Chinese Brands That Can Compete With Apple

The economy is changing fast and China is slowly growing into a superpower in the field of technology. Gone were the days when China is simply where Apple manufactures its products. Today, multiple Chinese brands can be compared to Apple in terms of functionality. Many Chinese products are available in the market but there are a few brands that stand out. These brands can create smartphones with advanced technologies that even a few Apple fans are convinced to switch over to android.


OnePlus is a new brand in the Chinese smartphone market but it doesn’t mean that it has lacking features. Owned by BBK electronics along with Oppo and Vivo, the OnePlus smartphones are the ones that release flagship phones at lower prices compared to Apple and Samsung. While it is becoming famous with android users, it is yet to be up there on the top 3 smartphones. Still, it is one of the best Chinese brands that have the potential to dominate the market.


For Apple users, switching to Xiaomi is a little easier because its operating system, the MIUI has a very similar feel with the iPhone’s operating system, the iOS. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is one of the most beloved phones that gave name to the Xiaomi. It also has its flagship phones, the Xiaomi Mi line that promises powerful and advanced devices at a cheaper price than its competitors. There are debates ongoing whether Xiaomi or Huawei is the best Chinese smartphone and the jury is still out on that one. For now, Xiaomi is continuously releasing high-end phones at a much cheaper price than Apple. This brand can also make midrange phones that have a few flagship specs and still keep the price affordable. Dubbed as the “Apple of China”, the Xiaomi is becoming a serious threat to its competitors.


They are becoming another giant in the smartphone industry. Currently, Huawei is the third most preferred brand right after Samsung and Apple. Huawei has been existing for a long time but it is only recently that the brand is gaining momentum. More and more people are switching to Huawei because of its flagship phone, Huawei P30 Pro, dubbed as the flagship phone that has a mid-range price. It appealed to the masses, especially with its powerful zoom-in features that cannot be seen on any other phone. Aside from this, Huawei also boasts a lot of smartphone series that are becoming instant hits to the people. Like Samsung, they also release a lite version of their flagship phones which gives more options to its fanbase.

There are multiple benefits in choosing a Chinese android phone over an iPhone. It is a standard in an Asian country to have two sim card slots, and this is perfect for people who have separate numbers for private and business use. It is also no secret that Chinese brands are way cheaper than Apple products are even though they almost have the same specs. iPhone has also become a staple, especially in the United States, and it may feel unoriginal to own one. The sleek and unique designs are also one of the reasons why a lot of people fall in love with Chinese brands.

Pending Lawsuits against Samsung and Apple for slowing down older phones

The continued lawsuits against Apple and Samsung have continued to spoil the name of the company. The case has taken another level as currently several iPhone users have filed cases in New York City with claims that Apple has intentionally been slowing down their devices as their batteries age. The claims come after another one was filed last month based on the same claim.

After updating to new versions of Android system iOS, many users have been complaining that slowed down. This is after they upgraded to newer models of their devices. However, it’s important to note that all the claims are referred to the ignorance of these two companies. The case defines that, the devices’ are to blame most of the time and so the company should make a point of replacing them in good time.

The lawsuits came after Apple had confirmed that they had slowed down various devices through software updates from their side. Some of the devices Apple claimed to slow down include, iPhone 6 plus, 6, 6S, 6S plus and SE as they needed to improve their software in the said devices. The company also said that this was one way of preventing these devices from shut down.
The iPhones usually make use of the Lithium-ion Batteries. These batteries are believed to peak excess current especially in cold conditions which may result in charging over time. This may result in low power of the batteries which cause the device to shut down unexpectedly in order to prevent other components from damage.

The company, however, admitted that the slowing down of the devices only came after the Reddit users and some of the bloggers tested some of these devices. Many users have been claiming that the company should be the one responsible to be transparent when it comes to treating old batteries and that they should come up with better ways of recognizing the aging Batteries.

The lawsuits come in two separate claims from the users. One has emerged from the plaintiffs from the cities of Illinois and California bringing an argument that Apple Ltd didn’t have the right to slow down their iPhone devices. Another case followed when two residents of Chicago, one from Ohio and another one from North Carolina. The users claimed that updates being undertaken by Apple was to intentionally force the users to purchase their new release of new models with an aim to make huge profits.

