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Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Creates News Service Wikitribune

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Creates News Service Wikitribune

A Noble News Service Called Wikitribune Unveiled by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia ‘s co founder named Jimmy Wales tends to keep a low profile but this time he has emerged back in the news for all the right reasons. He has stated that Wikipedia is extensively working on developing a news service based on its home grown technology which is dedicated to the professional journalist and volunteer. The spread of fake and viral news has become so aggravated that the real news which offers the factual and neutral articles has become subdued to a great extent. The new news service is called Wikitribune which will help in bringing this very tone of news to the users in a bid to combat the fake news.

News Service Wikitribune

How good will be Wikitribune?

Wikitribune will be presented as free service devoid of any advertisement and certainly it will be free to read just like the Wikipedia. But it will rely on the supporters and sympathizers for regular donations.  Wales believes that with time Wikitribune will emerge as one of the most trusted and prominent new website in the world with limited influence. This isn’t the first time Wales had come up with a news service platform. Wikitribune shares a huge number of features already available on his online encyclopedia website. This site’s technology boasts of details which can be searched by the writers to find the source and even people can edit the articles present on the site to ensure its accuracy.

Crowd funding is not the right way to go

Some people believe that Wikitribune going forward with the crowdfunded model will result in limiting its overall potential. It is very unlikely that majority of people will start trusting this website or technology based on the content on it. Secondly the articles published on it will only be fixed by very few people or in the end it will be become a tool of spreading the false information which eventually it wanted to eradicate.

News Wikitribune

This method o model will only be turn into a success if it is implemented on a small scale and helps in producing a relatively low amount of unique content. But even with the current standing it is very unlikely that this service will emerge as a major, massive news organization within few months of activity.

Controlling the quality on Wikitribune

Mr. Wales has stated he will be devoting 100 percent of his on this project from the very early stages to its final days. He will be serving as the Wkikitribune chief executive for at least year to take it towards the path of success which has been achieved by the Wikipedia. The number of advisors brought by the Wales includes the journalism lecturer named Pro Jeff Jarvis, model cum actress Lily Cole, Silicon Valley venture capitalists Guy Kawasaki and US law professor Larry Lessing. The content for the website will be decided by the team of staffs on daily while finders will get a chance to influence the content as well. It will be ensured that the supporters remain neutral and doesn’t indulge in picking up the favorites in order to forward their own agenda using this technology.

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The Powerful Secret Hiding Inside Samsung New Galaxy S8

The Powerful Secret Hiding Inside Samsung New Galaxy S8

There is a great secret hidden into the Samsung latest Galaxy S8 smartphone

Just a few weeks ago Samsung has unveiled its upcoming range of Galaxy S8 smartphone with great pomp and media success.  The new design language coupled with high end specification and impressive screen to body ratio is winning the hearts of both the Samsung fans and the tech gadgets enthusiasts.

With the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, this Korean company is eagerly wishing to overcome the loss of faith in its brand with the failure of batteries in the Note 7. iFixit has taken upon the task of checking the internal components of the both Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy 8 Plus to discover whether Samsung has learnt from its earlier mistake.

The surprise for the users

iFixit discovered Samsung has used near identical internal component design for the Galaxy Note 7. The power system present in the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is almost like the Note 7 in every way.

The iFixit experts stated the battery voltage, capacity, design tolerances were completely like the Note 7 and quite incidentally the battery preset in the S8 Plus comes from the same manufacture that was responsible for the Note 7 batteries.

This has left everyone confused and baffled as why Samsung would go with same design language and battery manufacturer after facing huge backlash on global scale with the failure of its Note 7 last year.

The journey and launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus has gone through some difficult times as it was postponed once when everyone was expecting to be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017.

The reason behind holding the launch of gadgets at MWC is given to the fact that Samsung was waiting for the final report on the Note 7 battery issues. It is interesting to note that Samsung has given same capacity of battery on Galaxy S8 Plus as it was found in the Note 7. On other hand the Galaxy S8 battery is quite smaller at just 3000 mAh but it happens way ahead of the batteries present on current models of iPhone.

Gadgets lover, Fear not

Samsung has taken huge steps in ensuring that the battery problems seen in the Note 7 is completely resolved. To that effect it has also conducted a thorough investigation into the Note 7 battery issue and later on it brought a report which clarified the exact reason which led to the exploding of the batteries in Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Plus has the exact battery compartment as well as battery comes from the same manufacturer as it was for the Note 7 but Samsung has tweaked the internal things a little.

Samsung has brought the modular design language for the internal components. This time Samsung gadgets in form of the smartphone are featuring an extensive use of the glue in the S8 and S8 Plus. This is a great thing for the users but it will become a tricky for the third party smartphone repairing firms like iFixit to deal with.

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Sorting Messages on Gmail

Sorting Messages on Gmail

Sorting out Messages – Gmail

A feature which is missed in Gmail is its potential of sorting out messages and by default it tends to sort mails by date which is not much of a job when it comes to checking important emails within specific dates that may come up during the phase of your vacation.

