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Rampage drivers to fly drones

I first heard about ‘Drones’ when I witnessed their use in warfare and spying, in television news. Then in movies and recently read in news websites about its potential usage for delivering courier or online shopping items to our doorsteps. Although, a lot of arguments are ongoing about the possible misuse of drones in freight of goods by online shopping companies, some are even imagining about its possible future use in daily commuting of humans.

If drones are to be used in future for our daily commute to office, developing nations in particular will be benefitted, in my view. Why? Let’s discuss it in terms of a city like Mumbai in India, where roads are clogged up with suffocating traffic and where bike riders and three wheeler rickshaws are in a competition to prod their front wheel in every small gap they find in the heavy traffic to beat other vehicles in the race of reaching earlier to their destinations (however, unless you have been in such roads you can’t get the actual essence of it). Continue reading Rampage drivers to fly drones

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How electric cars in US may impact traffic in Developing nations?

Electric cars are probably going to make into the roads of US very soon as per reports coming up from various news agencies. If electric cars become a success in US, plenty of unused gasoline run cars will become available for sell. Besides the unused ones there will be a huge number of new gasoline run cars not yet been sold which too will get added  to the stockpile of unused cars.

As usual, all that gets rejected in west gets dumped to the market of east i.e. the developing countries like India, Nepal etc. The craze for buying US cars can be high in the developing nations since many people who desire to own a western good branded car can’t simply get it because of its high price. Obviously, these cars if hit the shores of these nations will come in much low cost for stock clearance purpose. As a result, the already clogged and overtly polluted traffic situation of cities like Delhi, will worsen further.

Less likely the manufactures will wish to sell their electric cars now to the developing world immediately, they will probably wait for some time until they spot any deceleration in sales in western market. Let’s wait with patience to see the ultimate happenings in this regard.

Courier boy job? Technology might snatch that too tomorrow?

maxresdefaultJust came across a classified of a famous online shopping company which is planning to introduce drone like machines that can airlift a shipment and send it to its customer much faster than before, being able to avoid traffic jam. Not only that this type of service will make those households happy who don’t prefer unknown delivery boys visiting their apartment when they are out for office and only children are alone at home, because of various types of threats that humans might pose to another when alone at home.

However, I feel that there could be some negative sides of such services too.

The employment opportunity of those working as courier boys for this online shopping companies might lose their jobs. This might hit more badly in developing nations where, unemployment rates are still difficult to tackle. Many people with low educational profile earns their living by this kind of work.

Besides that one problem might be to have trouble in viewing the nature properly, for nature lovers. Already too much of cars and buildings on the ground don’t allow us to see far away distance any more, and our vision gets stumbled. Only way we could relax our eyes are through looking to the sky, probably this too would get clogged with this parcel carrying drones. Obviously once such services start many more companies will invest in it.

Also terrorists, thieves and smugglers might take an advantage of it, if these type of drones are not controlled by some sort air traffic control system. It will be easy to carry explosive or spying cameras or smuggled goods. You never know which drone is carrying cargo and which one is carrying something bad.

So pros and cons will be there and may be laws will be implemented by various countries to regulate such services.

It seems like science fiction movies concept of cars/drones flying over the cities will be true in near future.

After using Chromebook it feels like rest of the leading pc selling companies are doing a scam!

Chromebook Photo: Alex Washburn / WiredI was a traditional windows user who finally shifted to chromebook, in search for some relief from some of its negative usage experiences like slowness in all respects, poor battery running hours and cost. Although in recent times a wide range of prices of windows pcs are seen but none of them felt satisfactory to me due to its overall protracted working time and less hours of battery provided energy. So I was almost determined not to let the another windows pc to enter my house again and was exploring the option for buying a mac.

I have seen mac and was quite overwhelmed with its sleek look and long battery life. We have almost 6 pcs at home all running on windows with no gross satisfaction. If all these money could have been saved probably we could have bought 2 mac laptops. So this time I was quite cautious about grabbing my next laptop. However, mac’s price always makes me feel to sob.

