Stealing data via a desktop telephone?

Data protection is a hot topic. In many countries worldwide new data protection laws are implemented. These laws are created to ensure that personal data as stored and processed by companies and organizations will be protected against theft and modification.

A well-known example is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as approved by the EU last year, which will become active in 2018. It will become law in all member countries. It is not a directive which can have different interpretations and timelines per country but will be the same law in all member states.

Data protection regulation is relevant when data can identify or provide information about a specific person. Personal data can be anything. Names, addresses, etc. of course. But also photos, financial documents or medical data. And – taking the European laws as an example – not just for the data owner, but also for third parties processing the data (e.g. cloud service providers) on his behalf. It also means that most regulation crosses international borders. The EU regulation applies to all companies who process personal data of European citizens.

What does data protection regulation cover? Typically, companies need to have a proper administration of which data are stored where (including local spreadsheets with customer data). They also should make it possible for customers to have their data erased and the design of their systems should guarantee data protection (called ‘privacy by design’). Finally, they have to inform the regulator and public about data breaches that occurred and penalties are increased to the level which can mean a serious financial risk for a company.

However, it is not just about your data infrastructure

Of course, everything is data nowadays. Also, voice telephony is a data service, and that is specifically the case for VoIP infrastructures and services as deployed in many companies and organizations. We noticed however that the key focus of many data protection projects is on traditional ICT infrastructures. VoIP is often a blind spot.

While…it is also about voice communications

Ignoring VoIP could mean a serious mistake, however. Let’s have a look for example at a medical institute. Patients definitely don’t like the idea that their information becomes public. Nevertheless, the phone can provide easy access to these data. First of all, a modern desktop telephone provides access to the complete contact list of the user of that extension. A customer list, or – in the medical institute – the list of patients for example. This is just a beginning. The desktop phone also gives direct access to the voicemail system, which may disclose some very sensitive information. For example, if one medical specialist shares his diagnosis with a colleague. The biggest risk is however that office phones are the perfect social engineering tool. If someone has unauthorized access to a business telephone, just his caller ID makes him a trusted person to other employees of the organization as well as staff from other organizations. This trusted personal contact is the best way to acquire sensitive information and other personal data.

So, are your business telephones secured?

Most people think that advanced business desktop telephones can be secured by a PIN or something similar. Which is true. However, this security is often not used. The security mechanism most of the time means that employees have to enter a username (for example an email address) and PIN via the very basic keypad of their telephone, which is a very inconvenient procedure. So in many occasions, once logged in, people keep their phones logged in as long as possible. Or the login mechanism is disabled completely. There are examples of professional service managers actually giving such advice to their end-users.

The impact is that many office telephones provide open access to private and other sensitive data. Not at a level that millions of customer or patient records can be downloaded at once. But still, via the telephone, private documents and other information can be stolen from your organization right now. Therefore, protecting your office telephones may be an essential step in your companies data security plans.

Cloud Computing Trends To Watch Out In 2017

Over the past decade, cloud computing has evolved to become a ubiquitous tool for developers and users alike. Businesses of all sizes have migrated to the cloud over the past few years, whether they choose to use private or public cloud solutions. But now that the cloud has become a widely accepted component of our daily computing lives, what is the next step? In 2017, you can expect to see cloud computing evolve and become increasingly efficient. Here are a few of the top trends to watch for this year.

Greater enterprise migration

Forrester research envisions that the biggest trend this upcoming year is an increase in enterprises. Boosts to security and an array of benefits for businesses means that the cloud is prepared for enterprises. Enterprises have larger budgets, complex applications, and correspondingly complex needs. While in the past cloud platforms were still growing in scope, this year they’re mature and secure enough to please even the most cautious enterprises.

Services on a regional level

Although more enterprises will be migrating to the cloud this year, they may not necessarily commit to one provider. Many users are opting to work with a variety of different providers in order to create a more personalized end solution. This means that there will be an increased demand for cloud services at the regional level, as well as the larger companies. The public cloud market is expected to grow at a rapid rate, including services from tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Yet at the same time, smaller providers will be there to fill in the coverage gaps to ensure all enterprises benefit from customized solutions.

Shift to containers

A major trend from 2016 was the use of containers to help manage software code for cloud apps. These Linux containers will be an integrated component of most public and private cloud platform throughout next year. This allows developers to manage their own micro-services, which is useful on many levels.

Integrated security

Cybersecurity is at the top of everyone’s wish list when it comes to any new application. Major telco cloud providers like Nokia Networks have vastly improved their ability to provide security at all levels, and smaller providers are following suit. Expect to see all cloud solutions offering built-in, fully integrated security features with a data-centric focus.  Security features must be built into each layer of cloud infrastructure to protect users from costly breaches.

