Three Technologies to Ensure you Stay on Top of the Stock Market

They say that knowledge is power, and nowhere does that saying ring truer than the stock market. To make sure your investments go to plan, you’ll need to keep up on the latest news to see how the market’s developing or, if you’ve already made it, have somebody else doing the same thing for you. Whether you check your portfolio multiple times a day or just once in a while to see what’s new, there are many different ways to keep on top of the market. Here are three of the best solutions, ranging from those for experienced traders to those new to the market.

Experienced Traders

Sucden Financial are a personal service provider for those dealing in trade equities, options, futures, CFDs, and Forex. Their SMART WebTrader allows you to access all of this data from one location and, because it’s a web service, it requires no download or installation. You’ll have access to the company’s advanced charting and analytical tools aimed at predicting future market trends. Even with its advanced features, it offers a user-friendly interface experience with one-click trading and drag and drop modules. You can access a demo by signing up free online trading demo account.

Intermediate Traders

The advantage of the Bloomberg Business app is that it gives you access to the latest news stories from over 45 markets from the same location, including technology, currencies, emerging markets, and more. You’ll be able to sync your watch list across both the app and where you can track, manage, and analyse your personal holdings using detailed performance charts all reflecting the live market. Bloomberg Business is free to download for both iOS and Android, though it does features non-removable ads.

Novice Traders

Our final choice works a little differently than our other two picks. Stock Wars lets you take part in the market without having to worry about any financial consequences a beginner usually does. It’s instead designed as a tool to teach novice traders the basics of creating and managing their own portfolio. You can place real-time orders and compare your choices to other users with full Game Center and social media integration. When things get more serious and you want to go to the next level, you’ll be able to export your portfolio to any other application which uses the OFX format. Stock Wars is available for iOS for free, though it is supported by ads which can be removed for $2.

Whatever your current level, there’s an app or web-based service designed around your needs. Try taking a look at some of the different options to see which one makes the most sense for you.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Oculus Connect 2 Developers Conference Announced

Oculus the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and now part of Facebook has this month announced dates for its second Oculus Connect that will now be taking place in Hollywood, California between September 23-25th 2015.

Oculus Connect 2 is the companies second annual developer conference where engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world can gather to discuss and learn about the future of the virtual reality and the Oculus Rift platform.

Oculus explains that this year’s Connect will feature keynotes from Brendan Iribe, Michael Abrash, and John Carmack, plus everything developers need to knoww to launch on the Rift and Gear VR. For more information on the new Oculus Connect 2 conference jump over to the Oculus website for details. Oculus writes :

“At last year’s inaugural Connect, nearly 1,000 developers attended engineering and design sessions, showcased their projects, connected with fellow developers, and experienced the Crescent Bay prototype for the first time. As a result of the community’s incredible work, virtual reality is poised to transform gaming, storytelling, film, communication, and much more.”

Source: Tech Crunch

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Xbox Features Now Available In The Latest Xbox Preview

Microsoft has this week more details about what Xbox users can expect to enjoy and has now started rolling out some of the new features in the latest Xbox Preview release.

A few old favourites such as avatars will be making a comeback in this release, together with a wealth of new enhancements, features and tweaks together with a new testing streaming mode.

Major Nelson explains that new features Xbox owners can expect to enjoy :

Avatars – You can now download and launch the Avatars app from within the Xbox app. After the app is installed, select Customize > Customize your avatar to launch the Avatars app and edit, dress up, and buy new items for your avatar.
Friends updates – We’re making it easier to add friends, designate them as favorites and share your name from the Xbox app. The friends list will also show you which of your friends are in a party, playing multiplayer games, or broadcasting. You can also report or block people from the Xbox app.
Game hubs – Similar to Xbox One, you can now view the game hub for an Xbox One game and view the activity feed curated by the game’s community manager. Click on any game tile, under Home > Recently played or elsewhere in the Xbox app, and you will be taken to the game hub.
Game DVR – You can now alter the keyboard shortcuts used for opening the Game Bar, starting and stopping recording, taking screenshots, and more. Also, you can now view and manage your cloud-based game clips from the Xbox app by selecting Game DVR > Shared.
Testing streaming – The Xbox team needs your help in providing information about your PC’s performance and connectivity characteristics as we prepare to enable game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs. To do this, connect your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC using the Xbox app: from the Connect menu, select your Xbox One console then choose Connect. Once connected, click on Test streaming to anonymously send the team diagnostic information about your PC and network settings.
Turn On/Off your Xbox One Console – The Connect menu in Xbox app has been updated to let you power your Xbox One on and off from your Windows 10 devices when they are on the same home network as your console.

