Google Stadia’s internet speed requirements are just the beginning

Google Stadia on Thursday unveiled its pricing and some of the video games you can play on its all-new service set to launch in 2020. The company also offered up some guidelines as to the types of network speed requirements it has for various qualities of gameplay: 10Mbps  for 720/60fps stereo, roughly 20Mbps for 1080/60fps HDR with 5.1 surround audio, and 35Mbps for 4K/60fps HDR video with 5.1 surround.

That’s all well and good, but don’t assume that meeting Google’s internet speed requirements means you’ll be able to play at the stated quality. They’re the minimum, but not necessarily sufficient, conditions.

Google — like many of the PC cloud-gaming services — doesn’t mention the other, more important issues that usually affect your experience as exemplified by Nadia Oxford’s tweet: the network. If you’re getting potato streaming, then local network congestion is what’s mashing it.

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Think of it as being able to drive 75 mph on the highway, but then you hit the city and your speed unavoidably drops to an average of 25 mph. That number encompasses a lot of stop and go. While these services will test your network, and even in some cases include jitter and other types of network latency data in its calculations, like stop-and-go traffic it can bottleneck by surprise at any moment. And none of it even factors in a given device’s connection stability.

In other words, even if you’re getting 500Mbps with no latency when Google checks your network, at any point while you’re playing, the entire block may start streaming some random playoff game in 4K HDR and those packets interweave with your game packets, interrupting how smoothly they’re flowing. Google fails to lay out any of the details, such as maximum jitter and latency, that you’d want to see before plopping down your $130/£119 for a Founder’s Edition preorder.

When latency rises, frames and frame-rates drop, audio stutters, image quality degrades visibly, your trigger pull registers a millisecond too late and you end up dead in a puddle of your own blood while screaming at the cats in frustration. (OK, maybe that last one’s just me.)

While Google has an advantage over many competitors in that it owns a lot of the network infrastructure between its game-hosting cloud servers and the edge servers which are the last point of delivery between Google and your internet service provider or cellular carrier. But there’s only so much it can do to optimize packet delivery once they leave your ISP. And while many of these services have algorithms to gracefully fall back to lower levels when network issues arise, but that’s not always executed well.

And none of this even includes the irritation of excitedly trying to launch a game, only to be told that your network isn’t up to snuff at the moment — bandwidth great but too much jitter, please try again later. I participated in the Project Stream Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey trial. The first time I ran it, it was great. The second time, unplayable. Both times Speedtest told me I had more than enough bandwidth. And that problem’s not limited to Google.

Everything announced at WWDC: Get the latest on iOS 13, iPad OS, Dark Mode for iPhone and more.

New Mac Pro makes its debut: The long-awaited update to Apple’s flagship desktop starts at $5,999, available in the fall.

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11 SEO strategy trends that are set to dominate digital marketing

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the backbone of brands when it comes to online presence. Ranking higher on SERP takes effort and time – and gets even more challenging with trends that change without a moment’s notice. Google is anamorphous search engine which is popular (and even notorious) for rolling out changes in its search algorithms pretty often.

The year 2019 brought fresh updates from Google – some radical enough to ensure a swift departure from the usual SEO effortsused by professionals in the past. From the V’s (Video, Voice, and Vernacular) to the emphasis on local queries, Google is bringing a lot of changesas perthe changing internet consumption.

Let’s look at some of these changes and what they mean:

1.      Content is still the dominant factor

To offers users authentic, detailed, and complete information, websites’ content will continue to be Hobson’sChoice for boosting SEO efforts. Digital marketers and SEO stalwarts need to emphasiseon unique content that appeals to readers. Content must be in the realm of context and should not deviate from the main line of industry events. It shouldn’t be a smug illustration devoted to self-appreciation and highlighting limited virtues of business.

Further, content needs to be so detailed that a promising content cluster should appear to readers who look for securing comprehensive informationon given topics and all its aspects.

