Month: February 2018

Power Max P16K Pro Smartphone Has A Massive 16,000 mAh Battery, Charges In Just 90 Minutes

samsung glaaxy s9 vs s8

The Mobile World Congress 2018 is live.
Samsung Galaxy S9 is the biggest smartphone launch of the
event, but the Energizer Power P16K Pro is the literally a big
smartphone with a 16,000mAh king-sized battery. That’s almost
five times the size Galaxy S9+ and iPhone X

The Android-powered smartphone, which weights 350g, can last
for around five days after a full charge and provides a standby
time of up to 40 days.

What’s more surprising is it can be charged in just 90 minutes
via USB Power Delivery through its USB-C connector. So, in case
you end up having this phone, make sure you don’t forget where
you kept the charger.

However, this estimated charging time is for an early demo unit
of the device. The actual details would be known when it goes
into production.

On the specifications side, the P16K Pro runs Android Oreo on
the MediaTek’s Helio P23 SoC with an octa-core CPU. It has 6GB
of memory and 128GB internal storage capacity (expandable).

The camera department includes a 16MP + 13MP combination on the
rear side and a dual 13MP + 5MP shooter on the front. The
smartphone has a 5.9-inch IPS LCD with 2160p resolution (18:9

P16K Pro is expected to release sometime in September with
a price tag of around $500. Due to its weight and thickness, it
might not be able to attract many buyers. However, it could be
a viable option for people interested in long road trips and
treks. It could also help binge watchers run TV show marathons
on the go without breaking a sweat.

Source: GSMArena

Also Read: New SanDisk Extreme 400GB Is
The World’s Fastest microSD Card

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Buy Samsung Galaxy S9 And S9+

samsung glaaxy s9 vs s8

Now listen to Fossbytes stories!

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Samsung launched its latest
flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+
. They’re available for
. Just like the previous iterations, both these
phones differ in terms of price, screen size, power, and a
couple of other features.

If we take a step back and look at the flagships launched last
year, 2017 was a great year for smartphones. Google shipped
Pixel 2 with the best camera in a smartphone, Apple redefined
the way one interacts with an iPhone, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8
and Note 8 were overall great packages in themselves.

So, where does 2018’s first big smartphone launch fit it? Are
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones good enough to tackle the
upcoming launches, or even compete with 2017’s giants?

Before I start diving into the reasons why you shouldn’t buy
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, let me tell you that these aren’t
bad phones from any aspect. They look beautiful and pack great
hardware. The company has focused a lot on camera and shipped
the first phone with a variable aperture camera. It can also
record super slow motion videos at 960fps. While the exact
real-world performance is yet to be seen, on paper, it could be
a revolution in smartphone camera space.

Now, coming back to the pitfalls of buying these devices and
the reasons why you should skip this one.

First and foremost, my biggest reservation with any Samsung
smartphone is the company’s crappy update policy. When you buy
a premium device worth $750+, you do expect the latest Android
updates released by Google at the earliest. But, that’s not the
case here. Unlike Google Pixel and Android One devices,
Samsung’s track record in delivering the updates is dismal.
Galaxy S8 has just now starting to get the Oreo update.
Moreover, the update is currently only being rolled out to
unlocked devices that aren’t tied to any mobile carrier.

If we compare Galaxy S9 to S8 and leave the camera aspect
behind (whose performance is yet to be seen), there are no
apparent differences. It doesn’t come with an upgrade in screen
size or resolution. Both devices have a reflective glass on the
back and aluminum edge. There’s just a change in fingerprint
reader placement, which looks more convenient.

samsung glaaxy s9 vs s8

In the first glimpse, it’s very difficult to distinguish both
the devices and pinpoint which one is S9. It’s not a bad thing,
given the polished and likable design of S9. But when you’re
having options like Pixel 2, LG V30, and iPhone 10, or you can
get a similar design and features in the cheaper Galaxy S8,
spending more money doesn’t make much sense. Moreover, many
sellers have also started offering heavy discounts on S8.

