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Alcatel finally launches its flagship device

Alcatel, which made its name in the MWC 2017 for launching low budget smartphones, finally launched its flagship device at Barcelona. A flagship device is a device of the company that has been the best so far. For instance, iPhone 7 Plus is the flagship smartphone of the Apple. Moving on, Alcatel launched its Alcatel PLUS 12 tablet at the MWC 2017. Have a look at the specs of the smartphone.

The new Alcatel PLUS 12 provides an 11.6-inch screen with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. The screen also has a pixel ratio of 1920 x 1080. The screen has a protection of Gorilla Glass too. The device is fueled by an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core 1.1 GHz processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The device also has 64GB internal memory that can be expanded to 128 GB via MicroSD card.

In the field of camera, the tablet has 5 MP front facing camera and is capable of recording 1080p videos. The device further supports a 26.8 W battery. The tablet runs on Windows 10 operating system. In terms of connectivity, the tablet offers Bluetooth 4.2; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; and micro HDMI, USB-C, and 3.5mm jack.

The tablet also comes with a detachable keyboard. The keyboard has 2,580mAh battery that runs 12 hours on a single charge. The keyboard runs on a separate Qualcomm MDM9207 processor.

Well, even thought the tablet is low at specifications when compared to other tablets, this has been the best shot that the company can give.

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Event

The 2017 Oscar awards goes to below list of winners

The world’s renowned and respectful films appreciation event— the Oscar jury have just declared the winners. This year there were many new faces honored with the royal piece of appreciation.

And the Oscars awards for various role goes to….

Award Winner  Other Nominees
Best supporting actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Best makeup and hairstyling Suicide Squad A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Best costume design Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Allied
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land
Best documentary OJ: Made in America Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
13th
Best sound editing Arrival Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully
Best sound mixing Hacksaw Ridge Arrival
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours
Best supporting actress Viola Davis (Fences) Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Best foreign language film The Salesman Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
Tanna
Toni Erdmann
Best animated short WINNER: Piper Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Best animated feature Zootopia Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Best production design La La Land Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
Passengers
Best visual effects The Jungle Book Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Best film editing Hacksaw Ridge Arrival
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight
Best documentary short The White Helmets 4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
Best live-action short Sing Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent NightsTimecode
Best cinematography La La Land Arrival
Lion
Moonlight
Silence
Best score La La Land Jackie
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers
Best song City of Stars (La La Land) Audition (La La Land)
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)  The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
How Far I’ll Go (Moana)
Best original screenplay Manchester by the Sea Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
20th Century Women
Best adapted screenplay Moonlight Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Best director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Best actor Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Best actress Emma Stone (La La Land) Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Best picture Moonlight Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
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Health Care Life&Culture News Research

Preventing and treating Alzheimer’s may be possible soon

We all know about the Alzheimer’s disease and yes, it is the most prominent cause of dementia globally. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that is linked with aging and results in problems associated with thinking, behavior, and memory. There is no known cure for this life-threatening disease till date but we do have treatments for few of its symptoms.

Recently, a research team at the Oregon Health & Science University has revealed a link between the occurrences of aquaporin-4 in older people who suffered from Alzheimer’s in comparison to those who did not suffered from  the disease.

Aquaporin-4 is an important segment of the brain network, together called as the glymphatic system. They allow the cerebral-spinal fluid from the exterior of the brain to sweep away proteins, including tau and amyloid that accumulate within the brain. Accumulation of these proteins can destroy the nerve cells in the brain in people suffering from Alzheimer.

To study this, the team closely investigated 79 brains donated for scientific research. They found thataquaporin-4 was well organized and outlining the brains’ blood vessel in the adults and older people without Alzheimer’s disease. However, the aquaporin-4 was observed to be disorganized in people suffering from the disease, which reflects the incapability of the brain to wash away debris such as amyloid-β.

Thus, future research examining aquaporin-4 may tender a future opportunity for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Wouldn’t it be great if we find the key to this?

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Technology

Smart belt that watches your waist

The fitness freaks are always looking out for a new device that can be worn easily. The Samsung’s Creative Lab has created a smart belt “Welt”. The CEO Sean G. Kang has created Welt in order to raise health awareness among people.

The smart belt tracks your daily steps, distance covered, calories burnt, and sitting time. The belt starts logging only after 20 or more steps. The Welt is accompanied with a smartphone app that helps you check your daily fitness logs. The belt measures your waist and with the help of magnetic sensors tracks any changes if detected. The waist size is considered to be a fitness factor that tells you the larger your waist or stomach fat, the more you are prone to diabetes, heart diseases, or early death. The sensors on the belt detect the stomach bulge on having big meals or too many drinks signaling the app in the smartphone which is excellent. The welt is expensive but it can help you stay active and on track in case of diet which your normal measuring tapes doesn’t do. The stylish leather belt has a microUSB port and can be cut into sizes as per the app instructions, thus not restraining its measurement accuracy. The battery life stays up to 4 weeks.

