Ways Your Small Business Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things

IoT car

Note: The following is coverage of the Solid conference, with a specific focus on micro-manufacturing trends that are arising from IOT, trends on which small businesses can capitalize.

What if I told you that your next business venture may involve manufacturing a car? Or that your next startup will include the programming of microbes?

Those ideas, according to the O’Reilly Solid conference, are not only within reach, but are progressing rapidly into reality today.

I attended the conference to view presentations for new combinations of manufacturing, biology, and programming. These concepts, rooted in Internet of Things (IoT) tech, stirs grand imaginations of devices making people’s lives easier.   The ideas can also stir how your next business idea can be best positioned for a significant industry shift rather than a mere customer trend.

When most people hear or read IoT, they rightly think of consumer devices such as the Nest thermostat.  But through keynotes and shared stories, the speakers introduced the audience to how straightforward many ideas are.

At first glance, the keynote topics seem too far advanced for small business owners.

But when thinking of business opportunities, one should examine how this technology filters down to everyday uses or how they create access to new industries.  That means a focus on how things are produced with small teams or with tools that allow for scale while leveraging limited resources – concerns that worry any entrepreneur.

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One example came from Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Labs. He described how the cost of innovation for biology-related technology is dropping substantially, creating a faster timetable for implementing innovation than that established by Moore’s Law for processors.

His example included the dramatic cost drop of gene sequencers, from a $2.5 billion estimated in 2003 to a $1,000 handheld sequencer.  Imagine what this means. Such a drop in cost lowers the barrier of entry for new businesses involved in high tech.

Ito also noted advances that have cut development costs. His example is  Sorona, an engineered microbe that convert sugars to polyester at 30 percent higher efficiency than fossil fuels.

Economic results like these have shifted costs to a minimal level that engineers and designer can try to build devices and eventually businesses.  Ito also notes how kids in Shenzhen, a Chinese province nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of China”, make cells phone “the same way people typically build websites and apps.”

There are other IoT opportunities besides biological.  A tech company Divergent Microfactories debuted the first 3D printed sports car built on a subsystem that offer micro-manufacturing possibilities.  Another, Digital Lumiens, had sensor-equipped lights that cut on and off by activity in a given room.

Danielle Applestone, of The Other Machine Company, shared her thoughts on influences and similar advances in manufacturing. She’s also the person behind The Other Mill.

There can also be partnering opportunity with protocols.  Douglas Woods, president of the MTConnect Institute, presented MTConnect, an open-source, XML- and HTTP-based communications standard. The protocol lets manufacturing equipment and devices coordinate production instructions seamlessly, improving management ability to monitor and extract data related to the device communication.  The institute offers partnerships for those developing devices that incorporate the MTConnect protocol.

Your business should pay attention to IoT conferences as the volume of conferences increase.  The expos are great exposure for learning about technical challenges are being experienced and what has been attempted to date. They are also great locations to network with the speakers.  I usually learn a ton of ideas from speakers when there is an chance to speak to them directly.  And I love showing gratitude  – sometimes the keynote material was so terrific, that I would just say thank you to the presenters afterwards, because I recognize the tremendous effort that had to go into the keynote material.

Finally, many IoT conferences will take place in a number of locations.  The O’Reilly Solid conference was in San Francisco this past summer (next year is planned for spring), but many marketing and tech conferences in other locations are transitioning to IoT themes.  So places such as Atlanta, Chicago, and New York are sure to have opportunities for small businesses nearby.

So what are you waiting for?  To get started on following IoT ideas online, do a search on common subject hashtags such as #IoT and follow the associated tweets. I keep a column dedicated in Hootsuite for such hashtags, but you can also create groups in Twitter as another means to follow tech trends.

Images: (top) Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories, with the 3D car Blade; (middle) Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Labs/By Pierre DeBois

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3 Things You Can Recycle But Probably Don’t

If you haven’t noticed, just about anything can be recycled these days. Think about what items land in your trash can (and then the landfill, of course) and whether you can find an eco-friendlier home for them. Chances are you can — as long as you know where to turn.

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Here are three commonly tossed items and how to give them a new life:

Foam Peanuts

Foam peanuts and other plastic-based packaging and shipping materials often get tossed, because they’re not generally recycled curbside.  If you can’t reuse them yourself, many pack-and-ship stores accept and reuse used packaging materials.

Not sure if there are any such stores in your area? The Plastic Loose Fill Council has a “Peanut Hotline” (800- 828-2214) that you can call to find foam peanut drop-off sites in your area. (You can also use its online search form.) You may be able to find a home for other types of plastics using the search form on PlasticMarkets.org.

