The global Blogging Platforms market research report studies market overview defining; definition, types, applications latest trends to identify the revenues and the progress of the market over the forecast period. The report offers the preventive and premeditated management along with emphasizes the summary of the global Blogging Platforms market along with classifications and market chain structures. It also highlights authorized statistics of the global Blogging Platforms market.
The key players covered in this study : :
Market segment by Type, the product can be split into :
Market segment by Application, split into :
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
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The study objectives of this report are: To study and forecast the market size of in global market.
To analyze the global key players, SWOT analysis, value and global market share for top players.
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To analyze and compare the market status and forecast between China and major regions, namely, United States, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Rest of World.
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Important Questions Covered in this Report: 1. What will the market size be in 2025?
2. What are the key factors driving the global market?
3. What are the challenges to market growth?
4. Who are the key players in the market?
5. What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key players?
6. What will be the growth rate in 2025?
7. Which strategies are used by top players ?
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At last, It includes the methodical description of the various factors such as the Blogging Platforms market growth and a detailed information about the different company’s revenue, growth, technological developments, production and the various other strategic developments.
Several tech majors such as Amazon, Apple, Xiaomi, and Oppo, among others unveiled a new line of phones, laptops, music players and accessories in India, as well as global markets.
DH lists a prominent product that made their debut this week (May 26-June 1):
Black Shark 2
Xiaomi-backed Black Shark made their debut in India with the launch of flagship gaming phone Black Shark 2.
It sports a 6.39-inch full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and in-display fingerprint sensor.
On the back, it flaunts eye-catching chiselled textured shell case, resembling an armoured tanker and most importantly offers good grip for hands to hold on to the phone while playing a game.
Inside, Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core backed by Andreno 640 graphics engine and to control the overheating, the company has incorporated Liquid Cooling 3.0 technology. It is based on Tower-wide global liquid cooling system that utilises liquid-cooled plate and liquid-cooled tube, which will be covered on all components that are susceptible to overheating under heavy processing particularly while playing graphics-rich games. It is capable of reducing the CPU’s core temperature by up to 14° C, the company claims.
It also boasts a feature-rich 48MP+12MP (with Samsung sensors) dual-camera on the back and a 20MP selfie snapper on the front.
Other stipulated features include Android Pie OS, 6GB RAM/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage and comes with 4,000mAh battery, which is more than enough to keep the phone running for a full day under mixed usage. It also supports 27W fast charging Type C port.
The new Black Shark 2 come in two options– 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage–for Rs 39,999 and Rs 49,999, respectively. It will available for purchase from June 4 onwards exclusively on Flipkart.
Oppo Reno series
After Realme, Oppo introduced a new sub-brand Reno in India by unveiling two phones- Reno and Reno 10X Zoom.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom sports 6.55-inch full-view AMOLED display with 93.1-per cent screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 shield
It boasts unique shark-fin inspired rising front camera with 16MP sensor to capture selfies. On the back, it comes with a triple camera module with a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP telephoto lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor.
under-the-hood, it comes with 4,0065mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, Dolby Atmos, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor with tri-cooling control to dissipate overheating, Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 (with Hyper Boost 2.0-Frame Boost and Touch Boost for gaming).
Whereas the generic model Reno features same design language as the 10 X Zoom including the shark fin rising pop-up selfie camera, but differ in terms of internal hardware.
It comes with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6, a 3,765 battery with VOOC charging, 48MP+5MP dual camera on the back, 16MP front camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.
As far as the pricing is concerned, Oppo Reno 10X Zoom comes in two configurations–6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage–for Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively.
On the other hand, the Oppo Reno (8GB RAM + 128GB storage) costs Rs 32,990. All the new phones will be available exclusively on Flipkart from June 7 onwards.
Xiaomi Redmi K20
After weeks of speculations, Xiaomi finally pulled the wraps off the Redmi K20 and the K20 Pro.
Redmi K20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED HDR display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor. It also comes with Gorilla Glass 5 shield and 3D glass cover. On the back, it boasts a glossy premium shell with gradient finish.
