Sleep with a Mobile Phone under your pillow is dangerous

Sleep with a Mobile Phone under your pillow is dangerousToday we take a look at the possible dangers of sleeping with a cell phone under your pillow or near your head. In short: It can be dangerous for multiple reasons.

The question of whether or not to sleep with a smartphone under your pillow is just a small part of a much larger debate on the subject of mobile phone radiation. Some information seems to indicate that smartphones may have an adverse effect on the brain, yet it remains unknown whether mobile phone use is linked with brain tumors or brain cancer.

Still, most experts recommend taking a cautious approach of restricting usage to only necessary exposures. Sleeping with a smartphone under your pillow or next to your head is not advised due to the possibility of overexposure to potentially harmful radiation.

Following are several news stories on the issue of sleeping with a mobile phone under your pillow:

Some people are so attached to their smartphones that they sleep with them on their nightstand or even under their pillow. Bad idea. Mobile phones pump out electromagnetic radiation whenever they are on – which means sleeping with one nearby boosts your exposure all night long. What to do? Put the cell phone on “airplane mode” (which shuts down the transceiver) or turn it off. If you need to be available for calls, place the phone several feet away from your bed.

A famous Website published an article regarding altered brain activity due to to cell phone use. The article states, ” …doctors frown on sleeping with a cell phone under your pillow or directly next to your bed.”

A Google engineer made a smart mirror, and now we all want one

A Google engineer made a smart mirror, and now we all want oneWhen Google software engineer Max Braun found out there are still no official smart mirrors on the market, he decided to build his own in his spare time.

And even as this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a DIY smart mirror before, the result of Braun’s project turned out to be a sleek, Android-powered mirror that you never knew you wanted in your bathroom, until now.

He detailed the in a blog post on Medium, explaining that he used a two-way mirror, a display panel, a controller board and a “bunch of components and arts and craft supplies.”

With the a bit of experimenting, he says, he was able to create a smart mirror that sits on the door to the medicine cabinet showing him the weather, time, date, news and reminders, using Android APIs.

“Other concepts I’m playing with are traffic, reminders and essentially anything that has a Google Now card,” Braun explained, adding that the idea behind the UI is that you don’t need to interact with it.

Instead, it should update automatically, with an open-ended voice search interface for everything else.

The whole thing sits a few millimeters thin, with the small electronics hanging out inside the door of the medicine cabinet.

It’s a little messy, Braun explained, seeing as it’s just a side project currently, and that he’s been experimenting using a Chromecast, Nexus Player and Fire TV Stick to power the thing.

Still, it’s an impressive and good-looking piece of home tech that leaves us wondering why we can’t buy one yet.

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery lifeFacebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.

But the problems have remained, and recently they led the Android blogger Russell Holly to dump the app, starting a chain reaction which revealed something rather interesting about the app’s performance. Prompted by Holly’s revelation that life on Android was better without Facebook’s app, Reddit user pbrandes_eth tested the app’s impact on the performance of an LG G4.

They found that when the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps were uninstalled, other apps on the smartphone launched 15% faster. They tested 15 separate apps, and documented the findings, leading other reddit users to test other devices. They found similar results when testing for app loading performance.

After reading Holly’s piece, I had also decided to explore other options for accessing Facebook, to see if, rather than app loading, I could improve my smartphone’s battery life.

I left the Facebook Messenger app installed, but swapped the Facebook app for an app called Metal, which acts as a wrapper for Facebook’s mobile site. Over the course of a day my Huawei Nexus 6P had 20% more battery. This was true on average for every day for the week tried.

In Metal I was using the same notifications and accessing the same features as I had just a week earlier through the Facebook app, so why the difference?

Despite the Facebook app not showing up as using a significant amount of power within Android’s built-in battery statistics, it was evidently consuming more power in the background than it needed to.

It turned out other Android services including Android system and Android OS showed reduced battery consumption when the Facebook app was uninstalled. Those services act as a buffer for many apps to the outside world when running in the background. So while Facebook didn’t look like it was using that much power, it was actually just being displayed elsewhere in Android’s statistics.

So, uninstalling the Facebook app saves both battery and speeds up Android phones, it seems. Obviously, it may be less convenient not to have the apps, but there are several substitutes that allow you to access the mobile site within a wrapper, like Metal that I used.

Alternatively, you can simply use Facebook within Chrome on an Android phone: recent updates have enabled notifications for actions, chats and other features from Facebook even in the background, meaning the experience is very similar to using an app.