As speed issues with the iPhone users have been on the rise currently, there is a need to find the solution in a timely manner. The company has been on the first line to advise the users on why the performance of the iPhone is slowing down. When the processor needs to use more current than the device’s battery is able to supply, the device will definitely shut down in order to give protection to the inner electronic components. However, more actions are put in place to make sure that iPhone users are satisfied with the services Apple is providing.

How Rogers and Bell are Impeding Competition Through Government

Bell Canada:

Bell Canada is Telecommunication Company in Canada, it was declared 5th largest company in 1975. The company is named after the inventor of telephone “Graham Bell” who is also a co-founder of bell Telephone Company. Its head quarter is in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It also provides DSL internet services.

Roger’s communication:

Roger’s communication is a telecommunication and media based company. Its head quarter is located in Toronto, Canada. It is serving in different fields like wireless communication, cable television, internet connectivity and telephone.

Bell vs Rogers:

The Toronto condo market is one of the rapidly growing market in the world. a very fierce flourishing business that is shuddering the city to its foundations. But Bell Canada has for some time protested to the CRTC that it is not attaining its fair share of the telecommunications hook-ups. According to reports, Bell Canada protested that between 2010 and the end of 2014, the top seven builders in the Greater Toronto Area put up 85,000 condo units in the city but Bell Canada cannot acquire 20% of them.

Bell’s major contender snatched more of the market, suggesting Bell has some kind of a poor strategy. Or maybe condo builders and developers, who have full control of the buildings, have strong business logic for favoring Rogers. It is, ultimately, a highly contender market and they would have no courage to threaten the market value of their developments.

Instead of fighting, however, Bell has turned to the CRTC, a government agency that consider discipline over competition, laws rather than prices, directions rather the markets. Instead of competition, Bell wants the CRTC to direct the installation of Bell fiber optic cable to every department in two new condo projects, the York Harbor Club and the Chaz Yorkville.

The CRTC has been trying to impose mandated condo installations for years, despite of the cost they are bearing and practicality. The possessor of the York Harbour Club, in a additionto the CRTC last year, said it struck a deal to empower Rogers to become the beginningtelecom supplier and it would be a breach of its property and civil righteousness if the CRTC were to direct Bell.
The developers and builders also say that, if the condo project is engaged, unit owners can select to bring in Bell.

In the middle of a highly ruthless market, the CRTC would also undercut competition, high and real competition between Bell, Rogers and other telecom suppliers. But the CRTC has a strategy of fortifying all end users have access to competing services, and it seems decided to judge that Bell has been unfairly reject the right to induct fibre as it sees fit.

In the place of giving permission for competition to settle these problems to the advantage of condo developers, builders and others, the CRTC is inclination toward working for the benefit of Bell.

In this way, government is also involved in creating barriers for the new entrants in the market of telecommunication industries.

Is the Bitcoin Craze Going to Last?

Is the Bitcoin Craze Going to Last?

Digital currency mining has taken the world by storm in the recent years. Investors have jumped on to this platform due to the enormous returns they get owing to the lack of regulation thus riding a massive bull run unlike in the stock market. Bitcoin has proved to be the superior crypto currency. Bitcoin users are growing in huge numbers by day, and this has forced companies to accept Bitcoin as a mode of payment during purchase. Currently, one Bitcoin is selling at $17000 as of
December 2017 from $2000 in January, this is a steep rise in the price and investors argue this will continue and reach $40000 by the end of 2018. Will the Bitcoin craze come to an end? Yes, this current bubble over crypto currency
will come to an end but not anytime soon. This stems from the word that some Wall Street investors are also on the verge of joining in the digital currency mining thus causing a craze about Bitcoin. Regulators around the world have been put Bitcoin use in the limelight.

Financial regulators are spooked about the recent development on the use of Bitcoins. The regulators have not regulated Bitcoin mining in the country of use. Eyes have been drawn on Bitcoins usage as a means of exchange. The regulators are seen to require Bitcoin to provide personal identities of the users as move on been able to tax the users and collect revenue from its users which was not the case in the past. The financial system is also on alert with some banks fearing that trading in future will be too volatile thus undermining the exchange stability. Thus the regulators are cracking down on these users for the state to also reap from this bubble.

