One Second Game Changer: The Effects Of Adding A Second To The Internet

One Second Game Changer: The Effects Of Adding A Second To The Internet

It has been announced that by June this year, scientists will be adding one second to the clock. This seems to be a very minimal change but for the world of computers and the internet, this could create great chaos.

Looking Back

Last 2012, a leap second was added. This does not seem a big deal for people not into technology. But websites such as the Gawker, Reddit, Yelp and LinkedIn were affected by this sudden interruption. The sites were down for a couple of hours. It was bad for business for these websites. The problem was also felt by Amadeus Alta, an online airline reservation system. Flights were rescheduled, bookings were cancelled and moved. Passengers were stranded, meetings were cancelled. It created a rippled effect.

Why does this problem occur? According to the New York Daily Times, computing systems are not able to recognize “two same seconds in a row”.

What is the proposed solution?

Every problem has always a solution. Google is already ready when this occurs. It will employ the so called “leap smear” technique. In leap smear, milliseconds are progressively added. This technique is employed so that the change is spread on several seconds rather that impacting on one moment.

Why add another second?

Why go through the hassle of adding another second to the clock? Scientists actually have a very important reason why another second is being added. This is to account for the planet’s slow rotation according to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service.

Effect of Earth’s Slow Rotation

Planet earth is not rotating at a constant speed. It slows down and then speeds up and then slows down again. There are several factors attributing to this change in speed. In a research by scholars, earthquakes happening in earth speeds up the rotation of earth. These events shorten days. Natural alteration of the elevation of various places on earth would cause the planet to rotate slowly. If the clock were not adjusted, you will experience sunset at 8 o’clock in the morning. Since 1972, scientists have added seconds to our clock 25 times so as to combat this problem one will experience with time.

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

A new mobile phone application called ENDUI is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help people avoid getting a DUI or into serious trouble. If a person is not sure how many drinks he had or how drunk he really is then the app will give him an idea and even help him get a ride home.

This exceptional app works when someone who is planning on drinking enters his sex, height, weight, and most importantly the number of alcoholic drinks he had consumed. The app then will help figure out just how much is a person’s blood-alcohol level. To further test the person’s drunkenness, he may play from the two interactive games available to see how long the reaction time and test the cognitive agility. ENDUI also uses GPS technology – after proving that a person is drink then it can call a cab and save the phone number of the designated driver.

The application, pronounced as End DUI, was announced by Maryland government and police officials last Thursday. The money for drunken-driving education is used to fund the app. It is only one among other efforts by the state to fight drunken driving.

The app, costing $50,000, is developed by Maryland Highway Safety Office. The app is unique and will target a lot of consumers since everyone has a mobile phone and always go out with one. It is the best medium to reach out to them and the ENDUI app is only the start of more wonderful apps.

New York, New Mexico, Colorado, and California are some of the states that launched their own version of the ENDUI app and they launched it two weeks ago. The app is absolutely free regardless of the state and the version it is in. It can be downloaded to both Android powered-phones and iPhones.

One of the games included is following the exact order of the nine road signs shown. As the level increases, the game gets more challenging for the player. While the second game is testing the players agility by measuring how many seconds the player could press the brake button when a pedestrian passes by or one of the cars in front of his stopped.

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Customers were hoodwinked by a Horbury kitchen fitter by money that cost thousands in home improvements that never came to be. This may make any household wary of trusting Kitchen Fitters, but although there are trustworthy companies out there that already have a solid reputation, it is always best to do a background check beforehand.

Robert Cooper, aged 61, of RCA Home Designs, received payments for kitchens and bathrooms that he was suppose to fit from various residents from coming from the West and South part of Yorkshire. He had specifically conned six from Wakefield and three from Leeds.

His victims, unaware of his wide range of schemes, would take a flyer via their doors and then call for an estimate according to Trading Standards, who had began receiving complaints from a number of his customers since 2011.

Once he succeeds in getting a customer’s attention, Cooper would take some measurements, then requests for a considerable amount of cash and then would set out a myriad of reasons why he could not do the work within the fixed timeframe of six to eight weeks to finish the fitting.

It has resulted to a number of complaints filed to the company and the police. When it did not work out, they resorted to go to court.

A representative of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, David Lodge, has said that Cooper could have created for himself a legal and profitable business but unfortunately decided to resort to fleecing customers of their money without any intention of doing any sort of work.

He also urged customers to take extra caution when it comes to receiving any flyers delivered from their doorsteps and not let themselves be easily swayed by cons into believing everything they say and giving them money.

Cooper has since come clean about committing fraud when he emerged at Leeds Crown Court last Monday. Running the business from his former home located in School Lane, he agreed to continue on with a business with the intention of swindling customers. His business ran from June 2010 to January 2013.

The case was adjourned and the judge bailed Cooper on the proviso to not receive any considerable finances for future work from the day of his bail all the way up to his sentence.

This goes without saying that it is very important to only choose trusted Kitchen Fitters, which have a solid background and clear reputation. Another way to check is to make sure that all their employees are licensed, with proper IDs and permits.

What New Internet Trends Can You Look Forward To In 2015?

