Microsoft Officially Released Wearable Fitness Band Just $199

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As soon as Google announced its health and fitness app Google Fit, Microsoft announced its band which is compatible with Android phones, Windows phones and iOS phones. Microsoft band will be available throughout North America with introductory price of $ 199. Microsoft fitness band will prove to the best band as it is compatible with all three platforms. Microsoft band has no competitor as only two companies have rolled out their fitness band one is Lenovo and other is Fitbit. We have already learnt that how Google and Apple are dominating health and fitness apps as both platforms rolled out their health and fitness apps in the market. Microsoft’s band will lead the way as it is compatible with all three platforms and will dominate the fitness wearable market for long. Microsoft’s band companion Microsoft health app is available on Windows, Apple and Android phones.
 
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The band is designed in such an ergonomic way that it will track your heart beat, blood pressure level and provides guided workout. It helps in automatic activity counting and embedded with galvanic skin response sensors which can tell if you are wearing it or not and UV sensor to help you decide on whether to apply sunscreen or not. You will receive all the alerts related to emails, calendar and notifications. The band lasts up to 48 hours at a single charge. One the algorithm knows enough about you and your biometrics in a steady state, they will recognize patterns and opportunities to improve your health and fitness. The proactive insights and intelligence engine will differentiate Microsoft Fitness app withAndroid apps , Microsoft band and Microsoft products in the years to come. The band comes with 10 in-built sensors which will measure user’s blood pressure, stress level and sun exposure among other things. The band also displays all the notification from your smart phone. The notifications include emails, calls, text alerts as well as access to Face book, Twitter alongside weather and stock information.
 
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Microsoft has partnered with several fitness tracking app makers including Runkeeper, Map my fitness as well as hardware partners like Jawbone and Starbucks for possible integration. The device will be available in the market at Microsoft stores and company’s website. Apple is planning to roll out its fitness band early next year at price of $ 325. Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Devices and Services said the idea of bringing band on three platforms is to contribute towards healthy and quality life.
 

Google Released Fit App Poised to take on Apple’s Healthkit

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It seems like fitness app war has taken the android and iOS market by storm. After Apple’s Health kit Google introduced its fitness app Google Fit. Google Fit is a standalone fitness app that let users track their fitness goals. The app catches all the physical activities as well as supports third party app integrations and android wear devices as well. You can also use it on your smart watch as it will help to integrate third party app and gives better result.

Google Fit app was announced in June, Google fit app is a set of APIs that permits developers to combine data for deeper insights. The app is designed for health enthusiastic people who want to keep their body healthy and fit. The app uses sensors that are already built in your android apps developers smart phones to capture your heart beat, blood circulation and other physical activities. The app tracks all your movements from cycling, walking, running and biking throughout the day. You can connect Google Fit to your existing Google account that acts as central dashboard for tracking fitness and health goals. The app was announced shortly after the launch of Apple’s Health kit.
 
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Third party app developers are very excited and anxious about Google and Apple is joining the race to capture fitness data. Many health and fitness apps are planning to support both platforms, rather choosing one over the other. Health kit opened up its platform to developers with few key app partners such as Adidas, Nike and Withings. All three companies are partners with Google Fit. RunKeeper has already joined Google however it didn’t make any official announcement to join hands with Apple. Another fitness app giant controlling the major market in health and fitness apps (Fitbit) is trying to provide its services to both platforms.

A good reason for consumers to rejoice as they all get good integrated health and fitness apps. Google fit has opened a door for third party app developers as the market is no more dominated by Apple’s Health kit. All users are required to do is download and install the app on their phone, and sign-in with their Google account. Users can access the data on phone, tablet and on the web. Believe me it is the best app that will fetch information to provide a broader view of your fitness.

How to Choose a Payment Gateway in a Mcommerce App

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When you are looking for a payment gateway in a mcommerce app it is important for you to be aware of certain facts and not rush through your decision. Payment gateways are an important bridge between the customer and the bank for the transfer of funds to the website or app owner via a bank verification process.