2.     Mobile apps to complement SEO strategy

Sterling mobile apps offering a range of featuresand giving impetus to business objectives among target customers will call the shots from this year onwards. However, a slight alteration in Google ranking factors will be the element of importance and popularity. Such apps are developed to gather users from social media and through online forums.

A heads-up to the SEO community: stress on building exclusive business apps, finely tuned with business ads. These apps should enable easy lead generation and sales full throttle.

3.     Local queries and Google My Business to amplify results

Google wants us to come of age and start looking forward to local business interests with intent. For a small business or an SMB with limited scope of business, getting registered onGoogle Mapsis essential. Having a business profile with Google My Business adds another level of authenticity and boosts results with local search queries.

4.    Multiple languages to provide information on website

Google has gained credibility as being the ultimate source of information across the world. To promote the idea of globalisation, websites exhibiting information in multiple languages are given preference across geographical quarters.

In other words, the website should be translation-friendly to cater to a global audience. Therefore, to generate a greater number of clicks and address users’ preference, SEO professionalsshould consider tweaking their websites to enable multiple languages.

5.     Searches through video, voice, and vernacular

Since the estimation of users hunting for specific product or services stands at a whopping 320 million across the globe, Google has decided to take a stride in this arena. As a strong hint to our ever-insightful SEO executives, the websites will be located through voice searches against a given set of keywords spanning industries. Websites need to program the lines of code accordingly to decipher and process voice-based queries.

Furthermore, according to a recent study, internet users in vernacular languages have seen immense growth. More than 70 percent Indians prefer surfing local languagecontent.Video has a similar story to tell and is responsible for 75 percent of total mobile traffic in India. More than 95 percent of video consumption online is in vernacular languages.

The entire digital ecosystem is changingand there’s more focus on the 3V’s of digital medium: video, voice,and vernacular.

6.    Online forums and communities with ingenious reviews

Businesses and websites are manipulated for ranking through real-time user reviews. Working on such a principle, explicit algorithms are written where metadata drawsin user reviews targeting a product range or a service. Such an idea is pretty broad; it entails recording opinions in favour or against a particular product on online forums.

Here, as a notion for SEO efforts, we need to heed what people think about us in forums and what perception our company or website enjoys. Adequate steps should be taken to refine it gradually.

7.     Image optimisation is crucial

Google searches are largely seen inundated with images, forcing SEO professionals (especially those working for ecommerce websites) to derive immense fortunes from such a perspective.Further, as Google also taps machine learning to uncover images, we need to post pixel-perfect, real-time product images imbibing relevance regarding their texture.

8.    Revisit the most crucial ranking parameters again and again

In general, backlinks are rightly reckoned to be a prominent effort affecting searches. Since they have a significant impact on searches, they are highly exploited and are one of the most prominent black hat SEO practices. Thus, as an antidote to such a menace, users’ behaviour on any of the navigational links is put under constant scanner.

For engineering the SEO, such an aspect can hardly be overlooked.It is important to crafta content cluster in a given context whereby websites are searched against a given query.

In the same way, links need to be built from an array of websites that dominate a given niche and not the other way around. Further, unwanted traffic should be avoided at all costs. A content strategy should align perfectly with the demands of the target audience.A good content strategy will be one that offers solutions to the customer’s queries and doubt at each stage of the purchase process.

9.    Videos bringing the next shift

While looking for information, one generally develops a solidified and widely integrated knowledge through videos rather than reading volumes of data as textual representation. In other words, Google is all set to manage data by placing a number to every aspect of video interaction. Number of views, likes or dislikes received, video sharing, comments, and so forth willbe calculated.

This tectonic shift in favour of videos should alert SEO executives to empathise with video explanations highlighting any process in a given industry. Furthermore, objects discussed in media content are generally captured through advanced machine learning as deployed by Google for such an underlying reason. For SEO, videos that are simply another version of contentthat should be given priority,followed by a briefsummary of information.

