Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hollow: Flashlight that runs on the heat of a human hand

 

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15-year-old Ann Makosinski didn’t let homework stand in the way of submitting her human-powered flashlight to Google’s 2013 Science Fair, because the B.C. native’s project has been selected as one of 15 final projects.

Makosinski, who lives in Victoria, B.C., will be the only Canadian to fly to Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters to present her science project to a panel of international scientists.

“I am in absolute shock – I didn’t expect this,” Makosinski told Global News Thursday, shortly after Google announced the finalists on its official blog.

She noted that she almost didn’t make the submission deadline for the global science fair, due to mounting homework and a local science fair project she had already committed to.

Just 45 minutes before Google’s deadline she submitted her project – a flashlight that runs solely on the heat of the human hand.

“I’m really proud to represent my country,” said Makosinski.

 

Micromax A92 Canvas Lite

 

While Micromax has started taking pre-bookings of its forthcoming flagship smartphone Canvas 4, another Canvas mobile has been listed online. Dubbed Micromax A92 Canvas Lite, the smartphone is now available through online retailer Flipkart.com for Rs. 8,499. It comes with 5-inch TFT capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 480X854 pixels. Micromax A92 Canvas Lite is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor alongside 512MB of RAM.

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The smartphone has 4GB of internal storage, of which 0.94 GB is user accessible. The storage can be further expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card. It is a dual-SIM GSM+GSM smartphone. Other connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.

There is a 5-megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording videos at 30 fps. There is no front camera on this smartphone.

Micromax A92 Canvas Lite has G-Sensor, light sensor and proximity sensor. It runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Measuring 77x147x10.8 mm Micromax A92 Canvas Lite packs in a 2,000mAh battery which, as per the company's claims, gives 6 hours of talk time and 240 hours of standby time on 2G network.

Indian Railway Minister launches SMS-based ticket booking system

 

IRCTC, which is in charge of online railway tickets booking, has announced a new way of ticket booking for ease of consumers. SMS based ticket booking service from IRCTC is expected to start from 1st July, 2013. IRCTC has also proposed USSD based ticket booking. The booking system has been designed in such a way that user with any kind of mobile phone (no need of smartphone) can send sms to a specific number to make railway reservation right from their mobile. They don’t need internet service. Of course, the sms will be payable at premium rate. It’s still unclear if tatkal booking will also be possible via sms-based solution.'

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How to make Railway reserveration via SMS from mobile phone

  • User must be registered on IRCTC website and their mobile number should also be properly filled on their irctc account.
  • User will also have to register their mobile number with bank that provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) and OTP facility.
  • User will have to send sms BOOK to a designated number. The number is not yet revealed, but we’ll update this article with more details when the sms-based railway ticket booking service will be officially launched.
  • User will then receive transaction id.
  • Then user will have to send another sms to make payment. The amount will be deducted from his bank account linked via MMID.

The entire process listed above may seem confusing, but that’s the info we’ve for now. Stay tuned with us as we’ll update this post with more details as available. Rs.3 per sms will be charged. This process is two-sms process. The bank will charge Rs.5 service fee for payment under Rs.5000 and Rs.10 for payment above Rs.10,000. Well, the sms and bank payment gateway charges are nominal, we only hope for successful ticket booking because that matters a lot. For USSD based booking, user doesn’t need to register with bank, instead the payment will be deducted from mobile wallet.

Nokia Asha 210

 

The low-cost Nokia Asha 210 with a dedicated Facebook button has been spotted online on the e-commerce site Flipkart.com. The phone is up for pre-order on the site for Rs 4,499. The website lists the second week of July as the estimated release date.'

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While the phone that is available for pre-order has a dedicated Facebook button, but Nokia had originally unveiled this phone in April with a dedicated WhatsApp button. But it seems that the Finnish tech giant has changed its plans and is prepping to bring the Facebook variant of the Asha 210 to India.

The Nokia Asha 210 comes with a 2 megapixel camera that can be accessed through a dedicated hardkey even when the keypad is locked. People can also share photos and other content by using Nokia's innovative Slam feature, which comes built-in to the Nokia Asha 210. It works by enabling the transfer of content such as images or videos to another Bluetooth-enabled phone without the need to pair devices.It is a dual SIM phone and has a 2.4-inch LCD Transmissive Screen. The Nokia Asha 210 has an internal memory of 64, which is expandable up to 32GB.The Nokia Asha 210 is available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white.

Anonymous hacks Indian Government Sites

 

Agitation for internet freedom claimed its first cyber victim in Andhra Pradesh, when Anonymous, a coalition of hacktivists, hacked the website of AP Power Generation Corporation Limited and added a page to it. The hacked website continued to host the additional page at ‘www.apgenco.gov.in/anon.html’.

The Indian arm of Anonymous has already called for Occupy protests in several cities across India to protest against fetters on internet freedom on June 9. As support for the planned non-violent protests increased on social networking sites, the group hacked the Genco website, perhaps to exhibit its seriousness on the issue it is taking up.