So thought of giving a try to chromebook. After reading its features and seeing its cheap price I thought to bet my pc buying luck for chromebooks too. Obviously I checked various features of google like docs, sheets etc and also had the long battery life back in my head. So finally I invested about 180 dollars and tried my pc luck with chromebooks.

After about almost a year of its use, I feel rest of the pcs that are sold is doing scam. If google can provide in such low price a superfast pc with excellent battery life, why others can’t do so. Chromebooks don’t need antivirus, google takes care of everything. What more a customer can want for. Its light weight and super fast nature with long battery hours have made it an ideal pc for me.  Hope chromebooks will inspire the pc world for a revolution low price, long battery life and superfast pcs.

PS: The above is of writing is based on the author’s own user experience, and not a promotional content.

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015): VLC Media Player Finally Available on Chrome OS

The much loved VLC media player is already available on every significant desktop operating system, and even a few obscure ones, with one major exception: Chrome OS. But that’s about to change.

The nonprofit VideoLAN organization on Friday announced that the free, open source, cross-platform VLC multimedia player is finally available on Google’s Chrome OS. Like the desktop version of VLC, the new Chrome OS iteration can play most video files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs. It’s also a full audio player capable of playing even “weird audio formats” like FLAC.

“VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers,” VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote in a blog post. “All the source code is available for free.”

Source: Google Chromebook Pixel (2015): VLC Media Player Finally Available on Chrome OS

Pick up centre and online shopping

Online shopping is a trend that is popular around the globe. Even customers in developing nations like India are also showing huge interest in this new shopping technology.

Due to the problem of nonavailability of the customer at his destination address during delivery of the purchased commodity, probably gave birth to the ‘pick up center’ concept in the online shopping industry. During on online shopping many companies now allow customers to choose a pick up center where the shipment will be delivered. The customer then collects it from there at their convenient time.

I find this pick up service very much useful. Previously, whenever a parcel use to arrive I use to be in the office and had to rush to my home to receive it. Besides that, it was not possible always to leave workplace and go home to receive the courier.  The pick up center concept was not there initially available at my locality so online shopping experiences were not sweet every time. Now there are multiple pickup points in my neighborhood and shopping online has become quite simpler. Nowadays, I simply collect my shopped item while returning back home from my office.

Nevertheless, everything have its own downside too. You should never forget to check your item properly at the pick up center to ensure that no parts are missing or broken. Also make sure you don’t mistakenly bring home the parcel of another person. In addition to that be careful if you are receiving a parcel on behalf of someone else or scenarios like that and make sure you are not being used as a mule to traffic drugs etc. in the name of online shopping. Therefore, stay vigilant.

Finally, you shouldn’t forget to carry your identity card which is generally required to be displayed at the pickup centers to get your shipment.

Two step verification of your email accounts via mobile phone- how helpful is it?

The two step authentication process of user accounts are becoming quite popular in the web world since the introduction of threats of various type of account hacks like email, social networking etc.

But is it really safe? Well as long as you are the only person who has the access to your mobile phone it’s probably safe. Some backup codes are also provided by the website companies as backup in case you loose your mobile phone. This codes must be hidden in a secret place in web or paper and also you should remember where you are hiding them.

This is two step authentication might be of worth for email accounts but probably of not much use when using blogs, because they can dull your user experience when you have to make any changes in your user setting or you want to sign in from another device. Every time you need your mobile phone for making very minute changes in your blog. If you have multiple SIM cards and have to travel a lot you might feel pathetically bored if your SIM card is in bag or in another phone which is not there readily available at your phone.

So in my opinion choose a two step authentication based on your purpose and how much secrecy do you want to ascertain toy your user accounts.

Well here is a suggestion from my end, which you may think of trying if find it ok. Get a new email id, don’t share it with any one, use it only for registering your various email, social networking, blogging accounts, and keep strong password for all your accounts. If you wish you may use two step authentication for this new email id. As long as this new email id is safe probably all accounts related to it will be safe because all password recoveries will be through that new email id.

Hope this above clip of experience of the author helps you to decide better if to choose two step authentications via mobile or not.

Wish you a safe and nice browsing experience!