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Use Google’s Pixel camera software on other phones

When reviews of Google’s Pixel phone came out, the camera was the highlight of the phone. In fact, it was a testament to the work Google had put in that photos from the camera were talked about in the same ballpark as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. Most smartphones use the same Sony image sensor, in other words, what makes one camera better than the other is the software. The Google Pixel camera app was special, and now it works on other phones.

What you get is not an official version of the app. A Ukranian developer has ported the app so that it works on other Android phones with the Snapdragon 820/821 or 835 processors. One of the staff at XDA Developers ran the app on LG G6, a OnePlus 3, a OnePlus 3T, a OnePlus 5, and a Samsung Galaxy S8 without any issue.

What makes the Pixel Camera app special is the HDR+ image processing that produces great images in even low-light conditions. The app uses the Hexagon digital signal processor to take a continuous stream of images from the time the app opens. When you take a shot, all the app does is mark the time, and use the images to build the best possible HDR image.

Please remember that the app probably includes optimizations for the specific hardware in the Pixel and will probably not produce images as good as the Pixel.

The Role of Information Technology in the Healthcare Industry

Summary: Information technology plays a crucial role in keeping records on file when it comes to patient care.

Without a centralized record at a medical facility, there isn’t clarity when it comes to treatment or medication. For instance, let’s say you take a family member to a consultation. The doctor then asks whether he or she’s had an MRI recently. Your family member responds with an unsure “no” because he or she doesn’t remember receiving one. To be on the safe side, the physician then schedules an MRI again to ensure that the results are to be had.

A Centralized System Benefits All Parties Involved

What many people do no understand is how much attention to time and detail it takes to manage one’s health care when a problem arises – which is a lot. It’s quite common for doctors to prescribe numerous medications and tests. However, with a centralized medical record, files can be pulled up and duplication can be avoided. This redundancy also adds to the high costs of obtaining health care in the first place, so why add to it?

An EOC building can assist the record-keeping system by keeping a staff of IT members on hand to take care of the entire medical system. Information technology has the potential to provide doctors a much more complete picture of the patient that they are tending to, as well as providing patients with a much easier way to access their medical history. This works hand-in-hand and benefits both parties involved.

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Amazon’s secret to cheap, non-refrigerated food

Amazon is making a strong play for the food and grocery business. Amazon has taken several steps recently to compete with giants like Walmart for the nations grocery business, including a $13 billion acquisition of Whole Foods and launching its meal-prep box line. Now, Amazon is looking to the military for an edge.

According to a report by CNBC, Amazon is looking at a technology that the military uses to prepare, store, and ship food. The online shopping giant hopes the technology will allow it to prepare and sell tasty meals that do not require refrigeration.

The technology, known as MATS, is a development by the Washington State University. The entire purpose of the technology was to provide a meal system for the military that does not require refrigeration, has adequate calories and can be efficiently stored and shipped.

MATS stands for microwave assisted thermal sterilization. The process takes sealed fool packages and places them in sterilized water and then heats the packages using microwaves. This process supposedly does a better job of retaining the texture and flavor of sterilized foods.

Amazon wants a piece of the frozen and prepared food market. The global frozen food market is worth approximately $250 billion, and a third of that accounts for ready-to-eat meals. If Amazon can perfect the use of MATS for meals, it will have a whole new way of attacking the market.

According to the report, Amazon will debut the new service next year if the technology gets FDA approval.

An intro to data center cooling

Summary: Modern data centers are complex systems that mostly use cold and hot aisles to cool equipment. The recommendation is to maintain a temperature of at least 70 to 75 degrees although Google now runs its servers at 80 degrees.

The modern data center is a remarkably complex system that runs hundreds of thousands of servers. Keeping the running efficiently and safely requires maintaining the correct temperature at all times. Any drastic increase in temperature can cause the formation of condensation which can lead to moisture and damage to the equipment.

Most data centers place racks in a particular method to form cooling corridors. Cold air runs along the intake of the servers which is usually on the front and extract the hot air from the rear. It is important to maintain proper rack hygiene and avoid hot leaking to the cold intake lane.

