Information on Ruby 101, C# course and C Sharp training

Ruby is a popular programming language which is used along with the Rails. This programming language is easy to learn and understand.

What the course is about?

This course is perfect for the beginners to get familiarity with the Ruby language. The participants will learn everything they need to know about the Ruby language, the programming techniques of Ruby and the object oriented programming.And the participants will get the hands-on training on the real projects to work with ruby. Further, the candidates can know about the Ruby tools, programming techniques and the fundamentals of the Ruby language.

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Who can do this course?

The Ruby 101 Course is suitable for anyone those who wants to learn the Ruby language and those who wishes to program on the Ruby language. This course can be done by the following professionals,

  • Beginners
  • Graduates and Students
  • Software engineers
  • Programmers
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About the C# Course

The main objective of this course is to educate the learners about the basics of the C# language and its tools. This course makes the beginners write a code in the C# language. This C# Course is specially designed for the persons those who want to become a software programmer. In this course, the participants can learn about the basics of the C# programming language, its syntax and its clear instructions.

The benefits of learning this course

  • This course will make the learners a highly efficient programmer in the C# language
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  • Participants can find excellent career opportunities

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This course is best suitable for all types of people those who are interested in learning the C# language and aspire to learn the language. This course can be pursued by the following professionals,

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  • Web developers
  • Software professionals
  • Students
  • Graduates

C# language is one of the emerging programming languages in the industry and provides best opportunities on many platforms. Many types of training courses are available for this C# language. This C sharp training will make the participants to become a well-trained programmer in C# language.

What the course is about?

This training course will help the candidates to gain an in-depth knowledge of the C# language. This course will teach the candidates the core syntax of C sharp language and how to use it in various frameworks. This training will explain about the relationship of C# with the Dot Net Framework and the Windows. By learning this course, the candidates can know how to use C# in different IDE’s.

This course covers the following concepts,

  • Basics of C# language
  • Exploring operations and expressions
  • Handling exceptions
  • Controlling the program flow with conditional code
  • Managing data collections
  • Creating custom classes
  • Understanding Inheritance
  • Organizing classes with namespaces

Who can take this training?

This training can be taken by

  • Programmers
  • Beginners

Hype Video Broadcast App Has Niche Potential

 Hype Interactive Live VideoThe folks who brought Vine into the world last month introduced a new video broadcasting app called “Hype.”

Available for free from Intermedia Labs in Apple’s iTunes App Store, Hype not only allows users to broadcast live to the Internet, but also lets followers interact with their broadcasts in real time.

Some of the other things users can do with the app:

  • Replay a broadcast after it’s over;
  • Share broadcasts on Twitter;
  • Add “sparkles” to a broadcast to reveal viewers’ thoughts;
  • Share viewer comments with others watching a broadcast;
  • Customize broadcast backgrounds; and
  • Present slideshows made from photos and videos on a camera roll in a broadcast.

Enriched Broadcasts

At first blush, it might seem that Hype’s offering closely mirrors Periscope and Facebook Live, but that’s not the case, said Jack Kent, a senior analyst for mobile media at IHS Markit.

“Hype is offering a number of innovations around personalizing the broadcast — adding graphics and images, which are similar to those offered by other messaging and photo apps but not yet part of live broadcasts,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Rich content and interactivity set Hype apart from its rivals, observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“One of Hype’s biggest differentiators is support for mixed media, so during live streaming broadcasters can patch in preprepared content to enrich the overall event,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Meanwhile, broadcast viewers can express their opinion of it with their sparkles — stars that serve a purpose similar as hearts in Periscope.

“Broadcasters can dynamically respond to those inputs, thus enriching the event, and the app keeps a tab on those interactions,” King said.

Hype also allows users to push broadcasts and replays out to their Twitter and Facebook feeds, he added.

Gaining an Audience

Capturing an audience for Hype will be challenging for founders Colin Kroll, Rus Yusupov and Dominik Hofmann.

“The live video broadcast space is already very competitive and dominated by Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live,” IHS Markit’s Kent pointed out.

“Without being able to piggyback onto a platform of hundreds of millions of users, Hype will have to look for differentiated features to acquire users outside its much bigger platform rivals,” he noted.

One way to do that might be to focus on niche areas as a way to build an engaged standalone community, Kent said.

One possible niche market could be commercial broadcasters of live events, suggested Pund-IT’s King.

