Remix OS – New OS is in town & it’s awesome + free !!

Not so long ago, I came across a Kickstarter project named “Remix Mini – The World’s First True Android PC” by Jide Tech, where they were offering a fully operational personal computer for $ 20 (1 GB version) & $ 40 (2 GB version). It definitely caught my eyes for two reasons:

# 1: World’s First Android PC

# 2: Insanely low price

I got my hand on Remix Mini in November 2015, wasn’t disappointed at all. They delivered as they promised. It was cool in design, easy to set up and fast android operating system that the market has to offer.

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Well, the Jide team didn’t just stop there. A few weeks ago, in CES 2016, they had announced that, they will release the Remix OS for FREE for everyone. On 12th of January, 2016, they opened the door for everyone to download the Remix OS for free. Before, I go into detail about its features, allow me to explain what is Remix OS?

Remix OS is a fully customized Android. But unlike other Android OS, it has a user interface. What does it mean? Imagine you are using an Android OS on your PC or Laptop or even on your TV, but it feels like a desktop operating system. In other terms, it’s like a Windowed Android OS. It has a task bar, a desktop, and support for running Android apps, like Windows OS or OS X.

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Now getting back to its features, it basically runs on any Intel based PCs, even on Macs. One of the coolest things about using an Android based OS, is you can download / use over 1.6 million of Android apps available on Google Play Store. For example, you can run adobe applications. Microsoft office, Chrome browser and what not. Just like other operating systems in the market, it offers start menu, multi-window features, ability to minimize, maximize, drag & drop etc. All you need to do is to download the Remix OS on a USB 3.0. Plug it in and run. It even gets better, you can use the Remix OS on a Windows or Mac PC. It will run without any interference. All these you get without spending a single penny. Just make sure your USB and Computer has the following minimum requirements:

  • A USB 3.0 flash drive that supports the FAT32 format, with a minimum capacity of 8GB and a recommended writing speed of 20MB/s.
  • A CPU with 64-bit compatibility.

The team behind Remix OS, is just not from any other company. This is just the beginning and they are here to change the world of technology. I am personally convinced after using my Remix mini and Remix OS. Try it out yourself. You can download it here:

 

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DID TESLA MOTORS FINALLY MEET ITS MATCH? TESLA-S vs FFZERO-1

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Well, we don’t need to wait that long to answer that question, as a new automotive company named Faraday Future, just announced FFZERO 1, super electric car at CES 2016. Faraday Future located in California was operating in stealth mode for last 1.5 years and they revealed the FFZERO 1 including a full video of the car’s features. One of the coolest feature is, variable platform architecture, in other words modular basis of its design, which can be a complete game changer in the automotive industry.

Launch of FFZERO1 at CES 2016

Experts are saying this company is going to disrupt the automotive industry. One thing is for sure, once the car will be out in the market it will definitely give high competition to Tesla Motors.

Tesla was the No # 1 Electric Vehicle brand in the USA in 2015. The company introduced Model X and with newer version of Tesla S, total delivery of vehicles was 50,580 in 2015. Also, when it comes to technology and features in a car, Tesla was undoubtedly leading the EV market. Until, Faraday Future showed the FFZERO 1 concept car.

Best way to compare this two company is to compare their latest car models specification and features. So, I took the liberty to carry out some comparative research between Tesla S P85D Model and FFZERO 1  model and the result speaks for itself:

Comparison between TESLA S and FFZERO 1

When it comes to horsepower, FFZERO 1 have massive 1000 horsepower with 4 quad core motors. Also when it comes to acceleration, both the model are neck to neck. Also, FFZERO1 claims to be 45 mph ( 72 km/h ) faster than Tesla S P85D. Within thrashing 200 mph ( 321 km/h ), it’s no doubt it’s more powerful than Tesla S P85D Model.

When it comes to battery, it’s yet to disclosed about FFZERO 1’s battery range. Till date, Tesla cars are unbeatable, considering range of the battery. It would be definitely a challenge for Faraday Future to match, even to overcome battery feature.

While designing this new super electric car, Faraday Future took the liberty to integrate some of the latest features that technology has to offer.

Here’s the key features of the FFZERO1:

Key Features of FFZERO1

We need to a bit longer to experience these features. For now, all we know that Faraday Future, collaborating with various companies such as LeTV in China to implement up-to-date features in the car. This company have promised to deliver the best quality EV. With 550 employees on board + renowned automotive industry experts, we can definitely expect a key competitor to Tesla. As Tesla is not present in CES 2016, we need to wait a bit more to see Elon Musk’s reaction on FFZERO1’s high ambition.

