My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica

Saturday, August 29, 2015

@evleaks says Blackberry Venice running Android is coming - Why a switch to Google Android will not improve Blackberry Sales

There are rumours abroad that suggest that Blackberry may debut an Android smartphone as reported in the article “BlackBerry Venice phone, running Android, said to arrive in November”, published August 19, 2015 by Lance Whitney, CNET News

This is based on a post on the twitter account of reliable leaker Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, on Wednesday August 19th 2015:

His tweet shows rendering of the Android smartphone, codenamed Venice, running Google Android 5.0 Lollipop.  He also posted Tweets with videos that purported to show a Blackberry running Google Android:

So is @evleaks telling the truth? Or is this just Social Media hocus pocus?

Evaluating the @evleaks posts - Blackberry codenamed Venice might be a new Blackberry

Considering that Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow is set to launch sometime in September 2015 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Google Android M is Marshmallow - Why LG, Motorola, HTC, Xiaomi might switch to Samsung Pay in AI Awakening in 2016”, this information is a little dated.

This Venice device looks a lot like the Blackberry Passport that had launched on AT&T Network in February 2015 as reported in my blog article entitled “US$649.99 Blackberry Passport and US$419.99 Blackberry Classic - Why Americans are ready to fall in love with Blackberry”  .

Even the specs are similar albeit slightly bigger than those of the Blackberry Passport as listed in my blog article entitled “US$599 Blackberry Passport Launched - How Blackberry Blend Remote Access may trump Apple Pay Wallet in the US of A”. 

1.      Google Android 5.0 Lollipop
2.      5.4" screen
3.      2,560x1,440 pixel resolution QHD LCD screen
4.      3GB of RAM

So this may be evidence of a new Blackberry and it possibly might be running Google Android.  Is there any other  evidence that Blackberry has turned to the Dark mean switched to Google Android?

Unfortunately yes!

Blackberry Passport spotted running Android - Why a switch to Google Android will not improve Blackberry Sales

In fact, there is even a video, released on Monday August 24th 2015 showing  Google Android 5.0 Lollipop running on a Blackberry Passport as reported in the article “BlackBerry Passport shown running Android in new video”, published August 24, 2015 By Chris Welch, The Verge.

This recent video as well as the @evleaks suggests Google Play will be the App Store used by this alleged device, implying that Blackberry may be augmenting it with their own app store. Blackberry Hub will also be on the new device, making viewing of your emails text messages and Social Media ports on any device possible.   

Content Transfer will also be available on the new device, making this still a comfortable transition for lovers of Blackberry who had defected to Google Android.

Based on the appearance of the renderings in the @evleaks photo which may have been from a presentation, it would appear that the Blackberry Venice will have the same look and feel of a typical Blackberry Smartphone.

However, it would have Google Android 5.0 Lollipop  as the underlying OS, with a Blackberry themed skin as pointed out in the article “New BlackBerry Venice leak hints that BlackBerry 10 could be used as an Android skin”, published Aug 22 2015 by Alan F., PhoneArena.

So it’s possible that Blackberry may indeed by planning a Blackberry Android smartphone, especially as they've not released any new smartphones since the Blackberry Classic back in December 2014 as pointed out in the article “BlackBerry's Android device one step closer to reality”, published AUGUST 21, 2015 by  Jason Cipriani, Fortune.

So where do I personally stand as it relates to the possibility of a Blackberry powered by Google Android?

Bad decision by Blackberry - Android has Fragmentation and Security problems during Global smartphone slowdown

I'm not in support of this change of OS, as Blackberry seems to be selling itself short by succumbing of popularity of Android.

Especially given Android’s current security problems such as StageFright and Certifi-Gate as explained in my blog article entitled “Check Point Software Technologies discover Certifi-gate – How to Control an Android Lollipop smartphone and Why fragmentation is at fault”.

Yes, Android is winning in terms of global sales overall, according to the stats from IDC in the article “Here's why the iPhone isn't going to catch up to Android any time soon”, published Aug. 26, 2015, by Rob Price, Business Insider UK

But their popularity is also resulting in severe fragmentation of their OS, with millions of devices running different versions of Google Android.  Not to mention Global smartphone sales are slowing down due to most markets being saturated with smartphones, possibly except for India, the Middle East, Russia and North Korea!

