Your face is the new credit card

Your face is the new credit card

A new technology that allows customers to use their facial features instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods has been developed by a Finnish company.

No more swiping cards! A new technology that allows customers to use their facial features instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods has been developed by a Finnish company.
The technology provided by Uniqul, works by recognizing the customer’s face and then linking it to the individual’s bank account . So instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods, the customer gazes into a camera.
Uniqul claims its service is secured with military-grade algorithms , ‘The Australian’ reported . Uniqul’s Ruslan Pisarenko said the technology — which is due to roll out next month — has the ability for transactions to be completed instantly and can even distinguish between identical twins, ‘News Limited Network’ reported. According to Pisarenko, “the face is a PIN and it’s more like a complete way to identify a person.

But in some cases where the system is not 100% accurate, it will ask a person to input their PIN as security,” he said. There is no payment card involved, nor is a mobile or wallet needed. Customers sign up to the technology by registering their identification and bank details. Once the items are scanned through the customers’ details will flash up on a screen and they click “OK” to confirm the transaction.
The new tech is similar to facial recognition identification which is used by international travellers at airports in Australia. The company is getting ready for deployment of the system in Helsinki, news website goodnewsfinland.com reported.
The company said its patent pending technology allows to reduce time spent on transactions close to zero seconds.

15 interview questions banned by Google

Google has been known to be among those companies that have an exhaustive process of interviewing, but this is a class apart. All of us may have often wondered what did the questions we were asked in a job interview had to do with our suitability to the role we were being interviewed for.

But Google has woken up to this HR epidemic and slowly weeded out absurdities being asked, according to a report quoting a former Google recruiter.

Below are the 15 questions banned by Google:

Q1. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

Job: Product Manager

Q2. How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

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Q3. In a country in which people only want boys every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country?

Job: Product Manager

Q4. Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco

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Q5. Why are manhole covers round?

Job: Software Engineer

Q6. How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

Job: Product Manager

Q7. How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

Job: Product Manager

Q8. Explain the significance of “dead beef”

Job: Software Engineer

Q9. A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

Job: Software Engineer

Q10. You need to check that your friend, Bob, has your correct phone number, but you cannot ask him directly. You must write the question on a card which and give it to Eve who will take the card to Bob and return the answer to you. What must you write on the card, besides the question, to ensure Bob can encode the message so that Eve cannot read your phone number?

Job: Software Engineer

Q11. You’re the captain of a pirate ship and your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty, but still survive?

Job: Engineering Manager

Q12. You have eight balls all of the same size 7 of them weigh the same, and one of them weighs slightly more. How can you find the ball that is heavier by using a balance and only two weighing?

Job: Product Manager

Q13. You are given 2 eggs, if you have access to a 100-story building. Eggs can be very hard or very fragile means it may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100th floor. Both eggs are identical. You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-story building an egg can be dropped without breaking. The question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break 2 eggs in the process.

Job: Product Manager

Q14. Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.

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Q15. You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

Job: Product Manager

Google Android 4.3 is here, and it tastes like Jelly Bean

Months later than we initially expected, Google finally took the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco. The barely changed Android 4.3 isn’t the giant leap we expected, but it is noteworthy, particularly for its performance improvements and new Restricted Profiles feature.

Officially, Android 4.3 is still a version of Jelly Bean, which makes sense, considering the minor nature of its changes. But of course, this may disappoint Android fans whose mouths have been watering for Key Lime Pie since Google I/O in May.

For the most part, Android 4.3 appears to be much like its predecessor. The general makeup of the home screen and app drawer looks the same, and Google Now, Search, and Notifications all feel familiar. That said, the updated Jelly Bean does have some important additions that are worth going over.

Multi-User Restricted Profiles

The biggest addition to Android 4.3 is the Multi-User Restricted Profiles feature, which lets you control the usage of apps and other content on a user level. Multiple user profiles were already available in 4.2.2, but the ability to create restrictions has long been requested, so it’s sure to be a big hit.

The people most obviously to benefit from the new profile controls are parents. We saw this in Google’s demo; being logged into a restricted user profile caused an app to behave differently. Specifically, a freemium game showed up without all of the in-app purchasing functionality, which is clearly going to be useful for parents with young children who use the device.

