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1.1 Billion Users on Facebook

We all use social media platforms on a regular basis and know for certain that a social media website like Facebook will continuously grow each and every day, yet, according to the latest statement of CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and eMarkter statistics and report, the number of users has just surpassed a staggering record, as, of this month, there are 1.1 billion active individuals.

Leaving way behind other social platforms like Instagram (which has recently announced its record number or monthly users, namely 400 million), Facebook managed to beat all estimates in its third quarter earning ($0.57 earnings per share, as well as $4.5 billion in revenue). Also, according to the latest estimates, more than 700 million use the Facebook Messenger app each month and more than 8 billion users check out video content on this platform. It is not a shade of doubt that there is an impressive and huge potential in video services and apps, analysts stating that Facebook has not quite invested that much in it or investigated how much it could help the platform grow. Nevertheless, when it comes to advertising, the teams behind the social network are developing a strong and consistent strategy. Together with Instagram, Facebook is the most important and profitable platform, research firms confirming that these two earning immediately money due to their efficient targeting and ad investment.

In the US, it has been shown that 167 million users log in to Facebook each day, whilst in Asia and the Pacific area, the numbers rise to almost 300 million. Furthermore, in the rest of the world, there are almost 309 million individuals on Facebook each and every day.

According to Zuckerberg, the main priority is to build a better mobile content sharing and social experience, as more and more people give up using their computers and laptops in favor of their smartphones. Furthermore, various research agencies have predicted that the annual mobile ad revenue will surpass 500 million dollars in the following year.

Smartphone Gift Ideas

Since the holiday spirit is soon to kick in, it’s time to pounder upon a few gift ideas for your closest friends, significant other or family members. If you are interested in being Santa’s most popular, proactive and tech enthusiast helper, then you should check for clever devices or accessories to give away as presents.
Were you thinking about consoles, an e-reader, mouse pad or the newest smartphone? Here are a few tech pointers on how to win the best 2015 Christmas gift giving competition:

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1.Investigate and shop well ahead in time- since Black Friday is just around the corner, you should consider swinging by a few tech websites in order to see the best deals on devices you like

2.Look at quality and best features- If you plan on spending more than a few bucks on a present, you should look for product reviews, recommendations and pros and cons. Look for the device’s best features, investigate how good they really are (as opposed to that of other products) and try to see the purpose of that product

3.Tech gift ideas for your closest ones:
In case your loved ones are fitness enthusiasts and people who like to take control of their weight, making a change of lifestyle and including physical exercise, then perhaps it would be important to search for a fitness tracker.The Fitbit Charge HR represents an ingenious device with a soft, black rubber band, diagonal pattern and smart monitor with caller ID, as well as heart-rate monitor. It counts the calories to be consumed during sports, tracks steps, distance and sleep at a glance.

We all need to recharge our phone and stay connected to everything that counts in our everyday life, be it our e-mails, our friends on Facebook and Twitter, our music, our Instagram followers or fun posts on 9gag. So, a battery backup and wall charger like Fluxmob Bolt Portable Battery and Wall Charger can sound like a great idea. It features a USB port for charging your device, it provides a 300mAh Lithium-Ion in a size and shape similar to a D battery. It is available in lime green, red, black, blue and pink. You can get it at around 50 dollars from Amazon.

Since music is the number one passion of the vast majority of the world’s population, the best Christmas gift this year has got to include a high quality handset. For instance, the Logitech G230 is rather inexpensive (costing as little as 34.99 dollars) and ideal for the beginner gamer. The quality of sound is good and it is considered as one of the most comfortable gaming headsets.

Best Android Phones of 2015

2015 was, without a shade of doubt, a good year for technology, a plethora of handy gadgets being released and a ton of entry-level, as well as flagship mobile devices. The new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC or LG smartphone have brought a lot of joy to all tech enthusiasts. Since the current year is heading towards an end, let’s check out which were the best and most expected Android phones of 2015:

Samsung Galaxy S6
Coming with innovative and excellent design, high quality camera and beautiful display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a modern looking device which rocks a fascinating fingerprint scanner, sleek new lines and an optimal functionality. Furthermore, many people could not wait for the appearance of this phone, as its producers promised a 3GB RAM Octa-core Samsung Exynos processor and a dramatic shift when it comes to both software and hardware.