Office Supplies

Used paper clips, folders and other common office supplies often get tossed in the trash with little thought. But many of these items can be used multiple times, if someone takes the initiative to save them.

If you have employees, set up a spot where employees can leave extra used supplies and encourage other employees to check that spot first before picking up new ones. Once you do need to throw out worn or unusable supplies, most of them can be recycled.

Personal Gadgets

Manufacturers of popular smartphones will often take back your old gadgets for free and make sure they’re responsibly recycled. (Apple, for instance, will recycle used iPhones and other Apple products .)

But other companies, such as Gazelle and NextWorth, will even give you money for old smartphones, digital cameras and other devices and pay you for them. Have a mass quantities of old gadgets to toss (30 or more)? Project Kopeg will recycle them all and cut you a check. (Keep in mind that some nonprofits will also take old gadgets and give them away for a good cause. You might then be eligible for a tax deduction.)

If you have a miscellaneous array of things to get rid of and can’t find a good home, check out Freecycle.org. This site helps match you up with people in your community looking for something you no longer want. (Also don’t forget about Craigslist.)

Of course, before you give away or recycle any old technological device, make sure to thoroughly clean the hard drive. You don’t want your personal or sensitive business information getting into the wrong hands.

Recycle Photo via Shutterstock

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25 Things You Need to Start a Photography Business

To open a photography business, you need two things: the skills and the gear. Here's a list of the equipment you need to start a photography business.

Looking to start a photography business? There are plenty of potential photography niches out there for small business owner. But no matter what you plan to actually photograph, there’s some essential equipment you’ll need. Here are 25 things you need to start a photography business.

Equipment You Need to Start a Photography Business

A Good Camera

The first thing you’ll need when it comes to starting a photography business is a good camera. There are plenty of options out there to consider. Some work better in certain situations than others, so you’ll want to do a lot of research on what models will work best for your particular niche.

Tripod

A tripod is also an essential piece of equipment, since it can help you keep your camera steady and allow you to take many pictures of each subject without moving the camera around.

Camera Bag

When you’re transporting your camera from place to place, you need to make sure it’s protected. So invest in a good camera bag that you can use to keep your camera from getting broken or damaged.

Lighting

Lighting is an essential element of any good photograph. And while natural lighting is usually preferred, you’ll also likely want to invest in some studio lighting for when there isn’t sufficient sunlight.

Lenses

There are plenty of different lenses you can use to get different types of images on your camera. So it can be a good idea to invest in some different lenses to improve the quality of your photos.

Backdrops

Depending on what types of photos you plan on taking, you might find it necessary to purchase or create some backdrops that you can use for studio or portrait photographs.

Props

It can also be a good idea to have a variety of different props on hand. The types of props you choose can depend on your niche. For example, if you’re a wedding photographer, you probably won’t want the same props that a pet photographer uses. But having a few different options can be a good idea.

Studio Space

You might also find it necessary to rent or purchase some studio space for your photography business, especially if you plan on having clients travel to you for photos.

Reliable Transportation

Alternatively, you might be more interested in starting a photography business where you travel to clients. In that case, you’ll need some reliable transportation in order to get to and from your shoots.

Smartphone with a Good Camera

While you aren’t likely to use a smartphone or mobile device as your main camera for your photography business, it can still be a good tool. Since social media can be a great tool for sharing photos and behind the scenes shots, it can be useful to have a smartphone that can take decent photos for those purposes.

Editing Software

Once you’ve taken your photos, you’ll also need a software program that lets you edit and fine-tune those images. Programs like Photoshop and Lightroom can be good investments for photographers.

Computer

That also means that you need a computer you can use to actually edit and store those digital photos.

Mobile Photography Apps

In addition, when you take photos on your mobile device, it can be helpful to download some photography apps that you can use to improve your mobile photos.

Social Media Channels

You should also sign up for some social media accounts on platforms like Facebook and Instagram so that you can share your photos and updates with potential customers.

Domain Name

A professional website can also be a helpful tool for a photography business. So purchase a domain name that fits with your business and branding.

Online Portfolio

It can also be beneficial to showcase your photography work on your website or in other locations online. So you’ll need to work to build up a portfolio of images over time.

Business Cards

When you go to jobs or interact with clients, business cards can be a great way to showcase your brand and give potential clients an easy way to get in touch.

Accounting Program

You’ll also need a way to manage and keep track of your finances. So you can invest in a professional accountant or accounting program.

Payment Platform

And you also need a way to collect payments from clients. So you can set up a payment system online or have a mobile payment platform to offer clients.

External Hard Drive

Digital photos can take up a lot of space on your computer. So it can be a good idea to invest in an external hard drive you can use to store all of those large files when not in use.

