Winstrol – Deca Stack: A Brief On This Duo.

There are many stacks, though, that are known to work congenially and give good results with minimum side-effects in row. One such stack known is the Winstrol – Deca stack has been researched upon and mixed results have poured in till date.

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About Winstrol And Deca Steroids

Deca Durabolin for weight loss is a great choice. Stacking can prove beneficial but if not given attention to details, it can take an untoward turn for a person’s health and even life.

Winstrol being an anabolic steroid has its chemical composition quite very similar to the male hormone, testosterone. The key ingredient having the actual effect is known as Stanozolol or Androstanazole. This steroid has been given a nod by the FDA itself for human consumption and is used quite commonly by the body builders to increase ripped muscle mass.

On the other hand, Deca or Deca Durabolin as it is known as, is also known as an anabolic steroid, is known to increase the bone mineral density that lead to stronger and healthier joints over a period of time. Deca, also known by the medical name Nandrolone Decanoate, helps in storing water in the connective tissues thereby reducing joint pain.

Winstrol – Deca Stack: Functioning And Efficacy

Winstrol – Deca stack is one that has proven to be relatively safe for use. In fact used in unison, this stack can actually help in developing muscles and is used by bodybuilders as one of their favorite combination to get that hard and sculpted look.

Although, the researches and various related studies done have been ambiguous of their actual benefits on each other, it is an established fact that when used together, they end up giving satisfactory results in terms of muscle building, increase in strength, and an upsurge of speed factors. Deca can be seen as a supporting factor to Winsrol as very low occurrence of any estrogenic or androgenic side-effects. As it is oil-soluble and Winstrol is water soluble, the latter obviously has to be taken more frequently. Also, another positive aspect of this has been established, that is, this stack can improve the collagen synthesis in the bones to make the collagen tissues more strong.

There are some negatives too in the pack of stack here! This stack is comparatively at a higher risk of producing side effects that one needs to be prepared for. The preparation that one is expected to do in this case is to test a sample of each of them separately and in small dosages. Then, notice the results produced in one’s body by each of them and then take a stand on going ahead with the stack. Also, a cynical view of Deca is that although being an anabolic drug, it hardly has any anabolic properties and is felt can be avoided for consumption. Also, special care has to be taken by women users as some have reported the symptoms of an increased level of the androgens that may cause some masculization symptoms in them.

So, evaluate using this stack with discrimination and a doctor’s word.

Social Media Analytics, Meet Big Brother

social-media-surveillanceThe American Civil Liberties Union recently uncovered evidence that led Twitter, Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary to stop sharing data with Geofeedia, a firm accused of improperly collecting social media data on protest groups, and sharing that information with numerous law enforcement agencies.

Geofeedia, a developer of location-based analytics, had been marketing its technology to law enforcement agencies. It was used for such purposes as monitoring Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU of Northern California uncovered the practice after requesting public records information from 63 law enforcement agencies in California.

The documents revealed that Instagram had provided Geofeedia access to streams of user posts, called the “Instagram API,” until that practice was terminated last month, according to Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties policy attorney for the ACLU of Northern California.

The data also shows that Facebook provided Geofeedia access to its Topic Feed API, which is supposed to be used for media and branding purposes, according to the ACLU. The API gave the firm access to a ranked feed of public posts that mention a specific topic.

API Access

Geofeedia had access to the Facebook’s API source information, said Facebook spokesperson Jodi Seth.

Using APIs the way Geofeedia did is a “violation of our platform policies, which prohibit the sale or transfer of data,” she told TechNewsWorld.

“This developer only had access to data that people chose to make public,” Facebook said in a statement. “Its access was subject to the limitations in our Platform Policy, which outlines what we expect from developers that receive data using the Facebook Platform. If a developer uses our APIs in a way that has not been authorized, we will take swift action to stop them and we will end our relationship altogether if necessary.”

Facebook terminated Geofeedia’s access to its APIs last month, after learning about the infractions, Seth said.

