Smart Watches

A “Smartwatch” is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping. Many smartwatches can run mobile apps, audio, video, take pictures and record video, track fitness, and make and receive phone calls with the help of a built-in operating system. Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. History of Smart Watches The idea of Smart Watch has been taken from the 1940’s comic strip – Dick Tracy, a detective. He used a two way communicating watch. The first digital watch, which debuted in …

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by famous Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship’s surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage. It is a satire on human nature and a parody of the “travellers’ …

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Memrise

Memrise (memrise.com) is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach languages, but are also used for other academic and non-academic subjects. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning. Memrise was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently. Its carefully paced learning structure and competitive points system, …

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The Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) is the National Tree of India. Belonging to the fig family, the branches of the Banyan spread over a large area take roots and keep on living and regenerating for thousands of years. Over the years, it consistently gains more trunks and branches that add to its longevity. According to Indian Mythology, it is considered immortal. Many of the Indian villages are centred around large shady Banyan trees that provide a good place for public meetings and meetings of the village council. The tree has the widest reaching roots of all the trees and can …

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

World’s most popular desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu moves to version 14.04 LTS. This time around the code name for Ubuntu is ‘Trusty Tahr‘ and it’s a long term support release (LTS) geared toward providing a more polished desktop experience. I bet you’re wondering what is exactly a Tahr right? Frankly, I’d never heard of such an animal until Ubuntu picked it as the mascot for this release. I have to give the Ubuntu developers credit for consistently finding weirdly named animals to represent each Ubuntu release. They must have a guy or gal who spends part of his or her …

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The Seven Ages

‘The Seven Ages’ taken from William Shakespeare’s famous play, ‘As You Like It’ describes the seven phases in a man’s life – from childhood to old age. The poem is a monologue and a melancholy by Jaques, a character in the play. The world is but a global stage and all men and women presented here are mere puppets in the hands of destiny. Just like the infrastructure of a stage, the world has its own entrances and exits. Every man in his entire lifetime has many parts to play. His total number of acts in his life time are …

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Lala Lajpat Rai

The Land which is drained by the sweet water of five rivers. The Land which yields golden crops and satiates the hunger of millions. The Land which has braved numerous invasions, has given India, a brave son – Punjab Kesari – The Lion of Punjab – Lala Lajpat Rai. Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January, 1865 to Munshi Radha Krishna Azad and Gulab Devi in Dudhke village of Ferozepur district. He received his initial education in Government Higher Secondary School, Rewari in late 1870s and early 1880s, where his father Radha Krishna was an Urdu teacher.

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The PetPost Secret

The book ‘The PetPost Secret’ by Radhika R. Dhariwal, can make its readers a fan of Squirrel, the protagonist in just an hour of reading. It is not just a story that revolves around animals, but a thought provoking insight into the journey that every individual undertakes. The Squirrel represents a character who is young, yet determined and brave.  

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Understanding The Mid Point Theorem

The Mid Point Theorem states that, “The line segment joining the mid points of any two sides of a triangle is parallel to the third side and is equal to half of it.” If we consider a Δ ABC with P and Q as mid points of AB and BC respectively as shown, we are given that AP = PB (P is the mid point) AQ = QC (Q is the mid point)

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Khan Academy

According to Wikipedia, “Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.” Khan Academy (khanacademy..org) is a web platform created by Salman Khan (not the one in movies) to benefit people all over the world and get free and world-class education anytime and anywhere. Salman Khan had started explaining …

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