The Smart Contact Lens Bubble

The Smart Contact Lens Bubble

New technology is being created faster and faster these days. The rapid pace of development in the tech sector is changing the world around us in fantastic ways, connecting all aspects of our lives through tiny gadgets.
In less than ten years we’ve seen the release of the first smart watch, the IPhone, the first smart TV and internet connected cars among many innovations. The internet of things, as it has become to be called, is only in its infancy, but tech companies are trying to find new and imaginative ways to integrate the World Wide Web into our lives. Our clothing, think of the self-drying coat and self-tying shoes from Back to the future 2, our kitchen appliances, refrigerators that tell you what food and when you need to buy it, and even our books, have become internet connected. The newest gizmo in the internet of things that is soon to be released is the smart contact lens.

Sony, Samsung, Google and a few lesser known companies have all filed patents in the last couple of years in a race to be the first to bring the lenses to the market for consumer purchase. Each company seems to have focused on a different issue. Each one encompasses a unique feature, such as taking photos, augmented reality or addressing health concerns, while other features are ubiquitous to all the manufacturers’ lenses.

Sony was recently awarded a patent in April of 2016 for a smart contact lens that will take photos and videos of what the wearer is seeing. The lens can do most of what a camera can do. Just like a camera it is capable of autofocus, exposure adjustment and zooming. The patent lays out the lenses ability to calibrate the camera with a wearers blink. Want to take a photo? Just blink three times really fast. Want to take a video? Just squint really hard for three seconds. The contact also uses an electroluminescence display screen to playback recorded content. You can do all this without ever looking at your smartphone, but just by looking straight ahead. All of the registered content can then be wirelessly transferred to your smart phone or computer for later viewing.

Samsung was also given a patent in April 2016 in South Korea for its own smart contact lens. The Samsung lens will take photos and videos just like the Sony lens, however it will also have imbedded augmented reality. With a built in display that projects images directly into the wearers’ eye, the Samsung smart contact lenses will have the ability to superimpose computer generated images onto the real world, all while being less visible when worn. If you are curious what the restaurant across the street serves simply look at the front of the building and the menu will appear across your field of vision. Look down the street to see who has the best gas prices and little speech bubbles will pop out from the curb with the amount per gallon inside. Say you’re on a blind date and want to find out more about the person sitting across from you. You can check their Facebook page without ever having to leave the table or pull out your phone. Imagine having the ability to read a foreign language without ever having taken classes, or being able to navigate a place you’ve never been to effortlessly. The applications for this are endless.

Google’s smart contact lens patent approval arrived a month later than Sony and Samsung in May 2016. Google being Google though, they are taking the smart contact lens road a little less traveled; the contact lenses will have to be surgically implanted in your head. Google has partnered with Novartis, the parent company of Alcon contact lenses, the company that used to be known as Cibavision, to develop a lens with flexible electronics and sensors thinner than a human hair that will help those suffering from diabetes. The embedded lenses will read chemicals in the tear fluid to determine if the wearers’ blood sugar levels have fallen to near fatal levels. Upon diagnosing the patient’s glucose condition the smart contact will then be able to administer the insulin itself, if needed. While it may seem a bit intrusive, this would be a great, pain-free alternative for diabetics who prick their fingers daily or who constantly wear a glucose monitor. This is excellent news for diabetics, but Google’s smart lenses could be used by anyone looking to maintain great energy levels or even stick to a healthy diet. In the long run Google is also looking to implement features that would be capable of correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as well as presbyopia eye conditions. This would make the need for wearing glasses and traditional contact lenses a thing of the past. The patent states that the smart lenses will either be solar powered or be charged by the movements of your eyes. Now that right there is just amazing!

One last company that is on the forefront of the smart lens bubble is Ocumetrics. While lesser known than the previous three tech giants, Ocumetrics may be the first company to roll out a smart lens for sale to the public. Designed by Dr. Garth Webb to enhance the vision of those that need it, the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens as they’re calling it, will not only give the user 20/20 vision, but could actually enhance that by up to three times – yup that’s right, a zoom lens! These lenses would need to be surgically inserted in an in and out eight minute operation. The result would be immediate vision correction. In addition to overcoming the list of ocular vision ailments, the patient would never have a chance of getting cataracts as the lenses would never wear away and the software could be updated wirelessly as needed. Trials need to be carried out first, but the tech could be ready to go in just a few years.