Business License

It may also be necessary to register your business with your local or state government. Look into any business licenses that might be required for photography businesses in your area.

Insurance

In addition, you might consider purchasing some business insurance or a policy that protects your equipment in case it gets lost or damaged.

Client Contracts

When you get new clients, you’ll likely want to get them to sign a contract so both sides understand what is expected. You can create or find contract templates to use with each new client.

PPA Membership

The Professional Photographers of America is a group that provides resources to professional photographers like contract samples and industry data. You can pay to join in order to take advantage of those resources.

Photo Printer

When printing out proofs or marketing materials, you’ll want to make sure that your photos are high quality. So invest in a good photo printer that will make your images really stand out.

Smartphone Photo via Shutterstock

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9 Things that Will Drive Your Web Designer Nuts

web design

Website development is not easy for the web designer or for the client, but there are things you can do to make things easier for your designer. There are also things that you can do that will make them very agitated and angry.

Because the web development process can be difficult and tedious I am going to tell you about some things to avoid doing so your working relationship with your developer will be better. (Side note: I am fully aware that there are web design companies that drop the ball; perhaps we will touch on that in a different article.)

1) Expecting A Designer to Be at Your Beck and Call

Anyone in the web design or developing business has to have a good number of clients at one time to make a living. Just think about this – you pay half up front and you don’t pay the other half until the site is completed (which could be 3-6 months depending on how long the process takes). The deposit you put down is not going to pay the bills for a web designer for months; they need other clients to pay the bills.

You are not the only client. Because of that, the designer and their team cannot be available every single time you want something. Please understand that they have responsibilities and obligations to many people, not just you. If it takes 24 hours to get a call or email back, that is a respectable time. In the mean time, take notes on all the issues you want to discuss so you can get everything out in one conversation.

Another important note: web designers may work all hours of the day, but that doesn’t mean they are available to talk after working hours or on the weekends just because that is when you are free. They deserve family time like everyone else.

2) Failing to Gather Materials Which Results in Slower Progress

As I mentioned earlier, web designers get a certain amount of money in the beginning. They need to make that money last for a period of time and also finish a website in a certain period of time to receive their final payment or they start to lose money.

Businesses, sometimes, are not in a big rush to finish a website and they are fine with it taking 6-12 months. This is not fair to a designer because they have to keep the job on the books and pay attention to it even if you are not. They are losing money and time and also paying for your site to be on development server. Plus, they deal with your emails consistently which takes a lot of time. The designer is losing time and money. You can’t expect them to be happy about a project if they are losing money.

It is really important to remember that designers have families and bills to pay. They need jobs to get done in a reasonable amount of time. Help them do that by sending them the requested documents, content and images they need so they can effectively develop your website. The website getting finished in a timely manner is good for you and the developer.

3) You Disappear for Three Months & Suddenly It Is Urgent That the Site Gets Finished

A web designer is depending on finishing a website to get the money that they need to make a living. Say a business owner disappears and does not respond to emails or phone calls. The web designer then must take on another job to offset the money they will possibly not be receiving. (How do they know if you are coming back?) Other clients are anxious to get the work done and are helping the designer consistently to finish the project(s), so the business owner that disappeared gets put on the back burner. This is logical.

However, the absent business owner suddenly realizes that they need their site, comes to the designer and complains that the site isn’t finished and demands it be finished quickly. Anyone that does this should know that they have essentially killed a good working relationship with the designer. The designer may be polite, but they were screwed financially by the disappearing act and on top of it they are now receiving demands. I highly recommend businesses avoid this.

If you have to disappear tell the designer why. Offer to pay a holding fee monthly to keep the project going or apologize for the disappearing act and ask them what you can do to get the project running again.

4) Giving Content on Paper and Expecting a Designer to Re-Type All Your Content

A developer or designer works very hard on coding and design. Trust me when I say that the coding and design take a lot of hours and require tedious work. When they add content to your website, they also have to format that content so it looks nice and this is also very time consuming work.

Typically copying and pasting content saves some time. When you expect a web designer to re-type your content, it is just rude. They are not being paid to type out content, but to make you something wonderful. Typically with a web design, a business pays for a certain number of hours of work and usually they want to stick to that number and not pay more. If someone insists on a designer re-typing, I can assure you that the designer will deduct some time from other work they needed to do to offset the cost.

Please send them documents where designers can copy and paste. Ask them how they would like the content sent so time and money is saved on both sides.

5) Sending Lots of Images with No Organization

Images are a ton of work. Every image that goes on a site is resized, named and uploaded. An image-intense website can double the cost of a website because the images alone are so much work.