Either way, until Facebook improves its Android app, ditching it could save you 20% of your battery life a day, and speed up your phone.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “We have heard reports of some people experiencing speed issues stemming from our Android app. We are looking into this and will keep you posted. We are committed to continuing to improve these issues.”

The company made no mention of battery life issues, however.

5G is Coming in 2017, Will Be Faster Than Google Fiber

5G is Coming in 2017, Will Be Faster Than Google FiberVerizon is about to change the wireless industry in a big way as it begins field testing fifth-generation, or 5G, technology within the next 12 months, with plans for “some level of commercial deployment” by 2017 — much earlier than the common industry prediction of 2020.

This information comes from a CNET interview with Roger Gurnani, Verizon’s chief information and technology architect, who revealed that Verizon will soon be the world’s first wireless carrier to move into 5G. This isn’t just a big move for Verizon, though — it represents the beginning of a major shift in the telecom industry toward radically higher speed and responsiveness.

“The future is going to bring more stuff that I can’t really describe,” said Gurnani. “We can’t possibly envision the full range of disruptive products and services. But we have some possibilities.”

How Fast is 5G?
So-called 5G technology will be almost incomprehensibly fast compared to current options. Verizon’s initial tests have shown connection speeds 30 to 50 times faster than those on 4G — meaning it’s also faster than a direct connection witht Google Fiber.

To visualize this difference, consider a two-hour HD movie that would take about 6 minutes to download via 4G. On a 5G network, that very same movie would be fully downloaded in 15 seconds or less.

Other Important Benefits of 5G
While speed is clearly the biggest selling point of a 5G wireless network, there are other perks as well. For instance, 5G is considerably more responsive than 4G, so the hand movements of a surgeon could be transmitted in real time to the other side of the world, making remote surgery possible when necessary. It’s also expected to be 10 times more power-efficient, providing a much-needed boost in battery life.

The Current State of 5G
Future world-changing capabilities aside, Gurnani is focused on today. “At this time, our focus is on the technology field trials and accelerating the technology,” he said.

Verizon has lined up partners including Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Qualcomm, and Samsung, and it recently set up its first Verizon 5G Technology Forum. The company has also created small testing sites called “sandboxes” at its innovation centers in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Francisco.

And while Verizon may be the first network to roll out 5G (they were also the first to offer 4G), it’s certainly not alone. It’s safe to say that Verizon’s U.S.-based competitors will be following closely behind, and carriers in South Korea, Japan, and China are also moving aggressively toward 5G deployment.

In the interview, Gurnani noted that a number of other countries are ahead when it comes to spectrum policies. To make their foray into 5G feasible, Verizon and other American carriers will need greater access to spectrum. “For technical trials themselves, we have what we need,” he said. “Beyond that, 5G will require big bands of spectrum.”

To The Future
Assuming Verizon and other carriers can get the spectrum they need, we may have access to 5G networks much sooner than expected. Like 4G, which really helped to drive the mass adoption of smartphones, 5G will likely spur a great deal of innovation. The ability to have super-fast speeds and low latency opens up all kinds of doors, enabling things like latency-free wireless virtual reality, for example.

iPhone 7 coming in 2016

iPhone 7 coming in 2016The iPhone 7 won’t be released until the fall of 2016, so it’s still several months off. Apple’s current flagship devices are the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, released to the public in September of 2015. Though we have months to go until the iPhone 7 launches, rumors have already been trickling out, giving us some details on what we might see when the device is released.

Apple has used an alternating “S” naming formula to mark years where the iPhone does not receive a major redesign since the debut of the iPhone 3GS in 2009. Releases have been as follows:

2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)
2011 – iPhone 4s
2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)
2013 – iPhone 5s
2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)
2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

The next-generation iPhone is expected to be called the iPhone 7. 2015 marked an “S” iPhone upgrade year that introduced new features such as an improved camera and a better processor, but 2016 will bring an even-year upgrade that will likely include an all-new iPhone design.

Apple is said to be working on finalizing the iPhone 7 design so we don’t know exactly what it will look like, but we can speculate that Apple will continue on its path of introducing more powerful, efficient devices that grow thinner with each design iteration. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to include next-generation A10 processors produced by TSMC.

It’s likely Apple will continue releasing two versions of each iPhone, so we may see an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus in 2016. Apple may stick to 4.7- and 5.5-inches, or take the opportunity to further refine screen sizes, shifting the dimensions somewhat to match the company’s design vision for the updated phones. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to feature the same 3D Touch feature introduced with the iPhone 6s.

Apple is rumored to be aiming to make the iPhone 7 as thin as the 6.1mm iPod touch, mainly through the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Eliminating the headphone jack will give Apple more internal space for other components, and Apple will also keep the device slim with the continued use of in-cell panels and TFT-LCD display technology.

