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Guy Creates Privacy Glasses Which Allows Only Him To See His Smartphone Screen

We all have experienced the annoying feeling when someone is looking over our shoulders on the smartphone screen that we are using.

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It is indeed quite a serious privacy issue and Celal Göger decided to do something about it.
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Celal Göger is a 42-year-old mobile phone repairman from the Turkish town of Bismil, Diyarbakir province. He has invented a gadget that allows only himself to see his smartphone’s screen. According to Celal, he came up with this invention when during checking his emails on the local tram, he noticed people staring at the phone’s screen and realized that this was a serious privacy concern being faced by others as well. He went back to his phone repair shop and began working towards a solution.

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Celal Göger has been fixing phones since 1999 and is quite experienced at his profession. He finally came up with a system that allows him to turn the screen of any smartphone, tablet or laptop completely white (and useless) for everyone looking at it unless they have a unique pair of special glasses on. The exact details of this feat are yet to be discovered since the news has only been covered by Turkish websites. Basically, Celal programmed a small chip to turn the display white and installed it on the smartphone and then proceeded to come up with another chip that can be mounted on any pair of glasses and connected to the chip on the phone via Bluetooth to bypass the white screen.

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Seven Secret Codes That Let You Access Hidden Features On Your iPhone

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t it make you feel like a super-spy when you punch in a secret code and it works? That’s the part I never expect, the working. Really, half the time I can’t remember the codes I’ve set up myself, so when it works, it’s always a happy surprise.
It’s even better knowing that a company built in secret codes that actually have functions. As if the iPhone wasn’t already awesome enough, right?

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1. Block Caller ID

Punch in #31# and your phone number, and whoever you call won’t be able to see that you’re the person calling.
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2. Get a more precise signal strength.
It’s a longer code requiring a bit more effort, but it gives you a solid number for your signal strength. Dial *3001#12345#* to bring up a list of options. Ignore the options and hold down the power button. When the power screen pops up, press the home button until the home screen reappears. In the top left, you’ll have a number instead of bars or circles. Between -40 and -80 is a strong signal, below that is a bad signal, and if you’re down around -140, you have no signal.
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3. Get your phone’s unique IMEI.
Every phone has its own identifying number, just like your car’s VIN. You can find the number in your phone’s settings, or you can just input #06# to bring it right up on your screen.
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4. Find out where texts go.
Text messages don’t go directly from your phone to the recipient’s phone. They’re routed wirelessly to a message center by a particular phone number. You can see your carrier’s secret number by punching in *#5005*7672# and then hitting the “call” button.
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New iPhone 7 Leak Reveals Massive Apple U-Turn

According to credible Japanese site Mac Otakara, Apple had a last minute change of heart and decided it will include a headphone jack on both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
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In this site’s own words:

“At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has been rumors that the headphones to be included with the new iPhone 7 series will still come with its own headphone jack as usual, and that a Lightning headphone jack adaptor will also be included in the package.”

Interestingly, Mac Otakara also backs up the recent talk of a second set of speakers being added to the top of the phone. The site claims this will be a “monaural system” – aka single channel mono, as opposed to stereo output.

Lastly it also reiterates that 256GB is likely to be the new top of the range storage system, though hopefully the biggest consequence of this would be finally putting the base level 16GB option out to pasture in favour of 32/128/256GB tiers. Fingers crossed.

According to Forbes
Previous iPhone 7 leaked cases confirmed a dual speaker arrangement with no place for the headphone jack and an otherwise virtually identical design to the iPhone 6S.
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Gordon Kelly for Forbes Reported :

My take? My own sources have not heard news of an Apple headphone jack U-turn, but given the company tests multiple variants of its upcoming iPhones each year it can’t be ruled out that models with and without the headphone jack are still being put through their paces.

That said Apple must be close to a decision. iPhones sell at such a scale that production needs to be ramped up 2-3 months in advance, which is right about now. As such I suspect the supply chain links which will inevitably appear next month should give us a definitive answer.

Personally I hope Mac Otakara is right, but even if the headphone jack is kept for the iPhone 7 I can’t see it remaining when the far more radical iPhone 8 appears next year…

Chinese Delivery Drones Are Already Fulfilling Orders In Rural Regions!

Even though Amazon’s idea of drone deliveries for its products initially seemed far-fetched, it really found a corner in the online shopping enterprises and caught the attention of the bigwigs of the industry like Google.

