After leak, Google's new file manager for Android, Files Go, launches into pubic beta

Google today decided to launch its new Files Go Android app into public beta to reach a wider group of testers. The company had been preparing to announce its new file manager for Android later in December, but those plans were thwarted earlier this week when the app was spotted in the wild during testing. While file management is Files Go’s focus, the app also includes other useful tools, like those that help users recover space by cleaning up unnecessary clutter, as well as a file transfer utility that works offline using Bluetooth.

The company quietly announced the wider beta opening of Files Go this morning, via a tweet.

 

 

                                                        

 

Essentially, Google has decided to capitalize on the interest in the new app, thanks to its exposure through media coverage. Instead of continuing to keep quiet about its plans, as before, it instead opened up Files Go to beta testers who want to get a first look ahead of the public launch.

The beta app has now returned to Google Play where it’s listed as “Files Go Beta: Free up space on your phone (Unreleased).”

The description, as before, details its features – including its ability to help locate and delete spam and duplicate photos; support for offline file sharing; its file management utility; and its tool that recommends which of your rarely-used apps could be removed to help free up space on your phone.

 

Files Go is a  free download here on Google Play.

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum information.

The company also announced that IBM researchers had successfully built a 50 qubit prototype, which is the next milestone for quantum computing, but it’s unclear when we will see this commercially available.

While the earliest versions of IBM’s quantum computers were offered for free to build a community of users, and help educate people on programming and using these machines, today’s announcement is the first commercial offering. It will be available by the end of the year.

Quantum computing is a difficult area of technology to understand. Instead of being built on machines interpreting zeroes and ones in on/off states, quantum computers can live in multiple states. This creates all kinds of new programming possibilities and requires new software and systems to build programs that can work with this way of computing.

 

Dario Gil, IBM Research VP of AI and IBM Q, says the increased number qubits is only part of the story. The more Qubits you deal with, the more complex the qubit interactions become because they interact with one another in a process called entanglement. If you have more qubits, but there is a high error rate as they interact, then they might not be any more powerful than 5 qubit machine with a lower error rate. He says that IBM researchers have managed to achieve the higher qubit number with low error rates, making them highly useful to researchers. “We have more qubits and less errors, which is combined to solve more problems,” Gil said.

The other issue that comes into play when dealing with quantum states is that they tend to exist for a short period of time in a process known as coherence. It basically means that you only have a brief window of time before the qubits revert to a classical computing state of zeroes and ones. To give you a sense of how this coherence has been progressing, it was just a few nanoseconds when researchers started looking at this in the late 90s. Even as recently as last year, they were able to achieve coherence times of 47 and 50 microseconds for the 5 qubit machines. Today’s quantum machines are in the 90 microsecond range. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s actually a huge leap forward.

 

All of these variables make it difficult for a programmer to build a quantum algorithm that can achieve something useful without errors and before it reverts to a classical state, but that doesn’t take away from just how far researchers have come in recent years, and how big today’s announcement is in the quantum computing world.

The ultimate goal of quantum computing is a fault tolerant universal system that automatically fixes errors and has unlimited coherence. “The holy grail is fault-tolerant universal quantum computing. Today, we are creating approximate universal, meaning it can perform arbitrary operations and programs, but it’s approximating so that I have to live with errors and a [limited] window of time to perform the operations,” Gil explained.

He sees this is an incremental process and today’s announcement is a step along the path, but he believes that even what they can do today is quite powerful. With today’s release and the improvements that IBM made to the QISKit, a software development kit (SDK) to help companies understand how to program quantum computers, they can continue to advance the technology. It’s not going to happen overnight, but companies, governments, universities and interested parties are undertaking research to see how this can work in practical application. (And of course, IBM isn’t the only company working on this problem.)

IBM sees applications for quantum computing in areas like medicine, drug discovery and materials science as this technology advances and becomes better understood. It is also trying to anticipate possible negative consequences of an advanced technology such as the ability to eventually be able to break encryption. Gil says they are working with standards bodies to try and  develop post-quantum computing encryption algorithms, and while they are a long way from achieving that, they certainly seem to understand the magnitude of the issues and are trying to mitigate them.

Google to launch an AirDrop competitor, file manager,and cleanup utility called Files Go

Google is preparing to soon launch a new mobile app called Files Go that will allow Android users to better manage the files on their phone, transfer those files easily – even when offline – as well as free up storage space on their devices as needed. The app will become available to users worldwide in early December.

Files Go was first spotted by 9to5Google on the Play Store, where it was available in an early access program for testing purposes. The test was full, but the site was able to get a sneak peek at the app’s features by reading the description and viewing screenshots.

It appears that Files Go is basically part file manager, part file transfer utility, and part clean up wizard. The main interface shows an overview of how much storage space is being used by files and offers tools to clean the app cache, or browse through other areas where files may have accumulated – like those received from a chat application, for example.