“The richness of features that Hype supports could also make it useful for broadcasting commercial or corporate events,” he said. “Those could include anything from live music performances to public lectures to business conferences.”

The ability to wrap other media into a broadcast could be very valuable, particularly in the branded content space, noted Eric Galen, a social media attorney with Greenberg Glusker.

“But brands don’t care about the functionality of an app until it has a big audience,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Avoid Dying on the Vine

Ironically, the Hype team was rolling out its new app just as Twitter was axing Vine, the 6-second video app it purchased in 2012.

Two things moved Twitter to kill Vine, said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.

The app was hard to monetize, and it didn’t fit in with Twitter’s new focus on news and what’s live, he told TechNewsWorld.

“Twitter wants to be the live platform — the platform for seeing what’s happening right now,” Dawson said.

“They’re extending that into video with all their deals with Bloomberg, the NFL and so on, but live is the broad strategy behind a lot of what Twitter is doing at the moment,” he explained.

“If Twitter had been in better financial health and didn’t need to make cuts, Vine might well have survived,” Dawson added, “but it’s just too obvious a place to make cuts, given Twitter’s strategic priorities right now.”

Twitter could have done a better job of supporting Vine in the face of competition from larger and better-funded rivals, Pund-IT’s King noted.

That’s certainly why Vine’s founders appear to have regretted its sale to Twitter, IHS’ Kent said, “but if they want to remain independent with their new venture — or ensure it is a long-term success, independent or otherwise — they will need to not only acquire users but also have a clear path to monetization.

wattOS Energizes Aging Hardware

wattOS app menuwattOS is a stunning example of really great things coming in small packages.

wattOS is a lightweight and fast desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS built around the LXDE. It uses the lightweight Openbox window manager as its default user interface.

To credit this 8-year-young community of developers with birthing an energy-efficient Linux distribution is an understatement.

It has phenomenal performance on older hardware that lacks resources. It installs on computers with as little as 192 MB to 256 MB of RAM, and it can throttle back with only 128 MB of RAM. However, it runs much better with double that amount.

wattOS ships with all the system control you will need.

I initially tried installing wattOS on a 2005 edition of an HP Pavilion laptop that barely ran Windows XP. wattOS lit up that hardware better than Puppy Linux on a USB drive. wattOS was an excellent performer on much newer desktops and laptops sitting on my test bench.

Staying Power

LXDE versions of wattOS should be able to run on any computer with a processor released in the last 10 years, according to the developers. My own testing shows that it works on some processors that are even older.

The goal of the R10 release is to provide a clean basic desktop with a few key apps.

wattOS desktop

wattOS has a clutter-free desktop and a very functional LXDE desktop environment.

That somewhat minimalistic approach lets you do the very basic computing tasks. To push that further, you will have to install packages to suit your needs.

For that purpose, you must use the Synaptic Package Manager. wattOS lacks it own distro-specific software repository, but using Synaptic to install and remove software could keep the distro more flexible and sustainable.

In keeping with the distro’s lean but mean philosophy, the developers removed default packages found in other LXDE releases. They have tended to cut software that might not be used much by typical users. Two examples are CD burning tools and the native LXDE video player.

wattOS applications

wattOS includes some of the most popular basic Linux computing applications, giving users the option to add what they need.

wattOS taps into the Ubuntu Software Center for system updates. One of the settings panels in that system tool lets you check for and add additional drivers for your hardware.

Watt’s Inside

wattOS R10 shipped this summer with a stock software array of basic lightweight Linux OS tools. It runs kernel 4.4.0-36. It comes packaged with the Firefox 48.0 Web browser and Filezilla FTP program.

It includes PCMan file manager 1.2.4, Transmission 2.84 bittorrent application, Evince 3.10.3 PDF reader, and Gufw 16.04.1 as its firewall tool.

This release replaces the Audacious music player with Lollypop 0.9.112, a modern GTK+3 music player written in Python. This release also switched to gThumb 3.4.3 for graphics/picture editing.

The R10 release is compliant with more legacy systems, thanks to wider support for hardware and wireless devices. The included tools for better power management and performance optimization are also a nice addition.

It has nice power management utilities like PowerTOP to optimize settings. Those settings include additional tools for laptops.

Look and Feel

The wattOS desktop is clean and simple. The lightweight desktop environment is not cluttered with gadgets or resource-draining animations. It provides solid functionality and basic system services.