No matter who wins this competition, one thing is for sure customers are going to experience some innovative features that today’s technology has to offer.

Reference: www.theverge.com ; www.engadget.com ; www.faradayfuture.com ; www.teslamotors.com

3 SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2016

3 SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2016

2015 was a great year for tech & social media development & milestones. We have seen various new features & innovations. New changes are emerging faster than we could ever imagine. I personally believe, marketers should keep in mind the following trends when getting ready for 2016.

Real-time Streaming

In 2015 we have seen the rise of many new companies focusing on live streaming features, such as Periscope, Meerkat, Livestreaming etc. Marketers are currently experimenting with various apps as a storytelling tool. As Facebook is currently working on its live streaming feature called “Facebook Live”. It’s no doubt that it will be one of the strongest broadcasting tool in 2016 with 1.5 billion users. Even Mobile manufacturing giant Samsung phones have live broadcasting feature on their latest phones. In 2016, we can expect companies of all levels to play with this trend. Won’t be surprised, if a professional social network like LinkedIn starts giving such features to its users.

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Virtual Reality / 360 Degree Videos

In 2015, Virtual Reality tools became affordable and currently can be easily experienced with the help of your smartphone. Yet, it’s not widely used by everyone. But, I am sure to see more virtual reality videos in 2016 from brands, publisher, events, etc. As the 360° cameras are becoming affordable, users of social media networks will be able to make and share 360° videos with its followers with ease. Recently, we have seen the 360° video of Star Wars : The force Awaken on Facebook.

360_Degree_Video_Virtual_Reality_VideoCurrently, YouTube / Facebook allows us to upload 360° videos.  With no doubt, we expect to see more of this trend in 2016 as the tools will be more available to users.

Social Selling

Interest based contents / ads was the trend of 2014 – 2015. In the mid of 2015, we have seen the rise of the concept of social selling. Social Media giants such as Facebook, LinkedIn already started playing with this feature. Facebook already implemented “Buy Button” B2C players. Also with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, users can stay one step ahead when it comes to B2B selling. This year, we can expect all the global brands, SMEs, Start-ups directly start selling their product and services via social media channels. Also, the emergences of the Buy Button in Pinterest on smartphones are expected to boom in this year. Also, it’s time for Instagram, LinkedIn to offer such online store for companies to showcase and sell their products.

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2015 had been a fast year for social media. Looking back at the historical trends and current technologies, I am sure 2016 is going to be a great year for social media and marketers need to me prepared with these trends to take their brands to the next level.

How much money did facebook lose in 60 minutes today?

When it comes to social media, facebook is the titan. It’s been 60 minutes now and facebook is down. Yes, facebook is down for more than 60 minutes+

Usually, facebook don’t go down for more than a minute or two. One of the major source of income for facebook is coming from advertisement revenue. Ever wondered how much money they lost in last 60 minutes?

Well, the math is simple…

According to www.fastcompany.com facebook makes 230 dollars per seconds, so if you convert that to 60 minutes, then it looks like this

facebook lost money Yes, they already lost over 0,8 million+ dollar. But nothing to worry, according to techcrunch.com, after 30-45 minutes of outage, some are reporting that it’s back online. Others are reporting it’s still down. Seems like, it’s coming back online slowly on a server-by-server basis.

According to NBCSandiego, a Facebook spokesperson said the outages were caused by a configuration issue.

Best Mobile Messaging Marketing Tools for B2B Industries in EU

Ask any marketer, what tool they use for reaching out B2B customers in the EU. Most of them are likely to say, direct mails, social media, emails, etc. We have already seen many B2C companies, News Agencies, magazines, event-management agencies in America have started using several mobile messaging marketing tools to reach out to their customers and to enhance their brand presence.

Am I the only one who thinks that marketers can reach their B2B customer more easily and effectively using Mobile Messaging Marketing Tools? B2B industry in the EU is still using old school methods of acquiring and retaining their customers. Nothing wrong in that. But in order to stand out in the crowd, I think it’s time to step up and use unconventional tools create that WOW factor. Here’s my Top # 3 mobile messaging marketing tool for B2B industry in the EU.

Best Mobile Messaging Marketing Tools for B2B Industry in EU

Number # 1 – Whatsapp

54,9% people in western Europe owns at least one smartphone and that’s the highest in the world. For example, the Netherlands has one of the highest smartphone penetration rate in the world with 61% WhatsApp adoption rate. Imagine the number of customers you can reach out in one go. Moreover, Whatsapp has recently introduced Web Version, where typing and managing the contacts are even more easily than before.

