Day: March 3, 2020

Importance of IoT Enabled Consumer Appliances and Technology in the Future

Cities around the world are looking at possibilities to make themselves sustainable in the future, and Dubai is no exception. If you think that this megacity, which is already a big business hub in the region, don’t have any issues with what can happen in the future, you are wrong. Climate change is all set to make temperature and living conditions for human beings unbearable by 2060, especially in the Middle East and Arabian peninsula, or even earlier than that.

A scenario like above and rising sea level in the wake of melting icebergs and glaciers in the Arctic region has forced many countries to take drastic measures. If you think that it is all about tree plantation and reducing carbon emission, it is much more than that. The use of the latest technology is one thing that governments at upper level and businesses further down need to think of.

How to Face the Big Challenges?

If you think that the Internet was the last big thing to come out and made a difference in our lives, there are lots of other aspects as well which are making a huge difference to our daily lives. When we talk of using technology in our lives in a better way, IoT is one of them that is making waves for quite some time now, so let’s discuss this in detail.

Internet of Things (IoT) is simply a system of interrelated computing devices which the ability to transfer data and connect with other devices over a network. The best and most important part is that all this is done without any human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction, thus making it highly reliable.

Factors that contribute to e-commerce are aplenty, and one of them is the use of IoT in ecommerce. I will try my best to enlighten my readers here concerning this aspect and what the future holds for the ecommerce and for the doomsday-kind-of-scenario I mentioned at the start of this blog.

IoT in the Future will be a Force to Reckon with

The future belongs to IoT, and there is no one stopping it. Look at the following stats, and you will know what exactly what I am trying to say here. IoT is ready to crack the 1 trillion-dollar mark by 2023 and go as far as 1.2 trillion dollars by 2025. That’s more than the GDP of dozens of countries combined. For startups and SMEs, there is huge potential for them to make a mark in the marketplace, but exactly how is the million-dollar question. 

IoT is already the next revolution in the ecommerce industry that was predicted over a decade ago and has completely changed the dynamics of some countries. With the help of IoT, ecommerce companies worldwide are making it easier for them to look for new opportunities and use their current customers’ data to increase their sales.

Let me offer you an example of how IoT has changed our lifestyle and will continue to do so.

Apt Use of Electronic Devices and Technologies

One of the best examples that I can come up with is about electronic items and consumer appliances, which now use IoT and offer much more customization for the user. The emission of greenhouse gases from consumer appliances such as refrigerators and air-conditioners are long known. So what’s the remedy here and how IoT can rescue us in this? Read on.

An IoT enabled refrigerator can do wonders for your daily life. One of the initial models introduced in the market in this concern was from LG. The company introduced an IoT based refrigerator with double doors, and the response was phenomenal. A simple example will aptly describe exactly how IoT can make things perfect in this concern.

Suppose that your weekly consumption is of 10 packs of milk, and you are about to run out of the last pack too. While you are away on a trip, your IoT enabled refrigerator can order milk for you on your behalf. And it can also come up with a list of other items Butter and Cheese, for example, and will order them from a local store, or your preferred one. In this way, you will receive your milk right when you need it.

The Real Challenge for Developers

The above example about the LG refrigerator is just one of the many examples you can come up with. Other consumer appliances like a spilled AC can also offer us pretty good features too. An IoT enabled Air Conditioner can be intelligently used for making hotter outside and will make your temperature cool enough so that you won’t feel the temperature change.

Similarly, exhaust and fans can also be used. Companies can come up with devices so that they can provide efficient use. All these consumer appliances and technology can be used remotely through an app or a website that can show the usage history for everything that falls in this category.

The task for any company offering website development in dubai or related to IoT can be challenging in the near face. The reason is simple; the scope of how technology will work in the future would be far greater than any of us can think right now. And not only companies are benefiting from this aspect, but also consumers too and good website development will be the key for the end-users.

Final Word

No one can deny that technology always helps us in making things work for us in a better way and lessen our burden. But what if technology, or more specifically, consumer products based on latest technology, make matters worse for us, just like emission of greenhouse gases, etc. What I have tried to explain in this post is that technology is always beneficial for us; it is the use that makes it good or bad.

If you think that there are still some issues that I couldn’t cover entirely or you can add something valuable here, you are more than welcome. And if there is a query in your mind concerning anything related to this blog, you can ask without any hesitation. Either way, please use the comments section below and speak your heart out.

