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Flip Phone Making a Comeback

The Smartphone is something that is ubiquitous with the term phone today and they are assumed to be part and parcel of the same thing. However, smartphones are for a large class of cases beginning to lose their appeal in every case. Apple which is considered the king of the smart phone and really got the ball rolling a few years ago is now facing an upswing in flip phones. I’m not kidding this is actually happening in the market today.

Clearly, the market appears to be the next big question as to why this is occurring. There was a lot to love about your flip phone, I remember my first Razor phone and though how can it get any more high tech than this. There was a lot of love surrounding flip pones not doubt, but as we see in the fluid nature of the market all things change. Palm and RIM (now BlackBerry) took over the market from Motorola, and Apple went on to take the Market from Palm and BlackBerry, only to face its largely successful attack by Google.

Apple changed the game with the iPhone and no one will deny that claim. But as things got more and more technologically advanced so to did they become more expensive and the cost of having a phone went from having something that made calls, a fairly inexpensive ordeal to a ground breaking portable computer that has near constant WiFi connectivity. Which is not an easy or cheap pill to swallow. Not to mention the battery life for a smartphone is crap. I can plug in my iPhone 6s and go on the web for about a half hour, after that time its probably a quarter depleted. My old flip phones you could leave for days or weeks without charging and you were fine.

The flip phone also had many advantages such as it was smaller and more portable, it was far easier to put in your pocket or hold with you shoulder. It was also more robust and safe from damage given that it was protected by its defining characteristic, the flip.

Today people are beginning to consider where they can save money and equally as important time. One of the major drains of non essential spending we experience is though our cell phone and their data plans. Not to mention if you are in the smartphone trap you almost feel obligated to re-up and get the newest phone every 6 months which cost hundreds of dollars per go. 

In terms of time it is all to easy to open up the Facebook app or one of those dumb bubble pop games when you’re on the train on your way to work. Once you arrive at work you go right from that screen to your work computer, then its back onto the cell phone in between work and the commute home. We are trapped in a constant state of checking and rechecking our status on the web or click bait. Perhaps the rise of the flip phone may not be a step forward, for tech but it may very well be a step in the right direction for America.

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How Big Data is Changing the World

When most people think of Big Data, they generally think about data collected for the sake of business incentives. It is true that Big Data is revolutionizing the way the businesses operate, but the ability to collect massive amounts of different varieties of data is more than a money maker; it’s changing human society on multiple fronts in ways that are exciting to everyone, not just big business.


Big Data Helps Environmentalists to Monitor Deforestation

One of the chief environmental causes aided by Big Data is the effort to limit deforestation. Environmentalists and policy makers are able to be constantly updated on the statuses of forests all over the world with the help of satellite imagery. Global Forest Watch, a service provided by Google that uses high-resolution NASA satellite imagery  to analyze over 700,000 satellite images, is informed and updated with the use of Big Data. Now environmentalists can map the change of annual forest cover over the past few decades and in “near-real time.”


Big Data Helps with Weather Prediction

Scientists utilize Big Data technology to predict the weather, enabling them to forgo disasters by taking informed, precautionary measures. Weather  research companies like Riak NoSQL use thirteen data centers to capture 2.2 million weather points from all over the globe four times every hour.


Big Data Helps with Agricultural Development

Farmers are using precision technology (a concept bolstered by the advancement of Big Data) to make better decisions when it comes to raising crops. Precision technology involves integrating information regarding real-time weather data, soil and air quality findings, crop maturity and the costs of equipment and labor with the intention of better understanding the pro’s and con’s of any agricultural decision.

With the aid of this information, farmers are often able to increase their yields while decreasing their use of resources. This is a necessary development given that the world’s population is expected to reach 9.2 billion people by 2050.


Big Data Helps to Protect People from Getting Sick

The medical field has all kinds of uses for Big Data; it can help monitor wearable devices, predict outbreaks of infectious disease, keep track of patient information and much, much more. Big Data actually helped to fight the Ebola crisis about a year back.

IBM recently confirmed this phenomenon when it released a study showing that Big Data can help contain global outbreaks of dengue fever and malaria. The application of the findings of Big Data are saving lives all over the world.

Finally, by using modeling developed from the data gathered by social media and other online public information sources, researches have been able to predict outbreaks of infectious diseases such as the flu.

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Big Data Helps to Improve Education

Technology is being developed to process information regarding students’ education and come up with diagnoses of problems in education systems and how to fix them.

