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Honda City e:HEV Hybrid Reveals New Design Highlights

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Honda has recently released a teaser image of the next City-Hybrid e:HEV for the Indian market, the 2022 City-Hybrid Honda e:HEV. The hybrid vehicle is expected to be released in India soon. The teaser displays the car’s rear end with the e:HEV and ZX logo badges. The video also suggests that the new City Hybrid will be available in non-RS models.

The Japanese company intended to release the vehicle before the epidemic. However, due to the epidemic, the preparations had to be postponed. The automobile is scheduled to return to the Indian market after a two-year sabbatical. The vehicle is scheduled to be unveiled on April 14, 2022.

The automobile’s appearance will not alter significantly because it will be based on the top-end form of the car. The only noticeable modification in appearance is the addition of black highlights to the car’s exterior. However, as implied by the name, the car’s powertrain has undergone major alterations.

Honda’s i-MMD hybrid technology will power the new City Hybrid — Honda e:HEV — which is a combination of an IC petrol engine and two electric motors. The automobile will be powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 98hp.

One of the two optional electric motors will power the City Hybrid’s front wheels via a one-of-a-kind single-speed transmission, while the other will act as an integrated starter generator. The electric motor powering the front wheels can generate 109 horsepower and 253 Newton-meters of torque.

The complete powertrain may be operated in three modes: gasoline-only, gasoline-electric hybrid, and electric-only. In the petrol-only type, only the 1.5-litre petrol engine will supply power, whereas the battery and motor combination will provide power in the electric-only mode, giving the car a limited range based on the charge remaining in the battery.

The Apple iPhone 13 is now Being Produced in India by Apple

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Apple began producing iPhones in India in 2017. The company began with the first Apple iPhone SE, but has since expanded to include the Apple iPhone 11 and Apple iPhone 12. According to a recent Mint article, Apple has recently revealed that it will manufacture its next Apple iPhone 13 in the country as well.

According to the source, Apple began a trial production run for the Apple iPhone 13 in India last year through its manufacturing partner Foxconn. Following a successful trial, Apple has officially revealed that the Apple iPhone 13 is being manufactured in the nation. The decision will help Apple reduce import expenses, although it is unclear whether the Cupertino company will pass on the savings to Indian customers.

“We are thrilled to begin manufacturing Apple iPhone 13 — with its striking design, superior camera systems for amazing images and videos, and the incredible performance of the A15 Bionic chip — right here in India for our local customers,” Apple said in a statement.

Apple currently uses Foxconn and Wistron to manufacture its devices in India. According to sources familiar with Apple’s decision, the Apple iPhone 13 will be made at Foxconn’s Chennai plant. At this time, it is unclear whether Apple wants to manufacture all four Apple iPhone 13 variants in India.

Apple is currently planning to open retail outlets in India. Late last year, the business reportedly began hiring for its forthcoming retail shops in Mumbai and Delhi. Although Apple has not stated when the stores will open, sources indicate that the first store will open in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex in August, followed by a second store in New Delhi. For those who are unaware, Apple only started an online store in India two years ago, and it now sells its items offline through authorized retailers.

Do you believe Apple will lower the price of the Apple iPhone 13 in India now that it is being manufactured there? Let us know what you think in the comments area below.

What is Hyperloop? Evolution of the Train Technology

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After the first passenger tests in November 2020, Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop grabbed international headlines. We chronicle the most crucial milestones in the hyperloop’s history while other firms try to make it a mainstream means of transportation.

When Josh Giegel, chief technology officer and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop, and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience, first stepped onboard the company’s custom-built pod, they knew they were making history.

“I was quite excited, and I suppose any nerves I had were just about the significance of the moment and realizing that we may be writing history,” Luchian told Railway Technology.

The business made international headlines on November 8, 2020, when it executed the first passenger test on its hyperloop system. Virgin Hyperloop’s partner, the Virgin Group, deemed the trial, which took place in the Nevada desert, a success.

Despite the fact that Virgin Hyperloop began working on the project in 2019, hyperloop technology has been under development for years, dating back to a research paper published in 2013 by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

We investigate the growth of the concept, from its origins to the ground-breaking futuristic networks being developed today, as hyperloop initiatives spring up around the world.

What is Hyperloop? 

Virgin Hyperloop, a futuristic rail service that promised a new era of passenger transport, has announced that it will instead focus on cargo.

A hyperloop is a super-fast ground-level transportation system in which humans may travel at speeds of up to 760 mph (1220 km/h), just shy of the speed of sound, in a hovering pod inside a vacuum tube. Magnetic levitation is part of Virgin’s system, which is similar to the technology used in sophisticated high-speed rail projects in Japan and Germany.