Reduction in costs

Finally, along with the growth of ever more efficient, secure cloud services comes a drop in pricing. This will open up the cloud to nearly everyone. As it becomes more cost-effective to create cloud services and apps, consumers and enterprises alike will reap the benefits. Because there’s a blend of both big-name public cloud service providers and smaller niche providers, you can mix and match these offerings and scale them up or down as needed. Cloud costs should be more readily contained in 2017, helping the industry to grow even further.

The Future of Home Broadband Speed

Broadband technology has certainly come a long way. No one uses dial-up anymore. If anyone wants to connect to the Internet its through one of the many broadband technologies available to people. Compared to the old dial-up technology, broadband is faster and more secure. But people aren’t just contented with this. A lot of innovations are coming in the future and each one promises more speed, wider coverage, and a more secure way of connecting.

A good example of the innovations for the future concerns DSL, one of the most commonly used broadband connection at homes. A new technology is being developed overseas with the capability to increase DSL speeds dramatically – up to 30 times that of its current speed or more. The new DSL protocol, called “G.fast”, can be applied on existing DSL networks and improve its speed without the need to change existing cables. This means that if successfully developed, it can be deployed fast to anywhere that has an existing DSL network making it cheap.

DSL isn’t the only one getting an upgrade with speed using G.fast. Mobile company, Nokia is currently testing out its XG.fast technology, derived from the G.fast technology they developed. They rolled out XG.fast in the UK last year. Nokia hopes that they can get as much as ten million households subscribed if their technology proves successful.

Speaking of mobile broadband, 5G technology, the next standard for mobile and wireless networks is predicted to be fully deployed in 2020, according to The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance and Broadband Commission, offering faster mobile Internet, wider coverage, and more stable connection. Right now, a few companies like Samsung and Google have already been developing 5G technology while Qualcomm had presented the Snapdragon X50, the first 5G modem in October last year.

Fiber Optic technology, too, is getting possible innovations. In 2014 there’s a report about a new fiber technology that could let users experience speeds up to 21 times faster than the current home fiber-broadband speeds, that have reached around 30 Mbps (not bad a for a typical home connection). This so called “multicore fiber optics” is described as “turning a one way road into a seven-lane highway”. This is because ordinary fiber today has only one core. As the name implies, multi-core fibers have multiple cores, enabling much more data to be sent through. Though this technology hasn’t been made commercial yet, according to the Journal of Lightwave Technology in its 34th volume, published in January of last year, it is already “expected as a good candidate for overcoming the capacity limit of a current optical communication system”.

Another innovation currently in development concerning fiber speed is coded modulation. In a technique similar to how wireless devices sort out signals, scientists at the University College London have created a special device made to catch different light pulses sent in different wavelengths through the optical fiber. It creates a so-called “super channel”, enabling data to be sent at speeds of around 1.125Tbps.

Finally another possible improvement in fiber concerns how much the light pulses need to be renewed as they travels through a medium before they deteriorate to keep the signal reliable. In fiber broadband this is done every 60 miles. In 2015 however researchers were able to find a way to increase the accuracy of data being sent via a frequency comb which uses signals that are precise and spaced evenly to encode information before it is transmitted, enabling them to transmit data over farther distances without the need for data to be regenerated. This would also increase the capacity of sent data and is said it might make be less expensive compared to other networks as the need to renew the light signals is reduced.

Though these improvements look exciting, we may need to wait a bit more time to see them commercially available. Bring on 2017.

Why App Reviews Are Essential to Designers

You’ve finally launched your app, and you’re waiting for the five-star reviews to start loading. Why wouldn’t everyone else love your app as much as you do? And with app use on the rise, it makes sense to jump into this market. The only issue- it’s a saturated market.

Both Google and Apple applications have just over 2 million available apps each. So, how can you gain more visibility from your app? One way is through the reviews and ratings you receive. And, despite what you may have seen or heard, the more–the better. In today’s market, consumers have a preference for individualized, real reviews over advertising. Of course, good reviews will make your app stand out even more. Nonetheless, we will explain why app reviews are essential to designers.

For discovery

Reviews and ratings are used as metadata for search. Depending on the types of news stories breaking in the tech world this week, ratings may even categorize your app in search results. When a customer types in a keyword such as “crossword puzzle,” you can imagine that all of the crossword puzzle games–with the most reviews–will start to populate the search engine results.

Moreover, you’ll see the ones with the best ratings on top. Search engines want to provide their users with the best experience–this means giving them the best products and services first.

App Reviews

For downloading

When you search for new apps, which ones do you download? Do you download the one with no reviews or the one with multiple reviews? When two apps are similar, most consumers will download the app with either the most reviews and/or the best reviews.

As those stars light up, so do your chances of getting more downloads. It gets your app noticed. If you have the same or a similar number of ratings as another app, then the average user will download the app with the better ratings.