10. Quick results and faster ROIthrough customised searches

User preferences and past actions play a deciding role, as one’s interactions against a given keyword are manipulated. As such, those sailing in the ever-expansive SEO ocean, need to be tactful enough to capture at least (and at best) single interaction with all clients/customers categorised as hot leads in a specific geographical area.

In such an effort, PPC campaigns should be executedwhile giving Facebook ads a boostto enable traction among the crowd to click on the website in any given industry. The underlying benefit is that when the search is for a keyword or any such query, website pages relevant to the keyword or search query will start showing up in SERP organically.

11.   Lay copyrighted and third-party multimedia content to Rest

Google is getting better at all sorts of multi-media context, including music and videos. To ensure a draw of great luck and fortune for our websites, we also need to sail along the tide of originality and should restrict putting up videos and multimedia that are copyrighted or owned by others. For best results, proficient graphic designers should be roped in for carving out and stockpiling images with company name and logos.

In the same way, artists can be contacted on platforms such as SoundCloud for consent to use their work. They usually agree because it cross-promotes them. Finally, upcoming artists and talent should be given a thumbs-up by including their work onto the website. In short, under all circumstances and in all weather, originality needs to be accentuated, and duplicity and dubious play of things should be discouraged as Google’s eyes and sight are improving.

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.) 

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OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are now receiving Android 9 Pie

OnePlus has over the past few weeks released two beta builds of the Android 9 Pie update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and now the stable version is rolling out.

The finalized version of the update is headed to the company’s two handsets from last year. It arrives as OxygenOS 9.0.0, based on Android Pie. It contains the December 2018 security patches too.

When you get the new software, you’ll see the brand new Pie UI, new navigation gestures for the 5T, and you get a new Do Not Disturb mode too, with adjustable settings. Google Lens is integrated in the Camera app, and Gaming mode 3.0 comes with a text notification mode and added notifications for third party calls.

Obviously some unnamed system improvements are baked in as well. As usual, the rollout is staged. It’s going out to a small percentage of users at the moment, and it will expand in a few days.

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AMD’s 24-core and 12-core 2nd-gen Threadripper CPU are set to hit the streets soon

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AMD’s 24-core and 12-core 2nd-generation Threadripper CPUs will officially hit the streets on October 29, the company said.

AMD announced a quartet of 2nd-gen Threadrippers, with only the 32-core and 16-core versions shipping so far. By the end of the month, the company said, the final two will arrive, putting all of AMD’s cards on the table for the year.

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AMD’s last two Threadrippers will hit the streets on Oct. 29, the company said.

The 32-core CPU Threadripper stunned the computing world when first announced at Computex in June, and has generally been greeted with glowing reviews. The latest two Threadrippers just ladle on the performance and value AMD has been serving.

An analysis of pricing per thread from our original review of the 32-core 2nd-gen Threadripper shows you the mouth-dropping value the company has been offering compared to Intel.

21 bucks per thread

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When you look at how much you’re paying per thread for a CPU, AMD’s the big winner. Perhaps worse, how does Intel sell a consumer 28-core CPU at a competing price, when the server version is almost $9,000?

With a list price of $1,299, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will pack 24 cores, yet still be far below Intel’s $1,999 price for its Core i9-7980XE. For the $649 AMD is asking for its upcoming 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, you can expect an 8-core, 16-thread Core i7-7820X. And that’s if you’re lucky to find a Core i7-7820X at its list price of $589. With Intel’s well-publicized chip shortage, prices of its CPUs have spiked. For example, we found the 8-core Core i7-7820X fetching as much as $918 on Amazon.com.

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3 Blogging Secret Weapons (that are actually common sense)

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Blogging is a great way to share valuable information with current and potential clients. Blogging is also a way to improve your sites SEO ranking and humanize your brand.

Sometimes when I’m writing I may get the infamous writer’s block or I might want to publish a new post but am crunched for time. Luckily, I have a few secret weapons that help me in these predicaments and I’m going to share them with you today!