In case you love colorful devices, you’ve also got more options
in Galaxy S8. While S8 is available in 6 variants, S9 comes in
lilac purple, midnight blacks, and coral blue.

Another weak point of Galaxy S9 is its Bixby virtual assistant.
While it’s great for some tasks, it’s not that
deep-rooted inside the OS. If you can’t compromise on this
aspect, pick some other flagship with Google Assistant. The
placement of the dedicated Bixby button on S8 has also been
reported irritating by many and S9 doesn’t change that.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone, and I don’t
hate it. But, apart from the camera upgrade, there isn’t
anything to root for. If you’re an owner of a flagship from
last year, I’ll recommend you to skip and wait for other device
launches taking place later this year. I have a feeling that
next year’s Galaxy and Note launches will feature more
redesigning to compete with iPhone X and the camera is just a
start. If you’re too dazzled by the new camera and it’s
tempting you to upgrade, wait for the user reviews and decide

Still want to buy S9? Pre-order here.

Also Read: 5 Biggest Reasons Why You
Shouldn’t Buy Apple Homepod

Apple To Release Its Own High-end Over-ear Headphones: Report

When Apple introduced AirPods last year, it became a butt of
jokes. However, over the past months, this audio accessory has
been gaining popularity and pushing the company to do more in
this segment. Just earlier this year, Apple already started
shipping HomePod.

As per KGI analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo
, who boasts of an impressive track record when
it comes to Apple-related news, the company is planning to
release Apple-branded over-ear headphones. It’s worth noting
that the company already owns headphone company Beats, which it
bought for $3 billion in 2014.

It won’t be wrong to assume that Apple will continue to push
wireless audio and focus on the convenience of a world without
wires. Even though Apple owns Beats, we should expect a
different sound experience. While Beats delivers bass-heavy
performance, Apple’s headphone could be focused on balancing
sound quality.

It’ll also be interesting to note what kind of chip Apple puts
in its headphones. The company already makes use of W1 chip in
AirPods for easy pairing and powerful A8 chip in HomePod for a
balanced sound.

At the moment, we don’t have a specific launch timeline, but
you can expect it to hit the stage in 2018 Q4.

That’s not all. There is other related news as well. Kuo
believes that due to increasing demand and an expected 100-200%
growth in 2018, Apple is looking to speed-up the production of
AirPods. Moreover, the company is also expected to release an
updated version of AirPods in the second half of 2018.

Do these upcoming audio hardware from Apple excite? Share your
views in the comments section and stay tuned.

Also Read: 5 Biggest Reasons Why You
Shouldn’t Buy Apple Homepod

MIT’s ‘Veil’ Fixes Holes In Private Browsing Modes To Boost Anonymity

Now listen to Fossbytes stories!

Web browsers’ private browsing mode is the first resolution
taken by most users to protect their privacy online. But
subconsciously they’re aware that the private mode or
incognito mode is doing nothing but deleting the browsing
activity from their computer. According to past studies, it’s
possible to track people’s browsing
even when privacy mode is enabled.

For concerned, and paranoid users, MIT might have a solution called ‘Veil’. It
is a new system developed by the researchers at CSAIL and
Harvard University.

MIT explains that even though the web browser may not have any
evil intentions, the data used during private browsing can also
pass through different processor cores, caches, and even end up
on the hard drive of the main memory is full. This could
provide room for some determined attacker to find their way to
that meant-to-be-private user data.

Veil is not some anonymity network like Tor, it’s designed to
add a security layer on top of an existing web browser. There
is no software or plugin required, the user can visit Veil’s
website while running private mode or using Tor.

When the user visits a site URL through Veil, it fetches an
encrypted Veil-version of the site from a server called
Blinding server. The site looks exactly the same but adds some
decryption code which allows its data to be decrypted only for
the time when it’s visible on the screen.

The blinding server also adds some garbage code to every
webpage to make the information harder to crack. While the
pages seem normal to the user, they’re very different under the
hood. An attacker who managed to source some snippets of the
decrypted code still won’t know what web page the user visited.