Bitcoin cannot be an alternative to replace fiat currencies. Fiat currencies are free from interference from the government and for Bitcoin to replace them the government will have act as an umpire between transactions. Volatility and transaction
costs are another reason why crypto currencies cannot replace fiat currency with Bitcoin users complaining of slow processing delays, and this makes Bitcoins not suitable for small everyday transactions. Bitcoin prices have not been stable also with at times having fluctuations in the price thus merchants will not prefer the use of Bitcoins to price their products and if it used it used pricing a product with Bitcoins at the current rate will be expensive for the

Bitcoins is a deliberate store of value that mimics gold. Like gold, Bitcoins have no money flows and practical duty like other commodities and therefore gauging the value of Bitcoins is futile since no monetary value can be attached to it as it is priced not valued. Despite this similarity to gold, the use of Bitcoins cannot replace the use of gold given its long history and its acceptance by society to represent wealth.

The government’s crackdown on these digital currencies, inability to be used as an alternative for fiat currencies coupled with a large number of people still not being able to understand how Bitcoins work will cause an end to the craze on crypto currency. The ending is near due to the inability of more and more investors failing to adopt the Bitcoins in their investment options will cause the end to come faster than expected.

Is Apple out of touch with its historic past?

Following the untimely demise of Apple founder, Steve Jobs, Apple has struggled to find its feet as the creative force it once was. When the late Jobs was at the helm, there was palpable excitement every time Apple launched a new product. Such announcements were usually filled with an air of mystery and awe that everyone wanted a piece of what Jobs was selling. The company itself was a juggernaut in the technology sphere that other electronics companies feared going toe to toe with and love by all because of its style.

The late Jobs left very huge shoes to fill and the Apple board pegged its hopes on Tim Cook to steer the company forward. After all, Tim had taken over from Steve in 2011 and was familiar with company culture of innovation and style.

Well, the company run into headwinds with several failed product offerings that have threatened to besmirch the legacy of Apple. Recent failures of the iPhone 6 through iPhone 8 have left people very worried about the direction that this once successful company is headed. Apple experienced its first drop in earnings for the last 20 years in 2016.

Why are people worried about the future of Apple?

One of the key things that have had people worried about Apple is the shift in its image. While Jobs was in charge, Apple had a ball-busting image that made its competitors cower; tail-tucked between their legs. Its current image portrays a soft and affable company that is unwilling to get into a vicious fight as is evidenced by the settlement with Google on the Motorolla Mobility patent breach. It just seems as though the bite has just gone up in smoke and they are simply fair-game for anyone willing to take them.

It seems that a new Apple trend that has worried people is the need for constant acquisition of companies. The main aim of these acquisitions is to absorb the innovations of these companies. For the purists and die-hard fans of the company, this is quite puzzling because the old Apple-Steve Jobs’ Apple- was dead set on blazing the trail for others to follow. This current company just seems lazy and uninspired.

Siri, the Apple virtual personal assistant app, has been grossly outdone in the market by newer and more advanced players like Google Now and Microsoft Cortana. It just seems as though the development of Siri has taken a back-burner.

What about the iPhone series?

When iPhone 6 came out like this huge tablet-like phone, doubts about the future of the series began to spring up. The seeming obliviousness of Apple to push the boundaries and regain that fear factor it before is quite puzzling. The size is still problematic and the unwillingness to fix this ergonomic issue spells tough times ahead because some manufacturers are addressing the issue effectively.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus features have underwhelmed when compared to the iPhone X. The design of the iPhone 8 is very poor and uninspired. It is more a modified iPhone 7s than anything else. In terms of battery life, it is very poor_ it lasts for only a day.

The iPhone X still has the size problem. It is touted to have a larger display. Other information, will emerge as soon as the phone is released.

Only time will tell if Apple will steer itself back to the path of greatness it was once on.

4 New Potential Apps That Can Change Lives

There are many types of computer applications today. They include embedded Systems i.e. mobile application, Web applications, console applications, windows applications and even Web Services applications e.g. Google search engine.

We live in a world where almost everybody who has a smartphone would like it to do everything for them. From predicting the weather to telling the current and future market trends in stock and money market.

Below is a list of top 4 new potential apps that can change lives. Read on to find out more.

