When the full moon is visible twice is known as “Blue Moon”. July 2, the first full moon of the month was noticed, today again it is a full moon and it is a rarity that the month is having yet another full month. Observing towards the east will help one to take a look of the full moon that will rise at 6.43 pm. The rise time for moon is different for different places. In Delhi it will be visible at 7.01 pm, in Ahmedabad 7.14 pm, in Bhopal 6.54 pm, in Dibrugarh at 5.46 pm, and in Kanyakumari at 6.36 pm. Every single calendar year comprises of an extra number of around 11 days, owing to the disparity between lunar and solar years. These extra number of days, assemble together and an additional full moon other than the usual 12 ones, can be noticed every two or three years. The last Blue Moon was noticed in August 2012, and the next time it will be noticed will be in January 2018. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explained that usually when the moon is dangling low, it appears red for the “same reason that sunsets are red.” The atmosphere is filled with aerosols, which are much tinier than the aerosols shot up by volcanoes and these aerosols are the ones that disperse blue light, departing the red behind. In 1883 at the time when Krakatoa, an Indonesian volcano, exploded. It emitted a large quantity of ashes into the atmosphere, making the moon grasp a cerulean tinge for many years. Post the enormous explosion; the volcanic remains triggered bright red sunsets and the moon to possess a blueish touch. There were also reports of actual blue moons due to monsoon dust and even forest fires that caused the phenomena across Canada in the early 1950s. By Premji
According to a breakthrough discovery by Chinese scientists, there could be an “ocean” hidden under one of the driest areas on the earth. The amount of salt water found beneath the Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang province might be equivalent to 10 times the water in all five Great Lakes in the North America. “This is a terrifying amount of water,” said professor Li Yan, who led the study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital. “Never before have people dared to imagine so much water under the sand. Our definition of desert may have to change,” he said. Around 10 years ago during the course of research, Li’s team found that large amounts of carbondioxide are disappearing in Tarim, with no explanation over where it could be going. Scientists had suspected that the melt water from high mountains nearby might had sipped beneath the basin, but the exact amount of water reserves available remains unknown. Exact estimates on this are difficult, because surface water in the region, such as seasonal rivers and lakes appear at random times in inconsistent locations, making direct measurements impossible. Li’s team stumbled on the discovery accidently. “We were after carbon, not water,” he said. Greenhouse gas carbondioxide can be absorbed in the certain regions known as "carbon sinks", such as forests and oceans. Locating these sinks will help the scientsts to better understand climate change. They have found that under the Tarim desert, over a depth stretching thousands of metres, there is an enormous amount of saline water full of carbon dioxide. “Our estimate is a conservative figure. The actual amount could be larger,” Li said. By Premji
Mahindra has launched its updated Scorpio automatic in two variants. The new Scorpio automatic gets six-speed automatic gearbox. The unit by DSI, Australia has now been tweaked to improve shift quality. The refreshed Scorpio automatic comes with the 2.2-litre mHawk motor good for 118bhp and 28.55kgm of torque. There are added features such as 17-inch alloys, projector headlamps, automatic climate control, dual front airbags and a height-adjustable driver seat. The Scorpio AT is equipped with new hi-tech 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with CD, DVD, USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, voice assist system, new static bending projector headlamps, smart rain and light sensors, fully automatic temperature control, GPS navigation, dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, engine immobilizer, etc. The vehicle is powered by the 120PS/280Nm making 2.2-litre diesel engine and comes mated to a 6-speed auto transmission. The 6-speed automatic also comes with Winter and Normal modes for the 4WD, to alter traction. S10 variant, 2 wheel drive automatic transmission Scorpio is priced at 13.13 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. S10 variant, 4 wheel drive automatic transmission Scorpio is priced at Rs 14.33 lakh - ex-showroom New Delhi. According to Pravin Shah, President and Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra and Mahindra, "The Scorpio broke new ground when it was launched more than a decade ago and since then we have regularly upgraded the Scorpio to ensure that it stays relevant. In fact, the Scorpio was the first Indian SUV to launch an Automatic transmission in 2008 and, now, we offer our customers an automatic option on Scorpio's New Generation Platform." The New Generation Scorpio has been built on an all-new platform with cushion suspension and anti-roll technologies and comes with contemporary, more aggressive exterior styling, luxurious blue-grey interiors and advanced technology features. The main specifications are