August 31

Apple applied for a patent to collect the location history of iPhone

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Apple has recently published a patent application, which indicates the company may have plans to collect the location history of iPhone users. Right now, it is not clear if this is related to the recent discovery that iPhones and iPads are able to store historical location information. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Apple applied for a patent to collect the location history of iPhone users in 2009 (2011, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-apple-patent-history-iphone-users.html The research shows that both iPhones and iPads regularly collect location information and then store the data in an unencrypted file on the devices. This data storage was exposed by researchers from O’Reilly. Currently, Apple has not made comment on the reason behind the storage of this information on the device, but they have said that this is not a security flaw. The discovery has aroused the concern of lawmakers, who question why the data is being collected without the end users permission.The patent application, which was filed by an Apple engineer named Ronald Huang in 2009, was published in March of 2011. It implied that Apple has several ideas for ways to use this type of data in the future. The patent, which is titled “location histories for location aware devices”, may be used in conjunction with GPS, cellular carrier networks and Wi-Fi access points. That data could then be used for mapping location data for users. The patent application shows off various methods that would allow users to set preferences for collecting data, and therefore manage the size of the location information database. This would allow users to blank out certain locations or times of day when the phone should not collect location data. At this point, we are unsure how much control users will have over the tracking. No word yet on when this patent may show up in future versions of the iPhone. Q-and-A: Smartphone location trackinglast_img read more

August 31

Mt Etna found to be sliding downhill towards the sea

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain 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. More information: John B. Murray et al. Gravitational sliding of the Mt. Etna massif along a sloping basement, Bulletin of Volcanology (2018). DOI: 10.1007/s00445-018-1209-1AbstractGeological field evidence and laboratory modelling indicate that volcanoes constructed on slopes slide downhill. If this happens on an active volcano, then the movement will distort deformation data and thus potentially compromise interpretation. Our recent GPS measurements demonstrate that the entire edifice of Mt. Etna is sliding to the ESE, the overall direction of slope of its complex, rough sedimentary basement. We report methods of discriminating the sliding vector from other deformation processes and of measuring its velocity, which averaged 14 mm year−1 during four intervals between 2001 and 2012. Though sliding of one sector of a volcano due to flank instability is widespread and well-known, this is the first time basement sliding of an entire active volcano has been directly observed. This is important because the geological record shows that such sliding volcanoes are prone to devastating sector collapse on the downslope side, and whole volcano migration should be taken into account when assessing future collapse hazard. It is also important in eruption forecasting, as the sliding vector needs to be allowed for when interpreting deformation events that take place above the sliding basement within the superstructure of the active volcano, as might occur with dyke intrusion or inflation/deflation episodes. A small team of researchers from the U.K and France has found evidence indicating that Sicily’s Mt. Etna is sliding very slowly downhill toward the sea. In their paper published in Bulletin of Volcanology, the group describes their 11-year study of the volcano and the evidence they found for its movement. Volcanologist suggests Mt. Etna behaves more like a giant hot spring than a volcano Mt. Etna is, of course, Europe’s most active volcano. It is situated on the eastern part of the island of Sicily and has erupted approximately 200 times since 1500 BC—the date of the oldest recorded eruption. It was last seen erupting last year. The volcano has been the subject of study for lead investigator John Murry for nearly a half-century. As part of his research, he has worked with teams that contributed to installing very precise GPS devices at sites around and on the mountain. Data from those devices allowed the current team to note that the mountain has been moving. Over the past 11 years, they report, the mountain moved an average of 14 mm per year. It is moving because it is situated on a base of loose sediment on a slope of approximately one to three degrees. Furthermore, it is moving in an east-south-east direction towards the town of Giarre, though it will take some time to get there—the town is approximately 15 km distant from the mountain.Such movement by a volcano is known in the field as basement sliding. The team reports that their observations of Mt. Etna’s sliding are the first ever for an entire active volcano. They report also that the movement they noted is not an imminent threat to people in the vicinity, but they do suggest it should be taken into account in the future. Prior research by other teams has shown that volcanos that move can suffer massive failure as the part of the mountain in front eventually gives way under pressure. More importantly, monitoring of the mountain for tell-tale signs of an imminent eruption need account for the movement of the mountain to offer reasonably accurate estimates of volcanic activity. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Mt. Etna found to be sliding downhill towards the sea (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-mt-etna-downhill-sea.htmllast_img read more