Another screen offers a list of file types, like Images, Videos, and Audio, as well as a section for “Received” files.

 

         

 

As you dive into the various sections, you can then filter the files by source for easier discovery, access, or deletion. For instance, you can choose to display only files from the camera, those that are screenshots, those from a chat application, and so on.

Of course, Google already offers a clean up utility as part of its Google Photos application, but Files Go has a broader focus that’s not just limited to photos and video.

In addition, one of the more notable features in Files Go is a file transfer utility that works over Bluetooth, meaning users could share files with others, even if offline. This appears to be an Android-flavored version of Apple’s AirDrop, which also uses Bluetooth to share things like photos, videos, documents and contacts with nearby Apple devices.

However, Files Go’s screenshot indicates that both users will have to have the app open to send and receive files at the time of transfer.

Some reports about the new app speculated that Files Go is being developed for emerging markets only, noting its offline capabilities and the “Go” branding – the latter which also seems to reference Android Go, Google’s lightweight version of Android for cheaper phones.

 

We understand, however, that Files Go will be made globally available at launch in the beginning of December.

Reached for comment, a Google spokesperson confirmed the app’s existence in the following statement:

    “We are always doing experiments on ways to help users get the most from their smartphones. We have nothing specific to announce at this time.”

 

How To Switch an iPhone to an Android Phone

Apple iPhone users once looked down their nose at the army of Android phones out there—and let’s be honest, many still do—but these days that’s a

hard stance to take. Android apps are flourishing, the handset selection is amazing, and manufacturers like Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, OnePlus, even Google

itself, are innovating at a pace that puts Apple to shame. There are Android phones/phablets out there with 21-megapixel cameras, 6-inch screens,

displays with edge support, super-fast processors, and hours and hours of battery life on a single charge. If all that has you itching to make the switch,

that’s understandable. Maybe Apple’s grip on the iOS ecosystem is annoying. Android may suffer from extensive fragmentation —thousands of versions of

the OS running on hundreds of devices—but like Windows or Linux, it’s more open for that very reason. And you’ll get your update…eventually. That

openness isn’t a guarantee: you’ll have to pick a manufacturer for the Android device you want and each has their own issues. Many overlay their own

“skin” on the operating system for example, or add apps you may not want. The only way to get a pure Google Android experience, with OS updates

that come through as soon as Google releases them, is to get a handset from Google itself. Thankfully the Google Pixel$649.99 at Verizon Wireless and

Google Pixel XL$769.99 at Verizon Wireless are among our favorites, each earning an Editors’ Choice award. So once you’ve got an Android phone picked

out, what do you do? You’ve invested in the Apple iPhone ecosystem for years—maybe even a decade—so what do you do to make the switch from

iPhone to Android without any digital tears? Here are the steps to take.

Prep Your iPhone for Transfer

Apple provides an app for those looking to go from Android to iPhone, but Google doesn’t have a direct equivalent for an iPhone-to-Android switch.

Instead, you’ll have to go through a few steps to get everything important from one platform to the other. (And yes, you’ll have to reinstall, perhaps

even re-purchase, your apps when switching to Android.) Kill iMessage There are several proprietary things Apple offers iPhone users, like iMessage, which

allows users to message each other without eating into monthly text allotments. On iPhone, iMessages appear in blue and SMS texts are green; it’s an

easy method of seeing if you’re messaging someone else with an iPhone or not.

The problem is, if you’ve got an iPhone number you want to move to an Android handset, you need to turn off iMessage support. If you don’t turn it off,

messages sent to the same number on your new Android may get tossed into the void of Apple’s servers, or “iMessage purgatory.” Turn off iMessage on

the iPhone by going to Settings > Messages and deactivating the switch next to iMessage. (While you’re at it, go into Settings > FaceTime and turn that

off as well.) You can experiment by sending messages to people you know have an iPhone; if the messages are green, it’s working. If you ditched your

iPhone without taking this step, fear not. Visit Apple’s deregister-iMessage page and under “No long have your iPhone?” enter your phone number. A

confirmation code will be sent to your new phone indicating that iMessage is deactivated. (If that doesn’t work, call 800-MY-APPLE and ask for tech

support, with your Apple ID and phone number at the ready; they can manually de-register your number on their servers.) Cable Sync If you’re moving to

a Samsung-made Android phone in the Galaxy lineup, you’re in luck: there is a dedicated switching app called Samsung Smart Switch, which moves

contacts, photos, messages, and music to your new device. It also works on BlackBerry or even a different manufacturer’s Android phone. The software

will find what’s transferable, and you pick what you want to move to the new Android. You’ll need a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable to make the

connection. There is no PC involved or even cloud backup— you do a direct cable transfer from old device to new (but the option is there to go to a

Windows PC or Mac if the phone is older than a Galaxy S6 or Note 5). Cloud Sync While there is no dedicated switching app from Google, the Android

team recommends using Google Drive Free at iTunes Store. The iOS app is a free download, and it’s also free to sign up for a Google account (if you don’t

have one already).

