Excitement as Nokia 3310 sets to hit the streets – again -17 years later

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How the new Nokia 3310 is rumoured to look like. Emphasis on rumoured.

Rumours suggest that Nokia are planning to bring back their iconic 3310 phone.

Mobile users of a certain age have been getting very excited on social media about the return of this sturdy, reliable handset.

If you were in the market for a new phone in the year 2000, then the 3310 may have been on your wish-list.

The Amazon listing describes a range of features, including a clock, calculator, the ability to store up to ten reminders and four games: Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi.

Snake was so well-loved that it’s currently available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users to download.

As much as the phone render looks cool with a dash of Android built-in, don’t fall for these tricks just yet. There has been no official teaser from Nokia on just what the new 3310 will look like — no image leaks, no specs or features confirmation. Nothing yet.

Known primarily for its plentiful battery life and nearly indestructible build, the 3310 was released at the turn of the millennium as a replacement to the also-popular 3210.

HMD Global Oy, the Finnish manufacturer with exclusive rights to market phones under the storied Nokia brand, is planning to announce four such handsets at Mobile World Congress later this month.

Why you’ll love Windows 10 

By David Goldman, @CNNMoney

Over the six years since Windows 7 was released, Microsoft has made its PC operating system far more intuitive and powerful by packing it with tablet- and smartphone-like features. A lot of those features debuted with Windows 8, but they still weren’t working perfectly.

Microsoft went back to the drawing board with Windows 10 to develop an operating system that will be familiar to Windows 7 users but doesn’t compromise on modern features. (Note: You’re not crazy — Microsoft skipped Windows 9 altogether.)

Windows 10 has a Start Menu, just like Windows 7 — only better.

On the left Start Menu column, you’ll find a list of your most used apps, most visited folders and recently added software. There’s also a button that will show you all your apps in a single list.

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On the right part of the Start Menu, there is a grid of app tiles that you can arrange however you like. The “live” tiles will show you updates, such as the latest stock prices, the last show you were watching on Netflix, social media updates, weather, news and sports scores.

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If you want, you can take the Start Menu full-screen by clicking the “expand” button — it’s kind of like having a tablet or smartphone screen for a desktop. But, crucially, it’s only there if you want it. The default is the familiar Windows desktop experience.

Windows 10 provides some design changes that Windows 7 users will welcome. For example, taskbar icons glow at the bottom when they are opened, but only the app icon that is currently being used is completely highlighted. In Windows 7, all open apps are highlighted, confusingly.

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Folder icons are far less glitzy and much more intuitive in Windows 10, making it much easier to view the contents of the folder at a glance before you open it. Gone is the confusing and redundant “libraries” directory. The task manager is also much simpler to use.

Windows 7 users should be unafraid of upgrading when Windows 10 hits store shelves later this year. There is hardly any learning curve, and the new bells and whistles alone are definitely worth checking out.

Better than Windows 8: 

So what if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8? Here are the big differences you’ll notice in Windows 10.

Windows 8’s odd tablet-style layout was confusing to Windows die-hards. You won’t find Windows 10 difficult to use. Windows 10 boots straight to the desktop, and it stays there.

If you have a convertible laptop or Windows tablet, Windows 10 has a “tablet mode” that recognizes when there is no keyboard or mouse present. But rather than make two separate tablet and desktop interfaces like Microsoft did for Windows 8, Microsoft chose to make the Windows 10 desktop and apps more finger-friendly for tablet users. They only morph a little to fit the device they’re running on.

So if you download a “modern” app from the Windows Store, it will run in a window, just like standard Windows software. The only difference is that it has a diagonal arrow button between the “close” button and the “expand” button at the top right of the window. That will take the app into “tablet mode,” going full-screen. But you can easily get out of that by moving the mouse to the top of the screen and clicking the button again.

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Windows 8’s unhelpful charms bar has been replaced with the Windows 10 action center. There, you get notifications and access to handy quick settings, such as brightness controls, airplane mode, Wi-Fi and tablet mode toggles.

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Also different is Windows 8’s app-choosing feature, that let you go back to the last-used app by swiping in fro the left. It has been replaced with a far more useful display of all your open apps on a single screen.

Touchscreen users can access the action center with a swipe in from the right, just as they can view all the open apps by swiping in the from the left. But, mercifully, Windows 10 put buttons for both on the taskbar so mouse and keyboard users won’t accidentally launch those features by putting the cursor too far to the left or right.

