Isro Successfully Puts Into Orbit 7 More Satellites, Following SCATSAT-1

Isro Successfully Puts Into Orbit 7 More Satellites, Following SCATSAT-1
India has successfully launched 79 satellites for international customers
This was PSLV’s longest launch spread over two hours and 15 minutes
The mission life of the satellite is five years
India on Monday morning successfully put into orbit its own weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and seven others – five foreign and two domestic – in a copy book style.

With this, India successfully completed yet another multiple satellite launch in a single rocket mission and is marching forward towards the milestone of 100 foreign satellite launches.

With this success, India has successfully launched 79 satellites for international customers.

 

Interestingly, this was also PSLV’s longest launch spread over two hours and 15 minutes.

The Indian space agency Isro also put into commercial use its multiple burn technology in its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Simply put multiple burn technology is the switching off and switching on of a rocket’s engine in space mainly to deliver satellites in two different orbits.

“Today is a land mark day. Using the PSLV rocket we achieved he launch of eight satellites,” A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said soon after the launch.

“After a long gap of two hours, the entire mission was completed successfully,” the chairman added.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K. Sivan said, “The mission was exciting and the longest one. The other landmark mission to be done this year will be the GSLV-Mk 3 rocket.”

 

Exactly at 9.12am the PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonnes tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.

Gathering speed every second the rocket raced towards the heavens amidst the cheers of the Isro officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here.

At the rocket mission control room, Indian space scientists at Isro were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth’s gravitational pull.

Seventeen minutes into the flight the rocket’s main cargo, the 371kg SCATSAT-1 – for ocean and weather related studies – was injected into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit.

The remaining seven satellites were also placed in a 689 km polar orbit after a long time lag.

These seven satellites include five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg), and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and US (Pathfinder-44kg).

The two other Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.
Although SCATSAT-1 is a follow-on mission for Oceansat-2 improvements have been made in the satellite’s hardware configuration based on lessons learnt from Oceansat-2 instruments.

Also SCATSAT-1’s payload has been characterised with the objective of achieving data quality for Climate Data Records, apart from facilitating routine meteorological applications, the Isro said.

The Isro said, SCATSAT-1’s scatterometer will provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The mission life of the satellite is five years.

According to Isro, the two Algerian satellites Alsat-1B and Alsat-2B are remote sensing satellites while Alsat-1N is a technology demonstration nano satellite for Algerian students.

On the other hand, the US satellite Pathfinder-1 is a commercial high resolution imaging micro satellite while the Canadian NLS-19 satellite is la technology demonstration nano satellite for experimentation in helping to reduce space debris and for tracking commercial aircraft.

The IIT-B’s satellite Pratham’s mission objective is to estimate the total electron count with a resolution of 1km x 1km location grid while Pisat from PES University and its consortium is a nano satellite for remote sensing applications.

After slinging SCATSAT-1 into its orbit the rocket’s fourth stage was restarted one hour 22 minutes into the flight and cut off around 20 seconds later.

Two hours and 11 minutes into the flight the fourth stage was again be restarted to be cut off one minute later.

Following that in three minutes all the seven satellites were ejected putting an end to PSLV’s longest mission till date.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

On Sunday, Sivan told IANS that the long time gap between the cutting off of the engine and its restart was not an issue.

The director said the first time the multiple burn technology was first tested by Isro while flying its PSLV rocket on December 16 2015 and in June 2016, the technology was again demonstrated.

About the challenge, Sivan said: “After cutting off the engine, its condition should be brought to such a stage that it could be restarted again. The next challenge is to controlling the engine and bringing it so as to eject the remaining satellites into a different orbit.”

He said the rocket has GPS aided navigation system so that data generated by the rocket’s inertial navigation system and the one provided by the former will be blended so as to erase and errors and to generate a precise data.

Facebook Apologises for Disabling Palestinian Journalists' Accounts

Facebook Apologises for Disabling Palestinian Journalists' Accounts
Facebook has apologised for disabling accounts of several Palestinian journalists and activists, saying “the pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate”.