There is still room for improvement in Welt. The app uses android for now and is soon going to update it to iOS. The panel has slots for daily and weekly stats which can be checked when the notifications appear in the app. The cost for the belt is about $150 and available on pre-order. Thus, the Welt belt can help you stay fit and in shape.

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Health Care Technology

Lechal: A smart insole that helps you keep track of yourself

Smart technology results into a Smart world. Have you thought about your shoe getting smarter? No..? Then now is the time to get smarter using footwear. The Indian company Ducere Technologies has come up with a technology called “Lechal,” which is a pair of wearable pods or insoles. This is the world’s first haptic-based interactive footwear.

Lechal consists of a pair of wearable pods that can be placed inside or outside the footwear, buckles, and in the lace pockets. The smart technology is almost the size of a rectangular watch dial making it easier to handle. The pods have a dock and a USB charger that help it charge. The battery of the smart insole can last almost for a week. Lechal comes with a “Lechal app,” which helps it configure as per the leg and shoe type. The smart insole has features such as navigation, step count, and calories burnt, which makes the wearable pods altogether even more exciting.

Speaking of navigation, this technology can be very handy for the visually impaired. The low cost of the pods makes it an affordable commodity. Since it is something that remains out of sight and mind, it’s amazing because you don’t even need to sweat out for data. The data obtained is also accurate like the Apple smartwatch.

If you are looking out for a technology that doesn’t hold up your daily activity, then this is the one. And its low cost and navigation feature is an icing on the cake.

So, tie your shoelaces and hit the market soon.

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Health Care News Technology

App to help ALS patients to communicate

Have you heard about ALS? Well, for those who are not aware of what it is, stop Google-ing. To save the time, let me give you a short brief about this concept. ALS, stands for amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a disease that damages the nerve cells present in the spinal cord and brain. Sporadic and familial are the two main types of ALS. Familial is a type of ALS that is genetic and is passed from the ancestors to the patients. Whereas, on the other hand, sporadic is the most common type of ALS. Since ALS mainly affects the nervous system, patients are likely to get a paralysis attack.

But this is where technology comes into picture. Technology is that solution that starts working where our thinking capabilities end. Well, let us talk about how technology has helped ALS patients. Scientists at Washington have developed an app that can help the ALS affected patients. This bunch of scientists also includes one Indian. They have developed an app that will allow the patients to communicate. Well, this is not just the thing. As the patient’s body will be paralyzed, eyes will be the only mode of communication for them. Hence, the app will help them communicate via eye gestures. Isn’t that cool???

Well, for now, the scientists have proposed this idea and are working on the prototype. Once the prototype is ready, it will go through various tests and then it will be launched for utilization. Further, compatibility of the devices will also matter.

But the news of such app has indeed created hopes among the patients.

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Gadgets Technology

‘Sonic Booms’ captured by Ultrafast Camera

When an aircraft travels at a super speed, a conic-shaped sonic boom is created which leaves behind pulses of light in a cone-shaped pattern. The scientists have now developed a camera, which can capture it. Interesting, right…? Let’s have a quick glance at it.

An object when moving pushes away the air in front of it creating pressure waves that move at the speed of sound waves in all the directions. If the object speed is equal to or greater than the sound waves, then it moves faster than the pressure waves because of which the pressure waves pile up creating shock waves called sonic booms. The sonic booms appear in a cone-shaped pattern known as “Mach cones,” which are present at the back of the supersonic objects. The scientists have been making efforts to capture the conical wakes, sonic booms, or photonic Mach cones.

According to Ensteins theory, light travels at a faster speed in vacuum. Nothing can travel faster than light, but it is now possible to slow down light when passed through glass or by other methods. You may ask HOW? The researcher Jinyang Liang and his colleagues at Washington University developed a narrow tunnel which had dry ice fog in it and this tunnel was placed in between plates made of aluminum oxide powder and silicone rubber in order to capture the photonic Mach cones. The researchers then passed the green laser light through the tunnel where it was scattered by the dry ice generating light waves that could enter the plates. The green light moved faster in the tunnel, creating a cone pattern of overlapping waves in the plates.

The “streak camera” created could capture images at a speed of 100 Billion frames per second in a single exposure. The camera captured images—one, direct image, two, temporal information of the scene so as to help reconstruct the image when wanted. The images have different bar codes to make sorting easier.

According to the researchers, the ultrafast camera could capture images of unpredictable or complex events at first exposure. The camera could be used to capture images of the neurons, flowing blood, living cells, and brain live image traffic in the near future. Isn’t this an interesting and great camera…?

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Event News Technology

Amazon celebrates Samsung Carnival

Good news for the Samsung fans!!! Amazon has conducted the Samsung Carnival. Well, as the name suggests, the event will feature all the Samsung devices with hefty discounts. The e-commerce giant is giving discounts on all the Samsung devices including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs, and many other home appliances. Let us have a quick look at these devices.