Once you’re signed in to Google Drive, go into the app and select Menu > Settings > Backup and you get the option to back up your iPhone contacts

(to Google Contacts, which is part of Gmail), Calendar events (to Google Calendar), and all the photos and videos you’ve taken (to Google PhotosFree at

iTunes Store). You need to pay for extra space on Google Drive to hold it all. Google Drive comes with 15GB for free; after that, you pay $1.99/month to

get 100GB or $9.99/month for 1TB. Google recommends keeping the Drive app open on the screen until the backup is complete, so don’t plan on

getting much else done because a big backup could take hours. There are more manual ways to do the above. For example, with contacts, you can

always go on a desktop Web browser to iCloud.com, log in with your Apple ID, go to Contacts > All Contacts, select all, click the Settings icon (the gear),

and export all contacts as vCards in a VCF file. Then you can import that into your Google Contacts. Email the VCF file to yourself on Gmail as a backup;

depending on the type of Android device you have, just downloading the VCF file on it can also import it to Google Contacts. But if you already have

Google apps all over your iPhone, you may not even have to worry about much of this, as you likely already have Google Calendar and Google Photos

already performing background backup/synchronization of your events and photos; not to mention Google Maps, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets,

Chrome, and more, which all will work as well on either phone.

Manual Backup

If you don’t trust the cloud to handle all the backup and transfer stuff, you should make sure to back up your media

from your iPhone via iTunes. You know the drill: launch the iTunes software on a Mac or Windows PC and plug in the phone via USB iTunes loads, click the iPhone icon in the toolbar, and start a full backup (to the PC, not to iCloud). That’s great for restoring an iPhone in the future but doesn’t really help much with the move to Android, at least not directly. You want to go into the Finder on or the Windows Explorer on Windows and look for the iPhone as a separate device. You’ll be able to access the DCIM folders—copy them all to the hard drive to sort later, but know that you’ve got all the photos and video you’ve taken. Now, they can be individually re-uploaded to your new Android phone if or when needed. Sweet, Sweet Music .

Music is a different beast. Apple iTunes started as a music store and is and was all about making sure the digital rights management (DRM) on the songs

prevent a tune from being played willy-nilly wherever a purchaser may want (i.e., not on Apple devices). You have the option on a PC to download

the Music Manager from Google Play Music; use it to point to iTunes as your primary music source. It will recreate your iTunes playlists and upload songs

that don’t have DRM (such as any you ripped from CDs). You can keep 50,000

Of course these days, you may be more likely to just subscribe to Spotify Free at Amazonor Amazon Music Unlimited$9.99 at Amazon or even Apple

Music$9.99 at Apple Store for $10/month to get streaming access to just about every song, ever. For more, check out Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Spotify

and Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which Is Best? Moving Texts This one is hard, as it’s not supported by Apple or Google in any fashion, so you need third-party

apps to make it happen. The free iSMS2Droid can do it, by snooping around in your last iTunes backup of the iPhone. Samsung has their own Samsung

Kies software that will pull the texts out of an iTunes backup—but that only works for Samsung phones, naturally. You shouldn’t need that if you’ve

already used Samsung Smart Switch.

Welcome to Android

Okay, so you’ve got the new handset and moved all the data you can to the Android platform. Now how the heck to you learn this new OS? Interface

Difference The home button you’re so used to on iOS is probably not the only button on your new phone—it may also have Back and Multitasking buttons

on either side. Or it might not. It depends on the manufacturer. Google Pixel, for example, has no physical button on , only a home button on the

bottom of the screen, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. Unlike an iPhone, which has one home screen (the first screen of icons), you can have

multiple such screens on Android, organized in all sorts of funky ways. Or use special launcher apps to funk it up even more. Notifications work much the

same as on iOS 10—swipe down from the top to get access, and swipe them away if irrelevant, or click one to get more info. Widgets are also a big part

of Android; iOS has them now, but they seem like an afterthought. On Android, widgets can come with almost any app, allowing you different

configurations for how an app appears on screen, for example. Apps Galore It’s customary to say how great the Apple App Store is and how it’s got the

best selection, . But almost any well-known app you’d find on iOS is also on Android, sometimes with a little more power considering the lack of

restrictions. Start there to find the best of the best; hit the Google Play store App section to search for any app or game you miss from your iPhone days.