The group maintained that the site was hacked to protest internet censorship and claimed that it had already taken down several government websites and other websites that supported the blocking of file sharing websites. “It is time you weak up to the nightmare that is your government! It is time you stand up for what is right. Do not let your government censor you! It is time for you to take charge. It is time you say “Enough is enough. It is time we end this cycle of corruption”, the group said in the message

Source:Hindu

Yet another attack!

Anonymous Hackers releases 4000 bankers data from Federal Reserve computers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State-owned telecom firm BSNL's Website was hacked on Thursday by a group that demanded withdrawal of section 66 A of the IT Act.

The Website 'www.bsnl.co.in' was quickly restored.

The group Anonymous India said that it hacked the Website in support of activists Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit, who are on a hunger strike to protest Section 66A of the IT Act.

"Our website has been hacked and our people are working on it," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay told PTI.

The site has since been restored.

The Twitter account of Anonymous India (@opindia_revenge) said, "BSNL Websites hacked, passwords and database leaked http://pastebin.com/wjtiyvx4 Anonymous India demands withdrawal of Sec 66A of IT Act."

Trivedi and Dixit are on a hunger strike for the last six days in protest against Sec 66A of IT Act.

Facing public protests on the recent controversial arrest of some persons for their Facebook posts using the section 66A of IT Act, Government last month came out with guidelines where a police officer no less than the rank of DCP can sanction prosecution.

The guidelines were being issued after controversial arrests by Mumbai police under Section 66 (A) of Information Technology (IT) Act that deals with spreading hatred through electronic messages.

Source: NDTV

Indian Anonymous hacker group has breached the official website of India's Communication and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal(www.kapilsibalmp.com).

On August 2012, they break into the website and published a number of screenshots on the social media website Facebook to demonstrate that they gained access to the site’s backend.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Karni Mata Rat Temple

 

Karni Mata  was a female Hindu sage born in the Charan caste and is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga by her followers.She is an official deity of the royal family of Jodhpur and Bikaner. She lived an ascetic life and was widely revered during her own lifetime. At the request of the Maharaja of Bikaner, she laid the foundation stone two important forts in the region. The most famous of her temples is the temple of Deshnoke, which was created following her mysterious disappearance from her home. The temple is famous for its rats, which are treated as sacred and given protection in the temple. Contrary to some reports, the temple is of the Hindu sect and is not affiliated with the Jainism. Another temple dedicated to her during her lifetime differs from others in that it does not contain an image or idol of her but rather contains a foot-print to symbolize her visit to that place. The second name of Karni mata is (Nari bai).

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Most Poisonous Plants in world

The oleander, or Nerium oleander, is considered by many to be the most poisonous plant in the world. All parts of the beautiful oleander contain poison -- several types of poison. Two of the most potent are oleandrin and neriine, known for their powerful effect on the heart. An oleander's poison is so strong, in fact, that it can poison a person who simply eats the honey made by bees that have digested oleander nectar.

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The oleander is an attractive plant, and despite its deadly reputation is often planted for decorative purposes. Although native to the Far East and the Mediterranean areas, oleander has been introduced in the United States, where it grows easily. It's tolerant of poor quality soil and dry weather. The plant grows as a dense shrub, and is typically 6 to 18 feet (1.8 to 5.4 meters) tall at maturity. It has thick, dark green leaves, and the flowers, which grow in clusters, can be yellow, red, pink or white.

Even in barren areas, the oleander produces lovely flowers and fragrance. Animals instinctively avoid the plant, and it grows rapidly, so it's often used for highway barriers and other areas that require screening from noise and pollution. Its rapid growth also makes it a popular choice around new construction zones, as it prevents erosion.

Unlike some toxic plants, the oleander is poisonous to most animals as well as humans. A single ingested oleander leaf can kill a child. Ingestion of oleander results in diarrhea, vomiting, intense stomach pain, drowsiness, dizziness, an irregular heartbeat, and often, death. If the victim survives the initial 24 hours after ingestion, his or her odds of surviving increase dramatically. For successful treatment, the patient is induced to vomit, his or her stomach may be pumped, or he or she may be fed activated charcoal to absorb as much of the poison as possible

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

 

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói — MAC) is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks. It was completed in 1996.

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  Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, who had worked with Niemeyer on earlier projects, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 metres with three floors. The museum projects itself over Boa Viagem (“Bon Voyage,” “Good Journey”), the 817 square metres (8,790 sq ft) reflecting pool that surrounds the cylindrical base “like a flower,” in the words of Niemeyer.

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  A wide access slope leads to a Hall of Expositions, which has a capacity for sixty people. Two doors lead to the viewing gallery, through which can be seen the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and Sugarloaf Mountain. The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach. In the film Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century, Niemeyer is seen flying over Rio de Janeiro in a UFO which then lands on the site, suggesting this to be the origin of the museum.

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Transfer Money in Seconds in India-IMPS

 

IMPS (Also known as Immediate Payment Service ) or IMPS offers an instant, 24X7, interbank electronic fund transfer service in India enables customers to use Mobile instruments, Internet Banking, ATMs as channels for accessing their bank accounts and placing interbank fund transfers in a secured manner with immediate confirmation features. Customers can also transfer funds and make payments to merchants directly through This facility is provided by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organization for all retail payment systems in India.

