Facebook launches Facebook for Every Phone Java app for feature phones

first_imgWith all the noise made by smartphone makers and their apps, you’d almost think that smartphones dominate the world cell phone market, but you’d be wrong, it’s actually something called the feature phone; a not quite dumb cell phone, but not a smartphone either, it’s something in-between. Unlike dumb cell phones, that can’t do much of anything but place telephone calls, or smartphones that are really just little computers running an operating system (iOS, Android, etc.), feature phones are relatively inexpensive devices that rely on apps alone to provide services to their users. And while smartphone sales are expected to surpass those for feature phones in the United States this year, the same cannot be said for worldwide sales, and this is why Facebook has launched an app that it says, will work on almost any feature phone across the globe; well, except maybe many of those in the U.S. This is because it’s a Java based app, and many feature phones in the U.S. are based on something called the BREW platform which does not natively include a Java virtual machine.The new app, called “Facebook for Every Phone” will allow users around the world, (Facebook now claims to have 750 million active users worldwide, 80% of them outside the U.S) to find their Facebook friends, view their inbox and newsfeeds and to view and upload photos.Facebook says the app will be useable by some 2,500 different phone models and at least 20 global carriers in countries such as Germany, the U.K., India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Brazil.As part of the release, Facebook also said that it will pay for the first 90 days of data transmission incurred by users of the app, which can be purchased in app stores or can be downloaded at m.facebook.com; the app has been optimized to minimize data use, Facebook says, and so users should find it relatively inexpensive to use.Also, noting that there are still an awful lot of feature phone users in the U.S. Facebook has also stated as part of its announcement, that it intends to extend it it’s app to even more handsets in the future, which if it comes to fruition, certainly would make the app’s moniker, ring a little more true. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Vonage makes free Facebook phone call app Citation: Facebook launches “Facebook for Every Phone” Java app for feature phones (2011, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-facebook-java-app-feature.html 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

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Electric twoseater Volocopter is tested in Germany w Video

first_img Volocopter VC200 First Flight As for safety, the team notes that an integral part of the safety of the Volocopter is the redundancy of its components, such that the Volocopter is safe to fly even if several drive units fail. (Even if the range extender fails, a safe landing is ensured by additional batteries.) The Volocopters are fitted with a parachute that lets the entire aircraft sink to the ground in the case of an emergency. Citation: Electric two-seater Volocopter is tested in Germany (w/ Video) (2013, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-electric-two-seater-volocopter-germany-video.html Explore further Volocopter VC200: Assembly at GreenTec Awards, Berlin 2013 More information: www.e-volo.com/ (Phys.org) —The flying machine looks something like a helicopter but it is quite different and is intended to be a future answer to the greening of noisy, vibration-heavy helicopters as we have known them. A two-seater prototype of the Volocopter, by the company e-volo, made its maiden voyage earlier this month in Karlsruhe, Germany. The team used a prototype of the two-person VC200. Based on this model, it will be prepared for series production. Billed by its makers as “the world’s first green helicopter,” the emission-free Volocopter is a vertical take-off and landing manned aircraft, with features that set it apart from conventional aircraft. For one, the machine, instead of being kitted out with one combustion engine, carries eighteen electrically driven rotors to propel it. Through the propellers, the Volocopter can take off and land vertically just as does a helicopter. The team responsible for the machine said the 18 rotors present a considerable advantage, apart from the simple construction not requiring complex mechanics. The advantage is said to be in the redundancy of drives. This enables the safe landing of the Volocopter even if some drives fail.center_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. © 2013 Phys.org During the first flights of the prototype in November, the team made note that the device had a lower noise level than conventional helicopters, confirmation of no noticeable vibrations in flight, and an efficient spring strut landing gear. Speaking about vibrations, e-volo’s Stephan Wolf said that vibrations in the structure of a plane have been problems for normal helicopters, and that vibrations together with the high noise level have led to passenger discomfort but their “green” version resolves such issues. Wolf and Alexander Zosel, CEO, stated that “not even the HD video cameras secured to the exterior carbon ring of the rotor plane captured the least vibrations.”The VC200 two-seater Volocopter plans involve the following characteristics: a cruising speed of at least 54 kn (100 km/h); a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft; maximum take-off weight of 450 kg; and more than one hour of flight time. (At present, a battery flight time of 20 minutes is possible, according to the company site, but in the near future this will be extended to one hour or more.) E volo was the winner of the 2012 Lindbergh Prize for Innovation. “We believe that the development of the Volocopter holds significant promise to radically change short distance transportation,” said Erik Lindbergh. “It has a long development path ahead, but if this innovative design reaches the commercial market it will dramatically change the way we move about the planet.” Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopterslast_img read more