HTC One M9
Another great device which sparked quite a lot of media attention was HTC One M9. Why is this phone in the ranking? Well…for starters, the new HTC has a sleeker design and body that makes the phone much easier to hold, as well as great front-facing speakers. The novelty in the HTC One M9 is that its ‘UltraPixel’ camera has been relocated, from the rear of the device to its front, thus offering more flexibility to its clients. Another interesting thing is the ‘UH OH’ insurance plan. This is a sort of strategy in case you break your device in the first year. HTC offers you a new phone and a 100 dollar discount.

Motorola Nexus 6
Another much awaited device is the Motorola Nexus 6. This represents a modern looking phone with a stunning 6-inch HD display of 1440 x 2560 pixels (~493 ppi pixel density). What makes this phone an excellent one (and part of the best 2015 ranking) is that it is the very first to support Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and run Android 5.1. Having also dual front-facing speakers and features like geo-tagging, autofocus, dual-LED (ring) flash, optical image stabilization, check quality, the water resistant Nexus 6 is also considerably large (159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, weighing also 184 g).

OnePlus X
Soon to be released this month (nov. 2015), the OnePlus Xis without a shade of doubt a much-anticipated device promising many cool features, including 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441ppi. The novelty in this phone is that it brings a much better camera, the best and fastest one in the range (of 13 megapixels) on the rear of the device, whilst also offering 0.2 second autofocus features and a f/2.2 aperture. Additionally, users can make use of the 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Nextbit Robin- The First Nextbit Smartphone To Be Released

Nextbit represents a small startup business based in California which was first set up in 2012, having former Apple, Amazon, HTC or Google employees. The smartphone to be released by this company is a hybrid memory type of phone and the very first cloud Android device.

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Its price will range between $300 and $400, the chief executive of the company stating that it will be an amazing phone in the ‘premium tier’ of modern devices. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that this first Nextbit device announced at IFA 2015 will adopt a special storage management approach, bringing also a number of innovations in terms of software, but also hardware. Running on Android (the version isn’t specified yet by the producers), Robin features a 2680mAh battery, Wi-Fi connectivity options, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear one. Promising to work seamlessly, the Nextbit phone also brings to the table dual speakers and dual amplifiers, fingerprint options, as well as 32GB of internal storage, plus 100GB of cloud storage.

The novelty with this phone is that its software can see the apps you use regularly, therefore they will be automatically stored, yet, if a certain program or app is rarely used, the space designated to it willbe over-written with other data. Whenever you choose to keep that certain application, it can be easily restored with all the updates or data (being no need to login again). The cloud is also backed up at very convenient times (during night time, for instance), when the phone is connected to a charger or Wi-Fi.

Soon to be available internationally, the Robin is currently on Kickstarter (in order to request planning), the producers estimating that it will be officially released in the first quarter of the following year. The good news is that you can preorder it, as the very first ,000 Robins will be made available at around $299

Best Smart Watches in 2015

Are you curious to know which the best possible smart watches available are this year? Have you been looking for top quality devices which can provide you the chance to be seen as a tech and gadget enthusiast, as well as a fashion-forward individual? Well… here is the ranking of the best smart watches on the market today and their specs.

1. Apple-Watch Apple Watch – of course, Apple ranks first, being considered superior in comparison with the other devices in the same category. Despite the fact that it is considerably more expensive than the rest, the iOS compatible Apple Watch has been rated the best overall, working flawlessly and having a sleek and modern design. Available in two sizes and coming with a plethora of nice features, the Apple Watch has many interchangeable bands, Time Travel options (enables users to scroll through their schedule) and native apps, Nightstand mode, as well as transit directions.

2. Pebble Pebble smart watch– being the best in terms of affordability and good quality, the watch from Pebble is available for just $99. Its users highly speak of its optimal functionality, as well as its access to more than 6,000 apps. Coming with a more traditional, yet water-resistant design, enabling users to shower with it or go to the pool, the Pebble device works with a variety of fitness apps (here including Runkeeper and Jawbone Up). Furthermore, this watch comes in multiple colors, including red, gray, orange, white and black.

3. Moto360 Moto 360 – Being released in October 2015, Moto 360 is a smart watch that has received many positive reviews, thanks to its 360 x 360 color touch screen of 1.37 inches / 1.57 inches, almost 2 day battery life and optimal functionality. The Moto Body app is used to monitor your fitness activity. You can also benefit (at the same time) from Shazam like apps and car diagnostics.

