16-Year Old Girl’s App Meant to Fight High School Bullies

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Imagine you’re at your school cafeteria and looking for a place to have your lunch. You don’t want to sit alone but you are a little shy of sitting with your peer. A girl your age faced the same problem and decided to do something about it.

She set up SitWithUs app. This new app makes finding friends in the school easy. This credit goes to a 16-year old girl, Natalie Hampton from California.She’s an 11th grader from Sherman Oaks.Natalie says that bullying and loneliness can literally kill a person, especially a student and she herself has been through this all. She also reveals her nightmarish experience of bullying when she was in the 7th grade. Her experience of loneliness and eating alone is what inspired her to create this app. While she is now attending a different school and is flourishing socially, the memory of being bullied and sitting alone still haunts her.

What’s the App About? 

“SitWithUs” is an app that helps those students who find it difficult to get friendly with people. It is for students who have difficulty finding a place to sit at break time. This amazing app helps them locate a welcoming group in their cafeteria.

The app allows students to register themselves as “ambassadors,” thus inviting others to join them. Further, they can post “open lunch” events as an indication for anyone seeking company. It is an invitation for lonely students to join the ambassadors’ table.

According to Hampton, the app is necessary because it prevents students from being publicly discarded by their peers.

Speaking on its privacy standards, Hampton says, “This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”

The 16-year old school girl asks her fellow students to be brave and take a stand againstbullying. The app has already become popular and is getting positive feedback from her schoolmates. “People are already posting open lunches at my school,” she says. “So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start”.

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Jaguar Land Rover to Test over 100 Self-Driven Cars in Britain

British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover plans to deploy autonomous Jaguar Land Rover vehicles later this year. JLR has decided to create a fleet of over 100 cars for the development and testing of numerous “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technologies”. It is expected to begin with the first stage later this year. The first stage will see one of these vehicles being driven on a 41-mile long route on British motorways and urban roads in Solihull and Coventry.

Features of JLR’s Autonomous Car Technology

With a systematic step by step approach, Jaguar has started working on the technologies of “vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications”. This is being considered as a crucial part of the later development of self-driving vehicles. The carmaker believes that sharing data between cars is important for increasing their safety in a lot of dangerous situations.

JLR is promoting a major technology, “Over the horizon warning”,  to enable cars to receive accurate information about different dangers like road works, badly parked vehicles, potholes, etc. long before the driver sees them. It is expected to work for the autonomous vehicles as well as the driver driving the car on a coarse road where visibility is greatly affected.  

Yet another striking feature that the team is working upon is the “Roadwork assist.” With the technology of forward-facing stereo camera, the car can generate a 3D vision of the path ahead and recognize any barriers, potholes or cones.

To prevent low-speed accidental car crashes, JLR has brought another crucial feature, “Safe pull away” function. “Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents,” said Tony Harper, head of research at JLR.

While the popular car maker is a bit late to come up with the autonomous technology for the vehicles, it is still a great way to improve driving experiences and avoid or prevent critical situations on the roads.… Read the rest

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Apple Shall ‘Loop You In’ With The Latest iPad

Apple Shall ‘Loop You In’ With The Latest iPadThe rumour mill churned up a new bit of information — Apple is about to introduce a successor to the iPad Air 2 at its next press conference on March 21, 2016. The invitation for the conference had a cryptic message “let’s loop you in”. According to sources on the internet, the newest iPad Air would come with a price hike of $599 as compared to the older entry-level price of $499. But the 9.7 inch iPad would have 32 GB of storage, which is more than the 16 GB that iPad Air 2 offered.

The need for a more expensive iPad may have stemmed from the fact that there will be no iPad Air 3. The new iPad Air would be something like a smaller version of the iPad Pro that supports the accessories and is faster than its predecessor.  

This also means that the Apple Pencil, which currently is compatible only with iPad pro, will work well on this latest gadget. Apple’s Smart Keyboard is also most likely to be compatible with it.

When iPad Pro was launched, there was no side update for the iPad Air. This latest iPad shall come with some upgrades like multitasking and split-view, which are otherwise not available on the iPad Air 2.

The new iPad shall start with 32 GB space along with the more expensive options that come with LTE and 128GB of storage. The company will most likely keep the old iPad Air 2 in the market, though it is not known if it’ll enjoy a price cut or not as of now.

It is a small wonder that Apple is choosing to raise the price on the mainstream iPad, despite the fact that iPad sales went down by 25 percent, year over year. In retrospect, Apple did not update the iPad Air, which might be one of the reasons behind the shifty sales numbers.  But then Apple does not believe in sharing sales prices from a given line of products too often.