How reviews affect your app ranking

As an app designer, you might read your reviews on a daily basis. It’s essential to being discovered, downloaded and purchased. Not to mention, reviews and ratings help you to show up for relevant key terms. As a result, apps with ratings lower than 3 stars had a much lower ranking that more highly-reviewed applications. Here is a breakdown of what affects your app ranking in both the Google and Apple app stores:

  • The quality of ratings and reviews
  • Number of uninstalls
  • Number of reviews
  • Number of downloads
  • How much your app is used
  • Landing page keyword density
  • App growth

Ratings by system

  1. Google–Reviews are local but star ratings affect average rating value, regardless of the location of the user. As a developer, you can reply to all reviews and they are visible to everyone in the Play Store. The only caveat is reviews will never expire, even those for an older version of your app.
  2. iOS–Reviews and ratings are version-specific. This means that when you publish an updated version of your app, most of the previous reviews disappear. Reviews are local. This means that reviews given by Japanese users are only visible to Japanese users, for instance. The rating is also local. To illustrate, the same app might be a 3.5/5 in the United States and 3.0/5 in Japan. You can’t reply to any of your reviews.
  3. Windows–You can reply to all reviews. Replies are also private and sent directly to the reviewer’s email address. The average rating is local and only visible to a specific country’s users. Reviews never expire.

App Reviews

Feedback helps to improve your work

Certainly, you wouldn’t publish an app unless you thought it was amazing. If only everyone else felt the same way. While you may have many fans, there will be critics. And, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Your app is supposed to appeal to your target audience. If it isn’t doing so, then you’ll find out quickly. This is especially true if users get specific such as reporting bugs or even having issues with a crashing app and a battery drain. These are important issues that you should fix if you find an overwhelming number of reviews discussing the same problems. Otherwise, you will continue to get bad reviews.

Then, there are the positive reviews. We’re not talking about the one your mom or dad wrote. These are good and real reviews showing you did something right, and you provided something your users actually want. It’s always nice to get positive feedback. Since user retention is so critical in the app world, you might encourage users to return by regularly adding exciting new features.

Final Thought

Even with the best intentions, we can sometimes fall short. On the other hand, we can knock our app out of the park. Regardless of how well your app is received, don’t be afraid of reviews and ratings. You need them for rankings and to help make the most of your work.

Google’s Fiber TV Mobile App Helps You Record Shows on Smartphones

In our day to day life, people are busy with their surroundings so they don’t have time to watch their favorite shows on televisions. TV watching has evolved the past decades. Even if we miss our favorite shows we can watch it using the internet and mobile phones.
For such people, Google has brought an interesting app known as a Fiber TV Mobile app that lets you record shows on Smartphones. Google has recently updated Fiber TV app that includes, users can watch live TV channels whenever you need.

All these can be done by just downloading the app, log in, and by using the search options. The app can be combined using DVR and it also recommends all possible recordings to DVR so it can be recorded automatically.

Fiber TV

Fiber TV is an application where you can watch your favorite channels and programs with a high definition picture quality. Here the connection is done with the help of fiber optic cables which is responsible for giving high-quality pictures.

Through Digital Video recording we can record up to 8 programs at a time and 500 hours of storage just in a single click. It gives an option for small search and on-demand service is available for the user to watch the shows.

The main issue we undergo in television is the timing problem. Sometimes people miss watching the shows which are very much important to them due to their personal work. For all these reasons Google has brought an application known as Google Fiber TV which makes it easier to watch your favorite shows.

Cast Technology

A technology where you can amplify and intensify the application in Fiber TV is the casting technology. This technology allows the user to get notifications about the latest episodes of your favorite shows and we can even check for re-telecast contents.

Live videos can be recorded using Digital Video Processing. All the recordings can be saved in the DVR queue which can be watched later without any issue.

In addition to this, the app gives enhanced features like they don’t even need to connect the device to television, which is an extra work for them to make the app work.

The laptops or smartphones have been connected to Wi-Fi so there is no extra fitting required and the Google box is built into TV boxes.

Webpass

Webpass is an Internet Service Provider that provides the internet to the customers in urban areas for about $ 55 a month to $ 500 per year. This type of internet is fast, simple, and it can be connected using an Ethernet network. Here there are dedicated persons who are excellent at problem-solving and commitment to simplicity.

It has reached a long goal in providing the customers a real satisfaction. This technology has reached worldwide and now the business emerges in San Francisco and soon it will be launched in San Diego, Chicago, and Boston.

Webpass provide their services to thousands of residents and business customers. It allows the users to surf the internet quickly without using any modems, gimmicks, and contracts. Hence customers can enjoy the benefits of online surfing.

The firm provides business connections ranging from 10 to 1000Mbps and for residential customers of about 100Mbps to Gbps. Webpass agree to work with property owners and managers in buildings to do their process to connect residents to Gigabit Internet.

