New mobile applications of every type, shape and form are being created and developed almost every single day, since the demand for them is also constantly growing. iOS and Android users spend more time inside of the cyber world rather than in the reality.
2018 is almost over, thus, we can now look at some statistics and analyze what has happened at the app marketplaces so far. The research conducted by App Annie shows us interesting figures.
The downloads from Apple’s App store and Android’s Google Play Store have increased by 10% since last years, and are at around 113 billion. Meanwhile, the amount of money spent on buying apps or in-app purchases has increased by whopping 20% – this year the users have spent 76 billion dollars on apps.
The data analyzed was taken both from App Store and Google Play Store up to the 15th of December. The situation is not likely to change drastically in the last 2 weeks of 2018.
As for the apps that turned out to be the most popular in 2018 are as follows:
Here we can see an interesting feature, both in download and expenditure charts mobile games have outrun all kinds of messengers and social media apps.
The international exhibition CES 2019 ended a few days ago in Las Vegas. It not only proved that the future is coming, but also showed exactly how it will look.
ATV Made by Hyundai
The South Korean company presented not only the world’s first navigation system with the holographic augmented reality (AR), but also presented the Elevate – electric vehicle with the wheels on folding chassis. They allow a person to significantly increase the permeability of the car. This variant is positioned as a profitable option for rescuers, it can also be used by people in uniform: the police, the military, or the extremists.
Royole Flexible Keyboard
Royole, a company which produces flexible electronics, unveiled its new keyboard at the Las Vegas show. In fact, this is a film with printed symbols that is drawn out of the case. The latter is the thing which allows to transport the keyboard compactly.
Electric Bell Nexus Air Taxi
Bell’s hyrbid-electric propulsion aircraft, Nexus Air Taxi, made a killing among viewers. The car on six fans takes off and lands in a vertical position. In the future, the company plans to create all-electric and hybrid versions.
Smartphone Huawei Honor View 20
We can say that Huawei managed to outshine even the technology giant Samsung at CES 2019. While the South Korean company announced the release of a new smartphone from the Galaxy line, the Huawei product gathered many curious viewers at the exhibition.
The new Huawei Honor View 20 combines a 48-megapixel camera with Sony IMX586 matrix, a 3D ToF depth sensor, an eight-core 7-nanometer Kirin 980 chipset with a dual NPU neural computing module to accelerate artificial intelligence tasks. Do you like such a filling?
LG Signature OLED TV R
LG, the market leader in large-format OLED panels, unveiled the first roll-up TV. It is designed in the form of a curbstone soundbar (100-watt, with support of Dolby Atmos). There is a 65-inch flexible TV inside.
The experience of watching something on them is closer to the real cinema that any other company could get to so far. See it for yourself:
Impossible Burger 2.0
A new generation of biochemical hamburgers was introduced by Impossible Foods at CES 2019. Vegan burger contains synthetic meat, which is actually difficult to distinguish from the origin. That is what people who tried it said about this innovation.
Replacing the main component of the meat version of the Impossible Burger 1.0, gluten from wheat to soy protein, the creators changed the structure of the patties. They have become tougher and after heat treatment it is chewed like real meat.
The video content platform YouTube revised and restricted its policy regarding the content allowed to be published. From now on, you cannot upload videos that contain pranks or challenges that may bring harm or be life-threatening.
“We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube,” is mentioned in the official post.
The YouTube channel owners will be given 2 months to review and alter their content, afterwards the videos found unfit by the moderators will be deleted from the platform.
It is believed that such drastic measure were taken after the video of a boy who crashed car while participating in the Bird Box Challenge.
Bird Box is a movie, starring Sandra Bullock, where the characters had to wear blindfolds to protect themselves from monsters who made all humans kill themselves in case of a direct eye contact.
After the movie came out, the Bird Box Challenge started, which basically involved walking around in a blindfold. The challenge caused a lot of harm and damage, so that even the creators of the movie asked people to stop it.
“Pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger” will also be prohibited on YouTube. This was required by the psychologists working with the moderators.
It is already 2019, and this year cyber criminals and scammers are working on their evil plans for this year. Meanwhile, companies tend to pay more attention and allocate more funding for cyber security and strengthen the protection on the people’s information.
Google is also quite concerned with the privacy of its users. It is going to remove all applications from its Play Store that require the users to provide their personal information, like SMS and call log data.
“Our new policy is designed to ensure that apps asking for these permissions need full and ongoing access to the sensitive data in order to accomplish the app’s primary use case, and that users will understand why this data would be required for the app to function.”