An anti-Facebook campaign was launched after the social networking giant deleted the accounts of Palestinian journalists and several publications last weekend, TRTWorld reported on Monday.

“Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake,” a Facebook spokesperson told Al Arabiya English.

The Facebook action sparked anger among Palestinian activists and bloggers who began an online campaign, urging the users not to post anything on Facebook.
“We demand the Facebook administration to further clarify the mechanisms implementing agreements between Facebook administration and States, including this agreement and to announce the conditions allowing Facebook administration to violate personal freedoms of internet users, and to enter into agreements with regimes and authorities to restrict these freedoms,” the statement from the online campaign read.

According to the campaign organisers, the Facebook move was linked to a pact wherein Facebook bowed under pressure by the Israeli government to rein in content that, Israel feels, incites violence.

The users were also asked to protest on the micro-blogging site Twitter under the hashtag #fbCensorsPalestine.

Clenbuterol in Australia. Are there penalties for buying this illegally?

Though clenbuterol is produced to treat health issues like asthma- breathing disability initially, now it is quite rage among body builders, celebrities and fitness enthusiasts to keep their excess weight at bay. Most of the people in movie field are so fond of these clenbuterol supplements to maintain their physique and achieve ripped body. Clenbuterol is considered as anabolic steroid and can be used by both men and women. When used under moderation, side effects are comparatively lesser.

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Clenbuterol is widely used by body builders before stage performances to show off their ripped bodies. Clenbuterol is short termed as Clen. Clenbuterol is not a steroid but known as a stimulant which increases body temperature and results in weight loss and growth in muscle. The clenbuterol supplements can be used alone or can be combined with other supplements. Since clenbuterol supplements promotes weight loss easily by burning only fat and increase muscle mass and does not make user stressed or experience pain during work outs.

Clenbuterol is considered as anabolic steroid and has very mild side effects when used under moderation. When it comes to Australia, Clenbuterol is available only with proper prescription and considered legal only when it is used on horses to treat breathing disorders. The supplements of Clenbuterol causes serious side effects when consumed beyond dosages and to avoid this, Australian laws are against legally buying and selling of the product to avoid discomforts.

In Australia, Clenbuterol is not considered legal to use on humans as most of the users misuse them as weight loss pills and consume in more than advised dosages. The clenbuterol supplements reduce hunger pangs making the user consume less. Australians can be fined for importing it.

Places to purchase Clenbuterol in Australia

  • There are many online sites that sell clenbuterol online in Australia but buying from the right site is proven beneficial.
  • Never purchase from the site that is offering clenbuterol supplements for half price since clenbuterol never comes so cheap.
  • Clenbuterol is quite famous among body builders, athletes and fitness freaks all over the globe and not only in Australia because of fat burning and muscle gaining properties.
  • Clenbuterol is available in 20 mg tablets in a bottle with 100 pills.
  • It is advisable to start with lower dosages like 20 mg to avoid side effects initially and can be increased up to 200 mg later.
  • The supplements enable lean muscle and immense strength and do not cause user feel worn out during exercise.
  • The benefits of clenbuterol are more when stacked along with other supplements.
  • But the supplements should be used properly by using in safer cycles like three weeks on and three weeks off method.
  • Now all the instructions and reviews are available online which is quite handy to follow.
  • While following clenbuterol cycle, users should follow strict exercise regimen and healthy diet to achieve better results.
  • Users should avoid smoking and consuming alcohol intake.
  • Individuals with heart ailments and blood pressure should consult doctor before consuming supplements.

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

After teasing fans with a benchmark score for its upcoming ‘S’ handset, Xiaomi has released another teaser, this time focusing on the camera. From the looks of it, the smartphone expected to be launched on September 27 – thought to be the Mi 5s or Mi Note S – is likely to come with a dual rear camera setup. This is in line with reports from July that leaked alleged renders of the Mi 5s with a dual camera setup.

However, while earlier renders showed the dual rear camera module horizontally placed on the top left corner, Xiaomi’s teaser shows that the dual camera setup is placed vertically and most likely around the centre of the handset.

