NFL Cancels First Game of the Year Due to Taffy-Like Field Conditions (Watch)

Imagine a bunch of NFL players running around on a field made of taffy. That was almost the case this Sunday during the league’s annual Hall of Fame Game, the traditional kickoff to pre-season football.

The unfortunate field conditions came as a result of using the wrong paint. And so the field became gummy and sticky as it dried. But instead of allowing the players to put on a comical but potentially dangerous show, the NFL cancelled the game.

It’s not an ideal situation for any business. If the NFL is a brand, each game is its product. So cancelling the very first one of the season doesn’t give a great early impression to fans.

But making a great first impression, while important, isn’t the end-all-be-all for brands. If the NFL had allowed the game to continue with those field conditions, players might have been injured. Then the NFL would be delivering a subpar product during the rest of the season, as opposed to just putting off the first game by a few days and actually doing it right.

Always Consider the Implication of a GO NO GO Decision

The next time your business is considering releasing a product before it’s really ready just to meet a deadline, consider the consequences. If it could hurt your chances of delivering a great customer experience going forward, it might be worth putting it off.

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If Google Has a Mobile First Strategy, So Should You

If Google Has a Mobile First Strategy, So Should You

There is a tendency within the digital sphere to uphold a future-oriented mindset. From social media to SEO, from algorithms to user experience, our approach and practices maintain a forecasting nature. Trends and methods are always observed and developed with the next step in mind and the future in sight, the end goal being to evolve with complexity and instinct matching that of users. How is search behavior changing? What will users respond to? How can we improve the digital practices that already exist? In what direction is search moving, and how can we stay ahead of the curve? The ability to effectively find solutions for these questions requires a marathon-like endurance, and, more than any other search engine, Google sets the pace.

Shifts in Search Behavior

For years we’ve anticipated a shift to mobile-first users, expecting and monitoring search behavior as smartphones continue to become more and more capable. That shift has arrived, and the necessity of adapting to a mobile-first world has become unavoidable. Of the ever increasing number of searches run on Google every day, more than half are made from a mobile device.

Mobile First Strategy - Shifts in Search Behavior

Smartphones, more than just a means of communication, have become a personal item for practically every member of society. Smartphones are a personal assistant, a planner, a map, and a genie that can answer any question by way of a simple search. So ingrained into modern culture is the smartphone/tablet/device that it’s now become the best, most effective place to reach consumers. The opportunity to reach consumers on a level as personal as the device in their pocket or purse holds significant potential for growth of any brand or business, but the tools to make that happen have to adapt to the ebb and flow of user behavior.

Mobile First Strategy - High Mobile Use

Get to Know Your Searchers

The importance of getting to know your searchers and/or clientele can’t be understated. In order to effectively market to new search patterns and habits, you have to be able to put yourself into the shoes of consumers-specifically the shoes of your consumers. As a general practice, I recommend spending time among the consumers you’re trying to target through your digital marketing campaigns. For example, if you’re trying to develop a PPC campaign for gourmet coffee, poke around the coffee culture forums on Reddit and take note of what consumers are looking for, respond to, what kind of language they use to talk about coffee, etc. Making observations about consumer preferences will keep you in the loop and allow you to understand your consumers best.

Google Sets the Pace in Mobile First Strategy

True to its trail-blazing performance, Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has unveiled the first of what will likely be many adaptions of e-commerce tools. To meet consumers and users where they spend the most time and run the most searches, Google AdWords has been revamped. Its re-imagined design pointedly addresses the mobile-first trends that have arrived, and puts an old but sharpened tool back into the hands of advertisers and developers. The AdWords makeover is optimized for screen sizes of popular smartphones and mobile devices, putting user experience at the forefront of campaign management and therein cashing in on the ‘new’ behavior of searchers. What sounds like more work is actually less, because these upgrades offer responsive ads auto-designed by Google, bid adjustments for each device type, and local optimization-all streamlined into an a simple, contained format.