2016 Mobile Forecast

2016 is expected to be a great year, especially taking into account technology. Read the following article in order to find out what this year can bring:

According to eMarketer estimates, 2016 will be the year for 2 billion customers to purchase a smartphone. Furthermore, it has been predicted that more than a quarter of the global population have used modern devices in 2015, the number being expected to grow to over one third of users worldwide by 2018. This year is also mentioned in many reports and surveys, as it is expected for an apocalyptic increase, of 51.7% of mobile phone users. Furthermore, the gate is being open for inexpensive smartphones with features and capabilities very close to the high-end products on the market today. Taking into consideration quantitative, but also qualitative data and tracking smartphone user behavior, eMarketer bases its study on a multipronged approach, pulling a number of variables, including population, economy, demographic specific trends and so on and so forth.

Among the trends of 2016, there is also the increased need and prerequisite for people to be more mobile-centric, as there is an already acknowledged and felt idea that there has been a shift towards the digital era, many of the interpersonal interactions being carried on social networks or through various services, including Face time, Skype, Hangouts, WhatsApp and so on and so forth. Also, it is important to bear in mind that there will be important milestones to be exceeded with regards to mobile usage (taking into account developed or under developed countries).

Here is what eMarketer’s latest mobile user forecast teaches us:
1. China has exceeded 500 million smartphone users.
2. India is said to top USA with 200 million smartphone users, becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone market.
3. The number of tech enthusiasts and smartphone owners from the United States will increase dramatically starting with 2016, nearly 70% of the total American population owning a smartphone.
4. Starting with the last quarter of 2016, but also in 2017, Indonesia will grow to become the fourth largest smartphone user market.

How different is the new iPhone?

The new iPhone 6S has certainly brought about a great deal of attention from the part of mass media representatives, key opinion leaders, as well as tech enthusiasts who have been waiting anxiously to see what the new device can do, how is it different from the rest of iOS phones and just how ‘refreshed’ it actually is.

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The brand new Apple device, released last month (in September 2015) has improved internal functions, a more ‘sleek’ and elegant device, as well as updated characteristics.

It is important to note that it follows the same pattern when it comes to putting forth new “Tick-Tock” features that fall into distinct categories, namely Design, 3D Touch characteristics, improved single-handed usability and camera features.

Coming with simultaneous 8MP image and 4K video recording, face/smile detection, HDR, touch focus, phase detection autofocus, flash, check-quality and proximity or barometer, this device has a 6.9 Wh non-removable Li-Po 1715 mAh battery, LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 16 M colors and Touch ID v2 sensor. Furthermore, it is important to note that the iPhone 6S brings a more glamorous menu option to appear on the icon.

Also, what would be important to keep in mind is the fact that the new Apple product enables you to go directly to the app section from the Home screen itself. Furthermore, it is interesting to note the fact that the iPhone 6s comes with animated photography features (in the GIF style), the camera making use of the 3D Touch option in order to push into the photo.It comes with animated photography features (in the GIF style), the camera making use of the 3D Touch option in order to push into the photo.

According to the official website of the producer, Apple’s newest iPhone needs to be’seen, felt and experienced’, this smartphone being sold in an impressively fast way (as of September 28th, 13 million tech enthusiasts have bought the new iPhone, thus setting up a new first-weekend sales record, as opposed to the 10 million purchases for the previous models).

United States Smartphone Behavoiur

Have you ever wondered how a phone is utilized in the US or how frequent? Do you wish to find out how much we depend on our modern devices? Here are a few insights on how smartphones can impact our lives and how much they are used in the US:

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The vast majority of smartphone owners use their device in order to stay in touch with those who matter most in their life, but also to keep up with the latest trends, hear about what is going on in the world, book tickets and services, make reservations and so on. Digital mobility has certainly become more and more important in our days, playing a key role for users’ entertainment, knowledge, awareness and social interaction. Here is what the 2014 Mobile Behavior Report has to show us in terms of mobile behavior, smartphone usage, preferences and importance paid to digital technology.

