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Which is better – Corporate Job or Startup?

Corporate Job or Startup

With social startups and the Internet gaining attention in the media from the last couple of years, many people would think that joining a small business is the best career move. And, as there are plentiful benefits of working in a startup environment, big companies also offer a lot. So which is better- Corporate Job or Startup? Read below to know in detail.

Reasons to Work at a Startup-

Atmosphere:

Most startups are popular for having a laid-back, fun environment. You will rarely find a formal dress-code policy or thick book of employee manual. Startups generally offer casual dress codes, a fun atmosphere which often fades the line between fun and work, and plentiful of employee morale encouraging activities. However, never let the casual dress code make you think that everything is fun and game. Successful startups employ people who are very innovative and motivated and will expect the same out of you. You want your colleagues and boss to have great expectations so you will give your best.

Opportunity:

Startups generally operate at the swift pace. They are persistently trying to impress customers, develop technology, functionalize processes, appoint employees and pitch investors. With such persistent efforts increased the opportunity for more projects per person than you will find at a big organization. Moreover, if there are a lot of responsibilities, it means that there is going to be a lot of opportunities to shine and excel.

Financial:

Most of the start-ups are not able to achieve the objectives they aim for. However, for those which do, the employees who joined at the starting can make out quite well financially. This can happen in many ways; quick promotions within the company, better earning, stock options, and a better job in case joining a different company. After all, every company wants to hire winners.

After reading this, don’t straight away jump from your big company job to join a startup. Like everything, there are boon and bane of working in a startup, and big companies can provide a lot of advantages that startups just can’t contend with. Below are some reasons to work at a big company.

Reasons to Work for a Big Company-

Training:

Looking to learn a new technology, want to attend a seminar, or want to get reimbursed for further education? It is almost not possible in the startup. On the other hand, a big company has the cash to fund such types of training. Beginning a career at a large company can provide long-term value by enhancing your job skills through training and education.

Large Workforce:

In the big organization, you’re more likely to come across a lot of smart, skilled and creative people to learn from and connect with. Having such connection down the line in your career can be very helpful. Also, searching mentors to guide you in your career moves may end at large company as you may easily encounter such people in there.

Startups Are Tough:

In clear words, if working in a startup atmosphere would have been easy, everyone would have joined it. The working hours are long, advantages are slim, and the risk is big. Employees who are searching for a stable environment and a “comfy” job shouldn’t look for a startup.

Deciding whether to work at a big company or startup can be quite difficult. There are pros and cons of both. Anyone switching a job from one type of company to another requires understanding what’s crucial in their life and then figuring out which type of organization to go for.

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USA Wearables Market is Not Doing Good

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Wearables Market in USA

Apple may still be asserting that sales of its Apple Watch are “going great,” but in general, the wearable device class is not growing at the rates anticipated earlier. As from sources, Wearables such as Fitbit and Apple Watch were projected to grow over 60 percent year-over-year from 2015-2016. However, the company is now shortening that estimate down to just 25% growth this year.

In contrast to other device categories, wearables gadgets have struggled to gain footing beyond early adopters. And with smartwatches, customers struggle to find a reason to buy.

The eMarketer analyst Nicole Perrin started that before Apple Watch came to the picture, fitness trackers conquered the space. At present, health and fitness tracking remain the key selling point for the new sorts of wearable devices, Apple Watch added.

However, Apple hasn’t influenced everyone that a smartwatch is something they require, particularly considering the higher prices in contrast with standard fitness trackers for the enhanced functionality of watches.

The company projects that 39.5 million U.S. adults will use a wearable gadget with internet connectivity at least once in a month. Conversely, this is much less than the 63.7 million eMarketer estimated earlier in October 2015. The use of wearable gadgets will only reach 15.8% of the population, and is only predicted to rise to 21.1% by 2020.

eMarketer isn’t the only firm identifying the issues in the wearables market. Earlier this month, IDC reported that the number of smartwatch were on the decline, with Apple falling to fourth place after a 71% year-by-year fall in total shipments. However, Fitbit topped the category with 23% of the market and 5.3 million units shipped in the quarter.

