Yik Yak financing of $ 75 million, the next Facebook?

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If you have not heard of Yik Yak, that is normal. Because so far, this is just an application for American college students. Just like in 2005, when few people knew that the only college students uses Facebook.

Above were a lot of reasons people like to compare Yik Yak and Facebook, they are only open to American college students in the early days, and is very popular in college – although the user can only be college students in the United States, but the Yik Yak in the US App Store list of free social applications already lined up the top ten, more than LINE, WeChat, LinkedIn.

Have Facebook as a standard, there is an excellent ranking score, financing is not difficult for the Yik Yak it. This year in April and June, Yik Yak completed two finances were $ 15 million and $ 10 million, investors include DCM, RenRen, and Tim Draper, etc. According to TechCrunch reported, Yik Yak will complete a new round of financing, the financing amount up to $ 75 million, and this round of financing may have a strategic investor – which means that the next Yik Yak may be some more radical behavior.

By the way, what is Yik Yak? According to its official website introduce, this is an application you can see what the nearby people are discussing. It looks like a location-based Twitter, but another great feature Yik Yak is anonymity. So someone will compare it with Whisper, Secret applications.

Conceptually, Yik Yak has a collection of many features of current popular mobile applications, and the choice cut from the university is a good policy. Students would have been easier to accept new applications, there is a lot in common, easy-to-occur in the same crowd who do resonate. From the propagation angle, the student activity area is relatively concentrated, easy to spread new applications.

Yik Yak was founded in 2013, when the American University 2014 spring semester begins, quickly became popular on campus.

But Yik Yak now also faced with many problems in the early development of social applications: content published by people in it are not friendly. And because of its anonymity, which simultaneously reducing college students concerns in published the content, but also make it easier for them with impunity. But with the development community to expand on the content Yik Yak will be more “normal” and those “bad user” or “inappropriate content” will be getting a low proportion.

Yik Yak really need to think clearly is how out of the campus, like Facebook, like success in a wider crowd. At this point, Yik Yak can learn a lot the experience from Facebook. But one Yik Yak investors, China’s Renren, very unsuccessful. If the Yik Yak has plans to enter China, it can learn a lot experiences from Renren.

Apple employees dedicated iOS applications: 12 Secret iPhone Apps

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Currently Apple’s AppStore has nearly 1.3 million models of software applications, from the media player, music streaming, communications to e-mail, calendar and news application. As long as you can think of applications related everyday life, basically can be found in the Apple App Store. However, there are a lot of people do not know that there are some “special for” The iOS app will not appear in the App Store, because only Apple employees are eligible to use them.

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After hacker in-depth study on the iOS code, and some accidental exposure incident, the media are now listed only iOS app Apple employees can use – General iOS users cannot search for these applications in the App Store. The media said that these “special for” application basically Apple employees used to track user data, check App Store internal environment or is testing the game stability and so on.

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At present, these have been found to be Apple employees dedicated application, a total of 12, they are:

AppleConnect

Tank

Inferno

MobileGenius

MobileRadar

Operator

Receipts

The Daily Download

Red Zone Mobile

Switchboard

TouchFighter2

UniBox

iOS 8 share of 56%: increase of four percentage points from two weeks

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US technology media AppleInsider reports, Apple developer page content showed until November 10, registered in the App Store for iOS devices, there are 56% has been upgraded to iOS 8, and iOS 7 devices are accounted for 40 %.

According to the first few weeks of data, the rate of adoption of iOS 8 after a brief setback back on track after last month’s. On October 27 show penetration iOS 8 to 52 percent, it said in recent weeks increased 4 percentage points, while in the three weeks and then move forward, the penetration iOS 8 also increased by five percentage points.

Apple officially push iOS 8 upgrade package to users in September 17, after the initial boom upgrade to early October there has been stagnation, then its penetration grew only 1 percent within two weeks. There were many old customers did not choose to upgrade after seeing iOS on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears cellular networks and Touch ID aspect of the Bug.

The latest iOS version iOS 8.1, new features including Apple Pay and iCloud photo gallery those applicable to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Meanwhile Apple is still continuing in fixing iOS 8 Bug and improving performance, the future will be launched iOS 8.1.1 update package.

