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NEWSLETTER: FACEBOOK’S PETITION FEATURE & GOOGLE’S REVOLUTIONARY NEW TECH

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“An increased push for energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, electric mobility – along with the growing digitalization movement and a universal carbon pricing structure – would speed up the carbon-free future and the rise of a global middle class we desperately need. We can and must all do our part” ~ Joe Kaeser

FACEBOOK TO INTRODUCE PETITION FEATURE

THE STORY

With Facebook being ubiquitous, expect an interesting petition feature on your news feed that can help you resolve a social issue through filing an online and informal petition with adequate number of people. So, just gather some crowd and fight for your demands.

WHAT IS PETITION FEATURE?

Now that Facebook is all set to launch its petition feature, you can expect it to face a slew of complexities with the launch of its Community Actions, the News Feed petition feature. With petition feature on Facebook News Feed, it is a step towards uniting the neighbors and locals to stand unite against fighting a common issue. This would also include the local and national elected officials with their respective agencies. However, the same platform may also be abused by politicians  as it could also ignite their own agendas with the help of united mob on social media.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

The Community Action would start to work from today after several weeks of testing over different markets. You would be able to add images, title and description followed by tagging the relevant government officials and agencies, who need to be notified. The goal for raising a petition would be to make the Community Action go viral and make people to click the “Support” button. Moreover, Community Actions would have their own discussion feed, where you can leave comments, create fundraiser, discuss the issue and even organize a complete Facebook Event or Campaign.

A Facebook spokesperson gave the first look at Community Action left a statement saying, ““Building informed and civically engaged communities is at the core of Facebook’s mission. Every day, people come together on Facebook to advocate for causes they care about, including by contacting their elected officials, launching a fundraiser, or starting a group. Through these and other tools, we have seen people marshal support for and get results on issues that matter to them. Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions.

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GOOGLE’S RADAR-SENSING TECHNIQUE CAN TURN ANY OBJECT SMART

THE STORY

Now that the era of smart devices is here, the expectation to have every home device to communicate with other machines is felt. However, it is harder than said. But, with Google’s Radar-Sensing technique, you can get your smart home devices to communicate with computers.

WHAT IS RADAR-SENSING TECHNIQUE?

Radar-Sensing technology is a way through which your smart home devices could work without the need of adding computation to each of them. Now that a smart hub war has been torched between the tech giants, Radar Sensing technology seems to be a solution. The technology has been amazing people in labs for a good time now. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group in 2015, demonstrated a tiny radar-based system, which let audience control the device by tapping the fingers together. 

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HOW WOULD IT FEEL TO HAVE A RADAR AT HOME?

If you’re expecting those giant radar dish antennas that you see at Airports, you may probably be ignoring the miniaturization that has transformed monostatic radars. You can recall the computers back in 1950s that needed a big room to be placed. But, now you get a better machine that is a million times faster than those giant ones for the fraction of their costs. With Radar-Sensing technology, not every device is going to be computed; but, the approach of sensing the interactions of one or two devices objects could be a better approach.

Professor Aaron Quigley, Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, “This is why I love working in a university. Students come in with none of the preconceptions that so many of us have. They have expectations that technology can be so much better. They’re unsurprised by what’s possible. Their approach is, ‘Why shouldn’t I be able to wave my hand in front of a dishwasher to start and stop it?’ or ‘Why shouldn’t the washing machine recognize the contents of the clothes pile you’re carrying?’ You won’t have to program in all of these things because the machine will just recognize them. This isn’t far away. It’s coming sooner than we think”

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