Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Apple iOS 8: What's new in the latest iPhone, iPad software

Apple unveiled the new iOS 8 software for iPads, iPhones and iPod devices at its annual developers conference in San Francisco. The free updates will come this fall, though app developers get a test version starting Monday. Here is what's new in iOS 8 which is Coming This Fall

  • In iOS 8, every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud. So you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are. 
  • Once you've enabled it on your iOS devices, iCloud Photo Library automatically keeps all your photos and videos in iCloud, at full resolution in their original formats, including RAW files. You can access and download them anytime from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or the web. 
  • iOS 8 makes it simple to find every shot. Now you can search thousands of your photos right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Search by the date or time the photo was taken, location, or album name. Just tap the search icon, and you will get choices based on what's important to you. 
  • Even after you take your photo, Photos can automatically straighten horizons and provide the ideal crop. 
  • Crop, straighten, enhance, or add filters to your pictures using Photos in iOS 8. Your changes are immediately uploaded to iCloud and visible on your other devices. 
  • iOS 8 makes it possible for other app developers to create filters and editing tools that you can use in Photos.
  • iOS 8 lets you modify the overall light in a photo with a single control. Use the smart slider to find just the right lighting. Slide to enhance blue skies or make colors pop. Photos also adjusts exposure, brightness, and contrast.
  • The messaging app in iOS 8 has Tap to Talk (make an audio/video recording and send to recipients).
  • Messages in iOS 8 will let users send multiple photos and videos at once. 
  • iOS 8 will let users share their location in the middle of any conversation. 
  • It also has group messaging. Start a group conversation and give it a name. You can include who you want, drop who you don't, and leave the conversation whenever you want.
  • Tap to see every attachment from a conversation. It's simple to browse the photos and videos within a thread. You will see all the photos and videos going back to the very first exchange, without having to scroll through earlier messages. 
  • It will have new gestures, such as double tapping to get a list of people you communicate with most often.
  • The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app. 
  • Apple says with iOS 8, time-saving features arrive in mail. From your inbox, swipe to mark an email as read or flag it for follow-up. You can jump between a draft email and an email in your inbox to gather the information you need to compose your message.
  • Tab view shows all the open tabs on your iPad as well as tabs on your other devices, too. 
  • Tap the Sidebar to see your bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. 
  • A "quick type"feature promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, "Do you want to go to,"the phone will suggest "dinner"or "movie"as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.
  • For the first time, iOS 8 opens up the keyboard to developers. It means users will be able to use keyboards from other companies on their iOS devices. 
  • Family Sharing is a new feature in iOS 8. Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. You will be able to pay for family purchases with the same credit card.
  • Once you set up Family Sharing, family members get access to each other's music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps. 
  • Family Sharing automatically sets up a family photo stream where you can share photos, videos, and comments. And everything stays up to date on everyone's devices. 
  • Now everybody in the family can add events to one calendar. You can even set up family reminders that will appear on everyone's devices at the exact time or place you choose. 
  • Family Sharing can automatically share your location with your family members and show you where they are, too. 
  • iOS 8 will gives users freedom to work with the document of their choice on the device of their choice. Because with iCloud Drive, users will be able to store all their presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud and access them from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.
  • iCloud Drive will give users access to the latest version of their documents from any device. Edits you make on one device appear on all of them.
  • iOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Called "Healthkit,"it will pull together data such as blood pressure and weight, collected by a growing plethora of healthcare apps on the iPhone or iPad.
  • You can view your most recent health and fitness data in one dashboard. You can also see a list of the different types of data being managed by Health, and then tap to see each one individually. 
  • Apple will work in tandem with Nike, a major player in fitness tracking, and the Mayo Clinic on the new feature, which will be included with the latest versions of Apple's mobile software.
  • iOS 8 gives have complete control over exactly which data to share with each health and fitness app. 
  • With iOS, Apple says that your iPhone, iPad, and Mac will be connected like never before.
  • A new "handoff"feature will let you switch devices more easily, so you can start writing an email on a phone and finish on a Mac. 
  • And when a call comes in on your iPhone, you can get caller ID information on your Mac. Just click or swipe the notification to answer, ignore, or respond with a quick message. You can also make a phone call from your iPad or Mac.
  • Not only from iPhone, you can now send (or receive) SMS and MMS text messages right from your iPad or Mac.
  • Now Spotlight goes beyond your device to find what you're looking for. Before it answers, it considers things like context and location. 
  • The enterprise-grade security technologies built into iOS are even more powerful in iOS 8, says Apple. The company says it has expanded data protection to more apps and enabled finer control over mail encryption.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Short Horror Film Will Make You Sleep With the Lights On

Be warned: If you're afraid of the dark, you might want to skip this one.