With no headphone jack, wired headphones will connect to the iPhone 7 using its Lightning port and Bluetooth headphones will connect wirelessly. Apple is rumored to be working on Lightning-equipped EarPods to sell alongside the device.

The iPhone 7’s body could be made out of a new non-aluminum composite material that improves the water resistance of the device and does away with the prominent antenna bands that were seen in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

There may be some distinguishing features between the iPhone 7 and the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 Plus includes 3GB RAM, and the larger-screened iPhone may also include better camera. According to rumors, the iPhone 7 Plus may be available with a dual-lens camera system that offers DSLR-like image quality with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low lighting conditions.

We still have a long wait until the launch of the iPhone 7, but the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched in September of 2015. Check out our full roundup on those devices for more information on Apple’s latest iPhones.

Uber has grown faster in its first five years than Facebook did

Uber has grown faster in its first five years than Facebook didFive years ago today, Uber launched its first service in San Francisco. Since then, the taxi-hailing app has expanded at an incredible pace — it’s now available in 311 cities across 58 countries worldwide.

That growth has translated to massive valuation numbers: in its third year, Uber was already worth $3.4 billion, and last year it raised at a $40 billion valuation. Latest reports indicate Uber is now raising another round at a $50 billion price tag.

Uber’s valuation growth is all the more impressive when you compare it to Facebook’s early years. According to BI Intelligence, it took three years for the social media giant to get to a billion-dollar “unicorn” valuation, and it was “only” worth $15 billion by its fifth year. It took almost 8 years for Facebook to get to the $50 billion threshold, before hitting its massive $100 billion IPO in 2012. Facebook is now worth around $225 billion.

Warid increased 4G LTE Coverage Area

Warid increased 4G LTE Coverage AreaWarid is the Pakistan’s one of the biggest telecommunication network. Almost 1 out of 3 is a Warid subscriber user. Warid launched its 4G LTE Service on 2 December, 2014 and now Warid is the best 4G internet service provider in Pakistan. After started 4G LTE, Warid started distributed its high speed internet service among major cities i.e Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and more 25 cities as well. Within one year, Warid LTE network spread in 30 big cities. But People belongs to other cities are unable to get benefit from this service because the they are out of coverage area. If you are belongs to those cities then don’t worry because now Warid increased 4G LTE Coverage Area and add 8 cities more into business.

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Sizes of Icon and Splash Screen for Android and iOS

Sizes of Icon and Splash Screen for Android and iOSAbout Android
Android is a mobile operating system (OS) based on the Linux kernel and currently developed by Google. With a user interface based on direct manipulation, Android is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

The Google Play store has had over one million Android applications (“apps”) published, and over 50 billion applications downloaded. A survey of mobile application developers found that 71% of them create applications for Android; another survey found that 40% of full-time professional developers see Android as the “priority” target platform, which is more than iOS (37%) or other platforms.

The Developer needs Icon and Splash Screens in following sizes in Android platform:

Icon:

  • 512×512 (for Google Play)

Splash Screens:

  • 180 w x 120 h (google-play-180×120)
  • 1280 w x 720 h (google-play-1280×720)
  • 320 w x 426 h (android-320×426)
  • 320 w x 470 h (android-320×470)
  • 480 w x 640 h (android-480×640)
  • 720 w x 960 h (tablet-720×960)
  • 800 w x 1280 h (tablet-800×1280)
  • 1024 w x 500 h (google-play-1024×500)

Sizes of Icon and Splash Screen for Android and iOSAbout iOS
iOS (originally iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. and distributed exclusively for Apple hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company’s mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple’s App Store contained more than 1.4 million iOS applications, 725,000 of which are native for iPad. These mobile apps have collectively been downloaded more than 75 billion times.

The Developer needs Icon and Splash Screens in following sizes in iOS platform:

Icon:

  • 58×58 (icon@2x-29×2)
  • 80×80 (icon@2x-40×2)
  • 120×120 (icon@2x-60×2)
  • 152×152 (icon@2x-76×2)
  • 87×87 (icon@3x-29×3)
  • 120×120 (icon@3x-40×3)
  • 180×180 (icon@3x-60×3)
  • 29×29 (icon-29)
  • 40×40 (icon-40)
  • 76×76 (icon-76)
  • 1024×1024 (icon-1024)

Splash Screens:

  • 320 x 480 (iphone)
  • 640 x 960 (iphone@2x)
  • 1242 x 2208 (iphone@3x)
  • 640 x 1136 (iphone-retina-4@HD)
  • 753 x 1004 (Splash-ipad)
  • 1536 x 2048 (Splash-ipad@2x)

iPhone 7: 14 new features for business users

iPhone 7: 14 new features for business users

The iPhone may have done more than any other device to break down the divide between business and personal smartphones, and the iPhone 7 is likely to bring new benefits to both personal and professional customers.

