TWITTER UNVEILS ‘NIGHT MODE’ FEATURE FOR ITS APP USERS

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Rejoice to those people who are addictive to their phones at night! Twitter has some good news for you all! Basically, it means staying longer with your phone in the night time.

Recently, Twitter has announced that a new feature called ‘Night Mode’ has been released for its app on Android. After testing out the feature two months back, Twitter has started rolling out the feature in the beta version for Android. The night mode for Twitter is currently available for a few users right now, and it is not yet revealed when the same feature would be released for iOS and Windows versions.

“One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement. “We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. That is what Twitter is great at – what’s happening now, live conversation, and the simplicity that we started the service with. Also, we had received suggestions from many users around the world to add this feature, to make tweeting at night easier,” he further added.

Working, Features and Advantages:-

As of today, there is no option for the Twitter app to automatically switch between the normal mode to the night mode seamlessly, due to different daytime durations or lighting conditions around the world, which is a little bit annoying and saddening.

Hence, it was never required. But with the Twitter CEO Dorsley mentioning that many users had suggested the new feature to be embedded as soon as possible, it is pleasing to see an app to get a vital feature that was long delayed over the years.

By clicking on the profile icon, a user can drag the night mode on or off, according to their needs and preferences. When you turn on the night mode feature, it will change the background of the app into a dark blue colour with white text, which blends well in darker surroundings.

Night modes are important because the blue light of many smartphone screens, when used at night, can impair the sleeping pattern of a person and also cause a lot of strain to their eyes, which can also lead to temporary vision loss of the eyes at one point. Night modes are an integral part in various apps developed and used, which aids a user to read extremely low or no light situations without straining their eyes.

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SAVE OFFLINE VIDEOS IN FACEBOOK FOR ANDROID APP SOON

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If Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement is to be believed, then this could be news of joy for the Android users, who use the official Facebook App on their smartphones.

After YouTube’s successful attempt to allow the users to view videos without using the Internet, the social networking giant has now started to test the similar facility to its Android users, who are using the app. It is currently working on the feature to allow users to download videos over Wi-Fi or mobile data and to view them later, as per user’s convenience.

As per this roll out, Facebook will now allow its clients to download the video and watch it later with no web connection. Not long ago, Facebook has started this offline video highlight in India last year. However, the feature is now only available on Facebook Beta version 85 and 86 for Android. It is reported that this feature will be more beneficial for 2G users.

“Despite the cost of downloads, an estimated 40% of data consumption on phone networks is video, said Nikhil Pahwa, editor of Medianama.com, which monitors the news on the digital industry. “This will only keep going up, as the Video is the format of the future in a country where people devour videos everywhere – at work, on the streets and in their homes.

If you like a video on Facebook and want to save it for later viewing, you have to download it first. To do this, you need to tap on the three dots found on the right and then have to select the Save Video option.This will download your desired video, either to your phone storage or the memory card storage, depending upon the settings done on your smartphone.

Once saved, you can find the clips on Facebook App, which you can enjoy without the internet access. If you want to remove the videos from your App, simply long press on the Unsafe button option and the video will be eliminated from the list.

Advantages and Competition with Youtube:-

Facebook’s move will attempt to gain users from third-world countries particularly, where the internet connectivity and the internet penetration is quite low. Despite advancements made with the Internet today, with high optical fibres being installed at many cities over the world, it becomes a financial burden for the government in the long run. The move followed feedback from users citing poor video experiences because of limited mobile coverage.

In many emerging markets like India, mobile data and connectivity are limited, which can leave people with poor video experiences or no streaming ability at all. Zuckerberg’s aim is to ensure that the people see and make the video experience on Facebook great for people in all parts of the world. This will ensure a great user experience and allow your video content to reach new audiences.

While India and some countries in Africa will receive this new feature by next month, it is not yet revealed that whether the same would be extended to all other countries in the near future. Also, it has been not yet revealed that whether this service would be extended to the new Facebook Lite App, launched for the purpose of accessing the social networking site in slower and older networks, such as 2G and 3G.

But whatever it is, it is a good start by the company to regain the customers in the Asian and African continents particularly, who were presumably lost, because of not being able to stream and see videos properly. For observers, this would be a cut-throat competition between Google and Facebook.

Also, watching uninterrupted videos leads to a better clarity and understanding of an issue and as a good medium for educational purposes. It is also theoretically engaging, grasps user content well and has a higher perceived value, as compared to text.

AMAZON INDIA LAUNCHES ‘PRIME’ SERVICE FOR ITS CUSTOMERS

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If you are getting tired of not getting your delivery on time or your product has been damaged due to mishandling by the delivery boys, then you need not worry anymore! Recently, Amazon India has launched a separate service for premium customers, who can get their desired product or service without any hassles.