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Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of

first_img Citation: Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of corpus callosum (2018, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-monotreme-marsupial-brains-hemispheres-corpus.html A team of researchers with The University of Queensland has found evidence suggesting that mammalian brain hemispheres had a means of communicating long before the development of the corpus callosum. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes mammalian brain studies they conducted using MRIs and what they found. © 2018 Phys.org New research links brain structure with hallucinations and musical aptitude Explore further More information: Rodrigo Suárez el al., “A pan-mammalian map of interhemispheric brain connections predates the evolution of the corpus callosum,” PNAS (2018). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1808262115AbstractThe brain of mammals differs from that of all other vertebrates, in having a six-layered neocortex that is extensively interconnected within and between hemispheres. Interhemispheric connections are conveyed through the anterior commissure in egg-laying monotremes and marsupials, whereas eutherians evolved a separate commissural tract, the corpus callosum. Although the pattern of interhemispheric connectivity via the corpus callosum is broadly shared across eutherian species, it is not known whether this pattern arose as a consequence of callosal evolution or instead corresponds to a more ancient feature of mammalian brain organization. Here we show that, despite cortical axons using an ancestral commissural route, monotremes and marsupials share features of interhemispheric connectivity with eutherians that likely predate the origin of the corpus callosum. Based on ex vivo magnetic resonance imaging and tractography, we found that connections through the anterior commissure in both fat-tailed dunnarts (Marsupialia) and duck-billed platypus (Monotremata) are spatially segregated according to cortical area topography. Moreover, cell-resolution retrograde and anterograde interhemispheric circuit mapping in dunnarts revealed several features shared with callosal circuits of eutherians. These include the layered organization of commissural neurons and terminals, a broad map of connections between similar (homotopic) regions of each hemisphere, and regions connected to different areas (heterotopic), including hyperconnected hubs along the medial and lateral borders of the cortex, such as the cingulate/motor cortex and claustrum/insula. We therefore propose that an interhemispheric connectome originated in early mammalian ancestors, predating the evolution of the corpus callosum. Because these features have been conserved throughout mammalian evolution, they likely represent key aspects of neocortical organizationcenter_img The corpus callosum is the largest mass of white matter in the human brain. Its purpose is to serve as a bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing fast, smooth communications between the two. All placental mammals have a corpus callosum, but for some reason, the other two main groups of mammals do not. Instead of a corpus callosum, marsupials (pouched mammals) and monotremes (egg laying mammals) have a simple network of nerve fibers that connect their brain hemispheres. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if the nerve fiber networks once occurred in placentals prior to the evolution of the corpus callosum. To learn more about that possibility, the researchers studied the nerve fiber network of a fat-tailed dunnart (a marsupial) and a platypus (a monotreme) using MRI scans.The researchers found patterns in the scans reminiscent of the corpus callosum in both the marsupial and monotreme brains. The patterns included long range connections between hemispheres, which, the researchers noted, suggests similar functions. They claim this is possible evidence showing that the corpus callosum did not evolve independently, but is due to the continued evolution of the nerve fiber networks that all three types of mammals once shared.The researchers also suggest their findings indicate that mammalian brains require very specific types of connections in order to facilitate proper communication between hemispheres—the types of connections found in both nerve fiber networks and the corpus callosum. The study also shows the likelihood that nerve fiber networks developed approximately 80 million years before the development of the corpus callosum. The team concludes by pointing out that their findings could prove valuable for research in other areas, such as studies of people with abnormal brain connectivity problems. White matter fiber architecture of the brain. Credit: Human Connectome Project. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Treble treat on strings

first_imgThe Capital was mesmerised by magic of strings in a rare evening featuring the trinity of mohan veena, sitar and sarod in a never-like-before musical extravaganza. Musical night titled, The string Trinity presented renowned mohan veena played Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who played along with Aayush Mohan Gupta and Lakshya Mohan Gupta.Shree raga marked the inaugural performance by Lakshya Mohan Gupta on sitar and Aayush Mohan Gupta on sarod.Lakshay and Aayush Mohan Gupta have won the hearts of music lovers throughout country with their music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The evening took an exciting turn as next in line was much awaited Grammy award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s solo performance. His performance spellbound the audience in Kamani auditorium. The evening ended with the finale set The String Trinity where Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the young maestros Lakshay  and Aayush Mohan Gupta performed together and presented raga Charukeshi and raga Mand. The finale presentation left the audience awestruck with the electrifying music.last_img read more

