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What are Conversational Interfaces (CI) and their Benefits




Although no chatbot has passed the Turing test yet (or so we assume…), it’s clear that the technology has developed rapidly in recent years. Chatbots like SmarterChild, the artificial “buddy” users could communicate with via AOL Instant Messenger, bear little resemblance to sophisticated products like Siri and Alexa.


Companies throughout numerous industries have triggered this rapid growth by funding the development of chatbot technology designed to make interactions more closely resemble conversations with an actual human. Until recently, Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology supported most of these products. NLP innovations allowed chatbots to comprehend and respond to basic user requests.


That being said, the results companies get from the NLP approach have been far from perfect. No one is going to mistake an NLP-based chatbot for a real person. Thus, organizations have shifted towards a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) approach, hoping to develop chatbots that can learn how to understand language more efficiently and reliably.


Still, the results can be cumbersome. Chatting with a website’s bot is often a slow, drawn-out process. In the age of digital distraction, chatbots should be able to communicate with users through a variety of means.




That’s why many experts are beginning to recommend Conversational Interfaces (CI) as the ideal solution.


Understanding CI: The Basics


Essentially, a CI is a hybrid chatbot interface. It incorporates voice, text, graphics, and any other available language interface to facilitate the most efficient communication between user and chatbot. By using multiple forms of communication, this type of chatbot also guards against user distraction.


Slack’s chatbot is a good example of a CI. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a CI is compatibility with multiple devices and platforms. You can interact with a CI through your phone, tablet, laptop, and even smartwatch. The ideal CI chatbot will respond to both voice and text, whichever is more convenient for you at the time.


A CI-based chatbot also reduces the frustration a user experiences when they’re unable to explain to a bot what it is they’re trying to do. For example, many people have encountered chatbots on websites that introduce themselves with general inquiries, like “How can I help you today?”




The problem is, the chatbot often doesn’t understand the user request. The syntax of your request must be comprehensible to a computer.


With a CI chatbot, instead of asking a general question, the bot may offer users a list of options. While this might seem like it limits what a person can actually use a chatbot for, it actually makes the bot more functional in a practical sense; the less chances there are for confusion, the less chances there are for a user to get frustrated with the service.


To understand the potential applications of this type of chatbot, take a look at Typeform. It’s an informational article that allows users (if they choose) to occasionally stop reading in order to interact with a chatbot that provides information about the topic. In the future, companies could use this kind of chatbot to gather more personal information about a customer. Imagine reading about a new product or service, while a reasonably natural chatbot asks you questions, answers your questions, and generally takes the time to learn about your reaction to the product.


It’s important to realize that CI technology is still in its infancy. That said, it represents one of the most promising innovations for developing truly realistic virtual people.

How a Cellular Network Works!!!


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Cellphones really changed the world over, right from how we communicate, to how we socialize with modern times. But have you ever wondered how a Cellphone Network really works? Let's find out!!!


Basics:

Your Zenfone is really a radio transmitter in all basic sense. It can transmit and recieve. But the transmission and reception of all cellular mobile conforms to rules laid out by a global forum called GSM. GSM has laid out a format and technology template for all communication to happen. 


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Cell in a network is a immovable transreciever, technically called as a "Base Transciever Station (BSS)", commonly known as mobile towers in layman terms. This is called as a cell because hypothetically the range covered by a cell is in an hexagonal shape.

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What is 4G & How did we get there??? And do you really need it?

Once we humans established a working cellular network...we started pulling some G's....These G's later, with time, defined how mobile internet will be shaped for the future. Lets take a look at the brief history on these G's

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1) 1st Generation 

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The first generation of mobile technology, or "1G", during the 80's was an 'Analog' Telecommunications systems. It was rudimentary and only allowed Telephony and 'Page' messaging. This was a time when Pagers were cool and cellphones were as huge as a cordless phone. Although rudimentary internet could have been possible as the calculated speed (if deployed, but was never deployed publicly) was about 14.4kbps!!!


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'1G' offered us 'circuit-switch' technology, Meaning a connection was established between user to user before the 'voice' was sent over. And that was just about it.....