This is due to competition among OEM (Original Equiptment Manufacturers) and an unwillingness among customers to upgrade to a new device on a yearly update cycle as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “Why Android Fragmentation Worsens as Apple iOS 8 adoption almost complete”.

Focus should be on launching more smartphones in India, China and other regions where smartphone penetration and growth potential exist. The use of a lower security OS just because the consumer market loves an OS made popular by the OEM's usage of Google's free OS is not good decision.

I fear that this will not produce the desired result, as smartphone sales are slowing down globally indicates bearish times for Google Android.

New York Bans Palcohol - Why Powdered Alcohol will be abused by underage College Students

“This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen. I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commenting while signing legislation banning the sale of Palcohol, a powdered alcohol product

Looks like Alcohol will be getting no love from at least twenty (20) States in the USA.

This as the State of New York has joined in the ban of Palcohol, the powdered alcohol as reported in the article “New York Bans Sale Of Powdered Alcohol, Joins 20 Other States”, published August 17 2015 By Guneet Bhatia, International Business Times

The crystalline powdered alcohol product has not found favour with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

This despite the stamp of approval given by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau on Palcohol back in March 2015 as reported in my blog article entitled “Palcohol officially approved by TTB - Why Children will Abuse as US States and Countries ban this @Palcoholic product”.

That list of states in the POWDERED ALCOHOL 2015 LEGISLATION is as follows:

1.      Alabama
2.      Alaska
3.      Connecticut
4.      Georgia
5.      Indiana
6.      Kansas
7.      Louisiana
8.      Maine
9.      Nebraska
10.  Nevada
11.  North Carolina
12.  North Dakota
13.  Ohio
14.  Oregon
15.  South Carolina
16.  Tennessee
17.  Utah
18.  Vermont
19.  Virginia
20.  Washington

New York joins this list along with Maryland and Minnesota who've had temporary bans in place since July 2015. So why does the US Local Government hate Palcohol?

New York Bans Palcohol - Why Powdered Alcohol will be abused by underage College Students

The reason may be that Palcohol is easily available to persons under the legal age for drinking, which in the US of A is 21. With so many colleges in the state and the start of School on the horizon, the Governor is probably keen to prevent the product from falling into the wrong hands, especially as it's not alcohol and thus can be sold outside of a bar setting.

To quote New York Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz on Friday August 14th 2015: “Powdered alcohol is a product with no legitimate reason for being. Kids can stash Palcohol in their pocket when they leave the house for a party, and their parents would never know the difference”.

Then there is the dangerous nature of this product as explained in the article “Yes, powdered alcohol is real. It’s already banned in New York and at least 20 other states”, published August 15 2015 By Abby Phillip, The Washington Post.

Palcohol, which is being marketed by Lipsmark, an Arizona-based company, is sold in a variety of flavours:

1.      Cosmopolitan
2.      Powderita (a margarita flavor)
3.      Rum
4.      Vodka

If mixed in inappropriate concentrations, it can cause severe intoxication. Worse, some persons have found ways of ingesting Palcohol via snorting, like cocaine.

Some College seniors have even found faster ways to get drunk via pouring it down their asses, which is called butt-chugging.

Inventor of the Palcohol, Mark Phillips, is now facing an uphill battle to have these various bans reversed, claiming that the point of powdered alcohol is convenience and that it's safer than bottled alcohol or beers, quote:  “Palcohol is not some super concentrated version of alcohol. It's simply one shot of alcohol in powdered form. When I hike, kayak, backpack whatever. I like to have a drink when I reach my destination. Carrying liquid alcohol and mixers in bottles to make a margarita, for example, was totally impractical”.

So will he succeed? Or will Senator Joseph Griffo succeed in having a ban placed on the product, possibly labeling it a drug like crack or cocaine?

On paper it's a great idea, but it's just too easy to abuse something that so portable that's already illegal for the under-21 crowd.
Here’s the link:

Palcohol Twitter Feed: @Palcoholic

Friday, August 28, 2015

Google Android M is Marshmallow - Why LG, Motorola, HTC, Xiaomi might switch to Samsung Pay in AI Awakening in 2016

It's official!!!