It looks like Apple is trying to shift the iPad away from the ‘it’s just a bigger iPhone with a similar version of iOS’ notion that has been developed over the years. The iPad, iPhone with iOS 9 and the iPad Pro along with the latest accessories are supposed to be very different products, each with its own ecosphere. The iPad has generally been doing well as a more capable device and Apple is going to want to capitalize on these differences that the devices offer. The latest iPad Pro is like a statement in itself, a statement that predicts iPads as the future of computers.

 

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iPhone SE or iPhone7 – Are You Ready?

iPhone SE or iPhone7Apple fans always have a lot of expectations from their flagship iPhone the company’s ball game is really shaking things up in 2016. The company is about to launch its 4in iPhone called the iPhone SE and has added another iPad Pro range, the iPad Pro 9.7. Here are a few things we have gathered for you to decide which iPhone you would want to prefer in your pocket.

Apple iPhone SE Smartphone releasing early next month and is already creating a wave of amazing features in its kitty. The device weighs 113 grams and run on iOS 9.3. It measures 123.80mm x 58.60mm x 7.66, and is powered by A9 chip. The all new iPhone SE features a stunning four-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit with M9 motion co-processor. Good battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers. It is available in color options such as space gray, gold and silver. And if you are planning for mind- blowing picture experience the all new iPhone SE offers you Live Photos, an amazing 4k Video experience, faster LTE,WiFi and Touch ID with Apple Pay. So if you love a smaller phone then this phone might be just the one you are looking for yourself.

Rumor mills filled with gossips of the new Apple iPhone 7 are leaving people baffled about its looks and features. According to reports the iPhone 7 is slated to release this September. The main features doing the round are waterproof capabilities, dual-lens camera that Apple acquired through Israeli camera Technology Company and stereo speakers. It is also said the new iPhone 7 is built in a curved glass made from liquid metal which is scratch resistant and tough. The iPhone 7 will also be featuring single iSight rear-facing camera. However, it is believed that the new device will not have a headphone jack. iPhone 7 will be power-driven by iOS 10 and it will exhibit all the new characteristics that will be included in the next generation iOS platform

Apple gearing up to lunch its significant models, it goes without saying that 2016 might be the busiest year for Apple and its purchasers. Since it has never released its Smartphone’s in such a short span of time it is yet to be seen which iPhone surpasses people expectations and to what extent.

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Why Twitter Decided to Stick to Brevity

Why Twitter Decided to Stick to Brevity There was this one eventful day in January 2016 when Twitter announced its bomb — it was going to expand its famous 140 character-limit to up to 10,000 because the Twitteratti was finding new ways to make the most of every tweet. Users were creating ‘tweet storms’ where they strung a series of tweets together in numeric succession to make a loud, long statement. There were also some other ingenious users who would attach screenshots of longer texts in an attempt to circumvent the character restriction. This led to the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, to tweet a screenshot of text that had 1,317 characters, explaining his thinking behind wanting to expand the character limit. He said “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it, instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched.  Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.” “Twitter will never lose that feeling of speed, creativity and brevity,” he added.

After much public debilitation and twittering, the verdict is out – the 140 character-limit is here to stay. Jack Dorsey stated that this limit was too big a part of Twitter’s identity to let go. “It allows for of-the moment brevity”, he commented. Expanding the character limit might have helped expanding Twitter’s audience, but it also could have potentially undermined the real-time, quick and free-flowing culture of the network.
The month of March marks Twitter’s 10th Anniversary. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey tweeted the network’s first tweet, “Just setting up my twttr.”

“Twitter’s always been about controls, people can follow whoever they want. And it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things and the things that matter to them,” Dorsey said. “There are tweets that promote violence, which is against our terms of service, so people have controls to block and people have controls to mute.”

There is a never-ending goal to get more and more people to sign up on Twitter. The biggest challenge the site faces is to maintain a culture of free speech while curbing harassment and infringement of Twitter’s policies by external groups. New features such as the digest-like ‘Moments’, which helps stream line the constant flow of information and a recently added option to use algorithms to choose the order of tweets in user timelines aim to make Twitter easier to use.… Read the rest

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Access The IMEI Database To Unlock Your iPhone 6S

Any user of the iPhone 6S would like to have the freedom of choosing a mobile phone operator of her choice. But if your phone is locked, it means you are tied to a single mobile operator, whether you like their services or not.

The a monopolistic nature of the tie-up gives an unfair advantage to the mobile operator and allows them to act with high handedness every once in a while. Access the IMEI database to unlock your iPhone 6SThis problem can be overcome by unlocking your iPhone 6S that does away with the need to depend on any single mobile operator. An unlocked iPhone 6S gives you the freedom of choosing a mobile operator of your choice.

The software unlocking method does not work for iPhone 6S and hardware unlocking is a risky method that should be avoided. Instead, IMEI unlocking, which is a reliable and effective iPhone 6S unlocking method should be used.