Why It’s Time to Shift Your Mindset

To spell it out in case it wasn’t already obvious: mobile users are having a moment. We now live in a mobile-first word; Google is adapting to it, and you should, too. The AdWords update and its modified controls are great, but this innovation is likely to be one of many. The emphasis on optimizing the mobile experience and, perhaps more importantly, finding ways to capitalize on it is why Google, the pace setter, is rolling out things like the Google Keyboard or even bothering with an AdWords redesign. More than an exciting and fresh way to meet consumers where it counts, it’s a move indicative of the overall shift towards mobile browsing and search. This assertion of permanence in regards to mobile browsing can’t be ignored and will undoubtedly prompt producers of all industries to rethink their strategy. While the shift to a mobile-first society by no means calls for the total abandonment of other marketing avenues, it does urge the recognition of quickly maturing user habits and a rethinking of how to naturally insert your brand or advertisement into the digital realm where users are doing the most. Clicking, shopping, browsing, local searches-all of the data Google has collected points to mobile, and that direction is where your future-oriented, digital mindset should be pointing, too.

Shifting Your Mindset: What You Can Do

Aside from getting to know your searchers, there are a handful of ways you can embrace this shift and participate in a mobile-first world.

  • Make your website mobile-friendly. The way your website looks on a desktop isn’t how it’ll convert on a mobile device. Ensuring that your site is mobile-friendly will keep users on your site and provide useful information for the on-to-go consumer. Also along the lines of having a mobile-friendly site, if you have any forms that a user would need to fill out for your business, try and keep them short. Remember: convenience is key in a mobile-first world.

Mobile First Strategy - Mobile Website

  • Make phones numbers and addresses visible and clickable. If your business has a physical location, having the contact information readily available can significantly boost foot traffic.
  • Evaluate your mobile page load speed. Fun fact via Kissmetrics: 40 prcent of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Page load speed most directly affects your revenue when it comes to mobile. Every second counts, so make should your load speed is up to snuff by testing it.
  • Update your mobile ads. Titles, displays-everything. Treat the re-imagined AdWords as your newest teammate, and use the new features to tweak your mobile ads for optimum performance. Are your ads responsive? Are you utilizing the longer headlines and description lines? Are your URL paths customized? By working through these things like a checklist, you can painlessly accommodate users from every device and participate in the mobile-first world.

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First Phones Under the New Microsoft Lumia Brand Arrive

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The first two phones under the new Microsoft Lumia have arrived — Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM.

Microsoft recently announced that it was replacing the former Nokia Lumia brand with its own Microsoft Lumia beginning with the company’s next Lumia phone release.

The name change follows Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division — the phone and tablet part of the Finnish company’s business.That acquisition was announced in late 2013.

The devices come out this month and will be available in bright green, bright orange, white, dark grey, cyan and black.

But perhaps more important are the price and features:

    • Both phones will run Windows 8.1
    • Both will integrate apps for Skype, Office, OneDrive, OneNote, and Cortana — Microsoft digital online assistant
    • Both will feature a wide angle 5 megapixel front facing camera
    • Both will feature a large (960 x 540) 5-inch qHD display
    • Both will run on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and have 1GB of RAM, the Verge reports.

In fact the only real difference between the two devices is the addition of a second SIM card so personal and word data can be kept separate, an increasing trend these days.

Microsoft had been playing things close to the vest with its latest devices under the Microsoft Lumia brand.

Just prior to the release, the company teased consumers with a partial photo and the briefest information about the upcoming release date on its Nokia Conversations website.

The company was also promoting the hashtag #MoreLumia on social media to encourage chatter on the new smartphones.

Finally, the company released a video promoting the new smartphone but it reveals even less about the new devices. Get a glimpse below:

Cost of the new phones is expected to be between $130 and $137. And the devices are expected to be out sometime this month.

Microsoft has already re-branded many of the existing Nokia apps and is in the process of re-branding global and local Nokia websites and social channels.

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First National Drone Delivery Service Launched — in Rwanda

Rwandan Drone Delivery Service First of Its Kind

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday launched the world’s first national drone delivery service at a ceremony in Kigali. This comes at a time when U.S. regulatory agencies are yet to clear any kind of commercial drone delivery service here in this country.

Rwandan Drone Delivery Service First of Its Kind

The drone delivery service will make up to 150 on-demand, emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood. The blood will be delivered to 21 transfusing facilities located in the western half of the country, where poor roads and healthcare infrastructure make it difficult to reach patients in need.