August 31

Melodious tribute

first_imgIndia Habitat Center as a part of their monthly program calendar has organised the first Dhrupad Sandhya, a musical evening, in collaboration with Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust. A Dhrupad Sabha also commenced on August 23, 2014 to pay tribute to the legendary Dhrupad singer Padma Shree Late Pandit Siyaram Tiwari of Darbhanga Gharana.The event will stage three young Indian classical musicians committed to the ancient and pure Dhrupad style. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On this occasion, Sumeet Anand Pandey, disciple of Pt Abhay Narayan Mallick will present his first solo Dhrupad recital. Pandey belongs to the Darbhanga Gharana of Dhrupad music which owes its allegiance to the legendary Tansen. He will start the ocassion with a recital of traditional Mangalacharan followed by elaborate Dhrupad style alap sketching the entire structure of the raag appropriately, embellished with Gamak and Meend. Pandey will be accompanied by Kulbhushan Goswami on Sarangi and Kumar Shubhashish Pathak on Pakhawaj. President of Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust, Anand Mohan Pandey announced the date for the second Dhrupad Sabha in March 2015 in Patna.last_img read more

August 31

Pakistan wants normal ties with India Sharif

first_img“India is an important neighbour for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality,” Sharif told Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit during a meeting with him at PM’s House.Basit briefed him on the status of the Pakistan-India relations, according to an official statement.The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan wants good neighbourly relations with all countries of the region, it said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Prime Minister said it is important that two countries resolve all their outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir in order to have viable peace in the region.India cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan after Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatists just before the parleys in Islamabad August last year.Since then both countries have maintained that they are willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue provided the other side takes the initiative.last_img read more

August 31

Celebrating Indian classical music

first_imgGeeta Chandran is synonymous with the Indian classical dance – Bharatanatyam. She is a renowned artiste who has synthesised the knowledge she received from her Gurus to imprint Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance. In her dance presentations, she skillfully weaves abstract notions of joy, beauty, values, aspirations, myth and spirituality.Chandran will perform solo Bharatanatyam  at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on April 8 as a part of  NGO Yogdan’s Sur Sringar event. Pandit Madhup Mudgal will present Hindustani classical vocal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chandran will be accompanied on Nattuvangam by Guru S Shankar; vocals  by Sudha Raghuraman; on Mridangam by MV Chander Shekar and on flute by G Raghuraman.A polymath artiste, Geeta Chandran is celebrated not only for her deep and composite understanding of the art of Bharatanatyam, but also for her Carnatic music (she is a trained and accomplished vocalist).She is the founder-president of  Natya-Vriksha and artistic director of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company, known for the high aesthetic quality of its group presentations that showcase Geeta’s metier as a choreographer.She guides reputed national cultural institutions and prestigious universities as their Board member. So mark your calender and head over to witness this classical treat.When: April 8Where: Stein Auditorium, IHClast_img read more

August 31

Darjeeling Dooars tourist ready this festive season Goutam Deb

first_imgDarjeeling: The Tourism department is all set to ensure a pleasant experience for the tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars during the forthcoming festive season.Tourism minister Goutam Deb held a meeting with the district administration in Siliguri on Tuesday. “We want the tourists to return home with happy memories. We will ensure that they have a pleasant experience while they are here,” stated minister Deb.The minister will also be holding talks with tour operators, hoteliers and transporters. “We will tell them not to overcharge the tourists,” stated Deb. Incidentally, in the past, there have been complaints against tourist vehicles and hotels overcharging during peak tourist seasons. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be a police control room monitoring round the clock. A number of help desks will be set up at major transit points in the region. “We will open help desks at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Bagdogra Airport and Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. Along with this help desks will be set up at Malbazar in Dooars,” added the Tourism minister. Soon, the minister will hold talks with the top brass of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling. “We have plans to set up similar help desks in Darjeeling and Kalimpong,” stated Deb. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Tourism minister will also hold a similar meeting with the district administration, Jalpaiguri. With Siliguri emerging as the most important transit point for tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars, the minister stressed on presenting a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists.”We have information that all hotels and home-stays are booked till capacity during the puja tourist season. We will have to ensure that we present a clean Siliguri. We have to ensure that garbage is not dumped on roadsides. The Siliguri Municipal Corporation has to undertake a special drive to present a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists,” suggested Deb. He stated that toilets have to be constructed. The minister also stressed on the need to remove illegal hoardings. “There should be no hoardings in the zones declared as No Hoarding Zones. The Municipal Corporation has to ensure this,” added the Minister.Incidentally, Darjeeling was in the grip of an agitation in 2017. The agitation also included a 104-day long bandh. With the political unrest tourists had stayed away. This had adversely affected the economy of the region with tourism being the economic mainstay of this region.Finally with peace and normalcy returning to the Hills, Darjeeling and Dooars had experienced a tourism boom during the summer season. This trend is expected to continue during the puja season as well.last_img read more