Hawaiian Vog Where Theres SmokeThere is Something Brewing

first_imgThe Kilauea Volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii is currently registering an Orange Alert which means the volcano is exhibiting a heightened or elevated risk of eruption or is erupting with minor or no volcanic ash emissions. Of particular concern is Halema’ Uma’ u crater, hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cam3/ and the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cam/index.htm located on the Kilauea Volcano. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Hawaiian Vog: Where There’s Smoke–There is Something Brewing (2008, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-hawaiian-vog-smoke-there-brewing.html Image: Volcanic smog and sunglint in the Vanuatu Archipelago Sulfur dioxide emissions from this volcano increased substantially to a range of 1200 to 1700 tonnes per day on September 21, 2008. Additionally lava from the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent has sent lava flowing into the ocean. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was registered in the nearby area of at nearby Ka’ena Point. Since this date the Kilauea Summit has registered daily earthquake activity in a range of 1.7 to 2.6 magnitude. USGS scientists Bernard Chouet and Phil Dawson have developed modeling tools and analytic methods for evaluting volcanic activity from Italy to Japan and their expertise is being used to evaluate the recent Kilauea Volcano. Preliminary findings of Chouet and Dawson indicate the VLP (very long period) tremors appear to originate from a rather specific source locations, clustering at sea level or 1 kilometer below the caldera floor. However, at the Northeast corner of Halema’ Uma’ u the range depth is approximately several hundred meters. The tremor bursts appear to be beneath the Halema’ Uma’ u flume which opened on March 19, 2008. Per a communication from Phil Dawson, he states, “I am not able to fully convey the amazement that I feel each day as I watch this sequence unfold.” Visitors are warned not to venture into the lava deltas because of the possibility of explosions. Moreover, the steam plumes rising after lava enters the ocean are highly acidic and contain glass particles. The local Civil Defense website offers updates on lava flows at www.lavainfo.us . Daily updates of Kileaue Volcano are available at hvo.wr.usgs.gov/ . The volcanic pollution or Vog is currently under study by medical professionals and the USGS. Vog is sulfur dioxide and is the result of volcanic eruptions. The volcanic air pollution creates a hazy appearance in the otherwise bucolic environment. The main concern of health officials in Hawaii is the effect Vog is having on the respiratory and pulmonary system of its residents and visitors. Currently, health officials have set up Sulfur Dioxide Alerts in effected areas to warn residents. People with respiratory illnesses and the general population are encouraged to reduce physically challenging activities, drink fluids or stay indoors during high Vog conditions. According to Dr. Elizabeth Tam of the University of Hawaii Medical School, volcanic air pollution may trigger asthma attacks in susceptible patients. Dr. Tam, preliminary results indicate Vog or volcanic pollution will not cause asthma, it can trigger asthma attacks. Dr. Tam and her colleagues are studying the long term effects of Vog on school children. The longitudinal study began six-years ago and will continue until the particular children in the study reach the age of 18. Scientists and volcano watchers alike are keeping a watchful eye on the activities around the Kilauea Volcano. Explore further Halema’ Uma’ u Crater–Kilauea Volcano Credit: USGSlast_img read more

The Asus New Folding EBook Reader

first_img Asus Reveals Their Dual Touchscreen Flipbook and Eee Keyboard At CeBit 2009 E-book readers can store hundreds of digital books, and some of the later devices feature Internet access to download digital newspapers and magazines. The Sony Daily Edition and Amazon Kindle even include a 3G mobile phone Sim card. The prototype was shown at the CeBIT trade show in March this year, and the device will probably be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2010. According to the Sunday Times in the UK, the product, dubbed the Eee Reader after the cheap Asus Eee PC netbooks, may be cheaper than Kindle and Sony e-book readers, with the budget version possibly costing as little as $165 in the UK. The launch is reportedly planned for late 2009, but there are no details yet on when it is likely to be released elsewhere, or how much it is likely to cost outside the UK.There are many e-book readers on the market these days, such as those by Amazon (the Kindle series) and Sony, and new players Plastic Logic and iRex plan to launch large-screen readers either late in 2009 or early 2010. All these readers are black and white, but the Asus Eee Reader is expected to feature color touch screens for the first time.While details are still sketchy, it appears the product will be released in two versions: a cheaper budget version, and a more expensive, but still reasonably priced, premium version with more features, such as a webcam, microphone, speaker, and the ability to make calls via Skype. The Eee Reader will have two touch screens joined by a hinged spine, but it is not yet clear whether both budget and premium versions will be dual-screen and full color, or just the premium product.The new device could use the two screens to simulate a normal book, or the second screen could be used as a web browser or a touch-based keypad to allow it to be used like a netbook or laptop. With e-book readers enjoying a growing consumer market, the new product may be just what Asus needs to add an inexpensive e-book reader to its cheap computer products.The Taiwanese company Asus is already a leader in producing inexpensive computers, chips and netbooks, their cheap alternative to laptop computers. Asus products are often the cheapest available, and it seems they intend to adopt the same business plan for their Eee Readers.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: The Asus New Folding E-Book Reader (2009, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-asus-e-book-reader.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Asus has demonstrated a prototype of an e-book reader it is developing. Unlike its competitors, the device resembles a normal book, having two touch screens that will fold up. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Some birds may use their feathers to touch