What New Internet Trends Can You Look Forward To In 2015?

The internet is one of the most significant things that ever happened to mankind and everyone is obviously expecting the new developments for the coming year 2015. It is expected that by 2015 nearly everything will be connected to the internet and new tools will help businesses analyze the massive of information they can continue to nurture into a bigger market.

Internet trends to be expected by 2015

Big data – companies will continue to use big data during its operations so that it can be used for reporting which is crucial part of business. Customer data is the metrics used to determine customer interaction, the number of enquiries received and other details that can be used in future marketing campaigns.

Wearable devices – are those fitness and health gadgets that can be worn on the body. Analysts predict a boom on these wearable devices that includes health monitors, Google Glass, smart wristwatches and wearable computing devices that can receive and send instant messages.

Improved internet access – the giants in technology that include Facebook and Google are trying to drive for faster internet speeds and connectivity in the United States as well as other countries. Expect advances in Google’s Project Loom and Google Fiber as well as Facebook’s Internet.org for 2015.

Cloud for businesses – more enterprises will be moving their business to cloud. Expect Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft to be more aggressive in the coming year.

Mobile payments – Apple was not the first company to start the trend of mobile payments but it has a created a big splash than its predecessors and many companies are expected to follow the trend.

Amazon against everyone else – Amazon is undoubtedly one of the leaders in online sales with $91 billion for 2014 but for the next year, while it will continue to gain a better share of the market, Google, Alibaba and eBay will be fighting back.

Programmatic advertising – this platform will automate ad buying and selling process to reshape the entire digital advertising landscape. The internet will see more improved technology, more platforms, more media and more video.

Improved ad targeting – web users can look forward to more video advertisements that is tailored to their interests. The science of search will lean more on display. For example, if you’re an adult male and one of your key internet searches is about My Little Pony, then you can just expect to one day see an ad referring you to a website for Bronies, the unexpected adult fanbase of the kid’s TV show.

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Sydney, Australia – November 23, 2014 – A less than a week old newborn baby was found in a 9 ft deep storm drain after being thrown by the baby’s mother.

Incredibly, the baby boy had managed to survive 5 days without any sustenance of food and water. What’s even more amazing is that the baby survived even when the temperature was above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

David Otte along with his 18 year old daughter, Hayley, were passing by when they heard something underneath the storm drain. At first, they thought it was a cat but they were surprised upon realizing that it was a baby instead. They immediately called the local police.

He said that the baby was obviously in distress and that if he and his daughter hadn’t heard the baby’s crying then he would not have survived another day.

It took 3 men and 3 police officers to open up the concrete slab that leads down to the drains. Police have alleged that the baby had been there since Tuesday and was wrapped in a blanket that is commonly used in hospitals.

Local authorities have located the mother and had taken her under custody through the hospital documents. The police said that the baby’s birth appeared to have evidence of medical care and through investigation and the hospital documents, were able to locate her.

The 30 year old mother, whose name hasn’t been revealed, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday without bail. Unfortunately, the mother did not appear on the date, instead, an attorney was there to represent her. However, his party did not apply for bail.

The baby is currently at Westmead Hospital under serious but stable condition.

This case is one of many around the world. Many new mothers are abandoning their babies in ditches, dumps, and storm drains. They have a lot of reasons for doing so but none of them are ever going to be valid enough to take the life of an innocent child.

Babies are proven to survive 24 to 48 hours without much feeding but this case had proven miraculous because the baby was able to endure 6 days without having any food or water.

Connecting With People Without Unlocking Your Phone Screen

Connecting With People Without Unlocking Your Phone Screen

Would that be even possible? Yes indeed! This new advanced mobile app called Lolok replaces that traditional Android phone lock. With its “synchronized whiteboard”, it is now possible for people to do the following:

  • Share Photos
  • Leave Notes
  • Drawing on one’s lock screen

And the good thing about that is you don’t need to navigate further on your phone, it right there on your own lock screen.

Loklok works like any other messaging app. After downloading you can choose a group of friends that you prefer to use this app with. And from there, you can now enjoy communicating with your friends in a unique, funny and creative way. A simple reminder, just like the other messaging apps, messages in Loklok are also “ephemeral”, this means that only the last conversation or image will be kept on their servers. Once the screen are all cleared, items will no longer be recovered.

Kwamecorp promotes this app by saying that this is their first version release and they’ve already had users over 10,000 that have been trying it out. They have been getting an outstanding amount of feedback. And from feedbacks that they have gotten from their Beta testers, they have been putting more focus on the app’s usability and privacy, hoping to make it more stable for everyone to use.

Loklok is free to download through the Google Play store. It is available for all Android users. For now the use of this app is restricted in Apple for some obvious reasons; however, Loklok CEO Guillermo Landin wants to address this concern in order for this app to reach a wider audience. He openly expressed this possibility in a statement. He said he is planning to branch this app out to iOS, but most likely in a different manner. He also confirmed that iOS version is now being worked on, but did not guarantee any dates for its launching as they want to assure an equally good version as that of the android. It is safe assume that the exclusivity of this app will soon be over.

This is yet another great innovation for people to enjoy!