There is a recommendation to maintain a temperature of between 70 and 75 degrees in data centers to prevent any issues. However, there are some studies to show that 70 and below might be a waste of energy. The only reason to maintain a lower temperature is if the latency to backup cooling is high.

Companies like Google maintain servers at 80 degrees and others are now following suit. However, it is important to note that this is only applicable to large data centers and to the expected life times of the equipment.

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Why you would choose colocation

Summary: When choosing between in-house, managed hosting, cloud and colocation there are several scenarios where only colocation makes sense. We look at four such scenarios.

There are several considerations when it comes to deciding which route to take regarding IT infrastructure. You could retain an in-house server room, move to the cloud, or take the colocation path. There are several cases in which colocation makes the most sense. Here are some of the scenarios where you should go with colocation:

Custom hardware

One of the limitations of cloud and managed hosting is that there are limited options to the configurations set by the provider, for both hardware and software. While there are some customization options, those are limited in scope. With colocation, you are in control of the entire stack.

Complex set up

Another reason to colocate is the ability to use any hardware and software that you require. For example, in a managed environment, you will not be able to use your firewalls, load balancers, and other hardware equipment.

Content and services

Another issue with cloud and managed service providers is that there will be limitations to the content and the services you can provide. Colocation providers, on the other hand, allow anything to run as long as it is legal. It is important to look at the fine print in the contract.

Dedicated line

Running a VPN server, VOIP service, or even needing a custom dedicated link from an ISP can go against the terms of service of managed providers, not to mention that it would be impossible on the cloud.

These are just a few of the instances where colocation is the only viable way forward.

Written by Rack Alley, a premium provider of affordable LA colocation services ranging from 1U to multiple cabinets.

How Social Media Marketing Can Help Manufacturers Promote Their Business

Summary: Social media is a powerful tool that is underutilized by most B2B companies.

Social media marketing has been known to best suit Business to Consumer (B2C). However, Business to Business (B2B) companies can also utilize this marketing strategy to help place their company on the map.

However, B2B brands are hesitant when it comes to integrating social media marketing.

Why?

Plain and simple, manufacturers do not know how to effectively utilize social media marketing.

Here are some tips on how you can use social media to bring more publicity to your company.

Everyone Loves YouTube

If you’re searching for a video online, chances are the search engines will direct you to YouTube. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that YouTube gets over 1 billion visits every month.

With the appropriate content, you can offer product training to those that are searching for educational industry content. For instance, a portable power supply how-to video can showcase how to effectively clean and set up a portable power unit for those that lack the knowledge. And, by incorporating your business name within the video content, you’ll be able to show off your experience as well as provide a link back to your home page for products and services.

Facebook Can Promote Your Brand

Facebook has a casual feel to it, but don’t be fooled, it can be a powerful social network for creating business connections. Manufacturers can gain meaningful connections via Facebook and perhaps obtain a few leads if utilized properly.

Now, one of the things you’ll have to do is to create a company profile on Facebook with the aim of gaining a fan base as well as “likes”. Focus on a positive brand-solidifying message that showcases what you do. Be transparent, but also don’t share every aspect of your company. You want to garner interest from the public, but if they find something that they don’t like on your page, it could potentially be a deal breaker for them.

Prepare numerous photos, posts, graphs, and even videos to post. And, always be consistent with your updates as well. Consumers that see posts coming in once every 2 months aren’t likely to be a fan of your page. Also, it’s important to acknowledge your fan base as constant communication with your consumers can lead to future business endeavors.

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What’s also great about this is that people love solid communication with a business. The better service you offer, the more positive reviews you’ll get in the long run. And, if people are searching for a service and they see a wide array of positive reviews, you’d best believe they’d trust doing business with you.

The Apple Design Awards

Every year as part of its WWDC developer conference, Apple announces the winners of its Apple Design Awards. The awards are similar to Google’s Material Design Awards, though the apps are not limited to a specific design language. Instead, the Apple Design Awards reward innovative design in any form. This year, Apple held a reception to hand out the awards. Here are three of the ten winners:

Black box

Black box is an iOS exclusive puzzle game with more than 77,000 5-star ratings on the App Store. Black box uses input other than touch to progress in the game, including turning the phone, shouting, clicking and other clever uses of the phone’s sensors. There is no other game, on any platform that uses sound and movement in that way to directly affect objects in a game.