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Some birds may use their feathers to touch (2010, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-birds-feathers.html (PhysOrg.com) — A new study of auklets suggests the birds use their ornamental feathers in much the same way as cats use their whiskers: to feel their surroundings. Explore further Researcher finds amorous avian anointment protects matescenter_img Male and female auklets (Aethia sp.) have elaborate and prominent whiskers or crests of feathers on their heads, and two ornithologists, Professor Ian Jones of Memorial University in St John’s, and Dr Sampath Seneviratne of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, wondered why. There are several species of auklets, with different types of head feathers, but both genders sport the ornamental feathers. Auklets breed in dark crevices in rocks, and the researchers made an experimental maze devoid of light and resembling a crevice, and observed the behavior of auklets placed into the maze. They found that birds with more prominent crests bump into things less than those with shorter plumes. When they flattened the feathers in whiskered and crested auklets, they found the birds were 2.5 times more likely to bump their heads than those with unflattened feathers, and the birds with longer crests were more affected than those with naturally shorter crests.Many birds besides auklets have ornamental crests, tail feathers, beards or whiskers, and while ornamental plumage is thought to have functions in advertising sexual availability and prowess, and sometimes for camouflage or as a warning, the researchers thought they could also have a tactile function, being used by the birds to feel their way in the environment. To find out, Jones and Seneviratne compared the ornamentation, lifestyles and habitats of numerous species of non-passerine (non-perching) birds, including penguins, parrots, hummingbirds and pheasants. Dr Seneviratne said they discovered birds living in dark, complex, or crowded environments, or which are active at night are more likely to have facial feathers, and there was a “highly significant correlation” for that trend across all non-perching birds.The scientists think similar feathers on other birds may also have a tactile function, especially in environments where vision is limited, or where there is a greater deal of clutter or objects to avoid. Facial feathers would help the bird avoid damage to its eyes, beak, and eardrums.The results of the study appear in the Animal Behaviour journal. Auklet (Aethia cristatella). Image: Wikimedia Commons This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Prismpatterned screen brings paradigm shift to 3D displays