The New name for Google's latest iteration of Android is Marshmallow as introduced on Monday August 17th 2015 as reported in the article “M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update”, published August 17, 2015 by Richard Nieva, CNET News.

Google Android M was introduced at Google I/O 2015 under a shroud of secrecy as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google IO 2015 - Google Android VR coming as Android Wear turns it up a Notch”.

The tradition that Google started of naming each iteration after an American snack food continues with Marshmallow, an American Campfire favourite. The video below gives you a peek into the Google Tradition of making and placing a giant statue on the lawn of the Google Campus whenever a new version of Android is launched.

Android 6.0 will see some new and exciting features from Google, now restructured under the umbrella company Alphabet as explained in my blog article entitled “@Google Inc is now Alphabet Inc – Why an Alphabet Soup of Business Structure means better Engineering Project Success”.

These features will be coming with the next generation of smartphones from OEM (Original Equiptment Manufacturers) across the world.

So what exactly are these features? How will Google deal with the issue of fragmentation, which seems to be getting worse as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Why Android Fragmentation Worsens as Apple iOS 8 adoption almost complete”.

And will Google address the StageFright and Certifi-Gate vulnerabilities as described in my blog article entitled “Check Point Software Technologies discover Certifi-gate – How to Control a Android Lollipop smartphone and Why fragmentation is at fault” that threaten almost 90% of smartphones worldwide?

Google Android M is Marshmallow - Android Pay coming to challenge Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

As expected, there will be several key updates as I'd detailed in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google IO 2015 - Google Android VR coming as Android Wear turns it up a Notch”.


Google Android 6.0 certain has some big shoes to fill as noted in “Android 6.0 Marshmallow is official and coming later this year”, published May 28, 2015 by CNET News.

Android Pay is the much-anticipated successor to Google Wallet that's expected to challenge Apple Pay, Apple's payment wallet which has already expanded to Britain as noted in my blog article entitled “250,000 merchants in Britain accept Apple Pay - Why Bitcoin is more secure as Eight banks except HSBC and Lloyds on the Bandwagon”.

It's expected to work with some 700,000 stores in the US of A such as like Walgreens, Macy's and Best Buy.

But I've not heard any word about Android Pay expanding outside of the US of A albeit Google Android Twitter account says it's coming soon as reported in the article “Android Pay: The payment platform be coming shortly as confirmed on official
Android Twitter account”, published August 28 2015 by Staff Writer, Venture Capital Post.

But even though they're late to the game, the lower cost of a Google Android smartphone, the proliferation of NFC (Near Field Communication) compatible POS (Point of Sale) terminals are huge advantages.

Not only that, but the potential to do transactions using your Paypal account or even Bitcoin Account at launch means that Google will easily overtake Apple Pay as predicted in “Google's Android Pay May Be First Mobile Wallet Consumers Actually Use (Sorry, Apple Pay)”, published August 28 2015 By Mike Brown, International Business Times.

But another possibility exists; Samsung might form an alliance with OEMs, presenting Samsung Pay as an alternative to Google Pay.

Samsung Launching Samsung Pay - Why OEM might jump ship as Samsung Pay works with older Magnetic Strip Readers

Interestingly, Samsung has also launched their version of a digital Wallet called Samsung Pay during the Samsung Unpacked Event on Thursday August 13th 2015 in New York as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “How Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Keyboard Cover Nostalgia wins Applause”.

So clearly there other OEM i.e. Motorola, HTC, Xiaomi and all of their kind who'll be rolling out Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be using Google Pay.

Unless they plan to announce their own partnership with other third-party Wallets during the IFA Trade Show in Berlin, Germany starting Friday September 4th 2015 as reported in my blog article entitled “Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 images in LookBook - How to sell a Wearable using Fashion, Style and beat Apple Watch” or decided to side with Samsung Pay or possibly even Apple Pay.

Folks, despite Apple pay being on the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it's possible that Apple may announce the coming of Apple Pay to Android come Wednesday September 9th 2015 as reported in my Geezam blog article entitled “Apple Event on September 9th 2015 – AI Siri, iPhone 6S, Apple TV and Pro iPad”.

But Samsung Pay, with its ability to work with older MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Samsung Pay supports NFC, MST with KNOX Security for Merchants and Banks” means many smartphone makers might defect over to Samsung or even Apple Pay.....should the chance present itself.