But even if the delivery service isn’t here, the drones that helped launch it are built and operated by an American robotics company, Zipline of San Francisco, California. An international partnership between Zipline, UPS, Gavi (the Bill Gates-backed vaccine fund) and the Vaccine Alliance will help Rwanda quickly expand the types of lifesaving vaccines and medicines that can be delivered.

“Drones are very useful, both commercially and for improving services in the health sector. We are happy to be launching this innovative technology and to continue working with partners to develop it further,” said Pres. Kagame, according to the official release from UPS.

According to UPS, which has supported the project with a $1.1 million (USD) grant through The UPS Foundation, the commercial partnership between Rwanda and the companies is expected to save thousands of lives over the next three years. The partnership also hopes to use the knowledge gained in Rwanda to export this delivery service around the world.

“The shared belief in the ability to save lives through applied innovation, combined with Rwanda’s vision, is now not only poised to advance humanitarian logistics — and logistics as we know it — around the world, but also to save lives,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. Martinez’s remarks were also included in the company’s official release.

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A Scientific Guide to Running Your First Half-Marathon

A Scientific Guide to Running Your First Half-Marathon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Picking the right shoes is very important
  • You need to train for at least 12 weeks
  • Strengthening exercises are vital too

Running is one of the easiest ways to get fit, and it’s been gaining popularity in India. Although it’s easy enough to get started, there are many things we wish we had known when we took up running. Small things such as picking the right shoes can help you to perform better, and avoid injuries.

Technology can certainly help beginners, and there’s actually a lot of science to running.

Annual distance running events such as the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) and Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon are among the country’s most popular races, with thousands of participants. Many people, like Delhi-based photographer Biplab Mukherjee decide to start running when they hear one of their friends talk about it.

“In 2013 I had a small discussion with a friend. We were discussing how to get in shape and shed weight. He said let’s participate in ADHM,” says Mukherjee. He downloaded a 16-week running plan and finished the half marathon in two hours and six minutes.

Mukherjee may not have known it at the time, but choosing that 16-week plan was a smart choice. Dr. Rajat Chauhan, who runs Back 2 Fitness (a sports injury prevention and rehabilitation clinic in Delhi), says that beginners should train for at least three months before running a half-marathon. “You should try running 5km to 10km first. It doesn’t have to be a race,” he says. “Start doing strength training as well,” he says, because it is important for injury prevention.

many_running_shoes_flickr.jpgIncidentally, you’ve probably heard advice from people telling you to avoid running on roads, right? Dr. Chauhan, who’s been a runner himself for 31 years, says that’s nonsense. “If you are a soft lander, you can run on any surface,” he says. “This has nothing to do with weight. If you can hear your footsteps [while running], it’s too loud.”

Aman Yadav, a lawyer with Satinder Kapur and Associates in Delhi, is a seasoned runner who’s been running since 2008. He’s suffered several injuries related to running such as shin splints and cuboid bone displacement. He’s a strong advocate of strength training and says that squats, dead lifts, bench press, and lunges have helped him a lot. That and picking the right shoes help avoid injuries, he says.

One common mistake is to use your running shoes for daily wear, he says. This is a problem because the cushioning gets flattened through the day, and won’t provide support when running. “It takes 24 to 48 hours for the cushioning to return to its original position,” he explains.

Another important tip is to buy the right type of shoe, because there are three types of runners. You’ve got different shoes for overpronators (whose feet roll inwards after landing), and supinators (whose feet rool outwards after landing), and neutral runners. To figure out which one you are, you need to get gait analysis done, a facility available at major shoe stores. This involves a treadmill and a foot scanner, to help analyse how you run, so you can buy the correct shoes.

asics_foot_id_facebook.jpgThe next big question most beginners have, is tracking their runs. Most beginners can use apps such asStrava, Nike+ Running, Runkeeper, Runtastic, or any other running app of their choice. These apps offer running plans too, and as long as beginners pick a plan that’s at least three months long, they should be able to complete a half-marathon.

Carrying a smartphone with you while running may not always be convenient, so you might want to look at buying a fitness-oriented watch such as Fitbit Surge or Apple Watch. Both of these are strictly optional. A much cheaper investment would be an armband or a belt pouch to help you carry the phone while running.