Source: Major Nelson

Need For Speed Reboot Launching On PlayStation 4, Xbox One And PC

EA and developer Ghost Games have this week announced that a new Need for Speed reboot of the original racing game will be launching for next-generation consoles and PC systems during the autumn months of this year.

When the Need for Speed reboot launches players will be able to fully customise their cars, transforming them into a unique rides.

Ben Walke Content and Community Manager, EA explains :

“We’ve been working really closely with Speedhunters, our very own community who have helped us deliver a Need for Speed that is grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the world of past, present, and emergent trends of the urban car scene. Need for Speed will unleash a passion for cars and speed when it launches this fall!
With more than 20 years of history in its rear view mirror, we’re bringing Need for Speed back with a reboot that delivers on what Need for Speed stands for — rich customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that drives your Need for Speed experience.”

Source: PS Blog

Firefox For iOS In Public Beta Testing

Mozilla has been working on a new Firefox For iOS app that will bring the company’s popular browser to Apple’s platform.

Now it would appear that Mozilla are getting closer to the release of Firefox For iOS as the company has started a public beta testing program for the app.

Mozilla has been sending invites to its public beta testing program for Firefox for iOS, although it looks like the company has now got enough testers, as their website says that they are no longer accepting further testing candidates, more details below.

We’re sorry, but we are no longer accepting new iOS Pre-Release candidates at this time. If you’re interested in getting the inside scoop on Firefox for iOS sign-up for our mailing list at the following address:

Source TechCrunch

Split Screen Multitasking Coming In iOS 9

One thing that iPad users have been wanting for a while is split screen multi-tasking, before iOS 8 launched last year there were rumors that the feature would be added and now it looks like it will land with iOS 9.

According to a recent report from Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac, Apple had previously planned to launch split screen multitasking with iOS 8, but pulled it as it wasn’t ready, ti will now be released with iOS 9 later this year.

Apple could possibly announce the new split screen multitasking at their Worldwide Developer Conference next month, the feature will land on the iPad when iOS 9 is released.

As well as the news on this new feature for iOS 9, there are also some more details on the new larger 12 inch iPad Pro.

There will apparently be two versions of the 12 inch iPad, Apple is testing two models at the moment with the codenames J98 and J99, these are WiFi only and WiFi and Cellular versions of the iPad Pro.

What is interesting is that the iPad Pro wont just be a larger iPad, Apple is apparently redesigning some of their apps for the larger display on the tablet.

Source 9 To 5 Mac

YouTube Enabling Live Streaming At 60fps

Last year YouTube 60fps video playback was enabled, and this week has now announced the Imminent arrival of live streaming at the same 60 frames per second and will help the service compete with the likes of Twitch.

YouTube will also be rolling out another highly requested feature providing users with HTML 5 playback and YouTube has worked with game capture technology companies such as Elgato and XSplit for new version of their capture technology.

YouTube explains more :

“When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, we’ll transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60, which means silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos,” YouTube explained in a statement. “We’ll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks.”
“As of this week, YouTube live streams will use an HTML5 player in supported browsers,” YouTube said. “And because our HTML5 player supports variable speed playback, you can skip backward in a stream while it’s live and watch at 1.5x or 2x speed to catch back up.”

Source: Gamespot

Olloclip Active Lens For iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Announced

Olloclip has announced a new camera lens for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones, the Olloclip Active Lens.

The new Olloclip Active Lens comes with a Telephoto lens and an Ultra-Wide lens, have a look at the video below.

Transform your photography and social media with the all-new olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus. It comes packed with an Ultra-Wide and Telephoto lens to instantly capture and share all you experience on your next adventure.
Olloclip’s pocket-sized, award-winning design requires no extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket and works on both front and rear-facing cameras so you can let your photos and selfies run wild.