Vacuum tube transit systems have been around for a surprising amount of time as a notion for quick transportation. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a British engineer and the forerunner of Elon Musk, suggested building a tube in southwest England in 1845 that would drive trains at a dizzying speed of 70 mph (110 km/h) at the time. Brunel’s plan was abandoned after the project became impracticable due to a shortage of materials that could maintain it.

Despite Brunel’s efforts, it took more than a century for Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to reintroduce tubular transit technology to the world. He outlined the architecture of Hyperloop, a solar-powered transportation system that he described as “a cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table” in a 58-page technical document published in 2013.

Musk said that the vehicle could travel 350 miles (560 kilometers) between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 35 minutes for $20 and that the infrastructure would cost $6 billion. He also stated that the new transit system will be safer than any current means of transportation, as it will be weatherproof and earthquake resistant. Musk never put much effort into making the concept a reality, although he did offer his Hyperloop Alpha design as an open-source design for colleges and businesses to study and develop.

Virgin Hyperloop was formed in 2014 with the goal of realizing Musk’s vision of a futuristic transportation system. The business has made significant technical revisions to Musk’s first design and has decided not to pursue Musk’s proposed Los Angeles–to–San Francisco route. Virgin, on the other hand, intends to keep the futuristic vehicle environmentally friendly, with vegan leather seats and recycled content in some of the pod materials.

How Does Hyperloop Train Work?

At its most basic level, a hyperloop system aims to eliminate the two factors that slow down conventional vehicles: friction and air resistance. To avoid the latter, the pod must hover above its track, effectively turning hyperloop into a magnetic levitation (maglev) train.

To put it simply, maglev trains employ two sets of magnets: one set repels and pushes the train off the track, and the other set propels the floating train forward using the lack of friction. According to Sam Gurol, former head of Maglev Systems at General Atomics, an energy and defense business based in San Diego, “once two sets of magnetic waves are established, they function in unison to propel the vehicle forward.”

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“The advantage of maglev is that it allows you to go at very high speeds while also providing a really pleasant journey,” Gurol explains. “It’s like taking a magical carpet ride.”

Hyperloop’s super speed, on the other hand, is attained by substantially reducing air resistance. Passenger pods travel through a low-pressure, vacuum-sealed tunnel that removes nearly all of the air. The air pressure inside the chamber is so low that it simulates being at an altitude of nearly 200,000 feet (61,000 meters). Because the system is enclosed in a tube, it is shielded from the elements and can work in practically any weather.

Tracks Made of Magnets

“Focusing on pallets is easier to achieve – there is less risk for passengers and less of a regulatory process,” DP World, a logistics business owned by the Dubai government and a majority stakeholder in Virgin Hyperloop, told the Financial Times.

The pods would travel at over 600mph (1,000km/h) through the tubes on magnetic rails identical to those used by existing Maglev trains.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Virgin Hyperloop are two companies attempting to make the concept a reality.

After British entrepreneur Richard Branson invested $85 million (£62 million) in Virgin Hyperloop in 2017, the company was renamed Hyperloop Technologies.

It was touted as “the world’s most groundbreaking railway service” at the time.

The company announced its vision for the future of Hyperloop travel in late 2020, with a film that walks viewers through a typical ride “from arriving at the portal to boarding the pod”, reports BBC.

Hyperloop Cost

Despite the fact that the technology addresses friction and air resistance, hyperloop initiatives have faced a different kind of stumbling block: cost. Musk’s $6 billion price figure, according to financial and transportation experts, significantly understates the expense of designing, creating, constructing, and testing an entirely new mode of transportation. According to leaked financial figures from 2016, Musk’s Hyperloop might cost up to $13 billion, or $121 million per mile.

Hyperloop transportation, like any other mode of transportation, entails inherent hazards, and contingencies for any unanticipated calamities must still be included into the system. Even a minor earthquake or the tiniest vacuum tube fracture at high speeds would pose a considerable risk to passengers and crew. A hyperloop system must provide pricing that will attract paying customers away from present modes of transportation, in addition to ensuring their safety.

Hyperloop One

Saudi Arabia reportedly canceled a $1 billion deal with Virgin Hyperloop in 2018 after the company’s ex-chairman Richard Branson condemned the monarchy over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the Financial Times. Despite this, the business had received $400 million from private investors as of May 2019 and aims to commence commercial operations in 2030. (pushed back from early predictions that envisioned a passenger-ready hyperloop in 2021).

Aside from Virgin, the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), a U.S.-based startup that recently signed an agreement in China to build a test track, Hardt Hyperloop in the Netherlands, and TransPod, a Canadian company, are all working to overcome the challenges of this mode of transportation.