first_imgIn the 3D prism-patterned display, the angular prism screen reflects different light pixels to each eye, which creates a sense of depth through parallax. Image credit: Wallen Mphepö, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — A team of engineers from Taiwan seems to have overcome one of the most persistent challenges of 3D display technology, which could enable them to produce a cinematic 3D display with superior quality compared to most current systems. Their proposed design combines a prism-patterned projection screen with advanced projection technology to achieve both high optical efficiency and low image crosstalk — two properties that have been considered mutually exclusive until now. The researchers, led by Wallen Mphepö from National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, have published their proposed 3D display design in a recent issue of IEEE’s Journal of Display Technology. The new display uses a prism-patterned 3D screen, a technology which has previously been explored to varying degrees of success. In this system, the prism’s angular surfaces reflect light at two different angles, which are received by a viewer’s left and right eyes, creating a sense of depth through parallax. The prism screen can display 3D images to multiple viewers, as long as they are located within a specific distance range from the screen. The system is also autostereoscopic, meaning viewers do not need glasses to see the 3D effects.The key to prism-based 3D displays is that the prism screen must effectively separate the left and right image pixels. To achieve this pixel separation, the researchers worked on defining the prism angles as well as the curvature of the entire screen, which is necessary in order to keep the rays within the viewing zone. To derive the curvature’s coordinates, the researchers used an iterative process, with each new point on the curved surface computed based on the previous points’ locations. The initial results of their simulations showed a large amount of crosstalk between left and right viewing zones, meaning that the right eye could see some residue of the image intended for the left eye, and vice versa. In order to minimize the crosstalk, the researchers reconfigured the prism angles to sharpen the reflected rays’ separation. In addition, they slightly increased the inter-ocular separation (the distance between a viewer’s eyes) from 65 to 70 mm, and moved the viewing location to 1.15 m, 50 mm closer to the screen. These measures reduced the amount of overlap between left and right pixels, virtually eliminating the crosstalk.However, as the engineers note, it’s not the 0% crosstalk that makes the 3D display innovative, but rather the fact that the display also operates at 90% optical efficiency. As Mphepö explained, previous technologies have always assumed that image crosstalk is inversely proportional to optical efficiency. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. By increasing the number of prisms per pixel, the 3D prism-patterned display can accommodate many viewers simultaneously without a dramatic loss of resolution. In the version shown here, four prisms per pixel generates 10 3D viewing zones in four rows. Image credit: Wallen Mphepö. More information: Wallen Mphepö, Yi-Pai Huang, Per Rudquist, and Han-Ping Shieh. “An Autostereoscopic 3D Display System Based on Prism Patterned Projection System.” Journal of Display Technology, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2010. Doi:10.1109/JDT.2009.2034759 Citation: Prism-patterned screen brings paradigm shift to 3D displays (2010, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-prism-patterned-screen-paradigm-shift-3d.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Latest 3D TV Technology Offers Interactive Control “For our design we made sure that most of the light that comes from the projector and is incident onto our screen is reflected back to the viewers’ eyes with no barrier blocking it, raising the overall optical efficiency of the system,” Mphepö explained. “By designing the prisms to reflect the incident light from the projector to specific pre-computed left and right eye locations at the viewing distances, we obtain a sweet spot where there is maximum separation of left and right pixels. At these locations the left and right pixels don’t mix, thus giving us an area where there is zero crosstalk even though no barrier is actually between the viewer and the screen, in contrast to the parallax barrier autostereoscopic 3D display.”Although the 3D viewing zone is currently somewhat small, the design has another important advantage, in that it can be configured to provide several 3D viewing zones without drastically reducing the image resolution. This ability contrasts with other autostereoscopic 3D displays, such as those that use a parallax barrier and those that are based on a lenticular lens, which is what most of the major manufacturers are using today. In both designs, the method of increasing the number of viewers involves dividing up the pixels among viewers, which decreases each viewer’s image resolution – especially for a large number of viewers.As Mphepö explains, in the prism-based design, the resolution of each individual viewer is reduced by at most only half of the projector’s original resolution, no matter how many viewers are added. Instead of dividing up the pixels, the system increases the number of prisms per pixel to accommodate more viewers. In this way, using only 11 prisms per incident projector pixel, the system can accommodate 100 simultaneous autostereoscopic 3D viewers.“The fabrication process is orders of magnitude simpler, while the number of views that can be generated is much higher and makes cinema autostereoscopic systems more feasible,” Mphepö said. He also added that part of the inspiration for the design came from bouncing off ideas with Professor Michael Bove, Jr., at MIT Media Labs, who is the co-director of The Center for Future Storytelling.The design still needs work in some areas, such as optimizing the system for an inter-ocular distance of 65 mm, which is considered the ideal distance for most viewers. The researchers also plan to increase the stability and size of the 3D viewing zones to allow for more head movement.“There are plans to fabricate a prototype of this version of the system and also the second generation version of the system,” Mphepö said. “We are currently looking for companies to collaborate with in realizing some aspects of the system apart from actually manufacturing it at some point down the road.” “In our design you simultaneously get both the desirable high optical efficiency and desirable low or zero crosstalk,” Mphepö told PhysOrg.com. “This bucks the trend and changes the way standard prevailing autostereoscopic 3D display design assumptions that have been in effect up to this point are to be viewed. In short, they no longer apply.”For instance, as Mphepö explained, a typical autostereoscopic 3D display might use a parallax barrier – a layer of opaque material with slits that is placed in front of the screen, allowing each eye to see a different set of pixels. If the slits are wide, more light can pass through, which increases the optical efficiency. However, wide slits allow more image crosstalk, since each eye sees more light that is intended only for the other eye. On the other hand, making the slits narrower can reduce image crosstalk, but also blocks most of the light, reducing optical efficiency. Thus there is an inherent tradeoff between optical efficiency and crosstalk in such a design. To overcome this problem, the new system replaces the parallax barrier with fine-tuned prisms that, as Mphepö explained, reflect light to create a “sweet spot” with high optical efficiency and virtually no crosstalk. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Battling the big questions

first_imgA zealous young lot enacting a political satire, written by a renowned Hindi playwright make for an alluring offer to visit Sri Ram Centre coming weekend. Lo and behold, as the young and culturally active team of Cinecaste set out to initiate, invigorate and inspire you through their play Hawalaat on 24 May.Considering the brouhaha about India’s demographic dividend, this play is a timely attempt to show the flipside of the entire scenario. Penned by Sarweshwar Dayal Saxena, it’s a mockery of the system that is unable to tap the potential of its most hyped resource- manpower. Explaining the crux of his play, Devesh Nigam, the director says,’ It’s a commentary on the present system of society. How motivated youth becomes a puppet in the hands of authorities- whoever they be- and end up getting baffled without having made any change’. Devesh confides, he witnessed the uproar in people and media at Jantar Mantar and India Gate in the last few years; what he saw inspired him to enact this play for the audience. The hard hitting act is a story that revolves around three boys who are left shelterless, without any food, on one of the coldest night in winters. Here on, a cold reality takes form as they figure out their way through the night. Take a peek into their journey through this night as they comes across and battle with the critical questions facing our society.Mark in your calendars, as Cinecaste brings you a play that mirrors our society.last_img read more

