GM joins the networking revolution with Facebook voice to text via Onstar

first_img The new OnStar version, for the social generation, will provide users with a Facebook connection that can convert voice into text,. The new feature will allow for status updates on the go, without risking safety. Likewise, users will also be able to listen to incoming texts and news feeds through voice commands.With a brand new ad campaign to launch mid-September, free services will also be added, dueling Ford’s Sync technology, and might appear on new GM models in the near future. Since its start in 1996, safety and security have been OnStar’s continual top priorities with roadside services, stolen vehicle locator, emergency police and ambulance caller, directions and more, in over 30 GM models. This year, OnStar has also offered smart phone applications such as gas monitoring, remote start, and more, which is somewhat similar to Ford’s Sync system that’s more entertainment-focused.Though Onstar is free on many GM models for the entire first year, its annual cost varies from $199 for safety features and $299 for safety and navigation. Sources say OnStar is considering offering certain services to non-subscribers to gain exposure and possibly appeal to new customers. The upgrades will enhance even the basic features, as well as the new ones. The decision to offer the Facebook voice to text application will be thoroughly tested among a test audience, sources say, and may or may not be available in all GM OnStar models.With a new tag line like “Live On,” OnStar hopes to appeal to the techno and safety savvy alike. Competition has never been more fierce with the Ford Edge’s MyFordTouch Technology also in the game. With social networking on the rise, there seems to be no better time than now to raise the stakes against the competition.The big announcement is said to have improvements all around, including a partnership with Google, though all plans are strictly in the experimental stages. Much like Ford’s Sync services which allow users to access applications such as Twitter, OnStar’s plans may change the way we network and connect altogether, while keeping safety at the forefront. Citation: GM joins the networking revolution with Facebook voice to text via Onstar (2010, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-gm-networking-revolution-facebook-voice.html (PhysOrg.com) — With the ever-growing popularity of Ford’s Sync technology and entertainment system, which boasts music and phone-related features, General Motors’ On Star customers will soon have the world of networking at their disposal even while driving, via a nearing OnStar overhaul. OnStar, Google Partner to Expand Turn-by-Turn Navigation (c) 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img OnStar unit in a Saturn Astra. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption

first_img Citation: Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption (2013, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-team-samalas-volcano-source-great.html (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has concluded that an eruption by Samalas volcano on Lombok Island in Indonesia was the source of a large volcanic eruption traced back to 1257. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their exhaustive work in tracking down the source of an eruption that scientists have known about for decades, but were unable to pinpoint. A small eruption of Mount Rinjani, with volcanic lightning. Location: Lombok, Indonesia. Credit: Oliver Spalt, Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Source of the great A.D. 1257 mystery eruption unveiled, Samalas volcano, Rinjani Volcanic Complex, Indonesia, PNAS, Published online before print September 30, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307520110AbstractPolar ice core records attest to a colossal volcanic eruption that took place ca. A.D. 1257 or 1258, most probably in the tropics. Estimates based on sulfate deposition in these records suggest that it yielded the largest volcanic sulfur release to the stratosphere of the past 7,000 y. Tree rings, medieval chronicles, and computational models corroborate the expected worldwide atmospheric and climatic effects of this eruption. However, until now there has been no convincing candidate for the mid-13th century “mystery eruption.” Drawing upon compelling evidence from stratigraphic and geomorphic data, physical volcanology, radiocarbon dating, tephra geochemistry, and chronicles, we argue the source of this long-sought eruption is the Samalas volcano, adjacent to Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia. At least 40 km3 (dense-rock equivalent) of tephra were deposited and the eruption column reached an altitude of up to 43 km. Three principal pumice fallout deposits mantle the region and thick pyroclastic flow deposits are found at the coast, 25 km from source. With an estimated magnitude of 7, this event ranks among the largest Holocene explosive eruptions. Radiocarbon dates on charcoal are consistent with a mid-13th century eruption. In addition, glass geochemistry of the associated pumice deposits matches that of shards found in both Arctic and Antarctic ice cores, providing compelling evidence to link the prominent A.D. 1258/1259 ice core sulfate spike to Samalas. We further constrain the timing of the mystery eruption based on tephra dispersal and historical records, suggesting it occurred between May and October A.D. 1257. Study shows volcanic eruptions beneath bodies of water can cause widespread dispersal of diatomscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org Several decades ago, scientists studying ice cores found evidence of a volcanic eruption so large, it left deposits on ice in both the northern and southern ice fields. Since that time, many scientists have offered guesses as to which volcano was actually responsible for the deposits, but no real consensus had been reached. In this new research effort, the team combined data from the ice deposits with new sample information from several possible volcanic sites and even from early writings that described changes in weather that led to hardships during the time period shortly after the eruption occurred.The Samalas Volocano was on the short list of suspects—to find out if it was the culprit, team members traveled to Lombok Island and took not just soil and rock samples, but also tree ring samples and studied a text known as Babad Lombok, written by people that lived near the area of the volcano during the time it erupted. They found that the samples from the island were a close match to samples found in polar ice and that the tree ring data from the island matched closely with the time-line established by the depth of ash in ice samples—the Indonesian text described changes to the island around the time of the eruption. The research team also pointed out that early European texts have noted a time of bad weather in 1258.Taken together, the information from the various sources provides a compelling argument for fingering the Samalas volcano as the most likely source of the eruption. The research efforts also led to clues that indicate just how large of an eruption it was—perhaps one of the largest in the past 10,000 years. Ash data suggests that as much as 40 cubic kilometers of debris was ejected into the atmosphere and the plume likely reached 40 kilometers into the sky—enough to impact weather all over the planet for a year or more. Some have even suggested the eruption, along with other events, may have led to The Little Ice Age. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New analysis of DNA evidence contradicts claims of Yeti brownpolar bear hybrid