Unlike Apple—which is being accused in a lawsuit of being a monopoly when it comes to app sales by controlling it all— Android apps come from multiple

sources. While Google Play is the primary, it’s not alone. Amazon also has an App store; it’s meant primarily for Amazon’s own Android based devices, but

any Android device can get access. For it to work, in Android 4.0 or newer, go to Settings > Security and scroll down to Unknown Sources and turn it on.At amazon.com/getappstore, you’ll find Amazon Underground. It may not install instantly. Swipe down from the top of the screen if so, and click the notification entry for file Amazon_App.apk to install it. If you have an Amazon Fire tablet, it’s on there automatically. Underground focuses on free versions of apps, especially games, some of which would cost you in Google Play; Amazon pays the developers for you, based on how much time you use the app. For example, the game Goat Simulator is $5 on Google Play but free via Amazon Underground.

Other Google Play store alternatives for more apps include GetJar, F-Droid, and AppsLib. You may not find much that’s different, but pricing may vary

enough to get you some deals. When you’re ready to delete an app on an Android phone, you can generally hold a finger on it and swipe it upward— but

that typically only deletes the icon on the front page. To get rid of the actual app, go into the full Apps list and do the same—now when you swipe up it

should show an “Uninstall” option. Be Secure Unlike Apple’s iOS, which remains relatively safe from malware because of Apple’s tight-fisted control,

Android’s openness (and popularity around the world) leaves it open to attack. Be smart and safe, like you would with your Windows computer: install

some Android anti-malware. Get to the Root Rooting an Android phone is the equivalent of jailbreaking an iPhone—it voids the warranty to give the user

much more control and access to the hardware and software on the device. This is how a tweaker would go in and get all the performance possible out

of an Android phone, as well as how you can delete apps that phone manufacturer may have set as uninstallable. Rooting is a research intensive because it

can differ between not only devices but also different versions of Android. Generally, you can find a YouTube video like the one above spelling it out for

most any brand/version. Watch it carefully before you try. And back up the phone, first. Also, we recommend doing it only if un-rooting is an option.

How to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock

Bypass iCloud Activation Lock – Important Notes
However, it is here to mention that “Bypassing iCloud Activation Lock” using DNS method is not the optimum solution. But it will let you functioning in to your iPhone and use apps, games and much more

*Bypass iCloud Activation Lock – Supported iOS*
I would like to mention that DNS bypass method is working fine with the below iOS versions:
iOS 10.3
iOS 10.2.1
iOS 10.2
iOS 10.1.1
iOS 10.1
iOS 10.x.x
iOS 9.x.x

*Bypass iCloud – Supported Devices*
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6S
iPhone SE
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
All iPads
All iPod Touch

*How to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone for Free with DNS method*
Make sure you have any SIM card inserted in your iPhone, it will not work if you don’t have SIM card, as your iPhone must be activated.

Step 1: Open your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Then select your Country and Language
                                

                               

Step 2: Jump to Wifi settings. If you don’t see the “i” letter beside the wifi network, press the home button, and then select “More Wifi Settings
                              

                             

Step 3: Make sure that your iDevice is not connected to a network, if it is connected to a network, tap on the “i” button then “Forget this Network”

Step 4: Tap the “i” button, then insert custom DNS, choose anyone of the below IPs:
USA / North America: 104.154.51.7
Europe: 104.155.28.90
Asia: 104.155.220.58
Rest of the world: 78.100.17.6
                              
Step 5: Tap “Back >” in the top left screen, then choose your network and insert your wifi password. Hence your iPhone will jump to the next page, don’t let it, and hit “Back” Tap “Back >” in the top left screen, then choose your network and insert your wifi password. Hence your iPhone will jump to the next page, don’t let it, and hit “Back’’
                              
Step 6: The iCloud Bypass screen will pop up. The iCloud Bypass screen will pop up.

                                         

 

Top 10 Websites to download Pc Games

Collection Of 10 Best Websites To Download PC Games For Free

#1 Acid Play

This is one of the best sites where you can easily get your favorite games. Site builders had used systems like search, ratings, and recommendations to build a site that will help you find and download the perfect game in less than a minute. You can download most freeware games directly from their download servers. And there all games are scanned downloads using ClamAV, so they’re safe, secure and fast.

#2 Origin On The House

This is one of the best sites where you will get the premium games for free. The days comes when your desired games are freely available for your PC. So must visit the site regularly to and get your favorite PC games for free.

#3 AllGamesAtoZ

The another best website where you can get all your games for free to download to your PC. It is a free online gaming source which provides you gamelists, game downloads and game reviews and lots more that you will get to know after visiting the site.

#4 Mega Games

Mega games is another good site where you can search out for any games and can directly download the game on your PC for free. Also there you can get theHD 3d games for free to download and all the PlayStation games for your PC.

#5 Caiman.us

This is one of the best sites where you can get best games for free on your Pc. One of the best sites where you can find the huge collection of the best gamesthat you will love to play in your PC and all the games are free here.

 #6 Free PC Gamers
 
FreePCGamers is a website focused on free games. Games that are unfairly overlooked since a lot of them maintain great qualities. This site reviews those games to make sure they get their 15 minutes of fame. They cover all game genres: action, adventure, casual, girl games, first-person shooter, musical, platformer, racing, role playing games, simulation, sports, strategy, and more.

