No limitation for male and female, said Facebook

14 Feb

You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore!!!

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Since 2008, Facebook has offered its user who made a profile on the site to select from one of two gender options: male or female. This requirement has long bothered if the user doesn’t choose with either option. Facebook is unable to answer when the people can opt out of showing sex on their profile, this prevents many people to identify on their profiles as male or female could.

Facebook has avoided the issue for years, but now it appears to be effective instantly. ”It is important because of expression of gender, especially when it more than definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female.'”

In addition to male or female, Facebook users can now select a third option, “custom,” in the gender drop-down. While choosing “custom” from the drop-down menu than you can select from a list of around 50 options, from “agender” and “androgyne” to “trans female,” “two-spirit,”  “trans male,” “trans person” etc. Users can have up to ten descriptors in their profile.

Facebook new gender options

Facebook new gender options

Facebook further asks users what pronoun they prefer: “her,” “him,” or “them.” And it allows you to apply custom privacy settings to your gender information, so that you can share it with, only with your friends, or publically.

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Facebook with its 1.23 billion active monthly users around the world allows them to keep their gender identity private or public. Currently, the custom gender identifiers will only be available for users in US English.

“During the past few years, a person’s Facebook profile truly has become their online identity, and now Facebook has taken a forward step to allow countless people to more honestly and accurately proved themselves,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.

This move by Facebook came after years of discussion and lobbying from users, some effect came from Facebook pages to petition for the change. On the other hand Google+ offer male, female and “other” in option, but it is well said that Facebook has many specific options to put the platform well ahead of any other online community. About only 1% of Google+ users identify as other.

Posted By: Pooja Runija

Say Bye to Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards!

7 Feb

chip and pinOctober 2015, has chosen to say bye to the swipe-and-sign of a credit card transaction.

Beginning from the next year, in all major countries where people do insert card into a slot and enter a PIN number, now won’t signing those credit card receipts. The reason behind this major step is to stop the world’s credit card fraud and brought more and more attention to the recent large-scale theft of credit card data from retailers.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in U.S., executives told the senators that once the country act on the new system- which includes credit cards embedded with a microchip containing security data- these kinds of hacking attacks will be much more difficult to pull off.

The changeover is coming through: both MasterCard and Visa, and both have set October, 2015 as an important deadline in the switch. But why has it taken this long, and how will the changeover work for card users and businesses?

Talk with MasterCard’s company expert Carolyn Balfany about new payment system, known as EMV that will end up swipe-and-sign and starting chip-and-PIN. Here’s what she had to say.

She said by answering the question “Why U.S. has taken so much longer to accept it?”, firstly there were higher fraud rates in some markets and they wanted to make this move to combat fraud. Secondly this system can operate in offline mode– the card and the terminal can authorize a transaction independent of communication with the bank’s systems.

By answering about the “liability shift” she said:

 Whenever card fraud happens, we need to determine who is liable or responsible for the costs. When the liability shift happens, what will change is that if there is an incidence of card fraud, whichever party has the lesser technology will bear the liability.

So if a merchant is still using the old system, they can still run a transaction with a swipe and a signature. But they will be liable for any fraudulent transactions if the customer has a chip card. And the same goes the other way – if the merchant has a new terminal, but the bank hasn’t issued a chip and PIN card to the customer, the bank would be liable. This way, we’re not shifting fraud around within the system; we’re driving fraud out of the system.

“How will it actually happen?” while answering she said still lot of work on this that has already happened. For merchants, the terminals and equipments are available to accept the new cards. Banks already issued cards with the chip to customers who travel abroad. Mostly consumers know how to use it. Overall some media coverage and awareness is required to explaining the system and all the benefits, and obviously how to use it.

While answering our last question about benefits other than security, she said:

With keep in mind that it is the establishment of technological platform for the next generation of payments and not only limited to chip and PIN cards, it also includes things like contactless payments at same level of security. Now account can be resident in multiple places with tag affixed to your phone or on your key ring.

This article is originally posted on The Wall Street Journal.

Get Bluetooth Connectivity With iPhone Controlled Paper Airplane

24 Jan

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Flying paper planes is not a fun. The most recent product by Powerup Toys’ gives you a chance to include one more product of intelligence i.e. paper plane by connecting an electric storage device fueled propeller and rudder, which might be utilize an iPhone application by means of Bluetooth. It is controlled by powerup 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit.

The Paper Airplane Kit is the company’s third generation of this device; most of the previous models fail to offer with application. The way it works is really basic: First, fold a paper plane utilizing the model gave. Next, connect the Powerup module to the plane, and link it with your phone.

