Transportation is one of the most vital part of our everyday life. We are shifting towards sustainable energy for our transport to prepare for the future as over hundreds of years we have relied on fossil fuel as the key ingredient for our energy needs and we might run out of supply sooner than we thing. Therefore scientists, governments and corporations all around the globe are constantly looking for an alternative way to generate energy for the future of transportation. Some of the ideas include Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Cars, Maglev and futuristic concept such as Gravity train.
The most talked about and the most impressive theory that is being pursued is the Hydrogen fuel cells for cars as an alternative of petroleum. Hydrogen is the most abandoned element in our universe and if we can harness the power of hydrogen for our energy needs we will possibly never run out of it this fuel. A hydrogen fuel cell works on the principal of combining hydrogen and oxygen which produces heat and electricity and the only waste product of this process is water, which is much more environment friendly than carbon dioxide as well as has the potential of being cheaper in the future if it can be produced efficiently.
Electric vehicles and trains are heavily depended on electricity which comes from power plants, electricity which is generated burning petroleum or minerals like Cole. Electric vehicles are also limited in the distance they can travel as batteries loses charge quite fast. This is where the Hybrid cars come to action as they are the combination of both gasoline and electric cars. Therefore it is essential to promote the usage of hybrid vehicles and mass transport like trains to reduce our consumption of petroleum based fuel until better alternatives like Hydrogen fuel cells are perfected.
Apps are the most vital building blocks of the smart devices we are so fond of and they are the reason our smart devices are so smart. Taking advantages of the current technologies apps are always surprising us with their improved and ground-breaking features. In this apps review I will be discussing about two apps that got my attention in the last few days which are Hyperlapse and Ask Me Anything.
The app Hyperlapse was released on 3 September 2014, created by the Instagram team owned by Facebook but has very little in common from what its developers are famous for. It produces time-lapse photography, a technique that’s been in use by photographers for years but was very time consuming and complex to make. The app takes continuous shots by the phone camera over the period of time as well as spreads all of them out on a video and gives a cinematic quality to make it look like time is passing quickly. Apart from this cool feature the app is quite simple and easy to use as it only records the video and gives the option of saving it on device or share it. Hyperlapse is a simple app but it runs on rather complex program as said by Instagram. There’s no doubt Hyperlapse is the doorway for amateur photographers as they can produce time-lapse videos without the complexity or expenses but it also has huge potential to pack more features and improvement in the future.
Ask Me Anything is the other app I want to discuss about, it was realise on 4 September 2014 and was developed by Reddit. Rather than being a full Reddit app this particular app focuses on entertainment and social networking and presents the full interviews of famous people. The app is well refined as well as very eye-catching if you compare it with the basic and boring Reddit website and also has 21 categories that can be browsed including the popular ones like entertainment, games, science/tech and music. The app can be used with or without a Reddit account but having an account gives the privilege of voting on posts and ask questions or comment. Overall this a great app that Reddit users have been asking for a long time and it has solved the problem of following the Ask Me Anything (AMA) threads on the web, besides it looks fantastic and has great content to go through.
The Pirate Bay is a top destination among peer-to-peer file sharers and the most visited torrent directory on the web. With an Alexa ranking of 89, the site hosts millions of visitors each day and as you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of processing power to keep everything running smoothly.
If you recall, The Pirate Bay abandoned its servers and took to the cloud in October 2012 in an effort to stay one step ahead of authorities looking to shut them down. The move also meant better uptime and cheaper hosting – a win / win for the site’s admins. Consequently, the move also meant that a dedicated page showing the site’s server setup was no longer relevant. It’s something true geeks liked to keep an eye on which is why Torrent Freak recently asked the team for an update.
According to The Pirate Bay’s admin team, the site uses 21 virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted at different providers – an increase of four machines over the past two years (more traffic requires more machines). Eight of the VMs are used to serve web pages while another six are dedicated to handling searches. Two machines are used to run the site’s database. That leaves five VMs which the team said are used for tasks like load balancing, statistics, torrent storage, the proxy site on port 80 and the controller. Collectively, the machines use 182GB of RAM and 94 processor cores with total storage capacity of 620GB.
Interestingly enough, the team said the commercial cloud hosting providers they use have no clue they are hosting The Pirate Bay as all traffic goes through a load balancer to mask what the other VMs are doing.
Analyst estimates for launch weekend sales ranged from between 7-8 million from Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi, up to sales in the “low teens” of millions from Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um. Many had pegged launch device numbers at around 10 million, citing supply constraints as a limiting factor. Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also launched in one fewer country than did the iPhone 5 and 5s, and that country was a significant one for Apple: China, which has recently become one of its primary hardware revenue drivers.
During a recent interview with Time, U2 front man Bono revealed his band is working with Apple to create a new digital music format. The singer believes the new format will be so irresistible, it’ll tempt consumers to once again buy digital music.
Years ago, compact discs were the preferred choice for music listeners. As technology advanced, optical drives allowed consumers to “rip” their music from discs into a digital format on their computers. While popular among techies, digital music really didn’t take off until the iPod’s arrival in 2001.
Two years later, Apple launched the iTunes Store and quickly became the market leader for digital music purchases. This remains true to this very day although consumer interest in purchasing digital music has waned considerably over the past few years as streaming music providers have all but taken over the music scene.
Bono didn’t elaborate on the plans but it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has expressed interest in creating a new digital music format.
As Apple Insider notes, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was hip to the idea of creating a high-definition digital format. Rock legend Neil Young said he was working with Jobs on a project that would have offered studio quality sound the way artists intend their music to be heard.
Young ultimately decided to go at it without Apple’s help. He created a new company called PonoMusic and launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund the creation of a high-definition portable audio player called the PonoPlayer.
IBM today announced a new product called Watson Analytics, one they claim will bring sophisticated big data analysis to the average business user.
Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating and collaborating around the data. And lest you think that IBM is just slapping on the Watson label because it’s a well known brand (as I did), Eric Sall, vp of worldwide marketing for business analytics at IBM says that’s the not the case. The technology underlying the product including the ability to process natural language queries is built on Watson technology.
Sall says the goal of the product is to put “powerful analytics in the hands of every business user.” As he says, “People understand they should be making better decisions to leverage…