Just push play

first_imgGODDESS GAGGEDHow did the band come together? Where did you gys meet?Goddess Gagged started off as a three piece band majorly influences by Porcupine Tree. It was not until Siddharth and Devesh joined when the band finally came into the picture exactly three years ago ! Where does the name of the band come from?It’s the name of a song by Protest The HeroWhat influences you when you are making music? Who are the musicans you look up to?Porcupine Tree , Protest The Hero of course and  Architects! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What next for your band?The band is playing it’s last gig with Jeremy, their current drummer after which he leaves for MI. Rest of the season is going to be with a surprise drummer! Devesh is leaving for Berklee in January after which the band goes on a hiatus.  How has Delhi treated you guys? How are the Delhi audience?Delhi has been nice! They have accepted our music well. Delhi people are rowdy and we like that!KRAKENHow did the band come together? Where did you gys meet? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe band came together in school with the first lineup. We were an instrumental band until I was asked to join. Then after a lot of lineup changes and copious amounts of tea and hours of laughing our brains out and taking pot shots at each other. Here we are.Where does the name of the band come from?Moses is a huge conspiracy theory fanatic and is a closet cryptozoologist. Hence the name. It’s his homage to what he loves doing in his time being a loner. What influences you when you are making music? Who are the musicans you look up to?We are influenced by everything around us. Everyone in the band brings their own set of experiences into the atmosphere and reflects in the music. I am a design student and the design of how everything around us is systematically put together in some way really comes through our music. Plus we are really different people who understand each other to the core. And we love to trip on each other all the time. So it’s a damn chill atmosphere.What next for your band?Kraken will consume. It’s here to stay. Now it’s time to take up a notch. Hitting the studio right after we finish playing the gig week. How has Delhi treated you guys? Delhi is our favourite place to be. But there are hardly any places where you can play our kind of music so that’s really disheartening. But hopefully more festivals will have us on their bill and we will get more  of such opportunities to play.last_img read more

CID busts petroleum product racket 2 held

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal CID has busted a racket dealing in supply of a low-priced petroleum product from Birpara in Alipurduar district and arrested two persons, a senior officer of the agency said. Acting on a tip-off, a CID team conducted a raid yesterday night at a petrol pump at Birpara in Alipurduar district, while a tanker was unloading an industrial solvent into an underground reservoir, he said.The industrial solvent was procured from Dankuni and supplied to different pumps, according to preliminary investigation, the officer said.During the raid, one tanker with 7,000 litres of the solvent was seized and two persons were arrested in this connection, he added.last_img

One dead 1 injured in bike accident at Malbazar

first_imgSiliguri: A youth lost his life in a bike accident near Babujoth area in Malbazar.Tuskar Sarkar, a 35-year-old man, was travelling with his friend Mithu Paul (32), the pillion rider, from Odlabari on a bike.The incident took place at around 9:30 pm on Thursday on the state road of Malbazar.Lying in a pool of blood, Sarkar and Paul were noticed by the locals of Dhumshiganra area and taken to Malbazar hospital.Paul was severely injured, while his friend Tuskar Sarkar was declared brought dead when taken to hospital, said a source. The police visited the accident spot and the hospital after being informed by the locals. The family members of the victims, residents of Millan Pally area near Gajoldoba, informed the police that the duo had travelled to Odlabari for some important work.Sarkar’s body had been sent for an autopsy while Paul is under treatment in the hospital at present. Police are trying to find out the exact reason behind the accident.last_img read more

Older adults avoid risktaking due to brain wiring not age

first_imgOlder adults are less inclined to take certain types of risks, such as participating in a lottery, due to changes in brain anatomy rather than age, according to a new study.The finding adds to scientific understanding of decision making and may lead to strategies for modifying changes in risk behaviour as people age.Researchers from the Yale University and the New York University in the US examined the phenomenon in older adults, who experience a natural decline in grey matter volume with age. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey studied whether changes in grey matter volume in the posterior parietal cortex or ageing itself, accounted for older adult’s tendency to avoid risk.They presented a series of choices to 52 participants, aged 18 to 88 years. Participants could either receive some money or take their chances with a lottery of varying amounts and probabilities. For example, a participant could choose the certain gain of $5 or opt for a 25 per cent chance of getting $20. Participants were each assigned a number denoting their level of risk tolerance based on their choices. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers also measured the gray matter volume in the posterior parietal cortex of each subject, drawn from MRI scans. After analysing the risk choices and MRI measurements, the researchers confirmed that age-related decline in risk tolerance correlates more with changes in brain anatomy than with age.“We found that if we use both the gray matter volume and age together as predictors of risk attitudes, the gray matter volume is significant, while age is not,” said Ifat Levy, associate professor at Yale University. “This means that grey matter volume accounts for age-related changes in risk attitude more than age itself,” said Levy.The finding provides new insight into neurological factors that affect risk preferences and decision making among older adults. It may also lead to strategies for modifying decision making.“We could use this understanding in order to try to, behaviourally or pharmacologically, change flawed decision making,” said Levy.“By understanding the basic processes at the core of complex behavioural changes, we facilitate ways to intervene and improve decision making,” she said.last_img read more

Joynagar shootout Prime accused held

first_imgKolkata: The CID arrested Abdul Mollah, alias Babua, the prime accused in Joynagar shoot out case along with two others inNew Delhi. They will be brought to the city on transit remand on Saturday. With the arrested of these three miscreants, the total number of people arrested in connection with the shoot out case reaches 19. On December 12, 2018, Sarfuddin along with two others were killed near the Indian Oil Petrol pump in Joynagar. The miscreants hurled bombs at Sarfuddin’s car and fired at the vehicle killing him on the spot. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe other two died at the hospital later. Biswanath Das, Trinamool Congress MLA, had been travelling with Sarfuddin in the vehicle but he got down before the incident had taken place. Police initially thought that the plot was hatched to eliminate Das. But Sajmal, one of the accused, told police he along with Babua had collected people who were anti-Sarfuddin and a blue print was prepared to kill him. Cops later found that it was a business rivalry which led to the crime. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedActing on a tip off, police raided a house where Babua and his henchmen put up. Babua had left Joynagar after the incident and had been staying in the house since then. They were arrested early on Friday morning. Difference between Sarfuddin and Babua widened after the former developed intimacy with Biswanath Das. Babua thought that this would affect his business and had started picking up criminals and made plans to kill Sarfuddin. Babua was engaged in extortion and illegal selling of land. He was losing his base in the area very fast and thought to make his presence unchallenged, Sarfuddin should be eliminated.last_img read more