While not providing access to its Firehose technology, Twitter did allow a subsidiary to provide Geofeedia with searchable access to public tweets, the ACLU said.

Twitter earlier this year added contract language designed to protect users against further surveillance techniques, the organization noted.

Based on information in the ACLU report, Twitter suspended @Geofeedia’s commercial access to Twitter data.

The ACLU’s Cagle acknowledges in a post on the organization’s site that “neither Facebook nor Instagram has a public policy specifically prohibiting developers from exploiting user data for surveillance purposes,” Twitter spokesperson Nu Wexler pointed out to TechNewsWorld.

The ACLU post goes on to say that “Twitter does have a ‘longstanding rule’ prohibiting the sale of user data for surveillance as well as a developer policy that bans the use of Twitter data to ‘investigate, track or surveil Twitter users.'”

Twitter this spring cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to Dataminr, a firm that scans social media activity for information on potential terrorist attacks and political unrest, Wexler noted, pointing to a Wall Street Journalstory published in May.

Targeted Protesters

Facebook severed its agreement with Geofeedia because it violated Facebook’s data-sharing policies, noted Brandi Collins, campaign director of Color of Change, which had joined the ACLU and the Center for Justice in making the document request.

Facebook’s decision to abandon the agreement suggests that the methods Geofeedia was employing were illegal, Collins told TechNewsWorld.

“More broadly, we should be concerned that police departments are wasting critical public resources on monitoring the social media profiles of the people in their communities, they’re supposed to be protecting,” she said.

“Geofeedia brags about its success monitoring protesters in Ferguson,” Collins remarked, “but how does tracking people who are protesting police killings of unarmed black people make any of us safe?

Gadget Ogling: Magnificent Mics, Intriguing E-Ink, and Compact Computers

blue-raspberryWelcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s emerging from the shadows of this mind-crushingly terrible election season to pore over the latest gadget announcements.

On our ballot this time around are a microphone that can plug into an iPhone or iPad, a smartphone case with an E-ink display, and a flexible keyboard that houses an entire computer.

As ever, the ratings reflect only how much I’d like to try out each item with my hands, ideally before the world descends into post-election chaos. These are not reviews.

Portable Podcasting

I’ve tried dipping my toes into the world of podcasting with a friend this year. It’s been challenging to find times that work for both of us to get together and record, but for the two (pretty successful, I confess) trial runs we’ve had, I bought a Blue Snowball mic. I’m very pleased with the sound quality, so I’m fairly certain I’d be happy to have Blue’s latest microphone, Raspberry (pictured above).

It’s a gorgeous, portable little thing, which you can connect to a PC or Mac using a USB cable. However, it is also bundled with a Mini USB to Lightning cable to make it easy for you to capture quality audio using an iPhone or iPad.

There’s an included stand with shock-absorber feet, so that should help cut down on unwanted vibrations and rumblings. When taking the mic elsewhere, the stand folds over it for better portability. If you prefer, you can attach Raspberry to a standard tripod or mic stand instead.

The mic also has a headphone jack, headphone volume dial, and a level/gain control that doubles as a mute switch. That can come in especially useful if you need to cough — much better to cut out an unwanted sound during recording instead of in the editing process.

It’s a bit pricey at US$199, though I haven’t seen a better option for recording clear audio when on the go without having to lug around a laptop and bulkier microphone. Maybe I’ll finally be able to start podcasting with my friend again, once I find a time that works for both of us and a quiet spot away from home, unencumbered by noisy neighbors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Juicy Berries

Dual-Screen Delights

I’ve written previously about YotaPhone, the Android smartphone with an e-ink screen in the rear. It’s a tremendous concept, as I tend to dislike reading at length on my phone’s regular screen.

The InkCase i7 from Oaxis is an attempt to bring such functionality to the iPhone 7 through a case. (The company previously released e-ink cases for earlier iPhone models.)

