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New Smart Buildings able to Sense Internal Damage in Real Time

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In Future Smart Buildings may sense damage inside the buildings

Scientists are creating new smart buildings which can sense internal damage in the real-time even after the earthquake. This computation model is developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is used to monitor a building over time for signs of damage or mechanical stress.

Oral Buyukozturk, a professor at MIT, said.”This sensor activates immediately after any calamity like earthquake, and we can see the changes of the features and if and where there is damage to the system”.

He also said they provide continuous monitoring of the building and date base works as the health register for the building, it works as a function of time, much like a person’s changing blood pressure with age

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This team tested its computational model on 21 storey building which had built in the year 1960 with reinforce concrete.

In the year 1960, Toksoz and others at MIT worked with the United States Geological Survey to outfit the Green Building with 36 accelerometers which record vibrations and movements on selected floors, from the building’s foundation to its roof.
Buyukozturk said these sensors represent a human nervous system.

This team first built a computer simulation of the building that represents the physical structure which is underlying in physics.Then they installed various parameters into the model including the strength and density of concrete walls, slabs, beams and stairs on each floor.

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“So we are updating the new model with actual measurements which is used to give better information about what may have happened to the building,” Buyukozturk said

They accurately predict a building’s response to ambient vibrations, the group mined data from the buildings accelerometers, looking for key features that correspond directly to a building’s stiffness or other indicators of health.

They said they were continuously making the computational system more intelligent over time; Buyukozturk said “We are confident if there is damage to the building it will show up in the system”.

The building is safe, but it is subject to quite a bit of vibration, particularly in the upper floors. Outfitted sensors with outfitted algorithms work smarter and feel their own health in real time. It is possibly resilient to extreme events.

Twitter Replaces Moments With Explore in the Mobile App Version to Bring A New Look and Functionality

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Twitter is planning to replace the “Moments” tab with “Explore” tab for the mobile version. Though this is in the beta version, the users of iOS and Android versions are experiencing the new look.

In a bid to make the search in the mobile app more efficient, Twitter has taken the process of changing the icon along with its functioning. Though there might be no much impact as changing the name, it surely will be more meaningful than the early tab name.

At first, Twitter had a “Discover” tab option at the center in the line bottom of its navigation line. It was replaced as “Moments.” And now it is again replaced with “Explore.”

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The functionality of Discover tab was to mainly find new accounts to follow and track the most viewed news. Moments, as the name suggests, has the daily moments and standard collections.

Now, the Explore will have the combination facilities and functionalities of discovery and moments.

Once, testing phase is passed, the news update will include the tab in full pledged manner. Though Twitter sources say that the Explore will be outside of room provided till date. The standard timeline is the search that was conducted till date. But now it is expected that this confined boundary might be erased off with Explore tab. There is no official announcement as such.

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On the other hand, it is still in pending regarding the sale of Twitter.  It is heard that Sales force is in front for the bids. Google has stepped back in the process. Hence there are more chances for the giant company Salesforce.com

To boost up, the live streaming of the biggest debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been successfully taken up by Twitter. Two debates so far have fetched good results for the news tweeter.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is Now Available in India Sales Started on Flipkart

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The Taiwan-based company, has released the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) ‏ globally earlier this year in the month of July. On Wednesday, the company has announced the availability of latest smartphone in India with a price tag of Rs. 18, 999.

The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser will be initially available on Flipkart for a month. After the first month, it will be available on other E-commerce portals, Retail Stores and Asus Exclusive Stores across the country. The Zenfone 3 Laser comes with the lowest price of the smartphone in the series of Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Ultra, Zenfone 3 Max and Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

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With the Zenfone 3 range, we introduced a series of smartphones in India to appeal to a wide range of audience. The Zenfone 3 Laser is the perfect blend of affordability and luxury, with its high-class specifications at an affordable price tag,” Peter Chang, Region Head of South Asia for Asus said.

Display features

With the name suggests, Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) is the successor of Zenfone 2 Laser which was launched in India last year. Let’s have a glance at the specifications details of this latest smartphone.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser has a fabulous 5.5 inch (1920×1080) full HD display with 2.5D curved glass and protects with Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. It comes with intense 500nits brightness which will be easy to view under the brightest light conditions. Apparently, we can say it is more in display and less bulk.

Touch Security

The Zenfone 3 Laser fingerprint scanner is perfectly positioned at the way you hold the phone. It unlocks the device within the fraction of a second. You can be even able to answer the phone calls with a double-tip tap with distinct fingerprints, and you can save up to five security fingerprints.

High-Multi Threaded Performance

Under the hood, it features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 64-bit Octa-core CPU chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM high-speed memory. In addition to this, the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with 32GB onboard storage which can be expandable up to 128GB via microSD. Zenfone 3 Laser runs every application without slowdown.

Capture Reality, Fast and Steady

In this life race, the best moments are fleeting. To capture our real moments, the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with the Next-Generation Pixel Master 3.0 which lifts the Zenfone 3 Laser’s Photography above all the smartphones. It focuses in just 0.03seconds for near instant clarity.

To capture the real-world the Pixel Master 3.0 packs with a 13-megapixal sensor, Sony IMX214 Sensor, f/2.0 aperture lens and laser for auto-focus. With EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) you can watch blur-free videos, and there will be an automatic colour correction RGB sensor for real colour photography and dual LED real tone flash.