In addition, IDC had said this past October that smartwatch sales were failing completely, with entire shipments down to 51.6% from the same time previous year.

Apple had replied to IDC’s recent report by hyping the Apple Watch’s success in contrast with its own previous sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the sales of Apple Watch hit a record at the first week of holiday shopping, and that the present quarter is on track to be the best so far.

It’s not unanticipated that the sale of Apple watch was better than before during the 2016 holidays – after all, this is the real time of the year where people prefer to raise their spending. Moreover, Apple launched a new version of its smartwatch ahead of the holiday season which likely added to the bump.

However, it seems that this bump may not be able to save the wearable category all together.

Source:https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/21/u-s-wearable-market-is-doing-much-worse-than-expected/

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Use of lot to Monitor And Predict Air Pollution

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Air Pollution

Modern Technologies such as lot can be considered very useful in fighting the ever-increasing pollution. This choking war will need to be fought at two fronts – firstly minimizing pollution and secondly predicting and reacting on real-time basis. This brings us to tracking and monitoring parameters that raises air pollution levels in cities.

Customized sensors can help in recording, storing and analyzing data. With rise in affordable sensors which collect data and with modern storage capabilities, new options keep on emerging, assisting in tracking pollution in a more clear way in real time with reduced costs. Therefore, they are useful in decisions aimed at predicting and preventing pollution. Incorporated with other data sources like the weather station, demographic, and social media data, analysis can be used to yield real-time insight for actions to enhance air quality.

This new technology will provide us with important insights as how to solve this serious issue, which means higher chances to resolve them. Knowing where pollution is actually coming from and how much amount of is present in the air will help make swift and precise actions to overcome it?

Let’s take an example, when sensors detects that air pollution is getting increasing in a particular area, traffic police can be asked to move traffic to other routes which are less congested. Likewise, other responses could comprise method such as allocation of extra medical staff in areas where larger number of patients with respiratory ailments are residing, regulating industries about pollution, etc. Such methods will help in managing manage the issue on a real-time basis. Pollution can also be tackled by leveraging this technology by making smarter use of public resources like energy or water. For example, sensor-enabled street lights could automatically adjust it after analyzing the number of people present in an area at a particular time.

As per a recent study, air pollution is responsible for taking lives of more than 5.5 million people worldwide every year and half of these deaths occur in China and India mainly. Delhi’s toxic smog scenario is a wake-up call for everyone. A much needed action should be taken now – not only by the government but also by the citizens to curb any such recurrences in the future. If the country wants to progress on the path of growth and development, this is the time to act.

Source:http://tech.firstpost.com/biztech/national-pollution-day-internet-of-things-can-help-reduce-pollution-351010.html

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Do More with New Instant Game Feature in Facebook Messenger

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Instant Game in Facebook Messenger

If you are bored with texting feature of Facebook Messenger and looking for something new exciting feature, well your wait is over then. With the Facebook Messengers’ new Instant Games, you can now challenge friends for high scores for games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Words with Friends Frenzy. These games are available right from your message threads. They are quick to load as they are built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, which makes the quick to load as compared to clunky native apps.

Now, Facebook Messenger has become more fun and interesting. With the facility to play games directly in your messaging conversations, if you are looking for a reason to unite with your friends who live on the other corner of the world, you can play a round of Words with Friends: Frenzy; or you can try to beat the score of your roommate at Space Invaders; and moreover, you can challenge your brother to Pac-Man, EverWing, TRACK & FIELD 100M, Galaga, and many other exciting Instant Games. This fun gaming experience will be first launched in 30 countries, and is available for latest Android and iOS operating systems.

In the latest version of the Messenger app, simply open a conversation with your friend or even friends, and touch the game controller icon located just below where you type text. Then, just select a game to start playing it right away. After finishing a round, your friends in the conversation will see your score and will be able to challenge you back. You can even search games within the Messenger search field, or also on News Feed where one can play solo or challenge friends back in the Messenger. Games on Messenger are the first to be launched on Facebook’s new Instant Games cross-platform gaming experience.