Veil takes security even further by taking pictures of a
webpage and serving it to the user. Thus, there is no code to
be cracked. It records user’s movement, such as if the user
clicks somewhere, and loads the picture of that content.

The system requires the website developers to create a
Veil-version of their site. The researchers have already
created a compiler that can do the conversion automatically.
The modified site can be hosted on the developer’s servers or
on a server provided by a third party.

Veil has many advantages, and it doesn’t require any
changes in the web browser. In fact, it doesn’t depend on any
particular browser. It can help people who generally use public
computers or those who want extra privacy. However, it can’t be
said whether privacy and encryption would come at the cost of
lag and slow loading of websites.

Also Read: 4G Speeds Aren’t Getting
Faster Anymore; India Has Slowest 4G In The World

8 Best Android Assistant Apps | Siri Alternatives For 2018

Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Home and other such assistive
technologies have made people aware of the amazing applications
of Artificial Intelligence. A virtual assistant can undoubtedly
make your life more comfortable and fun. You can make your
assistant do your phone’s tasks for you while you just sit and
relax. It can make your calls, send your important emails, and
even entertain you during your leisure time.

Unfortunately, there is no Siri for the Android users. However,
when it comes to apps, there is always an alternative option
for Android. Apart from Google Assistant, there are a lot of
other assistant apps available in the Play Store for Android
users. So, we have picked a list of eight best personal
assistant apps for Android which are reliable, and all of
them are available in the Google Play Store for free.

Also Read: 12 Android Oreo Hidden Features You
Can Try

Note: This list isn’t in order of
preference. You are advised to choose the app you prefer.

8 Best Android Assistant Apps For 2018

1. Google Assistant

Google Assistant is no doubt the best assistant for
Android. Developed by Google, the assistant is made available
for almost all Android phones running on Marshmallow, Nougat,
and Oreo. However, you should make sure that “Google Play
services” and “Google App” are updated on your device.

It can help you with any task that you would prefer. Apart from
all the necessary functions like making calls, sending texts,
emails, setting alarms and reminders, navigating places, web
search, weather reports, news updates, etc., Google assistant
is fun and entertaining too. You can play games, ask for fun
facts, to take selfies, play music, and many more activities
including this 30+ Super Useful Voice
. You can quickly launch it by saying “OK Google”
and the assistant will be all ears.

Download Google

2. Lyra Virtual Assistant

Lyra was earlier known as the Indigo Virtual Assistant which is
an intelligent personal assistant that runs on Android and iOS
devices. Apart from the basic assistant functions such as
making calls, sending messages, emails, web search, etc., it
can also play YouTube videos, tell jokes, translate words and
phrases, manage your diary, set alarms, etc. Lyra’s plus-point
is that it is cross-platform and can retain a conversation
across many devices. This Siri alternative for Android uses
advanced natural language processing, so you expect minimum
errors while conversing with it. Overall, Lyra is one of the
best personal assistant apps for Android which is
free with no in-app purchases or ads.

Download Lyra Virtual

3. Microsoft Cortanacortana for android

Microsoft Cortana can help you with your reminders, keeping
notes, lists, tasks and a lot more. You can set a reminder on
your Windows PC and get location or time-based alerts on your
smartphone. If you use Office 365 or for email
service, Cortana can automatically set a reminder based on your
email conversations.

Cortana can assist you with various tasks and help you find
answers from the internet. You can set a custom name by which
this Android voice assistant will address you. The app can be
activated by creating a shortcut on the home-screen or saying
“Hey Cortana.” The “My Day” feature in the app provides you
relevant information each morning including appointments, news,
and weather. “My Day” learns from your usage and adapts itself
to learn your likes and dislikes. You can even ask Cortana to
tell jokes or entertain you with a song.

There is a feature in the app called “Notebook” where you can
control how much the app learns about you and the kind of
suggestions you will receive. If you are Windows 10 user, you
should definitely try this Android assistant app and utilize
its amazing features.

