Things we know about technology (that our parents don’t)

Things we know about technology (that our parents don’t)

Millennials vs. Gen X

Things we know about technology (that our parents don’t)

Zameen Datta, Intern, Malaysiakini

14 November 2016

1. There is no life without the internet!

For many of us, life without the internet is almost unthinkable. Whatever would we do without access to all our games and gadgets? 

The horror… the horror…

2. Distance is no barrier

It doesn’t matter how far away you are – as long as you have access to the internet, you can meet with your friends and loved ones from anywhere in the world.

Advances in technology have made the world smaller, allowing real time text, audio and even video communication across countries.

3. You can’t stay bored for long!

On the bus or train? Pull out your mobile and catch some pokemon. At home alone? Download your favourite shows via Netflix. On your lunch break? Catch up with your friends and loved ones with Whatsapp.

“Ooh, there’s a Pikachu nearby!”

4. Don’t know something? Google it.

The internet gives us a way to access the collective knowledge and experience of billions of humans across the world. It’s hard to justify memorizing all those textbooks when you can just use Google and get the correct answer in seconds.

The solution to so many problems (Screencap from BeatTheBush YouTube video.)

5. You don’t need a “proper” job to make rent

Nowadays, there’s plenty of money making opportunities for anyone creative enough to find them. Apps like Uber and Grabcar let you make money just by driving people around, pro gamers can earn thousands by competing in e-sports tournaments and Youtube celebrities like Pewdiepie can make millions just by uploading videos on Youtube.

Pewdiepie (real name: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) is known for his wildly popular Youtube videos, which mainly consists of recording himself playing video games. Despite this, he has been very successful, earning around $12 million in 2015 alone.

This saturation of technology has had a massive impact on how millennials live and work. Some among the older generations have expressed concern over their apparent addiction to the internet, while others are wary of the constant, ever rising prevalence of social media.

However, for millennials, such things are an indispensable and essential part of their everyday lives. The rise of social media, image boards and online forums has created a culture that seems fluid and ever changing. With the help of technology, new ideas and trends can spread with remarkable speed, leading to things such as memes and ‘viral’ news.

To some of the Gen X’es, millennials can seem lazy or narcissistic, more interested in taking selfies and watching cat videos then working.

In truth, millennials actually prefer working smarter rather than harder. It’s all about finding new ways to do their jobs better, and thanks to their familiarity with technology, millennials are used to finding the answers to their questions with just a few clicks. 

They also tend to multitask more than older workers, switching rapidly from one thing to the other in a way that may seem strange to someone who is used to sticking to one task and concentrating on it until it’s done.

In addition, their early exposure to a wide variety of people and cultures in turn has caused millennials to become more socially liberal. A lot of millennials have a “I do what I want, you do what you want” philosophy when it comes to other people’s lifestyles or beliefs.

Millennials are more likely to support issues such as LGBT rights and freedom of information.

Generally, millennials tend to be more open minded and aware of the importance of political correctness. While some do enjoy trolling and causing trouble, for the most part millennials at least try to be open-minded and polite to everyone. 

New found opportunities

Millennials also tend to be more urban and educated compared to their parents. In the US alone, about 40% of millennials are still studying while 19% have already gotten their degrees. (Source: The Millennial Legacy) Unfortunately, even with such high qualifications, many millennials find it difficult to get jobs. The Great Recession caused a lot of damage to the world’s economy in the late 2000’s, a fact which has impacted millennials in many ways.

The Great Recession destroyed jobs and careers around the world, causing companies to downsize even as economies began to tank. This has made it harder for millennials to find work in more traditional fields such as medicine or law. However, as the years go by, more and more millennials are turning to technology, finding ever more creative ways of making money.

Since it’s more difficult to find a job, many millennials simply create their own. The millennial generation’s creativity and tech savvy has allowed them to make use of technology in ways that most Gen X people would never have considered.

For example, Kickstarter and Patreon are crowd-funding platforms allowing artists, musicians, writers and game designers to receive funding from their fans so that they can concentrate on their art instead of being forced to work part time in order to pay their bills. New jobs such as ‘app designer’ and ‘mobile game developer’ have popped up in response to the growing popularity of smartphones, while online bloggers can draw in thousands or even millions of subscribers interested in what they’re writing – the number one blog, Huffington Post, has around 110, 000, 000 subscribers as of November 2016.   

To sum up, millennials have grown up in a world very different from the one their parents experienced in their own childhoods.

They live in a time filled with both unrelenting despair and undying hope, where culture and society seem to shift and change at an unprecedented pace, and though the shadow of the Great Recession still lingers, the millennials are set to overcome it and take their first steps as the latest generation to enter the workforce.

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Huawei to announce smartphone more expensive than iPhone 7

Huawei to announce smartphone more expensive than iPhone 7

Huawei to announce smartphone more expensive than iPhone 7

Recent reports have suggested that Huawei is set to release the newest iteration of its flagship Mate series smartphone this coming November that will cost more than the iPhone 7.