Google Now is Google on Tap - Why Google Android 6.0 may mark AI awakening by 2016

Google Now, your Siri-esque Voice assistant, will now be called Google on Tap.

Just press and hold down the home button on your Nexus smartphone, which is allegedly to be made by LG as noted in the article “Purported image of Google's next Nexus handset leaks online”, published August 17, 2015 by Don Reisinger, CNET News.

The Google Nexus is intended to be Google's flagship phone running pure Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will also be packing Google Fi, Google’s MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) as described in my blog article entitled “Google's Project Fi Network – How @Google Fi's @Sprint and @TMobile MVNO will force @ATT and @Verizon to join their VoLTE Forces”.

Google on Tap allows the user to get useful information based on your previous acuity on your smartphone and even your travels based on your GPS and accelerometer.

It can choose your songs for you, select a good restaurant nearby based on what restaurants your contacts have visited and even show you the closest gas stations and alert you of congested roads ahead.

It may even potentially answer Voice Mails, even converting them to IM (Instant Messages similar to a planned Siri Voice Assistant Apple is going to roll out in 2016 for iOS 10 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Apple's Siri Voice Assistant to answer Calls in 2016 - How @IBM's Watson may power Siri AI in Corporate and Enterprise Cloud Heaven”. 

Folks, this is the closest you’ll get to artificial intelligence on your smartphone.

Combined with smoother transition between apps and compatibility with USB type-C as noted in “Android 6.0 Marshmallow is official and coming later this year”, published May 28, 2015 by CNET News, Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be a delight to Developer who already have it to play around.

Google Pay after Apple Launch – Just in time for Black Friday and Christmas

Google's expected to launch Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well as the New Nexus smartphone later in September 2015.

This might be possibly a week after Apple's iPhone 6 event on Wednesday September 9t 2015 as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Apple Event on September 9th 2015 – AI Siri, iPhone 6S, Apple TV and Pro iPad”.

This so that they can catch smartphone purchasers who may opt to use Google Pay during the Black Friday Sales just in time for the Christmas shopping season!

Google Pay security features and lightning fast processing will make it easy for Christmas shoppers to literally wave their smartphones and pay for what they purchased.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jamaica running out of Burial Space - How to recycle the Dead as land for Agriculture and Housing

I thought this day would never come; Jamaica is running out of land to bury dead people.  

So says the Chairman of the Council and Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott has announced plans to spend some JA$17 million to expand the Church Pen Public Cemetery in Old Harbour as reported in the article “St Catherine Parish Council Working To Address Burial Space Shortage”, published Thursday August 27, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Most of the cemeteries in Spanish Town had reached their capacity. To that end, the St Catherine Parish Council has decided to secure more land to deal with the shortage of space in cemeteries.

This plan came to light while he and Local Government Minister Noel Arscott toured a new ten (10) acre plot of land that was to extend the Church Pen Public Cemetery in Old Harbour.

The ten (10) acre was part of phase one of the expansion of the Cemetery, with an additionally five (25) acres of land to be utilized in the future as part of a second phase to expand the cemetery.

Plans for this land include a chapel, a crematorium and an area to bury infants.

But aside from the sticker shock that I got from the price of this expansion, was another shocker; Local Government Minister Noel Arscott plans to expand this concept to the rest of Jamaica’s cemeteries, as they too are facing overcrowding by the dead.

Isn't there another way to dispose of the dead than using land?

Jamaica running out or Burial Space - Jamaican Religious culture to blame

This islandwide shortage of burial land isn't a new problem, as it's been quietly reported in the Gleaner since November 2014 as reported in the article “Jamaica Running Out Of Public Burial Space”, published Tuesday November 11, 2014 by Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Part of the problem has to do with Jamaica's religious culture; we're mostly Protestant Christians, who've inherited a religion from our slave masters. This religion specifies that in order to go to heaven, you have to be buried in a Church, Family or Public Cemetery, with an elaborate ritual whose opulence is said to indicate the level of importance you had while alive.

The more persons that come to your funeral and the level of people that come to your funeral, the more important you were. This too is reflected in the type of casket you’re buried in, the funeral home your family can afford and even the Church that'll
do the last rites.