The E-Commerce major Amazon has launched its much awaited membership service, Amazon Prime in India. This is seen as a direct and cut-throat competition between Amazon and Flipkart, which has also launched a similar Prime service for its customers last year.

“With Prime, guaranteed one-day delivery becomes an everyday experience instead of an occasional indulgence, and with no minimum purchases, it provides unlimited convenience all year long. For sellers, the fulfillment by Amazon is now an even more powerful opportunity to rapidly grow their business and at the same time, provide customers across India with vast selection and unlimited fast free Prime delivery,” says Amit Agarwal, Vice-President & Country Head, Amazon India.

Features and use of the Service:-

Along with Amazon Prime, its Prime Videos is also soon coming to India and will be available for those, who are upgrading and buying from the service now. In popular markets like USA, Canada and UK, the company will show live demonstrations of the new products and services, and also having footages of exclusives shows and popular movies.

Initially, customers in over 100 cities of the country will get instant access to unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on many eligible products shown online. However, Amazon India is offering a free-trial period of 60 days or two months for the customers to try out the new service, before paying for it to get more premium features and benefits.

Amazon Prime users will be able to get free shipping for anything they order with no price levied on the customer, including the delivery charges, when they upgrade to the new service. Also,there will be a 30-minute early access to new deals and offers as well.

While Amazon offers Prime services at annual subscription charge and annual subscription fee at $99 and $199 in USA, it is starting the new service in India with annual subscription charge at Rs. 499, the annual subscription fee stands at Rs. 999, which has to be paid every month, to keep the new service activated.

At an additional cost Prime users will get morning delivery in up to 20 cities. Not everything will be eligible for Prime, so you will need to look for the Prime logo against products. This move comes after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had signed an agreement at the White House in March this year, where Amazon has a $3 billion pledge for establishing its services in various towns and smaller cities in India.

Amazon has of late been looking at India as a growth market and has signed MoUs with the Indian government to capture market share respectively. Today, many Indian customers are pleased to see superior products and its reasonable prices, which make them satisfied and come to visit the Amazon App or its website the next time.

This has boosted the revenue shares and marketing sales process of the e-commerce giant. Hence, in the age of digital technology and e-commerce dominating the traditional commerce section, the customer has now emerged as the new king in the e-commerce world, because of plenty of options and benefits available in the e-commerce platforms.

TAIWAN MOBILE AND NOKIA CORP TO DEVELOP 5G TECHNOLOGY BY 2019

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Two years ago, when both the governments of India and Israel had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop 5G technology in their respective countries by 2020, another recent development has taken place. In a similar scenario, telecom major Taiwan Mobile Corporation announced that it has signed a MoU with the Finnish company Nokia, to jointly develop the next telecom service, 5G or fifth-generation technology.

According to the MoU, Taiwan Mobile and Nokia will expand their collaboration step by step. In the upcoming network, both companies will develop innovative technologies, the internet of things (IoT), spectrum arrangement and other applications. Taiwan Mobile said it would step up 5G research and development by September this year and would be ready to be the first wireless service provider offering a 5G service in Taiwan, probably by 2019.

Taiwan Mobile General Manager James Cheng said that – “By signing the MoU with Nokia is important for Taiwan to march toward 5G technology. In the future, they will not only make technology breakthroughs and integrate resources, but also kick-start a new era of information and communication technology applications, via thorough network, application and end-user preparations.”

Cheng further suggested that – “If the government opens up the experimental network spectrums before formally releasing 5G spectrums to businesses, it will aid teleservice providers in their 5G development quest. The goal of providing customized internet service will become a reality through cloud technology virtualization and network evolution from ‘IP’ to ‘IT’ in the 5G era”, Cheng added.

Wang Jian-ya, the head of Nokia’s Greater China operation, said that – “It was very meaningful for the two companies, after collaborating for almost 20 years, to sign the 5G MoU. It has showed an awesome partnership between Nokia and Taiwan Mobile.We would have exchanges on critical technologies regularly and develop applications for IoT, in order to promote the development of 5G, Cloud System and other technologies in the industry.

Motive and Benefits:-

5G is widely speculated to be the last major technology to be developed after 4G. 4G services have been launched in various countries, including India and are showing positive results. In addition, both the companies will form a strategic partnership, where they will test products, hold seminars and press conferences, visit Nokia 5G research and development centers around the world and to meet and share views and opinions of experts, professing in the field of 5G communication.

According to a TRAI report released last year, no country in the world has 5G technology, while some companies claim to have tested 5G technology. There have been some claims by companies that 5G technology has been developed and will be in place soon. The versions of technology 2G, 3G and 4G are labelled on the basis of internet speed they offer on mobile devices and tablets. Technology experts believe that 5G technology will enable people to have a fibre network, like user experience on a wireless connection.

