Month: August 2015

iPhone 6S will have Force Touch

Force Touch’s underlying technology will be similar to the implementation in the new MacBooks and in the Apple Watch, but its functionality will focus more on short-cutting iOS features rather than on serving as an additional menu overlay for buttons. With that said, we are told that the pressure-sensitive screen may not be called Force Touch on the iPhone, a detail we’ll discuss more in the near future.

Source: 9to5Mac

I am really curious how will they implement this. Imagine a app with no buttons on screen. Just content taking over the whole screen.

Force touch will make the menus appear. It would be amazing for apps who can use the whole screen just to show content without worrying about interfaces etc.

Its like having full screen mode all the time. No wasted screen space on unwanted UI.


This will also be a big differentiator for iPhone because something like this will take few years for Android to implement and release. Even then it will have hard time convincing hardware makers who are on the race to make cheaper and cheaper phones.

The Perfect phone for me


With iPhone 6S rumours coming out, its the right time to write this.

I think i have the perfect phone all ready. Don’t want any more features or additions.

I am talking about my iPhone 6 its perfect

I don’t need it any thinner
Its fast enough to edit videos on iMovie.
It has a HD camera with 60 fps videos. Even though i only use 720p at 30 fps for youtube.
It takes beautiful photos even with flash.
It has 16 GB space which is enough for all my needs even the video recording.
It has good battery life
It has the latest cell network that runs faster than my wifi

So as you can see iPhone 6 is a perfect phone for my usage. I don’t need any more features…

But i bet Apple will convince me otherwise

13 scientific breakthroughs inspired by nature

So much more to be discovered out there. Nature has been doing unique designs for millions of years, it will be naive to ignore its designs.

Alpaca Bubble Bursts

While tragic, the alpaca bubble was by no means unprecedented. In their 2006 paper, which they followed-up with another study in 2012, Sexton and Saitone noted that bubbles like these are common in agriculture. Not long before the alpaca bust, ostrich farmers were investing in their farms, preparing for the day when ostrich burgers were as common as beef burgers. And, in fact, agricultural speculative bubbles stretch far back in American history, to the pre-Civil War Era (Merino sheep, Berkshire hogs, Broom corn, and Rohan potatoes.)

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Its always fascinating to see which animal catches the imagination. I am really surprised Panda’s haven’t been commercially farmed yet. Which animal do you think will see the big boom next. Peacocks may be…

Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?

“There’s really no good explanation,” she says. “We think that simply it’s more comfortable,” says Hallager.

This seem to the simple answer for now, we need more research on it.

But in another study, New Zealand scientists observing flamingos and other wading birds found that water temperature didn’t seem to make a difference. Instead, they said, it appears that flamingos share a primitive feature also seen in whales and dolphins: the ability to shut down half the brain while sleeping. That keeps the underwater animals from drowning while asleep.

As flamingos go into this half-awake state, “the natural reflex may be for one leg to be lifted towards the body as if it were gently lowering the body onto the ground,” said the scientists, who further reported that the posture is likely an automatic response to getting drowsy. And, standing on one leg would keep them from falling over and drowning, because flamingos—unlike ducks, for instance—have a build that lets them easily stand on one leg without losing their balance or having to harshly angle their knee or ankle joints.

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This looks more promising theory and in my opinion could turn out to be the reason.

Brain drain: ‘Missing link’ discovered in the brain

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.

More at Washington Post

Could these vessels be trained to take out tumours and other diseases causing bacteria from brain. Its unbelievable that we have so much more to discover in our own brains.

Facebook boot camps and 5am breakfasts

But when the top Facebook managers realised they had crossed the 150 threshold they became uneasy. The reason lay with the concept known as “Dunbar’s number” — the theory developed by British evolutionary psychologist-cum-anthropologist Robin Dunbar. In the 1990s, Dunbar conducted research on primates and concluded that the size of a functioning social group was closely related to the size of a human, monkey or ape brain. If a brain was small, the size of a monkey’s or ape’s, say, the creature could only cope with a limited number of meaningful social relations (a few dozen). But if a brain was bigger, as for a human, a wider circle of relationships could be formed. Humans did this, Dunbar argued, via “social grooming”, conventions that enabled people to be closely bonded. Just as primates created ties by physically grooming each other’s fur by picking out nits, humans bonded with laughter, music, gossip, dance and all other ritualistic day-to-day interactions that develop when people work or live together.

Companies that are getting bigger and have more than 150 employees, please take note. You need to put in a process to keep all the employees involved and connected.

Flipkart launches in-app chat feature called Ping

The chat app was built by a Bangalore based team of 30 people within nine months.

“It transfers only 80KB of data compared to other social apps which transfer about 2 MB per connection,” Ranjan added.

Source: Flipkart launches in-app chat feature called Ping

Wow 2 MB per connection, no wonder people are recharging so many data recharges. Ping will not succeed, really do you want another social account to talk about your shopping. Then what are twitter and Instagram for…

Japan can’t get enough KFC on Christmas Day

But Japan’s love of American fast food does not dim with the Christmas lights once December 25 has come and gone—KFC’s ability to take it’s traditional foods and adapt them to Japanese culture has made a bucket of chicken a meal worth having year round. This April, they opened a three-story restaurant at the south entrance of Shimokitazawa station in Tokyo which offers the company’s first-ever, fully stocked whiskey bar—what their website says gives visitors a taste of “Good ‘ol America.”

(There are now over 15,000 KFC outlets in 105 countries and territories around the world.)

I see this trend continuing, more and more companies becoming traditions during festivals and events. The companies that adapt to local cultures and traditions quickly will have the advantage. You can already see the trend with ice creams becoming the required dessert during Indian weddings and events.

Apple computers will feel the effect of China’s slowdown

Apple has few other options for serious growth than the burgeoning Chinese smartphone market. That’s what happens when you’re already a gigantic and wildly successful company.

Apple has already enjoyed meteoric growth in China, generating $13.2 billion in sales in the most recent quarter. That’s more than double revenue generated a year earlier.

That growth will inevitably slow, but broader economic struggles in China could mean that Apple’s days of setting revenue records could be numbered. CEO Tim Cook recently touched on these issues, expressing long-term optimism but concern about the current situation.

Manufacturing and the highest demand for Apple is from China. So its going to have an effect on them. But the Yuan being lower also gives them advantage in manufacturing in China.

Many of those American eateries have found success in China. KFC alone had 4,828 locations in 2014 in the country, according to Yum.

Another interesting snippet from this article… 200 KFC per province.

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