Lights Out is a short horror film that follows a woman readying herself for bed, only to find that something may be lurking in the shadows. At just under three minutes, this short video has us wanting to leave the lights on full time.

MH370 A different point of view by chris goodfellow

A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event.

Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft.  About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off.

Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the straits of Malacca.

When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and I searched for airports in proximity to the track towards southwest.

The left turn is the key here. This was a very experienced senior Captain with 18,000 hours. Maybe some of the younger pilots interviewed on CNN didn't pick up on this left turn. We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us and airports ahead of us. Always in our head. Always. Because if something happens you don't want to be thinking what are you going to do - you already know what you are going to do. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an airport. Actually he was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi a 13,000 foot strip with an approach over water at night with no obstacles. He did not turn back to Kuala  Lampur because he knew he had 8,000 foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier towards Langkawi and also a shorter distance.

Take a look on Google Earth at this airport. This pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make that immediate turn back to the closest safe airport.
For me the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense if a fire. There was most likely a fire or electrical fire. In the case of fire the first response if to pull all the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one.

If they pulled the busses the plane indeed would go silent. It was probably a serious event and they simply were occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, Navigate and lastly communicate. There are two types of fires. Electrical might not be as fast and furious and there might or might not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility given the timeline that perhaps there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires and it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes this happens with underinflated tires. Remember heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. A tire fire once going would produce horrific incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks but this is a no no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter but this will only last for a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one of my own in a flight bag and I still carry one in my briefcase today when I fly).

What I think happened is that they were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on  the heading probably on George (autopilot) until either fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. I said four days ago you will find it along that route - looking elsewhere was pointless.

This pilot, as I say, was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. No doubt in my mind. That's the reason for the turn and direct route. A hijack would not have made that deliberate left turn with a direct heading for Langkawi. It would probably have weaved around a bit until the hijackers decided on where they were taking it.

Surprisingly none of the reporters , officials, other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot's viewpoint. If something went wrong where would he go? Thanks to Google earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times. I guess we will eventually find out when you help me spread this theory on the net and some reporters finally take a look on Google earth and put 2 and 2 together. Also a look at the age and number of cycles on those nose tires might give us a good clue too.  

Fire in an aircraft demands one thing - you get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed I believe in Columbus Ohio in the eighties. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports.   He didn't instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually but lost 30 odd souls.   In the 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire simply  overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. Just ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what the transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi  and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. 2+2=4  That for me is the  simple explanation why it turned and headed  in that direction.

Smart pilot. Just didn't have the time.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Friday, November 29, 2013

What Most Schools Don't Teach

Time for us to learn how to code!

Watched It - then just try to tell me you’re not interested in learning how to code. Go on, Ie dare you!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Best online shopping sites in india

Online shopping has been growing very fast in India, only in 2012 online shopping e-commerce site number has crossed 600 from 100 . Online shopping offers fast, easy, money saving and interesting shopping experience.

Online shopping has many advantages like 24 hours shopping, Shopping with coupon to get discount, shopping from Home, rich product availability and specifications etc. Also now many sites like Shopclues, Ebay, Tradus offers some great deals everyday or week which you can’t resist like Jaw Dropping Deal, Sunday Flea Deal, Tradus Mega deal, Ebay Sankalp deals, Homeshop18.com Superdeals etc.

Ebay and Amazon are the market leaders in online shopping in the world. However local Shopping deal site are more popular in India. Here is a list of popular websites offering online shopping in India.

Flipkart - Corporate office Bangalore, Karnataka | Establishment – 2007
Business – Online shopping store | Website – www.flipkart.com 
Flipkart.com founded in year 2007 is a no.1 shopping site in India. It is a mega online store which offers wide range of products including clothes, books and electronics. Flipkart.com was established by Mr.Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal which initially had business of selling books online.
After takeover of letsbuy.com now flipkart is largest  player of e-commerce of India.