A 5G technology has various advantages. Firstly, for the wireless signals to work uninterruptedly, spectral efficiency should be significantly enhanced, as compared to 4G.Then, the coverage should be improved at a larger scale and should expand to all cities, towns and villages equally.

The signalling efficiency should be enhanced seamlessly. Latency should be significantly reduced, as compared to LTE. The data rates of several tens of MBps should be supported for tens of thousands of users. In 5G, about 1 GBPS will be offered simultaneously to hundreds of workers, working on the same office floor. Additionally, several hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections should be supported for massive sensor deployments.

It can provide speed of 10 GBps internet speed, which is 100 times faster than the mobile technology networks used these days. The Taiwanese government has started the process to constitute a joint working group, in order to work in the area of 5G. This also requires agreement on a set of policies like spectrum allocation.

If 5G appears, and alleviate these challenges mentioned, this will lead to an increased peak bit rate such as higher number of simultaneously connected devices, higher system spectral efficiency, lower battery consumption, lower outage probability, high bit rates in larger portions of the coverage area, lower latencies, lower infrastructure deployment costs, higher versatility and scalability and higher reliability of communications.

Also, this will also improve the economy of a country, where the new technology can be devised for educational and research purposes, which will yield positive results. Then there is no need for a ‘6G’, if 5G works perfectly like a magic rubber!

AFFORDABLE PAPER-BASED HOME TESTS FOR MALARIA AND CANCER TO BE SOON AVAILABLE FOR ALL

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In a few years, testing yourself for cancer or malaria could be as easy as testing your blood sugar or taking a home pregnancy test. A time will come, when you no longer have to shell out more money, for availing expensive medical tests, will soon cease to exist.

Chemists at the Ohio State University are developing paper strips that detect diseases such as cancer and malaria for a cost of 50 US cents (roughly Rs. 34) per strip. Researcher Abraham Badu-Tawiah explained – “The idea is that people could apply a drop of blood to the paper at home and mail it to a laboratory on a regular basis and see a doctor only if the test comes out positive. We have found that the tests were accurate even a month after the blood sample was taken, proving they could work for people living in remote areas.”

“Also, we want to empower people. If you care at all about your health and you have reason to worry about a condition, then you don’t want to wait until you get sick to go to the hospital. You could test yourself as often as you want. To get tested, all a person would have to do is put a drop of blood on the paper strip, fold it in half, put it in an envelope and mail it,” he further added.

Reasons and Benefits:-
This new patent-pending technology comes as a way to get cheap malaria and other life-threatening diagnoses for the poor folks in rural Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia, who are unable spend a penny on expensive medical treatment, due to insufficient financial conditions. Also, the clinics or the hospitals located may be far off from their homes.

Diseases such as malaria, cancer, cholera, dengue etc. kill hundreds of thousands of people and infect hundreds of millions every year. Badu-Tawiah and his research colleagues have proposed that the test can be tailored to detect any disease for which the human body produces antibodies, including ovarian cancer and cancer of the large intestine.

The technology works differently than other paper-based medical diagnostics like home pregnancy tests, which are coated with enzymes or gold nanoparticles to make the paper change colour. Instead, the paper contains small synthetic chemical probes that carry a positive charge. It is these ionic probes that allow ultra-sensitive detection by a handheld mass spectrometer.

Instead of using regular ink, however, the researchers use wax ink to trace the outline of channels and reservoirs on the paper. The wax penetrates the paper and forms a waterproof barrier to capture the blood sample and keep it between layers. It also prevents spilling of the collected sample, which makes the conducting and testing process easier and in a hygienic way.

One 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper can hold dozens of individual tests, which can be further cut apart into minute strips, each a little larger than a postage stamp. The technology resembles today’s ‘lab on a chip’ diagnostics, but instead of using plastic material, the chip is made from sheets of plain white paper, stuck together with two-sided adhesive tape and run through a proper typical ink jet printer.

Furthermore, more tests are being conducted thoroughly by Badu-Tawiah, so that people could eventually use them non-invasively, with saliva or urine as the test material instead of blood. This however, can be expected if the original blood paper strip test would be successful in lesser developed countries of Africa and Asia.

The Ohio University will license the technology to a medical diagnostics company on a trial basis for further development and Badu-Tawiah hopes that the new technological development will be hugely used and would to be able to test the strips in all medical clinics over the world within the next three years. If successful, then this inexpensive technology would be implemented in all regions of the world, where people are poverty-stricken.

NOW, WATCH MOVIES WITHOUT 3D GLASSES!

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Now, this is interesting news! Watching movies without wearing those huge and rimmed 3D glasses in multiplexes and cinema halls will soon be a thing of the past for all movie-lovers. Yes, this is indeed true! How did this happen all of a sudden? We will now see the motive behind it.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently developing a movie screen that can project large-scale 3D images, which is good enough for the viewers to watch with their naked eyes, without the use of 3D glasses. This invention is done by the collaboration of a researcher team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.