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The Psychology of Wearables and Wearable Technology


Article is Provided by Toptal

In recent years we’ve seen new, disruptive innovations in the world of wearable technology; advances that will potentially transform life, business, and the global economy. Products like Google GlassApple Watch, and Oculus Rift promise not only to change the way we approach information, but also our long established patterns of social interaction.
Indeed, we are witnessing the advent of entirely new genre of interface mechanisms that brings with it a fundamental paradigm shift in how we view and interact with technology. Recognizing, understanding, and effectively leveraging today’s growing landscape of wearables is likely to be increasingly essential to the success of a wide array of businesses.
In this article, we discuss the ways in which effective interface design will need to adapt, in some ways dramatically, to address the new psychology of wearable technology.

Enter the Neuroscientific Approach

Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology. Cognitive neuroscience relies upon theories in cognitive science coupled with evidence from neuropsychology and computational modeling.
In the context of interface design, a neuroscientific approach is one which takes into account – or more precisely, is centered upon – the way in which users process information.
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The way people interact with new, not-seen-before technologies is more bounded to their cognitive processes than it is to your designer’s ability to create stunning UI. New, often unpredictable, patterns emerge any time a person is presented with a tool, a software or an action that he has never seen before.
Accordingly, rather than employing more traditional approaches (such as wireframing and so on), you will instead focus on the sole goal of your product, the end result you want the user to achieve. You will then work your way back from there, creating a journey for the user by evaluating the how to best align the user’s intuitive perception of your product and his or her interaction with the technology used. By creating mental images, you won’t need to design every step the user has to take to accomplish an action, nor you will have to evaluate every possible feature you could or couldn’t include in the product.

How to Enjoy Virtual Reality With Google Cardboard

Presently the latest trend in our life which is very interesting is Virtual Reality. I already discussed about Watching 3D and today we will know about Virtual Reality which is created with the help of many things including 3D and Cardboard is the easiest thing which takes you into the virtual world.

First we know about What is Virtual reality? 

  • Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with some hardware & software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. Virtual reality is primarily experienced through two senses- sight and sound.

Now we know about Google Cardboard :

  • Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a fold-out cardboard mount for a mobile phone. It is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR and VR applications.



Let's see How to Enjoy Virtual Reality With Google Cardboard:
Google Cardboard is simplest platform through which we can experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way.  Below are simple steps to follow:

1.) Get the Cardboard or Make it yourself :

First thing to do is that you need a Cardboard which is easily available on Amazon and Flipkart.
If you want to build a cardboard yourself then all you need are a few everyday items: cardboard, lenses, magnets, velcro and a rubber band. You need a pair of biconvex lenses (40 mm Focal length) which are available on Amazon . After arranging these items you need to go on https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/get-cardboard and download the instructions, using those instructions you can build your own style cardboard.

2.) Get the Apps :

After getting the cardboard you need to download some apps on your phone through which you can enjoy visiting new places, playing immersive games, flying through space and many more. First you have to download Google's official Cardboard app:
For Android- this link
For iOS- this link
You can also find here more apps to enjoy virtual reality on your phone, so many apps are available which provides awesome experience of virtual reality in Gaming also through cardboard. So lets enjoy and tell us by commenting.

Also look : Google Cardboard Overview - VR on the Cheap

Google Cardboard Overview: VR On The Cheap

Provided BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC - TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL

Imagine if you will, standing on the surface of the moon, overlooking a crater from your lunar rover, listening to mission control chatter. Or don’t. Instead of imagining it, just order a cheap Google Cardboard VR set instead, stick your phone in it, and start exploring the solar system, museums, tourist spots, coral reefs and much more. Let the Imagination Technologies GPU in your phone live up to its name and do your imagining for you.