Inside, it comes with a powerful 7nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB/8GB LPDDRX4 RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB storage (UFS 2.1) and a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support.
As far as the photography hardware is concerned, it boasts feature-rich triple camera, 48MP (with Sony IMx586 sensor, F1.85 aperture), 13MP ultra wide angle lens and 8MP telephoto lens on the back. And, a 20MP pop-up selfie camera.
On the other hand, the generic Redmi K20 comes with pretty much same design language including internal hardware as the top-end model but differs in a couple of aspects. It houses
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core and supports 18W fast charging.
Rest including the display, battery capacity, and the camera remains the same as the Redmi K20 Pro.
In India, the Redmi K20 and the K20 Pro are expected to come with Poco F2 and F2 Pro branding.
Apple iPod Touch (7th gen)
After four years, Apple finally refreshed its iPod Touch line with upgraded hardware. The new iPod Touch (7th gen) sports a slim body form with the premium metallic shell on the back and a 4.0-inch display with bezels, home button, and camera at the top centre in the front side.
Inside, it houses an Apple A10 Fusion chipset, which makes the device support Augmented Reality (AR) games offering an immersive experience, which the previous iteration lacked.
With this, the iPod Touch now users can be able to subscribe to Apple Arcade and enjoy exclusive gaming titles like the top-end iPhone and iPad users.
The iPod Touch (7th gen) comes in three storage variants-32GB,128GB and 256GB– for Rs 18,900, Rs 28,900 and Rs 38,900 in India. It will be available in six colour options–space grey, white, gold, blue, pink and (PRODUCT)RED.
Amazon Echo Show 5
The new Amazon Echo Show 5 flaunts a 5.5-inch display, which compact and yet big enough for a perfect kitchen TV or in a living room or children room.
Users can simply wake the device with ‘Hey Alexa’ and start asking to play movie trailers, news snippets from popular channels, the sports update such as Champions league goal score or of a cricket match in the ongoing World Cup.
He/she can also look for recipes and the Echo Show 5 will start a step-by-step guide to on how to make traditional or an exotic dishes.
Also, consumers can listen to the latest songs on Amazon Prime Music and watch the latest TV shows on Amazon Prime Video. People can also play music from Hungama Music, Saavn, Gaana, and TuneIn – without additional cost.
And, children can enjoy fun skills like Chu Chu TV, Chhota Bheem, and more.
With a 1MP camera, user can video chat with the spouse or parents or children at home at any time. The Echo Show 5 is now available on Amazon for Rs 8,999.
Syska Beat Pro
Emerging consumer electronics major Syska launched a new line of earphone HE1100 Beat Pro series. It comes with a built-in microphone, multi-function button which can be used to play, pause, control volume, track speed and answer calls.
The Syska Beat Pro earphones also come with a 1.2 metre anti-winding TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers) round cable which provides a tangle-free experience. These earphones are compatible with all devices that include mobiles, laptops, gaming & music devices. It costs Rs 899 and will be available in two colours– black and white.
Motorola Moto Z4
Motorola unveiled the new Moto Z4 in the US. It sports 6.4-inch OLED full HD+ display with dot-notch design. Like the current crop of flagship phones, it boasts an in-screen finger sensor in addition to the face unlock capability. On the back, it flaunts a sturdy shell with a metallic frame.
Under-the-hood, the Moto Z4 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset backed by Android Pie OS, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 3,600mAh battery, which is more than enough to run the phone for a whole day easily under mixed usage. It also supports TurboPower charging, which enables the device to quickly charge within minutes and offer several hours of talk time.
It boasts a 48MP sensor with F1.7 aperture, meaning the camera will be able to absorb more light and capture stunning images at any type of environments. On the front too, Moto Z4 comes with an impressive 25MP selfie snapper. It will be released first in the US on June 6 for $499.99
Asus ZenBook series
Taiwan-based technology major Asus unveiled a new line of ZenBook, Duo and also anniversary special ZenBook Edition 30.
