetz also calls out the 450M user number and the fact that it has spent exactly $0 on marketing and doesn’t even employ a PR person or marketer; its growth all coming from users.

WhatsApp only employs around 50 people total. At 32 engineers, that’s $500 million per engineer.

Facebook currently boasts 556 million mobile daily active users, and WhatsApp alone already has over half of that at 350 million. One particular reason Facebook could be purchasing WhatsApp is to bolster its International footprint — as exemplified by one very telling chart. TechCrunch had previously heard about some abortive acquisition talks between Facebook and WhatsApp in late 2012.

Leaks Source : www.worldleaks.com

Google Data Centers Brings Information to Life


Have you ever wondered exactly what took place inside of Google? Who hasn’t, Google has the mother load of all data storage systems, and with an increasing flow of data that streams across everyone’s favorite virtual highway, Google has found a need to open a new Data Center.Currently Google has eight data centers; Belgium, Finland and six scattered throughout America. There are an additional 4 being constructed in Chile,Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Without these massive data centers, Google would lack the capabilities needed to keep the internet flush with information. Let’s face it, we certainly can’t have that, all life as we know it would cease.

Google Counsel Bluffs, Iowa Antenna

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With the continuous flow of information that Google handles on a daily basis, every second of every day they require larger than life antennas that can send and receive data.  This Iowa antenna receives access service unit signals and then bounces those signals to residential homes around the world.

Google Network Systems

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It requires an entire campus filled with routers larger than most of us have ever imagined for Google Data Systems to communicate with one another from all over the globe. Without these sterile networking environments, online businesses, game rooms, shopping portals and social media outlets would  be unable to operate.

Google Storage Towers

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In order to access and send data across multiple servers, Google has several grand scheme data towers that take up several buildings. It allows Google to safely store every piece of information that was ever added to the internet, this includes website locations, blog and forum comments, news articles and even local searches.

Google Cooling Towers

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With the nonstop flow of information that must go on day or night, Google Data Centers can become quite hot. This can provide severe discomfort to people and could potentially harm critical information. To prevent overheating, Google has numerous cooling towers than help to lower temperatures so that everything can keep moving forward.

Google Water Pipes

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Google uses an amazing amount of water to help cool things down. With the combined efforts of gigantic cooling towers and multiple water pipes, carrying cool water, Google is able to keep data from around the world safe and secure. Check out the size of those pipes next to that flashy yellow bike.

Source : www.worldleaks.com

14 Mac Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Your Computer


These life-changing shortcuts are RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.

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Note that some of these tips and tricks will vary depending on which exact iteration of OS X you have.

1. Use Command + Shift + V to paste text without formatting.

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If you’ve ever copied and pasted text from a website into an email, you’ve experienced the frustration. All of a sudden your email has this chunk of mismatched text, and it takes you at least a minute fiddling with the font options to make it all conform.

For some programs (like Word), the shortcut is Command + Shift + Option + V.

2. If you need to type a special character, the easiest way is to hold down the letter and a character menu will pop up.

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From there, you can select the special character you want to use. This will especially come in handy if you’re fond of typing words like resumè, Beyoncè, naïf.

3. Place your mouse cursor over any text and press Command + Control + D to get an informative pop-up menu.

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It includes the dictionary definition, the thesaurus entry, and the Wikipedia entry.

4. Use Command + Delete to delete a file instead of dragging it into the trash can.

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No more repetitive wrist ache when you’re mass deleting files from the finder.

5. Invert the colors of your screen to make it easier to read if you’re sitting outside in the sun.

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Just press Command + Option + Control + 8 again to switch it back.

Note that this feature is by default disabled on Mountain Lion, so you’ll have to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility to turn on the feature (just check the box that says “Invert Colors”).

6. The “Purge” command will free up memory when your computer starts to feel sluggish.

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It’s less complicated than you think! You simply open the Terminal application and type “purge” into the command line. Keep Activity Monitor open in the background so you can see exactly what’s going on. The first time you do this, you’ll free up 500MB+ of memory. You’ll need OS 10.7+ in order to do this. Watch this video if you need more exact instructions.

7. Get the date to show up in the menubar with just a simple checkbox embedded in your System Preferences.

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Open up System Preferences, go to “Date and Time,” click on the “Clock” tab, and check the option “Show Date” under “Date Options.” Now you’ll always know what the date is with a simple glance.

8. If you have a couple different audio output sources that you toggle between, click Option + Volume Icon to get an input/output menu.

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Maybe you frequently toggle between using headphones and speakers. This is an easy way to access those audio settings without having to go into the System Preferences.

9. To get the volume or brightness to your exact preference, you can fine tune the settings in smaller increments by adding Shift + Option.

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10. When restarting your computer, keep it from making that notorious startup sound by holding down the mute button.

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If you’re in the middle of class, or just work in a super-quiet office, this trick will save you from ruining everyone else’s concentration.

