Among technical people video messaging is known as Video over IP and an extension of Voice over IP. Put simply, video messaging is instant messaging that uses videos instead of text messages. You just need to record your videos, send them and you get replied in videos. In fact, it is like a chat with the text replaced by videos. I made my mind to dedicate this article to exploring video messaging, as nowadays it is becoming increasingly popular among smartphone and mobile users and it is also a common tool for communication in social networking.
Requirements for video messaging
Video messaging is mainly focused on mobile users, that's why different services have launched apps for smartphones rather than desktops. For a decent video messaging experience, you will need the following:
There are many video messaging apps you can choose from, and here some of them:
Snapchat gives you the opportunity of sharing video messages of up to 10 seconds long. Additionally, it also allows free voice calling, video calling, as well as text messaging. The recorded videos are stored in the device’s cache, then shared with friends. It is also possible to share the videos on social networks.
WhatsApp is mainly a text instant messaging app, today it is one of the most popular apps in the world, and especially popular among smartphone users. One of the features of this app is that you can take pictures and send them, you can also record videos instantaneously and send as well. With WhatsApp you can record video messages can be up to 90 seconds long.
Qik is offered by Skype .This app gives a very simple interface to record your videos ( up to 42 seconds long each) and send them to your contacts who are also using Qik. You can send the videos to a group of friends too. You can't use your Skype account and can't send the videos to your Skype buddies. You register yourself through your smartphone’s cellular number.
Choose from various video messaging apps the one which suits you best and start enjoying all the benefits it offers.
Technology and education shouldn't be kept separate, as combining interactive technology with educational materials helps accelerate learning and promote more innovative methods of retention than a simple textbook could ever do. The truth of modern times is that you can hardly find a student who does not use innovative gadgets today. Below are 7 apps which can be of great help to students who are interested in using technology to their advantage in regards to both their studies and personal wellbeing.
Lecture capture apps
Nowadays students don't have to spend the entire time scribbling wildly on notepads, not to miss any vital bit of information, as lecture capture apps allow students to record and listen back to their classes.
SoundNote (iOS) is a very popular lecture capture app for iPad users. It acts as a notepad and audio recorder, so students are able to store an entire lecture in both visual and audio form. ShareYourBoard (Android)app is intended to allow users to photograph a whiteboard from any angle and store all the data for catch-up and revision purposes. Lecture Capture (iOS), Notes Plus (iOS) and Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder (iOS) are also considered apps of high quality.
EverNote Peek (iOS) is a revision app exclusive to the iPad. It uses revision notes (made on EverNote) to quiz users on what they’ve learned so far from their revision. This revision app utilizes the iPad’s cover to hide and reveal clues for answers to your revision topics, thus making it easier for users to quiz themselves. Exam Countdown (iOS) is an app which keeps track of the days until each of your exams. StudyBlue app uses your course information and presents you with a selection of card sets for related revision. Users can make their own flashcards and test themselves.
Exam prep apps
There are also student apps which aim to prepare users for exams like MCAT, GMAT, LSAT and GRE tests. These apps are used by many graduate schools as part of the admissions process. BenchPrep app, using a social networking-style functionality, allows users to connect with fellow test-takers and peruse the BenchPrep revision materials with quizzes, notes and more. Thus, users can track their learning progress, which can make revision more manageable.
TCY Exam Prep (Android) is an exam prep app, which focuses on business students in India and the US. This app features study resources for GRE, GATE, MBA/CAT tests and bank exams.
Student planner apps
Student planner apps are becoming popular, as organization is considered a key for proactive university lifestyle. Timetable (Android) app is featuring a sharp and clean interface which users can map their timetables onto easily. My Class Schedule (Android) or Class Timetable (iOS) apps are also very popular among college students.
Bibliography helper apps
Now students don't have to spend hours writing up a hefty bibliography, EasyBib app can create an academic reference for any book just from a scan of the book’s bar-code. EasyBib offers referencing in MLA, APA and Chicago styles. Users only take a picture of the bar-code or type the title of the book into their devices and professional referencing is done.
Calling apps provide students with an affordable and easy way to get in touch with their classmates and relatives.
One of the most popular apps among students is Skype. It is available for iOS and Android. Students use this app for free video calls and instant messaging.
Callimax cheap international calling app is affordable option for students, especially for those who study abroad. They can make cheap international calls to any destination of the world. It's just necessary to register cell or landline phone numbers. Students can also make calls overseas from Android device and iPhone.
Viber and Tango are also gaining popularity and offer the option of free calls.
Healthy eating apps
Healthy eating apps are useful If you want to shun the takeaways by eating healthily while keeping to a student budget. Rockin Ramen (iOS)is a student app featuring a number of nutritious recipes with ramen as a main ingredient. MealBoard (iOS) is an app which plans healthy meals and recipes based on what you’ve got in the fridge.