But couldn't all this be avoided by recycling humans being?

Recycling the Dead Jamaican - How to recycle the dead via Cremations, Organ Transplants to Green Burials

After all, humans are nothing more than organic based machines that have parts that work together, moved by the laws of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Why not just simply pass a law to cremate all remains of all Jamaicans instead as argued by NEPA (National Environment and Planning Agency) in May 2015 in the article “Consider Cremation As An Alternative To Burying- NEPA”, published Thursday April 2, 2015 by Jodi-Ann Gilpin, The Jamaica Gleaner?

That is, after they harvest healthy organs and blood from the persons before they died to be used in medical procedure t save the lives of many Jamaicans needing certain organs.

You could still have the expensive funeral, but minus the burial. Better yet, by mandating that all burials be green burials, i.e. buried without being chemical treated.

The human remains would naturally rot and be converted by the elements back to the soil, allowing the land to be later re-used for housing or agriculture as argued by owner of House of Tranquillity Funeral Homes, Joseph Cornwall as explained in the article “Make Green Burials Mandatory, Urges Funeral Home Operator”, published Monday June 22, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

The relatives or spouse of the dead could keep the remains or have them buried under a tree, benefitting the environment as their burnt remains are rich in phosphorus and carbon, which is great for growing plants. They can even have a burial at sea, with the relatives of the deceased scattered to the winds benefitting plants and animals.

Expanding Cemeteries is bad – Jamaica needs land for Agriculture and Housing

Expanding cemeteries runs counter to the logic of the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Ministry of Land and Housing, which need more land to grow more food for Jamaica's ever increasing population.

But my idea and the ideas of NEPA and owner of House of Tranquility Funeral Homes, Joseph Cornwall will face an uphill struggle against a cultured deeply rooted in a religious rite that has largely been the result of Slavery and then the subsequent Colonialism.

Otherwise for the sake of the dead, we'll run out of land space to grow enough food, ironic as we already import most of the food that we eat as opined in my blog article entitled “Jamaica's Basic Item Food Bill mostly from 1st World Countries - Buy Jamaican Build Jamaica made from Imported Raw Materials in containers that says Made in Jamaica”.

If this continues, we may be unable to import food due to the world population ballooning to  billion by 2030 and then 11.2 billion by 2011 as explained in my blog article entitled “United Nations Population Division says 11.2 billion people by 2100 - Why Africa and India Population exploding as Insect Meat is coming”. 

Without land, we won’t be able to house the expected population of 4 million who'll be living on this little island by 2030, also another crisis that’s slowly coming to a boil on Jamaica Land we Love.

US$10 Project Rigel is Adobe Photoshop for smartphones - Why a Stylus is needed form Pocket sized Professional Editing

“Project Rigel is designed and built in a way that serves the needs of professionals familiar with retouching tools on the desktop, but more so for people not familiar with Photoshop tools like content-aware fill or spot healing. It democratizes them and makes them easier to use”

Adobe's Senior Product Manager for Digital Imaging, Manu Anand in an interview with CNET News about Project Rigel, their Photoshop for Tablets and smartphones

Adobe Photoshop on smartphones and Tablets is far from dead.

Come October 2015 at the Max Conference, just in time for Christmas, Adobe plans to unveil a new Photoshop app as reported in the article “Adobe aims to bring Photoshop to mobile masses with upcoming app”, published August 26, 2015 by Stephen Shankland, CNET News

This Photoshop app is for editing photos on Apple's iPhones and iPads with and Android devices being thrown into the mix a lot later. As a lover of Photoshop myself, especially for making book covers as explained in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “How to remove Image Backgrounds to make an e-book cover”, I use Photoshop as well as other free photo and image editing tools on a daily basis for my blog.

Project Rigel is a follow on to Adobe Creative Cloud launched back in September 2014 in partnership with Google as explained in my blog article entitled “Google and Adobe launch Adobe Photoshop Streaming Edition - Adobe Creative Cloud pips Chromebooks to Graphics Design students on the Move”.

Back then, Adobe Creative Cloud was launched to basically stream Adobe's suite of products to Chromebook users, so that they too could use Adobe’s creative suite of products! Adobe's Project Rigel is the same thing but for smartphone and Tablet toting professionals graphic editors!

