Skills needed to be a perfect product owner

Product owner plays the vital most part in the scrum team. He or she will be carrying out the team work, coordinating with them and at the same time will be collaborating with the customers. So, it is surely a tough task to be completed and for that there is need of Certified Scrum Product Owner Training. the training will show you what are the responsibilities that you will have to carry on and what are the expectations of you from your team and from your company. However, there must be something else that you must have. This else factor will be making you a successful product owner. Note down the important things that you will need to develop in order to be successful and apply the same in your career.

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Delight the customer

Being a product owner, you can very well manage the team and your work, but work alone doesn’t make a sense now, unless you make the end users happy with yourself. If you can make them delighted, your value will be double for the post to your company. To do so, you will have to understand what the customers are seeking and design your mails and other things in that way. Let the job be easier than your customers are expecting.

Story telling

Collecting the user demands and sending that to the developers will make the team work, but you are not only a director. Alongside of a director, you are a leader too. Being a leader, your part of the job is to motivate your developers. So, tell the story of the stakeholders in a way that will motivate your users and try to develop their sense in development. Create anonymous situations and direct that to the developers. Let the understand the case and find the solution by themselves.

Delegate authority

Product owner’s work is simply endless. If you thin that the entire work ca be done by you, you are making it completely wrong. You will be leaving some broken slits surely, from where a new tree will grow up. Your team members will be developing another partial product owner for their sake and that person will be your next contender. To seal your position and your authority, delegate authorities to others. This will make your task easier and your job even more effective.

Developer

Do not forget the fact that you are a developer also. You were once in that position where your developers are now. So, show that skill to your developers and allow them to reach you, while they face any issue with their work. This will help you in two ways. You will remain closer to all and at the same time your team will be motivated. You can even find the exact position where your staffs are now.

The above features are all to direct you and make you a better Product owner. To reach a designation is easier than to hold it down. With the Cspo Certification In Mumbai you can reach there, but your task is also to hold it. The above things will allow you to do that.

Pandora’s on-demand music service finally arrives

Pandora’s long-awaited alternative to Spotify has arrived today. The company this morning announced the debut of a new paid tier to its streaming service called Pandora Premium, which offers a combination of radio-like listening as well as the option to search and play any track and create your own playlists. Priced competitively with the other on-demand music services on the market, the new service is $9.99 per month.

The launch follows the arrival of other expanded offerings from Pandora last year, as the music streaming market shifted to favor on-demand services that expose you to new music through personalized recommendations — like Apple Music and Spotify both do. Music discovery was an area where Pandora had earlier succeeded, as its radio service would play other, similar songs based off the artist or track you initially played.

But given growing user demand for access to on-demand music, Pandora announced it would roll out new tiers to its service last year. Last fall, it launched Pandora Plus, a $5 per month service that offered ad-free music streaming with a wider feature set, including the ability to skip more songs, more replays and offline listening. The service arrived with a smaller catalog around 2 million tracks.

At the time of its launch, Pandora said that Premium would arrive by year-end. It took a little longer, apparently.

Pandora Premium is meant to challenge Spotify and Apple Music head-on, but it also tries to differentiate itself via feature set and user experience.

 The app’s design is inspired by Rdio, the streaming app it acquired back in 2015, remembered best for its beautiful interface. In Pandora Premium, for example, there’s an all-new “Now Playing” screen where the background dynamically changes color to match the album art of the music you’re playing. There’s also a new menu for collecting, downloading and sharing, and a new layout for playback control, including the replay button introduced in Pandora Plus.

Taking on Spotify by offering a better design is a viable angle, as Spotify can feel more utilitarian at times, rather than pleasurable to use.

In terms of its user experience, Pandora Premium tries to one-up its rivals on recommendations. Instead of focusing on new releases and popular tracks, it offers more personalized album recommendations based on your listening habits. That is, if you tend to favor a certain genre, you’ll be shown new albums from that category instead of just a broad selection of new releases.

The company says it also has filtered its 40 million songs to remove the “karaoke tracks, knock-off covers and pet sounds…that slow down other services.” As a representative explains, Pandora continues to offer access to the same content as its competitors, but is using human curation for quality and machine learning for scale to make it easier to locate the right tracks users want.

The service also takes advantage of the Music Genome Project to make playlist building easier. You can track a new playlist with just a few tracks, then Pandora will offer an “Add Similar Songs” option that will suggest other, related tracks to fill out the rest. (This is a feature Spotify already offers, known as “Suggested Songs.”)

Thumbs up/Thumbs down remains a core feature in Pandora’s premium service, but now you’ll be able to revisit your liked songs via a dedicated playlist of thumbs’d up tracks. This playlist, as well as any other playlist, album or song, also can be saved for offline listening.