The ZenBook Edition 30 flaunts luxurious Pearl White genuine Italian leather — hand-crafted and hand-stitched. It sports a 13.3-inch full HD NanoEdge display and comes with Intel Core i7-8565U/Core i5-8265U processor, Windows 10/ 10 Pro OS, 3D IR HD camera, ScreenPad (5.45-inch FHD+), 8GB/16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce® MX150, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM/Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620 and a 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery with up to 14 hours of power backup.
On the other hand, the ZenBook Duo series comes with a secondary display dubbed as ScreenPad Plus, a 14-inch full-width secondary touchscreen that expands and enhances the interactive capabilities. They come with 9th generation Intel Core processors, combined with up to 32GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, with ultrafast storage provided by up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
Today, pretty much everyone regularly uses the internet to read breaking news and stream the latest blockbuster films. But in 1995, the internet was still in its infancy, and many Americans weren’t even online yet.
Bill Gates — as the co-founder of Microsoft (which made Internet Explorer, one of the first web browsers) — likely knew as much about the potential of internet technology as anyone in the mid-90s, however. So it’s not shocking that in 1995 Gates would be asked for his predictions on what the internet might look like a couple of decades into the future.
That’s exactly what happened when Gates sat down with author and journalist Terry Pratchett for an interview that appeared in the July 1995 edition of GQ magazine’s UK version. At the time, Gates was 39 and the world’s richest person with a net worth of $12.9 billion (he’s now second to Jeff Bezo with a $99.6 billion net worth, according to Forbes).
Gates’ conversation with Pratchett recently resurfaced online when writer Marc Burrows, who is working on a biography of Pratchett, tweeted two screenshots of the magazine interview (Gates is identified in the interview screenshots as “BG” and Pratchett is “TP”).
Not surprisingly, Gates had a couple of predictions for the future of the internet — one of which would turn out to be eerily prescient, while the other one seems to have come up short.
One prediction that Gates nailed was that the internet would forever change the way we consume entertainment, like movies and television shows. At the time, most people’s idea of a home entertainment system was a television hooked up to a VCR (electronic devices that played VHS tapes for anyone too young to remember), though video discs like DVDs were beginning to be introduced by the mid-90s.
In the interview, Pratchett is astounded when Gates tells him that “VCRs will be obsolete within ten years.”
“What? Completely obsolete?” asks Pratchett, who then asks if discs will be the primary home video format.
“Oh, they’ll be replaced by a disc player within four or five years,” Gates says. “I’m talking about access to media across the network.”
In other words, Gates is describing our ability to watch movies, TV shows and other streaming videos online. Gates, who complained that VCRs had “the world’s worst user interface,” went on to explain: “Everything we’re talking about will have screens to guide you and when you pause there’ll be a built-in personality that’ll immediately jump in and help you.”
Gates’ prediction ended up being pretty much on the money, as online video technology continued to improve over the next decade to the point where the now-ubiquitous video streaming platform YouTube was founded in 2005, 10 years after this interview took place. In 2007, Netflix announced plans to start streaming full movies and shows online. Today, Netflix has nearly 150 million streaming subscribers around the world, while more than two billion people watch videos on YouTube every month.
Pratchett also wanted to know if Gates thought that the internet would eventually make it easier to spread misinformation to large groups of people.
“There’s a kind of parity of esteem of information on the Net,” Pratchett remarked to Gates in the interview. “It’s all there: there’s no way of finding out whether this stuff has any bottom to it or whether someone just made it up.”
As an example, Pratchett proposed a hypothetical situation where someone purporting to be an expert promoted a theory online claiming that the Holocaust never happened. That theory, Pratchett argued, could be propped up on the internet and “available on the same terms as any piece of historical research which has undergone peer review and so on.”
While Pratchett’s biographer, Burrows, argued on Twitter this week that Pratchett had “accurately predicted how the internet would propagate and legitimise fake news,” Gates’ response is worth noting for the fact that the Microsoft co-founder failed to foresee the same negative effects of online misinformation.