Webpass even help to expand coverage as it remains focused on employing high speed internet connections to all the internet users. It allows webpass to grow faster and reach a huge growth in their revenue.

Fiber TV Mobile app

Fiber TV app allows the user to watch live videos of their favorite TV shows, movies, and sports as well as they can control the TV through smartphones.

Now Google has updated this app for iOS and Android mobiles with a number of features like it has enlarged the machine learning system to Google Fiber TV. This, in turn, brings the easy view to the contents and personalized recommendations to users.

Features of Fiber TV App

Watch Your Favorite Shows

With the updated Fiber app the subscribers can now watch their accumulated contents of their favorite shows. Here the home page

Sports Section

This section gives the users of all available games with the advancement like they can know the live scores and record the contents easily using this app.

Recording Section

The new recording option allows the user to record all the videos using a single tap. The app also gives the indication not to miss your favorite shows.

Personalized Settings

This app gives more personalized options for live TV shows. Even if the user forgets their favorite shows the app gives notification about it so that user can make a note of it.

This app is available for free download from Google Play Store and in the iPhone app store. Android version needs a device running on Android 4.1 or more.

In iOS phones, it needs a storage of 74.7MB which supports languages like English, Tamil, Hindi, Thai, Korean and much more. It supports smartphones with the iOS version of 8.0 and much more. This special updated version is expected to come soon.

Internet Speed

Google’s fiber TV affords 1000Mbps speed for uploads and downloads which are fast as the broadband internet connection. So there is an added advantage that the user need not wait for the channel to buffer.
Even if the video is a high quality one it does not affect the subscriber in their enjoyment.

Cost Effective

This particular device is cost effective and the subscription costs $ 120 and the installation charges $ 300 for a month. However, a survey shows that the use of Fiber Television users crossed across 68k. This has increased 66.6 percent from last year, which shows huge revenue in Fiber TV.

Issues Can Be Fixed Instantly

Unlike other applications, Fiber TV undergoes fewer issues and other technical problems. This isn’t a big issue because the person working there has deep knowledge in their core. They can fix it within a second.
Another important factor is the customers need not wait for a call for a long time for more than 5 minutes. Being perfect is not a big issue, but how much error we get through we must know to get through it.

Conclusion

Television plays a huge role for entertainment as well as for obtaining knowledge. Working people who are busy for the whole day can rest in peace at night by watching television.

In this fast moving technology, television has been improvising with still more features and one such television is the Google’s Fiber TV mobile app. It has long goals to reach still and can compete with other applications for internet service providers. People can worth make use of this technology if they live in an area of Fiber TV mobile app. slower internet connections can be overcome by using this app. Fiber TV has possessed an ever dedicated idea than any other devices could do. There is no other alternative to such similar ultra-fast speed television app for the same at a dedicated price.

Author Bio:

Andrew Shah is a digital marketing manager at Zoplay, a leading PHP script development company that offers valuable services to clients. As a professional, he is interested in developing new mobile apps with Zoplay scripts that will benefit both customers and business owners.

How To Encrypt Emails For Enhanced Security

Emails nowadays are a very common method of conveying messages. More importantly, when we try to have a private conversation and exchanging important files and information we try to use the method of email. But what about the security of this method?
As we think that the emails are a more secure form of a conversation between two or more parties but this might not be the case. The Invisible Web, Dark Internet, and Deep Web refer to the dark minds and criminals that are all over the internet, waiting to steal your information and corrupt your device.

This threat was always there but in the recent times, the scamming and criminal activities on the internet are more taken place through the emails. Therefore as a research, the user of email have more threat of stealing or corrupting the information than anyone else or any other method.

Who is the average email user?

According to the research the average internet and email users have not very much to worry about as they have not much to be stolen from. On the other hand, they can make their system more secure by using the regular internet protection system such as firewall, malware, hotspot etc.
Little efforts must be taken by the regular internet users to protect themselves from a major loss. But the scammers and hackers are indirectly affecting the regular users by targeting the Online shopping sites, Banks, online transaction etc. so that they can get valuable information as well as a monetary benefit which can involve your money or money related information.

What can be done to protect emails?

As a user, you cannot do much if the entire system is hacked but you can contribute a lot to your own safety and the safety of your emails and computers. Some of the security measures are listed as below;

1. Don’t open any unfamiliar email or link or attachment which you’re not sure of such as:

• Lottery offer
• Claim a winning price
• Get a free vacation
• Offers from any king from African country etc.

2. Don’t open and go after an endless link because it can have a potential virus. This email can be sound or seen familiar such as one from your contact, family or friend. Any social media pop up or any video or meme which is sent in an email and it is unnecessary to open must be avoided.