Since the launch of the first iPhone, Blackberry-wielding business people have been keen to make the switch, and while corporate IT departments were initially reluctant to accommodate them, most now encourage their employees to bring in their own phones – and Apple has worked to ensure that its products meet the needs of corporate customers too.

Reports of the next upgrade, likely to arrive in September and to be called either the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, are already leaking out, and it seems likely that a series of small but significant tweaks to the software and hardware will add up to a significant change to Apple’s core business customers.

What business users can expect from the iPhone 7

Force touch
The biggest new feature believed to be in the pipeline for the iPhone 7 is the introduction of Force Touch, which is likely to have particular benefits for business users. First developed for the Apple Watch, Force Touch is a pressure-sensitive touchscreen that can distinguish between a light touch and a longer, heavier press, and react differently to each. For example, a light tap on an email will open it for reading, while heavier pressure will launch the reply screen. When this is applied across the operating system, and in productivity apps, it is likely that business users will be able to accomplish many of their regular tasks more quickly and with fewer steps. Bloomberg reports that an iPhone 7 equipped with Force Touch entered “early production” at the beginning of July.

Built-in electronic Sim
The timing of this development is less certain, but Apple is known to be working on an electronic version of the Sim card to replace the removable slivers of plastic and foil that have been standard on smartphones since their inception. An electronic Sim, which would allow people to switch easily between networks and payment plans, could have particular benefits for business users, who could set up separate accounts for professional and personal calls – and avoid costly roaming charges by switching to local network providers while overseas. According to the Financial Times, 3 Mobile, Vodafon and Orange are prepared to switch to electronic Sim cards in the UK, as is AT&T in the US. Its report suggests that although the technology will not be ready this autumn, it should be available for Apple to deploy on the iPhone 7 in little more than a year.

Better sound quality
Perhaps the most neglected of smartphone features is, ironically, the ability to make phone calls. Apple, in particular, has been accused of failing to pay sufficient attention to this essential function, with many users logging complaints about sound quality during calls. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities with a good track record of publishing pre-launch information about Apple products, the iPhone 7 will attempt to redress these complaints by adding another microphone at the bottom of the handset, near the speaker. That will improve the sound quality of Facetime and Skype sessions as well as voice calls.

iPhone 7 battery life
Battery life remains an Apple weak spot, and early reports about the iPhone 7 bring mixed news. Business users in particular tend to hammer their batteries, often while travelling and with unpredictable access to power sources. For them, the improved power efficiency that comes with the A9 chip won’t go amiss, but nor will it provide the step change that many will have been hoping for. That would require an increase in battery capacity, which Apple seems unlikely to provide. In an interview with the Financial Times earlier this year, Ive all but ruled out compromising the aesthetics of the iPhone 6S or 7 in order to accommodate a bigger power pack. “When the issue of the frequent need to recharge the iPhone is raised,” the FT says, “[Ive] answers that it’s because it’s so light and thin that we use it so much and therefore deplete the battery. With a bigger battery it would be heavier, more cumbersome, less ‘compelling’.” Business users might retort that it’s the pressing nature of their work rather than the beguiling slimness of the iPhone that leads them to check their emails, but it seems that their protests will not be heard.

Battery life, part two
Wired suggests one possible solution to the power vs size conundrum. This year’s MacBooks included a new battery technology that packs more power-holding capacity into the same space – 35 per cent more, in fact. Add that to the 35 per cent efficiency boost supposedly provided by the new operating system and you have a battery that should make it through the working day. There’s no guarantee that it will make its debut on the iPhone 7, but Wired says “it’s not a stretch that this year’s [iPhone] model could include the new battery tech”.

Dynamic home button
The first iPhone transformed the way we interacted with smartphones, introducing the now-standard pinch to zoom and swipe to unlock gestures. According to Business Insider, the iPhone 7 could add more gestures to its arsenal, further increasing efficiency and multi-tasking capabilities. It examines a patent filed by Apple which “details an iOS home button capable of detecting various gestures along with the force of each touch. In other words, imagine Force Touch, albeit applied to the home button as opposed to the device’s display.”