Three IT Innovations that are Worth to Be Implemented

Analysts speak positively of Russian IT outsourcing, and we are sure we will pass the development stage faster than the USA and Europe once did. Today, Russian companies can be supported by best practices and processes. That is why it is possible to raise maturity level of customers and suppliers more efficiently and much faster using experience of international IT outsourcing and a skilled service provider. And if best practice is supplemented by innovations, we can get the turbo mode of development in mature services.
Let’s review three IT trends that are worth to be implemented by Russian companies whatever field they belong to.

Change of approach to IT infrastructure lifecycle

All industries pass through such stages as they grow: from handicraft industry to mass production. IT sector is not an exception. IT routine automation is an inevitable stepping stone to efficiency and productivity improvement of IT services, i.e., of the whole company. To reduce IT operational cost and the time of task fulfilment by IT department, the following technology can be used.
Server Automation Tool (SAT) is a solution for servers infrastructure management developed by ICL Services in order to provide customers with an efficient adaptive support tool without changing their IT environments.
SAT includes SaltStack that is the most efficient automation tool coupled with in-house elements and integrated with other tools in order to provide the required functionality. The tool works with all basic aspects of infrastructure management: deployment, maintenance, refresh, and modification.
Tasks can be started both on separate and on multiple (thousands) hosts. Moreover, it can be a hybrid infrastructure and contain parts based on various public cloud services (Amazon Webservices, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform), private clouds (on the basis of OpenStack, VMWare vCloud). In addition, SAT supports the currently trendy “Infrastructure as Code” approach.
State is a basic term; this is a description of the desired state of your infrastructure. Declarative description of states is the fundamental difference between SaltStack (and SAT) and traditional (imperative) automation tools that determine “what should be done and how” instead of “what do we want to obtain.”
Another key distinction — event-triggered responses. In particular, they enable to implement automatic incident response. SAT can be integrated with monitoring and IT services management (ITSM) solutions. Mainly, such integration leads to waiting time reduction and improvement of the infrastructure maintenance personnel performance.
SAT supports the most popular server platforms, e.g., Linux (without limitation to a certain distribution kit) and Windows Server. More exotic variants include Solaris and AIX.
Therefore, Server Automation Tool implementation helps not only to reduce task time and manage IT infrastructures states, but also to put into action the automated response to events. For example, a customer had to fulfill the same tasks on each of hundreds of servers. This work always took several working days of an engineer. After SAT implementation, these tasks take no more than half an hour (including preliminary setting of parameters) and as a result, the company could reduce services cost and gain an advantage in highly competitive market.

Release and workflow management

The next innovation is a solution that can help companies maintain application and operating system (OS, image) management processes.
From 2009, Solutions and Software Development Department of ICL Services started elaboration of tasks and business processes management solution for ОS image, a service for application packaging and corporate identities development.
Colibri tracker solution allows to manage application packaging and deployment process, as well as to support projects of migration of operating systems, applications, etc. Besides tasks (applications / packages / images) tracking through the life-cycle, this utility has a conveyor automation and integration with ITSM systems, deployment systems (SCCM / Altiris), and other software, which allows to reduce temporary costs by 45% and offer optimal prices for customers thanks to coherent, flexible, and synergetic tasks management.
Colibri Tracker is a qualitative product specially made for release management needs, developed by specialists who participated in various roles for years in processes as users, managers, and customers.
One of key benefit of the product from competitors is the possibility to promptly customize the system, as well as embedded automation tools.
Using this innovative solution you can minimize workflow setup time to 2 days, which considerably reduces overall mobilization time. Moreover, the solution has a powerful reporting and notification subsystem, a wide range of automation tools and, more importantly, a high level of system availability, security and reliability.
Thus, this suite helped ICL Services to implement processes and automate them in end user computing area for all factories in Europe of one of the largest European tyres manufacturers and application migration project fora tobacco company over the world. Both companies are in the list of world TOP 3 in related areas. This toolset helps ICL Services to promptly mobilize projects and process for globally distributes teams, as well as to automate operations from the first days of project phase which is important for project success.