When businesses send a disk or flash drive of images with no organization or names and they expect the web designer to figure out which images go where, they are adding a ton of time to the designer’s already long list of tasks. This drives designers insane. If you have images you want on a certain pages you could organize them into folders that name the page so they designer knows where they go.

You can also label images if you are emailing. No matter how you get images to your designer, I highly recommend you find a way to organize the images so things are easier for the designer. It will save you a ton of time answering questions and it will also save the designer a lot of time. Ask your designer how they would like to receive images from you.

6) Asking 19 Questions in 14 Emails

I already established that web designers have more than one client. So if every client emails many times (and they do), the designer has to spend a lot of time sifting through emails. They often have to go back to each one to make sure each question is addressed and readdressed.

It is wiser to sit and create a list of questions and send them all in one email so the designer only has to look at one email. Often designers have to go back to the email conversation when working because requests are in there. It is a lot easier to look at one email of conversations verses 14 emails with conversations.

Always keep in mind how much time an email or emails take. Do you want your designer spending hours answering emails or do you want those hours spent on your website?

7) Not Trusting the Web Designer

The thing that used to eat me alive the most was the fact that my partner and I would make recommendations based on usability principles, design, SEO and over-all knowledge based on experience and clients would not listen or trust the advice. We had absolutely no reason to offer advice that had no merit, but businesses wanted to ignore the advice and believed their way was better.

If you are given a recommendation don’t dismiss it outright. Ask why the recommendation is being made and really listen to the thoughts you are given. It is perfectly alright to disagree, but at least give the designer and their team the respect to listen to their thoughts.

8) Having a Bad Day and Taking it Out on the Designer by Sending Nasty Emails

We all have bad days and sometimes we take it out on others, but when you have someone killing themselves coding and constantly thinking about what is best for you and your business you want to avoid hurting feelings.

Often the nasty emails that come in are because someone is having a bad day. They are irritated already and they look at something about the website, write a crappy email and somehow forget that the person that receives that email is a human with feelings.

Please try to avoid this in all business dealings. Web designers sit all day and work on code and design. I can’t really explain in words how much that exhausts the brain, but it does. Nasty emails just don’t come across well to people that are mentally exhausted because they are creating something wonderful for you. Also keep in mind that emails don’t show the emotion on your face so the reader can’t tell if you are joking or attacking at times. Be careful how you word things.

9) Allowing Anyone in Your Business to Be Adversarial to the Web Design Team

Sometimes there is one person that just has to say negative things all the time or attack ideas. Some people have an ego problem and sometimes they even do things to slow down the project. This one person can destroy a good working relationship. This one person can make the designers life very un-enjoyable.

If you notice that one person is always being negative about the project or the designer you need to put a stop to it. Pull the negative person off the project or ask them what they problem is. The bottom line is: you need to finish the project and you need the designer to be on your side. There are always things that need to be addressed after a website launches, so you don’t want the designer to launch your website and walk away.

You will need a good working relationship with your designer in the future. Make sure respect is given on both sides.

Conclusion

As someone that has worked with many web design clients, I highly recommend you share this with anyone that is in the process of creating a new website. These 9 issues I have listed are so common, but they also cause a lot of problems for designers and working relationships.

The most important suggestion I have is to make sure everyone’s time and effort is respected. When there are issues, let go of anger and just ask what is going on. Most issues can be resolved if respect is there.

What issues have you seen with either web design clients or web designers?

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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.
Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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Xiaomi Redmi Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

Xiaomi Redmi Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It packs a 4050mAh battery
  • The Xiaomi Redmi Pro runs on MIUI 8
  • It is priced starting at roughly Rs. 15,100

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Pro smartphone in China on Wednesday. The new Redmi Pro is the first smartphone from Xiaomi company to sport a dual camera setup, and it comes bearing a premium design with three colour options.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs Redmi Note 3)

The two camera lens modules were first seen on HTC smartphones, but have recently garnered ‘premium’ status since rumours of the iPhone 7 with a dual camera setup started doing the rounds. Not to be left behind, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Pro, a month ahead of Apple’s traditional launch event in the hopes to get some leverage from the buzz. The dual-SIM smartphone supports 4G, packs a 4050mAh battery, and weighs 174 grams. Apart from these, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro has many other big features that are worth talking about, and we highlight some of the best ones below:

1) Dual camera setup
As mentioned, Xiaomi is using this dual camera setup feature as a selling point of the Redmi Pro. It sports a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor with a 5-lens module, an f/2.0 aperture, PDAF autofocus and supports dynamic depth of field, coupled with a 5-megapixel Samsung sensor for the secondary depth-sensing camera. The dual-tone flash module sits between the two lenses. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens and an f/2.0 aperture.