3. If you use your office files and documents from your own PC or laptop or use bank related work through it, invest a little on the security software which might charge a little but saves a lot of your information.

4. Try not to expose your security by using any free or public internet. A free or public internet is an open web which makes sure the person falls in.

5. If you are using any local internet services make sure to use a reliable one. Especially in case you are working on the international business and your internet connection is local, there are more chances of a security breach as the rules and laws do not apply to the local internet service provider.

How email encryption is beneficial for you?

The encryption is a method of converting the actual or original message having the regular text and changing into the encoded one. The format of the text is changed from the language such as English into the algorithm which is a type of formula.

Now, when the message is encrypted, it is least chances of the text to be converted to the actual text other than the person who has the authority or permission to decrypt. Decryption is a process of translating the encrypted code into the actual text. Therefore the information sent and received will remain in the safe hands and the scammers and hackers cannot do anything about it.

There are certain laws and rules applied to the delivery and receiving of mails of U.S. Postal Services and in case someone breaches it the law applies to him or her. But there are no rules and laws applied on the emails and that is why email scamming is very common these days.

Similarly, the emails are more vulnerable. Even in the cloud, when the senders send the email and the receiver has not opened it; the email sits on the cloud and waits to be opened. The changes or polluting can be done there as well.

A study shows that the emails are more likely to be attacked due to three major reasons:

1. Almost 20 to 25 percent of emails have attachments and these are about 98 percent of the email traffic volume.

2. The most importantly the users and employers think that the hard drive can be damaged or the data can be lost but the emails are safer. Therefore the emails mostly contain important stuff, especially the attached files.

3. The email attachments contain the 75% of the intellectual property of the organization.

How to secure emails?

On the other hand, there are some measures which must be applied in long term to avoid the hacking and encryption of the emails.
The emails can be secured to some extent by applying the following tips:

1. Use Virtual Private Network (VPN):
Avoid taking local internet; instead use VPN if the business is small. This will help the company move their data without the threat of hackers.

2. Use Outlook:
Outlook helps you defend your system from the unknown emails and attachment by doing simple setting you can stop seeing the emails of the unknown sender and unsafe attachments.

3. Encryption Software:
Some encryption software is available on the internet and it will help you secure the most important information and emails.

4. Use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS):
The Microsoft Trust Center helps you secure your emails, links, and information more by applying simple tips and tricks.

This post was submitted by Muhammad Shoaib of Top10BestPro.

Most Popular Electric Bikes in Europe in 2017

2017 has been quite an exciting year for electric bikes. Be it the open country roads or the challenging mountain roads or even the crowded city roads, electric bikes give you added power to make your ride’s a lot more fun! Battery strength and range are some of the important characteristics to be considered for choosing an e-bike. Electric bikes can be chosen based on the purpose of use and also the terrain!

Here are some of the most popular electric bikes in Europe in 2017. These include the best-designed bikes, lightest bikes and so much more.

1. Raleigh Motus Hub Low Step

Electric bikes 2017

Talking about the most popular electric bikes in Europe, we land on to the Raleigh Motus Hub Lowstep, a machine which has proved its worth amongst the users. The one aspect that makes it famous is the use of Bosch batteries which can work well up to 110 miles in Eco mode. It also comes with a Turbo mode and you can switch between the two modes very easily. Some of the accessories that make the bike a popular one include a separate luggage rack along with lights and mudguards. Besides, the Walk button is especially helpful when you are merely pushing the bike along.

2. Specialized Turbo Levo HT

Specialized turbo levo ht
Up next is an exciting new product from Evans Cycles, a brand well known in the mountain bike industry but has ventured into electric bikes pretty recently. This particular product is a combination of mountain bikes and electric bikes to form one of the best electric mountain bikes. The whole frame gives a pretty sturdy appearance with the battery and motor well fitted within the frame. The batteries are rechargeable and can last for about 3-4 hours.

3. Coyote Commute Folding Electric Bike

JetStream Folded 1 The reason why this bike fits into the list of the most popular electric bikes is because of its foldable design. Yes, you heard that right! The sturdy and agile bike can be folded in order to carry it around on trains or cars or even to save storage space at home. Apart from that, the another exciting aspect of the electric bike is the battery which is made from cells from Panasonic which promises a range of about 30 miles or more!

4. Elby Bike

Elby bike How would you like a bike that can be shared among different people starting from heights of 5 feet to 6’ 5”? It does really sound like a great idea! The idea has been brought to fruition in the form of this Elby Bike- the one bike for the entire household! It might not be the classiest looking electric bike but proves to be a very effective machine for running errands. It comes with a Super Nova lighting system and a rear carrier.