Download Cortana

3. Extreme

Extreme was developed for Android to mimic the functionality of
Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man. It has quite a nerdy
looking interface, but it is reliable enough. Extreme includes
all the essential Android assistant functions from makings
calls to surfing the internet. Users can interact either by
natural speech or keyboard. You can also ask to post Facebook
status, play Youtube videos, take a selfie, etc. Just launch
the app by calling “Extreme,” and it will be ready for your

Extreme is free and easy to use. However, it displays ads and
has in-app purchases.

Download Extreme.

Also read: 32 Funny Google Assistant
Commands That Will Crack You Up

4. DataBot Assistant

DataBot is one of the best Android assistant apps that you can
use to play around or ask for all sorts of different
information. You can interact with it either by using your
device’s microphone or typing. It will search for you whatever
you wish to know about. DataBot is reliable while you travel,
study, work, play, or relax; it can also address you with any
name you fancy. Apart from these, it is a cross-platform
software, i.e., you can use the same assistant on your
smartphone, tablet, and laptop.

DataBot gains experience while using it. It is free and also
available in five other different languages apart from English.
The app contains ads and in-app purchases.

Download DataBot

5. Robin

Robin is an excellent virtual assistant app for Android which
is built as a challenger to Siri. It can provide you with great
assistance while you are driving on the road by delivering
proper local information, GPS navigation, right direction,
inform you about traffic, etc. Moreover, it is fun to use, and
you can even set it to address you with whatever name you

Robin continually keeps on learning and adapting to you. You
can ask about news, weather reports, set reminders and alarms,
make calls, send texts, etc.; and all these can be done
hands-free. Just with a tap on the microphone button, Robin
will be ready to assist you. You can also initialize it by
saying ‘Robin’ or by ‘waving hello’ twice in front of your
phone’s upper edge over the proximity sensor.

Download Robin.

6. Jarvis

Jarvis can keep its users updated on a lot of contents like
informing you about current weather status, latest news, calls,
texts messages, etc. Currently, it has support for only English
language. Jarvis can control your phone settings by turning on
WiFi, flash, Bluetooth, set alarms, reminders, play music, etc.
Apart from these, it has widget support that enables you to
access Jarvis from your lock screen with a single tap. Also, it
runs on your Android wearable as well.

Jarvis personal assistant is free to use with ads and has
in-app purchases.

Download Jarvis.

7. AIVC (Alice)

AIVC stands for Artificial Intelligent Voice Control software
that can assist you to do things quickly and easily on your
Android device. It has a free version and a PRO version. The
free version displays ads and includes all the essential
functions such as making calls, SMS, emails, opening any apps,
navigation, web search, weather reports, etc. Whereas, the PRO
version gives some extra features such as TV-Receiver control,
wake up mode, play music, etc.

This Google Assistant alternative lets you set your own
commands and also lets you control devices which are accessible
over a web interface. You can give the commands either by
typing or by using your voice. It supports English and German

Download AIVC.

8. Dragon Mobile Assistant

Dragon Mobile Assistant is a smart and customizable assistant
app that will suit your personal needs efficiently. Powered by
Nuance, Dragon Mobile can read you aloud your Facebook and
Twitter status updates, incoming calls, messages, alerts, and
upcoming appointments. Other than the essential functions, you
can turn on the attentive mode and wake up your assistant
anytime, or even create your own voiceprints. Also, you can
choose a voice and create a name for the assistant.

It is currently only available in the US on Google Play Store.
However, as they add additional languages and variants of
English, this voice assistant will include support for other

Download Dragon Mobile

Did you find this list of best Android assistant apps to be
helpful? Share your views in the comments.

Also read: Google Assistant: 30+ Super
Useful Voice Commands You Should Know

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver — Release Date And 9 Biggest Features

the release of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark,
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 18.04,
which would be an LTS release, is going to be called “Bionic Beaver.” While Beaver
refers to a large, amphibious rodent with smooth fur and sharp
teeth, Bionic is an ode to the robotics and artificial body

We also conducted a little poll on Fossbytes regarding the
name. About 80% visitors loved the codename. Others suggested
names like Ballsy Baboon, Busy Bee, Bumble Bee, etc. This also
brings us to the next step, i.e., exploring what could be the
expected features of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. In case you’re running
an LTS release and planning to make perform the upgrade to
18.04, things are surely going to be pretty exciting for you.

