Uber to fly cars

#Uber #flyingCar #VTOL #vehicles #transportation #newtech #technolgy

Uber is entering the idea of flying vehicles that would be of VTOL variety – Vertical take off and landing. This will help Uber in transferring people in sky. The testing for the project will begin within the next three years, and will take place in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai. The car will help transfer many people at once to their destinations.

While cars on the road won’t be going anywhere any time soon, cities have a growing problem with congested roads and long commute times, something that causes, among other things, environmental harm as masses of cars idle on the road.

Uber has also indicated that the VTOL vehicles might be able to travel at 100mph or more, operate quite due to electric motors, and travel more than 200 passenger on a single gallon of fuel.

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Amaing. Uber finally diving right into this plan.

3D print objects using glass

#3Dprinting #science #technology #glass #stereolithography #Photopolymerisation

Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany created a technique to 3D-print objects using glass by mixing nanoparticles of high-purity quartz glass and a small quantity of liquid polymer. They then allowed the mixture to be cured by light at specific points – by means of stereo-lithography.

What is Stereo-lithography? It is a form of 3D printing technology mainly used for creating models, prototypes, patterns and production parts. The technology created the 3D print in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerisation.

Photopolymerisation is a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, thus forming polymers. The material which remains a liquid, is washed out in a solvent bath, leaving only the desired cured structure.

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Wow. This technology can be used to create detailed 3D structures.

Solar powered device to harvest water

#Solar #MIT #waterHarvester #technology #science

The solar-powered harvester, constructed in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can harvest liters of water from air everyday, even in desert conditions. All it needs is a minimum humidity of 20% in the air. Electric dehumidifier at homes produce very expensive water.

Currently, the prototype can pull 2.8 liters of water from the air over a 12-hour period, with humidity conditions to be around 20% – 30%.

The system consists of dust-sized MOF crystals compressed between a solar absorber and a condenser plate, placed inside a chamber open to the air. An ambient air diffuses through the porous MOF water molecules preferentially attach to the interior surfaces. Sunlight entering through a window heats up the MOF and drives the bound water toward the condenser. The vapor condenses as liquid water and drops into a collector. (*MOF = Metal organic framework, a special material produced at UC Berkeley)

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This is pretty interesting. Just imagine how many villages in developing countries can be helped using this!

Xiaomi overtakes Apple and Samsung in India

#Xiaomi #Apple #Samsung #India #mobile #smartphone #technology

Around more than 75% mobile users in India still use a feature phone rather than a smartphone, hence it is considered one of the biggest markets for smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung. However, As per a recent report by Strategic Analytics, Xiaomi may be the front runner when it comes to choosing which is the most preferred smartphone brand for Indian Android owners looking to upgrade their devices in 2017.

According to the report, Xiaomi is preferred by at least 26% of the users, where as Samsung and Apple both lie at 12%.

Xiaomi is known to focus more on areas like network speed, processor performance and availability rather than camera, megapixels, screen resolution, etc. which happens to be more preferential among brands like Apple and Samsung. Another important reason is the cost of Xiaomi smartphones, which stands at almost half the price or less of Apple/Samsung phones.

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I have never used a Xiaomi before, but this seems rather interesting if it is an Android with good performance and speed.

Watch Youtube videos offline

#Youtube #technology #mobile #Google #offline #videos #entertainment

Youtube Go, a test version of Google’s offline-first, shareable video product, is available for download on the Google play Store. In fact, the app for 20,000 users in a matter of hours, when it was launched in an invitation-only mode.

The Youtube Go app is designed to be offline first and improve the experience watching videos on a slower network; gives you more control over data usage, by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent on streaming or saving videos.

Currently, Youtube has close to 180 million Indians on mobile phones alone, and the Youtube consumption from mobile has frown from 55% to 80% in just on year.

Youtube also mentioned that the last year belonged to creators in India who showcased their videos online, and 14 of such creators hit 1 million subscribers every month.

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Samsung S8 and S8 Plus launched.