Features include a 4.3-inch screen, support for EPUB and TXT formats and notification display. It connects to your phone over Bluetooth. You can use it to display images, but you’ll need to make do with monochrome versions of your favorite photos, of course.

InkCase

If I find something while on my phone that I’d like to read, but it will take me more than a minute or two, I typically send it to Instapaper, which then passes along the 10 most recent pages I’ve saved to my Kindle every day.

That works for me, so I don’t think I’d get a great deal of use out of InkCase, save for maybe using it for shopping lists and to-do items I can check at a glance, or if I wanted to leave my Kindle at home.

I appreciate the effort and the idea, though I am a little disappointed there’s no battery pack included in the case. Nor I am I a fan of the giant InkCase logo Oaxis slapped on the back.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Easier on the Eyes

Bendy ‘Boards

Vensmile K8 is a flexible rubber keyboard that also happens to include a computer capable of running Windows 10.

The base, which attaches to the side, houses a touchpad, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor. There are HDMI and VGA ports for connecting to that all-important display, along with two USB ports, a headphone jack and a microSD slot.

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I can’t imagine the performance is amazing, but the portability and connectivity is nothing to sniff at, especially when the keyboard can wrap around the box for compact storage.

I don’t think typing on a rubber keyboard for long stretches of time will be all that comfortable, however, and at US$200, I think finding a cheap laptop would be a better solution

Tech on TV: A Little Realism Goes a Long Way

technology-on-televisionWatching TV shows often requires the suspension of disbelief — that is, a willingness to press pause on one’s critical faculties in order to believe the unbelievable. Realism often must be secondary to story, in other words. This very often is necessary when computers are used to advance plot lines, when programmers and hackers alike can bang away on their keyboards and produce tremendous results in seconds.

One need look no further than such shows as The Blacklist or Scorpion, which feature keyboard cowboys who can hack into systems at the drop of a hat, hook into GPS systems, or employ some other technobabble gimmick to track the badguy and save the day. This use of computers has been commonplace as long as computers have been around.

“The patterns are not just with recent tech –20 years ago, MacGyver was doing very unlikely tech things, as did the A-Team and so many others — just with different tech,” said Jim Purtilo, associate professor of computer science at the University of Maryland.

“A brief suspension of disbelief has helped storytellers since well before Shakespeare,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Impossible TV

What can be done with a computer on some TV shows requires more than a basic suspension of disbelief. In some cases, what fictional computer whizzes can accomplish borders on the miraculous.

With many TV shows, it’s likely that accuracy isn’t the writers’ primary concern, said Jay Rouman, a computer network engineer who has worked with computers since the late 1970s.

“I stopped watching Scorpion after they had a convertible chase a commercial jet down the runway with an Ethernet cable dropped out of the jet,” Rouman told TechNewsWorld.

Beyond the fact that the takeoff speed of the jet could be well over 200 mph, the fact that the cable was even so readily available could be something that occurs only in the imagination of a TV show writer.

“It just happened to be on board and plugged into the master computer,” recalled Rouman. “I’ve been in data centers where couldn’t find an Ethernet cable that would give you Internet connectivity!”

Brave New World

A new wave of TV shows have been creating more realistic situations, ditching the meaningless technobabble for more accurate computer jargon. Instead of murky plot devices, actual programming is displayed.

TV shows such as AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and HBO’s Silicon Valley focus on the exploits of computer programmers — with the former highlighting the first tech boom of the 1980s and the latter taking place in the modern day.

The shows are very different in tone. Halt and Catch Fire is a workplace drama with soapy elements, while Silicon Valley, which was created by Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge, follows the more traditional comedy formula.

Yet computer programming is key in both shows. Each is full of realistic jargon, and close observers will see actual code on the screens, which certainly has made the shows appealing to those in the world of tech.

“The culture around technology is also magnificently depicted in Silicon Valley,” added Purtilo.

“Sure it is stylized, just as any cartoonist must emphasize a subject’s few key features in order to tell a story — but they get it right,” he explained.