Do you have all these great student apps? Or maybe you can name any other useful application that isn't mentioned here.
In the 21 century due to technological progress, modern means of communication are evolving very rapidly. Nowadays mobile phone industry is one of the most developed ones in the diverse world of technology. In fact, mobile phone is not just used for making and receiving calls, it has become a unique and vital part of a modern person's lifestyle. Mobile phones made a human life more comfortable and gave us the opportunity of being connected with the whole world, at the same time enjoying huge number of features it offers, such as music, messaging, Internet access, camera, radio and many others. There are a plenty of various and unique mobile models, which have different operating systems and diverse features, any person can find the mobile which suits her/his style and requirements best. There are so many companies which offer great software applications and provide new and advanced services, which are specifically designed for mobiles.
Today increasing number of people, especially young people are extremely interested in mobile technology industry and they are really anxious to be aware of every innovation in this field. Whenever a new model is introduced, they are willing it to get it and enjoy all the new features it offers. I have so many friends who check about the latest news in this field not every day, nut I can say even every hour and minute, and when they see there is something new, they just rush to mobile centers and buy or exchange the “old” model with the latest one. Those people are aware of all diverse features the latest models can offer, sometimes they also know what new features companies have announced for the coming models. Yeah, it's really good to have such friend, if you decide to buy a mobile phone! This mobile addiction is becoming more and more actual, as it is completely a new world and its diverse and advanced features attract more and more people.
In fact, mobile technology is very dynamic, as the number of mobile providers is increasing very quickly in the world and there is an intense competition in the market, that's why new models are introduced every month, even every day.
Here is the list of the top 10 mobile phone brands in 2014 basis the number of shipments that have happened in first 2 quarters (http://www.mbaskool.com/fun-corner/top-brand-lists/9865-top-10-global-mobile-phone-brands-in-2014.html):
Let's check the latest models offered by the top brands on 2014
There is fascinating news for those who are crazy about iPhones. Apple is expected to release the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 around September of 2014. It will include a larger, redesigned form factor with 4.7" and 5.5" diagonal screens. The 4.7" model will be launch first around September, with the 5.5" model following later. Along with a larger screen, the iPhone 6 may feature a durable sapphire display in at least some models and it may adopt slimmer bezels and a thinner chassis. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might also incorporate Optical Image Stabilization as a differentiating feature from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. It is also possible that the larger iPhone 6 will be the only model with a 128GB storage capacity.
HTC One M8
HTC announced a new version of the HTC One — codenamed M8 — in late March 2014 in New York City and London. The overall look of the Android smartphone is in the same vein of the 2013 model, with stereo speakers flanking the display and providing the excellent "Boomsound" experience.
The new HTC One launches with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and an updated version of HTC Sense — Sense 6.0, actually. BlinkFeed — a custom newsreader — is still on board and very much a prominent feature of the new HTC One, and it's gotten some nice visual tweaks. BlinkFeed was one of the more controversial features of Sense 5, since it took over the far left-hand position on the home screen.
The HTC One M8 launched in three colors and two finishes. Gunmetal Gray is the crowning achievement, with the aluminum sporting a brushed finish (which HTC says was not easy to do) and polished to a glossy shine. (Almost too polished, we think.) You also can get it in the same silver as the original HTC One, and also a champagne gold color. Both have the same texture as the 2013 HTC One.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsumg Galaxy S5 offers even more advanced features than Samsung Galaxy S5.
The camera has evolved to give clearer, faster snaps. The fitness-tracking abilities of the S5 are enhanced over the Galaxy S4 by packing in a more powerful S Health app and a dedicated heart rate monitor on the rear. A fingerprint scanner adds to the most secure Galaxy phone ever made.
The battery is larger, the screen bigger and brighter, the processor quicker and the design altered.
The spec sheet certainly doesn't let it down: a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh (removable) battery, 16 / 32GB of memory (with up to 128GB extra through microSD), one of the world's most vibrant screens that's been extended to 5.1-inches and added biometrics.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 is a high-end Android smartphone manufactured by Sony and released in April 2014. Under the codename "Sirius", Xperia Z2 serves as the successor to the Sony Xperia Z1. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is water and dust proof with an IP rating of IP55 and IP58. The phone features a new display, a Snapdragon 801 processor and the ability to record 4K videos. The Xperia Z2 also allows removable microSD storage. It was unveiled alongside the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Sony Xperia M2 during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 24, 2014, and was first released in Taiwan on March 24, 2014, in Singapore on April 5, 2014 and entered more markets in May 2014. In the United States, the Xperia Z2 will be released in August 2014.Many reviewers praised the phone's screen, camera and waterproof design. Similar to the devices under the Sony Xperia Z series, the Xperia Z2 has an "Omni-Balance", according to Sony, which is focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions. The phone comes with the same aluminum frame as its predecessor. It also features tempered glass on the front and back with an aluminum power button placed on the right side of the device.