as below Performance Engine Displacement(cc) 2179 Maximum Power 120bhp@4000rpm Maximum Torque 280Nm@1800-2800rpm Engine Description 2.2-litre 120bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine Turning Radius (wheel base) 5.4 metres No. of Cylinders 4 Drive Type FWD Turbo Charger Yes Valves Per Cylinder 4 Fuel Supply System CRDI Gear box 6 Speed Steering Gear Type Rack & Pinion Capacity Seating Capacity 7 No of Doors 5 Length 4456mm Width 1820mm Height 1995mm Ground Clearance 180mm Wheel Base 2680mm Front Tread 1450mm Rear Tread 1450mm Gross Weight 2510kg Fuel Tank Capacity (litres) 60 Cargo Volume 460-litres Tyre Size 235/65 R17 Tyre Type Tubeless,Radial Alloy Wheel Size 17 Inch Comfort Air Conditioner Power Steering Rear A/C Vents Remote Fuel Lid Opener Accessory Power Outlet Transmission Type Automatic Navigation System Adjustable Seats CD Player DVD Player FM/AM/Radio Speakers Front Speakers Rear Bluetooth Connectivity USB & Auxiliary input Low Fuel Warning Light Automatic Climate Control Rear Reading Lamp Rear Seat Headrest Fabric Upholstery Voice Control Cup Holders-Front Shock Absorbers Type Hydraulic Double Acting, Telescopic Shock Absorber Bottle Holder Front & Rear Door Cruise Control Multi-function Steering Wheel Touch Screen Front Suspension Double Wishbone Type Rear Suspension Multi Link Safety Anti-Lock Braking System Parking Sensors Rear Central Locking Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Rear Seat Belts Seat Belt Warning Door Ajar Warning Crash Sensor Anti-Theft Alarm Power Door Locks Child Safety Locks Side Impact Beams Front Impact Beams Day & Night Rear View Mirror Passenger Side Rear View Mirror Engine Immobilizer Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank Automatic Headlamps Follow Me Home Headlamps Front Brake Type Ventilated Disc Rear Brake Type Drum Others Emission Norm Compliance BS IV Country of Assembly India Country of Manufacture India Warranty Time 2 Years Warranty Distance 50000 Kms By Premji
Motorola launched the 3rd generation Moto G at an event in New Delhi. The 1GB RAM / 8GB storage variant of the Moto G will be sold for Rs 11,999 whereas the 2GB RAM / 16GB variant of the device will be sold at Rs 12,999. The Moto G comes with a 5-inch HD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It will sport the Android 5.1.1 OS along with proprietary Motorola features such as Moto Display, Quick Capture and Chop Twice. The phone will house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. This will be paired with 1GB of RAM for the 8GB storage variant and 2GB RAM for the 16GB storage variant. It will be having a 13MP rear snapper along with a 5MP front-facing camera. The Moto G will come with the dual SIM configuration and will support 4G SIM cards as well. It is powered with a 2,470mAh capacity battery. The 3rd generation Moto G will feature IPx7 certification which makes the phone water resistant upto 3 feet of water for upto 30 minutes. The phone will be available in black and white variants, additionally you can select from a range of colourful snap-on covers. The Moto G 3rd generation has a design that's quintessential Motorola with a unique touch. The smartphone doesn't exactly stand out in the crowd in terms of looks, but the in-hand feel is really good. The textured back strikes the right balance between design and functionality. It looks good and provides enough friction to offer a secure grip. The Moto G 3rd generation comes with the Moto Display feature which was earlier seen on the Moto X (Gen. 2), which means you can see the time and other notifications on the lock screen without waking the phone up. The smartphone detects when you pick it up and automatically shows this information without you having to do anything. Specifications of the Moto G third-generation Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) detailed specifications General Alternate names XT1550 Release date Jul-15 Form factor Touchscreen Dimensions (mm) 142.10 x 72.40 x 11.60 Weight (g) 155 Battery capacity (mAh) 2470 Colours Black, White Display Screen size (inches) 5 Touchscreen Yes Resolution 720x1280 pixels Hardware Processor 1.4GHz quad-core Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 RAM 1GB Internal storage 8GB Expandable storage Yes Expandable storage type microSD Expandable storage up to (GB) 32 Camera Rear camera 13-megapixel Flash Yes Front camera 5-megapixel Software Operating System Android 5.1.1 Connectivity Wi-Fi Yes Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n GPS Yes Bluetooth Yes Headphones 3.5mm FM Yes Number of SIMs 2 SIM 1 SIM Type Micro-SIM GSM/ CDMA GSM 3G Yes 4G/ LTE Yes Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes SIM 2 SIM Type Micro-SIM GSM/ CDMA GSM 3G Yes 4G/ LTE Yes Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes Sensors Proximity sensor Yes Accelerometer Yes Ambient light sensor Yes By Premji