Fun, social, and ready for action, games on Messenger include score-based leaderboards, in-context chat, and group thread conversations to beat, boast and praise.

There are one billion people who use Messenger every month. They connect, chitchat and share in many different ways. They do this by sending Emojis, Stickers when words aren’t sufficient, tapping on Instant Video to share pics with friends and family after an awesome day, or making an instant voice call to tease and talk. Now they can join and challenge each other over their favorite games. This seems to be the beginning for games on Facebook Messenger — wait for new titles to be included, and for different ways to play. Game is on!

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/29/messenger-instant-games/

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Amazon Web Service Drops Price for Its Storage Services With Introduction of New One

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Amazon Web Services

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a significant drop in the price of its storage services. The company also introduced several new features for developers who wish to use the Glacier cold storage service of AWS.

The new prices which most of the developers will be concerned about are of S3, which is AWS’ primary cloud storage service. Unlike the six pricing tiers previously, S3 will now feature only three: 0-50 TB; 50 TB-500 TB; and 500+ TB. In most of the places, the prices for S3 will fall by about 20 percent.

In case of Glacier, which AWS’ cold storage service for data that one want to keep in a safe spot but would not be using too much, the price drops are even more significant. In three of the AWS regions (Ireland, Oregon and Northern Virginia), you can now store your data for a mere $0.004 GB/month. This is a straight 43 percent drop in the price of Amazon Glacier.

The more important news for Glacier user is the addition of 2 new retrieval choices. Glacier is set up in a way that it usually takes a while before a data is ready for download. And, this is what lets AWS to provide the service at a very low price; however it can only be used for cold storage and nothing else. Now, Amazon is introducing 2 new option to Glacier which lets users to pay a little extra to receive their data quicker — or one can save a little more by receiving it even slower than Glacier’s default 3 to 5 hour waiting period.

Now, with the new ‘expedited’ option, you will just need to pay $0.03 per 1 GB and $0.01 per request when you get back data and you will get your download within 5 minutes. Amazon Web Services claims that this feature will work best for users who have data in TBs in Glacier.

Moreover, there are 2 types of expedited data retrievals: one is on-demand and second is provisioned retrievals. While On-demand retrievals functions as per the rules mentioned above, Provisioned retrievals are different from it. They will cost about $100 per unit making sure that the facility for your expedited retrieval is available whenever you require it. Every $100 unit promises that you will be able to perform 3 expedited retrievals every 5 minutes with up to 150MB/second throughput. In case you don’t go for these extra units, the expedited retrievals will only be allowed when the capacity to accomplish them will be available.

Furthermore, in case you don’t mind how much time it takes to retrieve your data out of Glacier, then the latest ‘bulk’ options is perfect for you. In bulk option, you retrieve requests may take about 5 to 12 hours, but it will only cost $0.0025 per 1 GB and $0.025 for every 1,000 requests.

Well, a really great news for folks looking to or already are taking services from AWS.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/22/aws-drops-its-storage-prices-and-launches-new-cold-storage-retrieval-options/

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Nutonomy Plans to Expand its Autonomous Testing in the US

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Nutonomy, a Self-driving taxi startup has decided to expand its autonomous vehicle testing to the streets of the U.S. The announcement came out after the company agreed for a partnership with city of Boston and the Massachusetts Transportation Department.

Nutonomy is a MIT spin-off technology startup company and its headquartered is located in Boston. In August 2016, the company begin trialing its ‘robo’ taxi service in Singapore, nearly beating ‘Uber’ which is carrying out tests in Pittsburgh. The association of Nutonomy’s with the Government of Singapore is a part of its most recent funding of $16 million. This partnership is considered to be crucial for the company to get a entry in the Southeast Asia city-state. The company here is looking to introduce a commercial service to the public by the year 2018.

According to a statement, Nutonomy stated that it will start trialling at Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the Seaport division of Boston before the beginning of 2017. The company plans to employ its autonomous Renault Zoe electric vehicle which comprises its software system and engineers on-board to monitor and take the wheel if required. Unlike the autonomous vehicle by Uber, the Nutonomy cars will not be used for passengers.

