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The Next Big Things Coming From the Tech Giants of the World

The Next Big Things Coming From the Tech Giants of the World

It would not be wrong to say that in the past few decades, the world has relied so heavily on technology that it would come to a stop if all the technology from the face of the planet was suddenly taken away. People talk about the Stone Age, but it would be worse when people who rely on technology are made to live without it. However, the biggest tech giants of the world are never satisfied with what’s out there. They want to do some more to take the world to a point where people will be living in a world they have only seen in sci-fi movies.

These big tech companies of the world have segregated the world audience into several groups. Supporters of one company would strongly support their company in all it does and often debate with the fans of other companies. What people don’t realize is that every tech company has a different take on technological offerings, and it is the diversity in their work that makes the technological world so interesting and attractive. So what can you expect from the biggest tech companies of the world in the coming times? Here’s an overview.

Apple

Apple has been the biggest innovator in the world in the past even though it has lost its touch a bit in the recent years. However, the company continues to release some of the most powerful tech gadgets in the world such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.

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The most recent announcement from Apple was of its iOS 10 that will be on its upcoming devices. The most awaited device from the company is of course iPhone 7. iPhone 7 will be quite an experience for iPhone users since a lot of new stuff is being introduced on iOS 10.

Apple has also announced that it will not release phones in cycles of 3 years. Within a 3-year cycle the aesthetics of the phone won’t change much, and it will be more about updates on software and upgrades of hardware. IPhone 7 is supposedly going to have to dual cameras on its back.

Some have rumored that iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack on it. The company is said to have ditched the headphone jack to bring an even slimmer phone to the market. Is there any innovation coming in from Apple? This seems quite unlikely.

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Samsung

Samsung is already doing pretty well with its two smartphone lineups: Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note lineup. Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 has been the most admired phone of the year. However, Samsung has been looking into doing other big things in the recent years. It is evident from the presence of its own chips on “some” of the Galaxy S7 models it shipped. Some reports have revealed that Samsung is now going full-on on making chips for not only its phones, but for smartphones made by companies all around the world.

The technology Samsung has developed is said to be more power efficient and it has been given the name of FoWLP. FoWLP stands for fan-out wafer level packaging platform. Samsung has claimed that this particular technology will completely get rid of the need of having a circuit board.

This will allow smartphone makers to make their smartphones less thick. This technology will also consume less energy so the phones will last longer on their batteries. According to some rumors Apple will be using the new technology from Samsung on its iPhone 7. If that’s true, Samsung is definitely on its way to make some name in the world.

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Google

Google is probably the biggest tech giant in the world, as it has its hands and feet in so many things, you could write books about them. The company is involved in projects like head transplants, and it is working on creating modular phones that will be like desktop computers (i.e. you can change whatever components you want on your phones).

It is also coming up with a technology that will allow you to do several activities at home with hand gestures. For example, you could reduce the volume of your TV without needing a remote by just gesturing with your hands in the air.

When it comes to the smartphone world, Google is on its way to make Android N a big thing. The company has not been able to come up with a name starting with N. It has a new utility, called Instant App, coming up that has received great attention from reviewers. This tool will allow you to use applications without installing them on your phones. Allo is a messaging application coming from Google with several new features. Google Assistant is now like Siri but several times better as it can answer your questions and converse with you based on your previous conversations.

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Sony

While Sony does not get the attention it deserves in the smartphone market, people who have been buying Sony products seem quite satisfied with them, and they never seem to shift their purchasing habits. However, Sony is a company that always likes to experiment with things and bring in innovation. Sony came up with the idea of waterproof and dust-proof phones that is being used by the biggest tech giants of the world, like Samsung, today. However, the future of Sony will be Future Lab Program.

In this particular program, the company is looking at changing the world and how people have been interacting with technology. Sony has promised to bring changes to technology that have not been thought of yet. For example, it is working on a project where a person can see a video and listen to the audio without using any headphones. Sony has promised that it will unveil many prototypes and projects that are going to change the way people have been living with technology. The project N from Sony has already been unveiled and you could say it is the less controversial form of Google Glass.

Featured photo credit: Tech Giants of the World, via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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