As a B2B Company all you need to do is to have a fixed number, which your customers can add as a contact. You will not only be able to take care of customer request quicker, moreover, be able to reach them proactively with your latest offers/products.

Number # 2 – Snapchat

Snapchat – photo-sharing app has expanded in recent times to go beyond sharing disappearing photos. Snapchat has recently signed up with several companies such as BuzzFeed, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, MTV, Fusion, CNN, Vice, Food Network, People etc. The core idea is simple, “Less is More”; the users get to view the videos, images, news items in a very compressed format.

In the EU, this trend is still limited. By Snapchat, B2B Marketers can promote their events, showcase employer branding (for example, how it’s to work at X, Y, Z company). If your company doesn’t have the budget for paying $ 750,000 (Approx € 683,932), then all you need to do is to install snapshot and ask your customers to add you (your company snapchat account). Just create your SnapCode and share it with your customers to add / follow you. Then you can regularly SHARE YOUR STORY and customers can view them whenever they want.

Create your SnapCode here: https://accounts.snapchat.com/accounts/snapcodes

Number # 3 – Viber

Viber allows for free calls to and from people using Viber, and you can use it ViberOut for your PC as well. As a B2B marketer, you can use the “Public Chats” option, which allows people to follow the charts of companies, or a specific topic, etc. Users can also download sticker collections from brands.

Moreover, you establish a single contact point for the customers where they can call / reach irrespective of the location. Moreover, you communicate High-Resolution images (such as Posters / Offers / Event news etc.) With customers proactively.

These apps are still relatively young. It’s still an unexplored territory for B2B marketers. Before jumping into it and destroying your brand reputation, it’s highly recommended to understand your customers, research what type of tool they use in their smartphones and make a clear communication strategy. After all, it’s about how to use the proper mobile messaging marketing tools customer specifically.

5 Project Management Lessons to Learn from NASA’s New Horizons Probe Project

“New Horizons space probe”, “Pluto flyby” are the current buzzword. Tuesday, 14th July, 2015, was that historic moment; where we have proved once again the capability of you and me, us the humans. New Horizons blasted off in January 19 2006, and was the fastest launch recorded, reaching speeds of over 36,000 miles per hour. The spacecraft passed the Moon after just nine hours, around eight times quicker than the Apollo program, and reached Jupiter the following year. After 9.5 years, and traveling more 5 billion kilometers it had reached the orbit of Pluto and even sent back mind boggling images of the youngest planet in our solar system, Pluto.
The New Horizons project is a success. But, that success didn’t come over night. Just like any business projects we carry out in our professional lives, it was a project for NASA. In our business world, we do many projects every year. Some fails, some succeeds and some succeeds beyond expectation. After reading several articles, watching documentaries about New Horizons space probe projects, I personally thing, there’s 5 crucial factors which has lead this project to a successful project. We can surely learn from it and implement in our business projects to make them successful.

Factor # 1 : Team

Without the right team in place, any strategy and plan has the potential of completely falling apart. The New Horizons team comprised of 4 majors teams -Team Leaders, Science Team, Co-Investigators, and Team Leads with defined responsibilities and goal. It is important to assign the right people to each aspect of the project and make sure that they are working well together.

New Horizons Space Probe Project Team
New Horizons Space Probe Project Team

Factor # 2 : Planning

Proper and Detailed planning sets up a project for success from the start. It’s crucial that all the team members are involved in the planning process and always know in which direction the project is going to go. Planning can help the team to meet deadlines and stay organized. For example, New Horizons team planned way ahead in time to ensure that the probe was able to reach Pluto when it’s nearest to us. It’s crucial to remember that Pluto follows a highly elliptical orbit around the Sun. At the closest point of its orbit, called perihelion, Pluto gets to within 4.44 billion km from the Sun. The team planned way ahead in time to ensure that the New Horizons probe reached when Pluto is at the closest point of its orbit. Hence, the probe was able to reach Pluto in quickest time possible at a reliable and realistic time-scale.

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Planning New Horizons Probe

Factor # 3 : Foreseeing Risk

During the planning phase, it’s crucial to produce probable list of risks with an action plan for the risks that the project could face. For example, the new Horizons probe is traveling at speed of 84,000 kilometers per hour. Even a small rice grain size space rock can damage the equipment’s on board. The new horizons team were able to take care of this ensuring that the radio antenna was always faced towards the path direction so that if any small objects will hit the large antenna and won’t damage the equipment’s behind it. This gave the team confidence and resulted in success in the project.

