Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

Which is better, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home? We took a look at both

Google Home

The original Google Home is circular and looks a little bit like a dehumidifier. It has a white top and a gray bottom, but you can switch out the base for one that’s another color. It costs between $20 and $40 to get a different bottom section, available in metal/carbon ($40), copper ($40), and coral fabric ($20). There are three more fabric hues — mango, marine and violet — listed within the Google Home’s tech specs, too. They’re not offered in the United States yet but should become available at some point. You can also purchase them online, on sites like eBay.

Additionally, you can also get the Google Home Max, Google Home Hub, or Google Home Mini. The Max and Mini are larger and smaller, respectively than the original Google Home model. The Google Home Max is more expensive and is built for sound, while the Mini is a miniature, cheaper version of the original Google Home.

The Google Home Hub has a seven-inch touchscreen display. The screen allows you to do things like watch videos, view photos, control your smart home via touchscreen, and view who’s at your door when you have a video doorbell that works with the Hub like the Nest Hello. The Google Home Hub doesn’t have a camera. This means, when you make video calls on a Google Home Hub, the person on the other end won’t be able to see you (they’ll see your profile pic).

Amazon Echo

The original Echo is on its second generation. It has a cylindrical shape, and you can buy the Amazon Echo in one of five colors — charcoal, heather, oak, walnut, or sandstone (there are six colors if you include the limited edition red color). You can choose from a fabric covering in one of three shades of gray. Alternatively, go with a wood-like finish in either walnut or oak.

In addition to the regular Echo, you can buy several other types of Echo devices, depending on your needs. The Echo Dot is a mini version of the Echo. On its 3rd generation, it does everything the original Echo does, but it is smaller and cheaper.

The Echo Show (in its second gen) and Echo Spot are devices with screens – the former is good for a kitchen (looking at recipe videos) and the latter is great as an alarm clock or for a living room. The Show and Spot also let you see who’s at the door when you have a video doorbell, make video calls, and more. One major difference between the Echo Show and the Google Home Hub is that Show allows for two-way video calling. You can make video calls on the Spot too. The Echo Plus (on its second generation) has a smart hub built in, so you can push your smart home to the next level.

The Google Home responds to touch and has LED lights that activate while in use. Conversely, instead of having lights along the top, the Echo has a lighted ring on the bottom. Both of these smart speakers have cylindrical shapes, but the Amazon Echo is a bit more streamlined than the Google Home. The Amazon Echo’s top is flat, while the Google Home has a slight slant, too.

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Liquid Telecom appoints Susan Mulikita as CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia

 

Experienced ICT professional becomes first female CEO to join the company’s regional executive leadership team and first female CEO responsible for ICT in Zambia

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Susan M’kandawire Mulikita as CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia to accelerate growth and market penetration across the country.

Based in Zambia, Susan joined the company on 14 January 2019 and becomes the first female to join Liquid Telecom’s Southern Africa regional executive leadership team as CEO. Susan is also the first female CEO responsible for ICT in Zambia.

“This senior appointment marks an exciting new step in Liquid Telecom’s strategy to build Africa’s digital future,” said Wellington Makamure, CEO of Liquid Telecom’s Southern Africa Region. “Susan’s exceptional talent and experience will bring greater synergy to the Southern Africa region, and enable more customers to capitalise on Liquid Telecom’s connectivity, hosting, co-location and digital solutions portfolio – driving innovation and growth across the region. Susan’s appointment is particularly significant as it demonstrates Liquid Telecom’s continued focus on diversity and inclusiveness, especially at a regional level.”

Source: Liquid Telecom

20+ Best WordPress Plugins 2019 – Essential Plugins for Professional WordPress Websites

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WordPress plugins are great tools for adding and extending functionality to WordPress.  In this post, I will discuss 20+ best WordPress plugins you should have on your WordPress website. These plugins will add awesome functionality to your site and make it ‘great’.

Although the kind/ niche of your website mostly determines what plugins you should have on your website, there are some plugins that every WP blog needs. Like Techieword says security, speed, SEO etc. are some of the universal concerns of every website owner which you cannot simply afford to ignore.

There are plenty of handy plugins in WordPress framework which reduce lots of work on your part. The official plugin repository has over 54,000 WordPress plugins and counting. That means there are plugins for almost every function or feature you need on your website.  Great news for WordPress lovers!

In addition, you’ll find multiple plugins for the same feature – all you need to do is to choose the best one for yourself that suits your project. You can find both free and premium plugins for WordPress while most of the plugins are developed as freemiums. A freemium plugin is a free plugin with an upgrading option to the premium version for advanced features.