Albeit the absurdity of the idea of a quadcopter racing through the skies with a package in tow and ringing the doorbells, the concept has already been implemented. JD.com is the Chinese version of the Amazon. This week, the company established the worthiness of opting for the drone delivery system.

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The first drone delivery service of the company was launched in the outskirts of the Suqian City, in Jiangsu province. The place is also the hometown of the founder of JD.com, Liu Qiangdong and hence has some personal significance as well.

The current delivery mechanism works such that the drones pick the parcels from the central warehouse and deliver them to the rural delivery store. Thus, the actual home delivery is still being made manually. The scheme saves valuable time as a drone can fly over the winding roads in around 20 minutes while the road vehicles take much longer to navigate the same area.

The drone being employed by JD.com can carry a parcel of up to 33 pounds, speed up to 34mph (with an average 12mph) and find its way through light to moderate winds and rains.

The Chinese news publication Xinhua has reported that the cost of delivery has dropped by the use of robots. The current fee is under 7.6 US cents, almost half the original price.
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In all the online shopping chains, the last leg of delivery incurs the most costs as it is a prolonged, hectic, manual, door-to-door delivery system. Therefore, a mechanism that could bring down the operational costs will definitely attract the online retailers worldwide.

The only glitch in this scheme of things is the management of deliveries in the densely populated cities, where many people might be receiving shipments simultaneously.

How do you reckon the problem can be solved?

Bluetooth 5: Quadruple The Range, Enhanced Data Broadcasting Capacity By 800%

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the standard body that regulates the Bluetooth technology. SIG announced that the new version of Bluetooth, called Bluetooth 5, will be released by the start of 2017. Bluetooth 5 will be the most advanced update since 2009.
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The latest version of Bluetooth will pack in a lot of advanced features that will enhance the range of the Bluetooth connection up to four times and increase the connection speed two folds. All these enhancements will come without any increase in power consumption.

The enhanced range will improve the IoT experience as the Bluetooth connectivity becomes more reliable and robust. The increased speed will also result in robust connectivity and improved response times. The massive update in the broadcasting capacity will improve the wireless services such as location based navigation.
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The results of these enhancements in the Bluetooth technology will be readily evident as the users will get to enjoy a seamless connectivity experience whether they are streaming music via their Bluetooth speaker or checking the latest notifications on their fitness trackers.

The improved bandwidth and broadcasting capacity will become significant as the world moves to adopt IoT as it will enable data transmission at a faster rate. Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG said:

“Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them. Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices. And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience.”

Bluetooth SIG wants to bring improved features to Bluetooth, like data capacity and speed, so as to give better tools to the developers to come up with the latest innovations in technology.

They Put Plastic Bottles On A Board & When They Finished I Could Barely Believe My Eyes.

Everyone wishes they had a little relief from the heat when it’s the middle of Summer, but not everyone has access to an air conditioner. So a Bangladeshi inventor named Ashis Paul decided to take matters into his own hands, and figure out a way to give everyone a way to have cold air when they need it most.

To get started, he gathered as many plastic bottles as he could and started placing them in a board. By the time he was done, he’d invented something that might change the world.

What a fabulous idea! The eco-coolers can drop temperatures by up to 41 degrees, and that is enough to make even the hottest home bearable. Not to mention it doubles as a way to recycle bottles! That’s killing two birds with one stone.

Do You Know What Does This Symbol On Every Gadget’s Power Button Mean?

You see this symbol everywhere. I can even say that is the most popular symbol being used in this century. Everyday, you switch on and off your mobile, TV, Laptop, Microwave oven, washing machine, or any other electrical or electronic appliance and see this symbol on the power button.

But I’m sure you’ve never wondered what this symbol mean? Is there any logic behind the design of this symbol? Wanna know about it?

Trust me, the logic behind the design of this power button symbol is very interesting, and you’ll never see the symbol this way ever again.

So, let’s find out.

Just see it for the last time because after reading further you’ll never see it this way ever again.
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This is the last time you’re seeing the power button symbol this way.

See the symbol once again. Do you see an ‘I’ and ‘O’ sign?
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Does this broken circle with a line inside it look like 1 and 0?
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Do You Know Why Is There A Small Black Hole Between Your iPhone Camera And Flash?