Lean for benefit of customers

For a company to become a leader in its business segment, it needs to employ continuous improvement approach. One of the most efficient and innovative approaches, without the need for big implementation investments, is Lean (Lean Production).
December 2013, ICL Services started implementation of Lean Production tools for continuous improvement of comprehension and fulfilment of customers’ requirements through involvement of all employees in this process. During this period, the process proved to be efficient and currently it undergoes the phase of support, development and accumulation of experience of its successful implementation in service industry.
Lean does not require big investments for implementation and further maintenance. It activates employees’ potential, but permanent participation of managers is also important for positive estimation of contribution made by each employee. It is also obvious that the approach will give good results if Lean implementation activity will be focused on long-term perspective. Lean does not show immediate results, because the approach is based on “small steps” improvements (“kaizen”).
Lean approach, being a standard business practice, allows a company to guarantee high-quality service. Upon two years of Lean implementation and development, the following benefits appear:
* each month, a company has up to 7 achievements of teams in terms of service performance improvement;
* over 30% of high estimates of service quality from customers are directly associated with Lean tools use;
* over 80% of employees will appreciate Lean approach efficiency for service level improvement.
As a result, it can be said with confidence that Lean tools help organize efficient progressive environment, which allows a company to provide qualitative services for its customers. This is an important requirement for survival and stable progress in highly competitive markets.
The term “innovation” is often used as a synonym for the word “novelty”, but this is not always true. Novelty can be considered as an innovation if only it provides the qualitative growth of process efficiency. That is, when a company chooses the innovation, it needs to choose only those innovations which provide increased efficiency of your business to a qualitatively higher level.

Benefits of Using SAP for your Business

Running a business takes a lot of planning, hard work, and coordination. Whether you are managing a small, medium, or a large-scale enterprise, you need to make sure that everything is interacting and operating smoothly. You need to check and verify reports, supplier statements, and other important documents. Today, all this is possible with the use of Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) programs. By using BEST SAP, you can be assured of the following benefits for your business:

Minimize Business Costs

Perhaps the number one benefit of using BEST SAP programs or software is that they can help you minimize your costs significantly. Through this, you can do your accounts payable reconciliation in SAP automatically and track business information; plus, you only need one program for all your systems. There would be no need for you to buy different kinds of software for various departments. By using just one software, you can save a lot of money on system costs. What’s more, you can expect to have more efficient processes and business operations.

Generate Reports Consistently

With our SAP certified add-ons, you can generate business reports consistently and with greater accuracy. In this manner, you and your team would be constantly informed about the state or progress of operations. Whenever you hold a meeting, everybody would be on the same page, thus making it easier to reach a consensus regarding important decisions. Specifically, interaction between the different departments would be faster and more harmonious. With all your workers utilizing the same program to encode their data, retrieving information as well as vendor reconciliation process in SAP is faster and more convenient. This also makes it much easier for everyone in the company to work together towards common business goals. Hence, whether you are aiming for long-term or short-term goals, you can be confident that BEST SAP can help your company accomplish them.

Increase Overall Production

Through significant savings in cost and consistent reports generation, BEST SAP can help you increase your overall business production. Communication among different departments would be more successful, while redundancy in data encoding is minimized, if not totally eliminated. Compare this with a company operation that uses different programs within its departments. This usually results in miscommunication, not to mention time wasted in trying to resolve inconsistent data entries. Through BEST SAP add-ons, you don’t need to worry about such concerns; instead, you and your employees can devote your time into more important business activities.

If you truly want your business to reach its maximum potential, then you should definitely consider using BEST SAP add-on software. To learn more about the software, how to automate supplier reconciliations, and improving your SAP experience, contact Minabiz for your business system needs.

How uniKey time can help you

UniKey Time is the premium product in time-based and dongle software protection. Whether you’re a seasoned programmer or security novice, UniKey’s highly customisable yet easy-to-use interface ensures the best in software license control through the use of both a physical dongle and password protection.

With UniKey, you can ensure only users in possession of both the physical dongle and necessary software IDs are able to use your software. Coupled with UniKey’s driverless format, the “two token” licensing system ensures the highest level of security possible, while balancing user’s need for easy software distribution.

Boasting all the features of SecuTech’s UniKey PRO, UniKey Time introduces an on-board RTC (Real-Time Clock) to prevent circumvention of license settings.