And for Videos, the Zenfone 3 Laser has three-axis EIS to keep your videos rock-steady. This smartphone makes you look even better with its amazing selfie camera quality of 8-Megapixel and 89-degree wide angle view.

Long-lasting Battery Life

With its great 3000mAh battery life and the advanced power-saving features, it keeps you entertained for longer time wherever you go without cautioning about battery-low. The long-lasting battery capacity gives you a remarkable 22days of stand-by time. It gives up to 20hrs for 3G talk time, 15hrs for web browsing and up to 12hrs of video playback.

It sports the new five-magnet speaker (ICE Power technology) which you experience the best listening in different scenarios like Movie mode, Gaming mode, Music mode, Smart mode and Keynote mode. Game Genie is the brand new feature of ZenUI 3.0 to enhance your playtime.

The software has also had an upgrade from Android Lollipop ZenUI to Android Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0. The connectivity options available for this smartphone are a dual-SIM slot, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 4G LTE Support and Wifi Direct and hotspot.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Specifications

Color

Metal : Sand Gold/Glacier Silver
Premium-crafted metallic diamond-cut

Dimensions 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm (WxDxH)
Operating System Android™ 6.0 with brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Processor CPU:
64-bit Qualcomm® Octa-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 430
GPU:
Adreno™ 505
Display 5.5-inch
FHD(1920 x 1080)
77% screen-to-body ratio

Bluelight Filter for Eye Care
Corning® Gorilla® Glass3
2.5D Contoured Glass
178˚wide-viewing angle

Memory RAM 2GB / 4GB LPDDR3
Camera Front:
8MP Camera , f/2.0 aperture

Rear:
13MP Camera, f/2.0 aperture, 5 P lens

I/O Ports Micro USB
3.5mm audio jack(1 Head phone / Mic-in)
Power Adapter Output:
5.2 V 1 A 5 W
Accessories Headset
Adapter Type + Plug

Currently, the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is exclusively available on Flipkart with a price of Rs. 18999. And also you can get up to Rs 16900 off on exchange.

Flipkart is also offering a special price of flat Rs. 1000 off on Asus Zenfone 3 Laser under terms and conditions.

It will be available on other websites, retail stores from November

Airtel Launches Updated Version Of Myairtel App With New Apps Section

Myairtel App

In an attempt to counter on rival Reliance Jio, the country’s largest telecommunications company Bharti Airtel has launched the new version of its Myairtel app. The new application comes with the new Airtel apps feature that will have a collection of best apps for a single interface.

The MyAirtel app will offer the best of a web to the users through a selected set of apps to refer all the mobile applications. This is similar to MyJio app of Reliance Jio which has various apps under one roof like music, calls, cinema, etc.

 “In addition to its convenient self-care features, the re-launched MyAirtel App will now have an ‘Airtel Apps’ section that will have a collection of top apps under a single interface,” Airtel said in a statement. Ditto TV with 100+ Live TV channels and popular TV shows will be available without any subscription charge. The Hike Messenger app, Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, Juggernaut are some of the other apps available within ‘Airtel Apps,’ the company said.

Moreover, the app also offers Ditto Tv with more than 100 live channels and favorite TV shows without any subscription charges. The other apps that include in Airtel App section are Hike Messenger app, Wynk music, Wynk games, Wynk movies, and Juggernaut.

The Airtel Stable also contains the two new existing apps such as Airtel Cloud and Airtel Dialer.

Airtel Cloud Storage

  • The Airtel Cloud offers 2GB of free cloud storage and backup. As of now, there are no data upload charges for the scheduled overnight backups are applicable for prepaid customers.
  • As per the announcement of the company, this benefits available for the postpaid customers soon.

Airtel Dialer

  • The Airtel Dialer provides 50minutes of free Airtel-to-Airtel calling benefits along with the standard call management features.

Customers who have already installed Myairtel app can update the app for new features. And those who are not having this app can download from Google Play store for Android users and Apple App Store for iOS devices.

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sell data to Geofeedia which in-turn sells to other agencies

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a Chicago-based company which is responsible for the current controversy. As per law, the personal details should not be sold to other companies. The data provided by the customers while registering is of highly personal. But the social media site Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has broken the faith of its clients. They have sold the data to ACLU which in turn has tie ups with some of the police agencies.

On the one hand this is very useful for tracking the criminal record persons, but on the other hand, it is a major breach of trust of its customers. The data selling for ACLU is also a crime as per the existing California law enforcement agencies.

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Geofeedia confirmed the payment to twitter’s ‘firehose’ which is the only social media monitoring tool that has a partnership with Instagram. The payment made to attain the date from the social media site. In turn, the same data has been forwarded to a police agency. This copy was in the format of a PDF. However, the same attained by the ACLU while making the data sale issue public.

Immediately, Twitter has tweeted that suspended the access for Geofeedia. Here is the official tweet; “Based on information in the @ACLU’s report, we are immediately suspending @Geofeedia’s commercial access to twitter data.”

Geofeedia has more than 500 customers which include the Denver Police Department. An annual deal of $30,000 signed between Geofeedia and Denver Police Department. One aspect that is made clear by Geofeedia that is to track criminal suspects and their actions can be useful with the agreement as they post them via social media. Nearly 500 police departments and authorities in Los Angeles are using Geofeedia.

ACLU civil liberties director in California, Mr.Nicole Ozer, has expressed his opinion that the selling would ruin the public policies mentioned by the companies.