Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones

Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app. Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010, is specifically designed for low-end Android devices in emerging markets.

TechCrunch understands that the app was quietly launched in a handful of countries in Asia and Africa over the weekend — Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe to be precise — where it is being testing with a view to further expansions. That said, a wider launch is not a certainty and Facebook could quietly can the project if it doesn’t believe it is worth pursuing.

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7 Silicon Valley CEOs weigh in on Microsoft and the HoloLens

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems bent on making his company more relevant. 

Microsoft gave the public a compelling glimpse of the future when it trotted out the HoloLens, an augmented-reality headset along with the Windows Holographic platform, at its Windows 10 launch event on Wednesday.

But the event made headlines for other reasons, too. As part of its vision of having “universal apps,” Microsoft unveiled versions of Office and Outlook now coded to run similarly across different devices. It’s also bringing Cortana, the voice-controlled digital assistant, to the desktop via Windows 10. And Microsoft is finally on the road to replacing its heavily criticized Internet Explorer for a slick, new web browser codenamed Project Spartan.

With Microsoft’s latest announcements, CEO Satya Nadella seems bent on making his company hip and relevant again. But has he pulled it off? For a perspective from Silicon Valley, Mashable asked seven CEOs to weigh in, in their own words.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

 

Next Lock Screen best designed android apps of 2014Next Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
Next Lock Screen is a lock screen replacement app from Microsoft that received a huge update this last week. The lock screen now has music player controls, MMS support, instant messaging support for Skype, Line, and Google Hangouts, and the usual array of bug fixes and performance improvements. It’s still totally free with no in app purchase if you want to check it out.
Get it on Google Play


cloudmagic android appsCloudMagic Email

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month]
CloudMagic received a bit update this week that has had some mixed reactions. They have started a new subscription service for $4.99 per month that users can get in on to access new features and functionality. For now the feature list is pretty short but the developer says it will get longer as time goes. Also, all the features of the free version remain free but we still remain dubious about spending $60 per year on an email client.
Get it on Google Play

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15 Startup Podcasters You Need To Follow

As an entrepreneur you will never stop learning. While there are plenty of articles, webinars, infographics, eBooks, etc. out there to assist with helping your startup grow, too many people are overlooking one of the most convenient types of content- podcasts. Recently, this format designed specifically for one the go people has had a huge comeback. As podcasting becomes a hot trend, more and more industry leaders are sharing their knowledge and advice via podcasts.

If you are looking to make the most of your daily commute, daily work out , or flight, there is nothing better than listening to an entertaining, inspiring, and informative podcast. But, with so many options, which podcasts should you follow? I rounded up the top 15 podcasts so you can dive right in.

15 Startup Podcasters You Need To Follow

1. This Week in Startups

When it comes to podcasting heavyweights, it doesn’t get any bigger than Jason Calacanis’ “This Week in Startups”. Twice a week this entrepreneur turned investor interviews some of the most influential names in the entrepreneur and startup communities. Over the years he’s interviewed everyone from Mark Cuban to Travis Kalanick (Uber) to Steve Huffman (Redditt) in order to provide inspiration and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to grow their startup.

2. Mixergy

Launched by Andrew Warner, Mixergy isn’t your run-of-the mill podcast. While there are interviews–almost 1,100 in fact–the real genius behind Mixergy is that founders from companies like Wikipedia or Groupon to teach courses. Why? Because Mixergy is on a mission to ” to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you”.

While there is access to some of this amazing content, if you select a subscription plan–such as the Premium Content plan–you’ll be allowed to listen to hundreds of interviews with established entrepreneurs and be a part of dozens of courses.

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7.1 Steps to Create Multiple Streams of Income

“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.”
 Robert G. Allen 

At age 25, I began planning my exit strategy to leave a lucrative career in sales to become an entrepreneur and pursue my passion: empowering people to maximize their potential and make significant improvements to their results.

While still in my sales position, I started my first business — and my first additional stream of income — serving as a life and business success coach. In the past nine years, using the exact formula below, I’ve been able to add nine additional streams of income. These have involved authoring books, speaking, private and group coaching and staging live events.

For anyone who values financial security and ultimately desires financial freedom, creating at least one additional stream of income is no longer a luxury. It has become a necessity.

Diversifying your income stream is crucial to protect yourself and your family against the unavoidable ups and downs of economic and industry cycles. Because of the financial risks that come from relying on one source of income, such as a job or a business, consider creating at least one or more additional streams to generate cash flow.

Your additional income streams can be active, passive or a combination of the two. Some may pay you for doing something that you love (active), while others can provide income for you without your having to do much of anything at all (passive). You can diversify your income streams among different industries to protect you against major losses during downturns in one market and allow you to financially benefit from the upswings in another.

This truly is one of the not-so-obvious secrets of how the wealthy become — and stay — wealthy, which unfortunately isn’t taught to the masses. The good news is that it’s not magic. It’s not even complicated. Creating your next stream of income is a simple, step-by-step process, which you can arrange to start bringing you monthly income faster than you might realize is possible.

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Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels.

So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web?” At a talk last summer, Mozilla’s Josh Carpenter argued that the organization knows VR will be a “really big deal” and because “it presents a really great challenge — and we like great challenges.” To give users that feeling of actually being present in a different world (and not just that of looking at a simulation), you need to get the latency between head movements and the screen reacting to them down to an absolute minimum. Mozilla argues that, in the end, all of this work will not just benefit the VR experience, but also the Web experience as a whole.

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22 Korean Startups to Watch For in 2015

Recently, South Korea’s technology setting has drawn attention from huge Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook, whose founder Mark Zuckerberg visited the country two times in 2 years. Google is within the process of opening a 20,000-sq.-ft. start-up center inside Seoul in order to nurture domestic start-ups as well as provide them more exposure on a global basis.

South Korea’s start-ups, in the past, had trouble connecting with users outside of the country. However, the present circle of young entrepreneurs, most of whom studied outside of Korea, are beginning businesses that have global ambitions. They also are getting more assistance from government programs matching private investments with public grants. Here are 22 Korean startups to watch for in 2015:

NPCore

NPCore’s security engine is based on behavior that secures the system before attackers harm the system, whereas traditional pattern based security solutions such as Anti-virus only block previously occurred security attacks. NPCore provides APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) defense solutions not only for enterprise networks (network based solution; B2B), but also for user PCs and Mobiles (end-point based solution; B2B and B2C).

HUiNNO

HUiNNO is working to lead the healthcare industry through wearable technology. CIRCLO by HUiNNO is a new innovative smart watch that can measure blood pressure instantly, accurately, and continuously to help manage your health without traditional cuffs.

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