The Galaxy On5 Pro is available with a discount of Rs 1,700. This makes the price of Galaxy On5 Pro Rs 7,490 post discount. The Galaxy On7 Pro is available with a discount of Rs 1,700. This makes the price of Galaxy On7 Pro Rs 9,490 post discount. The Galaxy On8 Pro is available with a discount of Rs 2,000. This makes the price of Galaxy On8 Pro Rs 13,900 post discount.

Moving on towards the tablet section, there are pretty awesome discounts here as well. The Samsung Tab A is available with a discount of Rs 1,400. This makes the price of Samsung Tab A Rs 16,500 post discount. The Samsung Tab 3V is available with a discount of Rs 1,400. This makes the price of Samsung Tab 3V Rs 8,690 post discount. The Samsung Tab E is available with a discount of Rs 1,400. This makes the price of Samsung Tab E Rs 15,500 post discount.

Moving down the list, in the home appliances section, Amazon is offering a discount of Rs 12,910 on the 40-inch full-HD Smart TV. This drops the price of the TVs to Rs 45,900 post discounts. There are also huge discounts on MicroSD cards and ACs.

In short, you should stop reading this and get started with the shopping.

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Automobile Event News

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 now comes with an electronics update

Yamaha FZ-09 isn’t a totally new model released by the company but has some appreciable upgradation. The rework includes the fork that can be adjusted and it works impressively on the bumpy surfaces without sacrificing the riding comfort, which makes the 2017 FZ-09 sportier. Though the engine has been unchanged but the machine has been integrated with loads of electronic packages; this includes traction control and ABS. The results of the ABS can be experienced while riding hard. It is updated drive train with assist-and-slipper clutch assembled and the 6-speed gear transmission that is perfectly synchronized helps in delivering power output.

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 Specs

Engine

Displacement: 847cc
Maximum torque: 64.5 ft/lbs @ 8500 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 4vpc
Fuel delivery: Denso EFI with YCC-T
Ignition: TCI; 32-bit ECU
Cooling method: Liquid cooled
Transmission: 6-speed
Clutch: Wet multi-plate disc; assist and slip
Drive type: Chain drive

Chassis

Frame: Die-cast aluminum with subframe
Front suspension: Fully modifiable reversed KYB forks
Rear suspension: Bounce back damping and spring-preload modifiable horizontal KYB shock;

Front wheel: 17 x 3.5” 10-spoke made of cast aluminum
Rear wheel: 17 x 5.5” 10-spoke made of cast aluminum
Front tire: 120/70 x 17
Rear tire: 180/55 x 17
Front brakes: 298mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear brake: 245mm disc with one-piston caliper
ABS: Standard

Dimension

Wheelbase: 56.7 inches
Rake: 25 degrees
Trail: 4.1 inches
Seat height: 32.3 inches
Fuel capacity: 14 liters
Curb weight: 425 pounds

Colors

Matte Silver with Neon Yellow
Intensity White
Candy Red

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 Price:

$8999

If compared to its other versions, FZ-09 is faster than FZ-07 and very handy & comfortable in FZ-10, which the company claims to be a perfect urban bike.

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Steel-like spider threads created in lab

Even though the technology has advanced there is no beat to the little house spider. The spider silk threads have got the engineers surprised due to its huge energy absorption power without breakage. It is stronger than steel and also springier than rubber too.

The scientists have created synthetic silk threads which have similar properties as the normal spider counterparts. Earlier, synthetic fibers have been produced in the goat milk and silk proteins called “spidroins” have been produced in the bacteria, yeast and insect cells. These have been used to form scaffolding for the developing brain cells. Since the spiders produce a small amount of thread, there is a need for recombinant spidroins production in order to generate synthetic spider silk threads.

The earlier generated spidroins weren’t the exact replicas of the original ones; therefore, they clumped up, were produced in low quantity at low concentration or remained insoluble in the liquids. Also, they lacked luster and physical properties if they weren’t treated extensively.

According to the scientists, the spiders produce the fibers in the silk-spinning ducts. The ducts have a pH in the range 7.6 to 5.7. The change in the pH causes the protein to assemble in a lock-and-trigger pattern, which is then pushed through a duct with a force that causes the fibers to form strands.  The different spiders had different pH range and solubility.

Hence, the researchers were doubtful about whether mimicking the spider glands is possible. The researchers produced a hybrid spider silk gene called “NT2RepCT” combining spidroin genes of two different spiders. The hybrid gene had the amazing properties such as high solubility and sensitivity to pH. The gene was inserted into a bacterial DNA where the proteins were produced. The protein solution produced was highly concentrated, cloudy and viscous similar to the spider protein in its glands. The solution was then forced out of a thin glass capillary that mimicked the shearing in a spider for fiber formation. The synthetic silk threads produced were 3,280 feet in a 0.26-gallon flask. The NT2RepCT fibers had elastic or toughness behavior similar to spider silk until a yielding point. After which its properties decreased and resulted in breakage.

Thus, the scientists are still finding out new means of its production.