BrightTitan Cast 17: Social networks
This week, besides of seeing the 2017 Porsche Panamera, it was almost all about social networks. Also, let’s not forgot the new name of the Android N.
- Google named Android N as Android Nougat
- Tesla Model S Autopilot failed and crashed into a truck
- Evernote raised the price for premium users; limiting the free ones
- 2017 Porsche Panamera has a new design with a lot of tech
- Social Networks
1. Android N
This year, Google made two unexpected moves with Android: first, publishing Android Developer Preview months before the Google I/O and second, asking us to help them to choose a name for Android N.
Right after the Google Developer Conference, they opened a new site in which they asked internet users what should be the name of the upcoming Android N. This week, Google announced the name for the N ( but it is not actually clear whether they looked at what people have said or not ).
Anyway, it is called as “Android Nougat”. Even thought most of the people were waiting to see the name “Android Nutella”, there was actually a possibility for Nougat.
By the way, Google also did something unexpected by announcing the name on SnapChat because why not.
A Tesla driver died in a crash while he was traveling with Model S’ autopilot function active. This is the first known crash where autopilot was activated. This incident was revealed by Tesla today in a blog post in which they also indicated National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) was informed.Crash occurred on May 7 at 3:40 p.m. in a divided highway in west of Williston. Joshua Brown, 45 years-old Ohio resident, died after his Tesla Model S passed under the 18-wheel semi Truck. According to Police Beat, the truck was traveling west on US 27A in the left turn lane toward 140th Court while Brown’s car was headed east in the outside lane of U.S. 27A. When the truck made a left turn onto NE 140th Court in front of the car, the car’s roof struck the underside of the trailer as it passed under the trailer and the top of Joshua Brown’s 2015 Tesla Model S vehicle was torn off by the force of the collision. The car continued to travel east on U.S. 27A until it left the roadway on the south shoulder and struck a fence. The car smashed through two fences and struck a power pole. The car rotated counter-clockwise while sliding to its final resting place about 100 feet south of the highway. Unfortunately, Joshua Brown died at the scene. However, truck driver, Frank Baressi, 62, Tampa was not injured in the crash.
Our condolences for the tragic loss https://t.co/zI2100zEGL
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 30, 2016
There are two main lessons that can be learned from this horrible incident. First, even if use Tesla’s autopilot feature, still you should check the surroundings and ready to take the wheel anytime because still autopilot is in beta. Second, the trucks always has been a big issue in crashes. Besides of being heavy, most of the trucks lack the essential security systems that may save other people’s live. For example, if there was a strong protection under the trailer, the car will only hit to the side of the truck and the damage will be less .
NHTSA’s statement ( to TheVerge ) is given below;
NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation is opening a Preliminary Evaluation of the design and performance of automated driving systems in the Tesla Model S.
NHTSA recently learned of a fatal highway crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S, which, according to the manufacturer, was operating with the vehicle’s ‘Autopilot’ automated driving systems activated. The incident, which occurred on May 7 in Williston, Florida, was reported to NHTSA by Tesla. NHTSA deployed its Special Crash Investigations Team to investigate the vehicle and crash scene, and is in communication with the Florida Highway Patrol. Preliminary reports indicate the vehicle crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection on a non-controlled access highway. The driver of the Tesla died due to injuries sustained in the crash.
NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation will examine the design and performance of the automated driving systems in use at the time of the crash. During the Preliminary Evaluation, NHTSA will gather additional data regarding this incident and other information regarding the automated driving systems.
The opening of the Preliminary Evaluation should not be construed as a finding that the Office of Defects Investigation believes there is either a presence or absence of a defect in the subject vehicles.
There is no doubt that Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps and it is used by a lot of people including me. However, we have a bad news for you if you use Evernote.
In an announcement made by Evernote itself, they introduced a new pricing model which not only affects the plus and premium users but also the free ones.
First of all, Evernote raised the prices. The Plus now costs $3.99 per month ( which was $2.99 in the past ) or $34.99 per year, while the Premium plan’s cost was increased from $5.99 per month to $7.99 per month and to $69.99 per year. However, there is nothing new in neither plus and premium in terms of feature. In other words, you are paying more for the same features.
Also, there is maybe even worse news for free users. Unless they upgrade to premium ( not plus, though ), they can only use Evernote on two devices.
Even though ( as a user of Evernote ) I did not appreciate the price changes as well as the limitation of free users to two devices, I guess it is something they need to do in order to keep the service running.