Gates agreed with Pratchett that misinformation could be spread online, but “not for long,” the billionaire reasoned. For instance, Gates argued, the internet could contain fake news, but it would also create more opportunities for information to be verified and supported by appropriate authorities, from actual experts to journalists and consumer reports.
“The whole way that you can check somebody’s reputation will be so much more sophisticated on the Net than it is in print today,” Gates tells Pratchett.
Of course, we know now that many online platforms — from social media sites like Facebook to online video sites like YouTube — have struggled to squash the spread of misinformation and fake news on the internet. Even Gates himself says today that he’s concerned about the spread of misinformation online, admitting that “it’s turned out to be more of a problem than I, or many others, would have expected.”
But Gates also said, in a 2018 interview with Quartz, that he remains optimistic that the internet will continue to become more sophisticated as an information source over time, and that the benefits of having access to such a wealth of information on the internet will eventually outweigh the “challenges” of separating fact from fiction online.
As it happens, a publisher commissions, edits, markets and sells a book, and along with it the hundreds of other books they publish in a year. With too many books, and too little time, there is not much spotlight a book can steal for long. Thanks to technology and popular media platforms, authors and books could grab more eyeballs, for longer. The transformation from one to many has been drastic , book blogs, book trailers, influencers, reading communities, paid promotions, planned activities, and many more innovative strategies with increasing number of people making this their full-time business.
So how to stand out in this crowded space? The event plans to discuss this and other relevant topics.
The programme includes a three-hour intensive workshop with Arunava Sinha, the books editor of Scroll.in and 30-minute Q&A with Milee Ashwarya, publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House India, and Satyanand Nirupam, editorial chief, Rajkamal Prakashan.
This would be followed by networking opportunities.
The event is ideal for authors, book bloggers and reviewers, social media managers and content marketers and publicists.
To say that we’re in a state of content shock would be an understatement.
The term, coined by keynote speaker and social media expert Mark Schaefer, refers to the exponential publication of content compared against our stagnant and limited ability to consume it. Put another way, today there’s more content than ever, but we still have the same 24 hours a day to split up and make time for it. Our available time does not grow with this increase in content.
So what’s a content creator to do?
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To be sure, low-quality content is a waste of time. If you can’t provide a unique perspective with value, don’t bother.
To figure out how to create quality content that accomplishes your specific goals, it helps to know what not to do
Here are the top 10 things most content creators do wrong when it comes to blogging:
#1: They Start Without a Clear Focus
If you start each blog writing session with a blank page, you’re doing it wrong.
Top content creators flesh out their ideas before they ever put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
Here are two ways you can log and marinate ideas before writing your next blog post:
Create a process for capturing ideas before you need them. This process should incorporate tools you already use—unless you’re just getting started and are looking for recommendations. I use Evernote and Trello to capture and organize ideas as I get them.
Create an outline before starting your first draft. An outline helps you structure your eventual final product without the pressure of perfection. Use the time you spend outlining to grab any statistics and quotes you’ll need to support your final piece so that your first draft doesn’t require the use of the internet (and can thus be distraction-free).
#2: They Worry About SEO to the Detriment of Their Human Reader
Content written for SEO is useless if it fails to account for the ultimate end-user: a human.
Although it may seem like you have to compromise; you don’t. With the right technique, there is a way to find balance—especially as Google’s algorithm gets more sophisticated.
Learn more about how to write for both humans and computers.
#3: They Don’t Think about SEO Until After Drafting an Article
One of the keys to bridging the gap between humans and computers is incorporating a target keyword (and semantic keywords) into your article naturally. It’s a lot harder to do this if you wait to do keyword research until after the article has been written. Instead, start your article already knowing what keywords you need to use.
Using a WordPress SEO plugin like Yoast ensures that you follow on-page SEO best practices as soon as you’ve decided on a keyword and start writing.
#4: They Use “I” More than “You
Most bloggers need to do a better job of putting themselves in the shoes of their target audience. Defining customer personas is one way to get in the right mindset but it doesn’t necessarily need to be this complicated.