Adobe's Project Rigel is free with a paid subscription of US$10 a month that gives you Photoshop and Lightroom, with US$50 giving you access to Adobe’s entire Creative suite of software that requires a yearly commitment.

Adobe's aim is to improve upon the failure of Adobe Touch, an earlier attempt at a Smartphone app as noted in “Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, previews its next generation”, published May 21, 2015 by Lori Grunin, CNET News, and make photo editing an easy transition from one device to the next.

Interestingly too, you're not tied to Adobe Creative Cloud, as you can pull your material from any source, be it Dropbox, Google Drive or elsewhere. More interestingly, Adobe is joining the Social Media crowd as your finished work can be posted immediately to social media, iOS's camera roll and even Adobe's Lightroom tool for photo editing and cataloging. 

So what's changed with the interface that'll make you shell out US$10 per month just to edit photos when free photo editing apps are available?

US$10 Project Rigel is Adobe Photoshop for smartphones and Tablets - Pocket sized Subscription to Professional Editing

Dubbed Project Rigel, the product is free and is made with more touch friendly, intuitive interface to simplify the otherwise complex interface that is Photoshop.

Interestingly, despite being formatted for the smartphone, it's made with professionals in mind, as many of them take photographs that they may start editing on tablet or Smartphone and finish up on a PC, to quote Adobe's Senior Product Manager for Digital Imaging, Manu Anand: “It might seem a little cheesy, but this is something we've actually worked with professionals on”.

There is a menu of editing tools at the bottom of the screen and a floating control bar tool adjustment on the left of the screen. Thanks to the presence of front facing cameras, it even sports face recognition technology that Photoshop for PC lacks, allowing you to change facial features on the fly.

That facial-recognition tool will eventually be coming to the PC version of Photoshop and is compatible with the Liquefy tool on the Photoshop for PC.

 The menu bar at the bottom has some options familiar to Photoshop users:

1.      Cop
2.      Adjust
3.      Liquify
4.      Heal
5.      Smooth
6.      Light
7.      Color
8.      Paint
9.      Defocus
10.  Vignette

Tapping on each reveals a submenu of other choices that makes working in the tiny space that much easier.

Photoshop on Tablets and Smartphones – Stylus is needed to do Great work

But most important to such a small workspace is the ability to zoom in for finer detail, which is very important for doing graphics work on a confined space like a smartphone or tablet.

Each edit you make becomes its own editing layer within the Photoshop file (the PSD file format), making changes reversible once you jump around a PC for greater control. As part of making that transition easier from non-Photoshop inductees, a lot of the custom terms have been changed e.g. “dodge” and “burn” become lighten and darken.

The floating menu on the left helps you adjust tooltips and brushes, which is really your finger or stylus if you're using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a flatteringly fabulous Phablet with an improved S Pen”. 

Still, I'd recommend that you make your own Stylus if you really want to accomplish great editing masterpieces in Photoshop as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make a Stylus for your Apple iPad or Capacitive-Touch Device”.

US$10 a month for Photoshop and Lightroom is beginning to sound like a steal, albeit the subscription model does need a little work. For the Professional, this is a great tool to have in December 2015 on hand to work on your next great ad campaign.

Here’s the link:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ashley Madison’s Females are Fembots - How Impact Team justified as Human AI Sexbots coming by 2017

Remember the Ashley Madison Hack reported by a group calling themselves the Impact Team on Monday July 20th 2015 as reported in the article “Hackers of cheaters' site Ashley Madison threaten to expose user profiles”, published July 20, 2015 by Luke Westway, CNET News?

Despite committing a crime, the hackers may soon be vindicated thanks to a recent revelation; Ashley Madison, which is owned by Avid Life Media, was filled with Robots as reported in the article entitled “Report: Yep, Ashley Madison is full of Fembots”, published 26 August 2015 by Lauren Hockenson, The Next Web.  

From the very start, the hackers, who called themselves Impact Team had accused Ashley Madison of fraud. They claimed that some 90% to 95% of the female users are really robots.  In response, Ashley Madison has place a statement online via their Twitter account.

This accusation didn't surprise me initially, as I’ve long known based on the stats from Analyst Incapsula that at least 61% of the traffic online is from Bots as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “61% of all Traffic on the Internet is generated by bots”. 

