Showing posts from April, 2014

Turn any smartphone into a satellite phone

Yaliny wants to turn any smartphone into a satellite phone By
Yaliny is offering inexpensive satellite-based phone calls and data coverage anywhere in the world
Image Gallery (5 images) Visit an area outside of your cell network, take a vacation in a different country, or play a certain augmented reality game requiring you to have a constant high speed data connection, and congratulations, you’ll have an instant reminder of the current limitations of cellular networks. The Russian company Yaliny ambitiously hopes to help consumers circumvent traditional providers with Yaliny’s own network of satellites and an intermediary device called the Yaliny Point which will work with most smartphones, all for a promised US$150 for the hardware and $10 monthly thereafter.
View all The current plan calls for 135 low earth orbit satellites to provide worldwide coverage and sufficient bandwidth to allot each customer speeds of 2 Mbps (upload and download combin…

Water crisis: Blame the political game

Water crisis: Blame the political game  | April 26, 2014 There seems to be no way out of this impasse as the water ration is a created one. COMMENT On April 22, the 8pm news reported that in 29 days time the Sungai Selangor dam in Kuala Kubu Baru which supplies water to 60% of the population in KL and Selangor will reach the critical level of 30%. Currently its level is standing at 37%. Therefore going by the above news report, the folks of KL and Selangor may have a golden opportunity to experience a ‘Water Emergency’ on or before May 22. This scary scenario had surprised many among the 50 people interviewed by this columnist as it was only about three weeks ago when we were informed that it would take about 71 days to reach the critical level which will then only be in June. Why now May? Why is it that despite having rainfall this month, the situation at the Sungai Selangor dam has not seen any improvement? Is something amiss? Are there thieves stealing water from the dam…

The story behind corruption saga

The story behind corruption saga  | April 25, 2014 The saga of how the Chinese got into corruption. COMMENT Now it appears to be surfacing, claims by the Malay community that it is the Chinese in Malaysia that actually fuel corruption. Is this true? While no thorough and rigorous study of this aspect of corruption has been done so far by anybody, there is a “general idea” about the matter from which all of us can learn something. Before delving into this matter, it must be stated in no uncertain terms that corruption is raising the spectre of hell in Malaysia. By this, what is meant is that corruption has dug deep into Malaysian society and is far more widespread than most people think. The danger corruption poses is not easily evident. But if corruption was in check today in Malaysia, education from nursery to tertiary can be free, our healthcare service free and allowing the best treatment and service and housing affordable. The reasons why life has become unbe…

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New Atkinson Cycle engine delivers 78 mpg

Toyota's astonishing new Atkinson Cycle engine delivers 78 mpg By
April 13, 2014
25 Comments 6 Pictures In order to achieve significant improvements in thermal efficiency, the Atkinson Cycle engines have been lavished with numerous innovations including a reshaped intake port, increased compression ratio, idling-stop, Variable Valve Timing intelligent Electric (VVT-iE) and a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation system (highlighted in image)
Image Gallery (6 images) Toyota has announced the development of two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement petrol Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg (US) in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.
View all The fuel-efficiency of the one-liter engine in particular is remarkable. The engine it will replace won the the One liter category of t…

‘Smart home’ can spot early signs of Alzheimer’s in seniors

‘Smart home’ can spot early signs of Alzheimer’s in seniors April 13, 2014 The network of sensors detects changes in the behaviour of the home's occupants and can signal potential signs of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's. Researchers in Spain have developed an innovative new “smart home” system that could allow seniors to live on their own for longer. The network of sensors detects changes in the behaviour of the home’s occupants and can signal potential signs of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Tecnalia, an applied research center located in Spain, spent three years developing this smart home, which consists of a vast network of sensors found in each room. In addition to detecting the presence of its occupants and their time spent standing, sitting or lying down, the system tracks the opening and closing of doors, drawers and windows and the turning on and off of the lights, household appliances and the TV. Designed primarily for use in the hom…

PayPal biometric authentication

PayPal on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit is Finally Here Apr 11 Hill Ferguson, Chief Product Officer, PayPal
When people hear the terms “biometric authentication” and “wearable technology”, they often think they’re something from a futuristic movie. But, the reality is that these technologies are here today. As a product guy, I love technology, but I like it even better when we use it to make consumers’ lives easier. We announced this back atMobile World Congress,butthe day has finally come when Samsung Galaxy S5 users in 25 countries can ditch their usernames and passwords and simply login to PayPal with their fingerprint to shop at the millions of businesses that accept PayPal on mobile web sites, mobile apps and in stores.
Not only is this way more convenient than typing in a lengthy username and password on a tiny mobile device, it’s also more secure. In fact, it’s a convenience that many consumers are ready for. A recent survey by theNational Cyber Security Allianceand …

Human rights violations in Malaysia

We took our human rights issues to Geneva because Putrajaya shut its doors on us, says NGOV. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
APRIL 11, 2014 Civil society groups had to take their complaints of human rights violations in Malaysia to Geneva as Putrajaya had closed its doors to discussion, a representative of a non-governmental organisation said. Jerald Joseph, director of Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas), said there was not even a response to letters sent to the ministries. And to make matters worse, the Coalition of Malaysian non-governmental organisations in the UPR Process, or Comango, was declared an illegal entity. Komas is one of 54 groups in Comango. "We had to go to Geneva to complain because the doors for consultation here were closed," he said at a discussion last night on the Universal Periodic Review on human rights recommendations for Malaysia, organised by the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham). He said in the run-up to Malaysia's seco…