“Maybe we don’t know specifics of Pied Piper’s fabulous compression algorithm, but I’ve watched a room full of geeks self-segregate around ‘tabs versus eight spaces’ or ‘vim versus emacs’ questions,” Purtilo observed. “It’s hilarious because that is what we do, and accurate details just help us project ourselves into those situations more readily.”

Consulting With Programmers

Getting those details right takes going to the source, and in the case of Silicon Valley, it meant calling in actual programmers.

“We have a large staff of consultants who help us try not to look like idiots,” said Dan O’Keefe, co-executive producer and writer for Silicon Valley.

“It’s important to us not just to tell well-crafted, funny stories about people who live in this space, but to get as many of the details as right as we can,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Or maybe we’re just all severely OCD.”

A bigger challenge for Silicon Valley was that it had to make the geek-speak not only believable, but also relatable.

“In a generic office show, all the comic tropes have been mined, from The Office going back to Dick van Dyke and further still,” noted O’Keefe.

“The tech space, being newer, has newer protocols and rituals and such-like,” he pointed out. “So it’s necessary for us to be more realistic not just to be believable, but to be funny in the specific way we intend.”

Not a Documentary

For a period piece recalling a time that many viewers may remember, Halt and Catch Fire does a decent job of getting the tech right — especially as it presents the faux history of companies that didn’t actually exist.

In terms of the technology it presents, “the show is very accurate,” said engineer Rouman.

Even when the technology shown is questionable — such as how the fictional gaming company was able to purchase an IBM when those systems typically were leased, it “mostly comes down to plot points and what would be most logical,” Rouman pointed out.

“Having run a dial-in service, I think they skipped over a lot, but it’s a TV show, not a tutorial on running dial-in modems,” he said. “Like Star Trek, the show creators are wise not to belabor the technical details, because most people don’t care.”

If there is a complaint with this particular series, it is in the title suggested Rouman.

“HFC came from a joke in the old ‘fortune’ program that is still available on modern Linux and FreeBSD systems, where it prints a ‘fortune’ or some random witty saying as you log on,” he explained. “The show’s producers came up with some line about how it was an instruction to the CPU that would cause it to loop forever and it was a real instruction. I have never heard of such a thing.”

Hack Attack

Anther side of programming on TV shows is hacking. Many have relied on keeping the actual “how it is done” so basic that it just “is” — no need for any problematic details. No producer wants to be accused of providing a how-to guide, but USA Network’s Mr. Robot does attempt to make the on-screen exploits seem a bit more genuine.

“I can’t speak to the techniques used to break into systems because I don’t do that, but their tools are correct,” said Rouman.

“The actual hacking stuff they got right — sometimes incredibly so,” he added. “The stuff that they type makes complete sense; ‘ifconfigwlan0 up’ does indeed bring up a wireless interface. Nobody gets this stuff right.”

Although it’s not a documentary on hacking, some programmers actually might learn a thing or two.

“I am actually embarrassed to admit that after more than 25 years using Unix-like systems, I saw a very common command had a default I didn’t know about,” admitted Rouman. “I tried it and it worked.”

Scripted Hacking

Another consideration is that TV shows need to be entertaining, so the plot must supersede how the characters conduct any hacking or programming, and at times serious pros may spot what they consider serious mistakes.

Mr. Robot is laughable, really, because it isn’t so much a show about hackers, but about script kids,” suggested Adriel T. Desautels, CEO of penetration testing company Netragard.

The characters on Mr. Robot might seem like hackers, even to many in the tech world, but instead of reverse-engineering software, they rely on third-party hacking tools to do their deeds.

“It is not really the hacking world,” Desautels told TechNewsWorld.

Yet “this is the first time that a TV show has even touched upon this part of the computer world,” he added.

“More importantly, it is hard to translate that into an action-packed storyline,” Desautels acknowledged. “It would be really boring to have the hacker playing with bits and bytes to reverse-engineer the code, especially if you didn’t know what they were doing!