This post includes both free/ freemium and premium plugins essential for a WP blog. Download FREE & Premium Plans here 20+ Best WordPress Plugins 2019

Mars crater looks like a winter wonderland

BY AMANDA KOOSER

Pack your ski boots. Grab a warm jacket. Don’t forget the hot cocoa. The European Space Agency released a set of images on Thursday of a very interesting Mars crater, and the views are perfect for the holiday season.

The views of Korolev crater come from images and data collected by Mars Express, an ESA orbiter that’s studying the planet’s atmosphere and geology while looking for traces of water. Continue reading

40+ Most Notable Big Name Brands that are Using WordPress

Do you want to know which big name brands are using WordPress? One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that since it is open source, it may not be good enough for big brands. To disprove this myth, we have created a list of most notable big name brands that are using WordPress on their websites.

1. TechCrunch

 

2. The New Yorker

 

3. BBC America

 

4. Bloomberg Professional

 

5. The Official Star Wars Blog

 

6. Variety

 

7. Sony Music

 

8. MTV News

 

9. Beyonce

 

10. PlayStation.Blog

 

11. Sweden’s Official Website

 

12. Microsoft News Center

 

13. Boingo

 

14. Bata

 

15. cPanel Blog

 

16. Quartz

 

17. Usain Bolt

 

18. The Walt Disney Company

 

19. Time Inc.

 

20. Facebook Newsroom

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Zambia Threatens to Expel Foreign Workers Over Mine Job Cuts

Access roads leads to the deep open pit mine in Chingola, Zambia, March 17, 2016.

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Zambia threatened to cancel work permits for some foreign workers at mines that it accuses of announcing job cuts to “arm-twist” the government over proposed tax changes.

“They downsize the local workers, we also send back some of the foreign workers. And we decide who to send back,” Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told reporters Sunday in Lusaka.

Mining companies in Zambia, from Glencore Plc to First Quantum Minerals Ltd., have warned that an increase in royalties set for Jan. 1 will lead to more than 21,000 job cuts. The government wants to rely on operators to help plug a bulging budget deficit, and has in the past accused them of not paying enough tax.

“What we are not happy with is this arm-twisting kind of approach,” Kampyongo said. “Where you want to think that the moment you talk about downsizing the workers you know what is going to happen — that people will start rising against the government. That, we are not going to accept.”

Source: Bloomberg

Brazilian IT firm Tivit suffers data leak

Brazil-based IT services and business process outsourcing provider Tivit has had data from many of its large customers leaked online.

Security research website DefCon-Lab found about 1,000 lines of code available on Pastebin’s web service including data such as access credentials to Tivit’s systems used by clients and other sensitive information including email exchanges.

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The incident involved data from 19 companies including Brazilian bank Original, insurance company Zurich and software firm SAP. According to the outsourcing company, all clients that have been impacted were notified.

A Tivit representative told ZDNet that last week, nine members of staff have suffered a phishing attack through an email that contained a malicious link. This allowed cyber criminals to gain access to the details stored in their computers.

However, the company reiterated that neither its datacenters or client networks were invaded by outside sources and that the incident was limited to the computers used by employees that had been targeted by the phishing attack.

“We have been dealing with this issue as a matter of high priority and have hired external legal and IT support to ensure that all measures are in place to prevent that from happening again,” the company said.

 

Source: ZDNET

​Samsung to invest $22 billion in 5G and AI

By Cho Mu-Hyun

5G will unlock the potential of artificial intelligence, Samsung’s network boss says, and the South Korean tech giant will invest $22 billion in the next-generation network to secure 20 percent market share by 2020.

Samsung Electronics will invest $22 billion in 5G networking and AI going forward to secure a “minimum” of 20 percent market share in network equipment by 2020, the company’s network boss has said.

Youngky Kim, president and head of Samsung’s network business, speaking at WSJ D.Live in California, told a panel that the next-generation network will unlock the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), describing 5G as “oxygen” for AI.

“AI needs a lot of data to respond to you,” Kim said. “This amount of data can be provided by 5G, not 4G.”

Samsung produces half a billion electronic devices yearly, and this will provide it with international experience of what humans want, he said. The South Korean tech giant is the world’s largest electronics maker in terms of revenue, and last year also became the world’s largest semiconductor maker, overtaking Intel.

The company was planning to invest $22 billion into 5G and AI, as well as related areas like auto-components, and is looking to have 20 percent of market share in 5G by 2020.

Samsung is currently in fifth place behind Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, and Nokia in network equipment. However, the bans from the US and Australia on Huawei equipment have given it an opening to expand in developed economies that Chinese vendors can no longer access.

In South Korea, two out of the three telecommunications carriers have excluded Huawei from its preferred bidders. In July, Samsung unveiled its 3.5GHz and 28GHz millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum equipment in South Korea and stressed its trust with global telcos over competitors.

Source: Zdnet