Bangladesh’s Startups get $750m foreign investment in a decade.

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In the last decade, the country’s startup sector has received more than USD 750 million in foreign investment.

There are around 22,500 startups in the country right now.

The government funds startups through the Startup Bangladesh Limited Idea Project and the Bangabandhu Innovation Grant (BIG).

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology, said this on Wednesday while speaking as the chief guest at the BCC auditorium of ICT Tower in Agargaon during the second phase of Investment Assistance for Startups under the ‘Hundred Years of Hope’ campaign organized by ICT Department Startup Bangladesh Limited.

Md. Abdul Mannan, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Computer Council, Mostafa Osman Turan, President of the Bangladesh Association of Call Center and Outsourcing Wahid Sharif, and Sami Ahmed, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Ltd, all spoke at the event.

The state minister stated that the ICT department has launched the ‘Hundreds of Years of Hope’ project to honor the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as well as the country’s golden jubilee. The project seeks to invest Tk 100 crore in 50 firms in order to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs in Bangladesh.

In the second phase, an investment agreement was struck to give cash support of Tk 17 crore to eight businesses.

The state minister stated that the ‘Hundred Years of Hope’ campaign will propel Bangladesh forward in the global economy by creating a national entrepreneurial platform and speeding up the deployment of new inventions.

“As a result, any possible project would not be stopped, and the financial problem associated with its implementation would be addressed, and new jobs would be generated,” he added.

“Specialized labs, the Fourth Industrial Revolution Center, the Joy Digital Service Center, 300 Schools of the Future, and the Sheikh Hasina Institute of Frontier Technology are being established in 494 Upazilas and 53 universities to handle the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he stated.

In the future, he hopes that young entrepreneurs would develop a knowledge-based, economically viable, and inventive Bangladesh.

On behalf of their various organizations, Startup Bangladesh Managing Director Sami Ahmed and CEOs of the respective firms signed the agreement as investors. Hello Task, 10 Minutes School, Eye Farmer, Frontier Nutrition, Loop, Mechanical, Sawtell, and Truck are the organizations in question. Seven firms were allocated Tk 17 crore in the first phase.

Russia will Ban Instagram on March

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Russia’s communications agency, Roskomnadzor, has declared that it will also block Instagram, just a week after banning Facebook. While the government previously blamed the ban on Facebook on “discrimination against Russian media,” this time it claims it’s due to a decision by parent company Meta instructing moderators to allow posts calling for violence against Russian soldiers if they come from specific countries, including Ukraine.

“This decision will shut 80 million in Russia off from one another, and from the rest of the globe,” Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated in a tweet. “80 percent of people in Russia follow an Instagram account outside their country.” This is incorrect.”

The following is a Google translation of the agency’s statement:

As you may be aware, Meta Platforms Inc. made an unusual decision on March 11 by permitting content containing incitement for violence against Russian nationals to be posted on its social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.

Messages encouraging and inspiring violent crimes against Russians are circulating on the Instagram social network, prompting the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to propose that Roskomnadzor restrict access to the platform.

Because it will take time for active Instagram users to transfer their photo and video materials to other social networks and notify their contacts and subscribers, Roskomnadzor decided to finish the procedure for imposing restrictions on Instagram access at 00:00 on March 14, giving users an extra 48 hours of grace.

The government’s decision ignores the fact that Russian oligarchs have used Instagram to express their opposition to the invasion. This includes the children of oligarchs who have grown into social media influencers with large followings, such as Sofia Abramovich, daughter of billionaire Roman Abramovich, who reportedly shared a message saying, “the biggest and most successful lie of Kremlin propaganda is that most Russians stand with Putin.” One of the most prominent dissidents is banker Oleg Tinkov, who was once Russia’s 15th wealthiest person, with a message that concluded, “We are against this war!”

In terms of Meta’s “unique” content filtering decision, Vice reported last summer that the country’s southwest region of Khuzestan made a similar choice to temporarily allow content including “death to Khamenei” demands and shouting during a period of protests.

The announcement of the ban comes just days after Meta announced plans for Instagram to label state media outlets and that it is “hiding information about people’s followers, who they’re following, and people who are following each other for private accounts based in these two countries” in Russia and Ukraine.

The ban will not take effect until March 14th, according to Russian state-run news outlet RIA Novosti, and it will not apply to WhatsApp, which is also owned by Meta. Russian government officials threatened a ban earlier in the day, asking that Meta confirm or dispute the information initially published by Reuters.

