Next Generation Wearables – In Incognito Mode!

Wearable technology is the next big thing. Lots of innovation, R&D is in progress to improve usability and look and feel. Consider, Google Glass. Though capable, it is a bit of an awkward feeling to wear it all the time. What if these wearable gears became smaller and smarter? What if they became part of our body? Cool isn’t it? Here there are a few in incognito mode! Sure, there is a long way to go but it appears it will happen soon!

The Dash Headphones

Wireless, capable of measuring body temp, heartbeat, pedometer and plays music quite well!

Great wearables 

CUFF – Live Securely

Cuff a wearable device that sends vital details about your current locations to your loved ones during an emergency! It beautifully fits in to jewelry and has associated iPhone and Android Apps cuff

Great wearables

Ring – Revolutionary Wearable Device

Ring in early stages, is gearing for mass production. Ring is a device, that can control a lot of things with gestures! See for yourself in this video

Ring

Google Smart Lens

Check out this Google project – A contact that measures body sugar levels :) Super like!

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Smart Diapers

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These diapers are smart, they can analyse urine data, upload the data to cloud and give details to parents on hydration levels, diabetes, infections etc.

Cloud Based Load Generators For Web Applications And Blogs

Let’s face it, we are in web apps era! All the services that we get are all on the net mostly fetched via a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services or Heroku or so. We expect lots of people to avail those services and at reasonable latency. Page rendering should in less than a second for people to stay interested.

So how do we make sure the web apps or blogs are indeed capable of delivering the value adds in those fraction of second? We need to make sure 100% that the web apps are responsive, scalable with no bottlenecks.

This can be done reasonably easily. There are hosted web traffic generators who will come in handy. Mostly they are paid and premium. However, basic services are part of free tiers and we will look few of them here

Blitz

Blitz offers a comprehensive set of tools to perform Load Testing from the Cloud. It helps developers to perform Load testing for websites, web apps, and REST APIs. Very intuitive screens and reports that tells the current performance stats such as response time, http errors, caching needs etc. Very informative and lets one to take corrective measures. You can generate traffic from various part of the world – America, Asia, Europe, Brazil and so on. There are few services that you can test for free say 1000 simultaneous hits to your Web App..

 

load testing

 

Check out here and a case study here

BlazeMeter

A fully compatible Apache JMeter on the Cloud is BlazeMeter. It is a life saver for developers with fine tools to measure software performance, reliability and volume testing. Check out here

load testing

SOATest

A Parasoft product that helps to analyze, testing and validating APIs and API-driven applications.

Check out here

HP LoadRunner

Highly scalable, affordable on-demand load testing in the cloud another great tool for developers.

KeyNote LoadPro

KeyNote LoadPro can generate 1 million concurrent hits or more. It is one of the prominent Load Testing tools around. Check out here

Top 10 Hottest Wearable Devices that you Must Checkout

In our earlier post of  Smart Watches, we had covered Five Smart Watches that are in the market. As we expect to see the Google Glasses creating waves in this year, we are going to witness more and more wearable’s pushing the envelop and create some interesting use case from fitness to  record and share. Here are 10 wearable devices that have already seen the market.

1. Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is an Android-based smartwatch produced by Samsung Electronics. The device serves as a companion for all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets which run Android 4.3 that included the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. More details here.

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2. Fitbit Force

The Fitbit Force activity tracker is a sleek wristband equipped with an OLED display. The Force keeps track of the number of active minutes in the day, tabulated by the steps taken and stairs climbed, as well as the quality of sleep at night. In addition, a built-in vibrating alarm can wake you up without disturbing your partner. Synchronization is performed wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.0, and embedded NFC capability lets you launch the Fitbit app simply by tapping selected Android devices with the Fitbit Force. More details here.

 

3. Instabeat

The Instabeat all-in-one swimming monitor tracks heart rate to offer real-time feedback when you’re in the pool, lake or ocean. The device mounts on the straps of any swimming goggles, and uses patent-pending technology to read the heart rate from the temporal artery. This information is communicated to the wearer using a series of color-coded LEDs. Built-in lithium-ion battery offers eight hours of usage. Information can be synched to a computer through the USB port. More details here.

4. Jawbone UP24

The Jawbone UP24 is the wireless Bluetooth variant of the original UP wristband made by Jawbone, a pioneer in the activity tracker market. Worn on the wrist, the UP24 help track calories burned throughout the day, as well as sleep quality at night. Using data provided by the UP24, the free UP app will attempt to interpret collected statistics to find hidden connections and patterns gleaned from both daytime and nighttime activities. More details here.

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5. Kapture Audio

Worn on the wrist, the unique Kapture Audio continuously captures sound via its built-in microphone. The device keeps a 60-second buffer in an audio loop that continuously overwrites itself. Tapping the device to save the latest 60-second snippet and then download it to a smartphone for archiving or sharing. A Kickerstarter-funded project, the Kapture is in its final design stages and is expected to ship in March 2014. More details here.

