New Kindle Oasis 7″ waterproof e-reader

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Kindle Oasis Waterproof E-Reader

Ten years after the first Kindle made its debut, Amazon is releasing the first waterproof Kindle e-reader which is now available for pre-order. The new Kindle Oasis is a follow-up to the original Kindle Oasis, a premium metal-cased e-reader that was thinner and lighter than other Kindle models.

The new Kindle Oasis has a larger 7″ 300 dpi touchscreen, 8GB or 32GB of storage, and Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus free cellular connectivity. The Oasis’ waterproof rating is IPX8 and can be submersed up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. The back case is made of anodized aluminum and has a tapered, ergonomic design that makes one-handed reading easy and comfortable. The adaptive front light automatically adjusts brightness based on the surroundings. The optional Audible feature provides audiobook support and Bluetooth connectivity for headphones and speakers. The Kindle Oasis pricing starts at $249.99 for the 8GB Wi-Fi version.

If water exposure is a concern then paying a premium for the Oasis is a no-brainer, but how do the other features compare to other Kindle models like the Paperwhite and Voyage? The Oasis is the only Kindle with the tapered design for better one-handed reading. The Paperwhite and Voyage do not have Audible support and while the basic Kindle does, it does not offer cellular connectivity. The Oasis has a 12-LED front light while the Voyage has 6 LEDs and the Paperwhite has a 4-LED non-adaptive light. The glass used on the Oasis is said to be stronger than all other Kindles. The Oasis’ maximum storage option of 32GB is massive compared to the maximum 4GB of all other models, and even the 8GB version is a significant upgrade. Weighing in at 6.8 ounces, the new Oasis doesn’t have quite the weight advantage of the old Oasis (4.6 ounces) but it is still lighter than the others. The new Kindle Oasis is simply the best Kindle available. Even if one doesn’t anticipate using it outdoors or in the bathtub it is still worth considering for the larger screen, bigger capacity, Audible support, ergonomic design, and premium build quality.

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Love LineageOS? Take a survey to make it better!

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There are some amazing projects out there created from the vision of one single person. The bigger the project is though, the harder it can be for just one person to prioritize the development process. This is even more true when it comes to an open source community project like LineageOS. The folks behind the helm of the popular custom ROM for Android has just issued their second Summer Survey. If you’re a fan of LineageOS and want to throw your two cents into the mix when it comes to its future, then the team has a survey for you to fill out again.

It was August of last year when LineageOS issued their first Summer Survey. This was a lengthy survey that had them asking the community about their opinions on applications, infrastructure, wallpapers, and even public relations. Two months later they published the results of their Summer Survey and the participation level wasn’t as high as some would have hoped. It was confirmed that only 1.35% of the entire active user base participated in the survey, and while the results weren’t reflective of the entire LineageOS community, they were still able to get some ideas.

We’re in the month of August again and the team has just announced the Summer Survey 2 for LineageOS. Since the team values privacy and chooses to not run metrics software in the custom ROM, they use these surveys to get the thoughts and opinions of the current state of the project. It can feel like a lengthy survey to take (so don’t go into it thinking it will only take a minute or two), but the detailed information you are able to provide can help to guide the trajectory of the most popular custom ROMs available today.

LineageOS Summer Survey

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XIOMI MIA2- A Ultrathin Design Smartphone That Works Smarter For You

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XIOMI MIA2- A Smartphone That Works Smarter For You

New MIA2 is ultrathin design, Fully metal unibody and grippable texture.

Company mostly focusing on its Camera quality with Clarity, day and night 12MP + 20MP AI dual rear camera. MIA2 running on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

Smart lens selection relies on Sony light sensors and the ƒ/1.75 large aperture to choose the best lens for your setting.  Take clearer daytime photos with the 12MP lens and large 1.25μm pixels. Low-light photos are brighter with the 20MP lens and 4-in-1 Super Pixel, based on pixel binning technology. Ultra-large 2μm pixels multiples light-sensitivity 4x.

Its 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display for the optimal drop-resistant, giving high-resolution touchscreen experience. Smoother control & Flagship-level performance with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor.

14nm FinFET processor exhibits high performance and consumes less power Adreno™ 512 high perfromance GPU generates life-like visuals Up to 2.2Ghz clock speed for consistently robust performance.


  • Camera: 12+ 20MP Primary Camera and 20MP AI front camera, AI Beautify 4.0

  • Image quality: HDR

  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo

  • Screen: 5.99inch with resolution of 1080 x 2160 at 403 ppi 

  • Display: LTPS IPS LCD display

  • SONY IMX 376: Sony light sensors

  • Wider field of view- 18:9 aspect ratio, 15.2cm (5.99) FHD+ large display

  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Octa core Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 Processor

  • Ram: 4+64GB , 6+128GB Coming soon

  • Dimension: Height: 158.7 mm, Width: 75.4 mm, Thickness: 7.3 mm, Weight: 168 g

  • Video: 4K video shooting (3840×2160 30fps), 1080p video shooting (1920×1080 30fps), Slow motion video (720p 120fps), EIS for video recording

  • Fingerprint sensor

  • IR blaster

  • SIM- Dual nano-SIM

  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G WiFi/ 5G WiFi/ WiFi Direct/ WiFi Display,

  • Bluetooth 5.0

  • Battery- Non removable Li-Ion 3010mAh 

Available in three colors Rose Gold and Black and Rose Gold. 