Splitter Critters

Developed by a two-man team out of Vancouver, Splitter Critters uses a unique tearing effect and other gameplay mechanics. The game is a level-based arcade game that players of all ages can enjoy.

Bear

Another app exclusive to iOS, Bear is an app for writing notes and prose. With elegant design, minimalist approach to its interface, and amazing typography, Bear allows the writer to focus on the content rather than the interface. The app itself can handle short notes, articles, essays, code etc.

The seven other winners of the awards are: Mushroom 11, Old Man’s Journey, Severed, Lake, Kitchen Stories, Things 3, Elk, Enlight and Airmail 3. The winners receive additional promotion in the App Store in addition to appearing on the Apple website.

Choosing between a hosted or non-hosted shopping cart solution

For the longest time, the recommended approach to a shopping cart was to buy a script and host it yourself. The logic was simple: when you own and run the shopping cart solution you control all the aspects of both the experience and the outcome. Also, you would never be the victim of sudden price changes to a service. However, cloud and technology improvements mean the decision is no longer in favor of hosting the shopping cart yourself.

Here are three reasons why opinions have changed:

Cost – The most stable and secure online shopping systems charged a percentage of all sales. The percentage is small, but when taken from revenue, and not profit, it becomes difficult to sell any low margin products. Things have changed now with most providers offering excellent features on monthly subscriptions.

Tools – The look and feel of the site and store did not matter as much as they do now. Good design and flow can make a big difference to sales. These online providers now have amazing built-in tools to create websites and stores. Secure Net Shop, for example, has a website builder to create a simple website or a complete online store.

Setup – It was a given that you would need to hire someone with technical expertise to set up and configure the shopping cart. Modern systems are so simple that you can do everything yourself with easy user interfaces and tools. The only tedious part is when you enter all the product details, but even those have bulk import tools.

How to get more Facebook Engagement

Facebook’s algo is so heavily influenced by engagement rate, you MUST use public figure pages + one minute videos + dollar a day boosts.

But I don’t want to create a public figure page on Facebook, you say. I’m not “big” enough, not a professional speaker, or of that braggadocio personality.

Look at it not like self-promotion or motivational speaker stuff, but about sharing good stuff with your audience.

You’re teaching, not talking about yourself, your lifestyle, etc.

You’re giving and sharing openly— not chest-beating, promoting get rich quick schemes.

Yes, there are a TON of self- proclaimed authors, speakers, coaches, and hucksters of all variety peddling their wares. And I also feel icky when I see these folks make hollow promises.

But just because many are abusing the medium doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be there, any more than 20 years ago, the dominant players on the web were PPC– porn, pills, and casinos.

The current crop of weeds will go away in due time, as Facebook matures.

Your public figure page, one minute videos, and dollar a day are how we show Facebook we deserve to rank in the newsfeed with 50%+ engagement rates (view-through), relevancy scores of 10, average watch times over 20 seconds.

Do you have these three components?
Because if you don’t, you’re handicapped from ranking on Facebook– your stuff looks too much like an ad.

The possible uses of machine learning

Machine learning is an aspect of artificial intelligence that involves training a neural network (a digital version of the brain) with a specific set of inputs. During that training, the net will determine what factors determine one outcome over another. Here are some of the possible uses of machine learning, should the computation power grow enough to accommodate these use cases:

Medical – The medical field has the most to gain from machine learning. There is already a trial in progress that uses images taken of patient’s retina to determine the potential for cataracts and other issues.

Self-driving cars – Google is already using some form of machine learning for its self-driving car program. We do not know what Waymo uses at this point, but it is not a machine learning algorithm that drives the actions of the car. However, in the future, the car itself could be figuring out what is or isn’t dangerous based on a trained model.

Home automation – At the moment, home automation is a series of connected devices triggered under certain conditions. In a truly smart home environment, the house would know when someone came home if that person is you and what you usually do when you get home. This, in turn, would set the temperature, switch on the lights, open the garage and prepare for your entry into the house.

AR – Augmented Reality could be the next big thing. Google Lens shows us what is already possible and with some development could be the basis for an augmented reality display on glasses or contact lenses.