Microsoft's New Tech Targets Human Creativity

microsoft-surface-desktop-pcMicrosoft made a slew of announcements at its New York City event Wednesday, focusing on the idea of user as creator.

Among its new offerings:

  • The Surface Studio, an all-in-one desktop computer with a touchscreen that’s 12.5mm thick;
  • The Surface Dial, a new input device that provides haptic feedback;
  • The Surface Book i7;
  • VR headsets for Windows 10 that use the same Windows Holographic platform as its HoloLens;
  • A revamped Paint app with 3D capability; and
  • Creator’s Update, an upcoming Windows 10 refresh providing 3D creation tools, live streaming, and custom Xbox app tournaments.

“Ultimately, technology is just a tool in the hands of humanity,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the event. It’s “a tool that helps amplify our ingenuity and creativity. New computing medias do not take shape by technology alone.”

The Surface Studio took center stage at the event.

“The Surface Studio is my favorite simply based on looks and the way it’s aimed at graphical productivity,” said Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.

“It would be ideal for desktop publishing integrating graphics,” he told TechNewsWorld. “This makes productivity through graphical manipulation practical.”

The Surface Studio’s 4.5K ultra HD touchscreen stood out for Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

“All the OEMs buy screens based on price and yield,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Microsoft specified a screen that was matched to what Windows can do, which means this one product will work better with Windows than anything currently in, or coming to, market.”

The only other firm that has done that is Apple, Enderle noted.

Surface Studio Specs

The Surface Studio’s screen delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV, said Terry Myerson, EVP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group.

It works beautifully with a stylus pen, touch and the new Surface Dial, he noted.

Surface Studio desktop

The Surface Studio comes in various configurations built around an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, starting at US$3,000.

“It replaces a high-end digitizer, lets users work vertically or horizontally, is appealing to the eye, and the screen is uniquely accurate,” Enderle said.

The price tag “may be seen as a bargain,” he pointed out, because the “very well-defined group of users and executives” who will want it “will generally buy the best tool, and often have stations costing over $5,000.”

The Surface Studio will be available Dec. 15.

The New Surface Book

The new Surface Book has an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and comes in several configurations. Battery life is up to 16 hours, and it ranges in price from $1,500 to $2,800.

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The new version is an incremental upgrade to the Surface 2-in-1 line that “gives OEMs breathing room to incorporate new tech like Intel’s Kaby Lake processors into their models before Microsoft fully upgrades Surface Pro and Surface Book next year,” said Eric Smith, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

VR for the Masses

HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality with the coming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft’s Myerson announced. They will start at $300 and “work with affordable laptops and PCs.”

Windows 10 VR devices

Reaction from consumers to VR and AR technologies “is fairly positive,” according to Frost’s Jude, and this move “will provide [Microsoft] an entry point for the consumer market, especially for e-gaming.”

Microsoft’s offering “should be far more acceptable in both price and ease of use” than the Oculus and HTC VR systems, which are “expensive and difficult to set up with the needed two cameras,” Enderle observed.

However, the VR dev kit “requires 8 GB or more of RAM,” Strategy Analytics’ Smith pointed out.

“If this remains the minimum requirement, it’s going to be a very exclusive group of first adopters compared to other AR/VR headsets,” he told TechNewsWorld. Still, “this was a very smart move by Microsoft in showing off deeper platform integration in consumer environments following its acquisition of Minecraft

Spa Treatments- From General Maintenance to Specialist Therapies

The oldest form of physical medication known to mankind, a traditional massage is often highly beneficial to your body and overall well-being.  Each massage focuses on different aspects to suit your needs and is thus addresses different issues. The massages are thus also performed differently with some having therapists to use their feet to massage you. A massage might be your best bet when stressed or tired while it may also address your ailments. Massage is equally therapeutic as is aesthetic when used as beauty treatments.