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Window 10’s New Features: 

Windows 10 isn’t just about correcting Windows 8’s mistakes, though. There are new features that Windows 8 users will love.

The coolest new feature is Cortana, Windows 10’s version of Siri, which appears net to the Start button on the taskbar.

“She” has a sense of humor (“I know Siri, but I don’t KNOW her, know her, if you get what I mean,” Cortana says in response to an obvious question). But in addition to barking voice commands and queries, the search feature is genuinely helpful.

It will search your apps, the Windows Store, the Web and your files to answer search queries. It’s a super-quick way to launch an app (just start typing and hit Enter when the app appears). And like Windows 8’s outstanding search function, Cortana can help you access deeply hidden settings with a few keyboard strokes, helping you avoid hunting and pecking through control panel settings.

Windows 10 also comes with multiple desktops, which is helpful for cleaning up a messy workspace. 

I have been testing the preview version of Windows 10 for a few weeks. There are plenty of things not to like, including the fact that you still can’t access all your settings from the “settings” app. We’ll cover more of the hits and misses in a fuller review once Microsoft gets closer to releasing Windows 10.

But the preview has shown me enough to confidently say that Windows 10 will be a breeze to use, a welcome change for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and a big hit for Microsoft.

Robotization; Evidence of the 4th Industrial revolution

By Kiberu Malik

Since the 1700s, the industry has under gone so far 4 major industrial revolutions. These were the 1760 industrial turnover that saw the introduction introduction of water steam powered mechanical manufacturing and development of machine tools and change of wood and other bio-fuel to coal and this resulted into the first steam engine made of iron and fueled primarily by coal in Great Britain.

Then there was another in 1840 known as the techinology revolution it involved introdution of electrically powered mass production. Build of railroads and large scale iron and steel production this revolution rapidly developed in Germany and United States.  A century later in 1950s, industry went through the 3rd revolution which was named as the digital revolution. This involved the change from analog technology to digital techinology. This involved use of electronics and IT to achive using of digital computing this included digital cellular phone, digital format of optical compact disc supplanted analog format such as Vinyl Records and Cassatte tapes.

Subsequently,  this brings me to the 4th Industrial revolution Known as Industry 4.0 and the rise of sopshiscatted human robots. The 4th revolution based on the techinological concept of CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEM known as the internet of things and internet of service. We are currently at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution and the cyber physcial system.

This is known as the smart factory. In United States the SMART MANIFACTURING LEADERSHIP COALITION (SMLC) started this initiative. The 4th revolution is just starting and its climax will shift the MAN TO MACHINE TO MACHINE TO MACHINE commonly known as M2M process . This involves machines building other machines robots are used to build machines through a network of internts and the vision of industry 4.0 is to bring internet to the lowest level of human beings.

Industry 4.0 is characterised by strong customization of productions under the conditions of high flexibilized mass production. This automation technology is improved by the introduction by the introduction of methods of self optimization, self configuration and self Diagnosis. The current biggest project at this time is the BMBF leading edge.

INDUSTRY 4.0 AND MACHINE TO MACHINE(M2M) refers to technology that allows both wireless and wired system of communication with other device of the same type. However modern M2M communication has expanded beyond one to one and changed into a system of network that tramsmits data to personal appliance. M2M was originally used to automation and instrumentation but now its even used to refer to TELEMATIC application.

Under M2M. The machine are to detect the fault and fix it instantly and it can detect that a wrong is about to happen and prevent it immediately.  In industry 4.0. M2M has a total volume of 300billions dollars at the automation market. Using of the M2M in industry 4.0 will account for 27% of the 3.88 trillion dollars. And a sum of 675bn USD will result from the improvement of assest management.

And 1.5 trillion USD is expected through reduction of all form of waste even the waste of time by embedding M2M communication in the INDUSTRY 4.0.

INDUSTRY 4.0 AND THE NEW PHASE OF ROBOTS AND ROBO-THINGS:

The word robot has a Czech origin it was used in a science fiction play in 1920 where it referred to human clones that were raised to work. In many 2014 MARIEKE BLON CHIEF OF ECONOMIST OF ING BANK stated robot refer to every reduction of human labour with all corresponding digital techinology.

Today Robots are present in large number only in industry. Industry without robots is now almost inconceivable. They do everything covered by the three Ds; Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull work. Robots do it tirelessly and there is no doubt that they work better than human beings.