 Paper Airplane With Propeller Power

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 The electric cell inside the Powerup 3.0 airplane will give about 10 minutes of flying time, and recharge through microUSB in about 15 minutes. The application itself is really smart. Possible that pilots guide the plane by tilting the iPhone left or right, and app also shows you at what level the plane is with respect to the horizon/skyline. A throttle in the center gives you a chance to change the speed of the propeller, and three checks indicate the power output, battery life remaining, and signal quality between the plane and your phone.

On the other hand, the plane was exceptionally alert; it flew past us in the blink of an eye. Powerup says you’ll have the ability to control the plane to a range of about 60 yards. When it’s released in May, we’re positively anticipating taking it for a flight or two.

Posted By: Pooja Runija

10 Unusual Gadgets That Will Blow Your Mind In 2014

10 Jan

One of the major highlights of the year 2014 is unconventional gadgets that attract every one interest and it was presented in Consumer Electronics Show. After 4K TVs and wearable devices made headlines, the connected ‘toothbrush’ and the ‘refrigerator’ were not far behind.

Here is a look at 10 quirky gadgets that is beyond your imagination in 2014.

1) Pot to charge your gadgets

Pot to charge your gadgets

Pot, which we use in our daily life for cooking etc. Here is the PowerPot, which has the ability to hold 2.3 liters of water and can generate 10 watts of power by converting the heat energy generated into DC power.

You can boil water and charge two iPhones or an iPad at the same time through its USB port.

2) Toothbrush to connect to internet

Toothbrush to connect to internet

Toothbrush, the morning needy tool. But to connect to internet and if you have worry about your teeth,  here is the Kolibree Toothbrush features a sensor that detects how much tartar is being removed while brushing.

It also records brushing activity and sends all information wirelessly to a smartphone app that tells users if they have missed hard-to-clean areas.

3) Refrigerator that talks to your phone

Refrigerator that talks to your phone

Just tell your refrigerator you’re on holiday and it will turn on power-saving mode and reply to you.

LG presented smart appliances that talk to mobile phones through its HomeChat service developed with Line. The appliances support Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology to interpret simple text messages.

4) Bed to check your snoring

Bed to check your snoring

The Superbed that suits its name at least the work what all it does. The bed monitors the entire body’s movements, heart rate and breathing. It also helps people who snore and need to get free from it by moving itself up or down in order to remove blockages. Working with a custom app to offer advice that can help people sleep better.

5) Baby sleep monitor

Baby sleep monitor

Getting sleepless nights worrying about your baby’s sleep? Smart one newborn sleep monitor comes to the rescue.

You can put it into a child’s chest pocket and get information and alerts on the baby’s breathing, body temperature and orientation on their mobile phone.

6) Ear that monitors heart

Ear that monitors heart

Intel’s new smart earbuds come with sensors that can monitor the wearer’s heart rate.

The pair takes power from the headset jack of a smart device and work in cycle with an app that intimate users so that they can set a target heart rate for workouts and even select music matching the heart rate.

7) Take the perfect selfie

Take the perfect selfie

Selfie is termed as self portrait photograph that typically taken by own. One can take selfies without any problem with Hisy, a super compact remote control that can be paired to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth 4.0. The device works with the default iOS camera app and has a range of 90 feet.

Just get into the frame and fire the button on Hisy to activate the shutter.

8) ‘Parrot’ for plants

‘Parrot’ for plants

Parrot presented Flower Power, a device that enable users to monitor the health of their plants via their iPhone or iPad, through an app.
In every 15 minute intervals the app offers updates from the device related to the sunlight conditions, temperature, fertilizer and moisture level of the soil.

9) Headband to relax you

Headband to relax you

A new Muse Headband by InteraXon’s can be worn around one’s forehead to track brainwaves and signals that can be sent to an app installed on a device connected to them.

The app sends audio and video messages to calm down the brain and relax you.

10) Smart spoken guide for ride

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CycleNav, a new bike navigation system made by Bikemaker Schwinn’s  which attaches to your bicycle’s handlebars, it allows you plot a route for your cycling trip into the company’s smartphone app. CycleNav device connect to your phone via Bluetooth and communicates turn-by-turn directions using large lighted arrows as well as voice prompts.

After your journey comes to an end, the app records fitness stat for you to track distance you pedaled, calories you burned and duration. As well as, it doubles as a headlight for your bicycle as well. It launches in March for $60.

 Posted By: Pooja Runija

Say Hello To, World’s First Transparent Tablet !

3 Jan

We’ve generally seen transparent displays and tablets in sci-fi movies; however they don’t exist in all actuality at the moment. Till now, you’ve been able to utilize the front of your smartphone’s display for input, isn’t that so?

Grippity claims to be the world’s first transparent tablet to accompany two-sided touch controls. It is partially transparent which will give you a chance to communicate with its screen from both sides and utilize each of the ten fingers at the same time.