No matter how much we call ourselves a pro in using and understanding iPhone, there are many things we still don’t know about it. Today I came up with something we notice every day in our iPhone, but we are still unable to figure it out.

Have you ever wondered why do we have a small black hole at the back of our iPhone between camera and flash? Do you think is it a reset button or something?

Let’s find out. Also, watch the full descriptive video in the end.

So, what do you think is it for?
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Well, this guy on Reddit thought this might be a reset hole and poked something in there to push that button. So, what do you think he did?
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Yeah, you guessed it right. Basically, he popped the mic into phone’s internal.
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Yeah, you read it right, this tiny hole is a microphone. Technically, it is not a microphone because it won’t listen to your voice. So, why is it for?
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Well, this microphone is called noise canceling microphone which.
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…can virtually eliminate background noises so that the caller on the other end hears only crystal clear voice. It also helps to record your voice without any fillers and to make Siri’s recognition of your accent even better.

So, now you know that your iPhone has three mics and the tiny black dot at the back is a noise canceling microphone.
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The Information Age is over! Welcome to the Experience Age!

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”
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When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been reported that original status updates by Facebook’s 1.6 billion users are down 21 percent.
The status box is an icon of the Information Age, a period dominated by desktop computers and a company’s mission to organize all the world’s information. The icons of the Experience Age look much different, and are born from micro-computers, mobile sensors and high-speed connectivity.

The death of the status box is a small part of a larger shift away from information moving toward experience. What’s driving this shift? In short, the changing context of our online interactions, shaped by our connected devices.

You are not your profile

To illustrate how this is playing out, think of Facebook and Snapchat.

Facebook is an Information Age native. Along with other social networks of its generation, Facebook was built on a principle of the desktop era —  accumulation.

Accumulation manifests in a digital profile where my identity is the sum of all the information I’ve saved —  text, photos, videos, web pages. (Evan Spiegel explored this first in a 2015 YouTube video titled What is Snapchat?). In the Information Age we represented ourselves with this digital profile.

But mobile has changed how we view digital identity. With a connected camera televising our life in-the-moment, accumulated information takes a back seat to continual self-expression. The “virtual self” is becoming less evident. I may be the result of everything I’ve done, but I’m not the accumulation of it. Snapchat is native to this new reality.
Many people think Snapchat is all about secrecy, but the real innovation of Snapchat’s ephemeral messages isn’t that they self-destruct. It’s that they force us to break the accumulation habit we brought over from desktop computing. The result is that the profile is no longer the center of the social universe. In the Experience Age you are not a profile. You are simply you.

Show, don’t tell

The central idea of the Experience Age is this —  I’ll show you my point of view, you give me your attention. I hear you yelling, “That’s always been the story of social!” And it has. But what’s changed is that the stories we tell each other now begin and end visually, making the narrative more literal than ever.

In the Information Age, the start of communication was information. On Facebook you type into a status box, add metadata such as your location and select from a hierarchy of emotions for how you feel. This information-first approach is also visible in Facebook’s feedback mechanisms —  six pre-selected reactions with threaded commenting.
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By contrast, Snapchat always starts with the camera. Feedback is sent passively —  swiping up on your story reveals which friends watched your snaps. In the Experience Age, the primary input is visual and the dominant feedback is attention.

Today the feedback loop connecting sharing and attention starts and ends on mobile; in the future, it could start with contact lenses and end in VR, for example.

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Ever Wondered What This Small Cylindrical Thing At The End Of Your Laptop Charger Is?

Have you ever noticed this small cylindrical module near the end of your laptop charger?
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Yes. I’m talking about the same ugly blob that pops out at the posterior end of the cord.
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While you might think it’s useless, but computer geeks and technology freaks swear by it, because well…. It’s kinda important.

The cylindrical device is known as a ferrite bead, which is nothing but an inductor (passive electric component) that suppresses high frequency noise in electronic circuits.

The ferrite bead isolates your laptop from electromagnetic noise, either from the waves that are picked up by the wire or from the existing noise in the AC-DC converter or the AC line.
This specific type of electronic choke employs the dissipation of high frequency currents in a ferrite ceramic that helps build high frequency noise suppression devices. These are sometimes called cores, blocks, rings or even EMI filters.
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Though the bead isn’t all that necessary in everyday usage, its inclusion helps the laptop pass FCC tests and FCC tests I hear are kinda important. So yeah!