Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future

Raffaello D’Andrea is a Canadian/Italian/Swiss engineer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is a professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich.
He founded a company called Amazon Robotics, which is a Massachusetts-based company that manufactures mobile robotic fulfillment systems.

Check out this amazing film, where Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters robots. These quadcopters that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together.

Now the above film was of June 2013.. Below film is of 2016..

When you hear the word "drone," you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that's ambivalent to orientation ... to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.

1.3 million Indian Android smartphones could be infected by Chinese Malware

In my recent article I wrote about ' how a smartphone can turnout to be a threat ' this was basis a published survey report by a reputed system security software maker, Norton. The report also goes to state that '50 percent of Indians simply granted access to their contacts and mobile data in exchange for free apps'.
Today, there was another news article on Engadget, stating 'Android malware from Chinese ad firm infects 10 million devices '. It also mentions 1.3 million infected users could be from India... This is terrifying..    The first thought that comes in our mind is, 'Is my smartphone compromised ?' well it could be..

Its difficult though to find out until you smartphone behaves different.. it could get slower, some apps may not be responsive, new apps automatically gets downloaded, etc.., the only thing that could help here is, if you have a strong up to date anti virus application on your smartphone and you periodically do scan and clean your smartphone.

What about precautions to avoid such a dangerous situation ?
Well, you need to be smarter, by not granting any unnecessary access while installing any app, this could come to you at a cost of not having that app itself. But its worth it, do not take a risk.
Apps are nothing but like computer software programs on your computer, ones installed, they can take control of your hardware and data on the hard disk. Not that all Apps are bad or has malware, but surely there are few which are quite attractive and free online.

Alternatively, one could use 'WebApps' which are not actually installed on your mobile but functions over your mobile browser. It does not need any access to your smartphone data or details and still use service of various mobile apps.
a good example could be - BOB WebApp, this is a Best Of Best service aggregator which links you to various service providers, be it online shopping or food ordering, be it mobile recharge, buying grocery or watching online news TV. It has it all and nothing to install. There are quite a few WebApps available online, but only the thing is, there are no online market place like Google Play. Once on the WebApp you can have your browser to have a shortcut icon button created on your smartphone home screen, this way the WebApp is always a click away.
Give it a try, i think this is a good one.. BOB WebApp

2nd Alternative, if you still want an app on your Android smartphone, which gives you services from various brands without downloading their specific app, then i would recommend to check out MyFavorites app, which is now available of Google Play. Its a kind of All in one must have app. This app too does not need or ask for additional access while installing it on your smartphone. Once installed, click to open it and use it.

Both the above alternatives also helps you save space on your smartphone. You don't have to download multiple apps, which save space and this in-turn does not slow down your smartphone. Less apps, Less RAM usage. So be secure, save space and speed up your smartphone by using the two alternatives mentioned above.

Could your smartphone actually be a threat ?

A recent Norton Mobile Survey shed light on the security gaps and the privacy risks smartphone and mobile applications (apps) present.

As per the survey, 50 percent of Indians granted access to contacts and mobile data in exchange for free apps and close to 40 percent have granted access to their camera.

A shocking 36 percent would either always grant permissions or simply don’t know enough about the kind of permissions they may have granted.

The Survey also says security issues causing the most concern for Indian mobile users were virus/malware attacks (34 per cent), threats involving fraudulent access or misuse of credit card or bank account details (21 per cent) and leaking of personal information (19 per cent).

Source : Times of India , The Hindu.

So how does one give access to private data ?
This happens when one installs an app from the play store, a screen will tell you what the app will access. That may include your location, network communication, personal info, storage, phone calls, and your accounts.

How can one check on the apps already installed ?
you can review the access of your installed apps on the Manage Applications screen. On most Android devices, simply pull up the menu, tap Settings, and select Applications. Select an app from the list then scroll down to see the Permissions section. Anything that appears out-of-the-ordinary—like a wallpaper app that has access to your contacts, should be removed immediately.

How big is Apple really ?

The two Steves - Jobs and Wozniak - may have been Apple's most visible founders, but were it not for their friend Ronald Wayne there might be no iPhone, iPad or iMac today. The three men incorporated Apple Computer on April 1, 1976.

