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Tech Times: Written and Compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Ethernet hub is an apparatus that connects a device to a network system. A hub usually has more than one input/output port to connect several devices to the system. It may be referred to as the repeater hub, active hub or multiport hub. It helps to spread a signal to a wider area, in addition to its original function to connect devices together. It is not as common in a general network set-up such as small private networks, but in old network set-ups or larger connections, it is normal to find multiport repeaters or Ethernet hubs.

Apps this Week:

Get Instagram Followers Stats for Android

This mobile application presents a dashboard for monitoring the visitors received on Instagram. With 'Get Instagram Followers Stats', Instagram users are able to see which of the users have followed or unfollowed him or her. The app helps users to get new followers with similar interests using the common hashtags. Users can also find friends from other social media networks or using information saved on the mobile. The user interface is simple and easy to navigate. It is now at version 2.3.1, takes up 3.5MB and requires Android 3.0 and up.

Followers + for Apple (iPhone)

Followers + is an Instagram followers management mobile application available for Apple device users. For persons building on a brand or a general portfolio, it is important to have an active social media and the easiest way to remain active is by constantly gaining followers on the Instagram pages that are created. The application notifies the user when a follower is lost or gained, which is a reflection of how well your brand, product, or name is doing on the social level. With Followers +, users can track the average likes per photo or post, and the best followers and comments received. The app takes up approximately 10MB of the phone's internal memory and requires iOS 6.0 or later.


UnfollowSpy for Windows PHONE


The UnfollowSpy application is a way for Windows phone users to track the followers gained or lost on the Instagram or Twitter social media platforms. The Windows phone user can sign into multiple accounts and monitor the activity of social media friends that are inactive, active or even overactive. It organises the statistics on followers, based on top followers or worst followers, in a centralised notification page. The app has been given a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating with over 4,000 downloads, and reviews from over 2,000 users. It is free, but a full version may be purchased.

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MIT Technology:

Zanish Khan runs a tiny shop in Delhi's Basrurkar Market, where India's middle class comes to buy life's essentials. All around him, other merchants offer everything from electric fans to dried lentils that shoppers can scoop from 100-pound burlap bags. By contrast, Khan's merchandise is kept under glass and packed with state-of-the-art electronics.

Still, Khan fits right in. India is in the midst of a smartphone-buying binge, and Khan specializes in the oversized phone/tablet hybridsor 'phablets'that enjoy great popularity in his country. His cases are stocked with models such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 and Grand 2, whose screens measure five inches diagonally. If that's not big enough, the Galaxy E7's screen stretches 5.5 inches. He hardly bothers stocking any phones with traditional screens of 4.5 inches or less.

Across Asia, smartphone buyers have decided that bigger is better. Market researchers at Flurry Analytics recently reported that 50 per cent of smartphone sales in Taiwan and Hong Kong involve devices with screen sizes of five inches or more, versus a 20 per cent share worldwide. A comparable study last year by Netbiscuits put India's phablet share at 29 per cent. In Japan, Sony's biggest smartphone launches lately have involved phablets, while South Korea has been dubbed "the land of the phablet."

For Indian consumers with limited means, buying a phablet is a way of joining the digital era with a single purchase, says Anand Chandrasekaran, chief product officer at Snapdeal, a major Indian e-commerce company. The devices' large size makes them a bit awkward to use as phones, but devotees don't seem to mind. Overall, India is the fastest-growing smartphone market in Asia, with purchases running at a rate of more than 80 million a year. Cisco Systems recently predicted that Indians could own 651 million smartphones by 2019, up from 140 million last year. That's a boon for handset makers such as Samsung, China's Xiaomi, and India's own Micromax and Karbonn.




To date, Apple has won only 2 per cent of the market in India. Local regulations make it impossible for Apple to set up its own sleek stores there, so it must sell through existing channels. Its most sophisticated offeringssuch as the iPhone 6 Plus phabletcarry list prices approaching $1,000 in India, putting them beyond most buyers' budgets. Apple offers its older iPhone 4 at about $300, a strategy that has delivered mixed results. Some shoppers are thrilled to own anything made by Apple; others grumble about missing out on the newest designs.

But budget-minded customers have plenty of alternatives. Xiaomi made heads turn in January when it launched its Mi Note phablet in India. It offered the device, with a 5.7-inch screen, for about $370. The initial allotment of Mi Notes sold out in three minutes online, having attracted 220 million preorders. Some would-be customers filled out dozens of order requests in hopes that at least one would be fulfilled.



The 'dislike' button you've been waiting for is finally coming to Facebook.

During a town hall meeting last Tuesday, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is responding to years of demand from users who simply aren't satisfied with the 'like' button alone.

Zuckerberg didn't confirm whether the feature would officially be called 'dislike' or specify when it would be rolled out. The Menlo Park, California, company had resisted developing a 'dislike' button for years because Zuckerberg wanted to avoid a Reddit-style system of 'upvoting' or 'downvoting' posts.

"That doesn't seem like the kind of community that we want to create," he said during the Q-and-A at Facebook's headquarters, which was streamed live on Zuckerberg's Facebook page. "You don't want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone downvote it."

People want the button because they need other ways to "express empathy" beyond liking a post, he said. If someone posts about a death in the family, for example, users want an option other than clicking 'like'.

"Not every moment is a good moment," Zuckerberg said.