Albeit you might doubt the word of a hacker, it's good to note that back in 2013, Ashley Madison had been sued by a former employee Doriana Silva for US$20 million for injury incurred after being forced to create fake female profiles as reported in the article “Woman hurt typing fake profiles for dating site, $20M suit alleges”, published NOV 10, 2013 by News Staff, City News.

Armed with this known history, the team at Gizmodo began digging through the data as reported in the article “Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site”, published 8/26/15 by Annalee Newitz, Gizmodo.

What they discovered was very shocking; Ashley Madison was still up to their old tricks and Impact Team was right. Almost 90% of the females within the websites were fake accounts, possibly run by robots.

Ashley Madison’s Fembots - How the lack of activity and Loopback addresses indicate nobody was home

From Gizmodo's parsing of the users demographics based on the data dumped on the Darkweb, the gender imbalance became glaringly obvious:

1.      37 million registered users
2.      31.5 million male accounts
3.      5.5 million female accounts

To make it worse, those 5.5 million female accounts showed 0% activity the day after they were created. After all, if they were seeking men they'd be actively updating their accounts to make themselves more attractively to potential males.

This lack of activity implies robots, as robots need input via conversation online to respond, being as they're not sophisticated enough to hold a conversation on their own.

Inbox activity, which is free on Ashley Madison, brought home this fact more clearly:

1.      20 million men checked their Ashley Madison message inbox
2.      1,492 women checked their Ashley Madison message inbox

To chat online in Ashley Madison, you need to purchase a 100 credit pack for US$49. Surprisingly the numbers were a little better but the imbalance was glaring:

1.      11 million men used this chat system to communicate with someone
2.      2,409 women used this chat system to communicate with someone

Deleted accounts, a service which attracted a fee of US$19, didn't actually delete anything; Impact Team still managed to retrieve so-called deleted accounts. Again the gender disparity persisted:

1.      173,000 of deleted accounts were men
2.      12,108 of deleted accounts were men

But the biggest clue, almost a smoking gun, was the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of the persons who logged in on Ashley Madison. Almost all of the females on the website had an IP Address that matched Ashley Madison's Home or Loopback address of, indicating that they were all logging in from a computer inside of Ashley Madison.

The numbers again are telling:

1.      68,709 of the profiles created with Loopback IP address were female
2.      12,000 of the profiles created with Loopback IP address were male or unidentified

So basically, there were more males than females cheating, which I could have predicted based on my experience with females at the all-females MICO University College

I’d also predicted this would happen as online Bots are now sophisticated enough to pass the Turing Test as noted in my blog article entitled “Russian and Ukranian Research Team beat Turing Test - How to spot a chatbot online as Eugene Goostman win suggests Turing Test for Natural Language”.

5.5 million Fembot accounts sounds just about right.

Ashley Madison website Hackers Impact Team justified - How married Humans may be scammed by AI in the future

Good to note here that the hackers broke in and stole logins, passwords, usernames and partial credit card data for cheating married men and women as explained in “What to know about the Ashley Madison hack”, published AUGUST 26, 2015 by Robert Hackett, Fortune.

By Wednesday August 19th 2015, Ashley Madison admitted that the breach had indeed occurred and that the hackers had posted data online in the Darkweb as reported in the article “Adultery site Ashley Madison confirms leak of actual user data”, published August 19, 2015 by Lance Whitney, CNET News.

Typical of hackers, their motives weren't terribly clear, as hackers often change the reasoning behind what they to do to justify what's effectively a crime as noted in the article “Wreaking havoc: Ashley Madison breach shows hackers' shifting motives”, published August 21, 2015 by Laura Hautala, CNET News.

But when two (2) Canadian men in Toronto, Canada committed suicide by Monday August 24th 2015, a bounty was quickly place on the heads of the alledged members of Impact Team in hopes that their bragging would result in friend ratting out on them as reported in the article “Ashley Madison puts $377,000 bounty on hackers' heads”, published August 24, 2015 by Laura Hautala, CNET News.

Now that we known that the accounts were mostly fake accounts, it seems the actions of Impact Team were justified; Ashley Madison was nothing more than a Scam with Fembot Accounts that was milking men of their money.