1. Leveraging Popular News 

If I ever get into a spot where I want to write a blog post but haven’t had anything inspire me for a post yet, I always check to see what news is already popular. I usually check Google News, LinkedIn’s What People Are Talking About or LinkedIn’s Daily Rundown. Not only is there always endless content to choose from but writing about popular news puts your article and thoughts in the middle of an already trending topic. This gives your post the opportunity to be seen by more people.

2. Learning from trends

While Popular News focuses more on “right now” learning from trends means making sure you know about general topics that have continued to stay relevant. Last week everyone one was talking about the Yanny Vs Laurelvideo. However, that’s already old news. Creating articles with timeless information will make posts relevant no matter what and you will always be able to re-post the content.

3. Leveraging found content

Another blogging secret weapon of mine is leveraging found content. If I’m browsing the web and see an article that piqued my interest I will create a new blog post, featuring that initial article while giving credit to the original author, and also include my own thoughts as well. Another term for this is News Jacking and a tool that makes this process extremely simple is PostHaste.

Here are some other blogging tips you might want to check out:

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Do you have any blogging secret weapons? If so, leave a comment about it!

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Where Online Marketing Techniques Are Failing Your Business

Where Online Marketing Techniques Are Failing Your Business

Today, consumers buy toiletries with the click of a mouse; browse desired items across the web using image-recognition software; and celebrate how they needn’t even leave the house — unless they want to: Where shoppers once visited exclusive boutiques, even the designer goods those boutiques sell can now be delivered straight to their doorstep.

Case in point: LVMH — owner of the luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Chandon and Sephora — reported $13.44 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2018 alone, thanks in large part to its online sales.

Related: Is Artificial Intelligence Replacing Your Intelligence?

Success stories such as LVMH’s explain why brands are pouring resources into social media, artificial intelligence and other digital experiences. But, despite this quest by companies to adopt the latest and greatest digital tools, any observer (like me) has to wonder: Are brands losing sight of the value of stellar in-person experiences?

I for one believe that offline touchpoints will always be necessary. Take, real estate, for example; it’s the industry my company Agentology operates in. According to The National Association of Realtors (NAR), 90 percent of home buyers and sellers start their search online. Additionally, Zillow’s new Instant Offers platform allows sellers to receive and accept cash offers from investors for their homes online without using a human agent.

However, real estate transactions typically don’t end online. Zillow executive Errol Samuelson recently told Inman that although around 33 percent of the sellers who asked for an Instant Offer did go on to sell their home online, 90 percent decided to list with an agent rather than accept an institutional investor’s cash offer.

The message? There’s something to be said for face-to-face interactions, and you would be wise to reinvest in them.

The shortcomings of online marketing

The internet certainly drives sales, but it also has its limits. For one thing, thanks to the spread of such much-talked-about concepts as fake news, and the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, consumers’ mistrust of information they find online has increased, according to a study by the marketing agency Performics and Medill School of Journalism.

Meeting with customers in person, on the other hand, goes a long way in building trust and loyalty. It enables deeper conversations that just can’t happen online. It allows you to better explain market conditions and understand your customers’ most pressing concerns and unmet needs. While friendliness can certainly be conveyed online, nothing can replace a warm handshake or a personalized introduction.

In my industry, if you communicate with customers only online, you risk the chance that they’ll find another agent: Consider that 72 percent of buyers work with the first agent they’re able to meet in person, according to NAR. Another finding: Maritz Global Events discovered that prospects are twice as likely to become customers of a company after meeting its representative in person.

Try these tactics to build a strong offline presence that drives sales:

1. Let your hair down. A recent Gartner study found that 89 percent of businesses surveyed compete almost entirely on customer experience alone. When you meet potential customers in person, therefore, it’s critical to make them feel at ease; so ditch the idea of high-pressure sales meetings. Instead, build relationships over a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

Hosting social gatherings at least once a quarter can set you apart from the competition. Bell Helicopter, for example, held a great customer appreciation event a few years ago that included live music, food and photo ops with Disney characters. You don’t need to pull out all the stops; any type of social meetup is an opportunity to build customer relationships in a stress-free way.