This new policy was first announced in October of 2018, and all app developers were given 3 months to alter the applications or submit the Permissions Declaration Form.
The restriction will concern not only “foreign” apps, but also the applications developed by Google itself.
South Korean Samsung is currently the world’s biggest smartphone producer with the largest volume of sales. It is followed closely by Chinese Huawei and the US Apple. However, the competition between the first two is becoming more and more intense.
While Samsung and Apple are suffering sales reductions, Huawei keeps it moving and puts out new devices at much cheaper prices which makes other phone makers quite nervous.
Actually, during the technological expo CES 2019, Huawei managed to outshine Samsung. While the South Korean giant announced the release of a new phone in the iconic Galaxy series, it’s the Huawei’s development that turned out to be the best smartphone at the exhibition.
The new Huawei Honor View 20 has a lot of cutting edge unique features that by no aspect concede to Samsung. Meanwhile, the price of the device is significantly lower (to be more specific, two times lower: the former – around 400 dollars, the latter – around 800 dollars).
Despite the common misconception about Chinese smartphone, Huawei has always kept it on the high level. Its earlier devices, such as Huawei P20 Pro or Mate 20 Pro, impressed the users with its good quality.
Thus, Samsung now has to outrun not only IPhone X with its face identification, but also Huawei Honor View 20, with its 3D sensor and punch-hole selfie camera setup, in Galaxy 10 to win the buyers to its side.
A language barrier is the main cause of disagreements and the reason why people of different nationalities cannot fully communicate. But, besides, a language barrier complicates the lives of many travel lovers. Soon this problem will fall into oblivion, as its solution was suggested by Timekettle company in the form of a new gadget WT2 Plus. Now this device is presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show CES-2019 in Las Vegas.
What is WT2 Plus?
This is a wireless earphone translator, which will become an integral gadget when traveling to foreign countries. The novelty caused a huge interest and made many people wonder: “What is the price of WT2 Plus?”. You can breathe a sigh of relief, because the answer is already there! The cost of WT2 Plus is $ 219.
How does WT2 Plus work?
The earphones support Android and iOS operating platforms. They connect with a mobile device via Bluetooth using the application that allows users to set a language. At the moment, the application supports 20 languages, but in the near future the developers will add another 15.
The feature of the application for WT2 Plus is recognition of various accents. For example, the application supports 5 accents of English, including Australian English.
Direct use of portable earphones occurs as follows: in order both interlocutors can talk and hear each other, each puts one earphone from the kit on. When talking, the earphones transmit the sound to the smartphone for translation and transferring the translation back to the earphones. The delay in processing and transferring sound takes only 3-5 seconds, depending on a sentence size.
Even though the manufacturer emphasized the possibility of real-time translation as its main advantage, in fact the device is capable of translating only short phrases, the duration of which do not exceed 15 seconds. For example, the gadget can not be used for continuous translation of a film in a foreign language.
Regardless of the headphones’ being wireless, they will not catch environing phrases and translate them due to the built-in “Touch” mode, which allows you to use WT2 Plus in crowded places.
The earphones themselves are stored in a pocket-case that resembles Apple’s AirPods case. The earphones are charged from the case. Each earphone has a 110 mA battery, and the case battery capacity is 320 mA. Full charge of the earphones takes 90 minutes. The case works for two weeks without recharging, it is enough for two recharges of each earphone.
The manufacturer plans to increase the accuracy of the WT2 Plus translation to 95%. The translation requires access to the Internet, since it is carried out through Google and Microsoft cloud servers.
At CES 2019 Hyundai and WayRay presented the result of their collaboration, which is the world’s first holographic augmented-reality (AR) navigation system.
According to Hyundai News, the latest generation navigation system will project real-time navigation prompts and supporting information onto the windshield via bright and accurate holographic images. For example, while the vehicle is moving, the system may warn of a potential hazard.
Both sides will continue to cooperate for further development of the holographic technology, which will allow using it not only during normal drives, but also when walking and cycling for pedestrians and cyclists accordingly. It is also planned to implement such advanced features as ADAS and Highway Driving Assistant (HDA).
“This demo car is the first step of the proof of concent (PoC), but is an important step towards technology driven innovation. Future mobility windshields will be more than just a piece of glass. AR holographic powered glass will serve as a platform to provide new services and open up new in-vehicle experiences”, – shared the CEO of WayRay.