1961 General motors(US). Deloyed its very first industrial robot the first unimate model weight 1.8tons. More than 50years laters in 2013 almost 162.000 robots were sold worldwide and in 2015 more than 1.5m robots will be in use. Its expected 2013 and 2016 around 95.000 new generation robots will be sold with a total value of 14b USD. At present traditional industrial robots are involved into assistant to human in accordence with the vision of industry 4.0.

Currently RoboEarth is building an internet for robots and via industrial ip advantage. This justies the conclusion that intelligent robots and robothings will soon become a genuire force in society and will cooperate with human this includes self driving cars as swarm bolts. At the need of the 22nd century the 4th revolution will be at its pink however currently at its start with the movies you watch e.g iron man transformers its simply activation of the 4th industrial revolution to the world.

The 4th industrial revolution is one of the agenda of the NEW WORLD ORDER and SUPREMANCY OF MACHINES. Where machines will control the world over humans. The religious believers will interpret the industry 4.0 is one of the things which will cause the end of the world and the human race according to thier religious books like Quran and Bible because these books talk about such a process were the human race will be ended.

The NEW WORLD ODER predicts the coming of the 5th industrial revolution which will involve total replacing of human race with machines were human will be doing absolutely nothing in the industry world and in the 5th revolution USA will be estimated to have 1million army robots with a four structures i.e head,hands,legs and waist to reduce the number of human army soliders.

11 Surprises About The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus

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With the dawn of a new iPhone comes the feeling that you’re living in the dark ages until you upgrade. So you’ve done it. You ignored the reasonable part of your brain that said, “Wait twelve more months and get a cheaper phone when it’s in contract! What are you doing you insane fool? Don’t you remember how you’re late on rent and Big Tom’s going to mess you up?” Big Tom can wait. Here are some surprises about your brand new device.

1. It’ll make your old phone feel tiny.

Whether you got an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, they’re both going to feel comically large in comparison to your old iPhone. There are obvious benefits to this: more room for typing, more icons on the home screen and a bigger screen for watching low-resolution cat gifs. The iPhone 6 should still fit comfortably in your front pants pocket, but the 6 Plus and skinny jeans probably aren’t going to be best friends, so it might be a good idea to book time with your tailor.

2. The power button moved.

There’s nothing more humbling than buying a pricey new gadget and not being able to turn it on. The power button, which, since the dawn of time, has been on the top of the iPhone, is now on the side. But this is a good thing, because you can turn it off and on without having to shift your hand to tippy top of your now-giant phone.

3. It’s super tall, but there’s a trick around that.

The power button isn’t the only thing that was redesigned with the giantness in mind. If you’re holding either version of the iPhone 6 in one hand, a bunch of the icons at the top will be out of reach of your thumb. But not for long! If you double-tap the Home button (don’t click it, just tap it), the upper icons will shift within reach. This is the closest you’ll ever get to a Go Go Gadget Thumb.

4. It’ll last.

Battery issues tend to plague new devices, but it seems the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hold their own. Don’t plan on going away for a long weekend without a charger, but you should be able to go about 36 hours without a plug. Which, these days, is the best you can usually hope for from a phone.

5. Your dog looks insane in super slow motion.

Slow-motion video was introduced with the iPhone 5S, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus amp things up with the ability to shoot EVEN SLOWER. If you don’t think this is useful, you clearly haven’t seen a video of your dog drinking water at super slow motion.

6. It knows what you’re going to say.

The larger screens of the new iPhones do make it a lot easier to use the touch-typing system, but to speed things up even more, the newest version of iOS 8 introduces predictive typing. Based on which words you frequently type, suggestions will pop up on the keyboard as you’re half-way through a word. It’ll even know if you’re typing to a friend or your boss and suggest more or less formal language, depending.

7. It’s moderately more beach-friendly.

Using a cell phone on a sunny day can be pretty awful. Apple clearly knows this because they added a new screen polarizer to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which makes it more visible in sunlight. Sand and saltwater, however, remain your new phone’s mortal enemy.

8. If you get a 6 Plus, things will look weird for a little while.

As we’ve discussed previously, the iPhone 6 Plus is freakin’ huge. The bigger screen makes browsing sites easier, and Apple did include an scaling program to smooth out the rough edges of older apps, but many app (like Kindle) won’t look quite right (i.e. a bit blurry) until the apps are updated to natively support the 6 Plus. So no, your eyesight isn’t going bad.

9. Quick searches.

Nerdy protip: You can search things super fast in the newest version of Safari just by typing the name of a site, followed by a space, followed by a topic. So “MTV Rihanna” will get you listening to “Monster” in no time flat.