4. Porsche Panamera 2017
Panamera has always been a special series because it was like the sedan version of famous 911 and the 2017 Porsche Panamera feels even more like a 911.
The biggest change is the design. Again, it looks like someone stretched out the Porsche 911 and added back seats. However, the new Panamera is big as it is even longer than the previous version.
The other most significant change is the updated interior. Besides of being bigger, it is more modern and technological. Unlike the previous model, it has a digital dashboard with two 7-inch displays but there is still an analog tachometer. Furthermore, the center screen is even bigger with the size of 12.3-inch. There is also a touch screen on the back seats and similarly to the new BMW 7 series, the buttons on the middle console have been removed and now if you need to use them, you need to touch to their icon.
Anyway, let’s talk about motor options because we are talking about Porsche. You have a couple of options with the 2017 Panamera including Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel, and Turbo. Under the hood of 4S lies 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 with 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. 4S can speed to 60mph ( 100 km ) in 4.2 seconds. Turbo, on the other hand, comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 with 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. Turbo is faster as you would expect as it goes from zero to 60mph in 3.6 seconds ( 3.4 with the Sport Chrono Pack ).
( Porsche Panamera 4S )
( Porsche Panamera Turbo )
2017 Panamera will be in dealers in 2017 ( what a surprise ). It costs $99,990 for the 4S and the $146,900 for the Turbo.
5. Social Networks and social networks
- New FaceBook Social Buttons
Facebook is a widely used social network that does not use one of the best web designs at all. However, they just redesigned their Like, Share, Follow and save buttons.
Let’s start with the Like button which is the most popular one among Facebook’s social buttons. Facebook got rid of the “f” letter on the like button and now it only shows thumbs up icon with the text “like”. The other difference is that number of likes are moved inside the button.
However, the FaceBook logo remains there even with the new Share and Follow buttons.
The good news is that if you already use one or multiple of Facebook Social Buttons on your website, then you will not need to do anything as they will be updated automatically.
Also, the new redesigned buttons will be coming to FaceBook Instant Articles soon.
- New Facebook Timeline
For the past few months, we have seen changes in our timelines in different social networks including Instagram and Twitter because companies want you to spend more time . However, after them, Facebook is also making changes in the way how the timeline works.
First of all, they already changed the timeline and the new one aims to show more posts from your friends and family over the channels. Also, aside from moving these posts to the top, it also prioritizes posts. According to Facebook, as people likes to be informed and entertained, the new algorithms focuses even more on those two type of posts.
“Your feed should inform. People expect the stories in their feed to be meaningful to them — and we have learned over time that people value stories that they consider informative. Something that one person finds informative or interesting may be different from what another person finds informative or interesting — this could be a post about a current event, a story about your favorite celebrity, a piece of local news, or a recipe. We’re always working to better understand what is interesting and informative to you personally, so those stories appear higher up in your feed.
Your feed should entertain. We’ve also found that people enjoy their feeds as a source of entertainment. For some people, that’s following a celebrity or athlete; for others it’s watching Live videos and sharing funny photos with their friends. We work hard to try to understand and predict what posts on Facebook you find entertaining to make sure you don’t miss out on those. ”
- Tumblr Bits
Twitch, a popular game streaming service, announced a new feature that allows viewers to “cheer” broadcasters with animated emotes called “Bits”.
You can say that “Bits” are the currency of Twitch. After buying some bits ( 100 of them are priced at $1.40 ), you can send tips ( sorry, bits ) to your favorite broadcaster by writing “cheer” followed by any number. For example, if you want to send 100 of them, you need to write “cheer100”.
Right now, it is in beta which means you cannot send bits to every single channel but to only 60 partner channels. Also, what is worth mentioning is that Twitch is also earning money from each cheer as the revenue is shared between the broadcaster and of course, Twitch itself.
- Google Plus’ Fifth Birthday
Google+ was Google’s attempt to compete with Facebook ( and eventually collect even more data from its users ) and this week, it was its fifth birthday.
When it was introduced back in 28 June 2011, Google had high hopes for the service. However, the same thing couldn’t be said for the users because Google merged YouTube with G+ and eventually, they forced each user to use this social network. That is probably why everybody hated it so much ( including me as you probably understood from the title of the article ).
Well, there were a lot of people “using” it but it could never achieve something big. Furthermore, its importance decreased each day as it was separated from YouTube.