However, there are also strange spa therapies that take the traditional massage to a different level. While traditional massages are essentially relaxing, these luxury spa treatments offer holistic wellness that benefit both the body and soul in a manner that you’d remember the therapy for days to come. To talk of strange spa treatments, it is best you don’t get let off by mention of snake massages, beer baths, dragon magic or 24 karat gold facials for they are all treatment used popularly in various parts of the world.

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Golden Glows

While you may look plastered lie a human Oscar statue while at the treatment, the 24 karat gold facial treatment is ultimate luxury you do not want to skip. It guarantees that your skin would glow post treatment and is known to be one of the most beneficial and luxurious facial treatments in the world. It also claims to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by simply placing a sheet of pure gold over your face.

Creature Comforts

Ever wondered how would it feel to have snakes crawl on your back while being locked in a glass cupboard. Creepy? Well, you’d be surprised to know that this too can be therapeutic. Infact, their natural movement, produce a deep kneading motion and is known to provide soothing pressure for the body. If you’re not faint hearted, you know which therapy you need next!

One for the men

Now if you’ve got too much of the beer belly to put more beer in your belly, fancy putting it on your belly? It’s a beer day at spa, literally so with a beer bath spa treatment. It is known to relieve muscle tension and to boost complexion due to presence of a number of vitamins. Well, who knew beer would do you much good. While in the Jacuzzi full of beer, you can pretend that you just visited paradise!

Maximum detox

Ever heard of Ryu-Jitsu? Well, that translates to Dragon magic and it will sure make you forget all those Indian head and Swedish massages. It is known for its detoxification benefits that help leave you refreshed. A machine contracts your muscles and performs lymphatic drainage will a hot stone spa room with lava rocks from Mt Fuji help you sweat out all the toxins. Then a thai massage and Shiatsu loosen up tense muscles to relieve you of stress and have you relax in a water soft pack.

Who doesn’t love all the pampering? You sure do! Rejuvenate in your body and soul with eliteeuropeanspa.ca

Google Warning Journalists, Professors About State-Sponsored Attacks on Their Accounts

Google Warning Journalists, Professors About State-Sponsored Attacks on Their AccountsCertain public figures including notable journalists and professors from the US have reportedly started receiving security warnings by Google that says that their accounts were under attack by government-backed attackers.

The notable personalities among those who were warned by Google include New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait, former US diplomat and Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann, and Atlantic magazine writer Jon Lovett, as per a report by Ars Technica.

The security warning, with the title “Government-backed attackers may be trying to steal your password”, reads, “There’s a chance this is a false alarm, but we believe we detected government-backed attackers trying to steal your password. This happens to 0.1 percent of all Gmail users. We can’t reveal what tipped us off because the attackers will take note and change their tactics, but if they are successful at some point, they could access your data or take other actions using your account.”

The search giant then goes on to recommend ways to enhance the security of user account by setting up a security key or installing password alert.

Some users who have received the warning have reportedly claimed that their accounts are already protected by two-factor authentication.

Speaking to Ars Technica, a Google spokesperson said that the recent warnings might be a result of the hacking attempts made on user accounts over last month or so, and pointed to a Gmail Help forum post that fully details the issue. The spokesperson told the publication that Google delays these warning to “prevent those behind the attacks from learning researchers’ sources and methods for detecting the attacks”

Ars Technica suggests that the warnings might have arose out of a spear phishing campaign that was reportedly launched by Russian hackers a mere six hours after Donald Trump won the US presidential election, and was disclosed by security research firm Volexity.

Swedish Developers Make it Easy to Delete Your Existence on The Internet

Swedish Developers Make it Easy to Delete Your Existence on The InternetTo many of us reading this, our life on the Internet is as important as our life outside it. The Internet retains your connections to other people, photographs, videos, thoughts shared via comments, blogs and social media, etc. While not practical for everybody, some of you wanting to remove your existence from the Internet may find it a daunting task. That’s because there’s no easy way to track every service you’ve subscribed to.