1. Almost 90% of smartphone users have claimed that phones and tablets represent a central part of their life
70% of those owning a tablet have stated that this device is a supplement for the traditional TV, being used at the same time (at least once per day)
2. Nine out of ten people say that they access content from their mobile devices, as opposed to surfing the web on their laptops and computers
3. Peak usage of social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) is in the morning (up until 12 p.m.), whilst the secondary peak is at nighttime (from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.), yet Facebook usage remains consistent all throughout the day; Pinterest (the mobile version) is also accessed by a staggering amount of people, the usage peak being at around 8 or 9 p.m., yet morning usage is pretty impressive as well.
4. 75% of YouTube access is made through tablets, CNN and Facebook being also visited 67% of the time)
Males are more prone than women to scan a QR code, in order to get access to information (the percentage is the following: 39% for women and 56% for men)
5. An impressive percentage (almost 60%) of users open a business-specific app per day, this leading to a 92% usefulness of business ideas and features
6. 53% of users have followed a brand on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
7. 48% of consumers have rated mobile brands (taking into account the seamless experience on their phones or tablets) as very important (2% noting that mobile brand factors are very unimportant)
8. Consumers spend, on average, 3 and a half hours per day on their phones

Phone Carrier Rankings

Have you ever tried to move from one phone carrier to another? Do you want to know how much you can benefit from the services of one carrier or how one is different from the other? If so, all you may have to do is to read the following article.

Among the best mobile phone provider, which can put forth competitive prices, flexible plans, good coverage and fairly priced phones we can includeT-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Ting. However, which has its unbearable flaws, which offers affordable, midtier devices and which is sure to provide you top-quality services and great urban or rural coverage? A ranking has been made, taking into account several variables, including speed and reliability of coverage, plan features (business plans, upgrade plans, device payment plans, period of time to return the device), customer service, phone selection, social media and more. Here are the results:

Verizon- the king of mobile service
Verizon has been ranked as the best service provider, despite the fact that it may charge you significantly more, due to the fact that it puts forth reliable connectivity, good coverage and excellent cellular service with above average download speeds in the urban and average in the rural region. According to the recent study regarding the best phone carriers, Verizon is still far from being perfect, as its payments are prohibitive. Customers do not appreciate the fact that they are forced to pay as much as double the price for services, yet, if you can afford to pay the bill, you will get the chance to benefit from an amazing device selection, dependable connectivity and great plan features.

Sprint- fair prices and best cell phone plan value
Sprint is certainly above T-Mobile and many other phone service companies thanks to its competitive pricing. It has one tier for individual lines (offering 4G LTE data and $60 for unlimited communication). Sprint is also known for its decent connectivity in metropolitan areas and rural ones, yet it is important to mention that this phone carrier is still behind companies like AT&T or Verizon.

Ting- budget MVNO favorite
Ting is the type of phone carrier which can bring the best ‘game’ in terms of budget. It has a pay solely for what you use policy and all the other data is taxed separately (SMS, Internet data, minutes), therefore if you are willing to pay close attention to your usage, then this mobile service carrier is for you!

T-Mobile– best family plan
T-Mobile has been reviewed as the service carrier with the cheapest and best quality family rates. If you wish to buy cellular service (let’s say unlimited talk, for instance) for all the members of your family, then you might want to stick to T-Mobile, as it offers the most competitive rates. However, this phone carrier does come with some disadvantages: its coverage is pretty low in rural areas and it lags behind other companies when it comes to device selection

Jailbreaking versus Rooting

As we all know, jailbreaking represents the kind of process which enables users to let go of any possible phone carrier limitations, hardware and application restrictions. The name per se comes from the method of ‘breaking the phone out of its jail’, the term being utilized in Unix-style systems. Furthermore, this process allows iOS file system and manager root access, individuals being permitted to download apps, extensions, games or themes which have not been made available through the official Apple App Store. Jailbreaking has its negative aspects, mostly concerning safety and the optimal functioning of the device (either iPhone, iPad, iPod or second-generation Apple TV).

What is important to note here is that jailbreaking of iOS devices can sometimes be compared to the process of ‘rooting’ Android phones and tablets. Despite the fact that they may involve privilege escalation, they can differ significantly in scope. Furthermore, it would be essential to note that Android devices can be ‘rooted’ in the sense that Android users can gain privileged access (‘root’ access, to be more precise) over systems (either administrative or of subsystems related to apps). Overcoming restrictions imposed by phone manufacturersand service carriers’ limitations is the main goal of rooting. Therefore, individuals can have the chance to work on or completely replace settings, apps, alter administrative permissions or perform several tasks which would be ‘normally’ inaccessible. The complete replacement and removal or the operating system is also permitted and you can get all the updates you may need.

Going back to the slight confusion regarding jailbreaking and rooting, it is essential to keep in mind the fact that the first represents the bypass of restrictions and limitations of any type (here including iOS modification), whilst rooting means installing apps which are unofficially approved and grants the user elevated opportunities when it comes to administrative settings and features.


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