mardi 3 février 2015

Whatsapp offers a chip that allows using the application without paying roaming

An Italian company introduced Whatsim. The idea is to allow those who travel much further connected via instant messenger

The Italian company Zeromobile presented Whatsim a prepaid SIM card that allows unlimited use Whatsapp in worldwide paying 10 euros a year. The idea is to allow those who travel much staying connected via instant messenger WhatsApp (which recently added a Web version for Chrome), exchanging messages if they are connected to one of the 400 operators participating in the program, without worrying about the cost roaming.
The Whatsim, however, assumes that you only use it for messages and depend on a Wi-Fi connection for other tasks (surfing, exchange files, etc.); depending on the geographical area in which you are enabled a limited number of megabytes of data for sending and receiving messages.
The Argentina, for example, is in zone 3, which enables 15MB for messages (about 7500, according to the company); sending files (pictures, audio notes) requires extra credit. The service has no fixed cost or credit expiration.
It is not the first time that such service is offered; the Whatsapp itself became a mobile operator in Germany last April, to ally with the operator E-Plus to sell a prepaid SIM, which allows for ten euros make calls and connect to the Internet, but that does not discount the use Whatsapp credit data from that plan. And Facebook (the owner of Whatsapp) while making similar partnerships with operators around the world to allow free access to their social network.
The novelty in this case, the action is taking an independent company, Zeromobile, commanded by Manuel Zanella, the head of one of the first smart watches, the I'm Watch.

samedi 21 juin 2014

A hidden ocean beneath the Earth

American scientists have discovered the presence of an immense ocean located about 600 km below the surface of the Earth.

3 times the volume of Earth's oceans! This is what the study found a tiny little diamond found in Brazil, and was spat by a volcano. The analysis revealed a significant amount of trapped inside the gemstone water.
The team of scientists has published the results of their research in the journal Science.

Where does the water on Earth?

For centuries, scientists are trying to find the answer to this question. Most of them thought that comets ice had fallen, there millennia on this planet. But today, they advance another hypothesis: the water would have been present inside the Earth. She was expelled by volcanoes.

From the water trapped

Water can take many forms: vaporous, solid. That which would be present under our feet solid but not frozen. It would be trapped inside rocks. At this depth, the temperature and pressure which does not allow water to be in liquid form.

A huge water tank

Scientists believe it is possible that the water contained in these rocks can feed the oceans that we know. This would explain why the oceans are about the same size over the centuries ... This water might one day be used to fight against the drought in many parts of the world? The question is, for the moment, not been addressed ...

Amazon Fire Phone, comparing its size with other devices

The recent Amazon Phone Fire debuted on the scene, so here's the inevitable question - How will it hold up against the most prominent smartphones on the market? It will not be a competition benchmark, this comparison will highlight more the size of the phone than anything else against other famous phones including iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as you can see above. Hereinafter, there will be another image that shows the Fire against the Samsung Galaxy Phone S5, the Sony Xperia Z2, and LG G3.

C’est certain, la taille du téléphone n’est pas le seul critère ou la qualité qu’on devrait considérer pour choisir le bon téléphone pour une utilisation quotidienne, car il y a d’autres éléments à prendre en considération tels que la capacité de la batterie, et la connectivité entre autres, mais c’est un bon début – en particulier si vous savez que vous allez tendre naturellement vers un appareil plus petit ou plus grand. Vous êtes contents qu’Amazon ait enfin lancé le Fire Phone ?

3D on mobile phone

Movie screens screens of mobile phones. 3D jumped in our pockets through new laptop giant Amazon U.S.: Phone the Fire, the "fire phone". Presented Wednesday by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, the phone comes out on July 25th in the U.S., impossible to know yet when it will be available internationally. A priori, this is a very simple phone. Display 4.7 inch - is 12 cm - 2 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera. A camera with image stabilizer, but above a unlimited storage, unlike all the other phones on the market. Its price, moreover, should be quite reasonable: 200-300 dollars in the United States with a subscription.