Diet is a big part of completing a long-distance race. “Supplements don’t help enough if regular diet is not good enough,” says Dr. Chauhan. “[Runners need] more fat and protein so I recommend more non-veg food.”

He adds that the human body can store enough energy to let you run between 28 and 33km. “Full marathon is crossing that barrier. That is when water is simply not enough [during the race],” he says. “A half-marathon is only a third of a full marathon,” he says, in terms of the effort needed to complete the race.

Another thing that beginner runners should keep in mind is building up to longer distances the right way. Dr. Chauhan, Mukherjee, and Yadav recommend following the 10 percent rule. It states that you shouldn’t increase the distance you run by more than 10 percent per week. All of them suggest that beginners should start slow and just aim to finish their first long-distance race.

Are you preparing for your first long-distance run? Did these tips help you? Let us know via the comments section below.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Series First Impressions

Asus ZenFone 3 Series First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The ZenFone 3 starts in India at a price of Rs. 21,999
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe becomes the most expensive phone from Asus
  • It’s also the first Snapdragon 821-powered phone in India

Asus has introduced its new ZenFone 3 series of smartphones in India. At its ‘Zenvolution’ event in New Delhi, the Taiwanese company unveiled the new ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Laser, and ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphones. The company also launched the ZenBook 3 and Transformer 3 Pro devices at the same event.

Those familiar with the company’s ZenFone smartphone range may associate it with the budget-to-mid segment. The new ZenFone 3 range is here though, and it is more focused on the mid-to-premium segment. Asus CEO had previously told Gadgets 360 that the company was looking to break into the premium segment where it lacked the most. All the new smartphones under the ZenFone 3 range will try to fight it out in different price segments. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the company’s most expensive smartphone ever and will be taking on some heavyweights such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s.

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There are few similarities in the ZenFone smartphone range as the four new Asus smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, feature metal bodies, USB Type-C, and support hybrid dual-SIM card slots. With a refreshed approach and a brand new range, will the Asus ZenFone 3 series make an impact in the Indian market? We will have to wait till all the phones go on sale. At the launch event, we got some time to play with the devices and below our first impressions.Asus ZenFone 3 design and display
In terms of design, the new ZenFone 3 series looks to be designed from scratch. At the event, the company touted that the ZenFone 3 series saw a “radical change” from what was seen on the previous generation.

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The standard Asus ZenFone 3 sports 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panels at the front and rear, and 6.16mm all-round metal frame. With a side profile of 7.7mm, the ZenFone 3 never looked uncomfortable to hold. The ZenFone 3 also sports the iconic hairline concentric circle pattern at the back.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_screen_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe, on the other hand, features the sandblasted aluminium alloy unibody with what the company calls the “invisible antenna” design. The handset sports Corning Gorilla Glass 4 upfront. Despite a screen size of 5.7-inch, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe never seemed too uncomfortable to hold, and was easy to grip thanks to the curve at the rear. The metallic chamfered edges give the handset a premium and sturdy feel.

Much like the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the ZenFone 3 Ultra also sports the “invisible antenna” design at the back. The handset sports a sandblasted aluminium alloy unibody and at 6.8-inches is definitely too big for one hand.

asus_zenfone_3_rear_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Laser also follows other ZenFone 3 smartphones and sports an all-metal body. At 7.9mm thin side profile, the ZenFone 3 Laser also offered decent grip with curved back panel.

Asus has placed the fingerprint sensor near the top of the rear panel, which easily allows the user’s index finger rest to unlock it. We see same placement of the rear fingerprint scanner module on the ZenFone 3 (seen above), ZenFone 3 Laser, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_sides_gadgets360.jpgNotably, the ZenFone 3 Ultra houses the fingerprint scanner at the front, embedded in the home button. The company claims that the fingerprint sensor allows for rapid unlocking of the phone in just 0.2 seconds, and also allows up to five fingerprints to be registered. During our limited usage, the fingerprint was quick enough on all the devices including the large ZenFone 3 Ultra.