A section of BJP leaders not allowing change of name of state

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday accused a “section of BJP leaders” of not allowing to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ and accused the Centre of “depriving” the state. “We have been trying since 2003, but till date, it has not happened. Why is Bengal being deprived? All the languages should be respected,” she said on the floor of the House. “A section of BJP leaders is opposing the change of name. It is politically motivated. I have also written a letter regarding the matter,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite the process of changing the state’s name to Bangla. She also asked Modi for necessary action including a constitutional amendment in the ongoing Parliament session. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in a written response to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday said the Centre has not cleared the name ‘Bangla’ for West Bengal. Changing a state’s name requires constitutional amendment and it is done after taking into consideration all relevant factors, he said. On July 26 last year, the West Bengal assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and sent the proposal to the Union Home Ministry.last_img read more

Ever Want to Unsend an Email Now You Can

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now April 15, 2014 Ever send an email and immediately regret it? Or realize you’ve misspelled the recipient’s name, and want to correct it? Or just don’t like the idea of a catty remark about a co-worker sitting in a friend’s inbox for all eternity? Is the inherent permanency of email crippling your style?If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, Harvard Law students David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin believe they’ve cooked up a solution: Enter Pluto Mail, a free Web-based email service or, more succinctly, the Snapchat of email. (The name originates from the fact that Pluto’s planetary status was doled out, and then abruptly rescinded – Similarly, “if you have second thoughts about something you said, our service allows you can take it back,” explains Lin.) David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin, co-founders of Pluto Mailcenter_img Related: Mixed Blessings: 4 Ways Computers Forever Changed How We WorkDodge the screenshot scenario, though, and once your email is deleted, it’s truly gone. “In settings, the user can turn on auto eliminate so that when an email expires, we delete it from our servers immediately,” Gobaud explains. He insists that Gmail’s servers don’t hold onto the email either and that, after a maximum of three days, the email disappears from Pluto Mail’s backup server. In other words, your email is truly and completely erased.”From a security perspective,” says Lin, “ephemerality can be very beneficial.” While Pluto Mail has generated excitement among people like herself and Gobaud (i.e. the young and tech savvy), Lin says there’s also been a lot of interest from small businesses who want more control over their ability to manage confidential information.Both Lin and Gobaud predict a seismic shift – anticipated by Snapchat’s popularity – in how we use and think about data. “There’s a trend towards a more forgettable internet,” Gobaud says. “Humans don’t have perfect memories. Computers do. And I don’t think a world of perfect memories facilitates natural communication between people.”While Pluto Mail is currently still in beta, you click on this link to sign up.Related: Jimmy Carter: I Send Snail Mail for Fear of NSA Surveillance Thanks in part to Facebook fatigue, as well as growing concerns about data breaches and NSA surveillance, Gobaud and Lin believe that people increasingly want their online exchanges to mirror their offline ones: impermanent, untraceable and therefore less restricted. “People self-censor themselves online,” Gobaud says. “But if you have a conversation with a friend in person, you’re not worried that that it will follow you for the rest of your life.”Related: 5 Reasons Every Business Should be on SnapchatPluto Mail’s central selling point is its ease of use. It’s not really an email provider – you need to authenticate your main email address to sign up – which means the service isn’t limited to Pluto’s Web interface; it can also be used on email clients like Gmail, Outlook and Apple mail. Unlike encryption services, which need to be downloaded and installed by both parties, recipients aren’t required to use Pluto or install anything for the service to work. Similar to Snapchat, Pluto Mail allows you to choose when your email expires (although the options, of course, are far vaster). Do you want it to vanish ten days after you’ve sent it, regardless of whether it’s been read? Five minutes after it’s been opened? Two seconds after it’s been sent, just to mess with someone? Because while you can delete emails after you’ve sent them you can’t erase their subject lines from a recipient’s account. Say you send an email to your friend with the title: Top Secret, and then delete the message before she reads it. The subject line will remain in her inbox, except when opened, the email will simply state: “This message has expired.”Like with Snapchat, Pluto Mail has an obvious loophole: if a recipient takes a screenshot of your email, it he or she can then save it forever. Enroll Now for Free 4 min readlast_img read more