One such application is made by Knewton, an adaptive platform that collects data regarding students’ learning habits. The company is involved in creating digital textbooks that adapt to individual students in real time. The textbooks are able to assess the students as they solve problems and adjust the difficulty of the remaining problems as needed.

In general, Big Data is allowing us to understand larger, more detailed amounts of information than ever before. There’s no telling what we’ll do with access to that kind of breadth of information, but it’s definitely an exciting time

Data Recovery is More than a Concept

Data recovering is not just a concept. It is an entire process by which lost data and records are recovered in time. In the genre of information technology recovering of data typically means the restoration of the essential information to laptops, desktops, servers and several exterior storage mechanisms from the main back up. However, the process of recovery may differ. This depends on the status of data loss and you have the software which is being used to form the back up and even the backup target media. It is easy for a laptop or a desktop platform to allow the end users to cause restoration of the lost files on their own.

Speaking about the Process

However, this is something easy. But restoring a corrupted data base from the source of a tape backup is a very intricate process and for the same one requires the perfect IT intervention. Data recovery is a kind of service and this is the service to be used in order to recover vital data in time. These are data which were not properly backed up or it may be so that they got deleted by chance from the main file system of the computer. However, the file remains as fragment inside the disk and these need to be recovered in time.

The Point of Action

In an organization any one person is responsible for the disaster recovery plan. Once the person decides for the recovery he makes a perfect plan of how to make things possible. The person provides with a plan of action how should the data be recovered and how the documents should be made acceptable. For this there is a recovery point In short you can even refer the same as RPO. RPO is the edge of the files that should be recovered from the backup storage and this is necessary for the normal operation of the organization. The RPO is better expressed in the backward time format and this happens from the exact time of the failure.

The Concept of Recovery Time

There is also something known as the recovery time. This is in short known as RTO or Recovery Time Objective. This refers to the maximum tolerable time span that the computer needs to recover after the occurrence of a disaster. The network or the application stops working in the process and this is when the recovery mechanism starts operating and for the same a stipulated time is required for the purpose.

More about the Recovery Process

There are more things involved in the process of sheer and exact data recovery. In fact, you should always have a backup system to hold on to the essential files in time so that nothing goes eradicated wrongly. In fact, you never know what you may require in future and for the same you should always store the data in style and save the same from getting deleted unnecessarily. Recovering a data takes time and you must make arrangements to help the data get retrieved within the time frame.


A Television That Listens

There is plenty to worry about already, in a time where it is normal to be feeling as if your personal information is at risk. From your cell phone to your laptop, home computer and tablet, everything you download and every webpage you look at is tracked. It may not be tracked maliciously, or with the intent of using the information, but your privacy is constantly at risk. You would feel that maybe being at home in your living room, speaking with your family, that you may be able to keep the conversation to yourself. Unfortunately, that may not be so.

After countless complaints about privacy, the electronics business Samsung finally admitted that the smart TVs they have put out into the market, may actually be listening in on your conversations (if the viewer permits, Samsung has clarified). This passionate outcry started after they sent out an updated version of their privacy policy for their line of smart televisions. After giving it a read-through, many people felt that the wording in the policy dictated that Samsung has been listening in on its consumers. In layman’s terms, it says that since they owned the TV, it’s actually had the ability to recognize your verbal commands so that you may operate it easier.

They stated that if you have this feature enabled, that any spoken words that you may use that includes personal and sensitive information, will indeed be captured and transmitted via the voice recognition. Samsung attempted to calm the outrage by making a blog post in order to clarify further. They claimed that there was confusion over how the sentence was worded, and offered a more in depth explanation of the voice recognition system. There seem to be a few differences between the original privacy policy, and this newly released blog.

The people at Samsung explained that the third party that collects all of the voice recordings and data (which was previously unnamed), is in fact Nuance Communications, which is a well-known producer of voice recognition tech. They also clarified that their televisions do not collect every piece of information or spoken word in the surrounding room. For one, an activation button must be used or selected on the screen in order for it to begin working, and the user needs to speak directly in the remote itself where the microphone is located. They reiterated that voice recognition could definitely be turned off at any time, though it would result in the loss of the voice control for the television. Thankfully, this has reassured some users.

Samsung promises that they are very serious about the privacy of the consumer, and that they always create new devices while keeping that in mind. They have not, however, disclosed how users can go about deleting any previous recordings, or if that is even an option for them. They also don’t disclose how long Nuance stores the information for. While many know that Amazon’s Echo uses similar technology, they at least give the users a step-by-step guide as to how to delete recordings. Perhaps Samsung still has a few more things to learn.