Asus has launched two ZenFone 3 models in India, the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) featuring a 5.2-inch display, and the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) featuring a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) screen resolution. Screens on the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) and (ZE552KL) models looked vibrant with decent colour reproduction. At 600nits of brightness, the display on both models never looked flat in terms of brightness or colours.

asus_zenfone_3_series_usb_type_c_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe sports a 5.7-inch Super Amoled display with a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection from scratches. The company says that the handset comes with a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. During our limited usage, the display was crisp and sharp. It offered deep black backgrounds and colours showed up accurate.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra features a massive 6.8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels screen resolution. The IPS panel offers decent colours and the company claims it can deliver viewing angles of up to 178-degrees. The handset also sports Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The ZenFone 3 Laser sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. At 500nits brightness, the smartphone offers a vibrant screen. It packs the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and comes with 2.5D glass. It also offers up to 178 degrees wide-viewing angle.

Asus ZenFone 3 camera
Asus claims that one of the biggest improvements in the ZenFone 3 is in terms of camera as all the phones in the series sports the company’s PixelMaster 3.0 tech. All the phones in the series pack Sony sensors for optics. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Laser, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra sport 6-element Largan lens with protective sapphire glass cover. All the phones support OIS (optical image stabilisation) for photos while there is EIS (electronic image stabiliser) for blur-free video. The handsets feature dual tone flash and come with Super Resolution feature that creates a single, detailed photo at 4x with real-time automatic Super HDR.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_camera_gadgets360.jpgIn the limited time spent with the ZenFone 3 series, we found the camera app to be really fast. It locked the focus in no time and can be handy for some quick snapping. There are plenty of camera options for users to choose from. Some of the rear camera features include HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low Light (that automatically clicks images at 4-megapixels), night mode, and manual among others. All the ZenFone 3 phones sport an 8-megapixel front camera. We will reserve our verdict of the Asus ZenFone 3 series camera performance until we get a chance to put it through its paces for a detailed review.

Asus ZenFone 3 software
One of the biggest improvements we noticed in the ZenFone 3 series was in terms of software. All the phones came with a brand new ZenUI 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new interface looked less cluttered and simplified.

asus_zenfone_3_series_marshmallow_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenUI 3.0 comes with less bloatware as compared to previous ZenFone phones. Some of the highlights of the new interface are real-time animated weather and clock widgets; new parallax motion effect for wallpaper; an all-new Theme Store that comes with selected themes; Game Genie, a brand-new feature focused at gamers that lets you broadcast gameplay live via YouTube or Twitch; new photo editing tools in PhotoCollage with PhotoEffect app; new gesture support for double tap waking up the display, and the Mobile Manager, which clears the RAM and provides other features. We will have more about the software when we review the ZenFone 3 smartphones.

Asus ZenFone 3 specifications
Under the hood, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, same as the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL). The 5.2-inch variant however comes with less RAM and storage – 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the 5.5-inch variant packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The ZenFone 3 Laser is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The large Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Lastly, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. There is a special edition as well which is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and packs massive 256GB of storage.

asus_zenfone_3_series_rear_gadgets360.jpgWe didn’t face any lags while playing with any of the ZenFone 3 phones. All the phones were quick enough when it comes to launching apps. Out of the four phones, the ZenFone 3 Ultra with big screen and dual speakers is targeted at users that consume media on the go. We will reserve our verdict of the ZenFone 3 series performance until we get a chance to put it through its paces for a detailed review.

Asus ZenFone 3 price in India
The new Asus ZenFone 3 series has something for everyone but admittedly misses the budget segment entirely. The company has priced the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) at Rs. 21,999, the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) at Rs. 27,999, the ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) at Rs. 49,999, and ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) at 18,999. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) starts at Rs. 49,999, with the Snapdragon 821 model priced at Rs. 62,999.

This year, Asus expanded the availability of the ZenFone 3 series, which means consumers should be able to easily get their hands on the new range. With the lowest pricing at Rs. 18,999, the ZenFone 3 range has definitely tried to shed the budget tag from its handsets but it will be interesting to see how well the phones do in the Indian market.

Stay tuned for our review of the Asus ZenFone 3 series.

