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

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

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.

Innovation redefined: the ultimate guide to become an innovative company

We all talk about innovation; every company wants to be innovative. But, do we actually know how to? Time has changed, so did the definition of innovation. It’s crucial for any company to adopt the new ways to be innovative in order to survive in today’s competition. Here’s my view towards the ultimate guide for becoming an innovative company.

Co-creation
It’s one of the most used words lately. Well, you must be wondering, that is this “Co-creation”. Let’s start with a formal definition, “Co-creation is a form of marketing strategy or business strategy that emphasizes the generation and ongoing realization of mutual firm-customer value.” The words to focus on here is “mutual Firm-customer value”. In today’s world it’s crucial for companies to break out of the box and work together with the customer or suppliers to generate innovation and provide better solutions to problems.
A perfect example would be, Nedschroef, a leading manufacturer of fasteners working with its customers like VW, Audi, BMW etc to create innovative fastener solutions.

Crowd Funding
It’s 2013 and we are still experiencing the aftermath of global financial crisis. The Euro crisis is taking a high toll on countries like Netherlands, Germany, once known as one of the strongest economy in the world. Getting funding for starting a business is really difficult these days. Even when it comes to produce innovative products it requires good amount of investment before theory turns to reality. Especially for SME’s and individual entrepreneurs, crowd funding has become the ultimate source for turning a great idea into a reality. Yes, crowd funding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.
The Pebble Watch has been the most famous example of crowd funding. The original team scored more than $10 million with a target of less than $1 million via crowd funding platform named “Kickstarter

5C's of Innovation

Collective Knowledge
“Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress, and working together is success” that’s definitely one of my favorite quotes anymore. When it comes to innovation, people from different background, different part of the world, even from different work experience can contribute to provide innovative solutions to any problem. Thanks to the rapid growth of the internet, people from different part of the world can share their knowledge and create innovative solution and products.
Recently, Facebook friends helped a scientist to identify nearly 5,000 fish specimens collected in Guyana in less than 24 hrs, YES less than 24 hrs. The majority of people commenting held a Ph.D in ichthyology or a related field, and hailed from a great diversity of countries including the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. By quickly tapping the collective expertise of their social network to help with the preliminary identification process, the expedition members were able to sort, pack and export the specimens to Washington, D.C in a timely manner.

Collaborative Consumption
Zipcar is a US membership-based carsharing company providing automobile reservations for its members, billable by the hour or day. Members can reserve Zipcars online or by phone at any time, immediately or up to a year in advance. Zipcar members have automated access to Zipcars using an access card which works with the car’s technology to unlock the door, where the keys are already located inside. Zipcar also offers an iPhone or Android application that allows members to honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors.
I was amazed by the overall idea behind such innovative car rental service when I first came to know about it in Marketing and Service Management Class during my MBA at Maastricht School of Management. And this is one of the best examples of innovation via collaborative consumption. In more formal terms, collaborative consumption is an economic model based on classical market behaviors of sharing, swapping, bartering, trading or renting access to products as opposed to ownership which both creates and adds value to existing products and services

Creativity
California State University defined Creativity as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
It’s no doubt creativity paves the way towards ultimate innovation. But, in order to be creative, you need to be able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective. Among other things, you need to be able to generate new possibilities or new alternatives. You can be from a totally different industry yet you can always add value and create innovative products to other industry just by able to see things in new ways. In fact, a research named “Innovation through diversity” by Forbes insight has proven that formula for success is in the diversity of people in the organization. People from different background when put together in a perfect environment produce creative and innovative solutions.