It may seem strange but alongside with those who are obsessed with new mobile models, there are also people who are addicted to their old mobile phones and they are so attached to their mobiles that they are reluctant to choose a new model, even if it can offer so many features and benefits. This is mainly typical of older generation, perhaps the reason is that they get used to their mobiles and find it difficult or just don't wish to learn new things. They treat these mobiles as living beings and wish to use them always. My grandparents also belong to this category of people, when they are used to something they will never get rid of them even for the best model with various advanced features. But I know also people, who have tried different models, and use the latest ones, but they still keep their first mobile phone.
As you can see mobile addiction which is very popular nowadays, can have different types.
Today, in the 21 century, life has become more dynamic, we are constantly rushing here and there. Telecommunication is becoming more and more essential day by day, making our life easier, faster and more relaxed. Many years ago people could only dream about living in the world, where we live now. This is the world of highly developed IT society, where communication is no longer a problem and you don't have to wait weeks and months to find out what's going on in the world, you should just turn on TV, radio, or use your computer or cellphone and gain the information you need. We live in the century where the level of society's development is assessed according to the amount of information we get every day. Technical revolution that's to say the invention of information and communication technologies opened so many new doors for us, and now it became not only a big and prosperous industry, but also a necessity in all spheres of our life. In fact, telecommunication has a great social, cultural and economic impact on modern society. Well, so we can say that telecommunication made people closer to each other and the barrier of distance no longer exists now. First of all, let's find out about the roots of the word “telecommunications”. This word comes from Greek: ''tele'' means ''over a distance'' and ''communicara''- ''the ability to share''. So telecommunications means ''sharing information over a distance''. Now it's high time to refer to the definition of telecommunication. Telecommunications, which is also known as telecom, refers to the exchange of information by electronic and electrical means over a significant distance. Among telecommunications devices are telephones, telegraph, radio, microwave communication arrangements, fiber optics, satellites and the Internet.
In this article you will get to know the most important stages of Telecommunication history from prehistorical times to 21century, which is the evidence of a person's never-ending aspiration for progress.
Prehistoric Era: Prehistoric man used fire and smoke signals as well as drum messages to encode information over a limited geographic area when they wished to contact neighboring clans.
5th century BCE: Pigeon post: Persia and Syria are considered to the first to use pigeon messaging system approximately in the 5th century BCE.
4th century BCE: Hydraulic semaphore: In the 4th century BCE, the hydraulic semaphore was designed in ancient Greece as a method of communication.
15th century CE: Maritime flag semaphore: Communication between ships was very difficult before the 15th century. At that time, flag semaphore, a special code involving the positions of two hand-held flags, was introduced. Each position and motion represented a letter or number. This made it very easy for fleets to communicate.
1672: First experimental acoustic (mechanical) telephone: Robert Hooke is first credited with creating an acoustic telephone in 1672. Hooke discovered that sound could be transmitted over wire or string into an attached ear piece or mouthpiece.
1838: Electrical telegraph: Samuel B. Morse, Alfred Vail and Leonard Gale discovered that when connecting two model telegraphs together and running electricity through a wire, you could send messages by holding or releasing the buttons in a series of intervals. This became known as Morse code and lay the foundation for modern land-line phones.
1877: Acoustic phonograph: Thomas Alva Edison made incredible strides in sound recording and transmission when he completed the first acoustic phonograph in August of 1877.
1896: Radio: In 1896, Marconi sent his first long-distance wireless transmission. The signal was sent over a distance of 2 kilometers. The recipient of this signal waved a white kerchief to show that it had been received. This earned Marconi a place in the history books as the man who gave us the first radio.
1927: Television: Phillip T. Farnsworth gave us the first television prototype.
1969: Computer networking: In October of 1969, the first data traveled between nodes of the ARPANET, a predecessor of the Internet. This was the first computer network and was invented by Charley Kline and Bill Duvall.
1973: First modern-era mobile phone: Inventor Martin Cooper placed the first cellular mobile call in 1973 to his rival at Bell Labs, Joel Engel. The first mobile phone had a maximum talk time of 30 minutes, and it took a year for the battery to recharge. The phone would eventually be a prototype for Motorola's first mobile phones.
1983: Internet: On January 1, 1983, the Internet was officially born. ARPANET officially switched its old network control protocols (NCP) and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) became standard.
2003: VoIP Internet telephony: In 2003, phone calls were now capable of being transmitted over a computer through Internet protocols. This meant that long-distance charges were not applicable, as callers would use already-established computer networks.
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