The Internet user base in the country is likely to reach 503 million by 2017, a report said. India will have over 500 million internet users by 2017 as compared with over 350 million as of June 2015, 'India On The Go - Mobile Internet Vision Report 2015' pointed out. Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and KPMG report said that 2G user base in India is projected to decline in the coming years as more and more customers are expected to migrate from 2G to 3G. The 3G user base in India is rapidly growing and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 61.3% from 2013-17. “The number of mobile Internet users in India was approximately 159 million in 2014. This number is expected to continue to grow rapidly and reach 503 million by end of year 2017 registering a CAGR of 27.8 percent for the period 2013-2017,” the report said. The report states that rural India is steadily moving towards a more Internet friendly and exploratory mind-set. The active Internet user (AIU) base till 2014 in rural India was 6.7 percent of the overall rural population of 905 million and accounts for 61 million users. “4.4 percent of the total rural population used a mobile device to access the Internet, a figure that stood at a meagre 0.4 percent in the year 2012,” the report said. "It is imperative to connect Indians through the internet, of which the mobile internet will play a key role since reliable accessibility will be the killer app that will bind the internet ecosystem together, increase adoption and enable innovation in business models around voice and data services," Ashvin Vellody, partner, management consulting, KPMG, India, said. "While the urban market has not reached its saturation point, it will be non-metros and rural India that will be driving the internet growth in India. And this is where mobile internet will play a pivotal role," Subho Ray, president, IAMAI, said. "The advent of low-cost smartphones, coupled with low mobile tariffs, has empowered consumers in the hinterland to use data connectivity and we will seeing more usage of internet from these areas in the months to come," he added. India has the second highest number of Internet users in the world after China, but its online penetration rate is still just 19 percent. By Premji
People who speak two languages will have more gray matter in the executive control region of the brain, a new study reveals. Earlier, bilingualism was thought to be a disadvantage, because the presence of two vocabularies will lead to delayed language development in children. “The experience with two languages and the increased need for cognitive control to use them appropriately would result in brain changes in Spanish-English bilinguals when compared with English-speaking monolinguals,” said senior author Guinevere Eden, director for the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). “Our aim was to address whether the constant management of two spoken languages leads to cognitive advantages and the larger gray matter we observed in Spanish-English bilinguals or whether other aspects of being bilingual, such as the large vocabulary associated with having two languages, could account for this,” explained lead author Olumide Olulade, a fellow at GUMC. “The management of two spoken languages in the same modality, rather than simply a larger vocabulary, leads to the differences we observed in the Spanish-English bilinguals,” Olulade said. The researchers have compared the gray matter in bilinguals of American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English with monolingual users of English. Greater gray matter was observed in frontal and parietal brain regions of bilinguals, that are involved in executive control. By Premji
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released its final report on Net Neutrality. The report has come down heavily on telecom companies and has laid down recommendations that will enshrine aim to make sure that internet in India remains free and fair. “User rights on the Internet need to be ensured so that Telecom Service Providers/Internet Service Providers (TSPs/ISPs) do not restrict the ability of the user to send, receive, display, use, post any legal content, application or service on the Internet, or restrict any kind of lawful Internet activity or use,” Net Neutrality Committee has recommended. You can read the complete report here. Regarding the OTT services like WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger are concerned, the committee recommends that such application services should be actively encouraged and that regulatory norms are not required for messaging OTTs. “The nature of regulatory similarity, the calibration of regulatory response and its phasing can be appropriately determined after public consultations and TRAI’s recommendations to this effect,” it added. The primary goals of public policy in the context of Net Neutrality should be directed towards achievement of developmental aims of the country by facilitating “Affordable Broadband”, “Quality Broadband” and “Universal Broadband” for its citizens, the committee recommended. User rights on the Internet has to be ensured, so that TSPs/ISPs do not restrict the user to send, receive, display, use, post any legal content, application or service on the Internet or restrict any kind of lawful Internet activity or use, the report said. Unreasonable traffic management, exploitative or anti-competitive in nature should not be permitted. Legitimate network management and application-agnostic control may be used. Application-specific control within the “Internet traffic” class should not be permitted. By Premji