Since the Mi 5s is touted as a beefed up version of the Mi 5, a dual camera module was expected from the Chinese manufacturer. Meanwhile, recent rumours tipped a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera for the Mi 5s.

Along with the dual camera setup, the Mi 5s is expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

Xiaomi’s latest teaser, however, raises more questions than answers. Latest rumour going around is that the company will not unveil a Mi 5s, but rather a Mi Note S. This begs to to question whether the latest teaser from Xiaomi is related to the Mi 5s or the Mi Note S, or some other device entirely.

Xiaomi is expected to unveil a slew of devices which include a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s, a Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2 on September 27. We’ll know in a few days which of the devices become a reality.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall South Korea Orders X-Ray Tests to Check Batteries

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: South Korea Orders X-Ray Tests to Check Batteries

South Korea said on Thursday it ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to take additional measures to ensure that batteries used in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are safe, as the firm prepares to resume sales of the smartphone in South Korea.

The world’s top smartphone maker announced earlier this month a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s across the globe due to faulty batteries causing some of the phones to catch fire. The firm is already issuing replacement devices using what it says are safe batteries in several markets including South Korea and the United States.

 

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, in a statement, formally approved the recall plan and said the new batteries being used are safe.

The agency ordered Samsung to have its supplier conduct X-ray tests on the batteries prior to shipment. It also ordered Samsung to carry out inspections on its own as an additional safeguard and to extend the refund deadline to September 30 from September 19 previously.

Samsung declined to comment on how many phones are being recalled in South Korea, but the firm’s report to the agency dated September 2 seen by Reuters showed that 429,000 Note 7 phones had been sold prior to the recall. The firm said it is in talks with domestic carriers to offer a KRW 30,000 ($27.21) mobile tariff credit to affected customers for their October bill.

 

The South Korean firm is pushing to get its recall completed as quickly as possible in order to limit damage to its reputation and earnings, and resume sales. Some analysts said the recall could cost Samsung nearly $5 billion in lost revenue.

Samsung, which halted Note 7 sales in countries affected by the recall, plans to resume new sales of the Note 7 in South Korea on September 28.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

 

YouTube Heroes Programme Rewards Users for Moderating the Site

YouTube Heroes Programme Rewards Users for Moderating the Site

  • Heroes program awards points to viewers based on various deeds performed
  • Collecting enough points will let you unlock different levels
  • Users who reach fifth level can test products before release

YouTube, being the world’s largest video sharing platform, wants to make sure that its users receive the best possible experience. With over a billion accounts from around the world, it is quite difficult for YouTube to solely moderate its own site, which is why the company is announcing a new programme wherein the job to moderate comments and videos now falls on the hands of the viewers. The programme is called YouTube Heroes which comes alongside the recently launched Community section.

Announced on the YouTube Help channel, the Heroes program awards points to viewers based on various deeds performed. Points are awarded by adding captions and subtitles to videos, reporting negative content and responding to other users, among other things.

Collecting enough points will let you unlock different levels, with each level offering new benefits. Unlocking the starting level lets you see the Heroes dashboard where you can connect with other members in the community. The fifth level is the highest (requiring 1000+ points) where the ‘Hero’ will be able to test products before release and can apply for what YouTube calls the Heroes Summit.

 

 YouTube has not been the best when it comes to moderation. Many a times unfavourable comments and negative contents are overseen and the company wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Trusting users to moderate also frees up the company to work on bringing new updates, features and improvements to its site.

Anyone can apply for the YouTube Heroes programme. Especially those who enjoy the platform and genuinely want to better it. While the programme is a positive step from Google-owned YouTube’s part to moderate the site, one will have to wait and see how users respond to it. Those interested in joining the the programme can do so from here.

The recently launched YouTube Community tab allows creators to share photos, text messages, GIFs, and even live videos with their subscribers.

 

Xiaomi Says Open to Launching Its Crowdfunding Platform in India

Xiaomi Says Open to Launching Its Crowdfunding Platform in India

Chinese tech firm Xiaomi could bring its ‘crowdfunding’ platform to India that will help startups working on consumer electronics to sell their wares online.