2. Become fluent in reading body language. Body language is one of the most important components of human interaction. According to research from UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian, more than half of our messages are conveyed through body language.

Body language cues can provide you a wealth of information on other people’s thoughts and feelings — if you know how to read them. For instance, if a guest crosses her arms and raises her eyebrows, it may indicate that she’s not open to what you’re saying. On the other hand, if she mirrors your own body language (e.g., she leans her head in the same direction as you), that could indicate that she trusts you.

Related: 3 Simple Body Language Tips to Turbocharge Your Selling

Additionally, pay attention to what your own body language conveys. Amy Cuddy gave a great TED Talk about how body language affects decision-making. Her research indicated that people are more inclined to take a risk when the person presenting the idea assumes a high-power posture.

3. Get creative with your nudges. Most companies rely on email to follow up after a sales meeting, but don’t underestimate the impact of an offline follow-up. A personalized thank-you note or postcard, for instance, can go a long way in establishing an emotional connection with your customers. Research from the Harvard Business Review showed that emotionally connected customers in one study were 52 percent more valuable than those who were just highly satisfied.

Bottom line? Don’t expect the initial in-person meeting to do all the work for you. No matter how well you connect with a prospect during a meeting, if you fail to stay top of mind by employing strategic follow-ups, you’ll quickly lose your prospect’s interest.

To put this in context: In a matter of decades, the internet has transformed the way brands and consumers interact. But that doesn’t mean that tried-and-true techniques are no longer effective. Augment your sales and marketing strategies with offline initiatives, and you’ll reap the rewards of lifelong customer loyalty.

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How Cello Pens, Mirinda and Bournvita are helping students beat exam stress

Mondelez International-owned malt drink brand Bournvita is running ‘Look beyond marks’ campaign under which it has executed an on-ground activation called ‘Clearance Sale’. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Mondelez International-owned malt drink brand Bournvita is running ‘Look beyond marks’ campaign under which it has executed an on-ground activation called ‘Clearance Sale’. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: Brands across categories have launched advertising campaigns to connect with young students and sensitise parents about exam related stress. While several brands in categories like malt based drinks, stationery and beverages have rolled out television and digital campaigns highlighting the mounting examination pressure on students, only a few are taking baby steps in providing solutions to beat the stress. Cello Pens, for instance, is working on a nationwide school contact program ‘Write to Win’ which aims to upskill students and help them perform better in exams. Currently, being piloted in 40 ICSE, CBSE and state board schools in Maharashtra, the program targets students from class 4th to 9th.

“Our research shows that the challenges in the education system come in when you hit secondary level which often includes drop-outs. Our aim is to provide the students with the right skills for success. Our first module (from grade 4 to 6) will involve handwriting experts who will teach young students various handwriting techniques. The second module (for class 7 to 9) will see experts teaching students various best practices like power of writing in learning, making mind maps and chain method to prepare better for exams,” said Tanveer Khan, director–marketing (CMO-India), BIC Cello.

The five-year long initiative will be scaled across the country. The company aims to reach 500,000 students and teachers through this program this year.

PepsiCo India’s beverage brand Mirinda under its ‘Release the Pressure’ campaign has partnered with specialty hospital chain Fortis Healthcare to start a counselling helpline for students. “We have taken a solution based approach to help students release their stress this exam season. To achieve this, we partnered with Fortis Healthcare and launched a helpline number that gives instant access to parents and kids to speak with trained psychologists,” said Gaurav Verma, associate director, flavors marketing, PepsiCo India.

Since the launch of the campaign in January, the company claimed that the helpline has received over 18,000 calls from over 70 cities in India. Mirinda has also launched a limited edition ‘Frequent Breaks’ notebook in association with textbooks and guide book publisher Navneet Education to encourage students to take a break of 15 minutes after every 45 minutes of studying.

“After every few pages, the notebook features a series of puzzles, brain teasers and riddles as well as space to doodle, giving students a chance to take a quick break amidst hours of studying,” said PepsiCo’s Verma.