More features are coming, including AutoPlay — which will continue playing more music after your playlist, album or song ends. Pandora also will bring Premium to more devices, including the desktop web.

The service may be able to convert some small portion of Pandora’s sizable user base of more than 78 million, but it’s unclear how many Pandora customers looking for an on-demand experience are still around — many of those who wanted more features have since moved onto Spotify, which recently hit 50 million paying customers, or Apple Music, which has grown to 20 million as of December.

Pandora One, its premium service that transitioned into Pandora Plus, had only around 4 million users, for comparison’s sake.

Meanwhile, Pandora’s service hasn’t broken much new ground at launch to encourage happy customers to switch. Things like personalized recommendations, song suggestions and offline play are standard features on its rivals. The best thing it has going for it at launch is its fresh, attractive design. Over time, we’ll be able to better tell how well Pandora Premium’s music discovery features hold up, compared with its rivals. Ultimately, this is the selling point that could win the service more users, if it works well.

See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup

In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 8 pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off, but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually more like 80 people, because the room isn’t huge.) PLEASE BYOB. There’s not much budget for these, but they’re fun.

The folks pitching are BandHub, OLIKA, Nightcheers, Workshop, Flytechnista, Adventurely, StyleKist and Reefill.

RSVP here. I limited the number to 8 so we’ll have time to talk about the pitches. See you soon.

 We’ll be voting on the best startup during the meetup. To vote please download Rapid Square or just search for “Rapid Square Cards” on the App store or Google play.

What Makes Duromine so Famous and Potent?

Duromine is famous because it works. The active ingredient in it is known as Phentermine. It helps in decreasing weight rapidly by controlling your urge to eat, increasing your metabolic rate and overall giving you more energy so that you can do more exercise. It has been used for decades by people who wanted to rapidly decrease their body weight without a high amount of side effects. A huge part of today’s population is obese; decreasing a few pounds here and there is easy but when it comes to severe weight loss, only diet and exercise are seldom enough. This is when people start relying on supplements which help them loose their weight and start a healthy lifestyle.

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The working process

All pills which have Phentermine as their active ingredient work in a very similar way. They stop you from feeling hungry. The whole point behind this process is that if you don’t feel hungry, your appetite would be lessened; so you will eat a lot less and the fewer calories you eat, the more your body has to burn from its fat reserves. Users claim that after using Duromine they felt a lot less hunger during the whole day and their cravings had stopped. They were far less inclined to have fast food and high calorie beverages. Duromine capsules are widely available and you should go and buy them if you are one of the thousands who want to reduce their overall body weight. Being obese has a number of side effects and this can help prevent those.

Using Duromine for best results

Duromine is designed to be a quick weight loosing pill. It is highly recommended that you take this drug responsibly and never go beyond the recommended dosage. If you maintain a healthy diet and do moderate exercise then you can lose as much as 3-5 pounds per week during the usage cycle. Usually a Duromine prescription cycle is of 3 months; during this period you can lose 20 pounds or more just by following a basic schedule. The effects show up very early during the cycle. You will see massive weight loss during the first half of the cycle and then it’ll taper off.

The side effects

Duromine is a drug which influences the central nervous system and stops you from feeling hunger; so there are some side effects which accompany its usage in most cases. Some of the common side effects are increased energy, trouble while trying to fall asleep, sex drive changes, unpleasant taste and dry mouth, restlessness and headaches. It is advised that you lay off alcohol during the usage period because it enhances these effects. Taking the pill in the morning solves the insomnia problem to a certain degree.

Where you can buy

Buying Duromine is very easy. It is readily available online and offline. The price is a bit high but the product is well worth it. Duromine capsules are prescribed if you are obese and you should follow that prescription carefully. Although you can get great deals on the black market, you should stay away from them.

BlackBerry KEYone, the ‘Last Smartphone Designed by BlackBerry’, Launched at MWC 2017 for $549

Ahead of the official commencement of MWC 2017, the BlackBerry KEYone – the “last phone designed and engineered in-house by BlackBerry” – was launched by the Canadian company. The new BlackBerry KEYone sports the physical keyboard that once made the company an icon, albeit with several major upgrades. BlackBerry’s latest smartphone becomes available beginning April 2017 and will be priced at $549 (roughly Rs. 38,600) in the US, GBP 499 (roughly Rs. 41,400) in the UK, and EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 42,100) in Europe.

BlackBerry KEYone, the 'Last Smartphone Designed by BlackBerry', Launched at MWC 2017 for $549

The Canadian company in September announced its decision to end smartphone design and production, and instead license the brand to partners such as TCL.