Spritz App

Are you tired of moving your eyes while reading through lengthy documents on your phone? The new speed-reading app Spritz lets you scan text at a very high rate. The rate goes up to 1,000 words per minute; this is possible because the app flashes this words in the same sport.

This means you will not waste a lot of time moving your eyes whenever you are reading the lengthy document. The app is great although it is not be recommended for war and peace. Otherwise, it is a useful app for scanning documents before a meeting.

The StressManager App

Do you sometimes feel stressed up and wish you could have someone to talk to? You most probably have had a rough day, and you have nobody to share your feelings with. Then try out the stop stressing app.

This stress manager app listens to your voice and then measures its frequency. It then comes up with eight different types of stress you may be experiencing e.g. irritation, nervousness, etc. It goes on to rate your stress on a scale of 1-5 and then makes some recommendations about your stress and any management measures.

Shazam App

Have you ever listened to some interesting song on the radio in which you don’t know anything about? It might be even your favorite show on TV, and you see some new brand of product that you would like to buy. The app is designed to help you by giving you a link to the product as well as tell you the artist of the song on the radio and where you can download the song.

The app is perfect for new inventions and recently released albums. It is very effective to music lovers who want to get to know that new hit song that was recently released.

Lose It App

This is an application that will count your calories and even calculate its portion size. It allows you to take a snap of what you are eating using your smartphone camera and it will tell you all you need to know about the portion size and calories.

Amazing isn’t it? The app will probably tell you all the ingredients that are in your meal. The app will help you figure out what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. Eating better and a proper diet has never been any easier, mostly to the people suffering from food allergies, intolerances, and diabetics.

These applications can help change your life by solving problems that you thought could never be solved.

Who’s Winning the War Between Radio And Podcasts

Radio basically deals with transmitting and receiving of electromagnetic waves of radio frequencies mostly the one for sound while podcasts are audio files made available for downloading to a computer or mobile device although other format does exist like PDF and e pub. Podcast does not only transmit audios only but also videos resulting to video podcasts.mostly people prefer podcast be because they tailor what listen and watch compared to radio that you only listen to what is being presented. Most people prefer to use podcast to radio because of its numerous advantages that includes:

1) The ability of persons or organizations to personalize Through podcast the information is communicated directly to the listener verbally or through video, this is easier way of getting information as compared to radio. Therefore, one can receive personal messages through podcast which is not applicable in radio.

2) Increase business communicationPodcast enable an organization to retain more clients and reach to new audiences. these audiences subscribe to the podcast and continues to receive information about the product or the organization. moreover audience may also recommend to their friends and relatives, this is better compared to radio where there is monotony on the kind of information that is provided especially in the advertisements.

3) It is easy to create a podcastPodcasts involves few steps and do not have limitation of radio waves. One just to need to be have an internet connection to download the audio or video. Podcast can also be sent to different client using different platforms like electronic mail. This is because the editing software for creating a podcast simple and readily available.

4) Podcast minimizes costIn modern trends business wants to reduce cost as much as possible, podcast is cheaper compared to radio which is expensive to advertise. Because podcasts are transmitted digitally their eliminate many costs hence making them cheaper. Many business consider podcast nowadays for it is also efficiency.

5) Highly engagingIn the future podcast is going to win because it is more engaging than other platforms for example radio. Everybody in the internet is faced with information overload with the information being filled large amount of written content but audio information attempt to engage is more welcoming because it reduces monotony of reading by listening files.

6) Modern technologyIn the future radio is going to lose because it doesn’t encompass new technology, hence it is more demanded. This is because people want to decide what to hear and what to listen. Therefore, if their are attracted to your broadcast and can subscribe to your podcast, thus there is an excellent chance their are actually getting the information you are providing them.

7) PortabilityThe portability of mobile devices, iphones and laptops is giving podcast an upper hand compared to radio. this s emanating from the fact that their can be carried anywhere at ease. Therefore, enabling one to listen or view podcast anywhere around the globe.

8) Authoritative presentationThe audio files enables one to inject enthusiasm and speaking skills where you can convince them on the products you are offering. this gives one more time to convince his/her clients vividly as opposed to radio where there is limited space, time and need a lot of resources to advertise. Additionally in the radio one is not sure whether the intended audience is listening at that particular time.