Meanwhile, Mondelez International-owned malt drink brand Bournvita is running ‘Look beyond marks’ campaign under which it has executed an on-ground activation called ‘Clearance Sale’

where a bunch of kids were shown selling their guitars, cameras and rackets in a mall in Mumbai. The objective was to convey how parents end up putting pressure on children to devote time to studies over extra-curricular activities which are often dubbed as distractions. The film on the activity has gone viral on Facebook with over 4 million views and was also shared by multiple times on messaging platform WhatsApp.

“As a brand, Cadbury Bournvita has always advocated all round development and a progressive outlook towards parenting. In the last couple of years, we also ran a few specific campaigns that focused on the need for ‘learning’ rather than just looking at ‘scoring marks’ in an examination. Through our latest campaign ‘Look beyond marks’, we found a lot of people with a similar bent of mind and it was not just parents but youngsters who felt strongly about this topic. The entire initiative does not look like an ad as all of us have gone through such situations and would react in the same manner at all times,” said Amit Shah, associate director–marketing (gum, candy and beverages), Mondelez India.

According to Naresh Gupta, strategy head and managing partner at advertising agency Bang in the Middle while the intent of these initiatives is right, brands need to put enough media money to promote them.

“My daughter is giving the board exams and as far she’s concerned she has not been reached by any of these brands. While I agree that the intent of all these initiatives is right, it needs enough media push to create awareness and reach. Mirinda can very well use the media money that it uses in its mainline advertising to promote the helpline so that every kid knows they have an option to reach out to counsellors,” he noted.

Gupta added that the target audience of all these brands is also advertising shy and equally cynical when it comes to brand initiatives. “So if these brands want to truly connect with students they have to commit to the cause and convince them they are here to truly help them,” he said.

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MWC 2018: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the new powerhouse in town

Sony new smartphones offer thin bezels, run on Qualcomm’s top of the line chipset and support wireless charging.

Sony new smartphones offer thin bezels, run on Qualcomm’s top of the line chipset and support wireless charging.

The big announcement from Sony at this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) includes the Xperia XZ2 and its smaller variant the Xperia XZ2 Compact. Both smartphones run Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box, support Qi wireless charging like the latest Apple iPhones and will be available globally from March 2018. Their prices will be announced later.

Xperia XZ2

This is the new flagship smartphone from Sony and the first in its portfolio to offer the new thin bezel design that is in vogue these days. It is also the first smartphone by the company to run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor which supports faster Gigabit LTE download speeds. Sony has coupled the chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with the option to add up to 400GB more with a microSD card.

The thin bezel design makes it compact in size. It stands 153mm tall and 72mm wide, which is less than a conventional big screen smartphone. Despite the new design, Sony smartphone is going to feel heavy as it tips the scales at 198g. The likes of OnePlus 5T, which offers an even bigger 6-inch screen, weighs just 162g. But the Xperia XZ2’s 5.7-inch screen supports Full HD (2,160×1,080p) HDR, which means colours will look richer than most smartphones with similar resolution.

The XZ2 will be available in liquid silver, liquid black, deep green and ash pink colour options and comes with IP65/68 rating which means it can withstand rain and water splashes as long as all the ports are closed.

Unfazed with the dual camera fad, Sony has gone with a single 19-megapixel camera with 25mm wide lens and pixel size of 1.2um. It supports 4K HDR recording.

Xperia XZ2 Compact

This is a stripped own variant of the Xperia XZ2 and has almost everything in common except the screen size, colour options and battery capacity. It offers a similar thin bezel design and aspect ratio of 18:9 but on a smaller 5-inch HDR ready display with resolution of 2,160×1,080p. Available in black, white silver, moss green and coral pink colour options, the Xperia XZ2 Compact has a smaller 2,870mAh battery and weighs 168g.

The smartphones will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones, which also run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, but offer bigger 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens with higher resolution of 2,960×1,440p and are a lot lighter (the S9 weighs 163g and S9+ weighs 189g) in comparison.