#7 Full games.sk
 
Full games.sk provides various Best PC games such as Action games, Strategic games, logic games, adventure games,sports and racing games and lots more that you will get to know after visiting the site. In this site, you will find a number of free computer games that can be downloaded with free of cost.

#8 Gametop
 
Freeware games are there on this site. Here you will get all the Latest Games, Most Popular, Most Played, Random Games. It also had some small games which are just addictive! You must visit the site and get your free games from this site.

#9 Reloaded
 
This is one of the best sites where you will get all your favorite games. It provides freeware games, all screenshotted with reviews, popular remakes, music and extras and much more.

#10 Pogo
 
An awesome on-line gaming site with hundreds of games available to play after completing a simple registration. Play games with your friends for free here.
So above are the Top 10 Best Websites To Download PC Games For Free. Visit the sites and search out your preferred games there and get all cool games for your PC for free. Hope you like the sites discussed right here, share this with others too. Leave a comment if you want to give any suggestion.

Google Chrome More At Risk From Phishing Attacks Than Microsoft Edge, Research Finds

Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers

Microsoft’s Edge browser offers better protection from cyber criminals than Google Chrome, a new report has found.

Chrome is by far the more popular option, but the findings suggest you have a better chance of staying safe online if you switch.

Cyber security firm NSS Labs tested Chrome, Edge and Firefox, to work out how effective they are at shielding users from phishing attacks.

GOOGLE ASSISTANT TIPS AND TRICKS

Delete everything Google knows about you

Google Assistant remembers everything you’ve used it for and stores the information “to do things like remember your interests and give more personalized responses”. However, if that makes you uncomfortable, you can see and delete the data by visiting https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity.

Disable “Okay Google”

“Okay Google” and “Hey Google” are Google Assistant’s hands-free wake phrases, but you can disable them and instead activate the virtual helper by tapping and holding your phone’s home button. To turn off “Okay Google”, tap and hold your phone’s home button, hit the Explore & Your Stuff icon in the top right of the popup window, select More and then Settings. After that, tap the phone section and disable "OK Google" Detection.

Such scams are designed to trick users into handing over valuable personal data, such as login details and credit card information.

They often involve fake emails, which appear to have been sent by a reputable entity or even someone you know and trust.

NSS Labs analysed 36,120 test cases that included 1,136 unique and suspicious URLs over a 23-day period in August and September 2017, reports MSPoweruser, focusing on “block rates, consistency of protection, and early protection against new threats”.

In tests, Microsoft Edge blocked 92.3 per cent of phishing URLs, Google Chrome blocked 74.5 per cent of them and Mozilla Firefox blocked 61.1 per cent of them.

“To protect against malware, leading browser vendors provide cloud-based reputation services, which scour the Internet for malicious websites and then categorize content accordingly, either by adding it to blacklists or whitelists, or by assigning it a score,” NSS LAbs explains.

“A web browser requests reputation information about a specific URL, and if results indicate that the website is ‘bad’, the browser redirects the user to a warning message explaining that the URL is malicious. If a website is determined to be ‘good’, the browser takes no action and the user remains unaware that a security check was just performed.”

It also found that Edge was better at protecting users from brand new “zero hour” phishing scams than its rivals.

GOOGLE CHROME USERS TRICKED INTO DOWNLOADING FAKE AD BLOCKER

 

It blocked 81.8 per cent of these, compared to 58.6 per cent for Chrome, and 50.7 per cent for Firefox.

“Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers,” said Jason Brvenik, NSS Labs’ chief technology officer.

Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10, and has just landed as an app on both iOS and Android.

Source : www-independent-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org

How to Switch From an Android Phone to the iPhone

How to Switch From an Android Phone to the iPhone

Over Android? Here’s how to make the switch from Google’s mobile OS to Apple’s mobile OS as smooth as possible.

While there is an army of excellent Android phones available, that wasn’t always the case; early models were sluggish, inelegant, and error-prone. That’s no longer a problem, but Android fragmentation is rampant; 24,000 distinct versions of Google’s mobile OS as of 2015.

In comparison, the iPhone has long been a shining example of beautiful software and hardware design, controlled by Apple to ensure that its devices provide as similar an experience as possible. After 10 years, the iPhone still beckons, and now that the large-screened iPhone Pluses are readily available, it’s all the more tempting to switch. Thinking of making the move? This guide will help ensure that your transition from Android to iOS is as smooth as possible.

Get Ready For Your New iPhone

Move to iOS App

Apple took some of the out of moving from Android to iOS by launching an Android app called Move to iOS (pictured below). It promises to set up a direct wireless connection from your old Android to your new iPhone, and will transfer over the following: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, Web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free books. The Move to iOS app will also suggest that you download the iOS versions of the Android apps you had installed, assuming there is an iPhone equivalent.

