WE use the internet every day.
Google reports they are now doing a few hundred million or even over a billion searches a day. It recently celebrated 20 years as a company. We also have Facebook to keep us busy, as well as many other sites we check every day.
Not only are there hundreds of millions of Twitter update, there are also billions of chat messages, photos and emails exchanged daily, either through WhatsApp, Viber, Line, WeChat, Messenger, Instagram, and other services.
However, one of the things that I did not expect is that worldwide, the biggest user of bandwidth is not really Google, Facebook or Microsoft.
It is actually Netflix….
I have constantly observed that people, especially those riding in trains all over the world, are very busy with their cellphones.
Over half of them are either playing games, watching videos or listening to music. A majority of them have headphones. Although there are many wearing wireless bluetooth headphones, I see many still donning the wired headsets.
Maybe soon, you won’t see them with headsets, but they may still be listening. There is a technology that may make these headphones obsolete.
Noveto Systems, an Israel-based startup, is elevating Apple’s wireless headphones by launching its focused audio device. Headed by Noam Babayoff and Tomer Shani, their company takes technology development seriously by hiring their head of physics and algorithms from Princeton University, as well as getting a science director with a PhD in condensed matter physics from Israel’s Weizmann Institute.
Dubbed as Sowlo–a mash-up between “solo” and “owl”–it is capable of emitting sound directly to the listener’s ears without the use of any device. As much as it sounds like magic, it’s not. This is made possible with the use of 3D tracking technology which pinpoints the location of the users’ ears in space….
In the Philippines, we are constantly grumbling about the state of our internet connection.
We have one of the slowest speeds in the world that we often take joy in comparing ourselves to developing nations, in the hope that our government hears our pleas. Unfortunately, we also don’t realize that slow internet speeds is not a unique problem in our country but plagues even developing nations around the world (although many will still argue that we are still worse off).
In America, slow internet speeds is one of the problems faced in rural areas. And since people often choose to live where they easily communicate with others, the lack of digital connections often render communities….
ALIBABA’S annual Singles Day sale is almost an institution in China.
You would not believe that this is only nine years old. It was originally conceived as a good excuse to increase sales.
It is celebrated every Nov. 11, which if you may note, is written as 11.11.
Somebody had the bright idea that it stood for four single people standing, and Alibaba started to promote that day by holding a sale–something like an anti-thesis of Valentine’s Day.
This year, it set a record sale of US$30.7 billion in just one day….
GLOBAL smartphone shipments have declined since the third quarter of 2018, resulting in a loss of 360 million unshipped units.
Market researcher Strategy Analytics calls this drawback a recession, citing decreased carrier subsidies, poor replacement time and lack of design innovation.
Samsung still holds the top spot, with a market share of 20 percent, but it was 13 percent less than last year’s performance. Samsung’s strongest competitor, Huawei, has seen a 32-percent increase, shipping 52 million smartphones for the third quarter…
FOR many years, Made in China products have literally been everywhere.
China has been the world’s factory for practically the last 25 years. In fact, there was always that moniker, “God made the world, and China made the rest.” But along with the ubiquity of the products was something else—most China-made products were cheap and shoddy. They cost less, but the quality was always suspect….