In China, Xiaomi runs a crowdfunding platform where hardware startups submit their products and consumers can book them, helping these companies raise funds in the process.

While these are not Xiaomi-branded, the products are compatible with Xiaomi’s Mi Home app.

“We are open to bringing the programme but we will have to change certain things before we can launch it in India,” Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra told PTI.

Xiaomi, which is betting big on the Internet of Things (IoT) space with its Mi Ecosystem, has invested in 55 startups that work on connected devices ranging from air purifiers to drones.

Talking about the challenges of bringing the platform to India, Barra cited the example of certifications that electronics products need for selling in the country, which takes anywhere between 3-6 months to get.

“Consumers pay the money in advance and it wouldn’t be fair if they had to wait for such a long time before they get the product delivered. We will have to figure out these challenges before we can bring the programme here,” he said.

Xiaomion Wednesday launched its latest air purifier – the Mi Air Purifier 2 – in India, its first home category product in the country.

Priced at Rs. 9,999, the air purifier on the auto mode, adjusts the speed of the device’s motor automatically, according to the air quality – measured using built-in sensors. Since the device is Wi-Fi-compatible, it connects to Xiaomi’s Mi Home app. It also monitors the filter’s lifespan and sends a reminder when it needs to be replaced. The replacement filter will be priced at Rs. 2,499.

“Air pollution is becoming an alarming public health concern in India. It is heartening to see more conversation around the situation, but there is still a big gap when it comes to consumer awareness. We believe that we are able to play a role in increasing awareness about air pollution by including Air Quality Index (AQI) data into our MIUI Weather app, and by introducing Mi Air Purifier 2 to India,” Barra said.

The Mi Air Purifier 2 will be available on Mi.com from September 26 and on Flipkart from October 2.

Xiaomihas a range of products like robot vacuum cleaners, security cameras, water filters, smart rice cookers, smart televisions and hover boards that are available in its home market.

“Our focus is on re-defining the consumer electronics segment by bringing in innovation at affordable prices. We will gradually bring the other home products to the Indian market as well,” Barra said.

He added that the company may launch its smart rice cooker next year in India.

Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Band 2 (Review) in India, priced at Rs. 1,999. It features an Oled display, has a battery life of 20 days on a single charge and is IP67-certified splash-resistant. It has an optical heart rate tracker and allows users to unlock their phones and provides call and app alerts.

The Mi Band 2 will be available on Mi.com from September 27 and on Amazon.in from September 30.

 

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Will Block Indian Gender-Selection Ads

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Will Block Indian Gender-Selection Ads

  • Google, Yahoo & Microsoft pledged to not promote sex determination
  • HC has reproached the companies to remove such content
  • It was not made clear as how they would effect the ban

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have agreed to block ads for Indian services that help determine a baby’s sex before birth, adhering to laws intended to address one of the world’s worst gender imbalances.

All three companies pledged to honour bans on the promotion of sexual-determination tests and related products, the health ministry told India’s Supreme Court on Monday. The court was hearing a case that sought the abolition of all content on search engines that promote such services.

India’s highest court this year reproached the search giants for disregarding domestic regulations, and warned them to abide by the law or cease operations in the country. But the trio of companies had said sweeping bans on offending key-words would also block non-promotional content such as research reports and news articles. The health ministry didn’t say during Monday’s testimony how the companies intended to effect the ban.

Female foeticide and infanticide are serious issues in India, where there were 943 females per 1,000 males according to the last nationwide census in 2011. Conducting, selling and advertising fetal sex-selection services was made a punishable offense in 1994, thus outlawing sex-determination and abortions. Yet thousands of female foetuses are aborted secretly every year in clinics across local communities with a strong preference for sons.

Some parents prefer sons because they’re considered more reliable bread-winners and better able to carry on the family name. Male children are known to get better nutrition and education and a 2015 United Nations report said India had one of the world’s most skewed sex ratios in the under-five age group. The UN added that 100 girls die by the age of five, compared with 93 boys.