10. The camera’s pretty damn powerful.

While the iPhone 6 Plus will edge out the iPhone 6 in image stabilization, both cameras are a big step up from past generations and allow for some pretty incredible shots. Case in point: Check some incredible photography taken in Iceland using both cameras.

11. It’s still not quite finished.

Even after you’re well-acquainted with your new iPhone, you should know that it’ll continue to evolve. There are a few features that haven’t turned on quite yet. The big one: Continuity. This lets you share your browser sessions and documents from your phone to your computer and back again (hopefully killing the need to do annoying things like emailing yourself to get files from your phone). C’mon future, hurry it up!

Heavy Facebook Use Makes Some People Jealous And Depressed: Study

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Paying too much attention to your Facebook friends’ updates could be bad for your mental health, according to a new study.

Researchers found that heavy Facebook use may make certain people experience feelings of envy, which in turn could lead to depression.

“We found that if Facebook users experience envy of the activities and lifestyles of their friends on Facebook, they are much more likely to report feelings of depression,” study co-author Dr. Margaret Duffy, a University of Missouri journalism professor, said in a press release. “Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people, but if it is used as a way to size up one’s own accomplishments against others, it can have a negative effect. ”

The study surveyed 736 college students from a large Midwestern university who used Facebook for an average of two hours every day. Seventy-eight percent of the subjects identified as white Americans, and 68 percent identified as female. Their average age was 19.

These participants filled out a survey indicating how much they use Facebook and what they do on the social network. They were also asked to rate how much they agreed with statements linked to feelings of envy, such as, “I generally feel inferior to others,” or “It somehow doesn’t seem fair that some people seem to have all the fun.” Then, participants rated how much they agreed with phrases that corresponded to depression, such as, “I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me” and “I talked less than usual.”

The researchers found that while heavy Facebook use was not linked directly to depression, frequent users who experienced feelings of envy were more likely to identify with statements corresponding to depression. These tended to be users who compared their own lives to friends’ photos of luxurious vacations, status updates about good news and so on.

This study is far from the first to examine how Facebook impacts the psyche. Research from last year suggested that the longer people spend on Facebook, the worse they feel. Other studies, such as one from earlier in the year, found that time spent on the social network might actually make people happier.

“In social science, we build on each others’ work and findings and don’t claim that a single study can establish causal relationships,” Duffy told The Huffington Post.

The results from this new study aren’t all doom and gloom, though. The team found that users can avoid feeling bummed out by the social network as long as they’re mindful about how they consume information from it.

“Users should be self-aware that positive self-presentation is an important motivation in using social media, so it is to be expected that many users would only post positive things about themselves,” study co-author Edson Tandoc said in a press release. “This self-awareness, hopefully, can lessen feelings of envy.”

The research team published its new paper in the February edition of the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

Should spamming be considered a cyber-crime?

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By Alex Taremwa

Last week, my close friend Pius Opae received an email from one Kasim Mohamed what he thought was a potential investor based in Burkina Faso in West Africa. Mohamed who claimed to be the Bill and Exchange Manager in a Bank of Africa Branch located in Ouagadougou was persuading Pius to allow him transfer sum of U.S10.5 Million united State dollars that apparently had been abandoned by one of the bank’s foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash.

In the email, Mohamed further stressed that “if you can assist me to stand to claim the fund I agree that 50% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account which you are to provide for the transfer of the fund and 50% will be for me and my Family.”

Upon the face of this information, Pius thought it important to bring this to the attention of his friend Obel Oscar. To his surprise, Obel disappointed Pius’s expectations when he told him that he received the same kind “Spam” emails to a maximum of 20 everyday with almost similar content through from seemingly different people but he always ignored them. He advised Pius not to pay attention to such emails and not to submit any information regarding what the emails asked.

Like Obel and Pius, thousands receive such spam emails. Many due to lack of sufficient knowledge are enticed by their content Uganda Communications Commission unveiled a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the National Information and Technology Authority (NITA-U) that would among monitor and report high-tech crimes including cyber-based terrorism, computer intrusions, online sexual exploitation, and major cyber frauds including SPAM emailing.

Eng. Patrick Mwesigwa, the UCC Director for Technology and Licensing told me in an interview that UCC had also acquired equipment that would be used to monitor such crimes.

“The expectation was that we would reduce the infiltration of malicious content such as malware, viruses and spam, as well as enhance security of online access in the country with special focus on mobile money and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud, that was responsible for the loss of about sh1.5b last year alone.” he said.