However, Wayne backed out 12 days later, selling for just $500 a holding that today would be worth $72bn.

The first product the company sold was just a computer kit, Apple I, which came with a motherboard, CPU and RAM. In 2009 Apple brought in $42.91 billion in revenue.At the end of May 2010, Apple's market capitalization was measured at $222.12 billion.

This video below could amaze you and you would be pleasantly surprised to more about Apple. The video takes you through the journey of Apple and also about the company as a whole and of course about Mr. Jobs.

How did Nokia Fall ? the reality

Nokia was once a dominant force in the wireless world, one of the strongest companies in the world. In 2008, Nokia was said to have one of the most valuable brands in the world.

However in September 2013, Microsoft's acquired Nokia for $7.5 billion. This acquisition is a sobering reminder that even the strongest companies can fall. What actually happened to Nokia ??

How did a global brand fall ? Did Apple and Android crushed it? or are there other mysterious reasons for that failure ?

After all, Nokia had been a surprisingly adaptive company, moving in and out of many different businesses.

Here's a story Nokia, from market domination to sell-off in less than 10 years. A video created by ColdfusTion.

Part 1 of 3 - The Rise and Fall of Nokia

Part 2 of 3 - The Rise and Fall of Nokia

Part 3 of 3 - The Rise and Fall of Nokia

Hope you liked these videos, pls do share.  

Some unknown facts about Samsung company

We continue to share you latest trending news updates from various Tech companies like Google, Apple, Samsung etc., thought of sharing some unknown facts about Samsung here.

Here are some to start with.. and also do check out the video at the bottom to be surprised and amazed with more fact on Samsung.

1. Samsung accounts for 17 percent of Korea's Gross Domestic Product

2. Samsung Electronics has 370,000 employees worldwide. (Apple has 80,000. Microsoft has 97,106. GE has 305,000.)

3. Samsung spent over $4 billion in advertising last year, plus an additional $5 billion in marketing. Its ad budget dwarfs everyone else.

4. Samsung Electronics' profit last quarter was $8.27 billion, much of it from smartphones. For comparison, Google's operating profit last quarter was $3.4 billion
5. Samsung shipped 215.8 million smartphones last year, which is more than the next three smartphone sellers COMBINED

Xiaomi could dominate the drone market soon.

In recent years Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics company had rocked the smartphone market and became the world's 5th largest smartphone maker in 2015.
This goes to show, the company's potential to develop, adopt and deliver high-quality products. Xiaomi has now ventured into a whole new segment recently, the private drone market.

Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Drone, costing $460 for 4K video or $380 for 1080p.

Xiaomi's Mi Drone is a quadcopter with a 3-axis gimbal, 4K camera, and a remote control that uses your Mi smartphone as its viewfinder. The Mi Drone uses both GPS and GLONASS for positioning and has a visual positioning system on the bottom that allows it to remain stable while flying at low altitudes in environments where it cannot get a satellite signal.

Twitter moves away from 140 characters limitation

Twitter recently made a major enhancement to their service, it announced that it will move away from strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. Tweets will no longer count
media attachments and @names in replies toward your 140 allowed characters.

However, links will still be counted. “One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. This is what Twitter is great at — what’s happening now, live conversation and the simplicity that we started the service with.”

Twitter did not give an exact timeframe for when the changes would go live, beyond “the coming months.”

Here is a quick list of vocabulary and terminology used on twiter.

1. Tweet: A 140-character message. (now with no 140 restrictions..)

2. Retweet (RT): Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's tweet.

3. Feed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It's comprised of updates from users you follow.

4. Handle: Your username.

5. Mention (@): A way to reference another user by his username in a tweet (e.g. @mashable). Users are notified when @mentioned. It's a way to conduct discussions with other users in a public realm.

6. Hashtag (#): A way to denote a topic of conversation or participate in a larger linked discussion (e.g. #ModiIdol, #NAMO). A hashtag is a discovery tool that allows others to find your tweets, based on topics. You can also click on a hashtag to see all the tweets that mention it in real time — even from people you don't follow.