Better front-facing camera
Although it is often dismisses as a selfie-cam, a phone’s front-facing camera can be a useful business tool too – and clues embedded deep in Apple’s new operating system suggest that it will get a big upgrade on the iPhone 7. Macworld reports that camera resolution will increase from 1280×960 to 1920×1080, which means that Skype and Facetime conversations with colleagues and clients will be sharper and smoother. The same source suggests that it will also be capable of recording slow-motion video, and come with a flash, but those new features are perhaps of less interest to business users.

iPhone 7 performance upgrade
The iPhone 7 will come with a new processor, likely to be called the A9, which will bring improved performance. TechRadar says the new chip will be “15 per cent smaller, 20 per cent more powerful and 35 per cent more power efficient than the Apple A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus”. The increased speed will, as ever, be welcome, but for many the improved power-management will be the more useful development.

Software upgrade
Apple has already released a test version of its next operating system, iOS 9, which is expected to go live when the iPhone 7 is released this autumn. It will bring with it a range of improvements likely to make the lives of power users a little bit easier, including, significant improvement to its Maps app, smarter implementation of shortcuts and a major overhaul for Notes (see below). It is also intended to improve power management and therefore battery life – another sign that Apple is attempting to solve this problem through better use of available power rather than increased batter capacity.

Improvements in Maps
Apple’s first attempt at a mapping app was widely mocked, and since Google Maps was allowed back into the App Store many people have switched back to the tried and tested version. With the coming of iOS 9 and the iPhone 7, it might be worth another look at Apple’s version, especially if you travel regularly for business or leisure – particularly if you’re planning a trip to China. The embarrassing errors that plagued the original iPhone Maps app are long gone, and the new edition introduces highly detailed public transport directions, which will, for example, tell you which Tube station entrance will get you to your train most quickly. This feature is available in six US cities (including New York and San Francisco), as well as London, Berlin, Toronto, Mexico City and, oddly, 300 cities in China.

New Notes app
Apple’s Notes app has, until now, been a pretty basic affair, and most serious business users will have opted to use Evernote or something similar to compile jottings, task lists and other crucial information. With iOS 9, Apple is hoping to woo back those business users with “a redesigned Notes app [that] provides great new ways to capture ideas” – according to Apple’s head of software engineering. The warm words seem to be backed up with new functionality too: iPhone 7 users will be able to convert lists into interactive to-do lists, on which you can cross off items as you go, and you can also sketch with your finger to link up areas of text or add visual reminders. Web links and maps include graphical previews, and you will be able to add photos to notes without having to close the app and fire up the camera. Other Apple tools will also be better integrated with the app, so that you can use it as a repository for a range of media, rather than simply text memos. “Notes is now a destination in iOS 9’s Share sheets so you can compile webpages from Safari, directions from Maps, or attachments from another app right into your Notesm,” says MacWorld.

Passbook becomes Wallet
Apple’s Passbook app, the main use of which for frequent travellers is as a place to store electronic boarding passes, as well as other loyalty cards and tickets, will be replaced with the Wallet app within iOS 9. The existing functionality is largely unchanged, but there will be a significant addition: Wallet will also be the home of Apple Pay, the company’s electronic payment system, which allows you to buy high-street goods and services by tapping your phone against a sensor at the till. Wallet will allow you to store several debit and credit cards – for example, different cards for business and personal expenses – and select which one you wish to use to complete each transaction.

iPad upgrade
iOS 9 will also been pushed to the iPad, on which it will enable some potentially significant productivity gains. As well as improvements to the mapping app, it will also enable split screen multi-tasking, allowing you to run more than one app at once and switch seamlessly between the two in a range of different ways. The most obvious multi-tasking mode is Split View, in which each app takes up half the screen, but there are two other modes too: Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture. The former enables you to pin one app to the right-hand side of the screen as a sort of toolbar, while the latter lets you hold a FaceTime conversation while keeping another app running in the background – handy for keeping track of data or other prompts while on a conference call. The new operating system will also introduce a new keypad for the iPhone, designed to make long-form text input more efficient.

New QuickType shortcuts
The iPad version of iOS 9 also introduces a range of keyboard shortcuts, which for some users could make Apple’s tablet a viable alternative to a laptop. One small but useful addition is a set of shortcut buttons for copying and pasting text, but the more significant feature is the iPad’s new trackpad mode. If you place two fingers on the keyboard, it will start to behave like a laptop trackpad, letting you control the cursor with your fingertips. “This allows you to move the cursor around in a way that feels natural from years of experience with a computer,” says TechCrunch, “when cursor movements on the iPad used to be truly painful.” You will also be able to use conventional shortcuts if you’re typing on an external plug-in keyboard.