It had been several days that the Internet was buzzing with rumors of a 3D phone. Amazon confirms these rumors and creates the surprise: the new phone will be equipped with 3D technology. A "dynamic perspective" interface called, which runs according to the position of the user's face. These are four cameras, infrared sensors, placed on the front of the unit that identify precisely the orientation of the face. They follow eye movements and adjust the display accordingly. This is less of a 3D illusion of 3D effect. A hologram effect somehow. A true depth image on the screen, with a focal point that moves according to the movement of the user.

The sensors have another advantage. The ability to control your smartphone without touching it. We can lean left or right to move images and photos, or forward an article to scroll. Demonstrations are quite convincing, but other phones have already tried this experiment before, without much success. This dynamic perspective presents a difficulty: infrared cameras must be very precise. It must not face another passenger on a crowded subway for example can divert the image, or parasitize the 3D effect.

Then, the unit may represent a leap forward in smartphone with a technology that would inspire all other manufacturers, or just a single event in the landscape of the smart phone. In any case, this new phone has an advantage for Amazon: it is a way to retain a true customer ... A bit like Apple and its products online. The direction of the U.S. online sales platform was not yet stormed the smartphone market. But the Fire Phone should serve as a Trojan horse to make a user a real Amazon customer. The user will be encouraged to buy content from Amazon, online books, music, TV, movies and the Amazon cloud, which offers unlimited storage ...

mardi 17 juin 2014

Whereas in the smartphone market, Amazon boasts 240,000 Android applications

While the media are betting on the arrival of Amazon in the smartphone market with an announcement made ​​tomorrow, the merchant cyber boasts a strong increase in its Appstore mobile applications.

Launched in March 2011, the Amazon Appstore for the company was the opportunity to position themselves in a market blooming in offering a directory of applications for Android. At its inception, the platform had only 4,000 titles. We today would count more than 240,000.

The diversity of the Kindle Fire range has indeed contributed to the expansion of the platform, which is now available in 200 countries. The arrival of Amazon in the smartphone market could therefore attract more skilled Android developers and encourage them to publish their applications and updates simultaneously with the Google platform.

Amazon said in a statement to developers that the economic model of its Appstore has borne fruit and publishes figures from a study conducted by IDC with 360 developers of applications for smartphones and tablets. 65% of them would consider that the revenue obtained by application to the Kindle Fire platform would be equivalent or better than those generated on a mobile OS competitor.

According to a study conducted by Flurry in April 2012 Amazon kiosk would also be more profitable than Google Play. For a basis of 1 euro spent on the Apple App Store, 89 cents are at Amazon for only 23 cents in Google. It would be more profitable for a developer to market its Android applications at Amazon. Recall that the platform still had a number of problems in its early stages with few missteps that have discouraged more than one publisher.

Rest in terms of visibility, but Amazon will always be behind the Google Play Store, first publishing point for Android. Interviewed by us in November at the show AppDays Eric Bergaglia responsible for the App Shop in France, returned to the efforts of the company and explained:

We invest in terms of human resources. I have a three-person team responsible for acquiring and working with developers to establish long-term relationships. We have several categories and each has its specialist. They know what applications should be added to the App Store and how to approach the developer. 

Developers appreciate the availability of our teams. We can develop an application on Amazon France but also all European editions for example. We can make good recommendations to consumers based on their previous purchases such as a book or film.

samedi 14 juin 2014

Low-cost smartphone by Mozilla

25 dollars is the price and the announcement was made at the last "Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona" which was held last winter. Mozilla is going to market a low-cost smartphone.