Will This App Fundamentally Change the Way We Take Photos

first_imgThe app detects the “signal in the noise” Image credit: Vhoto Computer vision – which, in a nutshell, teaches machines how to adopt human vision – is most commonly used by military equipment and robots to analyze and understand images by scanning them for data.   Noah Heller, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based Vhoto, is today launching an app for the iPhone and iPad that will use this exact same technology to satisfy the everday consumer’s needs for the perfect selfie or family picture. The app is free through the App Store in the U.S. and worldwide.Vhoto uses the power of video to capture the perfect photo by combining computer vision with machine learning, a tool that lets the application begin to understand user preferences. The app evaluates over 20 dimensions, including blur, contrast, action/movement, faces, smiles, novelty and user intent to automatically pick the best frames – or the perfect moment – from the video. Register Now » 4 min read Image credit: Vhoto For example, imagine a person standing in a forest filled with trees. Human eyes are instantly drawn to that person, and the brain understands that this is “the important data.” For years, military equipment has understood how to find the “signal in the noise” – or the person in the forest filled with trees. Vhoto applies techniques like this to detect the best moments during a video of up to 20 seconds (or an uploaded clip of up to two minutes from your iPhone 5), whether it’s a person walking into the frame-shot of a vast forest, or your best friend finally blowing out a cake at a birthday party.Related: 4 Companies Boosting Habits By Radically Changing Human BehaviorDisrupting photographyUp until the late 1800s, humans didn’t smile in photos because it took at least a whole minute of sitting absolutely still for a field camera to capture an image. Heller believes that with the emergence of Vhoto technology, the current act of smiling and posing for pictures will soon also become outdated.“This app lets life happen unscripted and allows users to pick the best photos later,” Heller says.At the core, Heller says Vhoto solves two fundamental problems with traditional mobile cameras: 1) hitting the button at the right second to get the perfect shot and 2) choosing between photo and video during life’s most precious moments. The Vhoto app saves both mediums to your phone.Related: Famed Photographer Predicts the Death of the Selfiecenter_img From gamer to glam shotsHeller got his start at Microsoft where he was in charge of social features like friends, messaging, etc. He then moved to video game publisher Activision as a product director, where he developed Call of Duty ELITE, a social network built around the hit game Call of Duty, with about 20 million subscribers. The entrepreneurial bug moved him to join Boston-based Atlas Venture as an entrepreneur in residence (EIR). There he met co-founder Hugh Crean, then CEO of airfare prediction site Faircast and Vhoto CTO Jay Bartot. To date, their venture has received $2.4 million in seed funding from Atlas and Polaris Partners.But Heller hopes Vhoto doesn’t become type casted as an app exclusively serving our contemporary selfie culture. He says many early adapters are parents who can now share with relatives their children’s cutest moments, such as when a kid finally looks directly at the camera and smiles. Artists and photographers can capture the most visually aesthetic snapshots. Sports players are able to capture the split-second their bat hits the ball.“When a new user tries Vhoto and captures an amazing moment, we know we have that user forever,” says Heller. “But if we see a user only keeps producing traditional plain portraits with our app, we know they don’t quite get it yet.”Related: Change Habits, Change Your Industry Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 1, 2014last_img read more

That Moment You Realize Your Smartwatch Is the Dumbest Thing You Own

first_imgAugust 17, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »center_img I confess: I own a dumbwatch.It’s not dumb because it’s analog and unable to connect to the Internet. It’s dumb because it used to be smart yet is now unable to connect to the Internet.Your brain cells are burning away just trying to process that, I bet.Yesterday I was rummaging through my things, looking for a Meta M1 smartwatch I have. Admittedly, it’s been months and months since I’ve worn it, mainly because the Pebble Time I have is so much more useful. The Meta, however, has a different look. The one I have is all stainless steel — the case, the lugs, as well as the band. Though it has less functionality than my Pebble, it can pair better with a jacket or a suit.Related: If Fashion Is Your Thing, This Smartwatch Could Be For YouSo, I plugged the watch in to charge its long-dead battery and fired up the app. That’s when the momentum ended. Despite my best efforts — disconnecting and reconnecting to my Wi-Fi, deleting and redownloading the app, etc. — the Meta app refused to connect to the Internet.Turns out, Meta has gone out of business and no longer supports the app. Without the app, the watch can’t connect to the Internet via Bluetooth on my phone. Unable to pair with my phone, the Meta won’t receive any messages or notifications.The damn thing can’t even tell time. It thinks it’s May 2013.In other words, this pretty little smartwatch is completely worthless.Related: This Is What It’s Like to Wear a Pebble Time SmartwatchIn this era of smart everything, companies will come and go, trying to capitalize on the craze but unable in the end to make it work. Unlike a simple analog watch powered by gears or a battery, the remnants of these failed smartwatch companies leave you with a product that doesn’t work.I mean, a watch that can’t even tell the time. How sad. 2 min readlast_img read more