#Samsung #mobile #technology #Qualcomm #S8 #GalaxyS8 #Bixby

Samsung launched S8 and is expecting high rewards from the consumers after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Samsung had to call it quits on Note 7 phone after recalling it twice and still not being able to solve the issue of burning phones.

Galaxy S8 and Plus comes in 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch sizes respectively. The phones will also have ‘Bixby’, a smart voice assistant rival of Siri. The phone has a bezel-less curved edge “infinity display” covered with prsitine glass and also features a 12 MP rear camera with ois (optical image stabilisation) and a 8 MP auto-focus front camera. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad – 1.7 GHz Quad) will be processing the smartphone. Unlike the iPhones, the phone will feature both an USB-C slot and 3.5 mm headphone jacks.

The phone comes with the IP68 certificate, meaning it is water and dust resistant. Both phones also feature iris scanner, face recognition and fingerprint scanner.

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Frankly, both the phones sound interesting and pack great hardware capabilities. However, that was the same with Note 7. Let’s just pray this one doesn’t ….well …blow up.

Truecaller to get Video calling with google’s support

#Truecaller #mobile #app #technology #Google #videoCalling #MobilePay

Truecaller has tied up with Google to integrate Google Duo within the Truecaller app.

Along with Google Duo video calling, Truecaller will redesign its Android app with a broader array of features, including SMS filter, Flash messaging and Truecaller Pay.

SMS filter will allow the user to instantly see who has sent an SMS and allows it to filter out all spam messages. Flash messaging will allow to send quick pre-defined messages to any Truecaller user.

Truecaller Pay, this is like the Indian version of Venmo, allows any android user in India to send or receive money securely over their mobile phone.

Truecaller also partnered with Airtel. Airtel Truecaller ID is the extended version of caller ID feature for Airtel users who use feature phones.

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iPhone 8 to be available this September

#Apple #iPhone8 #iPhone7S #iPhone7SPlus #mobile #techonology

Apple is supposedly to launch three phones this September, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8, iPhone 8 being available in ‘limited’ quantities till the end of the year probably due to the slow supply of OLED displays for the phone.

iPhone 8 will boast a more complicated manufacturing process, higher ASPs, wireless charging (including iPhone 7s and Plus), a 5.8 inch OLED display with a 5.15 inch of usable space. The phone also introduces virtual buttons, Touch ID that is embedded underneath the display, 3D sensor module in the front, a dual camera setup and a film based Force Touch solution. (Personally, I am looking forward to iPhone 8!)

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Subscription based option for Twitter?

#Twitter #subcription #website #socialMedia #Tweetdeck #advertising #technology

Twitter, having a base of 319 million users worldwide (according to the stats last month) is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface. This version will be aimed particularly for professionals, marketers, journalists and others who want to find out what is happening in the world more quickly. This is more or less like Microsoft’s LinkedIn, that provides you greater access and data with subscription versions.

Twitter, which went public four years ago, reported the slowest growth revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 as revenue from advertising has fell year-over-year, even though the web platform is quite popular with celebrities and the US President DOnald Trump.

Twitter is currently conducting a survey “to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck”.

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Indian Supreme court to try to go digital

#India #SupremeCourt #lawfirms #digital #reducePaper #environment #technology

In the coming six to seven months, the Supreme Court of India is planning to go almost paperless. Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said that We will electronically pick up records from trial courts and high courts. There will be no need for appellants to file those records. The appeal just has to state the grounds on which the petitioner is challenging a judgement in the SC.

Using some basic mathematics and accountability, it was noted that on an average as many as 70,000 appeals are filed in the SC every year. Each appeal runs around 100 pages. Due to the larger stake and kind of law firm engaged, the petitions get even more bulkier, eventually reaching the size of 200 pages. However, if we take 100 pages as the mean, then the total number of pages used are 70,00,000 (70 lacs). Each page is a bit bigger than the normal A4 sized paper.

Hence, if the SC is able to put most of the papers and records digital, then it can mean saving around 70 lac pages every year. Just imagine the number of trees that can be saved by such a step!

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