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 ( — 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 ( —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 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(—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 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 . 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

Wrong career no kids are womens top regrets

first_imgFrom choosing a wrong career path to not having children are some of the major regrets in life for a woman, according to a recent survey.Experts who carried out the detailed study, conducted by Diet Coke, also found that a large percentage of the surveyed women lament a failure to lose weight as a major regret in their lives. Opting for a career path that turned out to be the wrong one was a common gripe as was not travelling the world before starting out in the world of work, reports Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Diet Coke commissioned the report to coincide with the launch of its new “Regret Nothing” campaign and it shows that while six out of ten women would happily “do things differently” if they had their time again, three out of four women believe their regrets have been character-building. “The research findings suggest women are harbouring their regrets and not living life in the present. Through our new campaign, we want to inspire women to act on their impulses to create positive experiences, adventures and opportunities for success,” said a spokesperson of the brand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixResearchers, who carried out the study among 1,000 women between the ages of 25 to 39, found that family matters cause a significant amount of regret when looked back upon.One in five of those who took part in the survey said it played on their mind that they “could have been a better daughter”, while more than one in ten said they felt they could have put more effort into being “a better mother”.More than one in ten women said they wished they had children, while around seven per cent said they felt they had children “too early”.  Others expressed sadness they were unable to afford their “dream wedding.” *Not trying hard enough at school *Not losing weight on a diet *Choosing the wrong career path *Not getting on the property ladder *Spending a night with someone I shouldn’t *Not being spontaneous enough *Not being a good enough friend *Not being a better daughter *Not being impulsive enough about travelling before starting a family *Not having children *Not being a better mum *Texting someone I shouldn’t after a night out *Not having my dream wedding *Having an affair*Getting married/ settling down *Focussing too much on my careerlast_img read more

Somnaths family denies CPIM request to drape body with red flag

first_imgKolkata: Being hurt with the decision of expelling him from the party, family members of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee didn’t allow CPI(M) members to put the party’s flag on his last remains.His family members didn’t approve the proposal of the party’s leaders to put a flag on his last remains, recollecting the time when he was extremely upset with the decision of the party to expel him from its ranks.Anushila Basu, Chatterjee’s daughter, said: “My mother didn’t agree with their proposal and we also didn’t want it to happen.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same breath, Basu appreciated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that she knows whom to give respect. Chatterjee was given a 21 gun salute in the state Assembly. She further said that the Chief Minister had a high respect for her father, who was the first person she went to meet after coming to power.It may be recalled that Chatterjee was expelled from the party in 2008, after he decided to continue as the Speaker in the Parliament, despite the party withdrawing its support from the UPA government. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn reply to a question on why the last remains of the former Speaker was not taken to CPI(M)’s headquarter at Alimuddin Street, Basu said: “Its not about taking the last remains there. Of course they (CPI(M) leaders) have shown their respects. But we didn’t approve the proposal of putting the party’s flag on his body.””My mother told me that she didn’t want it to happen as she had realised the situation through which he (Chatterjee) had passed (after he was expelled). He was very upset. But he never passed any statement against the party,” said Basu, adding that his decision to continue as Speaker was known to Jyoti Basu. When asked whether the party has given Chatterjee the respect that he deserved, Basu said that it is quite clear from today’s condition of the party whether they have given him respect or not.While speaking about the 10 time Lok Sabha MP, his daughter recollected that he always used to go to the Parliament with complete preparation.It may be mentioned that 30 of his speeches have found space in a book that was published from the Parliament.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Ranjan Gogoi on his appointment as CJI

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India. May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