Price in INDIA at 16,999 INR  


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Google One is more proof of commoditization of consumer cloud storage

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We have long known that the price of cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive have been getting cheaper over time. Yesterday’s launch of Google One in the U.S. dropped the price for Google storage even further, cutting the cost per terabyte per month in half, driving this point home even more clearly.

As Frederic Lardinois pointed out in his post, 2 terabytes of storage now costs $9.99 a month. Consider that without joining Google One, that was the same price for 1 terabyte of storage. By signing up for Google One, you could double your storage without paying one penny more, and let’s face it this was a ton of storage before the change.

Let’s compare that with some of the other players out there. Each one is a little different, but the storage costs tell a story.

Google One’s shift to 2 TB for $9.99 a month puts it in line with Apple’s pricing, which surprisingly had given you the most storage bang for your buck out of these four companies before Google One came along. Who would have thought that Apple was giving its users the best price on anything? Of course, you get access to Office 365, including Word and PowerPoint, with your terabyte of Microsoft OneDrive storage, which is going to add a fair bit of value for many users over and above the pure storage being offered.

Regardless, if you consider Apple and Google’s pricing, the price of a terabyte of cloud storage has dropped to $5.00 a month. That’s pretty darn cheap and it shows just how commoditized online storage has become and how much scale you require to make money.

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, principal analyst at Deep Analysis, who has been watching this space for years says the consumer space consumer cloud storage pricing has always been a race to the bottom. “You can only make a margin with mass scale. That’s why firms who are not Microsoft, Amazon or Google are pushing hard for business and enterprise customers. Google One just brings that message home,” he said.

If you get enough scale, as Dropbox has with an estimated 500 million users, if you can get a percentage to pay $8.25 a month for a terabyte of storage, it can add up to real money. When Dropbox filed its S-1 to before it went public earlier this year, it reported more than $1 billion in consumer revenue. It would be difficult if not impossible for a startup launching today to compete with the existing players, but the ones out there continue to compete with one another, driving the cost down even further.

Today’s announcement is just another step in that downward price pressure of consumer cloud storage, and when you get double the storage from one day to the next for the exact same price, it shows just how true that it is.

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What are rare earths, crucial elements in modern technology? 4 questions answered

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Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming a focal point in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

Stanley Mertzman, a geologist whose specialty is X-ray analysis of rocks and minerals to determine their chemical composition, and who teaches mineralogy at Franklin and Marshall College, explains more about these little-known and fascinating elements – and the modern electronics they make possible.

1. What are rare earth elements?

Strictly speaking, they are elements like others on the periodic table – such as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – with atomic numbers 57 to 71. There are two others with similar properties that are sometimes grouped with them, but the main rare earth elements are those 15. To make the first one, lanthanum, start with a barium atom and add one proton and one electron. Each successive rare earth element adds one more proton and one more electron.

An electron diagram of a barium element, the last element before the lanthanide rare earth elements. Greg Robson and Pumbaa, CC BY-SA
An electron diagram of a lanthanum atom, with one more electron in its fifth orbital than barium. Greg Robson and Pumbaa, CC BY-SA
Cerium has one more electron in its fifth orbital and one more in its fourth than barium. Greg Robson and Pumbaa, CC BY-SA

It’s significant that there are 15 rare earth elements: Chemistry students may recall that when electrons are added to an atom, they collect in groups or layers, called orbitals, which are like concentric circles of a target around the bull’s-eye of the nucleus.

The innermost target circle of any atom can contain two electrons; adding a third electron means adding one in the second target circle. That’s where the next seven electrons go, too – after which electrons must go to the third target circle, which can hold 18. The next 18 electrons go into the fourth target circle.

Then things start to get a bit odd. Though there is still room for electrons in the fourth target circle, the next eight electrons go into the fifth target circle. And despite more room in the fifth, the next two electrons after that go into the sixth target circle.

That’s when the atom becomes barium, atomic number 56, and those empty spaces in earlier target circles start to fill. Adding one more electron – to make lanthanum, the first in the series of rare earth elements – puts that electron in the fifth circle. Adding another, to make cerium, atomic number 58, adds an electron to the fourth circle. Making the next element, praseodymium, actually moves the newest electron in the fifth circle to the fourth, and adds one more. From there, additional electrons fill up the fourth circle.

In all elements, the electrons in the outermost circle largely influence the element’s chemical properties. Because the rare earths have identical outermost electron configurations, their properties are quite similar.