Today, the customer has no time to visit the service provider for products and so with the help of bank supported internet payments, the task of money transfer has become a smooth one thanks to the presence of these payment gateways. Shopping has become a seamless affair and customers love doing it from the comforts of any place without physically stepping out.
 

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Tips For Choosing A Payment Gateway For Your Mcommerce App –

If you are a mcommerce owner and are looking for the right payment gateway, you should be aware of certain steps that will help you make the right decision. There are many payment gateways in the market and sometimes the task of getting the right one for your needs can be really confusing. The following are some easy practical tips via which you can get a payment gateway for your mcommerce app without hassles at all-

Ascertain Your Individual Needs- When you are looking for the right payment gateway for your app, it is very important for you to first access your requirements and needs of your app first. The needs of two app owners cannot be the same. The payment gateway should match the needs so that you do not face obstacles and other associated delays in fund transfers in the future.

Check the features offered- When you are going in for the ideal payment gateway for your mcommerce app, it is important for you to check whether the former supports the latest technologies. This is a vital aspect that you should never ignore. The online market and mcommerce is very dynamic as a platform. Customers are savvy and they expect you to provide quick and prompt transfer of funds when they buy your app.

Opt For Free Analysis and Consultation- There are some reliable and trusted payment gateway providers that give you the advantages of free analysis and consultation. You should opt for them and compare the features of a few payment gateways before you make the ultimate choice. This will give you an insight into the services and the solutions that are offered.

Integration & Implementation- The integration and the implementation of the payment gateway should be a simple and hassle-free one. Check and clarify any doubts with the service provider so that you do not face issues in the near future.

Therefore, with the aid of the above tips, the task of searching for the right payment gateway for your mcommerce app is not a tough one. You should shop comparison and check reviews before you make the final choice. With the aid of research and time, you effectively can get the perfect payment gateway for your mcommerce app and face no hassles at all.

Summary- This article provides you the tips on how to choose the right payment gateway for your mcommerce app without hassles at all.

Google Releases Android Lollipop, Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet

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Google has finally release Android L and as expected called it “Lollypop” Lollypop is going to debut on 3 new devices of Nexus only. Later this month will be released for other devices. The detailed features of Lollypop have been released by Google, and are as follows:-

Notifications:

This was the most demanded features among the android users and many third party apps were there to suffice this. Lollypop, however has added some more to it. Now the notifications can be seen on the lock screen without the need of opening the device. Notifications have become more interactive, and can be seen in as cards on the screen. The most unexpected feature is of this segment is that now you don’t need to leave the running app to see the notification; you can directly work on the notification with the current app running on the screen, a perfect example of multi tasking.

Material Design:

This is one of the major changes in android since Ice-cream sandwich. The User Interface is now a lot smoother, graphically rich, and responsive along with rich animated touch feedback including new ripple effect. This is a revolutionary in UI of mobile devices.

Other Features:

Besides these two most awaited features Android has introduced new feature in interpreter which will enable users to switch between DalviK and ART. ART also provides significant boost to performance of the device, and battery life. This new performance capability will help reach a PC-level high graphic capability for the future devices.
 
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For developers, project Volta is a feature that will provide detailed information on how different processes are hogging battery. This Battery Saver app will close all but the most essential apps helps using battery at optimal level.

The security update have been introduced which is a big step against any kind of theft. With Android L, google has launched updates for 3000 new APIs to work with like the new camera api, DNG support, Bluetooth 4.1, A/V codec and many more.

Microsoft launches Skype Qik instant video messaging app for iOS, Android and Windows Phones

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Microsoft acquired Skype has launched a new app for instant video messaging called “Skype Qik”. The app is available on Android and windows store and have similar functionality to its parent app Skype, Snapchat and Vine.

As compared to its predecessor, Skype Qik is built, keeping in mind the trends popular among teenagers. The app has instant messaging service yet has intimate connectivity option like short video messages. The length of the video is limited by maximum 42 seconds. Another unique feature is that the user can send 5 second video as “gif” format which makes app simple yet fast. Unlike traditional login of Skype account, the user can login using phone number and can chat with people in the contact book, which is a great feature for those who does not want to create a new account in order to use this app.