5. Woosh Krieger

Woosh Krieger
The next product that fits into our list is a power packed performer from the house of Woosh. This is why it paves the way for power cycling that can be managed even without working on the pedal. The fact that it can move up smoothly along most decently steep hills is a testimony to the power of this machine. Its range extends to about 70 miles which are pretty impressive as compared to its competitors. In spite of the electric bike being a heavy device, you can manage it without any assisted power.

6. Faraday Porteur

Faraday Porteur
This particular electric bike is popular merely because it is the most stylishly designed electric bike in 2017! The designing can be described with two words: sleek and streamlined. It is rather inexpensive and proves to be a great choice for the enthusiasts. Once you are on the bike, you can ride it very easily without the electrical assist. The bike does not only look smooth but gives you some of the smoothest riding experiences as well! Very different from a conventional e-bike, it proves to be an instant hit!

7. Volt Kensington

Volt Kensington
This electric bike comes from the house of UK-based cycle brand Volt and looks a real stunner! It comes with a number of advantages. For instance, it has five levels of power, all thanks to the Panasonic battery! With accessories like mudguards, lights, and a conventional storage rack, it can work well up to 60 miles on a single charge of the battery.

8. Italjet Ascot

Italjet Ascot
If vintage bikes are your forte, then the Italjet Ascot is your best friend in 2017! With a retro look, the bike defines a class in every possible way! The leather handlebar tape is a testament to the class that this bike possesses. The brown bubble tires are complemented by the classic old gold chain and a perfectly designed leather saddle. Running on the battery, the bike can manage up to 15 miles per hour. Any performance beyond that has to be the work of your legs.

9. Gocycle G3

GoCycle G3
The Gocycle G3 is one of the most intelligently designed electric bikes and that is what makes it a popular choice among riders. The precision makes it an attractive buy. For instance, the handlebars come with special daytime lights to help the machine stand out. The whole frame is made from magnesium that keeps the weight of the bike in check to only a little above 16 kg. Talking about storage, the wheels can be detached for best results. Also, it works for a range of 50 miles!

10. Infineum Extreme

Infineum Extreme
This is another interesting addition to the list of the most popular electric bikes. This product runs on a battery that can give around 25-30 miles per cell. The best part is that there is a separate system to store some extra batteries on the rear wheel whenever required. The speed and battery strength is clearly shown on the backlit display on the handlebar. The presence of the throttle gives you the chance to ride without actually pedaling. On the whole, it gives you a decent ride at affordable prices!

Author Bio: Thamina Jannat is a tech journalist and blogger on ProTechSourced.com – At ProTechSourced we provide you with all the latest information on technology related stories, products and much more .

Features And Specs You Don’t Really Need In Gadgets

Much have changed since the early days of gadgets and personal tech devices. Now, a multitude of gadgets come with a wide variety of features and functions. Many are even more powerful than some desktop computers that are still being used in offices and schools. But are all of these added features and functions really adding palpable utility to users?

The following are some of the features and specs in gadgets that are arguably unnecessary or not being used. These features are present many of the gadgets dubbed as “most useless” by tech sites and blogs.

Excessive Camera Resolution

From the lowly VGA resolution of yesteryears, mobile phone cameras nowadays are equipped with sensors capable of capturing images at resolutions 12 megapixels or higher. There are even those that go higher than 20 MP and some packing 41 MP. Back in 2015, the possibility of smartphones equipped with 52 MP sensors also emerged, as one company called Light was expected to introduce a camera module with an array of lenses and sensors. But is it really necessary to have these much megapixels in mobile cameras? Arguably, many will say “no.” After all, more megapixels don’t always translate to better image quality and require more image processing power and time. Apple’s refusal to go higher than 12 MP and Samsung’s decision to go back to 12 MP for its flagship smartphone should be hint enough.

Ultra Fast LTE Radio

Would you buy a device advertised as the fastest 4G LTE smartphone? It would be wise not to make the fast LTE speed feature a major factor in your decision making. Back in 2013, Huawei released a smartphone dubbed as the “fastest smartphone in the world” because it packed an LTE radio capable of handling LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps. While only a few internet providers can serve up to 100 Mbps, most of them are still unable to match up. Some may say that this is good for “future proofing” but it’s worth pointing out that smartphones tend to become “old” or relatively outdated around a couple of years later. The ability to handle internet connections with extreme speeds is not something many consumers need and

Extremely High Mobile Display Resolutions

Seriously, who needs a smartphone with a 4K display? While it is true that higher resolutions on mobile phones can be advantageous when using these devices as virtual reality displays, going 4K can safely be considered an overkill. Past the 2K or even the 1080p mark, higher mobile display resolutions don’t noticeably translate to sharper images. Usually, what they end up bringing to a device are faster battery drain and greater demand on the processor and video card. They also mean higher prices. The advantage they offer are superficial at best, which is usually in the form of bragging rights.