Grippity claims to be the world's first see-through tablet to come with two-sided touch controls.

Grippity claims to be the world’s first see-through tablet to come with two-sided touch controls.

The upper part of the gadget is murky and permits for thumb input. And it’s lower portion which comprises of a semi-transparent, capacitive, double sided, multi-touch display. This board measures 7 inches and releases visuals in 800 x 480p resolutions. When you sit to watch the video, then you’ll see that it could feel like to a greater extent a gaming controller in the hands than a tablet.

Consistent with Discovery News, the Grippity tablet right now runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with 4GB space that could be reached out to 32 GB, it could be tweaked to run KitKat as well.

The Grippity tablet supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and likewise accompanies IR blaster that permits it to function as a remote control.

As Grippity is running Android, you can download or develop applications for your particular necessities. You can check out the video below to know more about Grippity or visit the Kickstarter project page.

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 Samsung additionally patented a technology for a transparent touch screen that might allow users to control the device from both the sides.

The report said that the cost of the Grippity tablet isn’t clear yet, user can pay 235 dollars to hold a slate for delivery by October 24, 2014 and timely risers can preorder the tablet for 159 dollars.

Posted By: Pooja Runija

Why Windows Phone Is The Safest Platform Among All?

20 Dec

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According to software security company F-Secure security Chief Mikko Hypponen, Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is the safest mobile operating system available to businesses, he further told Windows Phone 8 is presently the safest mobile operating system here.

Although Apple’s iOS is also commonly known as being safe, exactly as safe as BlackBerry for business use, while Android remains a haven for cyber criminals. It seems that F-Secure is giving the “safest” award to Windows Phone 8 at the moment.

At the moment Windows Phone is the safest, there are­­­ thousands of malware for Blackberry and more malware for the iPhone and without a doubt progressively on Android. Interestingly, Hypponen anticipated that “Windows Phone is safest mobile operating system; due to its restrictive development policy should protect it from criminals for the foreseeable future. We’ve seen no malware at all targeting the platform. You want a safe & secure phone? Purchase a Windows Phone.”

Meanwhile, Android receives a bashing for being the most unsafe; firstly, because of amount of malicious Android installation files, it’s almost just double after every quarter. Secondly, because of 3rd party app stores with much has less security features as the official one, Google Play. Although, Google is said to address some of the issues with 3rd party apps/stores in the new version of Android 4.2 taste as jelly bean.

“Windows Phone’s security model inside is somehow prohibitive, I think it’s aimed to take a while before we see Windows Phone being seriously targeted.

In case of Windows Phone 8, it is quite safe at the moment, probably because of not much people are using Windows Phone 8 device. If/when Windows Phone 8 takes off; it might be become a much bigger target for malware. But still my hunch says it will stay the safest.

Posted By: Pooja Runija

Pakistan Government Can Lift YouTube Ban But The Condition Is!

13 Dec
you tubeISLAMABAD, Dec 10: A new pact with the management of Google/YouTube has lightened the possibility of YouTube being unblocked in Pakistan.

Risks of re-opening YouTube in Pakistan has lightened since Google/YouTube authorities and Pakistani government are defining an agreement as a consequence of which Google may establish a localized form of YouTube in Pakistan like http://www.youtube.com.pk, consistent with Dawn.

It should be remembered that, the world’s largest videos sharing website was blocked in the country in September 17, 2012 on the request of then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The ban was effective after YouTube declined to notice to Pakistan government ask for to remove ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ from the website, a film that was recognized impious and started savagery in numerous Muslim nations across the world. The government has been attempting to block particular videos yet has been unable to do so work now. Pakistan Government had succeeded in convincing the Google management about religious sensitivities of Pakistanis.

“Management of Google/YouTube has shown its readiness to localize YouTube in Pakistan with clearly explaining that they won’t be responsible if profane content is put and uploaded on its website,” the minister said.

By demonstrating the technicalities the Minister of State for Information Technology, Anusha Rehman said “The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is concluding a draft mandate which will be transformed by the minister for institution as law”. She than pointed that once YouTube was localized, blocking offensive content might be easier. Anyhow blocking thousands of links was likewise not a solution. It can take Google five seconds to place certain blocked content from one IP to another one and instead of installing expensive filtration systems, Google can easily block impious content on the request of the Pakistan government. Saudi Arabia and Malaysia have also arrived at a similar arrangement with Google.

Localizing YouTube might also mean that Google would not be violating its organization law of blocking flexibility of representation, the minister argued. This was likewise an appeal from the management of Google to the government of Pakistan.  However, still couldn’t give an exact date for the re-opening of YouTube.

Posted By: Pooja Runija