The easiest way to make sure your blog has the right focus? Pay attention to how often you use words like “I” versus “you” in your writing. After all, if it’s all about you, what’s their reason for paying attention?
To dig deeper into what your target reader is interested in, use analytics tools (like Google Analytics) to dig through past content performance. Determine which topics have the most readers and best engagement (using metrics like time on page) and create more content like this.
#5: They Don’t Optimize for Social Sharing
It helps to be thinking about content promotion as you’re writing content so that you can highlight interesting stats, quotes, or takeaways that seem like social media gold.
Of course, the bigger crime is failing to optimize content for social sharing at all. When you publish a new blog post, you’ve really only done half the work (or less) to ensure it’s success. Use tools like Missinglettr and Social Warfare to help each piece reach further on social media.
The bare minimum should also include:
A compelling meta title and meta description
Click to Tweet callouts
A call to action at the end to share the article, engage in the comments or get in touch with your business
#6: They’re Too Much in Their Own Heads to Ever Publish
For all the content that the general public has access to, there are plenty of articles that are technically completed but never published.
The beauty of running a blog? It’s not a newspaper, unchangeable once printed.
With blogging, you can always make changes later, as you find opportunities to improve your content. And you should update content frequently—it can help your Google rankings.
So just hit publish, already.
#7: They Exist in a Bubble
People may not be forthcoming about what they think unless you’re proactive about asking for their opinion. As you build a following, be sure to tap members for their opinions. You don’t necessarily know what people think about your content unless you ask them directly.
#8: They Don’t Have Measurable Goals
…Which usually also means that they don’t have a long-term plan. Without goals or plans, it’s hard to find purpose—which can eventually hurt your motivation and your ability to keep your blog going.
How do you know your blog is successful unless you’ve first defined your most important key performance indicators (KPIs)?
#9: Their Content Isn’t Unique
This is not to say that it’s copied—more so that it’s so similar to what’s already out there that it’s boring.
Here are a few ways to write something worth reading:
Share your opinion
Take a new stance
Challenge the status quo
#10. Their Formatting Hurts Readability
Whitespace, bullet points, and short paragraphs. Did you notice how I broke up this topic in a way that kept you reading and scrolling?
If you instead present readers with blocks of text, it won’t matter how good that text actually is. If someone feels frustrated with the reading experience, they will give up on it.
Final Thoughts: 10 Common Blogging Fails to Acknowledge and Avoid
With the right approach, your blog content can go from boring and unreadable to the type of marketing asset that accomplishes goals.
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Janeene High is the owner of Results Driven Marketing, a 100% women-owned business headquartered in Wynnewood, PA with an office in Philadelphia, PA. Janeene and her team have been helping customers increase qualified traffic to their websites by using the latest SEO strategies. If you or your business looking to be found by more people that need your services, contact RDM or give Janeene a call 215-393-8700.
Apple Announces TV+, Arcade Game Streaming, New News+ app And Updates to Apple Pay With Apple Card
The much-awaited Apple TV app update is finally here. The first addition is Apple TV Channels, which adds HBO, Showtime, Epic, Starz and more services, which can be subscribed and accessed from within the TV app. Apple will continue to curate content for individual preferences, with advanced machine learning
Huawei P30 Pro Goes Official With Quad-Cameras, 5x Optical Zoom, 4,200mAh Battery And More
The new P30 Pro was announced yesterday which offers a unique quad camera setup with the company’s SuperSpectrum 40-megapixel sensor, an optical zoom lens offering 5x zoom, and a time-of-flight (ToF) camera to capture depth.
Mission Shakti: What Exactly is an A-SAT Weapon Deployed to Defend Space Frontiers
The ‘Mission Shakti’ operation by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the PM said, involved the A-SAT destroying the live satellite, all in three minutes.