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New Horizons Risk Management

Factor # 4 : Improvising

Projects rarely go off exactly as planned. Even after identifying and going through probable risks, teams faces unforeseen risks. It doesn’t mean that that project should be stopped and restarted again. Stopping or restarting a project can be highly costly in terms of money and time. It important to improvise. It’s crucial to openly communicate within the team about it and trying to find a smart solution with least cost and time. Same happened with the New Horizons team. They launched the probe on January 19, 2006. They later realized that they had miscalculated the orbit of Pluto as they didn’t have a lot of information about the planet’s orbit. Later with improvement of technology and in combination with images captured by researchers, the team was able to find the accurate info about the orbit. Hence, they were able to send information to the probe in advance to save the project from total failure.

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New Horizons Space Probe Improvising

Factor # 5 : Project Continuation & Closure

If a project does not have strong closure or succession planning, then it has the potential to continue to consume resources. The project team must be firm and agree that all critical success factors have been met. Some cases, projects turn into actions or evolves into daily routines of the team members. It has to be clearly defined in the project scope, whether the project will end once it has achieved a certain goal or will it continue and evolve to be part of daily work. For example, the New Horizons space probe has received his goal of taking images of Pluto and sending them back. But, it will now continue to go further and explore the universe beyond Pluto till 2030. It’s a classic example of project continuation even after it has completed its main goal.

Microsoft Hololens and Future of Automotive Industry

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data

Yesterday, 21st January, 2015, Microsoft took this definition to another level when they introduced Microsoft Hololens. So, what is Microsoft Hololens?

Imagine you are having Google Glass with additional features which enables you to interact with three-dimensional holograms blended with your real world. As Microsoft quoted, “it’s more than a simple heads-up display, and its transparency means you never lose sight of the world around you. High-definition holograms integrated with your real world will unlock all-new ways to create, communicate, work, and play”

Check out this official video released by Microsoft Yesterday…

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Future of Automotive Industry

I am working in the Automotive Industry as Specialist New Media at Koninklijke Nedschroef Holding B.V. and after watching the premier of Microsoft Hololens, I am quite optimistic that the years to come in this industry are going to be revolutionary. Here’s why…

Designed and Development Process

Well, you are right, the term “Augmented Reality” is nothing new in automotive industry. OEMs are already testing and using it via using laser projected augmented reality. Especially the designers using it during development process in order to visualize actual proportions and sizes, geometry etc. But, this required the OEM to build an initial model to project on  and it requires expensive projection system.

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© Volkswagen Corporate Website

But now the time has come to forget laser projected augmented reality system. With Microsoft Hololens, OEM’s can just play around with the holograms and even interact with them for just € 1,300- €1500

© Microsoft Corporate Website

Go Inside the Problem & Find the Solution

Let’s take a simple example of Door Locking Assembly System. In a door locking system, there’s a small space inside the door necessitates precise preparation and movement of locking system. It has a little lever to be engaged in the lock which makes it impossible to see the lock and the lever adequate enough from that position. Also, the poor space between inside the door which makes it difficult for the workers to work. In order to solve this problem, the workers require a good three dimensional understanding of the space. With the help of Microsoft Hololens, the worker will be able to see through the door (via holographic projection) will be able to fix assemble with ease.

Door Locking assembly

Fastening With Ease

I am working at Nedschroef, where we are constantly innovating and introducing new fasteners and solutions to the OEMs. Let’s take an example, of one of the product called Nedsonic® also known as Ultrasonic Tightening Bolt. When it comes to bolt, one thing is most important: clamp load. To ensure bolts hold components together, they are tighten to generate clamp load. This tightening causes the bolts to elongate. By sending an ultrasonic wave into the bolt and recording the duration of the wave’s travel, the length of the bolt can be determined. By using Microsoft Hololens, the line feeding workers will be able to view in real-time, measure, evaluate and indicate the achieved clamp load, which will result in reliable and profound clamp load.

Fastenering with Microsfot Hololens

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Well, that’s just a few of limitless possibilities that Microsoft Hololens can bring to automotive industry and to the other industries. It’s just the beginning and I am sure, there’s limitless opportunities which will unfold in time to come.

What do you think about this product? What else can it do revolutionize this industry? Feel free to share this article and comment.