BlackBerry is touting KEYone’s Smart Keyboard, which has a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar as well as capacitive touch on the entire keyboard for scrolling. You can ‘Flick’ predictions using the BlackBerry KEYone keyboard, and also assign shortcuts to keys (such as press B for browser) for use with a press or a long-press.

The new BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat software with the company’s numerous productivity and security optimisations on top, such as the BlackBerry Hub and DTEK security monitoring app.

BlackBerry KEYone Hardware Specifications
Coming to BlackBerry KEYone specifications, the smartphone sports a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 433ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The phone gets additional durability with its aluminium frame. The all-new BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

As for the camera, BlackBerry KEYone bears a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor – the same acclaimed sensor as the one on the Google Pixel – that has 1.55-micron pixels. For imaging, this smartphone also bears an 8-megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a flash module.

BlackBerry KEYone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The new KEYone comes with standard set of connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on a 3505mAh battery that’s said to give all-day battery life and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a ‘Boost’ charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in “roughly 36 minutes.”

Announcing the KEYone, BlackBerry on its blog said, “KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry software and security with TCL’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to markets around the world. And we are very enthusiastic about how our long-term partnerships with TCL and our other partners, BB Merah Putih in Indonesia and Optiemus for the Indian sub-continent, will ensure availability of BlackBerry-branded smartphones to every corner of the world.”

LG G6 at MWC 2017: How to Watch Live Stream and Everything We Know So Far

LG G6 is all set to launch at MWC 2017, with LG finally taking the wraps of its 2017 flagship. The device is set to be water and dust resistant, have a large display real estate, and will boast a dual camera setup at the back. LG’s MWC event is scheduled to begin at 12pm CET (4:30pm IST) on Sunday, and users worldwide will be able to watch the event live.

LG G6 at MWC 2017: How to Watch Live Stream and Everything We Know So Far

How to watch LG G6 live stream
LG’s event will be live streamed on its YouTube channel here. If you’re watching the stream, we recommend you to be in a strong Wi-Fi connection for seamless broadcast. Gadgets 360 will also be on ground zero covering the event as it happens.

Just a few days ago, tipster Evan Blass gave us official renders of the LG G6 revealing what the phone is expected to look like. The device has an almost bezel-less front with no Home Button seen anywhere. The fingerprint scanner is situated at the back, right below the dual camera setup. The back has a glossy black finish, and appears to be all-glass, appearing set to take on the iPhone 7’s Jet Black colour variant. The antenna band is seen on the metal edges with the volume buttons housed on the right edge. The form factor is said to be the same as the predecessor LG G5, but the display real estate has increased resulting to a 5.7-inch display. In comparison, the LG G5 just had a 5.3-inch panel.

The LG G6 will sport a new UX 6.0 with many tweaks. Notably, the Camera UI will completely be changed and will have a new square capture mode which will allow you to click and preview square-shaped images on one screen (thanks to more room on display). It is also going to be water and dust resistant, as teased by LG earlier, and will come with wireless charging capabilities.

As mentioned, the LG G6 has been teased extensively in the past, and the company has already confirmed a large bezel-less display. The device is expected to sport a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2880 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and pixel density of 564ppi. The smartphone was expected to sport the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, but now it is tipped to come with a Snapdragon 821 SoC as Samsung has grabbed the rights to first launch the processor with the Galaxy S8.

As for optics, the LG G6 will sport a Leica branded dual camera setup at the back (two 13-megapixel lenses), and is expected to offer a 125-degree wide-angle view at the back. A fresh teaser confirms this, while also further goes on to say that the setup won’t bulge out of the frame, and will sit in line – which means no camera bump. It is expected to pack a battery larger than 3200mAh. It is also tipped to come in White, Black, and Platinum Colour Options. The big highlight is rumoured Google Assistant integration, making it the only the smartphone to come with it, apart from the Pixel devices launched last year.

According to an earlier report, the LG G6 is expected to priced in the same vicinity as its predecessor – somewhere between $500 to $600 (roughly Rs. 34,000 to Rs.41,000).

There is no official word on release date, but we expect it to hit main markets like the US, and Europe soon after unveil. We are just hours away from the official launch, where the pricing, availability, release date, and specifications will all be officially unveiled.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is known to occur in residential homes and can destroy the personal belongings that are on the property. In many cases, it can also lead to mold, which can affect the health of residents. To reduce the risk of water damage, there are a few important steps to take as a homeowner.

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Clean Your Rain Gutters

Many people fail to clean their rain gutters throughout the year, which can cause rainwater to become backed up on the roof. This places excess pressure on the structure and can lead to leaks that develop. Make it a point to remove leaves and twigs from the gutters to promote proper water flow away from the building.

