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Monday, 8 July 2019

Steve Jobs was master at 'casting spells' on workers: Bill Gates

Late Steve Jobs who co-founded Apple was a master at "casting spells" to keep employees motivated and working long hours, according to Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates.
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Despite that, said Gates, Jobs was an example of "don't do this at home" in his style of leadership, reports CNBC.

"I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting spells, and I would see people mesmerized, but because I'm a minor wizard, the spells don't work on me," Gates was quoted as saying in an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN that was broadcast on Sunday.
"I am yet to meet any person who in terms of picking talent, hyper-motivating that talent," who could match Jobs.
"He brought some incredibly positive things along with that toughness," said Gates.
After Job's death in 2011, Tim Cook took over as Apple CEO and made its $1 trillion company.

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive who worked at the iPhone maker for almost 30 years decided to move on last month and form an independent design firm called LoveFrom.
When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs returned to the sinking company in 1997, he discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple's headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes.

Jobs realised he had found a talent in Ive who could reverse Apple's decline and become his "spiritual partner".
Ive's first design assignment was iconic iMac in 1998 that helped pave the way for many other designs such as the iPod and eventually the iPhone and the iPad.

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Amazon gets US patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service Inc is exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analysed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described.

According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around the property under surveillance. Any image or data that the drone captures outside the geo-fence would be obscured or removed.

The application for the patent was filed by the e-commerce giant in 2015 and granted on June 4.
Earlier this month, Amazon said it will start drones delivering packages to customers in 30 minutes or less in the coming months.

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Obamas to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company is teaming up with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.
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Under the Higher Ground partnership announced on Thursday, the former president and first lady will develop and lend their voices to select podcasts.
The Obamas launched Higher Ground in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix. The idea was to raise new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry. The Spotify partnership seeks to expand the conversation.

In a statement, the former president says podcasts offer an opportunity to “foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think.”
Michelle Obama says she hopes they can help people connect emotionally and open their hearts and minds.

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

World Environment Day: Here is a list of green smartphones

Today is World Environment Day and so, let's talk about 'green smartphones'. No, we don't mean green coloured smartphones. We mean eco-friendly smartphones. Yes, they exist! And you can very much buy them.
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As per a report, 400 million green cell phones are expected to be sold by 2019.
So what is an eco-friendly smartphone? Well, a good eco-friendly smartphone is built using sustainable and recycled materials. Their manufacturing doesn’t negatively impact the environment, and radiation emission rates are kept at the minimum.
If you are impressed enough, here are three green Android smartphones that you could consider:

Fairphone 2: The smartphone is made from recycled plastic and aluminium. It is equipped with a quad-core processor from Qualcomm. It comes with 32 GB of internal storage space, 2 GB of memory, and an 8 MP rear CMOS sensor coupled with a 2 MP front-facing sensor. The 5” IPS display has a full HD resolution and is protected by Gorilla 3 glass.
This smartphone has earned a 10/10 reparability score on iFixit, a global community of people helping each other repair things.
If the phone gets broken, you just have to lift the back cover to access the inner compartment, which houses six modules: the display module, camera module, battery, core module, top module, and bottom module.
Sony Xperia ZR: The Sony Xperia ZR, which costs around $150, has Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and Adreno 320 GPU. It includes 2 GB of memory. It has an HD resolution display which is protected by shatterproof glass. The phone is water and dust resistant and is capable of withstanding 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
Sony uses 99 percent recycled materials to make the smartphone environmental friendly and remarkably lightweight, weighing only 138 grams.

Used/Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S6 (Or Any Used Smartphone):
A lot of cellular companies and retailers refurbish older devices and sell them for a fraction of their original price.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the eco-friendly smartphone, which comes with a metal body and 5.1” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It has Exynos 7420 Octa chipset processor on this list.

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Violent video games dangerous for children

Kids exposed to violent video games are more likely to pull the trigger in real-life situations, as compared to those who do not indulge in such gaming habits, researchers have warned.
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Published in the JAMA Network Open Journal, the study examined the effects of video games with weapons on children's behaviour when they found a gun in real life.
The study was conducted on children aged between 8-12 years who were assigned to play three different versions of the game Minecraft.
The first version was violent and required players to kill monsters with guns while the second required players to kill monsters with swords.

The third version was non-violent, with no weapons or monsters.
After 20 minutes of game-play, the kids played with other toys in another room that included a cabinet with two disabled handguns, said the researchers.
For the findings, the team from Ohio State University in the US, included 220 children who found a gun while playing.
Nearly 62 percent of the 76 children who played the video game with gun touched a handgun.
About 57 percent of the 74 children who played the game with sword violence touched a gun, and about 44 per cent of the 70 kids who played the non-violent version touched a gun.

The violent versions with guns and swords were significant even after accounting for other mitigating factors such as sex, age, trait aggressiveness, exposure to violent media, attitudes toward guns, presence of firearms at home, interest in firearms and whether the child had taken a firearm safety course.
Although, the research is limited by the artificial setting of a university laboratory and Minecraft is not a very violent game with no gore, the researchers encourage gun owners to secure their firearms and reduce children's exposure to violent video games.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Additional funding for NASA's Moon mission reportedly rejected

NASA announced plans to return astronauts to the Moon within five years after Vice President Mike Pence said in March that the nation's 2028 lunar touchdown plan was "just not good enough".
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NASA advanced its target of returning humans to the Moon by four years, but a request for $1.6 billion funding in addition to the proposed $21 billion for the agency over the 2020 fiscal year has been rejected, the media reported.
The White House made the request for additional funding on May 14.

But according to a report on Quartz on Wednesday, the House Committee on Appropriations, which controls the government's purse, left that additional request out of NASA's spending plan.
NASA announced plans to return astronauts to the Moon within five years after Vice President Mike Pence said in March that the nation's 2028 lunar touchdown plan was "just not good enough".

However, the US space agency will need a lot more cash to achieve its new target.
The White House had proposed that the additional funding comes from unused cash from an aid programme, the Pell Grants Programme, designed to help low-income students get to college, but the chair of the committee, Nita Lowey called it an "unconscionable proposal," according to Quartz.
The Committee on Wednesday revealed the funding bill was approved and NASA would be funded to the tune of $22.32 billion, but that additional cash will not be funnelled into lunar lander development and instead go into other NASA programmes unrelated to the Moon mission, CNET reported.

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