Touch Screens on Refrigerators

These are essentially tablets embedded on the door of refrigerators. Whose idea was this? That “inventor” must have really run out of good ideas. Why would there be a need to put a touch display on a refrigerator? To monitor the supplies stored and send alerts when the need to restock arises? To make it easier to control the temperature? Arguably, making refrigerators “smart” this way does not make a lot of sense and is unlikely to produce a hit. Add to this the fact that refrigerators last 10 years or more, so by around halfway its useful life, it’s likely that the software on the touch display (essentially the integrated tablet) has already become obsolete. Manufacturers most likely already realize the drawbacks but they’re perhaps just trying out many things to see which one sticks to the evolving wants and needs of consumers. Also, it’s undeniable that they also want to earn the distinction of being the first to offer the idea or they may also be playing catch up with other manufacturers, fearing that others may make a hit out of such a ridiculous idea and they will be left out.

Curved Displays

They are on TVs and also on smartphones. Do they offer any real advantage, though? Theoretically, curved displays supposedly provide a more immersive viewing experience and are purportedly more comfortable for the eyes. They also supposedly reduce glare. Additionally, they look new so they can somehow excite buyers. However, it can be argued that they don’t really offer practical advantages all in all. To get the optimum viewing experience or the so-called immersive experience, you have to be fixed in one position. If you view a TV with a curved display from the sides, the image will look distorted. As such, curved displays are far from ideal for the enjoyment of multiple viewers. The same goes for curved displays on smartphones and computers. They are generally unnecessary. It can even be said that they have just been introduced in the market for the lack of something new to offer or simply because manufacturers just want to brag that they already have the technology to manufacture these curved displays.

Instead of bumping up specs and introducing new technologies to achieve the things discussed above, it would be better for manufacturers to improve on other more worthwhile things like improving the capacity of the batteries or using gloss-free glass for displays. This is not to say, though, that the things mentioned above are totally unnecessary. They may eventually become useful and necessary but for now, what’s quite clear is that not many gadget owners use or take advantage of them.

Using Movavi Photo Batch To Resize Images Fast In Windows Computers

Resizing photos on Windows computers is something that seems pretty simple to do. There is always the MS Paint option that is available. However, this does not mean that there aren’t better options that are available.

Resizing photos on Windows computers is something that seems pretty simple to do. There is always the MS Paint option that is available. However, this does not mean that there aren’t better options that are available. The big problem with the regular software we use every single day is that resizing many images becomes really time consuming. We are faced with the need to open every single image individually and then we have to manually enter sizes to change the photos. If you take many different images every single day, spending hours resizing is not something you want to do.

The alternative to using the free limited MS Paint is to use an image resizer for Windows 7 or the exact type of OS you are using right now. One that instantly stands out is Movavi Photo Batch. This is a program that was designed especially for the people that take many photographs. Its most important feature is that it allows you to resize the pictures in bulk. The program features versions for both 32 and 64 bit Windows computers and after you download and install it, all you really need to do is follow some pretty simple steps:

    Add the images you are going to resize – this can be done through simple drag and drop or you can manually choose the images to resize if you want to pick something even more specific.
    Reduce image size – you can easily choose out of many different options when wanting to change photo dimensions. A special resize tab allows you to quickly browse through many options that you can tweak if you want to. This includes:

      Scale to chosen width
      Scale to chosen height
      Setting the maximum width and height to resize to
      Scaling to size to maintain original proportions
      Custom sizes to make everything of the exact size desired

    Define the quality and format desired – for instance, choose between JPEG and PNG with the quality setting of 85% of the original
    Export the smaller images – choose whether or not to replace the originals or just export to a different folder

The huge advantage that is offered by Movavi Photo Batch is definitely speed. The speed at which you can easily change the size of many different images at once is much higher than what you would need to go through when looking at options like the above mentioned MS Paint.

To make matters even more interesting, Movavi Photo Batch gives you the possibility to do exactly what you want when you want o edit the size of many different images at the same time. We are faced with a program that is really simple to use and that brings in one huge advantage we cannot neglect: speed. Since you manage to gain a lot of time, you can use that in order to simply edit the images you like the most. Why not take advantage of something like this? Movavi Photo Batch should be considered.

Tips To Using Solar Power While Traveling or Hiking

Carrying power banks could prove to be a bit heavy when you are hiking or traveling. That’s when the idea of harnessing solar power comes to the rescue. Making use of solar power is not only economical but eco-friendly too.

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If you too are thinking of making the best use out of solar power while traveling or hiking, we got you covered!

The best gadgets to harness solar power while traveling

 The Tag Along Solar Battery with USB port enables you to charge your phone or any device. It operates on an inbuilt Li-Polymer battery like the batteries available in mobile phones. It constantly stocks sunlight to the inbuilt battery when placed in sunlight.