A leaked report by Mobile blogger Evan Blass said that Huawei’s newest release will come in two versions, the Mate 9 and the Mate 9 pro.

The report also showed that the Mate 9 will come with a 5.9 inch flat screen display while the Mate 9 Pro will feature a dual-edge curved screen.

The Mate 9 will have a 64-bit, eight-core HI Silicon Kirin 960 system-on-a-chip processor and feature home buttons with fingerprint recognition.

It will also have a 2K QHD display, 4 GB worth of RAM and 64 GB to 256 GB worth of internal storage for you to choose from, and run on an Android 7.0 operating system software. The Mate 9 will also continue to feature Leica’s dual-lens camera, similar to Huawei’s previous luxury smartphone, the P9.

While Huawei featured the same dual lens technology in its previous Honor flagship series. Other industrial players like LG and HTC similarly have similarly introduced dual lens cameras. But the value of the dual lens was only truly perfected after the release of P9’s Leica dual lens and the latest iPhone 7.

Though the cost is yet to be confirmed, it is rumoured to be priced above the newest Apple iPhone7.

The move would be consistent with market figures produced by research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Huawei recorded a 9.3% increase in its Q2 2016 global smartphone market share. It is now the world’s no. 3 smartphone maker, trailing only just behind Samsung and Apple.

Apple’s market share slipped 3.7% from its Q1 record of 11.7% while tech complications with Samsung’s Note 7 battery has led to a total recall of its devices.

Huawei’s aggressive technological research and development have been widely hailed by tech critics and economists alike, with the establishment of 52 research and innovation centres aimed at the further development of the technology in its devices.

Huawei has also been highly successful in capturing the Malaysian market, taking top spot with 40.3% of the RM2, 000 – RM2, 500 range smartphone market share.

The P9, Huawei’s latest smartphone featuring the dual Leica lens release prior to the upcoming Mate 9 has sold more than 100,000 units in Malaysia.

Huawei and Leica signed agreement in innovation lab

Own an iPhone 7 for just RM70?

Own an iPhone 7 for just RM70?

Own an iPhone 7
for just RM70?

The much anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are in town! If you missed the pre-order window, no worries

Own an iPhone 7
for just RM70?

The much anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are in town! If you missed the pre-order window, no worries

The great news is, Maxis has an irresistible Trade-Up offer to make your dream come true.

Here is an example how it works

Sign up for MaxisONE plans (MOP) 188 you need to pay RM1630 upfront for a brand new iPhone 7 (32GB). So when you trade in your old smartphone say an iPhone 6s, you will get a generous RM1560 rebate and you pay only RM70 in advance to own an iPhone 7.

If you have any working smartphone lying around at home, do bring it to your nearest Maxis Centre to do the trade up for a tremendous money saving deal.

There are always better ways to enjoy your MaxisONE plans with greater value. For MOP 188 customers, your 20GB data plan includes unlimited calls and SMS with DataPool up to 40GB for 5 lines (FREE extra 5GB data for every supplementary line) alongside a FREE extra 5GB per month of video-on-demand streaming for the principal line. And enjoy up to 3 months of unlimited access to iFlix, Viu, ErosNow and Hopster, courtesy of Maxis.

Not a heavy user? No worries! Choose from either MOP 98 (5GB with DataPool up to 10GB for 2 lines), MOP 128 (10GB, with DataPool up to 20GB for 3 lines) or MOP 158 (15GB, with DataPool up to 30GB for 4 lines) to suit your preferences.

Maxis would like to invite you to check on its availability on a real-time basis at Maxis RealView Stock Checker website. The purpose-built website provides hourly updates on the availability of your preferred iPhone model and colour by location. In other words, it tells you which nearby Maxis Centres carry your favourite model. Maxis RealView Stock Checker cleverly helps you avoid the hassle of hopping from one store to another in the event of an out-of-stock situation. All you need to do now is to browse www.maxis.com.my/realview at your convenience, anytime and anywhere.

Browse through phones at your convenience, anytime and anywhere

Pokémon GO: Are you letting a thief in?

Pokémon GO: Are you letting a thief in?

You might want to know this before you go and catch ’em all.

In a blog post by security analyst, Adam Reeve, Reeve reported that users had inadvertently given Pokémon Go developers, Niantic, access to their google accounts in a rush to join the Pokémon Go bandwagon.

Checking permission settings, he noticed that “Pokémon Go has full access to your Google account.” Cautious, he checked the Google help page for indications on what “full access” meant and came across this: “When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account” and “This “Full account access” privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.”

As many would induce, Reeve suggested that Pokémon Go and Niantic could now:

  • Read all your emails
  • Send email as you
  • Access all your google drive documents (including deleting them)
  • Look at your search history and your Maps navigation history
  • Access any private photos you may store in Google Photos
  • And a whole lot more

Niantic have since come out with a statement:

“We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO‘s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.”