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Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) specifications
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    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
  • Flipkart
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
  • Flipkart
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Laser specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
  • Flipkart
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)

Display

6.80-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery capacity

4600mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
  • Flipkart
    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
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SecureWorks Raises $112 Million in Year’s First Technology IPO

SecureWorks Raises $112 Million in Year's First Technology IPO

Dell Inc’s cyber-security unit SecureWorks Corp raised $112 million in the first US initial public offering of a technology company in 2016, less than it had hoped for, amid investor skepticism over its profit margins and prospects.

Market jitters and fluctuations in technology stocks have kept investors skittish about the sector. This time last year, six technology companies had already priced their IPOs, raising a total of $1.6 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

SecureWorks priced 8 million shares on Thursday at $14, missing its previously indicated $15.50-$17.50 range, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company was originally aiming to price 9 million shares.

The source asked not to be identified ahead of an official announcement. SecureWorks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Technology investors are hoping SecureWorks will open the door for other IPOs in the sector. Technology companies such as storage provider Nutanix Inc have kept their IPO plans on hold, waiting for a more favourable market environment.

In November, payment provider Square Inc completed an IPO that valued it at $2.9 billion, nearly half of the $6 billion valuation that private investors had previously assigned to it.

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Founded in 1999, SecureWorks helps small- and medium-sized businesses manage their security services and protect their networks. Large technology and services firms have bought many of SecureWorks’ rivals in recent years such as Solutionary, Trustwave and SilverSky. It has 4,200 clients in 59 countries.

Cyber-security companies captured investors’ attention last year, amid a spate of high profile hacker attacks. Nevertheless, several of the cyber-security companies that went public in recent years have faltered in the public market. Firms such as FireEye continue to trade under their 2013 IPO price.

Several security companies remain on deck for an IPO. SoftOptiv Security LLC and Blue Coat Systems Inc have both hired investment banks for IPOs expected to come later this year.

The IPO comes as its parent company Dell Inc, which purchased SecureWorks in 2011, is awaiting approval for its proposed acquisition of EMC Corp. SecureWorks has said it will use proceeds from the offering to fund growth initiatives and not support Dell’s own business.

SecureWorks shares are scheduled to start trading on Nasdaq on Friday under the symbol “SCWX.”

Bank of America Corp, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co are among the underwriters for SecureWorks’ IPO.

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Amazon One is Amazon’s First Branded Cargo Plane

Amazon One is Amazon's First Branded Cargo Plane

Seattle-based Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant’s own air transportation network as it takes more control of its delivery process.

The latest push to speed delivery of its products comes as the company ships an increasing number of packages worldwide. Amazon’s parcel volume was an estimated 1 billion packages in 2015 – the same number that FedEx delivered three years earlier for hundreds of thousands of customers.

Amazon has had issues with the reliability of air freight services. In 2013, it offered refunds to customers who got their Christmas orders late after bad weather and a jump in online shopping caused delays for UPS and FedEx.

Analysts say it makes sense for Amazon to use an air fleet it controls as another way to get its products to online shoppers drawn to fast, no-extra-cost delivery.

“They’re such a big online retailer,” said Satish Jindel, president of shipping consultant ShipMatrix. “There’s so much volume that if you have to add transportation for yourself, why would you pay a retail price when you can get wholesale? It makes sense.”

Amazon will reveal its branded cargo plane, Amazon One, on Friday at the annual Seafair Air Show. The plane will buzz over Seattle’s Lake Washington just before the Navy’s Blue Angels take to the skies, a company official said.

Amazon leased 40 Boeing jets from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Air Transport Services Group Inc., which will operate the air cargo network. Eleven of the planes already are delivering packages for Amazon’s annual Prime loyalty program, which offers free two-day shipping and other perks. The remaining freighters will be rolled out in the next couple of years.

Aircraft like Amazon One allow the company to “continue to maintain our fast delivery speeds and lower our costs as our Prime base and our Prime member growth continue to soar,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Despite its growing fleet of aircraft, Amazon said it plans to continue to use FedEx, UPS and other transportation partners.

“Because of our growth and the sheer amount of packages, we are supplementing our transportation needs,” Clark said.

The company has been furiously building out distribution centers, where workers and robots pull products off shelves and package them for delivery, as well as smaller sorting plants, which arrange packages by ZIP code for faster delivery. It has a network of more than 125 fulfillment centers worldwide.

