Google's Free Wi-Fi now extended to 19 Indian railway stations.

Since launch, Google and Railtel have extended service to 19 cities as of date and Google claim that 1.5 million Indians have so far availed themselves of the service. Google plans to extend the service quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations by the end of this year. The project will eventually cover 400 railway stations across India.

Google provides this service in collaboration with Railtel. Railtel is the PSU which owns a Pan-India optic fiber network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre networks across the country, which Google will utilise for its Wi-Fi. Railtel is the ISP, while Google will provide the Wireless Area Networks (WAN).

Here is the latest list of Google wifi stations.

The biggest impact of Google's Wi-Fi project seems to be in India's smaller towns and cities, where high-speed broadband access is still limited. Google says that Tier 2 cities like Bhubaneshwar and Visakhapatnam are seeing the highest adoption rates and the highest data consumption. On average, users in Tier 2 cities consume about 15 times their daily 3G consumption.

While Google declines to reveal the average speed of its Wi-Fi networks, it says that its aim is to ensure that every user has access to Internet that is fast enough to enable high definition video streaming.

Lately while everybody talking about data caps, throttling and net neutrality, it’s actually nice to see a company get excited about free Internet and high data consumption.

Xiaomi’s virtual reality soon to be a reality

Xiaomi, one of China’s largest tech corporations is getting ready to take the virtual reality world by storm as well. Xiaomi is currently working on a virtual reality headset which is compatible with Google’s Daydream platform.

Few months ago Xiaomi entered the lucrative drone market and unveiled the Mi Drone, costing $460 for 4K video or $380 for 1080p, and this time its the virtual reality.

Virtual reality has been the buzzword in the consumer tech industry over the past couple of years and a whole bunch of technology companies, ranging from established multinationals like Samsung, Sony and HTC to internet giants like Google and Facebook, have all invested heavily in VR over the past few years.

Xiaomi is known for aggressively using lower prices to its advantage and hopefully, its VR headset will follow a similar strategy. As usual, the headset is expected to debut in China first then roll out to other regions.

Will keep you posted on the progress Xiaomi VR..

Source : Gizmochina

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.