For example, the LX panel controls let you add or remove panel items with a right-click. You can right-click on any item in the main software menu to put an application icon on the desktop.

You also can right-click any place on the desktop to select the Web browser, the terminal emulator, a couple of system configuration panels, and the virtual workplace switcher. Unlike with the Xfce lightweight desktop, you can not access the software main menu by right-clicking on the desktop.

The taskbar provides access to all of the system options. For instance, it hosts the menu and icons for LXTerminal. It hosts the PCManFM file manager, Firefox Web browser and opened applications.

Other Options

The wattOS R10 edition can be a perfect computing solution. Its single LXDE desktop environment makes it an easy choice. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware to further its staying power and flexibility.

The distro also offers another choice. wattOS Microwatt Edition is a minimalist tiling window manager (i3) driven desktop system.

The Microwatt Edition offers low resource requirements and simplicity. However, its release is delayed for fine-tuning.

Bottom Line

I found the wattOS to be a reliable and useful alternative to other lightweight Linux choices available. It is much less bothersome to configure compared to Puppy Linux and the many variants in PuppyLand, for instance.

It’s chief advantage is an ability to run on older hardware with a clean and familiar user experience. It might fall short of expectations, however, when you push it to the limit beyond basic computing functions like Web surfing, word processing, email and playing music. Its performance will be spotty for heavy video viewing and editing.

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Conspiracy Theories in the Information Age, Part 2

conspiracy-theoriesIn the past, heightened rhetoric and propaganda were the tools of choice for those looking to convince an electorate to vote them into office, and conspiracy theories were their bane. This election season has seen the rise of a new form of persuasion, one that’s unique to the Information Age.

For months, WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange had promised to rain bombshells on the narrowing field of presidential candidates, and he indicated that Hillary Clinton would be the target of the release. Rumors had swirled around the secrets the former secretary of state might have wanted to protect when she deleted more than 30,000 emails from a private server.

As the U.S. celebrated Independence Day, WikiLeaks released the first batch of emails, and the fireworks began. Nothing in the emails proved particularly damaging for Clinton’s presidential aspirations, though.

WikiLeaks had released troves of sensitive information in the past, so at first glance its actions represented nothing new. However, that particular series of leaks was about to introduce much of the world to a new form of propaganda.

The Tainted Well

During the Cold War, authoritarian regimes had their own mouthpieces, along with enough control over the populace to stomp out dissenting voices, noted Mark Fenster, a professor at the University of Florida and author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture.

“They were organs of the state, and they spoke about whatever it was the government wanted to speak about,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Those were obviously perfect means of distributing propaganda — particularly if the government was also able to suppress any other voices from making it to the public.”

With the rise of the Internet, it became difficult to drown out competing voices. From the delivery of “paquetes” of digitized American culture in Cuba to hacktivism in China, the Internet has provided tools that make it next to impossible for any government to silence its critics completely, or to screen outside ideas from their view.

“We’ve got an interesting experiment going on right now,” Fenster said in an interview conducted prior to last week’s election, “if the allegations are true that Russian hackers, ordered by the Russian government, got hold of email documents from [Clinton campaign manager] John Podesta, the DNC and the Clinton campaign, and are releasing them collectively to in order to manipulate the election for their preferred candidate: Donald Trump.”

The cache of Clinton campaign documents might not have been as devastating as Assange initially indicated, but it undoubtedly added a new dimension to this election season and introduced the public to what might be called the “tainted well.”

“This isn’t propaganda in the classic since,” Fenster said, “but it is a way of trying to shape government opinion.”

Because of the positive adjectives Pressident-Elect Donald Trump used to describe Russian leader Vladimir Putin during the campaign, speculation grew that the leaked emails were intended specifically to damage Clinton’s chances.

However, it is still not clear that Russia — even if it did commission the hacks — aimed to sway the election toward Trump. Russia might have been trying to prevent either candidate from having a mandate upon taking office, suggested Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, in a conversation prior to the election.

I think “Russia isn’t trying to promote either candidate at the moment, it is operating to ensure that neither of them will be able to actually govern if elected, operating under a broad strategy of discrediting the government and effectively fermenting revolt,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Please Sir, More Propaganda

Whatever the true motives of the leaks and their possible sponsors might have been, it’s indisputable that the Internet has created a world that’s ripe for and receptive to propaganda in many forms — from ads many try to avoid, to stories that gain attention through votes cast by mouse clicks and screen taps.