To give it a head start, Nutonomy is working with Southeast Asia’s Uber rival, Grab in Singapore. Although, it is still not clear whether it will try to have a similar partnership strategy with Lyft, which is considered to be an important Grab ally in the U.S. Also, the company stated that it doesn’t has the support from government officials to expand the testing area to different parts of the city in the coming future.

The city mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that Boston is prepared to take the charge on autonomous vehicles. He also stated that he will make sure that the self-driving vehicles benefit the residents of Boston. Furthermore, the mayor called it an exciting step, and said that with both public and private partners, they will continue to strive on making a safe, steadfast and fair mobility plan for the residents of Boston.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/21/nutonomy-boston/

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Apple Initiates a Worldwide Program to Cure ‘Touch Disease’ Issue of iPhone 6 Plus

Touch Disease issue

Finally, Apple has agreed to cure the Touch Disease issue that has been bothering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users from very long time. The ‘Touch disease’ issue makes the touchscreen of the iPhone 6 models unresponsive and a user also gets a thin grey line at the top of the phone’s display. To solve the complaints made by many users, Apple has now initiated a new program which will address this manufacturing issue for iPhone 6 models’ users.

Apple stated that if dropped multiple times on a hard surface and after that incurring further stress, iPhone 6 Plus devices may show flickering or multi-touch issue signs. In such situation, Apple will repair the device, providing the device is in working condition with no cracked or broken screen. The company will offer this service for a price of $149.

Once can go for service options such as Authorized Apple service provider, retail store or technical support to get the iPhone inspected before going for any service. This will also help in verifying whether the device is entitled for the program and is in working condition. However, one should remember that this program is applicable only for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Before a person takes his/her iPhone 6 Plus for the service process, he/she must take the back up of their data to iTunes or iCloud. Also, one should note that Apple has the rights to restrict or limit the repair to the actual country of purchase, and the pricing offered by Authorized service providers may also vary. This global program will cover such iPhone 6 Plus devices for five years after the first retail sale of the model.

As said, this is a global program, so iPhone 6 Plus users in India can also visit the Authorized Apple Service Centre if they are also facing the above mentioned issues with their iPhone 6 Plus.

Furthermore, Apple has stated that those who have already paid for a repair service related to the issue are entitled for compensation equal to the difference between the actual service repair cost and the new $149 price. The company also mentioned that it has started contacting people who have already paid for repair cost.

Source:
http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/apple-releases-repair-program-for-iphone-6-touch-disease-issue-348167.html
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Google is Launching PhotoScan App for Android and iOS

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Google PhotoScan App

Google’s cloud photo storage and sharing service, aims to be a one stop destinations to everyone’s photographs. But till now, this service has only been offered to the digital photos and personal videos we shoot. The company is expanding the services by launching a new tool named as ‘PhotoScan’ which help convert printed photos into high-quality digital copies.

Generally, there are a couple of ways to convert printed photos into digital ones. One way is to ship them to a scanning service, second way is to buy a scanner and scan manually and the third one is use your phone to take a picture of the existing, printed photographs.

The third method is what most of the people prefer as it’s the easiest and the fastest method to turn printed photos into the digital one.

However, this doesn’t give high-quality photographs. Instead, photos snapped with Smartphone’s camera usually have some sort of glare from the surrounding light spread across the image. Also the photos generally are not aligned properly; and if not cropped, sometimes it may even show the surface on which they’re placed for taking a snap.

On the other hand, Google’s PhotoScan will help you take photos of such prints, and then it will automatically resolve such common issues. The way it resolve these issues is quite interesting. This simple mobile application will take you to the camera’s viewfinder. When overlaid on top of the print you’re about to click, you will find four white dots. You will need to direct the phone over each dot by moving, which will enable Google to take multiple clicks of the photo from several angles. This will help you get different images where the glare would have been moved around, as well.

Then the PhotoScan will make use of different snaps of the same image to render a single image without any glare. Not only this, the app also offers features such as rotating, aligning, and removing the background (for example table surface).