Exclusive: Meet The Aspiring Doctor Who’s Also a Pro PUBG Mobile Gamer
One of the qualifying pro-PUBG Mobile players in the tournament was Angad Singh Chahal, AKA TheExper1ment. Angad is a part of team ‘The Dreamers’ which managed to reach the top 20 finalists during the India Series 2019.
BJP Supporters Dominate Ads on Facebook, And we Know Because of The Transparent Political Ads Policy
An advertiser with the name Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat spent Rs 11,562,550 on putting out 2,498 adverts on Facebook during the month. The same advertiser also spent Rs 10,831,546 on 1,227 adverts, which ran without a disclaimer.
Apple Pushed Another Critical Service With News+, Apple Card, TV+ and Arcade, And it is Called Privacy
It has been brewing for a while. The entire privacy debate has been raging on ever since the explosive Cambridge Analytica data scandal that damaged Facebook’s credibility. Apple has often positioned itself above the rest of the tech companies, when it comes to user data privacy. Just this month, Apple pushed out a series of iPhone advertisements with the “privacy matters” pitch.
Mumbai Youth Bags Rs 1.2 Crore Package at Google’s London Office. And No, He’s Not from IIT
The coding enthusiast is currently a student of Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College, Mira Road, Maharashtra. He was called for an interview by Google after the company saw his profile on a programming website that hosts various competitive programming challenges, as per a report.
Dhanbad Scores 95.3 Percent 4G Availability, Highest Among 50 Indian Cities
According to OpenSignal’s measurements for 4G availability, Dhanbad scored 95.3 percent, becoming one of only two cities among India’s 50 cities to pass the 95 percent mark. The other city was Ranchi which scored 95 percent in 4G availability.
Sony WI-C600N Wireless Earphones Review: Impeccable Quality And Noise Cancellation, But Pricey
The company recently launched the WI-C600N wireless earphones that come with noise cancellation and support for Google Assistant. The Sony WI-C600N wireless earphones are priced at Rs 10,990. Now while I was a little sceptical about how efficient these earphones would be at blocking noise, boy was I in for a surprise.
PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 Update Beta: New Weapons, Updated Zombie Mode, Friendly Spectate And More
The new beta update for PUBG Mobile is out. We recently spotted version 0.12.0 that is rolling out globally and brings some new features, which could eventually be added to the commercial version of the game. Expect two new weapons, a new Zombie mode, friendly spectate, crosshair colour options, quick chat updates, companion eagle and more.
T-Mobile is rolling out home internet service with an invitation-only trial starting today. It hopes to connect 50,000 homes in rural and underserved areas through the LTE program this year.
The pilot, which is for existing customers, will reach areas where T-Mobile expects to offer connection speeds of around 50 Mbps. The $50/month service has no data caps, annual contracts, equipment costs or hidden fees. Those who sign up will receive a router T-Mobile says is easy to set up, and they’ll have support from a customer service team.
The pilot is a precursor to T-Mobile’s grander home internet plans. If the merger with Sprint is approved, it aims to switch on 5G home internet service in more than half of US zip codes by 2024, offering download speeds of more than 100 Mbps. The planned network will be able to support home internet in 9.5 million households by that time — those goals could sweeten the merger for the FCC, which is seeking to close the broadband gap.
Almost half of US residents have “no competitive choice” for home broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps, T-Mobile says. The rural broadbandproblem has also been well documented, with millions of Americansunable to access high-speed internet. Meanwhile, some T-Mobile rivals are also moving into the home internet market. Verizon (owner of Engadget’s parent company, Verizon Media) is taking a different strategy, having opened up 5G service in select parts of some cities.
In the same way that it’s influenced the fitness industry through wearable tech and innovative studio spaces, advances in technology have had a massive impact on cycling culture across the world over the last few years. Thanks to an influx of innovations making cycling safer, easier and more fun, people are cycling around more than ever before, be it a lengthy commute, adventure trip in the outdoors or just an occasional jaunt to the shops.
But with so many devices on the market claiming to improve your cycling experience, it’s hard to know which are worth the investment. So I’ve picked out some of the best bike gadgets for anyone looking to pimp their (two-wheeled) ride.