“Even if unintentional, online news services currently track interests and serve up news based on those interests,” noted Enderle.

During the latest election cycle, for instance, liberal and conservative voters received very different news streams, he pointed out, so their perceptions of the world were very different. It helped to massively polarize the two views.

Just as social media metrics have advanced to help marketers serve up relevant ads at the moment consumers are primed to purchase goods or services, those same tools can be used to dish out fake or heavily biased news, according to Enderle.

“Confirmation bias already teaches we are very vulnerable to this type of manipulation, and this same methodology is largely used for telephone and Internet scams,” he observed.

While there are few governments that grip as tightly as North Korea does these days, states still use propaganda for good and bad, according to University of Florida’s Fenster.

Governments use propaganda all of the time, he said.

“They do so by publishing information on their websites or releasing information to the press and NGOs to report on,” Fenster noted. “Oftentimes, governments have their own public relations offices that might not be named as such but work the same.”

There are times when governments turn to conspiracy theories as a form of propaganda, suggested Richard W. Lachmann, a professor of comparative/historical sociology and political sociology at the University of Albany.

“Whenever a country is losing a war, there always are conspiracy theories to explain the loss,” he told TechNewsWorld.

When it comes to propagating propaganda about war, it’s common for governments to spin webs about traitors, he added.

Most famously, there was “the ‘stab in the back’ conspiracy theory in Germany at the end of World War I, when many Germans came to believe that their defeat was due to Jewish traitors in Germany rather than to the manpower and weapons edge of the Allies,” Lachmann said.

In the Information Age, there’s a new way to tell war stories that favor one side over the other. Dip from a tainted well and offer a drink to a world that’s thirsty for information

Post-Election Backlash Spurs Fake News Crackdown

social-media-journalismFacebook and Google have amended their internal policies regarding advertising on fake news posts in response to increasing pressure from users and a growing controversy within the company.

Facebook, for good or ill, has become the primary news source for an increasing number of users.

There are mounting concerns that the U.S. presidential election may have been influenced by unvetted fake news stories trending on the network during the last few weeks of the cycle. Some of the news stories that appeared in Facebook’s trending topics section were found to contain misleading or completely false information that may have influenced voting behavior.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come under withering fire from critics over his dismissal of those concerns.

In an interview on stage at the Techonomy16 conference last week, Zuckerberg said the notion that fake news on Facebook may have influenced the presidential election results was a “pretty crazy idea.”

The amount of fake news circulating on Facebook was small, he maintained.

The suggestion that Trump supporters were influenced by a few fake news stories could indicate “a profound lack of empathy” on the part of critics, Zuckerberg claimed.

He also seemed to believe that fake news stories came in equal numbers from the right and the left.

Minor Fix

Facebook on Monday announced a new policy that appears to create some space between the need to admit the company has a problem and its acknowledgment that there are entities that might be using the site to manipulate public opinion.

“In a accordance with the Audience Network Policy, we do not integrate or display ads in apps or sites containing content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news,” the company said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Andy Stone. “While implied, we have updated the policy to explicitly clarify that this applies to fake news. Our team will continue to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance.”

The company declined to comment on a Buzzfeed report that a group of Facebook employees is working in secret to form a force to confront the company’s upper management about the amount of fake news permeating its pages.

Google, which has faced criticism that its search engine returns fake news stories as prominent responses to certain queries, announced changes as well.

It will extend its policy disallowing misrepresentation in its ads to include disallowing their placement on misrepresentative content, the company said. Further, it will restrict ad serving on pages that are deceptive or evasive regarding the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the website.

Trending News

Facebook earlier this year took heat for biasing in its Trending Topics pages. The company denied engaging in any deliberate manipulation, but it made a couple of significant changes to how it curates news stories trending on the site.

It moved toward reliance on algorithms to determine trending content, but that system has allowed an increasing number of fake news stories into the kitty, according to critics.

“Facebook likes to think of itself as a technology company, and news might be a relatively small part of their product line that drives traffic and time spent on site,” said Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst at Poynter.

“I think Mark Zuckerberg is finding out, however, that he and Facebook are publishers, even if they would prefer not to be,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Having an algorithm decide which stories trend does not absolve Facebook “from the obligation to publish responsibly,” Edmonds added.