        

Note that Move to iOS only works when setting up an iPhone for the first time—it’s not for transfers to an already operating iPhone.

Use Google’s Services

If you’ve committed some or all of your digital life to Google services like Gmail, Drive, and Calendar, you’re in luck. All the major Google services have versions for iPhone with similar, if not identical, functionality.

For example, it’s a breeze to use Gmail with the dedicated Gmail app on iPhone. Or sync your Gmail accounts with just about any iPhone email app, from the one that’s built in, to third-party apps like our favorite, Microsoft Outlook for iPhone. Google also makes a special Google Inbox for Gmail that makes the interface even simpler. You’ll also find it easy to use Google Drive to access files, or use the individual apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides as desired for editing.

This is particularly handy for your contacts. Put all your contacts into Google Contacts on Android (or using Gmail on the PC), then your Gmail with the iOS contacts once you’re on iPhone. Apps like My Contacts not only create a backup of your contacts on Android but also make it easy to edit names on the Web and import into iOS (or vice versa).

Centralize Your Media

Once upon a time, iTunes was still the dominant app for listening to music, especially on PCs and Macs. Clunky as it is, iTunes—along with Apple’s iCloud and iTunes Match services—made it pretty easy to access all your music across devices—but not on Android.

If you’ve got a lot of music purchased via the Google Play store, download it to a local PC—you’ll have to do it on the computer—by going to music.google.com. Then open iTunes on the PC and drag all your music files in. Sync it back to your iPhone by connecting it via cable to the PC while iTunes is running. Or, use iTunes Match ($25/year) to the music files to the cloud and access the tunes on any Windows, , or iOS device.

                                                                           

Or, don’t worry about any of this and use Spotify or Apple Music$9.99 at Apple Store or Amazon Music Unlimited$9.99 at Amazon, each of which cost $10 a month for streaming and offline playlist access of almost all existing music on planet Earth.

Quick note: if you go with Spotify, pay for the $9.99/month Premium on the website, NOT via the app on iPhone. If you pay using iTunes, Spotify charges you $3 more per month—a markup that goes directly to Apple. Why? Apple takes a 30 percent cut of all in-app purchases made on the App Store, so Spotify passes that cost to the user. If you sign up on the Spotify website, though, you can just download the Spotify app and sign in with your Spotify Premium credentials.

Media also includes photos and videos, and you may have a lot of them on your Android device. To make sure you have them at full resolution, it used to be best to plug the Android phone into the PC via a USB cable (or use a memory card if that’s an option) and physically copy them to a computer hard drive for storage. You can always put a few of the pictorial faves back on the iPhone by putting them in iTunes and then .

Better yet, use a service that backs up photos to the cloud, which you can access on both phones. The latest version of Google Photos, in particular, is all about providing unlimited storage of pictures; back them all up on your Android phone and they’re all accessible on iPhone (and PC).

Other services like Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Flickr all have mobile apps for both platforms that provide similar backup and access, though some of them will cost you for the space needed. This is especially nice if you keep that old Android phone around after you’ve switched to iOS to use as a camera or backup phone; then all pictures taken on those multiple devices get backed up in one (or multiple) spots. (Remember to open the apps every now and then to make sure the backups are taking place.)

Ease the USB Cable Pain

With iOS, you no longer have to connect an iPhone to your PC periodically using its proprietary cable just for backup or updates. A lot of that will happen over iCloud. You can still do it with the PC wirelessly, but the iPhone needs to be connected to a power source, a bizarre limitation. At any rate, make charging the iPhone easier by picking up a small desk dock that keeps ugly wires out of sight and makes it super easy to pop the iPhone in and out.

Once You Have Your iPhone

Learn the UI

The iPhone has an Android-like notification bar, but it still lacks function keys or a back button. Its home screen is actually the first menu pane. You swipe between multiple menu panels, which contain icons for the apps that do everything you’d want. Swipe right from home to get to widgets; swipe down from the top of any page to get all your Notifications.

A single button at the bottom of the iPhone screen returns you to the home screen. To delete or move an app, hold a finger down on any icon until they all start wiggling and then move them around or into folders (pull one icon atop another icon). Or click the X on the icon to delete the entire app (not just the icon).

That home button doubles as the fingerprint scanner (called Touch ID) on newer iPhones. You can use it to not only get secure access to the iPhone (or use a 6-digit PIN), but also use Touch ID for extra access on banking apps, messaging apps, or to pay for things using Apple Pay.

“Multitasking” of apps occurs automatically in the background; you can kill individual tasks by double-pressing the home button to access the App Switcher, then swipe up on any app listed to “close” it. Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not save battery or speed up your device. Apple’s iOS manages how apps use memory and those not actively in use after a while unless they have privileges spelled out in the settings; mail apps or GPS apps, for example, keep working.