The ability to create restricted user profiles can be useful for businesses and families that share devices.As well, retail kiosks that use tablets for customer service or as POS systems will be able to make use of the feature. By enabling multiple user profiles, businesses will be able to take advantage of the versatility of tablets by using them in different contexts.

From the primary user’s Settings screen, it’s easy to configure a restricted account’s access using the sliders. And if an app offers in-app restrictions (such as the games mentioned above), then there’s a button for extra options next to it.

With Restricted Profiles, Google is obviously trying to lure more users — specifically parents and businesses — away from iOS, a platform that still lacks a user profiles feature altogether. As well, the feature opens a number of doors to developers who can now create in-app restrictions.

From the primary user’s account, it’s easy to configure a restricted account’s access to specific apps or even features within certain apps.Bluetooth Smart technology

Support for Bluetooth Smart technology is another addition to Android 4.3 that wasn’t all that unexpected, considering it’s been available on iOS since early 2012. With this, the updated Android now allows you to connect with the newer generation of power-efficient accessories that use Bluetooth Smart. And of course, the Smart connection should be less taxing on your Android device’s battery. During Google’s presentation, we saw an Android device connecting with a Bluetooth Smart-enabled heart-rate monitor that was being powered by the popular Runtastic fitness app.

The update also came with Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 support, which lets your device now transmit metadata, like a song’s title and artist, to Bluetooth controllers.

Open GL ES 3.0
A big deal for gamers, Open GL ES 3.0 makes the new version of Android more efficient and just plain better at displaying graphics. Google’s demo showed us impressive textures, lens flares, and reflections that the older OS would have had trouble displaying. While the upgraded graphics might be indiscernible to the average user, Open GL ES support is still important because of the new possibilities it opens up for developers.

Additional enhancements
These may not be the sexiest improvements to the OS, but together they make for a smoother (and more fun) mobile computing experience overall.

First up, is Android’s dialer, which now has autocomplete for both phone numbers and names. I haven’t gotten to try the feature on a phone yet, but its presence in 4.3 is confirmed, and the added convenience is notable. That said, the reality is that most Android users may not even notice the upgraded dialer, since autocomplete has already come built into the custom operating systems by hardware manufacturers like Samsung.

One feature that Google didn’t formally announce is the new Emoji keyboard, which comes stock with the OS and can be enabled through the Language & input menu under Settings. Once enabled, you can long-press the spacebar key to pull it up and emote to your heart’s content.

Tucked into the Language and inputs menu is a nifty emoji keyboard.The Wi-Fi scan-only mode, while somewhat obscure, is a new feature that could help conserve your battery. The feature, when enabled, lets Google’s location service and other apps scan for networks, even when Wi-Fi is off. This means you can improve your location accuracy without the continuous drain.

What we think
Is Android 4.3 something to get excited about? Probably not. The bulk of the improvements appear to be under the hood, and the biggest front-end addition that Google demoed — Restricted Profiles — was geared to parents and businesses.

While many Android users have been crossing their fingers for the OS’ next iteration to be version 5.0, Key Lime Pie, this performance-focused update says that Google is taking a slower development route, possibly to minimize fragmentation as device manufacturers play catch-up. If that is, in fact, what’s going on, then the move, as unexciting as it is, might be better for all Android users in the long run

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Google along with ASUS has announced the new thinner, lighter and full 1080p HD resolution display bearing Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on it.

Google and ASUS have formally announced the much awaited new Nexus 7 tablet with full 1080p HD display. The new ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet also is the first device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running on it out of the box. The new Nexus 7 tablet is significant improvement over the first Nexus 7 in terms of core hardware, camera, weight and mobile operating system entirely.

Google-ASUS team worked together to bring a 8.45 mm thin new Nexus 7 tablet weighing just 290 grams. This tablet will feature 7-inch touchscreen display with 1080p HD resolution natively. The Nexus 7 (2012 model) featured 1280×800 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. That has been bumped to 1920×1200 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 323 pixels per inch.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

ASUS has housed a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro along with 2 GB RAM. This is a major change over the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset with 1 GB RAM in the Nexus 7 (2012).