Creating an ecological echo

first_imgIt was not many years ago that the Capital had peacocks strolling through the streets, or homes across the country had families of noisy sparrows nestled in the ventilation gaps in walls. But with fast paced technological growth and advanced urbanisation, the memory of such beauty has faded away – wiped off by high rises and mobile network towers. An artist’s eye sees it all only with a different approach; when environmentalists and school books are trying to make mankind aware of the increasing cases of animal extinction due to the encroachment of forests and urbanisation, Mumbai-based artist Ashish Kushwaha has a massive message to gift us through his paintings. The visions of a glorious one-horned rhinoceros in the midst of an urban background, a colourful peacock whose tail is transformed into cast-iron rods in a construction site, a vulture perched on an unfinished pillar in an area under construction, and a slow vanishing deer behind a pillar will leave one shaken and make them wonder about the gravity of the current situation. The painting titled ‘Where am I?’ says a thousand words with just the fading appearance of a graceful deer, which is being replaced by a prospective building. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the ‘Urban Metaphor’ series, one painting which can be really disturbing is a mix-media on canvas, which portrays a headless peacock in a barren under-construction land in the mid-ground. From the neck above, cast iron rods replace its head cutting away all the glory of our national bird, where on the foreground an engineer is at work building a large mesh.”My paintings are silent conversations,” says Ashish, “I am always thinking of prakriti-of the earth as a planet in which there is harmony between animals and man. But what I see is very different and very difficult for me. When I travel by train from one place to another I am always confronted by the whole statement of exploitation in which man takes away from animals and birds the idea of the habitat.” Most of the watercolours portray the evading factor of animals from the metropolitan scenario; the figures are mostly incomplete – either the head or the hind legs have faded away suggesting a gradual extinction. Among Ashish’s untitled works is one striking staircase in a desolate land – stairways leading to nowhere. As a viewer, I’d like to think of it as an indication that extreme urbanisation disturbing ecological balance would lead mankind to a hopeless and dark future. Mocking at their progress the artist’s endeavour is to shout out loud and wake up passive viewers to the everyday ignorance of the fading existence of flora and fauna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese transformed figures of birds and animals reflect the loss of harmony between man and nature. The Degradation of our planet is replicated in the form of silent stories in his paintings which are protesting against the cruelty and urging man to restore balance back in the environment. ‘Inheritance of Loss’, curated by Uma Nair, is an ongoing exhibition at India International Centre which expresses the artist’s vision of the gradual disappearance of wildlife due to urbanization. Most of the paintings – watercolour on paper, or acrylic and oil on canvas – have a sad yet powerful message for viewers – are we losing our responsibility to nature in a power paced world of selfishness? The series will be on display until May 29.last_img read more

TMC drops Congress from logo now only Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has introduced its new logo and dropped ‘Congress’ from it.Though the party has been registered as the All India Trinamool Congress with the Election Commission, party supremo thought that after 21 years of official separation from the Congress, it was high-time to drop the word. The new logo with a new catch line has been introduced recently. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. The catch line is Amar, Apnar Banglar (Mine, Yours and for Bengal). While addressing the media after publishing the list of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress supremo had mentioned about the change in the logo and said “at times one has to take suggestion from the younger generation.” The party nominees are putting up the new logo in the wall graffiti. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn January 1, 1998, Mamata Banerjee set up the Trinamool Congress after separating from the Congress. She thought that Congress would never protest against the misrule of the CPI(M) government and floated her own party. She had named the party as Trinamool Congress as she thought that Congress had neglected the people who belonged to the grassroots. She had sketched the logo having “two flowers and grass.” After almost two decades, the Trinamool supremo thought that time had come when the party should drop the name ‘Congress’. It was learnt that Abhishek Banerjee had helped her to make the new logo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter Indira Gandhi who had floated a new party and named it Congress (I), Mamata Banerjee is the only successful leader whose party has become bigger than the Congress in Bengal. After floating Congress (I), Gandhi introduced “Cow and Calf” coming out of the old Congress logo of two bullocks. Later in 1977, she introduced another logo — the “hand” — which is still the logo of the Congress. Political experts said as TMC has become significant in national politics in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it has decided to drop ‘Congress’ from the logo. Over the years, through several ups and downs, Trinamool has gained overwhelming support from the people.last_img read more