Also Read : How to Enjoy Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard is hardly a new concept. It was unleashed on the unsuspecting geekosphere at Google I/O 2014, roughly 18 months ago. Since then, Google has tweaked the Cardboard reference design, but the concept hasn’t changed; Google Cardboard was envisioned as the cheapest Virtual Reality (VR) solution on the planet, and at this point, nothing else comes close in terms of pricing.
Google Cardboard is significantly cheaper than competing VR platforms, so why is adoption so slow?
If you keep track of tech news, you are probably aware that Oculus Rift started shipping a few days ago. The news even made it to mainstream media, and CNN interviewed a few Oculus execs, who discussed the future of Oculus and VR in general. Demand for the Rift appears to be high because the pre-order website crashed hours into the launch, which coincided with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas. The Oculus Rift is priced at $599, and you also need a $1,000-plus computer to use it properly, but the high price obviously didn’t faze the loads of consumers who pre-ordered one.
I could try to explain what makes Oculus different and why it costs so much, but that’s beside the point. It’s a product for enthusiasts and connoisseurs, people who don’t mind spending a lot of money for a great gaming user experience or for some niche professional applications. Compared to Google’s VR platform, Oculus Rift is a technological tour de force, but for the price of a single Oculus headset, you can get more than 50 prefabricated Google Cardboard headsets. Mind you, I am not talking about cardboard DIY sets, but proper headsets made out of plastic, with soft padding and a few straps to keep the contraption on your head.
Considering that you can get a Google Cardboard compatible set for $10 to $20, you’d expect that loads of people are buying them, but that’s not the case. Let’s take a closer look at Google’s platform and try to figure out what’s going on.

World's Best Web Hosting & Domain Name Providers

World's best hosting & domain name providers Web Hosting and Domain Name both are important points to consider when we are going to start our new blog or website. When we are going to choose our Web Hosting Provider, it is must to keep in mind that which type of blog or website we are going to start, considering business plan website or personal blog we should check our priorities and requirements for Web-host, Cloud-host, Private-cloud, Shared hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated hosting and WordPress hosting etc. It is also good to know that what type of servers are Hosting Company providing i.e. Linux or Windows Servers. One should also note that Hosting providers must have good bandwidth option and best customer support. Considering all these points we are sharing here Top and Best Web Hosting providers in India as well as all over in world:

1. aOrbit Hosting 
(My Rating: 5/5 Stars): Maybe you're hearing this name first time but believe me, aOrbit is the best web hosting provider in India in terms of plans, security and support. From my experience, I'm using their hosting from more than 1 year and I must say that their servers are best and support system is also quick. They have their servers based in US, India etc. and they also offers domain names at cheap rates. They have all types of hosting including dedicated, cloud, VPS. I can say that you must try aOrbit hosting.

2. Blue Host (My Rating: 5/5 Stars): Bluehost is the leading provider of cloud-based platform solutions to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online. Bluehost powering over 2 million websites worldwide and provides shared hosting (windows, linux and wordpress hosting), reseller, VPS Hosting. It is also provides dedicated servers and security. BlueHost is also a Best option to choose for your website which I recommend.


3. Big Rock 
(My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars): BigRock is also a leading provider of web-presence solutions to small-businesses, professionals and individuals. BigRock provides domain registration, business-class email services, web-hosting services, website builder products, e-commerce solutions and digital certificates. BigRock have over 6 million domains under management. It's a good option to choose for your website's domain name registration and hosting like shared, reseller, ecommerce and wordpress hosting, also provides VPS and dedicated servers.

4. Host Gator 
(My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars): HostGator LLC is a world's leading provider of shared, reseller, VPS Hosting. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002. Since then, HostGator has grown from a small hosting company with just three servers into a world leading and industry recognized hosting provider with more than 12,000 servers under management, over five million domains are hosted by HostGator. Now HostGator is worlds number one hosting provider with cheap rates and also provides Domain registrations.

                    

5. Just Host (My Rating: 4.2/5 Stars): JustHost is also a best option for domain registration, web hosting and VPS hosting. JustHost provides cheap, reliable and affordable services. Just Host plan provides free domain name registration, host unlimited domains including unlimited disk space, unlimited transfers, unlimited email accounts as they say on their website. So you may also consider JustHost for your website.

6. Go Daddy (My Rating: 4/5 Stars): GoDaddy is a publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. As of 2014, GoDaddy was said to have had more than 59 million domain names under management, making it the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrar. GoDaddy was founded in 1997 and now it is a reputed name in the world for domain registration, website building and hosting. You can choose GoDaddy for your website domain name registration and also for hosting but it may have higher prices, if not for first year then must from next year.