Addressing attempts to circulate fake news is part of that responsibility, he said, though he also emphasized that he did not believe fake news tipped the election results.

“Facebook is becoming a de facto media company whether it likes it or not,” said Tim Mulligan, senior analyst Midia Research.

“It already acts as a first point of contact for many digital consumers of new content. It is effectively the consumer’s digital dashboard for content,” he told TechNewsWorld.

With the decline in ad revenue margins, Facebook now needs to consider seriously the implications of moving beyond user-generated content, Mulligan suggested. It should focus more on professional licensed content, in a model similar to the Twitter deal with Thursday Night Football.

However, it’s not likely that a handful of fake news stories led voters astray to pull the lever for a candidate they did not fully understand, said Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media.

“It’s so easy to find reasons other than the fact that people were really fed up,” she told TechNewsWorld. “This was a tremendous protest vote.

Donald Trump Says He’s Discussed Making Apple Products in the US With Tim Cook

Donald Trump Says He’s Discussed Making Apple Products in the US With Tim CookThe 45th President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, is said to have spoken to Apple CEO Tim Cook about manufacturing the company’s products in the US.

In an interview with the New York Times, Trump recounted a recent phone call with the Apple CEO where he said, “Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here”.

Bringing manufacturing back to the United States was one of the promises of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But as The Verge reports, convincing American companies to manufacture in the US isn’t going to be easy. Relatively cheaper labour isn’t the only reason a majority of electronics are manufactured in China. A product like the iPhone is made out of many separate components, which are also made in China. To get all those parts exported to the United States only to assemble there will reportedly more than double the manufacturing cost.

Currently, it is estimated that it costs Apple $224.80 (roughly Rs. 15,300) to manufacture one iPhone 7, which ultimately retails for $649 (roughly Rs. 44,240) in the US.

Although Apple didn’t confirm the conversation between Cook and Trump, just last week there were reports of the Cupertino company considering manufacturing iPhones in the US. Also, Trump is said to do his bit in offering “a large large tax cut for corporations” and removal of regulations, among other things to ease setting up manufacturing in the United States again.

Apple has tried manufacturing low-volume products locally like the Mac Pro in 2013. Other electronics makers like Motorola also tried manufacturing their Android smartphones in the US around that time, only to shut it down a year later after being acquired by Chinese giant Lenovo.

Indian Tablet Market Sees Shipments Rise, Datawind Continues to Lead: IDC

Indian Tablet Market Sees Shipments Rise, Datawind Continues to Lead: IDCTablet shipments in India grew 7.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016 owing to the preparation for the festive season, a report said on Thursday.

Datawind continues to lead the tablet market with 26.1 percent share with its volume growing 73 percent over the same period last year, said the report by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Samsung is at second position with 26.2 percent growth, followed by iBall with its shipments growing marginally by 2.9 percent sequentially in third quarter of 2016.

Though iBall’s shipments showed a decline of 7.5 per cent year-on-year, it leads the 4G shipments of tablets amongst the Indian vendors.

“Lenovo stood at fourth place with 15.5 percent sequential growth and Micromax retained its place in top five, although its shipments remained flattish over previous quarter and 39 percent year-on-year drop,” IDC said in a statement.

Micromax’s shift in focus from Detachable to entry level clamshell notebook category has resulted in negligible presence in detachable category in recent quarters, noted IDC.


The total tablet shipments – including slate and detachables – clocked 1.06 million in the third quarter, remaining stagnant over the same period last year, said International Data Corporation (IDC).

“Commercial segment continues to grow at a healthy pace accounting to over one-fifth of total tablet shipments in third quarter of 2016 with key contributors being education, government and large enterprise segments,” said Karthik J., Senior Market Analyst (Client Devices), IDC India.

Commercial segment also contributed to majority of detachable shipments in the third quarter, driving the product category’s volume to almost double over previous quarter.

IDC predicts that tablet shipments will drop sequentially in the fourth quarter of the current year coming off from third quarter spike for festive season.

“As a result, 2016 total tablet shipments is likely to decline marginally over 2015. Detachables are expected to continue with healthy shipments in the last quarter of this year to account for little over five per cent of total tablet shipments in 2016 as compared to 2.7 percent last year,” said Navkendar Singh, Senior Research Manager, IDC India.