As technology continues to evolve the traditional ways of passing information like radio are becoming obsolete. Therefore podcast is going to win because it popularity is growing day by day as it encompasses the trending technology

The merits of the VR technology and some of its drawbacks

VR (virtual reality) has its roots from the combination of 3D images, computer-assisted instruction, computer gaming, entertainment experiences and equipment simulators. Most VR show immersive environments through mounting them on the head and they supplement or replace the real world and put you into the virtual world. More impressive fact about this VR is that one feels like he/she is in the virtual world like LITERALLY.

Some of this VR surround you in a CAVE (computer assisted virtual environment) through the use of world fixed displays. It’s important to note the application of this VR technology is necessary for the fields like entertainment, educational, and its civic and therapeutic value out ways its demerits which range from physical effects to the potential loss of connection to the reality.

Major merits are:

1. Training and education

VR plays a significant role in the training and teaching sector by providing easy ways to model complex situations that are as a matter of facts life and death problems which trying to solve them in a real world could prove dangerous. Let’s start with an example; a novice student is trying to learn driving, instead of putting the student behind the wheel, the student can use VR, and this can put the student in a safe position without them destroying their properties or others. Other applications of such kinds are

1. commercial aviation

2. military hardware control

3. helping medical students learn surgical without the use of live humans hence gaining immersive experiences without limitation and many more fields that this VR technology is not limited to.

2. Entertainment and Gaming

In partnership with various gaming software, headsets and goggles the VR technology insert gaming participants into this game world that they experience like it’s in real life situations. However such headsets can be costly at times especially those that are designed for the closed faced.

3. Help in Healing

Through simulation of traumatic or disturbing events, such technology can help people like the military soldiers overcome various PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorders) that they made encountered during their operations. The technology basically puts them in the virtual combat situations in modes like gaming, and this makes the members became tolerable to disabling stressors.

Other applications in healing; treating phobias example handling animals or objects.

Physical rehabilitation that is, giving patients the chance to refine ambulatory in a clinic setting before moving to a real life situation.

4. Planning and Architecture

Here applying the virtual reality technology to the field of planning and architecture gives a clear picture in virtual forms of how the outcome would be.It makes work easier since now websites can serve up fly-and this is by reconstruction of the real cities, the only thing left is to incorporate onscreen viewing into the VR headset

Demerits of VR are:

1. Despite the practical applications that VR provides to real life situation, it’s important to remember real life requires actual full mastery rather than the modeled. Hence poor mastery in the VR training can result to poor real life performance.

2. Continuous use of the VR leads to desensitization of one’s correspondence with real life situation. That is, the inability to perceive and react to the real world. This occurs mainly due to the preference of virtual reality over the reality.

3. The VR that becomes so real or too simulating can cause setbacks to any form of treatment.

Where The Mobile Market is Heading

Mobile phone development is exploding, and an ever increasing number of users has created a developers dream. One only needs to observe the tremendous quantity of Smartphone applications to realize the magnitude of what is taking place. Apple’s iPhone now has well over two hundred thousand apps that have been downloaded an astonishing 5 billion times. The Android is making up ground at a lightning pace, and the number of apps has now surpassed 100,000. The development process is becoming easier too with the advent of cross-platform app frameworks. The forerunner right now is the Rhodes framework, which makes it possible for app developers to build one app and deploy it across the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile device platforms.

We are still in the early stages of the mobile revolution, and some of the greatest changes are yet to take place. One of the next areas to take hold will be in the world of informational Smartphone apps.

The key to writing high-quality informational apps is synchronized offline data. Users need the ability to read and work with the information even when they are not connected. Mobile web browsers failed to make a dent in Smartphone app usage because users want to interact with their data before it is uploaded or finalized. The case example is how users interact with their mobile email clients that use synchronized data and rarely if ever will email using mobile browsers. Many studies show that users will not utilize back-end apps if the data is not locally available on their phones. Read only cases such as a newspaper app create much more user value when the data is cached and can be accessed offline.