ISRO had successfully launched five British satellites on Friday, said it has planned a slew of launches, including GSLV-Mark II next month and three more navigational satellites before March 2016. "The next launch going to take place is GSLV-Mark-II. Satellite has already reached Sriharikota and is going through final tests. We plan to make the next launch in August," ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said. "We expect the next navigational satellite to be launched in November," he added, that "right now discussions are going on for one more mission to Mars or Venus or we should look at asteroids. There is a science team which is going through this discussion." Regarding Mangalyan he said, "Now we are back on track. Now operations have resumed. Having crossed this hurdle we expect the longevity of the satellite to be quite normal and the health of the satellite is in good health". On the status of Chandrayaan-II, he said, "Right now it is going through the realisation phase. Work is going on". When asked about the capacity of the commercial launch, he admitted it cannot be anything near to that. "Our maximum capacity is 1700-1800 kg, whereas international heaviest launches are somewhere around six to seven tonnes." "Today's launch is the 30th PSLV launch, so far 29 consecutive launches. This is 17th launch in Solar Synchronous Orbit and the fifth dedicated commercial launch. The first dedicated commercial launch was on May 29, 1999," Kumar said. By Premji
WhatsApp could now be facing a total ban in the UK because of a new law enforcement that would stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages. While talking about this issue David Cameron questioned, that if in their country, they should allow a means of communication between people which they cannot read. Cameron said that being the Prime Minister, he will ensure that a comprehensive piece of legislation which does not allow terrorist safe spaces to communicate with each other. It is being said that the controversial law, is nicknamed the "snoopers charter." Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the Government will push the legislation through, with the recent terrorist atrocities in Tunisia and France, forcing the government to act quickly. The law would mean that online services such as WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and Apple will be forced to hand over messages, sent by users, to government security agencies such as MI5. By Premji
Some called it harsh realities and some mocked that the sinking ship is trying to throw some weight away. Whatever it is, US tech giant Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, in an open mail to employees said that the company is going to lay off some 7, 8000 employees in the coming months, most of which will occur in the mobile wing. "I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business... We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business," the email reads. Though it is not new for many companies to hire and fire the employees, especially in IT wing, Microsoft has practiced it quite lesser times. However, this time the tough choices are taken in the areas, where things are not working, as per the boss. The tech giant is losing its territory in Desktop sales to the mobile mania and the company hasn’t achieved much in the area, as it is still considered as a novice. According to the sources, it will also write down approximately $7.6 billion related to assets associated with its acquisition of Nokia's mobile division, which it only acquired a year ago in a deal valued at $9.4 billion. This adds to a restructuring charge of approximately USD 750 million to USD 850 million. The hefty charge isn't really surprising, though the 7 percent reduction in global staff is probably more than most anticipated. "I am committed to our first-party devices including phones. However, we need to focus our phone efforts in the near term while driving reinvention," Nadella said in his email. "We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family." Nadella said the job cuts will allow the company to run a more effective phone portfolio, one that will have better products capable of getting to market faster than before. "We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love," Nadella said. It remains to be seen what will come of Microsoft's smartphone business, though it's quickly becoming clear that Nadella has different plans in mind than the previous boss, Steve Ballmer. Microsoft acquired Nokia while Ballmer was still in command, a gamble that hasn't paid off. Now it's up to Nadella to stop the bleeding and find a way to be profitable in mobile. Microsoft had acquired the mobile devices business from Nokia, which concluded in April last year. This is the second round of major job cut after Mr Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO. About a year ago he announced axing up to 18,000 jobs, biggest cuts in its 39-year history. "We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family," he said. As per IDC report for the first quarter of 2015, mobile phones based on the Android operating system dominated the market with 78% share, followed by Apple's iOS. Windows-based phones stood at the third spot with a market share of 2.7 per cent. "In the near term, we will run a more effective phone portfolio, with better products and speed to market given the recently formed Windows and Devices Group," Mr Nadella said. As per the new strategy, Microsoft plans to narrow focus to three customer segments where it can make unique contributions and differentiate. The company's employee strength in India could not be ascertained.
