Operating system share in August 2014: Win 8.x rose, Linux continues to fall

Recently Net Applications released a ranking of global PC operating system in August 2014, the data shows: market share of Microsoft's Windows 8.x is 13.37%, an increase of 0.89%. And Windows 7 with 51.21% of the share is still ranked first; Linux compared with last month dropped 0.01 percentage points to 1.67 percent. 

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Shanghai Disney calls for a clear sky

 

 

The visitors may feel disappointed when they see a bleak and grey sky over Disney during their journey there. To welcome the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney early next year, the Chinese government will take some measures to solve the polluted problems around Disney. Shanghai government decided to follow the example of "Blue Parade plan" to close down 153 factories to make sure Shanghai Disney won't be the exceptional case from other Disney sites.

 

Despite the Beijing government began to focus on coal burning pollution problems, the PSI of Shanghai is still exceeding. According to the reports from Berkeley Earth which studying Climatic Change and relevant subjects, among one fifth of Chinese death rate is caused by air pollution, accounting to over 4,000 people each day.

 

Experts suggested Shanghai Disney would be the one that encounters polluted porblems among all of its theme parks two years ago. Shanghai authorities have not announced the affected enterprises yet, however, many of them have been ordered to close down business best before at the end of 2016.

 

From the government official website, we have learned that those enterprises are high polluted, high energy-costed, low efficiency that include texitile industry, chemistry, iron and steel industry. The Shanghai government will also have those enterprises tranformed even without the effect of Shanghai Disney.

 

Shanghai is one of the econimic centers in east Asia, its function is making change. It needs a more optimized environment to enhance its city image. It is a must for those high polluted, high energy-costed enterprises to move out even without the importing of Disney in Shanghai, reports National Business Daily.

 

The first year's visiting volume after the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney is expected to receive 20 million visitors. After than, it will receive a stable amount of visitors at 30 million people each year. It will make over 20 billion yuan revenue. Shanghai goverment will take this avail of this chance to have those enterprises moved out around Disney to free up 503.27 mu industrial land so that it could rebuild the ecological farms.

 

The Disney Magic World will miss something if there is no blue and clear sky. We will see how it looks like early next year.

 

The new updates at Google I/O

Google I/O 2016 is held today. It updated Android and Android Wear, released Google Home, Daydream VR and its two applications. 

Android N

Google did not release the final Android N version at this I/O conference. It made a update for its Android N Dev. Google claimed that its performance, security and productivity have been improved a lot. 

Android N optimized compiler that allows the apps run 3-6 times faster. It brought in a JIT compiler which enables the installation of apps run 75% faster. 

Android N also applied the new encryption mode that could encrypt the files respectively. Regarding the productivity, it updated more features that allow users to apply with ease. 

Android  Wear

Google updated its wearable device at this conference- Android Wear 2.0. The improvements include the Watch Face, Messages and Sports. It customized more personalized features for Watch Face. It added the the optimization of handwriting on messages feature. In terms of the sports feature, Google added Google Fit API port to support blue-tooth music and sports identification. 

Google Home

Google Home is a smart terminal devices that it made for intelligent families. It is small and exquisite. It looks like Google Assistant. Google Home could help users to handle the problem by starting conversations. It aims to help users to control family voice box, connect to lights and themosat and even more electronic appliances. 

Daydream VR 

VR technology becomes a popular topic this year. It is said that 2016 becomes the key year for VR technology. Many companies plan to explore business in VR industry. At this I/O conference, Google introduced a Daydream VR platform. 

This platform optimizes VR algorithm, decreases the effect of postponement and relieves the spinning sensation. It is compatible with smartphone and decreases its performance down to 20ms. In the meanwhile, Daydream VR is compatible with helmet device. 

Allo and DUO

Two communications software are introduced to the public as well, they are instant messaging Allo and video call software Duo.  Allo is a bit like the combination of Wechat and Instagram. Google developed many customized emojis. Allo can recognize the images and sender's info. 

Duo is featured with Knock Knock function. Users can preview the invitator's situation before they accept a video call. Duo applies the exclusive QUIC agreements and supports WiFi and mobile internet connection. 

Facebook brings Chat Robots to Messenger

Facebook Inc has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create "chatbots (chat robots)," hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions.

Chatbots are automated programs that help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.

While chatbots have existed in some form for years, they have recently become a hot topic in the tech business as advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning make them far more capable and potentially able to assume a key role in the way customers communicate with businesses. Facebook launched chatbots on Tuesday with a handful of partners, including Shopify, an ecommerce site, and cable TV news network CNN.

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The chatbots are part of Facebook's effort to build out its Messenger instant messaging app as the go-to place for customers to contact businesses - a strategy that threatens traditional call centres and may cut personnel costs for some businesses.

"You'll never have to call 1-800-Flowers again," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said during the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco.

Though messaging platforms including Kik, Slack and Telegram already have chatbots, Facebook is seen having several distinct advantages.

For one, Facebook commands a vast trove of data on the estimated 1.6 billion people who use the main service and the 900 million who use Messenger. That allows developers to create chatbots that can personalize tasks, such as making an airline booking or a restaurant reservation.

"From the enterprise or developer perspective, access to those 1.6 billion people is very exciting," said Lauren Kunze, principal at Pandorabots, which has been building and deploying chatbots for companies since 2002.

"People like a personalized experience and when the chatbot can remember personal details and follow up," she said.

CNN's bot, for example, can learn users' news preferences and recommend articles and summaries accordingly. For a shopping site, users could input price ranges and other preferences before receiving suggestions from the bot.

Tech companies will have to approach chatbots more carefully, however, after an experimental Microsoft Corp bot, called Tay, unleashed a barrage of racist and sexist tweets after being manipulated by Twitter users last month. The company quickly pulled Tay from the Internet.