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All The Times Amitabh Bachchan Reminded Us That ‘Daughters Are The Best’

All The Times Amitabh Bachchan Reminded Us That 'Daughters Are The Best'

Amitabh Bachchan and Shweta in Mumbai. (Image courtesy: Big B)

NEW DELHI: 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Big B posted a picture of Shweta and said, “daughters are the best’
  2.  Last week he posted a picture of his granddaughters with similar caption
  3. “Granddaughters the bestest,” he wrote

“Daughters are the best,” Amitabh Bachchan, father of 43-year-old Shweta, has made it clear many times over on social media. His latest post show Shweta joining him for the weekly Sunday morning meet-and-greet ritual at the Bachchans’ Mumbai home. This isn’t the first or even the second time. Amitabh Bachchan frequently posts pictures of Shweta and granddaughters Navya Naveli and Aaradhya on social media with almost the same caption which reads: “Daughters are the best.” Just last week, Mr Bachchan shared pictures of Navya Naveli (daughter of Shweta and Nikhil Nanda) and Aaradhya (daughter of Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and wrote: “Daughters be the best… granddaughters the bestest.” There are few corresponding posts for son Abhishek, almost none of grandson Agastya.

On Monday, he posted these pictures of Shweta at Jalsa with him on his social media platforms. On his blog he wrote: “When the daughter takes an interest in your actions on a Sunday at the gates of Jalsa, it fills one with pride and affection.”

On a previous Sunday, Amitabh Bachchan reserved his best smile for Shweta because… you already know.
Here are all the other times when Amitabh Bachchan reminded his fans that ‘daughters are the best.
Last year, around this time, Shweta hosted a surprise dinner for all the family members in Jalsa, which Amitabh Bachchan described on his blog as a “wonderful occasion out of nothing.” Of his daughter’s initiative he had said: “Daughters are very special and mine, Shweta, must be the most beautiful in the world. Daughters are the best.”

Amitabh Bachchan has also worn his heart on his sleeve at a deeper, more socially relevant level. The xx-year-old star has announced that he will bequeath his property and assets equally to his son and daughter – particularly important when you think of the less progressive minds among his fans that might have been changed. Mr Bachchan also wrote an open letter addressed to his granddaughters encouraging them to live life on their own terms.

Amitabh Bachchan is currently filming Yash Raj Film’s Thugs Of Hindostan and will soon shift focus to Karan Johar’s trilogy Brahmastra, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Amitabh Bachchan is awaiting the release of 102 Not Out, which also features Rishi Kapoor.

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Facebook to Notify Users When Photos of Them Are Uploaded

Facebook to Notify Users When Photos of Them Are Uploaded

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the feature, users must consent to Facebook saving facial template
  • Feature isn’t available in all regions at launch
  • Facebook also unveiled a feature that warns of profile photo misuse

Facebook said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file.

The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about.

The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European Union, Facebook said. Privacy laws are generally stricter in those jurisdictions, though the company said it was hopeful about implementing the feature there in the future.

Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used. In September, Apple revealed that users of its new iPhone X would be able to unlock the device using their face.

Facial recognition technology has been a part of Facebook since at least 2010, when the social network began offering suggestions for whom to tag in a photo. That feature also is optional.

For those who have opted in, Facebook creates what it calls a template of a person’s face by analyzing pixels from photos where the person is already tagged. It then compares newly uploaded images to the template.

Facebook deletes the template of anyone who then opts out, Rob Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Under the new feature, people who have opted in would get a notification from Facebook if a photo of them has been uploaded, although only if the photo is one they have access to.

The company plans to add an “on/off” switch to allow users to control all Facebook features related to facial recognition, Sherman said. “We thought it was important to have a really straightforward way of controlling facial recognition technology,” he said.

Facebook said it also plans to use facial recognition technology to notify users if someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture, which the company said may help reduce impersonations, as well as in software that describes photos in words for people who have vision loss, so that they can tell who is in a photo.

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