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

Google’s new Nexus 7 (2013) will feature dual-band WiFi support which was really expected since even Kindle Fire HD models have dual-band WiFi support. Google has provided the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running out of the box with several new features such as multi-user restricted profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Hindi language support and several features mostly catering to overall performance improvement.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

The tablet features the new Bluetooth 4.0 LE that will work nicely with the Bluetooth Smart support in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Apart from that, there is HDMI output for connecting the tablet directly with a HD display. There will be near field communication support as well. Most importantly there will be wireless charging support.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

Google has not revealed the actual battery capacity but mentioned that it can now support playback of HD video for 9 hours and 10 hours worth of web browsing.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

The new Nexus 7 (2013) has the same 1.2 megapixel camera in the front for video chat and also a new 5 megapixel camera at the back for imaging. It also features SlimPort technology support that allow connecting the tablet to a larger display via HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort connectors.

Google will start selling the Nexus 7 (2013) from next week onwards starting $229 (Rs 13,750 approx.) for 16 GB Wi-Fi only model, $269 (Rs 16150 approx.) for 32 GB Wi-Fi model and $349 (Rs 20,950 approx.) for 32 GB 4G LTE supporting model for the US region.

Compare Line messenger vs Whatsapp

The fight of the messengers takes a new and exciting turn.

Within three weeks of its launch, Line Messenger has managed to gain over 5 million users in India. Line Messenger offers free communication services to its users along with paid premium stickers that allow users to express their feeling better.

While Line has been received well, Whatsapp continues to be the champion of the arena. Here is a comparison of Whatsapp and Line which would help you choose to decide between the two.

User Interface

Line Messenger has a pretty simple and easy to use interface. Its home screen comes with already connected users that are available in your phonebook; the application automatically adds them to your users list. New users can be added by using the User ID or can also be connected using the QR code that the application generates. The home screen also has the timeline feature that is very similar to Facebook where in connected users and updates related to them are displayed.

Whatsapp on the other hand has a no request system for adding users, if the user has a phone number the service is automatically enabled and connected to that user. Similar to Line, Whatsapp allows adding people using User ID and QR code.

The home screen shows the list of friends already available on Whatsapp and users can simply connect with anyone by just saying a simple Hi.

Compare Line messenger vs Whatsapp

In both services users can create groups for closed or private conversation with a group of users. But the timeline functionality really adds the cutting edge to Line Messenger offering a mix of social networking while allowing file transfers.

Compare Line messenger vs Whatsapp

In Whatsapp, you can chat by means of text; you can also share videos, picture and audio files. Along with that Whatsapp offers fairly large number of emoticons for additional fun while chatting.

Line users can send text messages and make calls just like Skype or Viber over both 3G as well asWiFi networks. Along with that it also offers file transfers including audio, video and images along with that it also offers stickers in addition to Emoticons. There are both free as well as paid stickers.

Additionally Line also allows users to take pictures with integrated camera, with Instagram like functionality. Even while uploading pictures to timeline or as profile picture the same functionality come in to play offering better utility for shutterbugs.

Cost

While both applications are available for free, Whatsapp offers its service free for the first year only following that users need to pay Rs 50 per year to keep services going on. Line offers free for life service with premium or in app purchasable stickers which is its source of revenue and users may or may not buy it; rest of its features are available for free.

Connectivity

Both the Whatsapp and Line messengers allow users to be connected via WiFi, 2G (Edge) or 3G mobile networks seamlessly however features such as voice calling on Line messenger works best with a 3G network. All Whatsapp’s features work with the fastest as well as the slowest possible network.

Conclusion

The Line messenger is new and is a polished product that comes with a variety of features and functionality. It’s simply to be said like a Swiss army knife of the messengers industry. It allows users to make VoIP calls like Skype, chat like WhatsApp, and send files like Gtalk while offering a rip off version of the Facebook timeline as well with camera filers like Instagram.

WhatsApp on the other hand has been around for quite some time now and is being used by most and offers functionality like text based messaging and file transfers. But given enough time Line is a capable product and in the future it hold the potential to overtake WhatsApp, unless some new innovations is adopted by the world leader in messengers.