“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have temporarily made exemptions for forms of political expression that would typically breach our standards like aggressive rhetoric such as ‘death to the Russian invaders,'” Meta spokesperson Andy Stone stated last night. We will not tolerate credible threats of violence against Russian civilians.”

The company’s rules, according to Meta’s president of global relations Nick Clegg, are “centred on defending people’s right to speech as an expression of self-defense in response to a military invasion of their nation.” “We would now be eliminating content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their opposition and indignation” to the Russian invasion, Clegg said, if Meta/Instagram followed its current practises without change. “This would rightly be considered as unacceptable.”

The temporary policy, according to Clegg, will only apply within Ukraine. “We have no beef with the Russian people,” he stated, adding that “on our platform, we will not accept Russophobia or any other type of discrimination, harassment, or violence directed against Russians.”

Know Your Privacy-Protection Tools

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Are you concerned about how apps and websites use your personal information? When a site or service seeks to utilize personal information like your location or browser clicks, Apple’s iOS 15 and Google’s Android 12 operating systems toughened up their privacy controls to give you additional warnings — and options. Here’s a rundown of those options.

Open System Settings and choose Privacy from the drop-down menu. There are various screens, menus, and switches for restricting app-by-app access to the phone’s hardware and software. Android 12 has a privacy dashboard that shows what apps have been doing, as well as shortcuts for regulating Google’s data collection and storage.

If you’re interested, Apple and Google have released statements regarding how they utilize your personal information. Remember that removing online trackers and location data can cause your free apps to behave differently, and many news and cultural sites utilize tracking software.

Location

For slightly greater privacy, you can share an approximate position rather than a specific one in current versions of iOS and Android.

Navigate to System Services on an iOS 15 device. You can choose which third-party apps can use your coordinates — and when they have permission to do so — by disabling or enabling location services. Select System Services to view how the iPhone utilizes your location, such as collecting “important locations” like your home address; you can turn this off or clear the history.

Open the Settings app on an Android 12 phone and tap Location to access the controls and see which apps have permission to utilize your location. You may also manage the Location History setting, which tracks your wanderings, by tapping Location Services.

Apps and Advertisements

When an app seeks to monitor your online activities, such as for targeted advertising, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature alerts you. To access the controls, go to iOS 15 Settings, Privacy, and then Tracking.

Select Privacy in Android 12 to access a variety of choices, including the Ads tab, where you can erase your Advertising ID. Android will also cut off permissions for apps that haven’t been used in a while, according to Google.

Web

For decades, browsers have been used to track you using cookies and other code that monitors your behavior for marketing and advertising purposes. (While Safari’s Private Browsing and Chrome’s Incognito mode prevent browsing sessions from being saved, they’re no match for browser trackers.)

Safari, Apple’s browser, has tracking-blocking features. To make changes, go to Settings, then Safari, and scroll down to Privacy & Security. In Google’s Chrome browser’s settings, there’s also a privacy and Security section where you may request that sites don’t track you, albeit some do.

Another approach to avoid many web trackers is to use a privacy-focused browser program like Brave or DuckDuckGo. For the Android edition of its DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, DuckDuckGo has launched its own App Tracking Protection Tool and an email protection feature, both of which are now in public testing.

Mail

Advertisers may utilize a “tracking pixel” in some messages, which is a little concealed graphic that reports back to the sender when you open the message. iOS 15 comes with its own mechanism for blocking mail trackers. Go to Settings, then Mail, select Privacy Protection, and then Protect Mail Activity to enable it.

Stop images from automatically loading and screaming on your activity in the Gmail app on Android or iOS. Tap the Menu symbol in the top-left corner, then Settings, then your account name, and then the “Ask before displaying external images…” option in the Images section. Unwanted mailing-list messages can always be blocked or unsubscribed from.

iPhone Users Alert! How to Check Service History?

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Customers should avoid using third-party fixes on their devices, as well as any unknown parts utilized during the repair process, according to Apple. Thanks to the recent iOS 15.2 update, users buying secondhand iPhones will soon be able to discover if an iPhone has been fixed and if genuine or third-party parts were used. The new feature will also display whether or not the restored pieces are performing properly, giving customers a clear image of what they’re paying for.

The number of details available on iPhone repairs will now be governed by the model of iPhone purchased. On the iPhone XR, XS, and MS Max, the battery will be visible, while on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, the battery, camera, and display replacements will be visible. The iPhone 11’s battery and display replacement history will be revealed.

How to look for iPhone service history and repair information:

  • Go to the General section of the Settings menu.
  • Tap the About section at the top.
  • Look for the “Parts and Service History” section.
  • The information will be divulged at a later date. Learn more to gain a better understanding of part replacement.