 

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What is spam?

I asked two people to give their understanding of “Spam” and I came up with at least two different answers. Nasser Juuko, a computer technician defined spam as emails that are “unsolicited advertisements for products or services” whereas Charlotte Irigoga, a Mass communication graduate from Uganda Christian University defined spam as “An unsolicited e-mail from which the sender is attempting to gain an advantage (commercial or otherwise) and which the recipient neither asked for nor wanted“.

Charlotte’s definition seems more appealing unlike Nasser’s that is rather catchy but somewhat misleading in a sense that Spam can be a lot more than merely an advertisement for products and services. It’s eminently possible to receive spam mail that actually doesn’t advertise either a product or service.

Having defined “spam” and “spamming”, we now need to determine what constitutes a “cybercrime” in order to be able to determine whether or not “spamming” should be considered an offence in law.

Unlike the definition of spam, there appears to be broad consensus that the definition of cybercrime constitutes “a criminal activity committed on the Internet”. Again, for the purpose of the article, the criminal activity element in the definition of cybercrime is going to be important in deciding whether or not spamming constitutes a cybercrime or merely a time massacre.

Why does it even matter anyway? – the case for criminal law legislation
The ethos of any criminal law is that it protect society from dangerous citizens while punishing those who do not conform to that society’s norms and morals. With our penal system already overflowing, and with millions being spent on building new jails, valid questions may well be asked as to exactly why we need to consider having legislation in place that needs to criminalize the nuisance of spam e-mails.

Advocates for including spamming within the realms of criminal law will tell you that not only is it losing business billions a year, but it is also clearly very dangerous. In most cases it also almost certainly involves one of the principal elements of any criminal behaviour, the intent to cause harm.

Consider this this example of spam e-mail that each of us may have experienced: You open up your e-mail in the morning to see an e-mail from someone you do not know asking you to assist them in extraditing some of their money in return for which you’ll be given a large commission. On answering the email you will be asked for a “small” deposit as a sign of good faith. No harm done, right?

Well, yes, there has/will be. This is the famous Nigerian 419 scam, so-called because it reflects the relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria, and victims of this fraud of been defrauded millions.

Only recently a victim of the Nigerian 419 scam was defrauded $2.1 million. One may argue that the person was greedy and knew they were likely breaking the law themselves.

However, the unsolicited spam e-mail was sent with one intention and one intention only, to defraud the recipient of the email out of their savings. Thus it is a criminal act and there should be criminal law to reflect this.

According to Isaac Singura Kalekoona, a lawyer operating his own firm, any discussion about the Internet, spamming and free speech will centre on two cornerstone issues: (a) what is the content of the spam email; and (b) what is the forum by which the spam email has been disseminated.

Most of us would agree would agree that the right to free speech is not an absolute right per se. Obviously there must be certain limitation on our right to free speech. For example, any spam email that contains content which is clearly bigoted, sexist, racist or inflammatory would constitute a crime nearly every jurisdictions criminal law system, and this should not be any different just because we are on the Internet.

These are fundamental ethos that reflect mankind’s moral code and thus should be regulated.

“Should you send a spam e-mail that contains material which is clearly bigoted, sexist, racist or inflammatory then such spam e-mail should be a breach of criminal law. Here you would even find support among those who argue that criminalizing spam e-mails is an infringement of our right to free speech”, he said.

Unfortunately, however, ninety per cent of all spam e-mails contain none of these; thus no crime, per se, is being committed. After all, would an e-mail from a government agency warning of an impending disaster to unregistered recipients constitute a spam e-mail or a useful dissemination of information?

Throughout this article we have tried to evaluate whether or not the act of spam emailing should constitute an offence in criminal law or whether it should merely be an act of nuisance. Whenever we discuss this subject, important, we need to consider two important issues: (a) should the act of nuisance constitute a criminal act? And (b), should we legislate against the last frontier of man, the Internet?

Since the dawn of time man has, in one form or another, legislated against acts of nuisance. Thus, clearly the answer to (a) is that “yes” we should be legislating, in criminal law, the offence of spamming; especially so where such spam emailing shows intent.

Regardless of this, the answer to (b) is far more complex, because, as with space, the Internet is without boundaries. And herein lies the crux of attempting to make spam emailing a crime in criminal law, if we wish to do this we need to ensure the act is considered an act in criminal law globally, not locally.

And before we can do any of that, we still need to decide how we define what spam emailing is.