But, before digging into the features aspect, let’s tell you
about the Ubuntu 18.04 release date.

Ubuntu 18.04 Release Schedule:

Canonical has made the Bionic Beaver release schedule public and
expected release date isn’t surprising. The first Alpha for
opt-in flavors is expected to ship on January 4th, 2018. The
final stable release will be available on April 26th, 2018.
Currently, you can grab the daily builds for your testing

  • Alpha 1 Release: 4th January
  • Alpha 2 Release: 1st February
  • Feature Freeze, Debian Import Freeze: 1st March
  • Beta 1 Release: 8th March
  • Final Beta Release: 5th April
  • Final Freeze, Release Candidate: 19th April
  • Final Ubuntu 18.04 release: 26th

Ubuntu desktop development process is known to follow a strict
timeline, so the above dates should turn out to be pretty
accurate. Due to some minor hiccups in the development process,
a few changes could also be made by Canonical. Still, this
gives a pretty solid idea regarding when you should be planning
the next Ubuntu release party.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Features

1. GNOME 3.28 desktop

In case you haven’t tried Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, 18.04
LTS is going to be a whole new experience for you. With 17.10,
Canonical has already made a shift to GNOME desktop as default
with some tweaks. So, for existing LTS users, things are going
to be pretty new.

About the GNOME version, we can expect GNOME 3.28 to ship with

2. Kernel 4.15

“Every 6 months the Ubuntu Kernel Team is tasked to pick the
kernel to be used in the next release. We look at the Ubuntu
release schedule and how that will line up with the upstream
kernel releases,” the Ubuntu Kernel Team wrote in a recent
post. The team expects that Linux kernel 4.15 will power Ubuntu

3. New desktop and icon theme

Even though Ubuntu 17.10 has undergone an overhauling with
GNOME desktop, its look still resembles a lot like earlier
versions of Ubuntu. Based on the general feedback from

4. Xorg by default

Due in April 2018, the next LTS release will ship with both
traditional Xorg graphics and new Wayland-based stack. However,
Xorg will be the default. The Ubuntu development team has
listed different reasons for this choice, including a better
performance of software like Hangouts, Skype, and WebRTC
services, in Xorg. It also recovers better from Shell crashes.
For Ubuntu 18.10, the team will again re-evaluate Wayland as
the default.

5. Minimal installation option

Along with the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release, the users
will be able to perform a lean installation of Ubuntu.
This option will strip away lots of software packages and
you’ll get a system will a desktop environment, web browser,
core system tools, and no much more. This option will appear in
Ubuntu installer. Please note that it isn’t a replacement for
pre-existing Ubuntu Minimal ISO.

6. Ubuntu will collect some data

As per a recent announcement made on Ubuntu mailing list,
Canonical will start collecting some user data related to system
configuration and installed packages on the machine. Starting
from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, this opt-out option will be provided in
the installer. Read about this expected feature in detail here.

7. New installer for Ubuntu Server

With Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical will finally refresh the Ubuntu
Server’s command line installer. The new installer
named Subiquity will be the default one in upcoming LTS
release. This change will give it a new look to server
installation process, which had been Debian’s text-based
installer till now.

8. Support for color emojis

Yes, colorful emojis are finally coming to Ubuntu desktop. This
new feature will let you display color emoji in different apps.
Even though many die-hard Linux fans will deny that it’s a
development worth much attention, emojis are important of
today’s messaging and communication. So, being able to see
emojis in their colorful attire is pleasing.

9. Faster boot time

Canonical is also working to speed up the boot-time of Ubuntu
by using systemd’s features. This is an exciting change and
it’ll be interesting to see what the desktop team manages to
achieve in this area.