Blubel bike navigation
Smart bike navigation when you don’t have a clue where you’re goingBLUBEL
Blubel is an innovative Bluetooth-connected bicycle bell that doubles up as a navigational guide to tell you how to get from A to B via the safest bike-friendly routes, meaning you no longer have to follow confusing directions on your phone.
Using your phone’s sat nav tech, Blubel displays simplified directions using the bell’s LED design and your phone can stay in your pocket or bag, meaning fewer dangerous distractions, phone accidents or theft. Blubel works by using gestures on its 12 LED dial. All you have to do is type your destination into the supporting app and follow the lights on the bell, which indicate where to go.
There are also audio signals that prompt you when turns are coming up so you can keep your eyes safely on the road the rest of the time. The bell will also show the direction of your final destination, so you never lose your bearings, using responsive routing that quickly recalculates if you take a different route or a wrong turn.
Beryl lights system: Pixel, Burner Brake and Laserlight Core
Beryl’s lighting system is the best in class for cyclingBERYL
Navigating yourself through busy city streets at rush hour on a dark evening can be stressful enough to get any cyclist’s handlebars in a twist. Enter Beryl’s extensive lighting system, a range of rechargeable LED bike lights with bonus safety features. There are three main lights in the offering. The first is the Pixel, a small round clip-on light that you can put anywhere that takes your fancy, and the second is the Burner Brake, a rear light which is able to tell other road users behind you that you’re coming to a stop. It does this by detecting when you slow down, accurately warning other road users that you are putting your brakes on by intensifying the light.
The core product to the firm’s series, however, is the Laserlight Core. Thanks to “forward projection” technology, Laserlight combines a white light and a bicycle laser image to beam out of blind spots, junction, and situations where you’re otherwise unseen. The laser projects a bike symbol six meters in front of you, visible by fellow road users from various perspectives and increasing your safety.
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 1030 is a GPS-genius when it comes to road cyclingLEE BELL
The Garmin Edge 1030 is the perfect companion when doing longer cycling journeys, such as sportives or challenges, as opposed to simple commuting. It’s the firm’s most advanced Edge computer to date and sits on your handlebars and thanks to built-in GPS, doesn’t rely on your phone to tell you where you are or which way to go. Like a sat nav for bikes. Its feature list is never-ending and it even can record your biking route. There’s also the addition of Bluetooth Smart connectivity for the first time in a device like this, alongside Bluetooth and ANT+.
It really does do it all and was able to measure everything I needed as it tracked my cycle adventure during a sportive in the New Forest last year, from the speed I was going as I bombed down the country lanes, to the miles I’d covered when I got back home. If you’re serious about cycling and want to keep a dedicated track your rides, the Garmin Edge 1030 is an ideal companion.
Lumos is a helmet and light system in oneLUMOS
Ever forgotten your bike lights? Lumos is the gadget for you; it’s a next-generation bicycle helmet that goes out of its way to make sure you’re seen when cycling thanks to integrated LED lights with brake and turn signals. A tap of the helmet’s Bluetooth handlebar-mounted remote control means you can communicate your intentions to drivers and people around you. It’s probably one of my most-used gadgets in this list and it means you don’t have to remember to take your bike lights with you whenever you leave the house.
Cycl Wing lights could save you from any accidents while turning corners int he darkCYCL
Making its first appearance on our telly boxes as a pitch on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, the CYCL WingLights is a pair of bright LED’s that give cyclists 360-degree visibility in all lighting and weather conditions for a safer ride. But the really cool thing about WingLights is that you can use them to tell fellow road users which direction you’re going to turn. No more stretch your arms out in the dark and hoping they’re seen, simply tap a button on the side and it will flash, acting like a car’s indicator lights.
This week in Tech witnessed quite a few important updates. Google’s I/O developer conference is going to be held between May 7-9. What’s more, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be planning to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. So here’s a quick roundup of all the important stories we covered between January 21-27, 2019.