Ebay India - Corporate office – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 1995
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.ebay.in
Ebay India is a subsidiary of Ebay.com which was founded in year 1995 in California. Globally recognized online shopping site has been operating in many countries of the world. It has unique business concept where a seller can sell the product directly to buyer. Offers used and fresh items with a wide network of international shipping.

Snapdeal - Corporate office – New Delhi, India | Establishment – 2010
Business – Online marketing and shopping | Website – www.snapdeal.com
Snapdeal is among the top online shopping sites in India started business in year 2010 headquartered in New Delhi. It is online marketing and shopping company which has existence in more than 400 cities in India. SnapDeal offers everything from local daily deals on restaurants, spas, travel to online products deals. They offer you best price with free shipping.

Jabong - Corporate office – Gurgaon, Haryana | Establishment – 2012
Business – Online shopping – fashion and Lifestyle | Website – www.jabong.com
Jabong is an online fashion store headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. It has been a front runner in online shopping websites in India and offer attractive discounts, promotional and deals for Indian customers on many fashion, home décor and lifestyle variants.

Zoomin- Corporate office - Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 2007
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.zoomin.com
Customers can order photo prints or personalize gifts with their favorite photos and get them delivered to anywhere in India, US, UK and Canada. Now not only Photo gifts but also you can buy Camera, Mobile, Accessories and more from zoomin with discounted rate.

Firstcry - Corporate office - Pune, Maharashtra | Establishment – 2010
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.firstcry.com
Founded by IIM graduates, Supam Maheshwari and Amitava Saha. India’s largest store for Kids selling 70000+ items from 400+ top International and Indian brands.

 Tradus - Corporate office – London, UK | Establishment – 1997
Business – Online Shopping & Auction | Website – www.tradus.com
Tradus is an International company that is subsidiary of Allegro group which was established in 1997. It offers wide range of wholesale and retail products online. Tradus.com is an Auction and shopping company operate in many European countries.

Junglee - Corporate office – Hyderabad, India | Establishment – 2011
Business – Online Shopping | Website – www.junglee.com
Junglee is an online website which provides electronics, lifestyle, men & women apparel, accessories, movie CD/DVD, home décor products etc. Junglee.com invites online shopping websites to display their products on their web portal. It is managed and serviced by Amazon.com which is considered world’s giant online shopping website.

Homeshop18 - Corporate office – Noida, Uttar Pradesh | Establishment – 2008
Business – Media and Online Shopping | Website – www.homeshop18.com
Homeshop18 is a Network 18 group company which was established in the year 2008. It is an online shopping website and retail distribution network company which is ranked among the top 10 online shopping company in India.

Shopclues - Corporate office –  Silicon Valley, California | Establishment – 2011
Business – Online Shopping | Website – www.shopclues.com
USA based online shopping website was founded by Sandeep Aggarwal in the year 2011.

Yebhi - Corporate office – Gurgaon, Haryana | Establishment – 2009
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.yebhi.com
It deals in many top national & international brands and products such as footwear, fashion, accessories and jewelry.

Myntra - Corporate office - Bengaluru, Karnatak | Establishment – 2007
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.myntra.com
Online retailer of lifestyle and fashion products. Myntra offers T-shirts, Shoes, watches and more at discounted price.

Infibeam - Corporate office - Ahmedabad, Gujarat | Establishment – 2007
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.infibeam.com
Platform offers Buy Mobile Phones, Books, Apparel, Jewelry, Cameras, Watches, Send Gifts to India, New/ Used Cars & Bikes in India a report says 40 lakh visits per month by Indians on this site

Amazon India Corporate office - Seattle, WA | Establishment – 2013
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.amazon.in
Online shopping for Books, Mobile Phones, Computers, Cameras, Toys & Games, Baby Products, Personal Care Appliances, Health Care Devices, Watches, Fashion Jewelry, Beauty, Kindle E-Readers, Kindle accessories, E-Books, Movies & TV and Home & Kitchen

Futurebazaar - Corporate office - Gurgaon, WA | Establishment – 2013
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.futurebazaar.com
Is owned and operated by Future Bazaar India Ltd, offers you wide range with good price The people of behind this company are same from bigbazaar, pantaloon and ezone.

Indiatimes Shopping
Business – Online shopping | Website – www.shopping.indiatimes.com
Has a wide array of products that range from electronic items to products related to health & beauty, home appliances, fashion, music, movies and games.