The company is now taking pre-orders on their new Olloclip Active Lens and the device will retail for $99.99.

Source Olloclip

Spotify Announces Major New Features

Spotify has announced new plans to add a range of new features to its music streaming service, which will include videos, podcasts and a new running feature.

As well as these features the company has announced a now start page, Spotify Running and more have a look at the video below.

Spotify is on a mission. With over 25 billion listening hours under the hood since our launch seven years ago, we’re obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever your mood.
We understand that how music fits into your life is as powerful as the music itself. So today we’re rolling out a richer mobile music experience built around your day, bringing you the music you love when you need it most.

Source Spotify

KFC Turned Food Trays Into Bluetooth Keyboards

KFC has come up with a cool way to let you text on your smartphone or tablet whilst you are at one of their restaurants, the company has turned their food trays into Bluetooth keyboards.

The video below shows how the KFC Bluetooth keyboard works, the device can easily be connected to your smartphone or tablet.

KFC made these Bluetooth keyboards available in their restaurants in Germany for a week, the keyboards were disposable and replaced the paper liners on their food trays.

The company said that everyone who used the keyboard took one home, which turned out to be a good marketing exercise for the company, it is not clear as yet on whether they plan to roll out these keyboards to their restaurants in the future.

Source Gizmodo

Layout For Instagram Lands On Android

Layout for Instagram launched on Apple’s iOS platform back in March and now the app is available on Google’s Android platform.

The Layout for Instagram app is designed to let you combine multiple photos into a single image, you can find out more details on the app below.

App let you design photos with many beautiful layout for Instagram from Limitless Dev. Remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends.
Import photo from your albums, choose layout for portrait or landscape images. App will auto divide photos into two part, one to make photo grid, one to make color gradient layout. Tap to change photo effect for layout.
+ Crop photo to square size and edit photo for Instagram.
+ Re-mix up to 6 of your photos at a time to create fun, personalized layouts.
+ Save your layouts to your camera roll and share them seamlessly to Instagram or other networks.

Source Google Play

New Google Photo Sharing Service Coming Soon

Google is apparently getting ready to launch a new online Google photo sharing service and storage option, the service was previously part of Google.

The new Google photo sharing service will apparently be unveiled at the Google I/O Developer conference which takes place later this month.

Google’s new photo service will allow you to share photos on multiple social networks, which will include Facebook, Twitter and of course Google+.

As yet not many details about how the service will work, and whether the online photo storage portion of the service will be free, or whether Google will charge a fee if you store large amounts of photos on the new tool.

Source Bloomberg

Facebook Messenger Video Calls Rolled Out Worldwide

Facebook Messenger got a new video calling feature in about 18 countries last month and now the social network has rolled the feature out worldwide.

You can now make video calls in Facebook Messenger in a wide range of countries and Facebook says that the service is now available in most of the countries around the world.

Quick update on video calling in Messenger: we’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for. So make sure you get the latest and greatest version for iOS and Android, give it a try, and as always… tell us how we can make it even better for you!
Source Facebook

ReVault Smartwatch Also Backs Up Your Files

The ReVault is a new smartwatch that can also backup your files, the device comes with a choice of storage from 32GB to 128GB , you can wirelessley backup your files from multiple devices.

The developers of the ReVault smartwatch are funding the project via Indiegogo, have a look at the video below.

ReVault is a new type of storage that gives you the smartness and convenience of the public cloud, and the security of local storage. Store your files locally on ReVault and always access them at the speed of a local network.
ReVault connects to your devices using WiFi and Bluetooth. You can setup your ReVault to auto-backup and auto-synchronize your files across your devices. ReVault is wearable so that you can easily carry your files wherever you go at all times.

Source Indiegogo

Apple Launches A New iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple launched their new lightning connector almost three years ago with the iPhone 5 and now the company has finally launched a new iPhone lightning dock.

The new iPhone Lightning dock is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new iPhone Lightning dock has a new design over the older iPhone docks, it no longer cradles your handset, which makes it compatible with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The dock is now available from Apple’s online store in the US for $39 and it is showing shipping times of 1 to 3 days, you can find out more details over at Apple at the link below.

Source Apple, MacRumors

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