The first alternative would be to use a first generation sync server, which eliminates every one of the challenges you would face if you were to build from the ground up. Companies like Intellisync were able to blaze the trail in the sync world. The survivors of the early trek include companies such as Antenna and Sybase who are among a small number of mobile synchronization providers. None have been around for much more than ten of fifteen years and all are multifaceted in their sync offerings which unfortunately waters down their mobile synchronization product. Clearly, anyone is better off with a first generation sync approach than doing nothing or trying to reinvent the wheel. The drawbacks, however, do include very high costs and slower sync times.

As consumers feel the urge to “Go Green,” mobile phone developers are going to take this into account and start changing the way they build their handsets. The elimination of toxic components is the first start towards going green with the inclusion of more recycled components into the handsets. The plastic casing of mobile phones can be made, in large part, from recycled and renewable materials. Developers are also going to start to make a move towards increasing the battery life of phones while developing phones that use less energy to gain a full charge. Nokia has already built into their phones an alert that will let users know when their phone is fully charged, urging them to disconnect their phones.

With upcoming Smartphone releases, users can expect to see more touch-screen technology integrated along with the continued ability to use mobile phones for more than just phone calls. As more functionality is incorporated into the devices, users can expect to see dramatic changes in the designs of the phones; larger screens, fold out keyboards, and a move towards handsets without buttons.

There are so many directions the Smartphone industry can take us in it is hard to pinpoint exactly where the technology is going to take us. However, what is certain is that the future of mobile phone technology is a bright one full of possibilities as innovative handset makers and wireless carriers take steps to not only make our lives easier with better communication devices but take the steps needed to ensure the technologies keep up with our demands.

3 Smartphones On the Market To Consider

Heading into the Black Friday, knowing the best phone is more important than ever. This year we have seen a dozen of different brands hitting the market and battling for the top position, hence there is more choice when it comes to buying a new smartphone than it has never been witnessed before. This comprehensive mobile phone review seeks to enlighten you on today’s up-to-date top 3 new smartphones whose ranking has been based on a lot of geeked-out features based on; performance, software updates, battery life camera quality and design.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The best smartphone award goes to the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This will probably come as a surprise to many of you considering the alleged battery explosion scandal that saw the Giant firm recall some of the devices. You will agree with me its predecessor was a good phone but not really a brilliant one, that even saw a decrease in sales volume. The Galaxy S6 Edge was similar to the Galaxy S6 with the same size, camera, and power with the only distinction between the two was the curved screen,and that was it. However, this year Samsung thought out of the box and manufactured one of the finest smartphone ever manufactured by the firm. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with an enhanced battery life and has brought back the SD Card. Did I mention that the phone is water resistant?

The Galaxy S7 Edge is truly a work of art that is designed with a mix of glass and metal fitted with a 5.5-inch screen size. The phone is powered by Android marshmallow operating system with a Exynos 8890 CPU. The Camera is just brilliant with the Rear camera being 12 MP and the Front being 12 MP. Its 3600mAh battery guarantees nothing less than the best which is a huge welcome. Even though the price is high, the phone scores perfectly in virtually all departments.

2. iPhone 7 Plus

Following closely is Samsung fiercest competitor the iPhone 7 Plus. This is undoubtedly the best iPhone brand available right now that is designed to give a whole heap of power and performance. The iPhone 7 plus borrows heavily from its predecessors only that Apple decided to do away with the headphone jack and significantly up the price- but if your headphones are wireless and pocket deep enough, you will definitely love the experience.

The iPhone 7 Plus is powered by iOS 10 operating system with A10 Fusion CPU to give you the slick performance. The smartphone does not only come with a camera, but two of them on the backside that are 12MP+12MP and a front 7 MP camera . The 5.5 inch device comes with a RAM of 3GB and has storage of up to 256 GB.

3. Google Pixel

And for the Android aficionados, the Google Pixel is an excellent flagship smartphone designed to offer a breath of fresh to the Android niche. while it may not be probably the most attractive smartphone on the market, the heaps of power under its hood makes it a perfect multitasking and gaming device, hence it will be worth the buck.

The 5 inch screen provides an excellent viewing experience for your favourite movies. The handset operates with Android 7.2 and a Snapdragon 821 CPU. Just like the Galaxy S7 Edge, the device is fitted with a 4 GB RAM and a storage of 32 /128 GB. Its 2770mAh battery may come as big disappointment to many but the devices will compensate this deficit with its outstanding 12 MP +8 MP rear and front camera respectively.