One of the great features included as part of their simple and fast approach is that the videos will be automatically deleted after 2 weeks; however user can delete them at their will also. The user will have full control over their Qik contact list and can manage whom to choose from their phone contact list.
The app is currently available for Android and Windows phone only but soon going to release for iOS too.
 

Dropbox ‘Hacked’ – Seven Million Accounts Hacked

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The news of hacking dropbox accounts have surfaced this morning, which is a surprise for not only individuals but also for mobile apps development companies who rely upon dropbox for their day to day data storage. However, the company has denied this by stating that the accounts which have been compromised are actually expired and have been leaked by a third party services.

 
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Exact statement issued by the Dropbox:

“Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well.”

This morning, a thread on Reddit surfaced online which contained some links to “Pastebin” files that allegedly contains the many usernames and passwords to dropbox accounts. The hackers however didn’t put away all the accounts but hundreds and offer more in exchange of Bitcoins. They claimed to have massive 7 million accounts information with them.

While it’s not confirmed whether the message is a real threat or not, as a precautionary measure, we advise all to update their passwords.

Apple’s Live Streaming Upcoming Event in 16 October

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It’s really amazing to see that as soon as Apple announces an upcoming event, tech bloggers around the globe started analyzing, forecasting and blogging about it. But ultimately its only lucky guess that can work around with what app is going to deliver. So of the forecasts & expectations that are being made by the savvies and customers are:

New Mac Mini

This machine has been waiting for the almost a period of 2 years and have waited most among all the products in the apple’s bag, and this could expect a major upgrade in its technical specifications and designs. Mac Mini is one of the most preferred products in Apple store and most likes by small and medium organizations.
 

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Besides the expected upgrade to 802.11ac capability and Thunderbolt 2.0 the device can see major upgrade in designs which could be similar to Mac Pro released.

iMac: Retina

This is the second oldest member of the Mac family, the iMac. The current iMacs were released on November, 2012 for the 21.5-inch model and in January, 2013 for the 27-inch.
The designs are not expected to change but the technical specifications are definitely going to upgrade.
 

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Some of the upgrade in this product will be- Better display; Better aspect ratio; 4K display resolution; Better API, Apple could consider a UHD+ display for 217 PPI, keeping in mind the purchase-price parity. Of course, iMac will have Thunderbolt 2, greater storage, and more RAM as well as a faster CPU

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iPad group of gamily are expected to grow in dimensions & storage along with loose thickness and weights along with the addition of Touch ID.

Mac OS X Yosemite

This is the most awaited and most expected family member of Apple. Apple recently releases its latest update on this and techies are anxiously waiting for new version on this.
 
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Apple TV

With the chromecast emerging in this industry with all the amazing apps to support, Apple need to look into its forgotten product line, Apple TV. Apple needs to relook at its.

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There has been some speculation that with the release of ID touch, Apple could deliver an alternative solution to cable TV or at least something to work around it. Anyways this is one of the areas where its counterpart is gaining its stability at an exponential rate, and Apple has to do something amazing to retain and grow in this market.

Whatever they are going to do on October 16, its definitely going to be a surprise for all of us as Apple has always been able to do so in past. With the recent launch of iPhone 6 and watches along with Touch ID and Apple Pay, every fan of Apple is waiting to see more from them.

Adobe Partnership Could Be a Game Changer for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft’s problem with mobile has largely been a software one. As the company has learned, it’s not enough to make powerful tablets or phones if the software isn’t there to support it.
But Adobe might be able to help.

In Keynote presentation at Adobe’s Max conference, that it was clear the two companies have a closer partnership than ever, which may signal big changes for Microsoft’s Surface platform.
That the two would want to work together closely is not a surprise. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has much more advanced software capabilities than iPads another tablets — ideal for resource hungry applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.

On the software side, Adobe rolled out a new version of Illustrator optimized for the Surface Pro 3. “This touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their studio workbench before,This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, making it super simple to start creating with pen and touch.”
 