Read more here

Bringing life back to Corporate Presentations

Bringing life back to Corporate Presentations

20 minutes, that’s the maximum attention span of the average adult

Does your presentation have what it takes to keep your audience firmly engaged?

It is a refutable fact that our modern digital lifestyles have reduced our ability to remain focused on a single task, particularly in non-digital environments. A Microsoft study released last year puts the average human transient attention span at a mere eight second, lower than that of the goldfish at nine! Thankfully, our sustained attention, also known as focused attention, lasts much longer – up to 20 minutes on average – and by repeatedly refocusing on the same thing, we get stuff done.

Nonetheless, surrounded by constant bombardment of information, we no longer respond well to a passive delivery system. If you have a meeting, briefing or presentation in a traditional classroom-like setting where a presenter stands in front and talks while the rest mostly listen, people will inevitably zone out and do their own things, like doodling or frequently checking and playing with their phone, anything except focus on the presentation. You will be hard pressed to command even the first 20 minutes of attention. Interactivity is now more crucial than ever to keep everyone’s attention and involvement. And Epson has just the perfect tool for that – interactive projectors

Interactivity is Key

 

Admittedly, there is no substitution for effective presentation skills in engaging the audience. That aside, the right tools can breathe life into an otherwise another run-of-the-mill corporate presentation.

The projector has become indispensible in corporate presentations as a tool to share key ideas, charts, pictures and even movie clips. But not all projectors are created equal. Some projectors are little more than noisy heat-generating contraption that requires the dimming of the room lights to view the less-than-sharp projection. On the other end of the evolution are projectors that allow the users to actively participate with the projected image and disseminate the content immediately via a printout or email.

EB-1430Wi/1420Wi

EB-595Wi/585Wi/575Wi

EB-536Wi

Developed by the leader in interactive projectors and the world’s top projector maker for 15 years in a row, Epson interactive projectors create a participatory environment, making presentations more engaging and productive. The key feature is the transformation of the projected image into a huge drawing board on which participants can freely annotate with the interactive pen.

This pen works like a stylus pen, and does everything a regular marker pen could on a whiteboard – write and draw in multiple colours – and then some.

 

The projector can also be operated simply by touching the screen with a fingertip – including opening and closing files, scrolling through pages, pinching in/out and rotating images, and adding notes.

Think future-generation iPad with advanced Samsung Note stylus features on a humongous screen. Nifty!

Learn more about Epson’s interactive projectors

Keep the ideas flowing!

In the PC-free interactive mode, two people can write simultaneously on the projection, with two pens operating at the same time for greater interactivity. The projector can support the simultaneous input of up to six fingers and two pens, bringing brainstorming sessions to another level.

Just imagine the flurry of ideas being quickly shared and animatedly discussed, on screen!

The benefit of this revolutionary approach is that it helps to break down the wall between presenter and audience. When multiple participants are given free rein to write simultaneously, the presentation becomes a stimulating, collaborative and productive experience, increasing engagement and delivering improved business outcomes.

One projector to connect them all

As a further nod to the value of group collaboration, Epson’s latest interactive projectors can wirelessly connect up to 50 devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets over a network, with a terminal serving as a moderator host PC. The group moderator can display content from up to four devices simultaneously onto the big screen to link participants together for side by side evaluation of presentations, making group discussions even more broad-based and insightful.

And sharing is a breeze. Participants can access the content through a URL link from their PC or smart devices. The whiteboard mode allows output of the meeting results to a maximum of 50 pages in your preferred format, eliminating worries about lack of space. Participants also no longer need to waste time comparing notes. Missing or misinformation is a thing of the past.

Small room or no room? No problem

Thanks to their short-throw projection, these projectors are able to share bright and large images even in small meeting rooms. Essentially, they can transform any flat surface such as walls, whiteboards and even tables into digital whiteboards and interactive spaces, without additional software – you no longer need to hunt down a sufficiently-sized meeting room for an impromptu session.

Projector set-up is simply plug-and-play, with a one-time auto calibration and auto resolution adjustment. And no messy wires connections.

What more, with the short-throw projection, light from these interactive projectors is less distracting as it barely touches the presenter, ensuring a more comfortable experience compared to conventional models. Shadow interference is also greatly reduced, making presentations a more pleasant experience for all participants.

Epson is committed to sustainability, and eco-friendly features are built in to its interactive projector range. The choice of materials – lead-free lenses, unpainted plastic housings, and chlorine/bromine-free flame retardants – is designed to minimise environmental impact.

The projectors use just up to 0.44W of power in standby mode. Its eco-friendly Light Optimiser function features a luminance sensor that detects the brightness level of the environment and adjusts the projector’s brightness automatically, resulting in power and cost savings. This function can be turned on/off according to your preference. With a long lamp life of 10,000 hours in eco-mode, the frequency of costly lamp replacements is also reduced.

Learn more about Epson’s interactive projectors

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