Google said it has taken action to prevent searches and advertising to comply with local laws. That includes disabling auto-complete predictions for relevant terms on its site and showing a warning that tells users pre-natal gender screening or testing is illegal in India.

Yahoo said in an email the company can’t comment because the matter is subjudice. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

LG K7 Gets Special Features Catering to the Visually Challenged in India

LG K7 Gets Special Features Catering to the Visually Challenged in India

  • It has call and text voice reading enabled by default
  • LG introduces several preloaded apps as well
  • The units were distributed at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Gujarat

LG introduced the K7 smartphone in India earlier this year, and now the company has added some interesting features specifically for visually challenged users. The LG K7 was one of the first smartphones to flag off the company’s K-series, and the LG K7 LTE variant was also the first to be manufactured in India.

The LG K7 price remains unchanged at Rs. 9,500, but the company has updated the smartphone with new features like screen reading software (Talk back), and Text to Screen (TTS) language pack support. It will also come with in-built apps like Cozy Daisy Book Reader App (with three books preloaded), Voice Reader App, eReader App, GPS Essential App, Kota Magnifier App, and Play Magazine app.

The LG K7 smartphone will have call and text voice reading enabled by default, and will also have two word books and two PDF books preloaded. The company notes that a batch of these updated LG K7 units were distributed to differently abled people at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Gujarat, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations over the weekend.

“We are happy and extremely proud to make the smartphone more relevant for differently abled users, we have included special features to the K7. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to make a small difference to someone’s life and spread happiness.” Kim Ki-Wan, Managing Director, LG India said in a statement.

As for the technical specifications, they remain the same. The LG K7 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution display. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and packs a 1.1GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It bears a 5-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; 8GB of inbuilt storage, and 2125mAh battery. It supports 4G LTE, and measures at 143.6×72.5×8.9mm.

 

Twitter Makes Smooth Debut With Live NFL Video Broadcast

Twitter Makes Smooth Debut With Live NFL Video Broadcast

  • Twitter users were able to see tweet commentary alongside the video feed
  • Some viewers complained of persistent “buffering”
  • Thursday’s match was the first of 10 games Twitter plans to stream

Twitter made a smooth debut with its broadcast of a National Football League game on Thursday, attracting generally positive tweets midway through the matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.

The CBS live feed marked the first time an NFL game had been broadcast on a social media platform and the event quickly began to trend on Twitter in the United States.

Twitter users on computers and mobile devices were able to see tweet commentary running alongside a video feed that featured the same footage and commentary available on the television broadcast.

 

“In an Uber watching #TNF [Thursday Night Football] on Twitter,” tweeted app developer John Shahidi (@john). “The future is cool so far.”

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) tweeted: “Took 5-seconds watching #TNF on [Twitter] to know this is the wave of the future.”

Some viewers, however, complained of persistent “buffering” and said that the Twitter video lagged behind the television broadcast. The video on the social media platform at some points was operating on a delay of almost 30 seconds.

“The quality is better than my HD TV, but it being delayed stinks,” wrote Twitter user DCBlueStar (@DCBlueStar). “I’ll stick to the TV, I reckon.”

 

Available on Twitter’s platform worldwide, Thursday’s match was the first of 10 games the microblogging site plans to stream as it seeks to make itself a force in mobile video with live events.

Twitter has struggled with user growth and advertising competition, and livestreaming the games gives the social network a new avenue to attract users as it tries to catch up with rivals like Facebook.

 

Media experts have said the NFL deal helps cement Twitter’s position as a venue for live video.

Twitter’s arrangement with the NFL comes as sports fans increasingly rely on the internet to watch video at the expense of traditional cable and satellite connections. Many already use Twitter to discuss events as they happen.

The broadcast was also available through Twitter apps on Apple TV globally and on Microsoft Xbox Oneand Amazon Fire TV in select countries.

 

The NFL previously livestreamed an October 2015 game on Yahoo.

The Twitter video broadcast began Thursday at 7:30 pm EDT.