Something tells me that Bounty will be ignored, as the hackers motive may actually be that they are disgruntled former users of Ashley Madison who realized that they were being duped and decided to expose the company Ashley Madison, which is owned by Avid Life Media.

For me personally, Females cheating on their husbands was the first clue, as women don't cheat via websites being as they're not that tech savvy; they usually have a female friend set them up, based on my experience from MICO University College.

Still, an interesting hack, as it now turns out that the real criminals were Ashley Madison. Also, sexbots are in our future, Humans style!

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 images in LookBook - How to sell a Wearable using Fashion, Style and beat Apple Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 isn't out yet.  

Still, it’s set to make its debut at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin, Germany, from Friday September 4th 2015 to Wednesday September 9th 2015 as reported in my blog article entitled “Apple sells 4 million Apple Watches - How Samsung, Asus, Huawei, LG and Motorola Empire Strikes back at IFA Trade Show”.

What's known from the Samsung Unpacked Event since Friday August 13th 2015 is that it's round an it runs Tizen OS like the previous Samsung Galaxy Gear S as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “How Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Keyboard Cover Nostalgia wins Applause”.

But pictures of it are already floating about on the Internet and it's looking mighty fashionable as noted in the article “Samsung Gear S2 news: Latest picture shows the Gear S2 in real life, and it’s gorgeous”, published August 26, 2015 By Andy Boxall, Digitaltrends.

Take a look at these snaps of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 being rocked by Samsung executive Dennis Miloseski who posted a picture of him wearing the device on Instagram.

Folks, there more of those pictures in Samsung Unpacked Event Lookbook!

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 images in LookBook - How to sell a Wearable to women and beat Apple Watch

There was also a Samsung Unpacked Event 2015 Lookbook that was published after the Samsung Unpacked that shows the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 being modeled.

It also showcases Samsung’s idea of tying style, design and tech together in once nice bow. A massive 30MB for the lower quality images, the two (2) main ones are shown below.

Paired with a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 is show to be circular, have a dark strap and a brushed steel body and bezel. It actually looks like a regular wristwatch and based on the lighting would look great on your skin.

The second image has the model rocking a white strap, which is also a colour that I've send out and about this summer and it looks to be more of a woman's smartwatch.

This makes sense, as women are a huge target demographic that doesn’t buy gadgets, so making something that tech-forward yet goes well with your shoes is very fashion forward of Samsung. 

It's a lot thinner and less bulkier than the original Samsung Galaxy Gear S as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Samsung’s Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch coming to Jamaica while reppin’ for Tizen”, suggesting a strong shift away from males to appealing to females.

But it's what's under the hood that has me super excited as the following promo video suggests.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 might be packing a nano SIM card slot, suggesting women will be made into female Dick Tracey's making call from their hand. Only this time, I suspect, Samsung will market Bluetooth headsets, making it possible to answer calls and not have to be seen talking to your hand.

Also unlike the Apple Watch, this feature, if really true, means it's completely un-tethered from your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, making it possible to make calls without having to pair it with your massive tablet!

And in case no cellular signal is nearby, you can always IM (Instant Message) via the built in Wi-Fi that the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 is also rumoured to be packing.

No word on a built in camera for making Video Calls, but then again there is only so much you can cram into a Smartwatch!

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 need Better Battery Life – Apple’s next secret weapon for future products

I hope all this means that the battery life has improved, as it would give them an advantage over the Apple Watch.

Apple’s next products might feature Hydrogen fuel cells from Intelligent Energy, giving them battery lives measured in weeks instead of hours  as explained in my blog article entitled “Intelligent Energy Hydrogen Fuel Cell for Apple - How Hydrogen can give Apple products weeks of battery life by 2017”.

Based on estimates from Strategy Analytics, the Apple Watch has sold some 4 million units as reported in my blog article entitled “Apple sells 4 million Apple Watches - How Samsung, Asus, Huawei, LG and Motorola Empire Strikes back at IFA Trade Show”. 

So imagine if they had such battery lives instead of the one (1) day they’re currently rated. Apple’s products would sell faster than hot bread!

Can't wait for September, as I suspect by that time Samsung in Jamaica will have a launch event where they'll showcase their latest arm candy obsession.

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