Google I/O 2019 developer conference scheduled for May 7-9
Google I/O 2019 developer conference is scheduled for May 7-9. Google is expected to make some key announcements around Android, Google Assistant, Search and Maps, in addition to engaging with developers from around the world to discuss the future of AI, machine learning and more. Folks over at Google are likely to introduce Android Q.
Zuckerberg reportedly plans to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
According to the New York Times, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is planning to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Given that WhatsApp supports end-to-end encryption, Facebook will have to integrate make Instagram Direct and Messenger services compatible with end-to-end encryption protocol.
Amazon Scout, a new fully-electric autonomous delivery system
E-commerce giant Amazon has started testing a new, fully-electric autonomous delivery system called Amazon Scout. Initially, will deliver packages to customers in a neighbourhood in Snohomish County, Washington. However, these vehicles will initially be accompanied by Amazon employees.
Samsung unveils world’s first 4K OLED display for laptops
We all know that Samsung supplies their OLED display panels to Apple. Now, Samsung is building the world’s first 4K OLED display for laptops. We are expecting brands such as Dell and Lenovo to opt for these 4K OLED panels for laptops for their XPS and Yoga series respectively. Samsung’s first UHD OLED laptop display panel will enter mass-production next month.
Facebook Moments to shut down next month
Facebook has decided to put an end to their “Moments” app from February 25 citing lack of users as the reason. Facebook Moments is a standalone app designed to let users privately share photos and videos. Facebook hasn’t shared the exact number of users using the app. But Facebook is shutting it down because not a lot of people are using it.
Google Maps can now show car accidents too
Google Maps is testing a new feature that shows users if there’s been an accident on the way to their destination. We were able to spot this feature in Google Maps for Android beta version 10.7.2. So Google would soon expand its reach to more users, presumably on both Android and iOS.
Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 as a new software update for all the compatible iPhone and iPad models. Similar to the previous iOS 12 update, the latest software version doesn’t bring any noticeable changes on board. It, however, addresses some minor bugs to enhance the user experience. The iOS 12.1.3 update also fixes some known vulnerabilities. The Cupertino giant has also brought watchOS 5.1.3 with bug fixes. Apple’s HomePod has also received a couple of improvements to address the existing issues.
As per the official changelog, the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes a bug that was impacting scrolling through photos in the Messages Details view. The new iOS version also addresses the problem that was bringing striped artefacts to photos after being share from the Share Sheet. There is also a fix for the issue that was causing “certain CarPlay systems” to disconnect from the new iPhone models, including the iPhone XR₹ 72,484, iPhone XS₹ 91,131, and iPhone XS Max.
Specifically for the iPad Pro (2018) models, the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes an issue that was causing audio distortion with some external audio input devices. The latest iOS release also has some fixes pertaining to the HomePod. It essentially addresses a random restart issue and fixes a bug that was causing Siri to stop listening to your commands.
Notably, Apple hasn’t detailed in the official changelog whether the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes the cellular data connectivity issues that were reported for the iOS 12.1.2 update last month.
Aside from the latest iOS update, Apple has released watchOS 5.1.3 for Apple Watch Series 1 and above models. The update carries unspecified improvements and bug fixes, as noted in the official changelog.
You can read about the security content of iOS 12.1.3 by visiting the official support page. Apple has also detailed the security content of watchOS 5.1.3 on its support page.
How to download iOS 12.1.3, watchOS 5.1.3
The iOS 12.1.3 update is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12. To download the latest version on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Your device should be using a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Also, it is recommended to back up your data, and ensuring your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.
The watchOS 5.1.3 update is compatible with all Apple Watch models running watchOS 5. To download the update, go to the Apple Watch app on your iOS device and then visit General > Software Update.
The Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent of the battery charge to enable the installation process. Also, it is recommended to keep it on the charging dock while installing the new update. Your iPhone will also need to be in close proximity to the Apple Watch and will need to be on Wi-Fi. The Apple Watch should restart twice before the update is completely installed, and you need to enter the Watch passcode if prompted, after beginning the update and then follow the prompts from your iPhone.