Gionee S9 Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Gionee S9 Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreGionee, as expected, has unveiled the S9 smartphone in China. Priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000), the Gionee S9 will be available in China starting November 25. It will come in Black, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. The company has so far not revealed global rollout plans for the S9 smartphone.

The biggest highlight of the Gionee S9 is its dual rear cameras – 13-megapixel alongside a 5-megapixel secondary rear camera – which use camera sensors from Sony and Samsung respectively. The dual rear cameras on the S9 will let users adjust the focus and depth of field blur on clicked pictures. The handset also packs dual-tone LED flash. The S9 also packs a 13-megapixel front camera with Gionee’s Selfie flash feature. It comes with self-timer and seven beauty effects to enhance selfies.

The metal-clad dual-SIM Gionee S9 sports fingerprint scanner at the rear. Gionee claims that the S9 comes with several secure features such as application password feature that lock apps and documents with fingerprint or password lock. The phone also offers private space that will let users save private contacts, texts, call history, and documents among others separately which can be protected with fingerprint.
The Gionee S9 bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by 2GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6755) Helio P10 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. It packs 64GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Amigo OS 3.5. The handset measures 154.2×76.4×7.4mm and weighs around 168 grams. Connectivity options include 4G with VoLTE, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Micro-USB. The Gionee S9 is backed by a 3000mAh battery.
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Huawei Confirms It Refused to Manufacture Google Pixel Due to Lack of Branding

Huawei Confirms It Refused to Manufacture Google Pixel Due to Lack of BrandingGoogle’s first self-branded smartphone, the Pixel, has received warm response from critics since its launch last month. The Pixel smartphone has been manufactured by HTC but as it turns out search giant’s first choice for manufacturing these smartphones was Huawei. Huawei has reportedly confirmed that it denied the manufacturing contract for Pixel due to the lack of co-branding on the product.

Last month, reports suggested that Huawei was initially chosen to manufacture the Pixel but backed out of the deal once Google clarified that the OEM logo would not be placed on the smartphones. As per a report by German publication WinFuture, Huawei’s Vice President of the Consumer Business Group Colin Giles has confirmed that the fallout between the companies regarding Pixel happened over brand name.

According to Giles, Huawei didn’t want to remain just a contract manufacturer for the Pixel and wanted its own brand on smartphones as it wants to make its name better known worldwide. Notably, Huawei has previously manufactured Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone.

It should not come as a surprise move as Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, has previously announced that the company wants to overtake Apple to become the second-largest maker of smartphones after Samsung.

Even though the company has established its brand in Asia, it still hasn’t been able to make a name for itself in developed markets outside Asia. It will be interesting to see if the companies will be able work together in future given the refusal by Huawei.

How To Grow Your Career

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You finally reached the end of a fruitful career only to realize how much you actually miss the rigorous schedules and responsibilities. Before quietly surrendering to letting go of that lifestyle, why not think of what you could do for a second act? Retirement does not have to equal staying still. Instead, you could get your Nevada real estate license and start a career that encourages independence with financial rewards.Besides obtaining the appropriate licensing to help people find new homes, there are skills you may already have that can ease your transition into another successful career.Translate Strengths from Previous Career into Real Estate SkillsYour first stop is to look at the strengths that made your former career a success. What can you use to enhance what you do while selling houses? For example, if you were a construction foreman, you probably have inside knowledge of what goes on during the building process to share with clients.Perhaps you were a bank manager. What will clients need to know about the process of their loan application being approved or denied? You could guide them through preparing to be approved. Or, you can refer them to some of your former contacts in the industry. Not only can this help them get approved, but it could also hasten a closing that leads to a nice commission.Have Enough to Cover a Few Years’ Living ExpensesJust in case commissions are slow to come in, make sure you have enough to cover your living expenses for the first few years. In the beginning, it may seem like you are putting a lot of time in with very few returns. Having a decent financial cushion could make the wait less fearful.Selling a million dollar home might not occur in the first year. By the second year, closing that type of sale might feel closer. However, you want to be prepared either way.Make Sure You Have the Stamina for Long HoursThe choice is yours: long hours sitting at home or long, hard hours meeting new people and learning more about the real estate business. Even if you end up working 60 to 70 hours each in the beginning, there is considerable flexibility of time. The following week may only require 40 hours.Because everyone needs housing, use the contact list you have accumulated over the years. Ultimately, knowing how business works gives you a certain advantage over others who are making this their first career.