Note: This is a continuously updated article.
We’ll be updating it to add new features that are going to be a
part of final Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release. Keep

Also Read: 10 Best Linux Desktop
Environments And Their Comparison

Two Reasons Why Smartphone Sales Declined For The First Time In 2017

Global Smartphone Sales Q4 2017 Gartner 1

Has the smartphone market reached its saturation point? It may
or may not be the case, but their number of purchases have
declined for the first time. According to a report by Gartner,
smartphone sales figures recorded the first ever decline of
5.6% in Q4 2017. Around 408 million smartphones were sold
globally in the same period.

So, what could be the reason for this drop when more and more
people are becoming aware of smartphones and their usage.
According to Gartner’s research director Anshul Gupta, there
are two reasons behind the sales numbers fall.

The first is the rejuvenation of feature phones in the market.
When combines with the lack of quality “ultra-low-cost”
smartphones, it has led to a slow down in upgrades from feature
phone to smartphones. People are going for quality feature
phones instead.

Another reason is that people are making bigger investments on
high-end smartphones and keeping them for an extended period of
time. For example, a cost concerned user may retain a device
like iPhone X or Galaxy S8 for more than a year’s time.

The inability of the manufacturers to meet consumers’ high
expectations has also contributed to weakening the smartphone
sales. When releasing new smartphones, the lack of innovation
delivers only a few incremental benefits over the existing
technology. This could be one probably a reason why users would
want to stick to their existing devices.

Global Smartphone Sales Q4 2017 Gartner 1

Despite the drop in the sales of S8 and S8+, Samsung managed to
remain on the top of the list by selling 74 million smartphone
units in Q4 2017. Although, they ended up with a 3.6% decline
in their year-on-year sales. This is another victory for
the Korean tech giant after recently beating Intel as the
world’s largest chipmaker.

Apple follows Samsung with around 73 million units. When
comparing the sales number for Q4 2017 and Q4 2016, Huawei and
Xiaomi are the only top smartphone sellers that managed to
record a sales growth.

Global Smartphone Sales Q4 2017 Gartner 2

The story is different in the case of the annual smartphone
sales worldwide where the overall smartphone sales
have boosted since 2016. Expect Apple, major vendors
have recorded an increase and Samsung managed to capture around
21% of the global market share in 2017. The iOS-powered devices
also saw a defeat in the worldwide sales, where Android won a
one-sided match with over 85% market share.

You can read Gartner’s report here.

Also Read: 4G Speeds Aren’t Getting
Faster Anymore; India Has Slowest 4G In The World

Arm To Merge SIM Cards With Processors For A Cheap Compact Future

Arm iSIM for Internet of things

Now listen to Fossbytes stories!

After announcing their plans revolutionize the smartphone
market with onboard AI chips, Arm is
back again. This time, the company wants to deliver their share
of contribution to mold the future of SIM cards.

Arm plans to integrate SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards
directly into the processors through their new processor design
called Kigen. The company like to call the technology iSIM or
integrated SIM.

You might have heard about the eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that also
kicks out external SIM cards from devices. In both cases, the
devices can be reprogrammed to work on different carrier

In fact, iSIM is compliant with GSMA’s embedded SIM
specifications and adds an onboard hardware-based security
module. However, the difference is that eSIM is
implemented by adding a separate chip on the device, whereas,
iSIM would be built into the processor itself.

Arm iSIM for Internet of things

The iSIM technology is primarily intended for IoT devices where
the scarcity of space is a greater concern than smartphones.
The devices can be configured to support the existing 2G, 3G,
and 4G networks.It can also support upcoming 5G technology and
IoT-focused networks like NarrowBand IoT and LTE-M.

iSIM could be seen as an effort to bring cellular connectivity
to mostly compact IoT devices with different form factors while
cutting down costs and boosting security. Research firm Machina
predicted in their last year’s report that around 4.4 billion
IoT devices with cellular connectivity would exist by 2025.

While we might see iSIM-powered IoT devices popping up in the
market by the year’s end, there is no clue when (or ever) the
tech will make it’s way to smartphones. Hopefully, it might
happen soon.