There is no facility of sorting mails by name, size, subject and sender and returning back after a vacation tends to get difficult in sorting out the important emails.  A thing to be noted is that Gmail is based on search and not on sort and hence things need to be done in a different manner such as:

  • Sort by Size
  • Sort by Sender
  • Sort by Subject
  • Search Mails within Specific Dates
  • Sort by Label
  • Sort Read & Unread mails
  • Sort with Filters

Sort Gmail by Size

Since organize by size is not done in Gmail, one could utilise Outlook or Thunderbird in order to import your mails and thereafter sort them according to size. .But there is no system wherein you could sort Gmail by size of mails, though you could utilise the search operator `size’ to locate large size mails.

Moreover, you could also utilise `smaller’ or `larger’ operators sort mails with lesser or greater than the specified size. Besides this there is also search for `filetype:zip’ or filetype:pdf’ or any file which one may receive regularly, to locate the large size mails.  For users having their inbox memory full, they could search for `has:attachment from:melabel:sent’ which will provide the list of mails sent by you with attachment.  These could be deleted to save on space.

Sort Gmail by Sender

Three types of procedures are available in sorting and any could be utilised based on the choice of the user:

  • The easiest option is to utilise the Chrome extension but the same is not recommended since its source is protected and what tends to take place beneath the hood is not known. Moreover, their website has not listed who is the developer and how it functions.  Besides this, it cannot be utilised on Firefox, IE or any other browser.
  • Users could use the following script in sorting active view by sender; For browsers besides Chrome, you could copy-paste the code to the address bar while for Chrome, go to Developer Tools by pressing F12 key.  Select the console tab and past the code. Use Enter Key and your mail gets sorted by sender where only the currently view tend to get sorted.  Hence it is better to opt for maximum mails shown per page from Gmail settings.
  • This is a simple implementation of search concept wherein on hovering over any image of a name/contact can opt for Emails from the contact to view all incoming (received) or outgoing (sent) mails with the desired name, In order to view only received  mails, search with from:sender’s name in the Gmail inbox.

Sort Gmail by Subject

In order to sort the mails by subject, a custom code is used to arrange the current set of emails which are viewed.  If any other browser besides Chrome is used, then you could copy paste the code to address bar and then use the Enter Key.  In case of Chrome, press the F12 key to enter Developer tools and click on console tab.  Then paste the code and press enter.  The code will only help in sorting the prevailing set of emails that are being viewed.

Sort Gmail by Labels

One can drag and drop a label in Gmail that tends to make labelling easy.  Moreover you could also choose which labels to display and which to be hidden from the Setting page of Gmail.  But there is no sorting facility in Gmail that tends to arrange folders automatically.

How to Search for Mails in Specific Date

By default, Gmail sort mails by date and to locate mails within the specific dates you could do an advance search.  By clicking on the arrow within Gmail search box opt for `Date within’ search option.  You will not find a field for `From’ and `To’ date to search but editing only one date and opting date within the range would provide the required details.

Sort Read and Unread Mails

You could hover over the Inbox link and click the drop arrow.  Thereafter opt for `Unread First’ and you will first get a list of unread mails and then the read mails. Besides this you could also search all u unread mails by entering `is:unread’ in the search box and likewise on entering `is:read’ to search for all the read mails.

Sort Incoming Mails with Filters

Users are aware that one can use Gmail id with a plus (+) in order to develop a new version of your account and can create several versions needed by attaching any word together with your username together with plus symbol.

The trick is to utilise Filters and Multiple Inboxes with this feature in order to sort various kinds of incoming mails. Go to Gmail Settings > Filters > Create New.  In the field `To’, your designated id with plus sign should be specified and then a label for the same.  Then you could go to Labs under settings and enable Multiple Inboxes.  On saving you will see Multiple Inboxes tab in the settings.

 

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Google Pixel Tips and Tricks: Twit IQ Tips

Google Pixel Tips and Tricks: Twit IQ Tips

Pixel/Pixel XL – Amazing Features

The powerful devices Pixel and Pixel XL from Google tend to bring in amazing features with them and some come from Android Nougat.  The following tips and tricks will provide great insights on Pixel smartphones –

Install and manage widgets

By adding a widget you could customize the home screen ofyour Pixel or Pixel XL.  You could touch a vacant spot on the home screen holding your finger there and then tap `Widget’.  On touching and holding a Widget drag and drop it to any of your home screens to where you would prefer placing it and then let go. If the size of the widget is to be changed, you could touch and hold it and then let it go.  If it needs to be re-sized, you will see dots on the sides which can be dragged to the size needed.  When done with, tap in a different place

Turn the display off and save battery

If one tends to be using the notification LED, you could turn off the ambient display together with the gesture to wake up the display.  The sloth display is said to turn on the display at the  time of notification and utilises power which can be switched off by going to Settings under Display. There are three types of gestures that can be utilised rather than having the display accidentally turned on which can be found under `Moves’ which are called `Jump to Camera, Double tap to check phone and Lift to check phone.