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Mom is your best friend go tell her you love her

first_imgLove her verballyEspecially men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, she already knows it. I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!” Moms need to hear it too…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! Let’s tell her a warm – I LOVE YOU! Love her physicallyWhen’s the last time you gave her a big hug …or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things.  Just HUG her once and keep hugging her.Love her patientlyMothers have an incredible job without any pay.  No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races. Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things and we come to expect it. Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to loveher all the more!Love her attentivelyMothers listen as you pour out your heart…she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.It’s no wonder we like to talk to mom…she listens…but now she has issues, and now it’s your turn to be her “rock”…and take time to listen…it’s payback time! In their older days, our parents have many fears / anxieties…may we treat them as we’d hope to be treated when we are in their shoes! Love her honourablyIf father is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!Respect her position and always ensure to gift her smile, her happiness and peace of mind. As children, its our responsibilty to honor her.  Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom, take time and great effort for her to love her while we have her in our life! Her value is priceless and beyond any words or deeds.Have a love or life query  you cannot find an answer to?  Send your questions to –  [email protected]last_img read more

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Reign of terror claims of Oppn fall flat with peaceful nominations in

first_imgKolkata: The claim of the Opposition that their candidates could not file nominations due to ‘a reign of terror’ unleashed by Trinamool Congress in Nadia, can be easily proved wrong if one browses through the documents related to the nomination papers filed by the candidates. In the three-tier Panchayat election that includes Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, BJP has fielded candidates in all the seats and ranks second after Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that trouble had taken place only in seven places, while in districts like Purulia, Bankura, Nadia and Howrah, among others, there was no trouble. She had alleged that the Opposition was raising voice just to mislead the people and her allegations have turned out to be absolutely true.In Gram Panchayat, which has 3,209 seats, BJP has fielded candidates in 2,131 seats, followed by CPI-M in 1,634 seats and Congress in 348 seats. RSP, one of the Left Front constituents, has fielded 39 candidates. Trinamool Congress has fielded 3,532 candidates for the seats. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn Panchayat Samity, there are 541 seats. For these seats, BJP has fielded 425 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 366 seats and Congress in 65 seats. Trinamool Congress had fielded 631 candidates for the same.In Zilla Parishad, there are 47 seats, for which BJP has fielded 23 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 43 seats and Congress in 13 seats. Trinamool Congress has fielded 50 candidates.The statistics show that the strength of Left Front and Congress has hit rock bottom in Nadia, which was once a stronghold for both the parties. Nadia district consists of 18 blocks. The number of Gram Panchayats will be around 185. The district administration said there were no incidents of violence and members of all the parties had gone to the SDO’s office to file nomination peacefully.Because of its organisational strength, Trinamool Congress is ahead of its competitors in campaigns. The party’s candidates have already started their door-to-door campaigns.last_img read more

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Bodh Gaya blast Explosives supplier arrested from Bandel

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested Hajibulla, who supplied explosive materials to Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists to carry out terror activities outside Bodh Gaya. He used to function as JMB’s sleeper cell.The 57-year-old explosive supplier, Hajibulla, was arrested on Monday morning from near ticket counter at Bandel Station in Hooghly.Acting on a tip off, a team comprising senior officers of the city police’s STF conducted a raid at Bandel Railway Station. Hajibulla is a resident of Elizabad Village near Samserganj in Murshidabad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice had information that he had come to meet some of his friends in Hooghly and had plans to head towards Kolkata from Bandel station.But he got arrested before he could manage to board the train from Bandel station.Investigation revealed that he had helped the JMB activists in procuring explosives that the latter used to make bombs and planted it outside Bodh Gaya.He had twice supplied explosive materials to the JMB activists and at the same time he also went to Bodh Gaya once to carry out reccee of the place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe STF initiated a case in this connection under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India (121 IPC), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section (121A IPC), concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war (123 IPC) and sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Act.It may be recalled that on February 23, the STF had arrested JMB activist Noor Mohammad from Dhulian in Murshidabad for his involvement in the Bodh Gaya incident. So far, the STF has arrested four JMB activists from Murshidabad, who are involved with the bomb recovery incident outside Bodh Gaya. The two top activists of JMB – Jamirul Sheikh and Paigamber Sheikh – who were arrested earlier are also residents of Murshidabad and they had chalked out a plan to attack Dalai Lama. Jamirul is a resident of Samserganj while Paigamber is from Kakuria. A police officer said Hajibulla is closely related to Jamirul.They suspect that it could be Hajibulla who had supplied the same to the duo. Source said that officers of the NIA will question Hajibulla on the entire episode of the Bodh Gaya incident and about the JMB activities who were directly involved with the incident.last_img read more

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