Inspect the Roof

Hire a professional to inspect the roof once a year and identify any areas where leaks are present. The roofer will seal the leaks by applying roofing cement underneath the roofing material. Tiles or shingles that are missing will also be replaced to ensure that the roof deck is protected. This includes inspecting the flashing that is installed on chimneys or vents to ensure that the roof is properly sealed from moisture.

Test the Sump Pump

The sump pump should be tested on a regular basis by filling the pit with water to ensure that the float is visible. The water levels fall after a few seconds after the float appears. The backup pump should also be tested after the main pump is unplugged.

Look for Leaks

Leaks that go undetected are one of the most common causes of water damage, making it important to inspect the property for water that is visible. Look for dark spots that have developed under sink cabinets or stains that have developed on the ceilings. Check to see if the toilets rock or are dripping.

Use a Drain Snake

A drain snake is more effective at fixing clogged pipes instead of relying on unclogging chemicals. Chemicals can eat away at the pipes that can eventually lead to water damage. If you notice persistent leaks and have water damage that occurs, it’s important to file a claim with an insurance claims adjuster to repair or replace damaged materials.

When you want to protect your home and prevent water damage, you’ll need to remain proactive with the steps that are taken with inspecting your home. Hire professionals to diagnose issues and be aware of moisture that develops in the attic or under sinks.

WhatsApp Appoints Facebook’s Matt Idema as COO to Boost Monetisation: Report

WhatsApp has been providing its service free to all its users worldwide ever since launch. The IM app does not make money through ads like Instagram and Facebook either, so naturally, it is looking for alternate and innovative ways to monetise its extremely popular service soon. To do that, WhatsApp has reportedly appointed Facebook executive Matt Idema as their new COO.

WhatsApp Appoints Facebook's Matt Idema as COO to Boost Monetisation: Report

According to a Recode report, Idema was announced as the newly appointed COO on Tuesday, and “monetisation will be his key focus.” However, his full role is reportedly still being ironed out. Idema was Vice President of Product Marketing at Facebook, his LinkedIn profile still notes, responsible for “product strategy and global go-to-market for all of Facebook’s Advertising and Business Products.” The report adds that Idema will begin his new role at WhatsApp in the coming weeks and will report directly to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum.

WhatsApp waived off its nominal annual subscription fee last January, and wrote on its blog that it will look at alternate methods to monetise. “Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organisations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam,” Koum wrote in the post.

Inside WhatsApp’s code, many references to structured messages for business and ‘enterprise’ have also been found, the most notable one being the translation of these messages to the user’s local language. What this means is that WhatsApp Enterprise could launch soon, which means businesses could use this feature to send messages to their targeted audiences directly through WhatsApp. These messages could arrive via push notifications, and presumably, could be disabled if the user so prefers. Of course in the absence of any official announcement, this is all speculation at this point.

However, Idema’s appointment could mean that he would oversee the development of the rumoured WhatsApp Enterprise, and scale up the team if the need be. Currently, WhatsApp has around 200 employees, and caters to over 1 billion users globally. With these monetisation measures, WhatsApp looks to finally become a revenue-making vertical, as it hasn’t been making any money since its inception in 2014.

However, the biggest USP of the app is its ad-free and spam-free nature, and WhatsApp will have to really be innovative to not break that USP and still figure out ways to make money. There’ll be more clarity on how WhatsApp plans to monetise once it starts testing tools in beta.

LG G6 Dust and Water Resistance Teased; Will Sport Battery Larger Than 3200mAh

LG has shared another teaser for the G6 flagship smartphone which promotes water and dust proof feature. The new teaser is part of the company’s several teasers that have surfaced on the Internet in past few weeks promoting several features like reliability, integration of an AI assistant on the flagship, and a ‘big screen that fits’.

LG G6 Dust and Water Resistance Teased; Will Sport Battery Larger Than 3200mAh

The latest teaser has been shared with Pocketnow and says “resist more under pressure” which seemingly confirms water and dust proof capability on the LG G6. The teaser image also has a tagline that says “witness the next-generation smartphone brought to you first by LG.” Based on initial leaks and official teasers released by LG, the G6 flagship is widely expected to come with IP68 certification. Though, the new teaser may point to something related to “extra-durable build,” points out Pockenow.

Separately, a South Korean report has claimed that LG G6 will pack a large capacity battery which will be over 15 percent more capacity than the previous LG G5. The report quotes a senior LG executive who said, “The G6 is equipped with a high capacity battery of more than 3200mAh.” The LG G5 came with a 2800mAh battery which was comparatively smaller than 3000mAh on the LG G4.

LG recently announced ‘Preliminary Experiment Group’ for select users in South Korea. Under the company’s group, limited users will receive the G6 later this month ‘free of cost.’ We will have to wait till LG’s February 26 event to see what the company has in stores for consumers.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Hype Video Broadcast App Has Niche Potential

The 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.

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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.”