Screenshot to be taken

In order to take a screenshot with the Google Pixel or Pixel XL, you could hold down the power button together with the volume down button simultaneously.  An animation will appear if it tends to work and your screenshots will be found in Photos > Albums > Screenshots all in the Photos in the device section.

Notification LED to be activated

The notification light is not active by default on the Pixel as in the case of Nexus 6P.  In order to turn the light on you could go to Settings > Notifications > Gear icon > Pulse notification light and then slide it to the `On’ position

Enhance readability or see more content

This is said to be an Android Nougat feature instead of a Pixel specific type, however it is worth mentioning: changing font and display size to one choice.  Smaller sizes tend to portray more content on the screen and larger one seems to be friendly for weary eyes.  If one prefers changing the font size of the phone you could go to Settings > Display > Font size and slide till the preview information is of the desired size.  For changing the display size, go to Settings > Display > Display size and slide till you get the suitable size

Reset Pixel Phone

For resetting your device to its factory state, you could go to Settings > Backup & reset then tap Factory data reset.  Here the user will be urged to endorse the code of the display lock once again before going ahead. This procedure tends to reset your Pixel to factory settings instantly and the first time it is started again you will have to specify the last Google account you had used.  This is said to be the theft protection feature and if one cannot enter the Google account, the device would not be operational.

Start Pixel in safe mode

You can restart the Pixel in safe mode like the old Nexus.  This mode tends to support in troubleshooting should there be some fault with the Pixel. In safe mode, one can only start the apps which are installed from the factory.

A possibly defective app that one had installed later would not start but if the Pixel tends to continue having problems, it is not likely owing to any of the new apps. In order to begin safe mode, the user could hold down the power button, tap and hold the Restart option which will be followed by a prompt asking if you want to `Reboot to safe mode’ and one should opt for `OK’.

When the safe mode is turned on, the apps that have not been started tend to show up grey on the home screen.  These are listed in the Play Store in the apps list and in the app settings, they can be uninstalled. If the apps tend to create an issue to the phone and is not functioning in its normal mode, you could boot it in safe mode and eliminate the same.

Easter Egg at start-up

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL is said to have an Easter egg.  To get the same one could go to Settings > About phone, and tap the Android version repetitively and tap the N in different areas till a cat head icon is displayed below the N.  Go to the home screen and then swipe down twice in order to get your quick settings and then tap the pencil icon to edit it.  The new cat icon needs to be dragged into the quick setting bar.  Then tap the empty dish and opt for a food to entice the cats.  Wait a while for a cat to show up then name it and share with friends. Any help needed with Pixel phone is available at Google Support’s Pixel page.

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Space Fabric Links Fashion and Engineering

Space Fabric  Links Fashion and Engineering

What is Space Fabric

Innovation is the change that unlocks the new value. With great aspiring minds comes the change that is inevitable. Now, we are living in an era where each day we get to witness some magic happening in terms of the invention. There are always reports related to the technology gadgets, automobiles and many more. Well, recently there has been a news related to the fabrics designed by a system engineer from NASA.

The name of the guy is Raul Polit who is currently working in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California of NASA. He has been in the field of textiles since childhood as his mother is a fashion designer. At a tender age, his curiosity made him to know how the materials work for designing purpose.

The Design of Space Fabric

Well, now he is in the best labs of the world making his dreams come true. They have designed space fabric which has been created by the latest 3-D printer. The design has been made in such a way that each side gets to perform a different function. This is something enticing for the new design that has been created.

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The Functions of Space Fabric

The space fabric that has been created can be used in multi purposes which would surely be going to benefit the human era. Well, to start with the uses or implementations of the space fabric, it can be used in the large antennas and other useful devices. The material is can be shaped anything and it can be done pretty quickly.

The material is also foldable. Well, with the name space fabrics, it can be used in the spacecraft which can act as a shield from the heavenly bodies like the meteorites and shooting stars. It can be used in the spacesuits of the astronauts. The other incredible and most surprising thing about the space fabric that it can be used to capture many objects on different lands like on the planets.

With the improvised version of the space fabric, the device can be used to insulate the space ship. If you go for space travel some day in the near future, you can use the device to act as a basement which would serve as you as feet and the ice below would still remain intact.

The Technique Behind Space Fabric

The device or the prototype that has been designed looks more like chain mail. There are numerous squares of silver which are held together. At a first glance, it would look like a tailor made design but then there is the technology which would always amuse you in one way or the other.

They have been printed with the latest technology involving the 3D printer. The layers get embedded one after the other to give the impression of the design. Well, it is effective in terms of cost as well as it creates uniqueness in the object. The space fabric consists some of the great qualities which are essential for any device. Tensile strength is one of them. The foldability and the reflectivity add to the number of specialities along with reflectivity.

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