7. Dream Host (My Rating: 3.8/5 Stars): DreamHost was started in 1997, DreamHost provides domain registration, web hosting and cloud services to 1.5 million sites, blogs and applications, and supports over 400,000 web designers, developers, content creators, small businesses and entrepreneurs with the power of the Open Web. DreamHost is another good option which you can consider.

    

5 Best Online Shopping Sites in India




Online Shopping is a new fast growing trend of the world. According to a recent survey, India ranks at position number three for shopping online and using credit cards for online transaction. E-commerce or eCommerce, is trading in products or services using computer networks, such as using Internet. There are many sites available for online shopping, here you will find information about top and best e-commerce sites in India or best online shopping sites in India.

Amazon is one of the most reputed name in the world of online shopping for products like ebooks, electronics and others items. The Amazon India website and it services are being tweaked for India and its hugely growing online shoppers. It is one of the best e-commerce sites in India now after launching in India, Amazon is best online shopping site in India. Amazon.in is operated by Amazon Seller Services Private Ltd, an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, that opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995; and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. You can find this Fulfilled by Amazon badge on many product pages. This specifies that the Orders are eligible for FREE Delivery and can be placed using Cash on Delivery. It is being mentioned by Amazon India that the orders which contains products worth Rs 499 or more are only eligible for FREE delivery.

Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in 2007. In its initial years, Flipkart concentrated on online sales of books, but it later on expanded to electronic goods and a diversity of other products. Flipkart.com is the most popular of all Indian online shopping companies, offering genuine products to people. Flipkart is one of the best e-commerce sites in India, now it is best online shopping site in india. They have huge stock of innumerable products like clothes, music, electronics, books, health products, kid’s toys and accessories, perfumes, games, movies, home appliances, shoes, stationeries and many more things. Flipkart offers multiple payment methods like credit card, debit card, net banking, e-gift voucher, and the major of all Cash on Delivery.

Snapdeal is a leading online marketplace, headquartered in New Delhi, India. Snapdeal features products across categories like mobiles, electronics, fashion accessories, apparel, footwear, kids, home and kitchen, sports, books; and services like restaurants, spas & entertainment amongst others. The company was started by Kunal Bahl, a Wharton graduate and Rohit Bansal, alumnus of IIT Delhi, in February 2010. Snapdeal is one of the best e-commerce sites in India, now it is best online shopping site in india. The online shopping platform has their service in more than 50 cities across India and also has a record 15 million registered users in the country. The website features more than 3000 brands – national, international and even less famous yet offering quality products. The online store has more than 200 categories featuring more than 250000 products listed with them. More than 25000 products are sold every day.

Myntra was established by Mukesh Bansal, Ashutosh Lawania, and Vineet Saxena in February 2007. All three are IIT graduates, and have worked for several start-ups. Myntra is headquartered in Bangalore and has been funded by Venture Capital funds like IndoUS, IDG & Accel Partners. Myntra.com works as an online shopping retailer of fashion and casual lifestyle products. The company started off in the business of personalization of products, and soon expanded to set up regional offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. From its introduction into the online business world, myntra is dealing in exclusive choices of accessories, footwear, cosmetics and apparel from more than 500 reputed international and Indian brands. Notable among them are Biba, Adidas, Inc5, Puma, Nike, United Colors of Benetton etc. The online shopping portal is reputed to offer more than 3000 styles of products, fitting requirements of all valued consumers. Myntra now owned by Flikart and only available as Mobile App.

Jabong.com is certainly in the acclaimed list of online shopping websites in India. One of the best customer support services in India. The online shopping website is highly popular in offering best quality products of reputed brands. Customers can cater to a wide variety of fashion apparel, footwear, accessories and even jewelries. They have huge collection of all mentioned items for women, kids and men. Jabong.com is one of the fastest growing online shopping portals offering reliable, trendy and stylish products according to taste of reigning period and fashion concerns of people. They are highly popular as an online shopping portal offering best prices with exclusive discount offers.