2. Are rare earth elements really rare?

No. They’re much more abundant in the Earth’s crust than many other valuable elements. Even the rarest rare earth, thulium, with atomic number 69, is 125 times more common than gold. And the least-rare rare earth, cerium, with atomic number 58, is 15,000 times more abundant than gold.

The rarest rare earth element, thulium. Jurii, CC BY

They are rare in one sense, though – mineralogists would call them “dispersed,” meaning they’re mostly sprinkled across the planet in relatively low concentrations. Rare earths are often found in rare igneous rocks called carbonatites – nothing so common as basalt from Hawaii or Iceland, or andesite from Mount St. Helens or Guatemala’s Volcano Fuego.

There are a few regions that are have lots of rare earths – and they’re mostly in China, which produces more than 80 percent of the global annual total of 130,000 metric tons. Australia has a few areas too, as do some other countries. The U.S. has a little bit of area with lots of rare earths, but the last American source for them, California’s Mountain Pass Quarry, closed in 2015.

3. If they’re not rare, are they very expensive?

Yes, quite. In 2018, the cost for an oxide of neodymium, atomic number 60, is US$107,000 per metric ton. The price is expected to climb to $150,000 by 2025.

Europium is even more costly – about $712,000 per metric ton.

Part of the reason is that rare earth elements can be chemically difficult to separate from each other to get a pure substance.

4. What are rare earth elements useful for?

In the last half of the 20th century, europium, with atomic number 63, came in to wide demand for its role as a color-producing phosphor in video screens, including computer monitors and plasma TVs. It’s also useful for absorbing neutrons in nuclear reactors’ control rods.

A cube of small neodymium magnets. XRDoDRX, CC BY-SA

Other rare earths are also commonly used in electronic devices today. Neodymium, atomic number 60, for instance, is a powerful magnet, useful in smartphones, televisions, lasers, rechargeable batteries and hard drives. An upcoming version of Tesla’s electric car motor is also expected to use neodymium.

Demand for rare earths has risen steadily since the middle of the 20th century, and there are no real alternative materials to replace them. As important as rare earths are to a modern technology-based society, and as difficult as they are to mine and use, the tariff battle may put the U.S. in a very bad place, turning both the country and rare earth elements themselves into pawns in this game of economic chess.

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Tweetbot falls victim to Twitter’s incoming developer changes

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Tapbots says it’s working on reinstating some of the lost features, but adds that the situation is “totally out of [its] control” because “Twitter has chosen not to provide alternatives to these interfaces.” Twitter announced the changes last year, and said that by replacing its site streams, user streams and direct message endpoints with a new account activity API, it hoped to tighten control over the way its services are used by third-party sites.

Outcry from third-party developers meant Twitter pushed back the original switch date from June 19 to August 16, but for many the length of the migration period was largely irrelevant — Twitter hasn’t given them useful access to the new API, and until it does (and it’s not announced any plans to), apps like Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talons and Tweetings will be caught on the back foot. Some have already gone under entirely, with Favstar going offline in June as a result of the changes.

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Milind Soman ran 72 km on 15th August and asks everyone to stay healthy

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Milind Soman ran 72 km on 15th August and asks everyone to stay healthy

Milind Soman comes first when talking about fitness and supermodels. He is still a crush for many girls out there with his chiseled physique and fitness and of course his smile. At the age 52, he still inspires many of us by remaining fit and encouraging it all over.

As we all know Milind loves running and on this Independence Day, Milind did it again. Right, he ran. On 15th August, he ran 72 kilometers in Delhi which finished at India Gate to celebrate independence. His wife Ankita Konwar accompanied him in the run. Along with it, he urges everyone to remain fit and healthy. A lot of people joined Milind in the run organized by United Sisters Foundation to promote the sixth edition of Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Delhi.

Milind was quoted by the TOI- a leading daily, “People mark August 15 in their own way. I thought, why not celebrate it in a way that would make people fitter? To me, running is the best way to do that.”

He told IANS, “I would like to wish fellow Indians on India’s 72nd Independence Day and urge people to take their health and fitness seriously.”

Further adding, he said, “Running 72 km is not just to celebrate our Independence Day but also to promote the message of exercising our freedom to live in a healthy way by making the right choices of spending 30 – 40 minutes daily on self, clean eating, being active and challenging your physical and mental abilities to lead a fit life. Age should not be a limiting factor. We want a large number of people especially women to take up running and adopt fitness in their way of life,” he said.

“He also wants to change the mindset of many women who shy away from running and told them to run even in Sarees by saying, “We want to change the mindset of women. We want women to run in whatever they wear and the way they are dressed, be it saris, salwar kameez or even the hijabs. Clothes should not become a deterrent to women’s fitness. The idea is to inculcate the fitness habit in their comfort wear. This run emphasized the fact that a mere element such as dressing can stop no woman from striving towards fitness.”

All we can say is he is a real inspiration and youngsters should learn from him.

Published by Soniya Kaur on 16 Aug 2018
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