UniKey Time is a cost-effective solution for many developers, providing floating license/remote updating functionality allowing developers to manage their licensing terms on the fly. Integrated local and remote network licensing means only one dongle is needed per network for software use. UniKey Time is a crucial upgrade for developers offering trial or time-based licenses.

Why UniKey?
SeuTech provides some of the best security solutions on the market that are a cut above the rest. The UniKey range of products is no different, and provides a software protection solution malleable to your needs. In addition to UniKey’s hallmark driverless installation, multiple protection schemes, floating licensing and a massive memory capacity, the UniKey Time is the only RTC (Real Time Clock) dongle in the world, marrying SecuTech versatility with one-of-a-kind protection.

What puts UniKey Time above the rest? Some of its features include:

RTC: UniKey Time is the only driverless dongle on the market with an in-built real-time clock. Software/user-based clocks and timers are easily circumvented by malicious users, a problem that is solved by embedding the clock into the dongle’s hardware itself. UniKey Time allows for up to 16 “time boundaries” to be set, granting developers both increased security and increased flexibility.

Driverless:
Driverless dongles means installation times and compatibility issues are avoided, allowing users to plug-in and get started straight away. Never again worry about end-user compatibility or office-wide updates.

Flexibility:
UniKey isn’t the only software protection dongle on the market, but it stands out due to superior flexibility for software license control. Most notable is its range of licensing options, including feature-based, rental, subscription and more. Additionally, UniKey is supported by a wide range of operating systems in both 32 and 64-bit formats. Supported operating systems include Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2008 7 and 10, Mac OS X, and Linux 2.4+.
Easy Software Distribution

UniKey’s Enveloper tool allows you to protect your software quickly with no fuss: plug-in and follow our easy guide to ensure immediate protection. For those with more specific needs, UniKey’s API functionality allows advanced users to tinker until their heart’s content. Additionally, UniKey’s memory capacity allows developers to store all data on the dongle itself, further streamlining the distribution process without sacrificing security.

Floating License & Remote updating
Software is both password and dongle protected, ensuring the highest level of security. UniKey’s floating license allows users to maintain control of all their dongles’ settings from their home base even after distribution. Change passwords, rental periods and functionality to ensure you never lose control of your software.

Affordable Pricing:
UniKey is guaranteed to be the most cost-effective software protection dongle on the market. SecuTech’s sales team are eager to discuss your organisation’s individual needs to ensure the right product at the right price.
Laser-Etching and Colour Customisation
SecuTech understands the importance of brand recognition. SuecuTech offers colour customisation of our UniKey products as well as laser-etching options for text or logos. Want to remove SecuTech’s branding and replace it with your own? Not a problem!
48-Hour Customer Care:
Unlike many of our competitors, SecuTech provides our customers with free technical support, with a guaranteed 48-hour turnaround. The team are ready to help, meaning you never miss a beat.

Improving your software security

Software security in today’s era is paramount. Software vendors are exposed to numerous risks that put a company’s intellectual property at risk. Malicious entities deconstruct a vendor’s products to duplicate and distribute illegal copies of unlicensed software.

Secutech’s cross-platform UniKey dongle range alleviates the burden surrounding security whilst providing exceptional functionality options. Unikey provides flexibility of versatile licensing schemes and assists in the management and distribution of software. All UniKey products are driverless, this makes distribution as simple as ‘plug and play’, this means installation times and compatibility issues are avoided. UniKey is a superior product in the market due to its high level of flexibility for software license control. Most notable is its range of licensing options, including feature-based, rental, subscription and more. Additionally, UniKey is supported by a wide range of operating systems in both 32 and 64-bit formats. A variety of development platforms and programming languages are also supported.

SecuTech understands the importance of brand recognition. We offer colour customisation of our UniKey products as well as laser-etching options for text or logos. UniKey’s floating license allows software providers to maintain control of all their dongles’ settings from their home base even after distribution.

Secutech’s comprehensive UniKey range offers sophisticated hardware-based data and software protection solutions for the multifaceted security needs of software companies.

UniKey STD:
UniKey STD combines a customisable and easy to use interface delivers the best in software license control facilitated through the use of a physical dongle and password protection. With UniKey, only users in possession of both the physical dongle and necessary software IDs are able to use your software.