11. Along the same lines, press Shift + the volume button to turn the volume up or down without making noise.

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12. Did you know that the Preview application provides a handy way to sign forms from your computer? No fax or scanner needed.

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Just open the PDF document you want to sign, click “Annotate” in the toolbar, and then click the Signature drop-down menu. Choose the first option. Sign a piece of paper and hold it up to your iSight/Facetime camera while Preview snaps a photo. It’ll then detect the signature and allow you to add it to your document.

13. You can select any text, right-click on it, and TWEET IT with one click.

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It’ll even open the app for you if you don’t have it open.

14. If you just converted to PC from Mac, this little shortcut will let you keep using the delete button the way you’re used to.

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Use the fn + Delete shortcut to delete the letter in front of your cursor instead of behind. Another handy tip: use option + delete to delete the last word typed. You’ll get the hang of it eventually.

Source : www.worldleaks.com

Apple is said to be exploring alternative power-charging methods for its much-speculated iWatch


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More light has been shed on Apple’s much-speculated efforts to develop a smartwatch – the New York Times reports that the company is testing various alternative power-charging methods for its wearable device as it seeks to overcome the limitations imposed by battery life.

The NYT says that one of the methods Apple has been testing is to charge the battery wirelessly with magnetic induction — noting that this would be similar to technology already used for some Nokia smartphones, which can be charged via a charging ‘plate’ that creates a magnetic field using an electrical current.

Another possible method Apple is reportedly exploring is to add a solar-charging layer to the curved glass screen that the watch is expected to have, thus powering the device in daylight. The NYT notes that in July, Apple got a patent for a flexible battery that could “easily couple with a flexible solar panel layer.”

Apple is also experimenting with the idea of charging a watch’s battery through movement, which means a person’s arm swinging could trigger a tiny charging station that powers the device, according to a 2009 patent.

It has been known for a while that Apple would be unveiling an iWatch — it has filed paperwork for the trademark in several countries like Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. However, Apple has reportedly hit a few snags while developing its much-anticipated wearable device, including challenges with the screen technology, battery problems, and possible manufacturing bumps.

Source : www.worldleaks.com

Apple’s iWatch Will Be The Next Trending Gadget Of 2014


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Samsung has already debuted their smartwatch which has been criticized heavily over its design and battery. Although Apple has yet not confirmed whether it is working on an iWatch or not, the internet is buzzing with conceptual designs and rumors about what will and what will not be included in Apple’s latest gadget. We have seen a number of conceptual designs up till now but none of them rank anywhere near the design submitted by Todd Hamilton who decided, while keeping iOS7 in mind, that Apple would definitely go for a sleek and somewhat curved design.

The design is inspired by the fitness bands which are out in the market such as Nike Fuelband. We have been hearing speculations about Apple’s iWatch since the end of 2012 which included news that Apple is working in collaboration with Intel to come up with a watch. Other news and rumors stated that it will come with a 1.5” display, make use of Bluetooth to connect to devices and will also feature Siri that will enable the users to dictate their smart watch regarding what needs to be done instead of navigating on the watch’s display. July, 2013 had Financial Times saying that Apple is having some difficulties with the design and is looking for ‘outside’ assistance. Later in September, some more bad news came in, again unofficial, that Apple’s iWatch is facing some setbacks due to the difficulty in creating particular watch components.

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Hamilton’s design is a simple and elegant one. The lock-screen for the iWatch will come with a simple yet striking white and black interface. Hamilton says that this will show you the time and date along with a button to have Siri activated. The reason behind this choice, as per Hamilton is that he wanted to mimic as much of previous Apple’s products as possible. Therefore, the users will be able to swipe up if they wish to unlock, swipe down to view the notifications and tap it twice to have Siri at their service. The unlocked screen shall host four app icons stacked in an orderly fashion while on the Right Hand Side, a page controller will be provided.

The watch will come with a physical home button and volume controls. The navigation will be the same as that of an iPhone. Using the home button will bring the users to the lock screen again. Hamilton has even explained how the menus would work in his conceptual design. He says; ‘The iPhone and iPad has tabs across the bottom of the screen.  A normal tab view across the bottom wasn’t going to work so I came up with a simple drop down control in the title bar. Tapping this would display a popover menu showing the other available pages. I also purposely left out several of the controls like Edit and Add Contact. On a device this small I think it makes more sense to manage apps, contacts, and media from a synced iPhone or Mac”

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Hamilton states on his own blog; ‘A few months ago Thomas Bogner posted an iWatch mockup that looked like a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone. It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself. However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use. I had some free time over the holidays so I decided to take a stab at the problem and create a more user friendly concept.  I wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.’

Well it would seem that Hamilton has come up with a fascinating conceptual design. However, the next question will be if Apple is actually designing an iWatch and how close will Hamilton’s conceptual design to the original watch will be.

Source : www.worldleaks.com