Global Aerial Work Platform Rental AWP Market by Manufacturers Countries Type

first_imgGet an inclusive research report offering a thorough market analysis and growth outlook of the global Aerial Work Platform Rental (AWP) Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Aerial Work Platform Rental (AWP) market based on Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World.It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Get a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954213?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Aerial Work Platform Rental (AWP) industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:AFI Uplift, Ahern Rentals, Aichi Corporation, AJ Networks, Aktio Corporation, All Aerials, Ashtead Group, AWP Rental Company, Blueline Rental, Boels RentalThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Aerial Work Platform Rental (AWP) market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Aerial Work Platform Rental (AWP)  industry has achieved extensive growth since 20XX with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954213?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker update Nvidia drivers without Geforce Experience

first_imgTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker: update Nvidia drivers without Geforce Experience by Martin Brinkmann on September 11, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 11, 2017 – 17 commentsTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker is a small open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to update Nvidia drivers without relying on Geforce Experience.While it is possible to update Nvidia drivers manually by downloading driver packages from the Nvidia website, the only built-in option to update drivers automatically is part of Geforce Experience.Using Geforce Experience has its advantages, but it comes at a cost. We suggest you customize the installation of Nvidia drivers and only install the drivers you require. This is better for system performance, does away with most Telemetry that may be installed otherwise, and also mitigates security issues.TinyNvidiaUpdateCheckerTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker is a small program for Windows that checks for driver updates when you run it, downloads updated drivers, and runs the installer. The program depends on the HTML Agility Pack which you can download from the project’s website and place in the same directory as Tiny Nvidia Update Checker. The application attempts to download it otherwise (it is just 130 Kilobytes).Note that you need to have WinRAR installed on the system to make use of the minimal installer method the program supports. The standard Nvidia setup is launched otherwise with Express selected by default.NVIDIAs drivers also come with telemetry which this application can remove from the installer, but requries WinRAR in order to extract the self-extracting archive, and will only extract the core GPU drivers. (no Physics, HD Audio, Geforce Experience, 3D drivers, etc).Windows may display a SmartScreen warning when you run the program. You need to bypass the warning, which I have explained in this guide.The program opens a command prompt window, and will display several prompts to you. This is a one-time thing only as your answers will be saved so that you don’t need to go through the initial setup again.Basically, what you do is select the right Nvidia graphics adapter, and decide whether you want to install the driver using minimal installation or not.The program displays information on the updated driver on the screen if it finds one.You may open the Nvidia driver release PDF using it as well if you want. The release PDF document includes additional information, for instance known issues.The download happens automatically at this point, and the next step depends on your previous selection. If you selected the minimal installation method and have WinRAR installed, all components but the core GPU driver are removed from the package.If you have not, the default installation prompt is shown and it is up to you to deselect components that you don’t want installed.Run the program whenever you want to check for updates. You can automate this by adding it to the system start, or by creating a scheduled task that runs when you want it to run (for instance when the PC is idle).Closing WordsTiny Nvidia Update Checker is a handy program for Windows, as you may use it to check for Nvidia graphics card updates, and install them either with minimal components without Telemetry and all that good stuff, or manually if you require some of the components.Now You: Do you update drivers regularly?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 12 votes Software Name TinyNvidiaUpdateCheckerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://github.com/ElPumpo/TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft moves Fonts management to Settings and downloads to Store

first_imgMicrosoft moves Fonts management to Settings and downloads to Store by Martin Brinkmann on January 17, 2018 in Windows – 6 commentsMicrosoft plans to move Fonts management from the Control Panel to the Settings application in future versions of the Windows 10 operating system.Paul Thurott managed to get a sneak peak of the functionality already using the latest Windows 10 Insider Build.According to his information, Fonts becomes an entry under Personalization in the Settings application.Windows 10 users and admins get a list of available fonts when they open Fonts in the Settings. Search and filter options appear at the top of the screen; search does what you expect it to do and filter limits fonts to specified alphabets.Fonts appear as the preview sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” so that you see right away how a font looks like.There is a link to the Store at the top that opens the Fonts listing on Microsoft’s Store. It features a single font right now, likely to test functionality.It highlights, however, that Microsoft will distribute fonts through the Store. That’s not necessarily a bad move considering that it guarantees that the font package is clean of viruses and other malicious code. While that is the case for most of the fonts offered on the Web, just like codec packs, font packs sometimes were distributed with malware.Users who don’t want to use the Store have all classic options available to them. It is still possible to download fonts from the Web to install them manually.The Fonts Settings page offers previews of individual fonts that you select. You can uninstall them directly from there, type custom characters for preview, or access font metadata.Uninstall removes the font from the system. It seems likely that the functionality is limited to non-critical fonts just like it is not possible to remove some apps from Windows 10 devices using the Apps Settings page.The classic font page in the Control Panel lists all installed fonts as well. Font previews are limited to three characters though and you need to click again to get a full preview of a font. It features no options to type custom text.Closing WordsMicrosoft has not announced the change yet. The Fonts Settings page looks complete though which means that there is a good chance for it becoming available in the next Windows 10 Feature update.Now You: How do you manage fonts on Windows machines?Related articlesBlock programs from loading untrusted fonts in Windows 10How to install and manage fonts on Windows 10How to install fonts temporarily on WindowsHow to reset Windows font settings and restore default fontsPreview fonts with DP4 Font ViewerSummaryArticle NameMicrosoft moves Fonts management to Settings and downloads to StoreDescriptionMicrosoft plans to move Fonts management from the Control Panel to the Settings application in future versions of the Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Google Public DNS supports DNSoverTLS but you probably cant use it right