This device is intended for emerging markets and it will be present in India, Taiwan and Indonesia. They are both leaders in India who produce this device and it comes Intex and Spice companies. As for China, it will take care of the production of microchips. At this price, it is clear that this Smartphone will be more basic, but Mozilla's goal is to equip the poor in countries where currently a $ 50 phone remains inaccessible. For Time magazine, Mozilla also aims to establish itself in the operating systems. Must say that this smartphone will be sold with the Firefox OS software?

vendredi 13 juin 2014

Blackphone, keep your personal data

Innovation: The foldable home

Kent Larson, architect and professor at the MIT Media Lab, introduced the latest innovation output laboratories Masschusetts Institute of Technology, the famous Boston University. This project, called CityHome aims to simplify the lives of young professionals seeking housing in cities under increasing gentrification, like New York or San Francisco. Home City is in the form of a module of 60 square meters which unfolds in an apartment of 256 square meters near a simple movement of the hand, like control commands of the Wii console.

This new model is based on a RoboWall technology: a module inside the device allows you to reconfigure the interior to the environment, and options include a guest room, a storage space or two workrooms . Furniture can thus unfold in a single movement of the hand, a table for 14 people can be stored to make room for a double bed, without the need for special physical efforts.

Several solutions have already been mentioned: thus, the former mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg supports the marketing of a flat scale model, while Kent Larson prefers to focus on space focusing on systems and functional storage offering a more affordable price. Larson wants to go beyond the conceptual proposal and hopes to commercialize the prototype already available in the premises of the Media Lab shortly.

Product: Blackphone protects the drift of the NSA and Google incursions

Faced with repeated misuse of personal data scandals, both by monitoring agencies state that the giants of Silicon Valley, a new phone co-produced by Silent Circle and Geekshpone provides comparable smartphones basic mobile experience but continuously protecting user information. Phil Zimmermann, Silent Circle and Javier Agüera in charge of the project Blackphone discussed various issues and technical devices that surround this new product, marketed a priori by the end of June.

Blackphone allows eg to browse the internet anonymously and encrypt messages and calls (audio and video) to prevent any form of data recovery. The first model to be sold for around 629 dollars and is based on Android operating system. Thus, by communicating a blackphone to another, the entire communication is encrypted and defies hacking attempt. This service also works when communicating with another type of phone.

More innovative still Blackphone protects data brewed applications and operators: Facebook or Google for example, be unable to monetize their applications with personal data of users. The company has announced several partnerships with operators from different continents, and plans to deliver several million models in the second half of 2014. Zimmermann has also announced that U.S. government agencies, Australian or Canadian would be interested in strategic partnerships. Silent Circle had conducted its first fundraiser in late May at Cain Capital LCC, totaling nearly $ 30 million.

Evolution: Vinod Khosla predicts the advent of a new personalized medicine

Keynote conference, one of the most respected business angels Valley, Vinod Khosla, took this opportunity to recall some of its key ideas about the future of medicine and the care industry. The co-founder of Sun Microsystems, whose tweets and articles are closely followed by investors and entrepreneurs in San Francisco, had already announced in late 2012 with a bang that within a decade, nearly 80% of doctors would replaced by machines. Alarming detail in his article "Do we need doctors or algorithms? "Under more eloquent, and in which Khosla will even compare the current practice of medicine to voodoo science or of medieval witchcraft, given the persistence of randomness in the development of diagnostics. His firm venture capital and focuses on medical innovations that capitalize on the mobile channel, and offer client-centered services.

Khosla Ventures has invested in AliveCor, an iPhone case that allows you to instantly measure your heart rate or CellScope, an application that turns a smartphone into a portable microscope used to detect ear infections. Late last week, Khosla had addressed a public directly affected by the evolution of medicine: the students of the School of Medicine, Stanford, on the occasion of a conference on Big Data and biomedicine. The goal of many start-ups and laboratories in Silicon Valley is to invest more in the "Data Science" that can bring more benefits to the evolution of medicine that all life science together. The growing wave of wearables as FitBit that Khosla also wore wrist is the first gateway to this new type of predictive medicine in the American public.