Although, you may have come across number of similar application to PhotoScan on the store, such as Ancestry.com’s Shoebox, Photomyne, Memories, Heirloom, and some others, but while these apps only help in cropping and straightening, none of them offer such a unique feature which PhotoScan will offer.

While the updated Google Photos app is coming today, the PhotoScan is also going live today as a free download for both Android and iOS.

Source : https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/15/googles-new-app-photoscan-turns-prints-into-digital-photos/

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Facebook is Launching ‘ROOMS’ Feature for Messenger App

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Facebook Messenger App

After the addition of end-to-end encryption and ‘Secret Conversation recently, Facebook is now planning to incorporate an additional feature in its Messenger. The feature is named as ‘Rooms and is currently under testing. ‘ROOMS’ is a bulletin board-style feature which will enable users to take part in public conversations which are focused on delicate matters. Earlier in 2014, Facebook introduced a separate ‘Rooms’ app for iOS users. The application enabled users to share audios, videos and texts which might not fit in the News Feed.  However, the application was not able to get the expected traction.

Hover, the new Messenger Rooms feature focuses to rectify the errors which were present in previous application. This time, Facebook will be introducing the feature within the current application only, instead of creating a standalone application. Currently, the feature is being provided to Android users in Australia and Canada. Rest of the world will need to wait as no date has been decided for further release. Facebook Messenger users already have option to create groups and discuss about various topics. However, such conversations or discussions are private between friends. The revived ‘Rooms’ feature will encourage users to have public conversations on a different topics.

With this new feature, users will be able to discuss a wide range of topics – whether it is Baseball game, Football, Formula One, Rugby match, movies, events, concerts, movies, election etc. Each room will be having a link which users will be able to share, letting anyone with Messenger app get into the conversation. Also, users will be given an option to create a private Room, but the members will need to get a formal approval by the administrator.

Moreover, Individuals will also be having option to make their own Rooms using the Facebook Messenger Application, approve and invite new members, create nickname for themselves, configure notifications, and much more. Users will also be able to search for rooms based on a certain matter. For example, a Rugby freak will be able to search for related group by searching for his/her favorite teams, players etc.

However, one will need to wait for the worldwide release of this new interesting feature as the date is not yet revealed.

Source : http://www.bgr.in/news/facebook-is-testing-new-rooms-feature-in-messenger-that-will-let-you-chat-with-strangers/?fromNewsdog=1

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Now You Can Command Siri to Send Money Via PayPal App

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PayPal subscribers will now be able to send and request payments using the simple voice commands through Siri on iOS 10 powered iPhone and iPad devices. The online payments giant is making the new feature available to users in around thirty countries. Not only this, this feature will be available in different languages, and it will only require the user to install the iOS app with a logged in user account.

Using this feature is quite user friendly as you just need to command Siri to send certain amount of money to a friend or contact by just saying their name. As said above, not only you can send money but also can ask for payment from a friend by name through Siri. After the voice command you will get a confirmation message on the screen and Siri will ask you to confirm the amount and payee for your transaction. PayPal’s intention with this useful feature seems to be regarding holiday season. During this time money transfer market will heat up significantly and PayPal would love to make the most out of it while providing a convenient method to users.

The new features become possible when Apple released third party integration for Siri in its latest iOS 10, which comprise requesting rides, sending payments, searching photos, sending messages, making VoIP calls and starting workouts.

What is PayPal and How it Work?

Once you command Siri to transfer some money, it will flash a card on screen through which it will send money. Then you can say yes to send or no to cancel the command. In case you don’t have PayPal or you don’t mention PayPal and have other payment applications installed, then Siri will ask you which one you want to go for.

Although, Siri is the only assistant on the iPhone which supports voice-controlled payments, the payee doesn’t require having an iPhone or iOS 10 powered devices. They just need to have an active PayPal account. And, in case they don’t have it installed in their phone, they will receive a prompt to install in order to to receive payment.

Moreover, you’ll have to ensure that the account details of payee are stored within the PayPal App so that Siri knows where to transfer the money.

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