Whether you are a seasoned programmer or a security rookie, UniKey STD offers a cost-effective solution for many developers that enable the licensing of software to one user per dongle. UniKey is a standalone dongle ideal for software products that don’t require networking based features.

Unikey Pro:
UniKey PRO offers the same functionality as the uniKey STD with the inclusion of network functionality. Perfect for developers releasing their software for wider distribution, a single dongle connected to any machine in the network allows a large number of concurrent users to access data.

Additionally, UniKey pro comes equipped with monitor and manage the software’s users. Unikey pro is versatile tool suited to developers licensing software to entire organisations or teams.

Unikey time:
In addition to the power packed features of UniKey PRO UniKey time enables licensing of software which requires strict time-based software restrictions.

UniKey time is the only available product on the market that comes with a real time clock that works independently of the host computer’s clock – making the timing with UniKey time more secure and accurate. By embedding the clock in the dongle itself ensures an accurate and tamper-proof time and date, offering assured observance of real-time based features. UniKey Time is the must-have device for software vendors offering trial or time-based schemes.

Unikey Drive:
The UniKey drive augments the functions of the UniKey pro with added mass storage Flash memory. It offers a complete solution to store your application’s data files and your application securely. Data is stored on the hidden, encrypted partition of the UniKey Drive, of which there is no access to, preventing copying or tampering with the data file in any way.

The application runs on another partition that enables the end user to only view the files. The UniKey drive guarantees integrity of the company’s data and prevents the manipulation of data by users who may have malicious intent.

Conventional licensing solutions unmistakably are not sufficient in today’s market, and factors such as the nature, capability and convenience of software licensing solutions have been ineffective for strong intellectual property protection by software companies. Secutech’s UniKey products assures protection against intellectual property abuse and revenue loss.
If you want to optimise and enhance the security of your software products, visit our website to obtain a free evaluation Kit.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

One of the common thing that occurs when using your iPhone is losing contacts by accident. Have you ever lost iPhone contacts after upgrading your device to the new iOS 10? Many reasons can be attributed to the loss of iPhone contacts, for example, iOS upgrade, failed jailbreal, system crash, accidental deletion, etc. It is never fun to lose such important data on your iPhone. But no need to be depressed, this article will cover 4 straight forward ways to recover deleted contacts on iPhone 7/7 Plus/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5/4S/4.

Option 1: Restore Deleted Contacts from iCloud

iCloud makes it much easier to manage data on iPhone. If you have synced your contacts on iPhone with iCloud before, it is very simple to get your deleted contacts back.
1. Open Contacts app, go to Settings > iCloud and navigate to “Contacts”.
2. Turn off “Contacts” and tap “Keep on My iPhone” when the pop-up message appears.
3. Toggle on “Contacts” again and choose “Merge”. You shall find the deleted contacts back on your device after some time.

Option 2: Retrieve Contacts by using Google Contacts

If you have made a backup on iPhone contacts before, you are able to retrieve deleted iPhone contacts. You can restore the deleted contacts on Google Contacts within 30 days after contacts are lost. Follow the simple instructions below:
1. Open your browser and sign in to Google Contacts using your gmail acount.
2. Click “More” on the drop-down menu and select “Restore contacts”.
3. Select the time you want your contacts to be restored, then click “Restore”.
The deleted contacts will be restored in a minute.

Option 3: Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone or iTunes Backup

Another way to recover deleted contacts is to use Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery. The comprehensive and trust-worthy tool enables you to recover deleted contacts, text messages, photos, videos, WhatsApp and other data from your iPhone or iTunes backup smoothly without data loss. Follow the tips below.
1. Download & Launch the iPhone Contacts Recovery program on your PC.
2. Connect your iPhone to computer to PC and click “start scan”. ( If you have an iTunes backup, click “Next” to extract contacts from the backup.)
3. Click “Contacts” to preview and recover deleted contacts on iPhone.

Option 4: Retrieve iPhone Contacts in Message App

Another way to retrieve deleted contacts is to search contacts in Message App. Even though contacts are deleted from your iPhone, contact information are likely to be retained in Message app. Just follow the simple steps to have a try.
1. Open Message App on your iPhone and tap on “New Message” icon on the upper right corner.
2. Enter some numbers or name of the deleted contact in the “To” field.
3. The contact information is likely to appear.

Web Editor with 2 years experience in data recovery for iPhone.