2) Mediatek Helio X25 Processor
Xiaomi claims that this deca-core processor makes the Redmi pro ‘the most powerful Redmi ever’. The Xiaomi Redmi Pro is powered by the 2.5GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 SoC, coupled with a Mali-T880 GPU, that’s available on the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage variant has the same processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It is worth noting that the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant is powered by a 2.1GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs iPhone 6)

3) Xiaomi Redmi Note price
Most of Xiaomi’s success is attributed to its reasonable pricing coupled with great specs on its smartphone offerings. With Redmi Pro, Xiaomi keeps the tradition alive and make the three variants available at reasonable price points. The Helio X20 (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,100), the Helio X25 (3GB + 64GB) variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,100), and the Helio X25 (4GB + 128GB) variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,200).

4) MIUI 8
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro runs on Android Marshmallow-based the latest MIUI 8. The new OS, which wasunveiled last month, comes with a new interface design, new Calculator app, a Smart menu for editing test, and the new App lock feature that unlocks all apps at once.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Max)

5) Xiaomi Redmi Pro design
Even with its reasonable price offering, Xiaomi Redmi Pro comes with a unibody metal design. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. There are two speaker grilles at the bottom, and a USB Type C port. The home button comes integrated with a fingerprint scanner, and the 3.5mm audio jack is situated on top. The power button, and the volume button are situated at the top right end of the smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.1GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

4050mAh

See full Xiaomi Redmi Pro specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 9,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Dark Grey, 32GB)
    Rs. 11,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Mi 4i (White, 16GB)
    Rs. 11,999
Tags: Android, MIUI 8, Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Pro Features, Xiaomi Redmi Pro Price,Xiaomi Redmi Pro Specifications
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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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New Wearable Circuits ought to Revolutionise internet of things

New Wearable Circuits Could Revolutionise Internet of Things

A crew of us engineers has created the world‘s fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits – a technological feat that may revolutionise the net of factors (IoT) and excessivepace wirelessinternational inside the destiny.

Led by Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma from university of Wisconsin-Madison, the crew advanced the new stretchableincorporated circuits taking inspiration from twisted-pair telephone cables. They contain, basically, ultra-tiny intertwining strength transmission strains in repeating S-curves.

This serpentine formformed in layers with segmented metallic blocks, like a 3-d puzzle – offers the transmission traces the potential to stretch with out affecting their overall performance, stated the have a look at, published these days inside the magazine advanced purposeful substances.

It additionally facilitates shield the lines from outdoor interference and, at the same time, confine the electromagnetic waves flowing thru them, almost completely disposing of modern-day loss. The stretchable incorporated circuits can function at radio frequency levels as much as 40 gigahertz.

unlike different stretchable transmission lines, whose widths can method 640 micrometres, the newstretchable incorporated circuits are just 25 micrometres thick. this is tiny enough to be highly powerful in epidermal electronic systems, among many different programs.

we’ve discovered a manner to integrate high-frequency lively transistors into a beneficial circuit thatmay be wireless,” stated Ma.

The technology can serve as a platform for manufacturers searching for to expand the skills andpackages of wearable electronics – especially as they try to expand devices that take benefit of a brand new generation of wi-fi broadband technology called 5G.

the brand new integrated circuits can be used in wearable electronics that adhere to the skin like brieftattoos. because the circuits boom wi-fi pace, these structures may want to allow fitness care group of workers to display patients remotely, without using cables and cords.

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Tags: 5G, internet, net of factors, IoT, science, Wearables

India aims to capture 20% market share in Internet of Things: Nasscom

The IoT is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan said.

The IoT is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan said.

Coimbatore: India aims to capture 20% market share in Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging sector which would be worth $300 billion by 2020, a top Nasscom official said on Saturday.

The Internet of Things is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan told reporters in Coimbatore. As the global IoT business is expected to touch $300 billion by 2020, India aims to capture 20% market share in another five years, he said.

Vishwanathan was in Coimbatore to launch Nasscom IoT Centre of Excellence, a joint initiative of Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) along with TCS, Intel, Amazon Web Services and FORGE Accelerator.

Depending on the success of Coimbatore hub, it was proposed to launch such centres in Pune, Baroda and Hyderabad, even as a pilot project was underway in Bengaluru, he said. To a query on the pace of setting up startups in view of additional tax being levied on them, Vishwanathan said, “nearly 1,000 startups are being added every year in India, which stands third in the world in terms of numbers and will continue to grow.”

[“Source-Livemint”]