Fascino is the new entrant from Yamaha India in the two-wheeler segment, for the people who loves fashion. The two-wheeler with its charming looks, the power of its air-cooled, 4 stroke, single cylinder 113cc Blue Core engine resting under its extra-cushioned seat, is designed for the fashion conscious Indian commuter. The scooter conceals a 21L of storage space, which is enough to accommodate a full-face helmet. The optimized ignition timing combined with a better combustion efficiency of the newly adopted high-ignitability nickel spark plug, its Blue Core engine effortlessly delivers outstanding economy with smooth acceleration. The 103kg Fascino is the lightest of all the Yamaha scooters, Fascino uses plastic-resin parts and thorough weight reducing design measures which offer easy handling for daily use. The perfectly designed seat with a (7mm) inward curve around the thighs, gives greater ease of leg reach. Plenty of cushioning gives more comfort for both the rider and the pillion even on rough roads. The 380mm wide and 220mm long footboard, provides amazing leg room and makes it a sedan on two wheels. The important specification is as below: Engine Displacement (cc) 113Cylinders 1Max Power 7 bhp @ 7500 rpmMaximum Torque 8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpmBore (mm) 50Stroke (mm) 57Valves Per Cylinder 2Fuel Delivery System CarburetorFuel Type PetrolIgnition DC CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)Cooling System Air Cooled Transmission Gearbox Type AutomaticTransmission Type V-Belt AutomaticClutch Dry, Centrifugal Automatic Dimensions & Weight Kerb Weight (Kg) 103Overall Length (mm) 1815Overall Width (mm) 675Overall Height (mm) 1120Wheelbase (mm) 1270Ground Clearance (mm) 128Seat Height (mm) 775 Fuel Efficiency & Range Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 5.2 Chassis & Suspension Chassis Type UnderboneFront Suspension TelescopicRear Suspension Unit Swing Braking Brake Type DrumFront Disc NoRear Disc No Wheels & Tyres Wheel Size (inches) 10Front Tyre 90/ 100-10 53J (Tube Type)Rear Tyre 90/ 100-10 53J (Tube Type) Electricals Battery 12 V, 5 AH (10 H)Headlight Type Halogen BulbBrake/Tail Light 12V, 21W/5WTurn Signal 12V, 10WPass Light Yes By Premji
Windows 10 will include ‘universal’ Office apps Microsoft is creating ‘universal’ Office apps that will be touch-friendly and run on all devices. Future Windows Phones and Windows tablets will come with Office apps reinstalled. This is all part of Microsoft's bid to take back territory; it's lost to the free productivity applications, namely Google Drive. What’s not clear is how these universal apps will relate to Office 365 or the upcoming Office 2016 desktop software. Windows 10 will include Cortana Cortana, the female-voiced, somewhat sassy digital assistant that debuted in Windows Phone 8.1, will become part of Windows 10. Tied in closely with the Bing search and notifications features of the new OS, you’ll be able to type or talk to get information through your PC. We tried Cortana at the January consumer preview event, and also when it appeared in Build 9926 a few days later. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but it’s nice to see this highlight of Windows Phone arrive in Windows 10. Cortana is coming from Windows Phone over to Windows 10, and she's already part of the preview builds. Windows 10 will have two browsers Windows 10 will have it both ways, browser-wise: It will ship with both Internet Explorer 11 and ‘Spartan,’ the new, uncluttered browser that Microsoft is developing, apparently to replace IE. But perhaps keeping good ol’ Explorer is Microsoft’s way of avoiding wrenching changes that could alienate users. Windows 10 will be great for gaming Microsoft is bringing big changes to PC gaming with Windows 10. We’ll see the debut of the DirectX 12 API, which promises faster, “closer-to-the-metal” gaming performance and greater efficiency. Windows 10 will also include a "game DVR" mode to allow recordings of the last 30 seconds of play, all the better for social gaming.