All mobile phones have a unique identification number known as IMEI number. By accessing the IMEI database, change the locking status of the phone from locked to unlocked and you free to avail the services on any mobile operator that you like.… Read the rest

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Music Streaming Becomes The Next Big Thing

Music  Streaming Becomes The Next Big ThingStreaming music has become the new age equivalent of a radio, with services like Spotify, Pandora Internet radio, Jango and more taking up the top favourite positions. According to a US-based market research firm, almost 68 percent of smartphone owners in USA choose live music streaming as their preferred source of everyday music. 

This research, released by Parks Associates, has highlighted and reaffirmed the mobility of music fans in today’s age and time. Approximately 45 minutes of music is streamed everyday, making it a significant number when seen collectively.

Another aspect of this research compared the change in rankings with regard to the popularity of music subscription services between mobile broadband and fixed-line broadband. Further, the research also showed that Amazon Prime Music is the most popular paid music subscription service among US broadband households while iPhone users consumed more media as compared to Android users.

Looking at the carriers, it has been found that Sprint and T-Mobile customers held the highest numbers of daily music consumption at a 75 percent subscriber rate, as compared to the 66 percent of Verizon subscribers.

With these research findings in place, let’s look at the future of music streaming and how it will affect us:

  1. Big entertainment companies will consolidate their offers and services to create a multi-platform, blended music space and smaller payers will either have to join hands or be pushed out completely.
  2. Because the music streaming subscription libraries are highly commoditized, companies are focusing on ways to sell it further- by working very hard to improve the sound quality and enhance user experience. This means that your favorite songs will sound better.
  3. Music subscriptions will enjoy loads of revenue, with labels seeing the most notable rise.
  4. Ad supported free music services are not doing so well, which means that music shall gradually shift away from being “free.” Of course, there will always be a place on the internet for it, but there will be increased pressure on music lovers to pay up for quality sound.

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Women Fighter Pilots Inspire Indian Women

Women in India are coming out of the shell and booming like never before. In a country like India where women had fewer roles in society, they are reaching for the stars today–literally. Women and shedding old clichés of working behind closed doors and they are taking steps to conquer male bastions. With so much in their armour, they are inspiring a number of Indian girls too.

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Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh are creating history as India’s first women fighter pilots as they will be inducted into the IAF fighter stream in June 2016. They are currently under training and who will make the final cut depends on them clearing the advanced stage training. This was announced by Chief of the Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Arup Raha.

While there are many women pilots serving the IAF as transport and helicopter pilots, this comes as a breakthrough for women who have longed to contribute their skills under extreme outside aggression like their counterparts in US, UAE, Russia and Pakistan.

In an interview to NDTV, Raha said that they will be treated as fighter pilots rather than women pilots and there will no soft postings. However,it remains to be seen if women fighter pilots are in fact given mission as daunting and forbidding as are assigned to their male compatriots by the IAF in real wars.

Women in the armed forces have still a long way to prove their mettle before they gain respect in every streams without prejudice to their gender. But for now these fighter pilots are creating a wave among young female generations.

Chandigarh-based Akshita Bali, who has always admired her father’s profession as a fighter pilot (now retired from the armed forces), she says listening to his experiences to the world brings her immense pleasure and she aspires to be just like her dad in the future.

Similarly, it is of a great inspiration to other women and young girls. We hope it will help women come out of their cocoon and fulfill their dreams of serving the nation with distinction.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S7After being in the news for months, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally here and much to our expectations, slowly racing toward popularity.

For Indian Samsung lovers, the phones come with an added advantage–the Samsung Gear VR handset for free–if pre-booked till March 17. Here are a few things you need to know while picking the best Samsung gadget for yourself.

Captivating design

Both the smartphones come from same family but they are sized differently. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch QHD super AMOLED display. Both phones win aesthetically by getting rid of sharper edges and having a curve rear around the body. Resolutions on both these phones are the same as the earlier phones at 2560 x 1440.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Specifications

In India, these smartphones come with Octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC as an alternative to quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset seen worldwide. Other specifications of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge include a 4GB RAM, 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and stylish OIS characteristic, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture .

Imperative for low light photography, having dual pixel technology found usually in DSLRs, the autofocus of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is quirkier and speedy than previous Samsung Smartphones.

Easy Storage

Models with 32GB and 64GB storage have introduced the capacity to augment storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB. The most welcome change from Galaxy S7 and S7 edge predecessors is the addition of a hybrid microSD slot, which means you can either expand your storage up to 200GB or use it as the second SIM slot.​

Android 6.0 Marshmallow 

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 groups a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge includes a 3600mAh battery. This is good news for game lovers as Samsung has launched the prominent new Game Launcher, which gives more space for games without any disturbance while taking calls.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been priced in India at Rs. 48,900, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available at Rs. 56,900 -both priced for the 32GB variant. However, the price for the 64GB alternative has not been announced yet. … Read the rest

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