The Coronavirus strikes again! Facebook joins Twitter is pulling out of the SXSW 2020

A glimpse of SXSW 2019
A glimpse of last year’s SXSW |Sources: The Hollywood Reporter & Getty Images

The coronavirus has struck again! Facebook has joined Twitter in withdrawing from the 2020 South by Southwest festival (SXSW). Their withdrawal from the event is due to the corona virus pandemic.

Though SXSW is declaring that the event will go on as planned, many notable attendees have decided to withdraw from the event. Among them are Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter and Facebook confirmed their withdrawals yesterday. Here is how it went.

How and when Twitter withdrew from SXSW 2020?

It was this Sunday that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey postponed his plans to be at the event. This was mainly due to the company’s stance and curbs on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak and crisis.

A Twitter spokesperson, in fact, stated: “Twitter is implementing a mandatory global business travel restriction for our employees, effective immediately. This, unfortunately, includes SXSW.”

Apart from Jack Dorsey, the company canceled employee travel to that event and further announced yesterday that it was stopping all business travel and events that were not crucial in nature.

The policy took place with immediate effect at the time of announcement. It would remain in effect due to two reasons:

  • Until and unless a vaccine for the corona virus has been discovered.
  • The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control declare it is safe to step back from precautionary measures regarding the pandemic.

Twitter spokesperson Siobhan Murphy stated in an email to an undisclosed media firm that the company travel restriction on employees included SXSW unfortunately.

Even the organization’s #TwitterHouse at SXSW which was to have an array of events and programs has been canceled as well.

Why did Facebook withdraw from SXSW 2020?

Facebook revealed that it withdrew from SXSW 2020 because of concerns regarding the corona virus. This move came shortly after Twitter’s withdrawal from the event.

According to a statement released by Facebook’s spokesperson: “Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year.”

The company spokesperson also stated that the company did not have any additional details upon being asked about the number of employees expected to attend the event.

The 2020 SXSW is scheduled to start on March 13 and end on March 22 in Austin, Texas.

The massive drop in the rate of participation from large tech organizations is raising concerns about whether the SXSW will be postponed days before it’s scheduled to start or not.

Recently a petition has been signed by more than 25,000 individuals on Change.org which calls for the cancellation of SXSW 2020.

According to reports in different media outlets, SXSW organizers said that the event would still go on as planned. Several Facebook employees were scheduled to speak at the conference.

Last year’s SXSW brought in more than 400,000 attendees from around 105 countries.

Is Facebook’s decision to avert SXSW 2020 a surprising decision?

The social media giant’s decision to avoid the event is not a surprise. Facebook recently canceled its F8 developer conference, which could have taken place on May 5 & 6 in San Jose, California, due to coronavirus concerns.

A global marketing conference planned on February 14 was also canceled by the company.

However, Facebook intends to host local events and stream videos online. It has also restricted social in-person visits to its physical offices.

The social media giant has decided to conduct job interviews through video conferencing tools and methods.

Any other events that have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak?

This move was followed by the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress which was to be held this year in Barcelona, Spain, twelve days before the event could start at the end of February.

The same led to the postponement of the Game Developers Conference, which will be rescheduled somewhere in Summer this year.

On Monday, Google also stated that its event Cloud Next, to be held in April, will take place virtually this year with streamed keynotes and sessions live.

Microsoft has also canceled one of its conferences due to the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for the Geneva Motor Show.

How bad is the Coronavirus outbreak now?

The Corona virus outbreak has worsened. It causes a disease known as COVID-19.

The pandemic was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year. It has spread rapidly across the planet (except Antarctica) in a span of two months.

It has killed more 3000 people (mostly in the People’s Republic of China). It has also infected more than 89,000 people around the globe.

More cases of it have emerged in South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Italy. In the past few days, 6 people have died due to the corona virus in the U.S State of Washington.

Though the World Health Organization has stopped short of calling it a pandemic, it has declared it a public health emergency of international concern at the end of January.

The outbreak of the corona virus has caused the following occurences:

  • It has negatively impacted public health.
  • The stock market is experience turbulence.
  • There are imminent fears of an economic meltdown.
  • It has caused a monumental slowdown in manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain networks in the People’s Republic of China.

Social media networks like Twitter and Facebook are currently wrestling the spread of false information. They are taking needed steps to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and other false things that can cause panic.

Conclusion

The withdrawal of Facebook and Twitter from the 2020 SXSW indicates how bad the coronavirus outbreak has become. The spread of COVID-19 has progressed at a blazing pace and the situation is worsening.

Though the World Health Organization, leading healthcare bodies and State Governments around the globe are scrambling to control the outbreak, many are yet unsure of what is coming next.

We advise everyone to stay safe and take the necessary measures to protect themselves against COVID-19 and the Corona Virus.