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How to get started

  1. Register mobile number with respective bank
  2. Generate MMID. MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) is 7-digit number, to be issued by the Bank to the customer upon registration
  3. Get M-PIN. M-PIN is Mobile Banking PIN – secret password – to be used by customer during transaction for authentication and security
  4. Download mobile banking application or use SMS / USSD facility as provided by the Bank to make payment
  5. To find details on how to do the above for your respective bank, Click Here

How to send money

  1. Initiate IMPS transaction using Bank mobile banking application or SMS / USSD facility provided by Bank
  2. Customer needs to enter beneficiary mobile number, beneficiary MMID, Amount and M-PIN for initiating transaction. Customer shall receive confirmation SMS for the transaction initiated
  3. For details on how to send money for your respective bank, Click Here

How to receive money

  1. Register your mobile number with your account in the Bank
  2. Get MMID from the Bank
  3. Share your mobile number and MMID with sender
  4. Ask the sender to send money
  5. Check the SMS confirmation for the money received through IMPS

Click here to know If your Bank supports the feature

Source:NPCI

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chennai Metro Trains

 The Chennai Metro Rail  is an upcoming rapid transit system in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The Phase I of the project consisting of two corridors covering a length of 45.1 km is under construction. The elevated section of the project is scheduled to be operational by 2013 and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by the financial year 2014-2015. About 55% of the corridors in Phase I is underground and the remaining is elevated.

Chennai Metro Rail Map

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ALSTOM TRAINS IN CEHNNAI METRO PROJECT

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Google TV

 

Google TV is a Smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony and Logitech that was launched in October 2010.[2] Google TV initially, with official devices from Sony and Logitech. Google TV integrates the Google Chrome browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing Internet television and WebTV sites to add a 10-foot user interface.

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Google TV's first generation devices were created and commercialized by Sony and Logitech. The first generation of devices were based on x86 architecture processor by Intel. For the second generation of devices new partners have joined, including LG, Samsung,Vizio and Hisense, some of which include 3D capabilities. The second generation of Google TV devices are based on ARM architecture processors.In 2013 more Google TV supported devices were announced by Hisense, Netgear, TCL, and Asus.

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Google Glass

 

Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project,with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device.The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer's prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses.

google-glassesGlass is being developed by Google x,which has worked on other futuristic technologies such as driverless cars. The project was announced on Google+ by Project Glass lead Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a product manager and "geolocation specialist"; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the self-driving car project. Google has patented the design of Project Glass. Thad Starner, an augmented reality expert, is a technical lead/manager on the project.

Technical specifications
For the developer Explorer units:
Android 4.0.4 and higher
No official information about display resolution, 640×360 suggested, as it is recommended for app developers
5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth
16GB storage (12 GB available)
Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
682MB RAM "proc".
3 axis gyroscope
3 axis accelerometer
3 axis Magnetometer (compass)
Ambient Light sensing and Proximity sensor
Bone Conduction Transducer "audio".

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Leap Motion

 

Leap Motion is a company developing advanced motion sensing technology for human–computer interaction. Originally inspired by frustration surrounding 3D modeling using a mouse and keyboard, Leap Motion asserts that molding virtual clay should be as easy as molding clay in the real world.

 

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Technology

The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. Using two cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter (3 feet). It is designed to track fingers (or similar items such as a pen) which cross into the observed area, to a spatial precision of about 0.01 mm. An advertisement video provides a visual demonstration.The smaller observation area and higher resolution of the device differentiates the product from the Kinect, which is more suitable for whole-body tracking in a space the size of a living room. In a demonstration to CNET, The Leap was shown to perform tasks such as navigating a website, using pinch-to-zoom gestures on maps, high-precision drawing, and manipulating complex 3D data visualizations.

 Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald told CNET:"We want there to be world-changing applications that fundamentally transform how people interact with their operating system or browse the Web.... The goal is to fundamentally transform how people interact with computers and to do so in the same way that the mouse did, which means that the transformation affects everyone, both from the most basic use case all the way up to the most advanced use cases you can imagine for computing technology."

Leap Motion has distributed thousands of units for free to developers who are interested in creating applications for the device. The consumer product will launch with a price of US$79.99, and was offered at an introductory price of US$69.99 if preordered before February 27, 2013. The Leap Motion controller will ship in the week of July 22, 2013  and be available in Best Buy stores at around the same time. The current version available for pre-order requires a USB connection (= 5 feet USB cables). LeapMotion is planning for a wireless version in the future.

Manel Torres’s Spray-on clothing

 

Spanish fashion designer Manel Torres invented the world’s first clothes-spray, which after application to the body can be removed, washed and worn again. Spray consists of special fibers mixed with polymers, so that the product obtained elastic and durable. The technology has been developed for use in household, industrial, personal and healthcare, decorative and fashion applications using aerosol cans or spray-guns, and will soon be found in products available everywhere. The spray-on clothing will allow designers to create new and unique garments, and embodies the collaboration of fashion and science.

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