Amazon recently reported a second-quarter profit of $857 million on $30 billion in revenue.

The company doesn’t yet have plans to carry packages for others but says it’s constantly evaluating its situation. Amazon has not been shy about competing in businesses areas far-flung from its e-commerce roots.

“Once you have those planes, it certainly creates the opportunity for new products for customers,” Clark said, adding: “Stay tuned and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

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Rohit Khandelwal is Mr World 2016, First Indian Winner of the Pageant

Rohit Khandelwal after his win. Image courtesy: Mr World

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rohit Khandelwal won the pageant in Southport, UK
  • He also won the sub-title of Mr Multimedia
  • The first and second runner-up were Mr Puerto Rico and Mr Mexico
Model and actor Rohit Khandelwal, 26, has become the first Indian – in fact, the first Asian – to have won the Mr World beauty pageant.

Rohit competed with 46 contestants and was awarded the title at the grand finale held in Southport, UK on July 19.

“I feel so privileged and humbled to be Mr World 2016. I would like to thank all my fans and all the people who have been giving me all their blessings. It is only your love and support that has been my inspiration to win Mr World 2016. It has been an amazing journey to this point, and I cannot wait to see what happens next,” Rohit was quoted as saying on Mr World’s official website.

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He Instagrammed a picture of himself with Mr World 2014 Nicklas Pedersen after winning the title.

Mr World’s Facebook page posted pictures from the ceremony. Mr Puerto Rico, Fernando Alvarez, 21, was the first runner-up while Mr Mexico, Aldo Esparza Ramirez, 26, was awarded the second-runner up trophy.

Nivedita Saboo, the designer who dressed Rohit at the pageant, also Instagrammmed a collage of pictures.

The 12-day pageant comprised of 5 challenge events, of which Rohit Khandelwal also won the sub-title of ‘Mr Multimedia.’ Have a look at what he was upto:
     

Love for dogs This cutie on the streets of beautiful southport With @amilomoxie

A photo posted by Rohit Khandelwal (@rohit_khandelwal77) on Jul 15, 2016 at 11:49am PDT

Rohit Khandelwal has worked in TV shows like Pyar Tune Kya Kiya , MTV Big F, Yeh Hai Aashiqui and .

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Samsung Galaxy Note7’s First Official TV Ad Gives a Sneak Peek at Its Features

Samsung Galaxy Note7's First Official TV Ad Gives a Sneak Peek at Its Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new advertisement teases Iris scanner and phone’s name
  • The commercial almost confirms phone’s waterproof feature
  • The phone most likely to named Samsung Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7, the upcoming smartphone in Samsung’s Note series, has now been spotted in its first official TV advertisement, which teases almost all the features that have been leaked regarding the phone. The advertisement touches upon features of the Note7 by giving hints regarding each.

First and foremost, there is little to no doubt now that the phone will indeed be called Samsung Note7 as the commercial shows a numerical order that goes from 1 to 5 then shows a question mark and zooms out to a ‘No’, which is clear indication of the skip that Samsung is widely expected to make. Samsung had tipped this name in the invitations sent out as well.

(Also See : Samsung Galaxy Note7 Price, Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours)

The advertisement starts with a close-up view of a thumb print and the shot is followed up by unlocking patterns used by several Android phones to unlock devices. The shots of these methods used to unlock smartphones looks like a hint to the Iris scanner that the phone is expected to feature, giving the Samsung Galaxy Note7 a new way of unlocking the device.

The shot of classic telephones under the water in the advertisement are more than enough to indicate to the smartphone’s waterproof feature.

The commercial also features a girl who is using an electric bulb to click a selfie. This might be an indication of better low light performance of the Galaxy Note7’s camera, but it could easily have something to do with phone’s LED flash as well.

Presence of Dual Pixels, as in the case of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge has also been suggested on the phone. There has also been talk of dual rear cameras on the phone.

The phone is scheduled to be released on August 2.

There are other hints given in the advertisement as well but they are actually pretty hard to crack at this point in time. Do check the video of the advertisement by Samsung Mobile Korea below and let us know what features you think the Galaxy Note7 will come with.

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