Since the iPhone 6, there’s been a difference between double-pressing, where you physically push the home and a quick double-tap on the button. The latter moves the top half of your screen down, so it’s easier to reach things at the top using your tiny thumbs. Apple literally calls this feature “Reachability.” You can turn it and many other options on or off in the iOS Settings > General > Accessibility.

Don’t forget to bask in the beautiful absence of bloatware on iOS (save for a handful of Apple-provided apps). It’s arguably the very best thing about Apple keeping an absolute stranglehold on its hardware and operating system. And as of iOS 10, you can even delete the Apple-provided apps like Stocks, Apple Watch, Tips, etc., that no one ever uses.

Dive Into the App Store

The single best reason to switch to the iPhone remains the App Store. Google Play has largely caught up, but as a general rule, Apple’s App Store still offers a greater variety. You can find many more games, and apps tend to appear on the iPhone before other platforms. Incidentally, most of this comes down to economics, rather than a religious war between the two platforms. It’s just easier for iPhone developers to sell apps and get paid. That said, some consider it a monopoly for the very reason that it’s the only place you can get apps.

Enjoy Seamless, Stable OS updates

There are far fewer hardware SKUs to worry about with the iPhone—no fragmentation—which greatly reduces development and QA time. Android OS revisions have become a tremendous mess over time, as various phone manufacturers and wireless carriers delay updates for months on end. Meanwhile, current iPhones get free updates with major new features on a regular basis, and nearly all of Apple’s iOS updates have been stable out of the gate (with iOS 8.0.1 in 2014 being the exception to the rule).

The Jailbreaking Question

We don’t recommend jailbreaking as a rule because it could brick your iPhone and lead to all sorts of warranty-related issues. But the feds say it’s legal, thankfully.

For average smartphone users, the app ecosystem provides most of what people want. Still, in some cases, jailbreaking is the only way to run certain kinds of apps that Apple bans, such as retro game emulators, or do even more with the Apple Touch ID fingerprint scanner, among other things. If you’re a heavy tinkerer, look into it, but be prepared for disappointment as Apple fights jailbreaking with each new release.

 

Source : www.ktfhowto.xyz

Scientists Have Connected Human Brain To Internet For The Very First Time

Wonderful Engineering
Scientists Have Connected Human Brain To Internet For The Very First Time

What will be the demise of the human race? We all think that it will be a nuclear war or climate change. Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, however, think that it will be technology and artificial intelligence. Looking at the phases of advancements that the technology has reached in the past few years, it is easier to believe the latter one.
A team of researchers from the Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa has achieved a groundbreaking feat in the field of biomedical engineering by linking the human brain to the internet. Medical Express recently featured a release stating that the scientists have connected the human brain to the internet in real time for the first time. Tagged as the “Brointernet,” the project is aimed at turning our brain “into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web.”
The device gathers brainwave EEG signals using an Emotiv EEG device that is connected to the user’s head. The brain signals are communicated to a Raspberry Pi computer that streams this data to an application programming interface. This data is then displayed on an open website for anyone to view. Adam Pantanowitz, the supervisor of the project who is also a lecturer at the Wits School of Electrical and Information Engineering, said,
“Brainternet is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes information. Brainternet seeks to simplify a person’s understanding of their own brain and the brains of others. It does this through continuous monitoring of brain activity as well as enabling some interactivity.”
According to the supervisor, this only marks the start of endless possibilities, and the team is working on a more interactive experience between the website and human brain. The website already holds this functionality, but it is quite limited. Pantanowitz adds,
“Brainternet can be further improved to classify recordings through a smartphone app that will provide data for a machine-learning algorithm. In future, there could be information transferred in both directions – inputs and outputs to the brain.”
Once the technology develops into a usable application, it will offer endless opportunities in the field of machine learning and brain-computer interfaces. The project would also offer us a better understanding of our brains.

I know you are both scared as well as excited. Fingers crossed!

Source: http://wonderfulengineering.com/scientists-linked-human-brain-internet/amp/

Office 2019 is coming, and here's what you need to know

Microsoft has provided few details about the next non-subscription version of Office, coming next year. We've teased out some answers to pressing questions about the suite.

Microsoft this week announced that there will be a successor to Office 2016, the non-subscription version of the application suite, and that the upgrade would ship in about a year.

The bundle, named "Office 2019," will be geared to customers, primarily corporate customers, "who aren't yet ready for the cloud," according to Microsoft.

But other than that description, Microsoft was vague about Office 2019 as a "perpetual" license, one that lets the customer run the suite as long as desired without further payments. So, we collected some of the pressing questions business may have about the suite.

What is a "perpetual" Office? Microsoft categorizes software by how it is paid for, discriminating between a license that was bought outright from one that is essentially "rented" because it's paid for over time, like a subscription.