That is why a bunch of Swedish developers built deseat.me. Spotted by The Next Web, this service asks you to give access to your Google account using OAuth; an open standard for authorisation and allowing an app to access contents without sharing your username or password.

Once you’ve granted that, it scans through your mailbox and matches online services you may have subscribed to. After this, it will provide you with handy links to delete your account from each of these services. The service is also said to offer instructions on how you can delete those accounts for good.

The service claims that they take privacy and data security seriously. It suggests that the only information shared with them are the various accounts you’ve subscribed to, which you want to delete.

Web designing trends to follow up in 2017

Web design has taken a big leap after further advancements in web technologies which has improved efficiency, robustness and performance of websites. This year is coming to an end and with its departure is arriving a very important question, what will be new in 2017 for web designing?

Lets us discuss some of the designing trends which will continue to rock in 2017

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Auto Play Sound:

Gone are the days when audio files were considered as biggest enemy of low band width. It turns out nowadays auto playing sound is appreciated to match the aura of a website.

Today sound is being used for specific website types, like  music, movies or news and for game or storyline type websites.

Sound should be something which doesn’t end up as a shock to visitors. It is advised to use sound which is soft or start softly.  A loading screen or menu should be there so that visitors can know about loading sound.

 

Less social Share Options:

Social sharing is a foremost way to get traffic to a website and promoting content on social media. Most of the websites have implemented social sharing have seen growth in traffic and leads.

With this year ending, obsession with “more social sharing buttons” on every post has ended. Cliche it is, every post with so many sharing options to confuse the visitors.

Designers now have overcome this obsession and are implementing few social sharing buttons. This makes content look less clumsy, sharing buttons now have space to resize according to screen size and less confusion on where to share.

 

Combining photos with illustrations:

Pulling off a beautiful design by combining real photos with illustrations can be difficult. Mixing both elements can look odd but on the same time a good color combination can bring up a beauty.

Create an illustration which can be used with brand photos and packaging. For telling stories, illustrations are best choice.

 

Hero Images:

It is a term used for specific type of web banners.They are the first POC between website and visitors,  probably the first visual a visitor encounters on the site, if no popups are enabled.

A hero image is a large banner image, apparently placed on a web page, generally in the front and center. A hero image often consists of image, text and can be static or dynamic like rotating images or changing texts with constant background.

These trends surely seems to have encountered but they will likely to be carried to next year as their alternatives are not yet found and still are a current topic for discussion among designers.

Google Acquires Cloud Training Firm Qwiklabs, Invests More in AI Research

Google Acquires Cloud Training Firm Qwiklabs, Invests More in AI ResearchGoogle is on a spree to strengthen its cloud offerings after it combined its cloud and corporate software divisions under a single entity. This time around, Google has acquired yet another firm called Qwiklabs that deals in end-to-end cloud platform services and training on how to use them. The acquisition will provide a lab learning on Google’s Cloud Platform, G Suite and other products for the developers. The acquisition deal amount has not been disclosed. Separately, it invested in AI research at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, and is also opening an AI research group at its Montreal office.

Qwiklabs, founded in 2012, has been into the cloud training business with Amazon Web Services also as its client. “It’s been an incredible rocket ride, and joining Google gives us more fuel to power the continued journey to realize our vision,” said the company in its blog post. The company also details that the existing customers and subscribers will continue to access the libraries with tutor-led sessions still running as before.

In other news, Google on Monday announced it has invested an amount of CAD $4.5 million (roughly $3.4 million or Rs. 23.2 crores) in the artificial intelligence research facilities at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). The investment will fund seven faculty members across a number of institutes in Montreal, and will “help tackle some of the biggest challenges in machine learning and AI, including applications in the realm of systems that can understand and generate natural language.” Alongside, Google is also set to open a deep learning and AI research group at its Montreal office.

Recently, Google announced an artificial intelligence group for its Cloud platform to come out as a gambit to lure the cloud business. The group will be led by Fei-Fei Li, an artificial intelligence professor at Stanford University, and researcher Jia Li.