first_img(Phys.org)—A pair of researches are challenging claims made by a British scientist last year that DNA samples of animal remains found in the Himalayas were from a brown/extinct polar bear hybrid that is still alive and wandering about in the mountains—and is likely the source of rumors of a Yeti. Now, Ross Barnett and Ceiridwen Edwards of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and Oxford, respectively, have published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggesting that an analysis they conducted on the same animal remains shows that one came from a modern polar bear and the other from a rare type of brown bear that is still alive today. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New analysis of DNA evidence contradicts claims of ‘Yeti’ brown/polar bear hybrid in Himalayas (2014, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-analysis-dna-evidence-contradicts-yeti.html Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Last year, Bryan Sykes, a genetics professor at Oxford, and colleagues, claimed that a DNA analysis of two hair samples, one found by itself, the other as part of the frozen remains of an animal—found at two sites far from each other in the Himalayas—revealed that they’d come from a hybrid animal—a brown bear and a supposedly extinct polar bear relative–and that it was clearly still alive today. His claims were covered by the BBC and eventually wound up in a paper also published by the Royal Society.Now Barnett and Edwards are suggesting that Sykes and his team made a mistake during their analysis—matching DNA from a sample with an ancient extinct polar bear, instead of a modern polar bear, which is what they found. They concluded that the other DNA sample came from a sub-species of brown bear that is still alive today living in very remote locations high up in the mountains. Thus, there is no evidence of a hybrid animal and reports of a Yeti, they maintain, are likely made by people mistaking a brown bear for something more ape or human-like.In reviewing the findings by Barnett and Edwards, Sykes and his team acknowledged, via the BBC, that they had made errors in database searchers. But they still maintain that their conclusions suggesting that the Yeti is still likely a modern unknown primate of some sort is likely correct. They’re also suggesting that the true identity of the Yeti still needs to be “refined” by analyzing other samples that were not part of either study. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Undated photo made available by Britain’s Channel 4 television Thursday Oct.17 2013 of Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes posing with a prepared DNA sample taken from hair from a Himalayan animal. Sykes says he may have solved the mystery of the Abominable Snowman—the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas also known as the Yeti. He thinks it’s a bear, based on two samples sharing a genetic fingerprint with a polar bear jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic that is at least 40,000 years old. His findings, yet to be published, will be aired in a TV show in the UK Sunday. (AP Photo/ Channel 4) Explore further More information: Himalayan ‘yeti’ DNA: polar bear or DNA degradation? A comment on ‘Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti’ by Sykes et al. (2014) C. J. Edwards, R. Barnett , Published 17 December 2014. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1712 . http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1800/20141712 DNA links mysterious Yeti to ancient polar bear (Update 3)last_img read more

Does Our High School Popularity Affect Us Today

first_img Read the whole story: TEDx Psychologist Mitch Prinstein talks about why we are biologically programmed to care about what others think of us, why teenagers first become addicted to popularity, and why being “cool” in high school may be bad for our long-term happiness and success. For the first time in the history of the human species, Prinstein argues, we have become confused about two different types of popularity, and many of us may unwittingly be focused on the wrong one. Mitch Prinstein, author of “Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships,” is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist and the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a member of the American Psychological Association Board of Directors. He and his research have been featured in over 200 international and national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Time magazine, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Forbes, Newsweek, Family Circle and elsewhere.last_img read more

India clicked candid

first_imgThe ongoing photo exhibition Colours Of India curated by Delhi Photography Club wraps up Tuesday. The show that kick started on 12 July at India Habitat Centre displays photographs clicked by Kaynat Kazi. It is  a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day. From colourful block prints, elaborate Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, Colors of India is more than just a story. The ‘rani’ pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel shades of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the bright colors of the east offer a insight into the blend of India’s history and modernism.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kazi is a photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her special interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.last_img read more