The 3.5Watts foldable detachable solar panel and 2000mAH battery gear from main backpack has an innovative design. Your phone will simply not run out of power day or night.

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Caption : 3.5Watts foldable detachable solar panel

The 22% high effective transfer solar cells in a secure anti scratch hardened covering and sewn into high-wear PVC fabric for weather-resistant exterior durability.

Another notable gadget is the solar/dynamo waterproof LED flashlight equipped for all terrains and situations. It is water-proof, flood-proof, floats on water and constructed of sturdy casing to avoid shock from loose wires.

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Caption : Dynamo waterproof LED flashlight

The flashlight can also be recharged with solar power or by hand crank, so as to never leave you in the dark.

The Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel has a nice, compact size which snugly fits in a backpack and offers a reasonable charge time for most tiny gadgets. It contains a dedicated USB port and 12v port with adaptor cable.

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Caption : Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

With the panel, you can charge any USB powered gadget such as iPod or GPS or with the Goal Zero Guide 10 kit, 4 AA batteries can be charged for headlamps.

How a solar powered phone charger can help you?

Solar powered phone chargers provide users the freedom and adaptability to use their smartphones and portable mobile devices everywhere without incurring any danger of draining of battery juice. For heavy smartphone and gadget user power management is a major hurdle influencing your ability to operate your smartphone. Smartphone draw hugely on power and need to be frequently recharged to function optimally. Functionality of a smartphone and its power utilization are positively correlated. It requires increased power with additional features. Present day smartphones incorporate cutting-edge technologies to aid them preserve and handle power better.

Apollo 2 is a charger with a smartphone type  battery and a solar panel. If you need slight charge and a small solar recharging power, the Solar-5+ 5000mAh charger made by Creative Edge is very useful for outdoor and is water and dust resistant.

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Caption : Apollo 2 charger

Equally reliable and portable is the SunFerno Flintstone that is custom made for hikers and outdoor lovers. The Goal Zero, 2 Port 21 W Anker and the Instapark Mercury 10 can hold your phone, additional battery pack and USB charging cable.

To charge a phone what you require is a lightweight gadget with a USB port. However, for charging many and bigger devices such as laptop it is necessary to choose a versatile device. The Goal Zero Venture 30 battery charges your high energy gadgets in a powerful manner. Both USB ports will emti 2.4 A simultaneously.
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Caption : Goal Zero Venture 30

The Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer is 2-panel chargers that is weatherproof and has a “daisy-chain” feature that make it easy to charge your appliances while the internal battery is getting charged through the solar panels.

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Caption : Powertraveller Solarmonkey Adventurer

It is able to charge iPad and iPhones. The Brunton Power Essentials Kit which is not light and lesser versatile, but is reliable for low performance grades.

How a solar panel can help you while traveling?

Solar panels create voltage quite smoothly and that also under minimum light conditions. Some of the ratings given may not correspond to the real power output because when the manufacturer’s rate panels they put more importance on flash testing. Testing devices estimate the voltage generated by the cells and after that the watt rating is evaluated by multiplying it by current or the amperage. If there is over estimation of the amperage, than the general rating will be misleading. The panel may generate huge voltage to make your phone charge, but it may have have ample current for it because of the tiny size if the unit and the panel’s efficiency. Thus, it is very convenient for manufacturers to make people believe based on their testing process that 8 watts are being produced by the solar panel when actually it does not produce that much.

 The Instapark Mercury 10M18U containing battery is a portable solar panel with 2 USB ports and is a wonderful option for charging your mobile or small electronic gadgets.

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Caption : Mercury 10M18U

When it is integrated with an external battery you get a smartphone and tablet charging storehouse.

Various latest solar panels contain a USB connector, while others come packed with adapters, alligator clips, charging lights, extension wires or carabiners. It is not easy to say what accessories are paired with a panel or which have to be bought exclusively or the exact connection for a panel. This becomes a hassle while attempting to charge older cameras specially the ones that cannot be charged through USB. So, always make certain that you know the accessories required and the exact ones that accompany your panel.

Many people like to use the mono and multicrystalline technique compared to the thin-film design as they are more efficient and provides rigid surface treatment to the cells and do not delaminate with the passage of time. The polycrystalline panels are not so pure and are less efficient. The monocrystalline panel is becoming the industry grade due to its superior quality and it saves weight and quickly charges at camp.

Always figure out the panel size and type of system you need for charging your phone. Find out the number of appliances for charging and then compute the required wattage for charging them. If it’s half cloudy or the panels are extremely dusty in that case you may actually require double the wattage. You should also consider the days you have to rely on the charger and the “days of autonomy” in off-grid mechanism where you have to continue for days with no sun input.

Author Bio: Wanda Greaves is the co-founder of BatteryChargersExpert.com – a website that helps people to find, use and do anything with their batteries, chargers or related electricity devices.