first_imgGoogle Public DNS supports DNS-over-TLS: but you probably can’t use it right now by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2019 in Google – 28 commentsGoogle revealed last week that it added support for the privacy feature DNS-over-TLS to  the company’s public DNS service Google Public DNS.Google launched Google Public DNS in 2009 at a time when many Internet companies started to hop on the DNS bandwagon. Some companies exited the DNS business again, Symantec retired Norton ConnectSafe (DNS) in 2018, while others such as Cloudflare, Verisign, Quad9 DNS or AdGuard DNS launched in recent years.Google claims that its service is the “world’s largest public Domain Name Server (DNS) recursive resolver”; it turns domain names into IP addresses required for communication on the Internet.DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS are two approaches to making DNS requests more private by using encryption. One of the main differences between the two implementations is the port that is used. DNS-over-TLS uses port 853, DNS-over-HTTPS the standard HTTPS port 443.Mozilla started to experiment with DNS-over-HTTPS in recent development versions of Firefox already, and it is likely that other browser makers and DNS provider will start to support these privacy features eventually as well.Google implemented the DNS-over-TLS specification outlined in RFC7766.and suggestions to improve the implementation; Google’s implementation uses TLS 1.3 and supports TCP fast open, and pipelining.Most experts would probably agree that encrypting DNS to improve privacy and security, e.g. from tampering, is beneficial and desirable.The main issue with Google’s implementation at this point in time is that it is not widely available. It is supported on Android 9 devices only at the time officially, and as a stubby resolver for Linux.Google’s implementation guideline highlights for Windows and Mac OS X that the operating systems don’t support DNS-over-TLS by default. The only option at this point to add support would be to set up a proxy resolver according to Google.Windows users may use something like Simple DNSCrypt to encrypt DNS trafficClosing WordsUsers who use Google DNS already benefit from google’s implementation of DNS-over-TLS provided that it is supported on their devices or set up using proxies. Users who don’t trust Google or don’t want to send all their DNS traffic to Google won’t start using Google Public DNS because encryption does not change that.Now You: Which DNS provider do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Public DNS supports DNS-over-TLS: but you probably can’t use it right nowDescriptionGoogle revealed last week that it added support for the privacy feature DNS-over-TLS to the company’s public DNS service Google Public DNS.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

A look at Snappy Driver Installer Origin update Windows device drivers

first_imgA look at Snappy Driver Installer Origin (update Windows device drivers) by Martin Brinkmann on March 30, 2019 in Software – Last Update: July 27, 2019 – 45 commentsSnappy Driver Installer Origin is a free open source and portable program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to update device drivers.The application is a fork of Snappy Driver Installer, a program that we reviewed back in 2015. Both programs are in active development and it is quite difficult to find out how they differ from each other.Driver update programs have a bad reputation on Windows; mostly because of shady programs that use scare tactics to get users to pay for updates, and reliability issues.Snappy Drivers Installer Origin is one of the few good programs in the niche. You can download a small version that comes without any drivers or the whole package using torrents. Note that the torrent download includes all drivers supported which results in a size of more than 14 Gigabytes.It is recommended to create a System Restore Point or system backup before you install any of the drivers.Snappy Driver Installer OriginThe program interface looks a bit dated. You can change the theme on the left, I suggest you pick Metallic as I find it the most eye pleasing themes.The driver-less version of Snappy Driver Installer Origin requires an Internet connection. It can download driver metadata or drivers, and will run a scan afterward to match system hardware and installed drivers for that hardware with the most recent versions.It displays the total number of driver updates that it found at the top; you may click on the link to download the drivers to the local system.Snappy Driver Installer Origin checks whether System Restore is enabled in the program; check the box in front of the warning to enable the creation of system restore points prior to driver installations.All devices and drivers found are listed in the main pane. Information is kept to a minimum on this screen by default. You may press the Ctrl-key however when you hover over a device to compare the currently installed driver with the driver Snappy Driver Installer Origin found for the device.The program lists the driver version and release date for the installed and available driver. You have multiple options to proceed:Shift-click on any device listed to download (if necessary) and install the driver).Check multiple devices and select “install” in the sidebar to install drivers for all selected devices.Click on the “updates are available” entry at the top to open the drivers download interface.Some driver installations require a restart. Snappy Driver Installer Origin hides all drivers that were not installed until the system is restarted to complete the installation of the driver.The drivers download window displays all available drivers and information such as the size of the driver. You may check some or all to download them to the local system.Options are provided to hide missing driver packs and to “continue seeding after the download is finished”. Seeding seems to indicate that drivers get downloaded using torrents and that is verified in the options when you enable Expert Mode.Advanced featuresCheck the “Expert Mode” box to displays additional options; doing so unlocks the options menu to change the configuration. Use the options to change torrent settings, e.g. max upload speed or the port that is used, the download path, or add commands that you want executed after installation of drivers.Expert Mode enables filter options so that you may display only drivers that are newer or better than the installed one among other things.Closing WordsSnappy Driver Installer Origins is a useful program for Windows administrators and users. You may want to download the full driver package if you use the program regularly to update drivers on client, family, or friend systems.The application is easy to use and includes an option to create system restore points. The interface needs a refresh though; I’d like to see options to display installed and new drivers directly side by side to compare them directly.Now You: do you use driver updaters?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 9 votes Software Name Snappy Driver Installer OriginOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.snappy-driver-installer.org Advertisementlast_img read more