Smart watches Inventory and Reviews

The technology changes life, all the traditional hardware can be equipped with smart chips by way of intelligence, watch also increasingly intelligent process, and smart watches has been introduced one by one.

By carrying a smart phone system to the network, to achieve expansion of an amplifying function, which is the intelligent watch. You can see that the current trend of smart watches are gradually move closer to the phone again, which is one of this product be designed, in the case of using a cell phone user is not convenient to use.

Based on performance, the current smart watches are divided into two categories, while distinguishing criterion is whether to include a call feature. Smart Watch relying connection without calling achieved multifunction smart phones can synchronize phone calls, text messages, e-mail, photos, and music and so on; and the smart watch with a call feature supports SIM card is essentially a watch shape smart phones; and the current market most used operating system is a very high penetration of the Android system.

Follow inventory of several representative for everyone to watch.

1. Apple Watch

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Apple is currently touted company and Apple released their own smart watch –Apple Watch. This from smartphone is released by Apple’s September 2014, the screen with sapphire material, the back of the watch has a lot of sensors, is a full range of health and motion tracking devices. It’s pre-sale time for the late mid-March to the end of June next year, but for the price, Cook said starting at $ 349.

Sapphire dial peel it unique waterproof function, and in terms of software, its specialized introduced two new applications: Fitness and Workout. Watch is recorded the real-time data, measure calorie consumption, exercise time, distance, and heart rate recording. In addition, Apple watch has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, 16GB RAM, can also be linked with the iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth or WiFi.

2. Google smart watch

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For Apple has launched the Smart Watch, as Apple’s competitors, Google has even less idle.

As the name implies Google-based smart watch is powered by Android Wear smart watches, of course, a simplified version of Android powered smart watches. Can provide navigation information, e-mail reminder message, while the device is expected to have a function of network access. But does not support the expansion of third-party applications.

Currently LG, Sony, MOTO has launched related products.

3. Samsung Galaxy Gear

On September 25, 2013 introduced by South Korea’s Samsung, the Smart Watch Galaxy Gear, 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen material, with a resolution of 320 * 320, support for multi-touch. Wristband built a 1.9 million pixel camera, supports interaction with the previous Samsung mobile phones, and small tools to manage photos and video content.

This contains 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM, also has a non-removable battery 315 mA can have more than 25 hours usage time smart watches also speakers, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope, and two microphone. As for pricing, compared with $ 300. At the same time, this smart watch supports the Samsung S Voice commands, through the watch can alarm tone, outgoing calls and other functions. In China, it is replaced by Baidu voice assistant.

Microsoft bundles Fitbit Flex

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Buy Microsoft smartphone Lumia 830 in the US AT & T site, now will receive a bundled of health tracking wrist-worn device – but the device is not Microsoft official produced the Microsoft Band, but is competing company Fitbit Flex.

Microsoft’s decision immediately triggered a market association and speculation – there are many reports have pointed out previously, Microsoft officially released Microsoft Band only about a week, but it has received a lot of negative evaluation. The company may give up Microsoft Band.

However, Microsoft want bundle, but do not select for its own products, the reason more likely to be concerned with the retail price. Flex price of only $ 99, compared to $ 199 in Microsoft Band, comes the former is clearly more cost-effective.

In addition, Flex and Microsoft is not completely “hostile”, the product is also particularly recommended a number of services from Microsoft:

One is a voice assistant for Cortana. Fitbit announced integrated Microsoft Cortana service in the device at the end of last month, because the service “at the time of recording and tracking activities and food, with enhanced ease of use and efficiency.” Fitbit also said it will update the application on the Windows Phone platform to increase the “incentive” and “Language Support” and other new features.

Furthermore is support for Microsoft’s new health platform. Although Fitbit has not been listed as an official partner of Microsoft (the competitors company Jawbone was included), but Fitbit explicitly rejected Apple’s HealthKit, which is sufficient to explain everything. Moreover Fitbit and Microsoft has also worked with cases such HealthVault.

For the current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, let Microsoft products around for more top of the devices is the top priority. As to whether be produced by Microsoft it does not matter. Do not forget that Microsoft healthy platform is actually supports iOS and Android.