 

The two companies also showed off Project Animal, a new animation app that has Kinect-like face and speech recognition and gesture tracking capabilities. Adobe executives hinted that users can expect more application software like Animal in the future.

Adobe also previewed a new touch workspace in Photoshop on the Surface Pro 3, nicknamed “Playground.” Playground has all the power of Photoshop on the desktop, says Adobe, but a completely redesigned, touch-enabled, user interface.

One Playground feature, Layer Inspector, allows users to navigate between layers by swiping across them on their screen. The layers can also be picked up and rearranged solely with touch gestures.

“The thing when we created Surface Pro 3 was to get touch and keyboard and mouse to be seamless and natural as a way to enhance productivity,” Nadella said during the demo.

It’s not completely clear what the partnership between the two companies means for now— Nadella described it as having “new energy,” but didn’t elaborate on specifics. And Adobe is by no means shifting away from Apple (many of Adobe’s mobile apps are still iOS only.) But both CEOs made it clear they were committed to working together on innovative creativity applications.

How To Downgrade iOS 8.0.1 Back to iOS 8

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Apple has recently launched iPhone 6 and 6 plus, which became the most talked about product this year. Apple took a giant leap in regards with the software as well as the hardware perspective be it the camera of the new iPhone or the new payment features on the new device.

It’s been a month only and iPhone 6 in that iOS has already encounter problem with its software. The new operating system has an upgrade iOS 8.0.1 which cripples the cellular services of the device. Moreover, the touch ID of the system is bugged by the new upgrade. The upgrade made the device nothing but highly overpriced iPod which can only be used to run media services.

The new upgrade 8.0.1 was for the new features added previously to the 8.0. These were addressed HealthKit, health tracking app and to the photo application which was causing problem in associating with some other applications in the device. Although, the upgrade was necessary but the solution comes out as a complete disaster for the entire system. The phone is unable to solve the issue by restoring the phone.

However, downgrading the iPhone6 to previous version iOS 8.0 would help the iPhone users to get back their original phone back to working. It is highly advisable to the users to not to update their iPhone6 to iOS 8.0.1.

Although, Apple has announced its investigation on this, here are the steps that you can take to start back your iPhone 6.

1. Make sure you have taken the backup of your phone data and have latest version of iTune.
2. Switch off “Find my iPhone” in Settings > iCloud
3. Download iOS 8 for your iPhone.
4. Launch iTune on your computer and connect your phone to computer via cable.
5. For Mac: Hold Option (Mac) and click on “Check for Update”. For PC: Shift (Windows) and click on “Check for Update”.
6. Choose the iOS 8 firmware file (.ispw) you downloaded in Step 03.
7. Wait till iTune works.
8. Once you’re done, turn “Find my iPhone” back on.
This should make your iPhone back to its feet. If the problem may persist you should visit to nearest service center. It is however advisable to wait for the next update from Apple.

Android L will offer iOS 8-like data encryption as a default security measure

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A day after Apple detailed its new privacy measures; Google has opened up about its own plans to boost security on Android. The company will enable data encryption by default on devices running on Android L, which means all data will be inaccessible unless the person has the decryption key.

Google has already been offering data encryption on certain Android devices, but it has been an optional feature. With the release of Android L later this year, the security feature will be enabled by default when a person activates a new device.

“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,“As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”

Apple too is using data encryption on all iOS devices running on the latest operating system. The iOS 8 update was released for iPhones, iPad and iPod touch. Apple claims that its new security measures are watertight, and even it can’t bypass a user’s passcode to access data. These new measures come weeks after a hacker got access to iCloud accounts of a few Hollywood actresses and posted their intimate photos on the Internet.

In addition to data encryption, Android L will also bring in a host of changes and improvements, chief among which will relate to the design. Google calls it Material Design, and it boasts a flatter look and smooth animations. Here’s a detailed list of all the features introduced on the Android L update. Google has however not revealed a specific date for the release of Android L.

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