Also Read: Intel Plans 5G Laptops For 2019 Release,
Partners With Microsoft, Dell, HP, Lenovo

SpaceX Launches First Internet Satellites In Space, Here Are 9 Facts You Need To Know

Global Smartphone Sales Q4 2017 Gartner 2

SpaceX has successfully launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying demo
satellites for its broadband network. Here are some interesting
and important facts about the launch:

1. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed two
demonstration satellites, named Tintin A and Tintin B. These
satellites are a part of SpaceX’s much-discussed broadband
service from space.

2. The internet network, named Starlink, will
consist of thousands of operational satellites once the testing
is completed and the network is up and running.

3. SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher was 229 foot
tall, i.e., 70-meter.

4. The launch took place from California’s
Vandenberg Air Force Base. The two-stage Falcon 9 also had the
Spanish PAZ radar observation satellite as its main payload.

5. After the launch, Elon Musk tweeted that
satellites will attempt to beam “Hello World” when they pass
near LA.

6. SpaceX executives hope that Starlink will
start operating by 2020, at least in a limited capacity. These
first test satellites will collect information useful for

7. Just last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
announced that he had endorsed Starlink. FCC has also approved
similar requests from other companies like OneWeb, Telesat, and
Space Norway.

8. This launch also included SpaceX’s first
attempt to catch Falcons falling payload fairing out of the
sky. The company attempted this catch using a boat named Mr.

9. As per Musk, the boat was a few hundred meters away from the
$6 million fairing. However, the fairing arrived in good shape.

Watch the complete video of the launch here:

How to Implement WordPress Post Push Notification to Chrome, Firefox

It’s possible to notify your visitors on Chrome, Android
browser whenever you publish new post or page. You might have
noticed this small pop up on Facebook or many other websites,
which ask your permissions to allow or block the notifications.


Did you ever wonder how to implement this on your WordPress
website? Well, this is cool idea to notify your visitors on
your new post. It’s quick way to get the traffic on your new
post and re-engage your website visitors.

Chrome is leading browser and more than 60% of the traffic of
Geek Flare comes from it.


Google Chrome is everywhere.


Let’s take a look at implementing push notification. There are
multiple service providers, however, I have tried following and
it works. Good thing is – they are free!

1. Aimtell

Aimtell plugin helps you to
quickly setup push notification in your WordPress website. Once
you install the plugin, you need to create an account and then
you are all set.


Implementing push notification by Aimtell plugin is super
easy. Aimtell provides you a beautiful dashboard where you can
view your subscribers, create a new campaign, target
notification based on segments, logs, etc.

It works with Safari, Firefox & Chrome browser. So if you
are looking for quick setup, go ahead and try out Aimtell .

2.Web Push

Web Push plugin uses W3C Push API
and it works well with Chrome for Desktop and Android. You may
check the compatible browser and version details here .

In order to use Web Push, you need to create Google Project and
API, don’t worry it’s free. You can refer Google Developers
documentation to create one.

You may configure following with Web Push plugin.

  • Default or Custom site title
  • User posts thumbnail, site icon or no icon
  • Choice to display subscription button on bottom-right
    corner so visitor can either subscribe or unsubscribe
  • Ask user to subscribe notification on the first visit or
    after number of visits
  • Configure push triggers

If you are just looking for Google Chrome push then this might
be worth try.

3. Push Crew

PushCrew plugin helps you to setup
push on Chrome and Firefox browser. Setting up this plugin is
quite easy. You can send unlimited notifications to up to 500
subscribers in the free account.

Once you install the plugin, you need PushCrew account ID which
you will get when you register a free account at their
website .


4. OneSignal

OneSignal is probably one of
the most active installed plugin from WordPress repository for
push notification. It supports Chrome, Safari and Firefox
browser on HTTP or HTTPS site.


OneSignal allows you to configure an automatic
notification, opt-in customization, schedule notification,
real-time analytics and much more. You get all the features in
absolutely free.

I hope above WordPress plugins help you to implement push
notification on your website/blog to re-engage the visitors.