Wojciech Matusik, a professor and a leading participant in this research said that – “The existing approaches of watching 3D movies, by wearing goofy 3-D glasses are complexly tiring and impractical. So, we have tried to invent a glasses-free 3-D screen, which will allow the viewers to watch the movie without glasses. Also, this is the first technical approach that allows for glasses-free 3D on a large scale.”

Gordon Wetzstein, an assistant professor of Stanford University said that – “This screen technology would allow the viewers to watch movies from any corner of the movie theatres without wearing glasses. The ‘Cinema 3D’ projects images through multiple lenses and mirrors, allowing viewers to watch a 3D movie from anywhere in the theater without having to use glasses,” he further commented.

“There is no specific time at this point,” said MIT lab spokesman Adam Conner-Simons. “It isn’t yet even known whether such a system would necessarily be fiscally feasible. Today’s 3D cinema movies can be converted into our 3D format, but we expect that the new footage will be created especially for our displays, perhaps with a much larger number of cameras,” he further added.

Working and Benefits:-

The above process of watching movies without 3D glasses is called autostereoscopy. It means that binocular perception of 3D depth is added to the LCD screen, without the use of special headgear or glasses. This has led to a phenomenon called “glass-less 3D”.

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In a video released by the MIT Lab recently, it shows a live demonstration of the new Cinema 3D technology. It delivers a narrow range of angular images to each individual seat in cinema halls. It is generally achieved by using an array of mirrors and lenses to make the 3D effect perfectly viewable and visible from many angles.

It then sends laser beams into four different directions. Hence, many types of different pictures are clearly seen from different angles. The angular resolution is very fine, so that the left eye is presented a different picture than the right one, hence creating a 3D effect. In its current prototype form, Cinema 3D can project to a screen about the size of a sheet of paper easily.

However, the display is very vivid, as compared to a movie screen. Therefore, it can be used in outdoor areas. Furthermore, the newly-developed display shows hundreds of new pictures. One can get a view of the displayed object from different directions, because of the passage of laser beams into the LCD screen, just like passing a real object, which we see in current 3D glasses, virtually.

Sounds interesting isn’t it? Well, let us hope that the new technology overcomes the early and upcoming hurdles and delivers the best cinema viewing experience to all movie lovers over the globe.

IBM TO OFFER ITS TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT ZIKA VIRUS

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Computer hardware company IBM (International Business Machines) recently announced that it would provide its technology services and resources to help track the spread of the Zika virus and subsequently,help in eliminating it.

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Health Ministry, has signed an agreement with the company and is opting to use IBM ‘s technology for analysing information from official data about human travel patterns to anecdotal observations, which is being recorded on digital media seamlessly.

IBM has also collaborated with the New York City-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a highly reputed research institute, to collect and organise biological and ecological data, in order to help devise algorithms. This helps to determine which primates are carriers for the deadly virus.

IBM also runs the ‘OpenZika project’ on the company’s World Community Grid, a crowd-sourced supercomputer in Zika virus-stricken countries of USA and Brazil. The initiative allows scientists in USA and Brazil to screen millions of chemical compounds easily. With this, the scientists would be able to watch out for identifying candidates, in order to eradicate the virus completely.

An official at IBM commented – “After Fiocruz defines the search parameters, IBM’s Research Lab in Brazil will then put IBM’s cloud-based sentiment analytics technology to work to harvest and interpret anonymized data. It will then be enabled to make actionable recommendations, directly to public health officials. Our researchers have developed sophisticated algorithms to analyze large volumes of posts on social networks in near real-time.”

Plan and Benefits:-

Many health officials come to Brazil from all over the world. They come to understand the nature of the Zika virus, which has caused a major outbreak in the largest populated country of South America last September. This virus later spread to many countries in Central and North America.

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The main benefit of IBM’s technology is to donate a one-year subscription feed of highly local, daily rainfall, average temperature and relative humidity data to both Brazil and USA and also the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This will help scientists from both the countries to ascertain the climatic conditions and the time period, required for the deadly virus to develop and spread as soon as it is into existence.

Also, the amount of rainfall recorded, temperatures recorded and humidity on a monthly basis, will be made into a separate data as well, along with the general data. These parameters play a crucial role in the development of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika as well as dengue, chikungunya, malaria and yellow fever.

With the Olympics and the Paralympics beginning from August and September, organisers are not taking any chances with the deadly mosquito-borne disease. By joining hands with IBM and using its new technology, Brazil would benefit and hope that the virus dies down as soon as possible.

Many small scale biotech enterprises and other organizations are developing vaccines against the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects and neurological disorders of babies, although most work is at a nascent stage. Also, both the UNICEF and IBM will collaborate together to develop a map, showing the spread of the Zika virus in affected countries of the Americas.