Most of the time Microsoft uses the term "one-time purchase" to label a software license that is paid for with a "single, up-front cost to get Office applications for one computer." The purchase gives the buyer the right to use Office in perpetuity. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite as long as they want.

When will Microsoft release Office 2019? The company pegged the launch of the suite during the second half of next year. "This release, scheduled for the second half of 2018, will include perpetual versions of the Office apps ... and servers," wrote Jared Spataro, general manager for Office, in a Tuesday post to a company blog.

Spataro called out "Office 2019" as the nameplate for the application collection.

Any clues about when in the second half of 2018 Microsoft will release Office 2019? None in Microsoft's announcement. But there are hints enough to take a guess.


In late September 2015, Microsoft offered the Windows edition of Office 2016 to Office 365 customers first, then followed with retail versions. Office 2019 will likely appear around the same time of the year, in that same order.

Here's why.

Microsoft now issues two Office 365 ProPlus feature upgrades — ProPlus is the standard suite that provides rights to the locally installed applications, including Excel, Outlook and Word, for 365 subscribers — annually. Those feature upgrades begin reaching customers in September and March of each year. (On Sept. 12, Microsoft issued a feature upgrade, designated 1708, to Office 365 ProPlus.)

Because the perpetual licensed version of Office 2019 will be built from code already released as Office 365 ProPlus — and because a beta of Office 2019 will debut in mid-2018 — it's more likely that Microsoft will use the March feature upgrade for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers than the September 2018 feature upgrade as the basis for Office 2019.

The three months between the March 2018 appearance of the ProPlus feature upgrade and the July 2018 launch of the Office 2019 preview will give Microsoft time to digest feedback from customers and fix any bugs that surface. The change from Office 2016's beta release date (May 2015) to Office 2019's (mid-summer 2018) was probably necessary to accommodate the March feature upgrade timetable; Microsoft didn't adopt the Windows 10-esque feature release schedule for Office 365 until after the launch of Office 2016 in September 2015.

All Microsoft has to do to declare the applications delivered to ProPlus subscribers — Word, Outlook, and so on — as officially "Office 2019" versions is to rename them. It could do that on Sept. 11, 2018, the likely date it will release that year's second ProPlus feature upgrade.

What will be in Office 2019? Microsoft's not saying.

The feature set may not be revealed until mid-2018, when Microsoft releases a preview of the suite. For his part, Spataro hinted at some of what will make it into Office 2019, calling out such features as Ink replay in Word and Morph in PowerPoint, which have been available to Office 365 subscribers for one and two years, respectively.

And that's important to remember.

There's little to no chance that Office 2019 will include any groundbreaking new features. Why? Because the perpetually-licensed version of the suite is built by taking the accumulated changes since the predecessor appeared — the changes issued to Office 365 subscribers over the past several years.

Microsoft will take the version of Office 2016 that Office 365 ProPlus users have in, say, the spring of 2018 — and that version of Office 2016 is different than the 2015 version of Office 2016 sold as a one-time purchase — freeze the code, and call it Office 2019.

In which forms and formats will Microsoft sell Office 2019? Microsoft's not saying.

One-time purchases of the current office range from Office Professional Plus 2016 (Windows) and Office Standard 2016 for Mac (macOS), the enterprise-grade SKUs available only via volume licensing, to retail packages such as Office Professional 2016 (Windows) and Office Home and Business 2016 for Mac (macOS).

It's certain that Microsoft will offer Office 2019 to commercial customers via volume licensing, but it may be questionable to assume that it will sell single-copy versions at retail.

Microsoft will, at some point, discontinue sales of Office perpetual licenses, analysts have agreed. (Microsoft has made no secret that it prefers subscriptions -- Office 365 in this case -- for the recurring revenue they generate.) Dumping single-copy one-time purchases would be the logical place to start reducing the perpetual option.

Spataro did not say so, but Office 2019 will come in versions for both Windows and macOS. There would be little reason to cull the latter, for instance, since Microsoft dominates that OS's productivity space, too.

Why is it important that Microsoft ship Office 2019 next year? Another great question.

Earlier this year, Microsoft slashed the rights of users running non-subscription Office when it announced that perpetual-licensed versions of Office 2016 will be barred from connecting to Microsoft's cloud-based services, including hosted email (Exchange) and online storage (OneDrive for Business) after Oct. 13, 2020.

Under the new rules, owners of a perpetual license for Office 2016 can use those services only during the first half of their 10-year support lifecycle, the portion Microsoft dubs "mainstream." Office 2016's mainstream support ends Oct. 13, 2020.

By releasing Office 2019 next year, Microsoft will give enterprises a year or so to migrate from Office 2016 (or an earlier edition) before the cloud service cutoff.

Will Microsoft sell a one-time purchase version of Office after Office 2019? Good question.

Microsoft isn't saying. When asked if the company would commit to a follow-up perpetually-licensed edition, a spokeswoman effectively declined to comment.

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