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6. Looxcie 2

The Looxcie 2 wearable video camera is worn like a typical hands-free headset. You can set the lightweight built-in camera to either record video continuously to local storage, or to stream video in real-time. Alternatively, the device can also record everything in a continuous loop, saving the last 30 seconds of video when the instant clip button is pressed. In video looping mode, the built-in lithium-ion battery is good for up to four hours. The Looxcie 2 comes equipped with a default lens that offers a 65.5-degree field of view; zoom and wide-angle lenses are also available. More details here.

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7. Misfit Shine

The rugged yet elegant Misfit Shine physical activity monitor can be worn on the wrist, as a necklace, or even attached to a belt. A single button cell battery covers up to five months of usage. Tapping the device twice shows the time as embedded LED lights blink the information through laser-drilled holes so small the device is waterproof. To sync with an iOS device, simply launch the Shine app and place the device on the indicated spot on the screen. Heard that an Android version of the app will be available in January 2014. More details here.

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8. Pebble

The Pebble smartwatch is equipped with a 1.26-inch e-paper display and LED backlight. Under the hood, it hosts a variety of sensors such as a compass, 3-D accelerometer and ambient light sensor. The device lasts up to seven days between charges and offers Bluetooth 4.0 wireless. Part of Pebble’s attraction is its integration with a variety of apps as well as its open API. Support from third-party apps aside, it’s also possible to write C apps that run directly on the Pebble. Available in gray, black, red, orange and white. More details here.

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9. Withings Pulse

The Withings Pulse activity monitor tracks steps taken, elevation climbed and distance traveled. More importantly, the Withings Pulse also has heart rate measurement built in, and automatically synchronizes via Bluetooth to supported Android and iOS devices. The OLED touch screen shows recent activity history, and lasts for two weeks on a single charge using the included micro USB cable. The unobtrusive device can be inserted into a pocket or bag or clipped to a belt or shirt; a sleep wristband also facilities the monitoring sleep cycles and quality of rest. More details here.

10. Nike+ FuelBand

The Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily exercise and the calories burnt while doing those activities. For every activity, the LED will light up and let you know your progress. You can set these goals, view detailed progress, and unlock achievements to stay motivated, or share it with your social networks via its iPhone app. More details here.

5 Great Open Source Utility Tools

Here is a list of great open source utility tools for you to increase your efficiency. They are free but great tools.

Wireshark

A great network monitoring and sniffing tool to track packets, see if there are suspicious activities. This tool makes it easy for you to record network interfaces such as WLAN, Ethernet and capture packet details. You could even find the root cause of a slow internet if some app is sucking the bandwidth. It is available on Linux, Windows as well as Mac.

Open source tools

WinDirStat

WinDirStat is a great Open Source disk stats tool that lets you check and see which files are eating your disk. You can see at the graphical interface, colored patterns that let you easily isolate the large, unwanted files and cleanup. Available on Windows. Also available on Mac and Linux. For more visit http://windirstat.info/

open source tool

GParted

GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions. Create partitions easily real time using GParted

open source tools

FileZilla

FileZilla is super easy, secured and robust FTP app that never fails. Very easy to use, powerful and it is open source.

open source tools

ClamAV

ClamAV is an open source antivirus engine designed for detecting Trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats. It is the de facto standard for mail gateway scanning. It provides a high performance mutli-threaded scanning daemon, command line utilities for on demand file scanning, and an intelligent tool for automatic signature updates.

Free And Open Source File Comparison Tools – Alternatives To Beyond Compare

Many of us need to compare files, text files, source code etc. quite often. If you are looking for a good free application that helps you compare differences in a file, here is a list of open source tools that help you compare differences in files. Beyond Compare is one the famous file comparison tools but it is not free. Here is what you need..

Diffuse (Open source/Free for Mac, Windows, Linux)

A nice tool to to compare files and merge effectively. Free to use.

free file comparison tool

WinMerge (Open Source/Free for Windows)

Another popular tool to compare files. Quite capable and tested by many.

free file comparison tool

KDiff (Open Source/Free for Mac, Windows, Linux)

KDE community tool for comparing and merging files.

free file comparison tool

Meld (Open Source/Free for Mac, Windows, Linux)

free file comparison tool

Mergely (Online tool)

Online tool to do the file comparison/merging.

Diff Checker (Online tool)

Web based online tool that is free online diff tool that gives you the text differences between two blocks of text.

Text Compare (Online tool)

Text Compare is an online diff tool that allows you to easily make a text comparison and find the differences between two texts.

DiffMerge (Open Source/Free for Mac, Windows, Linux)

free file comparison tool

Kompare (Open Source/Free for Linux)

Kompare is yet another graphical difference viewer that allows you to visualize changes to a file.

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