If the phone has not been repaired or replaced, the ‘Parts and Service History’ section will not appear in the About section. This implies that a particular iPhone model has never been harmed physically.

How to Hide WhatsApp Profile Picture from Specific Contacts?

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Do you want your WhatsApp profile image to be hidden from a specific person or from everyone? Below are the steps to Hide WhatsApp Profile pictures from Specific Contacts and Everyone.

While WhatsApp makes it simple to conceal your profile photo from everyone, it is not that simple to hide your profile photo from specific contacts.

You can still hide your WhatsApp Profile Picture from certain Contacts by limiting your profile picture to Contacts only and removing the Contacts you want to hide the Profile Picture from your Address books.

Using this workaround, only the contacts stored in your iPhone or Android phone’s Address Book will be able to see your profile image.

Because the Contacts you want to hide your WhatsApp Profile Picture from aren’t listed in your Address Book, they won’t be able to see it.

1. Go to the 3-dots icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pick Settings from the drop-down menu if you’re using an Android phone.

2. On the Settings screen, tap the Account option.

3. From the Account Screen, go to Privacy.

4. From the Privacy screen, select Profile Photo.

5. On the next page, choose My Contacts.

After then, your WhatsApp Profile Picture will only be shown to contacts in your iPhone or Android phone’s Address Book.

Checking Emails After Work Hours may not be Wise

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Education, the food and beverage sector, and the corporate world all changed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Furthermore, the work from era transformed the way we function – on the one hand, it saved us time and money on commutes, but on the other hand, it merged work and family life, making the two seem inseparable elements of our lives.

Many people have lost track of where work ends and vacation begins as their workload has increased. In addition to working from home, a poll found that American working professionals used up to four days of their vacation to forget about work. And in a post-pandemic world, everything has become much more problematic; we have no idea how this can affect mental health collectively.

Can work-life habits impact mental health?

Working people devote a significant amount of time to reading and replying to official communications. This can sometimes extend to unusual hours before and after work, as well as weekends. Several forms of study and analysis have linked this large stressor to a higher risk of psychological discomfort, burnout, and poor physical health in working professionals.

Work digitization, according to studies, blurred the barrier between work and family life, preventing employees from engaging in activities that would help them recover from burnout. Furthermore, constant communication outside of working hours has a negative impact on physical and mental health, family connections, and causes anxiety and stress.

Worse, other working professionals indicated that they are expected to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that they are required to answer emails all night; in addition, these employees experienced high levels of stress, fatigue, and health concerns. In addition, 36% of employees said it’s typical to answer all work emails right away.

Is relaxation a waste of time?

When on vacation or trying to relax, some employees are inclined to feel guilty. People who feel unproductive and indolent while relaxing are more likely to experience stress, depression, and anxiety, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Alternatively, even while relaxing, thinking about being productive adds to higher mental health; and checking email is not required for this.

Furthermore, according to a study published in the Academy of Management Proceedings, simply knowing that you have to answer emails after work can cause tension and worry in an individual and their family.

Google, Meta’s Plans for Undersea Data Cable Connection to Asia Gets US Govt Backing

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On Friday, the Biden administration suggested that Alphabet’s Google and Facebook parent Meta be granted permission to use an undersea cable system to accommodate rising internet traffic from Asia. The government pushed the FCC to grant the companies licenses to send and receive data via the existing 8,000-mile Pacific Light Cable Network. The United States, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong are all connected by an undersea fiber-optic cable system.

Nearly majority of the world’s internet data traffic is transmitted via submarine cables. Google has requested authorization to connect to Taiwan, whereas Meta has requested permission to use the Philippines-to-United States part. The corporations agreed to safeguard the privacy and security of Americans’ personal information, notably against Chinese intelligence operations.
Google and Meta’s idea scrapped a prior attempt to utilize the network’s cable to reach Beijing-controlled Hong Kong. Several US government authorities have advised that the initiative be halted in 2020. Given China’s “continued efforts to collect the sensitive personal data of millions of US citizens,” the Justice Department claimed the national security agreements with Google and Meta were necessary.

Google and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Google stated that the data connections would be required in 2020 to manage increased traffic between its data centers in Taiwan and the United States. According to a Meta spokeswoman, the “cable infrastructure” connecting the United States and the Philippines “increases internet bandwidth” to “enable individuals to stay connected and exchange content.” According to the company, the cables are secure, and data is protected using modern encryption.
Google and Meta must-do annual risk evaluations of sensitive data, and they must be able to restrict or terminate data transmission on the cables within 24 hours, according to the agreements. Around 300 subsea cables make up the internet’s backbone, transporting 99 percent of all data traffic.